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Want to Get Younger Students Started on Esports? Try Minecraft Education.

EdTech Magazine

Like digital screens built from tiny pixels, Minecraft is a virtual world of pixilated landscapes crafted by players using digital building blocks. Playing Minecraft is like playing with digital Lego bricks: Players build elaborate structures and interact within blocky landscapes, either solo or with friends. Its open-ended nature, paired with straightforward yet deep gameplay, fosters creativity, problem-solving and collaboration.

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A Typing Website With a Twist

Ask a Tech Teacher

This how-to-type website doesn’t get enough exposure so I’m doing a quick overview of pros and cons and how to use it. If you’re looking for a good typing program to engage your students during summer school or next school year, this is an excellent choice: KidzType is a free comprehensive approach to learning keyboarding. The ad- and distraction-free interface provides not only practice drills but quick links to grade-appropriate keyboarding games (including popular ones from

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5 Innovative Tech Projects for High Schoolers

Ask a Tech Teacher

Great end-of-year projects for high school students, from the Ask a Tech Teacher team: 5 Innovative Tech Projects for High Schoolers Project-based learning has gained significant popularity in recent times. Emerging as a creative and insightful way for youngsters to learn and practically implement their knowledge, the idea of project-based learning has been encouraged and applauded by teachers worldwide.

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Six Tips for Districts to Avoid the Next Funding Cliff

Digital Promise

Updated Technology Sustainability Toolkit helps districts plan their budgets with ending of COVID relief funds.

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Enhancing School Device Management for Improved Learning

Schools face increasing challenges as technology becomes integral to education. Efficient device management is essential for maximizing technology use and safeguarding investments. Our article discusses the importance of tracking devices, outlines current challenges, and suggests modern solutions that go beyond traditional methods like Excel. Learn how advanced tracking systems can streamline operations, improve maintenance, and offer real-time updates for better resource allocation.

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Social Entrepreneurship Unit with Elementary Students (2024): A Perfect STEAM Lesson

User Generated Education

This is my 3rd time doing this project with my gifted learners, grades 4th through 6th. It was one of my favorite units. ever, and from their reactions, I believe it was one of theirs, too. I call it a perfect STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math) unit. The first part of this post explains some of the rationale for this project, and the second part describes the unit, itself.

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Why Teachers Stay: Building Inspiring, Responsive Leaders to Improve the Learning Experience for All

Education Elements

In one of our recent blogs , we noted that some teachers list “weak or uninspiring leadership” as a reason they are leaving their positions. Those who feel strongly that they are not supported by their school administration are at high risk of calling it quits. If we are relying on school leaders and building administrators to reverse this trend, we need to make sure we are equipping them with the skills they need to recognize, develop, motivate, and support teacher growth and development.

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Announcing the 2024 YouthMADE Festival Amplify Grant Recipients

Digital Promise

The post Announcing the 2024 YouthMADE Festival Amplify Grant Recipients appeared first on Digital Promise.

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The Impact of Inclusive STEM Education

Edsurge

STEM identity can last a lifetime and help students thrive in school, future careers and life. Inclusive STEM programs widen job opportunities for the growing technology sector, support students in building digital literacy skills and empower young people to become creators — not just consumers — of technology. Educators face the challenge of engaging students in STEM amidst limited resources.

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10 of the Best Elementary Activities for the Last Days of School

Waterford

The end of the school year can evoke a bittersweet feeling. It marks a moment for celebration as educators contemplate the growth and achievements of their students, as well as the sense of community fostered within their classrooms. However, bidding farewell to your students and preparing them for the next academic year can be challenging. Now is the time to reminisce about the moments that made the school year special and to create lasting memories that students will carry with them to the nex

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4 Ways K–12 Tech Teams Can Share Responsibility for Cybersecurity

EdTech Magazine

Cybercriminals are relentless in their efforts to gain access to as many organizations’ critical infrastructure systems or precious, confidential data as possible. This is especially true for the education sector, where school district data is essentially low-hanging fruit that can be sold on the dark web. Everyone has an important role in playing defense against cybercriminals.

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Quickly Create Personalized Learning Experiences that Work

How can we actively engage learners 24/7, on their level and according to their interests, while respecting their learning styles? It’s not impossible. In this guide: Explore how to transform traditional, one-way videos into two-way interactive learning experiences Understand different types of artificial intelligence (AI), including - Generative vs.

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How do you teach the hard to teach class? Watch the video.

Ask a Tech Teacher

How do you teach the hard to teach class? Differentiate This video is from a series I taught for school districts. It is now available for free, here on Ask a Tech Teacher: This series includes videos on: Flipping the classroom Using backchannel devices A focus on strategies Tech tools Alternative tools Collaboration Author doers BYOD Assessment isn’t static The 20% rule Class warm-ups Gamification of education Copyright ©2024 askatechteacher.com – All rights reserved.

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Tackling Tech Pathway Challenges: AERA Debut Ignites Fresh Opportunities

Digital Promise

The post Tackling Tech Pathway Challenges: AERA Debut Ignites Fresh Opportunities appeared first on Digital Promise.

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Teachers Are Introducing Young Learners to Climate Consciousness. Hope Is Key, They Say.

Edsurge

Extreme weather events are on the rise around the globe, from historic floods to unseasonable heat waves and raging wildfires. One doesn’t have to reach far to find fuel for climate-related fear and anxiety. Heidi Rose, an elementary school teacher in Denver, Colorado, knows that all too well. She experienced years of what she describes as “pretty intense” climate anxiety, beginning around 2015, as she watched natural disasters unfold in the news and up close.

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PROOF POINTS: AI essay grading is already as ‘good as an overburdened’ teacher, but researchers say it needs more work

The Hechinger Report

Grading papers is hard work. “I hate it,” a teacher friend confessed to me. And that’s a major reason why middle and high school teachers don’t assign more writing to their students. Even an efficient high school English teacher who can read and evaluate an essay in 20 minutes would spend 3,000 minutes, or 50 hours, grading if she’s teaching six classes of 25 students each.

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Can Brain Science Actually Help Make Your Training & Teaching Stick?

Speaker: Andrew Cohen, Founder & CEO of Brainscape

The instructor’s PPT slides are brilliant. You’ve splurged on the expensive interactive courseware. Student engagement is stellar. So… why are half of your students still forgetting everything they learned in just a matter of weeks? It's likely a matter of cognitive science! With so much material to "teach" these days, we often forget to incorporate key proven principles into our curricula — namely active recall, metacognition, spaced repetition, and interleaving practice.

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Support Summer Network Upgrades with Configuration and Deployment Services

EdTech Magazine

Networks are the technology backbone of teaching, learning and running a K–12 school. With so many functions relying on this connectivity, it can be difficult to find the time to shut down the network for necessary upgrades. Many schools target summer break to make these changes, but the reality is that “summer break” is a period of only six weeks and is often even shorter than that at the secondary level.

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How to Track My Child’s Location

Ask a Tech Teacher

Now that so many children carry smartphones, do you track your child’s location? If you’re worried that’s akin to spying on them, read on. The Ask a Tech Teacher team has background, pros and cons, and more to help you come to a go-nogo decision: Reasons Techniques Best approaches Emergency readiness Supervising Communication and trust Educating your child Addressing privacy concerns Importance of parental controls How to Track My Child’s Location In today’s world,

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6 ways we boosted literacy platform usage and engaged students

eSchool News

Key points: An innovative approach to literacy yields encouraging results for students 6 tips to help educators support young readers How we can improve literacy through student engagement For more news on literacy, visit eSN’s Innovative Teaching hub I became a reading specialist in 2015, at which point our school’s previous reading specialist was already using an online literacy platform.

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Is Student Absenteeism a Growing Problem at Colleges, Too?

Edsurge

In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, millions of children regularly miss elementary, middle and high school. Is the same pattern of absenteeism playing out at colleges, too? If so, what’s driving the trend? And what can professors and higher ed leaders do about it? To find out, EdSurge interviewed Terri Hasseler, a professor in the Department of History, Literature, and the Arts at Bryant University in Rhode Island.

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Reimagining Chickering & Gamson's Principles Post-Pandemic: Technology's Central Role in Modern Edu

This white paper examines and proposes revisions to the "Seven Principles for Good Practice in Undergraduate Education" introduced by Arthur Chickering and Zelda Gamson in 1987 for today's technology-driven world.

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The story of how one college abruptly closed — and kept everyone in the dark

The Hechinger Report

The students were the last to know. On April 29 – just a week before finals – Wells College announced that it would close. The last-minute decision by the 156-year-old liberal arts college in upstate New York sent students rushing to find new colleges for the fall. And it threw newly accepted students, who had already put down deposits, into a frantic scramble to see if the colleges they had turned down would take them back.

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Review: LG’s CreateBoard Powers Collaboration with Cutting-Edge Technology

EdTech Magazine

In the rapidly evolving landscape of educational technology, finding tools that seamlessly integrate into the classroom environment while enhancing the learning experience is vital. That’s where the LG CreateBoard’s 4K ultra high-definition touch-screen display comes in. The LG CreateBoard offers a compelling solution for K–12 classrooms seeking to integrate cutting-edge audiovisual technology.

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8 Time Management Tips For Dissertation Writing

Ask a Tech Teacher

It’s that time of hear when a lot of college students are writing dissertations as part of academic requirements. This is a daunting task but there are rules–suggestions–that will make it easier. The Ask a Tech Teacher team has a short list: 8 Time Management Tips For Dissertation Writing Embarking on the journey of writing a dissertation is a significant academic undertaking.

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Unlocking Teacher Potential: 5 Secrets to Effective Professional Growth

Edthena

Instructional coaching has been a key component powering the professional growth of teachers for many years. However, the challenge has always been a numbers game, how can districts provide enough coaching when instructional coaching resources are limited? The Coordinator of Professional Learning and Leadership for Keller ISD , Valerie Minor, shared her secrets for tackling this challenge at the Learning Forward Texas conference.

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Behind the Bell: The Underlying Impact of Tardiness in K-12 Schools

Managing a K-12 campus with constant pressure to meet performance metrics is challenging. And tardiness can significantly limit a school from reaching these goals. Learn more about why chronic lateness matters, and key strategies to address the following impacts: Data errors caused by manual processes Low attendance and graduation rates that affect a school’s reputation Classroom disruption, which leads to poor academic performance High staff attrition and “The Teacher Exodus” Unmet LCAP goals t

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Why Healing Affinity Spaces Are Necessary for Black Women Educators

Edsurge

As Black womxn educators, we have a connection with education that is ancestral. Even before enslavement, teaching and learning existed in Africa. African communities built cities, states and kingdoms. Africans were skilled laborers, mathematicians and astronomers. Creativity, learning and innovation flourished in African communities, and that heritage lives in African descendants, especially apparent in the way we teach and radically care for our students.

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New data shows high totals of suspensions for missing class

The Hechinger Report

Many American students face a strange punishment for missing school: losing more class time. Educators nationwide regularly turn to suspension as a response to attendance problems, according to a Hechinger Report review of data from a dozen states that track this information. Between 2017-18 and 2021-22, school districts in those states cited attendance-related violations as a reason for student suspensions more than half a million times.

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How Can Students Benefit from Digital Learning

Kitaboo on EdTech

eLearning has revolutionized the mode of learning in classrooms and introduced a new way to engage in discussions. This synergy of education and technology has been known as EdTech for some time now. EdTech has enabled the delivery of quality educational content through digital learning to learners from all corners of the world. It has made learning mobile, engaging, and interactive, encouraging students to take an interest in digital learning and retain it.

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What Makes Some Teachers So Memorable?

MiddleWeb

Education professor and researcher Julie Hasson has spent years interviewing people about their memorable teachers. Read what three former middle school students told her about the teachers whose actions and interactions in the classroom made a lasting impact on their lives. The post What Makes Some Teachers So Memorable? first appeared on MiddleWeb.

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The Battle of the Authoring Tools: A 10-Point Comparison for Picking the Right One

Speaker: Chris Paxton McMillin, President of D3 Training Solutions

There are plenty of great authoring tools for developing eLearning, but the one you select could directly impact your course's outcomes. Depending upon your learners’ needs and your organization’s performance goals, you could be overlooking considerations that impact the both effectiveness of your courses and how long it takes to finish them. From general capabilities to specific workflow structures, some aspects are critical when it comes to learning objectives and deadlines.

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The Power of Our Words: Building a Better World by Leading with Influence, and Nurturing Relationships Across Generations

American Consortium for Equity in Education

In a world too often measured by tangible achievements, we frequently underestimate the impact of the intangible – our words. Yet, words possess a power to uplift spirits and inspire greatness. This reality encompasses every relationship in our lives, with Keep Reading The Power of Our Words: Building a Better World by Leading with Influence, and Nurturing Relationships Across Generations The post The Power of Our Words: Building a Better World by Leading with Influence, and Nurturing Relationsh

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This $90M Education Research Project Is Banking on Data Privacy to Drive Insights

Edsurge

With digital education platforms generating data on how millions of students are learning, they are also sitting on veritable information gold mines for researchers who are trying to improve education. An ethical and legal conundrum stands in the way: how to responsibly share that data without opening students up to the possibility of having their personal information exposed to outside parties.

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Horticulture, horses and ‘Chill Rooms’: One district goes all-in on mental health support

The Hechinger Report

PITTSBURGH — Maria Hubal sent one student back to class just as another walked in. The sixth grader, slouched over with his hood pulled low, made a beeline to a hammock chair and curled up. Hubal, Bellevue Elementary’s behavioral health school educator, gently asked if everything was OK and what she could do to help. He said he was at a “red” — based on a color thermometer posted by the door that students can use to describe their stress level.

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Canva – How to Turn Your Selfie into a Sticker: A Fun and Easy Guide

Teacher Tech with Alice Keeler

Turn your selfie into a sticker. Create engaging lesson tutorials or student projects with Canva. The post Canva – How to Turn Your Selfie into a Sticker: A Fun and Easy Guide appeared first on Teacher Tech with Alice Keeler.

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The Roses and Thorns of an LMS Strategy: How to Flourish with the Right LMS

Speaker: Amanda Davis, Chief Experience Officer and Liam O'Malley, VP of Association Solutions

The "new normal" is now a little less new, a little more normal. Does that mean your current LMS strategy is in need of a refresh? Is your organization or association leaning into the always-evolving eLearning environment to ensure you have the tools and content to remain relevant through all this change? There are many complex decision-making processes within your learning & development strategy and LMS lifecycle management, including: Selection.