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Effective Technology Professional Learning: Leading and Collaborating to Assure Success

edWeb.net

Despite decades of existing research, most professional development programs fail to adhere to established criteria for effectiveness. Moore says that before any rollout of sustainable and effective professional learning, there are four factors that school leaders must consider.

How an LMS Can Solve Professional Learning's Challenges—and Keep Master Teachers Engaged

Edsurge

The idea of using a learning management system (LMS) to deliver professional learning and development to K-12 educators is not new—but it’s not quite mainstream, either. Face-to-face is still the ascendant modality, but LMS-for-PD is gaining serious traction, thanks to the efforts of educational IT innovators like Ken Dirkin. Michigan Virtual has been in the online education space for two decades. How an LMS Makes Personal Learning More Efficient.

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How to Integrate Google Classroom with Google Meet

Shake Up Learning

prepare for online and blended learning, more and more schools are relying on Google Classroom and Google Meet to deliver online lessons and assignments. In this post, I will share how to integrate Google Classroom with Google Meet. Learn more. Learn more.

Always missing a tripod? This piece of paper can be your secret weapon for classroom video

Edthena

Before teachers log in to leave comments on their Edthena videos, they must first capture classroom video using any available device in their classroom. No matter what device a teacher is using to record classroom video, it needs to be firmly planted on a surface to capture video. But if it’s a mobile phone or tablet, a tripod plan must be in place. Email sales@edthena.com to see if we can help you meet your professional learning goals.

Celebrating ConnectED’s Achievements Toward Transforming Education

Digital Promise

Since President Obama’s ConnectED announcement in 2013 in Mooresville, NC , there has been more than $10 billion committed as part of the five-year program to transform American education. Digital Promise and other nonprofit organizations including EveryoneOn and The Learning Accelerator have been working with companies and schools to ensure these programs and offers are making their way into the hands of teachers, students, and families across the country.

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Bake Professional Development into Your Education Pizza

EdTech Magazine

Bake Professional Development into Your Education Pizza. A colleague and I were talking about the best kinds of pizza and — believe it or not — it made me think of classroom technology. Professional Development Is the Foundation You Knead. Professional learning is the crust of your technology program. It’s an absolute necessity if you want devices or software to work well in a classroom or school, including new technology deployments. .

Supporting Students with Autism in the Classroom: What Teachers Need to Know

Digital Promise

Teachers, then, need to have a better understanding of autism and how it may affect learning. Classrooms are social environments that rely heavily on being able to interact, socialise and communicate with others effectively. This can present unique challenges for schools and teachers, with students on the spectrum being four times more likely than their peers to require additional learning and social support services. This article was originally published on The Conversation.

Bringing Augmented Reality into the Classroom

edWeb.net

The key to giving students opportunities to engage in augmented reality begins with supporting teachers as they enhance learning experiences for students. Using AR software and tools such as 3DBear and MERGE, teachers have access to an abundance of activities and lesson plans that offer more in-depth content, provide opportunities for collaboration and exploration, and expand students learning experiences outside of classroom walls.

Making classroom observations more efficient — and effective

eSchool News

A custom web-based system is making for more thoughtful classroom observation. Instructional leaders need to know what is happening when the bell rings and the door closes — in every classroom, in every building, every day. And the best way to do that is through careful but effective classroom observation. The challenge, then, is how to design a customizable, user-friendly system to observe classroom teaching that doesn’t seem like a top-down affair.

Back to School with G Suite: 6 Activities for the Classroom

Shake Up Learning

The post Back to School with G Suite: 6 Activities for the Classroom appeared first on Shake Up Learning. teachers are gearing up for back to school–gathering ideas, planning lessons, and getting their classrooms ready for learning. Back to School with G Suite: 6 Activities for the Classroom #gsuiteedu #gttribe #googleedu #bts #shakeuplearning. We want to know what they like, what they don’t like, where they struggle, and their learning style.

If you have the choice, shouldn’t they?

The Principal of Change

As someone who often leads professional learning opportunities, it is always interesting to try to take notice of the little things that are happening in the room, and then some of the comments that are made regarding student learning and learning environments. Yes, some students will totally be off task from what is happening in the classroom, but so are many adults, whether they are “engaged” or not.

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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.” More than 200 educators gathered to take a deep dive into the world of blended and online lesson design. CUE BOLD covered three separate strands- the Lesson Builders Fair, BOLD Classrooms, and the Classroom Simulator. It was about making learning better!”.

Hour of Code in the Library

Barrow Media Center: Expect the Miraculous

For the past 3 years, our library has participated in Hour of Code during Computer Science in Education Week. This year, many classes still came, but some classrooms also tried out the hour in their own rooms. It was fun to see something that started in the library spread into general classrooms. Many students talked about passcodes on phones or tablets. We then related this to the language that a computer speaks.

Observation and self-reflection in the classroom

Kathy Schrock

This article originally appeared in the Discovery Education blog " Kathy Schrock's Katch of the Month " in October 2016 and is re-posted here with permission. __ On the Discovery Education in Action page , Discovery Education has been showcasing educators from around the world as they use Discovery Education services such as Discovery Education Streaming and Techbooks to enhance teaching and advance learning in a meaningful way.

MLTI is not a Tech Buy or Commodity. It’s a Learning Initiative.

More Verbs

The Maine Learning Technology Initiative (MLTI) has been around since 2001, providing 7th & 8th Grade students and teachers with devices and more. Recently a new piece of “Concept Draft” legislation popped up: LD 137: An Act To Make the Maine Learning Technology Initiative More Cost-effective. I have been involved in learning through technology initiatives for more than 20 years. MLTI has always been about learning. Focus on the Learning

What’s ‘Value Added’ About Tech Tools in the Classroom?

Educator Innovator

I always cringe when educational pundits talk about evaluating teachers according to “value-added” assessment models, as if the value that teachers offer their students could be easily quantified or evaluated according to any standardized metric. I was lucky enough to be a part of such a conversation recently through an Educator Innovator webinar that featured Dr. Richard Beach , professor emeritus of English education at the University of Minnesota.

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. The post Keeping Professional Development Fun and Exciting for your Teachers appeared first on TeacherCast. PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT! Welcome to the Microsoft Innovative Educator (MIE) Spotlight Series Podcast. About Microsoft Education.

Speak Up 2020 Congressional Briefing: Release of the National Research Findings

edWeb.net

For the last seven months of 2020, school districts have gone through extreme changes regarding how learning is happening in a pandemic-induced educational environment. Digital Learning During the Pandemic. Emerging Education Transformation. By Eileen Belastock.

10 Powerful Media Tools EVERY Educator should have started using yesterday! Part I

MSEDTechie

Here are some Powerful TECH TOOLS EVERY educator should be using! Google Apps For Education A new way of learning and collaboration. This means that emails, documents, calendar and sites can be accessed - and edited - on almost any mobile device or tablet. Google Hangouts are already proving invaluable to educators who wish to connect and collaborate on common projects. Connect with educators from around the world 2.

Apply Today To Be A PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovator | @PBSLrnMedia

TeacherCast

PBS is excited to announce the fourth annual Digital Innovators program for tech-savvy K-12 educators. The program recognizes educators nationwide who are incorporating digital media in classrooms and serving as leaders in educational technology. Plus, each Lead PBS Digital Innovator will receive a Samsung Galaxy® tablet. I am excited to announce that applications are open for the 2016 PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovator program.

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. During this time, I met some pretty awesome educators who are creating the building blocks for what education might look like for future generations. They are awesome guys and if you ever have an opportunity to visit a Microsoft Education booth, they can be easily found by their trademark Purple Capes.

3 ways to harness digital for personalized learning success

The Christensen Institute

If you’re leading your school through the transition to a digital learning environment, you know that creating the right vision for teaching and learning can be a juggling act. I recently caught up with the authors, who offered guidance for principals and other school leaders aiming to support teachers as they leverage the power of technology to make student-centered, digital learning a reality. Let students guide their own learning. Education Blog

Leading Learning in a Blended Environment

edWeb.net

According to the Oxford English Dictionary, blended learning is a style of education in which students learn via electronic and online media and traditional face-to-face teaching. In Meriden Public Schools (CT), they are committed to promoting anytime, anywhere learning.

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How Video Games Can Teach Reading Just as Well as Books

Edsurge

Games support literacy skills in part because they enable students to play and learn in authentic worlds they care about Karen Schrier, Marist College Another early adopter, Paul Davarsi teaches English and media studies in Toronto, and likes games for many of the same reasons as Fallon. The reason educators like Fallon and Darvasi are taking to games is because they engage students and teach many of the same skills students need to learn anyway.

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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!” As a former teacher of kindergarten, first grade, and second-grade classrooms, I could not agree more. The power of technology in a primary classroom is in its recording capabilities.

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. Depending on the exact type of the event, there is something for everyone: kindergarten teachers, K-12 educators, university professors, librarians, edtech specialists, school management, you name it. Make sure you have your devices charged, whether it is your phone, tablet, laptop or all of them.

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

TeacherCast

In this interview, I had the privilege of getting a sneak peak into the future of both tablet and desktop computing. Learn More About Windows10. 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. Learn How To Launch Your Very Own Podcast !

How Tech Can Enrich Your Next Field Trip

The Web20Classroom

Devices like tablets and wearables don’t just enhance classroom learning—they can also transform field trips, making educational outings more interactive and memorable than before. And with tablets, smartwatches and virtual reality headsets in hand, a whole new avenue of learning opens up for our educators and students. It “provides a stronger personal connection to the learning objective of the field trip,” according to Paxton.

Leading Teaching and Learning in Today’s World

edWeb.net

The 2021 Driving K-12 Innovation report released by CoSN selected the most critical Hurdles (challenges), Accelerators (mega-trends), and Tech Enablers (tools) that school districts are facing with personalized learning, innovation, and digital equity. By Eileen Belastock.

To Flip or Not to Flip? That is the Question!

Fractus Learning

Mediums also have the ability to shape our learning experiences, memories, and comprehension. Countless educational technologies and strategies exist to help engage students, represent content differently and provide students with creative ways to demonstrate their understanding. One popular educational model called the Flipped Classroom, combines the power of technology and pedagogy to enhance learning. How would it change the way we flip our classroom?

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The Teacher’s Guide to Podcasts

Shake Up Learning

The post The Teacher’s Guide to Podcasts appeared first on Shake Up Learning. As co-host of The Google Teacher Tribe Podcast , and host of the soon-to-be-released Shake Up Learning Show , it’s no secret that I like podcasts. I am also an avid listener of many podcasts myself, both for professional learning and personal interests. Use this guide to get started and better understand what a podcast is and the power of podcast learning.

Using Digital Tools to Teach STEM Courses Remotely and Effectively

edWeb.net

Providing science and math content online can be relatively straightforward, but engaging students in true distance learning requires more than just transmittal of information. For Beth, “distance learning isn’t about being perfect; it’s about being you and being human.” By Robert Low.

Getting Whole Community Buy-in for 1:1 Technology Initiatives

edWeb.net

Everyone has been to school and has their own image of what a classroom should look like. And depending on their background and experience, not everyone is supportive of tech-infused learning. Yet, 1:1 classrooms, BYOD, and tech-supported education are today’s reality.

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Cybersecurity is Still Paramount for Schools

edWeb.net

Beyond just the ability to pivot and be prepared for any type of learning, the pandemic has brought new concerns with “Zoom bombing” and increased outside access to school networks. However, the bigger liability issue is with teaching and learning. Educate. By Stacey Pusey.

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The Key Role of Tech in Accessibility for All

edWeb.net

Every two or three years, state and federal laws regarding accessibility in education change. However, the goal is always the same: making sure that every student, at every level (classroom, building, district), has access to the resources they need to meet their learning goals.