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Creative Writing Tips to Energize Essays

Ask a Tech Teacher

Creative writing techniques can make essays more engaging and original while maintaining the required objective structure. A member of the Ask a Tech Teacher team, when preparing an essay example for her class on the impacts of social media on mental health, used freewriting to brainstorm ideas and created a vivid opening scene describing a teenager’s day (she teaches High School), highlighting moments of social media interaction and their emotional effects.

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ISTELive 24: Is Everything About Artificial Intelligence This Year? Not Quite

EdTech Magazine

No, not everything at ISTELive 24 in Denver will be about artificial intelligence. However, out of the nearly 1,000 sessions being offered, organizers say more than 200 of them will focus on this groundbreaking technology. For K–12 educators paying attention to headline news in the past few years, it will come as no surprise that AI will have a significant presence at one of the nation’s largest conferences on education technology.

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How to Teach Financial Literacy Using Real-World Examples

Ask a Tech Teacher

Teaching financial literacy to teens can be made more effective and engaging by using real-world examples, such as interactive apps and hands-on activities like budgeting classroom dollars or planning events within a fixed budget. For instance, when I was younger, my parents set up a “family bank” where I earned interest on my allowance, helping me understand the value of saving and managing money from an early age.

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Ditch the Drill and Choose to Thrill: Personalization with Student Choice

A Principal's Reflections

There is a saying out there that I hear often: learning is learning. While I don’t discount this view, I firmly believe there is so much to it at the individual level. Preferences and experiences play a significant role in how we all learn, and interests do as well. When asked to do the same thing at the same time in the same way, it is pretty much a fact that a few people will thrive, some will get by, and others will struggle.

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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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Demonstrating Success with Verizon Innovative Learning Schools

Digital Promise

We first met Nakia, a student at Chilhowee Middle School in rural Benton, Tennessee, in 2018. “Polk County is one of the counties you don’t think about very much,” she said of her town of fewer than 2,000 people. “We’d look at another school that has technology, and we’re like, ‘Wow, I wish we had those possibilities.’” Those possibilities became a reality for Nakia and her classmates when Chilhowee became a Verizon Innovative Learning School in 2017.

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Navigating and Building Your Leadership Team: A Guide for New Superintendents

Education Elements

“Congratulations!” This is a common note sent via email and shared on LinkedIn as so many of my friends and colleagues transition into the first year of their superintendency on July 1 st. As I reflect on my 10+ years having the privilege of working alongside district leaders and observing what works and where some have experienced pitfalls, I want to share some thoughts on the importance of building your leadership bench.

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How Virtual Information Sessions Are Changing K-12 Education

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Virtual information sessions are reshaping K-12 education. How? For starters–making it more inclusive, effective, and dynamic. Read on for more ideas from the Ask a Tech Teacher team: How Virtual Information Sessions Are Changing K-12 Education K-12 education is undergoing a digital revolution. Schools across the USA are embracing virtual information sessions to enhance learning experiences and streamline communication.

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Technology Advances and Other Modern Trends in Nursing Education

EdTech4Beginners

Digital technology is changing the way that nurses learn their trade. These breakthroughs allow nursing students to replicate the pressures of the hospital setting in a low-stakes environment while also diversifying their instruction and providing them access to a wider range of preparatory materials. The long-term impact of these developments has not yet been fully realized.

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AI Literacy: A Framework to Understand, Evaluate, and Use Emerging Technology

Digital Promise

The post AI Literacy: A Framework to Understand, Evaluate, and Use Emerging Technology appeared first on Digital Promise.

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Gamification in Education: Fostering a Growth Mindset

EdNews Daily

By Betsy Hill and Roger Stark When the term “gamification” comes up in the context of education, it is usually introduced as a way to improve student engagement and motivation. Given the dismal state of student engagement in schoolwork, maybe that by itself would be enough. But research has documented a variety of other benefits, including developing persistence and resilience, honing problem-solving skills, building creativity, and much more.

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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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ISTELive 2024: Educators Must Give Students a Competitive Advantage Over AI

EdTech Magazine

To help her audience better understand the earthshaking impact of generative artificial intelligence, futurist Sinead Bovell, one of the keynote speakers at ISTELive 24 in Denver, compared AI to electricity. Bovell — the founder of WAYE (Weekly Advice for Young Entrepreneurs)— told attendees at the conference’s opening session on Sunday that AI, like electricity, will soon become so deeply embedded in the fabric of society that educators must prepare students to work with it.

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Incorporating Monthly Giving Projects into STEM Curriculum: Inspiring the Next Generation of Philanthropists

Ask a Tech Teacher

Adding monthly giving projects to STEM classes helps students learn important skills like problem-solving and teamwork while also teaching them to care about their communities. For example, my class once built a website to raise funds for a local animal shelter, which taught us web development and the value of helping others. Sound interesting? The Ask a Tech Teacher team has ideas on how to incorporate giving into your STEM curriculum: Incorporating Monthly Giving Projects into STEM Curriculum:

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What 40 Million Messages Tell Us About Parent-Teacher Communication

Edsurge

Something crucial was missing from classrooms over the past school year: millions of students who were part of the chronic absenteeism crisis that plagued districts large and small. Parsing education data into snack-sized servings. Could better communication between schools and parents alleviate the problem? That’s the theory one nonprofit has. It partnered with Google for a massive, AI-powered analysis of 40 million messages in its app to find how parents and teachers are exchanging information

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Confused About Math? How One Expert Teacher Used Questions to Support Learning

Digital Promise

The post Confused About Math? How One Expert Teacher Used Questions to Support Learning appeared first on Digital Promise.

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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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10 Strategic Ways To Maximize Your Next Conference Presentation For Your Audience

TeacherCast

Content Creators have spent considerable time crafting content, only to face the challenge of reaching their intended audience due to social media algorithms. This article provides tips for boosting visibility and engagement, including pre-conference promotions, leveraging LinkedIn, branding consistency, drip campaigns, post-conference follow-ups, and maintaining engagement post-event.

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What School IT Leaders Should Focus on When Modernizing Applications

EdTech Magazine

There comes a time when a K–12 school’s software applications present more problems than solutions. Legacy applications often pose security risks, and it can become challenging for educators and staff to work efficiently with these tools. When that happens, IT must begin searching for modern technology applications that can support future growth and flexibility.

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The Future of Online Learning: Benefits and Strategies for Educators

Ask a Tech Teacher

Online learning offers unmatched flexibility and accessibility, enabling both students and educators to manage their schedules effectively and break down geographical barriers. For example, as an online student, I was able to balance my studies with a full-time job, and as a teacher, multimedia elements and community through discussion forums made my virtual classroom more engaging and interactive.

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Finding the Right Technology for Early Elementary Classrooms

Edsurge

I can still vividly recall the chaotic scene of introducing iPads into Kindergarten classrooms. Picture it: a room bustling with eager five-year-olds unaccustomed to center procedures and five iPads as the hottest commodity amidst blocks, dolls and traditional learning stations. What’s the Kindergarten version of the Hunger Games? Imagine that. Managing a technology rollout for littles felt tough, but the real challenge didn’t hit me until I had to engage with some of the apps intended for our s

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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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Helping Teachers Connect Math and Science in Middle School Classrooms

Digital Promise

The post Helping Teachers Connect Math and Science in Middle School Classrooms appeared first on Digital Promise.

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ISTELive News: Easing the edtech burden on schools

eSchool News

Seven leading edtech organizations have developed a system intended to reduce the burden on schools and educators when it comes to assessing digital learning tools. This process aims to help schools quickly and reliably select and implement edtech tools, said ISTE CEO Richard Culatta during the opening of ISTELive 24 in Denver. 1EdTech , CAST , CoSN , Digital Promise , InnovateEDU , ISTE , and SETDA have banded together to work on two critical steps that must take place to reduce the burden on e

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Outdoor Classrooms Help Learning Flourish

EdTech Magazine

Classrooms that support outdoor learning are hardly a new concept. Take California’s Corona Avenue School, designed by architect Richard Neutra in the 1920s and brought to life in 1935. It featured large glass windows on sliding walls that could be opened to expand the classroom for learning outside. The design inspired several other school architects to incorporate an easy connection to nature.

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9 Must-have Tools for Ed Conferences

Ask a Tech Teacher

It’s summer, time for teachers to recharge their cerebral batteries. That could mean reading, going on field trips, spending time with online PLNs, or taking calls from family members who usually end up at voice mail. For many, it means attending conferences like ISTE June 24th or the NEA Aspiring Ed Conference June 29th to learn the newest ideas in AI, Chromebooks, Robotics, and more.

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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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What Parents and Child Care Providers Want Their Elected Leaders to Know

Edsurge

Child care concerns have reached a boiling point for parents and providers, and it’s become increasingly difficult for families to afford essentials like health care and housing. Those are among the top findings outlined in a special anniversary report from the RAPID Survey Project at the Stanford Center on Early Childhood, which highlights data from a survey that asked caregivers of young children what they want their policymakers to know about how they are doing and what they need.

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Capstone expands PebbleGo suite to create active learning experiences in K-5 classrooms

EdNews Daily

For more than 30 years, Capstone has supported schools with engaging content through its print books, interactive eBooks, and award-winning PebbleGo curricular content hub. At ISTELive 24,Capstone will debut its newly expanded PebbleGo suite, featuring tools for active learning, content curation features, and other enhancements designed specifically for the classroom.

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Teaching ethical edtech for future innovators

eSchool News

Key points: Ethical edtech use is an essential skill for students’ success Learning in the digital age A purposeful approach to tech integration For more on edtech ethics, visit eSN’s Digital Learning hub As technology that was cutting-edge not even a decade ago becomes more accessible to all, people are finding new ways to incorporate that tech into longstanding, critically important industries.

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From Rules to Reasoning: Why We Need Thinkers, Not Memorizers in Math Education

MIND Research Institute

Our math education system is at a crossroads. The traditional approach of teaching through memorization and rote procedures is no longer sufficient in preparing students for the complexities of the modern world. We need a major shift towards fostering genuine understanding and critical thinking. Last week, I experienced a vivid reminder of this necessity when I asked my 7th-grade son about his Algebra 1 class.

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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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PROOF POINTS: This is your brain. This is your brain on screens

The Hechinger Report

One brain study, published in May 2024, detected different electrical activity in the brain after students had read a passage on paper, compared with screens. Credit: Getty Images Studies show that students of all ages, from elementary school to college, tend to absorb more when they’re reading on paper rather than screens. The advantage for paper is a small one, but it’s been replicated in dozens of laboratory experiments , particularly when students are reading about science or other nonfictio

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Writing by hand improves outcomes for thinking & learning

Ascend Math

Writing by Hand Writing by Hand Blog by Marjorie Briley The post Writing by hand improves outcomes for thinking & learning appeared first on Ascend Math.

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The clock is ticking on ESSER funds

eSchool News

Key points: ESSER will spur conversations about education funding in the future Six tips for districts to avoid the next funding cliff It’s budget season: How are you preparing for the fiscal cliff? For more news on funding, visit eSN’s Educational Leadership hub Superintendents in the middle of the budget-setting process need to be aware: with the ESSER Funds soon to go away, reporting, supplementing, and storytelling their pandemic-related expenses will be key for longterm student succes

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How District Leaders Make Edtech Purchasing Decisions

Edsurge

Imagine being a district leader tasked with selecting the ideal educational technology tools from a sea of thousands of options. The stakes are high: The right choice can transform classrooms, while the wrong one can waste precious resources. How do you decide? At the heart of this challenge is understanding how districts approach their edtech procurement decisions.

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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.