Powerful Learning is Personal and Accessible

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In this first post, we explore how Powerful Learning is personal and accessible, share research that grounds these two principles, and provide resources to support your own learning and teaching practices. The post Powerful Learning is Personal and Accessible appeared first on Digital Promise.

Starter Exercises for Interactive Storytelling


I’ve written here about using accessible tools such as Twine , Twine 2.0 , Inform 7 , and Inklewriter to create everything from games to interactive essays and digital humanities projects. Do you have a favorite exercise for getting students started with interactive storytelling?

How a growing number of states are hoping to improve kids’ brains: exercise

The Hechinger Report

Students can also choose from two additional exercise-focused electives — dance and personal fitness — which for some students can mean a 40-minute exercise period every day. A row of exercise balls in a classroom at Kaleidoscope Academy. APPLETON, Wisc.

North Dakota University System Participates in Cybersecurity Exercise.

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North Dakota University System Participates in Cybersecurity Exercise. The North Dakota University System recently participated in a pilot tabletop exercise with the department of Homeland Security and the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education. Decision on Grand Canyon University's status on converting to non-profit is expected soon.

Teach Access Tutorial: Best Practices for Digital Accessibility


I recently came across a solid teaching and learning resource devoted to giving designers, developers, and writers a better grounding in creating accessible content. It’s a product of the Teach Access project, which (I have to admit) I don’t know much about.

3 ways to help students access their knowledge

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The information goes in (encoding), the learner attempts to commit information to memory (storage), and then the learner tries to recall the lesson (access). Instead of cramming information in, students learn how to access and pull it out. Learning seems like a simple process.

Eminent Open Access: A Little Thought Experiment

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Via Stephen Downes yesterday, here’s an article about how to use Tor with Sci-Hub in order to privately and securely read research articles you don’t have legal permission to access. Terrible ideas and brilliant ones can be surprisingly difficult to tell apart.

These are “accessible” math tasks for all students

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Math can be made accessible to all students using lessons that start at a low level and finish at a much higher level. A three-act task is a group exercise consisting of three videos or pictures. Throughout the three acts of the exercise, students use skills such as: thinking.

Designing and Adapting Projects For All Users: Digital Accessibility Workshop (July 27-31)


Today being Global Accessibility Awareness Day , you might be interested in finding opportunities for learning more about the topic of accessibility in digital environments. Not everyone accesses information in the same way, though we often assume otherwise.

CUE 2018: 5 Steps to Create More Accessible, Personalized Professional Development

EdTech Magazine

CUE 2018: 5 Steps to Create More Accessible, Personalized Professional Development. Douglas explained that the gamified training was designed to be a quick microlearning experience where teachers can do one 5-to-10-minute exercise at a time. meghan.bogardu…. Fri, 03/16/2018 - 16:13. When Tulare Joint Union High School District (Calif.)

How one tiny town is battling ‘rural brain drain’

The Hechinger Report

In its efforts to prevent students from leaving forever, to provide a public space for all residents to use and improve access to nearby natural resources, the school has built a sense of community. Higher Ed News Higher education access Higher education completion Rural scho

Colleges welcome first-year students by getting them thinking about jobs

The Hechinger Report

He spoke after Crawford led him and others through an exercise — fueled by free candy — that included diagramming their interests using colored markers and letting them know they were expected in her office for one-on-one career planning.

Technology overuse may be the new digital divide

The Hechinger Report

A new 2017 survey of technology use at home shows the gap in computer access is rapidly closing. Even high-speed internet access is becoming more commonplace. How do you also improve quality of usage now that everybody has access? They need exercise and free play.

OPINION: Why is Trump’s ed secretary ignoring the biggest development in education since the printing press?

The Hechinger Report

They will need to continue to babysit, feed and motivate children during school hours, as well as provide social, exercise and extracurricular opportunities. K-12 Opinion Rural schools Solutions Technology access

This STEM-focused district hands out paychecks along with report cards

The Hechinger Report

Students have worked on a diverse range of projects, from inventing a sweatband that monitors an exerciser’s body temperature to trying to create an app that will connect a pill container to a doctor’s office to help ensure a patient takes her medication.


Refugee students languish in red tape as they seek to resume their educations

The Hechinger Report

There’s also new momentum behind providing online higher education for refugees, allowing them to work toward a degree wherever there’s internet access. There’s a whole skill base that we are not opening up access to.”.


Inspire to learn

Learning with 'e's

This is a growing trend as was evidenced recently when the entire editorial team on one of Elsevier's academic journal Lingua resigned over high price and lack of open access. No-one knows for certain, but we know for sure how many access an article from an online journal.

Guest post: Can Activity Trackers Help Keep Your Kids Healthy?


Unless there is motivation to exercise, kids will ignore this important life aspect. He/she will think more about sleep patterns and even exercise. However, if you get an activity tracker, you will have the ability to know how much your kid sleeps, walks, and exercises. An activity tracker will give you access to your kid’s fitness data. If you determine that the kid is indoors most of the hours, you can come up with a way to encourage the kid to exercise more.

Defining personalized learning and blended learning: Is there a difference?

The Christensen Institute

Put differently, all sorts of learning experiences—from highly behaviorist drill-and-kill exercises to highly constructivist projects or inquiry-based exercises—can be incorporated into online or offline experiences within a blended model.

Create a digital classroom with Google Classroom and BookWidgets


Furthermore, students love to have access to iPads and fun apps. It allows you to make announcements, add lesson materials, assign tests and exercises for your students. Choose from a library with more than 40 exercise templates you can adjust on your own.

From the archives: Already languishing in red tape, refugee students now may be barred altogether from U.S.

The Hechinger Report

There’s also new momentum behind providing online higher education for refugees, allowing them to work toward a degree wherever there’s internet access. There’s a whole skill base that we are not opening up access to.”.


An academic writes.

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There has been severe, and if I may be frank, undeserving criticism, against the Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) and its successor, the forthcoming REF. research excellence framework RAE published research REF peer review open access academic publication

Partnering Literacy and Technology to Improve One School

Digital Promise

The gap is growing between students who are only exposed to technology for uses such as test prep and reading static online content and students leveraging technology to work out exciting and relevant problems, conduct deep research, connect with peers around the world and access experts.

20 Free Online Resources to Upgrade Your Studying Process

Educational Technology Guy

the site also has exercises and games to make your studying more fun. At Quizlet.com, you get to access different tests, study games and flashcards which add fun to your learning experience. The site is free to use and you can access it on your mobile device anytime and anywhere.

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Fostering Powerful Use of Technology Through Instructional Coaching

Digital Promise

While in some cases, technology is used in powerful ways to support students in developing critical thinking and collaboration skills, and to develop a sense of agency, in other situations it is used in things like drill and practice exercises, test prep, and reading online content.

How to Gamify Professional Development

EdTech Magazine

While traditional professional development is important — in-person and group education — today’s teachers need access to fast approaching and more relevant opportunities that cater to their personal goals. . How to Gamify Professional Development. eli.zimmerman_9856. Wed, 01/02/2019 - 10:20.

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


Of course I knew kids needed exercise, that just made sense. We need to advocate for daily PE to be included as a core component in ESSA plans so that money can be accessed for PE. If PE is not included in the plan, it won’t have access to funding!

10 Pros And Cons Of A Bring Your Own Device Scheme.


OK, this was number 1, but there are just so many great things that children are given access to! A pointless exercise. Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) schemes have got more and more popular over recent years.

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NY Times article discusses engagement and gamification

Ascend Math

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.

K–12 IT Leaders Can Mitigate Cybersecurity Risks Through User Training

EdTech Magazine

The CDW report shows that organizations improve their security posture with network access controls, security assessment tools and supplementary email security. Cybersecurity Is an Ongoing Exercise in Schools. Data security should be an ongoing exercise in schools.

Illustrative Mathematics and Khan Academy Collaborate to Support Educators


20, 2018 — Illustrative Mathematics (IM) today announced it has partnered with Khan Academy to provide free practice exercises tightly aligned to its highly-regarded curriculum, IM 6–8 Math. Educators can access the IM practice exercises on Khan Academy at [link]. “We

Good news stories about EdTech from across the globe


Dotlearn has found a way to compress online videos, with a specific view to making online tutorials accessible in countries with very low bandwidth. This free web service makes accessing high-quality video e-learning content possible for millions of students in low-income countries.

Google Makes a Rare Education Technology Acquisition: Workbench


It also offers a programming interface where students can do coding exercises and even control bluetooth-connected devices that are integrated with the platform. With Workbench , these educators will gain access to an innovative learning platform that provides lesson and project authoring, sharing, and discovery capabilities.” Getting acquired by the likes of Apple, Google and other “Big Tech” firms is often the dream of entrepreneurs (and their investors).

Technology in Schools – Future Changes in the Classroom.


When people talk about the future of technology in education, they picture every student having access to a computer or a tablet; they see paperless rooms where technology trained teachers lead the class.

College Bound? Made of Compassion and Creativity: Meet Ethan Sawyer, College Essay Guy

EdNews Daily

In terms of content, I like to begin with the Essence Objects and Values Exercise, which are the two 5-10 minute exercises that open my book, College Essay Essentials. One of my core values is access, and I want to help to students, regardless of income.

12 augmented reality apps students can use today

eSchool News

Augmented reality–a technology that uses a trigger image to superimpose digital content over a user’s view of the real world–is growing in popularity and accessibility, and it holds a wealth of potential for education.

Getting started with AR and VR: Defining Terms


Accessed 6 Sep. Accessed 6 Sep. Accessed 6 Sep. When diving into the world of Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality it’s very important to understand how they are two distinct mediums for learning. Virtual Reality (VR) is meant to take you somewhere else.

What’s the difference between blended and personalized learning?

The Christensen Institute

Put differently, all sorts of learning experiences—from highly behaviorist drill-and-kill exercises to highly constructivist projects or inquiry-based exercises—can be incorporated into online or offline experiences within a blended model. What classifies a school or classroom as blended is not what is being taught, or even the pedagogical decisions of how teaching and learning occurs, but how students access content.

Math Journals: Adaptive Software + A Metacognitive Practice

Catlin Tucker

Although I appreciate the value of adaptive software, it is important to pair online practice with a metacognitive exercise. An increasing number of school districts are investing in adaptive math software–online programs that adjust to the learner’s individual performance.

What’s the one tech tool you can’t give up?

eSchool News

I try not to constantly filter or block my student’s Internet access, but it’s nice to have a program that can keep them focused if they get off task.”—Tom With so many tech tools out there, it’s hard to pick just one, but we convinced a bunch of educators to share their must-haves.