May, 2024

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The Stumbling Blocks for Artificial Intelligence in K–12 Education

EdTech Magazine

There is a lot of conversation around generative artificial intelligence in K–12 education. Experts discuss whether it should be used, while schools contemplate how to incorporate it. However, all the talk around AI has yielded very little movement. The continued debate on AI’s pros and cons doesn’t slow the technology’s growth or hinder its wide-ranging application in new tools.

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AI has potential to upend student testing

Ask a Tech Teacher

AI has the potential to revolutionize education for better or worse–jury’s still out on that. No one denies it can make student testing more efficient, faster, possibly leading to better educational outcomes for all learners. Key positives: Tailor personalized learning paths Adapt testing to challenge students at their appropriate level of knowledge Provide instant feedback Reduce bias Analyze data quickly to find learning patterns and trends.

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Unpacking the Backpack

A Principal's Reflections

The social media landscape has changed quite dramatically when I first arrived in the space back in 2009. To put things in perspective, Instagram and TikTok were years away from existing, and Facebook was the dominant tool of choice. At that time, Twitter was emerging as the preferred space for educators to connect, and blogs were the go-to source for relevant ideas and strategies.

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Eduprotocols Field Guide: Elementary Edition

Catlin Tucker

In the newest episode of The Balance , I chat with Ben Cogswell and Jenn Dean about their new book, EduProtocol Field Guide: Primary Edition. These two are a powerhouse of passion when it comes to educating young learners! Ben is a kindergarten teacher in Salinas, California. He was awarded Teacher of the Year, Computer Using Educators (CUE) Blended and Online Educator of the Year, CUE’s Gold Disk Award, and KSBW’s Crystal Apple Award.

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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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The Never-ending Upgrade: Why Constant Growth is the Key to Success

A Principal's Reflections

While I enjoy keynoting and facilitating workshops, it is through a coaching lens that I get to see how teachers and administrators are implementing innovative learning strategies with fidelity. Through their actions, I can collect evidence to show efficacy while curating exemplars I can share in my presentations. No matter where I go, I get the same message from educators on their desire for practical strategies.

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How 3 Districts Are Reimagining High School and the Future of Work

Digital Promise

Three innovative school districts are reimagining the high school experience to better prepare students for college and career.

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10 Tips of Mastering Time Management as a Student

Ask a Tech Teacher

Effective time management will not only lead to success in achieving your goals, but also help you maintain your mental well-being. So, let’s learn more about it from the Ask a Tech Teacher team. Some of these tips you may already know, but others–never a bad time to save time. 10 Tips of Mastering Time Management as a Student Introduction Finding a proper balance between extracurricular activities, academics, social life, and personal interests can feel overwhelming.

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Work hard, play hard: One teacher’s journey implementing gamification all YEAR long

Ditch That Textbook

This post is written by Matt Armstrong, a 7th & 8th Grade Social Studies Teacher in Erie, IL. Matt strives to make history relevant and engaging for his students, and gamification is just one of the ways he tries to do so. You can reach out to him by email at marmstrong@ecusd.info or follow him on Twitter […] The post Work hard, play hard: One teacher’s journey implementing gamification all YEAR long appeared first on Ditch That Textbook.

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The Role of Cognitive Skills in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

EdNews Daily

By Betsy Hill and Roger Stark Diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) are “three closely linked values held by many organizations that are working to be supportive of different groups of individuals, including people of different races, ethnicities, religions, abilities, genders and sexual orientations.”[1] As the McKinsey explainer that provided that definition of DEI elaborates, the business literature offers substantial evidence that diverse executive teams are connected to stronger financial p

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Preparing Your Child for Kindergarten: 6 Important Skills to Foster

Waterford

As someone who has had the privilege of being a kindergarten teacher, I vividly recall the excitement and anticipation of children stepping foot into my classroom on their very first day of school. While many of my students were ready to embark on their educational journey, not all of them were fully prepared. If only they had been equipped with the following essential skills, they could have been ready from day one. 1.

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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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Six Tips for Districts to Avoid the Next Funding Cliff

Digital Promise

Updated Technology Sustainability Toolkit helps districts plan their budgets with ending of COVID relief funds.

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What Schools Should Know About Using E-Rate Funds for Bus Wi-Fi Upgrades

EdTech Magazine

For decades we have known that for many underprivileged students, leaving the school grounds contributes to a homework gap because they cannot do much schoolwork without a robust internet connection. Bus Wi-Fi could fill a need for the millions of students who have a school-issued laptop but no reliable internet at home. Last October, the Federal Communications Commission added school bus Wi-Fi to the list of services eligible for E-rate funding in Category 1.

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Happy Mother’s Day!

Ask a Tech Teacher

Mother’s Day in the United States is annually held on the second Sunday of May. This year, that’s May 14th. It celebrates motherhood and it is a time to appreciate mothers and mother figures. Many people give gifts, cards, flowers, candy, a meal in a restaurant or other treats to their mother and mother figures, including grandmothers, great-grandmothers, stepmothers, and foster mothers ( click for updates to the list ): Mother’s Day activities Mother’s Day Activities fro

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Opening Doors: Collaboration Brings Personalized Learning to Life

Education Elements

Implementing personalized learning across an entire school district is an ambitious undertaking. It requires a dedicated investment of time and resources, but the potential benefits for student learning are undeniable. One of the biggest challenges is prioritizing thoughtful professional development for educators amid many competing priorities in districts.

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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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Teacher Well-Being Depends on Workload, School Climate and Feeling Supported

Edsurge

In the two decades that Jennifer Merriman has been in education, she’s seen a tendency in the field to solve problems by piling more tasks onto teachers who are already straining under the weight of their workloads. That ultimately works against what researchers say is one of the most important pillars of a school’s success: the well-being of its teachers.

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They’re Still Not Like Us (Math and Our Values)

The Jose Vilson

In 2015, C-SPAN’s Washington Journal invited me to discuss education reform and my book, This Is Not A Test: A New Narrative on Race, Class, and Education. I was still a classroom teacher then, imbued in the idea that teachers, particularly those doing STEM-related topics, should continuously seek professional development and stay curious about the math they didn’t know.

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Charting Your Course: Micro-credentials Can Support Personal and Professional Development

Digital Promise

Micro-credentials can expand your personal and professional development, be combined to create a custom learning path, and can even kickstart a lifelong learning experience.

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Technology-Powered Mental Health Initiatives Save Students’ Lives

EdTech Magazine

The Children’s Internet Protection Act mandates that schools must use content filters to protect students from explicit content. But Nathan Short, IT director at Encinitas Union School District in California, doesn’t care if he gets an alert about students trying to search explicit content. “I just want it to be blocked,” he says. “I started retooling the content filter to trigger on self-harm-related keywords.

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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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Harley Wade from State of Writing created 7 Tips for Creating a Budget in High School

Ask a Tech Teacher

It’s graduation time for High School seniors, that moment when they take over their own bills, budgets, and balancing income with outcomes. The Ask a Tech Teacher crew has some great times from Harley Wade on that subject: Harley Wade from State of Writing created 7 Tips for Creating a Budget in High School High school is the best time to start learning responsible financial management.

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Leading Change in Education: How Responsive Leadership and Teamwork Transform Schools

Education Elements

In a time where there is a heightened focus on education, it is essential that leadership development not be forgotten. Educational leaders serve as the guiding force behind school communities, shaping the vision, culture, and direction of the schools they serve. Providing educational leaders with resources and support empowers them to inspire positive change, implement effective teaching practices, and cultivate a culture of continuous improvement.

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What Would It Take to Attract Gen Z to Teaching?

Edsurge

With interest in the teaching profession waning and enrollment in teacher preparation programs reaching historic lows, all eyes are on the next crop of students — tomorrow’s prospective educators — to make up the deficit. Today’s high school and college students are part of Generation Z, a group of people who range in age from 12 to 28, and have characteristics, attitudes and aspirations that distinguish them from prior generations.

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Beyond Substitution: Elevating Learning with Book Creator

Teacher Tech with Alice Keeler

Effective tech integration starts with understanding that tech should enhance learning and not just make it digital. Book Creator goes beyond substitution. The post Beyond Substitution: Elevating Learning with Book Creator appeared first on Teacher Tech with Alice Keeler.

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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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These 6 Core Tenets Power Inclusive Education R&D at Digital Promise

Digital Promise

Learn more about the six core tenets of Inclusive Innovation R&D that are foundational for school and community-based innovation to emerge.

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Are AI Tutors the Answer to Lingering Learning Loss?

EdTech Magazine

With schools struggling to help students recover from pandemic-related learning loss, artificial intelligence tutoring platforms have emerged as a possible solution — despite the many issues they present. Across the country, several schools are already making AI tutoring a reality. Cade Brumley, Louisiana’s superintendent of education, recently requested $30 million from the state legislature to expand in-school tutoring, which includes AI tutoring options.

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A Typing Website With a Twist

Ask a Tech Teacher

This how-to-type website doesn’t get enough exposure so I’m doing a quick overview of pros and cons and how to use it. If you’re looking for a good typing program to engage your students during summer school or next school year, this is an excellent choice: KidzType is a free comprehensive approach to learning keyboarding. The ad- and distraction-free interface provides not only practice drills but quick links to grade-appropriate keyboarding games (including popular ones from

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Kindergarten math is often too basic. Here’s why that’s a problem

The Hechinger Report

ASTON, Pa.— In Jodie Murphy’s kindergarten class, math lessons go beyond the basics of counting and recognizing numbers. On a recent morning, the children used plastic red and yellow dots for a counting exercise: One student tossed the coin-sized dots onto a cookie sheet while another hid her eyes. The second student then opened her eyes, counted up the dots and picked the corresponding number from a stack of cards.

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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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What Brain Science Says About How to Better Teach Teenagers

Edsurge

Ellen Galinsky has been on a seven-year quest to understand what brain science says about how to better teach and parent adolescent children. The past few years have seen advancements in our understanding of this time — where the brain is going through almost as much change as during the earliest years of a child’s life. In the past, Galinsky says, researchers and educators have focused too much on portraying the emotional turmoil and risky decision-making that is typical in adolescence as negat

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Friday 5: AR and VR

eSchool News

Key points: AR and VR have much potential for increasing student engagement Using VR to radically improve learning outcomes Bringing the world to life through augmented reality For more news on AR and VR, visit eSN’s Digital Learning hub Augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) are fun to use, but AR and VR tools also have a number of uses when it comes to connecting students with experiences they can’t necessarily have in person.

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Announcing the 2024 YouthMADE Festival Community Awards

Digital Promise

The post Announcing the 2024 YouthMADE Festival Community Awards appeared first on Digital Promise.

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Refreshing Your Devices? Here’s What You Need to Know!

EdTech Magazine

Today, 94 percent of public schools provide digital devices to students, in part due to the need caused by the pandemic. K–12 IT leaders must reflect on what we learned during that time and use that knowledge to guide our approach to refreshing our districts’ devices, especially with the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund cliff approaching.

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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.