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This is What Powerful Learning Looks Like, Students Share Their Stories

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Last week, Digital Promise co-hosted the EdSurge Fusion conference. As part of the opening session, I wanted to show examples of what it looks like when students use technology in powerful ways.

Advancing Computational Thinking Across K-12 Education

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Thanks to the successes of campaigns like the Hour of Code and this week’s Computer Science Education Week, educators, policymakers, and families around the country are realizing the value of coding and computer science in K-12 education.

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New Research Compendium Addresses Productivity & Transformation When Applying Technology in Learning Math

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Recently, the 60,000-member National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) released a new “Research Compendium,” a handbook with 38 chapters , each summarizing the best research on an important aspect of teaching and learning mathematics. For the past three years, I was honored to work on the team that developed the chapter on “Technology for Mathematics Learning.”

Announcing the New Members of the League of Innovative Schools

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The League of Innovative Schools, Digital Promise’s flagship network of forward-thinking leaders of our nation’s school districts, is honored to welcome 13 districts into the 2017-2018 cohort, bringing the League’s membership to 93 districts in 33 states. The League seeks districts who are developing and sharing promising innovations that advance excellent, equitable learning opportunities for students. This year is no different.

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.

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As I’ve developed my thinking around funding and conducting research in learning technologies, I always come back to an unpublished technical report written by one of my early mentors in the Navy.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.

Let’s Change the Conversation About Education (Technology)

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Sara Schapiro is the director of the Digital Promise League of Innovative Schools. Jason Tomassini is the communications director at Digital Promise. You can view the full-size version of the image above here.

Back to School! Seven Ways to Communicate with Your Community

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As President and CEO of Digital Promise and Senior Vice President of Educational Partnerships at Discovery Education, we spend much of our time on the road, meeting with school leaders and teachers across the country. A common theme we hear is the importance and challenge of keeping stakeholders not only informed, but also engaged. This is consistent no matter the size or location of the district. It seems the breadth of school stakeholders has grown over the past decades.

How Lifelong Readers Are Helping Communities Thrive

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It’s a well-known fact: A child who develops a love of books and reading will recognize a lifetime of benefits. 1-4, 25-26) While children who visit the library to immerse in their favorite books may not realize it at the time, they’re building the skill of thoughtful reading—the foundation of critical thinking, academic success, and, eventually, a happy and productive adult life. (1,

Join SETDA: Affiliate Memberships Now Accepted

SETDA's Affiliate program connects non-profit education membership organizations with state leaders. SETDA's mission is to build the capacity of education leaders to improve learning through technology policy & practice. Benefits include: SETDA conferences, webinars and news feeds.

Personalizing Student and Educator Learning through Micro-credentials

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Baltimore County Public Schools (BCPS) has prioritized a culture of technology-enriched student learning through its Students and Teachers Advancing Tomorrow Initiative (S.T.A.T.). The central mission of S.T.A.T. is to transform BCPS into a student-centered, personalized learning environment.

New Cyberlearning Community Report: Five Great Reasons to Read It

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Over the past five years, I’ve led the Center for Innovative Research in Cyberlearning (CIRCL), funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF). NSF uses the term “cyberlearning” for its portfolio of research projects that investigate emerging technology and emerging learning sciences. The projects seek bold new designs for learning, contrasting with today’s typical laptop- or tablet-based apps.

Navigating the Digital Transformation Journey

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You lower your hands to the ground and feel the texture of the rubber track against your fingertips. You slowly inhale the clean smell of fresh-cut grass and feel the wind gently pull the hair away from your face. The referee stands to your left, ready to count down to the beginning of the race.

Preventing the Math Summer Slide

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The summer slide, a loss of academic progress during the summer break between school years, has been confirmed in many research studies since an early publication by White in 1906 [1]. All too often kids arrive back at school in the fall worse off in mathematics than they finished in the spring, causing teachers to give up weeks of class time, or more, to make up for that loss.

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Celebrating Adult Literacy and Technology

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As we celebrate Adult Education and Family Literacy this week, we find ourselves reflecting on the progress happening across the country on behalf of the 36 million low-skilled adults in the U.S. These adults face several challenges. Multiple jobs, child care issues, and transportation issues often keep adults from attending classes that will help them improve their skills.

Recognition for MCs: Symposium on the Currency of Micro-credentials

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Digital Promise hosted its fourth micro-credential event – the Symposium on the Currency of Micro-credentials – last week near Washington, D.C. Policymakers, practitioners, and other stakeholders attended the Symposium to engage in design challenges focused on providing educators with recognition for the micro-credentials they earn. Micro-credentials validate learning, no matter where or when it occurs and are awarded based on submitted evidence of competence.

Becoming a Math Person

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Why Students Develop an Aversion to Mathematics — and How Teachers Can Help Change Their Minds. This article originally appeared on Usable Knowledge from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. We’ve all seen it happen to a child confronting long division, or a teenager grappling with geometry.

Introducing the Maker Learning Leadership Framework

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Maker learning first entered schools with the support of a grassroots coalition of teachers, students, and community advocates who wanted learning to be more hands-on, personalized, and relevant.

Chicago Public Library: The Library as a Gateway to 21st Century Skills

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Gabe is the Program Manager for the Adult Learning Initiative at Digital Promise. You can reach him on Twitter at @marvelousreal. “Libraries are safe places. That’s why I come here to learn,” says Christine, a student at one of Chicago Public Library’s (CPL) Learning Circles.

Highlighting Ed-tech Research and Pilot Best Practices

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Education technology developers and schools – we want to hear from you! Companies with strong research-based product development approaches and schools with strong results-based pilot approaches will be highlighted on the Digital Promise website.

Challenging the Status Quo in Mathematics: Teaching for Understanding

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This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. Despite decades of reform efforts , mathematics teaching in the U.S. has changed little in the last century. As a result, it seems, American students have been left behind, now ranking 40th in the world in math literacy. Several state and national reform efforts have tried to improve things.

Students With a Bigger Purpose Stay Motivated

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Keeping students motivated is a challenge for educators and parents alike. By now you’re probably familiar with popular strategies such as grit and growth mindset , which are effective but not entirely foolproof in their abilities to enhance student motivation. For example, grit has received criticism for romanticizing hardships (1) , while growth mindset is ineffective when implemented incorrectly. One lesser known strategy that can further improve these interventions is purpose for learning.

What It Looks Like to Have Always-Available Access to Technology

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The fall semester is quickly coming to a close. Forty-six Verizon Innovative Learning schools have successfully rolled out tablets equipped with 4G data plans, providing every student and teacher with always-available access to powerful tools and resources, both in the classroom and at home.

Connecting the Education Community with Research on Learning

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When designing a program or product, many education leaders and ed-tech developers want to start with the best knowledge available on how students learn. Unfortunately, this is easier said than done.

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In Successful Edtech, Pedagogy Comes First—Devices Second

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Ken Eastwood is the superintendent of Middletown City School District , NY, a member of our League of Innovative Schools. In terms of student proficiency, today's classrooms are more diverse than ever. We're "detracking" students previously sorted by ability. We're mainstreaming those with special needs. And we're serving more and more students who are just learning English.

How One Classroom Can Transform the School Cafeteria with STEM Thinking

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The Verizon Innovative Learning Schools (VILS) directed by Digital Promise initiative is actively improving learning opportunities for students and teachers in 46 middle schools across 14 states and the District of Columbia.

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A New Model for Coding in Schools

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Erica is the communications manager at Digital Promise. You can reach her on Twitter at @EricaLawton. “It happened one fateful rainy day” sounds more like the start of a romantic comedy than that of an ed-tech transformation. But in South Fayette Township School District , Pa.,

How School Administrators’ Roles Change in the Digital Age

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Jane is the associate superintendent for instruction at Lincoln Public Schools , Neb., a member of the Digital Promise League of Innovative Schools.

Personalized Learning Isn’t Enough. How Do We Create Learners?

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We hear a lot about 'personalized learning' – the importance of reaching every student at their level, including their interests and passions, and giving them choices. This isn’t really a new concept.

Behind the Scenes at a Middle School Technology Rollout Event

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Device rollout is a huge event for every school in the Verizon Innovative Learning initiative , especially those in their first year of the program.

What to Avoid - and Embrace - in Personalized Learning

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Amy Jenkins is the Chief Operating Officer at Education Elements. Education Elements is a corporate partner of Digital Promise. If there is one thing I know about school districts, it is that each is unique with its own strengths, challenges, goals, political context and quirky qualities.

Transforming Classrooms with Deeper Learning

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Jennifer is the director of the educator micro-credentials initiative at Digital Promise. You can reach her on Twitter at @JenCohKab. Richards, in her fourth year in the classroom, teaches seventh grade history.

Learning Should Be Fun: Gaming for Adult Learners

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Twenty English language learners, gathered at an East Boston community-based organization, are playing a storytelling game on their mobile phones. After beating the game and receiving a check mark for a successful mission, the players return to a virtual world where they, as their avatars, mingle with players in Florida. They chat by typing messages and arrange to play a word-guessing game together.

Supporting Deeper Learning in the Classroom

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For today’s students to effectively compete in the global workforce, they must develop the skills, understandings, and mindsets necessary to prepare them for the careers and challenges of tomorrow.

How Librarians Hold the Key to Future Ready Schools

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Do you see librarians as part of the future? Courtesy Mark Ray Mark Ray is the Chief Digital Officer for Vancouver Public Schools. I posed that question in my recent TEDx talk during the 2016 Digital Promise League of Innovative Schools meeting in San Diego.

Four Signs It’s Time for Micro-credentials

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This post was co-authored by Center for Teaching Quality CEO Barnett Berry. . Studies suggest American schools invest $18 billion in teachers’ professional learning annually. But considerable evidence indicates that formal professional development often misses the mark. And while teachers are also learning in informal ways, existing systems don’t track or make the most of that growth. . In short, the current approach to American teachers’ professional development is falling short.

How a Middle School Library Promotes Maker Learning for All Students

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The Digital Promise maker learning team spent some time in Greer, South Carolina this winter observing and filming the Riverside Middle School Library Club students as they worked to design solutions to problems they identified in their community.

Improving Ed-Tech Purchasing

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For the promise of learning technology to truly become reality for students and teachers, classrooms have to be equipped with the tools that fit their needs. There are a lot of factors to finding the right match. One of the most important, we’ve found, is also one of the most overlooked – procurement. If it’s not your day job, it probably sounds pretty boring. It makes you think of bureaucracy and rules and everything that gets in the way of innovation. But procurement matters.

How Learning a New Language Improves Tolerance

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This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. There are many benefits to knowing more than one language. For example, it has been shown that aging adults who speak more than one language have less likelihood of developing dementia. Additionally, the bilingual brain becomes better at filtering out distractions, and learning multiple languages improves creativity.

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Learning Sciences Research Necessary to Drive Personalized Learning For All

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