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Category: Resources

Teaching Strategies to Close the Year Based on Student Interests

It’s the time of year to help students pinpoint areas of interest and encourage them to explore those further.   As the year comes to a close, student motivation can start to slip. When the weather warms up, it’s okay to admit that some students may be counting down the days until their summer vacations start. […]

Say Hello to the New Student Experience

Today, we released a redesigned student experience on Kiddom to help 21st century learners access and submit work, track their own progress, and solicit feedback from teachers in real-time, from one place. Over the past century, education technology has often left students out of the equation. That’s unfortunate, because students today move fast and are […]

Take Control: Don’t Wait for Professional Development

  When I taught middle school math, I really wanted to learn how to teach mathematical concepts at a deeper level beyond state standards. One year, my administration asked me to pilot a new curriculum, one that emphasized deeper conceptual learning. It was exactly what I had been wanting, but I had mixed feelings. Change […]

Teaching and Learning Made Beautiful: Introducing the New Kiddom

We’re building Kiddom to be a collaborative platform to allow teachers and learners to work together effortlessly, no matter where they are. To that end, today we released a completely redesigned platform, one which will help teachers plan, assess, and analyze learning in one cohesive system. Why redesign Kiddom? Well, we’ve been doing our homework. […]

Education Technology Requires Student Buy-In, Too

  “Imagine you will be teaching a class full of Sheldons from The Big Bang Theory.” That is how teaching students with unique learning was introduced to me as I interviewed for my current teaching position at a boarding school designed to support these challenges. The majority of my students are diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder […]

Teachers Need Sandbox Time, Too

  When I first experienced professional development (PD) as a new teacher, the session was not as positive or as promising as I’d hoped for. My school was struggling with academic achievement and as a result, staff was mandated to attend PD sessions twice a week before school, once a week after school, and at […]

Flipping “I Do, We Do, You Do”

The first instructional model I learned as a teacher was “I Do, We Do, You Do.” Also known as the gradual release of responsibility (GRR), I thought this strategy was effective when introducing new concepts because it allowed me to “reach” every student at the same time. But like any instructional technique, GRR has its […]

Introducing an iOS App for Teachers and Learners

We’re building Kiddom to be a place where teachers and learners can work together effortlessly, no matter where they are. Today, we’re proud to release our first version of an iOS app that supports both teachers and learners. Our latest iOS app (optimized for iPhone and iPad) makes it easier than ever for teachers to […]

Dear Donald

  Dear Donald: You’ve been on my mind a lot lately. You’re the first thing I think about when I wake up, the last thing I think about when I go to sleep, and my dreams — oh lord, Donald, you are all up in my dreams. You’ve got me feeling some kind of way. Ours is […]

“Disrupting Traditional PD.” Practice What You Preach!

  Imagine you’re a chef and you’re about to participate in a cooking class with Bobby Flay to get some professional development. You’ve been a chef for years, but you’re seeking to expand your knowledge of the culinary arts. The trip is booked and you’ve packed your favorite cooking utensils and a camera to capture the moments. […]