April, 2019

Want to bridge ed and tech? Here are 4 partnership elements to consider

The Christensen Institute

“About 85 percent of education technology is poorly chosen or used,” said Bart Epstein, Jefferson Education Exchange president, in a recent article. And considering that more than $13 billion is spent per year on edtech in the US, Epstein also says it’s an expensive problem to have—a problem the Jefferson Education Exchange hopes to tackle thanks to the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative’s (CZI) recent investment of more than $1.6 million over two years.

How Internet Access Can Help Your ESL Students

Kajeet

According to Education Week , there are an estimated five million English-language learners in America’s public school system. And when it comes to the K-12 student population, these English-as-a-Second-Language (ESL) learners are the fastest growing segment, comprising 10 percent of enrollment in public schools. Homework Gap SmartSpot 1 to 1 Chromebooks

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Building an Effective EdTech Strategy - Bring together workload, collaboration, and education

ViewSonic Education

After a long wait, the Department for Education (DfE) announced its EdTech strategy in early April. The strategy laid out the government’s expectations of a closer relationship between schools and the EdTech companies who supply them.

Digital Equity: How to Understand The Problems Facing #Edtech

The CoolCatTeacher

Nicol Howard on episode 482 Dr. Nicol R. Howard champions digital equity issues for children. What are those issues? How can we help? Today we take a dive into digital equity and the issues we should all consider — and it is not just those with poverty who may not have access. Hear the surprising thing realized at the end of the show. Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher Stream by clicking here.

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SplashLearn Makes Learning Fun and Creates Fearless Learners

Loved by more than 30 million kids, SplashLearn is a game-based learning program that creates engaging learning experiences to nurture a generation of fearless learners. SplashLearn is the fastest growing elementary school math program in the US, used by more than 440,000 teachers in about 77,000 schools across the United States.

11 Projects to Teach Digital Citizenship

Ask a Tech Teacher

Education has changed. No longer is it contained within four classroom walls or the physical site of a school building. Students aren’t confined by the eight hours between school bells or the struggling budget of an underfunded program. Now, education can be found anywhere — teaming up with students in Kenya, Skyping with an author in Sweden, or chatting with an astrophysicist on the International Space Station.

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750 Million Reasons Why You Should Care About Bootcamps

Wisewire

Conversations about coding bootcamps, at least in Silicon Valley, seem to take one of two forms: breathless odes to a bright new dawn for education, or dire warnings of their likely collapse. Either way, novelty drives the narrative, not market size. But the recent announcement that online program manager (OPM) 2U, Inc. is acquiring Trilogy Education Services for three-quarters of a billion dollars changes that. Bootcamps are now officially big business.

A Deepish-Dive Into an NGSS-Aligned, Elementary School Lesson Roadmap

The Journal

What does Next-Generation Science Standards’ "three-dimensional science learning" look like in the classroom? In this week’s blog, we examine a specific NGSS lesson, implemented in the Collabrify Roadmap Platform, that has third-grade students using their “three-dimensional science learning” to actually build a small toy that moves

Digital Transformation in the Education Sector - A Guide to Education Technology

ViewSonic Education

Can you think of an aspect of life that has not yet been influenced by modern technology? Chances are high that the answer is no! This is especially true in the education sector, which finds varying degrees of digital transformation happening all time. In that regard, from interactive whiteboards to front-facing projectors, the digital transformation in the education sector has yielded its own technological industry - EdTech.

Neuroscience Research: 5 Ways to Superior Teaching

The CoolCatTeacher

Jared Cooney Horvath on episode 465 of the 10-Minute Teacher Dr. Jared Cooney Horvath, author of Stop Talking, Start Influencing:12 Insights from Brain Science to Make Your Message Stick gives us five ways that recent neuroscience research can help us improve our classroom teaching. Today’s show is sponsored by NetRef. See the webinar I co-hosted with NetRef How to Help Teachers Progress in Their Use of Technology.

5 Costly Inventory Management Mistakes Schools Should Avoid

If your school is like most, inventory and/or asset management plays a critical role in daily operations.

10 Myths about Teaching with Tech

Ask a Tech Teacher

I’ve been teaching technology for over fifteen years. While student familiarity with this tool has improved, one thing that never varies is the myths surrounding teaching with it. It’s a constant struggle with parents and colleagues who have far more enthusiasm regarding this subject than expertise. Just when I think I’ve got everyone coloring between the lines, things change and I have to get a different paintbrush.

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How Access to Technology Can Create Equity in Schools

Digital Promise

When used effectively, technology can greatly contribute to creating equity in schools. It removes barriers to learning materials, supports students where they are across varied learning contexts and needs, and gives educators more insight into the learning environments they’re creating. However, we can only realize these equity-centered benefits when we use technology in innovative and powerful ways.

Choice Boards, Playlists, Pathways.Oh My!

Education Elements

For many districts and schools, choice boards, playlists, and pathways are used interchangeably to describe instructional designs that provide students with a menu of options to guide and own their learning. Yet we ask educators to use these design practices very differently. We often define other terms, like the different blended learning models, and the different levels of student compliance.

NGSS Curricula Is For All Teachers: Use Our Roadmaps!

The Journal

In this week's blog post, we discuss a free, NGSS-aligned curricular unit for middle school — "Health in Our Hands: What controls my health? HiOH)" — with a particular focus on following question: "How can middle school teachers learn how to lead their students in NGSS-style learning?" There’s a Roadmap for that, as it turns out

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7 Benefits of Lesson Plans in the Cloud

What if teachers didn’t have to lug tons of paperwork with them to and from work? Having lesson plans available anywhere is just one of the advantages.

Why Esports in Schools is a Good Thing

ViewSonic Education

Esports are here to stay. As a spectator sport and as an industry. In colleges and in high schools. And in no small way. Competitive gaming has become a billion dollar business and is projected to grow exponentially. The prevalence of esports in schools is likewise rapidly expanding. The High School Esports League (HSEL) – just one of several such leagues – claims over 1500 schools as members.

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My Kids Hate Their Desks! (And What I Did About It!)

The CoolCatTeacher

Brooke Markle on episode 468 of the 10-Minute Teacher Brooke Markle, a veteran middle-level English educator, realized that her kids hated their desks. They wiggled. They moved. They struggled to pay attention. So, with a limited budget, she decided to change her classroom to give students a choice. The results are exciting. Listen to Brooke talk about Flexible Seating Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher Stream by clicking here.

12 Tech Tasks To End the School Year

Ask a Tech Teacher

Wrapping up your school technology for the summer is as complicated as setting it up in September. There are endless backups, shares, cleanings, changed settings, and vacation messages that — if not done right — can mean big problems when you return from summer vacation. If you have a school device, a lot of the shutdown steps will be done by the IT folks as they backup, clean, reformat, and maybe re-image your device.

Celebrating the Future of Learning, One Region at a Time

Digital Promise

Educators, businesses, and researchers agree: today’s students require a new set of skills to thrive as productive citizens. They need to be digitally literate, creative, critical thinkers who can communicate in a variety of mediums and collaborate well with others, and they need to be able to work across subject disciplines to solve real-world problems. Preparing students for jobs and circumstances we cannot yet imagine means that we must prepare them to be lifelong, nimble learners.

6 eLearning Trends in Custom eLearning Solutions

Most digital learning trends focus too much on the "digital" and not enough on the "learning". It is not enough that content builders master available tools. We need a return to core learning fundamentals. Get Inno-Versity's eBook for 6 of the most important trends coming to digital learning.

5 Ways to Teach Conflict Resolution Through Social-Emotional Learning

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

Skills for settling differences--and handling the feelings around conflict--in the classroom are essential to create healthy learning environments for students. The post 5 Ways to Teach Conflict Resolution Through Social-Emotional Learning appeared first on Market Brief. The Startup Blog Curriculum Education Educational Technology/Ed-Tech Entrepreneurship Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Startups

Thinking differently about dyslexia in the classroom: Part 1

Neo LMS

Many successful thinkers, inventors and revolutionaries have dyslexia*. From Thomas Edison, Henry Ford and Alexander Graham-Bell to Mohamed Ali, Walt Disney, John Lennon, Steven Spielberg and Richard Branson. Not forgetting the poster-people of dyslexia, Albert Einstein and Steve Jobs. All seven “man”-made wonders have been designed by dyslexic architects. At MIT they call it, the “ MIT disease ”, so many researchers there have it.

Is Esports a Sport?

ViewSonic Education

Quick. When I say the word sports, what do you think of? If you’re a fan, it could be football, basketball or soccer. If you’re a player, perhaps it’s tennis or golf. For some, it might even be chess or bridge, both of which are recognized as sports by the largest international sports organization. What about competitive video gaming? Is esports a sport? What, you may ask, makes an activity a sport? As it turns out, there’s no one definitive answer.

How a Little Graphic Novel is Inspiring Teachers to Think

The CoolCatTeacher

Josh Stumpenhorst on Episode 464 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast Josh Stumpenhorst has written a graphic novel, Drawn to Teach. Illustrated by, Trevor Guthke, these two educators have worked to simply explain some of the problems and challenges of teaching. As for me, I’m finding this book an easy and powerful read, perfect for my spring break reading. ?? Today’s show is sponsored by NetRef.

Why Families Leave Schools

Do you know three of the biggest reasons families leave schools? Here they are – and what you can do about it.

An Open Letter to Teachers About Online Classes

Ask a Tech Teacher

Nearly three million students currently attend online programs and six million take at least one online class. This means learning online has become one of the most popular approaches to education. I am an adjunct profession who teaches solely online for a variety of big-name colleges and Universities. Each year, the classes grow in size.

Edtech, Equity, and Innovation: A Critical Look in the Mirror

Digital Promise

We are often reluctant to label anything facilitated through technology as a failure. Instead, we tend to excuse inadequate or unsavory outcomes as necessary growing pains in the pursuit of “innovation.” Technology has become so pervasive in our lives that we have grown reticent to question its value when its use may not support evidence-based practices. In light of the present and future challenges students face, our complacency does them a great disservice. It’s a matter of equity.

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Flip the Script: Student-Designed Units

Catlin Tucker

In a Twitter chat this month, I mentioned student-designed units. Several curious teachers asked for details, so here goes! My favorite unit each year is the unit my students’ design. We spend the entire year building up to it. I strive to release responsibility of the learning to students gradually. It’s my job to help them develop the skills and confidence needed to design and drive their learning. I provide a list of texts students can choose from for the final unit.

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Transforming our schools through empathy

Neo LMS

In the first part of this series, we talked about how classroom management becomes easier and more effective when viewed through an empathic lens. In the second part, we explored how teaching empathy to students helps improve the learning process. In this third and final act, we are having a look at how empathy works in schools at large. In fact, this is a call to thinking of schools as communities of learning that are dedicated to the long term success of students.

How Online Admissions Affect Enrollment Rates

Discover the top five reasons your school’s admissions should be online.