Defining Student Engagement

A Principal's Reflections

In my District I am part of a Professional Learning Community (PLC) with other administrators. The focus of our PLC is the Classroom Walkthrough practice as a tool to improve student achievement. If you would like to learn more about PLC''s check out AllThingsPLC.

10 Things That Happen When Students Engage in Design Thinking

The Principal of Change

I know John is very thoughtful about his work, and has helped many educators embrace “Design Thinking” in their classrooms, in a way that is easy to connect with, yet powerful for students. They move from engaged to empowered. They learn how to work collaboratively.

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Pilot Implementation Results Reveal creatED Professional Learning by Crayola Energizes Classroom Instruction

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A year ago, Crayola®, the brand that inspires creativity in education, made a commitment to expand its role in education by introducing its comprehensive professional learning program for educators, creatED Professional Learning. The creatED program has enabled AEA to build capacity for teacher leadership and equip educators with skills and resources they can use to energize classrooms and spark students’ love of learning.”

Exploring Coaching Trends in Classrooms

Digital Promise

Teacher quality is one of the most important factors that contributes to student success. During the first two years of the program, we found that teachers who participated in the DLP used technology more frequently and in more powerful ways with their students.

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One District's Journey From 'State of Emergency' to Student Success

Edsurge

Morale was low, teacher turnover was high and residents didn’t trust that Allendale could educate their students. Morale was low, teacher turnover was high and residents didn’t trust that Allendale could educate their students. well-managed classrooms.

How to Roll Out Game-Based Learning—and Boost Engagement—in Your Classroom

Edsurge

History in Baltimore City Public Schools, I was always looking for new ways to engage my students. When Vadim Polikov—my childhood friend and a successful entrepreneur—approached me with a game-based learning business idea in the summer of 2015, I jumped at the idea. . Vadim wanted to create enough curriculum games so they would be effective daily learning tools in schools. Student Engagement. My students were so incredibly engaged because of the games.

Student Engagement and Closing the Opportunity Gap: An Action Plan, Part 2

Reading By Example

My previous two posts have described how schools can improve access for students of color and students living in poverty to follow their passions and have more voice in choice in their learning. It is a process that respects both the teacher and students.

Student Engagement and Closing the Opportunity Gap: An Action Plan, Part 1

Reading By Example

In my previous post , I highlighted an article from Education Week about students being able to pursue their questions and interests in school. She believes that if students do not have a voice and choice in their learning, then all of the focus on the core academics will not amount to much.

Student Engagement and Closing the Opportunity Gap: An Action Plan, Part 1

Reading By Example

In my previous post , I highlighted an article from Education Week about students being able to pursue their questions and interests in school. She believes that if students do not have a voice and choice in their learning, then all of the focus on the core academics will not amount to much.

What to Identify Before Personalizing Learning

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iNACOL defines personalized learning as “tailoring learning for each student’s strength, needs, and interests—including enabling student’s voice and choice in what, how, when and where they learn—to provide flexibility and supports to ensure mastery of the highest standards possible.”

Update: North Dakota Innovation Academy

Dangerously Irrelevant

Generously supported by Ted Dintersmith and in cooperation with the North Dakota Council of Educational Leaders , the goal was to kick off a three-year investment in leadership capacity-building across the state for future-ready learning, teaching, and schooling.

Managing Smartphone Distractions in the Classroom

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Technology has become an integral element in our students’ educational journey. With the influx of diverse and multimedia instruction technology software and 1:1 programs, students have access to technology both in and out of school settings.

Transforming Classrooms with Deeper Learning

Digital Promise

Richards, in her fourth year in the classroom, teaches seventh grade history. Despite her efforts and passion, she has noticed that her students are not nearly as engaged in her lessons as she’d like. Richards, Deeper Learning holds great promise for engaging her students.

It's Elementary When it Comes to #EdTech

A Principal's Reflections

As a practitioner I am always looking to learn how to better assist educators at all grade levels. Our goal is the purposeful integration of technology to support or enhance learning. educational technology Learning Professional Development professional learning Spotswood

Transforming Classrooms with Deeper Learning

Digital Promise

Richards, in her fourth year in the classroom, teaches seventh grade history. Despite her efforts and passion, she has noticed that her students are not nearly as engaged in her lessons as she’d like. Deeper Learning requires a new way of teaching, changing her classroom from orderly rows of desks to a dynamic world of project-based group work and student-driven exploration. Richards, Deeper Learning holds great promise for engaging her students.

Creative Coding and Robots in the Classroom

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They highlighted that soft skills critical to student success in future fields of study such as logic, problem-solving and creativity are integral components of computer science curriculums. Nearpod is a powerful teaching and learning tool that promotes student engagement in the classroom.

4 ways to make high-impact teaching a reality

eSchool News

I’ve been very fortunate to travel the world and work in classrooms in the United States, Australia, Asia, and the U.K., How do we apply that brilliance across year levels, subject areas, and student demographics? What impact will it have on every student in the room?

Hear from Real Teachers about the Benefits of Micro-credentials

Digital Promise

Across the country, educators are demanding opportunities to personalize their professional learning. Research suggests the traditional professional learning methods—typically one-size-fits-all and top-down—don’t meet the needs of today’s educators or their students.

Ed Tech Research is Clear: Owning a Device Does Not Improve Learning

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Scanning the media on education technology could easily lead one to believe we are wasting our money when putting devices into the hands of students. Simply having technology does not improve learning. leveraging, and how we’re supporting teachers with professional learning.

Ed Tech Research is Clear: Owning a Device Does Not Improve Learning

More Verbs

Scanning the media on education technology could easily lead one to believe we are wasting our money when putting devices into the hands of students. Simply having technology does not improve learning. leveraging, and how we’re supporting teachers with professional learning.

Using Micro-credentials for Personalized Professional Development

Digital Promise

The Kentucky Valley Educational Cooperative (KVEC) is an educational service agency in rural southeastern Kentucky that serves 22 school districts, 134 schools, over 3,000 teachers, and more than 50,000 students. Learn more about our work.

Eight Ways To Teach Climate Change In Almost Any Classroom

MindShift

But in reality, it’s not always happening: Fewer than half of K-12 teachers told us that they talk about climate change with their children or students. So, here are some thoughts about how to broach the subject with students, no matter what subject you teach: 1.

What Does Improvement Science Look Like In Real Classrooms?

MindShift

Monique Maynard has been teaching for 17 years and prides herself on creating a dynamic classroom culture where students work together in groups. Within the first week of teaching freshmen, she had scrapped the groups and had all the students in rows. “I

Beyond "Ditching the Desks," 9 Creative Ways to Avoid "The Cemetery Effect"

Kleinspiration

My heart sunk when I thought about how this space - a cemetery - resembled the first classroom learning environment that I had created for my first class of fourth graders. No, the students weren’t zombies, nor were my thoughts morbid. What is your student to teacher ratio?

Prioritizing The Most Urgent Education Challenges

Digital Promise

Over the past two years, Digital Promise has engaged in a rigorous research process to surface common challenges being tackled in public schools around the country. Social-emotional learning (#2). Student engagement (#3). Personalized learning (#4).

Check Your Tech Before You Select Your Tech

Digital Promise

Leveraging Professional Learning Communities to Discover Impactful Tech. Although the edtech discovery process looks different for everyone, the quest should always be driven by the same question: What will this allow my students to do that otherwise would not be possible?

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New Computational Thinking Resources for Powerful Learning

Digital Promise

Teachers around the nation are being called to integrate computational thinking into their classrooms to prepare all students to thrive in a computational world. However, students can define precise, repeatable processes for problem-solving in many classroom contexts.

Getting Started with Minecraft in the Classroom

Graphite Blog

Whenever I even allude to the game to a new group of students, their eyes light up and they ask me, “You​​ play Minecraft, too?!” There are already many articles detailing the educational benefits of Minecraft, and though I believe the advantages of using it the classroom far outweigh the disadvantages, the roadblocks can be very real. Issues with styles of facilitation and classroom management, as well as technical problems, can be difficult to figure out.

Assessing the Value of Interactive Whiteboards (IWB's)

A Principal's Reflections

Long gone are the days where the overhead projector reigned supreme in the classroom. It should be noted that in both examples above, direct instruction was followed by some sort of student-centered learning activity. Does the way in which IWB’s are now used in classrooms differ?

The Balance with Catlin Tucker: Featuring Travis Lape

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In 2015, Travis was named TIE Technology Leader of the Year, which recognized his work integrating technology into his classroom. Travis believes that by empowering learners to drive their learning we can start to create a new system that honors all learners and their cultures.

The Balance with Catlin Tucker: Featuring Adam Welcome

Catlin Tucker

In this episode, we discuss the changing roles of teachers and students in a time when students have unlimited access to information and resources online. We explore the difference between entertaining students and engaging them. How would you describe student engagement?

Celebrating Standouts in Verizon Innovative Learning schools

Digital Promise

To highlight some of the standout programs and great work that has taken place at Verizon Innovative Learning schools across the country over the course of the 2018-19 school year, we’re excited to announce the initiative’s annual Schools of Excellence Award winners.

Lead in the Now

A Principal's Reflections

With changing times, continuous reflection and learning are needed in order to move schools forward now. As such, teaching, learning, and leadership must change if growth and improvement are the goals. Students who are not engaged are not likely to be learning.

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Integrate OUR Curricula into Your Kiddom Digital Platform

Ask a Tech Teacher

It makes learning organic, part of life rather than something that must happen from a certain book or room. The problem is trying to blend them effortlessly into a class LMS or learning platform without lots of extra clicks and logins. You can find her resources at Structured Learning.

Improving Schoolwide Behavior Through Gamification

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Now that online games have become so popular among K-12 students, school and district administrators can use gamification techniques to create a positive school climate and encourage positive behavior by individual students who have differing needs.