23 amazing STEM and digital learning tools

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Check below for the latest marketplace news to keep you up-to-date on product developments, teaching and learning initiatives, and new trends in education. program introduces new research-based metrics to more appropriately assess that students are ready to pursue their lifelong goals and dreams following post-secondary education. Digital Curriculum and Tools. Early learning brand Teaching Strategies announced the launch of its new The Creative Curriculum for Kindergarten.

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Top School & District Innovator Awardees 2019

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The Learning Counsel, a leading education research institute and news media hub, announced this year’s National Digital Transition Survey Award winners at its 2019 National Gathering held in Dallas, TX. Katy ISD/ Bear Creek Elementary, Katy, TX. About the Learning Counsel.

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The Downsides of Closing Schools and Colleges in a Crisis.

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Elementary and secondary schools provide for many students’ basic needs, which may not be met when those institutions close. Education Technology PK-12 School Models Diversity and Equity School Safety Digital Learning in Higher Ed Higher Education

Education Needs to Push the Hard-Reset Button

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Without massive action, the United States will continue to lose traction in our ever-shrinking global learning community. Create modules of learning that: Help guide students to their clearest path of interest. Establish “Rivers of Learning”. Create open learning centers.

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The pandemic’s remote learning legacy: A lot worth keeping

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As districts across the United States consider how to get student learning back on track and fortify parent interest in public schools, they’re asking the same question as Steve Joel: What should we keep after the pandemic? Hints of a remote learning legacy are emerging.

This is what Google Expeditions can do in a classroom

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Most students at the secondary level will have their own devices, and those who don’t can share or borrow school-owned devices. Larger device sets will likely be needed at the elementary level. The educators would not have been able to coordinate without collaboration between instructional technology, librarians, and technology services,” said Janie Stach, a K-12 instructional technology coordinator in the district, and Kara Johnson, an elementary librarian in the district.

#ThankATeacher: Appreciation Stories from the EducationSuperHighway Team

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It wasn’t until years later that I learned that she and my dad had made an agreement that in order to keep me an accelerated learning pace, I would need to stay after school so she could teach me the 5th grade lessons as a 3rd grader. Mrs. Charles was the first and only African-American teacher I would have throughout my primary and secondary schooling. I will always be thankful for what she did and the cheering she kept doing while I was in elementary.”

Three Digital Equity Leaders Call to Action for Students Without Home Internet Access

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The Student Access to Digital Learning Resources Outside the Classroom Report , by the Department of Education, identified the three main causes of digital inequity as access and cost of high speed broadband and the lack of understanding by school families as to the importance of internet to support their students’ education. Bearden, “There is no silver bullet for addressing digital equity in school communities.” 1 at the elementary level.

McGraw-Hill Education launches free project-based literacy instruction

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SRA FLEX Literacy Projects Jumpstart promotes critical skills for at-risk elementary, middle and high school students, extends benefits of project-based learning to more U.S. In an effort to reach all students with meaningful literacy instruction, McGraw-Hill Education, a learning science company, has launched SRA FLEX Literacy Projects Jumpstart, a free introduction to project-based literacy intervention for grades 3-12. Digital Learning and Tools News

The digital-first district where OER meets iPads

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Teachers and students at one district are replacing print with digital. Openly licensed educational resources are free online learning materials that can be used for teaching, learning and assessing students’ knowledge. Digital Learning and Tools McClatchy Curriculum digital ipads OER open educational resourcesBy and large, it’s working.

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Professional Learning in a Pandemic

Digital Promise

With schools closed and social distancing orders in place due to COVID-19, micro-credentials —which are online and on-demand—allow educators to continue their professional learning without leaving their homes. Micro-credentials support timely topics like distance learning.

eSchool News, Xirrus launch Innovate to Educate Awards at ISTE 2016

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Innovate to Educate Awards to recognize the best ed-tech innovation and commitment to making the digital classroom and personalized learning a reality. the opportunity to showcase their groundbreaking approach to improving teaching and learning through the use of technology. Ed-tech innovation improves the way students and teachers interact and learn.

Free Resources to Support Your Work

Tom Murray

You can listen to the podcast episode here: If you listen to the podcast, you’ll hear Greg and I discuss a variety of resources such as Future Ready Schools and Digital Learning Day, issues that we are all facing, ways to advocate for some of our children most in need, and the work of my home organization, The Alliance for Excellent Education, each of which I share below. on Digital Learning Day 2019.

Celebrating Innovative Middle and High School Educators

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Powerful use of technology contributes to closing the Digital Learning Gap. Educators who design learning experiences that are personal and accessible , authentic and challenging , collaborative and connected , and inquisitive and reflective create deeper, more meaningful learning experiences for their students. HP Teaching Fellows Exemplify Powerful Learning. Ford Elementary School in Regina Public Schools, Saskatchewan.

Computer science courses still a rarity in California

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On Friday, it listed over 1,000 openings within 25 miles of Sacramento that mentioned programming or database analysis as desired core or secondary skills. Another 22,000 or so were enrolled in engineering or technology courses such as game design, robotic technologies or network engineering that likely involve learning code. Every child needs to learn computer science.”. There is computer science being taught in the elementary schools.

9 Great Nonprofits to Support School Leaders

Tom Murray

As shared in my previous posts 7 Great NonProfits Changing the Face of Professional Learning and 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. The Alliance also has run Digital Learning Day for the past five years.

‘Students Are Lonely:’ What Happens When Coronavirus Forces Schools Online

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It sounds like a drastic measure: moving every school to online learning in an effort to slow the spread of coronavirus. Across the region, schools have moved classrooms to the cloud in what’s become a massive experiment in distance learning, impacting local and international schools alike.

4 fresh ideas for teaching digital citizenship sooner

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So why do digital citizenship courses focus on middle school and above? In a digital learning environment, how can educators ensure that students are being safe while they are online? Throughout my career, I’ve taught the use of technology to elementary students. While at my former school district, I worked with colleagues to create a comprehensive Internet Safety Unit with a specific focus on digital citizenship.

Top Tips for Teaching Online From Educators Doing It Now

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And to provide a stable structure for the school day, she keeps to routines and established office hours, follows the Indiana time recommendations for continuous learning, and disconnects in the evening. Setting the Course for Secondary Students. Learn more at att.com/aspire.

Building Coding Skills Through Playful Learning

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Teaching computer coding skills and concepts in the primary grades may sound like a challenge, but now there are hands-on activities and age-appropriate software that engage young students in this type of learning. edWeb Blog coding computer science early learning

What are your edtech resolutions?

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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. Kristina Stratton, principal, Westside Elementary School, Florida. “In Oletha Walker, challenge resource/project-based learning teacher, John F. Esra Murray, library media specialist, Cider Mill Elementary School, Connecticut.

Strategies to Mitigate the Impacts of COVID Slide

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Lexia Learning’s Chief Learning Officer Dr. Liz Brooke’s steadfast determination to ensure students of all abilities can become successful readers and confident learners continues to be the driving force behind all of her work. Learning Gaps. By Eileen Belastock.

Using Digital Tools to Teach STEM Courses Remotely and Effectively

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Providing science and math content online can be relatively straightforward, but engaging students in true distance learning requires more than just transmittal of information. For Beth, “distance learning isn’t about being perfect; it’s about being you and being human.” By Robert Low.

Massachusetts is taking action to improve the digital divide in classrooms across the state

Education Superhighway

One year ago we launched the Massachusetts Digital Connections Initiative in partnership with Governor Baker’s Office, the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (ESE), and MassIT. Since the initiative launched, EducationSuperHighway and our state partners have focused our efforts on ensuring that every student in Massachusetts gets the bandwidth necessary to support digital learning in the classroom.

How technology can amplify the effects of good teaching

Education Superhighway

As the Director of Digital Learning at the Massachusetts Elementary and Secondary Education office, Ken Klau is focused on the strategy for rethinking the structure and delivery of learning, building a more student-centered system of public education, and creating the next generation of K–12 learning environments. In this interview, Ken provides insight into how digital learning impacts schools and ways to prepare our students for future success.

Pandemic May (Finally) Push Online Education Into Teacher Prep Programs

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It’s an opportunity for the future teachers who are enrolled at the college to apply what they learn in class in a practical setting, testing out lesson plans with real elementary students. McGhee, assistant clinical professor of elementary education at Auburn University.

Massachusetts districts now trade notes on best paths to personalized learning

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Revere hosted a learning tour for other schools last year, to share its experiences with personalizing learning. Blended learning was the gateway to personalized learning in the Natick Public Schools, about 20 miles west of Boston. The district made sure each child had a laptop to use in class almost a decade ago, according to the current director of digital learning, Grace Magley. Meaning people learning from each other.

A Common Language: 30 Public Education Terms Defined

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A State’s college- and career-ready standards must be either (1) standards that are common to a significant number of States; or (2) standards that are approved by a State network of institutions of higher education, which must certify that students who meet the standards will not need remedial course work at the post-secondary level. Digital learning content. Digital learning content includes both open and or commercial content.

Neuroscience and Resilience Take Leading Roles at the National ESEA Conference

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Attendees at the 2019 National ESEA (Elementary and Secondary Education Act) Conference braved the polar vortex in Kansas City, MO, with temperatures that dropped well below zero on January 30 – February 2. The wind chill may have been negative, but the attitude throughout the Kansas City Convention Center was infectiously positive, with thousands of educators and administrators on hand to learn, engage, and collaborate with one another. Social Emotional Learning.

In the marketplace: Measuring student progress, new digital solutions, personalized learning, and more

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Tech-savvy educators know they must stay on top of the myriad changes and trends in education to learn how teaching and learning can best benefit from technology’s near-constant change. Check below for the latest marketplace news to keep you up-to-date on product developments, teaching and learning initiatives, and new trends in education.

Digital Design Principles for English Language Learners

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There is a growing population of students using digital tools to support their specific learning needs. Almost 5 million students were enrolled as English learners in US public elementary and secondary school during the 2013/14 school year—that’s almost 10% of the total student population. Products for language learning vary greatly in content, pedagogy and user experience. Create time to be reflective about their own learning—what works, what doesn’t.

The Makings (and Misgivings) of a Statewide Effort to Personalize Learning in Massachusetts

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In Massachusetts, an emerging partnership between private funders and the state department of education aims to help teachers across the Commonwealth learn, share and spread best practices when it comes to leveraging new instructional models and technologies. Formed in December 2016 by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (MESE) and the. You can personalize learning just fine without technology. Personalized Learning, Personal Meanings.

Re:thinking Education - Classrooms as Learning Platforms

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Learning platforms are becoming a common term in education today. When we think of learning platforms, we typically think of learning management systems, which often include built-in delivery, assessment, collaboration and notification tools. Sometimes we imagine technology, but rarely do we envision every student having a technology tool or access to digital curriculum. Rethinking education with technology as the catalyst is the Center for Digital Education's vision.

Boom! All 7 "Collaboration & Community" Sessions at the 2015 Google EduOnAir Conference, in One Spot

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Helping Your Students Collaborate with Google Apps Intended audience: Educator Level: Beginner; elementary +Rolland Chidiac describes how GAFE has changed the culture of his classroom, beyond the technology. Using Google+ to develop stronger classroom community and enhance student learning Intended audience: Educator. Level: Beginner; high school / upper secondary. Realm of Experiential and Alternative Learning) in the UK.

The Power of Positive Climate and Culture

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As a coach assisting teachers with technology integration and personalized learning, I notice patterns arising from teacher to teacher. The importance of climate and culture in a classroom and across a school are imperative to successful technology integration, personalized learning, and empowered learning. Often, they need to learn how to speak to one another politely and have civil discourse in a safe environment. Digital Badging.