Tue.Jul 14, 2020

Introducing the Instructional Coaching Playbook

Digital Promise

Three years ago, as part of the Dynamic Learning Project pilot (DLP) , we set out to better understand how teacher coaching could move us closer to bridging the digital use divide in the classroom. The DLP was an instructional coaching program in which teachers were coached to use technology in more powerful ways that enhance their teaching practices and their students’ engagement and learning.

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Applying Universal Design for Learning in remote classrooms


As schools were compelled to implement distance learning during this year’s pandemic, it became clear that emergency remote learning widened many gaps that already existed within the walls of brick and mortar schools. Many of the supports that could be relied upon in classrooms were no longer feasible online, and some of the supports that had been missing from the start exacerbated the weaknesses of the feeble systems we previously had in place.

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3 investments colleges can make during COVID-19 to reduce risks for learners

The Christensen Institute

As the beginning of the school year draws nearer, the debate over whether or not to reopen college campuses is progressing from a simmer to a boil. Justifications for reopening range from the duty-bound to the counterintuitive conclusion that an in-person semester would be safer than an online one.

Emotionally Connected Learning Is Possible Online. Start With Relationships.


July is a luminous month that I’ve spent in previous years exploring, traveling, visiting friends and feeling that deep rejuvenation after a busy end of a school year. This time, it’s unsettling, as summer has quietly arrived without the crescendo of pomp and circumstance that comes with graduation. Many of us are still sheltering in place and unable to predict how the future will look.

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.

5 Common Uses Of Technology In The Classroom Today

TeachThought - Learn better.

Common uses of technology in the classroom include reading programs, assessment tools, and a range of learning management systems. The post 5 Common Uses Of Technology In The Classroom Today appeared first on TeachThought. Technology Admin Experienced Teacher

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Cameras in the Classroom: What to Do Instead


School districts have options other than installing cameras in the classroom and risking an invasion of student privacy

Kids with disabilities blocked from bilingual programs

The Hechinger Report

Simón López, the Coordinator of Special Education at the Sarah Greenwood Elementary School for Dual Languages, is calling attention to the failure of Boston Public Schools’ dual language programs to accept students with certain types of disabilities – a violation of the spirit, at least, of state and federal laws. Credit: Lane Turner/Globe Staff.

Why Public Schools Should Continue To Use Remote Learning

TeachThought - Learn better.

The near-future of learning is almost certainly blended learning--a mix of digital and face-to-face instruction. Perhaps we should use current momentum? The post Why Public Schools Should Continue To Use Remote Learning appeared first on TeachThought. Education Coronavirus Remote Learning Terry Heick

Pedagogical Recalibration or Innovation?


The following is an excerpt from EdTechTeacher CEO Tom Daccord’s recent article in Intrepid magazine (Summer 2020). Click here to read the full article. A silver lining of this global pandemic is the huge opportunity it provides to rethink the student learning process. That said, if pedagogical innovation occurs at all, it likely won’t happen right away.

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.

Coronavirus Chronicles 042 – Mansfield ISD

Dangerously Irrelevant

I am talking with schools to see how they’re responding in the wake of this global pandemic. I invite you to join me for the Coronavirus Chronicles , a series of check-ins with educators all over. Episode 042 is below. Thank you, Brandon Johnson , for sharing how Mansfield Independent School District in Mansfield, Texas is adapting to our new challenges and opportunities.

Professional Development Pandemic Style—How one District Is Prepping Staff For Success

eSchool News

Jon Castelhano, Executive Director of Technology at Gilbert Public Schools in suburban Phoenix, Arizona, is making lemonade. Instead of stopgap measures to make it through the COVID-19 crisis, his district is crafting strategic changes with an eye toward the long term. These are ideas long talked about but never implemented in the 40 schools that serve 34,000 students. For it to work, faculty need to reinvent themselves too.

Should Colleges Rethink Final Exams in the COVID Era? Some Profs Try 'Epic Finales'


As the pandemic hit and colleges shifted instruction online, professors were forced to quickly adapt, often throwing out their plans and hitting reset. For some educators that sudden shift led to some soul searching about what college teaching was all about. That was the case with Stephanie Bailey, an assistant professor at Chapman University who was teaching an introductory physics course in the spring covering concepts like electricity and magnetism.

How edtech companies are helping schools navigate an uncertain year

eSchool News

In the middle of the abrupt changes to the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year, edtech companies offered resources and access to help educators, students, and parents make the best of at-home learning. Here is insight from a select few of those edtech leaders. Based on what you’ve seen over the past couple of months, what are the major challenges that schools and districts have faced in the transition to online 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.

Web 2.0 Tools for Professional Development

Dr. Shannon Doak

As we move more into the world of online learning and teaching for students, it is becoming apparent that teachers are also needing to move online for their own professional learning. This is evidenced by the number of conferences that have exploded online this summer. Many teachers are now participating in these conferences via video over IP applications such as Zoom and Google Meet.

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How to scale your teaching game with these 10 features of Linways LMS

Linways Technologies

In education, a huge trend towards student-centric, or learner-centered education is gaining momentum. It’s backed up by very meticulous research data and is found effective to improve results. Simply put, students, when given individual care and support tend to perform better, as compared to a collective teaching style. But this brings out other problems for the teacher and the institution. How are we supposed to provide student-centered learning for a huge number of students at the same time?

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Supporting Teachers: A Three-Pronged Approach


Izquierdo outlined the district’s three-pronged approach to supporting teachers when the crisis hit


Addressing the COVID Slide with ST Math

MIND Research Institute

Research on COVID-related school closures suggests that students could be a half, to a full year behind academically when the new school year begins. What many are calling the COVID Slide will have a large impact on what the next school year—and school years to come—will look like. Classrooms and online learning environments will continue to evolve. The variability of students' individual needs will also be much greater.

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.

Dozens of Venture-Backed Startups Among Edtech Recipients of PPP Loans


Even the biggest names in the education technology industry, awash in private capital, are seeking public support during the pandemic. School districts are hardly the only ones in education under financial duress inflicted by COVID-19. Also feeling the ripple effect are the companies and organizations that provide tools and services to students and educators.

What is assessment for? #engaginglitminds

Reading By Example

– Review of Educational Research , March 2007, Vol. 77, No. 1, pp. 81-112. I speak for myself (and maybe you) when I say that I have to be VERY careful with my own past educational experiences informing my current work. So much research has been done since I was a student in a classroom that I have to make sure I don’t bring an unintentional bias into the work I do with teachers and kids.

A Framework for Blended PD (Part 1)

Shake Up Learning

The post A Framework for Blended PD (Part 1) appeared first on Shake Up Learning. As schools across the globe begin to plan for the new normal and redefine the school day and location, we must also rethink our professional learning plans for teachers and staff. I’m sharing a framework for Blended PD. No matter what you call it–blended PD, virtual PD, online PD, remote PD, or hybrid PD, we need to rethink our professional learning methods.

How Learning Emotional Skills Can Help Boys Become Men


Ashanti Branch was working as an engineer when a friend called him up to ask if he would volunteer a few hours on Saturday mornings to tutor students in math for the Upward Bound program at Mills College. Branch grew up in Oakland, attended its public schools, worked hard and went on to get a college degree from Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo, California. He figured it was time to give back a little, but he only committed to a few months.

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.

Extending Gradescope Complete Access for Instructors Through 2020


?Gradescope Complete will be free through the remainder of 2020 to help instructors with the urgent transition to remote assessment

How to Prepare for AI? STEM Class, Of Course!


When we scratch our heads and wonder how can we prepare our students for a world increasingly dominated by artificial intelligence, Anne Jolly wants us to remember a great place to learn teamwork, technical skills, work ethics and social responsibility. STEM class! Artificial Intelligence STEM By Design AI AI and education AI and STEM anne jolly artificial intelligence Ray Kurzweil


Here’s What to Know About Moving Classroom Management Online

EdTech Magazine

Back-to-school planning has never been more different than it is now. School districts nationwide are preparing for multiple reopening scenarios — from full-on remote learning to a hybrid approach — amid health and safety concerns connected to the coronavirus pandemic. But teaching online is hard, especially if educators don’t have the training and support to do it.

AASL resources to address the challenges


AASL just released the very helpful School Librarian Role in Pandemic Learning Conditions. AASL School Librarian Role in Pandemic Learning Conditions. Part of a larger group of Pandemic Resources for School Librarians , this much-needed tool supports us in framing some of our thorniest upcoming challenges as professional opportunities.

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.