Future Ready Schools® Releases New Blended Learning Guide for Districts

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In conjunction with the seventh annual Digital Learning Day , Future Ready Schools (FRS), an initiative of the Alliance for Excellent Education (All4Ed), released a new guide for school districts interested in using “blended learning” to support their approach to instruction. Blended learning is a variety of practices and strategies that combine online learning with in-person instruction from classroom teachers.

Top Tips to Create an Organized, Blended Learning Space for Students!

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Click Above to Register Now I am honored to share some of my most useful tips for setting up a brain-friendly learning space that encourages student collaboration and hands-on learning. I invite you to simply click above to register for this free, jam-packed one hour webinar about effective class design and personalized learning for students.

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6 Ways to Build Culture When Leading a Digital Conversion

Tom Murray

The shift to Future Ready Schools with blended and digital learning is dramatically changing the role of the school leader and requires focused attention on the critical importance of school culture in a successful transition. The webinar with Stacey and Lynn is available here: The webinar, which covered a lot of ground in a short time period, caused me to reflect on the impact of school culture on a digital learning conversion. Future Ready Schools.

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

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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. It emphasizes high-quality instructional pedagogy and provides access to challenging content, feedback through formative assessments, opportunities for learning anytime and anywhere, and personalized instruction to ensure all students reach their full potential to succeed in college and a career.

A 1:1 Journey Pt 2- Sliding Into Routines

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But they’re slow, and anyone who has ever been in a classroom knows that speed is of the essence. All other shall only approach you, ask your blessing, and be gifted with the instrument of learning. Then one kid is stationed at the cart, s/he is learning to be dexterous and deft with the plugs, and everyone else is back in their seats and ready to keep learning, quick like bunnies. If they forget, I’ve got a handy-dandy spreadsheet ready.

K-12 Library & Media Technology Guide

eSchool News

Leveraging a Future Ready Library opportunity. Librarians are facilitating learning despite school closures. Ancillary Guides assessment best blended blended learning classroom district eSchool News learning news online resources school tips tools trends

Next Gen Professional Development pt 2- Upskilling

CUE

Have you ever learned something by failing for a bit and then mastering the concept by simply doing it? Having educators make and share a short example of their learning is another key goal. Classroom leaders deal with incredibly complex local situations in terms of parent expectations, admin expectations and student skills – before they even get into the edtech aspects. Jon keynotes, leads and designs Professional Learning experiences all over the country.

A true gift from SHEG: DIY digital literacy assessments and tools for historical thinking

NeverEndingSearch

SHEG currently offers three impressive curricula that may be put to immediate use in secondary classrooms and libraries. These tasks are perfect for learning across the curriculum and especially for librarian-led learning. Webpage Comparison : Students examine two websites and select the one that they would use to begin research on gun control, assessing their ability to identify the strengths and limitations of websites for learning about political topics.

16 Great NonProfits Working to Support EdTech in Schools

Tom Murray

Prior to my role as the Director of Innovation for Future Ready Schools ® , I spent 14 years in a public school in Pennsylvania as an elementary and middle school teacher, middle school and elementary principal, and district level technology director. This post is the first of a short series meant to highlight the great work of many nonprofit organizations that are working diligently to support students’ learning on a daily basis. Organization: Future of Privacy Forum (FPF).

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Personalized Learning: Using Edtech for More Than Credit Recovery

Where Learning Clicks

Learn how one district is helping students become future ready by personalizing learning using edtech for more than credit recovery. The post Personalized Learning: Using Edtech for More Than Credit Recovery appeared first on Where Learning Clicks.

Stop Asking How to Put a Worksheet in Google Classroom – SULS018

Shake Up Learning

The post Stop Asking How to Put a Worksheet in Google Classroom – SULS018 appeared first on Shake Up Learning. Yes, I know you REALLY want to know how to put your worksheet into Google Classroom! . Get ready to stop asking how to put a worksheet in Google Classroom, because “worksheet” is about to be removed from your vocabulary. Usually, this question REALLY means, how do I put a PDF inside Google Classroom so my students can write on top of it.

5 Ways to Bring Financial Literacy into Any School

The CoolCatTeacher

Vicki: Today we’re talking with one of my favorite financial literacy gurus, Brian Page about five ways to bring financial literacy into the classroom. It’s a really fun way to introduce financial literacy quiz questions, like Quiz Bowl format, questions in classrooms, anywhere from elementary to high school students. If a school claims that it’s “future ready” and they’re not giving every student access to financial literacy, they can just stop pretending that they’re future ready.

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Free Resource: Personalization, Agency, Authenticity, Connectivity, and Creativity (PAACC) Playbook

Catlin Tucker

In the book, Blended Learning in Action , my co-authors (Tiffany Wycoff and Jason Green) and I created the PAACC Hallmarks of Effective Practice as a guide to ensure that blended learning puts students at the center of learning and helps them to develop future-ready skills.

6 Tips for Getting Started with Google Classroom (and a FREE Mini Course)

Shake Up Learning

The post 6 Tips for Getting Started with Google Classroom (and a FREE Mini Course) appeared first on Shake Up Learning. Ready to Join Google Classroom? Join the Google Classroom revolution! It will completely change the way you deliver assignments, communicate and collaborate in your class, and give your students future-ready skills! I’ve put together some of the tips I have learned while using Google Classroom into this handy infographic.

Digital Differentiation with G Suite Tools – SULS016

Shake Up Learning

The post Digital Differentiation with G Suite Tools – SULS016 appeared first on Shake Up Learning. Let’s discover ways to use our favorite Google tools to level the playing field and make differentiation a reality in your classroom. I hope this episode inspires you to dig deeper into differentiated instruction, and how to use the tools you have available to support all of the learners in your classroom. Listen in to learn how to implement it in your classroom.

5 #FETC Presentations You Might Have Missed!

Shake Up Learning

appeared first on Shake Up Learning. I just finished presenting, connecting, and learning at the Future of Educational Technology Conference , or FETC, in Orlando, Florida. So no FOMO for Shake Up Learning readers! And if you want to learn more about all of the other goodies shared at FETC, take a look at the hashtag on Twitter, #FETC. Shake Up Learning 2018. Walk away with a digital toolbox and easy classroom integration ideas.

A Quick Return to My #EdTech Foundations

The Playground Advocate

He's a super smart guy whose own expertise in this area is exceptional, so he wasn't really likely to learn anything from my response, so much as he was looking to see what wrinkles I might add to his own thinking. EdTech empowers future-ready skills development.

How to Cultivate Communication Skills in the Classroom

Shake Up Learning

The post How to Cultivate Communication Skills in the Classroom appeared first on Shake Up Learning. Cultivating a culture of communication in the classroom creates a foundation for building the other, ‘C’s:’ collaboration, creativity, and critical thinking. But what does this look like in the classroom? Lisa has put together a book with PRACTICAL ideas for teachers to truly help teachers cultivate communication in their classroom.

What Should First Year Teachers Know About Tech Integration?

Tech Helpful

For many of us in the chat we felt that new teachers are not necessarily entering the workforce equipped for a tech-rich classroom. At the end of the chat I shared the following tweet: "I know I'm biased but I think teacher prep students should be aware of blended learning, value of PLN and recent buzzwords to explore." Understanding the dynamics, classroom management and benefits of blended learning needs to be on the new teacher's radar.

Scaling Innovation: A System’s Approach to Transforming Teaching & Learning

Digital Promise

To help overcome this, we have adopted the Future Ready Schools Framework , a systematic approach to scaling innovative digital learning practices while promoting long-term sustainability. Putting a thoughtful transition to digital learning in place affords us the opportunity to provide greater clarity and coherence regarding our district’s vision of teaching and learning to educators, students, and our community. Digital Learning Teams.

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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. Learn more at coolcatteacher.com/guide. We use Google Classroom a lot. Kristen: These were all happening in the government classroom, sort of as an extension of that curriculum that they traditionally go through.

What To Do With Wonky Wednesday

Catlin Tucker

Kevin Brookhouser’s book, The 20Time Project: How Educators can Launch Google’s Formula for Future-ready Innovation , is a great resource for teachers curious about 20% time. #2 I also dedicate a chapter in my new book Balance with Blended Learning to metacognition. #3

Measuring Impact with the Digital Practice Assessment (DPA)

A Principal's Reflections

Practices such as BYOD, 1:1, blended learning, personalized learning, classroom and school redesign, branding, makerspaces, professional learning, etc. As Senior Fellow with the International Center for Leadership in Education (ICLE), I have worked with a fantastic team to develop services and tools to help districts, schools, and organizations across the world transform teaching, learning, and leadership.

Update: North Dakota Innovation Academy

Dangerously Irrelevant

Generously supported by Ted Dintersmith and in cooperation with the North Dakota Council of Educational Leaders , the goal was to kick off a three-year investment in leadership capacity-building across the state for future-ready learning, teaching, and schooling. connected learning audit (personal analysis of our analog and digital learning connections); our connectedness outside of school; connected learning in schools (lots of examples!),

Framing the Personalized Learning Discussion from Tom Driscoll

EdTechTeacher

Learn more about what Tom is doing with teachers by following him on Twitter: @Mr_Driscoll. As Larry Cuban referenced in a recent post , the core idea of personalized learning is far from new. Learning is social. Blog Featured Personalized Learning Tom Driscoll

Two Edthena Partners Featured in National Broadband Imperative Report

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Earlier this month, the State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA) released their report, The Broadband Imperative II: Equitable Access for Learning. In it, education leaders advocate strongly for policymakers to increase broadband internet access in support of student learning. Vrain Valley Schools in Colorado wrote about how their investment in technology infrastructure helped achieve their goals of being Future Ready.

Personalized Learning and Digital Tools Weave Strong Fabric for Student Success

EdTech Magazine

Personalized Learning and Digital Tools Weave Strong Fabric for Student Success. But, are the students ready for what awaits them? According to Project Tomorrow’s 2017 Speak Up Research Project for Digital Learning , 56 percent of parents of school-aged children are concerned that their child isn’t learning the right skills in school to be successful in college or a future job. Personalized Learning Aids All Students.

Come for the computers, stay for the books

The Hechinger Report

In fact, the busier it is, the better—whether it’s kids experimenting with the Makey Makey circuitry or uploading designs to a 3D printer, or a class learning media literacy or a student seeking advice on a video she’s editing at one of the computer workstations. Ray heads up Future Ready Librarians, part of Future Ready Schools — a network for sharing education technology solutions, which is sponsored by the Alliance for Excellent Education, a Washington, D.C.-based

Educational Technology Serves Equity When Used with Purpose

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In my time as a classroom teacher, principal and superintendent, I became professionally and emotionally vested in leading and supporting a vision for educational equity, which is shared by many of my colleagues. That vision is to create the best conditions that can lead to equitable learning outcomes and to provide all students with the right resources they need to learn, regardless of race, gender, income and other factors. Want to learn more?

Is Your School "Future Ready"?

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This is the first in a series of posts that examine how schools and districts are planning for and implementing digital learning efforts. In November of 2014, President Obama challenged district superintendents to sign the Future Ready Pledge. By signing, school leaders committed to working with teachers, families, and community members to transition their districts to "personalized, digital learning.". What does it mean to be a Future Ready School?

Buncee is headed to FETC19

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The Buncee Bus is on the way to the 39th Annual Future of Education Technology Conference in Orlando, Florida. Joe and Kristin Merril- Using Buncee in the InterACTIVE Classroom -11AM. See how students can use Buncees to represent their Project Based Learning in a more authentic and meaningful way. As an instructional coach, I am always looking for ways to transform learning for my peers. Shannon Miller-Name That Future Ready Librarian Wedge-3PM.

7 Great NonProfits Changing the Face of Professional Learning

Tom Murray

As mentioned in my previous post 16 Great NonProfits Working to Support EdTech in Schools , prior to my role as the Director of Innovation for Future Ready Schools, I spent 14 years in a public school in Pennsylvania as an elementary and middle school teacher, middle school and elementary principal, and district level technology director. All of these organizations are shifting the needle and rocking professional learning nationwide. Organization: Learning Forward.

Disruptive technologies in Education industry

EdSense

impetus for the number of startups investing in the edtech sector and technology releases by players like Microsoft, Google have given the necessary boost for educators to look towards technology to impart education for the future. Technology adoption will be the key differentiator to develop future ready generation and the earlier educational institutions adopt this view, they will reap the rewards sooner. It increases the human engagement and makes learning more fun.

Platform will beam lessons to rural schools via tablet

eSchool News

Mobiliya Edvelop, a digital classroom platform , is delivering remote lectures to rural schools in some corners of the world — providing tablets that help rural students tap into lessons taught in urban areas. While the cities have all the learning resources, the rural schools lack quality teachers and standardized pedagogies. Both countries are relying on digital technologies to accelerate the education pedagogy and create a future-ready workforce.

Strategies to Plan a District Digital Learning Day

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Recently, Milford and East Bridgewater School Districts collaborated on district-wide digital learning days that provided successful and impactful learning experiences for staff. Often those not in the classroom are quite impressed by the technology and the learning that’s happening. Once these stakeholders invest in active learning, you’ve cleared your first hurdle! Now, it’s on to our next, most important, group of investors in active learning: the educators.