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I’ve developed my thinking around funding and conducting research in learning technologies, I always come back to an unpublished technical report written by one of my early mentors in the Navy.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

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.

Rethinking Teacher Candidate Training with Micro-credentials

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The College of Education and Human Performance at the University of Central Florida strives to be at the forefront of innovation in teacher training and development. We know a key component of that is constant collaboration with our many district partners.

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.

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.

Coaching and Mentoring with Technology

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Learning, coaching, and mentoring models for struggling adult learners continue to evolve and can be dramatically enhanced through new technologies.

Learning to Self Manage

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This article originally appeared on Usable Knowledge from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Read the original version here. Never give up!” “Be Be determined.” “If If you dream it, you can achieve it.”

The Art and Science of Learning: How New Mexico School for the Arts Uses Research

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New Mexico School for the Arts (NMSA) is a high school that boasts rigorous academic and mastery arts curricula for students from across the state.

Launching MY World 360°, A New Global Storytelling Initiative for Youth

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How might we engage young people in sharing their passions for changing the world through exploration of new media and technology?

Costs of Specialized Teaching

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This article originally appeared on Usable Knowledge from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Read the original version here.

Fulfilling the Maker Promise: Year Two

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In 2016, Digital Promise and Maker Ed launched the Maker Promise , a campaign to bring quality making experiences to students across the country.

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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.

Rhode Coder and Data Navigators: Helping Adult Learners Gain Coding and Computer Science Skills

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A recent report by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicted that by 2020, there will be 1.4 million more software development jobs than applicants who can fill them. This nationwide technical talent shortage has drawn the attention of many and spurred various efforts to address it.

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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.

Can Creativity Be Taught?

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According to the Future of Jobs Report by the World Economic Forum, creativity is one of the top three most important skills for future workers, along with complex problem solving and critical thinking.

Mindfulness and Screen Time

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This article originally appeared on Usable Knowledge from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Read the original version here. For parents, the family computer has become something of a minefield (and probably a Minecraft field). Between guilt-tinged uncertainty about screen time for kids ( “So, if you’re using it for good, does it count as screen time?” ) and worry about social media stress for teens, it’s easy to feel like a lost traveler without a GPS.

Striving Readers? Hire Librarians.

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As an ESL student and a child from an immigrant, economically disadvantaged family raised in blue-collar northern Ohio, I know first-hand the power a good book can have on a child who feels different and inferior from everyone around him. Aside from being a great escape vehicle, through character dialogue and imagery, books can introduce you to the colloquial language parents cannot teach – creating fewer awkward situations among friends and classmates.

The State of Data Interoperability in Public Education

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Members of the League of Innovative Schools ’ Data Interoperability working group define data interoperability as the seamless, secure, and controlled exchange of data between applications. And, believe it or not, it keeps League district leaders up at night.

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Learning by Design: How Design Tech High School Uses Research

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Educator and Student Voice: Following a School District’s Edtech Pilot Journey

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When considering the benefits to using edtech, an eighth grade student at Elizabeth Forward School District said, “When we started in first and second grade, everything was on paper and it was just a lot more difficult because if you forgot something, you can’t go back to school and get it.

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Giving Students Choice in Reading Helps Stem the ‘Summer Slide’

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This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. Jack is a six-year-old in first grade at School 36 in Rochester, New York, a city with some of the worst childhood poverty statistics in the nation. Jack has big dreams for his future. Unfortunately, because he is a black boy in Rochester, the odds are stacked against him. The chances that he will finish high school on time are under 10%.

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Living with Neighborhood Violence May Shape Teens’ Brains

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This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. Flinching as a gunshot whizzes past your window. Covering your ears when a police car races down your street, sirens blaring. Walking past a drug deal on your block or a beating at your school. For kids living in picket-fence suburbia, these experiences might be rare. But for their peers in urban poverty, they are all too commonplace.

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Implementing Research-based Technology Programs in Workforce Training

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Using the specific context of language learning in the workforce, Dr. Katharine Nielson, Chief Education Officer of Voxy, outlines in this webinar what we know from research on second language learning and discusses ways to implement a strong, research-based program.

Beyond the Micro-credential: A Teacher’s Unexpected Professional Development

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Over the past 10 years as a teacher (and more recently as an aspiring administrator), I have consistently sought out new and innovative professional development. This work has included gaining a doctoral degree, attending trainings, reading books, going to conferences, and a multitude of other opportunities I have engaged in as others sought to support my personal and professional goals.

Expanding the Maker Promise to Support Maker Learning to All Students

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In March 2016, Digital Promise and Maker Ed issued a call to action for school leaders around the country to commit to growing the next generation of American makers, by dedicating a space for making, designating a champion to lead the effort, and showcasing student work.

Adapting, Balancing, and Collaborating in Mentor Public Schools

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Mentor Public Schools is a suburban district 20 miles east of Cleveland, Ohio, which serves 7,650 preK-12 students across 42 square miles.

Equipping Students with the “4Cs” through Micro-credentials

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Educators know that for students to thrive in our constantly evolving world, what they learn must go beyond reading, writing, and arithmetic. We must not only be willing to deliver these content areas in new ways, but also teach our students the skills they need to succeed academically and in life.

Support for Early Readers: Personalizing with Purpose

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Every day across the nation, students walk into schools with backpacks full of diverse experiences that impact how they behave and learn. At the same time, advancements in learning sciences paint a more dynamic and optimistic picture of human development than has ever existed before. If personalized learning could be built on a foundation of research and whole child development, could we accelerate the impact of emerging science on teacher practice and student outcomes for all learners?

Ask An Educator: Teachers Talk Motivation, Goals, and Micro-credentials

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At Digital Promise, we aim to tell compelling stories about how technology can support powerful learning. For micro-credentials, this means capturing the experiences of educators on the ground who are engaging with these competency-based tools to increase student engagement and drive improvement. The Ask An Educator podcast captures these stories directly from the educators, exploring why they became teachers, what their professional goals are, and how micro-credentials helped them get there.

Partnerships that Work: Tapping Research to Address Learner Variability in Young Readers

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Education technology and innovation continue to evolve, making it easier for teachers to harness the power of technology to improve education outcomes for learners. At the same time, a growing field of learning sciences research offers more precise knowledge of how learners learn.

Inspiring Students to Take Action through Service Learning

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Schools around the country have embraced the value of service learning for developing and nurturing students’ civic values and attitudes, as well as building academic competencies. Service learning provides authentic education experiences where students can both learn and apply their learning in real world contexts and intrinsically motivates students by allowing them to select projects they care about.

Learning to Read to Learn

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This article originally appeared on Usable Knowledge from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Read the original version here. By middle school, typical reading curriculums assume that students have the necessary literacy strategies to decode the writing in front of them. Lessons have shifted from “learning to read” to “reading to learn,” with students using texts to make sense of unknown concepts.

Linguistically Responsive Teachers

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This article originally appeared on Usable Knowledge from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Read the original version here. In schools across the United States, the presence of English learners in mainstream classrooms is commonplace.

How Education Innovation Clusters Advance Equity

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Around the country, Education Innovation Clusters (EdClusters) are working to address one of education’s pressing challenges – the deep inequity that persists in learning, opportunities, and leadership. By breaking down the walls that separate communities, resources, and stakeholders.

Ten Skills Teachers Need to Support English Learners

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As more schools and districts explore curriculum focused on college and career readiness, expectations on what learners should be able to do across content areas are rapidly changing. While older curriculum standards were typically concerned with curricular breadth, current standards prioritize depth, focusing on deep understanding of underlying disciplinary concepts and the multiple ways they lend themselves to problem-solving.

A Call to School Districts: Help Us Expand the Impact and Scale of the League of Innovative Schools

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After school visits, focus groups, design sessions, and dozens of interviews with superintendents and district leaders, Digital Promise is launching new initiatives to expand the impact and scale of the League of Innovative Schools. Our goal in this work? To advance equity and excellence. We will prioritize and practice the advancement of equity for the 2.2 million students our leaders serve, so that each student has access to high-quality, research-backed, innovative learning opportunities.

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Training the Next Generation of Reflective Educators through Micro-credentials

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The Washington High School (WHS) Education Professions program is dedicated to preparing young people who can successfully navigate college life and enter the teaching profession.

Get Started with Project-Based Learning

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Last fall we set out to discover which education research topics K-12 practitioners want to know more about. More than 200 of you responded to our survey and listed project-based learning (PBL) as a top interest.

Teaching Mindfulness in the Workplace

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To be successful in the workforce, no matter the job or career, adults need a broad set of knowledge, skills, and competencies that match their job choice. They also need the ability to deal with the challenges, relationships, transitions, and social systems that make up working life.

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