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Teachers Like Technology in the Classroom, But Few Think It's Well Integrated - Teaching Now - Education Week Teacher

Education Week

A new survey shows that a majority of teachers believe technology helps facilitate learning and enriches the classroom experience for both students and teachers—but most don't think it's effectively implemented in the classroom. Technology

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Lots of great new things coming to Google Apps and Chromebooks!!!

Educational Technology Guy

Google Apps for Education and Chromebooks have become truly awesome resources for schools and Google just keeps improving them. Here are some of the recent announcements: Android apps are coming to Chromebooks! some Android apps have already been available for use on a Chromebook. I've been using the Evernote app for a while and love it. But in order to get them to work, developers had to do some work themselves. With this new announcement, the Google Play Store and most of it's app will work with Chromebooks. Three models are getting access in June with more getting access later.

Big Jump in Use of Games, Videos in K-12 Schools, Survey Finds

Marketplace K-12

Cross-posted from the Digital Education blog. The number of American teachers using games in classrooms–particularly with younger students–has doubled over the past six years, according to a large survey released last week that measures national ed-tech use. In 2015, 47 percent of K-12 teachers and almost two-thirds of K-5 teachers reported using game-based learning environments in their classes, up from 23 percent of K-12 teachers in 2010. based nonprofit Project Tomorrow. growing number of teachers, meanwhile, are hungry for PD on how to integrate games in their classrooms. 

Project-based learning at scale

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Most schools that dive deep into project-based learning tend to be smaller charter or magnet schools that have the ability to hire new educators and create new schedules and instructional paradigms from scratch. Bettendorf Middle School , in contrast, has been around a while and often resembles other large middle schools across the nation. Projects at the school range from two to twelve weeks.

Campus Safety: Access Control and Visitor Management Systems are Vital

Learn how access control can help you achieve a more secure campus.

Expanding technology’s influence

eSchool News

Catch up on the most compelling K-12 news stories you may have missed this week. Every Friday, I’ll recap some of the most interesting and thought-provoking news developments that occurred over the week. I can’t fit all of this week’s news stories here, though, so feel free to visit and read up on other news you may have missed. You are a global educator.

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What Does Google Spaces Mean for Education

As of it's release on May 16, 2016, Google Spaces is not yet available for Google Apps for Education accounts. But since gaining access to it with my personal Google account, I can't help but think how this might impact the classroom. Continue reading for an explanation of Spaces and some ideas for how it might be used with teachers and students in the future. Screenshot of the Spaces web version.

What a Decade of Education Research Tells Us About Technology in the Hands of Underserved Students


Despite all the celebratory rhetoric around our nation's. declining dropout rates , during a given year, nearly 20% of students expected to graduate do not. Furthermore, according to John Hopkins and Civic Enterprises, “ unacceptably low levels of minority, low-income, English Language Learners, and special education students are graduating from high school.” This is true for 29% of African American students, 25% of Hispanic students, 39% of students who have limited English proficiency, and 27% of low income students (as shown on ). In the last three years, U.S. Molly B.

3 major ways to boost basic data literacy in K-6

eSchool News

A new report outlines the need for K-16 students to develop key data literacy skills. Focusing on three specific areas could be key to boosting K-16 students’ data literacy in a world where big data’s importance grows daily, according to a new report. The panelists’ recommendations are included in a new report, Building Global Interest in Data Literacy: A Dialogue.

Robotic Telepresence Device Allows Student to Attend School Virtually While Receiving Treatment

The Journal

Naya Salah, a seventh grader at Stratford School's Santa Clara Middle School, uses a videoconferencing system called Beam to attend school as she recovers from leukemia and gets chemotherapy

Analytics Across the Student Life Cycle

Empowering Higher Education With Analytics to Increase Student Success.

10 Good Options for Creating Digital Portfolios - A PDF Handout

Free Technology for Teachers

For the majority of readers of this blog the end of the school year is already here or will be here within a month. This is the time of year that I get a lot of requests for suggestions on digital portfolio tools. This post originally appeared on Free Technology for Teachers. if you see it elsewhere, it has been used without permission.

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Well-Deserved Recognition for a School That Transforms Students into Confident, Enthusiastic Learners


Contributor: Amanda Cunningham Thursday, May 19, 2016 - 9:30am In this post of Learning Outside the Lines, we are proud to spotlight the winner of Fuel Education’s 2016   Transformation Award. Each year, we recognize schools that are transforming education for their students through innovative online and blended learning programs

Feelings During FLOW-Related Learning

User Generated Education

Watch children, youth, and even adults when they are immersed in learning something of interest of them, and you will see often complete engagement and personal joy. When education is done “right”, learners often feel and experience the following in their both formal and informal educational environments: Joy. Engaged. Excited. Wonderment. Intrinsically Motivated. Creative. Purposeful.

5 tips to engage parents using technology they already use

eSchool News

The trick to getting more parents involved in what’s going on in the classroom: stick to video, social media, and other familiar tech. Teachers have become pretty adept at doing more with less, but in our efforts to offset funding cuts, we often overlook a very important, and inexpensive, resource: parents. This is not a shaming of parents. It’s exhausting. Digital portfolios. Blogs.

Join SETDA: Affiliate Memberships Now Accepted

SETDA's Affiliate program connects non-profit education membership organizations with state leaders. SETDA's mission is to build the capacity of education leaders to improve learning through technology policy & practice. Benefits include: SETDA conferences, webinars and news feeds.

The Three Ways Teachers Use Data—and What Technology Can Do Better


As part of a groundbreaking personalized learning initiative, CICS West Belden put iPads and Chromebooks into the hands of every student at the Chicago charter school—just not right away. For the first year, West Belden tested the devices in just a few pilot classrooms—and only after teachers and students were prepared to use them. The data piece. continues Analyze. Pivot.

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Connecting Professional Learning and Leadership

The Principal of Change

Years ago I heard about a great program from a school district that wanted to work with their teachers on deepening their understanding about using technology for learning. The district explaining the process was very excited about these 50 teachers that had developed these new skills, but something stuck with me. What about all of the other teachers in the division?

Why one school district tried something new — even though people were happy with the status quo

The Herchinger Report

Trace Pickering, associate superintendent, Cedar Rapids Community School District. Education reform is often framed as an issue for schools that are failing to meet expectations. Schools where students struggle – because they tend to have fewer resources and bigger challenges – are most often the target for new school models. Technology has an important role. It backfires on you.”.

7 Ways To Remove The Gamification In Your Classroom

TeachThought - Learn better.

The post 7 Ways To Remove The Gamification In Your Classroom appeared first on TeachThought. Teaching Experienced Teacher General Terry Heick

How to Grow Your K12 School District's Community with Better Communication Tools

In this guide, you will be introduced to some of the technology tools you can use to improve communication across your school district.

How to manage your one-to-one program after you hand out devices

eSchool News

After the Chromebooks and iPads are distributed, admins and IT teams must keep asking the tough questions. If there’s one thing schools have learned from the multiple one-to-Kone mobile device implementations that have rolled out during the last few years, it’s that they’re hardly “set it and forget it” projects. Smith, Ed.D., The focus shouldn’t be on the tools or the devices,” Smith cautions.

Response: Blended Learning is 'the Next Generation of Education' - Classroom Q&A With Larry Ferlazzo - Education Week Teacher

Education Week

Angel Cintron Jr., Connie Parham, Catlin Tucker, Sheri Edwards, Cheryl Costello, William J. Tolley and George Station explore what blended learning is and how it can be made most effective. Technology

How to a Create Google Spaces Community

Free Technology for Teachers

On Monday morning Google introduced their latest attempt at building a social network. The new product is called Spaces. Google Spaces is a platform on which you can create small communities of friends and colleagues in which you share links, notes, and pictures. Google Spaces Chrome extension makes it easy to share links with people in your Space. created a couple of communities this morning.

How first-generation students are helping each other through college

The Herchinger Report

Triumphant members of La Raza and the University of Texas-Austin Class of 2014 pause for a photo. Left to right: Arinda Rodriguez, Zarina Moreno, Xenia Garcia, Perla de la O (Class of ’15), Jericho Park and Julieta Hinojosa. Photo: Courtesy of Perla de la O.). AUSTIN, Tex. The ones who do must move at least six hours from everything they know. Facebook tells me another is a pilot. But no. But no.

How to Manage Communications Effectively within Your K12 School District

With the goal of doing a better job of reaching parents, learn how Lakeland Central School District utilizes Constant Contact for School Districts to deliver reliable and professional communications to parents.

Seed-to-table at Gilmore City-Bradgate

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[ Want to be the Seed-to-Table Manager here? Read the job description and then email the superintendent. ]. Shovels busy at work, three young children dig and cut through the earth, turning over the rich black soil underneath. They have a long planting row to create, but the sun is out and the weather is perfect. It’s one of many in her grade’s row. There’s a small shed for tools and equipment.

Girls outpace boys in tech and engineering problem solving

eSchool News

First-ever Nation’s Report Card for Technology and Engineering Literacy measures how eighth graders solve real-world problems using innovative scenario-based tasks on computers. But gaps remain as less than half scored at either the proficient or advanced level. Students interacted with multimedia tasks using a variety of tools to solve practical problems.

40 Recommended Extensions for Teachers, Research, and Language Learners

Teacher Reboot Camp

“It isn’t that they cannot see the solution. It is that they cannot see the problem.” ” – GK Chesterton. Did you know a web browser has many free incredible extensions (Chrome/Safari)/add-ons (Firefox)/plugins(IE) to support teachers and learners? Teach your students how to enhance their reading, writing, literacy, studying, and research skills with these powerful web browser tools. Extensions also help teachers accomplish many time consuming tasks faster, such as grading, assessment, providing feedback, research, creating lesson plans and more. Enjoyed these ideas?

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Dyslexia and the Power of Teacher Expectations - Reaching All Students - Education Week Teacher

Education Week

It is critical that teachers of students with dyslexia can see below the iceberg: All teachers need to understand that dyslexia is a mechanical disability, not an intellectual one. Technology

5 Steps to Improve Your K12 School District's Communication Headaches

Discover the steps to create a communication system that can help grow your school's community, increase parent involvement, and drive student success.

States have cut money for higher education 17 percent since the recession, report finds

The Herchinger Report

In spite of a gradual economic recovery and improving revenues, most states are spending dramatically less on public higher education, a new report says. The Topic: Reduced spending by state governments on higher education. Why It Matters: More students must pay higher prices as public colleges raise tuition to make up for lower state aid. Florida’s spending is down 22 percent. Higher Ed News

Create an Interactive Video Summary of the School Year

Free Technology for Teachers

As the end of the school year approaches you might find yourself looking for a way to create an audio slideshow of highlights of the school year. YouTube's photo slideshow tool, Stupeflix, and Animoto all offer easy ways to create audio slideshow videos. Wideo does that too and also allows you to add interactive elements to your video. The buttons can be hyperlinked to any webpage that you like.

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Resource gap may be key to closing achievement gap

eSchool News

Income-achievement gaps now far surpass racial-achievement gaps, study finds. Ensuring equal access to resources can help improve educational outcomes and close achievement gaps for children from low-income families, according to a new study. Baker, Rutgers University and Danielle Farrie and David G. Sciarra of the Education Law Center of New Jersey. Curriculum News School Administration

The Maker Movement Isn't Just About Making and Electronics: EdSurge Talks to MIT's Mitch Resnick


Mitchel Resnick (or Mitch, for short) knows his making—from a lot of different angles. And he’s not too bought into the whole “electronics and gadgets” side of the maker movement. Resnick has been in this business for more than 30 years, and it’s safe to say that he’s seen the maker movement—and the state of STEM education, in general—go through its phases, its ups and downs. It's not the media or materials, but what you do with it. The spaces, the technologies that support everyone having rich learning experiences? think it should go hand-in-hand. Where do you stand on that thought? Exactly.

The Ultimate School Guide to Social Media Marketing

Practical advice and case studies for integrating social media with your school's marketing plan.