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Summer Break: Discover New Materials and Resources

 
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We asked one of our favorite guest bloggers, Julia Cremin, to share her reflections as a teacher on summer break. We will share the three posts as a "Summer Break" series.

What Keeps Principals Up At Night: Determining Your School's Needs

 
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VariQuest's blog is open to educators across the country who are interested in sharing their ideas, stories and opinions with our network of teachers, administrators and more. If you have something you would like to share, please let us know! Email your ideas to variquest@variquest.com

Summer Break: A Time for Reflection and Preparation

 
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We asked one of our favorite guest bloggers, Julia Cremin, to share her reflections as a teacher on summer break. We will share the three posts as a "Summer Break" series.

Ready, Set, Print! Tips for using your VariQuest Perfecta

 
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We hope you had a chance to relax a time or two during this well deserved summer break!

 

We wanted to share a helpful 'product tips' poster we just created for those of you who teach at schools that have our VariQuest Perfecta Poster Printer. Check it out and be sure to print and post next to your Perfecta printer for other staff to see.

 

VariQuest Highlighted on TechFaster Preview of ISTE

 
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We were thrilled to be an Editor's Choice for TechFaster's preview of this year's ISTE conference. Ashley Allen, a staff writer for TechFaster, spoke to our Director of Marketing and New Product Development, Nina Swienton mid June. Check it out! You can see the original article here.

Hot Topics at NAESP: Recommended Reading & Presentations to Attend

 
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The National Association of Elementary School Principals's (NAESP) annual conference is just around the corner! This is such an incredible conference due in some ways to the organization's committent to best practices in schools. As they put it, "When it comes to defining the future of elementary school education, it only happens here." There are eight focus areas this year, four of which are topics we are passionate about and often cover in our blog and which visuals and visual learning can play a vital role. If you are attending the conference, perhaps these will give you some food for thought on the way to Nashville! We've also listed a few presentations in each category that we have been eyeing.

Back to Basics: Manipulatives in the Classroom

 
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We just got back from ISTE 2014—what an experience! After a tech-ridden weekend, we took time to reflect on how we support traditional classroom learning methods—methods that have remained into the 21st century. That’s when we started thinking about manipulatives. Manipulatives don’t have to be just building blocks or cubes—anything a visual-kinesthetic learner can physically or visually manipulate on his or her own that aids their learning process is a manipulative worth exploring.

How New Principals Can Increase Parent Engagement

 
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In the most recent issue of NAESP’s Communicator, a report from the National Panel of New Principals disclosed statistics from new principals regarding parent involvement and engagement. They found that “most new principals have clearly defined goals for engagement.”

"Netiquette" Rules Roundup

 
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Last Wednesday, June 11, Educational Technology published a brief article titled "15 Essential Netiquette Guidelines to Share with Your Students." It caught our eye right away as it featured a graphic that is similar to one of our most popular poster templates. It also included a thorough infographic from Touro College's Online Education Department. This sort of in-depth infographic would be great to send to your students before launching any sort of online-based learning community such as a message board or online forum.

Visual Learning Technology & Differentiated Instruction

 
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Any teacher will tell you that you never have a classroom filled with students who learn the same way, so expecting them to is setting them up for failure. Differentiated instruction is all about customizing instruction, which can be difficult and daunting for teachers who are facing new challenges, standards, and expectations. While differentiating instruction may seem like a no-brainer for educators, teachers and principals must make the connection between technological tools and differentiated instruction in order to successfully integrate this practice into their schools and classrooms.

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