Fostering Powerful Use of Technology Through Instructional Coaching

Digital Promise

Last summer, we began an exciting pilot project to understand whether instructional technology coaching ultimately leads to closing the digital use divide in the classroom. The post Fostering Powerful Use of Technology Through Instructional Coaching appeared first on Digital Promise.

Google Updates and Improves its Learning Center for Teacher Training

Educational Technology Guy

Google has updated and improved its Learning Center for Teacher Training with new use cases and best practices, making it even more useful and easier to learn about Google apps. This post originally appeared on Educational Technology Guy. Follow me on Twitter and Google+.

Why new technologies often don’t help students

The Christensen Institute

It’s easy to get caught up in the allure of new technologies. But the truth is, breakthrough innovations rarely come from the technologies themselves. Rather, they come from finding ways to use new technologies to rethink old patterns and processes.

Center for Digital Education - great, free resource on education and technology

Educational Technology Guy

The Center for Digital Education , formerly known as Converge, is a great site with lots of information about education and technology, including news, grants, product reviews, case studies, examples of digital education and much more. Follow me on Twitter and Google+.

How to Become a Google Certified Trainer (FREE eBook Download)

Shake Up Learning

The post How to Become a Google Certified Trainer (FREE eBook Download) appeared first on Shake Up Learning. Download the FREE eBook: How to Become a Google Certified Trainer. Who wants to become a Google Certified Trainer? Google Certifications. All Google Certifications.

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Moving Instructional Technology in the Right, and Safe, Direction

Gaggle Speaks

Providing a safe forum for students to collaborate and share ideas had been a challenge at Little Rock School District. The largest school system in the state of Arkansas needed a way to reduce the often-lengthy process of monitoring online student behavior.

Gaggle for Google: Student Safety in a 1:1 Chromebook District

Gaggle Speaks

Following a switch to a 1:1 technology initiative, Huntley Community School District 158 in Algonquin, IL needed a solution to monitor students’ activity. Huntley has yet to find itself in the position of having to intervene in a serious case involving a student email.

4 NEW Google Certifications! Plus a NEW Google Training Center!

Shake Up Learning

4 NEW Google Certifications! Plus a NEW Google Training Center! New and Updated Google Educator Certifications! I spend a lot of time helping other educators prepare for Google Certifications, and I am happy to share some new information today.

Using Google Apps in a Safe 1:1 Learning Environment

Gaggle Speaks

Productivity tools like Google Apps for Education for classroom collaboration make 1:1 initiatives a realistic goal for any size school district. ” Seth Hemken, Director of Technology at Redding School District, walked attendees through his district’s successful 1:1 implementation.

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The Business of Education Technology

Hack Education

I maintain a dataset of all education technology investments and all education technology investors. Glaring in its absence from this list: “personalization,” one of the most trumpeted technology “solutions” this year. (I’ll Moreover, per this ideology, without the aid of algorithms and “personalization” technology, human educators and traditional institutions have historically failed to meet the needs of individuals as individuals.

Did You Know You Can Search Google Drive and Gmail From Chrome?

Shake Up Learning

The post Did You Know You Can Search Google Drive and Gmail From Chrome? Did you know you can search your Google Drive from Chrome? With this one little trick, you can search right from the search box (aka the Omnibox) in Google Chrome. Go show off your mad Google skills!

How Much is Student Safety Worth?

Gaggle Speaks

Along with implementing new technology come new concerns about student safety, so when sixth graders at Warsaw Community Schools received Google accounts as part of a 1:1 iPad initiative, district officials knew they needed to do more. Is Your School Using Google Apps for Education?

So You Want to Be a Google Certified Trainer? FAQ Answers!

Shake Up Learning

The post So You Want to Be a Google Certified Trainer? Are you ready to take your career to the next level and become a Google Certified Trainer? I am a Google Certified Trainer, Google Certified Innovator, and Google Educator Group Leader.

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The Rumors are True! There’s a New Google Sites Coming!

Shake Up Learning

There’s a New Google Sites Coming! Credit: Google Apps Updates. The NEW Google Sites. There is FINALLY a new version of Google Sites coming. If you have ever attended my Google Sites training, you know that I often refer to Google Sites as an, “acquired taste.”

How to Create a Safe 1:1 Learning Environment

Gaggle Speaks

At the same time, and again just like you, Redding School District strives to keep pace with the latest advances in technology. Seth Hemken, Redding School District’s Director of Technology, quickly discovered that this project was just getting started.

How Junction ISD Keeps Students Safe When Using G Suite for Education

Gaggle Speaks

An ever-increasing number of educators are experiencing this first-hand, including Kaycie Sullivan, the technology coordinator at Junction Independent School District (ISD) in Texas. Moderating students’ use of G Suite for Education and keeping them safe is no easy task.

Dixon Public Schools Uses New Websites to Engage Community, Do More With Less

Gaggle Speaks

Whenever I talk to technology leaders at smaller school districts, a consistent theme comes up: They face similar challenges of school systems ten times their size, yet have to confront them with much smaller staffs.

Happy Users Become Even Happier Customers

Gaggle Speaks

Gaggle case studies are straightforward success stories about our customers. Our talented graphic designer, Tara Skoglund, does an incredible job presenting them so each case study can be skimmed quickly or read in just a few minutes.

FREE #GoogleEdu PD in Your PJ’s! #GoogleEduOnAir 2016

Shake Up Learning

Google Edu On Air 2016 is FREE PD for You! You heard me…FREE Google professional development is coming on December 3rd. I am super excited to be a part of Google Edu On Air again this year. Click here to register for Google Edu On Air 2016.

Can EdTech enable Social Emotional Learning (SEL)?

Neo LMS

Take for instant the Howe-Manning 6th grade project, that asked student groups to research the Syrian conflict, with a focus on the placement and conditions of refugees, then work with design technologies to design an ideal refugee shelter.

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Twelve Years Later: What’s Really Changed in the K-12 Sector? (Part 1)

Edsurge

In fall 2007, Larry Berger, CEO of Wireless Generation (now Amplify) was invited to submit a paper to an “Entrepreneurship in Education” working group led by Rick Hess, the director of Education Policy Studies at the American Enterprise Institute. This “Google and good luck” approach throws a lot of options, confusion, and competing agendas at teachers. As a case study, consider a typical district literacy initiative, which is anchored on one of the big basal reading programs.

Education Eye - mapping innovations - find some cool new things

Educational Technology Guy

It tracks educational websites, blogs, forums, case studies and more. This post originally appeared on Educational Technology Guy. Follow me on Twitter and Google+. educational technology free resources

20 YouTube Channels for Educators

Shake Up Learning

You can learn just about anything on YouTube: how to fix your dryer, how to create a blog, or how to use Google Docs. This is a great way to stay up-to-date with innovative tools like Google Apps. She is my go-to resource for all things Google Classroom.

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

Edsurge

In this University of Roehampton London study , one school saw dramatic improvements by incorporating Classcraft ’s collaborative game and personalized learning tools into their one-to-one and Google Classroom implementation.

Investing in Your Students’ Safety

Gaggle Speaks

Having used Gaggle’s platform for years to monitor online activity, CPS found their student safety investment became even more valuable as they expanded students’ access to technology. For any district like ours that values technology and student safety, I highly recommend this investment.”

Giving Students a Safe Way to Ask for Help

Gaggle Speaks

We needed a service like Gaggle because monitoring 45,000 new accounts would quickly become a full-time job for multiple staff members,” said Eric Hileman, the district’s executive director of Information Technology.

Here's How Single Sign-On Saved One District 2,500 Hours of Instructional Time Per Month

Edsurge

teachers were stressed out about logging in to the point where some would just give up on using technology and go back to their regular pen and paper process. In his 16 years of working in IT, Tam Nguyen has grown uncomfortably familiar with these types of calls and the resulting reluctance of teachers to adopt new technologies. This technology allows students and staff to access multiple applications and resources with a single username and password.

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Structure for Authentic Reading in My Biology Class

Cycles of Learning

A huge focus of the course has been leveraging student diagnosis of medical case studies as entries into inquiry cycles. Click here for our class website which contains templates for all case studies. Biology cognition Flipped Learning Inquiry Technology

Knowing the Unknown: Monitoring to Keep Students Safe

Gaggle Speaks

We started looking for software that could monitor the email and document collaboration taking place in Google Docs,” said Director of Technology Ryan Adkins. Read the case study to learn more about how Yorkville CUSD 115 keeps students safe using Gaggle.

New, SIMPLIFIED, Student Portfolio System (or "feeling the fear of not being 'innovative' enough this year")

Cycles of Learning

I remembered another comment from one student specifically: "Can we just put everything we did in this topic in a Google Slide presentation. Nobody is going to look at your Google Slides! Yes, not as beautiful as Weebly , SquareSpace , WIX , or even the NEW Google Sites.

A Single Sign-On Platform Revolutionized How This District Uses Tech—and Saved $120,000

Edsurge

That’s how Aleigha Henderson-Rosser describes the technical issues around access to digital learning resources when she joined Atlanta Public Schools (APS) in 2010 as Executive Director of Instructional Technology. Now students are using Google Classroom. Education Technology

3 Ways AR works in real-life classrooms

Neo LMS

As a counterpoint, and in the interest of fairness, I thought today I’d share with you a couple of ways teachers are using the technology to great effect in real-world classrooms. Here’s what I found: Google Expeditions AR.

How Students’ Use of G Suite for Education Can Be a Real Eye-Opener

Gaggle Speaks

But an increasing number of school districts, like Wayne Township Public Schools in New Jersey, understand the value of both teaching digital citizenship and implementing technology that helps create teachable moments for students who might take a misstep. Our latest case study reveals how Wayne Township schools now have the confidence knowing that tools such as Google Drive, when used appropriately by students, can help students prepare for college and careers.

Leveling Up Language Learners’ 21st-Century Skills with Minecraft

Edsurge

Students recorded these reflections on a Google Doc as a reference for the next time we played. And these discoveries were added to the student's Google Doc log so that descriptive or instructional language was captured and refined as necessary. Learning English in Minecraft: a case study on language competences and classroom practices. “Can we set the story in Minecraft?” We had been working for several weeks on a storytelling unit in my ESL classes in 2012.

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Try LearnBoost: Free Amazing Gradebook Software for Teachers!

Kleinspiration

Educators can track grades online, create and manage lesson plans, generate beautiful reports and analytics, share progress with parents and students, and much more while integrating with Google Apps.