If you give a kindergartner a Chromebook…
FEBRUARY 9, 2017
Although even the youngest children are considered tech-savvy today, there exists a difference between a child who knows how to use a tablet to watch videos and a child who knows how to navigate a device for active learning. The thought of giving 30 kindergarten students their own Chromebooks might be daunting. Much of that achievement is due to the Chromebooks, Morgan said.
Reality Checks of Digital Learning
NOVEMBER 10, 2015
A few days later, I received an email from her that while her kids were enjoying this new way of learning, they could barely stay online, but were being such great sports trying. It was such a profound moment because until that point, I made an assumption that one should not make in planning for digital learning initiatives. And then I re-learned some lessons….
Chromebooks dominate K-12 purchases
DECEMBER 8, 2015
Latest quarter reveals that Chromebooks took 51 percent of K-12 market sales. Chromebook sales have surged in the U.S. In the report, the consulting firm notes that the increase in Chromebook sales “has coincided with the need for districts to implement online assessment,” and that Chromebooks’ ease-of-use and traditionally low prices have helped increase sales. [
HP launches new education Chromebook
FEBRUARY 2, 2016
As the Chromebook’s classroom popularity grows, its features expand. HP Inc.has launched the HP Chromebook 11 G4 Education Edition (EE) — a durable, lightweight Chromebook designed to meet the needs of students and educators. pounds, the fanless HP Chromebook 11 G4 EE is the thinnest rugged Chromebook for Education1 designed to pass MIL-STD testing.
A Pedagogical Shift Needed for Digital Success
A Principal's Reflections
FEBRUARY 26, 2017
In a previous post I discussed in detail strategies to help ensure the effective use of technology to improve learning outcomes. The purposeful use of technology can innovate assessment, transform time frames around learning, increase collaboration, enable learning about information and research thanks to unprecedented access, and provide a level of student ownership like never before.
Everything you never knew about using Google in the classroom
MARCH 23, 2015
Digital Learning and Tools Featured on eSchool News Google Professional Development (PD) Resource Top News add-ons apps chrome chromebooks CUE cue 2015 extensions google certified teacher Google Docs Google Certified Teachers share tips and secrets for using Chrome, Docs, and more. Did you know you can see all your copy/paste history in Chrome in a click?
Confessions of A Digital Leader: 6 Things I Learned While Implementing Digital Learning
OCTOBER 5, 2015
Through the course of our implementation and relaunch of Google Apps, I’ve definitely learned that the word “free” is such a myth. I learned that kids will type terrible things and change ink to white in order to make pages appear blank. Ipads and Chromebooks. Google Apps Aren’t Really “Free” . Kids and/or adults may write/post threatening content. Le sigh… 2. See #4.
Results of the 2016 National Digital Curriculum Strategy Survey
JANUARY 1, 2017
The Learning Counsel released the results of its third annual Survey of school and district digital curriculum strategy and transformation, sponsored by Ruckus Wireless. schools and districts responded to the national Survey, which showed a primary point of attention by schools now is on teacher effectiveness in the implementation of digital curriculum. billion.
To put tech into any lesson, start with the lesson
MAY 31, 2015
How to use devices and apps to support specific learning objectives. We want students to use them to construct understanding, to demonstrate their learning within their courses of study, and to mess around with. In workshops and presentations, we frequently get asked: “What can the iPad/Chromebook/Surface actually do?” What can a teacher do with an iPad/Chromebook/Surface?
5 innovative tech initiatives happening in schools today
SEPTEMBER 6, 2016
As the school year gets underway across the nation, many schools and districts are launching new technology initiatives and programs designed to improve teaching and learning. Educators love to share their successes, learn from the success of other schools and districts, and they also love to share lessons they learned along their journey. Want to apply for the awards?
Tablets and disruptive innovation
The Christensen Institute
AUGUST 28, 2015
It used to be that most devices in schools were desktop machines of either the Windows or Apple varieties, but recently many schools have been switching to mobile devices like the iPad or web-based devices like the Chromebook. Chromebooks are simple to use and easy to setup and manage, but the software is limited to web applications that run in an Internet browser. And although there is a growing push for schools to go paperless, neither a tablet nor Chromebook is a perfect replacement for old-fashioned paper notebooks. Enter the Surface. Looking ahead to a bright present.
How a small district turned every student into a music composer
NOVEMBER 3, 2016
Spending seven years as music teacher in Big Sky’s rural community, I encounter daily the educational benefits that a small school district offers students, particularly in its abilities to offer more intimate backdrops for learning. That’s when I began exploring different digital options with our school’s technology director. Those moments are pure joy. Reaching the rural contingent.
How to use video and Google Forms to encourage deeper learning
OCTOBER 19, 2015
In a field where lecture-based learning is the norm, I began to reflect on my own education experience and what kept me engaged. The novelty of this idea is that students are in control of their learning. Each student was given a Chromebook and a link to a Google Form. Through their research, students learned about Japanese Internment, the Holocaust, and U.S. I thought.
Be Wary of Putting the Cart Before the Horse
A Principal's Reflections
JULY 19, 2015
With advances in affordable technology, such as the ultra-cheap Chromebook, it has been tough for schools to resist spending these funds on devices. The end result has been a massive influx in tools, but a clear lack in vision and planning as to how these powerful tools can, and will, actually impact learning. Technology in itself will never transform teaching and learning.
Introducing the math selfie
FEBRUARY 21, 2016
These high-tech, mathematically-savvy and, let’s face it, just plain cool selfies are just one way Wichita Falls ISD students are using digital technology in their classrooms as a way to enhance and enrich learning. “Our plan next year is for every kid in the district to have a Chromebook to take home.” “It took a lot of collaboration,” she said.
CUE and Touchjet partner for STEAMpunk Mobile Labs
APRIL 27, 2016
To-date, CUE’s program has only included classroom-ready robot drones, but it is now expanding to add Touchjet as a partner, because they believe the interactive touch technology will enhance collaborative learning. Based on the Android system, the projectors can also be connected with other devices like Chromebooks and Android tablets. “I Digital Learning and Tools News
Designed to Deliver: Lenovo® ThinkPad® 11e Chromebook™ Series
MAY 4, 2015
The Lenovo® ThinkPad® 11e Chromebook™ Series was designed to deliver Chrome OS innovation backed by rugged Lenovo reliability. Best in class for digital learning and assessment, this device offers real-time collaboration between students and teachers, while also making IT management easier. Retired Whitepapers Lenovo
Texas district launches connected school buses
OCTOBER 17, 2016
Smartphones, wearable technology, always-on mobile devices–now, school buses are following suit, offering wi-fi connectivity and real-time monitoring to extend learning and create safe environments. Huntsville has deployed a one-to-one Chromebook initiative, and district administrators said they want students to use their Chromebooks as much as they can. “We
Acer launches no risk laptop seed program
JANUARY 31, 2016
Acer has launched its new Acer Education Seed Program, which offers K-12 schools across the United States an opportunity to test either a cloud-based Acer TravelMate B117 notebook with Windows or an Acer C730E Chromebook with Chrome OS for free, with no risk, since there is no obligation to purchase. There is no fee or obligation to purchase to participate in the program.
SMART, Samsung offer a boost for collaboration
JANUARY 18, 2016
The SMART Samsung Chromebook 3 Bundle features SMART amp and is fully integrated with Google Classroom and Apps for Education. Under the new agreement, schools can purchase a classroom-wide package including several Samsung Chromebook 3 devices , associated licenses for SMART amp, and access to SMART’s online professional development. SMART Technologies, Inc.
Are schools really wasting money on computers?
NOVEMBER 18, 2015
Headlines ranged from “ Schools wasting money on computers for kids ” to “ Computers in schools don’t help kids learn.” My school district has invested in Chromebooks, iPads, and a variety of teaching and learning software computers/devices/programs for students over the past three years leading up to our transformation to one-to-one.
Incredible: Growth of this technology crushes Apple, Microsoft in K-12 classrooms
MARCH 24, 2017
Chromebooks continued their steady growth in education, securing 58 percent of K-12 market share in 2016, according to a new report examining technology trends in the K-12 education market. The steady growth is due in part to school districts expanding one-to-one learning programs and technology initiatives. Digital Learning and Tools Mobile Learning News
Students hosted a tech PD conference at their school — and Google followed suit
SEPTEMBER 30, 2016
Last fall the district checked out Chromebooks to its middle schoolers and set aside days to train teachers in ways to leverage laptops to make the most of having tech in every student’s hands. To move education forward takes using technology to engage kids and spark a passion for learning, she said – tech for transformation. My week kicked off with inspiration. 14-Dec.
Mimio unveils MimioMobile for browsers
JUNE 29, 2015
In an effort to expand teachers’ ability to create unsurpassed collaborative learning environments, Mimio has launched two major updates to its MimioClassroom family of interactive teaching technologies: the MimioProjector 280T touch projector, and expanded device compatibility for the MimioMobile application. Digital Learning and Tools Mobile and Handheld Technologies News Top News
Curriculum Foundry integrates with Google Drive, Google Apps for Education
FEBRUARY 5, 2016
Growing number of schools using Google’s programs can now share learning resources created in Curriculum Foundry. Learning.com ‘s Curriculum Foundry, a solution for seamlessly accessing, organizing and sharing digital content, is now fully integrated with Google Drive and Google Apps for Education. schools in the third quarter of 2015 were Chromebooks.
A summer reading program for students who read differently
JUNE 3, 2016
Students with learning disabilities face the greatest challenges in access to reading year-round; and because of their disability, they are often left out of traditional programs, which can damage self-esteem and cause them to fall behind in school. Special news and announcements to take place for Summer Learning Day July 14. Digital Learning and Tools News Special Education STEM
HP launches new technology and immersive computing
JULY 12, 2015
The recently released HP Chromebook 11 G4 makes collaboration at school and work easy; the notebook quickly launches apps, optimizes Google Hangouts with noise suppression software, and keeps classmates and teachers connected through available 3G/4G LTE wireless. Digital Learning and Tools Mobile and Handheld Technologies News STEM Top Newshours.
Student Chrome Squad (Part 2): Building the Team
Shake Up Learning
MAY 16, 2016
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Global K-12 Market for Personal PCs to Contract in 2016, Experts Project
SEPTEMBER 14, 2016
Similar forces are said to contribute to a tightening in the global, self-paced e-learning market.). The shift to the entry-level side of the market—cash-strapped districts have much greater selection among Chromebooks priced around $150—is mitigated somewhat by the installation, server-hosting, and technical assistance services vendors sell along with each device. percent in 2014.
Student Chrome Squad (Part 1): Great Leadership is Key for 1:1
Shake Up Learning
MAY 9, 2016
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Free wi-fi project could level the playing field for students
JUNE 27, 2016
Students in grades six through 12 are allowed to take home laptops provided by the school department, and Chromebooks are now being distributed to students in grades three through five. Bangor’s plans could outline best practices for wireless initiatives in other cities. I can’t afford it,” she said during a lunch for local kids at the Bangor Housing Authority community center.
Collaboration tool supports global discussions
NOVEMBER 24, 2015
With new feature from Participate Learning, educators have free, online space for collaboration around lesson plans and more. A newly launched collaboration feature from Participate Learning (formerly called appoLearning) gives educators a way to invite colleagues down the hall or across the country to discuss and share their Collections in real time.
Build Your Own Student Tech Team! – Student Chrome Squad (Part 3)
Shake Up Learning
JUNE 1, 2016
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OverDrive lists the 5 most read digital novel sets in schools
JANUARY 13, 2016
The Book Thief, The Giver among most popular digital novels in schools. eBooks and digital audiobooks have become a vital component to promote reading and support literacy goals in nearly 13,000 schools and districts in 50 countries. The district is now in the third year of a one-to-one Chromebook program roll out. Digital Learning and Tools eBooks and eReaders News Top News
Kensington launches new cases for Chromebooks, iPads
SEPTEMBER 6, 2016
Chromebook, Tablet Projection Stand, and BlackBelt 2nd Degree Rugged Case with Screen Protector for iPad Air 2. Educators and students alike can use these desktop and mobile accessories to enhance their productivity and provide protection for their learning tools. When it comes to education in the digital age, the right tech tools and accessories can truly enhance the educational experience,” said Brian Knauss, Global Product Manager, Kensington. million Chromebooks were sold to the U.S. Kensington’s new products include: Kensington LS510 Portfolio for 11.6″
Using Google Apps to Support Reading and Writing in the Classroom (Recorded Webinar)
Shake Up Learning
AUGUST 23, 2016
The post Using Google Apps to Support Reading and Writing in the Classroom (Recorded Webinar) appeared first on Shake Up Learning. Bring Shake Up Learning to Your School. Email me at Kasey@ShakeUpLearning.com , or submit this PD request form to bring Shake Up Learning to your 2016 event. Digital Differentiation with Google Apps (workshop or presentation). Enjoy!
How to Create a Safe 1:1 Learning Environment
FEBRUARY 9, 2016
Sure, you might have a larger student population, and you could be separated by hundreds, if not thousands, of miles, but you both are looking for new ways to create digital learning environments that facilitate critical thinking, creativity and collaboration. The district recently provided Chromebooks to about 1,200 students in fourth through eighth grade as part of a 1:1 initiative.