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The Edtech Revolution: 2010 – 2017


These were the pressing questions of the time – a time 8-months after the release of the first iPad and 6-months before the release of the first Chromebook. However, it was the Chromebook (2011) that truly revolutionized 1:1. While the iPad cost anywhere from $300 – $400, Chromebooks were sold from $199. The cost, plus it’s easy manageability and durability, made Chromebooks a main player in the edtech game.

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Digital Literacy–What is it?

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Digital literacy’ is one of those buzz words floated by experts as being granular to 21st century students. ‘Literacy’ is simple: the ability to read and write– so ‘digital literacy’ should be achieving those goals digitally. “the ability to use digital technology, communication tools or networks to locate, evaluate, use and create information” –Digital Strategy Glossary of Key Terms.


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Students help launch one-to-one Chromebook program

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As students filtered into the library at Susquehannock High School and sat down before new Chromebooks, help was just steps away — in the form of some of their classmates. This year marks the first time every student at Susquehannock will receive a Chromebook for use at school and at home, and students have been involved in the process, from trying out devices to designing the rollout, which started Wednesday. Google McClatchy News Top News

4 Great Alternatives to Google Classroom

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This includes typical LMS (Learning Management Systems) functions like homework, classwork, schedules, quizzes, resources, and gradebooks so stakeholders–teachers and students–can access them from any location and any digital device. The first ‘lite’ option that most educators think of is Google Classroom. If you have an LMS you love, Google Classroom often won’t work well with it because it isn’t well-aligned with industry standards.

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The Problem With Expecting Student Access


Birthplace of Apple, Facebook, and everyone’s favorite edtech company, Google. Other classrooms provide instruction through Google Apps for Education. Teachers can put together HyperDocs – linked apps with instruction, video, activities, ability to explore a topic on a Chromebook through curated web links. There is more and more pressure to eliminate as many non-digital learning activities as possible, both at home and in the classroom.

8 Digital tools for engaging classroom presentations


Integrating presentations in teaching is an accessible way to bring technology to the classroom and make the best digital tools available. Digital tools for engaging classroom presentations. Google Slides allows you to open, edit, and save Microsoft PowerPoint files.

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How to Assess Digital Literacy

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Of late, the most common question is, “How to I assess student digital literacy?” How do I assess faculty digital literacy so I can teach them what they don’t know?” ” –from the American Library Association. Digital Literacy–What is it?

Storyboard That–Digital Storyteller, Graphic Oranizer, and more

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Storyboard That is a leader among online digital storytelling tools thanks to its comic-based themes, clean layout, vast collection of story pieces, varied strip options, and intuitive drag-and-drop interface. Students can map out ideas, write stories, or relay events in a comic format using Storyboard That’s huge library of backgrounds, characters, text boxes, shapes, and images. I love using Storyboard That to create avatars as part of a discussion on digital citizenship.

Subscriber Special: June

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A School License is a PDF of one grade level tech curriculum or keyboarding curriculum that can be installed on any digital device in your school–iPads, Chromebooks, laptops, library computers, classroom computers, 1:1, Google Classroom–you name it. This is perfect for private schools, independent schools, charter schools, public schools–any school with classroom computer pods, 1:1 programs, Google Classroom, and more. June 5th-10th: BOGO.

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Why is HUE HD a Must for your Classroom?

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Besides displaying documents to your laptop and class screen, you can record video or audio which can be uploaded to YouTube (or emailed), annotate and edit images, and even make Skype/Google Hangout calls. For ‘Specials’ teachers (those who teach one subject and move from classroom to classroom), easily carry this lightweight and mobile device, allowing you to have a document camera wherever you have a computer, whether it’s the Library, the gym, or a classroom.

Kids become teachers: Helping out at a Senior Center

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In any number of homes and schools across the nation, students are more comfortable with using digital devices than many adults. Know what topics seniors would like to learn such as how to use iPads, how to send an email, how to digitally read using Kindle or iBooks, and more. Use technology and digital media strategically and capably. Know ahead of time which digital devices are available at the center. digitize photos to use on phones/desktops/slideshow.

eSpark–Self-paced Learning for Math and Reading

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eSpark works on all devices–desktops, Chromebooks, iPads (with the free app)–pretty much whatever digital device you use in your classroom. In fact, some students can be working on Chromebooks while others use iPads. This can be incorporated into Google Classroom or another LMS that you use. Create assignments from scratch or from an on-demand library where teachers select skills, grade level, and students to be targeted.

How to go Paperless in Your Classroom

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To kickstart your paperless digital classroom requires a modicum of preparation. Take a few weekends this summer to set up a class blog and class website and get comfortable with the digital side of your school. This may include: Google Apps for Education and/or Google Classroom–this serves as a basic digital portfolio for students, a collaborative tool with classmates, the teacher’s inbox, and her tool for returning graded and analyzed student work.

PASCO Motion Sensor–A Must for Science Classes

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Their products are wireless, Bluetooth- and/or USB-connectable, and their SPARKvue software runs on Mac and Windows platforms, Chromebooks, iPads, iPhones, and Android. You can also visit PASCO website’s Digital Library for hundreds of free labs and experiments that can be sorted by age group (elementary, MS, HS, AP, or University) or subject. They meet NGSS standards and work within Google Classroom and most LMSs.

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3 Comic Creators That Will Wow Your Students

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Storyboard That is a leader in online digital storytelling thanks to its comic-based themes, clean layout, varied strip layouts, and intuitive drag-and-drop interface. Students map out ideas using a huge library of backgrounds, characters, text boxes, shapes, and images (over 325 characters, 225 scenes, 45,000 images, and who knows how many props). Once joined, students follow step-by-step instructions to create either a comic strip, a digital story, or a graphic novel.

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How to Celebrate World Read Aloud Day

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Somehow, as lives for both the adults and children have gotten busier, as digital devices have taken over, as parents turned to TVs or iPads to babysit kids while they do something else, we’ve gotten away from this most companionable of activities. Have a library of books intended to be read aloud. These can be both print and digital, to fit all children’s reading preference. Teach students to read with their digital devices. On Feb.

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Websites for Hour of Code by Grade

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Before starting, review the digital citizenship associated with visiting an online site (such as privacy, staying on the assigned website, and not talking to strangers). Open the spreadsheet program you use in your school (Google Sheets, Excel, or another).

Need an LMS next year? Here are three to consider

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An LMS — Learning Management System — is a digital tool that tracks a wide variety of student-teacher interactions such as homework, grading, sharing of resources, parent communication, assessments, and more. That means it’s accessible from school or home, with any platform (including Macs, PCs, Chromebooks, and tablets). full access to Google Drive. You can log in through your Google account.

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10 Websites + 4 Apps that Make Geography Fun

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GeoGuessr is a free web-based geographic discovery game that requires users to guess where they are in the world based on clues and the Google Street View image. Google Earth. Google Earth is the iconic approach to introducing students to the world they live in. Additionally, visitors can go back in time on many locations, swim underwater or zoom through space, visit Mars or the Moon — all from the same free digital tool. Google Lit Trips.

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17 Ways to Add Tech to your Lessons Without Adding Time to Your Day

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rework existing lesson plans in the school’s mandated digital program that too often, changes every year. the digital devices–computer or Chromebooks or iPads–won’t work on the Big Day. Luckily, Common Core–and many State standards–provide an excellent starter list of seven ways to blend technology into your everyday teaching: have digital ebooks included in your class library. Use a digital timer for quizzes or other events.

Go Paperless for Earth Day

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To kickstart your paperless digital classroom requires a modicum of preparation. Take a few weekends this summer to set up a class blog and class website and get comfortable with the digital side of your school. This may include: Google Apps for Education and/or Google Classroom–this serves as a basic digital portfolio for students, a collaborative tool with classmates, the teacher’s inbox and her tool for returning graded and analyzed student work.

Using Data to Improve Student Outcomes and School District Management

McClary, Director of the League of Innovative Schools at Digital Promise. She specializes in data interoperability, digital citizenship, blended learning, 1:1 device implementation, and helping school districts choose digital platforms that best suit their strategic goals and stakeholders.

Looking for Trusted Advisers? Look No Further

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Books: Get Started with Google Classroom, Ditch That Homework, and more. Alice Keeler is a Google Certified Teacher, New Media Consortium K12 Ambassador, Microsoft Innovative Educator and LEC Admin & Online and Blended certified. With a boatload of accolades, certifications, and followers, she is often a keynote or presenter at ISTE and CUE conferences and is the number one choice for those interested in anything Google. Training: Google apps, webtools for educators.

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10 Tech Tools for Your Math Class

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Desmos has created an activity builder that teachers can use to build interactive lessons that students can do on their own tablet or Chromebook devices while the teacher monitors student work in real time. What’s more, they have curated the best lessons into a comprehensive library of lessons that are free for teachers to use as well! What’s more, they have a fantastic library of lessons created by teachers who use Nearpod in their own classrooms.

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Adobe Spark — All-purpose Desktop Publishing Tool for the Classroom

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You can access files in Dropbox, Google Photos, YouTube, Vimeo, or upload them from your local computer. It works equally well on your desktop, laptop, Chromebook, Mac, iOS device, and mobile device and syncs between all with ease. In this way, your work will be automatically saved to your file and synced across all of your digital devices. Older students can log in via Facebook, Google, or with Gmail credentials.

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CLASSLINK ONECLICK ClassLink OneClick technology enables access to Web-based, Windows, and Google applications, and instant access to files at school and in the cloud. EXPLORELEARNING, EXPLORELEARNING GIZMOS ExploreLearning Gizmos is a library of interactive online simulations for math and science in grades 3-12. HOVERCAM, HOVERCAM PILOT DIGITAL PODIUM The HoverCam Pilot is the world’s first fully-integrated, mobile, digital podium.

13 Ways to Use Canva in Your Classroom

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It’s web-based (including apps available for iPads and Chromebooks) with a drag-and-drop functionality that makes the design process simple and intuitive. There’s no cost when using the thousands of free illustrations and images in the Canva library or uploading your own. Here’s how it works: Sign in with your Google account or create a separate Canva account (must be 13 or over unless directly supervised by an adult).

30 Examples Of Disruptions In The Classroom

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But as successive refinements improve them to the point that they start to steal customers, they may end up reshaping entire industries: classified ads (Craigslist), long distance calls (Skype), record stores (iTunes), research libraries (Google), local stores (eBay), taxis (Uber) and newspapers (Twitter).” The ubiquity of Google search and its impact on curriculum knowledge demands. New demands for digital citizenship.

Education Technology and the Power of Platforms

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I’ll look in more details at the insecurity of education data in the next article in the series – but recognize, this is one of the grave problems with digital technologies currently, whether they’re platforms or not: they rely on data as the central element of their business model – extracting data, controlling data, selling data… and far too often losing data during security breaches. ” “ How Google Chromebooks conquered schools.”

What?s New: New Tools for Schools


ASSIST EDUCATION & APEX LEARNING ( ) & ( ) ASSIST Education and Apex Learning enhanced their partnership with the addition of adaptive content and digital tutorials into the ASSIST Integrated Education Management System for K-12 schools. helps kids brush up on their math skills all year-round by offering digital scratch paper students can use to help them solve problems.

Media Literacy Resources for Classrooms

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Digital Citizenship Curriculum (by Common Sense Education): Features free K-12 lessons on news and media literacy. You'll need to pay for each course, but once you do it'll be in your library forever.