November, 2023

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Troubleshooting the Flipped Classroom: Dealing with Unprepared Students

Catlin Tucker

Why Would a Teacher Use the Flipped Classroom Model? First, let’s establish the value of the flipped classroom in case you have never used this blended learning model. The flipped classroom was designed to invert the traditional approach to instruction and practice/application. Instead of spending precious class time transferring information live for the whole group in the form of a lecture or mini-lesson, which presents myriad barriers (e.g., auditory processing, attention deficit, lack o

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Navigating the AI Landscape in Education: Balancing Technology with Personal Touch

The CoolCatTeacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter I do get pretty angry as I go on forums about Artificial Intelligence in Education. It seems often that the attitude is one of “gotcha” in terms of “catching” students using AI to “give them the answers.” The problem with this is that we're missing the whole point of AI.

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3 Ways Educators Can Use Artificial Intelligence

EdTech Magazine

Major evolutions in technology are often hard to pin to a specific time or place, but this is not the case for artificial intelligence. Although AI has been around in various forms for decades — including Microsoft’s Clippy and Google’s autofill feature for online searches — its recent evolution has made it impossible to ignore. “When we talk about AI today, what we’re really talking about is post-Nov. 30: the rollout of generative AI, and ChatGPT as the first one out of the gate,” says Mark Sch

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Technology Use and Wellness: How to Guide Students in a Digital Age

Ask a Tech Teacher

Technology Use and Wellness: How to Guide Students in a Digital Age The amount of time young Americans spend staring at a screen has reached unprecedented levels. In 2021, they were logging more screen time than bedtime: Teenagers spent an average of eight hours and 39 minutes on a digital device, but only 22% were getting eight hours of sleep. Most alarmingly, a recent study found that as little as one to four hours of daily screen time among children aged one is linked with higher risks of de

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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 Three Principles of Effective Implementation

Education Elements

In a previous blog, “Implementing the Best in Imperfect Conditions” Chelle Minnihan and I skimmed the surface of three essential conditions for effective implementation. Now, we venture deeper into these crucial aspects and how they can help you achieve your district’s goals.

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Breaking Barriers: Removing the Stigma of Intervention

A Principal's Reflections

In an ideal world, every student would have access to an education tailored to their unique needs and abilities. Hence the need to personalize learning. However, special education students often face more significant challenges that can impede their academic progress. One of the major hurdles they encounter is the stigma associated with intervention, a key component of personalization.

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The Sound Of The Future: My Experience Piloting ChatGPT Voice In The Classroom

The CoolCatTeacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter We educators constantly seek new ways to engage our students and enhance their learning experiences. Recently, I introduced voice interactions with ChatGPT in my classroom using a Custom GPT that I made. (Note: If you’re new to ChatGPT, start with my blog post on What is ChatGPT ?

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K–12 IT Influencers Share Tech They’re Thankful For

EdTech Magazine

Educational technologies have gone from fun additions to essential tools. Students, teachers, administrators and entire communities rely on school tech for everything from powering learning to enhancing safety. As the holidays approach, these K–12 IT influencers reflected on some of the key technologies they couldn’t live without. They share thanks for personal and classroom devices, software tools with myriad learning benefits, and organizations across the country that support ed tech and its u

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Pros And Cons of AI in Education

Ask a Tech Teacher

Artificial Intelligence–AI–has been around a long time, but caught everyone’s attention with the launch of generative AI, ChatGPT, and DALL-E. These made using AI easy enough for anyone and a viable tool for educators and students. Or is it? Let’s see what the Ask a Tech Teacher team says: Pros And Cons of AI in Education Artificial intelligence (AI) is making major inroads into education.

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5 Powerful Moments from Our 2023 Convening on Inclusive Innovation and Education R&D

Digital Promise

We convened school leaders, educators, students, researchers, and thought leaders to advance R&D with and for students and communities.

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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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Charting a Student's Journey: A Guide to Crafting Effective Learning Paths

A Principal's Reflections

The journey of learning is a unique and intricate process, with each learner embarking on their own distinctive path towards success. The idea that every individual follows a different route to achieve their goals is deeply rooted in the diverse nature of human cognition, aspirations, and experiences. In this introduction, we will explore the fundamental reasons why every learner carves out a distinct educational journey, acknowledging the multifaceted elements that contribute to this diversity.

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How and When to Give Feedback

Catlin Tucker

Feedback is a powerful tool that can profoundly impact student learning and success. However, not all feedback is created equal; some approaches to feedback can propel students toward growth, while others may hinder their progress. What is the secret to effective feedback? How can educators unlock its power and potential to maximize student growth? How can teachers pull feedback into the classroom to ensure it is timely and actionable?

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Voice ChatGPT: A New Dimension in the Educators’ Toolkit

The CoolCatTeacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter In my recent experiments with Voice ChatGPT during my daily commutes, I've discovered some fascinating insights and practical applications for educators. Before I dig into the nuts and bolts of this experience, here's an overview into of the journey of using this tool for drafting blog posts and planning lessons: The Microphone shows on my phone app.

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What Happened When Our K–12 District Set Out to Learn How Our Teachers Were Using Tech

EdTech Magazine

There is an ongoing battle over screen time in K–12. As an instructional technology integration specialist for the School District of Oconee County in South Carolina, I believe that school is a great place for students to learn how to safely engage with technology. I also believe that intention is a very important part of integrating technology in the classroom.

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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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25 Online Resources About Brainstorming and Mindmapping

Ask a Tech Teacher

A mind map is a visual representation of information and ideas that helps organize and connect various concepts, making it easier for individuals and groups to understand, remember, and communicate complex topics. Some reasons why people use mind maps: Organizing Information : allow you to break down a topic into key components and show how they relate to each other.

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6 ways to prepare students for an AI future

Ditch That Textbook

AI is developing rapidly. It’s poised to make significant changes to our world and the workforce. No matter what comes our way, we can still prepare students to adapt to it. Here are 6 shifts we can make in our classrooms right away. Artificial intelligence has been growing by leaps and bounds. Some of us look […] The post 6 ways to prepare students for an AI future appeared first on Ditch That Textbook.

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Improvement is a Never-Ending Process

A Principal's Reflections

Looking for ways to improve should be an expectation, not something that is optional. Whether at the individual or system level, the fact remains that there is always room for growth. So why is this the case? Pursuing improvement is a never-ending process because the landscape of knowledge, technology, and human understanding is in a perpetual state of evolution.

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How We’re Boosting Competency-Based Education and Global Collaboration Across Tanzania

Digital Promise

The post How We’re Boosting Competency-Based Education and Global Collaboration Across Tanzania 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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How to Make Your Own GPT: A Step-by-Step Guide

The CoolCatTeacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter As I listened to the keynote by Sam Altman of OpenAI, they unveiled some amazing things three days a go, one of which is the ability to make your own GPT. So I did. Did what? I made DIVAA, the Digital Interactive Virtual AP Assistant to help my AP Computer Science Principles with Python and AP Content.

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How to Solve the Cybersecurity Policy Whack-A-Mole in K-12 Education

EdTech Magazine

When an IT administrator in K–12 puts a cybersecurity policy in place after an incident, they could be responding to anything from a high-level ransomware attack to an amateur phishing attempt targeting emails for network access. But regardless of the size or complexity of the incident, the privacy and security of students’ sensitive personal information is at risk of falling into the wrong hands.

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Geography Awareness Week: November 13-17, 2023

Ask a Tech Teacher

Promoted by National Geographic, here’s what you should know about Geography Awareness Week: Too many young Americans are unable to make effective decisions, understand geo-spatial issues, or even recognize their impacts as global citizens. National Geographic created Geography Awareness Week to raise awareness to this dangerous deficiency in American education and excite people about geography as both a discipline and as a part of everyday life.

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4 ways Microsoft uses artificial intelligence to support teaching and learning

Ditch That Textbook

This post is sponsored by MicrosoftAs the capabilities of artificial intelligence continue to grow, educators are learning new ways that AI can support teaching and learning.Microsoft has released some great free options that teachers can start using right away. Plus, for schools that already have Microsoft licenses, another powerful option might already be available at teachers’ […] The post 4 ways Microsoft uses artificial intelligence to support teaching and learning appeared first on D

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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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Understanding the legal implications of using web filters in K-12 schools

Hapara

? Listen to an audio version of this post: School and district leaders are obligated to protect the learners, staff and educators within their jurisdiction. As K-12 schools increasingly rely on online resources in day-to-day instruction, safety takes on new proportions. A web filter for schools is commonly used to provide this safety for everyone who uses devices connected to the internet.

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Keeping People at the Heart of Innovation

Digital Promise

The post Keeping People at the Heart of Innovation appeared first on Digital Promise.

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A Very Useful Guide to Virtual Classroom Collaboration

The CoolCatTeacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter In this episode, we welcome Billy Krakower, a nationally recognized educator with 16 years of experience and a passion for bringing technology and creativity into the classroom. As a current STEM teacher in North New Jersey and a Google Certified Trainer, Billy focuses on implementing cutting-edge instructional design and is co-author of “connecting Your Students with the Virtual World.” We'll uncover pr

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Elevate Your School’s Security Posture as 2024 Approaches

EdTech Magazine

Only a few months into the new school year, we’ve already seen a surge in ransomware attacks on schools and sensitive student data being leaked online. Ransomware poses the biggest threat to data privacy and security, and schools are the top target of these attacks. As the increase in cyberattacks against educational systems persists, it jeopardizes students’ safety.

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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 Schools Move to Change How Kids Are Graded, Some Families Push Back

Edsurge

When a public school system in the San Francisco Bay Area explored replacing traditional grading practices with a form of “standards-based grading system” meant to eliminate bias, it sparked widespread opposition from parents. They signed petitions and showed up in force at school board meetings to rail against the changes. The proposal, which leaders of the Dublin Unified School District began testing with a cohort of teachers last year, was pitched as a way to shift emphasis from winning point

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The Problem With How You Discuss Reading

The Jose Vilson

Kids can’t read. At least that’s what we’ve been told to believe by folks trying to dismantle public education. Proponents of this refrain use frivolous things like standardized test scores with no reflection on what they’re conveying. It’s a prickly discussion to have given our current educational environment, happening in the midst of a censorship movement against books perceived to be more racially and/or LGBTQIA+ inclusive, a critical eye on what’s been du

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The Sky is Falling, or is it?

My Island View

Well, this is the first anniversary of the introduction of Generative AI in the form of ChatGPT to the world of education. Before it was a week old, over one million users downloaded it, and then, over the next two months, 100 million people signed on to use it. The website reportedly sees 1.5 billion visitors per month. That is a fairly good indication that ChatGPT is here to stay.

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Pathways and Portraits: Connecting Computational Thinking to the Future of Work

Digital Promise

The post Pathways and Portraits: Connecting Computational Thinking to the Future of Work 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.