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.

Micro-credentials and COVID-19: Supporting Professional Learning When Schools are Closed

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In the last month, our teaching and learning environment has been upended. In the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, districts and educators have been tasked with shifting teaching and learning online, and many are seeking resources to support learning in this new environment.

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The New Librarian: Using advocacy to promote leadership

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As innovation coordinator for instructional technology, information & library media at Parkway School District in St. Louis, Missouri, Bill Bass has long demonstrated his commitment to 21st-century learning. He believes that the only way to deliver a dynamic student learning experience is by empowering his librarians to be leaders in everything they do. [ Editor’s note : Welcome to our new series, The New Librarian.

How Technology Helps Social-Emotional Learning Flourish

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Social-emotional learning (SEL) and technology might not seem like natural partners. During the presentation, the speakers explained the role technology plays in supporting SEL initiatives. They can also use the same technology to communicate progress to their communities.

New Approaches to Instructional Technology Coaching

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When suddenly propelled into distance learning last spring, educators rose to the challenge to meet the needs of students and families. Since last March, coaches have shared with us how pandemic-driven needs have shifted their approaches to coaching teachers in the integration of technology.

The Technological Transformation of Districts to Benefit All Learners

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Many school districts are now going through a process of determining which pandemic-related practices should be kept, improved, or discarded, and the use of remote and blended learning technologies is frequently being raised during these types of discussions.

Technology Resources For Early Childhood Learning

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As a Dad and an educator I am constantly looking for the best resources to provide for them at home to supplement the learning they are doing in their schools. Every parent wants their child to have a jump start on learning and ensure they are prepared for a world of learning, especially with technology. I want Chesney to love learning, be an explorer and tinker with things but also be a fluent user of technology. I am the father of 2 daughters.

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. They are also more likely to back the initiative when the focus is on the learning and how to leverage tech to support it, rather than just on what device to get.

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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.

Empowering Superintendents to Connect Technology and Learning

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In fact, many school technology plans fluctuated depending upon the latest fads and what someone learned at a conference and had little connection to curriculum or learning goals. Overall, they implored listeners to move away from using “tech for tech’s sake” and to become intentional adopters of technology that enhances teaching and learning. Imperative 2: Raise the Bar with Rigorous, Transformative & Innovative Learning and Skills.

Why Don’t Schools Focus on Literacy?

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What could be the reason for not focusing on literacy on a consistent basis for their professional learning efforts? – Trauma-based learning. – Personalized learning. – Blended learning or a 1:1 technology initiative. To be fair, many of these professional learning initiatives are promising. Becoming better teachers of readers and writers may not sound as intriguing as a STEM/STEAM initiative or going 1:1 with technology.

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How we stopped using Accelerated Reader

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We ceased using a few other technologies as well, each for different reasons. The idea of collective commitments comes from the Professional Learning Community literature, specifically Learning by Doing, 3rd edition. The difference is collective commitments are focused on student learning. We had a thoughtful conversation about the information, looking at both the pros and cons of this technology tool.

SETDA’s Annual Partnerships Include Value for All – Including Startups

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SETDA exists to lead, inspire, and empower the education community to leverage technology for learning. Our association serves as a forum for inter-state collaboration and cooperation, the furthering of public-private partnerships in support of public education goals, state-federal relations and advocacy, and professional learning for education leaders across the nation.

Four Tips for Choosing the Right Edtech Resources

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With the continued funding challenges educators face, it’s crucial to pick an education resource that will yield the best return on investment and support learning outcomes for your district. 3P Learning works with over five million students and educators across the globe, providing online learning solutions in math, science and literacy. Ensure the resources you consider align with your district’s mission, vision and student learning objectives.

The Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents (ALAS) Announces New Regional Directors

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Rivera, who is the former Pennsylvania Secretary of Education and currently serves as president of Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology in Pennsylvania, was named the Director of Region 6 Northeast. WASHINGTON, D.C.

Student Engagement and Closing the Opportunity Gap: An Action Plan, Part 2

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My previous two posts have described how schools can improve access for students of color and students living in poverty to follow their passions and have more voice in choice in their learning. Promoting risk-taking is beyond a leader simply stating “Try it out” to a teacher curious about exploring a new approach to teaching and learning. Mistakes were and still are seen as part of the teaching and learning process. Assess whether students are learning more.

Student Engagement and Closing the Opportunity Gap: An Action Plan, Part 2

Reading By Example

My previous two posts have described how schools can improve access for students of color and students living in poverty to follow their passions and have more voice in choice in their learning. Promoting risk-taking is beyond a leader simply stating “Try it out” to a teacher curious about exploring a new approach to teaching and learning. Mistakes were and still are seen as part of the teaching and learning process. Assess whether students are learning more.

Framework: Distinctive Schools’ Map to Personalized Learning

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Distinctive Schools , a network of high-performing charter schools in Chicago, Minnesota and Michigan, offers an example of how to create and operate a personalized learning system. It relies on a definition of personalized learning developed in 2014 by educators from 16 schools and representatives of a number of nonprofit and advocacy organizations. Education Technology Personalized Learning Learning Strategies

States Are Adopting More Computer Science Policies. Are High Schools Keeping Up?

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That, plus rapid tech adoption by schools and a major push from advocacy organizations, explains why nearly every U.S. Since the nonprofit Code.org began its advocacy work five years ago, the number of states with one or more computer science policies in place increased from 14 to 44. It’s clear we still have a lot of work to do to ensure every student can learn computer science in this country.” Education Technology Coding Technology in School

ALAS Congratulates Alberto M. Carvalho on being named the Next Superintendent of the Los Angeles Unified School District

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He emigrated to the United States shortly after high school and supported himself through higher learning as a day laborer and busboy. It is of vital interest to invest in the education of every child, and the professional learning of all educators who serve Latino youth.

Amplify: Digital Teaching and Learning in the K–6 Classroom

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schools are buying tremendous amounts of technology, placing these tools in classrooms, and often are left wondering what to do with it. On Tuesday, September 12th, from 2:00-2:30 pm EST, join author and long time educator, Kristin Ziemke and me as we discuss: Amplify: Digital Teaching and Learning in the K-6 Classroom ! Amplify: Digital Teaching and Learning in the K–6 Classroom. By leveraging technology, thinking is amplified and the “how” for all learners is diversified.

Getting Stakeholders to Back the Edtech Budget

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Show stakeholders that when investing in technology, you need to examine all costs from the impact on bandwidth to teacher training and student-home access. Help them to understand the true bottom line for technology. Assume nothing about your stakeholders’ technology knowledge.

Insights from CoSN Community Leadership Award for Digital Equity Winners

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In the case of Santa Fe, they had to help the community understand the tech was there to enhance the teaching and learning process, not replace the student-teacher relationship. He says, “We need to teach students the way they want to learn, not necessarily how we were taught.”

9 Great Nonprofits to Support School Leaders

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As shared in my previous posts 7 Great NonProfits Changing the Face of Professional Learning and 16 Great NonProfits Working to Support EdTech in Schools , prior to my role as the Director of Innovation for Future Ready Schools, I spent 14 years in a public school in Pennsylvania as an elementary and middle school teacher, middle school and elementary principal, and district level technology director. The Alliance also has run Digital Learning Day for the past five years.

Charting a New Path for Strategic Edtech Planning

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Previously, these were key elements in developing a strategic technology plan. In the edWebinar, “ Strategic Technology Planning: Aligning Priorities, Costs, Outcomes and Sustainability,” the presenters discussed new items that must become part of strategic plans.

Leading the Digital Transformation in Rural Districts During Crisis and Beyond

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The current crisis has highlighted the disparity between students with and without equitable access to technology, especially in rural schools. Let them know that the teachers are still there for the families; the edtech is just there to support the learning.

Eyes on the Future: Building on COVID Lessons for Enriched Teaching and Learning

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COVID-19 was tough on schools, calling for swift shifts in teaching and learning practices to support virtual learning environments and a host of new pedagogical demands. The Role of Technology During COVID. Leveraging technology to support all student learners is essential.

Digital Transformation and Innovation in Rural School Districts

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All four superintendents agreed that having solid foundations before COVID-19 has been instrumental in supporting both families and staff with remote learning. She was co-chair of the Texas Education Technology Advisory Committee which developed the Texas Long Range Plan for Technology.

Framework: Future Ready’s Transformation Framework

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How can school and district leaders leverage research-based practices and models of success to create an effective personalized learning ecosystem for all learners? Personalized Professional Learning. These strands include detailed, practitioner-created frameworks and support for district leaders , principals , technology leaders , instructional coaches , and librarians. Education Technology Personalized Learning Learning Strategies

Developing Systems for Effective, Equitable Education for All Students

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It’s a common story: the energetic principal who comes into a school, revamps the curriculum, creates innovative learning practices, and then leaves with no sustainability plan. Even before the pandemic and the shift to distance education, learning extended beyond the classroom.

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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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. In the edWebinar, “ Strategic Technology Planning and Investment,” which is part of CoSN’s Empowered Superintendent series for edWeb, three superintendents who’ve been in the trenches for all aspects of district edtech plans discussed effective financial planning for technology.

Four Steps to Help Students Develop a Healthy Media Diet

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With the proliferation of technology in school and at home, parents are looking for direction on how to keep their kids’ media habits in check. The discussions shouldn’t focus on denying technology, though, said Michelle Cooper, Library Media Specialist, White Oak ISD, TX in the edWebinar “ Achieving Media Balance in a Tech-Immersed World.” ” Instead, librarians can help families learn how to maintain a healthy balance and become good digital citizens.

State Support, Community Effort: Personalized Learning in South Carolina

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Marianne Beja had been in education for more than 30 years when she discovered personalized learning. I want to build a community of lifelong learners, and I think personalized learning is the way to do it. It’s about empowering students to communicate, to collaborate, to learn critical thinking skills. I want to build a community of lifelong learners, and I think personalized learning is the way to do it.” Source: KnowledgeWorks Personalized Learning Resources.

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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