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12 Days of #EdTech-mas: The gift of human connection


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I have saved the best for last. In my final post of the 12 days of EdTech-mas, I take a look at what some would call, the most important part of the teaching process, building a connection/relationship with your students.

Everyone of us have been impacted by a teacher because of the connection that was developed between teacher and student. "Students may forget the lessons, but they remember the teacher," I have often heard some say.


Check out these resources below for tools to help develop connections with students.

5 Tips for Better Relationships with Your Students

http://www.nea.org/tools/51057.htm - "Protect the Student’s Self-Esteem"

6 Tech Tools that Boost Teacher-Parent Communication

https://www.commonsense.org/education/blog/6-tech-tools-that-boost-teacher-parent-communication

Technology Ideas to Connect Students to the World - EdWeek

http://blogs.edweek.org/edweek/global_learning/2015/04/technology_tools_to_prepare_your_students_for_the_21st_century.html


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