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. Researchers: "Experience is the best teacher, but a fool will learn from no other

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. When you start at a new school (or classroom, or teacher), it’s important to understand the part technology will take to improve educational experiences for your child. How knowledgeable are teachers about technology? Depending on the school, teachers may have a lot of flexibility in what technology they use in their lessons.

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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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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. INTEGRATE AN ELEMENT OF TECHNOLOGY - this is the world our students live in, so to me it is important to teach them these skills along the way. When I was a young student, I loved reading.

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. 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.

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. Three teacher money-making opportunities using technology. But again, follow your guidelines.

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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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. Jacqui Murray has been teaching K-8 technology for 20 years.

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.

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. A new 2017 survey of technology use at home shows the gap in computer access is rapidly closing. “It’s not a technology divide, it’s a content divide.

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. From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Librarian Chad Lehman helps us learn about the technologies we need to set up an awesome 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). UDL has reordered the principles and guidelines, to begin with, Multiple Means of Engagement, the Why of Learning that compliments how the Design Thinking Process involves learners in identifying an authentic problem or challenge. This is especially relevant given all that technology and online tools provide.

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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). Here’s an example of an explainer video created for this project: 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.

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. 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. 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. Here are eleven of the top classroom blogging tips according to Ask a Tech Teacher readers: Can We Eliminate Blogs–Teachers Hate Them! 6 Tips I Wish I’d Known When I Started Blogging.

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? Kyle Bowen, Director of Technology Services at Penn State, shared with one Symposium Working Group: “The only way to truly understand the implication of a technology is to invest in it in some way… We have an emerging technologies group inside our organization, and their whole focus is on early evaluation.

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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. Jacqui Murray has been teaching K-8 technology for 20 years. In October 2006, thirteen-year-old Megan Meier hung herself in her bedroom closet after suffering months of cyberbullying.

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. 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.

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. Other than explaining activities, showing videos and presenting some technology options, all of learning activities during the weekend workshop were hands-on and active. Naturally Integrates Technology. During my math workshop, participants used technology to: Access the workshop slides.

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?

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. 42, a non-profit, tuition-free, computer programming school is not only disrupting the traditional education model, but also the traditional admissions process.

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 ). Cyberbullying— a discussion on what cyberbullying is; for older students or as a guideline for you when teaching the topic. Responsibility to model and teach student expectations of technology use. Jacqui Murray has been teaching K-8 technology for 15 years.

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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. Many visually-impaired people use screen readers or other forms of assistive technology to navigate web pages, and heading tags are easier to interpret by such technology. In a recent post I touched upon the subject of designing for accessibility in e-learning.

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. These guidelines have been created by the World Wide Web Consortium ( W3CM ), the same organization that is behind HTML, CSS, XML and other technical stuff that make the Internet possible. As long as you follow these principles and guidelines, your online courses will be great.

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.

Acceptable or Responsible? What’s Your Use Policy?

Tom Murray

As a former technology director (Tom) and high school principal (Eric), we’ve seen some fascinating ways that students have tried to bypass the filter, have seen search terms that would make even college students blush, and have had a vast array of conversations with students about the appropriate use of digital tools. Unfortunately, many school districts’ filtering policies were developed before the rise of interactive web tools, social media, and mobile technologies.

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.

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. When people keep themselves well-nourished, they can participate more fully and effectively in a wide variety of activities.

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. A recent study conducted by the American Academy of Pediatrics re-evaluated appropriate screen time limits for young children. The assessment redefined “screen time” as the use of digital media exclusively for entertainment.

Why Computer Science Belongs in Every Science Teacher’s Classroom


Some of the NGSS guidelines directly overlap with the practices listed in the K-12 Computer Science framework and the new CSTA Computer Science standards. In addition to implementing the NGSS guidelines, integrating CS into science classes will help schools introduce computer science to every student without finding additional class time or computer science teachers. Education Technology Coding Technology in School

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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. So use some of these as guidelines: Chunking: Instead of just breaking modules into linear ones (one thing after the other), you could try to explore chunking the content together by topic. Online learning is a terrific way to create stimulating learning environments for students.

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How to measure edtech impact in the ESSA era

eSchool News

The Education Technology Industry Network (ETIN) and Empirical Education Inc. recently released the Guidelines for Conducting and Reporting EdTech Impact research in U.S. These guidelines help clarify how research is conducted and how information is presented to users of edtech products based on the changes brought by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). In “ Measuring Edtech Impact in the ESSA Era ,” experts delved into the details of the guidelines.

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. Some tips and tricks include: Give your students a set guideline for their feedback. Online learning is a highly engaging format.

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TOP TIPS for Classroom Management in the Digital Age


Classroom Management in the Digital Age: Effective Practices for Technology-Rich Learning Spaces (2016) by Heather Dowd and Patrick Green Cross-posted from Learning Light Bulbs by Nate Gildart Get your own copy of Classroom Management in the Digital Age! ie) student tech teams, technology coaches, IT support, technology “hubs” in a school. Managing projects is a topic that comes up, suggesting that there be multiple technology roles, especially when working in groups.

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How to Use Real World Problems to Teach Design Thinking, 3D Printing and Collaboration


He even created guidelines for educators wanting to set up problem banks at their own schools. For his efforts, Lehrer won a 2017 Infy Maker Award , was recently name a PBS Digital Innovator. Education Technology STEM Technology in School Useful For Entrepreneurs STEM EducationRich Lehrer knew that 3D printers could do more than spit out keychains and Yoda heads.