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10 SURPRISING and EFFECTIVE Strategies for Cyberbullying

Web Savor by Donn Sawyer

Here are 10 surprising and engaging strategies you may not have considered for helping students deal with online peer aggression. Check them out and please share the link with other educators. [Grades K-12]

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6 Keys to Unlock Student Motivation

Workshop by Donna Sawyer

WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION: If ever there has been a silver bullet for breathing life into your delivery of your curriculum, it can be found in these SIX CRITICAL CONDITIONS. Why? These conditions zero in on some of the biggest problems teachers and students face every day: lack of motivation, apathy, and a student's inability to persist with complex tasks. What are the six conditions and how can we apply them to increase achievement in the classroom? Join us to explore the six elements and to access an online gold mine of technology-rich strategies that can quickly improve a teacher's capacity to reach unmotivated and disengaged students. Spend a HALF-DAY (demo & discussion) or a WHOLE DAY (demo, discussion, & hands-on technology) mastering six powerhouse strategies and walk away with a wealth of free online resources to make it happen in your classroom. Email Info@PODLS.com. Contact Us to learn more about scheduling a workshop for your organization.

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7 Steps to Radically Raise Test Scores with Technology-Rich, PROVEN Practices

Workshop by Donna Sawyer

WORKSHOP DESCRIPTION: What PROVEN principles, practices, and assessments have the BEST chance of prompting an immediate and unprecedented effect on learning results for students performing below basic level? Explore practical applications and walk away with a massive collection of data-driven uses for digital content. Workshop participants receive a CODE to download an interactive handout packed with links to free online resources for every step. Email Info@PODLS.com if you have any questions. Contact Us to learn more about scheduling a workshop for your organization.

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7 Steps: A Resource Collection for Step #1

Web Savor by Donna Sawyer

This resource collection provides support, tools, strategies, and research for educators participating in the series of training events called "7 Steps: A Road Trip to Radically Raise Test Scores with Technology-Rich, Proven Practices." Participants explore PROVEN principles, practices, and assessments that have the BEST chance of prompting an immediate and unprecedented effect on learning results for students performing below basic level. For more information about this professional development, email Info@PODLS.com.

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70+ Stupendous Sites to Promote Global Education

Web Savor by Donna Sawyer

Browse this colossal collection of 70+ web sites bursting at the seams with global learning connections, interactive tools, games, multimedia resources, and classroom-ready lesson ideas.

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An Incredible Collection of High-Interest Internet Safety Sites for Grades K-5

Web Savor by Donna Sawyer

This incredible collection of Internet Safety resources for ELEMENTARY STUDENTS is overflowing with some of the best simulations, video clip galleries, games, interactives, comics, and engaging content you can find on the Web! [Web sites move and change every day. If you discover a broken link, simply type the name of the Web site into your search engine and navigate to its new location.]

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Bullying: The ONLY Answer to the Problem

Printable by Donna Sawyer

Is peer aggression improving in our schools? NO. "Traditional attempts by schools to change bullies, or to teach them a lesson, are not only futile but actually make the problem worse." (Dr. Gordon Neufeld, Developmental Psychologist) What are we missing? What can we do? This 26-page resource explains why traditional approaches do not work and outlines a two-pronged approach that educators can use to get REAL results. It also includes free online multimedia resources, eBooks, and legal information, along with a bonus collection of online safety sites featuring simulations, games, strategies, video galleries, and some very cool tools. [NOTE: Workshop Participants receive a free download code as part of the training.]

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Class Action: Workshop Participant Resource Guide

Printable by Donna Sawyer

This participant resource guide, called "Class Action: A Rapid Response Kit for Investigating School Technology Abuse," is packed with practical strategies and ready-made resources for quickly responding to cases of school technology abuse. Some of the resources include: Suggested Steps for Responding to Violations of School Law or School Policy, A Template for Preparing Your Custom Action Plan, A List of Quick Links to the Law, One-page Quick References for Investigating Sexting, Search and Seizure, Student Cyber-Speech, and Accessing Electronic Communications During Investigations, A Policy Scavenger Hunt to Expose Teachers to Your Policies, A List of Free High-Quality eSafety Sites, and MORE.

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Fear in School

Audio by Quote by John Holt | Narration by Louise Gomedella

Louise Gomedella, a retired North Carolina elementary school teacher, narrates a powerful quote about fear from John Holt's book, How Children Fail. "Interestingly, it appears that of all the emotions, the brain devotes the most space and energy to fear." (Schaffhausen, 2005) Neuroimaging scans demonstrate that under stressful conditions information is blocked from entering the brain's areas of higher cognitive memory consolidation and storage. (Willis, 2007)

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Global Trade-Trade-Chat Cards

Printable by Donna Sawyer

This is one of several PODLS that form a colossal Global Awareness Kit bursting at the seams with connections to the Common Core State Standards, quick and easy lesson ideas, activity cards, handouts, and engaging website collections.

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High-Voltage Vocabulary for Students

Web Savor by Donna Sawyer

Students, lose that long list of copied definitions and use this proven approach to OVERPOWER words that trip your circuits. Take each word through these five steps of fun with technology tools. By the time you finish Step 5 you should have the word stored in long-term memory. It is no surprise that the way to score well on the Verbal SAT is to have a large vocabulary, but do you know there is a positive connection between the size of your vocabulary and your future money-making potential? If you don't build your vocabulary, who will?

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Information and Technology Skills Color MiniPosters: Databases

Printable by Kay Wheeler and Donna Sawyer

A Blast from the Past: Kaleidoscope's popular color mini-posters are back! Quick and easy activities, vocabulary lists, diagrams, word searches, fill-in-the-blanks, matching, and more, address a variety of technology topics. Coming Soon: NEW Mini-posters Aligned with North Carolina's Information and Technology Essential Standards

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Information and Technology Skills Color MiniPosters: Multimedia

Printable by Kay Wheeler and Donna Sawyer

A Blast from the Past: Kaleidoscope's popular color mini-posters are back! Quick and easy activities, vocabulary lists, diagrams, word searches, fill-in-the-blanks, matching, and more, address a variety of technology topics. Coming Soon: NEW Mini-posters Aligned with North Carolina's Information and Technology Essential Standards

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Information and Technology Skills Color MiniPosters: Word Processing

Printable by Kay Wheeler and Donna Sawyer

A Blast from the Past: Kaleidoscope's popular color mini-posters are back! Quick and easy activities, vocabulary lists, diagrams, word searches, fill-in-the-blanks, matching, and more, address a variety of technology topics. Coming Soon: NEW Mini-posters Aligned with North Carolina's Information and Technology Essential Standards

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Information and Technology Skills Color MiniPosters: Societal Issues

Printable by Kay Wheeler and Donna Sawyer

A Blast from the Past: Kaleidoscope's popular color mini-posters are back! Quick and easy activities, vocabulary lists, diagrams, word searches, fill-in-the-blanks, matching, and more, address a variety of technology topics.

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Information and Technology Skills Color MiniPosters: Spreadsheets

Printable by Kay Wheeler and Donna Sawyer

A Blast from the Past: Kaleidoscope's popular color mini-posters are back! Quick and easy activities, vocabulary lists, diagrams, word searches, fill-in-the-blanks, matching, and more, address a variety of technology topics. Coming Soon: NEW Mini-posters Aligned with North Carolina's Information and Technology Essential Standards

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LITERACY: 10 Free Technology Tools to Increase Fluency with Audio-Assisted Reading

Web Savor by Donna Sawyer

Explore 10 free Web sites that can be used for increasing reading fluency with audio-assisted technology tools. There is something for everyone from toddlers to teens, plus a practical list of classroom management tips and ideas. FLUENCY is far more than oral reading; it is the bridge that takes students from decoding words to comprehending them. In fact, reading fluency STRONGLY predicts performance on state tests - across grade levels and states! [Educational Research Newsletter] Research consistently demonstrates that reading along with audio accelerates the reading fluency and comprehension of struggling readers, students with learning disabilities, and English Language Learners. [From Fluency to Comprehension, by Teaching Practices That Work]

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Motivation Key #1: Ten Powerful Behavior Management Resources

Web Savor by Donna Sawyer

Explore this rich collection of resources for immediate support in identifying and adapting effective relationship-building disciplinary practices. In this list you will find a free online database with step-by-step instructions for handling over 120 misbehaviors, powerful responses to problem behaviors, instructional design strategies to boost student engagement, and MORE. ---> NOTE: This is one of several Digital Learning Tool resource collections designed to support the 6 critical conditions that MUST be present in our teaching and learning environments for successful behavior management. Contact Info@PODLS.com to schedule a training seminar for your school.

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Motivation Key #2: Amazing Online Tools for Global Awareness and Building Community

Web Savor by Donna Sawyer

Group brainstorming tools, social voting sites, visual thinking maps, student response systems, movie-makers, cartoon creators, and geo-located interactive timelines with a social twist can turn community building and global awareness into an adventure! Dive into this pool of free online tools to help students "prepare for and participate effectively in a range of conversations and collaborations with diverse partners, building on other's ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively." [K-12 College & Career Readiness Anchor Standards, Speaking and Listening: Comprehension and Collaboration] NOTE: This is one of several Digital Learning Tool resource collections designed to support the 6 critical conditions that MUST be present in our teaching and learning environments in order to counter student misbehavior, apathy, and rebellion. Contact Info@PODLS.com to schedule a training seminar for your school.

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Motivation Key #4: Boost Critical Thinking with Digital Learning Resources

Web Savor by Donna Sawyer

Dip into this list of digital learning resources for concept-based activities, exit slip templates, posters, 5-minute formative assessment strategies, ideas to boost critical thinking, and loads of problem-solving opportunities. ---> NOTE: This is one of several Digital Learning Tool resource collections designed to support the 6 critical conditions that MUST be present in our teaching and learning environments in order to counter student misbehavior, apathy, and rebellion. Contact Info@PODLS.com to schedule a training seminar for your school.

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People and Cultures Photo Activity (Legal Size Paper)

Printable by Donna Sawyer

This is one of several PODLS that form a colossal K-2 Global Awareness Kit bursting at the seams with connections to the Common Core State Standards, quick and easy lesson ideas, activity cards, handouts, and engaging website collections.

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Student Achievement Data Workspace

Printable by Donna Sawyer

Download this student achievement data worksheet as a starting point in gathering evidence of critical instructional needs. Achievement data is one of the four types of data needed to reveal strengths and weaknesses in the system and focus goals. A comprehensive assessment plan makes use of multiple sources of information, including achievement data, demographic data, program data, and perception data.

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The EZ Button: Take the DIS Out of Discipline

Printable by Donna Sawyer

This simple three-step framework takes the stress out of discipline while providing a consistent response which gives the adult time to cool down, gather information from a professional database, and then assemble an effective plan to address the misbehavior. Step #3 links you to a free online database with step-by-step directions for handling over 120 misbehaviors. Kiss classroom management worries goodbye!