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How edtech can worsen racial inequality

The Hechinger Report

Editor’s note: This story led off this week’s Future of Learning newsletter, which is delivered free to subscribers’ inboxes every other Wednesday with trends and top stories about education innovation. Subscribe today! In the last few months, AI-powered technologies like ChatGPT and BingAI have received a lot of attention for their potential to transform many aspects of our lives.

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How Will Teaching Be Different Post AI?

Teacher Tech with Alice Keeler

The toothpaste is out of the tube and we can not put it back. The release of ChatGPT has shown us that traditional school assignments can be completed by robots. So what now? I first asked ChatGPT what it thinks the changes to teaching will be and then I give my opinions on how teaching will be different post AI: The post How Will Teaching Be Different Post AI?

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4 key ways schools can strengthen and advance cybersecurity strategies

eSchool News

In a 2022 survey , 72 percent of the participating school administrators responded that cybersecurity was either a priority or high priority for their district leadership and local school boards. However, only 14 percent of the respondents said their district was very prepared for a cyberattack event. This alarming disparity between prioritization and preparedness is indicative of the challenges school districts are facing pertaining to cybersecurity.

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Building Better Rubrics: Empowering Learners Through Effective Rubric Design

Catlin Tucker

Why should teachers use rubrics to assess student work? Rubrics are valuable assessment tools that provide clear and transparent expectations about what constitutes quality work. Rubrics identify specific criteria relevant to the assignment, along with corresponding levels of performance that allow for more precise grading. Using rubrics helps teachers stay focused during the grading process and ensures that grading is objective, consistent, and fair.

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Enhancing School Device Management for Improved Learning

Schools face increasing challenges as technology becomes integral to education. Efficient device management is essential for maximizing technology use and safeguarding investments. Our article discusses the importance of tracking devices, outlines current challenges, and suggests modern solutions that go beyond traditional methods like Excel. Learn how advanced tracking systems can streamline operations, improve maintenance, and offer real-time updates for better resource allocation.

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15 Google Forms templates you can use in class tomorrow

Ditch That Textbook

If you have been reading the Ditch That Textbook blog for awhile now you know that we love to use familiar tools in new and exciting ways. Google Forms is no exception. Forms are used in the classroom as an effective way to gather information and assess student learning and they can be used for […] The post 15 Google Forms templates you can use in class tomorrow appeared first on Ditch That Textbook.

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What Great Teachers and Great Salespeople Have in Common

EdNews Daily

By Betsy Hill and Roger Stark For some, this comparison will seem obvious. For some, it will seem curious, at first blush. For some, it will seem preposterous, or even insulting. We hope that, like most good analogies, the aptness of the comparison ultimately enlightens. Our interest in revisiting this topic was prompted by two events. The first (which was really the second chronologically) was re-reading the words of a professor quoted in What the Best College Teachers Do by Ken Bain (2004).

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Tech Tip #168: Software vs. Online Tools

Ask a Tech Teacher

In these 169 tech-centric situations, you get an overview of pedagogy—the tech topics most important to your teaching—as well as practical strategies to address most classroom tech situations, how to scaffold these to learning, and where they provide the subtext to daily tech-infused education. Today’s tip: Software vs. Online Tools Category: Pedagogy Here are relevant criteria for evaluating software vs. online tools in your classroom: For more detail on comparing software and online t

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Add Movie Magic to Boost SEL in Class

MiddleWeb

Educator Amber Chandler’s feel-good Movie Magic in the Classroom prepares any teacher to guide students through 10 films that address a range of SEL topics, from creating a sense of belonging to building an inclusive community, writes Sarah Cooper. For ELA, history and more. The post Add Movie Magic to Boost SEL in Class first appeared on MiddleWeb.

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Why Elementary Needs STEM Integration

EdTechTeacher

Post by ETT Instructor Shawn O’Neill As educators we know that incorporating STEM into our elementary classrooms has benefits that reach far beyond just science and mathematics. (1) When we provide our classroom with hands-on STEM activities, students are not only learning about science, technology, engineering, and math; they are learning many important skills that will continue to benefit them in all aspects of their lives.

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Could the Disruptive Power of AI-Generated Images and Videos Impact K–12 Learning?

EdTech Magazine

Have you noticed any fantasy-inspired portrait posts in your social media feeds lately? You might just be looking at AI-generated content, a new development in the exponentially expanding world of artificial intelligence that has emerged over the past few years. Platforms like Stable Diffusion and DALL-E 2 allow users to input a text prompt to create an AI-generated image that may or may not accurately reflect what the user intended.

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Quickly Create Personalized Learning Experiences that Work

How can we actively engage learners 24/7, on their level and according to their interests, while respecting their learning styles? It’s not impossible. In this guide: Explore how to transform traditional, one-way videos into two-way interactive learning experiences Understand different types of artificial intelligence (AI), including - Generative vs.

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Teach Vocabulary with the Frayer Model

Ask a Tech Teacher

In a perfect world, vocabulary is learned in context: The phrases and sentences around the unknown word define the meaning. If that isn’t sufficient, students use affixes — prefixes, suffixes, and roots — to decode meaning. But because the world isn’t always that pristine, Dorothy Frayer and her colleagues at the University of West Virginia came up with a vocabulary teaching tool that has come to be known as “the Frayer Model” Now used by thousands of educat

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Monster Project Using Makey Makeys and Scratch

User Generated Education

This project takes the Monster Project and enhancing it with interactivity created through using Scratch and Makey Makeys. It was inspired by the Makey Makey Hack a Toy Lesson. Part of the lesson included the 5th graders interviewing 1st graders. This Edutopia article discussed the benefits of interviewing – Learning to Interview Builds a Range of Communication Skills [link] Standards Addressed Common Core State Standards – ELA Interpret information presented in diverse media and formats (

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Micro-credentials 2023: Reflections and Celebrations for the Future

Digital Promise

The post Micro-credentials 2023: Reflections and Celebrations for the Future appeared first on Digital Promise.

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More Schools Install Vape Sensors as Part of a Holistic Safety Strategy

EdTech Magazine

As K–12 schools work to build a comprehensive security strategy for keeping students safe, many districts are including environmental sensors in that plan. These sensors detect nicotine and THC, and they’re becoming increasingly popular in middle schools and high schools as a way for districts to enforce their policies on drug, cigarette and vape use.

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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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3 Projects to Teach 1st Grade Architecture

Ask a Tech Teacher

Many Fridays, I report on a wonderful website or project my classes and parents love. This one is teaching architecture to youngers: Lesson Plan: Three projects over six weeks and your students will learn about blueprints, room layout, dimensions, and more. Plus, they’ll understand how to think about a three-dimensional object and then spatially lay it out on paper.

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Will ChatGPT Make Students Turn Away From Homework-Help Services?

Edsurge

The emergence of ChatGPT provoked widespread concern that the AI chatbot is the ultimate tool for students cheating on homework, since it can answer just about any question in paragraph form. As companies race to come out with tools they claim can detect when prose was written by a bot, some are wondering whether a previous generation of homework-help tools might soon be rendered obsolete.

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Video Educator Guest Keynote: Becoming Human Alongside Tech

EdNews Daily

As Technology continues to permeate education, we have a responsibility to find the balance that best leverages technology while utilizing the best use of teachers and support staff – their knowledge, their passion, their ability to connect with learners – in essence, their humanity. So here we are, mired in a sea of EdTech and OtherTech, floating in a pool of $billions and dodging headlines about the evil AI co-opting little Timmy and Tammy’s freedom of choice.

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Keep One-to-One Device Repair Costs Within Budget

EdTech Magazine

$3.5 million — that’s how much one Georgia public school system will shell out for lost and damaged devices this year, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. Atlanta Public Schools estimates that about 11 percent of its devices have been lost or damaged, and that figure is much higher in some other districts, according to Quang Ha, executive vice president at device insurance provider Worth Ave.

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Reimagining Chickering & Gamson's Principles Post-Pandemic: Technology's 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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Subscriber Special: Huge Savings on Posters

Ask a Tech Teacher

Every month, subscribers to our newsletter get a free/discounted resource to help their tech teaching. March 1-3, 2023 65 Tech Ed Posters $2.99 This set of sixty-five posters is a varied collection you can use to share critical issues dealing with technology and education. Print them out and hang them on your classroom walls or share them out digitally on a Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram feed.

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Do Active-Shooter Drills in Schools Do More Harm Than Good?

Edsurge

Donna Provencher, a freelance journalist near San Antonio, was folding laundry last week when her 8-year-old son made a comment that stopped her cold. “He said, ‘Mom, do you remember when the shooter came to my school?’” she recalls. There hadn’t been a shooting. But the second grader had gone through an active-shooter drill at his school, where he was instructed to curl up in a ball on the classroom floor.

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Making Use of the After School Window for Wellness

EdNews Daily

By Tamara Fyke According to the Afterschool Alliance, 6 in 10 parents are more concerned about their children’s emotional wellbeing than they were before the pandemic. Friendships and social connections are of utmost concern. They are looking for safe and affordable opportunities for their children to engage with their peers. However, for every one child enrolled in an afterschool program, there are three waiting.

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Free Spring Renewal Webinars!

EdTechTeacher

We are excited to launch our free Spring Renewal Webinar Series! Choose any (or all!) of the free webinars and join our world-class instructors as they provide helpful strategies, edtech recommendations and answer participant questions. Learn more about each upcoming webinar below, and make sure to check back as we will be adding more throughout the Spring!

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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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11 Online Resources About Puzzles

Ask a Tech Teacher

Here are popular puzzles resources teachers are using to teach mouse skills, critical thinking, and more. There are a few for the upcoming St. Patrick’s Day: Digipuzzles –great puzzles for geography, nature, and holidays I’m a Puzzle –create your own puzzles Jigsaw Explorer –make your own Jigsaw Planet –create your own picture jigsaw Jigsaw puzzles Jigzone–puzzles Jigsaw Puzzles –JS Kindergarten puzzles Puzzle—St.

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Our History Is Not Lost: Resources for Learning and Teaching the Fullness of Black History

Edsurge

Resources for learning and teaching the fullness of Black history all year round. “The Spirit of Our Work: Black Women Teachers (Re)Member” “We Be Lovin’ Black Children: Learning to be Literate About the African Diaspora” “Teaching Black History to White People” “Transforming the Elite: Black Students and the Desegregation of Private Schools” “They Were Her Property: White Women as Slave Owners in the American South” “Darkwater: Voices from Within the Veil” Aniefuna means “my land is not lost.

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Breaking the Cycle: Retain Teachers through Human Interaction

EdNews Daily

By Kim Darche The complexity in the educational field lies in the harsh juxtaposition of a fulfilling and delightful profession overshadowed by unrealistic expectations put upon overachieving individuals who often believe there is a ‘perfect’ way of doing things. This has resulted in an increasing number of educators leaving within the first five years and even fewer choosing to pursue the field of teaching.

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TurboTax and EVERFI: Helping High School Students with How To File Their Taxes

Teacher Tech with Alice Keeler

Students need help learning how to pay their taxes. This FREE simulation in EVERFI in partnership with TurboTax is just the thing to make it easy to help your students be successful in the real world. Helping High School Students with How To File Their Taxes can be life changing for many students. The post TurboTax and EVERFI: Helping High School Students with How To File Their Taxes appeared first on Teacher Tech.

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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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9 Excellent Spelling Games for Kids

Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Looking for fun and engaging spelling games to add an extra screen-free learning experience for your kids? The collection below have you covered. I spent hours of online searching and applied a meticulous vetting process that takes into account reader reviews, games sales history, its popularity, its educational potential, durability and portability, among several other factors.

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Teaching Partner, Grading Assistant or Substitute Teacher?

Edsurge

AI tools have rapidly entered Language Arts classrooms. The proliferation of AI tools has outpaced efforts to understand how AI’s presence might change teaching practices or the role of the teacher. ChatGPT adds to the suite of AI tools that might be encountered in an ELA classroom, along with automated essay scoring, writing evaluation and feedback.

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Book Talk Videos Let Peers Encourage Peers

MiddleWeb

“Ultimately book talk videos recorded by peers are beneficial if we want to inspire middle grades reluctant readers. They need to witness peers having fun with books. It nurtures the idea that reading is worth a try.” School librarian Kristen Day shares how her "EGGs" are doing it. The post Book Talk Videos Let Peers Encourage Peers first appeared on MiddleWeb.

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Is Math Teaching Critical Thinking?

Teacher Tech with Alice Keeler

Math class SHOULD be teaching students to critically think, find patterns, analyze, and manage data. Is Math Teaching Critical Thinking? Using traditional math textbooks is this happening? No. The post Is Math Teaching Critical Thinking? appeared first on Teacher Tech.

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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.