100 districts that are digital learning innovators

eSchool News

Knovation honors districts for outstanding usage of online and digital learning resources. have been honored for their use of online and digital learning resources to personalize learning. Alhambra Elementary School District 68, Phoenix, Arizona (netTrekker).

The 2017 EdNext Poll on School Reform: Digital Learning

Doug Levin

I have been critical of the treatment of technology in both the 2015 and 2016 Education Next back-to-school polls for a variety of reasons, including sloppiness in reporting, bias, and lack of relevance to education policy and practice considerations. Yet, teachers appear skeptical of the effect of more technology use during class time on high school student learning. One can only hope that research on online learning quality is attended to in those debates.

100 districts that are digital learning innovators

eSchool News

Knovation honors districts for outstanding usage of online and digital learning resources. have been honored for their use of online and digital learning resources to personalize learning. Alhambra Elementary School District 68, Phoenix, Arizona (netTrekker).

Majority of schools in Ohio report using blended learning

The Christensen Institute

A big challenge with blended learning is knowing how many students are actually experiencing it. Since we made the prediction in Disrupting Class that by 2019, 50 percent of all high school courses would be online in some form or fashion—the vast majority in blended learning —good data has been hard to come by. The survey, which Brian Bridges led, was distributed to all 994 district and charter schools in Ohio in February and March of 2015; 211 schools responded.

Free Resources from EdTechTeacher Instructors & iPad Summit Speakers at MassCue 2015

EdTechTeacher

According to the Conference website, this year’s theme was “ Dare to Innovate ” and provided “educators from across the Commonwealth with exciting and innovative ways to enhance teaching and learning with technology.” Kelly Gallagher , Digital Learning Specialist at St. You can also learn more by checking out our EdTechTeacher MassCUE schedule. Beth Holland: The Future of Learning. Avra Robinson: Digital Portfolios.

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This Is New York, Calling Wyoming

Education Elements

Guest Blog Post by Wendy Daniels, 4th Grade Teacher at North Evanston Elementary School in Evanston, Wyoming. Students in Wendy Daniels 4th grade blended classroom in Evanston, WY join a virtual pen pal session with 5th grade blended students in Middletown, NY.

Finland offers lessons for building student, teacher agency

The Christensen Institute

As I listened to her discuss her travels this past May in Philadelphia, I was struck by how relevant some of the insight she had gained in Finland were for those creating blended-learning schools that seek to personalize learning and build student agency.

Rural Broadband Month: Encouraging Equal Access to Digital Learning

Education Superhighway

In 2015, Fort Smith Schools was the first district in the state to reach 200 kbps per student, exceeding the Federal Communications Commission’s recommended minimum of 100 kbps of Internet speed per student. Equal digital access is important everywhere in America, for all students.

Rural Broadband Month: Encouraging Equal Access to Digital Learning

Education Superhighway

In 2015, Fort Smith Schools was the first district in the state to reach 200 kbps per student, exceeding the Federal Communications Commission’s recommended minimum of 100 kbps of Internet speed per student. Equal digital access is important everywhere in America, for all students.

In the marketplace: Schools expect digital learning budgets to increase

eSchool News

Tech-savvy educators know they must stay on top of the myriad changes and trends in education to learn how teaching and learning can best benefit from technology’s near-constant change.

Blended learning proof points showcase district schools

The Christensen Institute

Public school districts began innovating with blended learning before most charter schools. According to surveys that Brian Bridges has conducted in multiple states, including California where blended learning is growing rapidly, more school districts utilize blended learning than do charter schools. And the pace of innovation with blended learning is picking up within school districts nationwide.

Debate on new education law overlooks future of testing

The Christensen Institute

As the House of Representatives prepares to vote tomorrow on reauthorizing the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA)—also known since 2001 as No Child Left Behind (NCLB)—a fierce fight has continued over the proper role of testing. Seeing the rapid growth of testing in recent decades, many educators and parents are tired of tests taking time away from learning and want the federal government to push back on its prominence in schools.

Boom! All 7 "Collaboration & Community" Sessions at the 2015 Google EduOnAir Conference, in One Spot

mauilibrarian2 in Olinda

I created this springboard to the seven "Collaboration and Community" Sessions at the 2015 Google Education on Air Conference, for a presentation next month. Using Google+ to develop stronger classroom community and enhance student learning Intended audience: Educator.

3 Reasons to Use Bing in the Classroom

Kleinspiration

Educators need to teach students what it means to be digitally responsible as well. The sky is the limit! " - Dr. Cook, Principal of RM Bacon Elementary in Millville, NJ where they proudly use of Bing and One Drive to foster innovation, collaboration, and a growth mindset!

Rediscovering @CK12Foundation Flexbooks And More!

The Web20Classroom

Digital devices ushered in an era where all this (and more) is possible. Teachers jumped at the chance to integrate them because they could supplement other content into their text and take advantage of them being digital by adapting them on the fly.

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Beyond "Ditching the Desks," 9 Creative Ways to Avoid "The Cemetery Effect"

Kleinspiration

My heart sunk when I thought about how this space - a cemetery - resembled the first classroom learning environment that I had created for my first class of fourth graders. During our first few days together, we sit together to think about what would work best for our learning objectives.

14 do’s and don’ts of successful tech integration

eSchool News

An elementary school computer specialist offers technology integration tips for administrators and teachers. Digital Learning and Tools IT Management Resource School Administration Testimonials Top News

It’s time for every student to learn to code

eSchool News

Learning to code is about more than career readiness. It’s about helping students make sense of their digital world. Digital Learning and Tools Featured on eSchool News Industry Insights STEM Top News

Rural schools implement personalized curriculum to close skill gaps

eSchool News

Oak Heights Elementary School in Sweet Home, Ore., Oak Heights Elementary School students performing at the 40th percentile or below in reading or math received targeted intervention that helped them increase 1.58 Curriculum Digital Learning and Tools News Top News

10 steps to making yours a STEM school

eSchool News

Recently, school administrators shared how they were tackling the problem at the elementary level, using professional development courses from the National Center for STEM Elementary Education at St.

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Pearson asks N.J. students for help designing new digital products

eSchool News

Kids CoLab helps students target areas of need, build 21st-century skills with hands-on and digital learning. Nine New Jersey elementary middle school students are joining forces with Pearson designers and developers to help the company design features for digital learning solutions.

Science resource targets K-5 STEM gap, NGSS

eSchool News

A new science resource launching this month is intended to engage K-5 students in problem-based science learning. Digital Learning and Tools News STEM Top NewsNew curriculum is built for the Next Generation Science Standards.

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15+ great resources for introducing coding to the classroom

eSchool News

As the world continues to become more and more digital, the number of computer science jobs in this country is rising three times faster than the number of computer science graduates. Code Studio offers a 20 hour-long coding course for elementary school students.

Facebook helps makerspaces expand in the classroom

eSchool News

By the end of this week, five out of seven of the district’s public schools will have spaces filled with 3D printers, Legos, laptops, robots and more for hands-on learning. 2015 the San Jose Mercury News (San Jose, Calif.).

Gale launches Research In Context for middle school research

eSchool News

Gale, a part of Cengage Learning, has launched Research In Context, a new online resource geared specifically to middle school students. Digital Learning and Tools News Top NewsMobile-responsive resource supports BYOD and one-to-one initiatives.

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Free VirtCon PD event focuses on digital media and the classroom

eSchool News

This no-cost, day-long professional development event offers both virtual and face-to-face opportunities for educators to learn actionable tactics and strategies for deepening the integration of digital media into classroom instruction.

How to Use iBeacons in the Classroom – Guest Post from Courtney Pepe

EdTechTeacher

Practitioners begin to think about ways to redesign their learning spaces and schools in the upcoming 2015-16 school year to encourage innovative teaching and learning, making this the perfect opportunity to introduce an emergent technology called iBeacons.

10 schools to pilot new digital courseware

eSchool News

Citizen Schools will develop the program at schools across four states that are currently using digital courseware during the expanded day. Greenleaf Elementary School (Oakland, Calif.). Chase Elementary School (Chicago, Ill.). Woodson South Elementary School (Chicago, Ill.).

Apperson align social-emotional assessment to Open Circle curriculum

eSchool News

As part of its commitment to educating the whole child through academic and social-emotional learning (SEL), Apperson Inc., Through the partnership, Apperson will align the skills from its Evo Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) assessment with skills and practices from the Open Circle Curriculum.

Matching funds pair robots, underserved classrooms

eSchool News

Over 600 elementary schools have purchased the robots for use in their curricula since Dash & Dot started shipping in January 2015. Digital Learning and Tools News STEM Top NewsDollar-for-dollar match brings robots to classrooms teaching computational thinking.

Newseum launches free resource site

eSchool News

The resource is designed to meet the needs of elementary, middle and high school classrooms, as well as college students and lifelong learners. Digital Learning and Tools News Top NewsNewseumED gives educators, students free access to content.

Building a blended-learning leadership pipeline

The Christensen Institute

By definition, blended learning incorporates the human touch. In an effective blended-learning environment, students benefit not only from the flexibility and individualization that educational software can offer, but also from new and varied interactions with adults in the classroom. As with most instructional reforms, there’s a relatively high degree of consensus that we need to focus on effectively training teachers to run high quality blended-learning classrooms.

Digital curriculum targets ELL learning gap

eSchool News

A new suite of digital instructional materials is designed to boost language acquisition and achievement for English Language Learners (ELL), which, with nearly five million students is among the largest and fastest growing demographic in U.S. The ELL programs are modeled after Middlebury Interactive’s world language courses and, like those programs, integrate research-based learning techniques, cultural awareness and project-based activities into blended learning classrooms.

New state versions of Waggle will conform to learning standards

eSchool News

Triumph Learning, producer of K-12 texts and interactive digital tools, unveiled new versions of Waggle, its smart practice solution, to align with learning standards in New York, Pennsylvania and Florida. Cherry Elementary in Clay County, Florida. “We

Ask the Cognitive Scientist: Distributed Practice

Digital Promise

Cognitive scientists have discovered a great deal of information about the mind, brain, memory and learning. A group of learning scientists recently identified easy-to-use learning techniques that can help teachers and students achieve their learning goals. What is distributed practice and how has it been shown to improve learning? When we want to learn something well, studying the information or practicing the task just once is almost always inadequate.

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Alabama district eyes digital conversion by eliminating textbooks

eSchool News

District’s digital conversion is an attempt to help prepare students for the world in which they’ll work, school board members say. This is where our students are, and the good thing about this proposal is it allows them to customize their learning plan,” Ward said.

Math instruction meets a personalized approach

eSchool News

One school is using a personalized and blended math curriculum to help students meet learning goals. That’s where MobyMax is really awesome—students who have different needs can learn at different levels, even though they’re in the same class together.

Confessions of a Digital Leader: My Lifeline is the Classroom

RafranzDavis.com

Yesterday, I spent my morning at our high school and at one elementary school. As eye-opening as those experiences were, especially concerning much needed digital learning upgrades, it was exactly what I needed.

Proud to Be One of the NSBA 20 to Watch in Education Technology

Barrow Media Center: Expect the Miraculous

— Flipgrid (@flipgrid) March 7, 2015. — Sherry Gick (@LibraryFanatic) March 6, 2015. — Kathy Ishizuka (@kishizuka) March 6, 2015. Barrow Elementary’s Andy Plemmons Named to the “20 to Watch” Education Technology Leaders by the National School Boards Association.

4 fresh ideas for teaching digital citizenship sooner

eSchool News

So why do digital citizenship courses focus on middle school and above? In a digital learning environment, how can educators ensure that students are being safe while they are online? Throughout my career, I’ve taught the use of technology to elementary students.