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 ! AASL’s Social Media Superstars program honors school library professionals who enrich the profession and its work on behalf of students by sharing information, expertise, ideas, encouragement, dialog and inspiration using a variety of social media channels.

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. In years past, I''ve followed the event closely from Twitter and through the resources attendees shared out during the conference. Department of Education Office of Educational Technology and The Alliance for Excellent Education on Future Ready Schools.


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Learn how the Alliance for Excellent Education can help you and your students! | @All4ed


The Alliance for Excellent Education is a Washington based advocacy organization dedicated to ensuring that all students are ready for success in college. Jeff sits down with Terri Schwartzbeck and Sam Patterson to discuss the Alliance for Excellent Education, Digital Learning Day and how you can have a Future Ready School. Show Topics * The Alliance for Excellent Education * 4th Annual Digital Learning Day * What is Future Ready?

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


Claims on Social Media : Students consider the sources of a tweet and the information contained in it in order to describe what makes it both a useful and not useful source of information. 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. 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. For a full calendar of all upcoming events and conferences, click here.

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. CoSN also holds a national conference each year.

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8 Podcast Episodes You Should Check Out


Later this week I will be attending the Fall CUE conference here in Northern California. I believe it is my 7th or 8th of this in a row… you see I’m a bit of a tech conference junkie! I will be showing how to create and expand your social media presence as well as focus on more traditional communications tools as well. Connected Educator Education Technology Future Ready Information Literacy Professional Development

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. A global community of education professionals, the Discovery Education Community connects members across school systems and around the world through social media, virtual conferences, and in-person events, fostering valuable networking, idea sharing and inspiration. Inspired by the global media company Discovery Inc.,

US Edtech Policy Conversations Amidst Coronavirus Concerns with Tom Murray

The CoolCatTeacher

Murray Tom serves as the Director of Innovation for Future Ready Schools® , a project of the Alliance for Excellent Education , located in Washington, D.C. You can connect with Tom on social media.

9 New Teacher Survival Tips

The Daring Librarian

I occasionally get emails from followers, readers, and conference audience members asking for advice. Fierce & Future Ready 7. Google terms like "your subject area, your level, lesson plan, unit, & rubric" you can also later add in search terms like "future ready," "framework," "technology integration," or "printables." We all have frustrations in our jobs but the teachers lounge, a blog, or social media is not where to vent them.

The 2019 Global Education Conference - Full List of 130 Sessions and 10 Keynotes!

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

The ninth annual Global Education Conference starts this coming Monday! The conference is being held Monday, November 18 - Wednesday, November 20, 2019 (November 21 in some time zones). The entire virtual conference is held online. Click here to register to attend the conference live or to have access to the conference recordings afterwards. The hidden treasure of the Global Education Conference is volunteering--you will love it!

"Digital Literacy & Fake News" Keynote Panelists Announced + First Sessions for Mini-Conference

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

We're excited to announce the keynote panelists for our our second of three Library 2.017 mini-conferences: "Digital Literacy + Fake News," which will be held online ( and for free ) on Thursday, June 1st, from 12:00 - 3:00 pm US-Pacific Daylight Time (click for your own time zone). They and our session presenters will look deeply at the foundational relationship of libraries and librarians to media, information, and digital literacy. network to be kept informed of future events.

Final Schedule for Tomorrow's "Digital Literacy & Fake News" Mini-Conference - Plus Bonus

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Tomorrow (Thursday, June 1st) is our second of three Library 2.017 mini-conferences: "Digital Literacy + Fake News," being held online ( and for free ) from 12:00 - 3:00 pm US-Pacific Daylight Time (click for your own time zone). Then we will have 14 practitioner-led sessions that look deeply at the foundational relationship of libraries and librarians to media, information, and digital literacy. Bryan will also give a closing keynote at the end of the three-hour mini-conference.

Final Speakers List + Registration for October 6th "Libraries of the Future" Online Mini-Conference

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

We're just over a week away from our free Library 2.016 online mini-conference, " Libraries of the Future " on October 6th! Join the 4,000 others who have already registered to participate or watch the recordings now and we'll also send you our curated resource conference reading packet: 11 downloadable reports and tool-kits, 18 articles, 10 websites, and a YouTube video playlist --all focused on key ideas and trends for libraries of the future.

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5 ways to empower teachers to build a positive, innovative school culture

The Cornerstone for Teachers

in a Future Ready Schools workshop. I’m super excited to help support the Future Ready Schools initiative, which provides districts with resources and support for aligning technology with instructional best practices, particularly in underserved schools and communities. Celebrate teachers’ innovations publicly during staff meetings and on the school’s website and social media accounts. 21st century schools ed tech education conferences

Making IT Happen (at ISTE)


Amidst the 21,000 teachers, administrators, entrepreneurs and others hobnobbing at this year’s ISTE conference in San Antonio are a handful of special people. The annual “Making IT Happen ” awards are a highlight of the conference. of Education’s Office of Education Technology, where he catalyzed initiatives including GoOpen and Future Ready Librarian initiatives and co-authored the National Education Technology Plan.

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

The CoolCatTeacher

And if you click www.coolcatteacher.com/edpuzzle , Edpuzzle will give your school access to the 50,000 best lessons from Edpuzzle, organized in folders and ready to be used by teachers. One day, Bri, you woke up and you were getting ready to testify in front of, I believe, the Texas State Legislature, right? I am very honored to serve as one of the two national advisors for Future Ready Schools , representing the Instructional Coach strand. I’m just not ready.

The case for strategic planning


Faced by the ever-intimidating blank page, as they began to plan, the librarians decided to use a template based on the Future Ready Librarians initiative to document their practice and progress. Explore social media, especially Twitter. Try to get to conferences.

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. Through the “Future Ready: STEM for All” initiative, RISD seeks to transform the Berkner Feeder Pattern’s culture and pedagogy.

7 Great NonProfits Changing the Face of Professional Learning

Tom Murray

As mentioned in my previous post 16 Great NonProfits Working to Support EdTech in Schools , 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.

Skyward Honors 2018 Leader in Excellence Winners at iCon


Pete Beach, Florida for the 16th annual Skyward International Conference (iCon). Based on the theme “Passport to the Future,” the conference brought together attendees and Skyward leaders to discuss how districts can leverage education technology to put their future-ready district on the map. This conference serves as a great reminder that Skyward is focusing on the present but keeping their eyes on the future.” STEVENS POINT, Wis.

Are You Prepared For The Future Of Social Learning?

TeachThought - Learn better.

Are You Prepared For The Future Of Social Learning? A formula detailing a chemical reaction, or the new math behind a social media outreach strategy? But now with the ascent of social media, not only has the delivery model markedly changed, but also the construction and development of content. Social platforms have completely redefined the way people create, search and consume content. Social Learning – A Way of Life.

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Take a Shelfie Not a Selfie

The Daring Librarian

Social Media shy? Frankly, when I scan over a librarians or teachers social media timeline and it's a lot of pics of themselves? It also sometimes happens at conferences, I get a little tongue tied about that. Future Ready Teacher Librarian & Tech Leader. I've talked about the Art of the Shelfie before, but I had a recent rant I just wanted to share with you. You know what's great about having a professional Twitter & Instagram ?

Buncee is headed to FETC19


The Buncee Bus is on the way to the 39th Annual Future of Education Technology Conference in Orlando, Florida. Shannon Miller-Name That Future Ready Librarian Wedge-3PM. Join Shannon McClintock Miller, teacher librarian, and Future Ready Librarian spokesperson, for a fun game of Buncee Doodle, Name That Future Ready Librarian Wedge. Jennifer Hencken-Make Your Social Media Sparkle-2PM. Boost your social media posts.

Strategies for Closing the Digital Equity Gap


Through edtech conferences such as ISTE , coaching programs such as Digital Promise and DigCit , teachers and coaches can be trained to teach in innovative ways that include critical components in digital learning and digital inquiry. Artificial intelligence (AI), social media, and the affordability of devices for learning are shaping what we can expect as the future of learning. She is also a national advisor for the Future Ready Instructional Coaches Strand.

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

EdTech Magazine

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 Murray and Sheninger, co-authors of Learning Transformed: 8 Keys to Designing Tomorrow’s Schools, Today , published by ASCD in 2017, will be featured speakers at the #ICE18 conference in Schaumburg, Ill.,

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


In addition, HSC’s new partnership with Discovery Education also supports the district’s Future Ready Preps initiative. This new effort seeks to personalize learning in the middle grades to meet every child where they are academically, expose them to a variety of potential careers, and support their social and emotional learning. This vision also extends to high schools through the Future Ready Institutes. Inspired by the global media company Discovery Inc.,


How ‘Dialogue’ Can Create Empathy in a Divided Classroom


A harsh debate can leave students (and instructors) feeling upset, or make them discouraged about participating in future conversations. It’s hosting a conference for university leaders at the end of October at Princeton University.

NCDLCN Voices from the Field: The Secret to Coaching

The PL2C Blog

It has allowed me to grow from a timid first-year media coordinator to a confident innovation facilitator, leading a pilot that is changing the role of media coordinators in my district to formally include the role of a digital learning coach. Oh – and I also teach media classes once a month and hold open book circulation times every morning and throughout the day. I was also named as a Future Ready Instructional Coach Thought Leader.




Never before have we had truly effective tools for synchronous conferencing and media-rich asynchronous group discussion. It’s actually a tale of two conferences. Conference #1. I was recently invited to the 21CLHK Conference in Hong Kong where I facilitated a full day of professional development for an international group of librarians. #inTLchat (in + tlchat). It seems so simple that I cannot figure out why it didn’t hit us sooner.

Literacy in the Digital Age: 9 Great Speaking & Listening Tools

Educator Innovator

The traditional application of ELA isn’t enough for future-ready learners. We would argue our students read and write more now than they ever have before—between texting, social media, gaming, and everything else they do in their digitally fueled, online lives. With this tool, students can download their recording, link to a QR code, or share via email and social networks.

10 Edtech people to watch in 2018 [INFOGRAPHIC]


Both these e-learning conferences, along with her other events related to education, gather together thousands of people annually to exchange ideas and make schools across the world a better place for teaching and learning. A blogger , speaker, author, technology advocate and prominent voice in social media, Rafranz Davis aims to bridge the digital divide in schools. You know the saying “The only constant is change”.

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