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Assessing the Value of Interactive Whiteboards (IWB's)

A Principal's Reflections

The overhead projector began to fall out of favor in the early 2000s with advances in technology. It should be noted that in both examples above, direct instruction was followed by some sort of student-centered learning activity.

Authentic Assessments to Support Teaching and Learning

edWeb.net

We, as edtech leaders and classroom teachers, must explore pathways where assessments support teaching and learning in the 21st century. Authentic assessments are always about the connections we make with students, each other, and the broader community as indicated in a Gallup poll.

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One District's Journey From 'State of Emergency' to Student Success

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Morale was low, teacher turnover was high and residents didn’t trust that Allendale could educate their students. Morale was low, teacher turnover was high and residents didn’t trust that Allendale could educate their students. performing formative assessments.

Student Engagement and Closing the Opportunity Gap: An Action Plan, Part 2

Reading By Example

My previous two posts have described how schools can improve access for students of color and students living in poverty to follow their passions and have more voice in choice in their learning. It is a process that respects both the teacher and students.

Student Engagement and Closing the Opportunity Gap: An Action Plan, Part 2

Reading By Example

My previous two posts have described how schools can improve access for students of color and students living in poverty to follow their passions and have more voice in choice in their learning. It is a process that respects both the teacher and students.

Exploring Coaching Trends in Classrooms

Digital Promise

Teacher quality is one of the most important factors that contributes to student success. We also led a corresponding research study to assess the impact of DLP coaching on teachers. What did we learn about coaching trends in the U.S.? Blog Dynamic Learning Project

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How to hire technology leaders, not followers

eSchool News

Just as a sculptor can take a rough block of granite and turn it into a piece of art, the leader of a 21st century organization must take a 20th century organization and sculpt it into its modern equivalent — an organization prepared to leverage technology to enhance education.

Using Micro-credentials for Personalized Professional Development

Digital Promise

The Kentucky Valley Educational Cooperative (KVEC) is an educational service agency in rural southeastern Kentucky that serves 22 school districts, 134 schools, over 3,000 teachers, and more than 50,000 students. Learn more about our work.

How to Integrate Online Professional Development Into Your School’s PD Culture

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As increasing demands on teachers’ time are coupled with the need for remote learning resources, online PD has emerged as an important tool to address new challenges. During implementation, it is important to engage with the PD team through a series of meetings and conversations.

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Prioritizing The Most Urgent Education Challenges

Digital Promise

Over the past two years, Digital Promise has engaged in a rigorous research process to surface common challenges being tackled in public schools around the country. Social-emotional learning (#2). Student engagement (#3). Personalized learning (#4).

Integrate OUR Curricula into Your Kiddom Digital Platform

Ask a Tech Teacher

It makes learning organic, part of life rather than something that must happen from a certain book or room. The problem is trying to blend them effortlessly into a class LMS or learning platform without lots of extra clicks and logins. You can find her resources at Structured Learning.

How Online Learning Can Improve Your Teaching

Ask a Tech Teacher

Online learning has become not only a common alternative to physical classes, but a well-regarded change maker in the education ecosystem. The gregarious students no longer take over the class and the quiet ones are not ignored in their silence.

Celebrating Standouts in Verizon Innovative Learning schools

Digital Promise

To highlight some of the standout programs and great work that has taken place at Verizon Innovative Learning schools across the country over the course of the 2018-19 school year, we’re excited to announce the initiative’s annual Schools of Excellence Award winners.

Lead in the Now

A Principal's Reflections

With changing times, continuous reflection and learning are needed in order to move schools forward now. As such, teaching, learning, and leadership must change if growth and improvement are the goals. Students who are not engaged are not likely to be learning.

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Teamwork Makes the Dream Work—Building a Successful Blended Learning Program

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Three years ago, with the help of the education agency the Grant Wood Area Education Agency (GWAEA), Iowa rolled out its initiative to implement blended learning as a model for the state. Prompted by district administrators’ desire to find ways to build student agency, engage student passion and personalize learning, we hoped blended learning would shake up the status quo and spark large scale change.

Personalized Learning, Teachers Unleashed, and a Learning Analytics Partnership: The Story of Fresno Unified

Edsurge

At last February’s Board meeting, 10-year old Ryan inspired the adults in the room to see how tech can be leveraged for learning in a whole new light. Ryan had this chance to shine because of Fresno’s Personalized Learning Initiative (PLI), which has been fostering student voice, choice and collaboration over the last two years. With 71,000 students, Fresno is the fourth largest district in California. Education Technology Personalized Learning Learning Strategies

Substance Over Assumptions and Generalizations

A Principal's Reflections

There is a great deal of evidence to make educators reflect upon their use of technology. Technology will never solve all the ills of education! The biggest problem is that we have been teaching teachers and students how to use technology without giving them the why of technology.

Four Ways to Support Your School’s Digital Transformation #FutureReady #DLDay

Kleinspiration

Four Ways to Support Your School’s Digital Transformation Digital learning is an instructional practice that effectively uses technology to strengthen a student’s learning experience. Their nationwide initiatives reach millions of students and educators each year.

How to Build Strong Relationships During the Edtech Purchasing Process

Digital Promise

Whether you’re an educator or product developer, one of the key components to the educational technology (edtech) selection and purchase process is creating a mutually beneficial partnership. Engage with stakeholders to identify and communicate context-specific needs.

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Personalized Learning: Exploring the What, Why and How

Reading By Example

This post is another reaction paper I wrote for the course I am currently taking, Technology and School Leadership, through the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In a typical teacher’s day, taking the time to learn about digital tools can be a low priority.

Personalized Learning: Exploring the What, Why and How

Reading By Example

This post is another reaction paper I wrote for the course I am currently taking, Technology and School Leadership, through the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In a typical teacher’s day, taking the time to learn about digital tools can be a low priority.

Driving Change to Personalized Learning? Here’s How Three Leaders Have Done It

Edsurge

Moving towards personalized learning can be fraught with tension. Putting vision into practice Any school district knows, creating a vision for personalized learning is useless if you do not provide staff the steps to actually get there. According to Adam Lindstrom, Supervisor of Instructional Technology, Marlboro Township in NY: “The vision is only as good as the action that comes after it.” To do so, they started by evaluating their studentslearning and physical spaces.

A Paradigm Shift

A Principal's Reflections

The world continues to change as a result of technological advances. Make no mistake about it; technology is shaping the world in ways that we could never have imagined. Success is contingent upon sound instructional design, quality assessments, and an improved feedback loop.

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Navigating the Shift to OER

edWeb.net

During a tour of updates to SETDA’s Digital Instructional Materials Acquisition Policies for States (DMAPS) , which showcases state policies in support of digital materials, Christine Fox, Deputy Executive Director for SETDA, discussed new features like professional development information.

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2018 Education Innovation Clusters Convening: Looking to the Future

Digital Promise

EdClusters18 brought together nearly 100 leaders from more than 20 regions and 48 organizations across the country working to advance future-facing teaching and learning. Remake Learning Network (Pittsburgh). Learn more about the conversation in this EdWeek article.

Managing Smartphone Distractions in the Classroom

edWeb.net

Technology has become an integral element in our students’ educational journey. With the influx of diverse and multimedia instruction technology software and 1:1 programs, students have access to technology both in and out of school settings.

Sparking Deeper Learning Through Authentic, Real-World Experiences

EdTechTeacher

Part 2 of the Deeper Learning Series. This is the second post in a new 4-part EdTechTeacher series focused on Deeper Learning. Most of the current research and classroom innovation around deeper learning point to a recurring, if not central theme: authenticity and real-world experience.

Oklahoma’s Edmond Public Schools Chooses Discovery Education to Support New Digital Conversion Strategy

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-Discovery Education’s Math Techbook and Professional Learning Services to Strengthen Efforts to Create Dynamic Digital Classrooms – Silver Spring, Md. Through this effort, students are building collaborative learning skills that prepare them for college and careers.

How Education Elements Guides Districts in Creating Environments that Personalize Learning

Edsurge

There are organizations that support different kinds of transformation in schools and after researching and interviewing some of these organizations, we've learned a great deal about what these changes can look like, how schools go about redesigning aspects of their model, and what types of support they need along the way. In October, we will share a guide highlighting the trends, insights and challenges we've learned about while profiling five key players in the world of school redesign.

Favorite Portals for Pedagogical Planning (and a new curation tool)

NeverEndingSearch

Take a look if you and your partner teachers seek a little inspiration for engaging learners in meaningful conversations and a few new activities. Check out her descriptions of a few strategies: think-pair-share , chat Stations , reciprocal Learning , and crumple and shoot.

Using Educational Innovation to Catalyze Change

edWeb.net

The industrial education model was massively successful, with high school graduation rates and student achievement increasing decade after decade. Menlo Park City School District took a deep dive into the challenge of higher graduation rates and student engagement.

Esports Emerge as Learning and Social Catalyst in Schools

edWeb.net

Research-based evidence affirms its highly positive impact on students’ academic achievement, soft skills, and socio-emotional well-being. The county jumped on the esports train to heighten student engagement. edWeb Blog engagement Esports Game-Based Learning

Content Curation Strategies for Digital Learning

BYOT Network

In our digitally connected world, most of us have become curators of content as we utilize the technology tools in our pockets to interact with each other. I also listed the activities that are involved in content curation, specifically within K-12 learning environments.

Funding Edtech with the E-Rate Program and Grants

edWeb.net

As schools and districts strive to meet their existing technology needs and prepare for the future, access to federal and state funding, along with other grants, is making a major difference in whether students engage in 21 st century learning or are left behind.

96 edtech predictions for K12 in 2019

eSchool News

In addition to the usual suspects—more augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) apps—a lot of people believe this will be the year that social emotional learning (SEL) and interoperability become part of the mainstream. Jacob Bruno, vice president of professional learning, NWEA.