Closing the Digital Learning Gap

Digital Promise

Students are designing, making, coding, composing, animating, and publishing. Education researchers and neuroscientists are learning more about how people learn. Entrepreneurs are building on this knowledge to build breakthrough innovations that improve learning.

How Powerful Use of Technology Can Increase Student Engagement

Digital Promise

Rather than taking a traditional multiple choice test at the end of their unit on weather, sixth grade students at Gilbert Middle School in South Carolina created their own live weather reports—complete with green screens and fake snow. Blog Dynamic Learning Project Educators Research

Pillars of Digital Leadership Series: Student Engagement and Learning

A Principal's Reflections

This post is the fifth in a series that will outline the foundational elements of my new book, Digital Leadership: Changing Paradigms for Changing Times. For many students, school does not reflect real life. Students must always be at the center of this process.

How to Improve Student Learning Outcomes with Digital Learning

Kitaboo on EdTech

In this age of digital content consumption, students are likely to get easily distracted if they do not find their curriculum interesting enough. Educators have noticed that when technology is integrated into the curriculum, students tend to demonstrate an eagerness to learn.

A Commitment to Digital Learning

A Principal's Reflections

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.

(Re)Defining Student Engagement

Reading By Example

“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.

Curation for Digital Learning

BYOT Network

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.

A Siri for Higher Ed Aims to Boost Student Engagement

Edsurge

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.

Summer SuperHighway: 3 Kyle Wilson Elementary Teachers on Internet Access and Student Engagement

Education Superhighway

Last summer, we highlighted Prince William County Public Schools (PWCS) , a large suburban school district in Virginia that boosted their bandwidth speed from 2 to 20 Gbps to keep up with growing demands for digital learning. Digital Learning

Content Curation Strategies for Digital Learning

BYOT Network

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.

How to Enhance Any Curriculum With Short, Engaging, Accurate Videos

Edsurge

Today’s students generally want deeper or more nuanced information from their professors,” he says. Today’s students generally want deeper or more nuanced information from their professors. Address a variety of learning needs. Make videos engaging and appealing.

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How Academic Publishers Can Push the Boundaries of Digital Learning

Edsurge

Digital learning platforms are not, however, simply a matter of reproducing a print-first approach via high fidelity ebooks. The rising cost of printed textbooks—as well as tuition and university life—have made them unaffordable for many students. As a result, more students are turning to used books, rentals, shared copies, illegal downloads, and other online sources. In order to succeed in a rapidly changing market, educators, students, and publishers need to evolve.

Digital Learning Isn’t Just for Students: How One Teacher Unlocked the Potential of Technology in the Classroom

Education Superhighway

This Digital Learning Day, I reflect on my experiences as a new teacher, discovering the potential of digital learning in the classroom. I explain what our mini-lesson will be about, instruct my students to turn to their partner, and share any prior knowledge on this topic. At the same time, my students don’t seem all that surprised. Students who typically got flustered with sight words were showing genuine eagerness to practice. Digital Learning

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How to Determine if Student Engagement is Leading to Learning

MindShift

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.

How Flexible Seating Can Transform the Classroom and Improve Student Engagement

MIND Research Institute

In traditional classrooms, students sit at desks or tables, often assigned to them. They may have limited opportunities to move around the room before an official break, but for the most part students stay at their desk or table spot. What is Flexible Seating or Alternative Seating?

State and District Leadership Discuss Digital Learning Opportunities

edWeb.net

SETDA’s latest research, Navigating the Digital Shift 2018: Broadening Student Learning Opportunities , highlights how state policies are supporting the transformation to digital learning. Of course, schools can’t make the switch to digital overnight.

Aerohive releases connected learning app for student engagement

eSchool News

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

How to Build Meaningful Community for Online Learners #DLNchat

Edsurge

Learning is often a social process, taking place through dialogue, discussion and other forms of interpersonal interaction. With more and more students learning remotely, the #DLNchat community set out last week to answer the question: How can universities create meaningful community for online students? link] A set of shared practices in an online class community is built around the learning goals. Many of our students have backgrounds with academic trauma.

How Cell Phones and Virtual Learning Can Help with Teacher Shortage

Where Learning Clicks

When their teacher left for maternity leave, students needed a creative way to keep learning. Cell phones and virtual learning helped them do just that. The post How Cell Phones and Virtual Learning Can Help with Teacher Shortage appeared first on Where Learning Clicks.

Library 2.0 Sponsored Webinar - "Student Engagement Through Library-led Gamification" with Tasha Squires

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Presents: "Student Engagement Through Library-led Gamification" With: Tasha Squires Learning Resource Center Teacher at O’Neill Middle School Library Date + Time: Wednesday, August 17th 10am EST for one hour (Click on the time link to see the event time in your own time zone.)

Leading Transformation on the Digital Learning Continuum

District Administration

Classroom technology can engage students and prepare them for real-world problem solving. District Administration, June 2014 Instructional technology can enhance the classroom experience by delivering personalized learning to students on a greater level. Forsyth County Schools in Georgia successfully implemented digital learning content and tools that drive higher order thinking and increase student engagement

What to Identify Before Personalizing Learning

edWeb.net

iNACOL defines personalized learning as “tailoring learning for each student’s strength, needs, and interests—including enabling student’s voice and choice in what, how, when and where they learn—to provide flexibility and supports to ensure mastery of the highest standards possible.”

Can public schools replicate the Mooresville model for digital learning success? Former superintendent Mark Edwards says they can

The Hechinger Report

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?

Four Ways to Support Your School’s Digital Transformation #FutureReady #DLDay

Kleinspiration

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.

3 Emerging Technologies That Will Reshape Education in 2019

Wisewire

Mobile AR, VR, and voice technologies are creating more interactive learning experiences. And AI-powered education platforms can help to improve student engagement with global culture and history. In her demo, she referenced a student writing a term paper on Latin America.

New Research Proves Game-Based Learning Works—Here's Why That Matters

Edsurge

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.

To Boost Engagement, Give Tech Savvy Students Interactive Content

Edsurge

As studentsdigital 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.

5 Steps Toward Building Successful Digital Communities Infused With Rigor and Relevance

A Principal's Reflections

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.

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Word Cloud Tools: Raising the Bar

A Principal's Reflections

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

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Three Ways to Bridge the Gap Between Educators and Learning Scientists

Edsurge

As technology use has increased in schools, so has the breadth of innovations aimed at improving learning—for example, by personalizing to the needs of each student. But how are these innovations building on what we know about how people learn? In order to fully leverage research to improve learning outcomes for all students, we must fundamentally shift the relationship between learning research and educational practice.

Using VR for Experiential Learning

Veative

Virtual Reality is the ultimate medium for delivering what is known as “experiential learning” This education theory is based on the idea that we learn and remember activities by doing it for ourselves, rather than being told what it entails. Learning By Doing.

Why new technologies often don’t help students

The Christensen Institute

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.

How Digital Textbooks, Tech-Friendly Furniture, and Better Data Are Boosting Engagement at Community Colleges

Edsurge

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.

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How Automated Speech Recognition Could Change Studying Forever

Edsurge

Singer has funded and led a wide range of digital companies over the past twenty years, and the list of business and charitable boards on which he serves is long. My son has learning issues, and when I walked into his classroom, I began to see it through his eyes,” he says.

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What to Expect from VR in the Classroom

Veative

As Jaime Donally has rightfully pointed out in her book, Learning Transported , many educators are won over by the wow factor of immersive technologies, but they fail to make a direct connection between technological tools such as VR and AR and content areas and student objectives.

Nontraditional but More Collaborative: Edtech Trends for 2019

Edsurge

For example, a professor might have to toggle between a learning management system ( LMS) for grading, an e-reader that delivers the textbook, a platform used to present information in class, an app that helps with student participation and a homework solution for out-of-class assignments. We are now beginning to see a move toward LMSs that are more collaborative, student-focused and faculty-centered. And, of course, students are bringing more devices to class.

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How Can Online Instructors Get Students to Talk to Each Other?

Edsurge

Dear Bonni: How can we make student-to-student interaction more personable and engaging in online learning? Andrea Fuentes, Director of Online Learning, Doral College Cultivating an engaging environment can be a challenge when teaching online. Having the interaction occur among students, instead of solely with the professor, can be even more difficult. Students can add ideas, pros and cons, and vote on items.

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How 3 schools are reimagining learning spaces

eSchool News

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.

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Use @MentorMob for your Technology Centers!

Kleinspiration

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.

How Colleges Can Support Faculty New to Teaching Online #DLNchat

Edsurge

“Online teaching is the joy, fun, and magic of bringing teaching and learning into the online environment,” Karen Costa tweeted last Tuesday, January 8, kicking off the #DLNchat. Online teaching is the joy, fun, and magic of bringing teaching and learning into the online environment. Professor Paul Wilson said, “Faculty should have division support, advising support, infrastructure support, tech support available for online students.”