A Framework for Technology Adoption: Making Your Pedagogy Deeply Digital

The Journal

The result: five guidelines. Educators, what’s your take on these five guidelines? This week’s blog post distills our 30-plus years of working in K–12 classrooms trying, trying, trying to integrate computing devices into those K–12 classrooms.

What parents should ask teachers about technology

Ask a Tech Teacher

Technology in education’ has become the buzz phrase for cutting edge classes that are plugged into the latest education trends. How knowledgeable are teachers about technology? If my student struggles with a technology skill, where can s/he go for help?

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Four Guidelines for Innovating and Designing a Book Unit


I offer four guidelines that I use when designing book projects for my junior high students: STUDENTS MUST HAVE CHOICE - not all students learn the same, and not all students create the same, so we need to give them a choice in demonstrating their learning.

3 Teacher Money Making Opportunities Using Technology

The CoolCatTeacher

Today Jessica Gordon @1337teach shares three ways teachers can use technology to make money this summer (or anytime.) Want to hear another episode on technology tools to try? Listen to Jennifer Gonzalez talk about 5 Tech tools to try in 2017. But again, follow your guidelines.

A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 30 Edition)

Doug Levin

Here’s what caught my eye this past week – news, tools, and reports about education, public policy, technology, and innovation – including a little bit about why. A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 30 Edition). Tagged on: July 30, 2017 Postmortem: What to Do After a Security Incident | Linux Journal → Incidents happen. Tagged on: July 30, 2017 Why half of SC’s school districts are breaking state testing law | The State → Last year, S.C.

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Websites for Hour of Code by Grade

Ask a Tech Teacher

Grade-levels below are guidelines. By fourth grade, students appreciate technology for how it can speed up their classwork and will seek out ways to use it for that purpose. Jacqui Murray has been teaching K-8 technology for 15 years.

Technology overuse may be the new digital divide

The Hechinger Report

2017 Common Sense Census: media use by kids age zero to eight. The fear was, and is, that technology might cause achievement gaps between rich and poor students to grow if it’s easier for rich kids to use educational software, practice computer coding or learn about the world online.

Technology and Digital Media in the Classroom: A Guide for Educators


Technology has done more to change school curriculum and practices than nearly anything else—and in such a short amount of time! So, why and how should you use technology in your classroom? What Is the Proper Role of Technology in the Classroom? How to Integrate Technology.

Is the Socratic Method Right for Your Class?

Ask a Tech Teacher

Set down conversation guidelines like 1) refer to each other by name, 2) participate by building on conversations, 3) participate often with comments and reactions to ideas of others, 4) don’t dominate the stage, 5) disagree, but don’t be disagreeable, and 6) wait your turn.

What to Buy for Your Maker Space #makered

The CoolCatTeacher

Librarian Chad Lehman helps us learn about the technologies we need to set up an awesome maker space. See Todd’s show for guidelines. The technologies Chad has in his maker space.

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

User Generated Education

Universal Design for Learning® (UDL) developed by David Rose and Ann Meyers is a registered trademark of the Center for Assistive Special Technology (CAST). The UDL Guidelines provide a deep dive into each of the principles to checkpoints that provide resources, examples, and research.

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Looking for a Summer Volunteer Opportunity?

Ask a Tech Teacher

Note: School guidelines vary depending upon their missions. in conjunction with integrating technology into classwork (creating the digital explainer videos). I have written in the past about mysimpleshow , an easy and clever way educators can create explainer videos.

12 Fresh Ways to Assess Student Learning

Ask a Tech Teacher

Teachers post questions, provide guidelines and expectations, and students respond. Jacqui Murray has been teaching K-8 technology for 20 years. Assessing student learning used to be as simple as giving a test that consisted of multiple choice, True/False, short answer, and/or essay.

11 Classroom Blogging Tips You Don’t Want to Miss

Ask a Tech Teacher

What Are Good Guidelines for Younger Bloggers? Jacqui Murray has been teaching K-8 technology for 20 years. She is the editor/author of over a hundred tech ed resources including a K-8 technology curriculum , K-8 keyboard curriculum, K-8 Digital Citizenship curriculum.

6 Unbeatable Ways To Spot High Quality Open Education Resources (OER)


A “search the Commons” feature is also a great resource for locating usably licensed content that can be adapted, remixed, or reproduced according to clearly defined guidelines. Since OER came onto the map in the early 2000s, the pool of available resources has grown into a vast ocean.

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Limited Evidence in Edtech: Everyone Agrees – It Isn’t Their Fault

Digital Promise

In breakout groups, summit attendees tackled key questions such as: How might we ensure K-12 district and higher education technology decisions are based on evidence? “ What works ought to drive what we put in front of our children. ” – Jim Shelton.

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What is Standards-based Grading?

Ask a Tech Teacher

This means students have clear guidelines for how to define success over time, making it easy for all stakeholders in a student’s learning to determine if they are accomplishing what must be done for college and career. Jacqui Murray has been teaching K-8 technology for 20 years.

9 Resources for National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month

Ask a Tech Teacher

Wikipedia defines “cyberbullying” as: the use of information technology to repeatedly harm or harass other people in a deliberate manner. You can find age-specific guidelines, videos, and articles that offer advice, resources, and more from parents and experts.

Qualities of Effective Educator Professional Development

User Generated Education

What follows are the general guidelines I use to plan and structure my professional development workshops. Natural Integration of Technology. Naturally Integrates Technology. During my math workshop, participants used technology to: Access the workshop slides.

Education Technology and 'Fake News'

Hack Education

This is part one of my annual look at the year’s “ top ed-tech stories ” Last year, I started this series – my annual review of the year in education technology – with an article on wishful thinking.

Designing for accessibility in e-learning


Technology plays an immense role in how education is transforming, and growing numbers of learning activities happen online. WCAG stands for Web Content Accessibility Guidelines. As long as you follow these principles and guidelines, your online courses will be great.

Unlocking Hidden Potential through Recruitment

EdNews Daily

This is a strategic choice, by ignoring traditional guidelines, we allow for a wider range of individuals to contribute to the educational community, and the workforce. Education News Featured TechnologyWritten by: Brittany Bir, COO, 42USA.

How to create accessible e-learning design


The first thing to keep in mind is that it’s way easier to follow and implement accessibility guidelines and principles when creating from scratch online learning materials for courses rather than do this later.

‘Bigly’ Education Decisions for 2017


A new competency-based learning and employment ecosystem is emerging despite traditional federal rules and guidelines. Education Technology Government PolicyIf the President-elect’s Tweet storms are any indication, education policies are in for an adventure next year. While, as American Enterprise Institute (AEI) scholar.

How to Cope with Bullying

Ask a Tech Teacher

90% of teens who report being cyberbullied have also been bullied offline. ( “Seven Fears and the Science of How Mobile Technologies May Be Influencing Adolescents in the Digital Age,” George and Odgers, 2015 ). Responsibility to model and teach student expectations of technology use.

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Say Goodbye to Boring PD: Rethinking Technology’s Role in Professional Development


My “teacher-students” also have to rethink how technology might help improve their classrooms and then rebuild a lesson plan using the new methodology. But to meet the federal guidelines for quality PD, a school district, administrators, and teachers need to begin with a vision for what the classroom should look like. New technology toys are great, but if they can’t be incorporated into the vision of a school, what is the point?

The Professional Development Problem

EdNews Daily

Appreciating that volition, engagement, and teaching excellent are all tied together, creating essential guidelines for every school’s planning for PD. Featured Op-Ed TechnologyWhile debate about professional development expands, educator hopes for feeling supported are shrinking.

A further 4 ways to stimulate online learner engagement


The reasons are numerous and range from a lack of technical understanding and discomfort with technology to a disorientation when asked to plan their own time and learning pace. Online learning is a terrific way to create stimulating learning environments for students.

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Using Technology to Humanize

The Principal of Change

I have been an advocate of technology in education for a long time. People > Technology. If we lose our connection with the people in our buildings, I want no part of technology. But technology can actually be used to build face-to-face relationships, not limit them.

Acceptable or Responsible? What’s Your Use Policy?

Tom Murray

Unfortunately, many school districts’ filtering policies were developed before the rise of interactive web tools, social media, and mobile technologies. These policies typically promote positive behaviors, expectations, and guidelines.

Healthy Body, Healthy Mind: The Impact of School Lunch on Student Performance

EdNews Daily

As the USDA worked on turning the guidelines into regulations, pushback came from several groups. Education News Featured TechnologyBy now, it is no mystery that what people eat has an effect on their daily physical and mental health.

4 ways to stimulate online learner engagement


Keep an eye on technology use. Make sure that everyone involved knows how the community-based technology platforms available within the LMS , such as forums, direct mail, video chat, and screen casting, work before beginning the assignment. Online learning is a highly engaging format.

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Help Your Kids Spend Screen Time Wisely


However, this new metric focuses on the content and intent of device usage, addressing the positive results from educational-technology research. The new guidelines are as follows: 18 months and younger : no screen time.

Your Internet History is Now For Sale


Republicans that voted in favor of overturning the FCC online privacy rules argued that the privacy regulations would stifle innovation by forcing Internet providers to abide by unreasonably strict guidelines.

Video: A new way to teach the 4Cs


We’ve also introduced the 4Cs in another post , and today we will drill down and look at how well-crafted video content, and the use of video technology in class can enable teachers to stimulate and impart these critical skills. There’s something special about video as a medium of instruction.

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