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How to Prepare Classroom Materials for Durability and Disinfecting

By: VariQuest Visual and Kinesthetic Learning Suite
March 25th, 2021

You put lots of time and effort into the materials you create for classroom activities and discussion. Wouldn't it be great to use them over and over again, while maintaining cleanliness and sanitization standards?

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Resources for Building Career and Technical Education Programs

By: VariQuest Visual and Kinesthetic Learning Suite
March 11th, 2021

Career and Technical Education (CTE) may have taken a backseat during the isolation of the pandemic, with less opportunities for collaboration and hands-on learning, but the possibilities of futures for these students are still unlimited, and our responsibilities as educators to help them fulfill those have not changed. As we at VariQuest feel passionately about preparing students for their futures and full potentials, we've gathered together some resources to help you not only build a successful CTE program, but continue its evolution as industries and times change.

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How to Write a Grant eBook

How to Write a Grant eBook

This helpful guide includes an explanation of the grant process, including a checklist (with samples!), and useful links and resources to find funding!

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Using a Poster Maker for Health and Safety in Schools

By: VariQuest Visual and Kinesthetic Learning Suite
March 4th, 2021

There are various ways to get a point across. However, in order to successfully convey information in a way that sticks in the minds of your audience, visual aids are key. This is especially important when it comes to conveying health and safety information in schools. The use of posters made with an educational poster maker can get the job done effectively. At VariQuest, we offer the Perfecta® STP Series Printers which, paired with our innovative Engage Every Learner® Content, are ideal machines for producing health and safety posters in schools.

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Looking for Printed Materials for Distance Learning?

By: VariQuest Visual and Kinesthetic Learning Suite
February 18th, 2021

Distance learning has been hard on students (and teachers!) - not just from the lack of human interaction, but the stress of figuring out new technologies, the eye strain of staring at screens, and the absence of hands-on, collaborative learning activities they thrive on in a classroom setting. With distractions abound and parents often struggling to assist, take-home, printed activities may be a strategy worth employing to encourage a kinesthetic approach to a learning environment we've all had to adapt to.

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What Is a Cold Lamination Machine and What Can It Be Used For in the Classroom?

By: VariQuest Visual and Kinesthetic Learning Suite
February 9th, 2021

At VariQuest, we are your source for the tools and resources you need to enhance your ability to teach students in your classroom. The goal of interactive learning is to increase the attention and retention of students, increasing their overall knowledge and comprehension in various subjects. One device that can help teachers convey important knowledge to students in the classroom is the cold lamination machine.

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[Lesson Plan] Celebrate the Chinese New Year 2021!

By: VariQuest Visual and Kinesthetic Learning Suite
February 4th, 2021

Chinese New Year, also known as the Spring Festival, has been celebrated for thousands of years. It is one of the most important holidays widely celebrated in many Asian countries and territories including Mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, Vietnam, Malaysia, Singapore, Korea, Thailand. Usually falling between January 21st and February 20th, this year's start of the Chinese New Year will occur on Friday, February 12th, and is the Year of the Ox. The celebration lasts for about 15 days. Gung Hay Fat Choy is a common Chinese New Year’s greeting in Chinese Cantonese, which means “wishing you great happiness and prosperity.” On Chinese New Year, the themes of happiness, wealth, longevity, luck and good fortune are celebrated. Some of the traditional celebrations include family gatherings, visiting friends and relatives (baai nin), exchanging “lucky money” contained in red envelopes (lai see), decorating homes with paper decorations and scrolls, lion dances, and fireworks. Chinese New Year is a special holiday to celebrate with your class while teaching them others’ cultures and comparing them to American traditions. We have put together a collection of fun, hands-on and Common Core-aligned lessons and activities, classroom decorations, and craft projects for you to explore and enjoy with your class, and I want to share them with you!

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COVID Funding for Education

By: VariQuest Visual and Kinesthetic Learning Suite
January 27th, 2021

CARES, ESSER, HEERF, GEER....is your head spinning with letters? With additional funding for education to assist with planning in light of the COVID-19 Pandemic, there's a lot to process in terms of what is meant for which purpose, and we're here to help. Below you'll find some explanations, links, and a downloadable resource to help guide you through the COVID Funding for Education "jungle" and offer some suggestions on investments that align with the funding to enhance learning and safety today, tomorrow, and beyond!

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Better Than Resolutions: Help Students Create a Vision for Their Best New Year

By: VariQuest Visual and Kinesthetic Learning Suite
January 22nd, 2021

At the close of a year, we talk a lot about new year's resolutions - and how we want to better ourselves in the "fresh start" of a new orbit around the sun. But after the 2020 we had, it feels more important to look ahead to the possibilities of the future and frame "betterment" in a new light - in the form of hopes, dreams, and visions for what could be.

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How to Use Visual Machine Learning Tools to Make Students Feel Supported and Safe

By: VariQuest Visual and Kinesthetic Learning Suite
December 22nd, 2020

This wintertime at school looks stranger than it ever has and it is vital that students and school staff feel safe when coming into the classroom. At VariQuest, we’ve stood with educators via our Visual & Kinesthetic Learning Suite to help schools all across the country address the needs of the whole child through blended learning and differentiated instruction. Our visual machine learning tools have helped students feel supported throughout the years and in this ever-changing, tumultuous time, these tools are here to help make the transition back to school as smooth as possible.

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[Distance Learning Activities] 3 Ideas for Students to Reflect on 2020

By: VariQuest Visual and Kinesthetic Learning Suite
December 17th, 2020

There's no doubt about it, most of us are spending more time at home these days. And when we spend lots of time at home, we tend to have more time to think. This year, there has been a lot to think about. We wouldn't be able to teach history in our classroom if no one had documented it, and because no two experiences are alike, it is a valuable exercise to encourage our students to document their own experiences at 2020's end.

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