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Recognizing the Digital Assets You Have at Your Disposal

A Principal's Reflections

We live in amazing times where readily accessible research and connectivity converge to not only transform practices but also provide the means to share them for the benefit of others. Links to your resources and work can be archived and annotated using a social bookmarking tool such as Diigo.

6 Edtech New Year’s Resolutions

Tom Murray

Commit to Ensuring Equity in Access and Opportunity. Equity in access, from broadband to devices is a concern and something that districts need to work to meet head on. “ It’s also vital that school leaders take a hard look at access once students leave the school doors, as five million of the 29 million households with school-aged children lack access to high quality broadband while at home according to a Pew Research Center report. This post is sponsored by Samsung.

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Twitter Is Funding Research Into Online Civility. Here’s How One Project Will Work.


Twitter has pledged to increase the “health” and “civility” of discourse on its platform, and it recently teamed up with college researchers to address the challenge. Healthy is not a word often used to describe conversations on Twitter and other social-media platforms these days. If you want to improve something, you must be able to measure it,” said Twitter officials in a blog post about the effort, paraphrasing the famous quote by business guru Peter Drucker.

In the Hands of the Students: The Classroom Computer

Inquire and Inspire

The biggest challenge is finding an effective way for sharing a single computer so that students have the opportunity to create the digital media that they''d like to present. We''ve written previously about how Twitter can become the walls and halls of the 21st Century Classroom.

'I Learn Things on Twitter That I Don’t Learn at Harvard': Clint Smith on Inequality and Technology


Smith is not one for silence ( he delivered a TED talk about the “danger of silence” in 2014 , in fact) and has used digital venues including Twitter to encourage others to speak up and recognize how history shapes the present. And when it comes to Twitter, are users merely “preaching to the choir,” or is it truly an effective medium for changing minds? There are so many different teachers who have found good effective ways to use Twitter in their classroom.

A little more conversation

Learning with 'e's

I went on public record several times this year to say that the best continuing professional development (CPD) I have ever received has been through Twitter. conversation dialogue education learning peer production Personal Learning Network social media Technology user generated content

The Challenges Educators Face

A Principal's Reflections

Technology, most specifically social media, has flattened the world. Educators now have access anytime from anywhere to people, ideas, resources, strategies, and feedback. This led me to pose a question on Twitter, asking educators to share their particular challenges.

Interview on Down the Hall Podcast


I have networked on Twitter and on this blog with one of the podcast hosts, Dave Roy ( @UBCMET ), a Senior Program Assistant for EPLT, and it was Dave who asked me for an interview after hearing me in another recent podcast appearance. Graphic Used Under a CC By-SA 2.0

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A Pedagogical Shift Needed for Digital Success

A Principal's Reflections

In a previous post I discussed in detail strategies to help ensure the effective use of technology to improve learning outcomes. These are all outcomes that any educator would (or should) openly embrace. Just using it to access information is also not a sound use.

Digital Leadership: Leading Change from Where You Are | #DigiLead

A Principal's Reflections

Sure, there are some unique behaviors and characteristics, but for the most part, it is about identifying intended outcomes, applying an innovative lens, and arriving at them in better, more effective ways. Join the movement on social media using #digilead.

10Q: David Mitchell

Learning with 'e's

Firstly, a blog is an outcome, this outcome has seen many stages before it is made public. And in the public nature of the outcome lies the magic of the engagement that so many teachers that use blogging preach about. What do teachers need to know about social media in schools?

Are You a Critical Consumer?

A Principal's Reflections

The exponential evolution if the Internet and social media tools have allowed for the quick sharing of knowledge, ideas, images, videos, and opinions. In one respect everyone with a smartphone has instant access to information at any time and from anywhere.

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Backchanneling: The Why, How, and What (Best Tool)

A Principal's Reflections

Backchannels or back-channeling is common at conferences where attendees use tools like Twitter to discuss the various presentations in near real time. In many cases, especially during conferences, presentations, and workshops, Twitter is the preferred medium for this.

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Why Learning and People Should Come First

A Principal's Reflections

The bottom line is that if we don’t get the instructional design right first, then the chances of technology improving learning outcomes is slim to none. A few days later I still have not been able to access ProConIt successfully.

Stories Link Us Together

A Principal's Reflections

With an array of social media tools at our disposal, every educator should aspire to be the storyteller-in-chief. Once I started drinking the Twitter Kool-Aid back in 2009 I quickly learned the error of my ways. The stories I accessed on Twitter inspired me to be better.

Learning Transformed Course

A Principal's Reflections

Tom Murray and I have watched many book studies and Twitter chats unfold since the release of the book in June of 2017. All of these experiences empowered us to think about and then create a deep learning experience that could be easily accessible to all educators across the globe.

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Digital Citizenship & Data Collection

Baker's B.Y.O.D.

This topic came up in last night''s #engchat on Twitter about college admissions essays. Students tracking their digital footprint could make for a horrifying or surprising project and very relevant in this world where social media puts one''s actions on full display.

Olympic Learning! Over 32 Web Resources and Activities

Teacher Reboot Camp

Your students will also learn about different cultures and traditions by following the Olympics online through videos, articles, images, social media and infographics. Download the pdf version if your students do not have access to computers. Students can learn about the Olympics on Twitter: Follow these accounts and hashtags to get the latest updates and news- @Olympics , @NBCOlympics , @NPROlympics , @ESPNOlympics , #Olympics , #Rio2016 , and #Olympics2016.

What Does A Relevant, Connected Educator Look Like-Part 1

The Web20Classroom

When Tom Whitby and I set out to write The Relevant Educator: How Connectedness Empowers Learning we wanted to provide a manual for any educator who had a desire to improve their practice, as many have already done, by utilizing social media and other tools.

The Top 3 Elements of Student Digital Citizenship

EdTech Magazine

To start teaching digital citizenship, remember three simple maxims: Be safe, be savvy and be social. Here are some tips for getting a digital citizenship conversation started with K–12 students and how technology can be used to promote effective outcomes: . Social media, software and apps all have settings that can keep data protected. Be Social: Respect Yourself and Others. Twitter. The Top 3 Elements of Student Digital Citizenship. eli.zimmerman_9856.

Tips and Scoops from ASU GSV That You Won’t Find on the Agenda


The ASU GSV conference stands out for being unabashedly capitalist, in the sense that everyone believes that delivering on profits and student outcome can go hand-in-hand. And social media feeds on our worst instincts when it comes to self-esteem.

How Much Screen Time Is Too Much for Kids?


While it’s true that schools are increasing access to technology, the driving force is generally to support new types of learning—it’s not a race. This is a model that simply doesn’t lead to good learning outcomes. Anya Kamenetz, journalist and author , “The Art of Screen Time: How Your Family Can Balance Digital Media and Real Life” : I'm not seeing any trend away from devices in the classroom. That context seems to be missing in our Twitter-verse right now.

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Highlights From a Year of Tracking Future Trends in Education


This is the outcome of a combination of forces: our persistent desire to get more people into and through higher education, and our anxieties about the spiraling growth of student debt and college tuition. Another surprise was a turn in public perception of giant technology companies, especially Facebook and Google, as well as Twitter and Amazon. Related to this development was the rise of what I think of as Social Justice Edtech.

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Truth, truthiness, triangulation and the librarian way: A news literacy toolkit for a “post-truth” world


News hits us across media platforms and devices, in a landscape populated by all degrees of professional journalists and citizen journalists and satirists and hoaxers and folks paid or personally moved to write intentionally fake news. NewseumED : Learning tools on media literacy.

Three Career Paths for Educational Innovators—How to Get There and Where the Jobs Are


He runs the weekly #xplap chat in Twitter, engaging hundreds of followers, and has recently launched his YouTube channel. Michael also shared his thoughts on developing a professional brand and the importance of his community on social media: Having a professional brand really means that I have ultimately reflected on what I want to do and be as an educator. Twitter. Twitter • YouTube • Website. Website • Twitter • Free art lessons.

Rogue approaches to scholarly communication

Bryan Alexander

Let me quote from our charge: What are the impacts of Sci-Hub and other rogue solutions on open access and what is the future of this approach, which may be gaining new mainstream support (noting for instance Wellcome’s recent funding of ResearchGate).

What’s In? What’s Out? And What’s Likely? Decoding Higher Ed Act Reauthorization


Dubbed the PROSPER Act (Promoting Real Opportunity, Success, and Prosperity through Education Reform), their opening bid includes provisions that have significant implications for the education industry, as well as issues of access and equity in higher education, such as a proposed elimination of the 90/10 rule, granting for-profit institutions equal access to federal programs, and creating a one-loan, one-grant program.

ClassDojo - free classroom behavior system - announces iOS apps.

Educational Technology Guy

It''s easy to use and many teachers who use it have seen positive outcomes from using it with their students. Today, they have announced the launch of an iOS app to help teachers be able to use their tool while moving around the room, and even access it when not in the classroom. The platform has seen incredible viral growth with 20 thousand new teachers adopting the platform each month, as teachers spread ClassDojo by word-of-mouth and through social media channels.

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Political leaders across parties and nations now want to crack down on the internet, because terror

Bryan Alexander

One outcome of last month’s Paris attacks and this month’s San Bernardino shootings is that political leaders and would-be presidents are talking about adding new restrictions to the internet.

Experiences in Self-Determined Learning: Moving from Education 1.0 Through Education 2.0 Towards Education 3.0

User Generated Education

Moving Forward in the PAH Continuum: Maximizing the Power of the Social Web: Lisa Marie Blaschke. Heutagogy and Social Communities of Practice: Will Self-determined Learning Re-write the Script for Educators?: Collaboration and social negotiation is encouraged among learners.

Tips & Tools to Enhance Collaboration Between Tech & Curriculum


We are discovering new ways to marry technology into curriculum, and are finding successful outcomes. You can access Voice Typing by selecting “tools” then voice typing is an option. Accessing these tools will provide opportunities for connections beyond the classroom.

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A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 14 Edition)

Doug Levin

On twitter, I also ponder the trend of tech-savvy teachers increasingly resembling NASCAR drivers, proudly wearing digital uniforms on social media full of sponsored messages as proof of expertise: Why do some in K-12 define #edtech expertise by # of tech company certifications acquired? Shades of the reactions to the outcomes-based education reforms of the mid-1990s. But youth in the criminal justice and foster care systems often don't have access to it.

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Rogue approaches to scholarly communication

Bryan Alexander

Let me quote from our charge: What are the impacts of Sci-Hub and other rogue solutions on open access and what is the future of this approach, which may be gaining new mainstream support (noting for instance Wellcome’s recent funding of ResearchGate).

Google Tips for Instructional Coaches and Tech Coaches

Shake Up Learning

Ease of access tip : “star” your tracker so it’s easy to find in Drive, as well as share it with your personal Gmail accounts for access from any device. Beth Heller : keep track and log my coaching interactions and reflect on the outcome. Follow Pam on Twitter: @specialtechie.

A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 36 Edition)

Doug Levin

Wyoming Ends Program Supporting Migrant Students | Wyoming Public Media Statewide Network → Farmworker families often have to move from state to state to find work, and that makes school challenging for their kids. Tagged on: September 7, 2017 When can schools punish students for racist social media posts? Twitter not your thing?

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A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 36 Edition)

Doug Levin

Wyoming Ends Program Supporting Migrant Students | Wyoming Public Media Statewide Network → Farmworker families often have to move from state to state to find work, and that makes school challenging for their kids. Tagged on: September 7, 2017 When can schools punish students for racist social media posts? Twitter not your thing?

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The Next Social Contract for Public Education Needs New Terms of Service

Doug Levin

Note: The original version of this piece was published on July 7, 2016 by New America as part of an EdCentral series on the next social contract for education: Join the conversation about new directions for public education in the digital age with the hashtag #EdTechContract on Twitter.