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Teaching students how to manage digital distractions


When I was a teenager, I had a dumb phone that I mostly used for emergencies. By the time I got to work with teenagers, they had sophisticated devices through which they could even fact check me during classes. That’s not to say that my education was better than theirs, or that my generation was less distracted. It was just different. Nowadays, as it was back then, distraction remains the top enemy of classroom learning.

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In higher education it’s student progress that counts—but prestige that gets measured

The Christensen Institute

In May 2019, the Christensen Institute interviewed members of the Presidents Forum to identify challenges in higher education that require collaborative efforts and systemic change to ensure student progress. A number of themes emerged that, already relevant before COVID-19 ravaged the nation, have only grown in importance and urgency.

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Using Human-Centered Design to Reimagine Staffing Models

Education Elements

Through most of the spring and summer, we at Education Elements have intensely focused on helping school districts prepare for returning to school. As we’ve gotten closer to the start of school, and school leaders return to prepare their campuses, one of the most common questions we get is how to think about instructional staff assignments when some students will be learning remotely and some will be onsite.

How to size invisible markets and tap into oceans of demand

The Christensen Institute

In our research studying pathways to prosperity in emerging economies, we’ve discovered that a particular type of innovation—market creating innovation—can be a powerful engine of sustainable growth. Market-creating innovations transform complicated and expensive products into products that are simple and affordable, making them accessible to a whole new segment of people for whom there was always underlying demand, but no adequate solution on the market.

SplashLearn Makes Learning Fun and Creates Fearless Learners

Loved by more than 30 million kids, SplashLearn is a game-based learning program that creates engaging learning experiences to nurture a generation of fearless learners. SplashLearn is the fastest growing elementary school math program in the US, used by more than 440,000 teachers in about 77,000 schools across the United States.

Analysis: hundreds of colleges and universities show financial warning signs

The Hechinger Report

Dozens of colleges and universities nationwide started 2020 already under financial stress. They’d spent the past decade grappling with declining enrollments and weakening support from state governments. This story also appeared in NBC News.

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Teacher resilience: 3 practices of teachers who toughed it out during remote learning

eSchool News

2020 has been a tough year to be a PreK-12 teacher. As spring was beginning with all the promise of the final push of the year, schools nationwide abruptly shut down. Teachers, sometimes over the course of a weekend, had to shift to remote teaching while at the same time navigating their own quarantine experience.

COLUMN: Black college grads end up with $25,000 more in loans than whites. Cancel that debt.

The Hechinger Report

Soaring unemployment and underemployment, a result of the coronavirus pandemic, are forcing college borrowers to defer loan payments to make room for things like food and rent. Back in March, student loan borrowers received a reprieve with the passage of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, which included provisions that suspended loan payments. But those provisions are set to expire next month.

From Actionable Dashboards to Action Dashboards

Iterating Toward Openness

I’ve been wanting to write this for a while now but just haven’t had time. I woke up at 4:30 this morning and couldn’t get these ideas out of my head again. Now they’re out. Maybe I’ll come back later and give them a fuller – and more awake – treatment. Dashboards in educational contexts are usually comprised of visualizations of educational data.

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Preparing for Back to School: The #NYCSchoolsTech Virtual Summit


During this year's #NYCSchoolsTech Virtual Summit, New York City educators recently came together virtually for information and inspiration

5 Costly Inventory Management Mistakes Schools Should Avoid

If your school is like most, inventory and/or asset management plays a critical role in daily operations.

Pandemic Pivots: Edtech Edition


Necessity begets ingenuity, and for many businesses no test of survival has been tougher than the current one wrought by a global pandemic. Many have adapted to provide existing services while limiting human contact. Others are expanding into areas unexpected. General Motors is making face shields and ventilators. Denny’s is selling groceries. Kodak is getting into … pharmaceuticals.

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How higher education’s own choices left it vulnerable to the pandemic crisis

The Hechinger Report

When Missouri Western State University declared a financial emergency in the spring, it was widely assumed to have been the fault of the coronavirus pandemic. This story also appeared in NBC News. But that was only part of the problem. In the decade since the last recession, Missouri Western had kept hiring, increasing the number of full-time faculty by 5 percent as its undergraduate enrollment was plummeting by nearly 25 percent. Other spending, too, continued to go up.

4 Ideas for Building Relationships During Remote Learning

The Principal of Change

In my newly released, self-paced course, “ Developing the Innovator’s Mindset Through Remote, Face-to-Face, and Blended Learning ,” I discuss the importance of building relationships in any environment, whether it is online or offline, and provide some strategies on how we can do so. I wanted to create this additional resource and compile some ideas that you might find beneficial for the start of the school year. You can learn more about the course here!

Access Tons of Illustrations to Use in Your Multi-media Projects

Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

In today's post we are sharing with you three important websites where you can access tons of pre-made illustrations and icons to use in your media projects. These are illustrative materials you can.read more. 2020 Comics in education

7 Benefits of Lesson Plans in the Cloud

What if teachers didn’t have to lug tons of paperwork with them to and from work? Having lesson plans available anywhere is just one of the advantages.

Breakout Rooms: Best Practices

The Innovative Educator

Break out rooms provide a great way fo r studen ts to work in small groups. Here are some best practices to ensure the success of breakout rooms. Determine norms Discuss with students what the norms of breakout rooms will be. What is responsible behavior and what is inappropriate? What should students do when they encounter inappropriate behavior i.e. end the meeting, report to the teacher.

Time to get real with equity

eSchool News

For Todd Dugan, superintendent of Bunker Hill CUSD #8, a small, remote district in southern Illinois, issues surrounding back-to-school COVID-19 style are not abstract but all too real. Some of the district’s biggest priorities include: Rural struggles–and successes–as COVID hit. Address learning loss that comes with inequity. As school resumes, freedom of choice.

Can districts and charters form Pandemic Pods too?


For the longest time, August and September were the months when students leave their homes to go to school. As the Center on Reinventing Public Education noted last week, that’s changed. Robin Lake and Bree Dusseault observed that only 16 of the 106 districts in their database are “still committed to opening the school year with in-person learning.” Now schools must go to students. So what do families do in the face of so much uncertainty? Those with means create options.

COVID Era Brings New Challenges for College Retention


Marjorie Blen had nearly finished her associate’s degree at the City College of San Francisco when the pandemic hit. Suddenly classes moved to an unfamiliar online format, and her life was full of logistical hardships and financial ones. What am I going to do with my kids home, losing my job and having to pass these classes so I can transfer to a four-year institution?” Blen asked. “It It brought so many challenges.”

Why Families Leave Schools

Do you know three of the biggest reasons families leave schools? Here they are – and what you can do about it.

Top 7 Education Books for Back-to-School 2020

Where Learning Clicks

With another challenging school year on the horizon, we picked 7 books to help you and your colleagues return to school better prepared for virtual learning. The post Top 7 Education Books for Back-to-School 2020 appeared first on Where Learning Clicks. Outside the Classroom back to school Books for Educators education books for back-to-school 2020 Top books on education Top New Books top new books for educators

Getting a college degree was their dream. Then their school suddenly closed

The Hechinger Report

DETROIT — Three years later, Michael Stone can still picture the pride he would have seen on his mother’s face as he sat down at the piano for his senior recital at Marygrove College. This story also appeared in NBC News. He can still imagine his little brothers and sisters — all 15 of them — watching with admiration as he played that capstone performance. It would have marked the completion of his music degree and celebrated his arrival as the first college graduate in his family. “I

Microsoft Teams' New Features Teachers Should Know About

Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

As you make your transition to remote instruction, Microsoft Teams for Education becomes an integral element in your teaching digital toolkit. With the multiple features it provides, Microsoft Teams.read more. 2020 Microsoft tools for teachers

How to Stay Physically, but Not Emotionally, Distant with Kindergarten and Pre-K Students


If this were a normal summer, Katy Phinney and her colleagues would be organizing their Pre-K classrooms for the new school year, choosing classroom themes and wall décor. Instead, Phinney is worried about what Pre-K will look like if and when students return to classrooms. “My

How Online Admissions Affect Enrollment Rates

Discover the top five reasons your school’s admissions should be online.

With higher ed in crisis, the lack of financial oversight is glaring

The Hechinger Report

Yvonne Mendez was only six months away from graduating with a registered nursing degree from Anamarc College in Santa Teresa, New Mexico, when the school abruptly closed. Government agencies and accrediting bodies have safeguards to protect students from such abrupt college closures, but the oversight is often weak or too late. Credit: Yvonne Mendez.

9 Hard-Learned Tips for EdTech Entrepreneurs – Lessons from Mekumi CEO Sarah Jabeen

EdTech Authority

Sarah Jabeen—CEO of Mekumi—shared her best tips for EdTech entrepreneurs in a virtual interview with Ed Tech Authority founder Will McCoy. Her EdTech company, Mekumi, created a platform that’s both an LMS and a content provider for classroom educators. It’s the first learning platform that gives users the opportunity to edit content for their students’ [.]. The post 9 Hard-Learned Tips for EdTech Entrepreneurs – Lessons from Mekumi CEO Sarah Jabeen appeared first on EdTech Authority.

Q&A: Bryan Phillips on How to Remove Digital Barriers for Students

EdTech Magazine

Dynamics of digital instruction, learning outcomes and equitable access can be complex, with no one-size-fits-all approach. As researchers learn more about best practices, educators are tasked with putting their findings into practice — a job harder than it sounds. Now, districts are confronting new challenges around equity and screen time as they seek to deliver remote instruction. We asked Bryan Phillips , CTO of Hoover City Schools in Alabama, to share his views on students and screen time.

The TeachThought Podcast Ep. 217 A Closer Look At Critical Race Theory And White Fragility

TeachThought - Learn better.

The TeachThought Podcast Ep. 217 A Closer Look At Critical Race Theory And White Fragility Drew Perkins talks with Rod Graham, Associate Professor of Sociology and Criminal Justice at Old Dominion University, to discuss Critical Theory, White Fragility, and postmodernism in the context of education. Links & Resources Mentioned In This Episode: roderickgraham.com @roderickgraham Facebook: […]. The post The TeachThought Podcast Ep.

K-12 Private School Student Information System Buying Guide

Too many private schools are still using clunky, outdated systems, causing unnecessary stress and wasted time. That’s why it’s vital for them to invest in modern products and services purposefully designed for private K-12 education.