October, 2023

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From the Bus to the Wilderness: How Hyperconnected Schools Expand Learning Opportunities

EdTech Magazine

Until just a few years ago, school-issued laptops, tablets and hotspots were largely considered a luxury in many K–12 schools. Before the COVID-19 pandemic, only about 49 percent of schools had implemented one-to-one device programs, according to a 2019 survey by OverDrive Education and the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development. However, by 2022, about 90 percent of middle and high schools reported providing students with devices, and 84 percent of elementary schools said they w

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How to Help Students Avoid Getting Duped Online — and by AI Chatbots

Edsurge

Students these days are terrible at sorting true facts from misinformation online and on social media, many studies show. But it’s not because students aren’t good at critical thinking, argues Mike Caulfield, a research scientist at University of Washington’s Center for an Informed Public. Instead, they just need a little bit of guidance on how to approach the flood of text, images and websites they encounter on a daily basis.

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Anywhere Learning

A Principal's Reflections

Education has undergone a remarkable transformation in recent years, and one of the most significant developments is the concept of "anywhere learning." This innovative approach to personalized education leverages technology to give students the flexibility and freedom to learn at their own pace, in their own space. Anywhere learning is proving to be a game-changer, benefiting students in a multitude of ways, primarily because it is entirely learner-centric.

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Supporting Students In Being the Protagonists of Their Own Learning

Digital Promise

The post Supporting Students In Being the Protagonists of Their Own Learning appeared first on Digital Promise.

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Can Brain Science Actually Help Make Your Training & Teaching Stick?

Speaker: Andrew Cohen, Founder & CEO of Brainscape

The instructor’s PPT slides are brilliant. You’ve splurged on the expensive interactive courseware. Student engagement is stellar. So… why are half of your students still forgetting everything they learned in just a matter of weeks? It's likely a matter of cognitive science! With so much material to "teach" these days, we often forget to incorporate key proven principles into our curricula — namely active recall, metacognition, spaced repetition, and interleaving practice.

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How to Kidproof the Internet

Ask a Tech Teacher

How to keep children safe online is the most popular question parents ask at my school. They want to know about firewalls, filters, kidsafe desktops, nannycams, cyberbullying, internet privacy, and everything in between. Should they keep their children away from computers or just off the internet? Do they have to sit with them while they work? Is there an age when it’s OK to let them on their own?

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5 ways I’ll use AI when I go back to the classroom

Ditch That Textbook

I'm headed back to the classroom soon! After studying artificial intelligence and all the tools that support teaching and learning, here's what I'm excited to use. So, a bit of personal news. I'm going back to teach in the classroom! There's a temporary semester-long position to teach Spanish at the high school where my wife teaches […] The post 5 ways I’ll use AI when I go back to the classroom appeared first on Ditch That Textbook.

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Science of Reading, Meet the Science of Learning

EdNews Daily

By Betsy Hill and Roger Stark The pressure to revamp reading instruction has been mounting. According to data sourced from Education Week, 33 states now have laws in place that establish the “science of reading” as the standard for reading instruction and intervention. Some of the laws have teeth that can reach down to bite individual students, allowing for or even requiring retention for students who aren’t reading on grade level by the end of third grade.

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Inclusion and Co-Teaching in the Personalized Classroom

A Principal's Reflections

Inclusion is essential for special education (SPED) because it promotes the social and academic development of students with disabilities, fosters a sense of belonging, and prepares them for life outside of school. It aligns with legal and ethical imperatives, is often cost-effective, and encourages teacher development. Inclusive education also positively impacts school culture, reduces stigma, and advocates for equity and civil rights, ensuring all students have equal opportunities and contribu

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How Verizon Innovative Learning Schools Transformed My School

Digital Promise

Ten years ago, I thought tests were the only way to assess a student’s knowledge, but now I understand that they can demonstrate their mastery in so many different ways. I am a critical and creative thinker. Ten years ago, I prepared my lessons with fixed steps and an end assessment in mind. Now, I design learning with an ultimate learning objective, but I let the students lead me down their path of learning.

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As AI Chatbots Rise, More Educators Look to Oral Exams — With High-Tech Twist

Edsurge

Since the release of ChatGPT late last year, the essay has been declared dead as an effective way to measure learning. After all, students can now enter any assigned question into an AI chatbot and get a perfectly formatted, five-paragraph essay back ready to turn in (well, after a little massaging to take out any AI “hallucinations”). As educators have looked to alternatives to assigning essays, one idea that has bubbled up is to bring back oral exams.

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Reimagining Chickering & Gamsons Principles Post-Pandemic: Technologys Central Role in Modern Edu

This white paper examines and proposes revisions to the "Seven Principles for Good Practice in Undergraduate Education" introduced by Arthur Chickering and Zelda Gamson in 1987 for today's technology-driven world.

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Personalize learning with Explore Boards

Ditch That Textbook

Imagine that your students are reading a novel. Or a chapter in a textbook. (You know how I feel about textbooks, but hey. sometimes, we've got to use them!)It's good that everyone reads the same baseline text. They all get the same foundation, that same core content.But your students aren't all the same. They […] The post Personalize learning with Explore Boards appeared first on Ditch That Textbook.

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Schools Can Protect Student Privacy in Augmented, Virtual and Extended Reality Tools

EdTech Magazine

In some modern K–12 classrooms, students can travel to Egypt to explore the pyramids or treat patients in hyper-realistic simulations of medical environments, all without leaving their classrooms. Augmented, mixed, virtual or extended reality technologies make these scenarios possible. They use realistic 3D graphical interfaces that allow students to deeply immerse themselves in learning like never before.

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7 Top Science Tips from Kate the Chemist (Video Included)

EdNews Daily

There is much to learn, discover, explore, text, and have fun about Science. Sometimes, we can be intimidated because it’s an area where “we don’t know.” And guess what? That’s okay, too – it makes the field different, engaging, exciting, and rewarding. Solving problems, discovering phenomena, and constantly learning and growing make Science so wonderful.

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Tips for Creating Must-Do/May-Do Tasks

A Principal's Reflections

A s readers of my blog know, I am incredibly passionate about pedagogically-sound personalized learning. Who wouldn’t be excited about implementing strategies that support ALL learners getting what they need when and where they need it to succeed? What is even more intriguing is that there is no one best way to personalize, something I wrote extensively about in Disruptive Thinking in Our Classrooms and this recent blog post.

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Behind the Bell: The Underlying Impact of Tardiness in K-12 Schools

Managing a K-12 campus with constant pressure to meet performance metrics is challenging. And tardiness can significantly limit a school from reaching these goals. Learn more about why chronic lateness matters, and key strategies to address the following impacts: Data errors caused by manual processes Low attendance and graduation rates that affect a school’s reputation Classroom disruption, which leads to poor academic performance High staff attrition and “The Teacher Exodus” Unmet LCAP goals t

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Rolling Out Across Verizon Innovative Learning Schools with Cohort 10

Digital Promise

The start of the school year is an exciting time for the Verizon Innovative Learning Schools community, as schools are rolling out devices to students. For the 31 Cohort 10 schools that are just beginning their Verizon Innovative Learning journey, rollout is the beginning of new learning opportunities. The event marks a major milestone and is the culmination of months of hard work that began in the spring when teachers received their devices and began planning.

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Why Educators Should Lean in to AI to Better Support Students

Edsurge

Plato once quoted Socrates lamenting that, “If men learn this, it will implant forgetfulness in their souls; they will cease to exercise memory because they rely on that which is written.”1 The ancient philosopher was speaking, of course, of the latest technology in the B.C. era: hand-written scrolls. As humans, we’ve always had a somewhat complicated history with invention.

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Jamboard Transition Resources for Teachers

EdTechTeacher

Google recently announced that Jamboard is winding down in 2024 (Details here) and educators across the world are now in search of viable alternatives. In this post, we provide suggestions and resources for three powerful white boarding alternatives that integrate seamlessly with Google for Education. Jamboard Information and Transition Resources Jamboard Announcement blog / Workspace updates blog Preparing for Jamboard to wind down How Admins can identify which users in their domain have active

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School Cybersecurity Becomes the Focus for Feds and K–12 Leaders

EdTech Magazine

The flood of devices and other technologies into K–12 schools has brought with it heightened attention from the federal government, specifically as it pertains to security. From the Biden administration’s K–12 Cybersecurity Act in 2021 and the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency’s subsequent review of threats against schools to the recent Cybersecurity Summit held at the White House, legislation has ramped up around school cyber safety.

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The Battle of the Authoring Tools: A 10-Point Comparison for Picking the Right One

Speaker: Chris Paxton McMillin, President of D3 Training Solutions

There are plenty of great authoring tools for developing eLearning, but the one you select could directly impact your course's outcomes. Depending upon your learners’ needs and your organization’s performance goals, you could be overlooking considerations that impact the both effectiveness of your courses and how long it takes to finish them. From general capabilities to specific workflow structures, some aspects are critical when it comes to learning objectives and deadlines.

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Promote Your On-Demand Tutoring Program for Maximum Student/Family Engagement

EdNews Daily

By Norberto Perez The incorporation of a virtual, chat-based tutoring service into our plans for an after-school tutoring program was a natural fit for our students and teachers. Many schools and districts struggle to see the amount of usage they would prefer, but our school district is doing well. Our teachers and students love the flexibility of the tutoring service.

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Unlocking Personalized Learning with Artificial Intelligence (AI)

A Principal's Reflections

In today's fast-paced world, traditional one-size-fits-all educational approaches need to be updated. Students have diverse needs, preferences, and learning paces, making it crucial for schools to adapt to this variability. Enter artificial intelligence (AI), a powerful tool that has the potential to revolutionize education by personalizing learning experiences for every student.

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This Cross-Sector Group Will Support the Future of Maker Learning in Southwestern Pennsylvania

Digital Promise

The post This Cross-Sector Group Will Support the Future of Maker Learning in Southwestern Pennsylvania appeared first on Digital Promise.

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What's Really Getting in the Way of Teachers Embracing Edtech?

Edsurge

Amy Ballard, Ph.D., a math teacher and instructional coach at Brashier Middle College Charter High School in Simpsonville, South Carolina, has more than two decades of experience and spends a lot of time thinking about edtech. Yet Ballard’s main focus is not the tools themselves, but rather, how to support teachers leveraging edtech to help improve student learning.

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The Roses and Thorns of an LMS Strategy: How to Flourish with the Right LMS

Speaker: Amanda Davis, Chief Experience Officer and Liam O'Malley, VP of Association Solutions

The "new normal" is now a little less new, a little more normal. Does that mean your current LMS strategy is in need of a refresh? Is your organization or association leaning into the always-evolving eLearning environment to ensure you have the tools and content to remain relevant through all this change? There are many complex decision-making processes within your learning & development strategy and LMS lifecycle management, including: Selection.

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PROOF POINTS: Flashcards prevail over repetition in memorizing multiplication tables

The Hechinger Report

A study published in 2023 in the journal of Applied Cognitive Psychology documented that second graders memorized more multiplication facts when they practiced using flashcards rather than by repeating their times tables aloud. Credit: Matt McClain/The Washington Post via Getty Images Young students around the world struggle to memorize multiplication tables, but the effort pays off.

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How Technology Can Help Solve Education’s Stickiest Problems

EdTech Magazine

Before K–12 students even step onto school grounds, they are supported by an invisible matrix of technologies that make learning possible. As they navigate the school day, those technologies continue to work on their behalf to seamlessly usher them from one experience to the next. But take away one or more of these tools, and teachers, school resource officers and even administrators would have a more difficult time supporting the student population.

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Building a representative STEM pipeline needs to start in kindergarten

eSchool News

Key points: Destigmatizing STEM fields is the first step in building a STEM pipeline Students are more likely to pursue STEM when they see STEM educators who look like them See related article: 3 essential tools to make elementary science easier For more news on STEM learning, visit eSN’s STEM & STEAM page The demand for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) professionals outweighs the supply.

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Using Feedback to Drive Professional Learning

A Principal's Reflections

During this school year, I have been working with Stryker Local Schools in Ohio. Like all my implementations where the work is job-embedded and ongoing, learning walks are a core component. In September, the leaders and I conducted walks in every classroom over two days. As a result, I provided them with close to 5000 words of feedback. With the suggestions in hand, the leaders were empowered to review what we had seen and my recommendations to determine the focus for an upcoming professional de

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Building the Foundation for a Modern K-12 Classroom

K-12 looks different these days. But one thing remains the same: you need a reliable learning platform that serves as the foundation for teaching and learning––for all students, in a variety of learning experiences. Discover how the Instructure Learning Platform supports today's K-12 classroom through: A central, consistent, connected hub of the digital learning environment.

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How a Youth-Led Initiative Aims to Improve Access to Education in Cameroon

Digital Promise

The post How a Youth-Led Initiative Aims to Improve Access to Education in Cameroon appeared first on Digital Promise.

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AI in Higher Ed: Using What We Already Know About Good Teaching Practices

Edsurge

How is AI currently utilized in higher education? As of fall 2023, we are still in the early stages of figuring out what AI integration means for higher ed. In some classrooms, such as my own, we talk about what AI can and can’t do. We look at examples of output from large language models (LLMs) and critique how well it did with the responses. Next semester, my students will spend time working with prompt writing, reflecting on LLM output and reflecting on when knowledge and learning matter vers

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Lost in translation: Parents of special ed students who don’t speak English often left in the dark

The Hechinger Report

SEATTLE — Mireya Barrera didn’t want a fight. This story also appeared in The Seattle Times For years, she sat through meetings with her son’s special education teachers, struggling to maintain a smile as she understood little of what they said. On the rare occasions when other teachers who spoke Barrera’s language, Spanish, were asked to help, the conversations still faltered because they weren’t trained interpreters.

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Choose an Interactive Flat-Panel Display That Prioritizes K-12 Connection-Building

EdTech Magazine

It’s not every day you find technology that works to build human relationships, but ViewSonic’s brand does just that. Its products are geared to take the focus away from the technology and place it instead on building connections between IT staff and teachers, students and educators, and administrators and families. “ViewSonic intentionally designs our products, such as ViewBoard interactive displays and myViewBoard software, with valuable input from our teacher community,” says Kenneth Mau, th

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Transform Your Classroom with Apple

Speaker: Aaron Webb, Jamf

Apple empowers educators and students by design. Whether using Macs, iPads, or Apple TV, Apple devices encourage creativity and can simplify teaching with apps to make the classroom more flexible, collaborative and personalized for each student. To unleash the full potential of the technology and create the best learning environment, you need to understand the tools and resources available, and develop an education-focused, comprehensive plan, from equipment purchase to deployment, management an