5 Recent Advances in Educational Technology - guest post

Educational Technology Guy

According to an article at washingtonpost.com , its actually not that uncommon - "70,000 school-age children wake up each morning for class and walk as far as the nearest Web-enabled gadget…" which is sometimes sitting at the side of their bed in the form of a laptop or tablet. Classroom Management Software Course management systems (CMS) are designed to provide a platform for teachers to reach thousands of students all at one time in one course.

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Whatever Happened to Course Management Systems?


Back in 2012, Jason Blanchard wrote an article for Edudemic about the problems with Course management systems (CMSs), such as Blackboard and Moodle. CMS tools often offered: a way for professors to upload content, like lectures, notes, […]. Articles Featured classroom tools course management featured learning better Learning management system LMS Web 2.0


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


These tasks are perfect for learning across the curriculum and especially for librarian-led learning. The twenty assessments include: Evaluating Wikipedia : Students evaluate the trustworthiness of an article on Wikipedia, assessing whether they can reason about the specific features that make a Wikipedia article more or less reliable. Comparing Articles : Students determine whether a news story or a sponsored post is more reliable.

Personalizing Path & Pace Through Mastery Learning


A core element of personalized learning involves tailoring students’ path and pace to their specific needs and interests. This practice is often coupled with the overarching philosophy of mastery learning, sometimes referred to as competency-based education. One of the most effective ways to personalize the path and pace of student learning is to build a strong foundation of competency based learning in your classroom or institution. by Tom Driscoll.

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EdTech Acronyms Explained


BLearning – Blended Learning (using a range of multimedia and strategies). BYOL – Bring Your Own Learning. CMS – Content Management System (a tool to build websites and apps). FL – Flipped Learning ( click here for my guide to flipping lessons ). LMS – Learning Management System (software that runs and manages educational programs). MLD – Mobile Learning Devices. MLearning – Mobile Learning. NGDLE – Next-generation Digital Learning Environment.

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Breaking the Link of Education Inequity Requires Courageous Conversations


The equity initiative for CMS is based on their report, Breaking the Link. In a survey, 97% of the CMS teachers who responded said they thought they were teaching to the North Carolina education standards. This article was modified and published by eSchool News. By Stacey Pusey.

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Exploring Learner Profiles: Resources, Examples, and Questions to Consider


Including students throughout the process fosters agency and ownership of the learning since they have a clear say in their strengths, interests, goals, and steps needed to improve certain skills and academic competencies. In this EdWeek article, the author provides specific examples from schools around the country regarding ways that educators are gaining valuable insights about students’ skills, backgrounds, and interests through learner profiles. CMS Learns (Visual).

Need an LMS next year? Here are three to consider

Ask a Tech Teacher

An LMS — Learning Management System — is a digital tool that tracks a wide variety of student-teacher interactions such as homework, grading, sharing of resources, parent communication, assessments, and more. The term ‘LMS’ is often conflated with ‘SMS’ (student management system) and ‘CMS’ (course management system) because their purposes and tools are so similar. In this article, we’ll treat all as LMSs.

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Some ideas for Course Management Systems and Apps

Educational Technology Guy

Edmodo is a free social learning network for teachers, students and schools, providing a way to connect and collaborate, share content, access homework and grades, and much more. Feel free to share summaries and links to these articles, but do not copy and repost entire article.

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Learning Revolution - Week's Free Events - Reinventing the Classroom - Library 2.014 - The Real 1:1 - Reclaim Learning

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

The Learning Revolution Weekly Update April 1st A library outranks any other one thing a community can do to benefit its people. Andrew Carnegie The technologies of the Internet and the Web are reshaping where, when, and from whom we learn--and even how we think about learning. The Learning Revolution Project highlights our own virtual and physical events and those of our more than 200 partners. Learn more at www.geo-education.org. Learn more here.

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Books Beyond Borders & Wazzup Wattpad?

The Daring Librarian

7th graders G+ Hangout abt fav books w/ @librarian_tiff & students at CMS in B. We also learned from Stephanie about the Wattpad App - a FREE fan fiction open forum for writers and readers! Or as Wikipedia says it''s "a writing community in which users are able to post articles, stories, and poems about anything either online or through the Wattpad app. We love connecting with other kiddos in schools in other cities and states.

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Teachers' Essential Guide to Google Classroom

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Also, be sure to check out our detailed review of Google Classroom 's potential to affect learning. Google Classroom is not a stand-alone learning management system (LMS), course management system (CMS), or student information system (SIS). If your students have regular access to devices, Google Classroom can help you avoid some trips to the photocopier and cut down on some of the paper shuffling that comes with teaching and learning. What is Google Classroom?

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Hack Education Weekly News

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Department of Education Releases Guidance on Supporting Early Learning through the Every Student Succeeds Act ,” per the press release. This is an old article on Medium but it’s worth reposting in light of this story: “The Dirty Little Secrets About The Worst Coding Bootcamps Out There. Inside Higher Ed has the story – and the censored article. Via Campus Technology : “ Online Learning Consortium , Tyton Partners Launch Courseware in Context.”