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Integration of Digital Badges to Acknowledge Professional Learning

A Principal's Reflections

The following is cross-posted at Laura Fleming''s blog titled Worlds of Learning. Laura is the new media specialist at NMHS and has been challenged to develop innovative ways to create structures to recognize informal learning of both teachers and students. As a 21st Century Library Media Specialist, part of what I strive to do is to serve as an instructional technology resource for both educators and learners. ?In

The Key Role of Tech in Accessibility for All

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Every two or three years, state and federal laws regarding accessibility in education change. However, the goal is always the same: making sure that every student, at every level (classroom, building, district), has access to the resources they need to meet their learning goals.

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edWeb.net Highly Recommended by School Library Connection

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” edWeb.net was reviewed in the January/February 2018 issue of School Library Connection: edWeb.net. This site provides free professional development webinars and podcasts for educators on a broad range of topics. There more than 1,400 Professional Learning Communities to join.

Broadband Provides More Equitable Access to Education and Workforce Preparation

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Digital learning not only plays a crucial role in preparing today’s students for the jobs of tomorrow, it also has an important role in providing equity and access to education, especially in smaller and remote school districts. Links to Local Learning.

A true gift from SHEG: DIY digital literacy assessments and tools for historical thinking

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SHEG currently offers three impressive curricula that may be put to immediate use in secondary classrooms and libraries. All three are outstanding (and free), but perhaps the most immediately useful to readers of this blog is Civic Online Reasoning or COR.

Five Steps to Ensure Accessibility for All

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While the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) was last reauthorized in 2004, with amendments in 2015, and the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) were updated back in 2008, the demand for accessibility and equality in education continues to grow. Educators still need to constantly evaluate the effectiveness of accessibility initiatives, advocate for resources for their students, and anticipate where they need to go next.

Personalize Your School Library Program with these Convenient, Creative Apps

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Apps bring technology, functionality, and creativity into your school library program. Since apps are a part of our everyday lives, especially those of students, they have the power to totally change the way students and teachers think about learning.

The Challenges of Easy Data Access

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should be asked by all CIO’s, teachers, administrators and policymakers in this changing landscape of data access, student privacy and interoperability. Fruth describes this new data access landscape as a teeter-totter effect. edWeb Blog edtech Student Data student data privacy

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15 Non-librarian blog(ger)s too good to miss!

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It occurs to me that so many of my best ideas come from the blogs of others. As often as not, those blogs live outside of the school library world. In no particular order, here’s a very personal selection of blogs/bloggers I couldn’t live without.

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Using Single Sign-On to Streamline Edtech Access

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During the edWebinar “ Simplify Digital Access in K-12: Learn How District Leaders Eliminate Barriers ,” the presenters discussed the importance of adopting a single sign-on program to manage digital access, the questions to ask when choosing a vendor, and tips for rolling out the new system.

SETDA Provides Tips on Equity of Access for Students Outside of School

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Access to online resources including digital content, interactive education apps and websites, videos, experts and peers is no longer a “nice to have” but rather a necessity. Christine Fox, Deputy Executive Director, SETDA, noted the importance of having safe WiFi access.

Rebuilding a School Community with Maker Learning

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In July 2018, Digital Promise launched a new Maker Learning Leadership Cohort dedicated to professional learning, peer connections, and school transformation in the Pittsburgh region. professional learning and new learning experiences.

Announcing 14 New League of Innovative Schools Members

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Across 114 districts and 34 states, administrators and educators are testing new programs, technologies, and strategies in an effort to support our mission to design, validate, champion, and scale effective, innovative learning opportunities to advance equity and excellence for every learner.

Digital Equity in Rural School Districts

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The goal of digital equity is to ensure that all students have access to devices, high-speed internet, and opportunities to learn both in school and out. CoSN (the Consortium for School Networking) is the premier professional association for school system technology leaders.

Five Steps to Closing the Homework Gap

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Schools are facing new challenges now that most learning involves the web—chiefly, the ability to do work at home or anywhere away from school grounds. While many are looking for ways to provide all students with a device, just having the device does not mean equitable learning.

Transform Learning by Creating a Makerspace

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In a recent edWebinar, Michelle Luhtala, Library Department Chair, and Donna Burns, Technology Integrator, both from New Canaan High School in Connecticut, showcased the transformation of the NCHS library from a collection of used reference and biography books into a living, breathing makerspace.

A School Leader’s Guide to Using edWeb for Personalized Teacher PD

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To provide the best possible teaching and learning environment, school leaders need to provide their teachers with professional learning opportunities that are personalized and engaging. edWeb Blog administrators Next-Gen PD online professional learning PD school leaders

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Getting Whole Community Buy-in for 1:1 Technology Initiatives

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And depending on their background and experience, not everyone is supportive of tech-infused learning. They are also more likely to back the initiative when the focus is on the learning and how to leverage tech to support it, rather than just on what device to get.

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Get Social with Digital Reading

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Video chats and author presentations: Schools and libraries are bringing author chats to their students through virtual presentations. Free Technology for Teachers : Here, teachers can find more free resources and learn how to use tech in the classroom. WATCH THE EDWEBINAR RECORDING.

Annotate, Collaborate, and Learn with Marginal Syllabus and Educator Innovator

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Starting in April, Educator Innovator will host a dynamic opportunity for open learning via author partnerships, annotathons (more on these below!), The founders of Marginal Syllabus aim to advance educator professional development about education in/equity through the use of participatory learning technologies. You can learn more at the Marginal Syllabus website. We’ll also be posting updates @Innovates_Ed on Twitter and at the Educator Innovator blog.

Celebrating ConnectED’s Achievements Toward Transforming Education

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Digital Promise and other nonprofit organizations including EveryoneOn and The Learning Accelerator have been working with companies and schools to ensure these programs and offers are making their way into the hands of teachers, students, and families across the country.

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Actively Learn

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Actively Learn makes teaching simpler and more engaging and interactive for students through their digital curriculum. Actively Learn strives to teach students how to achieve depth in their reading. What is Actively Learn? How can Educators use Actively Learn?

Leading the Digital Transformation in Rural Districts During Crisis and Beyond

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The current crisis has highlighted the disparity between students with and without equitable access to technology, especially in rural schools. One of the first challenges rural districts face is broadband access. edWeb Blog CoSN district leadership edtech rural districts Technology

Charting a New Path for Strategic Edtech Planning

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professional development). Now, the presenters have encountered heretofore unthought-of costs like extended loaner devices, increased repair costs from home use, and distance learning options. However, with the change to distance learning, those outcomes could change.

Tools of the Trade

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An innovative organization provides free tools and resources to make learning accessible to all students. Bring universal learning ideas to life in your classroom by creating and sharing your own educational materials. Help your students learn to write a better lab report. Educators can do all of that with a set of free tools created by CAST , a nonprofit research and development company dedicated to breaking down barriers to learning.

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Digital Tools to Transform the Learning and Reading Experience

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As a growing number of school districts are turning towards digital tools to support teaching, it’s important to ensure that these tools are adding value by transforming learning experiences. Other apps can achieve transformative learning while ensuring accessibility for all learners.

How Online Learning Can Improve Your Teaching

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Online learning has become not only a common alternative to physical classes, but a well-regarded change maker in the education ecosystem. After a weekly one-hour session, students feel closer to classmates and often add them to their ongoing PLN (Professional Learning Network).

Getting the Digital Generation to Read Over the Summer

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In “ Summer Reading 501: Helping Generation App Read This Summer ,” Michelle Luhtala, Library Department Chair, New Canaan High School, CT; and Jane Lofton, Teacher Librarian, presented creative ideas to get students excited about summer reading.

How Districts Can Unlock Actionable Data

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School districts are struggling with the fact that 70% of purchased licenses for edtech programs don’t get used at all within the school year and only 10% of teachers know how often students should use edtech programs to drive learning outcomes. Professional Development.

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Using Assistive Technology for Your Struggling Readers

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“What are you [teachers] doing right now so that your students have unhindered access to grade-level curriculum each day?” Eighty-five percent of what we learn we learn is by listening and students can listen and comprehend two grade levels above their reading levels.

Funding Edtech with the E-Rate Program and Grants

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As schools and districts strive to meet their existing technology needs and prepare for the future, access to federal and state funding, along with other grants, is making a major difference in whether students engage in 21 st century learning or are left behind.

edWeb’s Emerging Tech Hosts 50th Webinar

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edWeb.net’s first professional learning community Emerging Tech: Using Technology to Advance Your School Library Program hosted its 50th webinar in August thanks to the ongoing support of Follett. Why Access is Essential to Developing Citizenship among Millennials.

Planning for the Total Cost of Edtech Initiatives

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Upgrading infrastructure, device maintenance, and ongoing professional development, in addition to program and device costs, mean tech initiatives need permanent budget lines that take into account the total cost. Randy was a Tech & Learning Magazine runner-up for 2017 digital leaders.

Helping Students Understand Media Literacy

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Having such conversations with students can be helpful to understand the kinds of prices that are paid for access to information. She is the winner of the 2011 “I Love My Librarian” Award and the Library Association’s 2010 Outstanding Librarian Award.

4 Great Alternatives to Google Classroom

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This includes typical LMS (Learning Management Systems) functions like homework, classwork, schedules, quizzes, resources, and gradebooks so stakeholders–teachers and students–can access them from any location and any digital device. Designed by Freepik.