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How Kristen Swanson Applies Her Classroom Experience to Lead ‘Professional Learning’ at Slack

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What’s a typical day like for the director of learning at Slack, the fast-growing messaging app that aims to eliminate the need for e-mail? She began her career as a third-grade teacher, later served as director of technology for a school district, then directed a research department at BrightBytes, which helps K-12 administrators and school leaders align school spending with learning outcomes. Pull Learning'. Each learning experience is brief, targeted, and modular.

LIVE: Learning about Skype in the Classroom from ISTE 2015 | @Microsoft_EDU

TeacherCast

This year, Michael Soskil, a Microsoft Innovative Educator shared with me some of the great new features of Skype and demonstrated how he is using video conferencing in his classroom. Learn More about Skype. Michael Soskil is a STEM education, global collaboration, and technology integration expert who has developed and presented numerous professional learning sessions for K-12 teachers, educational media outlets, and social innovators from around the world.

LIVE: Access All Of Your Files On All Of Your Devices Using @Microsoft_EDU OneNote | @MSOneNote

TeacherCast

Thought the last 6 months, I have had the privilege of working closely with Microsoft Education to create some pretty awesome podcasts and promotional videos. Microsoft Education. OneNote in Education Blog : [link]. OneNote and Learning Styles pamphlet : [link].

Microsoft Announces Free Trial Version of Minecraft: Education Edition

Marketplace K-12

Almost five months after acquiring MinecraftEdu , Microsoft today announced the release of a free early access version of Minecraft: Education Edition. The education version of Minecraft allows teachers to create non-player characters that can guide students within the game.

“Growing my professional learning network…literally changed my life!” – Scott Titmas, USA

Daily Edventures

For many of the educators we speak with here at Daily Edventures , teaching can sometimes feel very isolating. MIE Expert Scott Titmas was one of those educators. Too often as teachers we live on an ‘island’ in our walled-in, door-closed classrooms,” Titmas says. Scott Titmas.

LIVE: Is Your School Ready for the AWESOME Windows 10 on July 29? | @Microsoft_EDU

TeacherCast

Learn More About Windows10. Brand New Web Browser: Microsoft Edge. Craig Ashley is a Senior Product Manager responsible for product management of Windows for Education. In addition to his direct product roles, Craig focuses on education product strategy, value proposition, technical marketing and messaging across the Windows feature set. His time in the classroom continues to directly impact his work in technology at Microsoft.

4 Great Alternatives to Google Classroom

Ask a Tech Teacher

In today’s K-12 education ecosystem, most classroom management tools have moved online. The first ‘lite’ option that most educators think of is Google Classroom. It’s only free if you have a G Suite for Education account. Designed by Freepik.

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Celebrating Innovative Middle and High School Educators

Digital Promise

Powerful use of technology contributes to closing the Digital Learning Gap. In collaboration with HP and Microsoft’s Reinvent the Classroom Initiative, Digital Promise Global is launching a new program that celebrates teachers who demonstrate powerful teaching and learning with technology.

Free Tools for Accessibility and Inclusive Classrooms

edWeb.net

Accessible technologies help students with disabilities unlock their full potential by addressing a diversity of needs that include learning, visual, hearing, mobility, neurodiversity, and mental health. Tholfsen said that “across the board, reading unlocks everything else in education.

Keeping Professional Development Fun and Exciting for your Teachers

TeacherCast

In today's episode of the MIE Spotlight Series, we take a look at how one school district is bringing some innovative ideas into the professional learning space with the help of Office 365, One. PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT! About Microsoft Education.

Cultivating and Growing Your Personal Learning Network

edWeb.net

Steven Anderson, Digital Learning and Relationship Evangelist, and Shaelynn Farnsworth, Literacy Consultant, joined Lisa Schmucki, founder and CEO of edWeb.net for conversation with Larry Jacobs on Education Talk Radio on this topic. Listen to the Education Talk Radio interview.

“I learn a lot from my students – their minds process new learnings faster than mine.” – Soma Singh, India

Daily Edventures

Soma Singh was born into a family of educators, so you could say she was born to be a teacher. “I I have a deep interest in learning collaboratively,” says Singh. Not only through professional development, but by being a part of the learning process with each student.”.

3 Ways to Expand Your PLN This Summer

Indiana Jen

When it finally arrives, summer is an important time for busy educators and allows them to relax, recharge, and often work on honing their craft in both formal and informal professional development. globalearner – Alan November, a prominent educator, speaker, and education trainer.

3 Ways to Expand Your PLN This Summer

Indiana Jen

When it finally arrives, summer is an important time for busy educators and allows them to relax, recharge, and often work on honing their craft in both formal and informal professional development. globalearner – Alan November, a prominent educator, speaker, and education trainer.

The Value of #EdTech Certifications: #NYCSchoolsTech Podcast 3.0

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Educators share the value in developing expertise and showing what they know via #EdTech recognition programs like the #NYCSchoolsTech Partner Certification Program. They also share the value of having a direct connection to staff at the companies whose products they use in the classroom.

“I thrive on promoting my students and their ideas. Microsoft in Education gave me and my students a voice. It gave my students validity, support, encouragement, and inspiration that was lacking in the most imminent way.” – Patricia Ragan Stokes, USA

Daily Edventures

That’s when I found out I was accepted to go to the forum, and that I would be competing with other educators from around the country. It was surreal for this teacher who typically received negative feedback from fellow educators in school for whatever reason. Patricia Ragan Stokes.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Each week, I gather a wide variety of links to education and education technology articles. All this feeds the review I write each December on the stories we are told about the future of education. National) Education Politics. Via Chalkbeat : “Trump’s proposed education budget: more for school choice, less for teacher training.” ” Via The Atlantic : “Does Trump’s Education Budget Even Matter?” An education IPO!

“I have trained over 1000 teachers.” – Simon Kiteme, Kenya

Daily Edventures

It can be easy to take today’s sophisticated classroom technology for granted. For Microsoft Innovative Educator (MIE) Expert Simon Kiteme, that meant becoming the first East/Central African educator to take — and pass — the Microsoft Certified Educator training.

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.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

(National) Education Politics. Listen, folks (particularly educators). Did you share this Raw Story story – “Education officials expect ‘ineffective’ Betsy DeVos to step down as her agenda collapses: report” – or this Salon story – “Expert: Expect DeVos to resign from Trump administration”? ” (In fairness, I’m not sure what the typical work-week looks like for a Secretary of Education.).

Teacher Recommended: 50 Favorite Classroom Apps

MindShift

Educators and students are quickly becoming more comfortable with classroom technology, allowing them to shift from thinking about the technical side of integrating a new tool to focusing on how it improves learning. Microsoft Sway is free and Web-based.

#ICE18: Illinois Conference Will Prepare Educators for Modern Learning Environments

EdTech Magazine

#ICE18: Illinois Conference Will Prepare Educators for Modern Learning Environments. In 1986, approximately 30 educators came together to form Illinois Computing Educators (ICE) , as a statewide initiative to offer professional development opportunities for teachers, technology coordinators, library media specialists, administrators, higher education representatives, school support staff and other stakeholders in Illinois education.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

Education Politics. You’ll remember Gove, of course, from his role as the former education secretary and as special friend of News Corp's Joel Klein. Also speaking volumes, the publications that framed the educational fallout from last week’s referendum on EU membership in terms of how it might possibly hurt the business of British ed-tech. Tony Bates looks at “Brexit and online learning in Europe.” ” Education in the Courts.

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“We are a collaborative group where I’m only a mentor who helps my students to go their way.” – Olga Ilchenko, Russia

Daily Edventures

Educational Expert. Federal Institute of Education. Ilchenko’s advice for future educators? You can connect with Olga on the Microsoft Educator Community through her Microsoft Educator Profile. Olga Ilchenko. Moscow, Russia.

10 Edtech people to watch in 2018 [INFOGRAPHIC]

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Thanks to — or because of — technology change happens at a faster rate than ever before, and education makes no exception. But any of what currently happens in edtech couldn’t be possible without the driving passion for education and technology of people. Department of Education.

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The silver lining of Computer Science teacher shortages

The Christensen Institute

Bigman is currently a Master’s student at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, where he studies leadership, innovation, and equity in K-12 Computer S cience education. These days it seems that everyone wants to learn computer science. Over 90% of parents want their child to learn CS. Forty-eight states have adopted policies supporting CS education, up from thirteen just a few years ago. Rethinking the role of outsiders in education. Education Blog

Understanding and Immersing Ourselves in How We (Can) Learn

The Principal of Change

Choice is critically important in learning. If a student feels more comfortable and accelerates their learning with a device, it would not make much sense to force them to use a pencil and paper. This is NOT saying just give a kid device because it will be better for their learning.

Lessons from a Global Design-Centered Learning Network

Digital Promise

Digital Promise Global set out to answer this question through a year-long research study in collaboration with Designs for Learning. Our research focused on the experiences of a global network of Learning Studios located across Australia, Canada, Finland, Germany, Italy, New Zealand, Norway, Spain, Sweden, the United Kingdom, and the United States. What did we learn from the first year of the Learning Studios program? Blog Educators Global Research

“The use of Sway is the most powerful activity that enables students to do more in a short amount of time.” – Amna Manzoor, Dubai

Daily Edventures

This mission has often been challenging, but with the help of technology – especially Skype in the Classroom – Manzoor and her classes are making great strides. The moment that has defined me as an educator is that I have been more than thrilled to become a part of Belouga,” says Manzoor.

“How exciting is the world in which we live, where language is no longer a barrier?” – Deanne Joosten, Australia

Daily Edventures

So when year 12 students in three rural classrooms (more than seven hours driving distance apart) needed a drama teacher, MIEE Deanne Joosten faced a real challenge. And attending the Microsoft E 2 event in Budapest reinforced that understanding in a big way. “I Deanne Joosten.

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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Savvy #ISTE17 Interviews: BYOD ISTE Sessions for Tuesday

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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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Personalized Learning, Teachers Unleashed, and a Learning Analytics Partnership: The Story of Fresno Unified

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At last February’s Board meeting, 10-year old Ryan inspired the adults in the room to see how tech can be leveraged for learning in a whole new light. Ryan had this chance to shine because of Fresno’s Personalized Learning Initiative (PLI), which has been fostering student voice, choice and collaboration over the last two years. Seventy-eight percent of its students are low income and 22 percent are learning English. What exactly is happening in these classrooms?

Using Edtech for Small Group Reading Instruction

edWeb.net

She emphasizes that meeting the needs of students with learning disabilities through the use of technology “can make reading instruction a multi-sensory process that is engaging and explicit while maintaining the individualization and diagnostic-prescriptive aspects of the lesson.”

No More Excuses! TK-2 Episode 2: Screen Time

EdTechTeam

As I speak with teachers of our youngest students regarding technology integration, I often hear concerns that technological devices will prevent these learners from necessary developmental fine motor activities that cement learning. “Too much screen time takes away from learning!”

“Creating something new for the first time is never simple, but if you’re passionate about the ‘why’ behind the work, and can build strong relationships with all stakeholders, it will never seem like hard work.” – Meredith Roe, Australia

Daily Edventures

Catholic Education Western Australia (CEWA). Microsoft Innovative Educator Meredith Roe is all about collaboration. And what makes her most excited is seeing her students connecting with others – whether that’s in their classroom or beyond the four walls of their school. Microsoft Teams is the perfect way to do this, allowing students, teachers, and guests to come together in the one environment to share and connect in several ways.”. Meredith Roe.

“Minecraft gives me the opportunity to create worlds and environments that make students go, ‘Wow!’” – Laurens Derks, Australia

Daily Edventures

Laurens Derks loves Minecraft, and he can offer up countless reasons why. “Minecraft sparks conversations and creates learning moments that are priceless,” Derks tells us. “In In a Special Education environment, I used it to promote social skills. Laurens Derks. IT Integrator.

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The Learning Revolution Has Begun

The Learning Revolution Weekly Update April 8th Play is the highest form of research. Albert Einstein The technologies of the Internet and the Web are reshaping where, when, and from whom we learn--and even how we think about learning. Reinventing the Classroom - Correction.

5 Great Websites to Make Spring Sparkle

Ask a Tech Teacher

If it was recommended by a colleague in my professional learning network, I gave the site about twice as long but still, that’s harsh. For more complicated tools, how steep is the learning curve ? Using PDFs in classrooms is increasingly popular.

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ISTE Wants to Be More Than Just a Conference. Learn How They Are Expanding.

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With the two last directors of the federal Office of Education Technology, Richard Culatta and Joseph South, at the helms of the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), it is no surprise that the organization is seeking to expand and rebrand. But for the new leaders of the nonprofit, the goal is to build a community of education-technology enthusiasts that interact year-round. Educators want tools that help them improve the practices they do every day.”.

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