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Finding ‘personalized learning’ and other edtech buzzwords on the Gartner Hype Cycle

The Christensen Institute

Education buzzwords come and go, just as the fads they sometimes represent. But some endure and come back, much as in the Gartner Hype Cycle —or perhaps as in a metaphorical Ferris wheel, in which concepts take their seats and then rise and fall, over and over. This is problematic. Peak of inflated expectations: personalized learning. What is personalized learning? That’s tougher to say.

How The Systemic Segregation Of Schools Is Maintained By 'Individual Choices'

NPR Learning and Tech

Journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones says school segregation will continue to exist in America "as long as individual parents continue to make choices that only benefit their own children." Image credit: LA Johnson/NPR

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How to use student voice to improve engagement

eSchool News

When it comes to strategic planning, school district leaders know they must involve all stakeholder groups from the beginning. Though they are arguably the most important stakeholder group, students are sometimes overlooked in the planning process. Many school leaders are finding that when they listen to student voice, student engagement and achievement improves. Resource School Administration

Free Webinar: Notetaking Skills for Top 21st Century Students

The CoolCatTeacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Note taking has changed since the days of pencil, paper, and lecture lecture lecture! Now, students have a variety of tools and sources of information. From lecture, to videos, to projects -- how should students be coached to take notes? Education

5 Costly Inventory Management Mistakes Schools Should Avoid

If your school is like most, inventory and/or asset management plays a critical role in daily operations.

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Is Betsy DeVos good or bad for edtech?

eSchool News

School choice, support of teachers unions, and her record in Michigan have been the leading controversial talking points in education when it comes to Donald Trump’s pick for Education Secretary, Betsy DeVos. But with a background in technology investment, could DeVos be a leader in the support of successfully-implemented edtech? Here’s What We Know. She invests in technology.

Innovation is a process, not a product.

The Principal of Change

I was recently asked the following question: How do you respond to educators who say “the idea of being called upon to develop an innovator’s mindset and to innovative scares me. have the opportunity to work with some wickedly smart, wildly creative, and truly innovative people and I can admit that I am not at all like them. I don’t have the creativity or personality to be innovative.”.

Why innovation must be the new development strategy

The Christensen Institute

“What we measure informs what we do. And if we’re measuring the wrong thing, we’re going to do the wrong thing.”  – Joseph Stiglitz, Nobel Prize Winner in Economics, 2001. There is no shortage of ideas and strategies that will lead a country from poverty to economic prosperity. And perhaps what is more painful is that their prospects are only slightly better than they were decades ago.

Using @Wacom’s #BambooSlate, @zoom_us, & @SlackHQ to Teach Online #edtech


I wanted to do another quick post on how I am running my Online AP Calculus class this year. As I’ve mentioned before, I am loving my Wacom products (especially my new Bamboo Slate this year). And, my students are absolutely in love with Slack ! Having a class Slack channel is, hands down, what they’ve mentioned time and time again to be their favorite part of taking an online class.

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.

8 Great Web Tools for Creating Video Lessons

Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

January , 2017 Video lessons are instructional videos created through a screen casting or video software. The nature of a video lesson differs according to the purpose for which it is created; it more. my freebies Video lesson tools

Share and collaborate the easy way with Padlet.


Padlet is a superb tech tool in which a virtual ‘wall’ can be set up by a teacher and then the class can post and share ideas on it. Comments can be made and collaboration becomes simple. How does it work? Watch my YouTube video tutorial to find out the basics: How did I use it in a lesson? How else could it be used? Post a text and ask the students to interrogate it or review it.

Closing the homework gap for 1 million students

eSchool News

Sprint Corp. plans to give away 1 million smartphones and other connected devices and free wireless service to help high school students who don’t have internet access at home. The program, called the 1Million Project, will connect 200,000 students per year over five years. Those kids have a huge disadvantage and we are failing them. IT Management McClatchy Networking & Broadband News

One Simple Way to Screencast with Office Mix

The CoolCatTeacher

A 2-Minute Technology Tip on Screencasting From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. screencast is when you record the screen. While there are many great options out there, Office Mix is so simple, I’m using it for most screencasting. In this example, students have written a few lines of code in Scratch. Then, they open Office Mix. iPad). How to Guides.

The Value of School

A Principal's Reflections

For all intents and purposes I had a great K-12 education. I got relatively good grades, stayed out of trouble, and participated in a wide range of sports and extracurricular activities. Best of all though were some of the amazing teachers and administrators I had during those years who consistently showed they cared. The system worked the way it was designed. It worked for me, or so I thought.

The DeVos distraction?

The Herchinger Report

President-elect Donald Trump and Betsy DeVos pose for a photo after their meeting at Trump International Golf Club, November 19, 2016 in Bedminster Township, New Jersey. Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images. Americans of all political stripes are wary of the federal government’s meddling in education. Keep Education Local” was a Trump war cry and tweet during the campaign. share those concerns. Maybe.

Ten Tips for Creating a Culture of Innovation

Education Elements

Recently it seems that innovation is a buzzword on the tip of everyone’s tongue. Need happier employees? Innovate! Need bigger profits? Innovate! Need better leadership? Innovate! Over the past six months I’ve explored hundreds of news stories, white papers, and blog posts focused on why and how leaders might foster a culture of innovation. Unfortunately, innovation is too often be touted as a silver bullet solution without even defining what innovation is. Some folks have taken a stand against innovation , given its use as a catchall strategy. Why ten lessons? David Letterman , obviously.

Report: Broadband access making ‘dramatic’ progress

eSchool News

Eighty-eight percent of U.S. school districts have reached the minimum connectivity–100 kbps per student, as recommended by the Federal Communications Commission–to help students effectively use technology in the classroom. According to the data, this mean that 88 percent of school districts–38 million students–are achieving the minimum connectivity goal.

K–12 Districts Find That Education and Awareness Are Key to Privacy Protection

EdTech Magazine

By Tommy Peterson Future Ready dashboard helps schools protect sensitive data. Authentication Data protection Firewalls Security

3 Ways to Differentiate Learning in the Classroom with Google Docs


This is a post from Guest Instructor  Shaelynn Farnsworth. HyperDocs or “HyperLearning” as I prefer to call it, involves a well-crafted digital lesson for student use which engages them in inquiry-based learning and can differentiate learning in the classroom. but anything with a link can be used in HyperLearning. Process. What:  Process involves how students take in and make sense of content.

G Suite: Google Classroom Part 2 Top 10 Tips


Create a "faux class" Set up a fake class full of your reusable assignments and project tasks. Use the Reuse Post feature to pull these out into other classes when needed. Here’s how > taVOsG 2. Managing Class Files Manage class files from inside Classroom, not in Drive itself. Classroom keeps track of everything for you! Learn more > JyEOpK 3. Trusted Domain Feature This tool lets you combine students from different domains (like other schools or districts) so you can work together. Talk to your Admin to set it up for you! Learn more > wCC78

The Two Resources Administrators Should Maximize for Personalized Learning Success


Personalizing education does not mean simply putting a laptop in the hands of every teacher and student; rather, it occurs as leaders empower teachers to go beyond the traditional role of a “content expert” and organically diagnose, analyze, guide, instruct, and coach students. Personalization requires focused intentionality to shift instructional models, using 21st century tools, towards student-centered learning. This evolution in student learning is led by those who know what individual students need better than anyone—teachers. Now, let’s flashback to the present. See their face.

3 K-12 ransomware threats and solutions

eSchool News

In February 2016, South Carolina’s Horry County School District was forced to pay a $10,000 ransom to unlock critical data and systems following a ransomware attack. This certainly came as a shock, but unfortunately these types of attacks on schools aren’t all that uncommon. But one has to wonder – could the attack have been prevented? K-12 is a Prime Target—Here’s Why. Training and Awareness.

How and Why to Use Podcasts in Your Classes

Ask a Tech Teacher

A podcast is a topic-specific digital stream of audio files (in some cases, video or PDF also) that can be downloaded to a computer or a wide variety of media devices. They are funny, entertaining, educational, often short, and rarely boring. They can cover news, current events, history, or pretty much anything the creator would like. You can play the entire stream or select an individual episode.

The One Quality All Successful People Have

The Principal of Change

This Tony Robbins quote, “Where focus goes, energy flows”, has been stuck in my head all week. Whether you look at this quote from the perspective of an individual, or an organization, it is important to understand that if  we are to grow in any area, the willingness to  learn  is crucial. Was my focus on getting my work seen, or to do good work? He told them to do it.

Video Interviews with iPads: The Power of Mobile Technology


It was not that long ago that making a polished video required a lot of expensive equipment and detailed know-how. But the age of mobile devices has changed all that. Students are making high-quality videos with a few taps of their fingers and a little imagination. And that creates a whole new world of opportunities for education. I am a technology teacher and tech coach at St. Learn more HERE

Now Available: The Chromebook Classroom Podcast

The Electric Educator

Season 1 of the Chromebook Classroom podcast is now available! The Chromebook Classroom Podcast was created to highlight how Chromebooks are impacting education around the world. Each episode features an interview with someone who is using Chromebooks to improve teaching and learning. Listen to the season introduction below. Season 1 Episodes: ep. always appreciate feedback on my posts.

Does growing student diversity mean a renewed focus on personalized learning?

eSchool News

Research shows  that diversity in today’s students (e.g. socio-economic background, gender, race, and previous learning experiences) is greater than ever before. In fact, a conservative 30-40 percent of students may require an alternate learning path or support during their learning, since a diverse student body means different strengths and weaknesses for each individual student.

Easy Ways to Upgrade an Assignment from 1900 to 2017

Teacher Tech

Upgrade the Worksheet from 1900 I recently blogged about a student’s homework assignment that was 36 DOK 1 math problems. looked up math homework from 1900 and it was pretty much IDENTICAL! So So what are some easy things we can do to teach like it is 2017 and not 1900? 1. Use Bitmoji Maybe it […]. Lesson Design Math math


Maybe Teaching Special Ed Doesn't Have To Be So Hard

NPR Learning and Tech

Ask any special ed teacher and they will probably tell you that paperwork is the bane of their jobs. These three teachers at Renaissance Academy in Utah have figured out how to keep it under control. Image credit: Dan Krauss for NPR

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Create Your Own Custom Search Engine

Catlin Tucker

When I work with elementary teachers, one of the biggest concerns I hear about is the fear of what students will find online. Teachers know it’s important to teach students how to search effectively, evaluate website credibility, and cite their sources, but it can be scary when teachers are working with younger students. You can include site URLs or page URLs in your custom search. Learning

8 Great Google Extensions You Probably Didn't Know Existed

Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

January 14, 2017 Today we spent sometime checking the archives of Chrome Web Store and singled out for you the collection below. These are all Chrome extensions created by Google but are not more. Chrome extensions

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Can robotics teach problem solving to students?

eSchool News

Throughout my 35 years of teaching, I’ve watched students grow up in what I lovingly call the “worksheet generation.” In this environment, students are accustomed to a very structured style of learning, where they are handed a worksheet, then asked to turn to page five in their math book and solve problems one through 15. Set the expectation up-front that there is more than one answer.

Little SIS for Google Classroom by @astillman

Teacher Tech

Little SIS for Google Classroom Guest blog post by Andrew Stillman For many of the same reasons I created Doctopus, I agree with Alice Keeler that Google Classroom — used imaginatively, #notjustforworksheets;) — has an amazing potential to change the way kids and teachers interact and learn. Simply put, Google Classroom makes it easier to […].