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Celebrating the Future of Learning, One Region at a Time

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Educators, businesses, and researchers agree: today’s students require a new set of skills to thrive as productive citizens.

Remembering Ned Kirsch

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We are devastated to share the news that our dear friend Ned Kirsch, superintendent of Franklin West Supervisory Union, has passed away suddenly.

4 Ways to Discover the Best Edtech

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The infusion of technology into our culture is the greatest change that our educational system has ever experienced. Not long ago, many schools required teachers to include the use of technology in their daily lesson plans.

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How Can We Make Edtech More Effective? Focused Content

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Oh, the dreaded question… “What other content do you cover?” asks the district curriculum director, or even worse, “Do you cover all of _ ?” Fill in the blank with a huge quantity of content, like all of K-5 math.). Coverage!?!

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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.

Introduce Computational Thinking with the Music Industry

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How can you stimulate students and teachers to engage in computational thinking with data? One key is to provide a realistic, relevant, and meaningful context.

Mapping Out-of-School-Time Opportunities: Why It Matters

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If you want to plan strategically for the future, you have to know where you’re starting from in the present.

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Teaching for 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.

Developing a “National Geographic Explorer” Mindset in the Classroom

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Teachers are constantly engaging with others—students, parents, and colleagues—yet they are the only ones with a complete understanding of their classrooms and practices. As a result, being a teacher can be lonely. I taught at a small school.

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.

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.

Preparing Students to Innovate with Computational Thinking

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Brooke Morgan is the Coordinator of Instructional Technology at Talladega County Schools in Talladega, Alabama. Talladega County Schools is participating in Digital Promise’s Computational Thinking Pathways Challenge Collaborative.

The Research Behind the TED Talk: Angela Duckworth on Grit

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This blog post was updated on March 6, 2019 to include more current research, information, and opinions on grit in the classroom.

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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.

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.

Foreign Language Classes are Becoming More Scarce

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This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article. Of all the skills that a person could have in today’s globalized world, few serve individuals – and the larger society – as well as knowing how to speak another language.

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The Limits of Curriculum Choice

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This article originally appeared on Usable Knowledge from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Read the original version here. In recent years, education leaders have hailed curriculum choice as a low-cost way to improve student success.

The DLP Strategy Menu

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This blog post originally appeared on EdTechTeam.com. Read the original article here.

Using Micro-credentials for Personalized Professional Development

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The Kentucky Valley Educational Cooperative (KVEC) is an educational service agency in rural southeastern Kentucky that serves 22 school districts, 134 schools, over 3,000 teachers, and more than 50,000 students.

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.

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.

Overcoming Challenges of Technology in the Classroom Starts with Great Coaches

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When students see technology as an instrument for goofing off, playing games, and chatting with their friends, it can become a distraction in the classroom rather than a tool for powerful learning.

Who Does the Edtech Marketplace Benefit, Anyway?

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“There is definitely something wrong, something broken, with the edtech marketplace. People who should really care about research are turning a blind eye to the lack of research supporting product development.” – Ben Grimley, CEO of Speak Agent.

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Low-Income Students and a Special Education Mismatch

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

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.

Powerful Learning is Collaborative and Connected

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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.

New Micro-credentials Provide Path to PBS Media Literacy Educator Certification

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This blog post originally appeared on KQED.org. PBS and KQED offer a set of free media literacy micro-credentials that validate media literacy skills and classroom implementation practices.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Testing Mode Matters

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This article originally appeared on Usable Knowledge from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Read the original version here. Taking a test online rather than on paper might hurt students’ test scores — at least at first — according to a study from the American Institutes for Research (AIR).

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.

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.

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.

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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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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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.

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?