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The VariQuest Visual and Kinesthetic Learning Suite Blog contains resources on classroom ideas, lesson plans, industry news, events, and offers throughout education.

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The Importance of Visual Aids in Teaching

By: VariQuest Visual and Kinesthetic Learning Suite
May 13th, 2021

Visual aids are effective tools teachers can use in the classroom to enhance student interest, comprehension, and retention of information and concepts. At VariQuest, we offer tools to help students and teachers achieve greater results in the classroom, such as machines that create vibrant visual aid posters.

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Lessons/Activities/Templates | Special Education | Student Engagement | Grade Level: Primary (PK-2) | VariQuest Tools: Cutout Maker 1800 | Featured Topics: Student Engagement | Academic Subject: Special Education | Featured Topics: Lessons and Activities | VariQuest Tools: Motiva 400 | VariQuest Tools: Perfecta 2400STP | VariQuest Tools: Perfecta 3600STP

[Download] ELA Sensory Path for Schools: Forest Adventure

By: VariQuest Visual and Kinesthetic Learning Suite
May 5th, 2021

With traditional education instruction rooted in desk-sitting and blackboard-writing, teachers today are constantly innovating to reach students where they are, and how they learn best. In a classroom full of visual learners, auditory learners, and kinesthetic learners, educators have found creative ways to help students learn through viewing, hearing, and doing. Enter - the sensory path for schools.

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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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Recognition | Featured Topics: Student Engagement

End of Year Candy (and Cereal!) Awards

By: VariQuest Visual and Kinesthetic Learning Suite
April 28th, 2021

Hopefully you've heard it constantly this year, but it deserves to be said again: You're doing great. You're doing your best, your students are doing their best, and their parents are doing their best. The end of the year brings up these sentiments more than any other time of year, as you prepare to break for summer and send these students to their new classrooms next school year. And all the hard work your students have done - deserves a little reward and recognition. And what kid (or kid at heart) doesn't love a little treat!? You can make it as hearty (cereal) or sweet (candy) as you please, but you can make it easy using the VariQuest® Motiva® 400 Specialty Printer and Engage Every Learner® Content to create labels for your treats to show your students their work has not gone unnoticed!

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VariQuest Tools: Cutout Maker 1800 | VariQuest Tools: Cold Laminator 2510 | Featured Topics: Funding | VariQuest Tools: Motiva 400 | VariQuest Tools: Perfecta 2400STP | VariQuest Tools: Perfecta 3600STP

How Can I Spend My Federal Funding Dollars?

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

Engagement. Inclusivity. Social-Emotional Support. With all that students have experienced in recent months, you're looking ahead to the future. In a "normal" year, your federal funding dollars may have gone towards field trips, student performances, or hands-on lab materials. Now you have decisions to make on how to spend that funding in a meaningful way to set up for what next year will bring. Overcoming challenges from distance learning, promoting inclusion and equality, and expanding your social-emotional support efforts are just a few concepts that will require extra action as students (hopefully) return to classrooms. Today we'll explore a few major funding streams and how you can use aligned tools to face these challenges, head-on.

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Lessons/Activities/Templates | VariQuest Tools: Cutout Maker 1800 | Academic Subject: Science | VariQuest Tools: Cold Laminator 2510 | Featured Topics: Lessons and Activities | VariQuest Tools: Motiva 400 | VariQuest Tools: Perfecta 2400STP | VariQuest Tools: Perfecta 3600STP

[Video] Tips for Teaching the Water Cycle

By: VariQuest Visual and Kinesthetic Learning Suite
April 15th, 2021

While celebrating the earth is given a special day each year in April, students are fascinated with learning about the ground and the elements and the weather all year long. Recycling, limiting energy usage, and cleaning up litter are all important concepts to instill in our future generations, but what's equally important is their understanding of how the environment functions as its own thriving system - whether humans are here to enjoy it, or not. With rock cycles, life cycles, tide patterns, and more to explore, today we're going to talk about the water cycle, and tips for teaching it with a full class, in small groups, or as a take-home project for students.

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Special Education | VariQuest Tools: Cutout Maker 1800 | Academic Subject: Special Education | VariQuest Tools: Cold Laminator 2510 | VariQuest Tools: Motiva 400 | VariQuest Tools: Perfecta 2400STP | VariQuest Tools: Perfecta 3600STP

[eGuide] 5 Tips for Special Education During Hybrid or Distance Learning

By: Cathy Henry, Guest Blogger
March 30th, 2021

by Cathy Henry, Guest Blogger Special education teachers have an important job working to help students reach their full potential. They work tirelessly to find ways to help students navigate the general education classroom and to build life skills. While the job is never easy, it has grown to include even more obstacles and responsibilities during the time of COVID. Trainings offered to help during this time along with new tools for teachers and students are growing. However, finding the time to master these can be a challenge with the very full schedule teachers already have. Today I am sharing five quick tips, plus a downloadable guide with templates and ideas, designed to help you navigate the challenges of teaching special education via a virtual or hybrid model.

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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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Career & Technology Education (CTE) | Funding

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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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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Lessons/Activities/Templates | VariQuest Tools: Cutout Maker 1800 | Featured Topics: Lessons and Activities | Featured Topics: Templates for FREE download | VariQuest Tools: Motiva 400 | VariQuest Tools: Perfecta 2400STP | VariQuest Tools: Perfecta 3600STP | virtual learning

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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