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7 Great NonProfits Changing the Face of Professional Learning

Tom Murray

During my time as a public school employee, I’d occasionally hear about educational organizations that were working to support schools in some capacity. This is the second post in a short series meant to highlight the great work of many nonprofit organizations that are working diligently to support students’ learning on a daily basis. All of these organizations are shifting the needle and rocking professional learning nationwide. Organization: Learning Forward.

8 Things to Look for in Today’s Professional Learning (Part 2)

The Principal of Change

(This is the second of two parts on professional learning. It is based on the visual below that was created by Sylvia Duckworth and adapted from “ 8 Things to Look for in Today’s Classroom “ ). Connected Learning. EDCAMP professional learning day.

Qualities of Effective Educator Professional Development

User Generated Education

Most administrators and teachers believe in the importance and value of professional development. Sadly, though, too many teachers believe that those mandatory, one-size-fits-all professional development sessions offered by their schools are a waste of time and money.

Why Computer Science Belongs in Every Science Teacher’s Classroom

Edsurge

During the summer, I taught a computer science course for educators at the Krause Center for Innovation at Foothill College. Within that group were science teachers who decided to spend their summer break learning how to incorporate computer science into their classes. Released in 2013, the NGSS was created to align science education with how scientists actually work and think. MIT’s Starlogo Nova is a simulation tool for the K-12 classroom.

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60 Smarter Ways To Use Google Classroom

TeachThought - Learn better.

60 Smarter Ways To Use Google Classroom. Google Classroom is quietly becoming the most powerful tool in education technology. As such, it scratches the itch for many teachers in many classrooms right here, right now. 60 Smarter Ways To Use Google Classroom.

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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. Give them guidelines for how to behave. They’re learning, and we are providing them that environment to push those boundaries.

Putting UDL to Practice for Increased Engagement in a Standards-Based Learning Environment

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

With abundant access to data, schools can personalize learning to help each student demonstrate success in a standards-based. learning environment. Universal Design for Learning is an approach aimed at supporting the diverse needs of ALL learners in a classroom. .

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10 Tips for teachers to make the most of ISTE

Neo LMS

Edtech conferences are a great opportunity for everyone activating in the education sector to connect and network with fellow like-minded people and take the pulse of the industry. Follow our guidelines to make the most of your ISTE experience!

Using the iPad to Enhance Creative Writing in a Junior Preparatory Classroom

EdTechTeam

In a junior preparatory classroom, a great deal of our time goes to teaching children how to write in lines, form letters, write neatly, space their work correctly and introduce the concept of using grammar rules, amongst many other things.

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Tools of the Trade

Digital Promise

An innovative organization provides free tools and resources to make learning accessible to all students. This article originally appeared on Usable Knowledge from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Bring universal learning ideas to life in your classroom by creating and sharing your own educational materials. Help your students learn to write a better lab report. The goal of learning is not to all learn to do something the same way.

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It’s NOT About Google, It’s About the LEARNING (ISTE Empowered Learner)

Shake Up Learning

The post It’s NOT About Google, It’s About the LEARNING (ISTE Empowered Learner) appeared first on Shake Up Learning. But despite the sometimes Google-centric ideas, I am a firm believer in a focus on learning, not tools. Using Google Classroom is a no-brainer!

The Professional Development Problem

EdNews Daily

While debate about professional development expands, educator hopes for feeling supported are shrinking. Only 40 percent of teachers’ value PD activities (TNTP) and few teachers (34 percent) think professional development has improved (Gates Foundation).

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.

Conducting Edtech Impact Research in the ESSA Era

edWeb.net

The Education Technology Industry Network (ETIN) and Empirical Education Inc. have recently released the Guidelines for Conducting and Reporting EdTech Impact Research in U.S. In “ Measuring Edtech Impact in the ESSA Era ,” experts delved into the details of the guidelines.

How to create a dyslexia-friendly environment in your school

eSchool News

According to the National Assessment of Educational Progress, 80 percent of students with learning disabilities have dyslexia. In order to create a learning environment that feels safe, comfortable and empowering for students, schools need to adhere to basic guiding principles.

How we stopped using Accelerated Reader

Reading By Example

The purpose of this post is not to decry Accelerated Reader, although I do know this reading assessment/incentive program is not viewed favorably in some education circles. The difference is collective commitments are focused on student learning.

How to measure edtech impact in the ESSA era

eSchool News

The Education Technology Industry Network (ETIN) and Empirical Education Inc. recently released the Guidelines for Conducting and Reporting EdTech Impact research in U.S. In “ Measuring Edtech Impact in the ESSA Era ,” experts delved into the details of the guidelines.

Support English Learners with Micro-credentials from Digital Promise

Ask a Tech Teacher

Education is changing. As a result, an increasing number of schools are making micro-credentials a fundamental piece in their professional development plan. . Teachers pick specific skills that fill the holes in their education toolkit. Again.

Strategies for Surviving All Types of Assessments

edWeb.net

Whether you are a first-year teacher or a veteran teacher, classroom and system-wide assessments can be a time of high anxiety and stress for everyone involved. Classroom Prep. She obtained her master’s degree in education from Grand Canyon University in 2009.

Planning for the Total Cost of Edtech Initiatives

edWeb.net

Upgrading infrastructure, device maintenance, and ongoing professional development, in addition to program and device costs, mean tech initiatives need permanent budget lines that take into account the total cost. Department of Education Secretary in October 2016.

16 Books About Learning Every Teacher Should Read

TeachThought - Learn better.

16 Books About Modern Learning Every Teacher Should Read. While digital content is handy and accessible, many of the issues we face as educators are deeper than any single post–or series of posts–can adequately address. 16 Books About Learning Every Teacher Should Read.

Edtech Still Doesn’t Get Diversity and We’re Tired

RafranzDavis.com

Don’t even get me started on talking about professional learning…the kind that is learner driven, accessible and aligned to what each person needs…when they need it! …and digital learning with math??? EdTech Professional Growth diversity

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Improve the Effectiveness of Digital Instruction

edWeb.net

The principles of learning have been around for centuries while only in the last 20 to 30 years has the science of learning been studied. For students to make connections to their learning, digital instruction should include activities that engage this area of the brain.

Digital Portfolios and Content

techlearning

Digital Portfolio Challenges When I work with schools, educators, and learners around the world, I discovered that they have many of the same challenges in common. It seems to make no difference if the digital portfolio owner is a student or a professional educator.

3 Innovative Solutions to Combat #EdTech Issues #CDEtop30

The Innovative Educator

Problem - Lack of Tech Expertise & Funding for Learning Opportunities Solution : Developing and leveraging partnerships to build expertise across the district in using cutting-edge technology. It’s no surprise that a few years later the lack of support was evident in classrooms.

State Leadership Working Towards Broadband Access for All

edWeb.net

In a recent edWebinar , Christine Fox, Deputy Executive Director of SETDA, offered highlights from the report, and Ryan Kocsondy, Director of Connecticut Education Network (CEN), gave an inside look at why Connecticut schools don’t worry about running out of bandwidth.

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.

Five Steps to Ensure Accessibility for All

edWeb.net

While the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) was last reauthorized in 2004, with amendments in 2015, and the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) were updated back in 2008, the demand for accessibility and equality in education continues to grow. Educators still need to constantly evaluate the effectiveness of accessibility initiatives, advocate for resources for their students, and anticipate where they need to go next.

Create a Dyslexia-Friendly Environment in Your School

edWeb.net

According to the National Assessment of Educational Progress, 80% of students with learning disabilities have dyslexia. In order to create a learning environment that feels safe, comfortable and empowering for students, schools need to adhere to basic guiding principles.

10 Commandments of Innovative Teaching

The Principal of Change

AJ Juliani , is an educator I have worked closely with over the past few years, and I greatly admire his work. As a new teacher, I remember getting into my classroom for the first time. I taught in four separate classrooms and learned to digitally organize my classroom and instruction.

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Get Started with Digital Citizenship in Your District

edWeb.net

Then, they figured out what they needed to satisfy for required federal E-rate guidelines. She also created a system through Google Classroom for them to easily submit materials and documentation electronically. “It’s How should an entire district begin teaching digital citizenship?

How to Create a Vision

Edsurge

As Education Elements has worked with districts across the country, we’ve found a few simple guidelines can help make the visioning process invigorating and inspiring rather than routine or frustrating. Get the right people in the room to start, and consider who will be involved over time This sounds simple, but spending time thinking about the type of team you want involved at the outset of your personalized learning vision-setting is critical.

Future Ready update adds new resources and PD for leaders

eSchool News

Last Thursday, The United States Department of Education held an event at the White House unveiling the 2016 National Education Technology Plan and celebrating the one-year anniversary of the Future Ready initiative. All of this will be centered on a free online planning tool called the Future Ready Planning Dashboard which helps district leadership teams assess readiness, identify gaps, choose research-based strategies and create a customized digital learning action plan.

How to Create a Vision

Edsurge

As Education Elements has worked with districts across the country, we’ve found a few simple guidelines can help make the visioning process invigorating and inspiring rather than routine or frustrating. Get the right people in the room to start, and consider who will be involved over time This sounds simple, but spending time thinking about the type of team you want involved at the outset of your personalized learning vision-setting is critical.

Reducing Online Security and Privacy Risk in Your School

edWeb.net

” Along with the possibility of negative headlines, consequences for inadequate protection in schools can include an impact on family and student trust, which affects learning and also the quality of work environment. Prior to that, he worked as a classroom teacher for 16 years.

9 New Teacher Survival Tips

The Daring Librarian

or hoped, it could be helpful to some new Educators, Admins, Teachers and Teacher Librarians! Don't Count: Classroom Management 4. Untenured teachers get a lot of leeway because they're new and learning. Classroom teachers, reading that is optional.

How I Learned Differentiation

TeachThought - Learn better.

How I Learned Differentiation. As middle and high school student, I had few choices in learning and few opportunities for work I would have called “fun” or even worthwhile. In hindsight, there are three guidelines that I would give to my novice self. Learning differentiation

Finally, Definitive Manual for School Leaders on Engaging in Using Social Media

The 21st Century Principal

In their new book, Why Social Media Matters: School Communication in the Digital Age , authors Kitty Porterfield and Meg Carnes write: “Skill in communication is a key ingredient for school leaders’ success in today’s complex education environment, and this communication now includes social media.” As these author’s suggest, school leaders “can either learn to use these powerful tools or stand hopelessly by and the information good and bad swirls around them.”

What’s New: New Tools for Schools

techlearning

ASSIST EDUCATION & APEX LEARNING ( assisteducation.com/ ) & ( www.apexlearning.com ) 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.

What’s New: New Tools for Schools

techlearning

Educators can use the assessment data to identify students’ SEL strengths and areas in which they may need additional support. Classworks activities are now available to teachers and students on any device used in today’s classrooms, and includes new mathematics instructional videos.

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