A tale of two pilots

eSchool News

note : Choosing hardware or software for an entire school district is a momentous decision, so it only makes sense that districts across the country are choosing to pilot products before signing on the dotted line. We made plans to expand our pilot.

Better Edtech Budgeting: How Yuma Elementary District Makes The Most of Its Money

Edsurge

This case study was featured in Chapter 4 of EdSurge's "State of Edtech" report. To the other 13 school/district case studies, click here. During 2009, then-Superintendent Darwin Stiffler and Associate Superintendent Duane Sheppard of Yuma Elementary School District One in Arizona had just taken their positions and were trying to figure out how to meet students’ needs. The team also went door-to-door to speak with retired voters.

Beat Boredom: Engaging Tired-Out Teenagers in Critical Thinking

The CoolCatTeacher

Martha Rush has ideas and inspiration to help us reach our students this week! Try Matific free and sign up to join their Math games. Matific is a fantastic site full of math manipulatives and customized playlists of activities to help students at every level master math.

All Lessons Should Be Interdisciplinary

User Generated Education

How often does someone do worksheets outside of school? How often when they become adults? They also tend to focus on a single content area concept like specific math problems or questions about a particular text. It tends to be highly engaging for students.

What Students Gain From Learning Ethics in School

MindShift

Her small class at Kent Place School in New Jersey was discussing a case study that concerned a woman who was thinking of leaving her disabled husband; caring for his injuries was devouring the woman’s every moment, and the couple’s affection for each other had fizzled.

1st Grade digital PBL: Does it work?

Neo LMS

Project-based learning , as we have often examined in this blog, is a powerful way to not only impart information, by exploration, but has the added advantage of stimulating and developing a range of other skills and habits such as communication, creativity, curiosity, confidence and collaboration.

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After Early Results, Personalized Learning Is 'Quickly Becoming District-Wide' in Dallas

Edsurge

Rogers Elementary School in Texas get an unusual introduction to technology. As they transition from first grade, to second, to third, their classroom devices change, too. Personalized learning is core to the model at Rogers Elementary, and Kristen Watkins, director of the personalized learning program at Dallas Independent School District, says that exposing students to multiple devices is an intentional part of the school’s approach.

A rural Montana district goes all in on makerspaces

The Hechinger Report

Editor’s note: This story led off this week’s Future of Learning newsletter, which is delivered free to subscribers’ inboxes every Wednesday with trends and top stories about education innovation. Related: Teachers share tips on making makerspaces accessible to all.

A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 9 Edition)

Doug Levin

Ever wonder how stories covered by popular edtech outlets – such as edSurge, eSchoolNews, Tech & Learning, and THE Journal – get selected? A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 9 Edition). Tagged on: March 4, 2017 Most of the time, innovators don’t move fast and break things | Aeon Essays → Because of their importance, it’s essential to reflect more critically on our collective myths about innovation.

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Teacher Development Research Review: Keys to Educator Success

Digital Promise

Teaching quality has been defined as “instruction that enables a wide range of students to learn” ( Darling-Hammond, 2012 ), and it is the strongest school-related factor that can improve student learning and achievement ( Hanushek, 2011 ; Nye, Konstantopoulos, and Hedges, 2004 ; Rivkin, Hanushek, and Kain, 2005 ). Knowing this, what is the best way to foster and provide ongoing support for good teaching practices? Lesson study.

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Is strength-based learning a “magic bullet?”

The Hechinger Report

Audrianna Lesieur, age 11, smiles after demonstrating the strength of “Confidence” with encouragement from classmate William Maestas as her teacher Val Seamons moves on to assist Billy Sabo at Lake Canyon Elementary School. in English language arts and from 25 to 35.9

S'Cool Tools, Teacher Voice Edition: Raz-Kids, Big Universe, CodeSpell

Edsurge

If you’d like to be featured in our S’Cool Tools column, click here to leave your very own Teacher Case Study. EdSurge: What was the problem in your classroom or school that you were trying to solve when you implemented Raz-Kids? Describe how you used the product. The teachers requested funds from the PTO to purchase four classroom subscriptions. Students are motivated to work on devices. Describe how you used the product: .

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How Achievement First is Creating an Interoperable Ecosystem

Edsurge

This case study was originally published on Getting Smart Achievement First operates a network of 32 high-performing college-preparatory, K-12 public charter schools in Connecticut, Rhode Island and New York City. Its rigorous standards, high-quality curriculum and ongoing professional development for teachers serve to support this goal. Nowhere is this more evident than in the network’s Greenfield program, which demonstrates how schools can be built from scratch.

AV that Makes the Grade

techlearning

If you want to prepare for the future of educational technology, start by exploring the past. Look at the word “educate” and its Latin root educat; according to Merriam-Webster, the origin meant “led out.” Augmented Reality is moving more quickly, thanks to tools like Amazon Echo.

GlobalEdCon 2013 - Day Three Schedule

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

To see the schedule in your own time zone, with the full session descriptions and a link to enter each session, go to [link]. To receive the daily conference schedule, be sure to join the Global Education Conference network. Our free conference runs all week and is open to anyone to attend--spread the word with Twitter hashtag # globaled13. Special Notes: Thanks to our GREAT volunteer group!

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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!

Jessie Woolley-Wilson: How ‘Benevolent Friction’ Guides DreamBox

Edsurge

For the past six and half years, she has led DreamBox Learning , growing the company from a startup into one of the leading providers of online math tools for elementary school children. Her steady but firm discipline of the company is a case study in how to grow an organization, especially in a complex industry such as education. She began her career as a banker but soon realized that to be true to her core beliefs, she wanted to have a role in education.

The Business of Education Technology

Hack Education

If nothing else, I’ve wanted as many days in December to pass as possible so that my calculations for the total amount of venture funding invested during the year were as accurate as I could get them to be when I hit ”publish.“ I think it’s safe to say, for example, that venture capital investment has fallen off rather precipitously this year. ” “ Crossing the chasm to profitability.” ” “ A path to profitability.”

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Via PR Watch : “ Betsy DeVos Ethics Report Reveals Ties to Student Debt Collection Firm.” Via Wired : “The Senate Prepares to Send Internet Privacy Down a Black Hole.” ” Via The Atlantic : “How Betsy DeVo s Could End the School-Integration Comeback.” Via Edsurge : “How Former NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg ’s iZone Went from ‘Cool’ to Cold.” ” Honestly, I can’t even bear to look.

Learning Revolution Free Events - ISTE Unplugged + Hack Education - AERO - Gaming in Ed Call for Proposals - Students Driving Change

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

The Internet is shifting the boundaries of these worlds, and we believe that as they increasingly overlap and integrate these conversations will be critical to framing and preparing for the learning revolution starting to take place. To subscribe to this newsletter, please sign up at the Learning Revolution. If you are going to ISTE 2014, or if you live anywhere near Atlanta, GA, then you will want to come join us for a TON of fun at ISTE Unplugged.

STEMxCon - Today Is the Final Deadline for Proposals; Great Keynotes + Sessions; Need Volunteers!

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

The end of the day today is the final deadline to get in a proposal to speak at next week''s free and online 2013 Global STEMx Education Conference (STEMxCon.com) , September 19 - 21. This is a great opportunity to share your work or ideas!

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