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Technology doesn’t drive blended learning success … or does it?

The Christensen Institute

Blended-learning proponents can point to a growing number of schools that consistently achieve extraordinary student learning results. But is technology the key to their success? Recently, I visited five blended-learning schools in Las Vegas and the San Jose area that are earning accolades for serving low-income and minority students and achieving strong student learning outcomes: Dr. Owen C.

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

Edsurge

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.

Wanda Terral: 5 Ways to Help Kids Understand Digital Safety Without Scaring Them To Death

The CoolCatTeacher

In today’s show, Wanda Terral talks about how to help kids understand digital safety. Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher. 5 Ways to Help Kids Understand Digital Safety Without Scaring Them To Death. Link to show: www.coolcatteacher.com/e305.

Investing in leadership capacity: The amazing, wonderful District 59

Dangerously Irrelevant

Two years ago I had the incredible opportunity to work with the entire leadership team of District 59 in Arlington Heights, Illinois for SEVEN days. We met approximately once per month from September to May. How could we make them better? How could we make them better?

5 Ways to Organize Assignments in Google Classroom

Shake Up Learning

The post 5 Ways to Organize Assignments in Google Classroom appeared first on Shake Up Learning. Wondering how to organize Google Classroom? Deciding what topics to create and how to organize your assignments on this page has been trial and error.

Why we love our PD tools

eSchool News

Ask most teachers what they think of their district’s professional development (PD) and you’ll most likely get a grimace or an outright groan. But PD tools don’t have to be unproductive. Northwood Elementary School, Napa, Calif.

Interactive Learning Menus (Choice Boards) with G Suite – FREE Templates

Shake Up Learning

The post Interactive Learning Menus (Choice Boards) with G Suite – FREE Templates appeared first on Shake Up Learning. Differentiate with Learning Menus and Choice Boards. Digital Differentiation offers teachers and students many ways to reach all learners.

5 Reasons Teachers Using Tech are Super Heroes with Kecia Ray

The CoolCatTeacher

If you don’t “get” why technology is important, or know people who don’t, take a listen to understand and learn about transformative practices that work in education. They’re doing awesome things to drive inquiry based learning. So how hard is it?

Diary of a Techy Teacher: Why I’m Taking a One-Year Sabbatical with BetterLesson

Edsurge

As a matter of fact, the first time I ever heard these terms happened back when I was in college, where I also learned that taking a sabbatical is a requirement at some universities. With this in mind, I bet you can't name a K-12 educator who took a sabbatical while you were an elementary, middle school, or even high school student. So, why should this matter to you? As a result, after each event, I'd return to my classroom with a confining feeling in the back of my mind.

Why Don’t Schools Focus on Literacy?

Reading By Example

Our top hiring criteria — in addition to having the skills to do the job — is, are you a great writer? As an elementary principal the last seven years, the schools I have had the honor to lead have hosted site visits. To my knowledge: zero.

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Strategies for Supporting ELL Students in Math

edWeb.net

elementary and middle school classrooms, learning and understanding the language of mathematics can be a challenge. Supporting ELLs requires a commitment to a shift in practices which involves the entire school and also branches out to the community. For many of the 4.5

How a Local Tech Meetup Turned My Classroom Into a Startup

Edsurge

I sat next to my husband as he worked with a team of strangers to design and build a website connecting local veterans with community services. I watched people collaborate to fix bugs and find solutions. As I sat at the meetup, I found myself asking: How can I prepare a generation of students for these in-demand skills if I have limited experience with them myself? I analyzed user experience interviews to set priorities for the site.

Data-driven learning, not instruction, is the future of education

edWeb.net

Data-driven instruction may be the popular catchphrase in education, but in a recent edWebinar, the speakers advocated for data-driven learning. The student, they said, should be at the center of all educational efforts, especially when the goal is to improve outcomes.

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Can Micro-credentials Create More Meaningful Professional Development For Teachers?

MindShift

Learning science says people learn best when they apply new information to their own contexts. But these elements are rarely applied to professional development. They also have to reflect on what they learned through those experiences.

Rockin’ the Mindset- A Teacher Leader Cohort Journey

EdTechTeam

Read about Angela Barnett ’s journey with technology as she moved from unsure to a confident teacher after being a part of the Summer Online Teacher Leader Cohort in 2017. Last year I was moved from 2nd to 3rd grade AND with a chrome cart (1:1 Chromebooks) – There was no real training or PD provided for this new tool. . A teacher at my site invited me to attend the EdTechTeam Google Summit in Duarte (this was a first for all of us). .

Empowering Superintendents to Connect Technology and Learning

edWeb.net

“If it’s edtech, it must be good,” used to be the mantra in schools. In fact, many school technology plans fluctuated depending upon the latest fads and what someone learned at a conference and had little connection to curriculum or learning goals.

Hidden Digital Spaces Where Innovation in Education is Brewing

MIND Research Institute

In the 21st century, educators are no longer bound to the limits of geographic location for professional development opportunities. They understand that to have impactful change in student achievement requires impactful change in instructional design and methods. Deeper Learnin

The Free and Online 2014 School Leadership Summit Starts Wednesday! (Full Session List)

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

We have had such an enthusiastic response to this event that we have expanded the conference this year: we will start Wednesday afternoon/evening and go through Friday mid-day (US Time). We hope it gets you excited to attend!