August, 2023

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How Robots Are Helping Better K–12 Schools

EdTech Magazine

K–12 schools everywhere are facing challenges with staffing. Teacher shortages are making headlines across the country, but other departments are feeling the staffing strain too. Job openings persist, proving hard to fill, in IT, transportation, food service and other departments at K–12 institutions. While some schools have found relief in turning to outside services to ease the burden, one school district in Texas is making lemonade from the sour situation.

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Facing a Digital Divide, Student Success Requires Connectivity and Access to Technology

Edsurge

The digital divide has long been a simmering problem facing millions of students that took a global pandemic to bring to a boil. At the time, nearly 16 million students in the United States lacked home internet access, according to a widely cited report from Common Sense Media. Despite incremental progress made to narrow the digital divide, students’ success today hinges on having access to a connected device and high-speed internet in the classroom and at home.

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The Great Student AI Writing Experiment with Steve Dembo

The CoolCatTeacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Are you an educator troubled by the looming question of how AI will impact writing instruction? Look no further. Furthermore, as this experiment unfolds, you'll be interested in the findings' powerful implications on student creativity and expression. Prepare to be inspired, challenged, and equipped to navigate the future of writing in a world where humans and AI learn to work together to communicate in better ways a

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Finding the Low Tech, High Impact Solution to Computational Thinking Instruction

Digital Promise

The post Finding the Low Tech, High Impact Solution to Computational Thinking Instruction appeared first on Digital Promise.

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Enhancing School Device Management for Improved Learning

Schools face increasing challenges as technology becomes integral to education. Efficient device management is essential for maximizing technology use and safeguarding investments. Our article discusses the importance of tracking devices, outlines current challenges, and suggests modern solutions that go beyond traditional methods like Excel. Learn how advanced tracking systems can streamline operations, improve maintenance, and offer real-time updates for better resource allocation.

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50 Back to School Activities for Elementary Students

Waterford

When putting together lesson plans for the upcoming school year, it can be tempting to dive into reading and math curriculum from day one. There’s always so much to get through, and time seems in short supply. However, it’s worth making time for fun student back-to-school activities in your elementary classroom. If students can connect with their peers early in the school year, those positive relationships can make a world of difference throughout the year.

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Active Learning vs. Passive Learning: It’s All Active Learning

EdNews Daily

By Betsy Hill and Roger Stark Like many topics in education, the debate between “Active Learning” and “Passive Learning” relies more on philosophy than science and uses the word “learning” when what is actually being discussed is teaching. “Active learning” and “passive learning” are, in point of fact, defined and acknowledged as “instructional approaches.

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How Does Tutoring Help Students Succeed Academically

EdTech4Beginners

Academic success is a critical aspect of a student’s life, shaping their future endeavors and fostering confidence in their abilities. However, the journey to academic excellence can present challenges that hinder progress. During such times, tutoring proves to be an effective ally, offering individualized assistance and direction to aid students in realizing their full potential.

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Act Now to Tackle Chronic Absenteeism: Classroom Resources

The CoolCatTeacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Chronic absenteeism from school is a staggering problem. We can't teach students who aren't there. This week on the newsletter , I shared resources about tackling chronic absenteeism and thought I'd put some out there for you since this is such a pervasive problem. Also, it seems that September is a key month.

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Reflections From 10 Years of Verizon Innovative Learning Schools

Digital Promise

Digital Promise is excited to celebrate the 10th anniversary of its partnership with Verizon for the Verizon Innovative Learning Schools program. What started as eight schools in four districts in 2013 has grown to nearly 600 schools and more than 100 districts in 2023. To support the exponential growth, the team has expanded from only a handful of employees a decade ago to an astounding 55 today!

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AI in the classroom: What’s cheating? What’s OK?

Ditch That Textbook

Now that generative AI tools like ChatGPT are available, classwork is bound to change as a result. How do we preserve academic integrity? What's cheating, and what's OK? Here are some ideas. Artificial intelligence-powered tools are becoming more and more widespread. As they have grown, educators have started to see a change coming. We wonder.What […] The post AI in the classroom: What’s cheating?

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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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Discovery Education is Buying DreamBox Learning

EdNews Daily

For schools, this is some pretty big news. Dreambox Learning currently serves more than 6 million students and 600,000 educators nationwide, and they offer those 6 million learners the only dual-discipline solution rated “Strong” by Johns Hopkins University’s evidenceforESSA.org in both mathematics and reading. “Discovery Education is excited to welcome DreamBox Learning, a brand synonymous with quality, research-based math and reading EdTech solutions to our growing family of services,” said Di

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10 K–12 IT Rising Stars to Follow in 2023

EdTech Magazine

From blended learning to cybersecurity to esports, there are many branches of educational technology, each with powerful voices leading the way for their peers. Every year, EdTech features a selection of these leaders in its list of K–12 IT Influencers to Follow. This year, we’re releasing a second list, featuring K–12 IT’s rising stars. These experts are quickly becoming influencers in their respective ed tech circles, growing their followings as they share technology insights and solutions for

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Young Kids in Low-Income Families Get Less Exposure to Math. Can the Right Apps Help?

Edsurge

Recent public debates have focused a spotlight on K-12 math pathways. But there’s been less attention paid to what math skills students need early in life, to set them up for elementary school in the first place. For early learners, exposure to math concepts can be at the mercy of their family’s economic status or related factors like whether their parents are college-educated.

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Focus On Your Noble Calling, Teacher. You Matter!

The CoolCatTeacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter In an old book from England entitled The Wonderful Window , we see an incredible principle: A London clerk worked in a drab office in the rundown part of the city in an office overlooking the slums. As he observed the surroundings, he determined he would not let his outlook on life be dictated by the dreariness and hopelessness that surrounded him.

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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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New Certification Recognizes Credentialing Technologies that Support Learners’ Journeys

Digital Promise

New learner centered product certification signals to consumers that the LER technology supports diverse learning transition experiences

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ChatGPT Teacher Tips Part 9 – Summarizing

EdTechTeacher

Post by Tom Daccord [INTRO: A recent national report by the Watson Foundation found that teachers are using ChatGPT more than students and are using it to create new lesson ideas. To help out all of our teacher friends, we are offering a series of posts focused on practical ways that you can use ChatGPT to assist with your own lesson design! Each post will focus on a practical strategy for using ChatGPT and will include ideas for both elementary and secondary school teachers.

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How To Bridge The Gap Between ESL and Mainstream Teachers

EdNews Daily

It’s that time of the year again! Back to School! Being an ELL or Bilingual teacher comes with many gifts and challenges. What is one challenge you face the most in your professional teaching career? Many ELL teachers say lacking communication with mainstream teachers can be one of the most significant challenges they face in school. If you are an ELL, ESL, Bilingual or mainstream teacher do you find the lines of communication can be a barrier?

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A New Device Could Help Students with Disabilities Navigate Technology

EdTech Magazine

A new tongue-operated device could mean K–12 students with disabilities who can’t use other types of assistive technology can still work with laptops, tablets and other classroom tools. MouthPad, a custom-fitted interface that attaches to users’ upper teeth like a retainer, functions somewhat like a trackpad. The Bluetooth-enabled device uses sensors to convey directional commands.

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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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Experienced Teachers Can Bring Big Value to Schools. Here’s Why They Still Need Support.

Edsurge

When Gorgette Green-Hodnett wrapped up her 21-year career in high school education a couple years ago, her family members celebrated. Not only with well wishes for her new job as a college professor in Maryland, but also with relief that she would no longer be working around the clock. Her family had been glad each time she’d had a non-teaching role throughout her career, but this time her husband was excited at the prospect of finally taking a vacation outside the summer months.

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Teacher Shortage, or Good Job Shortage?

My Island View

We have long heard the statement that 3 out of every 5 new teachers will leave the profession in the first five years. However, it seems that the survey on which those numbers were based has aged out. A more recent study has shown that a 17% attrition rate is a more accurate figure for the first five years. This, however, is not the reason why we are seeing what is being labeled as a “teacher shortage” nationwide.

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Beyond the Summit: The Relaunch of the Powerful Learning Coach Community

Digital Promise

Digital Promise revitalizes Powerful Learning Coach Community on LinkedIn, uniting educators worldwide for growth, collaboration, and change

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20 Amazing Science Facts for Kids

Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Science facts for kids is the topic of our blog post today! Today, we’re shifting our gaze from edtech and reading lists to zoom into something just as riveting: the universe of science. As a researcher and educator, I can’t help but marvel at how science brings us face-to-face with the unfathomable, the intricate, and the downright jaw-dropping phenomena of our world.

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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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College students are still struggling with basic math. Professors blame the pandemic 

The Hechinger Report

This story was produced by The Associated Press as part of a series, The Math Problem, from the Education Reporting Collaborative, a coalition of eight  newsrooms that is documenting the math crisis facing schools and highlighting progress. Members of the collaborative are AL.com, The Associated Press, The Christian Science Monitor, The Dallas Morning News, The Hechinger Report, Idaho Education News, The Post and Courier in South Carolina, and The Seattle Times.

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How Teacher Tech Training Can Improve Your Device Ecosystem

EdTech Magazine

Technology is central to the educational experience today. But before educators can pass along the benefits to their students, they must be taught how to effectively leverage tech tools themselves. “The only way that technology adoption is going to be successful is if teachers are trained to actually integrate it into their teaching and education process,” says Mike Peters, senior manager of customer enablement for education solutions at CDW∙G.

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Kids Aren’t the Only Ones Who Benefit From Social-Emotional Learning

Edsurge

How would you react if you learned that one of your students felt that you don’t treat them like a full person, with a life and responsibilities beyond the classroom? This is a real scenario we encountered during a focus group last school year with a group of high school students in Florida who were asked to provide feedback on their teachers. My colleagues at the Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning ( CASEL ) were there to gather data on how teachers can help students thriv

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How immersive technology can empower students (and teachers) to learn

eSchool News

Immersive, experiential technology is transforming how both students and teachers learn. Augmented and Virtual Reality (AR and VR) provide deeper engagement, opportunities for collaboration, and hands-on learning that places newly acquired knowledge and skills in context. For students, immersive technology can make abstract concepts tangible through interactive visuals.

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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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Meet the 54 Educator Mentors Supporting the VITAL Prize Challenge

Digital Promise

The post Meet the 54 Educator Mentors Supporting the VITAL Prize Challenge appeared first on Digital Promise.

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What is Buncee and How Does It Work?

techlearning

Buncee can help educators by creating a space for varying forms of media to meet in one helpful spot

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As more young people receive psychiatric care, some hospitals have opened their own schools

The Hechinger Report

Each weekday, children and teens hospitalized in the psychiatric unit at the University of North Carolina’s Neurosciences Hospital spend a few hours in a part of the building that doesn’t look like a hospital at all. They leave their locked unit and head down to UNC’s Hospital School on the second floor, where three classrooms are furnished with desks, smart boards and white boards.

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Moving from Equal to Equitable Classrooms Using Data and Technology

EdTech Magazine

The digital equity challenges highlighted by the pandemic are well known: students falling behind without access to devices and entire communities struggling to connect to the internet. As K–12 institutions approach their fourth back-to-school season since the pandemic started, administrators and educators are finding ways to bridge these divides for learners.

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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.