July, 2023

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Here’s How Modern Teachers Boost Their Ed Tech Skills

EdTech Magazine

When Patti Bartley, a first grade teacher at Cook Elementary in Columbus, Miss., heard she was getting a digital learning coach from the Mississippi Department of Education, she was nervous. “I don’t really use technology unless I’m forced to,” she said in a video highlighting the department's Digital Learning Coach program. She went on to explain that although she regularly uses her Promethean whiteboard, she hadn’t figured out how to implement lessons using student devices.

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22 Classroom-Focused Resources on AI from Teachers Everywhere

The CoolCatTeacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Educators are the best! There are so many fantastic resources on AI out there, but I have been noticing that some of them feel very hype-ish and even written by AI. So, yesterday I asked educators on “X” (the new rebranded, Twitter, I guess) to share where they are learning about AI.

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How Podcasting Is Changing Teaching and Research

Edsurge

Ian Cook, a longtime professor and social anthropologist, still remembers the first podcast he ever heard. It was a podcast version of the BBC radio show In Our Time, where a panel of academics discussed the history of ideas. The podcast included not just the radio show, but an extended conversation, where the guests kept talking after the formal interview and covered points they didn’t have time to get to on the broadcast.

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4 Approaches to Effective Second-Language Teaching

Ask a Tech Teacher

Learning a second language for many is complicated. Some of us are naturals at linguistics, others, not so much. Teaching means adapting to different students who learn in different ways. Here are four proven approaches, from the Ask a Tech Teacher crew: 4 Approaches to Effective Second-Language Teaching In an article from the Michigan State University website, children who are skilled in at least two languages are known to possess cognitive flexibility.

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Quickly Create Personalized Learning Experiences that Work

How can we actively engage learners 24/7, on their level and according to their interests, while respecting their learning styles? It’s not impossible. In this guide: Explore how to transform traditional, one-way videos into two-way interactive learning experiences Understand different types of artificial intelligence (AI), including - Generative vs.

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How to Choose a Presentation Display for Your Meeting Spaces

ViewSonic Education

Choosing the best presentation display for your business’s meeting spaces can be overwhelming. With so many different options ranging from projectors all the way to 163” video wall displays, finding the best solution can take time. This is why we’ve created this comprehensive guide to all types of presentation displays commonly used for meeting spaces in business settings.

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The Essence of Being a Leader

A Principal's Reflections

What is the essence of leadership? How do leaders effectively implement, sustain, and scale change? There is no shortage of responses regarding the topic, which is why questions are more important than answers. Narrowing down the most critical competencies can take time and effort. However, let’s look at it from the perspective of debunking what authentic leadership is, not to get at the heart of what it really is when it comes to agents of change.

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Shift to Providing Feedback as Students Work

Catlin Tucker

How can pulling feedback into the classroom help students develop confidence and improve their self-regulation skills? Feedback is one of the most powerful tools a teacher has to support students in achieving standards-aligned goals. Feedback also Provides clarity on learning goals and expectations. Guides students in understanding their strengths as well as areas in need of improvement.

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The Power of Community Mentors in Building Student-Led Professional Development

Digital Promise

Students and educators from Bristol Township School District, in partnership with Bristol Cares, built a student leadership and community mentorship program

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5 Ways for Teachers to Streamline Their Workload

Ask a Tech Teacher

Streamlining teacher work means finding (more) efficient ways to manage tasks, improve productivity, and enhance the teaching experience. Here are strategies to achieve this from the Ask a Tech Teacher crew: 5 Ways for Teachers to Streamline Their Workload It’s not easy being a teacher considering the amount of work you deal with every day. On the surface, you prepare lesson plans and determine the series of activities you will give for your next class.

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5 Ways to Communicate Better in Meetings

ViewSonic Education

A big part of learning how to run effective meetings is related to communication, so a strong emphasis must be placed on this area. Learning to communicate better in meetings can boost overall business results because they become more productive and are more likely to achieve objectives. Continue reading to learn five ways you can improve your communication in meetings.

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Can Brain Science Actually Help Make Your Training & Teaching Stick?

Speaker: Andrew Cohen, Founder & CEO of Brainscape

The instructor’s PPT slides are brilliant. You’ve splurged on the expensive interactive courseware. Student engagement is stellar. So… why are half of your students still forgetting everything they learned in just a matter of weeks? It's likely a matter of cognitive science! With so much material to "teach" these days, we often forget to incorporate key proven principles into our curricula — namely active recall, metacognition, spaced repetition, and interleaving practice.

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How to Increase Family Involvement with Connection

Waterford

Want to maximize family engagement in your schools? Check out Waterford’s on-demand webinar page and learn how to implement CARES, a framework for inclusive family communication, genuine relationships, clear and flexible expectations, and concrete support, in your schools. Teamwork makes the dream work. Your school’s team consists of your students, school administrators, teachers, and other faculty and support staff.

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Cybersecurity Remains the Top Concern for School IT Leaders for the Fifth Year Straight

EdTech Magazine

Since appearing on the first Consortium for School Networking’s State of EdTech Leadership survey in 2013 as a low priority, the topic of cybersecurity has skyrocketed in importance to K–12 IT leaders. The 2023 report, released in May, revealed that among the 1,200 ed tech leaders surveyed, cybersecurity remains their top concern for the fifth year in a row.

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3 SEO Strategies for Edtech Business

EdTech4Beginners

The Edtech industry is worth over $340 billion , and its value will keep rising as digital learning becomes even more common. Its adoption cuts across all sectors of the society. This is good news for those in the industry. On the flip side, this high demand also means an increase in the number of startups and new companies, making it a more competitive market.

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The Power of Professional Development: How to Use Micro-credentials as an Organization

Digital Promise

The post The Power of Professional Development: How to Use Micro-credentials as an Organization appeared first on Digital Promise.

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Reimagining Chickering & Gamson's Principles Post-Pandemic: Technology's Central Role in Modern Edu

This white paper examines and proposes revisions to the "Seven Principles for Good Practice in Undergraduate Education" introduced by Arthur Chickering and Zelda Gamson in 1987 for today's technology-driven world.

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How To Boost Student Engagement: Modern Tools for Math Teachers

Ask a Tech Teacher

Wondering how to get your students upbeat about learning math? Read how math teachers use modern tools, technologies, and techniques to teach the subject, from one of our Ask a Tech Teacher contributors: How To Boost Student Engagement: Modern Tools for Math Teachers Prospective teachers researching online teaching certification and hoping to learn all they can about being a math teacher will do well to include tech tools in their quest for knowledge.

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Advantages and Disadvantages of Web Conferencing

ViewSonic Education

Gaining an understanding of the various web conferencing advantages and disadvantages can be critical for business success because it allows companies to fully realize the potential on offer, while also maintaining an awareness of the challenges and what can be done to overcome them. Keep reading to find out more about the pros and cons of web conferencing in modern business settings.

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Building a Dream School: Reflections of a Principal's Journey and the Impact of Collaboration

Education Elements

I have always aspired to open a new school that cultivates a school atmosphere centered on learning and student achievement. One that recruits and retains the best teachers and staff, meaningfully engages with students, families, and the community, and utilizes research-based and culturally responsive curriculum. I have not yet fulfilled that dream, but I had the opportunity to work alongside James Hopkins, a school principal in Durham, North Carolina, who has done just that.

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AI in Education: New Guidance from the Department of Education

EdTech Magazine

The release of ChatGPT last fall thrust generative artificial intelligence into the spotlight, throwing its development and use into overdrive. In the K–12 ecosystem, excitement is building. “We’re seeing a lot of engagement and enthusiasm,” says Jeremy Roschelle, executive director of Digital Promise, a nonprofit that works to advance equitable education systems.

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Behind the Bell: The Underlying Impact of Tardiness in K-12 Schools

Managing a K-12 campus with constant pressure to meet performance metrics is challenging. And tardiness can significantly limit a school from reaching these goals. Learn more about why chronic lateness matters, and key strategies to address the following impacts: Data errors caused by manual processes Low attendance and graduation rates that affect a school’s reputation Classroom disruption, which leads to poor academic performance High staff attrition and “The Teacher Exodus” Unmet LCAP goals t

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Engaging Families as Partners in Early Education

Waterford

Candra Morris is the Vice President of Professional Learning here at Waterford.org. She recently sat down with us to talk about family engagement, student success, and building relationships. We like to say she wrote the book on family engagement in schools—because she did! What makes you so passionate about family engagement in education? Candra: I think I’m just naturally passionate about it.

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Why Co-Designing Learning and Employment Record Technologies is Best Practice

Digital Promise

The post Why Co-Designing Learning and Employment Record Technologies is Best Practice appeared first on Digital Promise.

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The Purpose of Education in the Age of Artificial Intelligence

EdNews Daily

By Garett Smiley Traditional school is not even preparing students for this modern world, let alone for the bizarre sci-fi future that’s about to knock down our door. AI is the Swiss Army knife that will replace all other tools. Right now, it’s helping us tidy up our data, proofread our emails, and whip up some stunning graphics. But soon, it’s going to take over entire jobs.

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10 ways to make the most of technology in the classroom

Ditch That Textbook

Interactive technology has become a vital asset in modern classrooms, facilitating active learning, collaboration, and engagement. By leveraging the power of technology in the classroom educators can truly transform the learning experience for their students.As we look to the future, these tools can be used to enhance education in ways we never dreamed possible.

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The Battle of the Authoring Tools: A 10-Point Comparison for Picking the Right One

Speaker: Chris Paxton McMillin, President of D3 Training Solutions

There are plenty of great authoring tools for developing eLearning, but the one you select could directly impact your course's outcomes. Depending upon your learners’ needs and your organization’s performance goals, you could be overlooking considerations that impact the both effectiveness of your courses and how long it takes to finish them. From general capabilities to specific workflow structures, some aspects are critical when it comes to learning objectives and deadlines.

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Strategic Planning With Students, For Students

Education Elements

I support school teams nationwide through the process of unpacking survey and focus group data from their communities. One consistent trend across school districts is that most adults overestimate their ability to understand and empathize with their students’ experiences at school. Even teachers who regularly work directly with students and have the best intentions tend to misrepresent students’ feelings and beliefs about their academic and social experiences at school.

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ISTELive 23: How Can Professional Development Narrow the Digital Divide?

EdTech Magazine

One of the most robust conversations that came out of ISTELive 23 in Philadelphia was how critical professional development (PD) is to reducing the digital use divide. Six years ago, the Department of Education’s Office of Educational Technology called up on “all involved in American education to ensure equity of access to transformational learning experiences enabled by technology.

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How Two-Way Communication Can Boost Family Engagement

Waterford

Use Expert-Led Communication Strategies to Engage the Families in Your District Check out Waterford’s on-demand webinars , including “ Driving Impactful Family Engagement with CARES ,” and learn how you can build a school environment that values families and advises teachers as they connect and collaborate with families. Regular family-teacher communication is a meaningful step to long-term family engagement.

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How Our Micro-credentials Platform Became a 1EdTech Learning Impact Awards Finalist

Digital Promise

The post How Our Micro-credentials Platform Became a 1EdTech Learning Impact Awards Finalist appeared first on Digital Promise.

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The Roses and Thorns of an LMS Strategy: How to Flourish with the Right LMS

Speaker: Amanda Davis, Chief Experience Officer and Liam O'Malley, VP of Association Solutions

The "new normal" is now a little less new, a little more normal. Does that mean your current LMS strategy is in need of a refresh? Is your organization or association leaning into the always-evolving eLearning environment to ensure you have the tools and content to remain relevant through all this change? There are many complex decision-making processes within your learning & development strategy and LMS lifecycle management, including: Selection.

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Youth Mental Health and Safety Don't Take a Summer Break

Edsurge

Just because this school year has ended doesn’t mean the crisis facing our nation’s youth is over. In fact, the data suggests the exact opposite. During the 2022-23 school year, suicide skyrocketed to the second leading cause of death among children aged 10 to 14 in the United States. Research shows some youth are more affected than others. Nearly 1 in 3 high school girls said they had considered suicide.

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A Visual Summary: 32 Learning Theories Every Teacher Should Know

TeachThought - Learn better.

From Constructivism and Connectivism to Situated Learning, here are 32 of the most common learning theories every teacher should know. The post A Visual Summary: 32 Learning Theories Every Teacher Should Know appeared first on TeachThought.

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3 Essential Tips for Increasing Student Enrollment in Your District

Education Elements

The COVID-19 pandemic drastically shifted the culture of learning in America and the issue of school enrollment is a current topic of repeated conversation. Remote learning created the option for students to learn outside of the school building and the shifts from remote, to hybrid resulted in a noticeable decline in school enrollment. Many students simply struggled to return to school.

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4 Tips to Improve Data Loss Prevention in K–12

EdTech Magazine

Schools store, handle and transmit some of the most sensitive data that exists about people, including grades, health status, addresses, Social Security numbers and even financial information. And that data is under siege: 29 percent of school and district members of the Multi-State Information Sharing and Analysis Center have reported being victims of a cyber incident, some of which included data breaches.

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Building the Foundation for a Modern K-12 Classroom

K-12 looks different these days. But one thing remains the same: you need a reliable learning platform that serves as the foundation for teaching and learning––for all students, in a variety of learning experiences. Discover how the Instructure Learning Platform supports today's K-12 classroom through: A central, consistent, connected hub of the digital learning environment.