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Edtech Data Analytics - The Devil is in the. Interpretation

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The shift towards digital workflows, the move towards assessment and the adoption of standards has transformed schools into a data rich environment.

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District Offers Secure Exams with Hapara and GAFE

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Offering a secure examination experience for teachers and students in the cloud can be a daunting task. There is a reason that standardized exams are so simplistic in nature. It is a lot easier to standardize procedures if every student takes the same exam at the same time and the scores can be tabulated by a machine that counts black and white circles. GAFE Edtech Update Hapara Highlights hapara workspace standardized testing

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Using Technology to Rethink Summer Learning

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“Summer slide,” “Summer brain drain,” no matter what term you use for it, it’s well-known that students lose critical academic skills during the weeks that they are out of school. This is true in both reading and math, and especially true for low-income students.

Crossing the Chasm of GAFE Adoption

Hapara

In their first and second year using Google Apps for Education (GAFE), many organizations focus evaluation metrics purely on adoption rather than how teachers are using the technology or how the technology is impacting teaching and learning.

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.

Education Research Meta Analysis from Hattie and Yates

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The Hapara team is reading Visible Learning and the Science of How We Learn by John Hattie and Gregory Yates. The book is an easy to read distillation of Hattie’s work synthesizing the results from education research around the world. Edtech Blended Learning Hattie Edtech Update

This is What Powerful Learning Looks Like, Students Share Their Stories

Digital Promise

Last week, Digital Promise co-hosted the EdSurge Fusion conference. As part of the opening session, I wanted to show examples of what it looks like when students use technology in powerful ways.

Helping Learners Move Beyond “I Can’t Do This”

User Generated Education

I work part-time with elementary learners – with gifted learners during the school year and teaching maker education camps during the summer.

5 Easy Ways To Make Your Digital Content Accessible To Everyone

The Web20Classroom

Reaghan is my oldest daughter and about to start third grade. At 2 years of age I noticed she wasn’t talking much and when she did talk you couldn’t really understand what she was trying to say. After talking to her pediatrician it was decided to have her evaluated for her speech.

Aligning the 10 building blocks for future ready schools

Dangerously Irrelevant

A growing number of schools are recognizing that they must start transitioning their learning environments toward deeper learning, greater student agency, more authentic work, and robust technology infusion.

18 things that leaders of innovative schools do differently

Dangerously Irrelevant

I had a wonderful time this past week at the TIES conference in Minneapolis. Having worked at the University of Minnesota for six years, it was super fun to connect with old educator friends and new (including a lot of goofiness with Shelly Terrell while at Flipgrid headquarters).

Creating Learning Centers in a Blended Literacy Classroom

The Web20Classroom

Written with Shaelynn Farnsworth , post is sponsored by ThinkCERCA , an online platform designed to empower teachers to personalize literacy instruction across disciplines.

Why personalized learning is hard to study

The Christensen Institute

This week saw the release of the third in a series of personalized learning studies conducted by the RAND Foundation. The research analyzed implementation, survey, and efficacy data in a sample of schools that are part of the Next Generation Learning Challenges (NGLC) portfolio, and compared that data to a national sample of schools. The findings? NGLC schools yielded some positive academic results, but educators and administrators reported numerous challenges.

10 strategies for lightning-quick feedback students can REALLY use

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Using homework assignments to give feedback is pokey. Inefficient. Think about the length of the feedback loop for traditional homework assignments: Teacher assigns homework to students. Students take it home (maybe) and work on it (maybe). Students turn it in the next day.

Catch the Flipgrid fever! 15+ ways to use Flipgrid in your class

Ditch That Textbook

If you haven’t heard of Flipgrid yet then you will soon be seeing it everywhere. I had my first experience with Flipgrid (flipgrid.com) on March 2nd in a #Ditchbook chat.

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10 building blocks for the future of schools

Dangerously Irrelevant

As Dean Shareski and I worked together on our new book, Different Schools for a Different World , (released this week!), he encouraged me to update my list of building blocks for the future of schools.

Freedom to Learn

User Generated Education

I was painfully bored during my K-12 education. I looked forward to college anticipating that it would be different – more engaging, more interesting, more innovative. I was wrong.

10 Top Cooperative Learning Strategies (and some tech tools that could come in handy)

EdTech4Beginners

Dr Spencer Kagan is a renowned educator who changed the way the world viewed teaching. He is mainly known for his work on cooperative learning strategies (often referred to as Kagan learning structures).

7 Things to Know About Coding in the Early Childhood Classroom

The CoolCatTeacher

Marina Umaschi Bers on episode 202 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Children as young as four can start coding, but not in ways you might think.

Android on Chromebooks! Here are some resources and apps to check out

Educational Technology Guy

Android has come to Chromebooks and is available on EDU Domains! This opens up a whole new world of possibilities with Chromebooks, adding thousands of great apps, features and capabilities.

The Tech-Savvy Educator: 6 Areas Of Development

The Web20Classroom

These are truly incredible times to not only be a learner but an educator as well. The access to information we have is unlike anything we’ve had before. And the tools we have to create a learning environment where all students can succeed are ever increasing.

Lesson Planning With Chalk

EdTech4Beginners

Chalk is a 5-year-old company that is growing rapidly. It was initially created to help teachers save time on their planning. Our focus has always been to help teachers (we love them!), and now we have evolved to assisting entire schools and districts. It’s been a crazy and rewarding ride for Chalk.

Suspended for a tweet?

Dangerously Irrelevant

In Michigan, a student was suspended for using ‘profanity’ in a tweet that encouraged his district superintendent to clear the snow in the school parking lot.

Introducing the Maker Learning Leadership Framework

Digital Promise

Maker learning first entered schools with the support of a grassroots coalition of teachers, students, and community advocates who wanted learning to be more hands-on, personalized, and relevant.

Kafka on the Shore, Perfectionism, & My Teaching Philosophy @CallingIshmael @Flipgrid #HarukiMurakami ?@BullisLibrary

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One of my all-time favorite authors is Haruki Murakami. His books have this surrealist tone and a consistent interweaving of the conscious & unconscious.

A Textbook Dilemma: Digital or Paper?

The Hechinger Report

My friend Joanne was packing her youngest child off to college this month and wrestling with a modern dilemma: Is it better to buy textbooks in digital form or old-fashioned print?

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Focusing on the Process: Letting Go of Product Expectations

User Generated Education

I am a process-oriented educator. I focus on how to learn rather than what to learn. I’ve addressed this in Freedom to Learn : In order to facilitate these desired elements of learning, I believe it is important to focus on the process of learning rather than the products of learning.

Intentional Creativity

User Generated Education

Torrence, whose focus was on creativity, developed the Torrence Incubation Model of Creative Thinking (TIM) model. As emphasized in this video, embedding creativity into the curriculum can and should be a strong component of content area teaching and learning.

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5 big ideas for education innovation in 2018

The Christensen Institute

Last year saw a flurry of activity in support of personalized learning, new school designs, and new approaches to K-12 education policy. Looking ahead, education innovators have their work cut out for them in 2018. Some of this work requires asking hard questions. Some requires acknowledging that there’s an elephant in the room. And some requires looking beyond our current conversation to where the next waves of innovation stand to emerge.

Design Thinking Process and UDL Planning Tool for STEM, STEAM, Maker Education

User Generated Education

Post by Jackie Gerstein, Ed.D. jackiegerstein and Barbara Bray @bbray27. Crossed posted at [link]. If there is a makerspace in your school, it may be down the hall, in the library, or in another building.

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Virtual Worlds For Higher Education: The New Real-World Classrooms

EdTech4Beginners

When you think of virtual reality the first thing to come to mind probably isn’t education, it’s more entertainment! Well, one of the fastest growing industries in the world is trying to reach a wider audience one of which is Education, and higher Education.

3 Essentials for Success in a Blended [Literacy] Classroom

The Web20Classroom

This post is sponsored by ThinkCERA , an online platform designed to empower teachers to personalize literacy instruction across disciplines. The use of digital learning spaces has exploded in use in classrooms nearly everywhere.

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14 ways to create great classroom video with Screencastify

Ditch That Textbook

Not too long ago, video creation required bulky, awkward video cameras with big, plastic VCR tapes. Playback required a TV, a VCR and a hope that everything worked nicely together. And video editing … well, that just wasn’t readily available to the average person.

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New Research Compendium Addresses Productivity & Transformation When Applying Technology in Learning Math

Digital Promise

Recently, the 60,000-member National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) released a new “Research Compendium,” a handbook with 38 chapters , each summarizing the best research on an important aspect of teaching and learning mathematics. For the past three years, I was honored to work on the team that developed the chapter on “Technology for Mathematics Learning.”

20 great podcasts for educators (and how to get them)

Ditch That Textbook

Podcasts are learning on the go: in the car, while working out or as you garden. Here are some great ones for educators. Icons via TheNounProject.com) Podcasts are my lifeblood for generating new ideas, processing the ideas I already have and entertainment.

18 must-try apps for the new academic year.

EdTech4Beginners

I am currently on the last day of my summer holiday and have started thinking about new technology I can use in the upcoming year. I have found 18 apps / websites that I am definitely going to try. Image courtesy of saffluence.com. 1) Evernote.

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5 Simple Ways to Improve Teacher Professional Development

The CoolCatTeacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. A common cry from teachers across the world is for relevant professional development. A 2014 Gates Foundation study shows only 29% of teachers satisfied with current teacher PD.

5 ways to teach students to be future-ready

Ditch That Textbook

Today’s students face a technology-infused, innovation-filled world in their future. We’re already looking at the possibility of widespread smart houses, autonomous cars and artificial intelligence that can talk to us and work on our behalf.

6 Pillars to Successfully Integrate Technology In Your 1:1 Classroom

Securly

Inspired By Gary Spracklen of Isle of Portland Aldridge Community Academy (IPACA), United Kingdom. The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) conducted a study on the correlation between test performance and technology usage in the classroom.

12 great ways to grow as an educator this summer

Ditch That Textbook

Ah, summer … that time when all teachers leave school work and school thoughts behind for months to lounge by the pool. Right? Well, in more than a decade of teaching, it’s never been that way for me!