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Challenges and Possible Solutions for Edtech Procurement: Part 1

Digital Promise

Classrooms are evolving as technology influences the way students learn and educators teach. Due to the edtech industry’s rapid expansion, little is known about the effectiveness of individual applications and programs. 5 major challenges surrounding edtech procurement.

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Assessing STE(A)M Learning

User Generated Education

In Learning in the Making , I discuss assessment as follows: Educators should be clear about how and why they include assessment in their instruction. Assessment should be about informing learners about their performance so increased learning and future improvements can result.

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Assessing Students Over Time and Also Saving Teachers’ Time

edWeb.net

Now educators can make their instruction more effective and provide practice linked directly to progress monitoring and formative assessment results using free digital tools from Microsoft. Documenting Progress and Integrating the Process.

Using Google Forms to Streamline Feedback & Document Growth

techlearning

The 1-column rubric, Google Form built for better, faster student data and feedback, and the use of my homemade student tracking system are a triple whammy when it comes to formative assessment. edtech Google Apps TL Advisor Blog Assessment

7 Global Project Ideas from a Leading 3rd Grade Classroom

The CoolCatTeacher

Quickly create assessments for any grade or subject without special forms or equipment. Instantly scan and score with any mobile, desktop or document camera. Overview of Vickie Morgado’s Global Collaboration in Her 3rd Grade Classroom. We have connected with different classrooms.

Fantastic Apps I Use Every Day

The CoolCatTeacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter I have picked five of my essential classroom tools. I can include quick formative assessment tools, drawing or brainstorming contributions from everyone and even 3d and virtual field trips.

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The race is on for the AI-powered classroom

Neo LMS

In my previous post I explored the subtle, yet significant, difference between brute force computing and ANN (Artificial Neural Networks), and how that distinction is slowly producing what one would call “true” AI products in the classroom. AI Assess.

Use These Two Tools in the Classroom for Communication, Assessment, and More

edWeb.net

Meanwhile, Edulastic provides an easy way to create formative assessments and analyze data. Teachers are bombarded regularly with new digital tools for their classrooms. Edulastic allows teachers to give formative assessments and disaggregate the data.

How an #EdTech Lens Can Improve a Learning Culture

A Principal's Reflections

As I moved from the classroom to administration, I still saw technology from a mere delivery aspect. As I have said over and over, I truly believe that pedagogy trumps technology, especially in the classroom.

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Debunking the ‘Gold Standard’ Myths in Edtech Efficacy

Edsurge

For almost a decade, selling edtech products to schools and districts has felt dangerously like selling a home over the internet. We describe edtech products with all the excitement and adjectives of a fresh listing on Zillow. This included guidelines for curriculum and edtech.

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4 Ways to Give Meaningful Feedback with Google Classroom

Shake Up Learning

The post 4 Ways to Give Meaningful Feedback with Google Classroom appeared first on Shake Up Learning. Google Classroom + Meaningful Feedback = Winning Combination! In this post, we will explore ways to give meaningful feedback in Google Classroom.

How to Easily Assess Student Writing in Google Docs

Shake Up Learning

The post How to Easily Assess Student Writing in Google Docs appeared first on Shake Up Learning. Assess Student Writing in Google Docs with WriQ. WriQ is currently a FREE tool that helps teachers assess writing in Google Docs.

22 Digital Tools You Must Have in Your Classroom

Ask a Tech Teacher

Those geeky tech tools that we adults like to avoid are taking over the classroom. Here are the top 22 digital tools your colleagues are using in their classrooms: annotation tool. flipped classroom. The classroom backchannel makes that happen. Flipped Classroom.

How Edtech Can Help Build a Blueprint for Real Change in K-12

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Meanwhile, billions of dollars have been spent on edtech by these same school communities. Today’s edtech market is radically fragmented. Purchasing decisions happen at all levels from districts to schools to individual classrooms to parents.

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Take Two: Clever’s Newest Effort to Help Teachers Try Before They Buy Edtech

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Soft-launched last summer, the library currently houses more than 100 educational apps, which teachers can browse by subjects or categories (like assessment or presentation tools). The disconnect between what school leaders buy and what teachers actually use is well-documented. Meanwhile, the number of tools in classrooms today has ballooned. In early 2016, it launched Co-Pilot to give schools free 30-day trials of edtech software built by other companies.

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Spot Check Assignments with Google Classroom (Video Overview)

techlearning

Google Classroom can help. Use the question tool in Google Classroom to provide a place for students to submit a portion of their research assignment. Six Ways to Use Google Photos in the Classroom ] The result is a nice, neat list of student work right in Google Classroom.

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Where Edtech and Its Investors Miss the Mark

Edsurge

In three years as an investor at Reach Capital, an edtech venture fund, I’ve watched public, private and philanthropic dollars pour into school operations, adaptive software, data analytics, teacher development, and teacher tools in worthy attempts to improve education. This conviction is born out of my 30 years in and around classrooms, first as a social studies teacher at Milpitas High, and then as co-founder of Teachers’ Curriculum Institute (TCI).

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An Inside Look at the Edtech Purchasing Process

edWeb.net

While the Wild West era of edtech may be over, there’s still some mystery over how schools decide what digital materials to buy. In the edWebinar, “ Building Authentic Need and Research into Edtech Development,” representatives from a large school district, a small district, a developer, and the research community answered burning questions about edtech procurement. When they talk to schools, their focus is on the classroom teachers and getting them to understand the value.

Early Learning Faces Obstacles and Inequities—Here's How Edtech Can Help

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Edtech for early learners has come a long way since then, but our just-released compilation of research—what we call a Market Gap Snapshot —makes clear there is still a lot of room to expand and improve edtech solutions to address obstacles facing our youngest students. These children can certainly benefit from edtech, but they must also have a supportive and age-appropriate environment that helps them develop meaningful interactions with teachers and parents.

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The Best Edtech for Students Is Backed by Research. Here’s What to Look For.

Edsurge

As researchers focusing on education technology, we see this often: interactive whiteboards covered in posters, desktop computers holding up plants, older devices that do not work with a newer assessment system. Here are five questions to ask when assessing the strength of the evidence.

Funding Edtech with the E-Rate Program and Grants

edWeb.net

And with online assessments now being required in many states, reliable broadband access is also essential so that students’ knowledge and skills are accurately represented, and technology is not a barrier to achievement and its documentation.

Must-Have EdTech Tools for a First-Year Teacher

Graphite Blog

First-year teachers have a lot to think about, especially at the beginning of the school year: decorating their classroom, planning lessons and learning units, trying out different classroom-management techniques, and -- most importantly -- getting to know their students.

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Your Essential Back to School EdTech Checklist

Fractus Learning

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.

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No Kidding: This Pre-Revenue Edtech Startup Just Raised $15M in Series B Funding

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classrooms, and 30 percent month-over-month growth in usage throughout the previous and current year, says its chief academic officer, Abbas Manjee. In the app, teachers can add students to their class, and assign custom streams of content, assignments and assessments to each individual learner. Kiddom is integrated with Google Drive, which allows teachers and students to send Google documents between one another. Education Technology Financing Edtech Business

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Google Adds New Classroom Features. Use Them Responsibly.

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Google has added some new features to Classroom. Like any edtech tool or feature, these new Classroom additions can be abused, focusing not on historical thinking skills but low level learning. 7 Free Edtech Things. Use it for formative assessments, not summative.

36 Edtech Tools I’m Using Right Now in My Classroom and Life

The CoolCatTeacher

Here’s what I’m using all the time in my classroom right now. 36 Tools I’m Using Right Now in My Classroom and Life. She also has a Technology Jump Start Course with 8 modules to help get you comfortable with technology in the classroom.)

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15 Ways to Use Google Classroom in Professional Learning – SULS034

Shake Up Learning

The post 15 Ways to Use Google Classroom in Professional Learning – SULS034 appeared first on Shake Up Learning. Google Classroom is a fantastic tool for teachers and students in the K12 classroom. 15 Ways to Use Google Classroom in Professional Learning.

23 Gsuite Ideas to Excite Your Kids About Learning #iste19 #notatiste19

The CoolCatTeacher

Eric Curts from Ctrl Alt Achieve From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Eric Curts @ ericcurts teaches us twenty-three ways to use Gsuite tools in our classroom. This blog post is being added to 100+ Great Google Classroom Resources for Educators.

Personalizing Learning with Branching Google Forms

EdTechTeacher

The following article was published in the most recent edition of Digital Learning Magazine in my column, “The Tech Savvy Classroom with Shawn McCusker.”. When it comes to addressing the modern challenges of formative assessment , the Branch Logic feature in Google Forms can do just that.

Building a PBL Environment

EdTechTeacher

What Skills and Behaviors Does Your Classroom Environment Value? For the classroom teacher this can be difficult because training is very rarely available to teachers in a timely manner. Each environment, be it a jungle or a classroom, values certain behaviors and skills over others.

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

Edsurge

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.

15 Collaborative Tools for Your Classroom That Are NOT Google

Shake Up Learning

The post 15 Collaborative Tools for Your Classroom That Are NOT Google appeared first on Shake Up Learning. It’s no secret that I love Google tools, but Google is not the only option for your classroom. 15 Collaborative Tools for Your Classroom That Are NOT Google #edtech #edchat.

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School’s Out for the Latest Y Combinator Batch, and Here’s What Its Edtech Graduates Are Up to

Edsurge

Since the previous Demo Day in March, Tim Brady, a partner at Y Combinator who advises edtech startups, says he hasn’t noticed much in terms of changes in the education landscape. In this latest cohort of edtech companies, only one is aimed at being used in classrooms. Here’s what that one classroom-facing company is offering, and what the other six edtech startups hope to accomplish off the school campus. Education Technology Startups Edtech Business

EdTech Quick Take: Seesaw vs. FreshGrade

Graphite Blog

Whether you're looking to go all in with a completely PBL-centered classroom or even just looking to give your students a project with a more authentic means for assessment, digital portfolios are definitely the way to go.

Effective Digital Citizenship Education

The CoolCatTeacher

Jennifer Gonzalez has released her 2018 Teachers Guide to Technology with over 200 education technology tools including tools for assessment, flipped learning, presentations, parent engagement, video engagement and more. We use Google Classroom a lot.