Digital Learning Prospers With the Right Culture

A Principal's Reflections

As of late I have been doing a great deal of work with schools and districts on how to effectively implement digital learning across the curriculum. When it comes to technology in general, the overall goal is to support learning, not drive instruction. Where digital learning initiatives miss the point is a focus on how technology actually accomplishments. Attempt to model at a basic level the expectations that you have when it comes to digital learning.

The best BYOD tech tools for the Common Core classroom

eSchool News

I recently had the pleasure of spending a few hours in a friend’s classroom where I introduced her students to technology applications that would engage them in “showing what they know” at different points in their learning. Our Board of Education then announced we were now a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) district, but did not provide the professional development time to support this initiative. Then, learn how you share it as a free option.


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Textbooks optional: What unbundling and BYOD mean for learning technology

eSchool News

As digital natives, today’s students have grown up with technology integrated into every aspect of their lives, and education is no exception. In response, students are also choosing the devices they want to use for learning, and why shouldn’t they? Similar to the age-old Apple vs. Android debate, students tend to have personal preferences about the devices they use for learning. Enter the age of BYOD. The benefits of a BYOD program are far-reaching.


Webinar Spotlight: Are You Ready for BYOD?

Graphite Blog

Are you interested in implementing a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) program in your classroom or school? In our June webinar, Rachelle Wooten, a digital learning specialist at Fort Bend Independent School District in Texas and Graphite certified educator, provides a primer on BYOD, including digital tool recommendations, classroom management tips, lesson planning, teaching tips, and more. .


Confessions of A Digital Leader: 6 Things I Learned While Implementing Digital Learning

Through the course of our implementation and relaunch of Google Apps, I’ve definitely learned that the word “free” is such a myth. I learned that kids will type terrible things and change ink to white in order to make pages appear blank. Teachers and/or students lack the access to reach those tools. With that said, we are literally starting from scratch considering that our district is BYOD with basically no mobile devices other than in specialized areas.

Building the Right Infrastructure to Support Mobile Learning


As they go “all-in” on digital learning, schools are demanding more from their networks. The shift to personalized and inquiry-based learning not only engages students more effectively, it depends on efficient technology. First as consumers and then as educators, schools are committing to mobile technology as their preferred method of digital interaction. For them, untethered digital learning is fundamental for future success.

Be Wary of Putting the Cart Before the Horse

A Principal's Reflections

Now don't get me wrong, I am all for schools increasing student and staff access to quality technology. The end result has been a massive influx in tools, but a clear lack in vision and planning as to how these powerful tools can, and will, actually impact learning. Technology in itself will never transform teaching and learning. Students, teachers, and leaders who effectively integrate technology with purpose aligned to learning and leadership outcomes will.

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Digital Equity After the Pandemic

With the pandemic has come a reckoning on how big the digital equity gap is in the United States. During an edWebinar sponsored by ClassLink and co-hosted by CoSN and AASA , three superintendents discussed their observations about digital equity and what their districts need to do next. All conversations start with why: Get all constituents involved from the beginning—even students and teachers—as to how the schools might adopt digital learning. By Stacey Pusey.

Network Essentials for Superintendents: Planning for the future

Education Superhighway

With technology playing a pivotal role in creating incredible learning opportunities for America’s students, it’s vital that every classroom has the bandwidth needed to access media-rich educational tools and implement digital learning. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) adopted connectivity goals as part of its modernization of the E-rate program in 2014 with the intention of improving broadband access for K-12 learning and school operations.

Here’s how 4 schools are supporting wireless internet needs

eSchool News

As wireless internet needs become more important for students and instructors, many schools are bolstering their connectivity to ensure smooth learning experiences. Schools and campuses must support 1:1 online learning initiatives, artificial intelligence/virtual reality (AI/VR) use, BYOD, shared resources, and on-campus surveillance–these efforts require reliable and cost-effective wireless connections that support collaborative digital-learning environments.


Working out the Worksheet

Baker's B.Y.O.D.

Prior to the digital revolution, I used worksheets as the hub for lessons and content. Now that the digital revolution is in full swing, I am trying to devise means for moving to a paperless and digital classroom while facing the following challenges: Availability of technology: there is a reason why I''m focused on BYOD with this blog; I do not teach in a 1:1 district. Practical & free BYOD resources are a must. How can resources be adapted to BYOD?

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

And depending on their background and experience, not everyone is supportive of tech-infused learning. Yet, 1:1 classrooms, BYOD, and tech-supported education are today’s reality. Her work focuses on transforming the learning landscape to be relevant for today’s students.


Epson projector works with SMART Board interactive whiteboards

eSchool News

to bring advanced collaborative learning solutions to the classroom, Epson has announced a line of projectors designed and certified specifically for use with SMART Board interactive whiteboard systems. These new Epson projectors have been specifically engineered to provide enhanced integration capabilities with SMART Board interactive whiteboard systems, bringing best-in-class learning technology to classrooms.”. Digital Learning and Tools IT Management IT Newsletter News Top New

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Keys for a Successful Digital Transformation

A Principal's Reflections

This poses some good news for students, as transformation efforts are under way to provide authentic learning experiences that provide relevance, value, and tangible skills in an unpredictable world. Even though changes are occurring, we need to be mindful of what is driving the work while looking past soft claims to ensure technology is actually improving learning and achievement. Any leader who has gone through a successful digital transformation realizes this.

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4 wireless network goals for schools

eSchool News

Although wireless access technology has been in schools for several years, earlier-generation solutions have not been robust enough to keep pace with growing mobility requirements. Even social media channels have become learning tools for the creative classroom. 2 pencils and adopting online testing, schools have faster access to results. This trend has influenced schools around the world to consider BYOD as a way to leverage technology for enhanced teaching and learning.


Anniversary edition: Top 10 posts of the NEO Blog


This collaborative work has placed the NEO Blog in the first 20% of all e-learning blogs! From well-known subjects of education technology, like BYOD and gamification, to technical aspects regarding school LMSs, to trying to guess the future, the NEO Blog covered it all in its rather short existence. Besides these five trends of 2016, mobile learning, gamification and cloud integration have continued to be on the lips of ed tech people everywhere.

#Internet4schools: Make Your Voice Heard

A Principal's Reflections

Back in 2009 when we began to transform teaching and learning at New Milford High School we were extremely fortunate at the time to have wireless Internet access throughout the school. This was an extremely big deal five years ago and ultimately gave us an edge in terms of the many successful initiatives we rolled out including Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) and digital learning across the curriculum.

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Power Up Your Spaces

A Principal's Reflections

Over the years we have seen more embracement of Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) and 1:1 device rollouts. Cost and ease of access will only lead to more schools and districts going down this path. The USDOE’s Office of Educational Technology places emphasis on students and educators having access to a robust and comprehensive infrastructure when and where they need it for learning. Persistent access to high-speed Internet in and out of school.

Big Jump in Use of Games, Videos in K-12 Schools, Survey Finds

Marketplace K-12

Cross-posted from the Digital Education blog. In 2015, 47 percent of K-12 teachers and almost two-thirds of K-5 teachers reported using game-based learning environments in their classes, up from 23 percent of K-12 teachers in 2010. “The explosion in teacher interest and usage of videos and game-based learning could be a harbinger of a new awakening for digital learning” said Julie Evans, the CEO of Project Tomorrow, in a statement.

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Lead in the Now

A Principal's Reflections

With changing times, continuous reflection and learning are needed in order to move schools forward now. As such, teaching, learning, and leadership must change if growth and improvement are the goals. Here is where the Pillars of Digital Leadership come into play. Let’s look at these Pillars and ways that we can lead in the now: Student engagement, learning, and outcomes : We cannot expect to see increases in achievement if students are not learning.

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"Teachers Talk Technology" Report Creates Snapshot of Classroom Technology Use


Trends in Digital Learning: The New Learning Leader ] The report reveals that 77 percent of teachers state that they and their students have access to wireless internet in most places in their schools. This access allows them to leverage the devices available for learning in their classrooms, with Chromebooks having the most prevalent use at 26 percent, followed by PCs (14 percent), iPads (11 percent), and Macs (3 percent).


Network Essentials for School Board Members

Education Superhighway

School board members play an important role in school districts’ ability to improve the level and quality of digital learning opportunities in the classroom. For example, today, students need a minimum of 100 kbps of Internet bandwidth—the FCC has anticipated that by 2018, 1 Mbps per student will be the minimum recommended bandwidth for digital learning. To address this, take a tally of the number of devices that will access your network on a regular basis.

Effective Technology Professional Learning: Leading and Collaborating to Assure Success

Moore says that before any rollout of sustainable and effective professional learning, there are four factors that school leaders must consider. With their building leaders, the district ensured that professional learning was relevant to their roles, and the school community’s needs. and ClassLink Host Community to Help Educators with Technology in Schools is delighted to announce that ClassLink will be hosting Technology in Schools , a free professional learning community on edWeb. Almost every conversation about K-12 education involves technology in some aspect, from device management and password security to interoperability and digital resources. Having a network of peers like the Technology in Schools community boosts educators’ confidence in asking questions and adopting digital resources.


6 Bandwidth Best Practices for Schools To Consider This Year

Education Superhighway

Those needs often differ based on your school’s location, number of students, and digital learning curriculum, so it’s useful to start with some broadband best practices as you build your school’s digital future. Here are six key considerations, based on the Federal Communications Commission’s broadband access recommendations, to bear in mind as you evaluate your school’s needs. Build with Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) in mind.


6 Bandwidth Best Practices for Schools To Consider This Year

Education Superhighway

Those needs often differ based on your school’s location, number of students, and digital learning curriculum, so it’s useful to start with some broadband best practices as you build your school’s digital future. Here are six key considerations, based on the Federal Communications Commission’s broadband access recommendations, to bear in mind as you evaluate your school’s needs. Build with Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) in mind.


What 7 Factors Should Educators Consider When Choosing Digital Tools for Underserved Students?


In the report published last week by the Stanford Center for Opportunity Policy in Education , Professor Linda Darling-Hammond and I summarized research findings about the conditions and practices that support positive outcomes of technology use and digital learning experiences for underserved, under-resourced, and underprepared students. High-speed Internet access. This is needed to prevent user issues when implementing digital learning. Seven.

Looking Back At 2011 And Looking Forward To 2012

The Web20Classroom

One of the most useful examples I saw this year was at a Moodle conference where in the digital conference guide was a QR next to each session. If you still wanna learn more you can check out my Livebinder all about QR. More Social Networking- This all boiled down to the continued growth of using Social Media and social networks for learning. This idea of access to education is only going to grow, I believe, into something pretty amazing. BYOD can help.

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Here's How Single Sign-On Saved One District 2,500 Hours of Instructional Time Per Month


This technology allows students and staff to access multiple applications and resources with a single username and password. Nguyen talked with EdSurge about how to support schools with bring your own device (BYOD) programs, why SSO boosts security, and how it saves his teachers 2500 hours of instruction time each month. Plus, we’re a BYOD environment. Instead, the online digital curriculum is located in one place.

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Calculating your school district’s bandwidth need: Network Essentials for Superintendents

Education Superhighway

After gaining a better understanding of a typical district’s network infrastructure, the next step is to determine the amount of bandwidth needed to support your district’s learning goals. Each district is unique and no one bandwidth number will meet everyone’s learning requirements across the board. To address the first factor, take a tally of the number of devices that will access your network on a regular basis.


ClassLink Announces OneSync, Next-Generation Account Provisioning


May 22, 2018 – Clifton, NJ - ClassLink, the leader in single sign-on, class rostering, and learning resource analytics, announced the release of OneSync during IMS Global’s Learning Impact Leadership Institute. Coupled with ClassLink RosterServer , which leverages OneRoster® from IMS Global Learning, schools can now seamlessly provision Google Classroom and Microsoft Teams simultaneously, something no platform could provide until now.

Digitally Leading and Learning

There’s a general rule of thumb when thinking about teaching and learning when it comes to technology. The tools are never the focus and always come secondary to learning goals. I believe this to my core but I have to say that this is a difficult thought to maintain when student device access is close to zero…other than a BYOD. After-all, isn’t this the type of learning that we want for our students?


6 Self-Care Strategies for School Leaders


Wifi/tech issues or a lack of access to devices. Kids that just won’t engage, phone calls and emails from parents, learning new systems and tech on the fly. Join Twitter and grow your Professional Learning Network (PLN). You’re taking care of the teachers.

3 Things for School Leaders to Consider During the Transition to Distance Learning


As the school leader in your building, you’ve put things in place to ensure that your students have what they need to be successful while face to face learning is temporarily on hold, but have you considered those things that you may need to put into place for you and your stakeholders? .


Confessions of a Digital Leader: The Wins Are Everything

A few weeks ago, 50 teachers joined an internal google plus community meant to connect them to each other as we all began to take on the digital learning challenge. It was uplifting reading their profound thoughts, taking a glimpse inside their classroom trips and reading reflections of risk taking with the greatest rewards…students owning their learning. I’ve loved watching our principals transform into digital leaders…risk takers.