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5 edtech resources that support literacy in elementary school

eSchool News

Key points: Literacy is critical for students–and elementary years are a pivotal time These online tools help students develop essential literacy skills See related article: How efficacy studies improve literacy instruction For more news on literacy, see eSN’s Innovative Teaching page Fall is the best time of year in Montana. The air is crisp, the colors are beautiful, and, as school has been in session for two months, students and teachers alike have settled into a nice routine.

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Understanding the legal implications of using web filters in K-12 schools

Hapara

? Listen to an audio version of this post: School and district leaders are obligated to protect the learners, staff and educators within their jurisdiction. As K-12 schools increasingly rely on online resources in day-to-day instruction, safety takes on new proportions. A web filter for schools is commonly used to provide this safety for everyone who uses devices connected to the internet.

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How to Get Results with Your School Improvement Plan

Education Elements

Too often, schools are trapped inside cycles of belief that they are working on school improvement when in reality very little changes year-over-year. Does this sound familiar? It is time to shift this paradigm. School transformation efforts often fail because the typical school improvement playbook does not fully consider and appreciate what levers can actually drive transformational change.

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How AI Could Bring Big Changes to Education — And How to Avoid Worst-Case Scenarios

Edsurge

It has been a year since the release of ChatGPT, and educators are still scrambling to respond to this new kind of AI tool. Much of the conversation has revolved around the double-edged nature of AI chatbots for educators. On the one hand teachers worry that students will suddenly cheat on homework with abandon, since chatbots can write essays in ways that are difficult to detect.

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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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Technology Gives K–12 Teachers the Power to Teach from Anywhere

EdTech Magazine

Bucolic Bourbon County lies in the heart of Kentucky’s renowned horse country, so-called because it’s home to some of the world’s best thoroughbred horse breeders and trainers. The county’s Bourbon County School District also has a lot to offer its 2,400 students spread out across six schools. It has a 95.4 percent graduation rate, a gifted and talented program, arts and athletics programs, dual-credit classes for college-bound students and so much more.

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Troubleshooting the Flipped Classroom: Dealing with Unprepared Students

Catlin Tucker

Why Would a Teacher Use the Flipped Classroom Model? First, let’s establish the value of the flipped classroom in case you have never used this blended learning model. The flipped classroom was designed to invert the traditional approach to instruction and practice/application. Instead of spending precious class time transferring information live for the whole group in the form of a lecture or mini-lesson, which presents myriad barriers (e.g., auditory processing, attention deficit, lack o

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Geography Awareness Week: November 13-17, 2023

Ask a Tech Teacher

Promoted by National Geographic, here’s what you should know about Geography Awareness Week: Too many young Americans are unable to make effective decisions, understand geo-spatial issues, or even recognize their impacts as global citizens. National Geographic created Geography Awareness Week to raise awareness to this dangerous deficiency in American education and excite people about geography as both a discipline and as a part of everyday life.

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AI for Teachers: Defeating Burnout and Boosting Productivity

EdTech Magazine

The past several years have been a rollercoaster ride for teachers. Hailed as heroes at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, the return to the classroom has been rocky, and teacher shortages continue to make headlines. HMH’s 9th Annual Educator Confidence Report suggests a reason and a solution: “Burnout is a critical issue, with 82% of educators citing that what they need most is a more balanced workload.

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Using AI in Service of Strong Pedagogical Practice

Catlin Tucker

Last week, I participated in a panel discussion with Jay McTighe and Tony Frontier on leading in an era of artificial intelligence. During the conversation, we discussed AI’s potential to transform education. Despite my optimism about the benefits of AI in education, the buzz online is focused on the exciting new AI-powered education tools and not on the transformative impact those tools could have on how we design and facilitate learning experiences to meet the needs of diverse groups of

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Voice ChatGPT: A New Dimension in the Educators’ Toolkit

The CoolCatTeacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter In my recent experiments with Voice ChatGPT during my daily commutes, I've discovered some fascinating insights and practical applications for educators. Before I dig into the nuts and bolts of this experience, here's an overview into of the journey of using this tool for drafting blog posts and planning lessons: The Microphone shows on my phone app.

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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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Breaking Barriers: Removing the Stigma of Intervention

A Principal's Reflections

In an ideal world, every student would have access to an education tailored to their unique needs and abilities. Hence the need to personalize learning. However, special education students often face more significant challenges that can impede their academic progress. One of the major hurdles they encounter is the stigma associated with intervention, a key component of personalization.

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To ChatGPT or Not to ChatGPT, That Is the Question

EdTech Magazine

The last big controversial piece of educational technology introduced to schools and classrooms — the handheld calculator — dates to the late 1960s. Educators worried that these new devices would have a negative impact on students. Would their math abilities be ruined if calculators did the computations for them? How could they learn from mistakes if the calculator was always there to give them the right answer?

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How We’re Boosting Competency-Based Education and Global Collaboration Across Tanzania

Digital Promise

The post How We’re Boosting Competency-Based Education and Global Collaboration Across Tanzania appeared first on Digital Promise.

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14 Apps and 2 Projects for Thanksgiving

Ask a Tech Teacher

Need a few websites and apps to fill in sponge time? Here are Thanksgiving websites that will keep students busy and still teach them: Berenstein Bears Give Thanks (app) Canadian Thanksgiving Online/Offline Thanksgiving activities Plimoth Plantation –a field trip of a Pilgrim’s life. Included on this real-life site is a video of the Pilgrim’s crossing to the New World.

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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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How Mini-LED Gaming Monitors Can Enhance Your Gaming Experience?

ViewSonic Education

In the fiercely competitive world of fast-paced gaming, where split-second decisions are make-or-break, mini-LED monitors have emerged as a game-changer. But amongst a sea of gaming monitors, what is it that really sets this tech apart? Well, hold onto your controllers, because in this article, we’re going to dive headfirst into how Mini-LED monitors can level up your gaming.

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Quiz: What Type of Ed Tech Superhero Are You?

EdTech Magazine

In a world awash in technology, K–12 students and teachers also benefit from tech that’s specifically designed for the classroom. With ed tech, teachers can automate manual tasks, engage students, increase collaboration, flip their classrooms and more. According to a recent survey from Clever about ed tech, 68 percent of teachers cite efficiency gains as ed tech’s main advantage, while 74 percent of administrators say ed tech can improve teacher effectiveness.

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Pathways and Portraits: Connecting Computational Thinking to the Future of Work

Digital Promise

The post Pathways and Portraits: Connecting Computational Thinking to the Future of Work appeared first on Digital Promise.

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Understanding Behavioral Learning Theory & Its Applications In The Classroom

Ask a Tech Teacher

The Ask a Tech Teacher team has written a great article on behavioral learning in the classroom. You’ll find out: What it is Keys to unpacking it Why it matters in education Examples in the classroom Techniques for applying it Challenges Behavioral Learning Theory & Its Applications In Class If you’re an educator or a parent, equipping yourself with knowledge of behavioral learning theory can transform your classroom dynamics and alter how you perceive the process of learning itself.

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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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Desperate to Support Youth, States Spend to Stop Leaks in Mental Health Care Pipeline

Edsurge

Celina Pierrottet remembers 2016 as the year when she and her colleagues at the middle school where they taught noted a pointed change among their students. “We were just like, ‘Is it just me, or are kids really nervous?’” Pierrottet recalls. “That year we had a lot of kids who were displaying some sort of school avoidance and other behaviors that we hadn't quite seen as much.

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Increase Learning through Force Multiplication: (Intelligence)2 = (Learning) x (FM)

EdNews Daily

By Betsy Hill and Roger Stark Now that we are fans of the Science of Learning, we thought we would take a look and see if there was some type of magic bullet, something that could increase the overall effect of the Science of Learning – something that could raise the bar and make what we know through the Science of Learning even more effective. A force multiplier, if you will.

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Science of Reading Training for Teachers: A Guide for School Administrators

Waterford

In connection with the Science of Reading Virtual Summit , Waterford is sharing an article series exploring the science behind how students learn to read and what administrators can do to guide school and classroom strategies. Sign up for the free summit to learn research-based strategies from early education experts including Julie Christensen, Vice President of Curriculum at Waterford.org.

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How a disgraced method of diagnosing learning disabilities persists in our nation’s schools

The Hechinger Report

It pains Tim Odegard that four decades after a misguided approach to diagnosing dyslexia kept him from getting help in school, thousands of children across the U.S. are needlessly suffering for the same reason. This story also appeared in Scientific American During the initial weeks of first grade, Odegard’s struggles with reading went undetected as he memorized words that classmates read aloud before him.

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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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This Is Your Brain on Math: The Science Behind Culturally Responsive Instruction

Edsurge

As a math educator at the high school and middle school levels, I lived for the moments when students’ furrowed brows ever-so-slightly began to unfold and smiles emerged. Those “aha” moments were often accompanied with a gleeful, “I get it!” I refer to those epiphanies, when the metaphorical light bulb above a student’s head switches on, as “luminations.

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5 ways I’ve leveraged AI in my English classroom

eSchool News

Key points: Students will be immersed in an AI world—they need to learn about it One English teacher brainstormed creative ways to get students talking about, and working with, AI See related article: 5 positive ways students can use AI For more news on AI in education, visit eSN’s Digital Learning page Last spring, a few weeks after I started using ChatGPT, I challenged my high school English students: “Artificial intelligence can do any of your class assignments,” I told them flatly.

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Six Ways Equitable Access to Instructional Coaching Can Increase Teacher Retention

American Consortium for Equity in Education

By Niesha Butler, Technology & Learning Coach, South Carolina’s Richland School District Two Throughout my career as both a classroom educator and, for the last five-plus years as a technology coach in a large, South Carolina public school system, I’ve Keep Reading Six Ways Equitable Access to Instructional Coaching Can Increase Teacher Retention The post Six Ways Equitable Access to Instructional Coaching Can Increase Teacher Retention appeared first on American Consortium for Equity in Edu

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PROOF POINTS: Professors say high school math doesn’t prepare most students for their college majors

The Hechinger Report

A survey of college professors indicates that most fields of study don’t require many of the math topics that high school students learn in high school. Credit: Kevin Wolf/ Associated Press The typical ambitious high school student takes advanced algebra, trigonometry, pre-calculus and calculus. None of that math may be necessary for the vast majority of undergraduates who don’t intend to major in science or another STEM field.

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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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I Love Being a Teacher, But I Can’t Survive on Compassion

Edsurge

In 1998, I began my journey as an elementary teacher under the tutelage of my aunt and revered educator, Marva N. Collins. My mother was also a teacher, so I saw firsthand what it meant to be a passionate educator who is deeply committed to students. Their commitment and passion for teaching were the reasons why I chose this profession. After watching them devote time and energy to their craft, I entered the profession with enthusiasm and excitement, not knowing what the next 25 years would brin

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Here’s why STEM Career Days are a great idea

eSchool News

Key points: STEM careers desperately need skilled workers–but the pipeline is drying up STEM Career Days do wonders in attracting students to STEM fields See related article: Building a representative STEM pipeline needs to start in kindergarten For more news on STEM education, visit eSN’s STEM & STEAM page A new study at the University of Missouri–in partnership with Harvard-Smithsonian researchers–shows that when colleges host ‘STEM Career Days,’ the students who at

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Four Edtech Tools That Make Science Instruction More Equitable

American Consortium for Equity in Education

By Susan Barnes, Science Teacher, White Knoll Middle School Throughout the entirety of my 15-year career in education, I’ve struggled with the question of how educators can improve equity in science instruction. While I don’t claim to have one, definitive Keep Reading Four Edtech Tools That Make Science Instruction More Equitable The post Four Edtech Tools That Make Science Instruction More Equitable appeared first on American Consortium for Equity in Education.

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Thanksgiving Math Activities for the Classroom

MIND Research Institute

Thanksgiving is right around the corner, and we at MIND have so much to be thankful for. Spreading gratitude and sharing our love for math is what we’re all about here. As families prepare to gather around the table to enjoy their Thanksgiving feast, we’re offering some fun math activities to get students in the Thanksgiving—and math—spirit. JiJi's Gratitude Coloring Sheet Break out the art supplies because JiJi wants to see how creative students can get with this fun coloring sheet.

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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.