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In the marketplace: Measuring student progress, new digital solutions, personalized learning, and more

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Tech-savvy educators know they must stay on top of the myriad changes and trends in education to learn how teaching and learning can best benefit from technology’s near-constant change.

How Academic Publishers Can Push the Boundaries of Digital Learning

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Digital learning platforms are not, however, simply a matter of reproducing a print-first approach via high fidelity ebooks. As the financial viability of printed textbooks declines little by little, the demand for alternatives like online learning content continues to grow. Digital learning platforms are not, however, simply a matter of reproducing a print-first approach via high fidelity ebooks. Instructors of online and blended learning programs also reap the benefits.

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Why a Web of Connections—Not a Single Relationship—Should Surround Students

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Advocates for personalized learning have bold and plentiful ambitions for students: higher rates of engagement, greater persistence, healthy development and expanded opportunity—not to mention improved academics. Putting student-teacher connections at the center of personalized learning efforts is clearly a good idea, especially to curb a tendency to focus on technology over teaching. Education Technology Personalized Learning Learning Strategies

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A school district is building a DIY broadband network

The Hechinger Report

The floor-to-ceiling glass wall between the high-tech fabrication lab and the hallway at Monticello High School in Albemarle County, Virginia, is meant to showcase the hands-on, self-directed learning done there. “I Sign up for our Blended Learning newsletter.

Output or compliance?

The Principal of Change

This article from the New York Times, “ I’m Not Texting, I’m Taking Notes “, is pretty interesting. He refers to himself as a “digital native”, and acknowledges this is a norm for him and his friends, while not perhaps the norm for others in the company.

Throw out Learning Styles and Replace it with UDL

The CoolCatTeacher

Kathleen McClaskey talks about the research on learning styles and the alternatives for teaching and reaching every child. Meet Next Generation Science Standards. Throw out Learning Styles and Replace it with UDL. Defining Personal Learning.

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Why a web of connections—not a single relationship—should surround students

The Christensen Institute

Advocates for personalized learning have bold and plentiful ambitions for students: higher rates of engagement, greater persistence, healthy development, and expanded opportunity—not to mention improved academics.

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22 Top Tips for Better Classroom Management

The CoolCatTeacher

While I won’t claim to ever be perfect, I have learned so much over the last seventeen years. If this post helps some of you avoid the mistakes I learned early on, then it will accomplish its purpose! I work to reinforce the paperwork flow so we can focus on learning.

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. Manager of Blended Learning.

5 Essential Effective Blended Learning Best Practices

The CoolCatTeacher

Tips and Tricks I've Learned from Experience From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. For purposes of this article, we’ll call these “the bricks.” This blog post is sponsored by PowerSchool Learning.

How Technology will Alter the Teaching Profession

EdNews Daily

In education like everywhere else, the way that products are delivered (in this case, learning) is undergoing a seismic shift. Our prediction for what will happen as these two things meet head-on is that teacher jobs are going to change dramatically. By Leilani Cauthen.

Google 80/20 Rule Applied to Education - for students too!

Educational Technology Guy

Google engineers are encouraged to take 20 percent of their time to work on something company-related that interests them personally. Last week, I read an article on Converge Magazine''s site entitled "Google''s 80/20 Principle Adopted at New Jersey School". Teachers get two or three 48-minute periods a week to work on what they want to work on, instead of being stuck in meeting''s or duty assignments. Too much time in school is wasted on irrelevant meetings.

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10 Terrible Traits of Lousy Leaders

The CoolCatTeacher

Protecting the love of learning is not a line item in the budget. Learning can be observed — sort of — but it is as hard to measure as how much I love my husband. ” Pam and her district leaders got off the train but still made it to a destination of better learning.

Closing the Gap for ELs and Students of Color

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Based on these results, Dr. LaCour outlined a series of classroom strategies that can be used to meet the needs of high-ability ELs and students of color, as well as other students. This article was modified and published by eSchool News.

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

Digital Promise

Participating are Dr. Thomas Ralston, Superintendent of Avonworth School District in Pennsylvania, and Colette Coleman of Zinc Learning Labs, an online literacy platform for middle and high school students. 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. That’s my passion — supporting engaging learning opportunities for kids. We luckily found a great local company.

When Is It Okay for Public School Officials to Attend Tech-Funded Events?

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So these days, companies, nonprofits and researchers make working closely with teachers and administrators as one of their main priorities. The cost of these trips, according to the Times, totaled more than $33,000 with at least $13,000 of Dance’s flight, lodging, meals and other fees covered by organizations sponsored by tech companies. The article compared Dance’s interactions with tech companies to the pharmaceutical industry’s courting of physicians for product promotion.

Digital Equity in Rural School Districts

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The goal of digital equity is to ensure that all students have access to devices, high-speed internet, and opportunities to learn both in school and out. The presenters all agree that there are many hurdles, especially in a rural district, to meet the digital equity challenge.

What Makes Professional Development Work?

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“Don’t call it professional development—call it professional learning.” This approach can enable administrators to differentiate to meet the needs of all their teachers. This article was modified and published by eSchool News.

New Higher-Ed ‘Matchmaking’ Event Aims to Bridge Education Technology Silos

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A pair of consultants who run a popular edtech blog plan to start offering events—in hopes of getting people at colleges and companies who don’t usually talk to each other to join forces on innovative teaching efforts. The consultants—Michael Feldstein and Phil Hill—are best known for the blog they co-publish, e-Literate , and for their coverage of the many existing edtech meetings held by vendors and associations. Education Technology Higher Education Postsecondary Learning

What It Means to Have ‘Impact’ in Education

Edsurge

Anyone in the company can tape up a message they’ve received—there’s no master plan. The letters are from people who have read our articles and research, come to our events or used our jobs board. She is making the concept of “personalizinglearning real for LA Unified’s 589,000 K-12 students. For the past eight years, we have sought to tell the stories of educators and students who are using technology to learn and to change how they learn or teach.

‘Dear Mr. Zuckerberg’: Students Take Summit Learning Protests Directly to Facebook Chief

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Earlier this month, a group of high school students in New York City took to the streets to protest their school’s online program, Summit Learning. Students at the Secondary School for Journalism in Brooklyn had become increasingly frustrated with Summit Learning. The Secondary School for Journalism is one of about 380 schools nationwide using Summit Learning, a personalized learning program that involves the use of an online instructional software, called the Summit Platform.

The 100 Worst Ed-Tech Debacles of the Decade

Hack Education

That being said, if you’re using a piece of technology that’s free, it’s likely that your personal data is being sold to advertisers or at the very least hoarded as a potential asset (and used, for example, to develop some sort of feature or algorithm).

Personalization and Teacher Engagement Play Vital Roles in College and Career Readiness

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But being college and career ready takes more than just career counseling or use of software in the classroom, it takes personalized, differentiated instruction that starts at an early age. The teacher has a vital role in connecting students with authentic, real-world learning experiences.

Happy Apples: Fun PD Subscription Boxes for Teachers Made By the District

The CoolCatTeacher

Learn about this innovative PD idea and how your district can craft these boxes for your teachers. Vicki: Today we’re talking with Crystal Marshall-Krauss @crystalmmarshal , Digital Learning Innovation and Design Resource Teacher from Maryland. How can we use learning in some way?”.

Education Technology and the Ideology of Personalization

Hack Education

Facebook’s Plans to “Personalize” Education. Facebook, like many digital technology companies, promises that in exchange for collecting your personal data – your name, your age, your gender, your photos, metadata on your photos, your location, your preferences, your browsing and clicking habits, your friends’ names – it will deliver “personalization.” ” A personalized news feed, for example. Personalized ads.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

I wrote “an explainer” of sorts on Thiel and his politics, and I listed the education companies that he’s invested in. Mostly surveillance posing as “ personalization ” startups. Inside Higher Ed has the story – and the censored article.

Making Feedback Meaningful for Students

EdTechTeam

Please don’t misunderstand, I love that teachers and students can collaborate and comment on each other’s work in many apps for learning. It should also provide students an opportunity to think about their learning and apply it in the future. According to Fast Company , as adults, students will need to know how to ask for feedback strategically. Feedback goes beyond a summative or formative academic accounting of what students learn. Talk about personalized learning!

Planning for the Total Cost of Edtech Initiatives

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It’s also looking at the potential changes, said Dr. Gabe Soumakian, CEO and Founder, Sup Du Jour Consulting Group, like what happens when a software or hardware company goes out of business. This article was modified and published by EdScoop.

Can Tech Fill the Gaping Hole Left by Teacher Exodus?

EdNews Daily

We have a growing number of non-traditional students (homeless, poverty, minority) who come from non-traditional families (merged, minority, single parent, two-working parents) and who learn in non-traditional ways (technology). By Charles Sosnik.

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Get to the root of the edtech issues with three key questions

edWeb.net

This can cause several issues from inequity in how students are taught to network issues as teachers access their personal playlists. In addition, PD leaders can’t possibly provide appropriate professional learning on using tools in the classroom when no two teachers have the same ones.

The Top Ed-Tech Trends (Aren't 'Tech')

Hack Education

This talk was presented at Coventry University as part of my visiting fellowship at the Disruptive Media Learning Lab. ” Despite thinking of themselves as liberal-learning, today’s tech companies re-inscribe much of this. Personalization.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles. “ Is Running a Company Like Leading a Classroom? Via The Outline : “The rise and fall of the company behind ’ Reader Rabbit’ and all your favorite educational games.” “ Learning Engineers Inch Toward the Spotlight,” Inside Higher Ed claims. “Learning Designers will have to adapt or die.

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Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles. Via The Atlantic : “Why Young Pakistanis Are Learning Chinese.” ” The race for the California State Superintendent is still undecided – at least as I type up this article, it is. is the new company of Andrew Ng , Coursera’s co-founder.) ” Via The Chronicle of Higher Education : “Meet the New Mega-University.”

WHAT’S NEW: NEW TOOLS FOR SCHOOLS

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www.getalma.com ) Alma Technologies has announced it is allowing any SQL-based business intelligence tool, such as Tableau and Jaspersoft, to access data from its modern, student information system and learning management system. Software & Online ALMA TECHNOLOGIES, INC.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles. The company alleges in a lawsuit, which became public on Monday, that the Education Department’s process for selecting companies for its new loan servicing platform has been unfair and violated federal procurement rules.” The university will then begin augmenting its online offerings using machine learning and artificial intelligence products from Amazon.