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A Principal's Reflections

As a practitioner I am always looking to learn how to better assist educators at all grade levels. Image credit: [link] The other day I had the unique challenge and opportunity of working with elementary teachers in the Spotswood School District.

4 actions to drive an elementary school turnaround

eSchool News

The opportunity had come up to serve as principal at Lake Park Elementary, a Title 1 school where just one quarter of students were proficient in literacy and the school was on the state’s list of the 300 lowest-performing schools—the need for an elementary school turnaround was clear.

Three Digital Equity Leaders Call to Action for Students Without Home Internet Access

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The CoSN Meeting the Needs of Students Without Home Internet Access webinar on September 19, 2018 reflects the growing concern and call to action for school districts, business communities and state and federal government to address what has been termed as the homework gap.

Books to Africa and A Personal Transformation to a Global Educator

The CoolCatTeacher

Learn about her transformation into a global educator because her students got excited and led the way. Books to Africa and My Personal Transformation to a Global Educator. All Children Should Have Equal Access To Education.

Using Single Sign-On to Streamline Edtech Access

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Digital educational materials have provided many benefits for K-12 educators and students from computer adaptive assessments to tools that allow students to collaborate and communicate 24/7. Educators won’t want access to a limited number of tools and instructional resources.

Access to equity in education is more critical than ever for the next administration

The Hechinger Report

Equity in education is more important than ever. Historically, education has been the primary vehicle that drives upward mobility. Related: How will the presidential election results influence education technology in schools? What does educational equity look like?

My Simple Show: Create your own explainer videos for free!

iLearn Technology

My Simple Show could also be used for character education. Be sure to give your students access to My Simple Show in your Maker Space, it is a great option for students to choose!

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Wildly Audacious Goals and the Power of One

iLearn Technology

In 2010, I thought that technology might be the savior of education. I created the Learning Genome Project as an attempt to make it possible to personalize education for every child. But Bodo comes at the problem of education from a very different direction.

DragonBox Math Apps: Teaching students to think like mathematicians

iLearn Technology

Be sure to check out the DragonBox for educators where you can download teachers guides and printable resources for each game in the DragonBox math suite. Teachers, you can get access for free to make sure that the apps are right before committing to a purchase for your students.

Plan It Green: build an energy efficient model city

iLearn Technology

If you don’t have access to a 1:1 environment, this would make a great center on classroom computers during a study on energy or even for whole-class play on an interactive whiteboard throughout a unit on energy.

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Schools in Three States Establish or Expand Student Access to Courses from The Virtual High School

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a Massachusetts-based non-profit organization helping schools provide their students with a variety of online and blended learning programs, has spurred institutions in Rhode Island and Vermont to give their students greater access to the wide array of VHS core and elective courses.

Seesaw: The ultimate ePortfolio for every classroom!

iLearn Technology

From the teacher perspective, Seesaw makes it simple to access student work immediately from their own device. Tips: Seesaw also has Google App integration, if your school uses Google in Education, they can login with the same Google login they use for everything else!

Kyle Pearce: How to Make Math Visual

The CoolCatTeacher

When I started making math more visual, I was able to access all the learners in my classroom. So I’ve learned a ton, getting to spend all kinds of time in elementary as well as secondary.

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Massachusetts Community Foundation Awards $22,500 Grant to The Virtual High School For Student Access to Online Summer Courses

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We’re thrilled that middle and high school students in the area will have access to this enriching and engaging summer program, so they can be better prepared for college, careers, and beyond.” Since 1996, the organization has set the standard for quality online education.

Teaching isn’t Rocket Science – It’s Way More Complex

The CoolCatTeacher

Dr. Doug Green challenges our thinking about school, how we should teach, and the flaws with the testing programs we have in education today. Now, Doug, you argue that we’ve kind of gone off track in education. She has a blog on Education Week. I have been an educator since 1970.

Rising college rates spur Hispanic progress in higher education

The Hechinger Report

The school was doing so much better than its peers that it was named a top 10 institution for Latino student success by The Education Trust , which advocates for low-income and racial minority college-going. Department of Education. Department of Education reports.

LA’s school counselors strike back

The Hechinger Report

LOS ANGELES — Thirty years ago, when United Teachers Los Angeles (UTLA), the union representing rank-and-file educators in the county’s public schools, went on strike, Nadia Morales and Pedro Martinez were students at Los Angeles High School. It’s about public education for everybody.

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Fitbit for education: Turning school into a data-tracking game

The Hechinger Report

Danna, for example, checks her educational stats more often than she would otherwise. Computech is the district’s only “bring your own device” school, and all students have access to a laptop or similar device every day with which they can log in to the portal at any time.

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In the Future, Today’s Education Will Look Like ‘19th-Century Medicine’

Edsurge

By most measures, Massachusetts is one of the nation’s highest-performing states when it comes to K-12 education. It ranks first in the country on lists from Education Week and U.S. Yet to hear the state’s commissioner of elementary and secondary education tell it, there’s still a lot of work to be done. On Professional Development The big secret in public education is that the variation in teacher quality is astounding.

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Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

(National) Education Politics. Thoughts on how this might effect education from Inside Higher Ed , from NPR , from Internet2 (via Bryan Alexander), from The Washington Post , and from Edsurge. Via Pacific Standard : “Why Is the FCC Considering Cutting Broadband Access for Students?” Via Education Week : “President Donald Trump has tapped Frank Brogan , who served as former Florida Gov. ” (State and Local) Education Politics.

Department of Education Updates District Leaders

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The department has held competitions since 2010 for the Investing in Innovation Fund or the Education in Research (EIR) Program, which replaced the Innovation Fund in ESSA. The Center for Digital Education (CDE) will keep you updated when the opportunity for public comment is open.

As students return to college, a basic question persists: What are they learning?

The Hechinger Report

When you look at college mission statements, they’re loaded with grand pronouncements about the skills and habits of mind they’re going to inspire in their students,” said Alexander McCormick, an associate professor of educational leadership and policy studies at Indiana University Bloomington.

A Common Language: 30 Public Education Terms Defined

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A Common Language: 30 Public Education Terms Defined . To see how many factors impact a child’s education. A Common Language: 30 Public Education Terms Defined . Educators . Local educational agency . Industry public education

U.S. K-12 Educational Technology Policy: Historical Notes on the Federal Role

Doug Levin

Secretary of Education Richard W. ” This letter marked the launch of the implementation of the first federal program dedicated to ensuring universal access to information and communications technology for improved teaching and learning in the nation’s schools.

6 ways to bolster STEM education for the future

eSchool News

STEM education would emphasize problem-solving, interdisciplinary approaches and the value of discovery and play, according to a new 10-year vision from the American Institutes for Research for the U.S. Department of Education’s STEM Initiatives Team. The ideal future of U.S.

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Hack Education Weekly News

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Well, this one was of the longest short weeks I can remember… Education Politics. From the Department of Education’s Press Office : “Fact Sheet: Education Department Releases Proposed Regulations to Encourage Better and Fairer Tests , Reduce Burden of Testing.” Education in the Courts. Online Education (The Once and Future “MOOC”). Via The Chronicle of Higher Education : “The U. Department of Education.”

The vast majority of students with disabilities don’t get a college degree

The Hechinger Report

This story was produced by The Hechinger Report , a nonprofit, independent news organization focused on inequality and innovation in education, in partnership with the Huffington Post. The vast majority of special education students can grasp rigorous academic content. Higher Education.

Hack Education Weekly News

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Education Politics. ” Via The Chicago Sun Times : “A private foundation started by the late Walmart mogul Sam Walton and his wife has contributed heavily to the Illinois State Charter School Commission and to two charter operators whose schools the state agency has blocked the Chicago Board of Education from closing over poor student performance , records obtained by the Chicago Sun-Times show.” ” Via The Chronicle of Higher Education : “Gov.

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Buffalo shows turnaround of urban schools is possible, but it takes a lot more than just money

The Hechinger Report

Their positions were created by and are funded through Say Yes to Education Buffalo, a local chapter of a New York City-based nonprofit. Sign up for our Higher Education newsletter. Obstacles also had to be overcome within Buffalo’s education department itself.

Re:thinking Education - Classrooms as Learning Platforms

Leadership Lounge

Learning platforms are becoming a common term in education today. Sometimes we imagine technology, but rarely do we envision every student having a technology tool or access to digital curriculum. This conversation will include both K-12 and higher education environments.

Education Technology and Data Insecurity

Hack Education

Always eager to associate itself with the latest tech craze, education technology embraced Pokémon Go with great gusto: “ Why Pokemon Go shows the future of learning gamification.” ” “ The Educational Potential of Pokémon Go.” ” “ Why Pokémon Go marks a new step forward in education.” Handing over data, often quite thoughtlessly, has become par for the course – in education and in society more generally.

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Why is America Forgetting About Rural Education?

Edsurge

This month’s election surfaced the angry divide between urban and rural America, and education is one of these tension points. Ashmore is only one example of a rural town where the summer learning loss issue is very real.The Brookings Institute recently stated, “Rural schools are America’s forgotten educational institutions.” With about one-third of all public elementary and secondary schools in rural communities, there is a need to understand and support the needs of rural schools.

HE Challenges: Fast changing digital teaching methods

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In the last on our series about the challenges in higher education, we will examine how universities and colleges are managing the fast pace of change in teaching methods and curricula. Naturally, technology plays a central role in scaling quality education supply to meet this demand.

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OPINION: Trump’s Justice Dept. “would better serve students by focusing on legitimate threats to students’ civil rights”

The Hechinger Report

Department of Justice received swift pushback from supporters of affirmative action in higher education, including the American Association of University Professors. In any case, the incident highlights the Justice Department and civil rights issues, including in educational contexts.

The Personal Road to Reinventing Mathematics Education

MindShift

Math education has fascinated me for a very long time. I was always good at arithmetic and despite having a pretty bleak elementary school experience, I could do what they called, “math.” This led to two observations: Mr. O’Connor knew there was something terribly wrong with math education in his school. I also met gifted educators who made all sorts of mathematics accessible to children in new and exciting ways.

2014 Global Education Conference - Final Day!

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Friday, November 21st, is the fifth and final day our fifth annual Global Education Conference. Today was yet another great day of sessions and keynotes, and the recordings of any sessions that have taken place are accessible on the conference recordings page. The list of Friday''s sessions, in US-Eastern Standard Time, is below. To see the the full conference schedule in your own time zone, with the direct links to session rooms, go to the conference schedule page.

2017’s Ho-Hum, Unremarkable, But Too-Often Ignored Lessons in Education Technology

Edsurge

As someone who has taught high school history, led a school district, and researched the history of school reform along with the use of educational technologies over the past half-century, I found little that startled me in 2017 (with the exception for one event noted below). Lesson 2: Access to digital tools is not the same as what happens in daily classroom activities. Education Technology Technology Tips Technology in School

Rural Education Addressing A Tension Point in the Great American Divide

Edsurge

November's election surfaced the angry divide between urban and rural America, and education is one of these tension points. Ashmore is only one example of a rural town where the summer learning loss issue is very real.The Brookings Institute recently stated, “Rural schools are America’s forgotten educational institutions.” With about one-third of all public elementary and secondary schools in rural communities, there is a need to understand and support the needs of rural schools.

All Eyes Are on the Federal Education Budget—But Local Agency Plans May Matter More

Edsurge

The most profound shifts driven by changes in education policy often go unnoticed and tend to lag behind the hype cycles and headlines about federal policy and politics. While the proposed cuts to the federal education budget have taken the. The Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) has always required local agency plans as a condition of getting the federal funding. Department of Education and eliminate many programs, including $2.3

Integrated Education Management System ASSIST Expands Content with Apex Learning® Tutorials Research Proven to Improve Students’ Scores

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RENO, NV, May 16, 2018 — ASSIST Education and Apex Learning® enhanced their partnership with the addition of adaptive content and digital tutorials into the ASSIST Integrated Education Management System for K-12 schools. ASSIST works on any computer or device with Internet access.

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