20 tools for a more accessible classroom

Ditch That Textbook

ALL of our students deserve to have access to the content we are teaching. A one-size-fits-all classroom is not practical for any group of students. Luckily with the technology available to us, we can create a learning environment that makes the content accessible to all of our learners. DitchBook Twitter chat Ed Tech Student engagement Teaching accessibility accessibility features accessibility tools accessible classroom edtech immersive reader

Tech Access in Schools: Making Edtech Accessible to All

Digital Promise

Access to technology for all students is a major goal for many schools, companies, and organizations—yet access is only part of the equation. Once an educational technology (edtech) tool is in a school, the hard work is just beginning due to a number of potential hurdles and challenges that leadership and educators need to overcome. middle and high schools for 1,700 students across 22 schools. Evaluating Edtech Quality and Use Matters.

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How an LMS can help teachers keep older students engaged

Neo LMS

A version of this post was originally published on February 4, 2020, in Open Access Government. How an LMS can help teachers keep older students engaged. Here’s how the use of an LMS can help teachers keep older students engaged: Better organization of resources.

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How to improve student engagement and interactions in your classrooms using Linways LMS.

Linways Technologies

If teaching is an art, keeping the students engaged is the craft of that art. In the post-COVID scenario, student engagement and student-centric learning are going to play huge roles in the education industry. Accessibility.

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6 ways to boost student engagement in online/virtual classrooms.

Linways Technologies

But no matter digital or otherwise, one thing all teachers agree about student-teacher interaction is the engagement. Students should be engaged and made to be a part of the class. It’s only obvious that engagement is different too.

5 Tips for Student Engagement and Concept Retention

Securly

In today’s world, students need even less than 8 seconds to access information or find an answer to their question with search engines and online databases. But how can we keep students learning and engaged amidst so many other distractions of 2016? First, consider that all students learn in different ways. Students are more receptive to different activities based upon their specific learning style (Visual, Auditory, Kinesthetic/Tactile, Interpersonal, etc).

How an LMS can support a school’s edtech strategy

Neo LMS

The problem is, many schools still rely on legacy systems and even paper-based processes to manage their administrative and student data, which is time-consuming and costly. However, the mere presence of edtech in a school setting doesn’t guarantee any results.

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The online edtech that helps educators make distance learning less distant

The Christensen Institute

The ripple effects of COVID-19 have thrust the world into uncertain times, and especially schools and students. As K–12 educators try to adjust to a new reality, many stories in the media note a tension between maintaining academic expectations while also supporting students’ basic needs.

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How to Build Strong Relationships During the Edtech Purchasing Process

Digital Promise

This blog post is the first of a two-part series discussing relationship building in edtech selection and purchasing. In this first blog post, we’ll address how educators can build and maintain good working relationships with edtech developers. Part two will discuss how edtech vendors can return the favor to develop great working relationships with educators. 8 tips for educators to build strong relationships with developers during the edtech purchasing process.

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6 Edtechs Compete in a Voice Challenge — 3 Finalists Focus on Student Life Skills to Win

Edsurge

In July 2019, Amazon Web Services (AWS) and SXSW EDU issued a challenge to the edtech world: Design an Alexa skill to transform education. This is important for a busy parent trying to find time to be actively engaged with their child’s education.

29 K-12 edtech predictions for 2021

eSchool News

We asked edtech executives, stakeholders, and experts to share some of their thoughts and predictions about where they think edtech is headed in 2021. As we look to supporting the “whole adult” that students will become, instruction on life skills becomes more important.

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Building Strong Relationships During the Edtech Purchasing Process

Digital Promise

This blog post is the second of a two-part series discussing relationship building in the edtech purchasing process. In our first blog post , we addressed how educators can build and maintain good working relationships with edtech developers. This second part discusses how edtech vendors can return the favor to develop great working relationships with educators. As an edtech vendor, you should do the same. Make it easy for teachers and students to deliver feedback.

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How an LMS can supports a school’s edtech strategy

Neo LMS

The problem is, many schools still rely on legacy systems and even paper-based processes to manage their administrative and student data, which is time-consuming and costly. However, the mere presence of edtech in a school setting doesn’t guarantee any results.

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Why the Pandemic Forces Administrators to Rethink Attendance — and Interoperability

Edsurge

during the early months of 2020, we all wondered how—or if—students would continue to learn amid the turbulence. Seemingly overnight, educators, parents and edtech companies churned out crisis plans for remote instruction in hopes of carrying on, at the very least, until summer break.

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Early Learning Faces Obstacles and Inequities—Here's How Edtech Can Help

Edsurge

Edtech for early learners has come a long way since then, but our just-released compilation of research—what we call a Market Gap Snapshot —makes clear there is still a lot of room to expand and improve edtech solutions to address obstacles facing our youngest students. Early learners—students in pre-kindergarten through second grade—have developmental needs that are markedly different from older students.

Study Shows Despite Access, Students Not Using Tech Much in Classroom

Waterford

A good number of teachers are using technology in their classroom to gather and evaluate information about their students, but are these teachers using tech in the classroom to collaborate and communicate effectively? percent), observers did not see students engaging in this use of technology at all” ( eSchool News ). You can access the full AdvancED report here.

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Thankful For EdTech

CUE

Tis the season to be thankful, so I took to Twitter to ask educators what they were thankful for when it came to EdTech. I’m writing a Giving EdTech Thanks article for @cueinc blog. Please send me a tweet with what in edtech you’re thankful for. I’m thankful for the opportunities edtech has given me with my PLN and access to experts all over the world. I’m thankful that #EdTech has unlocked opportunities for Ss with special needs.

96 edtech predictions for K12 in 2019

eSchool News

We asked 49 edtech executives to look into their crystal balls and share their thoughts about what will happen in 2019. In recent years, we’ve seen an increase in parental engagement that can be correlated to the implementation of digital platforms and applications. Student information systems and automated messages are what I consider to be the first stage in the evolution of parental engagement, or version 1.0.

4 Critical Characteristics of High-Quality Instructional Content

Edsurge

K-12 educators are increasingly turning to digital resources to enhance instruction and address student needs. K-12 educators are increasingly turning to digital resources to enhance instruction and address student needs. We asked teachers what they want from edtech.

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Study Shows Despite Access, Students Not Using Tech Much in Classroom

Waterford

A good number of teachers are using technology in their classroom to gather and evaluate information about their students, but are these teachers using tech in the classroom to collaborate and communicate effectively? percent), observers did not see students engaging in this use of technology at all” ( eSchool News ). You can access the full AdvancED report here.

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4 ways that better edtech management empowered our district

eSchool News

Billings Public Schools is the largest school district in Montana, supporting more than 16,800 students across 33 schools. These devices are used to support a STEM program that is leveraged by every student at every school. Improving our edtech management. We operate with a mission to “inspire, educate, and empower students to be responsible and innovative global citizens who achieve their full potential.” Related: Are your edtech tools really working?

Helping students develop job skills through the use of edtech

Neo LMS

The way we used to teach students in the past is no longer suitable and sustainable because it focused on the skills required for a different moment in time. 7 Job skills students will need in the future. Here are seven job skills that students must master: Digital literacy.

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Transform Distance Learning Homework With These 5 Smart Ideas

Edthena

After returning to schools, teachers wonder if distance learning homework assignments offer student benefits. Homework tasks may need to be lightened or modified to be more meaningful for distance learning students. It is essential to avoid putting students at a disadvantage.

Top 5 new EdTech tools that you might use in your university

Neo LMS

According to the report, the EdTech industry will reach a global value of $252 billion by 2020. The EdTech sphere is obviously developing quickly, so some things that seemed impossible only a few years ago have become a standard in the meantime. The change already delivers extraordinary results and 96% of teachers claim that EdTech increases student engagement in learning. 5 New EdTech tools to watch.

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4 EdTech Ways to Differentiate in a Student-Centered Classroom

The Web20Classroom

Co-Written with my friend and business partner Shaelynn Farnsworth In all the work that Shaelynn and I do with teachers across the US and beyond we see educators creating amazing learning environments for students. From the use of 1:1 technology to enabling students to learn authentically, these really are incredible times to teach and learn. On the one hand, they have the traditional methods of accessing content and assessing what students have learned.

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How EdTech platform ConveGenius used WhatsApp to provide learning to 10M rural students in India

AsiaTechDaily

The outcome- in just seven months it scaled from half a million students to 10 million students. ConveGenius’s WhatsApp-based model that runs on WhatsApp Business API has actively promoted student participation. EdTech Featured EdTech Asia EdTech in Asia Edtech Startup

5 Ways That Digital Portfolios Can Expand Learning Opportunities

Edsurge

As educators sift through numerous edtech tools in search of meaningful ways to connect, engage and share with their students, the following questions are helpful to consider: Students are more likely to stay motivated and engaged when they have a say in how the work will be completed.

NY Times article discusses engagement and gamification

Ascend Math

The article is well worth reading for its smart discussion of “engagement” and “gamification.”. Readers who attended school in the pre-laptop era may have played classroom games like multiplication bingo, an offline exercise in which students win acclaim or prizes for being the quickest to remember their times tables. Today, students may use Ascend Math, a learning app that rewards students who complete a level by letting them play short video games.”.

Beyond the Basics — How Edtech Can Provide Students with Essential 21st-Century Skills

Edsurge

I have long believed that edtech has the power to open up opportunities for students and change how educators teach. That being said, when COVID-19 hit, edtech went from being a learning supplement to the center of the classroom, almost overnight.

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A Clever Way to Measure How Students Actually Use Edtech (and Whether It Works)

Edsurge

Yet it can be tedious to manually keep track of how students interact with different pieces of software—or whether these tools are even being used. You run around to a bunch of different places to get information about whether students are actually making progress through the tools.” Teachers can also set weekly usage targets for individual students and track their progress against those goals. The company already shares student login data with district administrators.

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Savvas Delivers Innovative Back-to-School Solutions to Help Teachers, Students and Families Succeed with Distance Learning

eSchool News

With every moment of instructional time being even more precious when students return, teachers are looking for support to help smoothly pivot between remote and classroom teaching and address unfinished learning.

Unique Learning System Named Overall EdTech Solution of the Year

N2Y

Huron, Ohio— Business Wire n2y, the leader in special education, today announced Unique Learning System ® has been selected as the winner of the Overall EdTech Solution of the Year award in the third annual EdTech Breakthrough Awards program. About EdTech.

Can new EdTech tools combat economic despair?

The Christensen Institute

In cities or states with wide disparity between the low- and middle-income brackets, high school students, particularly boys, appear more likely to drop out of school. The researchers attribute dropping out, in part, to students’ acute sense of hopelessness. If students can’t see promising next steps after high school, their ability to invest meaningfully in their potential may bottom out. For starters, schools can focus on students’ stock of social capital.

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Four Ways to Redefine Parent Teacher Conferences—With a Little Help from Ironman

Edsurge

In contrast, my own parent-teacher conferences were student-centered—creating space for meaningful discussion about things other than grades. I provided students with a superhero’s historical financials and challenged them to figure out a way to redirect more cash towards their characters’ “superhero needs.” Mom, this is the project I want to show you,” said one student. That’s unfortunate, because students today move fast and are incredibly tech-savvy.

It's Elementary When it Comes to #EdTech

A Principal's Reflections

We not only want students engaged, but also want to see evidence of learning aligned to high standards as well as the development and application of essential skill sets. This was a particular challenge as the teachers of this particular school serve students in only grades pre-kindergarten, kindergarten, and first. The teachers I was working with only had access to a laptop cart, thus apps that had to be downloaded on a device were not an option.