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New Teacher Starter Kit

new teacher starter kit
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Congratulations and welcome to teaching! As you start your professional journey, Tech & Learning is here to support you with experience and expertise from our team and advisors, who have substantial time in front of a class doing what you’re about to do. We know it can be daunting, and a little scary, but we’re here to help you succeed.

To help build your teaching toolbox, here is a new teacher starter kit -- a regularly updated assortment of resources, tips, and advice from education professionals like yourself, regarding using edtech, implementing digital tools, and navigating technology in the classroom. Good luck!

Professional Development 

11 Edtech Tips for New Teachers - Advice to help new teachers implement digital tools into their classrooms and instruction.

5 Edtech Books Every New and Seasoned Teacher Should Read - These edtech books support professional learning for teachers in all academic areas and grade levels.

10 Effective Online Learning Practices - How to prepare for effective remote and distance learning.

5 Summer Professional Development Ideas - Summer is the perfect time to take advantage of great learnings and have enough time to put those learnings into practice in your planning for next school year. 

Video Lectures: 4 Tips for Teachers - Creating short and engaging video lectures for students is a growing trend at education institutions.

Zoom/Video Conferencing Best Practices - Researchers at Stanford University and the University of Gothenburg find those who look at the camera are viewed more favorably by other Zoom/video conference participants.

Top Sites for Educator Professional Development - Professional development is an ongoing process for any educator. Looking for the best ways to impart knowledge to students and staying current with the latest learning trends is critical.   

How To Become a Google Certified Educator - The Google Certified Educator program offers the chance for teachers to gain practical PD while earning a badge to demonstrate their edtech expertise.

Providing New Teachers with Remote PD and Modeling - Strategies to support new teachers with technology as they navigate these trying times and remote learning. 

4 Lessons From Remote Learning - Despite its challenges, remote learning has changed in-person learning for the better, says one Kansas City educator.

5 Tips for Talking to Social Media-Addicted Teens - Talking to social-media addicted teens requires meeting them where they communicate, according to Nicole Rice, author of Does Your Teen Talk? No, But They Text, Snap, and TikTok

Classroom Engagement: 4 Tips From Students for Teachers - Four students share their advice for teachers looking to create more engaging and impactful classes.

5 Tips for Implementing Active Learning - Active learning provides ways to get your students engaged without needing to revamp how you teach.

How to Write in Plain Language for Teaching - Using plain language for school websites and family communication is an effective way to assure understanding, especially when translation is involved.

5 Lessons for Teachers from Ted Lasso - How the optimistic soccer coach models some good behavior for teachers.

Websites, Apps & Digital Tools 

Best Tools for Teachers - If you’re new to teaching or looking to learn more about digital tools for teachers such as Zoom, TikTok, Minecraft, Microsoft Teams, or Flipgrid -- and all the related apps and resources -- here’s where to get started. We cover the basic features for each one, plus provide tips and advice to get the most out of your experience.

Google Education Tools & Apps - Google Classroom is the most popular digital tool in education, due to its cost (free!) and the multitude of easy-to-use apps and resources related to it. Many school systems rely on it because of its accessibility, ease of use, and flexibility. 

Best YouTube Sites and Channels for Education - Safe-viewing tips and education-focused channels to help take advantage of the fantastic free educational videos YouTube provides.

Top Flipped Classroom Tech Tools - Flipped educators shared their favorite resources for their flipped classrooms.

Fact-Checking Sites for Students - Student research sites and apps that are safe and unbiased, and specialize in debunking claims and providing objective, researched analysis.

First Day of Class: 5 Edtech Tools That Can Make it More Engaging - These interactive apps will help keep your students active and engaged as they get to know you, each other, and what to expect this year.

Best Digital Icebreakers - Ease into the new school year is with fun and engaging digital icebreakers.

Tech & Learning Reader Favorites - These top Tech & Learning articles explore the latest ideas, resources, and tools for teachers and students.

Lesson Plans for Digital Tools

These lesson plans are designed to provide a template for implementing specific popular digital tools into your instruction and classroom.

Flipgrid Lesson Plan for Upper Elementary and Middle School Classes

Kahoot! Lesson Plan for Elementary Grades

Wakelet Lesson Plan for Middle and High School

Padlet Lesson Plan for Middle and High School

Google Earth Lesson Plan for Elementary and Middle School

Google Slides Lesson Plan

WeVideo Lesson Plan

Teacher Tech & Devices 

Best Desktop Computers For Teachers - Get the ultimate education-focused desktop computer that's ideal for teachers.

Best Laptops for Teachers - Get the best laptop for teachers both in class and for remote learning.

Best Tablets for Teachers - The ultimate tablets for use by teachers in class and for remote learning.

Best Laptop Docking Stations For Teachers - Get the ideal laptop dock for teachers working between remote and classroom lessons.

Best Webcams for Teachers - The best webcams for education, be it for teachers or students, can make all the difference.

Best Ring Lights For Remote Teaching - Create the perfect lighting for video teaching to give the best remote learning experience.

Best Headphones for Teachers - The best headphones for teachers in remote learning situations can make a huge difference to the quality of a lesson.  

Edtech Tips & Troubleshooting

How Do I Livestream a Class? - To livestream a class it's easier than ever before and here's what you need to know to get started right now.

Why Do My Webcam and Microphone Not Work? - Webcam and microphone not work? This is how you can get up and running.

Why Can't I Print from My Computer? - If you've asked why can’t I print from my computer, it's time to take a breath of relief as we reveal all you need to know.

How Can I Extend My Laptop Battery Charge for a Full School Day? - If you've asked 'How can I extend my laptop battery charge?', you've come to the right place.

5 COVID Classroom Mistakes to Avoid - It's human nature to let down our guard in certain situations. However, with new variants appearing, here are some Covid-related risks to monitor.

What Type of Mask Should Educators Wear? - Educators should be wearing better masks, says Dr. Joseph G. Allen, director of the Healthy Buildings Program at Harvard University’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

Ray Bendici is the Managing Editor of Tech & Learning and Tech & Learning University. He is an award-winning journalist/editor, with more than 20 years of experience, including a specific focus on education.