Thu.Jul 02, 2020

Why getting the world back to normal is not enough

The Christensen Institute

When will the world get back to normal? It’s a question many have asked since the COVID-19 global pandemic began upending economic, social, and health systems across the world. I’ve even found myself asking the question; to my friends, to my colleagues, and to strangers I run into on the occasional walk to stretch my legs. It’s a seemingly innocuous question that gets at our collective nostalgia for normalcy.

Helping teachers and admins see the value of edtech


The fact that education needs to change isn’t something new. Thinkers, authors, teachers, and school leaders have been saying it for many years, citing areas such as curriculum, pedagogy, school restructuring, and of course, technology. In fact, any edtech leader, IT manager, or anyone in charge of implementing new technology has actually been a change manager in one way or another. Keep in mind that this role can be immensely rewarding and difficult at the same time.

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Making sense of school innovation: Five categories of practice revealed

The Christensen Institute

This post is the first in a series of four sharing new insights from the Canopy project using data published in fall 2019. While the findings reflect trends in school design before the COVID-19 pandemic, they nevertheless suggest patterns that may prove informative as schools nationwide reconsider elements of their designs. Where are schools reimagining teaching and learning across the country, and what approaches are they adopting?

How Districts Can Develop a Comprehensive Plan for Remote Learning Come Fall


I used to wake up at 5:30 in the morning to teach a preschooler in China how to read, write and speak English. Through a headset and webcam, I learned that he loved space. He showed off solar systems made of foam and sticks and I shared a stuffed rocket from Kennedy Space Center. We exchanged one or two words at a time and lots of gestures, but he made progress and his mom said he looked forward to class. Claire Cummings teaching English online to students in China for VIPKid.

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.

Author @MelSideB Shows How Visual Medium Increases Student Engagement!

Teacher Tech

Not all students best express their knowledge of a concept through writing or best learn a concept through strictly reading about it. Some students like to demonstrate their learning through pictures, some through demonstration, and others still through writing. All students are more engaged if you tie the learning to a real world problem, something that applies directly to them. The post Author @MelSideB Shows How Visual Medium Increases Student Engagement! appeared first on Teacher Tech.

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Making Thinking Visible through Screencasting


The following post is an excerpt from EdTechTeacher CEO Tom Daccord’s blog, Leading Innovations in Schools: From Someday to Monday. Screencasting is a powerful tool for formative assessment. When students create screencasts, they make their thinking visible, which allows the teacher to assess how students engage with content and the learning experience (process), but also allows teachers to measure student progress over time.

How New York City, Oakland and Indianapolis Are Planning to Reopen Schools.


Call it “blended,” “hybrid” or “split.” Students, families and teachers are gearing up for a new school year that will feature a mixture of at-home and in-class education. That was the message from the heads of school districts in New York City, Oakland and Indianapolis this week during a webinar where they shared a few snapshots of their evolving plans for the upcoming school year.

How to align your institution’s learning outcomes with the teaching strategy

Linways Technologies

This article, as the name suggests, discusses some of the key elements to align your institution’s learning outcomes with the teaching strategy. We have written a great deal about Outcome-Based Education, and how educational institutions, especially in higher education, are adapting to outcome-based strategies in many of our previous articles.

8 things to help your district launch an esports program

eSchool News

It may lack sweat equity, but it’s up there with even the most physically demanding of sports. Esports, the competitive side of video gaming, is exploding. And K-12 schools are buying in, because esports is not only fun, but also a viable educational tool! A recent edWebinar , “Ready Player One: Esports in K-12,” highlights why esports has taken hold in schools.

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.

GETA Continues with PD From Superstar Educators


The Global EdTech Academy – a partnership between CUE and Microsoft – has been providing educators across the country with FREE professional learning this summer. This week’s schedule boasts the like of super-star educators like Holly Clark, Michael Cohen, Pernille Ripp, Brett Salakas, and Michah Shippee. Brett Salakas was excited to share his experience with GETA. […]. The post GETA Continues with PD From Superstar Educators appeared first on CUE, Inc.

How Microsoft Teams Supports Inclusive Remote Learning

EdTech Magazine

When Illinois Gov. Pritzker announced mandated school closures in March due to the coronavirus pandemic, school districts such as Peoria Public Schools knew they’d have to lean on technology to teach remotely for an indefinite period of time. But they were also concerned about how they would continue providing services from a distance to students with disabilities and unique learning needs.

Game-Based Learning: How to get Started


This blog post is sponsored by Acer Education, a partner of EdTechTeam. Game-Based Learning is an experiential approach to education that uses games to engage and motivate students in the learning process. All mammals have an innate need to play, from the moment they’re born. According to Constructivist pedagogies, this is central to cognitive development.

Summer Learning: A Dry Run for Fall Back-to-School Planning


One district decided to test those uncharted waters while offering a safe and educational option for summer learning

Develop A Feature-Rich App for Any Virtual Classroom

Building an e-learning platform? Download the solution brief to learn how you can create a customized, feature-rich, interactive classroom for an enhanced learning experience.

MIND Blog Rewind: June 2020

MIND Research Institute

Each month on the MIND blog, we share stories of how our organization, our partners, and educators across the country are advancing the mission to mathematically equip all students to solve the world’s most challenging problems. We also share resources for educators and students, and cover some of the exciting events we take part in across the country. Welcome to the MIND Blog Rewind! As July 4th approaches, we're celebrating the success of the school year.

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COLUMN: With few answers about returning to school or campus, let’s support children instead of hiding them

The Hechinger Report

Since the pandemic, babies and kids of all sizes are ending up on their parents’ work calls. Credit: Miguel Pereira/Getty Images. Last week, a memo from Florida State University contained a line that sent chills through working parents everywhere: “Parents will no longer be allowed to care for children while working remotely.”.

@Wacom Interview Series: Investing in Digital Tools for Education #edtech @PearDeck


I had a chance to do a series of interviews with the Wacom team where I shared some of my experiences as an online teacher and the tech tools I’ve leaned on to connect with my students and get intimate insight into their needs.

Finding & Funding the Best Tools for Any Learning Environment


Insight and advice for preparing for back to school

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8 Reasons to Invest in a New Student Information System

If your school’s SIS has limited functions, only works on campus or breaks down more than you would like, it might time to invest in a new one.

6 Things Anti-Racist Educators Want Grown-ups to Know about Teaching and Raising Kids


For most of Karyn Parsons’ life, race was considered an impolite conversation topic. But as America reckons with racial injustice following the police killing of George Floyd, that view is changing. Parsons, who is best known for her role as Will Smith’s self-absorbed cousin Hilary Banks on “The Fresh Prince of Bel Air,” is glad. “I’m I’m seeing so many people, so many white people, for the first time taking a hard look at things and asking questions,” she said.

U.S. Department of Ed. Funds 24 Projects, With Commercial Viability in Mind

Marketplace K-12

The U.S. Department of Education has awarded over 20 grants for small businesses to develop ed-tech products that the agency says have commercial promise. The post U.S. Department of Ed. Funds 24 Projects, With Commercial Viability in Mind appeared first on Market Brief. Marketplace K-12 Educational Technology/Ed-Tech Federal / State Policy Funding / Budgets Innovation

A Call to Action through Authentic Literacy Experiences #engaginglitminds

Reading By Example

This week I had the opportunity to participate in the 2020 Trauma Informed Virtual Conference with Heather T. Forbes. The sessions in this conference provided me with opportunities to experience others’ feelings and ways of thinking. As an adult learner, I was challenged not only to consider these ideas, but to act upon them.

Online Learning During COVID-19

WATCH THE EDWEBINAR RECORDING. When Project Tomorrow surveyed students in 2015 about what they envision schools will look like in 2020, one student described school as being the place where there would be more educational videos, online class discussions, online games, and texting between teachers and students. Everyone would have their tablet or laptop. We are now in 2020, living through the COVID-19 pandemic and in the remote and online environment predicted in 2015.

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.

Think Exam- The Top Proctoring Solution and Service Providers!

Think Exam

With the increasing demand for the proctored exam, companies are eager to grab this opportunity of providing proctoring solutions and services. This is one of the biggest reasons why the online proctoring market is expected to reach USD 10 Billion by 2026.”. The first step of the proctored exam includes the verification of student identity in which the student has to open the audio-video setup and show its identity proof. The post Think Exam- The Top Proctoring Solution and Service Providers!

Google Quick Tips Video Library for Teachers

Shake Up Learning

The post Google Quick Tips Video Library for Teachers appeared first on Shake Up Learning. Google Quick Tips Video Library for Teachers. Each week on the Shake Up Learning Show podcast, I share a quick tip. These tips are 2 minutes or less and are all about your favorite Google tools–Google Classroom, Google Chrome, Google Drive, and more! You can catch the tip by listening to the podcast or watch the quick tip video on YouTube!

Educational Apps for Music Teachers

Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

For those of you teaching music, the visual below is a good resource to keep handy. It features a number of interesting iPad apps to help you with the teaching of music. The list contains apps more

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Support the Future of the Professions- Supervise a Graduate Student this Fall


I am hearing from some of my colleagues and friends at the graduate school level that they are finding it hard to secure placements for graduate students needing clinical practicum experiences this summer and fall. For many of us, what fall will look like is uncertain, everyone understands that. But I'd like to advance an idea: whatever it will look like, a graduate student will HELP YOU.

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.