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Closing the Digital Learning Gap

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Most Americans agree that education is a national priority. Yet, despite efforts over the last 20 years to improve the performance of our schools, the U.S. public education system falls in the middle of international quality rankings.

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I’ve developed my thinking around funding and conducting research in learning technologies, I always come back to an unpublished technical report written by one of my early mentors in the Navy.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

Educator Micro-credentials are Grounded in Research

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Micro-credentials offer an important opportunity for educators to strengthen their professional learning.

Powerful Learning is Authentic and Challenging

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In this series we explore Powerful Learning, a set of principles to guide educators designing learning experiences that engage the hearts and minds of learners and incorporate technology in ways that contribute to closing the Digital Learning Gap.

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 Powerful Use of Technology Can Increase Student Engagement

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Rather than taking a traditional multiple choice test at the end of their unit on weather, sixth grade students at Gilbert Middle School in South Carolina created their own live weather reports—complete with green screens and fake snow.

How Digital Learning Coaching is Changing School Culture

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Seeking to increase educational equity and powerful use of technology through digital learning coaching, Digital Promise launched the Dynamic Learning Project (DLP) in 2017, with generous support from Google.

Help Students Share Their Stories with 360° Media Production Kits

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Since 2016, Digital Promise Global’s 360° Story Lab has supported young people’s creation of immersive stories that share their perspectives and inspire positive action on issues they care about.

Powerful Learning is Inquisitive and Reflective

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This is the fourth post in our series on “Powerful Learning,” a set of principles guiding our work supporting schools and educators to develop learning experiences that engage the hearts and minds of learners as we introduce new technologies.

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.

Today’s Curriculum for the Higher Ed HR Leader

Speaker: Joseph Clay, Business Transformation Strategist at Oracle, and Jeffrey Haynes, Director with Baker Tilly Virchow Krause, LLP

Today’s universities and colleges face many challenges ranging from reconciling financial pressures, to ensuring student success, to managing complicated workforce dynamics. One thing they all have in common: Their head of HR must align the HR function to best support the institution as it navigates this current landscape.

How a Second Language Can Boost the Brain

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Even when you’re fluent in two languages, it can be a challenge to switch back and forth smoothly between them. It’s common to mangle a split verb in Spanish, use the wrong preposition in English, or lose sight of the connection between the beginning and end of a long German sentence.

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Empowering Educators of Refugees as Teachers and Learners

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For every lesson plan I toiled over while teaching English as a New Language for 16 years in New York City and Tucson high schools, there were at least 15–20 adjustments made as I enacted that lesson plan with real people in real time.

How Do You Build a Successful Classroom-based Coaching Program?

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Though it’s most often associated with sports, coaching can also be an important form of professional development in education. Like in sports, its goal is to improve individual and team performance.

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.

3 Techniques for Promoting Resilience in Adult Digital Literacy

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During a recent trip to the doctor, the office’s affiliate hospital was in the midst of transitioning to a new electronic medical records system. At every single phase of my visit—from checking in, to the nurse evaluation, to accessing my chart for lab work—this new system wreaked havoc.

New Technology Connects Jobseekers with Employers

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How can jobseekers better connect with employers looking to hire? When working parents scramble for time, how can they remain engaged with their child’s education? What if teachers could organize their classes with the help of an app?

Addressing the Five Key Areas of Professional Development through Instructional Coaching

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Last year, Digital Promise, with generous support from Google, launched the Dynamic Learning Project (DLP) to continue its effort to close the Digital Learning Gap. The DLP utilizes instructional coaching to increase powerful and impactful use of technology in 100 middle schools across the country.

Meet the New 2018-2019 Cohort of the League of Innovative Schools

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This year, Digital Promise is excited to announce 12 new districts will join the ranks of the League of Innovative Schools. The League is a powerful network of forward-thinking school district leaders.

How 18 School Districts Are Working To Achieve Data Interoperability

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Eighteen district teams from the League of Innovative Schools recently gathered in Austin, Texas for a Data Interoperability Bootcamp.

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Going Beyond the Hour of Code

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This article originally appeared on The Advocate from the Computer Science Teachers Association. Read the original version here. During CS Ed Week, countless teachers and students experienced computer science for the first time.

How Educators Can Build Student Agency and Help Students Advocate for Themselves

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As a first year teacher, I struggled to figure out how I could best meet the needs of my students. It was quickly apparent to me that each student had unique strengths and weaknesses, and I made it my mission to figure them out.

Expand Technology Integration and Adult Digital Literacy

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Recent international studies in adult competencies indicate that six in 10 U.S. adults ages 18–65—around 118 million—perform at or below the lowest proficiency levels in problem solving in technology rich environments ( National Center for Education Statistics, 2016 ).

Organize and Motivate Your Local Maker Community

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How can I motivate teachers in my district to introduce making to their students? What are examples of maker learning projects in my subject area? Where can I learn about what making is from someone who is doing it?

Making 360º Media: A Conversation about Immersive Storytelling and Media Literacy

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For the past 20 years, Will Cavada has supported students at Mount Pleasant High School in San Jose, California, as they tell their stories.

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League Districts Take on Major Challenges Together

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The League of Innovative Schools (League) convened in Park City, Utah last week for the biannual #DPLIS meeting, co-hosted with Juab School District , Uinta County School District #1 , and Utah Schools for the Deaf and the Blind.

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Developing Edtech Products to Support Learner Variability

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Each learner presents a unique reservoir of skills and challenges that can change among subjects and situations, throughout the day and year.

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Strategies That Can Take the Anxiety Out Of Math

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Julienne Cruz has taught math in public schools for eight years and has seen many students struggle with learning math. When asked about her students’ attitudes towards math, she noted: “Students from kindergarten to third grade tend to like math; they think it’s fun to think about patterns.

Encouraging Out-of-School Reading and Writing Habits

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A recent Scholastic survey of kids and families’ reading behaviors shows that only 39 percent of children ages nine to 11 read for fun most days of the week. This drops further to 27 percent of children ages 12 to 14.

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Behind the Scenes with a MY World 360° Media Creator

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Filmmaker and photographer Andrew Arias tells stories about his community that are personal and profound. Growing up, I saw things that were amazing to me—stuff that other people don’t see,” Arias says.

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How Cohorts Drive Maker Learning Growth Opportunities

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In July 2018, representatives from 10 Pittsburgh-area schools excitedly gathered with the goal of growing maker learning opportunities as the Southwest Pennsylvania Maker Learning Leadership Cohort.

Teaching Social and Emotional Skills All Day

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

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Powerful Learning is Personal and Accessible

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In this series we explore Powerful Learning, a set of principles to guide educators designing learning experiences that engage the hearts and minds of learners, and incorporate technology in ways that contribute to closing the digital learning gap.

Powering Professional Learning Through Micro-credentials: Experiences in Wisconsin

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Imagine a world where every learner has the capacity and drive to learn for life. At the Institute for Personalized Learning , we focus on bringing this vision to life in our work with education leaders and practitioners.

Micro-credentialing an Emerging Teacher Leader

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