July, 2019

Tech Access in Schools: Making Edtech Accessible to All

Digital Promise

Access to technology for all students is a major goal for many schools, companies, and organizations—yet access is only part of the equation. Once an educational technology (edtech) tool is in a school, the hard work is just beginning due to a number of potential hurdles and challenges that leadership and educators need to overcome.

Choose Ed-Tech Company Success Metrics That Focus on Impact, Not Just Growth

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

The metrics your startup chooses to track say a lot about the kind of company you’re building, says this ed-tech CEO. Before focusing on growth metrics, consider measuring impact. The post Choose Ed-Tech Company Success Metrics That Focus on Impact, Not Just Growth appeared first on Market Brief. The Startup Blog Business Strategy Entrepreneurship Startups

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How to Leverage Mainstream Technology to Boost Special Education

EdTech Magazine

How to Leverage Mainstream Technology to Boost Special Education. eli.zimmerman_9856. Thu, 07/18/2019 - 11:31. Federal laws such as the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) , as well as state allocations and local funding, give schools access to resources to support students with special needs. But while funding opportunities exist, they are limited, which means schools must allocate what money they do receive strategically. Assistive technology may be the best option.

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4 Ways to Improve Digital Equity in Your Classroom

techlearning

From inconsistent homework policies to a perceived lack of empathy and understanding from their teachers, the students were coming at the digital equity issue from a whole different angle

Intent Signal Data 101

Intent signal data helps B2B marketers engage with buyers sooner in the sales cycle. But there are many confusing terms used to describe intent data. Read this infographic to better understand three common areas of confusion.

Can This Be the K-12 Edtech Marketplace That Finally Succeeds?

Edsurge

In 2012, First Book , a nonprofit that provides affordable learning materials to kids in need, approached the publishers of “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” and asked: Can you make a bilingual version of the popular children’s book? At the time, the publisher sold English and Spanish versions separately. As part of its pitch, First Book made an offer that the publisher couldn’t refuse: It promised to buy 30,000 copies of the bilingual version.

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How Belonging and Productive Struggle Can Motivate Students in Math

Digital Promise

While parts of the education system have incorporated tailored methods to keep students engaged, mathematics is often still taught in traditional, non-differentiated ways. For example, many math lessons focus on teaching the one correct path to reach the one right answer to a problem.

Math Webtools to Support Any Curriculum

Ask a Tech Teacher

Math used to be a tedious memorization of facts and formulas. That changed somewhat when online worksheets allowed students to practice until they got it but it didn’t make it any more fun. Then that too changed when rote drills and worksheets were replaced with cerebral challenges and dynamic exercises. Thousands of students found out, to their surprise — and often, their parents — that they loved math.

Grading Less in a District that Requires a Minimum Number of Grades

Catlin Tucker

In a blog post I wrote titled Ask Yourself, Why Am I Grading This? , I encourage teachers to think about the purpose of the work students are doing and evaluate whether it makes sense for them to invest their time and energy grading that work. It’s not realistic to expect that teachers will grade the majority of the work their students produce. I’m not sure how this unrealistic expectation became the norm in education.

Understanding the Rising Phenomenon of Esports and Its Embrace by Schools

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

Esports is generating huge revenue worldwide and being adopted as varsity sports by school districts. It's a trend to watch. The post Understanding the Rising Phenomenon of Esports and Its Embrace by Schools appeared first on Market Brief. The Startup Blog Entrepreneurship esports new markets Startups

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The Guide to Accessible Learning for Associations

Speaker: Dan Streeter, Vice President of Learning Strategy & Development at Blue Sky eLearn

In this 45-minute webinar, we’ll share real-world accessibility solutions and hidden tools in the applications you use every day such as Zoom, Microsoft Suite, Adobe Acrobat (PDF), Articulate Storyline 360, and Articulate Rise 360. This webinar will help you evaluate the accessibility of your current learning efforts and learn about the tools needed to ensure your eLearning is in alignment with the latest Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (proposed WCAG 2.2).

The Right Questions

A Principal's Reflections

“ We get wise by asking questions, and even if these are not answered, we get wise, for a well-packed question carries its answer on its back as a snail carries its shell. ” - James Stephens Questioning techniques are one of the easiest areas of instructional design that can be improved, at least in my opinion. By looking at the question stems, one can determine the level of thinking our learners are expected to demonstrate. Low-level examples almost always begin with who, what, where, when.

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Build Relationships Throughout the Year With These Awesome Icebreakers! Free Template!

Teacher Reboot Camp

“Unity is strength… when there is teamwork and collaboration, wonderful things can be achieved.”- ”- Mattie Stepanek. Relationships are the most important factor in your effectiveness as a teacher and your student’s success! Knowing students and them confiding in us and working with us and their peers helps us figure out their interests, strengths, insecurities, struggles, and passions.

Letting Your Learners Experience Productive Struggle

User Generated Education

I came into teaching through a non-traditional, backdoor route – through a graduate degree in counselor education and through being an adventure therapist, whereby I took at-risk youth on extended wilderness trips. There have been a plethora of lessons I learned through these experiences that have served me well as a teacher.

Great App for Future Readers: Word Zoo

Ask a Tech Teacher

Reading is defined as “ the action or skill of absorbing written or printed matter silently or aloud.” ” Sounds dry, maybe even boring, but the ability to read has been credited with exercising the mind, saving lives, bringing people together, and predicting success in school. It alleviates boredom in the bits of free time that pop up between soccer and dinner and it can be done alone or in a group. Books are the quietest and most constant of friends…”. ?

Increasing Equity and Access: A Canvas Case Study of Virtual Arkansas K-12

Virtual Arkansas, a fully online school, had a mission to provide high-quality courses in rural and urban areas throughout the state. How would they simplify content creation while enhancing learning? Discover 3 key insights to transform your classrooms.

Scavenger Hunt: Get Kids Talking on the 1st Day of School

Catlin Tucker

Relationship building needs to start on the first day of school if teachers are going to cultivate a community of learners willing to take risks and engage with one another. That said, building a community can be challenging, especially in those early days of the school year when students are feeling shy, nervous, and unsure of themselves. One of my favorite icebreaker activities is an offline scavenger hunt.

Two Important Lessons About Digital Transformation From Outside Of K-12

The Journal

We have commented before on the Digital Transformation (DT) happening inside and outside of K-12. Well, sports fans, it’s DT time again! In this week’s blog post, then, we point out two lessons from DT outside of K-12 from which that those in K-12 might well learn

Giving students a V.O.I.C.E. in your classroom

Neo LMS

Look around you! Everything is constantly on the move, changing rapidly, adapting to new needs and contexts of life. But what happened to teaching and learning? These concepts seem to be stuck somewhere in time not being able to fit our reality. If we want to evolve truly and meaningfully, society should focus on how education can be revived.

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3 powerful lesson plan templates – and how to make your own

Ditch That Textbook

If you’ve ever bought a lesson plan book, you’ve probably flipped through it and looked at all the extra pages at the beginning and the end. Many times, I’ve thought, “Wow. All of these extra pages and I can’t use a single one of them!” Having some places for big-picture planning and tracking data can […]. Lesson planning Teaching Templates lesson plan templates lesson planning lesson plans teaching

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Keeping Students Safe and Productive on Devices

Speaker: Aaron Webb, Jamf

In our webinar, we’ll explore the full range of Jamf education products to protect students, including quick and easy tools for IT admins, powerful apps for teachers to ensure student safety anywhere, and parental engagement tools.

New Professional Learning Opportunities with Micro-credentials

Digital Promise

As part of our robust, on-demand micro-credential ecosystem, we are proud to partner with organizations and educators to develop rigorous, research-backed micro-credentials that support educator professional development and recognition of their skills. This summer we’ve launched 16 new micro-credentials from our partners, and the ecosystem is growing every day. New micro-credentials launched this summer.

How to Do Student-led Conferences

Ask a Tech Teacher

I remember report card days as a child, me sitting outside on a brick wall, scared to death as my mother met with the teacher and received the (always bad) news about how I wasn’t doing. It never motivated me to try harder, didn’t make me like school better, and angered me at everyone involved. Fast forward to me as a K-5 teacher. I love report card days now because this is when I get to meet parents.

Flexible Spaces Need to Lead to Flexible Learning

A Principal's Reflections

Do you remember the classrooms that you learned in as a child? I sure do and not for many positive reasons. Each room was a carbon copy of one another, where you would have as many uncomfortable desks lined up in cute little neat rows. The exception was science classrooms flush with lab tables. However, there still was the issue of sitting in chairs for long periods of time that killed our backs.

Developing a Community of Inquiry in Your Blended Classroom

Catlin Tucker

A consistent theme in my work on blended learning is shifting students from passive consumers in the classroom to active, engaged members of a learning community. The Community of Inquiry framework can help teachers blending online and offline work to cultivate a blended classroom characterized by respect, dialogue, inquiry, and exploration.

Unlock the Power of Formative Assessment

Learn how a thoughtful formative assessment approach can help teachers understand where students are in their learning, inform instruction, and in turn, positively impact student learning outcomes. Get the guide today!

Exploring 4 types of Flipped Learning

Neo LMS

In spite of all the efforts of countless educators, the passive model of learning persists. Flipped Learning has emerged as the “easy button” to move classes, schools, and districts from passive to active learning. Flipped Learning is not just another teaching strategy, but rather, the meta-strategy that supports all others. Flipped Learning is often thought of as static and fraught with misconceptions. Many people believe that Flipped Learning is just that thing with the videos.

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11 Leadership Principles for an Amazing School Year

The CoolCatTeacher

Sanée Bell on episode 531 of the 10 Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Back to school is here! We’re starting up the year with principal Dr. Sanée Bell, author of the new book, Be Excellent On Purpose, Intentional Strategies for Impactful Leadership. Today, Sanée shares her eleven principles from the book and gets us motivated for an epic school year. (We’ve We’ve also included the transcript.)

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What Are My Options After High School?

EdNews Daily

When high school is finally over, what should you do next? Typically, most will respond and say that going to a traditional university is the next logical step, but many students are finding this isn’t the right choice for them. With increasing costs and competitive application processes, you may want another way to achieve your career goals. And, that’s okay! Luckily, there are plenty of options available. Also, you must be emotionally mature and ready to go away to college.

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5 digital tools to enhance the writing skills of your students

Ask a Tech Teacher

Ask a Tech Teacher contributor, Linda Cartwright, has a great list of basic writing apps to get your students started with the new year. A few–like Hemingway and Kaizena–I’ve used successfully in my classes. A few others are new to me. Let me know what you think: In the digital age, teachers are concerned with the literacy of their students.

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The Best Ways to Use Managed Apple IDs at Your School

Speaker: Aaron Webb, Jamf

In our webinar, How to Best Use Managed Apple IDs at Your School, hear the real-world experience of Steven Palomo, IT Director at Beverly Public Schools, regarding how he successfully managed his entire tech stack.

Challenges Facing Edtech Procurement and Possible Solutions: Part 2

Digital Promise

Note: you can find and read Part 1 of this blog post series here. Despite the challenges educators face when trying to purchase edtech tools, new procurement tools have emerged that support evidence-based decision making when choosing and buying edtech products. In support of this process, Digital Promise created the Edtech Pilot Framework , which provides a multitude of free tools to help you in your edtech purchasing journey.

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20+ wide-ranging books to check out for educators

Ditch That Textbook

In many ways, we educators live in an exciting time to be in the classroom and work with students. Examples: We have lots of access to research and best practice to inform our teaching. Educators from all over the world share their best ideas and discuss freely via social media. It’s easier than ever for […]. Ed Tech Lesson planning Student engagement Teaching books for educators books for teachers education books teacher books teacher summer reading

5 Key elements of personalized learning

Neo LMS

Along with concepts like blended learning, adaptive learning and virtual learning, the need to focus on the main character in the learning process came about. This is how personalized learning became the key to every new approach to learning and teaching.