September, 2023

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Mental Health in K–12 Schools: How Tech Can Help

EdTech Magazine

Growing up is hard enough, but kids today live with the added pressure of social media and the aftermath of a global pandemic. “We are seeing an increase in mental health challenges among our younger students, starting in elementary school. We are also seeing an increase in the number of students exhibiting signs of depression and anxiety compared to past years,” says Priti Avantsa, coordinator of mental health and social work services for Fort Bend Independent School District in Texas.

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What do Parents Ask About Technology in Education?

Ask a Tech Teacher

I have written in the past about parent questions concerning technology in education , but always from the perspective of a teacher at the classroom. Now, I teach grad school classes online to practicing teachers and want to see if those questions are the same. So I asked my grad school students: What questions do parents ask you about technology and education ?

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8 Important Generative AI Use Cases in the Classroom

The CoolCatTeacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter In Part 1 of “ Why Every School Needs and AI Policy Right Now ,” I shared the empirical evidence about Artificial Intelligence and how it is impacting our world and schools. As I said in the first article, with so many things grabbing the attention of administrators, AI seems to be taking a back seat in the minds of many.

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The Power of Claim-Evidence-Question

Catlin Tucker

Part IV: Thinking About Thinking This is part four of a five-part series focused on using thinking routines to drive metacognitive skill building. Click here to revisit my last blog in this series on using the “I used to think…Now, I think…” routine. To recap, metacognition is a cognitive ability that allows learners to consider their thought patterns, approaches to learning, and understanding of a topic or idea.

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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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PROOF POINTS: Lowering test anxiety in the classroom

The Hechinger Report

In education circles, it’s popular to rail against testing, especially timed exams. Tests are stressful and not the best way to measure knowledge, wrote Adam Grant, an organizational psychologist at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School in a Sept. 20, 2023 New York Times essay. “You wouldn’t want a surgeon who rushes through a craniectomy, or an accountant who dashes through your taxes.

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AI Tools to Fuel Student Imagination

Teacher Reboot Camp

“I think imagination is at the heart of everything we do. Scientific discoveries couldn’t have happened without imagination. Art, music, and literature couldn’t exist without imagination. And so anything that strengthens imagination … can help us for the rest of our lives. ” Lloyd Alexander, Award-winning Author You’ve probably heard “generative AI” a lot these days and might be curious why it’s created such a buzz among some educators.

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Making Learning Personal: 5 Steps for Success

A Principal's Reflections

Learning is a deeply personal journey and tailoring it to individual needs and preferences is essential for fostering meaningful and effective education. Personalized learning increases engagement and helps learners develop a deeper understanding of the subject matter. It all begins with understanding the learner's interests, something I dive deeply into in Disruptive Thinking in Our Classrooms.

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The Future is Now: Preparing Our Youngest Scholars for a Digital World

The CoolCatTeacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Early exposure to technology can help children develop digital literacy skills. Around 70% of kindergartners can use educational apps on tablets or smartphones. But it stands to reason that we must help students know how to effectively use these tools so they do not hinder and that they help But do they know how to use technology effectively?

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Leveraging AI to Save Time Architecting Equitable, Student-centered Learning Experiences

Catlin Tucker

Part II: Transitioning from Whole Group to Small Group to Achieve Equity in Education The first blog in this series, “ Time Efficiency vs. Equity in Education ,” explored two major barriers teachers face when shifting from whole group, teacher-led, teacher-paced model to student-centered blended learning models. Time and control are powerful enforcers of the status quo.

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Digital Promise Launches FutureLab to Investigate Transformative Approaches to Teaching and Learning

Digital Promise

The post Digital Promise Launches FutureLab to Investigate Transformative Approaches to Teaching and Learning appeared first on Digital Promise.

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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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How to use FigJam in the classroom: 20 ideas + templates

Ditch That Textbook

Post sponsored by Figma We learned quickly how to use online whiteboards during remote teaching and many of us now even have interactive displays in our classrooms. But how does that translate to face to face learning? And how do we make the most of new technology like interactive displays in our classrooms? Enter FigJam, an online collaborative […] The post How to use FigJam in the classroom: 20 ideas + templates appeared first on Ditch That Textbook.

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Automation Unlocks the Value and Power of Hybrid Cloud

EdTech Magazine

At Cisco Live 2023 in June, Liz Centoni, chief strategy officer and general manager of applications at Cisco, proclaimed hybrid cloud and multicloud the best approach for institutions operating today. But just what do IT leaders mean when they refer to hybrid cloud and why are they singing its praises? Many leading IT companies define hybrid cloud similarly.

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Developing Learning Walk Protocols

A Principal's Reflections

As I work with leaders across the globe, I am always careful with my words. There are rarely absolutes when it comes to educational leadership and ushering in meaningful change. The best course of action depends on the situation and context, which is rarely the same for different administrators. However, I am direct when it comes to what can be controlled.

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Teach Reading with WORD Force: Fun Games Kids Love

The CoolCatTeacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter WORD Force: A Literacy Adventure i s an excellent tool to help improve reading. These fun, free reading games give students the foundational reading skills they need in a fun, engaging practice that you can use as an enrichment or alongside your current reading program.

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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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Time Efficiency vs. Equity in Education

Catlin Tucker

Part I: Transitioning from Whole Group to Small Group In the ever-evolving education landscape, one of the most pressing challenges teachers face is striking the right balance between time efficiency and ensuring equitable learning opportunities for all students. As educators embrace innovative technology-enhanced instructional models , they often grapple with letting go of the time-saving practices inherent in the traditional teacher-led, teacher-paced whole group approach to instruction.

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Proudly Announcing the 2023 Cohort of HP Teaching Fellows

Digital Promise

The post Proudly Announcing the 2023 Cohort of HP Teaching Fellows appeared first on Digital Promise.

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AI image generators: 10 tools, 10 classroom uses

Ditch That Textbook

Image created with MidjourneyI can't tell you how much of my life I've wasted fishing for images on Google Images. You know what I mean, right? Fishing for images?You get an idea in your mind of the kind of image you'd like to use. Then you start fishing. putting your fishing line in the waters […] The post AI image generators: 10 tools, 10 classroom uses appeared first on Ditch That Textbook.

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A Strong Network Anchors Schools to Cloud Storage Solutions

EdTech Magazine

Cloud storage solutions have emerged as essential tools for K–12 schools, enabling them to securely store and access a wealth of digital resources. Still, the efficiency and effectiveness of transmitting data to cloud storage hinges on a strong and reliable network connection. To address this, some school districts are shifting from traditional VPN methods to software-defined WAN, a robust solution with benefits for schools that include scalability, security and speed.

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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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The Role of Content in Classrooms Today

A Principal's Reflections

Reflecting on my days as a student, I recall how the subject matter was the primary focus in every class. Whether delivered through lectures in college, direct instruction during K-12 education, or occasionally gleaned from textbooks and encyclopedias, it permeated every aspect of learning. Upon closer examination, it becomes evident that information, in the form of content, held a central role in all my classes.

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The IEP Journey: The Heart of Special Education Planning

The CoolCatTeacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter In today's episode, we sit down with Stephanie DeLussey, a dual-certified veteran special education teacher, IEP coach, and author of the upcoming book “The Intentional IEP.” Stephanie shares her unique insights into the often daunting process of writing Individualized Education Programs (IEPs).

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Shift to Self-assessment

Catlin Tucker

Who decided that grading and assessment should be the exclusive responsibility of teachers? Why do we sideline students when it comes to assessment? Self-assessment is a powerful strategy that encourages students to become more invested in their learning journeys. It is a process where students evaluate their work, reflecting on what they’ve learned, how well they’ve understood complex concepts, how much progress they’ve made toward mastering key skills, and where they may need

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Four Tips for a Successful Device Rollout

Digital Promise

Leaders from Verizon Innovative Learning Schools’ newest cohort share best practices from their recent rollout events.

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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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Advancing Educational Equity in Times of Political Crisis

Education Elements

The Polarization of Education: As consultants at Education Elements, my teammates and I have the incredible opportunity to support districts around the country as they solve some of their toughest challenges. These challenges range from “How do we change our practices to increase students’ agency over their own learning?” to “How do we use quantitative and qualitative data to determine our priority areas over the next five years?

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4 Commonsense Tips to Protect School Tech from Damage

EdTech Magazine

There is no denying that while mobile computing devices — Chromebooks, tablets, digital whiteboards, document cameras, e-readers, wearables and virtual reality headsets — can be effective educational tools, they also come with physical security and cybersecurity risks. Physically, schools must contend with loss, theft, damage, compatibility problems and battery issues.

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Quality Over Quantity

A Principal's Reflections

In education, there is never a lack of ideas on how to improve teaching, learning and leadership. Most would agree that they are a dime a dozen. Over the years, I have been writing extensively about efficacy-based pathways that have led to proven results. While innovation is a lofty goal, we must be cognizant of what we are trying to accomplish. Too many balls in the area can have an adverse impact on focus, derailing what we are trying to improve.

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5 tips for successful ChatGPT-generated lesson plans

Ditch That Textbook

This post is written by Stephanie DeMichele. Stephanie helps people learn things. She brings both humor and empathy to her presentations, connecting and building relationships with her audience through storytelling and conversation. More importantly, she infuses excitement and engagement to empower and inspire educators to grow, to innovate, and to overcome their edtech fears when […] The post 5 tips for successful ChatGPT-generated lesson plans appeared first on Ditch That Textbook.

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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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Why It’s Essential To Laugh In Education

EdNews Daily

Today, more than ever, it is essential to have some fun and humor at school. Regardless if you’re a student, a teacher, or an administrator, we all need a good laugh as we face many changes in education. At Summit K12, we are having fun creating the most personalized curriculum for the Texas Science Adoption in 2024. After we jump into our fun video series, please see some tips below regarding how laughter and having fun in education is critical to the learning process.

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How Learning Pathways Bring the Portrait of a Graduate to Life

Digital Promise

Digital Promise has designed learning pathways to explicitly connect classroom learning to attributes districts identified through Portrait of Graduate

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Transforming How One School District Approaches Strategic Planning: A Collaborative Journey between the School District of Newberry County and Education Elements

Education Elements

As students and districts around the country begin the new school year, we are excited to share an inspiring story of how the School District of Newberry County, South Carolina, in partnership with Education Elements, is launching this school year with a powerful new Strategic Plan. There are two key lessons worth sharing which helped drive purposeful change and set a course for a clear and coherent journey ahead.

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Embark on a Journey to the Cloud

EdTech Magazine

K–12 schools are collecting and storing more data than ever, thanks in large part to an increase in educational technology. However, because of budget and expertise limitations in their IT departments, most schools are still storing data in on-premises data centers in some capacity, if not exclusively. There are many considerations when transitioning to a modern data storage solution like the cloud.

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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.