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


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. Ken Dirkin Dirkin is the Director of Online Professional Learning at Michigan Virtual , a nonprofit provider of digital learning solutions for the state’s K-12 schools. The organization has been providing LMS-based professional learning for the state’s educators since 2004. “We

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


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.

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6 Edtech New Year’s Resolutions

Tom Murray

These concerns are real and often become roadblocks for student learning. As school leaders work to implement digital learning practices, they must commit to navigating roadblocks, problem solving, and planning for sustainable, systemic transformation. 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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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. How do you learn best?

7 Tips for Capturing High-Quality Video of Classroom Teaching


The abundance of easily-accessible mobile devices such as smartphones, tablets, and laptops has made it easier than ever for video to become an embedded part of the teaching and professional learning process. Professional Development Video TL Advisor Blog

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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.

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Barrow Media Center: Expect the Miraculous

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. How can we use this excitement to connect to what we are learning together each day?

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. I have been involved in learning through technology initiatives for more than 20 years. MLTI has always been about learning.

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

Educator Innovator

During our conversation, Dr. Beach identified what I consider to be one of the most important educational innovations that digital texts bring to the classroom, namely their dialogic nature. DML connected learning digital literacy digital tools education social justice

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.


10 Tips for teachers to make the most of ISTE


Make sure you have your devices charged, whether it is your phone, tablet, laptop or all of them. A must are the Poster sessions for a hands on approach to learning new things to implement in your class.

To BOLDly Go


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.

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. .

Keeping Professional Development Fun and Exciting for your Teachers


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!

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


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!”

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


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.

Celebrating ConnectED’s Achievements Toward Transforming Education

Digital Promise

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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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. They can take notes on the go, and complete photo descriptions once back in the classroom.

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. 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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How Video Games Can Teach Reading Just as Well as Books


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.

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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. Podcasts for Professional Learning.

Technology Holds Great Promise for Individuals on the Autism Spectrum

Using a tablet with a communication app loaded onto it is a common way to do this. For families of individuals with autism, the online training website may be helpful for learning how to use tablets and other devices.

Notes from Code Studio elementary coding training

Dangerously Irrelevant

Producer of online courses in 30,000 classrooms. Any PC, tablet, and also ‘unplugged’. Professional learning. My notes from yesterday’s elementary coding workshop… Ben Schafer , University of Northern Iowa, Facilitator. Our agenda for the day.

The Beginner’s Guide to the Hour of Code

Shake Up Learning

The post The Beginner’s Guide to the Hour of Code appeared first on Shake Up Learning. Below, you will find a resource guide for CSEdWeek and Hour of Code, in order to help all of you K-12 educators bring coding into the classroom. modern browsers, smartphones & tablets.

Teacher Creativity Skill: Brainstorm and Plan Digitally

The Playground Advocate

Part of being creative as a teacher is coming up with creative learning experiences for students. Over the years, I''ve learned that my best lessons and units came about as a result of a lot of collaborative pre-planning. Almost no learning curve.

Five Steps to Closing the Homework Gap

Schools are facing new challenges now that most learning involves the web—chiefly, the ability to do work at home or anywhere away from school grounds. While many are looking for ways to provide all students with a device, just having the device does not mean equitable learning.

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


Its flagship hardware products are the Xbox game consoles and the Microsoft Surface tablet lineup. OneNote and Learning Styles pamphlet : [link]. OneNote Toolkit for teachers – an interactive OneNote notebook designed for teachers on OneNote best practices in the classroom.

Planning for the Total Cost of Edtech Initiatives

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. Randy was a Tech & Learning Magazine runner-up for 2017 digital leaders.

6 Strategies to Make Your School of District’s Office Paperless

The 21st Century Principal

Evernote’s simple sharing feature means I can share the minutes from our last Professional Learning Community meeting with an email. My tablet’s Scanner app gives me a “scanner-on-the-go” and Dropbox gives me a virtual filling cabinet that follows me everywhere with access across devices. 21st Century Administrators 21st century technology Paperless Classrooms paperless schools Web 2.0

Back-to-School Tips: Setting a Positive Tone From Day One


The start of a school year is a great time to set the tone for your classroom climate as a space for students to thrive and create. This is a great time to set the tone for your classroom climate as a space for students to thrive and create.

Terrie Noland of Learning Ally Talks About Supporting Dyslexic Students in Your School

Terrie Noland, National Director, Educator Engagement & Initiatives at Learning Ally , was interviewed on Education Talk Radio for ‘s monthly show by program host Larry Jacobs along with Lisa Schmucki, edWeb founder. edWeb Blog dyslexia Learning Ally Reading Disabilities and Square Panda™ Host PreK-3 Digital Learning Community is excited to announce that Square Panda will host PreK-3 Digital Learning , a free professional learning community on edWeb. Research shows that quality early learning can prevent achievement gaps and help every student reach his or her potential.

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.

What does the Effective Use of EdTech Look Like?

Tom Murray

One of the top known research reports on the topic, “ Using Technology to Support At-Risk Students’ Learning ”, from the Alliance for Excellent Education and the Stanford Center for Opportunity Policy in Education (SCOPE) indicates that when implemented properly, technology can help boost engagement and produce significant gains in student achievement, particularly among students most at-risk (Darling-Hammond, et. Using Technology to Support At-Risk Students’ Learning.

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15 Non-librarian blog(ger)s too good to miss!


Since 2013, Jennifer Gonzales has been regularly blowing my mind with her thoughtful blend of effective classroom strategies and what’s new on the horizon that you can use in your classroom or library tomorrow. Kasey Bell’s Shake Up Learning.

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


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. While a huge fan of product management, some of his best years as a professional were spent as a 5 th grade teacher in the New Jersey public school system. He taught all subjects, but reading instruction and integrating technology into the classroom hold special places in his heart.

The New Design for School Networks

During the edWebinar, “ Smart Network Design for Transformation and Innovation: Reaching in and Beyond the Classroom,” the presenters discussed the six elements of CoSN’s new network design for continuous service.

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Individualized Supports for Students with ASD

So, when educators mainstream students with ASD and hope that they will learn how to interact in the classroom just by watching their peers, the educators are setting up the students for failure. Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is, at its heart, a processing disorder.

Using Edtech for Small Group Reading Instruction

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.”

3M Your Back to School

The PL2C Blog

Try exploring and implementing my 3M digital learning and teaching ideas to help you jump-start the school year off right. Mobile devices can amplify any learning experience or activity in your classroom. Applying innovative learning and attention-getting techniques during learning is a win-win for both students and teachers. Tablets, digital cameras, videoconferencing technology and mobile devices can often spark and encourage students’ creativity.