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Presidents’ Day: Educational Quotes By U.S. Presidents

A great leader is most known for his ability to inspire action through well-crafted words. Throughout history, U.S. leaders have delivered powerful speeches that have sparked change within the nation. With education a top priority, they have made powerful statements about learning and education.

Presidents' Day: Educational Quotes by U.S. Presidents

This Presidents’ Day, we celebrate all U.S. presidents past and present by sharing 10 educational quotes made by U.S. presidents:

  • If we want to invest in the prosperity of our nation, we must invest in the education of our children so that their talents may be fully employed. | Bill Clinton, 42nd President
  • If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be. | Thomas Jefferson, 3rd President
  • Let us think of education as the means of developing our greatest abilities, because in each of us there is a private hope and dream which, fulfilled, can be translated into benefit for everyone and greater strength for our nation. | John F. Kennedy, 35th President
  • Let us tenderly and kindly cherish, therefore, the means of knowledge. Let us dare to read, think, speak and write. | John Adams, 2nd President
  • The future belongs to young people with an education and the imagination to create. | Barack Obama, 44th President
  • The future of our nation depends on providing our children with a complete education that includes music. | Gerald Ford, 38th President
  • You see, we’ll never be able to compete in the 21st century unless we have an education system that doesn’t quit on children, an education system that raises standards, an education that makes sure there’s excellence in every classroom. | George W. Bush,  43rd President
  • Our progress as a nation can be no swifter than our progress in education. | John F. Kennedy, 35th President
  • The best means of forming a manly, virtuous, and happy people will be found in the right education of youth. Without this foundation, every other means, in my opinion, must fail. | George Washington, 1st President
  • Education is not the means of showing people how to get what they want. Education is an exercise by means of which enough men, it is hoped, will learn to want what is worth having. | Ronald Reagan, 40th President

 

Sources:

BrainyQuote // DoSomething.org // 4tests.com // learningtogive.org // Huffington Post

Digital Learning in Afterschool

In recent years, digital technology has emerged as a fundamental tool in education, transforming the way students learn and gather information. It supports educators, improves learning and prepares students for future success. Sandy Holt, a 12-year technology teacher and Technology Arts Instructor at AlphaBEST Education, tells us why digital literacy is important for students today and how technology is used in afterschool.

Digital Learning Day: Digital Technology in Afterschool

How has technology transformed education?

AlphaBEST Technology Arts Instructor discusses digital learning(SH): Students are digital natives. They begin to manipulate digital devices at the age of two. By using technology in the classroom, we are turning their knowledge into learning by honing in on their fluency as digital learners. Digital technology is also hands-on, which enhances the curriculum and keeps students engaged.

How important is digital literacy for today’s students?

(SH): Digital learning fosters the four C’s of 21st century learning: collaboration, communication, critical thinking and creativity. As technology instructors, we want children to learn how to manipulate apps and programs, demonstrate how to operate those tools to create projects and communicate with others—in the classroom and globally. These skills are preparing students for college and future careers.

How does AlphaBEST use technology to advance learning?

Digital Learning in Afterschool

(SH): At AlphaBEST, we enhance learning with digital arts programs that encourage students to work collaboratively, as well as independently. When working with these programs, such as SAM Animation and LEGO Robotics, teachers are the facilitators and students become leaders. As they complete projects, students become digital creators and learn to solve problems and share solutions with their peers.

What do students enjoy most about using digital tools to learn?

(SH): Students enjoy seeing the final product after working through each step of a project. For example, when using SAM Animation, students narrate a storyboard, create figures to use as props and operate technology to develop the animated movie. Every student has a role, and they realize that their individual work collectively leads to the completion of the project. They are excited and beam with delight when it is time to share their creations with other students!

Digital Learning in Afterschool

Digital learning is a great way to foster 21st century skills in students. Join thousands of educators as they celebrate the innovative use of digital technology!

For more information about Digital Learning Day, visit digitallearningday.org.

To learn more about AlphaBEST Education, visit www.alphabest.org.

How To Implement Blended Learning

Blended learning has become a big buzzword recently in the education field. It’s a learning initiative that pairs face-to-face instruction with online delivery of content and instruction. Blended learning promotes highly-personalized, student-centered learning and employs the smart use of technology. U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan believes it is a great way to prepare 21st century students for college and careers.

Digital Learning Now recently updated their Blended Learning Implementation Guide. Check out their infographic below which explains blended learning, how to implement it in your classroom or program and what has influenced a blended learning model.

Infographic: How to Implement Blended Learning Version 2.0

27 Steps to Becoming a 21st Century Educator

Developing 21st century learners has been a hot topic lately in education. But what about developing 21st century educators? Being a 21st century educator is more than incorporating technology in the classroom. It’s creating a collaborative learning environment that sparks creativity, innovation and communication among students.

Have you taken the leap into 21st century learning?

Check out this infographic from edudemic.com for ways you can morph into a 21st century teacher.

Infographic briefly explaining 27 Ways to Be a Better 21st Century Educator

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Do you have anything to add to this list? Please share!

#PTchat: Twitter Resource for Parents and Teachers

ptchat for parents on Twitter

Sometimes a parent’s only communication with teachers are through notes sent home with students or infrequent parent-teacher conferences and PTA/PTO meetings. The lack of communication between parents and teachers can have a negative effect on students’ education. The parent-teacher chat (#PTchat) on Twitter aims to act as the missing link by encouraging collaborative dialogue between parents and educators.

Every Wednesday night at 9pm, parents and teachers from all over the world log on to Twitter to participate in the #PTchat. They discuss parent-teacher issues, ways parents can become more involved in their child’s education and resources for parents and their families. Twitter users can join the chat by simply including #PTchat in their tweets. By following this hashtag, you can retweet or respond to other participants and contribute to the chat. You can keep up with past and upcoming parent-teacher chats here.

The #PTchat is also used to categorize content shared on Twitter aimed at both parents and teachers. For instance, if you would like to tweet “How parent involvement affects student achievement” to your followers, include #PTchat in your tweet and any Twitter user searching for parent-teacher content will find your tweet.

Not a tweeter? You can check out the best parent-teacher resources shared on Twitter by checking out #PTchat Daily.

The #PTchat is a great way to stay involved and keep up with the latest news and information on parent-teacher issues.

Here are more great hashtags for parents and teachers:

Educational Twitter hashtags for parents and teachers

Simply enter the hashtag in Twitter’s search query and you’ll begin discovering great resources!

For more information on the #PTchat, click here.