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EdSurge Article Recommends Edtech Efficacy Portfolios - Here's Ours

MIND Research Institute

Over the past several years, MIND Research Institute has been endeavoring to change the conversation around edtech evaluations. In the article, titled “ Debunking the Gold Standard Myths in EdTech Efficacy ,” writers Jennifer Carolan and Molly B. Dietrich, 2004), to name a few.

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Don’t Call Them Test Companies: How the College Board and ACT Have Shifted Focus

Edsurge

The era of trying to measure aptitude is finally over,” wrote the College Board’s president, David Coleman, in an essay in The Atlantic earlier this summer, referring to the version of the test that has been in place since 2014, when the SAT was last revised.

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Epic Guide To Game Based Learning

The CoolCatTeacher

100+ Game Based Learning Resources to Get Started in Your Classroom From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. We can use them to teach. Welcome to serious games. Therefore, we educators need to educate ourselves on game based learning.

5 Reasons Why Teachers Hate Interactive Whiteboards and How to Avoid Them

myViewBoard

But there are many advantages to interactive whiteboards, and there is value in using them in the modern classroom. Like any new technology, there are challenges to adoption and how to?overcome?them. It is hard to miss?in in recent visits to educational technology?trade

This Company Wants to Gather Student Brainwave Data to Measure ‘Engagement’

Edsurge

Students sit at desks wearing electronic headbands that report EEG data back to a teacher’s dashboard, and that information purports to measure students’ attention levels. The video’s narrator explains: “School administrators can use big data analysis to determine when students are better able to concentrate.” The company says it has a working prototype and is in conversations with a Long Island school to pilot the headset.

School Leaders: How to Achieve Instructional Breakthrough in Your Schools

Insight Education Group

The strategies and techniques that used to work, even just a couple years ago, just aren’t working anymore. As you look to the next year, there are two primary questions to consider now in order to avoid this scenario: What do I need to do differently to improve student achievement?

Debunking the ‘Gold Standard’ Myths in Edtech Efficacy

Edsurge

Imagine you’re in the market to buy a house. For almost a decade, selling edtech products to schools and districts has felt dangerously like selling a home over the internet. School buyers have some requirements but they’re also open to persuasion.

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The Value of the Online Program Management Industry

Wisewire

And education research firm Eduventures expects this growth to continue for the next several years. Recently, the OPM industry was discussed in an article published in The Atlantic, and the verdict was not favorable toward certain OPM providers. 7 Reasons to Use an OPM.

Top 4 reasons why 1:1 programs fail

Neo LMS

There is among K-12 schools a veritable on-rush to put a device in the hands of every student; a laudable and necessary ambition. Which helps us conclude that technology is not “the silver bullet” that will immediately create equitable educational outcomes.

4 Ways Parents Use Media to Support Learning for Toddlers

Digital Promise

When my son Avi was about 18 months old, one of his favorite tricks was to reach into my pocket while roaring like a tiger. This was his way of asking me to play Daniel Tiger videos on my phone. When it comes to choosing media, my family favors public media.

Free Guide to support Students' Social-Emotional Health

Educational Technology Guy

Social Emotional Learning and Well Being is very important to students and schools. Teachers and Administrators are starting to do more with this, but free resources are always nice. 29, 2018) — It takes a village to educate students. back to school social emotional

Seeking Integrity in EdTech Research – Again

ProfHacker

Part technologist, part artist, part manager, part synthesizer she is passionate about the use of technology in higher education and the many differing facets of how technology impacts society and culture. The question was only posed to faculty and not to digital learning leaders.

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Teaching Basic Cybersecurity Measures To Everyday People (For Parents of Digital Natives)

Ask a Tech Teacher

As one who manages way too many online accounts, I read this article from Ask a Tech Teacher contributor and CyberSecurity expert (retired), Sam Bocetta with interest. I should pay more attention to my passwords. Yep–switched to HTTPS for my blogs and websites.

What Science Tells Us About Early Childhood Development

Edsurge

The use of science to inform learning and development can have profound results for children, particularly those in their first few years of life. The whole purpose is not to develop new research but to make much more use of what’s there already,” she explains.

The Resurgence of 3D Printers in Modern Learning Environments

EdTech Magazine

Once a novelty in many classrooms and makerspaces, 3D printers are again flourishing as valuable classroom tools thanks to advanced technology , lower costs and more products and services geared toward K–12 education. . How Teachers and Students Use 3D Printing in Today’s Classrooms.

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What Data Will Show That Edtech ‘Works’?

Edsurge

As schools and districts choose from a growing menu of online educational products and services, many educators seek evidence to inform their purchasing decisions. They’re look for data—but which numbers are the most useful to collect and analyze? Those two words fail to capture the complexity of factors influence whether a tool can deliver results. To do so, they seek to help schools figure out how ask the right questions—and what data to collect and analyze.

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K-12 Educators and Administrators: Share Your Ed-tech Pilot Approach

Digital Promise

Do you think others could learn from the way you conduct ed-tech pilots to inform product decisions? Digital Promise is crowdsourcing best practices for piloting learning technology tools, and we want to hear from you! So do most ed-tech companies. Click here to share it.

Behind Closed Doors: Edtech Entrepreneurs’ Biggest Challenges in 2018

Edsurge

If you’ve ever wondered what goes on in an edtech company’s board meeting, or what keeps founders up at night, here was your chance to find out. Earlier this month in New York City, the AT&T Aspire Accelerator, AT&T’s program that finds, develops, and invests in promising edtech companies from around the world, hosted an afternoon of mock board meetings with its 2018 cohort. To date AT&T has made 27 investments. Don’t try to beat ‘em.

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7 Ways to Avoid Student Loan Debt

EdNews Daily

LinkedIn originally published this article as part of the LinkedIn’s Avoid Student Debt Series. Before the Internet was alive and well in the eyes of the public, there was very little awareness built around different ways to save money for higher education. Fast Forward to 2016.

A New Curriculum Helps Students With Disabilities Transition to Life After High School

Edsurge

I watched proudly as he used his self-determination skills to choose a major and enroll at a college that was an eight-hour drive from home. I thought he was well-prepared for the transition to life after high school, but soon realized I was wrong. While this failure felt terrible at the time, it ended up being the driving force behind the creation of a new high school transition program for students with mild to moderate disabilities. He wanted to go it alone.

Achieving Collectively What We Can’t Do Alone

EdNews Daily

Schools, districts and other education organizations face daily stumbling blocks to success, including limited funding, political stasis and complacency from portions of the public. One of those opportunities is to cultivate systemic interdependence between education and other sectors.

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Why Can’t We Be Friends? A Superintendent and a Vendor Talk It Out

Digital Promise

We hope to dig deeper into those feelings, facilitating discussion and generating ideas for innovation. When we talk about advancing K-12 educational systems and outcomes, we have to know the people involved, their goals, what takes up their time — especially when their effectiveness is a lever for student success. I just stepped out of a meeting, actually, with two teachers helping them design a project that we hope will lead to the building of a food truck.

Reflections on 20 Years of Open Content: Lessons from Open Source

Iterating Toward Openness

I’ll be writing a range of essays this year reflecting on two decades of work toward opening the core intellectual infrastructure of education (textbooks and other educational materials, assessments, and outcomes / objectives / competency statements) in order to increase access to and improve the effectiveness of education. This post, written as part of my agreement to keynote #OER18 later this spring, provides some historical context for the emergence of open content.

Planning for the Total Cost of Edtech Initiatives

edWeb.net

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. Are they prepared to adapt to other systems?

Hiring? The Secret to Finding Hidden Edtech Talent

Edsurge

Finding the right candidate is not only important in order to get the job done but it is also essential for building a healthy company culture. So how do you find the perfect hire? A big part of that strategy is knowing where to look to find the kind of high-quality candidates you want to add to your roster. We decided to sit down with the EdSurge Job’s team to talk specifically about how to locate “hidden” edtech talent.

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A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 9 Edition)

Doug Levin

Ever wonder how stories covered by popular edtech outlets – such as edSurge, eSchoolNews, Tech & Learning, and THE Journal – get selected? A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 9 Edition). Tagged on: March 5, 2017 Global Evolution of EdTech | Navitas Ventures → A look at over 20 years of edtech company evolution through $16b of investment around the world. The article puts a positive spin on it, but this is not ok.

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Coding Bootcamps Cross the Chasm

Edsurge

Back in September 2016, I applied Gartner’s Hype Cycle theory to predict the coming year in the coding bootcamp industry. Though many things in the article came to pass, as Gandalf would say, “Even the wise cannot see all ends.” I’d now like to take a second look at how Hype Cycle theory predicted the end of the “Coding Bootcamp 1.0” era and how a new theory, “Crossing the Chasm,” shows us what lies ahead. For that, we need to cross the chasm.

What Problems Has Edtech Solved, and What New Ones Did It Create?

Edsurge

But with that comes greater risks to personal privacy and potential for misuse. Jessie Woolley-Wilson, CEO of DreamBox Learning Jessie Woolley-Wilson (CEO, DreamBox Learning): In the past, educators were focused on how to get more devices in the classroom.

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What Makes Professional Development Work?

edWeb.net

There are a vast plethora of people who could be the best teachers ever, yet they don’t want to be in the profession. It is not easy for teachers to thrive and to grow when teacher professional development is irrelevant, generic, and unsustainable.

The 100 Worst Ed-Tech Debacles of the Decade

Hack Education

I think it is worthwhile, as the decade draws to a close, to review those stories and to see how much (or how little) things have changed. But as the ed-tech sector is never willing to let a bad idea die, the report will live on. They want to choose a school.

How Academic Publishers Can Push the Boundaries of Digital Learning

Edsurge

Those days are coming to an end. As a result, more students are turning to used books, rentals, shared copies, illegal downloads, and other online sources. As the financial viability of printed textbooks declines little by little, the demand for alternatives like online learning content continues to grow. In order to succeed in a rapidly changing market, educators, students, and publishers need to evolve. How are RLOs used?

Three Ways to Bridge the Gap Between Educators and Learning Scientists

Edsurge

What role does data play in developing solutions to complex challenges in education? And how do we know which approaches in what context are effective in the classroom? As technology use has increased in schools, so has the breadth of innovations aimed at improving learning—for example, by personalizing to the needs of each student. But how are these innovations building on what we know about how people learn?

PDLN, Dremel partner on teacher PD badges for 3D printing

eSchool News

The PD Learning Network (PDLN) announces a partnership with Dremel to provide badge certified K-12 teacher professional development for the Dremel Idea Builder printer. Access to a PDLN badge certification training course accompanies the purchase of every Dremel Idea Builder 3D40-EDU kit.

Using the Tools Appropriately: Unpacking ISTE Standard #2

Tech Helpful

Helping students to develop appropriate digital citizenship skills is an imperative part of the educational process not only for their own safety and legal obligations but for the care of others as well. Have students google themselves or their parents to see what they find.

The case for integrating teacher preparation into K–12 schools

The Christensen Institute

One well-known philosophy for improving teaching in K–12 schools is to define clear and rigorous standards for teacher licensure and teacher preparation programs—and then hold teachers and programs to those standards. In short, IBM had to do everything in order to do anything.

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