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Introducing the Center for Inclusive Innovation

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As a Black woman working in the education sector, I sometimes wonder how I made it through the education system, considering the odds that are stacked so high against a Black child in the United States. I have to look no farther than my ancestors, grandparents, and parents for the answer.

What Teachers Need in the Era of COVID-19

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Unprecedented. This is the word that has been buzzing around our nation for months as we battle the COVID-19 pandemic. Many businesses, services, and entities have had to rethink how to operate, even reinventing themselves.

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How Coaches Help Teachers Overcome Fears of Technology

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We know technology can be a transformational tool for improving student achievement and engagement, and for driving school innovation.

Equity in Education Networks: A Tool for Inquiry

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Our work over the past five years convening education innovation ecosystem builders has shown the potential of networks to address our deepest challenges in education. But they can also perpetuate the very inequities they seek to address.

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SplashLearn Makes Learning Fun and Creates Fearless Learners

Loved by more than 30 million kids, SplashLearn is a game-based learning program that creates engaging learning experiences to nurture a generation of fearless learners. SplashLearn is the fastest growing elementary school math program in the US, used by more than 440,000 teachers in about 77,000 schools across the United States.

Where Is the Research in Inclusive Innovation?

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As the lead researcher on our Inclusive Innovation team, I’ve been asked this question several times recently: Where is the research in inclusive innovation? With our Inclusive Innovation model , how must we rethink our research approach to put equity first, in process and results?

Supporting Students with Special Learning Needs at Home

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Digital Promise and Learning Heroes have teamed up for a special blog series that explores how teachers and families can use technology to work together and facilitate learning for students of all ages.

A New Approach to Bring Computational Thinking to More Students

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How can schools address the lack of diversity in computing education and related careers? One path is to make computational thinking (CT) learning opportunities more readily available to students, especially in the early grades.

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How to Integrate Computational Thinking with “Look Fors”

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What does it look like to integrate computational thinking and computer science in the classroom? Digital Promise has been working with districts and educators from across the United States to integrate computational thinking (CT) and computer science (CS) into K-12 classrooms.

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Building Stronger Data Systems for the Future

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Over the past few months, district and charter leaders from 11 districts participating in Digital Promise’s Data Ready 2021 cohort have created actionable data interoperability implementation plans centered on a high-need use case anchored in secure data use, data management, and data integration.

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5 Costly Inventory Management Mistakes Schools Should Avoid

If your school is like most, inventory and/or asset management plays a critical role in daily operations.

How to Set Up a Positive Learning Environment at Home

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Digital Promise and Learning Heroes have teamed up for a special blog series that explores how teachers and families can use technology to work together and facilitate learning for students of all ages.

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COVID-19 and the Value of Edtech Coaches

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A 2018 PwC survey reported that many U.S. educators do not have enough experience, resources, or training to use technology in the most effective ways, with teachers at low-income schools particularly ill-prepared.

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New Micro-credentials for Back-to-School Professional Learning

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As part of our robust micro-credential ecosystem, we proudly partner with organizations to provide opportunities for on-demand, personalized professional learning.

How to Improve the Teacher of Color Pipeline? Ask Teachers of Color

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Black, Indigenous, students of color make up more than 50 percent of the K-12 student population, yet the number of non-white teachers in schools is only 20 percent. How can we collaborate with and learn from teachers of color to create solutions to address this systematic shortage?

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7 Benefits of Lesson Plans in the Cloud

What if teachers didn’t have to lug tons of paperwork with them to and from work? Having lesson plans available anywhere is just one of the advantages.

How Teachers and Parents Can Be Better Allies

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Digital Promise and Learning Heroes have teamed up for a special blog series that explores how teachers and families can use technology to work together and facilitate learning for students of all ages.

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Making the Most of Distance Learning: 7 Tips to Share with Parents

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Digital Promise and Learning Heroes have teamed up for a special blog series that explores how teachers and families can use technology to work together and facilitate learning for students of all ages. The series centers on the experiences of teachers and parents and provides family-focused tips and resources to support children’s academic progress, social-emotional development, and overall well-being.

Both Humans and Technology Are Noisy: How Do We Move Forward?

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Over the years, I’ve been involved in developing research programs and projects in education technology, games, and virtual reality. As I’ve developed my thinking around funding and conducting research in learning technologies, I always come back to an unpublished technical report written by one of my early mentors in the Navy. Norm Lane was a brilliant behavioral scientist who was commissioned as a Navy Aerospace Experimental Psychologist in 1963 and had retired when I first met him in 1994.

Embracing Our Inner Makers: Hands-On Learning During COVID-19 and Beyond

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Maker Learning is Powerful Learning.

Why Families Leave Schools

Do you know three of the biggest reasons families leave schools? Here they are – and what you can do about it.

The Power of Networks in Education Innovation

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For the past six years, Digital Promise has convened a national network of Education Innovation Clusters (EdClusters)—leaders working to collaborate outside the traditional silos of sector and institution to design and implement transformative learning tools and programs in their communities.

Facing the Disconnect: College Students and Online Learning

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This past spring, college courses were forced online due to the COVID-19 pandemic. How did this sudden transition affect students’ satisfaction and engagement with their courses?

Looking Ahead to the 2020-2021 School Year

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A new school year is about to begin for millions of students across the United States, and schools are in uncharted territory as they navigate local, state, and federal recommendations and mandates (or lack thereof) for the health and safety of students and staff.

New Certification for Edtech Products has Unique Learners in Mind

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With many schools undergoing distance learning or operating in hybrid environments due to COVID-19, edtech tools are being used more broadly as a fundamental part of teaching and learning. Many products, though, are being elevated as primary or core resources with limited information available about the research backing each design.

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How Online Admissions Affect Enrollment Rates

Discover the top five reasons your school’s admissions should be online.

Learning How to Put Equity in the Driver’s Seat

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Education research is too often based on gaps in published research or the niche interests of researchers, rather than the priority challenges faced by schools and districts.

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How Community Coalitions Are Bridging the Digital Divide

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Across the country, local networks known as Education Innovation Clusters (EdClusters) are bringing together partners and resources to meet urgent needs and envision a new future for teaching and learning. Many of these efforts are rooted in long-standing partnerships across sectors and institutions.

How to Make Real World Learning Real for Students

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As the COVID-19 pandemic persists, schools and districts across the country are planning for the upcoming school year and the likely possibility of continued remote learning.

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MY World 360° Joins Virtual United Nations General Assembly

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With the first virtual United Nations General Assembly happening this month, we are proud to announce a new release of MY World 360° projects to be screened on September 22–24 at the SDG Action Zone , a showcase of leading thinkers, actors, creators, and activists working to accelerate action on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

K-12 Private School Student Information System Buying Guide

Too many private schools are still using clunky, outdated systems, causing unnecessary stress and wasted time. That’s why it’s vital for them to invest in modern products and services purposefully designed for private K-12 education.

Device Rollout in the Age of COVID-19

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Device rollout—when students in Verizon Innovative Learning Schools receive their initiative-provided iPads or Chromebooks—is an exciting time in the Verizon Innovative Learning Schools community, especially for schools new to the program. But rollout looks a bit different in 2020.

Edtech Companies Need to Engage Families Now

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As another school year begins, many families are now tasked with educating their children at home, changing the way we think about and prioritize learning.

How To Engage in Science Talk: A Look at the Splash and Bubbles for Parents App

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With so many early learning media and apps available to parents and caregivers, finding ones that are educational and developmentally appropriate can be time-consuming.

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Edcamp Finds a New Home at Digital Promise

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Digital Promise is incredibly excited to welcome the Edcamp Foundation to our family of projects and programs. As we grew our partnership over the last several years, it became clear that the mission and vision of both organizations are incredibly aligned. By fully merging our operations, we believe we can do even more to support the community of educators who organize and attend Edcamps across the United States and around the world.

Inspiring K12 : Creating the Joy of Reading and Self-Directed Learning in the Digital Era

Personalized teaching of reading at the K-12 level can help imbue pleasure and interest in reading and the development of a reading habit, even among digital natives. A personalized approach works better than the systematic teaching of the entire class.