June, 2023

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What Does the Modern Library Look Like for K–12 Students?

EdTech Magazine

While the classic school library has always welcomed students to relax with a book, do a bit of research or find distraction-free study time, this quiet space is being transformed into a creative gathering place for the whole school. Today’s school libraries are introducing new technology, flexible design and adaptive library furniture. Across the country, librarians are acknowledging and embracing the need for a modern library that prepares students for a connected, digital world.

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High School and Personalized Learning

Ask a Tech Teacher

In this article, discover how high school education is shifting towards personalized learning. Gain insight into the strategies administrators are using to meet the changing needs of teen students. The Future of High School Education: Navigating the Shift to Personalized Learning High school – a time of excitement, curiosity, exploration and growth.

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Trust, Technology, and Transformation: Embracing the Student-Centered Classroom

Catlin Tucker

As a speaker, trainer, and coach, I have had the privilege of working with thousands of teachers. There is a recurring issue that needs to be addressed–the reluctance to relinquish control to students. In my experience leading the shift to blended learning, the only way to truly engage students in learning is to allow them to actively lead the process, make decisions, and pursue learning through a lens of interest.

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The Myth of "Buy-In"

A Principal's Reflections

When it comes to leading change, many of us, at some point, have been made to think that we have to get others to buy into a certain strategy, initiative, or idea. Is this really the right way to proceed? I've never been a fan of the term "buy-in" when it comes to change. It's a phrase that implies that we need to convince people to change rather than inspiring them to actually want to change.

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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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Supporting AI Literacy for Educators: New and Emerging Resources

Digital Promise

The post Supporting AI Literacy for Educators: New and Emerging Resources appeared first on Digital Promise.

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ISTELive 23: What’s Going On? Some Big Announcements from Microsoft

The CoolCatTeacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter ISTE has always been an important source of learning for me, and any year I can come to the live conference is a good year for me in terms of innovation. When June 1 came around, I knew. I knew I was walking well and pain-free enough to go to ISTELive 23. While I wasn't ready last fall to commit (and didn't submit to present anything), I've been using AI in my classroom and kicked off 80 Days of AI (which will be con

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June is Internet Safety Month

Ask a Tech Teacher

June is National Internet Safety Month , thanks to a resolution passed in 2005 by the U.S. Senate. The goal is to raise awareness about online safety for all, with a special focus on kids ranging from tots to teens. Children are just as connected to the Internet as adults. This is a great list of internet cautions I got from an online efriend a few years ago.

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Beyond Homework: The Evolution of the Flipped Classroom

Catlin Tucker

As the landscape of education continues to evolve in response to global disruptions and digital advancements, blended learning models have surged in popularity. Among these is the flipped classroom model , a strategy that leverages video instruction to mitigate potential obstacles that make it challenging for students to access information presented live.

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Leading for Sustainability

A Principal's Reflections

Leadership embodies consistent qualities and characteristics that remain unchanged while the tools, research, and societal shifts influencing the work have evolved. Leadership combines artistic and scientific elements, aiming to mobilize people toward a shared objective. Despite my extensive writing on the subject, I continuously seek additional insights to assist others, including myself, in excelling in this role.

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Writing school AI policies? Use these 10+ resources

Ditch That Textbook

Looking to create some policy -- or guidance for teachers and students -- for responsible, ethical use of artificial intelligence in class? Check out these 10+ AI resources. Ever since ChatGPT was unveiled in 2022, schools and school districts have been trying to understand the place of artificial intelligence assistants in education. Even individual teachers have […] The post Writing school AI policies?

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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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Toy Making and Hacking Camp

User Generated Education

Each summer, I teach a toy making and hacking camp for 3rd through 6th graders. It is three hours per day for five days. I enjoy offering “the public” similar activities as I do with my gifted students during the school year. I know there are rewards for the kids while engaging in hands-on/minds-on learning. I also get rewarded by observing students do activities I developed and/or found.

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ISTELive 23: Using Artificial Intelligence in K–12 Education

EdTech Magazine

Artificial intelligence and the applications that rely on it are changing so quickly that presenters at ISTELive 23 were updating their presentations the morning of their sessions and still finding some slides out of date by the afternoon. “Don’t think that you can keep up with this. Nobody can,” said Steve Dembo, technology and computer science director and AI teacher at Quest Academy.

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What is a Growth Mindset?

Ask a Tech Teacher

It’s no secret many parents are frustrated with public schools. Are kids learning to think or just to pass tests? Are they spending classroom time wisely or just doing what’s always been done? Are we developing lifelong learners or kids who can’t wait to graduate? If this describes you, you’re not alone in your concerns, but there’s hope.

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How the Inclusive Innovation Process Amplified the Voices of Students in a School District

Digital Promise

The post How the Inclusive Innovation Process Amplified the Voices of Students in a School District appeared first on Digital Promise.

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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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The Major Benefits of Speaking More Than One Language

EdTech4Beginners

In today’s society, it’s more common for a person to speak more than just one language. Roughly 3.3 billion individuals, or 43% of the world’s population , are bilingual. It doesn’t matter if the language is your mother tongue or if you speak it fluently or only the basics. Speaking more than one language is a gift that activates the brain.

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Science of Learning: Why it Matters

EdNews Daily

By Betsy Hill and Roger Stark The science of learning uses research from a range of disciplines, including cognitive psychology, education and especially neuroscience to understand how learning occurs in the brain and how learning experiences can be most effective. It is a rigorous, evidence-based approach to understanding how we learn and how to improve learning outcomes.

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The “Victory Points” of Strategic Planning: Three Quick Tips

Education Elements

One of my family’s favorite pastimes is playing the board game The Settlers of Catan. The winner is the first player to earn ten victory points. There are a variety of ways to earn victory points, which means that winning the game is a matter of both luck and strategy. The last time I played Catan , I started the game “lucky” by rolling the highest number and getting to place my settlements first.

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ISTELive 23: ViewSonic’s Google Plug-In Brings More Flexibility to Digital Whiteboards

EdTech Magazine

Tech-savvy K–12 teachers often rely on digital whiteboards to support collaboration, engagement and productivity. ViewSonic is partnering with Google on a new internet appliance that, when plugged in to any compatible digital whiteboard, promises seamless access to the Google ecosystem along with its advanced security features. LEARN MORE: Check out these core classroom technologies for reducing digital overload.

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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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Are you as Tech-Smart as a Fifth Grader?

Ask a Tech Teacher

I taught technology to kindergarten through eighth graders for almost fifteen years (now I teach grad school classes). Parents and colleagues were constantly amazed that I could get the littlest learners to pay attention, remember, and have fun with the tech skills required to grow into competent, enthusiastic examples of the digital generation. I have a confession to make: It’s not as hard as it looks.

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Celebrating the Immigrant Experience with President and CEO Jean-Claude Brizard

Digital Promise

The post Celebrating the Immigrant Experience with President and CEO Jean-Claude Brizard appeared first on Digital Promise.

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Why Schools Should Teach Philosophy, Even to Little Kids

Edsurge

Little kids make better philosophers than most adults. That’s the surprising argument made by Scott Hershovitz, a professor of philosophy and law at the University of Michigan. And he worries that too often, teachers and other adults brush off or ignore kids when they ask things like, “Are we all just a figment of someone else’s dream?” “Kids are new to the world, and they're constantly puzzled by it,” says Hershovitz.

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Service Learning: a Valuable Opportunity for Your Learners

EdNews Daily

By Zach Vander Veen On March 14th, the neighborhood school district took a freshman math class down to the local food pantry to serve pies. It was Pi Day. Students were learning about pi and the many applications it has in the real world. Beyond core academics, their school district emphasized service learning and community service as part of their mission and vision.

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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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Cultivating Student Ownership: 3 Small Ways to Start

Education Elements

When students take ownership of their learning, it can transform the school experience for both students and teachers. Cultivating academic agency among students is not a quick process, but by implementing a few small practices consistently over time, educators can foster a culture of student-led learning. Here are some simple yet effective ways to build your students' investment in their own education, one step at a time.

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How Cloud Software Widens Student Access to Learning

EdTech Magazine

As more school districts implemented one-to-one programs over the past few years, they were faced with a challenge. They needed a way to give students access to applications that could scale rapidly, be accessed from anywhere and seamlessly integrate with one another. The solution? Software as a Service. Cloud-hosted software has essentially become a default for educational applications, with districts largely opting for cloud-based versions of learning management systems, productivity tools, co

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How Much Screen Time is Okay for Kids on the Evenings and Weekends?

Ask a Tech Teacher

Screen time for kids is a huge discussion among parents and teachers. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends: Ages 0-18 months: No screen time at all, except for video chatting. Ages 18-24 months: One hour of high-quality, interactive screen time per day, such as educational programming or video chatting. Ages 2-5: One hour of screen time per day, with a focus on high-quality, interactive content.

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A Community Approach to Project-based Learning in Talladega County

Digital Promise

The post A Community Approach to Project-based Learning in Talladega County appeared first on Digital Promise.

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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.

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This Teacher Turned Her Journalism Experience Into a Bilingual Media Literacy Class

Edsurge

Alba Mendiola was at the top of her career about seven years ago. As an investigative journalist for Telemundo in Chicago, she had won seven Emmys in 16 years. It was at that pinnacle that Mendiola decided to leave journalism for another dream — she wanted to be a teacher. Now the former broadcaster has reached a new milestone as the recipient of the News Literacy Project’s Alan C.

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5 Unique Areas About Teaching Science

EdNews Daily

Who was your favorite teacher growing up? What do you remember about this person and why? Yes, that’s me in my first year of teaching. Oh, the 90s hair that my students loved. This classroom was my personal 4th-grade classroom growing up. I took over for my teacher who retired at Nelson School. But, I digress, let’s get back to the important stuff!

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Social Emotional Learning: 5 strategies for success

Education Elements

As we reflect on the past school year and prepare for next year, it is helpful to evaluate the Social Emotional Learning (SEL) practices and how they served to shape the culture of learning and development in your schools. According to the CASEL’s (the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning ) framework, “SEL is the process through which all young people and adults acquire and apply the knowledge, skills, and attitudes to develop healthy identities, manage emotions and achieve

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Teaching Emotional Regulation and Resilience Is Key to Physical Safety

EdTech Magazine

Mental health providers in schools — including counselors, social workers and psychologists — are seeing an increase in anxiety, depression and suicidal ideation in K–12 students. In May 2022, 70 percent of schools experienced a rise in the number of students seeking mental health services, The Washington Post reported, citing a National Center for Education Statistics survey.

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Building the Foundation for a Modern K-12 Classroom

K-12 looks different these days. But one thing remains the same: you need a reliable learning platform that serves as the foundation for teaching and learning––for all students, in a variety of learning experiences. Discover how the Instructure Learning Platform supports today's K-12 classroom through: A central, consistent, connected hub of the digital learning environment.