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The Business of 'Ed-Tech Trends'

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This is part eleven of my annual look at the year’s “ top ed-tech stories ” In May, venture capitalist and former securities analyst Mary Meeker released her annual “Internet Trends” report. Among the major trends Meeker identified for 2017: mobile advertising, gaming, and healthcare. And it raises a number of questions, I think: how good is Mary Meeker at actually identifying and analyzing Internet trends? Is this really a trend?

10 Inspired Tech Trends Every Teacher Should Know About


The bevy of tech tips and trends brightening their classrooms—including 360-degree video, thoughtful ways to use Alexa, and the sleeper Google tool for improving note-taking and research. I think the phenomena of the infographic syllabus has been an effort by many teachers to make that document more accessible, more real,” she explains. “We Chattanooga Christian School in Tennessee is piloting five Echo Dot Kids Edition devices in elementary and high school classes.

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Reflective Learning as the New Normal

A Principal's Reflections

We toil away at chasing the next big innovative idea, trend, or tool as a path to improvement yet little changes. During a coaching visit I observed Zaina Hussein , a 4th-grade teacher at Wells Elementary , use this with her students (see image below).

In Puerto Rico, the odds are against high school grads who want to go to college

The Hechinger Report

The only way I know that this can be changed is when there’s access to higher education.”. The disparity serves as an extreme example of similar trends across the United States, where the children of higher-income families go to better colleges than those from lower-income ones.

With enrollment sliding, liberal arts colleges struggle to make a case for themselves

The Hechinger Report

That so important a task has yet to get past such an elementary question provides a confounding look at how far liberal arts colleges and departments have to go to make a case for themselves with students, parents and policymakers — even in a sector known for very, very slowly adapting to change. “It

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8 simple ways to move toward a zero-waste classroom

The Cornerstone for Teachers

I will give a bit of a disclaimer that this is more of an elementary-focused episode, but frankly, I think we have a bigger problem with waste, plastic, lamination, and so on at the elementary level than at the secondary level where it’s more common to find paperless and nearly paperless classrooms.

Innovation Study Tours Explore Equity in Diverse Settings

Digital Promise

Bessborough Drive Elementary and Middle School is a dynamic neighborhood school that uses technology predominately to redefine learning. With 1:1 computer access for grades 3–8, students engage in coding, inquiry-based learning, and critical thinking beginning with Kindergarten.

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Q&A: Leila Nuland on How to Build Equitable Computer Science Curricula

EdTech Magazine

Edtech spoke with Leila Nuland, managing research director for K-12 at Hanover research to discuss some of the trends surrounding computer science in K–12 and how to overcome issues of accessibility and underrepresentation in certain populations.

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What to Look for When Purchasing an Education Projector

ViewSonic Education

The use of TV-like displays for education is a recent trend. Educators can send content to one or more projectors from any location with network access. In elementary schools, students in multiple classrooms can simultaneously view virtual field trips, author talks or other content.

Education management simplified using Linways AMS

Linways Technologies

Technology integration in education is definitely a major trend now. Automation and technology integration in education is so well perceived by academicians and experts that it will almost be elementary in the future of education. So report generation and accessibility is easy.

The district where kids beg to go to summer school

The Hechinger Report

In Wilder Elementary School, students not only pick which subjects they want to learn, but they can also spurn their desks and work on the floor if they want. My kids begged me to come to summer school,” said Chantelle Mullins, a mother of two elementary school students.

Is strength-based learning a “magic bullet?”

The Hechinger Report

Audrianna Lesieur, age 11, smiles after demonstrating the strength of “Confidence” with encouragement from classmate William Maestas as her teacher Val Seamons moves on to assist Billy Sabo at Lake Canyon Elementary School. Folks moved away, and the district had to close an elementary school.

What I’m Reading: March 2019

Reading By Example

This book would definitely work as a read aloud for upper elementary and invite students to explore more books by Snyder. Definitely a book to have in the secondary classroom library to build diversity and cultural relevance.

How a growing number of states are hoping to improve kids’ brains: exercise

The Hechinger Report

A student leaps during a game at Horizons Elementary School. Florida and Rhode Island now mandate 20 minutes of recess time a day for elementary school students. What is definitely tied to brain health, Hillman said, is physical fitness. APPLETON, Wisc.

The ultimate guide to Bloom’s Taxonomy

Linways Technologies

This usually includes testing the memory on terminology, facts, conventions, trends and sequences, classifications and. elementary modules to draw connections between ideas and utilize. Break down knowledge into it’s elementary modules to draw connections.

How Small School Districts Are Making Personalized Learning A Reality


WILDER, Idaho — Eight years ago, the principal of Idaho’s Wilder Elementary School, Jeff Dillon, made a tough decision: He pulled his children out of the district high school to send them to private school. “I Wilder is part of a new national trend to customize learning to each child.

Top 8 Advantages of an Interactive STEM Curriculum

Kitaboo on EdTech

According to the surveyed candidates who are now not working in STEM fields, they did not pursue a STEM career due to a lack of access to resources and opportunities. But now with mobile phones, tablets, and laptops being a part of school education, it is much easier to deliver STEM courses on these devices, making the courses more interactive, accessible and engaging. Related: 8 Trends in Education Technology That Will Have A Major Impact | 2019. What is STEM?


AV that Makes the Grade


What are the AV trends that can help teachers draw insights from learners today and tomorrow? Most recently, this included replacing older whiteboards and failing projectors in the ISD’s three elementary schools with new BenQ RP653 Interactive Flat Panels (IFPs).

Diverse future of the Midwest has already arrived in one Iowan school

The Hechinger Report

About 6 percent of today’s immigrants are children and 26 percent of all children in the country in 2017 had at least one immigrant parent , according to the Migration Policy Institute, a think tank dedicated to studying migration and immigration trends.

Trump’s proposed after-school cuts could lead to more hungry kids, lower test scores

The Hechinger Report

Many communities in the Mississippi Delta have better access to casinos, convenience stores and fast food than to grocery stores selling fresh fruits and vegetables. Less than 10 years ago Bell Academy, an elementary school, was failing and facing a state takeover.

Digital Note Taking Strategies That Deepen Student Thinking


Tagging this way not only helps students stay organized, but it could also help them to examine trends across courses or even semesters. When scaffolded for students, digital note taking has the power to transcend the traditional definition of what has been typically considered “notes.”

How to Overcome Apathy and Disillusionment When Standardized Tests Fail Kids


For many of our students, there isn’t a singular, definitive reason why they came to McClarin. I had high hopes for my students, but the average lexile score at my school was 800, which is equivalent to a late elementary or middle school level. If I could see a student’s scores trend upwards, it meant something to me, even if it wasn’t a passing score. I started to work one-on-one with students on accessible topics, and began to work our way up to more complex prompts.

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All Work and No Play Makes Everything Dull

Fractus Learning

Play can take many forms and has many definitions. outlines five characteristics of play in the article “ The Value of Play I: The Definition of Play Gives Insights ”. “The Value of Play I: The Definition of Play Gives Insights.”

Tipping point: Can Summit put personalized learning over the top?

The Hechinger Report

The change is part of a nationwide pilot program Walsh joined this year, one that could indicate just how deeply and how quickly the personalized-learning trend will penetrate the average classroom.

Market for Social-Emotional Learning Underdeveloped, Report Says

Marketplace K-12

Technology “can personalize learning, engage the disengaged, complement what happens in the classroom, extend education outside the classroom, and provide access to learning to students,” the report reads, but “the number of [social-emotional learning] products in the ed-tech market today is insufficient.” Both the newly passed Every Student Succeeds Act and the recently issued National Education Technology Plan include acknowledgement of the trend.

Why six states still spend nothing on preschool

The Hechinger Report

Aaron Thompson and Peyton Stilwell, both 4, race a car around a track in their Head Start classroom, which is housed in a public elementary school in Caldwell, Idaho. Related: See where public preschool access and quality overlap.

In San Antonio, school integration may not lift all boats

The Hechinger Report

Brian Sparks is the principal at Lamar Elementary School in San Antonio. SAN ANTONIO — Shoulders hunched and a worried expression plastered on his face, Principal Brian Sparks walked briskly through the halls of Lamar Elementary toward the cafeteria.

How LA Unified Cultivates Districtwide Digital Citizenship

Graphite Blog

Developing a Responsible Use Policy: Based on trends at the time and research such as June Ahn's work , LA Unified updated its Acceptable Use Policy (AUP) to a Responsible Use Policy (RUP) , which is a document that requires a parent/guardian signature at the start of each school year, making it a highly visible policy districtwide. Here are a few ways we have helped schools celebrate in the past: Support elementary school students in designing a skit on being safe online.

How to use Genius Hour to transform student motivation and ignite creativity

The Cornerstone for Teachers

A lot of times at the elementary level, Genius Hour is once a week. I really think that even though Genius Hour is all about choice in terms of what they want to learn, teachers have to have a definite structure of what the process of learning looks like.

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21 Things Every 21st Century Educator Should Try This Year (2018 Version)


Many of the updates come from trends I’ve seen not only in education but also in the workplace like these Top 10 Skills Needed for the Fourth Industrial Revolution (from the World Economic Forum). In 2014 I wrote what would be my most popular blog post ever.

Education Technology and 'Fake News'

Hack Education

The image above from Google Trends helps demonstrate how popular the phrase has become in the intervening months. The New York Times tried to keep track of all the 45th President’s falsehoods this year, but it seems to have abandoned its “ definitive list ” some time in July.

Nearly 60% of Teens Use Their Own Mobile Devices in School for Learning

The Innovative Educator

Over the last few years of the Speak Up survey, more students and administrators have signaled the importance of being able to access mobile devices in the classroom, whether through Bring Your Own Device policy consideration and implementation or through school-provided technology.

5 Tech Tools to Integrate Today

Graphite Blog

” – Megan Gorski, 1st Grade Teacher at Mulberry Elementary School, NC Kahoot! The creation of a classroom web page is definitely a step in the right direction when moving toward a digital classroom culture, and Weebly is a great medium for getting there.

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How to use Genius Hour to transform student motivation and ignite creativity

The Cornerstone for Teachers

A lot of times at the elementary level, Genius Hour is once a week. And really, if you think about the steps in Genius Hour, you’re taking time to develop your interests, research your interests, and then make something based on that interest, and so you’re hitting all different types of standards, and it really fits into that literacy, that reading, that nonfiction piece at elementary level.

Hack Education Weekly News

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Some internet-access advocates say EBS is underutilized at best, and wasted at worst, because loose regulatory oversight by the FCC has allowed most of the spectrum to fall into the hands of commercial internet companies. Via The New York Times : “ New York to Shorten Standardized Tests in Elementary and Middle Schools.” “ The top 5 trends in K–12 ed tech – and where they’re headed,” according to Education Dive.