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10 Ways Any Teacher Can (and Should) Use Technology

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Common Core tells us: New technologies have broadened and expanded the role that speaking and listening play in acquiring and sharing knowledge and have tightened their link to other forms of communication.

Why a K-12 Operating System is the Next Step in the Evolution of Edtech


Yes, this was before Google Classroom existed!) To supplement in-person support offered during class and lunch periods, I published a simple Google site to house my lessons, assessments, and other resources. I was so green at this point in my career that I probably assumed every classroom in the 21st century operated this way. It felt like every tool I used in the classroom was inherently designed to work in isolation.


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The Edtech Revolution: 2010 – 2017


Now, we know that edtech has been proven to improve test scores and overall classroom engagement. But, how does the 2010 vision for edTech match what’s actually happening today? “There will be more momentum for mobile devices in classrooms with an eye toward affordable alternatives to traditional 1:1 rollouts.” The cost, plus it’s easy manageability and durability, made Chromebooks a main player in the edtech game. ” 1:1 + Common Core = $$$$$.

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Using Tech to Support Literacy Across 13.8 Billion Years of History


BHP’s writing rubric is aligned with the Common Core and the writing approach is aligned to the College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Framework for Social Studies State Standards dimensions of inquiry. Yet, the goal across BHP’s activities and assessment is consistency. Highlighting the importance of clear and consistent skills, BHP has been working with the University of Michigan to conduct a writing assessment for the past five years. Using OER is hard.

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Not Just for Reading Class Anymore: 5 Tips for Teaching Literacy Across Multiple Subjects


The very first year I taught middle school science, I found myself teaching more reading lessons than I had ever expected—and that didn’t change when I switched to a middle school math classroom two years later. Dora Kastel may not be a traditional classroom teacher, but she and the team at the American Museum of Natural History have founded a number of professional learning programs and tools related to the Next Generation Science Standards.

Four Ways to Redefine Parent Teacher Conferences—With a Little Help from Ironman


Often, “what needs improvement” dominates the conversation; if parents must endure this in multiple classrooms with multiple teachers, it doesn’t provide the incentive to come back next time. Edtech requires student buy-in too. My experience in classrooms has taught me that it’s possible for technology to transform parent-teacher conferences.

Help Teachers Truly See Their Students Through Usable, Connected Data


One of many in a classroom packed with students, his learning struggles often went unnoticed. By allowing student information systems, rostering tools, assessment software, etc. And therefore, they can actually have a very positive impact on the way they teach, the way they communicate with their colleagues, and have very comprehensive profiles of their classroom and individual students. Tell me about the benefits a data-standard can bring to the classroom?

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Curriculum Design is Emotional Work—This Teacher Makes It Easier


Beginning that very first year in my Algebra classroom, I've strived to make it easier for educators to design their own curriculum. To somewhat quote Darth Vader, I found the lack of quality edtech curriculum deeply disturbing. standards-based) school for at-risk youth, pre-packaged curriculum and assessments offered very little flexibility for personalization or modification. To somewhat quote Darth Vader, I found the lack of quality edtech curriculum deeply disturbing.

13 Edtech Tools Every Teacher and Student Should Know About


From interactive whiteboards to educational applications, here are 13 edtech tools that every teacher and student to aid and enhance teaching and learning. #1 Now the IWB has found its way in many modern classrooms as a powerful tool for enriching lessons and engaging learners. There are many educational apps that were created to enhance teaching and learning, tools for knowledge sharing, instruction, collaboration, practice, productivity, and assessment.

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The Assessment Range: Using Data To Meaningfully Affect Learning

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The Assessment Range: Using Data In The Classroom To Meaningfully Affect Learning. If you don’t already have a plan for the data before giving the assessment, you’re already behind. Among the challenges of assessment, this concept–as it applies to formal academic classrooms designed to promote mastery of Common Core or similar standards–is near the top. What Should Assessments “Do”?

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A student''s smartphone or tablet does not have to just be used for a special occasion in the classroom. The Final Product Students type up an outline for their case and is an individual grade assessing ability to follow directions, craft a legitimate argument and demonstrate understanding of outline format. assessment BYOD BYOT common core digital citizenship edmodo edtech education flipclass flipped flipping literature PBL project based learning teaching technology writing

What U.S. Companies Should Know About Asia's Edtech Market


Last summer, when I was working for ThinkCERCA, which helps students develop critical thinking skills through reading and writing, the edtech startup was facing a big decision: should it try and break into the lucrative Chinese market? Here’s a handy guide for anyone in edtech looking to cross the Pacific. In my experience, this phenomenon is partly caused by the limited business models that an edtech company can efficiently pursue in the two countries. edtech companies.

January’s 11 buzzworthy edtech tools

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note : Common Sense Education’s Edtech Eleven is chosen by Common Sense Education every month and helps educators find the best edtech tools, learn best practices for teaching with tech, and equip students with the skills they need to use technology safely and responsibly. Go to Common Sense Education for free resources including full reviews of digital tools, ready-made lesson plans, videos, webinars, and more.]. Next page: Edtech tools 6-11).

6 EdTech Resources and Strategies to Gain a Deeper Understanding of Students


We know that learner variability exists, and research suggests it is growing in classrooms across the nation. The key strategy to get to this level of understanding involves a tried-and-true instructional practice: formative assessments and feedback. So what are some main characteristics of these assessment practices? Students learn to set goals, self-assess, monitor their progress over time. Assessment Strategies and EdTech Resources in Action.

Let’s Start Coding!


If you’re an EdTech teacher, you’re likely thinking about teaching your students some coding. There are many options, but what do your students really need to learn and how can you integrate it into your classroom? You might be thinking “Great, but how can I integrate this into my own classroom?” There are over 100 pages of lesson plans and in-depth alignment with: Common Core Math Standards. Common Core English Standards.

Your Essential Back to School EdTech Checklist

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The start of the school year brings with it more than a few ‘gotta-do’s for a classroom teacher. In any case, reviewing this list will remind you (and your administration, tech support, teachers and others) of the needs of a highly engaging, fully functioning student-centered classroom. In Your Classroom…. Subscribe to Common Sense Media , which has a WEALTH of tools to help your students grow as digital citizens. – Fast and fun game-based formative assessment.

100+ Ways to Use a Chromebook in the Classroom – SULS033

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The post 100+ Ways to Use a Chromebook in the Classroom – SULS033 appeared first on Shake Up Learning. Did I actually title this 100+ Ways to Use a Chromebook in the Classroom? 100+ Ways to Use a Chromebook in the Classroom. If you have Chromebooks in your classroom, you are going to love what the Chromebook App Hub has to offer–100+ Ways to Use a Chromebook in the Classroom. Storytelling is a great skill for any classroom.

An Onboarding Course to Help Your New Edtech Hires Empathize With Educators


But the reality is that there are not enough people with this background in the edtech industry. The journey into the edtech industry is different for everyone. Like many fellow founders in this space, I left the classroom to create solutions to the challenges that I faced as a teacher and tech director. Engage Edtech Employees in Extended Learning We call the program Freshman Seminar.

Edtech Needs More Infrastructure, Educator Support in 2017


While device penetration is increasing and edtech products are proliferating, adequate infrastructure in schools lags behind. Additionally, educators and school leaders need further support in identifying the best technology solutions, effectively integrating edtech in the classroom, and ensuring edtech helps, not hinders, the development of social, collaboration and teamwork skills.

35 Awesome Apps that Integrate with Google Classroom

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The post 35 Awesome Apps that Integrate with Google Classroom appeared first on Shake Up Learning. Google Classroom Apps! Did you know that Google Classroom plays well with others? Google is known for making their applications open to working with third-party applications, and Google Classroom is no exception. Are you using Google Classroom? I wish everything connected to Google Classroom! Ready to find apps that make Google Classroom even better?

When Teachers Build Edtech, Awesomeness Ensues—and Here’s Why


A few years ago, she could see that some of her fifth graders struggled with second grade math skills, while others were capable of eighth grade content on the NWEA Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) assessment. For example, KIPP students are assessed three times a year on the NWEA MAP test. Traditional assessments do not capture that type of student growth data nor do end-of-year state tests. Eureka Math curriculum while adopting the Common Core standards.

21 Grab-And-Go Teaching Tools For Your Classroom

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21 Grab-And-Go Teaching Tools For Your Classroom. Every teacher wants to be able to make his or her classroom environment the optimum place for learning, interacting and engaging. Using educators’ needs as their driving force, the app will integrate lesson planning and building, assessment management and portfolio content, and better means of connecting with home learning. Edmodo – create a more interactive online community around the school and within individual classrooms.

The Secret Sauce to Choosing Edtech? Find Tools By Fit, Not Feature


Finding and selecting edtech products can be a lot like grocery shopping for your family. Over the past two years, EdSurge’s Concierge advisory system helped hundreds of school leaders find and select edtech products for their schools. These conversations left us with a resounding message: proper planning and alignment are the keys to making successful edtech decisions. The same kind of planning should happen when beginning a search for edtech products.

How to Use Edtech to Get Your Learners Active and Moving


But instead of dusting off the DVDs buried in your desk drawer, consider using these edtech-powered ideas to get your learners’ bodies moving and brains working. Certain edtech tools allow the teacher to use a dashboard to track student progress in real time, including: Teachers do not have to wait until the bell rings or until they have formally addressed the class to get their students’ learning started. It also boasts Google Classroom integration.

Teacher Sharing is Caring, Especially When PLC Protocols are Involved


Steve, the author of multiple books including “Engaged Instruction: Thriving Classrooms in the Age of Common Core,” talked with Edthena founder and CEO Adam Geller.

Supporting Teachers? Put Some of Those Initiatives in Timeout


Steve Ventura, author of multiple books including “Engaged Instruction: Thriving Classrooms in the Age of Common Core,” knows the research-backed strategies for how to do it more effectively. Supporting teachers is more important than ever.

Best EdTech of 2016

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In 2016 the Common Sense Education editorial staff evaluated close to 170 apps, games, and websites for learning potential and classroom implementation. It's a heartening trend; the best edtech developers are taking the lessons (both good and bad) of the last few years to heart and delivering products at a higher level of quality than we've seen in the past. PocketLab is the latest in a series of efforts to make sensors affordable for classroom use.

Get a Head Start on Back-to-School EdTech

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Summer is flying by, and soon teachers will be returning to their classrooms. In anticipation of a busy school year, do yourself a favor, and spend some time getting your classroom technology in order. Whether you're a veteran or a first-timer, planning how and when your students will use edtech tools is an important step in creating an engaging digital classroom. Plan to use digital tools that provide classroom-management support.

Alan November on the '$1000 Pencil' and Why Edtech Companies Aren’t Pushing the Envelope


A few weeks back, EdSurge published a podcast interview with education consultant and commentator Alan November, and Director of Secondary Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment for the Houston Independent School District Mike Dorsey, after chatting with the two education experts at ISTE. The interview got quite a number of listens, likely because November said that the edtech industry had created a “mess” at one point in the interview.

15 hot edtech trends for 2017

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To get a glimpse into what the next 12 months will hold for everything from professional development to digital learning, and from communication to virtual reality, 15 ed tech luminaries looked back on 2016 edtech trends to help predict what’s in store for 2017. Additionally, we will use ADVANCEfeedback as a pedagogical tool in our courses as candidates reflect collaboratively around a common video before, during, and after class. With every new year comes new ideas.

What parents should ask teachers about technology

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When you start at a new school (or classroom, or teacher), it’s important to understand the part technology will take to improve educational experiences for your child. Teach digital citizenship is easily done either through dedicated platforms like Common Sense Media and Netsmartz , or a full-blown curriculum like this one from Structured Learning. For Common Core schools: How do they prepare students to succeed with online testing? Parents edtech

Tech Ed Resources–K-8 Tech Curriculum

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I get a lot of questions from readers about what tech ed resources I use in my classroom so I’m going to take a few days this summer to review them with you. The K-8 Technology Curriculum is Common Core and ISTE aligned, and outlines what technology should be taught when so students have the necessary scaffolding to use tech in the pursuit of grade level state standards and school curriculum. The lesson plans are optimized for a lab setting or a classroom.

43 Apps, Games, and Websites Transforming This Year's Classrooms

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When it comes to the most popular edtech tools among teachers, some apps, websites, and games have stood the test of time, while others tend to come and go with each new year. So, what are the most popular edtech tools this year? Here's a collection of some of the most-searched-for edtech tools among today's teachers. Click on any of the titles below to read our full review of the tool's classroom potential. Google Classroom.

3 Websites to Gamify Your Math Class

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DimensionU is a collection of engaging interactive multiplayer fantasy games for grades 2-10 (some can be played solo) that focus on core skills in mathematics and literacy. Content aligns with Common Core, state standards and classroom instruction. Grammaropolis is aligned with both national Common Core standards and Texas Expected Knowledge and Skills Objectives for grades K-6. How to Gamify Your Classroom (a lesson plan).

What Makes a Good Edtech Tool Great?


In the last five years, there have been some remarkable shifts in the tools educators use in the classroom and to perform their many responsibilities. We’ve seen the market fluctuate dramatically, as early iPad-dominated classrooms gave way to the rise of Google. The boom and bust of Common Core standards have left their mark, just as new concerns over media literacy and privacy are doing currently.