It’s New Year’s…Yeah, But…

CUE

This is how things are done, it’s worked in the past, this is how they learned. One big thing that has changed at the school, in those five years, is that every student has a Chromebook that they take home. So why not work together to create a better future for our students?

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

CUE

Will you need to show a slideshow of a student’s service learning trip (yes), play an audio clip of Michelle Obama’s speech (most likely), have students collaborate using Google Documents on their iPads (yup)? Tablet, Laptop, Chromebook, MP3 player. Hey, how’s your year starting?

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9 Steps for Choosing a Device

Tom Murray

Create a shared vision for what teaching and learning should look like three to five years down the road. Work collaboratively to answer the question, “What do we want teaching and learning to look like in our classrooms in three to five years?”. What are the non-negotiables for device capabilities based on your envisioned student learning experience? District leaders must gain feedback from those that will be using the tools throughout the learning process.

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.

Computational Thinker: Unpacking ISTE Student Standard #5

Tech Helpful

Learning how to think computationally allows users to get the most of their tools. When you are teaching directions and common words in a foreign language, what if the students actually mapped it up in the language and learned to code at the same time?

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. 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.

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3 things schools must know about the rising “phigital” student

eSchool News

Since education has been focusing more on adapting itself to its students, rather than students learning to adapt to its educators, there’s never been a better time to re-examine strategies ranging from classroom pedagogy to campus-wide technology initiatives.

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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. In response, students are also choosing the devices they want to use for learning, and why shouldn’t they? And getting students to want to learn — isn’t that what it’s all about?

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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. All 50 states and even 49 countries were represented at this dynamic conference focused on transforming the classrooms of yesterday to provide students with 21st century learning opportunities. A new opportunity to convert older computers to classroom Chromebooks.

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How One District Is Transforming Digital Learning

Leadership Lounge

While pedagogies, learning tools and technology have evolved over the 20 years I’ve worked in the industry and 14 years as a leader in educational technology, the belief in digital equity has remained a constant for me. I don’t just learn in the classroom, I learn all day long.

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™.

@Quizizz : Say Goodbye to Worksheets and Crosswords

The CoolCatTeacher

on Corippo is the Chief Innovation Officer for CUE, leading CUE’s professional learning throughout California and Nevada. Jon keynotes, leads and designs Professional Learning experiences all over the country. Not every kid is ready for that timer action.

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. We currently have 7 flexible learning pilot classrooms, expanding to even more next year. 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.

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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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. He’s the co-author of Learning Transformed. Research Finding #1: (What Works) Learning must be Interactive.

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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. But not all learning and community building is comfortable for every participant.

Two Edthena Partners Featured in National Broadband Imperative Report

Edthena

Earlier this month, the State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA) released their report, The Broadband Imperative II: Equitable Access for Learning.

CUE Rock Star Camp NGSS Edition- Professional Development: Evolved

CUE

The sessions at CUE RS Camps are relevant to 21st century learning and provide interactive hands-on experiences with other educators that are also searching for better ways to engage students in their learning. JR Ginex-Orinion: Science and Digital Learning Coach, Tustin, CA.

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Is Your School "Future Ready"?

Graphite Blog

This is the first in a series of posts that examine how schools and districts are planning for and implementing digital learning efforts. In November of 2014, President Obama challenged district superintendents to sign the Future Ready Pledge. By signing, school leaders committed to working with teachers, families, and community members to transition their districts to "personalized, digital learning.". What does it mean to be a Future Ready School?

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

techlearning

The software provides a combination of simple classroom control tools, student safety features and network administration tools to help New York schools deliver effective digital learning environments. Austin, TX, Oct.

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). Like the affordability of 1:1 learning, the answer comes down to priorities.

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.

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.