How Powerful Use of Technology Can Increase Student Engagement

Digital Promise

Rather than taking a traditional multiple choice test at the end of their unit on weather, sixth grade students at Gilbert Middle School in South Carolina created their own live weather reports—complete with green screens and fake snow.

Your Device Rollout Isn’t About Hardware—It’s About Engagement

Edsurge

For anyone involved in education, the importance of engagement is clear. And the need for both student engagement and buy-in cannot be overstated when it comes to device rollout. Engagement in the classroom matters. Focus on the students.

American Education's War on Student Engagement: We're Losing Them!

The 21st Century Principal

A recent Gallup survey delivered what I would consider much worse news than that our students aren''t first place on the latest international assessments. That news simply stated was: "The longer our students stay in school, the less engaged they become." In a word, we are boring our students into oblivion. This issue is not something a new set of standards will fix, nor will a "new generation of assessments fix."

How Improving Student Feedback and Teaching Data Science Restored Our Classroom Culture

Edsurge

I was in my fifth year of teaching at Forest Ridge, an independent all-girls school serving students in grades 5-12 in Bellevue, Wash., and I was feeling isolated in a room with students who didn’t seem to want to engage with my class, despite all my efforts to bring enthusiasm and passion to my work. The learning environment was tense, my students were angsty and I didn't have the information or strategies to make it better. Anonymous student.

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NY Times article discusses engagement and gamification

Ascend Math

The article is well worth reading for its smart discussion of “engagement” and “gamification.”. The article, by NY Times reporter Natasha Singer, also made mention of Ascend Math. Students understand quickly that they must earn their time in Base Camp.

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

Edsurge

These conferences are rarely original and are often a missed opportunity to truly connect with parents about something beyond the report card. In contrast, my own parent-teacher conferences were student-centered—creating space for meaningful discussion about things other than grades. I provided students with a superhero’s historical financials and challenged them to figure out a way to redirect more cash towards their characters’ “superhero needs.”

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.

Research roundup: 4 new reports on what’s working for blended learning practitioners

The Christensen Institute

Even though we aren’t even half-way through 2018, there are already several insightful reports on blended and personalized learning from this year that are worth highlighting. These reports examined various tools and approaches to implement blended and personalized learning models, as well as the potential impact these models could have on students and teachers. Digital math tool produces gains in student achievement.

2 reports help leaders leverage ESSA

eSchool News

School leaders, policymakers can use ESSA to focus on boosting learning, achievement for students. Two new reports offer school leaders research-based evidence to help them leverage the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) to improve learning outcomes for students.

3 Favorite Webtools for students (and teachers)

Ask a Tech Teacher

Using a game-based format, students receive repeated exposure to high-utility words in multiple contexts and authentic ways that seem natural and age-appropriate. They are introduced via themes to spark interest and keep students engaged.

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Growth over Grades: How a Resubmit Policy Is Helping Us Build a Culture of Revision

Edsurge

Read part one to learn how this teacher improved her student feedback system to increase student engagement. Hearing a student say that work isn’t worth it would send most teachers into a downward spiral, but these words brought me joy. At Forest Ridge, an independent all-girls school serving students in grades 5-12 in Bellevue, Wash., we've been grappling with how to support students in focusing on growth over grades for years.

3 Easy Ways to Gamify Your Classroom with Kahoot

Fractus Learning

One of education’s hottest buzzwords these days is g amification: the integration of games into classroom instruction to enhance student learning. Purposeful gamification can allow for personalized learning , increased student engagement , and greater creativity. (

3 critical education topics affecting U.S. students

eSchool News

Brown Center on Education releases annual report examining three distinct areas of education. Assessments Common Core News Research Top News

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3 ways the flipped classroom leads to better subject mastery

eSchool News

Specifically, flipping can change the type of work students complete and the way in which class time will be used; it can modify the nature of assessment, and it can alter the way in which teachers will report student work. Next page: Bringing student choice to assessment.

OPINION: How do you measure social and emotional learning?

The Hechinger Report

. In the education world, it is often said that what gets assessed gets addressed. As the desire to improve SEL for all students grows, it is increasingly important to measure its effectiveness. The Assessment Guide and Assessment Finder are complementary tools.

25 Ways to use Google Forms in the Classroom (with examples!)

The Electric Educator

Reading Quiz - Hold students responsible for reading assignments by giving a simple quiz. It is set up so that the student immediately receives their score and can see which questions they got wrong. Engagement tracker - Are your students engaged in classroom learning on a daily basis?

15 Sites for Differentiated Instruction

Technology Tidbits

"Differentiated instruction and assessment (also known as differentiated learning or, in education , simply, differentiation ) is a framework or philosophy for effective teaching that involves providing students with different avenues to acquiring content; to processing, constructing, or making sense of ideas ; and to developing teaching materials and assessment measures so that all students within a classroom can learn effectively, regardless of differences in ability."

Education Galaxy–Personalized Learning That’s Fun

Ask a Tech Teacher

New students, new parents, new rules at school–but there’s one more piece that shakes up my education ecosystem: new webtools. It’s online assessment, practice, and instruction for K-6 students with a tagline: Curiously fun, amazingly effective, refreshingly affordable.

3 Levels of Connectivity K–12 Schools Should Consider

EdTech Magazine

The increasing digitalization of education has put even more emphasis on internet access in K–12 schools , leading more school districts, nonprofits and government agencies to invest in programs and services to ensure each student is connected. .

4 Ways to Discover the Best Edtech

Digital Promise

This resulted in a frenzy to find an app or a website to use in the classroom with students. But we now know that a website or an app is only as powerful as its effectiveness in instruction and engagement. Will this product enrich students? Will this product remediate students?

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A further 4 ways to stimulate online learner engagement

Neo LMS

Online learning is a terrific way to create stimulating learning environments for students. However, for a number of reasons some students do not adapt easily to learning online. A further 4 ways to stimulate online learner engagement.

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WebAssign launches analytics tool for students

eSchool News

Tool offers a new way for students to view class progress. WebAssign, a provider of online instructional tools for faculty and students, today announced the release of its latest analytics feature for students, My Class Insights. Assessments News Top News

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CoSN 2019: How to Design an Effective K–12 Technology Evaluation Program

EdTech Magazine

Assessments can be used to make programs more cost-effective, improve implementation, enable replication elsewhere in the district and justify more funding to administrators. . However, many schools are not properly assessing technology programs, Baule told attendees.

Study Finds Data Analytics Help Lower Rates of Disciplinary Action in K–12

EdTech Magazine

At 70 public schools in Louisiana, in partnership with Tulane University, a new program using data analytics to monitor student behavior has reduced the number of disciplinary incidents by 72 percent , according to a new study released by Tulane’s Education Research Alliance. .

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3 Exciting Ways to Use Augmented and Virtual Reality in the K–12 Classroom

EdTech Magazine

Some teachers who have already incorporated augmented reality and virtual reality (AR/VR) technology into their classrooms or lesson plans have seen amazing benefits in student engagement and retention. Take K–12 Students on a Trip with VR. Turn Students into Content Creators.

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Alma releases new standards tracker

eSchool News

Alma Technologies, a provider of a holistic student engagement platform for K-12 schools, has added a standards tracking tool intended to empower educators more effectively teach to proficiency against any set of academic standards. Material from a press release was used in this report.

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Prodigy Math Game: Game-Based Learning for the Common Core

Kleinspiration

The implications it has on student engagement and learning cannot be overstated. Prodigy is a free, adaptive math game that integrates 1 st to 7 th grade math into a fantasy style game that students absolutely love playing.

Closing the Digital Learning Gap

Digital Promise

Students are designing, making, coding, composing, animating, and publishing. In the old model of education, the job of schools was to teach students everything they needed to know for life and work. Increase Feedback and Assessment. Engage Families.

Create Effective Feedback With Education Technology

ViewSonic Education

Giving effective feedback is one of the best ways to improve student learning. Education technology empowers teachers to help students on an individual basis. Effective feedback doubles how quickly students learn. Effective feedback doubles how quickly students learn.

The benefits of active learning

Dangerously Irrelevant

Seventy-four percent of teachers from high-SES districts and 64 percent from low-SES districts reported their schools had cut the amount of time scheduled for child-directed activities in recent years. . We can no longer claim to believe in the individual student.

Almost 70% of teachers are not engaged. Here’s why that matters so much

The Hechinger Report

Wednesday Gallup released a major report on the State of American Schools. Their data paints a picture of schools performing as a complex ecosystem, with the wellbeing, engagement, and performance of teachers, students, and principals all intertwined. Gallup’s also drawing on its background developing the Employee Engagement Survey, which has been administered to a total of almost 30 million people in all professions. Assessment Data Innovation Technology

K-12 Dealmaking: PowerSchool Acquires Haiku Learning; Jefferson Education Partners with Fishtree

Marketplace K-12

The company also noted that as a result of the acquisition, PowerSchool will add more than 3 million users across six continents while continuing to serve more than 20 million students—or more than one-third of the total students—in the U.S. In January, Jefferson Education formed a partnership with math and science curriculum and assessment provider Agile Mind. Investors included the Social Venture Fund, a student-led fund within the Samuel Zell & Robert H.

I have a confession.

Baker's B.Y.O.D.

I can''t efficiently and effectively grade my students'' writing by myself. I''ve been teaching for 14 years and I can''t get students to improve their writing based on my assessment alone no matter how many times I try. And how about this scenario for major writing assignments: students get assigned an essay to write that connects to the novel studied in class. Less is more: students need to engage in smaller assignments more frequently.

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How Is Cloud Computing Revolutionizing the Education Industry?

Ask a Tech Teacher

There was no way to get it into a student school drive from home. Implementing a cloud storage platform at a school is a great way to gather all this knowledge into one unified place that can be accessed by students.

Substance Over Assumptions and Generalizations

A Principal's Reflections

The most glaring was the OECD Report that came out last fall. The biggest problem is that we have been teaching teachers and students how to use technology without giving them the why of technology. In terms of engagement make sure that it is actually leading to learning.

Google Classroom and Microsoft Teams for Education: Find the Blended Learning Tool that Works Best

EdTech Magazine

Blended learning combines technology and face-to-face interaction to improve student engagement, streamline assessments and open the lines of communication between teachers and students. . This makes it easy to distribute to students and share with fellow teachers. . “I

15 Sites for Differentiated Instruction

Technology Tidbits

"Differentiated instruction and assessment (also known as differentiated learning or, in education , simply, differentiation ) is a framework or philosophy for effective teaching that involves providing students with different avenues to acquiring content; to processing, constructing, or making sense of ideas ; and to developing teaching materials and assessment measures so that all students within a classroom can learn effectively, regardless of differences in ability."

A few strategies to implement Bloom’s taxonomy in education

Linways Technologies

Consider plotting assessments to the levels of Bloom’s taxonomy. As you go assessing your students and evaluating their performances, consider also giving points or grades to the levels themselves. Project based learning is a great way to improve student engagement and cognition.

Spaced Practice Works. A Learning Scientist Helped Me Understand Why.

Edsurge

The 20 students in my class received a wide range of grades, causing a mixture of satisfaction and dismay. I would integrate repeated practice for the fraction skills into the rest of our content and I would set up a time to meet with students who had failed, but I knew it wouldn’t be enough.