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New Year, New School Supplies

If you’re starting out the new year with a fresh classroom budget, you may be wondering how you can afford the basics, as well as items that inspire your students to learn. There are essentials like tissue, pencils, and hand sanitizer that are important, but your students could also benefit from new equipment and technology. We have everything from educational STEM games to Bluetooth speakers. We’re going to break down the best items by price point. Let’s maximize your classroom budget and find the perfect educational items!

$25 and under

Hamilton Buhl Smart-Trek Deluxe Stereo Headphones:

These headphones are a durable option at an affordable price point. They are versatile and compatible with many different types of technologies. Smart-Trek headphones are specifically designed to stand up the K-12 environment. Their high-quality leatherette ear cushions are easy to clean and provide excellent noise-isolation.

$25-$50

Comprehensive 6-outlet surge protector 12ft cord:

For the teacher who is always on top of the latest tech, this multi-use power strip is a must. You can safely charge and power up to six items at a time. The best part is it comes with a lifetime warranty. You will get tons of use out of this power strip!

$60-$100

3D Magic Pen:

This pen allows for creative hand-drawn three-dimensional renderings. Your students will enjoy taking their creativity from paper to three-dimensional reality! This pen comes with three color filaments but you can purchase more to incorporate in the classroom.

$100 and up

Andrea Communications Wireless Noise-Canceling Bluetooth Stereo Headset:

This is a top of the line headset with 360-degree microphone rotation. An effective noise-canceling headset with high-quality digital sound, it’s also got a durable padded headband and plush leatherette ear cushions. Some other helpful features include voice dialing, call waiting, and last number redial. On top of all of this, it comes with a USB dongle, charging cable, and carry case for storage and portability.

Invent! Kit:

This STEAM education robot is run on code. This kit comes with components needed to create programmable inventions. This robot has collision sensors, buzzers, color-changing lights, line sensors, and even infrared sensors. Open up a new world of experimentation and innovation to your students!

Whatever your classroom budget, we have something exciting to help your students learn and grow. We have many more products just like the ones listed above, in our online store. Shop all Encore Data Products and find the right m

HOW TO USE MEURAL ART CANVAS IN SCHOOLS and LIBRARIES

Looking to discover new art every day and engage students with new and exciting lesson plans?

Here are 10 ways how to use Meural canvas in the classroom or library.

Meural is a digital canvas that allows you to display art and change the image with a wave of your hand.
With the Meural subscription you will have access to $3 billion worth of artwork to display!  Plus you can easily add your own images!

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1. Create your own playlists to showcase specific artists, styles and more.
2. Create a Canvas pop quiz for your students.  Name the artist or style of art.
3. Create presentations of student created art in the classroom
4. Showcase student works in the front office
5. Display visual examples of works and artists being discussed in class
6. Develop interests of developing artists in your class
7. Use this as a fun tool that lets you learn about new and old artists
8. Use images as a visual aid in art (and beyond) lesson plans
9. Discover new artists and provide inspiration to your students
10. Place in the library for students & staff to look at tons of art

Innovative and engaging!

Bring every brushstroke to life

TrueArt technology—a proprietary blend of hardware, firmware, and software—renders images lifelike and textured.

Hang in horizontal or vertical

The Canvas automatically detects the orientation you’re in.

Simple, intuitive control

Control through via website, app, or simply the wave of your hand!

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Idaho Still Has Current Issues With Common Core

One of the later adopters of Common Core as of January 24, 2011, Idaho has faced a tumultuous end to 2015. With scores on the state’s first assessment based on the Common Core coupled with parents fighting to have a say on opting out of the program altogether, the state is doing what it can to find a happy medium within such a complex situation.

 

Released Scores

In July, Idaho released the preliminary results of their Idaho Standards Achievement Test, one put together by Smarter Balanced, a consortium of states working together to create exams based off of the Core’s new standards. Unsurprisingly, the results were low. As a new test asking about higher standards, virtually all educators were expecting a dip in scores as both they and the children learn to adapt.

As it stands, only half of all students are proficient or more in both English and math. Critics ask for more information, such as figuring out how reliable the test actually is. Teachers are working to figure out how best to improve these grades come the next test. Because of this, most educators all but expect the scores to increase over time.

 

Released Controversy

Common Core is one of the nation’s most debated topics at the moment in regards to education. While Idaho has managed to get through the past four years relatively unscathed, this recent year has proven to be challenging.

In the latter half of this year, parents banded together to create a “parental rights” bill. This document was designed to require all Idaho schools to create opt-out processes for parents, giving them the legal right to shield their children from material they don’t agree with. Luckily, it was a bill that died in a House Education Committee hearing.

The reason this has been so frustrating for educators is the fact that student participation is directly tied to government funding. In an age where schools scrape the bottom of the barrel year after year, losing $57.2 million would be a crippling blow. Current law states that in order for Title I funding from the government to continue, at least 95% of all students in the state have to participate in the annual testing. If parents had gotten the bill to pass, this would have resulted in drastic educational harm in addition to severely increased taxes to make up for the deficit.

Crushing the bill, however, doesn’t mean that the educators of the state aren’t listening. Idaho’s superintendent Sherri Ybarra is doing everything she can to find a balance without sacrificing the funding desperately needed to protect the most vulnerable students across the state. For this, she’s putting her faith in a continually developing Core standard set that will produce great results in the future.

The changing face of education

At one time there were chalkboards, and the teacher wrote information in white chalk, so that it stood out against the dark green or black background. Today’s classes probably have smartboards, which enable them and their students to interact and engage with the board in numerous ways. A pencil and paper were once standard fare, as well. That was education then, but learning has turned a corner. Technology has changed the landscape of the classroom today, and it may never be the same.

computer-103577_640iPads are starting to emerge in classrooms. Before that it was PCs and laptops. Teachers can teach a lesson using all kinds of digital technology. This demands that they not only know and study the curriculum, they must know about different forms of technology and how to maximize them in the class. Consider the words spoken by John Dewey when he understood that the classroom would advance forward. “If we teach today as we taught yesterday, we rob our children of tomorrow,” he cautioned.

Bell ringers, which are activities for children to start on upon entering the classroom, used to be projected onto a screen with a Buhl or similar projector. Now, teachers can go to various websites and find videos with short lesson activities that students can do by following a tutorial. This keeps the students busy while the teacher takes attendance.

Teaching vocabulary and spelling used to be an involved process. Sometimes the teacher would introduce the words on Monday or day one. For homework that day, students would write each word five times. On day two, the students’ homework might involve using each word in sentence. On day three they had to write the definitions. By Thursday they needed to study all that previous work in preparation for a spelling test to be taken the next day. This system was labor intensive and involved a lot of writing. Today, teachers are using sites like Spellingcity.com to mix things up. Students still have various forms of preparation for the spelling tests, but the options may include games, practice exercises and quizzes. On Dovewhisperer.com students can access vocabulary flashcards already created by others to help them prepare for tests and to incorporate the new vocabulary.

The volumes of encyclopedias that used to drive research have been replaced by internet search engines, and even digital encyclopedias.

Tests can be taken without a pen or pencil. In fact, with online learning, many students take their tests online and complete discussions and other assignments online.

Students today are blogging on subjects as part of the classroom assignment. They are also using podcasts, creating websites, taking virtual field trips and more. The integration of instruction with technology has been the driving force behind good instructional lesson planning for many years running. Furthermore, with common core curriculum, new testing protocol dictates that headphones be used. Headphones also show up in the classroom when students listen to taped lessons, practice vocabulary or listen to a recorded lesson from their teacher. It’s a whole new world.