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These Lesser Known Educational Technologies Remain Vital to Learning

EdTech Magazine

Everyone knows the mainstays of digital transformation in the classroom: one-to-one device programs, interactive whiteboards and learning management systems. They’re known because their outcomes and uses are as tangible as they are critical, infusing classrooms with opportunities for hands-on, visual and collaborative learning. Teachers can create dynamic, animated charts and graphics for lessons on the interactive whiteboard.

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AI writing tools can be disruptive–here are 5 ways to counteract their influence

eSchool News

Key points: Educators should clearly communicate rules and expectations for AI It’s also worth keeping an open mind and learning a bit more about how AI tools work The discussion around the influence of AI writing on education has never been so active – all thanks to the launch of ChatGPT last year. The tool is so advanced compared to other writing tools of its kind that a lot of people instantly started using it for all kinds of ethically ambiguous purposes.

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Overcoming Shrinking Student Attention Spans

Discovery Education

As summer break nears, lots of fun things come to mind like warmer weather, end of school celebrations, and time to recharge. While the excitement for summer builds, a well-known challenge also arises—keeping students focused on school through the end of the year. Texas teacher Leann Rains-Sharma was happy to share some insights on how she is overcoming students' shrinking attention spans by keeping them engaged and interested in academic work, even when their minds might be drifting elsewhere.

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3 Things I Wish I Knew About Personalized Learning As a Teacher

Education Elements

Prior to becoming a consultant for Education Elements, I served as a Middle School Math Teacher. It was a tough but rewarding job, and I absolutely loved it. Math is a passion of mine, and I adore the raw, sarcastic, hilarious moments that often come from interacting with middle school students.

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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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10 Online Resources About Geometry

Ask a Tech Teacher

Here are popular online resources to teach about Geometry (for updates to the list, click here ): EquatIO — free for teachers Geoboard –draw angles with rubber bands (web, iOS) Geometry curriculum (pretty thorough but might be dated) T he Geometry of Castles –in Google Earth The Geometry of Sustainable Architecture –in Google Earth Quadrilateral Story–Prezi Quadrilateral Story–video Robocompass –online compass Virtual Manipulatives Virtual Manipulatives

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Tackling Roadblocks to Change

A Principal's Reflections

Change is hard because it requires us to step outside of our comfort zone and into the unknown. It means letting go of the familiar and embracing something new. This can be a scary and uncertain process, which is why many people resist change. There are many reasons why people resist change. Some people are afraid of the unknown. They may worry about what will happen if they change, and they may not be confident in their ability to adapt to new situations.

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Closing the Equity Gap with ChatGPT

Iterating Toward Openness

Our work at Lumen is focused on eliminating race and income as predictors of student success in the US postsecondary setting. One thing we’ve learned as we’ve worked to erase this persistent gap in academic performance is that it is far easier to “slide the gap to the right” than it is to close it. In other words, interventions intended to benefit the lowest performing students often benefit all students, so that everyone’s academic performance improves.

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Cognitive Skills and Math (Dis)Ability: Identifying the Links

EdNews Daily

By Betsy Hill and Roger Stark While reading difficulties have been studied extensively in the last few decades, difficulties learning math have received less attention. Math disabilities, however, are as common as reading disabilities at 5 to 8 percent of the population. Like reading disabilities, math disabilities may have multiple causes and dimensions.

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What Higher Ed Gets Wrong About AI Chatbots — From the Student Perspective

Edsurge

As a doctoral student at the University of California at Los Angeles, I was among those who got a recent campus-wide email with an urgent directive: Don’t use AI chatbots like ChatGPT or Bard or Bing, as doing so “is equivalent to receiving assistance from another person.” Upon reading it, I took a pause. I’m a former educator in the process of writing my dissertation for my Doctorate of Education, as part of a part-time program while working a full-time job at Google.

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Summer Reading Online

Ask a Tech Teacher

Thanks to the efforts of many devoted professionals and the financial support of more, there are a wide variety of free/inexpensive sources for books that students can use for classroom activities as well as pleasure. Here are a list of sites that offer digital books for kids to adults: Bookopolis Bookopolis is a large collection of fiction and nonfiction books for ages 7-12.

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Enhancing HyFlex Education through the PowerTeaching Framework

This whitepaper explores integrating the PowerTeaching pedagogical approach within a HyFlex (Hybrid Flexible) educational model, focusing on employing cooperative learning strategies and efficient classroom management techniques.

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Essential Classroom Technology to Reduce Digital Overload in K–12

EdTech Magazine

Just like periodic assessments can help teachers gauge student mastery of a particular subject, a periodic ed tech review can help teachers and administrators reflect on what works and what doesn’t. One thing that does not appear to be working for many teachers in the classroom is what might be called digital overload. According to PowerSchool’s 2022 Education Focus Report, 46 percent of educators say that juggling multiple digital tools was one of their top challenges.

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Better Science: 5 Excellent Ways to Examine Authentic Artifacts from the Natural History Museum of Utah

The CoolCatTeacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Students love to examine artifacts and explore. Whether it is dinosaur bones, a phenomenon causing damage to valuable species of trees, or the relationships between predators and prey in the wild, first-hand explorations will engage students. We know this. Authentic experiences are now made possible with the valuable free resource Research Quest , from the Natural History Museum of Utah.

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Micro-credentials Designed for Today’s Higher Education Learners

Digital Promise

The post Micro-credentials Designed for Today’s Higher Education Learners appeared first on Digital Promise.

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Tech Tips to End the School Year

Ask a Tech Teacher

Wrapping up your school technology for the summer is as complicated as setting it up in September. There are endless backups, shares, cleanings, changed settings, and vacation messages that — if not done right — can mean big problems when you return from summer vacation. If you have a school device, a lot of the shutdown steps will be done by the IT folks as they backup, clean, reformat, and maybe re-image your device.

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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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Best Practices for Digital Whiteboards in Today’s K–12 Classrooms

EdTech Magazine

The introduction of digital whiteboards in classrooms has altered teachers’ and students’ roles. Students have more options to actively participate in their learning, instead of absorbing information from textbooks or teacher lectures. According to a study conducted by Ataturk University, students who learned using an interactive whiteboard performed better on standardized examinations than those who didn’t use the technology.

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As Number of Edtech Providers Grow, Some Say Student Privacy Needs a Reset

Edsurge

During the pandemic, schools became more reliant on tech than ever. The number of edtech products schools access in a typical month has tripled since four years ago to more than 1,400 tools, according to a recent estimate by Learn Platform, an edtech company that helps schools manage tech. And the companies that provide these tools aren’t always careful stewards of the sometimes-sensitive information they collect from students.

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Make the most of ISTELive 2023 in Philadelphia

Hapara

Listen to an audio version of this post: [link] ISTELive 23 is happening June 25-28. Are you as excited as we are? There will be awesome presentations and the opportunity to connect with new and familiar faces. ISTELive 23 also gives you a chance to tour Philadelphia, a city famous for its history, a certain extra-cheesy sandwich and the stairway of all stairways.

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Simple Steps for Research Paper Writing and the Importance of Samples

Ask a Tech Teacher

This post will introduce you to some quick tips for writing a research paper along with the importance of samples. Simple Steps for Research Paper Writing and the Importance of Samples Research papers are academic writings that offer rigorous analysis, evaluation, assessment, and interpretation of a specific topic. They are similar to essays but usually more detailed and longer.

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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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4 Tips for a Successful Districtwide Communication Platform Launch

EdNews Daily

By Karl Weinrich Until last year, our district was using a number of different websites and platforms for school-home communications. Many of those platforms weren’t supported by our district, which takes a hands-off, lenient approach to approving websites and other tools for use across its 31 schools. For example, teachers will sometimes find free tools and then jump in and start putting student data in them.

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How Makerspaces in Schools Can Support Student Mental Health

Edsurge

Makerspaces in schools are a place where the normal rules of classroom learning are tossed aside in favor of just a couple — have fun, and don’t be afraid to make mistakes. As schools continue to grapple with a student mental health crisis , could makerspaces also present an opportunity to support students’ well-being overall? And even a creative way for counselors to get their young patients to open up?

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ChatGPT Teacher Tips Part 5 – Example Generator

EdTechTeacher

[INTRO: A recent national report by the Watson Foundation found that teachers are using ChatGPT more than students and are using it to create new lesson ideas. To help out all of our teacher friends, we are offering a series of posts focused on practical ways that you can use ChatGPT to assist with your own lesson design! ( Check out our first tip here!

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Writing Strategies for an Extended Essay in the IB Program

Ask a Tech Teacher

Many students dread IB essays. But with the right approach, you can make the procedure exciting. Read how to draft an IB extended essay below Writing Strategies for an Extended Essay in the International Baccalaureate Program IB is a rigorous two-year project for personal and academic development. In the end, you receive a globally recognized IB diploma.

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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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Now, Every School Can be a Community School: The Data Story

EdNews Daily

By Zach Vander Veen Part Three: Data is crucial In standards for Community Schools established by the Institute for Educational Leadership, data systems and protocols are in place to assure access to relevant individual and aggregate information and to assure transparency of decision-making. This means: School uses a data system, and all staff and partners are trained to use it.

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How Using AI Optimizes Instruction and Learning in Secondary Writing

Edsurge

Inspired by past educators, Aida Hadzovic has built a reputation for innovative teaching strategies for English. Hadzovic earned a degree in English education and later pursued a science degree in part because of the demand for science teachers in Brooklyn, New York. Her diverse background in teaching writing, science and coding positioned her well to participate in the Project Topeka pilot, a multifaceted AI program that gave real-time feedback to students to support the development of argument

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School support staffers stuck earning poverty level wages

The Hechinger Report

NAPERVILLE, Ill. — Claire Considine, a teacher’s aide at Naperville North High School in a suburb about 35 miles west of Chicago, had lost count of the hardships that she and other school support staff had been through since she was hired in 2019: the trauma and disruption of Covid-19, chaotic online instruction, mask and vaccine debates, and rising behavioral and mental health issues among students.

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Instructor Spotlight: Tom Driscoll

EdTechTeacher

Who is Tom Driscoll? Tom Driscoll is an author, keynote speaker and CEO of EdTechTeacher. His career in education began teaching high school social studies in two public school districts in Connecticut. Following his graduate research at Columbia University, Tom began writing and speaking nationally about his practical experiences teaching and iterating blended learning models.

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The Impact of Artificial Intelligence on the EdTech Industry: Assessing the Influence

AI-powered tools like virtual assistants and chatbots provide instant guidance and support, while data analytics offer valuable insights for educators and administrators.

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Can GPT-4 and TikTok usher in a new learning frontier?

eSchool News

Key points: Combining AI and video platforms could spur engaging and interactive content Still, considerations around access and equity, along with misinformation, should be taken seriously In recent years, the digital landscape has witnessed significant changes, and as an AI language model, I have been observing these transformations closely. One of the most prominent developments is the rise of TikTok, a short-form video-sharing platform that has become a cultural phenomenon.

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How a Little-Known Federal Program Creates Opportunities for Migrant Students

Edsurge

Olga puts on a fleece pullover and wraps her head in a bandana while her husband dons similar garb. It’s four in the morning and still dark outside. They’re off to work in the grape harvest in Napa Valley, California. Olga is a recruiter for the Migrant Education Program (MEP); by working side by side with the farmworkers she hopes to recruit, Olga can talk about the services MEP provides, and hopefully, enroll them in the program.

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For preschoolers after the pandemic, more states say: Learn outdoors

The Hechinger Report

BALTIMORE — On a chilly May morning in Leakin Park, preschoolers at the Carrie Murray Nature Center Forest Preschool fanned out across a small section of the woods. Bundled up in colorful rain suits, boots and mismatched gloves, some children used tin buckets to scoop water from a creek while others traipsed off with a teacher to examine a large log a few yards away.

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Cleaning Up ChatGPT in a Google Doc

Teacher Tech with Alice Keeler

When you copy and paste from ChatGPT you then have to spend time cleaning up the formatting. You can speed up Cleaning Up ChatGPT in a Google Doc by using Remove Blank The post Cleaning Up ChatGPT in a Google Doc appeared first on Teacher Tech.

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LIVE DEMO: Using PowerPoint to Create Compelling Presentations for Virtual Training

Speaker: Richard Goring, Director at BrightCarbon

Have you ever caught an employee sleeping during training? Compelling content is paramount, but trying to do so with the same tools you've always used is complicated, right? Wrong! Powerpoint has excellent features that, with a bit of creativity, can help you improve your presentations and keep your people engaged without going over budget. By utilizing newer components that enable interactive sequences, navigable content to respond to your audience, and pop quizzes for informal knowledge checks