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3 Takeaways from the Inaugural Digital Learning Annual Conference

Education Superhighway

Seven years ago, a wide-scale digital learning conference was unheard of because the majority of school districts across the country weren’t equipped with the infrastructure or technology to implement a robust digital curriculum. Thankfully, over the past several years, federal, state and local leaders have worked to tackle the digital divide, which has results in 98 percent of school districts now meeting minimum connectivity goals.

Six Strategic Steps to Digital Learning Success

Edsurge

Shiny new technologies can capture well-meaning educators like insects in amber, but the evidence is clear that digital learning can improve student opportunities and outcomes. Below I outline six strategic steps that will point school leaders as well as classroom teachers toward digital learning success: 1. Determine your education goals Keep in mind that when you’re developing an inventory of goals to be addressed via digital learning, less is more.

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Gale In Context: For Educators Launches New Teacher Learning Center 

eSchool News

The company has launched Gale In Context: For Educators’ new Learning Center , an on-demand professional learning hub for finding, organizing and learning how to teach – virtually or in-person – using the content created within For Educators.

Georgia Public Broadcasting Renews Long-Term Partnership with Discovery Education Creating Digital Learning Environments Statewide

techlearning

–Continuation of 18-Year Collaboration Ensures Students and Educators Access to Engaging K-12 Digital Resources– SILVER SPRING, Md. March 22, 2018) – Discovery Education , the leading provider of digital content and professional development for K-12 classrooms, today announced a renewal of its 18-year partnership with Georgia Public Broadcasting (GPB).

New Jersey’s Plainfield Public School District Forms New Partnership with Discovery Education to Create Digital Learning Environments Districtwide

techlearning

- Discovery Education’s Award-Winning Science, Math and Social Studies Techbooks to be Integrated into Instruction Districtwide- Silver Spring, MD (October 16, 2018) – New Jersey’s Plainfield Public School District (PPSD) announced today the formation of a new partnership with Discovery Education , the leading provider of digital content and professional development for K-12 classrooms.

The Archdiocese of Baltimore Catholic Schools Partners with Discovery Education to Accelerate the Creation of Digital Learning Environments

techlearning

By incorporating Discovery Education’s award-winning digital content into teaching and learning, educators in Archdiocesan schools now have flexible digital resources that not only help them more deeply engage students and personalize learning, but also help create authentic learning experiences combining faith and reason. Digital STEM k12 education edtech The Wire

Five Steps to Empowering Educators with Evidence

edWeb.net

In a recent edWebinar, “ Professional Learning in Action: Evidence-Based Practices for Student Success,” leaders from the Ohio Department of Education explained how a statewide initiative is helping administrators and teachers not only understand the tiers but also provide assistance in selecting the best materials for their students. to determine what programs will assist with meeting learning goals. Step 3 – Learn the basics (about ESSA levels).

Educators as Empowered Learners

Tech Helpful

I guess I might as well start this series with my soapbox message- the importance that educators continue to be learners and what that looks like in the digital age. Below is the excerpt from the ISTE Standards for Educators that describes this standard: Empowered Professional Learner - Educators continually improve their practice by learning from and with others and exploring proven and promising practices that leverage technology to improve student learning.

3 New Tools to Support Your Digital Conversion

Tom Murray

Each January, thousands travel to Orlando, Florida to take part in the Future of Education Technology Conference (FETC), one of the nation’s best edtech related learning opportunities for educators. Showing a growing trend in the field, this year’s FETC brought more educators than ever before – almost 10,000 school professionals, from superintendents and principals, to instructional technology coaches and classroom teachers. This post is sponsored by Samsung.

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Using Tech to Bring Listening Comprehension to the Classroom

edWeb.net

Learning is evolving on several fronts with regards to technology. In addition, most teachers acknowledge and use a multisensory approach to learning, providing materials for students to fit their learning style. This edWeb broadcast was sponsored by Britannica Digital Learning.

Discovery Educator Network Invites Educators Around the Globe to Attend the 2018 Fall VirtCon

techlearning

-Virtual event provides teachers and administrators new, actionable strategies for creating dynamic digital learning environments- Silver Spring, Md. A virtual, professional learning conference, this peer-to-peer experience provides a unique, no-cost opportunity for teachers and administrators to learn new, actionable strategies for creating dynamic digital learning environments.

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ASCD launches digital resource for teachers

eSchool News

myTeachSource aims to offer personalized and paced professional learning in digital form. ASCD has launched ASCD myTeachSource–a classroom-focused, teacher-driven digital subscription that delivers monthly topic packs on popular instructional strategies. The new product, which debuted at the 2015 ASCD Conference on Educational Leadership in San Diego, Calif., Discussion threads that enable teachers to share their knowledge and learn from one another.

Adaptive literacy? 3 must-knows for teachers and admin about adaptive learning

eSchool News

The use of differentiated instruction to individualize each student’s learning experience is becoming more common in today’s elementary classrooms, but creating meaningful differentiation for a typical class of 25 students or more can still be a challenge. What should educators and administrators know about adaptive learning? The survey found that instructional leaders overwhelmingly saw the value of adaptive learning to help individualize instruction.

S.C. district partners with Discovery Education to create teacher leaders

eSchool News

Digital Leader Corps’ builds capacity of nearly 500 educators to effectively integrate digital content and meet needs of all learners. The Greenville County Schools (GCS), South Carolina’s largest school system, today announced an expansion of its 14-year partnership with Discovery Education, the leading provider of digital content and professional development for K-12 classrooms. Last year, ten GCS schools piloted Discovery Education’s Digital Leader Corps.

Abilene Independent School District’s Expanded Partnership with Discovery Education to Focused on Growing the Capacity of Middle School Teachers

techlearning

July 25, 2018) – Texas’ Abilene Independent School District (AISD) today announced an expansion of its partnership with Discovery Education , the leading provider of digital content and professional development for K-12 classrooms. In the latest phase of AISD’s relationship with Discovery Education, the district will soon begin implementing Discovery Education’s Digital Leader Corp professional learning system in all four middle schools. Silver Spring, Md.

Washington district partners with Discovery on college, career readiness

eSchool News

Washington’s Highline Public Schools announced the launch of a new partnership supporting college and career readiness with Discovery Education, provider of digital content and professional development for K-12 classrooms. Through this collaboration, all K-12 classrooms districtwide will have access to engaging digital content through Discovery Education Streaming Plus, an award-winning, comprehensive digital service supplementing instruction across all K-12 curricular areas.

Tips for Designing a Future-Focused EdTech Mindset

edWeb.net

While educators and support staff are trying to ensure a continuity of learning for their students during school closures, school and district leaders have an opportunity to design a positive future. Learn more at www.net-ref.com. edWeb Blog edtech Personalized Learning

Michigan’s Van Buren Public Schools Select Discovery Education to Support Districtwide Movement to 1:1 Learning

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- Unparalleled Blend of Discovery Education’s Digital Resources and Professional Learning Services to Power School System’s Movement to More Personalized Learning Environments - Silver Spring, Md. August 20, 2018) – Michigan’s Van Buren Public Schools (VBPS) today announced it has finalized a new partnership with Discovery Education , the leading provider of digital content and professional development for K-12 classrooms.

Digital Equity in Rural School Districts

edWeb.net

The goal of digital equity is to ensure that all students have access to devices, high-speed internet, and opportunities to learn both in school and out. Socioeconomics also plays a huge role in digital equity for rural districts such as the Florida and Wisconsin school districts.

Oklahoma’s Edmond Public Schools Chooses Discovery Education to Support New Digital Conversion Strategy

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-Discovery Education’s Math Techbook and Professional Learning Services to Strengthen Efforts to Create Dynamic Digital Classrooms – Silver Spring, Md. May 9, 2018) – Oklahoma’s Edmond Public Schools (EPS) today announced it has chosen Discovery Education, the leading provider of digital content and professional development for K-12 classrooms, to support the implementation of the district’s Digital Conversion Strategy.

PBL… Blended and eLearning – Part 1: Important Questions for the New School Year

21st Century Educational Technology and Learning

Regardless of your districts approach, now is a time to facilitate the student centered learning that Project Based Learning makes possible. Booking Info – Are you looking for a practical and affordable professional development workshop for your school or conference?

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Louisiana’s East Baton Rouge Parish Schools Launches New STEM Initiative in Partnership with Discovery Education

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- Unique Combination of Digital Content and Sustained Professional Learning to Support Educators’ Efforts to Build Dynamic STEM Learning Environments - Silver Spring, Md. August 14, 2018) – Louisiana’s East Baton Rouge Parish Schools (EBR) today launched a new STEM initiative in partnership with Discovery Education , the leading provider of digital content and professional development for K-12 classrooms.

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Texas’ Abilene Independent School District Expands Partnership with Discovery Education to Grow Middle School Teacher Capacity

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-Implementation of New Professional Development Model to Help Educators Evolve Their Classroom Practice to Meet the Continuously Changing Needs of Today’s Classrooms - Silver Spring, Md. July 25, 2018) – Texas’ Abilene Independent School District (AISD) today announced an expansion of its partnership with Discovery Education , the leading provider of digital content and professional development for K-12 classrooms.

6 Tips for Coaching Through a Crisis

EdTechTeam

As a digital learning specialist, this crisis feels like my call up to the big leagues. I know that I will have students and teachers that struggle with access at home, so these times are not so much about implementing digital tools to solve classroom challenges.

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

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- School System to Use Discovery Education Streaming Plus to Create Digital Learning Environments in Extracurricular Settings– Silver Spring, MD (October 24, 2018) – Mississippi’s Columbia School District (CSD) announced today it has selected Discovery Education , the leading provider of digital content and professional development for K-12 classrooms, as its partner in creating digital learning environments in its before and after school programs.

6 Self-Care Strategies for School Leaders

EdTechTeam

Kids that just won’t engage, phone calls and emails from parents, learning new systems and tech on the fly. Engage in your own personal and professional development. How are you engaging in your own personal and professional development? You’re taking care of the teachers.

Being Digital Isn't Just About Technology-#DLD15

The Web20Classroom

Digital has truly made our world smaller. The digital tools we have available to us for both teaching and learning is (and will continue to have) dramatic effects on both. And there is a shift (albeit small) in professional learning as well. I am no longer bound by the learning prescribed to me by my district. I can develop my own learning goals and by using digital tools I can seek out experts, connect, learn, share and grow, anytime, any place.

5 Lessons I’ve Learned as an Instructional Coach

EdTechTeam

What I quickly learned, however, is that coaching is much different than I had imagined. Here are 5 lessons I’ve learned as an instructional coach. . One thing I’ve learned as an instructional coach, is that change is a constant in this position.

New York’s Mt. Vernon City School District Begins New Three-Year Partnership with Discovery Education Strengthening STEAM/STEM Education Across the School System

techlearning

- Unique Combination of Discovery Education’s Digital Resources and Professional Learning Services to Bolster STEAM/STEM Education in New STEAM-Focused High School and Classrooms Districtwide - Silver Spring, Md. Vernon City School District (MVCSD) today began a new three year partnership with Discovery Education , the leading provider of digital content and professional development for K-12 classrooms.

What to Identify Before Personalizing Learning

edWeb.net

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.” How students show what they have learned and celebrate their learning journey is as important to the personalized learning process as engagement, interest, voice, and choice.

Driving Change to Personalized Learning? Here’s How Three Leaders Have Done It

Edsurge

Moving towards personalized learning can be fraught with tension. Ahead of our 2018 EdSurge Fusion conference in October, we sat down with three attendees to discuss the secret sauce of what is working in their communities. Putting vision into practice Any school district knows, creating a vision for personalized learning is useless if you do not provide staff the steps to actually get there. To do so, they started by evaluating their students’ learning and physical spaces.

What Actually Works in EdTech? with Tom Murray

The CoolCatTeacher

In this podcast, Tom shares the research and highlights, some of which are included in the book Learning Transformed that he co-authored with Eric Sheninger. He’s the co-author of Learning Transformed. So many times, we’re seeing schools and teachers thinking that technology is going to solve the learning issues that we’re seeing, and that technology can just transform old practice. Research Finding #1: (What Works) Learning must be Interactive.

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NCDLCN Voices from the Field: The Secret to Coaching

The PL2C Blog

For the past 4 years, I have had the pleasure to be part of an amazing network of educators from across North Carolina – the Digital Leaders Coaching Network. I have seen our group grow exponentially, both in attendance and in terms of professional growth of individuals that are taking part. There is so little professional development available for instructional coaches. Lead Digital Learning & Media Innovation Facilitator.

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Media Literacy Strategies for Tackling Fake News

edWeb.net

We need to take the approach of helping them learn how to identify bias and sift bias and fact from each other and look for information and sources on the same topic from different places…Instead of teaching our students to always trust a source, we need to teach them to always read critically, look for bias, and fact check.”. This edWeb broadcast was sponsored by Britannica Digital Learning. Twenty years ago it was easier to identify fake news.

10 Big Ideas for Technology Integration

Learning in Hand

Check out the conference website , session resources , and Twitter hashtag #i11i. Jonathan Wylie is a Digital Learning Consultant at Grand Wood AEA. Big Idea #1 Technology is integrated well when it is used as a tool to enhance teaching and learning. “If Big Idea #2 Technology is integrated well when instruction is modified to meet the needs of the digital age learner. Teachers can learn a lot from lessons and activities that fail.