December, 2023

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5 K–12 Ed Tech Trends to Follow in 2024

EdTech Magazine

K–12 education is on the precipice of change in 2024. School IT administrators need to be ready to adapt as numerous shifts at the federal level create impacts throughout the education landscape. Affecting many schools’ budgets this year, the final round of the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief funding expires in September. Many K–12 institutions relied on this funding to sustain new educational technology programs, including providing devices to teachers and students.

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Why Sending Students Home with Writing Assignments Might Not Be The Best Idea

Catlin Tucker

In our newest book, Shift Writing into the Classroom with UDL and Blended Learning , Dr. Katie Novak and I guide teachers in creating the time and space to support all parts of the writing process in the classroom. Not only has the explosion of artificial intelligence (AI) and chatbots created concern about assigning writing, but myriad challenges exist when we send writing home with students. #1 Hard to Motivate After a Long Day at School After spending six to seven hours in a structured, often

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How to Make Teaching A Long-Term Career: What Works

The CoolCatTeacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter “In today's episode, we're thrilled to have Jay Schroder, author of “ Teach From Your Best Self, A Guide to Thriving in the Classroom. ” With this in mind, we dive into a critical yet often-neglected aspect of teaching—teacher well-being. Join us as we explore high-impact, low-effort teaching strategies crucial for bringing your best self to the classroom and forging a sustainable, rewarding career.

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The Role of Place in Personalization

A Principal's Reflections

The physical and virtual environments where learning takes place play a pivotal role in shaping the effectiveness and depth of personalized learning strategies. Consider for a moment the impact of the physical classroom. It is not merely a backdrop but an active participant in the learning journey. The arrangement of desks, the presence of collaborative spaces, and the infusion of technology all contribute to the atmosphere that shapes a student's educational experience.

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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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12 Ways to Update Your Online Presence

Ask a Tech Teacher

This week, I’ll post updated suggestions to get your computers and technology ready for the blitz of projects you’ll accomplish in the New Year. Here’s what you’ll get ( links won’t be active until the post goes live ): 12 Ways to Update Your Online Presence — December 11th (today) 8+ Ways to a Speedier Computer — December 12th Backup and Image your computer — December 13th Regular readers of Ask a Tech Teacher know these are updated each December.

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Improving Professional Learning through Feedback Loops

Digital Promise

Feedback loops can help identify what a teacher needs and strategies to implement to achieve a better outcome and can offer a valuable solution to challenges they face.

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How to create substitute teacher plans in 15 minutes with AI

Ditch That Textbook

Need quick substitute teacher plans? AI-powered tools can help. Here's how you can create sub lesson plans in 15 minutes (so you can go back to bed). We've all had those days, you wake up sick with no warning and you know you need to stay home and rest. Ah, but you're a teacher. You can't […] The post How to create substitute teacher plans in 15 minutes with AI appeared first on Ditch That Textbook.

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Lessons from My Classroom: What Works, What Doesn’t and What I’m Doing Now

The CoolCatTeacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Welcome to today's episode, where I will bridge the gap between AI in my classroom and your ears! If you've been following my blog, you know I want to bring practical, innovative teaching strategies to life. But today, I'm doing things a bit differently on the show for an extended episode with me, your host, Vicki Davis.

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Connecting the Dots: The Power of Relational Learning in Shaping Tomorrow's Minds

A Principal's Reflections

In the ever-evolving personalized landscape , relational learning emerges as a fundamental component. At its core, it underscores the importance of building connections between concepts fostering a deep and interconnected understanding of subjects. However, the significance of relational learning extends beyond the academic realm, as it emphasizes cultivating relationships among students and educators centered on trust.

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Have Santa Call Your Kids!

Ask a Tech Teacher

DialMyCalls (an AATT sponsor) has a special Christmas offer for kids: Free Santa Calls To Your Family This Christmas This Christmas we have a great gift for everyone! Whether you’re an existing DialMyCalls user or not, you can take advantage of our completely free phone call from Santa. Imagine the look on your child’s face when they receive a personalized phone call from Santa with his or her name on it!

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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 My Passion Project Helped Me Build Social Skills and Give Back

Digital Promise

The post How My Passion Project Helped Me Build Social Skills and Give Back appeared first on Digital Promise.

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How to Vet Schools' Apps for Student Data Privacy

EdTech Magazine

While many educational software providers offer students helpful and engaging content, some can end up exposing student data. A December 2022 report from Internet Safety Labs confirmed that 96 percent of school apps shared student data with third parties, and 28 percent exposed kids to advertising. These findings highlight the need for K–12 schools to improve their data privacy and security practices governing educational technology use.

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If You Build It, They Will Create: Designing Maker Mindsets in Our Classrooms

Education Elements

As a kid, I loved designing and building things! All my dolls had their own custom- made furniture and Lego cars. I recently had the opportunity to design and build a maker space for educators to implement making and tinkering in their libraries and classrooms. Talk about a dream project-it was easy to get caught up in the fun of purchasing new equipment, gathering supplies, and designing experiences.

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How to Use AI to Help You Make Substitute Teacher Lesson Plans in a Snap

The CoolCatTeacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Substitute teachers, like teachers, are heroes. As I wrote in “ There is No Substitute for Great Substitute Teachers ,” when we need a substitute, it is rarely planned. I'm so grateful for those who are flexible enough to fill in with limited notice. But when you're sick, it can be hard to write great lesson plans.

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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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Top Posts of 2023

A Principal's Reflections

As we reflect on the past year, it's evident that the realm of education continues to be influenced by an array of disruptive forces, most notably artificial intelligence. Through my writing, I have attempted to capture the essence of contemporary challenges and innovations but also provide practical solutions and thought-provoking insights from the field.

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Here’s Why Your Kids Should Participate in Extracurricular Activities

Ask a Tech Teacher

Here’s Why Kids Should Participate in Extracurricular Activities Most parents ignore this, but playtime activities significantly contribute to a child’s overall development. The key to raising children successfully is acknowledging that learning doesn’t take place only within the classroom environment. Similarly, academics aren’t the only key to success in the future.

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How Our Silenced Assessment Ancestors Can Guide Systems Wide Change

Digital Promise

Culturally responsive assessments in education are crucial for acknowledging and honoring students' diverse cultural contexts

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5 Questions Schools Should Ask Before Selecting a Cloud Security Platform

EdTech Magazine

Schools are rapidly shifting from on-premises tools to cloud-hosted platforms such as Google Workspace for Education and Microsoft 365 that take collaboration to the next level. However, moving to the cloud doesn’t absolve K–12 IT staff from the responsibility of securing their cloud-based properties. Detecting breaches, data leakage and other threats in the cloud is becoming a basic requirement for district IT admins.

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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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Workshop: Using Makey Makeys and micro:bits Across the Curriculum

User Generated Education

This is an overview of my workshop at FETC (Future of Technology Education Conference).

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Charting New Territories in PD: The Whitsby Story with ASCD

The CoolCatTeacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Welcome to a treasure from my ISTE 2023 vault. This is a podcast for all education trailblazers seeking the cutting edge of professional growth. As a teacher committed to improving teaching and improving our professional development, I'm thrilled to share this conversation about how professional development can and is improving.

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Education and Artificial Intelligence: Navigating the Path to Transformation

Edsurge

In a world where technology is evolving at an unprecedented pace, education stands on the cusp of transformation. Imagine classrooms where teachers are empowered by cutting-edge technology and where students don't just learn from textbooks but co-create their educational journey. Artificial intelligence resides at the nexus of education and technology, where the opportunities seem limitless, though uncertain.

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Learning Loss and the Lessons Americans Refuse To Learn

The Jose Vilson

The United States of America has spent the last three years arguing about the pandemic’s effects on students’ academic and socioemotional well-being. Of course, this gave rise to the hodgepodge of tutoring services looking to accelerate their earnings, revanchist groups pretending to advocate for “parents rights” as a cover for dismantling democracy, and a plethora of people who coopted longstanding traditions from marginalized groups for their capital gains.

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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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How Middle School Students Are Leading Digital Citizenship

Digital Promise

The post How Middle School Students Are Leading Digital Citizenship appeared first on Digital Promise.

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2023 Industry Finalists Announced for Excellence in Equity Awards

American Consortium for Equity in Education

88 finalists have been named across 25 awards categories honoring the companies, products, and leaders whose work is advancing educational equity and access WASHINGTON, DC — December 11, 2023 — The American Consortium for Equity in Education today announced the Keep Reading 2023 Industry Finalists Announced for Excellence in Equity Awards The post 2023 Industry Finalists Announced for Excellence in Equity Awards appeared first on American Consortium for Equity in Education.

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PROOF POINTS: There is a worldwide problem in math and it’s not just about the pandemic

The Hechinger Report

Sample question on the math section of the 2022 PISA exam. This one is rated a level 2, a level of difficulty that 34 percent of U.S. 15-year-olds could not answer correctly. (Answer revealed at the bottom of this story.) For more PISA questions, there are PISA practice questions on Khan Academy and publicly released questions from the 2022 test. Source: OECD PISA 2022.

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FTC’s Newly Proposed Privacy Rules Could Bring “Substantial Changes” to Ed-Tech Industry

Marketplace K-12

The consumer protection agency's proposed rules could limit companies' ability to collect data for one product and use it to develop another one. The post FTC’s Newly Proposed Privacy Rules Could Bring “Substantial Changes” to Ed-Tech Industry appeared first on Market Brief.

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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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To Get Serious About Games, Teachers Experiment With Play in the Classroom

Edsurge

Every week at the Nysmith School in Herndon, Virginia, Philip Baselice breaks out a game to teach his class about key world events. Baselice teaches history to middle schoolers, and game-based simulations have been part of his teaching arsenal for the last nine years, ever since he first tried it. “I used a game to teach my students about the causes behind the start of the First World War.

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Difficult For Whom: A Conversation about Conversations and Systems

The Jose Vilson

Recently, my son did an active-shooter drill at his school. I asked him how it went. He mentioned how it was fine, but a few students couldn’t be quiet. I nodded, remembering my days as a middle school teacher when I’d have to insist that children be quiet when, developmentally, they’d want to shake the room. An active-shooter drill means that teachers have to lock their doors, cover their door windows, command students to hide in a corner or a less obvious spot in the classroo

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Promoting Creative Use of Technology for Student-Led Social Change

Digital Promise

The post Promoting Creative Use of Technology for Student-Led Social Change appeared first on Digital Promise.

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How video coaching helps us support teacher growth and retention

eSchool News

Key points: Video coaching is a great way to encourage self-reflective teaching New teachers are more likely to stay with supports in place See related article: 9 big ideas to bolster the teaching profession and boost student learning For more news on teacher PD, see eSN’s Educational Leadership page At the Van Winkle Early Childhood Center within Jackson Public School District in Mississippi, we enroll students for one year to prepare them for kindergarten.

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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.