Look Into the Future Ready

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Future Ready SchoolsⓇ (FRS) is a bold effort to maximize digital learning opportunities and help school districts, whether public, private, or charter, move quickly toward preparing students for success. The History of Future Ready Schools ®.

Launching Future Ready Librarians

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The Future Ready Librarians initiative launched at ALA and ISTE this week. The Future Ready Schools (FRS) initiative itself launched at the White House in October 2014. district-wide outline seven tenets relating to digital learning. .

Librarians at the Forefront of “Future Ready”

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Librarians are at the forefront of helping schools become “future ready.” The Alliance for Excellent Education (the Alliance) launched its Future Ready Schools (FRS) initiative in October 2014 with the aim of leveraging technology and connectivity to personalize and transform learning.

9 Ways to Upgrade Professional Learning in Your District

Tom Murray

The notion of “effective professional learning” is something that has been discussed for decades. A comparison in the philosophies of today’s school districts yields results that falls across a continuum of who controls the learning. Learning Should be Anytime, Anywhere. .

Are you future ready?

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The Future Ready Librarians initiative launched at ALA and ISTE this week. The Future Ready Schools (FRS) initiative itself launched at the White House in October 2014. district-wide outline seven tenets relating to digital learning. .

Future Ready Librarians launch

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The Future Ready Librarians initiative launched at ALA and ISTE this week. The Future Ready Schools (FRS) initiative itself launched at the White House in October 2014. district-wide outline seven tenets relating to digital learning. .

7 Great NonProfits Changing the Face of Professional Learning

Tom Murray

As mentioned in my previous post 16 Great NonProfits Working to Support EdTech in Schools , prior to my role as the Director of Innovation for Future Ready Schools, I spent 14 years in a public school in Pennsylvania as an elementary and middle school teacher, middle school and elementary principal, and district level technology director. All of these organizations are shifting the needle and rocking professional learning nationwide. Organization: Learning Forward.

The New National Education Technology Plan: What’s in it for Me?

Tom Murray

Department of Education released the 2016 National Education Technology Plan (NETP). Department of Education’s Office of Educational Technology , was the quarterback of the 2016 NETP and joined me in a recent webinar to discuss the plan. Future Ready Schools.

Future Ready update adds new resources and PD for leaders

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Future Ready overhaul coincides with the new national ed-tech plan. Last Thursday, The United States Department of Education held an event at the White House unveiling the 2016 National Education Technology Plan and celebrating the one-year anniversary of the Future Ready initiative. The videos highlight ideal, peer-based stories and practices from a wide range of Future Ready districts across the nation.

6 Edtech New Year’s Resolutions

Tom Murray

From Providence, Rhode Island to Phoenix, Arizona, I’ve had the privilege to travel and work with over 2,300 district leaders from almost 500 school districts over the past year through the Future Ready Initiative. These concerns are real and often become roadblocks for student learning. As school leaders work to implement digital learning practices, they must commit to navigating roadblocks, problem solving, and planning for sustainable, systemic transformation.

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Open Education – Where do I begin?

Tom Murray

This blog was originally posted on the Future Ready website at [link]. Open Education Resources were the highlight of this Future Ready webinar as they align to the Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment gear of the Future Ready Framework.

Future Ready update adds new resources and PD for leaders

eSchool News

Future Ready overhaul coincides with the new national ed-tech plan. Last Thursday, The United States Department of Education held an event at the White House unveiling the 2016 National Education Technology Plan and celebrating the one-year anniversary of the Future Ready initiative. The videos highlight ideal, peer-based stories and practices from a wide range of Future Ready districts across the nation.

6 Ways to Build Culture When Leading a Digital Conversion

Tom Murray

The shift to Future Ready Schools with blended and digital learning is dramatically changing the role of the school leader and requires focused attention on the critical importance of school culture in a successful transition. Gear: Personalized Professional Learning ).

16 Great NonProfits Working to Support EdTech in Schools

Tom Murray

Prior to my role as the Director of Innovation for Future Ready Schools ® , I spent 14 years in a public school in Pennsylvania as an elementary and middle school teacher, middle school and elementary principal, and district level technology director. This post is the first of a short series meant to highlight the great work of many nonprofit organizations that are working diligently to support students’ learning on a daily basis. Organization: Future of Privacy Forum (FPF).

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A true gift from SHEG: DIY digital literacy assessments and tools for historical thinking

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In the November 2016 Executive Summary , the researchers shared: When thousands of students respond to dozens of tasks there are endless variations. These tasks are perfect for learning across the curriculum and especially for librarian-led learning.

6 Keys to a Successful 1:1 Implementation

Tom Murray

Schools can play a vital role in preparing students for their world of work, yet must systemically plan so that instructional pedagogy can shift to a more personalized, student-centered approach to learning. Begin with the Why and Focus on Learning Outcomes.

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What Should First Year Teachers Know About Tech Integration?

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At the end of the chat I shared the following tweet: "I know I'm biased but I think teacher prep students should be aware of blended learning, value of PLN and recent buzzwords to explore." For centuries teachers have learned the value of formative assessment.

edWeb Releases Survey on Teacher Professional Development

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edWeb.net has just released a survey on Teacher Professional Development that provides insights on the kinds of professional development (PD) teachers find most helpful to improve their teaching practice and their students’ learning.

Leading Educators Take the Stage to Ignite Change in Education

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Every speaker who took the stage talked about how students in this country deserve the highest quality education, rich with learning experiences that challenge them and opportunities to develop skills that prepare them for a future we can’t foresee.

3 New Tools to Support Your Digital Conversion

Tom Murray

Each January, thousands travel to Orlando, Florida to take part in the Future of Education Technology Conference (FETC), one of the nation’s best edtech related learning opportunities for educators. Showing a growing trend in the field, this year’s FETC brought more educators than ever before – almost 10,000 school professionals, from superintendents and principals, to instructional technology coaches and classroom teachers. This post is sponsored by Samsung.

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How today’s tech departments are moving into the future

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Joining Soumakian were Stuart Burt, chief technology officer for Royse City ISD; Doug Brubaker, an assistant superintendent at Garland ISD; and Tom Murray, a former educator and tech director who now helps coordinate the Future Ready Schools project for the Alliance for Excellent Education.

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edWeb Survey on Teacher Professional Development

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edWeb.net has just released a survey on Teacher Professional Development that provides insights on the kinds of professional development (PD) teachers find most helpful to improve their teaching practice and their students’ learning.

How peer video coaching is completely changing how our teachers teach

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A new era of professional development is sweeping into districts across the country, and just in time. We’ve augmented our professional development program with an online video coaching platform for classroom observation through one-on-one coaching and collaborative study teams.

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Strategies for Closing the Digital Equity Gap

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Professional Learning. When we think about professional learning in this new era of education, it is not a linear process. Schools need to create a sense of urgency by supporting the professional learning of their teachers and coaches.

A Unified Approach for Digital Integration

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His participation in a Learning Counsel event led to district recognition for VPS’s systemic leadership. He is currently working with Apple, Instructure, the Friday Institute, Learning Counsel and other organizations to build authentic partnerships to support his district’s work.

Personalized Learning and Digital Tools Weave Strong Fabric for Student Success

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Personalized Learning and Digital Tools Weave Strong Fabric for Student Success. But, are the students ready for what awaits them? According to Project Tomorrow’s 2017 Speak Up Research Project for Digital Learning , 56 percent of parents of school-aged children are concerned that their child isn’t learning the right skills in school to be successful in college or a future job. Personalized Learning Aids All Students.

Planning for the Total Cost of Edtech Initiatives

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Upgrading infrastructure, device maintenance, and ongoing professional development, in addition to program and device costs, mean tech initiatives need permanent budget lines that take into account the total cost. Department of Education Secretary in October 2016.

How One District Is Transforming Digital Learning

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While pedagogies, learning tools and technology have evolved over the 20 years I’ve worked in the industry and 14 years as a leader in educational technology, the belief in digital equity has remained a constant for me. I don’t just learn in the classroom, I learn all day long.

Curation Situations: Let us count the ways

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Along the way they experience collateral benefits of developing learning agility, building social capital and demonstrating creativity. It often refers to the gathering and contextualizing of OER to replace expensive traditional texts and to include them in learning management systems.