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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

Are You Ready for ISTE 2018?

Posted by Cheryl Adams on June 22, 2018

In just three short days, ISTE 2018 will kick off in Chicago, Illinois! Educators from all over the world will gather to learn how to utilize technology in their classrooms and transform learning for their students. We are so incredibly excited to announce that Five-Star will be attending, presenting, and exhibiting at this conference! This is our first time officially attending as a company, but many of our team members have had the chance to experience this conference in the past. Since we are new to the ISTE world, we gathered some tips from our ISTE-veteran friends for maximizing our time at the conference.

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Topics: lifelong learning, professional development, explore, personalized learning

Books to Read for Summer 2017

Posted by Cheryl Adams on July 12, 2017

Educators are life-long learners. It's what we do! So, before summer comes to an end, make sure you check out these awesome reads recommended by our very own Five-Star employees. 

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Topics: balance, educators, leisure activities, lifelong learning, relaxation

Are You Modeling the "Ask 3" Approach?

Posted by Troy Guthrie on September 1, 2016

Have you ever heard (or used) the phrase, “Ask three, then me”?  I heard other teachers use it with their students when I started teaching four years ago. The idea is simple: before students come and ask the teacher for help, they should check with three other sources. They can ask three friends. They can ask Google, Siri, and a friend. There are many possible combinations!  The teacher is happy to help, as long as the student has consulted three other sources first. The main point of this phrase, I think, is to teach students to dig for answers. To think. To learn. To keep going when you're stuck. NOT to expect that answers will be spoon fed.


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Topics: Integration Services, lifelong learning, methodology, modeling, problem solving, professional development, teaching strategies