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From Chalkboards to AI: The Evolution of Educational Tools

Imagine a classroom from the 1800s: the chalky smell of blackboards, the scratch of chalk, and rows of wooden desks. Fast forward to today, and the scene has transformed with the digital hum of computers, the soft glow of tablets, and the promise of AI at our...

Disruptive Technologies in the Classroom

Dive into our latest video, "Disruptive Technologies," where we briefly touch on the transformative impact of technological advancements in education.  Keep an eye on our social media and sign up for our mailing list to explore a wider array of topics, from AI’s...

Navigating the Digital Shift: Strategies for Effective Online Learning in K-12 Education

Introduction The digital shift in education, accelerated by the COVID-19 pandemic, has brought to light both the opportunities and challenges of online learning, particularly in the K-12 sector. A systematic review underscores the necessity of understanding and...

Refreshing Minds and Energizing Learning: The Power of Brain Breaks in Education

By guest author, Teacher AndrewIn the midst of curriculum demands, it's easy to overlook the critical need for breaks. These pauses are essential not just for physical rest but for mental rejuvenation, camaraderie, and self-reflection. As educators, it's vital to...

From Shipwrecks to Screen Time: The Double-Edged Sword of Progress

By guest author, Deidre MarloweWhen they invented the ship, they invented the shipwreck. When they invented electricity, they invented the electric chair” – Paul Virilio. The cotton gin was patented as a labor-saving device in 1794. By 1810 the number of slaves in the...

Teachers, Hack Your Time!

As the new school year arrives, we will share posts from current and former teachers detailing pain points in their daily teaching lives. We hope you find these helpful as you continue educating your students! If you are interested in learning more, join our free...

Free Webinar with USDLA – Tech + SEL = Digital Citizenship

Join Banyan and USDLA for an end-of-year FREE webinar. We share our techniques of combining technology and SEL to teach digital citizenship.   Oh yeah, and it is FREE! Register to attend by clicking the button below.

The Importance of Digital Citizenship

As more of our students’ day is spent in front of screens, teaching Digital Citizenship is becoming more important. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, children between the ages of 8-10 years old spend 8 hours per day on technology, while teenagers spend...

Prepare for Digital Citizenship Week

Digital Citizenship Week begins on October 17th. How are you preparing your students?Teaching digital citizenship skills in the classroom is more important than ever. Luckily, teachers can now find a lot of resources to support this critical skillset. Common Sense...

Banyan Wins Pinnacle Award for Outstanding Programming

Finding high quality virtual field trips can be difficult. We've been doing this for over ten years, and we believe we have formula for highly engaging, fun and interactive programs. But it is always nice when others agree...The Center for Interactive Learning and...
Student Choice Amplifies Student Voice

Student Choice Amplifies Student Voice

Written by Maddie Hunt, Tsai Hsing Grade 8 TeacherAs a self-proclaimed Type A personality, I value an environment that feels calm, predictable and direction-oriented. I am the type of person with color coordinated calendars hanging on my fridge, planners with...

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Give Your Brain a Break… Before it Breaks!

Give Your Brain a Break… Before it Breaks!

Written by Lila PerkinsCoronavirus.  Pandemic.  Remote learning. Too many things out of our control.Did I raise your blood pressure yet? Or make you pop a blood vessel? If so, my apologies. But seriously, how do we protect our brains from the onslaught of news and...

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Innovation for Banyan Brains

Innovation for Banyan Brains

Written by Marty PerlmutterThe context of our proposed academic innovation initiative includes most importantly the social milieus and community values of Taiwan. Whatever we do must honor the communitarian spirit and intellectual style of that society. Whatever we...

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Digital Citizenship is a Literal Life-Saver!

Digital Citizenship is a Literal Life-Saver!

Written by Lila Perkins, Teacher/Administrative Assistant Banyan Global LearningI was born in 1997, which makes me an elder of Gen-Z. I was in the “guinea pig” group when it came to implementing technology in the classroom. While participating in the transition from...

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Action Project in Elementary Schools

Action Project in Elementary Schools

Written by Alana Cayabyab, 6th Grade Teacher, Tsai Hsing SchoolIn BGL’s 6th grade classes at Tsai Hsing School, we have been studying consumption issues. 6th graders surveyed one another to see which issues were the most important- such as overconsumption, climate...

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Award for Outstanding Live Virtual Programs

Award for Outstanding Live Virtual Programs

For the second year in a row, BGL is proud to receive the Pinnacle Award for Outstanding Programs from CILC. We received the award when our live virtual field trips received 100% positive reviews for the entire year.   Glenn Morris, CILC Executive Director, lauds...

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SEL Newsletter: Halloween Doesn’t Have to Be Scary

SEL Newsletter: Halloween Doesn’t Have to Be Scary

Written by veteran online educator, Jackie FinkHalloween is nothing to be afraid of.The holiday season kicks off with Halloween. This time of year is one of great joy - time with family and friends, celebrations of traditions, and good food.As mindful educators, we...

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Halloween: Laughter is the Best Medicine

Let your laughter loosewith Banyan's holiday-themed wellness extravaganza!This month's free event packs a whole lot of fun into this 45 minute program. We'll explore ways to manage emotions through science, art, music and costumes.LAUGHTERDid you know:...

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Engaging Learners through a Growth Mindset

Engaging Learners through a Growth Mindset

Need more student engagement?Turn those yawns to yay's!One of the biggest challenges as a teacher is keeping students engaged. Putting choice in the hands of learners sparks an innate wonder for learning.Having a growth mindset matters? "Growth mindset" is more than...

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Live Virtual Field Trip Highlights – Itacaré, Brazil

Live Virtual Field Trip Highlights – Itacaré, Brazil

Did you miss the live virtual field trip to Brazil?Check out some highlights of our adventures in Itacaré, Brazil!Our world continues to become more connected every day. By experiencing other cultures, we help develop globally-minded leaders for a sustainable future....

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