Curation for Digital Learning
JANUARY 9, 2017
Schools and districts are now utilizing an influx of digital tools, content, and platforms with several hopeful intentions. In a professional learning session, a teacher once complained to me that her district was technology rich, but resource poor. Protecting digital rights.
(Re)Defining Student Engagement
Reading By Example
SEPTEMBER 24, 2015
“The best evidence for student engagement is what students are saying and doing as a consequence of what the teacher does, or has done, or has planned.” Engagement (student involvement in instruction) can be described in a variety of ways.
How to Determine if Student Engagement is Leading to Learning
JANUARY 14, 2016
Excerpted from the book, “UnCommon Learning: Creating Schools That Work for Kids,” by Eric Sheninger , published by Corwin, 2015. . Engagement Does Not Always Equate to Learning. Engagement, after all, is the impetus for learning in my opinion.
A Siri for Higher Ed Aims to Boost Student Engagement
DECEMBER 7, 2016
When third-year students in strategy classes at BI Norwegian Business School have a question about their assignments next semester, odds are a robot will provide their answer. A chatbot—a computer program designed to simulate an intelligent conversation—will respond to routine student inquiries and prompt students to complete assignments, mimicking some of the tasks of a teaching assistant. Students have a lot of the same questions over and over again.
Content Curation Strategies for Digital Learning
JANUARY 18, 2017
In our digitally connected world, most of us have become curators of content as we utilize the technology tools in our pockets to interact with each other. I also listed the activities that are involved in content curation, specifically within K-12 learning environments.
A Commitment to Digital Learning
A Principal's Reflections
FEBRUARY 12, 2012
New Milford High School proudly joined 37 states, 15,000 teachers, and over 2 million students on February 1 for the inaugural Digital Learning Day. Students were broken up into groups of 5-6 students. Each student went on line and looked at one source from Ms.
Four Ways to Support Your School’s Digital Transformation #FutureReady #DLDay
MARCH 11, 2015
Four Ways to Support Your School’s Digital Transformation Digital learning is an instructional practice that effectively uses technology to strengthen a student’s learning experience. Their nationwide initiatives reach millions of students and educators each year.
Can public schools replicate the Mooresville model for digital learning success? Former superintendent Mark Edwards says they can
The Hechinger Report
JULY 19, 2016
Mooresville Graded School District, near Charlotte, North Carolina, has become a national leader over the last decade in using digital learning tools to improve student achievement. What are the best ways for schools to measure the success of a digital learning program?
How 3 schools are reimagining learning spaces
NOVEMBER 9, 2016
As schools depart from traditional instructional methods and environments, some education leaders are discovering how a combination of blended learning and reimagined physical learning spaces can lead to better student engagement and achievement.
If you give a kindergartner a Chromebook…
FEBRUARY 9, 2017
Although even the youngest children are considered tech-savvy today, there exists a difference between a child who knows how to use a tablet to watch videos and a child who knows how to navigate a device for active learning. Digital Learning and Tools eClassroom News Resource TCEA
Why new technologies often don’t help students
The Christensen Institute
JULY 13, 2016
Edtech enthusiasts promote the benefits of innovations such as open educational resources (OER), learning management systems (LMS), and adaptive learning software. The Gooru software and LPS’s learning resources are available for free at gooru.org.
5 technologies to avoid in the classroom-and what to use instead
APRIL 7, 2017
Though social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter are great for informal, personal use, most of education still has problems implementing these larger social media platforms for meaningful teaching and learning without running into privacy, security and cyberbullying headaches.
To Boost Engagement, Give Tech Savvy Students Interactive Content
FEBRUARY 13, 2017
As students’ digital literacy grows, schools must match or surpass the level of technology students use outside of the classroom. Offering these multimedia learning environments aren’t just add-on services for colleges; they’re now a necessity to meet students’ expectations—and keep them engaged. Hinds Community College , has observed a shift in the learning needs of students over the last decade as their technology competency has exponentially increased.
Aerohive releases connected learning app for student engagement
MARCH 16, 2016
HiveSchool is Aerohive’s latest addition to its growing learning app portfolio. Aerohive Networks released a new connected learning application, HiveSchool, that helps K-12 teachers leverage technology in the classroom. Apps Digital Learning and Tools IT Management IT Newsletter News
New Research Proves Game-Based Learning Works—Here's Why That Matters
MARCH 6, 2017
A great deal of initial research exists about blended learning techniques such as game-based learning, but adoption has stalled because of a lack of scalable, practical techniques that have also proven effective. students who played edgames outperformed their peers on standardized tests. There are a lot of opinions and fads in education, and they are not serving students well. “In Additionally, teachers saw dramatic increases in engagement and performance.
5 goals, 5 barriers of digital curriculum
JANUARY 5, 2016
Survey reveals how school and districts leaders aim to use the digital curriculum transition to better serve students and teachers. According to surveyed district and school administrators, the five most important digital curriculum policy controls are: 1.
5 apps to jump-start augmented reality in the classroom
SEPTEMBER 1, 2016
It’s fair to say that augmented reality has moved from a cool technology that might be neat for students to try to a credible teaching tool that fits just as easily in K-12 classrooms as it does in higher education. Digital Learning and Tools Resource STEM
The 7 pillars of today’s digital leadership
APRIL 8, 2016
School and district leadership isn’t about a position or title–it’s about improving practices around digital learning. “The environment in which kids learn is dramatically different,” he said. ” Pillar 1: Student learning and engagement.
How to help students become digital creators
APRIL 29, 2016
A new report examines how giving students the power to explore digital technology improves learning. ” “Digital creativity is not just an idea. Encourage digital creation and regular instruction. • Communicate and engage with parents.
We used these Google tools in our schools and saw tangible results soar
DECEMBER 1, 2016
Last year we engaged Evergreen Education Group on a journey around the world to answer that question. These case studies demonstrate the success with Google for Education through the lens of teachers, students and administrators. Planning, Professional learning, Patience, and Support.
106K free teacher-created digital textbooks hit the web
FEBRUARY 17, 2015
The move to digital textbooks and resources is spreading as more companies partner with open education efforts. More than 100,000 teacher-created digital textbooks are now available online through the CK-12 Foundation’s free STEM content and tools platform.
How Digital Textbooks, Tech-Friendly Furniture, and Better Data Are Boosting Engagement at Community Colleges
JANUARY 30, 2017
When Jenny Billings piloted a digital textbook class and saw an immediate increase in engagement and retention after just one semester, she thought it must be a fluke. In many cases, the use of digital tools, platforms, and applications has helped to boost student engagement, grow pass rates, and increase retention. Here are three colleges that have found a way to use technology to create a more cost-effective, customized, and engaging learning experience.
80 percent of schools using digital content, says ASCD survey
APRIL 11, 2016
Survey reveals that as digital content use increases, the marketplace should ensure content is easy to integrate. Digital Content Goes to School: Trends in K-12 Classroom e-Learning ,” was released by ASCD and OverDrive. Digital Learning and Tools News
New data supports disruption in law schools
The Christensen Institute
APRIL 26, 2016
New polling data from Gallup shows that law students are increasingly dissatisfied with their law school experience and disillusioned by the job opportunities awaiting them post-graduation. They ought to re-think dramatically their business models in ways that improve value for students and lower costs. Moving to competency-based programs could speed the time to degree and would allow students to take control of their own learning. Embrace experiential learning.
Change education to attack technology-driven unemployment
The Christensen Institute
JUNE 25, 2015
In a piece for Quartz this past week, I addressed how moving to a blended learning, competency-based education system in which students advance based on mastery, not time, could address many of the concerns by better preparing citizens for the demands ahead. Accordingly, the group wrote, “We need to shift away from rote learning and build instead on our uniquely human strengths in areas like creativity and interpersonal interactions.”.
Word Cloud Tools: Raising the Bar
A Principal's Reflections
JULY 31, 2016
These early web tools burst on the scene to provide new avenues to engage students and stakeholders. Over the years these tools have been used to increase student engagement. digital learning pedagogy tools Web 2.0
Use @MentorMob for your Technology Centers!
MARCH 25, 2013
I’m Kate Peila and I blog about technology integration for student engagement and teacher sanity over on my blog, Purely Paperless. While I am trying to provide a small group of students with individualized reading instruction, the rest of my little darlings are engaging in independent work time activities. With MentorMob, I can create customized learning playlists to embed into my classroom website or blog. Online Learning Games from our Curriculum 2.
5 Steps Toward Building Successful Digital Communities Infused With Rigor and Relevance
A Principal's Reflections
JANUARY 22, 2016
A dynamic combination of mindset, behaviors, and skills is required for schools to become places where social media and digital tools are integral and beneficial parts of a rigorous program and where they work symbiotically with active, engaged, and applicable learning.
Report: Students’ tech use remains infrequent
JULY 27, 2016
Students’ use of digital tools and other learning technologies remains relatively sporadic, according to a new study. Three eleot items focus specifically on students’ use of digital tools and technology for a variety of purposes: 1.
HMH launches marketplace to connect educators, developers
APRIL 4, 2016
New online marketplace destination to discover, share and sell digital learning tools and teacher-created content now live. It means that the great ideas a single teacher has in her own classroom can spread widely to help thousands of teachers and, perhaps, millions of students.
StoryBots launches interactive resources for teachers
FEBRUARY 29, 2016
Books, videos, math games aim to boost student engagement. It is fun, engaging, uplifting, auditory, interactive and educational, all in one,” said Kelly Wade, kindergarten teacher at Collins Elementary in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Digital Learning and Tools News STEM
Epson BrightLink interactive projectors will be bundled with Smart software
NOVEMBER 15, 2015
Epson and Smart aim to bring collaborative learning solution to classrooms. Epson and Smart Technologies are now bundling Smart collaborative learning software with Epson BrightLink interactive projectors. “We’re Digital Learning and Tools News Top News
Study: Adaptive literacy program could reduce summer slide
JUNE 15, 2016
Independent academic research of New York City middle school students shows LightSail’s adaptive literacy platform helps sustain, grow reading performance in summer months. They evaluated the technology’s impact on student learning, impact on reader identity, and perceptions of the technology.
Turning static content into digital lessons
FEBRUARY 9, 2016
New learning platform creates dynamic learning experiences, provides instant feedback to students, and saves teachers hours on grading. Virtual interactive manipulatives including number board, geometry toolbox, and multimedia flashcards that deepens student engagement. “We
The Learning Counsel launches digital curriculum survey
JUNE 14, 2016
Created to assist executives and curriculum and technology directors in guiding the transition to digital curriculum and content, the survey also offers schools the chance win national awards. The impact of digital curriculum use. • Digital Learning and Tools News
ASCD launches digital resource for teachers
NOVEMBER 26, 2015
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.
Tenn. district, Discovery promote college readiness
MARCH 15, 2016
Tennessee’s Maury County Public Schools announced a new partnership with Discovery Education focused on building challenging, problem-based learning (PBL) environments districtwide that help support students’ college and career readiness. Digital Learning and Tools Higher Ed News