Digital Learning Day: Social Media PD Best Practices #DLDay

The CoolCatTeacher

Today is Digital Learning Day. This is a day for leaders and learners to level up digital learning. These truisms are valid for the flowers and the fruit trees and also for the fragrant pollination of ideas happening at the digital water coolers satiating the learning thirst of digital scholars tap tap tapping at keys and pressing send on their smartphones. Best practices for hashtag maintenance and open learning.

Education Needs to Push the Hard-Reset Button

EdNews Daily

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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Is a virtual education the future for K-12 students?

eSchool News

Virtual education leverages these connections to provide everyone, regardless of geographic location, access to experts and high quality learning experiences. Quality online learning programs provide rigorous curriculum, meaningful teaching resources, and access to specialized programs, such as industry training for students, schools and teachers. Exposure to hands-on, lab-based learning experiences will improve students’ ability to think critically.

Why site visits are vital to tech rollouts

eSchool News

Without these crucial in-person learning experiences, too often educators looking to implement technology in their local environments feel like fish out of water—perhaps literally. Consider author Leo Lionni’s Fish is Fish , which serves as a lesson about how individuals construct new knowledge based on their current set of experiences, and why it is so important to understand the critical elements to experience success in another environment.

This Company is Using AI to Change the World

EdNews Daily

In fact, machine learning and speech recognition are very important parts of AI, but not the holy grail. In order to be real AI, artificial intelligence must communicate, grow, learn and in essence, think. They use machine learning, an arrangement of pre-written scripts and programming, to handle simple requests and answer specific questions . So, if you have a student who needs responses on space, a space knowledge library is generated. By Charles Sosnik.

How to Engage Students and Support Learning in Large Classes


Dear Bonni, You have shared often about active learning strategies and the impact they have on student learning. When we teach large classes, what approaches can we employ that will have a greater opportunity to engage students and help students learn more? As I’ve been thinking about this issue, I keep coming back to two key questions: What can we discover about the relationship between class size and student learning?

System leaders discuss ideal qualifications of IT staff

FETC Converge

By Emily Ann Brown, Education Daily® To be effective in their role, some rural and urban school system leaders recently said technology directors responsible for managing digital learning environments should possess a certain skillset in technology implementation and oversight, as well as a knowledge base on best instructional practices. More … Uncategorized broadband infrastructure digital learning digital tools education technology iPad program

SMART, Samsung offer a boost for collaboration

eSchool News

SMART amp is a cloud-based solution, available on virtually any browser-enabled device. It is the ‘glue’ that connects interactive displays, PCs, laptops, and tablets while enabling teachers and students to collaborate and co-create in real time, do in-class assessment, connect to shared digital workspaces and interact with Web-based learning materials regardless of location or device.

5 reasons to integrate digital storytelling into your teaching

eSchool News

Our students are mostly digital learners. How do we best bridge this divide and bring education into the digital learning space where students reside? One answer: digital storytelling around curricular content. But the bottom line is that digital storytelling is a critical bridge from an educators’ curricular knowledge-base to the digital learning sphere of the students. We, as teachers, are not.

Technology’s Role in Putting Learning Science Research To Work

Digital Promise

Since the days of writing on wooden shingles with charcoal in one-room school houses, an increasing array of objects – pencils, paper, scissors, paste, books, and microscopes, to name a few – have been routinely used in classrooms to help students deepen understanding and record and communicate what they learned. Digital tools, such as mobile apps and educational games, are the newest additions to the teacher’s toolbox. Supporting authentic, real-world learning.

Rediscovering @CK12Foundation Flexbooks And More!

The Web20Classroom

Something that could adapt with the ever changing knowledge base educators and students could pull from along with being more personal. Digital devices ushered in an era where all this (and more) is possible. Teachers jumped at the chance to integrate them because they could supplement other content into their text and take advantage of them being digital by adapting them on the fly.

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Teaching Vocabulary in the Service of Knowledge

Strengthening students’ grasp of language and knowledge takes more than merely learning a weekly list of core words, contended Dr. Elfrieda “Freddy” Hiebert, Author of Scholastic W.O.R.D., There are many words that students might learn. By Michele Israel.

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Searching for Digital Courseware Solutions? Avoid the Rabbit Hole


The Cheshire Cat’s advice to Alice has parallels in higher ed, especially for faculty trying to make sense of the multitude of digital courseware solutions in order to personalize learning for students. At the University of Central Florida (UCF), Associate Vice President of Distributed Learning Tom Cavanagh and his colleagues have narrowed the scope of their courseware search by focusing on one central problem: student persistence.

Looking Past COVID: Science Education Post Pandemic

But even during the crisis, they dug in, designing creative digital learning experiences, using technology for enhanced remote engagement, and leveraging local phenomena and investigations for students and their families to do at home. Professional Learning. By Michele Israel.

Does the Word ‘Teacher’ Still Describe What Educators Do in the Classroom?


She says the teaching practice has changed and the expectations put on teachers are vast, noting that they are expected to pre-assess to gauge where students are beginning from, learn multiple technology tools, differentiate their instruction, finding out students’ interests and habits, personalize their instruction and ensure continued growth. We have to educate the public about what teachers have to do to capitalize on learning and what we know about learning rather than change the word.

Five Steps to Empowering Educators with Evidence

Congress passed ESSA in 2015, but one area still challenging schools is the tiers for evidence-based interventions and materials. 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.

What to Know About Miguel Cardona, Biden’s Pick for Education Secretary


A focus on tackling the digital divide and resource inequities laid bare by the pandemic. In 2013, he became Meriden’s assistant superintendent for teaching and learning. Teaching experience. An advocate for programs supporting underserved learners.

Meet The Gates Foundation’s New Deputy Director in Higher Education


Hiles raised $12 million between 2011 and 2015 for her company, Pathbrite, which she sold to Cengage Learning in October 2015. It’s those folks who have been falling between the cracks—who don’t get the credentials and certificates that they need to be in this knowledge-based economy—that we want to serve. At Pathbrite, you focused on learning portfolios—thinking about alternative ways to represent competency. Heather Hiles towers above most other edtech entrepreneurs.

The 100 Worst Ed-Tech Debacles of the Decade

Hack Education

The implication, according to one NYT article : “the digital gap between rich and poor kids is not what we expected.” The real digital divide, this article contends, is not that affluent children have access to better and faster technologies. (Um,