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STEM: It's All About the HOW

Posted by Sherry Gick on March 28, 2019

As an educator, there are many different trends and words that seem to make the rounds through our world of education.  The same seems to be true of “STEM” which has definitely been quite the buzz for the last 5 years or so, but is it just a trend?  

I’m here to say, it most definitely is NOT!

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Topics: critical thinking, engagement, teaching strategies, education, teaching, explore, pedagogy, teacher

Google CS First: First Impressions from a Tech Integration Specialist

Posted by Molly Rupert on January 31, 2019

In this guest post, TIS Brooke Hall (@BrookeHallTIS) describes her first encounters with CS First by Google. Brooke attended a workshop to learn more about the curriculum and to discover ways to use the lessons with students.

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Topics: Google, education, teacher, computer science

Becoming a Google Certified Educator

Posted by Molly Rupert on January 18, 2019

Guest contributor Amber Anania (@msanania) is a 7th grade language arts teacher at Westfield Middle School who recently became a Google Certified Educator Level 1. In this post, she shares her experiences preparing for and taking the qualification exam.

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Topics: Google, lifelong learning, education, teacher

eCoaches: Here's why you need PyxisEdu!

Posted by Molly Rupert on October 19, 2018

Ah, the life of an eCoach. You are the cheerleader, the champion, the confidant, and the caretaker. At the beginning of the day, you're a hero for fixing a Kahoot crisis, but by lunch time, you're sorting through emails of frustration about the district's new LMS. Your day is a wild roller coaster ride of highs and lows, of twists and curves and near misses. Many of you were classroom teachers before stepping into this role, and you experience the same cycles of frustration and pride that you did in your own classrooms.

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Topics: professional development, education, pyxis, personalized learning

Developing 21st Century Citizens During Digital Citizenship Week 2018

Posted by Katie Bradford on September 6, 2018

Beginning in kindergarten, students are taught how to be good citizens.  We teach them the importance of being honest, trustworthy, kind, respectful, responsible, and safe.  Students read books, analyze characters, watch videos, and act out scenarios to discuss and practice each of the skills needed to help make the world a better place.  

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Topics: teaching strategies, technology in the classroom, education, teaching, elearning

Mindset Shift: Gearing Up for Failure

Posted by Brad Fischer on June 19, 2018

While watching the Indy 500, I began wondering how the amazing drivers got their start. I imagine my two daughters each tucked inside the cockpit of the car revving the engines in anticipation of the start. Over the roar of the engines, I shout my instructions: “OK, girls, here’s what you gotta do. Just step on the gas, hold onto the steering wheel, and stay between the two walls. You got this.” And with a strong slap on the back and push out of the pit, Anna Mae and Lizzie accelerate to 220 MPH, begin zig-zagging around all the other cars - instantly proving they have what it takes to be a IndyCar champion.

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Topics: failure, growth mindset, education

Winding Down, Gearing Up

Posted by Keshia Seitz on April 20, 2018

It’s hard to believe, but it’s that time of the year again - SPRING!  With warmer weather in the forecast and a little over a month left until summer vacation, many administrators struggle to find time to get everything done to finish up the school year.  This time crunch makes it especially hard to research ways to help their teachers reflect on the year while also inspiring them to try & learn new things over the summer. If that’s you, then you are in luck! Below are a few easy ways that my schools “WIND DOWN” and “GEAR UP” for the new school year. Enjoy!

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Topics: professional development, teaching strategies, time outside the classroom, action planning, education, teaching, leadership, pyxis, administrators

Grade 10 ISTEP+ Readiness with Pivot Inspect Diagnostic Tests

Posted by Schauna Findlay Relue on March 16, 2018

The Indiana General Assembly’s legislative session just ended, and now we know that we will have the Grade 10 ISTEP+ for two more years with a college entrance exam replacing the Grade 10 ISTEP+ in 2021-22. We still have a lot of work to do to ensure our students are prepared for the current graduation exam and what is to follow.

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Topics: Pivot INSPECT, education, formative assessment

Transform Your District's PD! 

Posted by Zach Dodson on March 14, 2018

PyxisEdu is professional development for teachers like you’ve never seen before! Experience personalized learning in an online environment that features easily-accessible resources grounded in solid instructional pedagogy. Our experts curate resources that are matched to your interests and provide help right when you need it. PyxisEdu keeps track of all your hard work, so when it comes time for teacher license renewal, you get credit for all those hours of growth and learning!

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Topics: professional development, education, pyxis, administrators, elearning

Five-Star + Google = Awesome Learning!

Posted by Cheryl Adams on January 31, 2018

Five-Star Technology Solutions is proud to announce that we are now a Midwestern-based Google Partner! Google has strict requirements that companies must meet before they can become partners.  The year-long process involved observations, case studies to demonstrate our ability to help schools succeed with Google Tools, and the certification of our staff members.  However, this process ensured that our efforts align with Google’s research-based standards and exams. We strongly believe this partnership will allow us to help school districts across the Midwest create even more awesome learning experiences for kids through the use of Google tools! If you are interested in learning more about what we had to do to become partners and what it means for you, check out the infographic below!

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Topics: GAFE, Google, professional development, education, elearning