Effective Technology Professional Learning: Leading and Collaborating to Assure Success

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Despite decades of existing research, most professional development programs fail to adhere to established criteria for effectiveness. Moore says that before any rollout of sustainable and effective professional learning, there are four factors that school leaders must consider.

Purchasing Devices Does Not Equate to Learning

A Principal's Reflections

Inadequate WIFI and the availability of computers at home for kids to use for learning caught many educators off guard. Many kids were automatically at a severe disadvantage as a result, which will most likely result in extreme learning loss and ever-widening achievement gaps.

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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.

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.

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. They spend more time in class trying to remember how to access the program than actually using it; they also clog IT channels when passwords aren’t easily recovered.

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

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These tasks are perfect for learning across the curriculum and especially for librarian-led learning. Webpage Comparison : Students examine two websites and select the one that they would use to begin research on gun control, assessing their ability to identify the strengths and limitations of websites for learning about political topics. Among the learning experiences on ten pages packed with lessons are: Civil Rights Movement in Context.

Digital Equity After the Pandemic

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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. Familiarity does not equal experience or understanding: Just because staff have some knowledge about technology does not mean they understand how to scale it for effective digital learning. Embedded professional development is needed at all levels to take advantage of the benefits of tech for all students.

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. 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.

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5 Things Teachers (And Administrators) Can Do to Make Learning Real in Their Classrooms

The 21st Century Principal

To paraphrase Marc Prensky from his collection of essays From Digital Natives to Digital Wisdom: Hopeful Essays for 21st Century Learning : “The easiest, executable solution to our education problems today “is to change what goes on in our classrooms.” We need to move from teacher-centered and teacher dominated learning models to more personal, student-centered learning models. What does it really mean to make education and learning real in the classroom?

Technology and Capstone Courses

Dr. Shannon Doak

Keep in mind, even if your school has a different type of capstone course, my thoughts below could be applicable in the capstone process, learning environment, or product creation. All capstones include the following phases: Proposal creation Content learning Skill building Research Implementation. In “How Does Technology Facilitate Learning? Technology can also make communicating student learning to a wider and more authentic audience possible.

Shaping Innovation

The Principal of Change

But I could not have done this if a) I had not had access to the technology, b) I never had used the technology, and c) the people in front of me didn’t have access to technology themselves. The things that we (and our students) have access to, create opportunities and can help shape our thinking. Leading a Learning Community Managing School Operations and Resources 1 to 1 programs BYOD in schools innovative teaching and learning marshal mcluhan the innovator's mindse

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. All students need to have the same access to WiFi, and thus the ability to use the device, whether they are at school or not. For instance, one barrier to access was library cards.

Navigating Your Journey to Remote Learning

A Principal's Reflections

Prior to the virus turning into a pandemic, school districts began to prepare, and others are now following suit with ways to provide instruction and learning for who knows how long. However, it is essential to focus on remote versus distance or virtual learning.

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. Each of the seven outlined below are either embedded components of school culture or an element of professional practice that leaders already focus on (or should be). Students who are not engaged are not likely to be learning.

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Mapping mobile learning

Learning with 'e's

I have previously written on this blog about how mobile technology can give the edge and also about some of the social implications of learning on the move. Bearing in mind that many people in poorer countries don''t yet have access to mobile telephony, this means that many people will have at least two separate subscriptions, and in some cases more. What will happen if your school or business ignores the huge potential of these tools to promote learning?

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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Cybersecurity is Still Paramount for Schools

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Beyond just the ability to pivot and be prepared for any type of learning, the pandemic has brought new concerns with “Zoom bombing” and increased outside access to school networks. However, the bigger liability issue is with teaching and learning. By Stacey Pusey.

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Critical Steps for Safeguarding Data Privacy

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Of course, there are technical aspects to protecting data, and as many schools have learned during the pandemic, district IT staff need to stay on top of evolving efforts to compromise systems. ClassLink empowers your students and teachers with instant access to their learning resources.

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Getting Stakeholders to Back the Edtech Budget

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Show stakeholders that when investing in technology, you need to examine all costs from the impact on bandwidth to teacher training and student-home access. Communicate with them all the hidden costs and how the money is used to support teaching and learning. By Stacey Pusey.

60 Smarter Ways To Use Google Classroom

TeachThought - Learn better.

It may lack the visual appeal of iPads, or the student credibility of a BYOD program. We’ll be updating this list as new ideas come in, the platform changes, and we learn more about its subtleties on our own. Share data with professional learning community. Design more mobile learning experiences for your students–in higher ed, for example. Have students curate project-based learning artifacts. Make sub work or make-up work easy to access.

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. WATCH THE EDWEBINAR RECORDING.

Leading a District Effectively During an Unprecedented School Year

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A key element in any remote or hybrid scenario is equitable access to technology, and Dr. Domenech cited an estimate that as many as 14 million students still don’t have the equipment they need to receive an equitable education in areas where schools may be closed. By Robert Low.

edWeb.net and ClassLink Host Community to Help Educators with Technology in Schools

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edWeb.net is delighted to announce that ClassLink will be hosting Technology in Schools , a free professional learning community on edWeb. “With our edWeb community, we have an exciting opportunity to share our knowledge with educators and technology leaders and expand the conversations around the importance of access, analytics, and rostering, and the essentials for realizing the full potential of digital learning.”

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6 Self-Care Strategies for School Leaders

EdTechTeam

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. Engage in your own personal and professional development. Read professional development books that interest you.

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.

Lessons from a Decade of 1:1: a Crowd-Sourced Interview

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At the Tech & Learning Leadership Summit in October 2017, several districts that have been involved in 1:1 initiatives for many years came together to discuss their experiences. At the Tech & Learning Leadership Summit in October 2017, several districts that have been involved in 1:1 initiatives for many years came together to discuss their experiences. Bartholomew Consolidated School Corporation in Indiana offers BYOD as an option to accompany 1:1.

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What the Pandemic Has Revealed About Digital Equity Initiatives

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Before COVID-19, home internet access for all students was a goal—one that some districts even thought they had achieved. But the pandemic and forced distance learning have exposed a plethora of inequities in schools that many district leaders now see as issues they must address.

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

EdTechTeam

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? .

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How Common Sense Is Helping NYC Welcome Cell Phones into Schools

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But opportunities for connected learning aren''t always available at school, where students are often asked to disconnect and power down. Fortunately, an increasing number of districts across the country recognize that for student success, we must allow them to learn with the tools they love. On March 2nd, 2015, they are lifting their cell phone ban and empowering schools to make instructional decisions regarding the use of personal devices for learning.

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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. Student outcomes and budget management: Basically, this means schools need to balance their learning goals and desired impact on the students and teachers with a realistic budget. Randy was a Tech & Learning Magazine runner-up for 2017 digital leaders.

Going on the Offensive: Cyber Security Strategies for Schools

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While teachers may complain, having website filters and blocks can decrease the possibility of criminals accessing the schools’ tech through the web. Additional questions include: Who has access to data on site and at a vendor? Do you know where your data is stored?

EdmodoCon Guest Post #3: M.Valois

Baker's B.Y.O.D.

Megan is the guest moderator on the Canadian Ed Chat (#cdnedchat) on Twitter who enjoys expanding her PLN and learning about new tech tools to improve her teaching and class experience. On Tuesday, I participated in a virtual conference - a professional learning opportunity - called #Edmodocon. If you aren''t familiar, Edmodo is a social learning platform for schools, often called the "Facebook" for schools because its format is similar.

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Inside Tips for Successfully Implementing Online Assessments

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Whether schools are 1:1 or still relying on computer carts, the move to online assessments creates new needs from devices to professional development to data privacy policies. Learning goals heavily influence tools and resources for assessment. WATCH THE EDWEBINAR RECORDING.

The New Design for School Networks

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School- and district-wide wireless internet access is no longer a nice-to-have—it’s a must have. And with staff, teachers, parents, and students needing 24/7 access, there’s never a good time for down time. Moreover, now that almost all of a school’s information—from student grades to employee information to building finances—is digital, districts need to make access a high priority.

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Digital Leadership – LIVE Blog of Eric Sheninger Keynote at Leading Future Learning 2015

EdTechTeacher

Eric Sheninger, Senior Fellow and Thought Leader on Digital Leadership with the International Center for Leadership in Education (ICLE) and Scholastic Achievement Partners (SAP) , kicked off the 2015 Leading Future Learning conference with his keynote on Digital Leadership. It’s not so much that our students learn differently, it’s that the environment in which they learn has changed. They want to be engaged in learning. Professional Learning.