Effective Technology Professional Learning: Leading and Collaborating to Assure Success

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Despite decades of existing research, most professional development programs fail to adhere to established criteria for effectiveness. Moore says that before any rollout of sustainable and effective professional learning, there are four factors that school leaders must consider.

A true gift from SHEG: DIY digital literacy assessments and tools for historical thinking

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These tasks are perfect for learning across the curriculum and especially for librarian-led learning. Webpage Comparison : Students examine two websites and select the one that they would use to begin research on gun control, assessing their ability to identify the strengths and limitations of websites for learning about political topics. Among the learning experiences on ten pages packed with lessons are: Civil Rights Movement in Context.

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Leading Learning in a Blended Environment

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According to the Oxford English Dictionary, blended learning is a style of education in which students learn via electronic and online media and traditional face-to-face teaching. In Meriden Public Schools (CT), they are committed to promoting anytime, anywhere learning.

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Critical Steps for Safeguarding Data Privacy

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Of course, there are technical aspects to protecting data, and as many schools have learned during the pandemic, district IT staff need to stay on top of evolving efforts to compromise systems. ClassLink empowers your students and teachers with instant access to their learning resources.

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Cybersecurity is Still Paramount for Schools

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Beyond just the ability to pivot and be prepared for any type of learning, the pandemic has brought new concerns with “Zoom bombing” and increased outside access to school networks. However, the bigger liability issue is with teaching and learning. By Stacey Pusey.

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Digital Equity After the Pandemic

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All conversations start with why: Get all constituents involved from the beginning—even students and teachers—as to how the schools might adopt digital learning. Familiarity does not equal experience or understanding: Just because staff have some knowledge about technology does not mean they understand how to scale it for effective digital learning. Embedded professional development is needed at all levels to take advantage of the benefits of tech for all students.

The Key Role of Tech in Accessibility for All

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However, the goal is always the same: making sure that every student, at every level (classroom, building, district), has access to the resources they need to meet their learning goals. Randy was a Tech & Learning Magazine runner-up for 2017 digital leaders.

Charting a New Path for Strategic Edtech Planning

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professional development). Now, the presenters have encountered heretofore unthought-of costs like extended loaner devices, increased repair costs from home use, and distance learning options. However, with the change to distance learning, those outcomes could change.

Leading a District Effectively During an Unprecedented School Year

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Also needed are trauma-informed and trauma-skilled schools so that teachers are prepared to work with students who may have experienced severe hardships as well as learning loss. CoSN’s mission is empowering educational leaders to leverage technology to realize engaging learning environments.

Leading the Digital Transformation in Rural Districts During Crisis and Beyond

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During CoSN and ClassLink’s edWebinar, “ Leading Digital Transformations in Rural School Districts,” the presenters talked about how the situation with COVID-19 amplifies the obstacles rural schools face transitioning to a 21st century learning environment. WATCH THE EDWEBINAR RECORDING.

Getting Whole Community Buy-in for 1:1 Technology Initiatives

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And depending on their background and experience, not everyone is supportive of tech-infused learning. Yet, 1:1 classrooms, BYOD, and tech-supported education are today’s reality. Her work focuses on transforming the learning landscape to be relevant for today’s students.

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What the Pandemic Has Revealed About Digital Equity Initiatives

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But the pandemic and forced distance learning have exposed a plethora of inequities in schools that many district leaders now see as issues they must address. While families could drive students to school and sit in the parking lot to gain internet access, it’s not an ideal learning situation.

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Planning for the Total Cost of Edtech Initiatives

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Upgrading infrastructure, device maintenance, and ongoing professional development, in addition to program and device costs, mean tech initiatives need permanent budget lines that take into account the total cost. Student outcomes and budget management: Basically, this means schools need to balance their learning goals and desired impact on the students and teachers with a realistic budget. Randy was a Tech & Learning Magazine runner-up for 2017 digital leaders.

Inside Tips for Successfully Implementing Online Assessments

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Whether schools are 1:1 or still relying on computer carts, the move to online assessments creates new needs from devices to professional development to data privacy policies. Learning goals heavily influence tools and resources for assessment. WATCH THE EDWEBINAR RECORDING.

Going on the Offensive: Cyber Security Strategies for Schools

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For 16 years Ann led the district team that provided professional development on technology and 21st century instructional strategies to 4,000 professional educators serving 50,000 students. ClassLink empowers your students and teachers with instant access to their learning resources.

Five Steps to Closing the Homework Gap

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Schools are facing new challenges now that most learning involves the web—chiefly, the ability to do work at home or anywhere away from school grounds. While many are looking for ways to provide all students with a device, just having the device does not mean equitable learning. In the edWebinar, “ Closing the Homework Gap: Digital Equity for All Students,” the presenters talked about the challenges and potential solutions to fulfill the promise of anytime, anywhere learning.

The New Design for School Networks

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As a nationally recognized influential leader at one of the nation’s largest districts, she led an IT team of professionals in building the largest K-12 SMART Education Network by Design (SEND) in the nation using the most innovative, best-of-breed technologies. His passion is harnessing a school culture that thrives on design thinking skills, innovative digital spaces, high caliber professional development, exponential thinking, BYOD/1to1, and makerspaces.

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The Keys to Discussing Student Data Privacy

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In addition to annual school-wide professional development about the policies, schools need job-specific sessions for each subgroup. Linnette Attai, Project Director, CoSN Privacy Initiative and Trusted Learning Environment Program, suggested that administrators ask the same questions of parents that they did of their employees: what do the parents know, and what do they need to know? ClassLink empowers your students and teachers with instant access to their learning resources.

Key Questions and Recommendations for Online Assessment

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During their presentation, “Online Assessment: An Evolving Landscape and New Opportunities,” they discussed the lessons they learned when they made the transition and what they would change if they could. Wright added that leaders also need to think about how online assessments can impact a school’s culture and change teaching and learning. ClassLink empowers your students and teachers with instant access to their learning resources.

Five Steps to Ensure Accessibility for All

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During the edWebinar “ Accessibility: Effective, Equitable Learning Environments for All Students,” which is part of a series hosted by CoSN and edWeb.net, the presenters discussed how they approach CoSN’s five steps to ensure accessibility. Both sides need to do their due diligence as the goal is to remove barriers to student learning. All staff should receive regular professional development on the district’s guidelines and topics related to accessibility.

Essential Elements for Moving to a 1:1 Environment

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During an edWebinar for the Empowered Superintendent series, “Leadership for Mobile Learning: Creating a Shared Vision,” the presenters said school leaders, though, often miss key parts of the planning process and end up with useless “hunks of plastic.” However, the more successful schools focus on improving teaching and learning first with edtech being just one of the tools to support it. ClassLink empowers your students and teachers with instant access to their learning resources.

Transitioning Edtech to the Cloud

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For administrators looking to take the focus of edtech away from upkeep and back to learning, moving to the cloud could be the answer. Throughout his career he has led others through the deployment of several large-scale initiatives related to teaching, learning, and technology. For 16 years Ann led the team in Klein ISD that provided professional development on technology and 21st century instructional strategies to over 4,000 professional educators serving over 50,000 students.

5 Reasons to Address Cyber Security

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Professional Reputation: As evidenced by recent incidents, stories about data hacks stay in the news for many cycles. Teaching and Learning: When the school network goes down temporarily, classes are momentarily disrupted. Cabrera pointed out, though, that for schools with most materials in the cloud, a hacked network and any subsequent outages for repair can halt learning for days or longer. Of course cyber security is necessary in education.