Convert PDFs to Google Docs to Differentiate Instructional Materials – From Brenda Doucette

EdTechTeacher

Recently, we discovered a feature of Google Drive that has changed how we prepare and access materials and resources for our students. PDFs are just not editable in most situations, and this was an issue when it came to modifying and differentiating documents.

ACTION ALERT: Texas HB 6 With Vital Instructional Materials Funding- House is Voting April 6th!

EdTechSandyK

Attached is a document that highlights the benefits of HB 6. Inform them that HB 6 will be voted on by the House on Wednesday (April 6th) Ask them to vote for HB 6 and Oppose any amendment that might delay the implementation of the Instructional Materials Allotment. members/ You could also follow up with a quick email urging them to support the bill and email the attached document.

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Free Tools for Accessibility and Inclusive Classrooms

edWeb.net

Accessible technologies help students with disabilities unlock their full potential by addressing a diversity of needs that include learning, visual, hearing, mobility, neurodiversity, and mental health. Dudycha articulated that “inclusion has a new definition along with accessibility.

Google Document URL Tricks

Learning in Hand

G Suite apps include Google Documents , Sheets , Slides , and Drawings. Shareable links can be used for publishing a document or for collaboratively editing a document. Documents are only accessible by you (the owner) unless you turn link sharing on.

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OPINION: Why creating and maintaining accessible digital resources is neither easy nor optional

The Hechinger Report

Under Titles II and III of the Americans with Disability Act ,public and private universities must ensure that any content made available is accessible, unless meeting accessibility guidelines would result in a fundamental alteration or undue administrative and financial burdens.

Learning Out Loud: Make Online Courses Meaningful and Accessible

Edsurge

These tools and the content created with them must be accessible to all learners, including those who are hard of hearing and have vision impairments. While multimodal learning environments support the needs of more learners, they require special attention to ensure they are accessible to students who are hard of hearing and/or visually impaired. Educators agree that all students deserve access to all instructional materials.

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Notes on Open Pedagogy

Iterating Toward Openness

Pedagogy and educational materials intersect because we frequently ask students to DO things with RESOURCES – *read* articles, *watch* videos, *listen* to lectures, *answer* questions, *solve* problems, etc. INCREASE the number of students with access to effective pedagogy).

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What BloomBoard is and How it Energizes Professional Development

Ask a Tech Teacher

To earn these, teachers view the required materials, answer a set of questions, and then submit evidence of impact on practice such as lesson plans, instructional materials, and videos. start reviewing recommended materials or browse the resources.

Is your classroom ready for BYOD?

Neo LMS

I’m imagining a school environment where students get to bring their own device, and they have access to different learning resources over the internet. Teachers Today’s teachers know how to use Excel to compute grades or Word to create documents, but that’s not enough.

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Blending Online and Field Learning To Inspire Young Girls in Science

EdNews Daily

The US Department of Education recently noted here that “Online learning opportunities and the use of open educational resources and other technologies can increase educational productivity by accelerating the rate of learning; reducing costs associated with instructional materials or programs.”.

CoSN 2019: K–12 Schools Address Digital Equity with Curriculum Framework

EdTech Magazine

Some digitally enabled K–12 schools find it difficult to provide appropriate lesson plans that can be accessed by all students, said Tim Clark, director of curriculum, instruction and digital learning at Chicago Public Schools. . What we want to do is transform the instructional core.”.

3 tips for connecting students to internet resources during summer

eSchool News

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. Provide Out-of-School Access on Devices. Out-of-School Access Chart.

Three Lessons from the Google Docs Phishing Scam: K-12 Education Edition

Doug Levin

” As I’ve investigated the exploit, I wanted to share the three lessons I believe those of us in K-12 education should take from this incident: First , the exploit vector employed by the attacker, the potential level of access to user accounts it granted, and the speed with which it spread should be deeply concerning to those who work in K-12 education. Apparently, the potential of this exploit had been well-understood and documented since at least 2011.

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How Edtech Can Help Build a Blueprint for Real Change in K-12

Edsurge

Curriculum and instructional materials live on websites, in the cloud, on paper, in LMS’s, in Google Drive or OneDrive. In addition to the actual curriculum and materials, the program impacted schedules, adult learning opportunities, the budget and many more system elements.

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“Just Right” Content for Digital Learning

BYOT Network

Likewise, as teachers design digital learning experiences based on their students’ personal strengths and interests, they need to search for the “just right” instructional resources to meet their students’ varied needs.

An Obstacle to the Ubiquitous Adoption of OER in US Higher Education

Iterating Toward Openness

This strategy is extraordinarily effective at eliminating barriers to access and success for students in many of the highest enrolling courses, like introductory and general education courses, business courses, and mathematics courses.

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Most English lessons on Teachers Pay Teachers and other sites are ‘mediocre’ or ‘not worth using,’ study finds

The Hechinger Report

One of the most popular English lessons in the instructional marketplace Teachers Pay Teachers is a unit on how to teach William Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet.” But otherwise, instruction in this Shakespeare unit rarely goes deeper than a surface understanding of the text.

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Curation Situations: Let us count the ways

NeverEndingSearch

It’s about saving teachers instructional time. And it’s also about instruction and modeling for learners what it looks like to organize content and tools to manage our digital lives as information citizens. Builds Instructional Partnerships. What’s curation?

New Content Added to Discovery Education’s Award-Winning Digital Services Boost Teachers’ Ability to Engage Students in Science, STEM, Social Studies, and More

techlearning

The beginning of each school year offers teachers the perfect opportunity to update their instructional materials,” said Jerry "Jay" McKinney, an educator with Louisiana’s Rapides Parish School Board.

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eBook details key strategies to manage digital curriculum

eSchool News

According to the Consortium for School Networking’s 2015 IT Leadership Survey, 84 percent of school technology officials expect that at least half of their instructional materials will be digitally based within three years,” said itslearning vice president of sales and marketing, Matt Dobosh.

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What’s New: New Tools for Schools

techlearning

This program adds full home access for students, custom curriculum alignment, performance reporting, professional development, and more. The tool is ideal for differentiated learning, literacy, English-language learners (ELL) or Special Needs instruction.

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Are We There Yet? Integrating Tech & Learning #SXSWedu

EdTechSandyK

Notes from panel discussion/concurrent session at SXSWedu 2012 Geoff Wurzel, TechNet Wurzel was one of the influencers on Senate Bill 6 and the creation of the Instructional Materials Allotment in Texas. Johnny Vaselka , Texas Association of School Administrators (TASA) Public Education Visioning Institute: Creating a New Vision for Public Education in Texas - A group of 35 superintendents in Texas produced this document in 2006.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Via The Seattle Times : “A cellphone belonging to the man who claims he shot and wounded another man in self-defense during a demonstration last month at the University of Washington had been wiped clean of data before being seized by police, according to search-warrant documents filed in King County Superior Court.” Via Education Week’s Market Brief : “ Amazon Joins With Purchasing Group to Give Schools Access to Online Marketplace.”

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

1 after an investigation found chapter members repeatedly used racist , homophobic and anti-Semitic slurs , and then ostracized a black member who told them to stop, according to documents released by the university.” Elsevier has acquired SSRN , an online open access repository. The company, which provides public radio and related instructional materials to classrooms, has raised $1.55 Education Politics. “ U.S. Secretary of Education John B. King Jr.