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To test or not to test? Educators weigh the value of standardized testing during a pandemic

The Hechinger Report

Kline said she’s confident more students will take the end-of-year tests in March and April, when the city’s elementary schools are scheduled to be open to all students. Students in a third-grade class at a California elementary school participate in silent reading.

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Using Single Sign-On to Streamline Edtech Access

During the edWebinar “ Simplify Digital Access in K-12: Learn How District Leaders Eliminate Barriers ,” the presenters discussed the importance of adopting a single sign-on program to manage digital access, the questions to ask when choosing a vendor, and tips for rolling out the new system. They spend more time in class trying to remember how to access the program than actually using it; they also clog IT channels when passwords aren’t easily recovered.

New data: Even within the same district some wealthy schools get millions more than poor ones

The Hechinger Report

O’Neal Elementary School, in Elgin, Illinois, none of the third graders could read and write at grade level according to state tests in 2019. Just nine miles away sits Centennial Elementary School, where 73 percent of third graders met grade-level standards on that same test.

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Why Sara Goldrick-Rab Sees Income-Share Agreements As a ‘Dangerous’ Trend


We cannot afford to have large swaths of people in this country not getting a post-secondary education, because the way that we financed it is unacceptable to them. I can’t imagine what this country would have looked like if we had decided to finance elementary school for people through ISAs. What is your advice to that crowd about how they should think about the problem of student access?

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. It looks much different for some people depending on their level of access and privilege and free time.

HE Challenges: Fast changing digital teaching methods


The future looks like this: Access to college-level education will be free for everyone; the residential college campus will become largely obsolete; tens of thousands of professors will lose their jobs; the bachelor’s degree will become increasingly irrelevant; and ten years from now Harvard will enroll ten million students.”. There is evidence that universities have a slow-changing culture , when compared to for instance high- or secondary-schools.

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Tapping into the potential of AI smart speakers to boost parental engagement


A version of this post was originally published in Teach Secondary Magazine , July 2019. said Erin Ermis , a fifth grade teacher at an elementary school in Wisconsin, regarding her experiences with Alexa-powered devices in her classroom, at ISTE just last year. Parents could also access the school calendar through their smart speaker at home and check or get reminders of any upcoming events their kids will be involved in.

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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. This proximity offers students with many opportunities for cooperative learning and for a smoother, more successful transition from elementary to secondary school for those who choose to attend DMCI.

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6 ways to bolster STEM education for the future

eSchool News

The report, STEM 2026 , pulls from the work of experts in science, technology, engineering and math, and the authors point out that current conditions do not ensure equal access to STEM teaching and learning. Presently, policies and practices that ensure equitable access to the best STEM teaching and learning are not widespread,” according to the report. STEM 2026 suggests ways to reverse such trends, providing examples of promising programs from around the country.


Low-income districts find ways to help students make music

The Hechinger Report

In addition to employing qualified elementary, middle and high school music teachers, David Douglas offers inexpensive instrument rentals ($25 per year), a library of musical scores, connections to reduced-price or free private lessons and a closet of free marching band uniforms and orchestra dress blacks, among other necessities. Typically, high schools have lower poverty levels than elementary schools because parents are older and able to earn more.).

Does proposed federal policy leave room for disruptive innovation?

The Christensen Institute

For years there’s been consensus that we need to hit refresh on the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). Looking at the current version of the legislation, there are three key trends to keep in mind: (1) Sustaining innovations in classrooms and schools. Instead, they offer more affordable, accessible, and foolproof options to new customers.

Counseling kids during the coronavirus: A tough job made even tougher

The Hechinger Report

The extreme scarcity of counselors in Arizona, especially in elementary schools, puts students there at particular risk. Especially in states like Arizona, where families have little access to mental health care, students often turn to school counseling to triage their personal crises. Janine Menard works as a counselor at Sheely Farms Elementary, which enrolls about 750 students from pre-K through eighth grade in the Phoenix suburb of Tolleson.

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

Doug Levin

” 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. Federal Program Evaluations and Program-Related Reports: National Educational Technology Trends Study (NETTS). National Educational Technology Trends Study: Local-Level Data Summary (SRI International, 2008). On November 22, 1996, U.S.

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. There is a lot more to this topic than what is covered here, yet the accessibility of Gray’s text is well-suited for anyone to take the ideas and apply them immediately. Black and Blue Magic by Zilpha Keatley Snyder (children’s literature).

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. What to expect from secondary students’ projects (and pitfalls to avoid).

The Emergency Home Learning Summit : Amazing Series + Final Early-Bird Pricing #homelearningsummit #learningrevolution

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

You will want access to this library long-term, I promise! Lock in now for the best deal if you want "forever" access to all of the content. Webinar #2: The Elementary-School Years Webinar #3: What Will We Do Now That We’re Learning at Home?

Global Collaboration Week Begins - Find a Project and Connect!

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

They are free for all, online, recorded, and archived at [link] There is also an index that gives a clear overview of all presentations so far and how to access their recordings ([link] Learning2gether events perpetuate the spirit and goals of Webheads in Action. this CNN The Daily Show where Trevor Noah interviews Greta Thunberg: [link] and this screen shot from the interview, which is trending on Facebook: [link] Reference Stevens, V.

Busting Stereotypes: A Homeschool-Public School Partnership That Works


Several school districts in Michigan have taken note of this trend and are participating in homeschool partnerships that are building bridges between the two communities and changing public school instruction along the way. While many homeschool families aren’t interested in enrolling their children in public school full time, they see the benefit of taking a few classes if that means they have more access to funds to pay for instruction of their choice.

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.

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. What to expect from secondary students’ projects (and pitfalls to avoid).

Is teacher preparation failing students with disabilities?

The Hechinger Report

Placing children with and without disabilities in the same classroom, instead of segregating them, was a growing national trend, spurred on by lawsuits by special education advocates. Although she earned a bachelor’s degree and teaching certificate in math instruction for both elementary and middle school, she never had to take a class about students with disabilities. Students in Montclair State University’s dual certification program work on an assignment during class.

The Emergency Home Learning (& More) Summit - 110 sessions + 80 replays #homelearningsummit #learningrevolution

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Elementary Years ? Starting to Homeschool : Webinar #2: The Elementary-School Years Starting to Homeschool : Webinar #3: What Will We Do Now That We’re Learning at Home? Our two-month, free, online summit focused on home-based and home-centered learning officially started last week. We have several sessions each day, with (lots) more coming ( and that could include you! ). A current list is below.

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. Thayn’s recognition that most parents can no longer afford to stay home with their young children is in keeping with a national trend among conservative policymakers, said Katharine Stevens, a resident scholar with a focus on early education at the American Enterprise Institute, a conservative think tank. “We

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


Nothing remarkable in high-tech trends—more money, more devices, more hype. Lesson 2: Access to digital tools is not the same as what happens in daily classroom activities. Because this nearly ubiquitous access to new technologies has spread across urban, suburban, exurban, and rural school districts, too many pundits and promoters leap to the conclusion that all teachers integrate these digital tools into daily practice seamlessly.

A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 11 Edition)

Doug Levin

Tagged on: March 19, 2017 Cyber attacks a serious, and under-reported, threat to Boulder Valley companies | Boulder Daily Camera → Specific to the Boulder, CO-area, but useful overview of cybersecurity trends. " Tagged on: March 17, 2017 770 Apple iPad Air Coming To Cullman County Elementary Schools | Cullman Today → At $340,000, kindergarten, first & second-grade students get 'ultra-modern' tablets.

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October 24 - Ed Tech News, Our Weekly Podcast, and the Hack Education Roundup!

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

The system is a little weird, since you can''t see all of the proposals in one area (they are categorized into primary, secondary, and tertiary blocks based on arbitrary ordering of session submissions by one individual), but here are direct links to panel proposals I made: "School 2.0: The Senate Education Committee began work this week sifting through the 800-some-odd-page reauthorization for the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.

Could we improve America by treating 2-year-olds better?

The Hechinger Report

But next to nothing is done to provide access to child care for 2-year-olds or to regulate it. percent for the European Union, according to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development , which tracks international economic trends. The result of our minimal investment in 2-year-olds is a stunning lack of access to affordable, high-quality care for families at every level of the socioeconomic ladder.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

“ Career centers are providing more access to some companies than others (for a fee), a move that has career counselors concerned institutions are selling students to the highest bidder,” Inside Higher Ed reports. (I A trend , perhaps, to watch.). of California ’s Open-Access Promise Hits a Snag: The Faculty.” Well, this one was of the longest short weeks I can remember… Education Politics.

Education Technology and Data Insecurity

Hack Education

Furthermore, at launch, Pokémon Go demanded users sign over a great deal of personal data and grant permissions to the app that, for a time , gave it access to a user’s entire Google account. Fears of FERPA are frequently stoked to stymy certain projects – perhaps unnecessarily in some cases – but schools have not always been cautious about who has access to student data. This is part eight of my annual review of the year in ed-tech.

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