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I’ve developed my thinking around funding and conducting research in learning technologies, I always come back to an unpublished technical report written by one of my early mentors in the Navy.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

Fostering Powerful Use of Technology Through Instructional Coaching

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Last summer, we began an exciting pilot project to understand whether instructional technology coaching ultimately leads to closing the digital use divide in the classroom.

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.

2018 Education Innovation Clusters Convening: Looking to the Future

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On July 16-18, Digital Promise held the fifth annual Education Innovation Clusters Convening (#EdClusters18) in Philadelphia, with our co-host the ExCITe Center at Drexel University.

How to Help Kids Innovate From an Early Age

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This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. As community makerspaces begin to take root in Ontario’s elementary schools , students are behaving better. They are also getting higher grades. What are makerspaces?

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Personalize with Purpose: Meeting Learners Where They Are

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“We cannot teach students well if we do not know them well. At its heart, personalized learning requires profound shifts in our thinking about education and schooling.” Personalized learning is not a new concept.

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.”

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.

8 Approaches That Are Making a Difference in Public Education

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News articles often highlight the challenges educators face and the ways in which students are not achieving. This kind of coverage is important; talking about challenges is critical to shining the spotlight on inequities and ultimately changing or removing structures that do not support students.

The Ups and Downs of Social Media

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

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.

Why Your Community Makes a Difference

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How many times have we seen communities come together to care for their own, to rebuild after natural disasters, to provide simple acts of kindness to those in need? This is the power of communities.

Children Understand Far More About Other Minds than Long Believed

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This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. Until a few decades ago, scholars believed that young children know very little, if anything, about what others are thinking.

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Launching a Maker Learning Leadership Cohort in the Pittsburgh Region

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On Monday, July 9th, teachers and administrators from 10 schools gathered to kick off a year-long journey in the Maker Learning Leadership Cohort.

How Do Edtech Developers Use Research?

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Though many edtech companies claim their products are research-based and effective, some educators say they have trouble believing these claims when targeted students and school contexts are ambiguous.

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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.

Creating Resilient Communities in the Learning Studio

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How might we contribute to the resilience of our local communities? Teachers and students explored this question in the Learning Studios design challenge, Thriving Together.

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.

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.”

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.

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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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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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.

Immersive Science, Deeper Learning

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

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.

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.

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.

Research to Practice from LPS: Building Learners’ Writing Skills

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Of the 700,000 students who drop out of high school each year, many leave with, and because of, low literacy skills.

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.

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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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.

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.

Effective Edtech Pilots with Adult Learners

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Do you struggle with how to get started with technology in your adult learning program? Do you understand your goals and your expected learner outcomes?

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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.