Reality Checks of Digital Learning

Last week, one of our teachers excitedly shared that she found some old laptops in the building and was determined to clean them up in order to give her students immediate 1:1 access. I watched as the tweets went by and felt her excitement as she shared what this access meant for her students.

HP launches new education Chromebook

eSchool News

As the Chromebook’s classroom popularity grows, its features expand. HP Inc.has launched the HP Chromebook 11 G4 Education Edition (EE) — a durable, lightweight Chromebook designed to meet the needs of students and educators.

Rural New Mexico school district upgrades to fiber; gives students greater access to digital learning

Education Superhighway

Also, teachers were asking to use more instructional programs to help students with their unique [learning] needs – but they all required the Internet.”. The district learned that the process of upgrading would be relatively easy and inexpensive – with a special construction cost of only $300 to install the fiber and build out to Jal’s schools. As a result of the fiber upgrade, teachers in Jal are now able to offer their students full access to digital learning.

The Problem With Expecting Student Access


This wide variety of lifestyle, income, and infrastructure can get in the way of student access to learning or our assessment of our students. and engage in deeper thinking during the school day, when they have access to their peers and their teachers.

3 Steps to a More Accessible Classroom

Graphite Blog

In my first-grade classroom, a third of my students were learning English as a second language. My students loved having subtitles on during short videos because it gave them more opportunities to interact with and learn from the content. All my students were learning how to read, and the captions helped them connect the audio to the visual representation of text. Can the learner log into the digital learning tool interface independently?

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Tablets and disruptive innovation

The Christensen Institute

It used to be that most devices in schools were desktop machines of either the Windows or Apple varieties, but recently many schools have been switching to mobile devices like the iPad or web-based devices like the Chromebook. Chromebooks are simple to use and easy to setup and manage, but the software is limited to web applications that run in an Internet browser.

A Pedagogical Shift Needed for Digital Success

A Principal's Reflections

In a previous post I discussed in detail strategies to help ensure the effective use of technology to improve learning outcomes. I get the fact that technology can increase engagement, but if that engagement does not lead to evidence of learning then what’s the point?

Google Jamboard

The CoolCatTeacher

You just download it on Google Play or iTunes and use it with your touch Chromebook or iPad after listening to Tom Mullaney share how it works. He is in the San Francisco Unified School District as a Learning Integration Designer, and he does it with digital technology.

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Free wi-fi project could level the playing field for students

eSchool News

Amanda Bushwood, a Capehart resident with two daughters attending Downeast School in the neighborhood, said she doesn’t have internet access at home and is concerned about what that might mean for her daughters in the future. “I

Texas district launches connected school buses

eSchool News

Smartphones, wearable technology, always-on mobile devices–now, school buses are following suit, offering wi-fi connectivity and real-time monitoring to extend learning and create safe environments. Digital Learning and Tools internet News

How Malaysian schools are tackling blended-learning challenges

The Christensen Institute

Malaysia has a very unique education system: over the past two decades, the government has invested millions of dollars in equipping all 10,000 public schools with not only computer labs, but also the Frog Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). This past June, I had the privilege of visiting 13 Malaysian public schools–eight of which, despite these challenges, were implementing fantastic blended-learning programs that were truly changing instruction for their students.

6 Edtech New Year’s Resolutions

Tom Murray

Regardless of which region of the country the conversations take place, a number of concerns arise regarding a district’s digital transformation. These concerns are real and often become roadblocks for student learning. As school leaders work to implement digital learning practices, they must commit to navigating roadblocks, problem solving, and planning for sustainable, systemic transformation. Commit to Ensuring Equity in Access and Opportunity.

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Chrome Education or Hapara?

Tomorrow's Learners

I often run into two scenarios when discussing Chromebook management with schools. They are: Should we use Chrome Education or Hapara to manage our Chromebooks? Push apps and extensions that are going to enhance learning. Blog Chrome Education Chromebooks Hapara

3 things schools must know about the rising “phigital” student

eSchool News

The clash is coming from so-called Gen Z, the first generation to be considered fully “phigital”—unwilling or unable to draw a distinction between the physical world and its digital equivalent. Digital is King.

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How a small district turned every student into a music composer

eSchool News

Spending seven years as music teacher in Big Sky’s rural community, I encounter daily the educational benefits that a small school district offers students, particularly in its abilities to offer more intimate backdrops for learning.

Before going one-to-one, this district is helping every kid get home wi-fi

eSchool News

Ensuring wi-fi access at home or on the school bus is a top priority for a district still planning its one-to-one. based , the parent company of OpenRoom, an outside advisory firm that works with schools to design and implement technology digital learning programs. “We

SMART, Samsung offer a boost for collaboration

eSchool News

The SMART Samsung Chromebook 3 Bundle features SMART amp and is fully integrated with Google Classroom and Apps for Education. The SMART Samsung Chromebook 3 Bundle addresses this need. ” Each SMART for Samsung Bundle includes: 10 x Samsung Chromebook 3.

Results of the 2016 National Digital Curriculum Strategy Survey

eSchool News

The Learning Counsel released the results of its third annual Survey of school and district digital curriculum strategy and transformation, sponsored by Ruckus Wireless. 2016 was also the highest year on record for digital curriculum spending.

Be Wary of Putting the Cart Before the Horse

A Principal's Reflections

With advances in affordable technology, such as the ultra-cheap Chromebook, it has been tough for schools to resist spending these funds on devices. Now don't get me wrong, I am all for schools increasing student and staff access to quality technology.


A summer reading program for students who read differently

eSchool News

Students with learning disabilities face the greatest challenges in access to reading year-round; and because of their disability, they are often left out of traditional programs, which can damage self-esteem and cause them to fall behind in school.

Curriculum Foundry integrates with Google Drive, Google Apps for Education

eSchool News

Growing number of schools using Google’s programs can now share learning resources created in Curriculum Foundry. schools in the third quarter of 2015 were Chromebooks. Districts can add digital content they have created to their repository as well.

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Collaboration tool supports global discussions

eSchool News

With new feature from Participate Learning, educators have free, online space for collaboration around lesson plans and more. Educators are asked constantly to focus on personal professional learning. Digital Learning and Tools News Top News

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Mimio unveils MimioMobile for browsers

eSchool News

The MimioMobile app will now be compatible with any device with a supported web browser, so educators and students can access and use the application’s assessment and collaboration features from nearly any device, including Chromebooks and Windows surface tablets.

OverDrive lists the 5 most read digital novel sets in schools

eSchool News

The Book Thief, The Giver among most popular digital novels in schools. eBooks and digital audiobooks have become a vital component to promote reading and support literacy goals in nearly 13,000 schools and districts in 50 countries.

Aerohive releases connected learning app for student engagement

eSchool News

HiveSchool is Aerohive’s latest addition to its growing learning app portfolio. Aerohive Networks released a new connected learning application, HiveSchool, that helps K-12 teachers leverage technology in the classroom. Apps Digital Learning and Tools IT Management IT Newsletter News

CUE and Touchjet partner for STEAMpunk Mobile Labs

eSchool News

To-date, CUE’s program has only included classroom-ready robot drones, but it is now expanding to add Touchjet as a partner, because they believe the interactive touch technology will enhance collaborative learning. Digital Learning and Tools News

Nureva launches cloud-based collaboration system

eSchool News

m) digital canvas. Students create their input on their personal devices, either a computer or a tablet, and share it on the digital canvas in the cloud. m) interactive panoramic workspace for small-group or whole-class collaboration on the digital canvas. Digital artifacts.

Why classrooms can’t go blended without going digital

The Christensen Institute

Today, February 22, is Digital Learning Day , which highlights instructional practices that effectively use technology to strengthen a student’s learning experience as well as the educators and school leaders that are working to improve student outcomes. Digital learning is also a very important part of our blended learning model. Student-led digital learning for blended success. This can be a school, learning center, or computer lab.

3 educational technology tools to be thankful for

eSchool News

Chromebooks. With 1:1 initiatives increasingly being either considered or implemented across the US, school districts need an affordable and easy-to-use device for their students: enter, Chromebooks. The three Ts: Thanksgiving, turkey and tech.

3 Resources to Help Connect Students and Families

Digital Promise

When Howard-Suamico School District went digital, giving every student in grades 3 and up tablets or laptops, the change was immediate and dramatic. Students were excited about learning. Something else that was immediate and dramatic: the gap between students who had Internet access at home, and those who didn’t. “You can’t just send them home with an assignment or some research to do, because they have no access.”


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OverDrive launches QuickStart eBooks for elementary schools

eSchool News

Service offers teacher-recommended titles with simultaneous access for K-5 students in class, at home and everywhere, both online and offline. These eBooks are instantly available with simultaneous access for every K-5 student in class, at home and everywhere, both online and offline.

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These 8 schools have A+ mobile device programs—here’s why

eSchool News

As more schools discover the power and benefits of education technology, mobile devices such as Chromebooks, Macs and iPads in the classroom are becoming commonplace. The result has been delivery of consistent educational experiences, giving kids equal access in the classroom and at home.

Teaching Students with Autism about Digital Citizenship

I nstructional Technology Specialist at Cumberland Academy of Georgia Jennifer Liang knows all about digital citizenship. Digital citizenship at Cumberland Academy began when the school started thinking 21st about century social skills. “A

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. I’ve loved watching our principals transform into digital leaders…risk takers.

Education Technology and the Power of Platforms

Hack Education

I have learned so much in the intervening years, and my analysis then strikes me as incredibly naive and shallow. million in venture capital from high profile names like LinkedIn founder Reid Hoffman and from firms active in ed-tech investing such as Learn Capital.

Announcing the Google Teacher Tribe Podcast!

Shake Up Learning

appeared first on Shake Up Learning. This list will give you VIP access to early information about our podcast launch, when the episodes will air, and special resources just for our Google Teacher Tribe!! Laptops/desktops Chromebooks iPads Unsure/any of the above.

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Spotting the 2017 Trends That Fuel Edtech Innovation and Investments


Education technology spans a broad category of classroom tools, spanning corporate learning, language learning, digital learning content and more. Founders are finding incredibly creative ideas to make learning more accessible, engaging and inspiring. While more than 80% of schools are connected to the internet, only 15% of them have enough bandwidth to handle the streaming demands of 1:1 learning.

ISTE 2015: (Re)designing tech-infused lessons for deeper thinking

Dangerously Irrelevant

Avoid the pitfalls of tech integration – technology for technology’s sake, focus on tools rather than the learning – by being thoughtful and purposeful about lesson (re)design. Ability to access Google Docs and Sheets is needed.

Upgrade coaching helps Arizona tech director plan for success

Education Superhighway

As a small rural district about an hour outside of Phoenix, Stanfield appreciates the power of digital learning to expand students’ educational opportunities and improve academic outcomes.