Wed.Jul 01, 2020

Edcamp Finds a New Home at Digital Promise

Digital Promise

Digital Promise is incredibly excited to welcome the Edcamp Foundation to our family of projects and programs. As we grew our partnership over the last several years, it became clear that the mission and vision of both organizations are incredibly aligned. By fully merging our operations, we believe we can do even more to support the community of educators who organize and attend Edcamps across the United States and around the world.

AI and Algorithms Can Be Biased… So What We Should Do About It?

The CoolCatTeacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Artificial Intelligence sounds fantastic and far off, but it underlies so many things we do today. Today I talk with Jason Thacker, author of The Age of AI: Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Humanity about AI and ethics. He tries to explain what it is, what it does, and why we should be concerned about it as we look at our future.


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Higher ed is bad at handoffs—and it’s crippling student achievement

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. 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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Teachers Are Living in a Tinderbox of Stressful Conditions. These Scientific Approaches Can Help.


America is suffering through two insidious and deadly pandemics , one brought forth by a novel virus and the other by a long-overdue reckoning of the intransigent racial and ethnic disparity at every level within all of our systems. Nowhere is this more evident than in our public schools, where nearly 50 percent of children come from communities of color, and with nearly one-third of Black children and one-quarter of Hispanic children living at or below the poverty level.

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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.

Project-based learning gets its moment during the coronavirus

The Hechinger Report

Shelby County Public Schools, a district serving about 7,000 students halfway between Louisville and Lexington, has had state approval for “nontraditional instruction” for several years. That means if a bad snowstorm hit the county, they could keep school going remotely and count the days like any others in the school calendar. Their experience with remote learning helped when schools closed because of the coronavirus. But only for a few days.

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Last Chance: Differentiated Instruction Online Class (MTI 563)

Ask a Tech Teacher

MTI 563: The Differentiated Teacher. MTI 563 starts Monday, July 6, 2020! Last chance to sign up. Click this link ; scroll down to MTI 563 and click for more information and to sign up. Differentiation in the classroom means meeting students where they are most capable of learning. It is not an extra layer of work, rather a habit of mind for both teacher and student.

The Teacher’s Author: Dennis Mathew

Teacher Tech

He’s an author for teachers and he loves to empower teachers to empower their students! The post The Teacher’s Author: Dennis Mathew appeared first on Teacher Tech. Guest Post Social Media

Social Emotional Supports for Children and Educators in K-12 Schools


If you are going to lead with love-soaked leadership and put students at the center, the folks that teach you most about yourself is your community

Inspirations: How educators are transforming the education process

eSchool News

The COVID-19 crisis has made one thing clear: Teachers and administrators have used unique and innovative ways to reach students online as remote learning became the only type of learning across the nation.

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.

Google Parts Ways With Longtime Education Evangelist, Jaime Casap


One of the most visible faces of Google’s education efforts—who helped lay the groundwork for its dominance in the U.S. education market—has left the organization. After more than 14 years at Google, my last day is today,” Jaime Casap, the company’s former chief education evangelist, said in a YouTube video posted on June 27. This isn’t my choice. Several months ago, during one of Google’s reorganizations, it was determined that my role wasn’t vital and therefore was eliminated.”

Keeping Early Learning Going Despite COVID-19

EdNews Daily

By Charles Dinofrio When the COVID-19 pandemic forced schools and early education centers across the nation to close, children lost many of the benefits of a high-quality learning environment, as well as important social-emotional interactions with peers and teachers. The isolation of quarantine exacerbated the issue, keeping children away from normal daily connections.

OPINION: ‘Anxiety and depression among students have become central issues, and not all young people are affected equally’

The Hechinger Report

The coronavirus pandemic has upended the American education system at all levels, and it is taking a serious toll on student mental health and well-being. A recent survey from Active Minds, a mental health nonprofit, found that 80 percent of the high school and college students surveyed are having difficulty concentrating. Nearly half are facing financial challenges, with unemployment, financial aid and successful distance learning among the concerns of young people.

Books I read in June 2020

Dangerously Irrelevant

Books I finished reading (or rereading) in June 2020… On Liberty , John Stuart Mill [government]. How to Be an Antiracist , Ibram X. Kendi [civil rights]. The Secret Adversary , Agatha Christie [mystery]. Thinblade , David Wells [fantasy]. Sovereign Stone , David Wells [fantasy]. Hope you’re reading something fun too! Related Posts. Books I read in January 2020. Books I read in February 2020. Books I read in March 2020. Books I read in April 2020. Books I read in May 2020.

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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.

Out of Space & Time: Rearranging for Hybrid Learning

EdNews Daily

Second Chance: View the Virtual Discussion Featured Panelists: ? Paul Henn, Director of Learning Services, New Ulm Public Schools, MN ? Dr. Roland Rios, Director of Technology, Ft. Sam Houston ISD, TX ?

Courses Designed to Address Learning Loss Due to COVID-19

eSchool News

While student regression during summer months is not uncommon under normal circumstances, the effects of the COVID crisis on student learning gains are expected to be even more pronounced. A recent NWEA study indicates that students may return to school in fall 2020 with only roughly 70 percent of the learning gains in reading and less than 50 percent of the learning gains in mathematics compared to a typical school year.

Virtual Classroom 2.0: 12 Tips for the Virtual Teacher

EdNews Daily

By Bob Riefstahl In this article, we’ll provide you quick and effective ways to have the right setup, tools, techniques to increase your effectiveness with students, parents, and administrators. For administrators, we will also provide tips for building momentum with your team that simply isn’t achievable in traditional, face-to-face encounters. Shockingly, you will learn how to become MORE productive than when you were in the classroom!

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Hold Down the Control Key on the Internet

Teacher Tech

When you are using the Internet and want to click on a link, this typically causes you to lose your place. It leaves that webpage and loads another one. Hold Down the Control Key When you hold down the Control key when you click on a link it causes it to open in a new […]. The post Hold Down the Control Key on the Internet appeared first on Teacher Tech. Advanced Keyboard Shortcuts keytips


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.

Opinion: The Role of the School Resource Officer in the New Hybrid Environment

EdNews Daily

By Christy Martin Communities have found themselves immersed in an age when schools and teaching technology is catching up with societal needs. COVID-19 has emerged as the newest threat to health and safety and calls for all around rethinking of not simply teaching and learning but the support systems that surround them. Because of other issues, policing is also looking at radical reform in its services.

WeWork Sells Two Schools in One Month


Since its aborted attempt to go public, WeWork, the co-working real-estate startup once valued at $47 billion, has divested a number of assets as business has plummeted and lawsuits run amok. This week, WeWork announced it is selling coding bootcamp Flatiron School to Carrick Capital Partners, a technology investment firm. Financial details of the transaction were not disclosed. WeWork paid about $28 million for Flatiron in 2017.

Video – Overcoming your Public’s Reasons Not to Return

EdNews Daily

When schools open to a hybrid learning model this Fall, many parents report that their children will not be returning. It is incumbent upon schools to not only provide a superior learning environment, but to be able to communicate that value to parents. In this episode of the Learning Counsel’s Dawn of New Strategies discussions, two leading California districts discuss their strategies for retaining their students during this time of pandemic recovery.

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Can Genius Hour Help Improve the World?


Education isn’t about what the teacher does, it’s about what the child learns, write Genius Hour innovators Denise Krebs and Gallit Zvi. Learning happens in every subject when students have a purpose and are given autonomy and time. And their learning can benefit the world. Articles Genius Hour Angela Maiers compassion based learning Denise Krebs Gallit Zvi project learning service learning

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.

mindSpark Learning Announces mSL futureS, Next-Generation Fellowship for Educators

eSchool News

mindSpark Learning (mSL), a Denver-based national nonprofit dedicated to empowering educators with industry-oriented professional learning experiences, today announced the launch of mSL futureS, a dynamic, 10-month next generation educator fellowship program. With so many unknowns, especially in the era of COVID-19, educators are expected to pivot quickly to adjust to fast-changing societal needs.

STEAM Websites for Teachers and Students

Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

In today’s post we are sharing with you one of our popular visuals in 2017. It features a collection of some good educational websites to use in the teaching and learning of STEAM content. more

Extron SMP Systems Enable Online Learning

eSchool News

Extron is committed to helping educational institutions of all sizes respond to the recent dramatic shift toward online learning. As part of this commitment, Extron is offering education customers special pricing and grants for its online learning solutions, including the SMP Series. SMP Series high performance recording and streaming products extend the power of live and on-demand video for lessons and training far beyond traditional walls.

Announcement: Join a live conversation around Engaging Literate Minds

Reading By Example

We have reached the halfway point of the book study for Engaging Literate Minds: Developing Children’s Social, Emotional, and Intellectual Lives, K-3 (Stenhouse, 2020). I hope you have enjoyed the posts and responses so far as you read this resource with us. As a culminating activity, on Wednesday, July 15 at 4:30 P.M. CST , readers can join a Zoom chat to discuss the book in real time.

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.