9 Steps for Choosing a Device

Tom Murray

With those nine steps outlining a decision timeline, and in watching the latest trends over the past year in both K-12 and higher ed, I’d encourage you to look at the following devices: K-12: Samsung Chromebook 3 : With up to 11 hours of battery life, a rugged design, simple management and deployment capabilities, integrated education solutions, and the sleek Chrome operating system, this Chromebook is ideal for your next 1:1 deployment. This post is sponsored by Samsung.

Why Is This In My Room?- Starting the Year With EdTech

CUE

Tablet, Laptop, Chromebook, MP3 player. Education Technology Future Ready Technology in Education Uncategorized Chromebook edtech screen start the year tabletHey, how’s your year starting?

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It’s New Year’s…Yeah, But…

CUE

One big thing that has changed at the school, in those five years, is that every student has a Chromebook that they take home. Our students have changed, our world has changed, our future is changed. So why not work together to create a better future for our students?

6 Edtech New Year’s Resolutions

Tom Murray

From Providence, Rhode Island to Phoenix, Arizona, I’ve had the privilege to travel and work with over 2,300 district leaders from almost 500 school districts over the past year through the Future Ready Initiative. As districts became more in tune with these issues in 2015, the move to Chromebooks continued to grow. Resources: Data Quality Campaign (stat source) & Future of Privacy Forum ). This post is sponsored by Samsung. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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A 1:1 Journey Pt 2- Sliding Into Routines

CUE

” Our students had just taken approximately seventeen years to return their Chromebooks to the cart and get back to their seats. We’re new to 1:1, and for some of my students that newness extends all the way to, “I have never plugged a Chromebook into a cart.

Getting Animated With Google Slides and Screencastify

CUE

I wanted to justify having all these Chromebooks. Soon they were ready and raring to start doing whatever needed to be done to record it. Blended Learning Common Core Standards Creativity and Imagination Education Technology Future Ready animation google slides stop motion

Textbooks optional: What unbundling and BYOD mean for learning technology

eSchool News

Today’s educators are looking to Chromebooks , smartphones and maker spaces to enhance their teaching. eClassroom News eSchool Media Future Ready Schools Thought LeadershipThe days of overhead projectors and chalkboards are behind us.

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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. In partnering with Neverware, McGraw-Hill Education, and SMART Technologies, Samsung unveiled and showcased new classroom collaboration tools for the Chromebook 3 – a much needed toolset to support 21st century teaching and learning opportunities. This post is sponsored by Samsung.

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School district invents custom charging solution for all schools

eSchool News

As Denton Independent School District (ISD) prepares for future ready classrooms with technology and builds new schools, the Texas district is partnering with LocknCharge to create a new mobile device charging cabinet – the Carrier 15 Charging Station™.

Rockstar Educators Wanted!

There is no box

We are 1:1 Chromebooks 3-6th with a 6th grade 1:1 take home starting next year. We are also piloting tablets (iPads and nexus 7) and chromebooks in K-2. Our teachers are exceptional and I hope and expect that several will apply for the positions but if you think you’re up for the challenge and are ready to bring your edTech A game to a future ready district, consider applying.

What Actually Works in EdTech? with Tom Murray

The CoolCatTeacher

We take the worksheets of yesteryear that used to be in the desk, in the folder; we put them on a Chromebook or we put them on an iPad, and all of a sudden we’re celebrating that we’re paperless, we’re celebrating that everything is online.

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How to Redesign the K–12 Media Center

EdTech Magazine

When classroom and media center design is “driven by the desire to create personal and authentic learning experiences for students,” it can move teaching practices forward, Tom Murray, the director of innovation for Future Ready Schools, recently told EdTech. .

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Two Edthena Partners Featured in National Broadband Imperative Report

Edthena

During the school’s morning Reading Power Hour, all students use Chromebooks to access the online English Language Arts curriculum to read and respond to texts, practice new vocabulary, and write collaboratively.

CUE Rock Star Camp NGSS Edition- Professional Development: Evolved

CUE

In order to prepare students to be future ready, she provides structures for learning through teamwork and whole class activities, which allow students to interact, think creatively, and be a part of each other’s learning.

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Is Your School "Future Ready"?

Graphite Blog

In November of 2014, President Obama challenged district superintendents to sign the Future Ready Pledge. Department of Education , and the LEAD Commission is hosting Future Ready Regional Summits across the nation to provide support for those districts and to build a network of leaders. What does it mean to be a Future Ready School? It's important to recognize that the transformation from a traditional school to a Future Ready school is a process.

How One District Is Transforming Digital Learning

Leadership Lounge

Regardless of state, neighborhood, socio-economic status or ethnicity, students should have the necessary access to information technology for lifelong learning, civic engagement, career readiness and essential services.

State Contract Win Brings Impero Software’s Multi-device Remote Monitoring and Management Solution to New York Schools

techlearning

Multi-device monitoring, including the ability to remotely view, manage and control devices such as Chromebooks, Windows, Mac and iOS, supports schools with one-to-one programs. Austin, TX, Oct.

@Quizizz : Say Goodbye to Worksheets and Crosswords

The CoolCatTeacher

Jon’s last district was selected as a Future Ready District, implementing 1:1 from 7th grade up, adding coding, 3d printing, PBL and Minecraft Edu in all K-8 schools, among other notable innovative activities. Not every kid is ready for that timer action.

How We Empowered and Engaged Latino Parents—by Building a Tech Community

Edsurge

Initially, it seemed like a fairly easy proposition: We would just pick a date and invite parents to show up and we could talk to them about technology use, communications and what our one-to-one Chromebook distribution meant for their family. We planned to educate parents about internet safety, digital citizenship and Chromebook management. Matt Hiefield is a Future Ready teacher on special assignment (TOSA) at Beaverton School District in Oregon.

How Much Tech Support Is Enough

There is no box

Unfortunately, the above numbers always represented a significant increase in most district’s technical support staffing levels and sadly more telling, in my opinion even these levels really aren’t sufficient to properly support a Future Ready, 21st Century Learning Organization (also known as schools in the year 2015). If building future ready learning environments is important, then merely providing devices isn’t enough.

Finding Your School's Meaningful Language

Tech Helpful

Lump that with having the opportunity to hear Heidi Hayes Jacobs speak at Covenant College last week on the essential question of "How can we prepare our learners for their future?" Forgive me, I digress into a potential future blog post but I share that to say, that's how my mind works.

Who Wants a Job

Adam Welcome

Should we really be preparing kids for jobs we THINK will exist in the future? It’s impossible to predict what the future will look like but it IS possible to predict what skills our students will need to be prepared for jobs that might exist someday.