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5 Tips That Foster Collaborative Professional Learning

EdTech Magazine

5 Tips That Foster Collaborative Professional Learning. Leveraging new technology for professional learning requires some creative thinking — and it also takes money. A few years ago, a group at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte received a grant from the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction that paid for notebooks and software for creating a professional development program for elementary school teachers.

Innovation and Creativity in the Classroom with Chromebooks

EdTechTeam

You may have noticed the device of choice for many school districts and students is the Chromebook. Chromebooks are, simply put, devices that connect to the Internet with keyboards attached. However, because they connect with Chrome, they are called Chromebooks. Chromebooks

What is Collaboration for Professional Learning?

My Island View

After being involved in social media for over a decade, I have made a few observations that might be helpful to folks who use social media, more specifically Twitter, to develop and maintain a Personal Learning Network. I started my Twitter account with a plan and focus to use it to develop collegial sources for my professional learning. Using Twitter for professional learning requires a collaborative mindset.

How to Use Google Keep in the Classroom

The CoolCatTeacher

Learn all about this tool that has educators talking (especially those with Chromebooks.). In today’s show, Crystal Koenig shares how she uses Google Keep in the classroom: Letting students personalize the classroom by requesting topics to be taught.

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Managing Smartphone Distractions in the Classroom

edWeb.net

Technology has become an integral element in our students’ educational journey. Laptops, Chromebooks, iPads, and even cell phones are providing students with opportunities to access the internet for researching, communicating and social learning.

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

The CoolCatTeacher

Vicki: Today we are talking with Wanda Terral, 23-year educator and district tech coordinator in Lakeland, Tennessee. Wanda: We are a G-Suite district and our students ChromeBooks – that certainly adds a level of safety that we are able to monitor.

Always missing a tripod? This piece of paper can be your secret weapon for classroom video

Edthena

Before teachers log in to leave comments on their Edthena videos, they must first capture classroom video using any available device in their classroom. No matter what device a teacher is using to record classroom video, it needs to be firmly planted on a surface to capture video.

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Video: When to choose iPads vs. Chromebooks

eSchool News

Two educators go head-to-head on which device is better for classrooms. note : In partnership with Lesson Planet , we asked their professional development resource arm, PD Learning Network , for the most popular videos on their site. In the last few years iPads and Chromebooks have both seen astronomical growth in education becoming two of the most popular devices for classrooms and one-to-one programs.

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Dell debuts new collaborative software for Chromebooks

eSchool News

Dell Classroom, a new software solution available for Dell Chromebooks, helping foster student and teacher engagement. Dell announced the debut of three new, interactive display products, purpose-built for active learning, classrooms and conference rooms at ISTE 2016.

The Google Classroom Master Class – Join TODAY!

Shake Up Learning

The post The Google Classroom Master Class – Join TODAY! appeared first on Shake Up Learning. Today, I am #superexcited to announce a brand new online course: The Google Classroom Master Class. Consider this your video guide to Google Classroom!

6 Edtech New Year’s Resolutions

Tom Murray

These concerns are real and often become roadblocks for student learning. As school leaders work to implement digital learning practices, they must commit to navigating roadblocks, problem solving, and planning for sustainable, systemic transformation. In America ,” former Secretary of Education Arne Duncan often says, “ your zip code or your socioeconomic status should never determine the quality of your education. ” Commit to Personalized Professional Learning.

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Bake Professional Development into Your Education Pizza

EdTech Magazine

Bake Professional Development into Your Education Pizza. A colleague and I were talking about the best kinds of pizza and — believe it or not — it made me think of classroom technology. Sure, everyone has a classic, like pepperoni ( Chromebooks ), while others anticipate fresh flavors like pineapple ( virtual reality ). Professional Development Is the Foundation You Knead. Professional learning is the crust of your technology program.

3 New Tools to Support Your Digital Conversion

Tom Murray

Each January, thousands travel to Orlando, Florida to take part in the Future of Education Technology Conference (FETC), one of the nation’s best edtech related learning opportunities for educators. Showing a growing trend in the field, this year’s FETC brought more educators than ever before – almost 10,000 school professionals, from superintendents and principals, to instructional technology coaches and classroom teachers.

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How to Insert Audio in Google Slides (Step-by-Step)

Shake Up Learning

The post How to Insert Audio in Google Slides (Step-by-Step) appeared first on Shake Up Learning. A simple search in the Chrome Web Store will also help you find many other options, particularly for Chromebooks. CLICK HERE to learn more about video options in Google Slides.).

Illinois’ School District U-46 Extends Partnership with Discovery Education to Maximize  Education Technology

techlearning

September 4, 2018) - Illinois’ (U-46) today announced it is expanding its collaboration with , the leading provider of digital content and professional development for K-12 classrooms. Throughout this partnership, U-46 educators will continue to receive support from the.

Illinois’ School District U-46 Expands Collaboration with Discovery Education to Maximize Investment in Educational Technology

techlearning

September 4, 2018) - Illinois’ (U-46) today announced it is expanding its collaboration with , the leading provider of digital content and professional development for K-12 classrooms. Throughout this partnership, U-46 educators will continue to receive support from the.

Oklahoma’s Edmond Public Schools Chooses Discovery Education to Support New Digital Conversion Strategy

techlearning

-Discovery Education’s Math Techbook and Professional Learning Services to Strengthen Efforts to Create Dynamic Digital Classrooms – Silver Spring, Md. Through this effort, students are building collaborative learning skills that prepare them for college and careers.

No More Excuses! TK-2 Episode 1: Login

EdTechTeam

Cross-posted from Katherine Goyette’s Wonder Explore Learn. Students arrive at school curious and eager to learn, full of wonder and questions. Once a couple of students learn to log in, they become expert teachers who then teach other students. Got 1:1 Chromebooks ?

To BOLDly Go

CUE

The mission of CUE BOLD was to focus “the symbiotic relationship of learning environment design, digital learning systems, and rethinking traditional lesson design as the essential components.” Ed Campos and Erin Klein knocked it out of the park as leads in the BOLD Classrooms strand.

Tech Ed Resources–Certificate/College Credit Classes

Ask a Tech Teacher

I get a lot of questions from readers about what tech ed resources I use in my classroom so I’m going to take a few days this summer to review them with you. All are online, hands-on, with an authentic use of tools you’ll want for your classroom.

Michigan’s Van Buren Public Schools Select Discovery Education to Support Districtwide Movement to 1:1 Learning

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- Unparalleled Blend of Discovery Education’s Digital Resources and Professional Learning Services to Power School System’s Movement to More Personalized Learning Environments - Silver Spring, Md. Explore the future of education at DiscoveryEducation.com.

Illinois’ School District U-46 Selects Discovery Education to Support Bilingual Math Teaching and Learning Strategy

techlearning

- Discovery Education’s Math Techbook and Professional Development to Accelerate District’s Transition to Digital Teaching and Learning - Silver Spring, Md. Today, more than 10,000 students are developing bilingualism and biliteracy skills in U-46 classrooms.

How Education Elements Guides Districts in Creating Environments that Personalize Learning

Edsurge

There are organizations that support different kinds of transformation in schools and after researching and interviewing some of these organizations, we've learned a great deal about what these changes can look like, how schools go about redesigning aspects of their model, and what types of support they need along the way. In October, we will share a guide highlighting the trends, insights and challenges we've learned about while profiling five key players in the world of school redesign.

Paperless Please

Hansen's Link to Tech

Sick of picking up paper handouts scattered throughout the school or classroom? Start creating a paperless classroom environment. Even if your classroom isn't a full blown 1:1 you still can limit your paper usage in a variety of ways.

3 Ways Leaders Can Support Ongoing Professional Development

The Web20Classroom

When I was leading an Instructional Technology program, one of the hurdles my team had to overcome was the lack of involvement from our leadership on the professional development we were delivering. We can’t just throw learning against the wall and see what sticks.

What Actually Works in EdTech? with Tom Murray

The CoolCatTeacher

In this podcast, Tom shares the research and highlights, some of which are included in the book Learning Transformed that he co-authored with Eric Sheninger. Point A: We need to be asking what works because we’re spending a lot of money on education technology.

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Six Strategic Steps to Digital Learning Success

Edsurge

Shiny new technologies can capture well-meaning educators like insects in amber, but the evidence is clear that digital learning can improve student opportunities and outcomes. Student Jemar Lee explains why blended learning was ideal for him. Source: Evergreen Education.

This Teacher Started a Hands-On PD Lab That’s Sparking Change Across the District

Edsurge

A year earlier, I had graduated with a teaching degree in elementary education. At the time, my district didn't offer any professional development (PD) opportunities to prepare educators without a computer science background to teach CS in their classes.

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Be Wary of Putting the Cart Before the Horse

A Principal's Reflections

With advances in affordable technology, such as the ultra-cheap Chromebook, it has been tough for schools to resist spending these funds on devices. In some cases the technology resides unused in classrooms and schools due to the cart before the horse approach.

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Savvy #ISTE17 Interviews: BYOD ISTE Sessions for Tuesday

Teacher Reboot Camp

You take your device and learn interactively. Get your copy of The 30 Goals for Teachers or my ebook, Learning to Go. Leveraging Learning Trajectories and Diagnostics for Personalization in 6-8 Math (B304). Professional Learning with SeeSaw (B302). Adding Interactivity to Google Slides for Customized Learning (B307). iPad Art & ‘Tra-Dgital’ Approaches to Learning in Hands-On Creative Classrooms (B306).

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What’s New

techlearning

Tech & Learning Rounds Up a Summary of New Tools for Schools Software & Online GOOGLE FOR EDUCATION UPDATES ( edu.google.com ) Google for Education announced updates and new tools to help teachers keep innovation alive in their classrooms.

It’s Time Edtech Conferences Stopped Ignoring Equity and Race

Edsurge

Where are the conversations about reaching all learners and examining our own biases as educators? We are both tech-centric educators who attend many conferences each year. Ken Shelton (African American Educator and Tech Strategist): I have had the opportunity to attend, speak at and even keynote a lot of conferences—particularly edtech ones—over the years. At conferences, I’m always learning, and I try to engage as many attendees as possible in meaningful conversation.

25 Ways to Use Audio in Google Slides Projects

Shake Up Learning

The post 25 Ways to Use Audio in Google Slides Projects appeared first on Shake Up Learning. There are workarounds, but those never really satisfied our needs in the classroom. Podcasting is a fantastic way for students to create and demonstrate their learning.

Google Certification FAQ – All Your Questions Answered!

Shake Up Learning

appeared first on Shake Up Learning. In an effort to help more educators reach their goal of becoming a Google Certified Educator Level 1, Level 2, or Google Certified Trainer, I have put together this Google Certification FAQ to answer your most frequently asked questions.

What’s New: New Tools for Schools

techlearning

All of the modules include Spanish text and read-aloud Spanish-language audio recorded by professional voice-over artists, and a content map that matches the English language version. Webinars cover topics such as portfolios, using FreshGrade in an ESL/ELL classroom, and more.

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Data Driven Instruction: How Student Data Guides Formative Assessments

EdTech Magazine

As personalized learning becomes a more mainstream pedagogy in K–12 classrooms, teachers have started to adapt assessment processes to get a deeper look at student growth. . MORE FROM EDTECH: Check out opportunities for schools to apply for personalized learning funding!

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"I Used to be Sitting in Seat 17D" - How I Rejuvenated My Teaching Career

Fractus Learning

S/he noticed I was opening a book entitled What Connected Educators Do Differently by @ToddWhitaker , @Jeff_Zoul and @Casas_Jimmy. S/he asked me if I was an educator. They asked me what changed, I simply replied “I started learning again.”

Support English Learners with Micro-credentials from Digital Promise

Ask a Tech Teacher

Education is changing. This time, it’s not about iPads and Chromebooks; it’s 1:1 computing. As a result, an increasing number of schools are making micro-credentials a fundamental piece in their professional development plan. . Again.

The Beginner’s Guide to the Hour of Code

Shake Up Learning

The post The Beginner’s Guide to the Hour of Code appeared first on Shake Up Learning. economy, yet it does not play a significant role in K-12 education. But there’s a way schools can help–by getting involved in Computer Science Education Week (CSEdWeek).

85 Canadian Schools Lead an Edtech Charge by Moving from Devices to Deeper Learning

Edsurge

We might think of educational transformation and its underlying technology as being centered in Silicon Valley; indeed, companies like Google and Apple are expanding the edtech frontier. Special education students and gifted learners, economically privileged and disadvantaged children, and rural and urban residents all attend the same publicly funded schools. Six years ago, OCSB embarked on a journey to improve learning outcomes for all of their students by leveraging technology.

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