Tue.Apr 23, 2019

Edtech, Equity, and Innovation: A Critical Look in the Mirror

Digital Promise

We are often reluctant to label anything facilitated through technology as a failure. Instead, we tend to excuse inadequate or unsavory outcomes as necessary growing pains in the pursuit of “innovation.”

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Transforming our schools through empathy


In the first part of this series, we talked about how classroom management becomes easier and more effective when viewed through an empathic lens. In the second part, we explored how teaching empathy to students helps improve the learning process.

NGSS Curricula Is For All Teachers: Use Our Roadmaps!

The Journal

In this week's blog post, we discuss a free, NGSS-aligned curricular unit for middle school — "Health in Our Hands: What controls my health? HiOH)" — with a particular focus on following question: "How can middle school teachers learn how to lead their students in NGSS-style learning?"

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11 Essential Chrome Extensions (And a New Browser)

The CoolCatTeacher

Vicki Davis on Episode 477 of the 10-Minute Teacher Extensions can be useful, helpful tools for parents and teachers. There are pitfalls and pluses from each extension and ways to use them in the classroom. In this show, I’ll share eleven essential chrome extensions and information on the new web browser, Brave, and why people are using it. In the show notes, I share the links. Enjoy!

6 eLearning Trends in Custom eLearning Solutions

Most digital learning trends focus too much on the "digital" and not enough on the "learning". It is not enough that content builders master available tools. We need a return to core learning fundamentals. Get Inno-Versity's eBook for 6 of the most important trends coming to digital learning.

Information Sharing at the 2019 Nonprofit Technology Conference

Digital Promise

Like many folks in today’s workforce, I spend a significant amount of time in front of a computer screen with my smartphone close by, responding to a flurry of emails, calls, texts, and calendar invitations.

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The way people think about edtech misses the mark

The Christensen Institute

Does adaptive learning software improve test scores? Does a 1:1 device initiative improve learning? Is screen time good for students? Questions like these are regulars in debates about edtech.

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169 Tech Tip #49 The 15-second Slideshow

Ask a Tech Teacher

In these 169 tech-centric situations, you get an overview of practical strategies to address most classroom tech situations, how to scaffold these to learning, and where they provide the subtext to daily tech-infused education. Today’s tip: #49–The 15-second Slideshow.

Teachable Moments: What We Learn When We Teach


Teaching isn’t a simple one-way exchange. Often there are lessons to be learned from the very act of teaching, whether it’s an instructor finding new ways to reach—or not reach—students, to watching students grow before your eyes to discovering what makes collaborative learning so successful.

How Instructional Technology Coaching Can Help Teachers Create Powerful Learning Experiences


A Good Instructional Tech Coach Can Make all the Difference… Even though technology has been progressing at an accelerating pace for decades, schools have been schools for thousands of years. Please click on the post title to continue reading the full post.

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.

MIT Starts University Group to Build New Digital Credential System


When a college goes out of business , all of its alumni can suddenly find themselves in an unexpected dilemma: How can graduates prove they actually earned their degrees when no one is left at the institution to send academic transcripts to prospective employers or graduate schools?

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How colleges can help their students out-compete robots 

The Hechinger Report

This story is part of our Map to the Middle Class project , where we ask readers what they want us to investigate about educational pathways to economic stability.

At Our Alternative School, Intervention Round Tables Support the Whole Learner


I sat at my first round table meeting, listening to my colleague talk about how one of my ninth graders, Sadie, had been calling out answers, talking during independent work and having difficulty staying seated during math class. I was baffled. Sadie had been struggling in my English class too, but not in these ways. Frankly, she often presented as lethargic in my class and I was concerned with her work avoidance and the way she pulled her hair and spoke negatively about herself.

Universities increasingly turn to graduate programs to balance their books

The Hechinger Report

The St. Thomas University School of Law. Like many other institutions, the university has expanded its graduate enrollment. Alicia Vera for The Hechinger Report. MIAMI GARDENS, Fla.

Custom eLearning: What to Consider as an L&D Manager

A custom eLearning project is an exciting opportunity, but any L&D Manager will also tell you it can be challenging. Inno-versity shares 5 points to consider before kicking off your project. These concepts are critical to addressing the most common pain points which, IF addressed, will ensure success.

People That Fill Your Bucket

The Principal of Change

Watch this short clip from “Jerry Maguire” : This short clip, says so much about us as educators as well as our students. This is something I have been thinking about a lot lately.


Are You a Weekend (PD) Warrior?


I am one of “those” teachers – you know the kind. The one who comes in early and stays later than most. The one who takes work home and is up late working on new ideas and activities for her students.

Voting for reparations, one institution at a time

The Hechinger Report

On April 11, Georgetown University students voted overwhelmingly to approve the addition of a $27.20 fee to tuition costs each semester to help pay reparations to the descendants of the slaves the university sold in the 1830’s to pay off its debt. It’s been a long time coming.

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60 Tools to Inspire Students with Chromebooks – SULS009

Shake Up Learning

The post 60 Tools to Inspire Students with Chromebooks – SULS009 appeared first on Shake Up Learning. Chromebooks have transformed classrooms! But we have to find tools that will engage and inspire our students to be creative thinkers and innovators.

Key Elements for Successful eLearning Projects

Discover how this rapid development process creates engaging, custom learning solutions on a timeline that works for you, why a strong learning culture is important, and how to showcase your Return on Learning (ROL) using data to tell the story.

Should I Stay or Should I Go? An Opinionated Guide to Changing Edtech Industry Conferences


ASU GSV. SXSW EDU. No, these are not scattered arrangements of alphabet blocks from an especially precocious early learning classroom. They’re abbreviations for major conferences for companies in the education industry. I’ve been attending, and occasionally speaking at, these events and their predecessors for more than two decades. What sets them apart from purely teacher-focused conferences is that industry players aren’t viewed mainly as vendors who pony up for a sponsorship or exhibit booth.

How to Support the Industrial IoT Using WiFi as a Service

SecurEdge Networks Mobility Blog

If you have a Ring video doorbell or Nest thermostat for your home, you’ve experienced the innovation and power of IoT-enabled devices.

6 ways to support a digital transformation

eSchool News

Ensuring the success of any new edtech initiative has little to nothing to do with the technology itself, but instead is directly related to a focus on student learning and an effort to break down silos.

Jen Roberts Classroom Charts

Teacher Tech

Get Jen Roberts Classroom Charts Jennifer Roberts is an English teacher who I admire very much. She is one educator I point new to Twitter teachers to since she is so great about sharing and being helpful. link] Jen’s Classroom Charts Jennifer not only created an entire website for sharing her classroom charts, but she […]. The post Jen Roberts Classroom Charts appeared first on Teacher Tech. Google

Teachers’ Guide to Plagiarism

This article provides teachers with a step-by-step guide on how to handle plagiarism in the classroom: it examines the definition of the term "plagiarism" and its types with examples, describes common reasons students plagiarize, and provides tips for teachers to detect and prevent plagiarism among students.

MIND Heads to Toronto for AERA and NCME

MIND Research Institute

Earlier this month, our Chief Data Science Officer Andrew Coulson was in Toronto for the 2019 annual meetings of the American Education Research Association (AERA) and the National Council on Measurement in Education (NCME).

What We’re Reading on World Book Day!


Whether you prefer e-books, paperbacks, board books or audiobooks, today is a day to celebrate. For World Book Day, the Excel in Ed team is sharing some of our recent (and recommended!) reads. Browse your home bookshelf or head down to your local library to explore these and other great reads.

Plan Now for STEM Learning Next Year


Take time now to do some preliminary thinking about next year’s STEM lessons. Gather feedback from your students before they sign out for summer, suggests STEM expert Anne Jolly, and also consider four key areas that often get short shrift during STEM curriculum planning.


How we turned around our data culture and student learning

eSchool News

Demographics: Fairfield County Schools is a small, rural, high-poverty school district in South Carolina. The district is composed of five elementary schools and four secondary schools, serving more than 2,600 students.

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LMS Comparison: What Learning Solution is the Best Fit for Your Business?

Explore this detailed guide to see how traditional Learning Management Systems compare to an advanced online learning platform, and find out which type of solution is best suited to meet your learning program needs.

13 Ways to Support Diversity at Your Institution


We examine the ways in which we can support diverse student populations


Drowning In Parenting Advice? Here’s Some Advice For That


At my baby’s six-month appointment a few months back, I got a one-pager from the pediatrician titled “Starting Solid Foods.”

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Tap Into The Educational Potential of iTunes U with This Resource

Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

iTunes U is an excellent app to use in class to help you tap into the educational potential of iPad. It enables teachers to perform a number of instructional activities that include: lesson.read more

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