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.

This Math Program Helped Students Blow State Test Scores Out of the Water


The anxiety it created for parents and students—and even teachers, because it was something new—was awful. Students also needed support when it came to the end of year state assessments. “We Sixty-two percent of Montgomery students are English language learners (ELL).

Authentic Assessments to Support Teaching and Learning

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.

This Math Program Helped Students Blow State Test Scores Out of the Water


Although the district had successfully implemented conceptual approaches to math instruction for several years, the shifts in the new standards were challenging for some students. Sixty-two percent of Montgomery students are English language learners (ELL). Students can see examples.

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


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."

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.

Three Ways to Support Educators Who Hate to Teach Writing


The lack of practice adds up; by 8th grade, just 27% of students are at or above a proficient level of writing. One teacher from Pennsylvania told us she organized a “book tasting” for students, complete with tablecloths and candlesticks. One sixth grade teacher told me, “Many of my students are reluctant writers. In sixth grade, we focus on grammar, which can be boring for students.” Solution: Provide students with choice—and topics that interest them.

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


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


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 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.

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. (

Top Google News, Tips, and Resources from #ISTE19

Teacher Reboot Camp

For the past couple of years I’ve been a live reporter at ISTE and for 2 years interviewed folks with my toddler, Savvy. Currently, I am the Computer and Technology teacher of over 400 elementary students. Students can now earn a GSuite certification !

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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

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?

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.

ISTE 2019: How K–12 Leaders Can Use G Suite for Professional Development

EdTech Magazine

MORE FROM EDTECH: See how blended learning tools such as Microsoft Teams and Google Classroom can help improve student engagement. ISTE 2019: How K–12 Leaders Can Use G Suite for Professional Development. eli.zimmerman_9856. Wed, 06/26/2019 - 11:41.

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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."

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. .

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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How to Let Students Guide Science Learning with Challenge Based Learning

Digital Promise

Especially to those who have curated their lessons to satisfy so many different objectives, it can feel risky to give up some structure and allow students a significant degree of choice and control over their learning. It’s exciting to see students do some of the driving.

A further 4 ways to stimulate online learner engagement


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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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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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

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


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.

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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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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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.

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.

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.

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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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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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.

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.