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Free Tools for Accessibility and Inclusive Classrooms

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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.

How to Get Students Moving for Academic Advantages

EdNews Daily

Without a doubt, teachers want the best academic and holistic outcomes for their students. Sit tight: Science suggests the secret to boosting brain power might be to keep kids moving. seated) to an active experience. Motivate children to learn by doing and presenting.

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

EdTech Magazine

Q&A: Leila Nuland on How to Build Equitable Computer Science Curricula. While some teachers have already started to come up with creative ways to inject computer science into their programs, others may still be lost on how to introduce the concepts into the classroom. .

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How to Craft a Learner-Centered Classroom – Guest Post from Ann Feldmann

EdTechTeacher

How can we craft learning environments that take advantage of technology to help students become independent, engaged, and reflective of their work? Knowing how to use the technology with the curriculum is critical to crafting a digital age learning environment.

How to Provide Kids With Screen Time That Supports Learning

MindShift

The digital landscape of American childhood is in flux, according to surveys: Most children under the age of 8 now have access to mobile devices in their homes. From Literacy to Literacies. What does it mean to be literate in a world where screens are ubiquitous?

7 Ways We're Confronting Internet Access Challenges—and Our Own Blind Spots

Edsurge

Alex’s excitement was palpable as this was the first computer to ever enter his home: He was now participating in digital learning and exploration, and he appeared as enthusiastic as anyone. I had worked hard to give students choices and resources for them to collaborate, explore and create. The project got off to a good start, and the students seemed to embrace their learning and the collaborative process.

Reflective Learning as the New Normal

A Principal's Reflections

The quest to improve pedagogy, and in turn learner outcomes, is a focus of many schools. We toil away at chasing the next big innovative idea, trend, or tool as a path to improvement yet little changes. Getting better at this seems to be a potential rallying cry.

How to Play: Models for Game-Based Learning #SXSWedu

EdTechSandyK

How do we approach game development and what role does it have in learning? Play is fundamental to how we learn. How to make them work in education is the question. Learning things that are challenging for kids to learn is a process that unfolds over time across multiple media and experiences. What process are you seeking to support and where does a game fit in the process? Teachers are often surprised by how their students respond to games.

Rebuilding a School Community with Maker Learning

Digital Promise

In July 2018, Digital Promise launched a new Maker Learning Leadership Cohort dedicated to professional learning, peer connections, and school transformation in the Pittsburgh region. This school year, I have… allow[ed] my students to work collaboratively while making,” shared Detweiler. “I

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

The Hechinger Report

WASHINGTON — It’s no surprise that much of the conversation at gatherings of university officials these days is about how to prove the value of the liberal arts, once at the core of higher education and now among its most embattled branches. Related: How to save the humanities?

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

The Hechinger Report

Read the whole series, “ Willing, able and forgotten: How high schools fail special ed students,” here. For those that enroll in two-year schools, the outcomes aren’t much better: 41 percent, according to federal data. Our kids are graduating to the couch.”.

Classroom collaboration: Learning together

Neo LMS

When I was in elementary school, we often were paired with a classmate for different activities and it was a great way to develop our social skills as well as develop new perspectives in learning. We have to think about what will work in our classrooms and with our students.

Not all towns are created equal, digitally

The Hechinger Report

It is “college day,” and the students in this old farming town 60 miles north of Denver are applying to a handful of state universities and community colleges, their transcripts printed out for quick review. Most hope to eventually land tech-related jobs. They have to learn early.”.

Balancing Act: Cybersecurity in the Connected Classroom

EdTech Magazine

With K–12 schools leveraging connected technologies to help improve student outcomes and boost classroom collaboration, effective cybersecurity is not optional. It’s essential to meet student expectations and to satisfy state regulations. Here, accessibility matters.

8 Wonderful Websites for Easy Coding Activities for Any Age or Level!

Teacher Reboot Camp

Throughout my 20 plus years of teaching I’ve integrated technology in the various subjects I’ve taught because the world needs all our learners to gain the digital skills needed to thrive, connect, and contribute in a connected world.

EdTech that “Sparks Joy”

Neo LMS

Ever keen to catch a trend on the upswing, I’ve curated a list of EdTech tools, apps and programs that are not only effective, but teach through joy. Teachers using the NEO LMS platform can use a host of nifty tools to really make learning accessible, self-paced and fun.

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1st Grade digital PBL: Does it work?

Neo LMS

Project-based learning , as we have often examined in this blog, is a powerful way to not only impart information, by exploration, but has the added advantage of stimulating and developing a range of other skills and habits such as communication, creativity, curiosity, confidence and collaboration.

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Google Classroom and Microsoft Teams for Education: Find the Blended Learning Tool that Works Best

EdTech Magazine

There are a number of digital classroom offerings available for K–12 teachers to use. MORE FROM EDTECH: See how K–12 schools can get started with using blended learning platforms. In Microsoft Teams, for example, students and teachers have access to Word, Excel and PowerPoint.

How DC Public Schools Uses Student Data to Support Mental Health

Edsurge

He recalls feeling helpless watching his cousin’s mother suffer, in anguish without access to a grief therapist in the small town where they lived. Our ultimate goal is to strengthen kids’ coping capacity and resilience. She wasn't suicidal; she would cut to manage stress.

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Charter Schools May be the Answer, But What’s the Question?

Edsurge

home to the policy-industrial complex, almost half of the city’s students attend charter schools. And it’s the small stuff of classrooms that raise the biggest questions: what we want schools to accomplish, and for which kids. That’s the downside of sticking so closely to one school.

How 'Learning Experience Design' Helps Customize Online Courses at Scale

Edsurge

In keeping with the school’s long held tradition, the faculty at Boston College takes a “whole person” approach to education, helping students explore their intellectual, emotional, and spiritual development. Some companies had a cookie-cutter approach to course development.

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Does Your School Offer Enough P.E.? These Statistics Will Shock You! #ProtectPE #ad

Kleinspiration

How Important Is Physical Education In Schools? I was fortunate enough during my first year of teaching to attend several Brain Gym classes and learn about how vital it is for students to have movement throughout the day. What Can You Do To Help?

New ways to identify struggling students

The Hechinger Report

Editor’s note: This story led off this week’s Future of Learning newsletter, which is delivered free to subscribers’ inboxes every Wednesday with trends and top stories about education innovation. That’s a big change from how things happened before.

K-12 Educators and Administrators: Share Your Ed-tech Pilot Approach

Digital Promise

Do you think others could learn from the way you conduct ed-tech pilots to inform product decisions? Digital Promise is crowdsourcing best practices for piloting learning technology tools, and we want to hear from you! Click here to share it. So we want to try something new.”

Achieving Collectively What We Can’t Do Alone

EdNews Daily

Schools, districts and other education organizations face daily stumbling blocks to success, including limited funding, political stasis and complacency from portions of the public. One of those opportunities is to cultivate systemic interdependence between education and other sectors.

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Jumpstart Engagement with Interactive Whiteboard Classroom Technology

ViewSonic Education

The interactive whiteboard stands out for its ability to amplify web-based resources and transform the way an entire roomful of students interacts with educational content. The Road to the Interactive Whiteboard. And classroom collaboration was set to skyrocket.

Profile of Asbury Park (NJ) Superintendent Sancha Gray

techlearning

This is no small feat, considering that she and now-NJ Commissioner of Education Lamont Repollet stepped into a struggling district with 75% of students reading below grade level (half of those being three-to-six grades below).

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Five Learning Strategies that Work

Digital Promise

As the amount of information available to us grows each day, many people turn to “curated” websites to find news and ideas that are are most relevant to them. How easily they could be used by students and teachers.

#4: What does research really say about iPads in the classroom?

eSchool News

The countdown continues tomorrow with #3, so be sure to check back!]. But even though they’re in schools, our work with teachers has led us to understand that while many of them would like to use iPads meaningfully in their classrooms, they can’t because of time, access, and training.

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OPINION: Teaching social and emotional skills is easy when students already have them — what about those who don’t?

The Hechinger Report

A kindergarten class eagerly awaits the chance to correct a sentence in the morning lesson. This is short-sighted and likely to reduce the effectiveness of classroom lessons and school-wide interventions. Kids are not going to get detention in a game world.

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Giving Voice to the End Users in Districts’ Technology Decisions

Digital Promise

Also be sure to check out our procurement study: Improving Ed-Tech Purchasing. In Baltimore County Public Schools, where I’m the purchasing manager, we’re underway on a strategic plan to prepare students for their chosen college or career path. Richard L.

Kiddom Planner: A Highly-effective Tool for your Classes

Ask a Tech Teacher

Over the decades, I’ve come to realize that the product (a completed lesson plan) is less important than the process of organizing my thoughts, thinking about the needs of the students, searching for the right resources, and figuring out the best way to help students achieve goals.

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Building a Learning Company: Three Entrepreneurs Dish Out Advice

Edsurge

So, it’s perhaps not surprising that there are game-based edtech companies hoping to leave a mark in classrooms. three entrepreneurs described what it takes to become successful in that space. Finding a (Sustainable) Business Model Grant Hosford, the co-founder and CEO of codeSpark, an app that teaches kids, ages 5- to 10- years old how to code, advised the audience that you can make some choices for your company that appear good at first and even midway through.

Collaborative Coaching Models: EdTechTeam Dynamic Learning Project

EdTechTeam

I had intentionally chosen for her to watch a coaching debrief I was having with a teacher who was struggling, a teacher I was struggling to know how to support. My lead coach, Ginny, met with me to talk through my caseload and co-coach with me weekly.

Innovation and the Final Frontier: Student Designed Payloads at the Edge of Space

EdTechTeam

Bringing Bears to Space. My colleague was working with a group of middle school students to design a payload to bring a bear, our school’s mascot, to near space (~100,000 feet) on a weather balloon flight through a partnership with NASA’s MN Space Grant Consortium.