February, 2023

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A Framework for Learning Through the Purposeful Use of Technology

A Principal's Reflections

Technology has the potential to transform teaching and learning in a number of ways. One way it can be used to transform teaching and learning is by providing students with access to a wealth of information, including multimedia resources, educational apps, and online databases. This means that students can engage with a wide range of material and have access to resources that they might not have been able to access otherwise.

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Tech Alone Isn’t Enough to Secure K–12 Schools

EdTech Magazine

The education sector has a cybersecurity problem on its hands. Adversaries have ramped up attacks on K–12 schools and universities, using ransomware and double-extortion campaigns to target institutions with vast stores of data but limited means to protect their critical digital assets. Today’s schools fully depend on technology. Inside the classroom, it supports teaching and learning; outside the classroom, it powers everything from door access to security cameras and bus schedules.

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15 AI tools for the classroom

Ditch That Textbook

Artificial intelligence is growing by leaps and bounds. It's no longer science fiction anymore! Lots of AI tools can serve as our own personal assistants -- answering questions, helping us write text, create images, speak more effectively, and more. Time has always been a barrier in the classroom. Most teachers would agree that they would be able […] The post 15 AI tools for the classroom appeared first on Ditch That Textbook.

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Building Better Rubrics: Empowering Learners Through Effective Rubric Design

Catlin Tucker

Why should teachers use rubrics to assess student work? Rubrics are valuable assessment tools that provide clear and transparent expectations about what constitutes quality work. Rubrics identify specific criteria relevant to the assignment, along with corresponding levels of performance that allow for more precise grading. Using rubrics helps teachers stay focused during the grading process and ensures that grading is objective, consistent, and fair.

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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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Crowdsourcing Your K-12 Innovations: Three Lessons Learned During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Digital Promise

This 3-part blog series, featuring guest authors from Michigan Virtual , describes the formation of the Learning Continuity Workgroup and how it has supported their edtech procurement and decision-making processes. In this second post, Michigan Virtual outlines how they successfully created resources by crowdsourcing ideas on how to address shared challenges among educators.

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4 Approaches to Detect AI Writing

Ask a Tech Teacher

AI-generated writing, currently centered around ChatGPT, already is a disruptive force in education. Check out these articles: How ChatGPT Can Improve Education, Not Threaten it –from Scientific American ChatGPT threatens education at all levels – here’s how it can be stopped –from Tech Radar ChatGPT: The Next Firestorm in Education –from AACSB ChatGPT has this to say about itself being a threat to student writing skills: Detecting AI writing can be a difficult task

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15 Google Forms templates you can use in class tomorrow

Ditch That Textbook

If you have been reading the Ditch That Textbook blog for awhile now you know that we love to use familiar tools in new and exciting ways. Google Forms is no exception. Forms are used in the classroom as an effective way to gather information and assess student learning and they can be used for […] The post 15 Google Forms templates you can use in class tomorrow appeared first on Ditch That Textbook.

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How to Lead with Little to No "Experience"

A Principal's Reflections

I vividly remember how frustrating it was to interview for various school administrator positions only to be told that I didn’t have enough practical experience related to the position(s). Well duh, of course I didn’t, as I was an aspiring leader who was just venturing into this space. I am sure virtually everyone reading this post has been in the same situation at some point, whether in the past or currently.

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How Will the Use of AI in Education Impact the Roles of Teachers?

EdNews Daily

By Aaron Rafferty Artificial intelligence (AI) is rapidly becoming a more prominent component of several global industries, including education. But in some industries, it has reached a point where workers are now concerned about whether or not their jobs are safe. However, AI is unlikely to replace workers in the education industry due to its inability to recreate the traditional educational experience at the same scale as human teachers.

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SEE Something, Say Something: Speak Up and Join the Conversation

Digital Promise

Time is running out so think fast! Have you heard that expression before? If you have, what does that mean to you? To me, it means to act fast, to get involved, and to be present. History and the now are impacting students like me so much. History represents our past, present, and future, and it flows through the blood in our veins. What we do today can revolutionize tomorrow!

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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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57+ Kindergarten Websites That Tie into Classroom Lessons

Ask a Tech Teacher

Here’s the list of Kindergarten websites I use most often during the school year. Notice that many of the headings are links to more websites under that theme: Animals Art Coloring Books Drawing Coding Critical Thinking Digital Citizenship Bullying –a read-along book Cybersmart Hero Hector’s World–Cyberbullying Farms Gamify Kahoot Holidays Keyboarding Learn to Type—Big Brown Bear Turtle Diary –audio prompts as well as visual for learning keyboarding Letters Math Math for K Math Games Shape

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6 Creative Ways to Spend K–12 ESSER Funds Before They Expire

EdTech Magazine

Three stimulus bills passed by Congress in 2020 and 2021 provided nearly $190.5 billion to the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) Fund. Many district leaders invested extra dollars into devices and connectivity initially, which may leave them searching for a way to allocate remaining funds. The requirements accompanying the funds may feel daunting, especially with the likelihood of future funding audits.

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Growing authors: 15 ways to use Book Creator to publish student writing

Ditch That Textbook

How can we help students do deep, meaningful learning? For one, let's help them think and work like authors. Learn 10 ways to help students publish their work -- and how Book Creator can help.Post sponsored by Book Creator Some students in your classroom probably dream of being an author. Publishing a book. Maybe even […] The post Growing authors: 15 ways to use Book Creator to publish student writing appeared first on Ditch That Textbook.

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#EDvice: Timeliness of Feedback is Vital

A Principal's Reflections

Assisting others to be their best is something that we all can do through feedback. Sometimes it is as simple as making an effort to point out commendations that serve as validation and pieces of advice to improve performance. However, sometimes our delivery and words mean otherwise. It is vital to make the distinction between feedback and criticism.

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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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Does ‘Flipped Learning’ Work? A New Analysis Dives Into the Research

Edsurge

Since the pandemic, more instructors at schools and colleges appear to have embraced “flipped learning ,” the approach of asking students to watch lecture videos before class so that class time can be used for active learning. Proponents say the model improves student outcomes by encouraging more interaction among students and professors, and many studies have been conducted to measure the efficacy of the approach.

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Innovative Micro-credentialing Initiatives Across The Nation: Three District Case Studies to Consider

Digital Promise

The post Innovative Micro-credentialing Initiatives Across The Nation: Three District Case Studies to Consider appeared first on Digital Promise.

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You Know You’re a Techy Teacher When…

Ask a Tech Teacher

I have to reblog this wonderful post by my efriend, Lisa. How many of these fit you? Can you add to this list? You Know You’re a Techy Teacher When… You can’t remember the last time you printed a classroom document. Plurking, tweeting, and playing with your wiki in public are acceptable behaviors. Your Notebook isn’t spiral bound – it plugs into the wall.

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Webinar: ChatGPT in Education

EdTechTeacher

WHAT IS ChatGPT? How can teachers use it today? HOW ABOUT STUDENT USE? What about cheating? WHAT’S NEXT FOR AI IN EDUCATION?…. In this EdTechTeacher Webinar, our expert panel will be discussing this and more! Join us and ask your own questions to our experts! Join our Expert Panel live on February 15th at 7pm ET or come back here for the recording. PANEL MEMBERS: MATT MILLER ( @JMattMiller ), DitchThatTextbook JANE ROSENZWEIG ( @RosenzweigJane ), Harvard University SCOTT MCLEOD ( @mcleod ), Univ

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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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6 Best AI Video Generators for Teachers

Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

AI technology has taken the field of education by storm and although technological skeptics are already pointing out the potential threats it poses to students and teachers, given the alarming pace with which it is transforming the world around us we can only embrace it and do our best to leverage its educational potential to enhance students learning.

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TurboTax and EVERFI: Helping High School Students with How To File Their Taxes

Teacher Tech with Alice Keeler

Students need help learning how to pay their taxes. This FREE simulation in EVERFI in partnership with TurboTax is just the thing to make it easy to help your students be successful in the real world. Helping High School Students with How To File Their Taxes can be life changing for many students. The post TurboTax and EVERFI: Helping High School Students with How To File Their Taxes appeared first on Teacher Tech.

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Why Many Early Childhood Educators Can’t Afford to Retire

Edsurge

Danielle Caldwell has been operating her home-based child care program, The Children’s Room, for 27 years. But lately, she’s been considering other career options. The North Carolina child care provider has long known that her work would not lead to riches, but years ago, that was less of a concern. “When I got into this, it was about making it fun.

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How We’re Supporting Teachers to Engage in World History Discussions

Digital Promise

The post How We’re Supporting Teachers to Engage in World History Discussions appeared first on Digital Promise.

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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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8 President’s Day Activities

Ask a Tech Teacher

Presidents’ Day is an American federal holiday celebrated on the third Monday in February–this year, February 20, 2023. It was originally established to honor George Washington, the first President of the United States, and expanded to also celebrate the birthdays and legacies of other U.S. Presidents, particularly Abraham Lincoln, whose birthday is on February 12th.

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4 ways we can use edtech for engaging, high-quality learning experiences

eSchool News

Hate it or love – technology in education is here to stay. Parents can feel it, and the numbers back them up. Edtech is booming, with 40 times more venture capital invested in the sector in 2021 than in 2010. There is no question that edtech has brought new ways to support the learning process and was used extensively by schools to connect remotely to students who could not attend classes in-person during the worst parts of the pandemic.

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AI in Education- Benefits and Limitations

Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Artificial intelligence (AI) is becoming increasingly popular in the education sector, with many schools and universities leveraging its services to enhance the learning experience for their students. By harnessing the power of AI, educators can better engage with their students, helping them learn faster and more efficiently. AI also has the potential to help educators identify, understand, and address learning gaps.

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How Will Teaching Be Different Post AI?

Teacher Tech with Alice Keeler

The toothpaste is out of the tube and we can not put it back. The release of ChatGPT has shown us that traditional school assignments can be completed by robots. So what now? I first asked ChatGPT what it thinks the changes to teaching will be and then I give my opinions on how teaching will be different post AI: The post How Will Teaching Be Different Post AI?

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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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As Student Need Rises, More College Faculty Set Up Emergency Aid Funds

Edsurge

When Karli Hinman enrolled at Stony Brook University in fall 2018, she knew her family couldn’t help her pay to continue her education. And during her first two years of college, she didn’t have much trouble affording her in-state tuition, thanks to financial aid and scholarships. But during her junior year, the expenses started to add up. Hinman happened to move into an apartment-style dorm on campus that cost her more than her previous residence halls had.

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Student-Led Innovation To Promote Better Mental Health for Teens and Teachers

Digital Promise

The post Student-Led Innovation To Promote Better Mental Health for Teens and Teachers appeared first on Digital Promise.

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Teach Vocabulary with the Frayer Model

Ask a Tech Teacher

In a perfect world, vocabulary is learned in context: The phrases and sentences around the unknown word define the meaning. If that isn’t sufficient, students use affixes — prefixes, suffixes, and roots — to decode meaning. But because the world isn’t always that pristine, Dorothy Frayer and her colleagues at the University of West Virginia came up with a vocabulary teaching tool that has come to be known as “the Frayer Model” Now used by thousands of educat

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How Project-Based Learning Can Promote Social-Emotional Learning Skills

TeachThought - Learn better.

PBL is the perfect structure to teach, practice, and assess SEL skills and content standards simultaneously. Let’s consider a few of the ways that students can develop SEL skills while at the same time learning content through PBL. The post How Project-Based Learning Can Promote Social-Emotional Learning Skills appeared first on TeachThought.

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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.