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iPads to Differentiate Instruction in Early Elementary Education

The CoolCatTeacher

Today as our ongoing spotlight this week on K-2 education, we focus on iPads with younger students and differentiating instruction with them. Today’s Sponsor: Really Good Stuff Digital Learning Collection. The Really Good Stuff Digital Learning Collection is here! This app is a digital supplemental curriculum solution for K-2nd grade – aligned with standards it includes over 150 curated apps inside their one simple app to install.

US Edtech Policy Conversations Amidst Coronavirus Concerns with Tom Murray

The CoolCatTeacher

Advancement Courses has a free micro-course – Launching Online Learning. Now is the time we all need to educate ourselves on effective online teaching and I recommend this course as a great place to start. Education


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Virginia’s Chesapeake Public Schools Partners with Discovery Education to Inspire, Engage, and Empower the District’s 16,300 Elementary Students

eSchool News

May 5, 2021) — Virginia’s Chesapeake Public Schools (CPS) today announced a new partnership with Discovery Education designed to inspire, engage and empower the district’s 16,300 K-5 students and improve academic achievement. Finally, the Discovery Education platform ?is

Digital Learning Day Reflections

Tech Helpful

We had both local and regional educators come and visit our school for the day. We had 12-15 different educators visiting from 5 different school systems. Therefore, when I told them about digital learning day I didn't ask for anything special to happen, I just asked them to allow visitors when they normally used technology in the classrooms. dlday collaboration digital learning day edtech elementary technology integration

How K–12 Schools Should Define and Act on Digital Learning

EdTech Magazine

How K–12 Schools Should Define and Act on Digital Learning. To be honest, I hate the term blended learning. Let me explain why: In today’s world of education, blended learning gets thrown around for any type of new education involving technology. . We could go around any room of educators, ask what they think blended learning means , and get hundreds of different answers. What Does Blended Learning Mean for K–12?

Google Jamboard 2021 with Tom Mullaney

The CoolCatTeacher

Receive graduate credit through CAEP and regionally accredited university partners or for continuing education units that meet your state requirements. Tom Mullaney is a Digital Learning Integration Designer for the San Francisco Unified School District.

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What are your edtech resolutions?

eSchool News

This year, I resolve to … Support high-quality learning. For 2019, our IT emphasis will be on cybersecurity and on high-availability, high-resiliency, high-speed wireless access to support 24 x 7 x 365 learning. Our primary goal is to build a world-class-quality K-12 technology service system, including achieving Level 2 in the ‘process and results’ categories of the National Institute for Standards and Technology’s Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award for Education.”.

20 Tech Tips to Shake Up Learning

The CoolCatTeacher

She also shares the biggest mistake she’s made as a teacher relating to edtech. An engaging, innovative, from the heart sharer who inspires educators while transforming their teaching with original, timely and use-tomorrow ideas for student choice, differentiation, and technology integration. Amazon Education Thought Leader. Digital Innovation in Learning Award Winner in “Sharing is Caring”. One of 20 TrustED Educational Thought Leaders. #3

20+ Ideas to Supercharge Classroom Creativity

The CoolCatTeacher

Ideas to Promote Creativity in Your Classroom – Show Notes 1 – Make a Digital Learning Launchpad ” The post 20+ Ideas to Supercharge Classroom Creativity appeared first on Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis @coolcatteacher helping educators be excellent every day. All Subjects Classroom Design Edtech Tool Tuesday Education Elementary Grades 1-5 (Ages 6-10) High School Grades 9-12 (Ages 13-18) How to Guides.

5 questions teachers should ask before investing their time and money in edtech

eSchool News

As someone who has dedicated her career to making the world a better place through the education of our children, I was excited to learn that tablets and computers are nearly commonplace in elementary school classrooms across the nation. While it’s an exciting development for students, teachers are faced with a growing challenge—finding best-in-class content that supports learning and skills development and is also engaging.

Organizing the Edtech Toolbox

Teachers have many edtech resources in their toolbox now. During the edWebinar, “ Transform Learning: Track Results for Chromebooks, Google Suite, and Every Application,” presenters Kyle Berger, Chief Technology Officer at Grapevine-Colleyville ISD, TX, and Matthew X. Director of Digital Learning and Innovation at Milford Public Schools, MA, talked about why they wrangled their technology and how having a defined edtech toolbox improved teaching and learning overall.

The Case for ‘Edtech Minimalism’ in an Age of Distance Learning


But when it comes to education and technology, this prevailing hypothesis is proving itself to be flawed. You might be wondering how this is possible—how one might actually minimize their dependence on education technology in an era of remote instruction and screen-dependent learning.

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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. During my time as a public school employee, I’d occasionally hear about educational organizations that were working to support schools in some capacity. URL:

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This Is New York, Calling Wyoming

Education Elements

Guest Blog Post by Wendy Daniels, 4th Grade Teacher at North Evanston Elementary School in Evanston, Wyoming. Students Teachers Blended Learning Education Education Technology Education Elements Digital Content Digital Learning Solutions Blended Learning Models Teaching and Learning Showcase Blended Classrooms Creative teaching EdTech Digital content selection technology in education

Eduprotocols for Littles with Jon Corippo #kinderchat

The CoolCatTeacher

Eduprotocols for kindergarten and early elementary with the book’s co-author Jon Corippo. Instead of selecting many apps, many are now recommending just a few tools/protocols for how things are taught with edtech. Today’s Sponsor: Really Good Stuff Digital Learning Collection. The Really Good Stuff Digital Learning Collection is here! Gaming in Early Childhood Education in Australia.

Who Should Truly Have the Power in K-12 Edtech Adoption?


About 85 percent of the principals and administrators surveyed selected teachers as the most trusted source when it comes to making decisions about digital learning tools. Because teachers typically lack purchasing power, edtech companies often hesitate to target them in marketing efforts. Because teachers typically lack purchasing power, edtech companies often hesitate to target them in marketing efforts. Education Technology Technology Trends Surveys

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The 7 coolest edtech products I saw at FETC

eSchool News

Lucid for Education. They have a visual learning toolkit that helps students learn to collaborate using 21st-century skills while making deeper connections to prior knowledge. By creating digital resources and presentations with other students and educators, this tool makes the classroom appear more like today’s workplace of today than anything else I’ve seen. Really Good Stuff Digital Learning Collection.

OPINION: Five ways to achieve equity in remote learning

The Hechinger Report

Last-minute decision-making is the new normal, as schools and districts vet a multiplicity of strategies and applications to support their reliance on digital learning in a pandemic. It’s an ongoing process we intend to continue in the fall — regardless of where learning takes place.

Florida’s Martin County School District Selects Award-Winning Digital Resource from Discovery Education to Educate All Students for Success

eSchool News

Discovery Education , the worldwide?edtech?leader edtech?leader leader whose state-of-the-art digital platform supports learning wherever it takes?place. The district educates?approximately approximately 18,000 PK-12 students in its 12 elementary schools,?5

The 2018 Honor Roll: EdTech’s Must-Read K-12 IT Blogs

EdTech Magazine

The 2018 Honor Roll: EdTech’s Must-Read K-12 IT Blogs. In the digital age, using your voice has taken on a whole new meaning. This diversity of thought and experience should ensure that you’re getting a realistic sampling from across the education spectrum. For five years, we’ve highlighted some of the best and brightest blogs within K—12 education. He's a writer, technology enthusiast, social media lover and all-around digital guy. Computing Education Blog.

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Discovery Education Adds Dynamic New Content to Digital Services


Discovery Education announced today it has added a variety of new digital assets to its supplemental and digital textbook services. New episodes of Science Channel’s Secrets of the Underground are now live in Discovery Education Streaming Plus and the Social Studies Techbook. How to Spearhead Effective STEM/STEAM Initiatives ] Among the resources recently added to Discovery Education’s digital services are: Spotlight on Strategies Videos.


Kasey Bell’s 8 Great Ways to Use Google Slides

The CoolCatTeacher

From stop motion to video controls and cool add-ins for formative assessment and graphics, learn about this Swiss Army Knife of Google tools – Google Slides. Just go to to learn more. Vicki: Today we’re talking with my friend Kasey Bell from “Shake Up Learning” and author of Shake Up Learning: Practical Ideas to Move Learning from Static to Dynamic. How can educators progress and advance using Google with our kids?

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From the classroom to the boardroom: Why teachers are essential to blended-learning design

The Christensen Institute

I recently attended the Blended and Personalized Learning Conference , which the Christensen Institute co-hosted with the Highlander Institute, to listen to school leaders from across the country discuss blended-learning implementation and best practices. To be clear, nearly every successful school and district has a principal or superintendent who exhibits strong leadership and is committed to improving student learning outcomes.

This College Program Wants to Help Schools Use Technology With Intention


But just as owning a bicycle does not imbue a child with the ability to ride a bike, using a Chromebook to complete assignments will not by itself improve a child’s learning outcomes. A pilot program launched earlier this month at full capacity, with 20 different K-12 educators enrolled.

Home Learning Strategies for Primary Students that ALL Teachers Can Use! – SULS058

Shake Up Learning

The post Home Learning Strategies for Primary Students that ALL Teachers Can Use! – SULS058 appeared first on Shake Up Learning. These awesome educators share amazing home learning strategies for primary students, and honestly, ANY teacher can learn from this episode. .

Shapegrams: Grab-and-Go Google Drawings Lessons

Shake Up Learning

The post Shapegrams: Grab-and-Go Google Drawings Lessons appeared first on Shake Up Learning. Tony is one of the most creative educators I know. Students learn about fills, borders, zooming, duplicating, rotating, aligning, ordering, grouping, and flipping in those four initial lessons.

How to Use Edtech to Get Your Learners Active and Moving


But instead of dusting off the DVDs buried in your desk drawer, consider using these edtech-powered ideas to get your learners’ bodies moving and brains working. Teachers do not have to wait until the bell rings or until they have formally addressed the class to get their students’ learning started. From upper elementary to 12th grade, students are unable to resist standing up, moving around the room, and even cheering at the results.

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How Can We Measure Edtech's Return on Investment?


Instead, many teams have adopted a teacher-centric approach to designing initiatives, such as those that are technology-related, and we have started assessing the ROI of these initiatives based on educator and student feedback. For example, with technology we have engaged with BrightBytes ’ Technology and Learning module to measure the progress of our tech programs over time and get evidence to inform future initiatives. Create time for teachers to learn from teachers.

Blended learning can help students take ownership of their learning

The Christensen Institute

One of the most powerful potential benefits of blended learning is how it can help teachers create an achievement-oriented culture in their classrooms. In many of the best examples of blended learning, the real magic of the model comes not from the technology alone, but from the ways the technology transforms how teachers engage with and motivate their students. He also shares thoughts on how blended learning has changed his approaches to classroom management.

Three Ways That Rural States Can Become the Hotbeds for School Edtech Innovation


Technology has been a key component in the planting, fertilization, growth and eventually, the blossoming of new statewide initiatives including distance education and new professional learning opportunities for educators that have benefitted students in a variety of ways. I argue that rural states are where edtech companies, investors, and media outlets should be looking to to see truly innovative implementation of technology.

Q&A: Rachel Gorton On How K–12 Schools Envision the Future of Education

EdTech Magazine

Q&A: Rachel Gorton On How K–12 Schools Envision the Future of Education. When making the switch to a modern learning environment, it can be easy for K–12 schools to get distracted by the impressive array of new education technology and lose sight of the reason to adopt these tools in the first place: to improve student outcomes. MORE FROM EDTECH: See how modern learning environments offer K–12 educators new teaching opportunities!

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Guest Post: Reimagine What Learning Looks Like in a Classroom

Digital Promise

This year, the education world has been turned upside down. Since the education system has gone virtual, we no longer get the opportunity to see and watch our students grow in person. Expecting and Encouraging Independent, Self-Directed Learning.

After Layoffs, Math Curriculum Developer Reasoning Mind Sells to Weld North Education


One of these deals made for splashy headlines: Dreambox Learning’s $130 million investment from The Rise Fund. Reasoning Mind , a Houston-based nonprofit, was acquired by Imagine Learning. Imagine is owned by Weld North Education, a private equity firm that has amassed a portfolio of more than 10 education technology companies over the years. Imagine previously acquired Think Through Math, another digital math product, in 2016.)

Hour of Code Plugged and Unplugged Activities and Resources

Teacher Reboot Camp

Part of the December 2020 STEM Resources Digital Calendar ! Coding is such an important skill that enables students to learn writing and math along with any other subject matter. Click here to find hundreds of apps and tools to meet your distance learning coding needs.

VR, PBL, and OERs: Four High Hopes for Learning with Edtech in the New School Year


In 2014, I wrote about strategies for edtech success in the new school year , and in 2015, I wrote about edtech teaching trends for the new school year. Well, I’ve spotted some tools and strategies that have amazing potential to empower students and teachers to engage and learn more with the world beyond their school. A couple of years ago, my high school students created their own scavenger hunt with QR codes , and loved learning from one another that way.

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