Creating Future Ready Schools and Classrooms

Tom Murray

The Future Ready Frame work , a dynamic, research-based support for school leaders, created by Future Ready Schools? Many are also taking advantage of the hundreds of free tools found in the Future Ready Dashboard.

Overcoming Social Media Fears

Tom Murray

Recently, I had the opportunity to connect with Dr. Amy Fast at one of our Future Ready Institutes. Don’t pretend to have been the perfect teacher when they were in the classroom 4.) If we are negligent in our sharing and social media use, that’s also on us.

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Digital Learning Theories and Frameworks For Future Ready Classrooms

Teacher Reboot Camp

The learning theories and frameworks below help us reflect on the way student learning is impacted by technology so that our curriculum and use of technology in the classroom helps students thrive. Part of the December 2019 STEM Resources Digital Calendar !

Michelle Luhtala Wins AASL Social Media Superstars Award

edWeb is so excited to congratulate Michelle Luhtala, department chair at New Canaan High School Library in Connecticut, for being selected as a 2017 AASL Social Media Superstars winner ! I’m the founder of and had just started our social network for educators.

Informing your PD efforts: New ISTE Standards for Educators and Future Ready Frameworks


As the 2017/2018 school year approaches, it would be good to know about a couple of documents/frameworks that will be influencing the ways we teach with, learn with and support our classroom educator and coach partners. There are some new Future Ready Frameworks in town as well.

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. This connectivity issue, coined “The Homework Gap” by the FCC’s Jessica Rosenworcel, means that many of the children sitting in our classrooms lose access – and therefore opportunity – the moment they leave our schools.

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Next Gen Professional Development pt 2- Upskilling


Back in the early 2000s, we didn’t have an option for social media – so I gave everyone my email. . Social Media Support. Students in The Worst Preso Ever classroom are laughing and carrying on enjoying really bad presentations.

Celebrate Digital Learning Day & Get Your School #FutureReady with @All4Ed & @OfficeofEdTech! #DLDay


Future Ready Schools Preparing Students for Success I''m honored to be a part of this year''s annual Digital Learning Day held in Washington D.C. Department of Education Office of Educational Technology and The Alliance for Excellent Education on Future Ready Schools.

A true gift from SHEG: DIY digital literacy assessments and tools for historical thinking


SHEG currently offers three impressive curricula that may be put to immediate use in secondary classrooms and libraries. Social Media Video : Students watch an online video and identify its strengths and weaknesses. Social studies teachers will adore these!

Events + News - Future Ready Online Summit Today - ISTE Unplugged - Unawards - Homeschooling the Teenage Years

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Two Week Calendar Wednesday, June 24th from 11am - 7:15pm EDT Future Ready Virtual Summit: 2015 School Leadership Summit , Future Ready Schools: 2015 School Leadership Summit will be held online using Google Hangouts on Air. Are you ready to learn more?

Events + News - This Month in School Libraries - ISTE Unplugged - Future Ready Virtual Event - Global Ed Day

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Saturday, June 20th at 12pm CR20 LIVE Weekly Show - Ten Marks Math Program , Classroom 2.0 Wednesday, June 24th at 4pm edWeb Webinar: Are You Ready for BYOD? Are you ready to learn more? to help teachers be Ready for BYOD. Department of Education's Future Ready Pledge.

16 Great NonProfits Working to Support EdTech in Schools

Tom Murray

Prior to my role as the Director of Innovation for Future Ready Schools ® , I spent 14 years in a public school in Pennsylvania as an elementary and middle school teacher, middle school and elementary principal, and district level technology director. When I got connected on social media, my lens grew and I became aware of more organizations, as well as some of their supporting tools and resources. Organization: Future of Privacy Forum (FPF).

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10 steps to developing a powerful professional-learning culture

eSchool News

How school leaders run faculty meetings and in-service time should be a direct reflection of the type of instruction they seek in the classroom. Anytime, Anywhere Professional Development Featured on eSchool News Future Ready Schools professional learning

A Wake Up Call For School Leaders

A Principal's Reflections

Thus, the use of social media in schools by educators continues to be an uphill battle. Simply communicating and telling your story with social media tools can accomplish this. Change Digital Leadership Social Media

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Creative Communicator: Unpacking ISTE Standard for Students #6

Tech Helpful

Creative Communicator : Students communicate clearly and express themselves creatively for a variety of purposes using the platforms, tools, styles, formats and digital media appropriate to their goals. Next time this opportunity arises in your classroom, stretch your students a bit.

Mississippi’s Columbia School District Selects Discovery Education to Support Innovative Before- and After-School Programs for All Students


CSD’s educators will also be supported by the Discovery Education Community as they transform students’ learning experiences with dynamic digital media. classrooms, 50 percent of all primary schools in the UK, and more than 50 countries around the globe.

9 Ways to Upgrade Professional Learning in Your District

Tom Murray

How school leaders run faculty meetings and inservice time should be a direct reflection of the type of instruction they are seeking in the classroom. Social media and technology tools offer global networks of educators looking to connect and grow professionally.

9 New Teacher Survival Tips

The Daring Librarian

Don't Count: Classroom Management 4. Fierce & Future Ready 7. As mentioned above, first year classroom teachers get all kinds of support, slack, and patience while sometimes first year Teacher Librarians have to be “on it” from get go. That's a lot of ready's!)

Why Twitter Will Never Connect All Educators.

My Island View

The classroom is no longer the only location where learning takes place. Many are finding themselves limited by what is being offered in classrooms. Quite honestly the world is changing so rapidly, we do not know the “what” it is that they will need to know for their future. The best we can do to help them is to focus on the “how” to learn for the future, and they will determine the “what” based on their specific needs at that time.

How ‘Dialogue’ Can Create Empathy in a Divided Classroom


In many classrooms these days, student discussion can grow so heated that passion threatens to overwhelm productive conversation. A harsh debate can leave students (and instructors) feeling upset, or make them discouraged about participating in future conversations.

How to be a Teacher Librarian Rock Star

The Daring Librarian

Is your library and program focused on: lifelong reading and literacy, creativity, constructivist learning, making, is it future ready, brain centered, participatory, transparent, positive, and becoming a vibrant and active learning commons?

Scaling Innovation: A System’s Approach to Transforming Teaching & Learning

Digital Promise

To help overcome this, we have adopted the Future Ready Schools Framework , a systematic approach to scaling innovative digital learning practices while promoting long-term sustainability.

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Measuring Impact with the Digital Practice Assessment (DPA)

A Principal's Reflections

Practices such as BYOD, 1:1, blended learning, personalized learning, classroom and school redesign, branding, makerspaces, professional learning, etc. Additional data is collected and archived in the PLP during classroom observations.

#ICE18: Redesigning a Classroom Is Not About Being “Pretty for Pinterest”

EdTech Magazine

#ICE18: Redesigning a Classroom Is Not About Being “Pretty for Pinterest”. Simply adding technology to a classroom doesn’t make it an innovative space. It’s imperative that classroom design is driven by the desire to create personal and authentic learning experiences for students,” says Tom Murray, director of innovation for Future Ready Schools , a project of the Alliance for Excellent Education. “It’s

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Buncee is headed to ISTE19!


Dr. Roland Rios- Buncee Your Social Media @ 2PM. Everyone knows Buncee is a great presentation tool but did you know you can use a Buncee to spice up your social media presence? She will show you how this project is perfect for students in your classroom.

How to Cultivate Communication Skills in the Classroom

Shake Up Learning

The post How to Cultivate Communication Skills in the Classroom appeared first on Shake Up Learning. Cultivating a culture of communication in the classroom creates a foundation for building the other, ‘C’s:’ collaboration, creativity, and critical thinking.

Not “Just” a Teacher: Finding Your Voice as a Teacher

The CoolCatTeacher

Today’s Sponsor: Edpuzzle is my new favorite flipped classroom tool. And if you click , Edpuzzle will give your school access to the 50,000 best lessons from Edpuzzle, organized in folders and ready to be used by teachers. I’m just not ready.

3 Techniques for Promoting Resilience in Adult Digital Literacy

Digital Promise

We typically hear that while most learners own smartphones, they are “only” using them for things like social media and text messaging. Burning Glass data suggest that it’s not the whiz-bang, Jetsonian technologies that are most needed for learners to become “future ready.”

Tennessee’s Hamilton County Schools Selects Discovery Education to Drive Inquiry-based Teaching and Learning Initiative in all Middle Schools and High Schools


June 20, 2018) – Tennessee’s Hamilton County Schools (HCS) today announced it has selected Discovery Education , the leading provider of digital content and professional development for K-12 classrooms to support its inquiry-based teaching and learning initiative.


Texas’ Richardson Independent School District Selects Discovery Education to Support New STEM Education Initiative


May 16, 2018) – Texas’ Richardson Independent School District (RISD) today announced it has selected Discovery Education , the leading provider of digital content and professional development for K-12 classrooms, to support the district’s new, three year “Future Ready: STEM for All” initiative.


Buncee is headed to FETC19


The Buncee Bus is on the way to the 39th Annual Future of Education Technology Conference in Orlando, Florida. Joe and Kristin Merril- Using Buncee in the InterACTIVE Classroom -11AM. Shannon Miller-Name That Future Ready Librarian Wedge-3PM. Boost your social media posts.

Book review – Learning Transformed: 8 Keys to Designing Tomorrow’s Schools, Today

Dangerously Irrelevant

All are critically-important components of robust, future-ready schools and each gets substantial coverage in their respective book chapters. We need classrooms to move beyond factual recall and procedural regurgitation, and I know that Eric and Tom agree with that notion.

Nurturing the Neglected C (Communication) - #TCEA17


Nurturing the Neglected C (Communication) Lisa Johnson Eanes ISD Check out Lisa's book Cultivating Communication in the Classroom: Future-Ready Skills for Secondary Students. Critically Evaluate Curation & Social Media: How has curation changed since you were in school? Why is curation and social media important? How can we teach curation and social media skills to our students?

Strategies for Closing the Digital Equity Gap

At the classroom level, modeling and encouraging innovation extend those digital equity conversations through reflection and reevaluation of best practices. It is also about opportunities that can be possible when students are introduced to innovative lessons and activities in the classroom.

School Librarian as your Information Overload Superhero!


With easy access to websites, blogs, online PD, webinars, YouTube, workshops, and social media, finding digital resources is not hard to do. For more information on the leadership, role librarians must take in the area of curating digital resources and tools, empowering students as creators, and building instructional partnerships visit Future Ready Librarians and follow #futurereadylibs on Twitter. Ugghh, help, I can’t keep up!