The 2017 EdNext Poll on School Reform: Digital Learning

Doug Levin

Credit where it is due : the 2017 EdNext Poll on School Reform expanded coverage of the topic – including 4 items on ‘digital learning’ this year (2 answered by the full sample and 2 split A/B questions asked of half of the sample each) – and while not perfect is much improved. Yet, teachers appear skeptical of the effect of more technology use during class time on high school student learning.

Creating iChampions in Texas Elementary Schools

Digital Promise

Unlike traditional elementary schools where students have one teacher that teaches them all five topics, students at Hook Elementary belong to pods where they rotate between three teachers who teach Reading and Social Studies, Writing, and Math and Science. About once a month, teachers will “set the stage to engage” for an entire week, where students get to test their learning through a series of challenges.

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23 amazing STEM and digital learning tools

eSchool News

Check below for the latest marketplace news to keep you up-to-date on product developments, teaching and learning initiatives, and new trends in education. Digital Curriculum and Tools. Early learning brand Teaching Strategies announced the launch of its new The Creative Curriculum for Kindergarten. Next page: More digital technologies and STEM resources). Technology changes at a rapid pace, and educators have to keep up.


Digital Learning Day Reflections

Tech Helpful

Therefore, when I told them about digital learning day I didn't ask for anything special to happen, I just asked them to allow visitors when they normally used technology in the classrooms. 5th Graders writing in Google Docs and uploading to 1st Graders learning about Digital Citizenship with visitors observing Math Interventionist sharing about Moby Max 2nd Graders doing creative writing in 5th Grade Paperless Math Classroom.

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. Check below for the latest marketplace news to keep you up-to-date on product developments, teaching and learning initiatives, and new trends in education. Almost a year into its partnership with Achieve3000 , Margate Elementary School in Margate, Fla.,

A Pedagogical Shift Needed for Digital Success

A Principal's Reflections

In a previous post I discussed in detail strategies to help ensure the effective use of technology to improve learning outcomes. The purposeful use of technology can innovate assessment, transform time frames around learning, increase collaboration, enable learning about information and research thanks to unprecedented access, and provide a level of student ownership like never before. This simple, yet powerful shift can be applied to all digital activities.

Merritt Public Schools: How a Rural Oklahoma District Developed its Digital Learning Program

Education Superhighway

Walking into a Merritt Elementary School classroom today, you’ll find students using iPads to figure out math problems and submit their answers, while teachers grade those answers and provide feedback and follow-up support in real-time. As a result of their efforts, teachers have seen far greater opportunities to marry critical thinking with digital learning in their classrooms.

School of Dreams

A Principal's Reflections

The successful digital transformation at the school where I was principal attracted a great deal of attention from the mainstream media, schools locally and globally, and organizations, in part because we were able to show efficacy in our work. It was at this time that I decided to take a calculated risk and attempt to help other schools scale their digital and innovative change efforts. Wells Elementary to me is a school of dreams because my daughter loves learning.

Rural Broadband Month: Encouraging Equal Access to Digital Learning

Education Superhighway

On July 13, 2017, Governor Asa Hutchinson announced that the state had connected Glen Rose School District, the final Arkansas district awaiting high-speed Internet connectivity. With 100% connectivity throughout the state, more Arkansas students can partake in virtual opportunities like speaking with students across the globe or participating in lessons from NASA scientists, as Beebe Elementary School students were able to do.

Wonderful Word Problem Breakthroughs

The CoolCatTeacher

Listen to Felicia Casto talk about her awesome elementary math classroom. She has helped teachers, administrators and district office leaders create and implement a digital learning mindset. Webb Elementary in Navasota, Texas and works with teachers in her school and educators across the nation on how to best to embrace digital learning across a variety of platforms. Every weekday you’ll learn powerful practical ways to be a more remarkable teacher today.

Rural Broadband Month: Encouraging Equal Access to Digital Learning

Education Superhighway

On July 13, 2017, Governor Asa Hutchinson announced that the state had connected Glen Rose School District, the final Arkansas district awaiting high-speed Internet connectivity. With 100% connectivity throughout the state, more Arkansas students can partake in virtual opportunities like speaking with students across the globe or participating in lessons from NASA scientists, as Beebe Elementary School students were able to do.

Educational choice, not school choice, making moves in Florida

The Christensen Institute

According to a longtime observer of the Florida education scene, rather than have the school control the educational experiences, as occurs in course access, a subset of parents, particularly at the elementary school level—both public and home-school—are opting to manage their children’s education and customize a mix of public brick-and-mortar school, online school, home school, and even some private school (such as private music lessons) experiences.

This is what Google Expeditions can do in a classroom

eSchool News

During a virtual reality session at TCEA 2017, three educators shared their experience using Google Expeditions with students. Larger device sets will likely be needed at the elementary level. The educators would not have been able to coordinate without collaboration between instructional technology, librarians, and technology services,” said Janie Stach, a K-12 instructional technology coordinator in the district, and Kara Johnson, an elementary librarian in the district.

If you give a kindergartner a Chromebook…

eSchool News

Although even the youngest children are considered tech-savvy today, there exists a difference between a child who knows how to use a tablet to watch videos and a child who knows how to navigate a device for active learning. But for one classroom, the move yielded some surprising results for student engagement, learning progress, and for students with special needs. “We Digital Learning and Tools eClassroom News Resource TCEA

3 easy ways to get students future ready

eSchool News

Robert Furman, Elementary Principal and author of The Future Ready Challenge , discussed some painless ways to help educators prepare students for an unknown future. “We Use Technology only when Digital Skill-Appropriate. However, educators can do their best to prepare future ready students by focusing on the digital skills they will need to thrive in an increasingly digital world. Digital Learning and Tools eClassroom News Featured on eSchool News

New AI tool helps teachers tackle math

eSchool News

As the new school year begins, elementary school teachers are now able to access a new, free online artificial intelligence (AI) tool designed to strengthen their math instruction and help students learn at higher levels. Digital Learning and Tools eClassroom News IT Newsletter News STEM

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Digital is the plumbing; ‘One to the World’ is the vision

eSchool News

Observing the wonderment of kindergarten kids as they discover the world with the help of digital learning can be magical. In the kindergarten classes at Newton-Lee Elementary School in Loudoun County, Virginia, wonderment is at an all-time high as the students squeal with delight. A few months earlier, the students had learned on another Skype call that orangutans can become naughty if they are not engaged with games and toys.

Why your young students love e-learning


Education technology already assists teachers create diverse and engaging learning materials and deliver better classes. Students are particularly excited about all of the new possibilities digital learning can offer. Why do kids love e-learning? Here are four big reasons why K-12 students love e-learning: E-learning is closer to their digital lives. E-learning supports videos. YouTube is by far the star of digital education channels.

EXCLUSIVE: They’re here–robots are teaching your children

eSchool News

Unbeknownst to parents, all first-grade classes in a suburban Los Angeles elementary school were successfully taught by teacher robots during the 2015-2016 school year. “I wanted to see if they could teach real students, because we’ve seen robots help children with social-emotional learning.” Digital Learning and Tools eClassroom News News

3 tips for connecting students to internet resources during summer

eSchool News

Access to online resources including digital content, interactive education apps and websites, videos, experts and peers is no longer a “nice to have” but rather a necessity. In “ Closing the Homework Gap: Equity of Access for All Students Outside of School ,” Rhonda Schroeder, EdD, principal, Arthur Elementary School, Oklahoma City, OK; Mike Cory, EdD, principal, Gettys Middle School, SC; Barbara J.

Use these strategies to incorporate drones in STEAM education

eSchool News

Though the word “drone” tends to have a negative connotation, drones have tremendous potential to help students learn science, technology, engineering, art, and math (STEAM) concepts. Marisa Vickery, facilitator of learning and innovation at Walnut Elementary School in the Dripping Springs ISD, ran an after-school drone club that evolved into a full-fledged program after Dennis Baldwin, a software engineer and school parent who created an app called DroneBlocks.

Adaptive literacy? 3 must-knows for teachers and admin about adaptive learning

eSchool News

The use of differentiated instruction to individualize each student’s learning experience is becoming more common in today’s elementary classrooms, but creating meaningful differentiation for a typical class of 25 students or more can still be a challenge. What should educators and administrators know about adaptive learning? The survey found that instructional leaders overwhelmingly saw the value of adaptive learning to help individualize instruction.

9 Great Nonprofits to Support School Leaders

Tom Murray

As shared in my previous posts 7 Great NonProfits Changing the Face of Professional Learning and 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. The Alliance also has run Digital Learning Day for the past five years.

Equip Students to be Skilled Searchers!

Teacher Reboot Camp

One of the most popular ways our students learn is by Googling or YouTubing it! This is why one of the Mission Prep activities (pre-tasks) in my new book,In my new book, Hacking Digital Learning Strategies: 10 Ways to Launch EdTech Missions in Your Classroom (out soon) is to get students to do a quick 5 minute search about the Mission (topic). When students get to choose what learning is interesting to them they are more excited about learning more!

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To BOLDly Go


The mission of CUE BOLD was to focus “the symbiotic relationship of learning environment design, digital learning systems, and rethinking traditional lesson design as the essential components.” What an honor to be part of a team of visionary educators who are thinking outside the box when it comes to remixing lesson designs, integrating technology, and considering how the physical classroom environment impacts teaching and learning.

What is Digital Pedagogy?

Tech Helpful

Lately my mind has been wrapping itself around how instructional practice has changed due to digital instruction. What once was pedagogy now seems better defined as digital pedagogy for classrooms with the advantages of easily accessible technology tools. Teachers learn about pedagogy in their educational training in college and then they are observed in practice while teaching to make sure they are following good pedagogical practices.

Your Guide to Running a School Like Disney World


At Mary Williams Elementary , we strive to create a similarly magical feeling. We also invest in digital technology that we believe can engage students, as well as make the teacher’s job more enjoyable. Instead, teachers decide what they want to learn, and what they'd like to help others learn, instead of being force-fed one-size-fits-all PD. As a result, the school has become a learning lab for both students and adults: a place of true innovation. .

?A Playbook to Go Open: 5 Steps to Adopting OER


Adoption of digital learning resources is taking hold in schools and districts across the United States. Public schools now provide at least one computer for every five students and spend more than $3 billion per year on digital content, according to Education Week. Advocates of OER boast that in addition to being more affordable, these resources can provide more up-to-date content because digital OER can be updated more frequently than traditional textbooks.

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Educators on Artificial Intelligence: Here's the One Thing it Can't Do Well


Kasey Bell, a digital learning consultant and former Texas teacher, choose to go for the former: “AI [is] defined as machines with the ability or intelligence to complete tasks on their own and make intelligent decisions.” Amongst these eight educators, edtech software such as IXL Learning and i-Ready both get lumped in with Amazon’s Alexa in the same AI bucket, despite the fact that a tool like IXL doesn’t theoretically become smarter over time as a user interacts with it.

Massachusetts districts now trade notes on best paths to personalized learning

The Hechinger Report

Revere hosted a learning tour for other schools last year, to share its experiences with personalizing learning. Blended learning was the gateway to personalized learning in the Natick Public Schools, about 20 miles west of Boston. The district made sure each child had a laptop to use in class almost a decade ago, according to the current director of digital learning, Grace Magley. Meaning people learning from each other.

7 beginner’s steps in digital citizenship for any district

eSchool News

How should an entire district begin teaching digital citizenship? In “ Roadmap to Districtwide Digital Citizenship Adoption ,” Theresa Ellington, instructional technology manager at Life Schools Charter School in Texas, explained how she was able to implement a digital citizenship curriculum throughout the Title I district with limited time and no money, and shared lessons learned from the district’s first year using a digital citizenship curriculum.

Teamwork Makes the Dream Work—Building a Successful Blended Learning Program


Three years ago, with the help of the education agency the Grant Wood Area Education Agency (GWAEA), Iowa rolled out its initiative to implement blended learning as a model for the state. Prompted by district administrators’ desire to find ways to build student agency, engage student passion and personalize learning, we hoped blended learning would shake up the status quo and spark large scale change. Differentiate the learning for principals and superintendents.

Why haven’t new federal rules unleashed more innovation in schools?

The Hechinger Report

His school and his state are trailblazers in personalized learning, a method that tailors instruction to students’ individual interests and learning speeds. Personalized learning advocates had big hopes for ESSA, enacted in 2015. In a personalized classroom, students are taught how to take control of their own learning, so that they can take different pathways to gain understanding of concepts. Sign up for the Future of Learning newsletter. Future of Learning.

How to Use Edtech to Get Your Learners Active and Moving


Teachers do not have to wait until the bell rings or until they have formally addressed the class to get their students’ learning started. Certain edtech tools allow the teacher to use a dashboard to track student progress in real time, including: Teachers do not have to wait until the bell rings or until they have formally addressed the class to get their students’ learning started. It is worth noting that both of these tools offer modes for self-paced studying and learning.

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Don’t Let Your Projects Die When Grant Funding Runs Out


Many teachers across the country are working tirelessly to personalize learning for their students. Over the years, we’ve learned some tough lessons. Our district has had the most experience learning about grants that support instructional tools and new jobs. Schools are starved for digital learning resources that are data-driven and support teachers in personalizing curriculum for their students. Education Technology Personalized Learning Learning Strategies