March, 2022

Artificial Intelligence: Machine Learning Activities

User Generated Education

My gifted students, grades 4th-6th, selected Artificial Intelligence, as their elective during Spring, 2022 semester. For more about this see Offering Electives to Elementary Students.) The machine learning activities I describe below are part of their larger Artificial Intelligence elective.

7 Digital tools for student engagement across all grade levels

Neo LMS

As we head into the spring, we may notice a decrease in student engagement. For some students, there have been midterm exams, extended school breaks, or we find ourselves in the middle of standardized testing season.

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7 websites to teach fake news

Ask a Tech Teacher

We wrote about fake news earlier this week ( How to defeat fake news–one teacher’s ideas ). Here are additional resources you’ll find helpful in teaching about this topic: Fake News game — from BBC. How to spot fake news — a video. Interview with a fake news creator.

MacKenzie Scott Makes Transformational $20 Million Gift to Digital Promise

Digital Promise

Digital Promise has received a $20 million gift, the single largest unrestricted gift in the organization’s history, from MacKenzie Scott.

Transform Your Classroom with Apple

Speaker: Aaron Webb, Jamf

Apple empowers educators and students by design. In our webinar, we’ll explain how to make the best use of Apple devices in your classroom, and the tools and resources you need for success.

Sticky learning: Digital brain dumps with Flipgrid and Socrative

Ditch That Textbook

Help new information stick in students' minds with the "brain dump," an effective, low-prep activity in the classroom. It’s a common request from teachers of students: Study. Go home and study. Go back over the material. Re-read the material. When we ask students to do this, we mean well.

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Change Begins with You

A Principal's Reflections

When we do things a certain way, we often become comfortable, especially if we are satisfied with the result. While this might seem perfectly fine on the surface, the truth is that progress can become stagnant.

Artificial Intelligence: Chatbot Activities for Students

User Generated Education

My gifted students, grades 4th-6th, selected Artificial Intelligence, as their elective during Spring, 2022 semester. For more about this see Offering Electives to Elementary Students.)

Using VR to Visualize Complex Information

Ask a Tech Teacher

Virtual Reality is one of the hottest newish education strategies that keeps getting better. Here’s an excellent article from eSchool News about using VR to better understand topics traditionally considered complex: VR helps students visualize complex information.

I’m a Teacher, Will Artificial Intelligence Help Me?

Digital Promise

Artificial Intelligence (AI) systems are becoming more prevalent everywhere, including in education spaces. Educators may sometimes wonder, “What is AI?” and, “What can AI do?” Let’s address these questions and then discuss why and how YOU should be involved!

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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.

Customized email newsletters for every kid with Google Forms

Ditch That Textbook

Make solid connections with families by creating custom email newsletters for every student. It's easy with Google Docs, Sheets and Forms. Classroom newsletters are kind of hit and miss. You know how they usually look.

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Leveraging Students’ Strengths to Develop Student Leaders

Education Elements

Kate Sanders, Teacher: How do I empower more student leaders? This question had been circling my brain for months.

Developing a classroom culture of resilience with H?para Highlights

Hapara

Blog series: Spotlighting SEL in the H?para-supported para-supported classroom. This blog series is designed to provide educators with examples from the classroom of how the H?para para Instructional Suite can be used to support social and emotional learning (SEL).

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 8 Strategies for increasing student self-efficacy in online education

Neo LMS

Teachers want their students to be confident in their ability to reach their goals. The concept that best describes this confidence is student self-efficacy. Students with higher levels of self-efficacy are very likely to remain motivated even when faced with difficult situations.

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.

Websites that add sparkle (and learning) to Spring

Ask a Tech Teacher

A few spring websites, lesson plans, printables, activities: 7 Science Experiments that Teach About Spring. Books from Scholastic about Spring. Life cycle of a snake. Life Cycle Lesson Plans. Life Cycle resources. Life Cycles. Life Cycle Symbaloo. Plant life cycle. Spring Puzzle.

Designing Pathways for Rural Learners Using Micro-credentials: Four Case Studies

Digital Promise

In our latest publication, Micro-credentials for Social Mobility in Rural Postsecondary Communities: A Landscape Report , Digital Promise conducted four in-depth case studies to explore how postsecondary institutions are using micro-credentials to create real-time career pathways for rural learners.

The Hybrid Office: The Pros and Cons of Hot Desking

ViewSonic Education

Hot desking is becoming a hot topic among companies. Allowing people to work at any available desk or workstation might first appear as an intriguing concept, but always more workplaces are making the leap.

Fun formative assessment: 12 easy, no-tech ideas you can use tomorrow

Ditch That Textbook

Formative assessment means providing students with opportunities to show you what they are learning while you are teaching it. These assessments inform your instruction and help you make those little tweaks to your lessons that meet the needs of your students.

Technology to Support and Empower Users With Disabilities

There is an increasing global focus on accessibility for students in school. When combined with a device management system such as Jamf Pro or Jamf School, the sky’s the limit. Learn how Apple and Jamf can support disabled users in your school.

Balance Instruction and Feedback with Blended Learning

Catlin Tucker

Teachers have three primary roles – designer, instructor, and facilitator. When I facilitate blended learning workshops, I ask participants to think about these three roles and identify the role they spend the most time and energy in. The responses always yield the same results.

How to write SMART learning objectives in your LMS

Neo LMS

Creating goals is not an option but a must if you’re a teacher. You ensure long-lasting results by having a clear view of what you want to achieve in your classroom. The purpose of teaching goes far beyond passing on theoretical knowledge.

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Has Teaching Changed since the Pandemic?

Ask a Tech Teacher

Ask a Tech Teacher contributor, Christian Miraglia, wrote an interesting article on changes in teaching since the pandemic. I think you’ll find a lot to relate to: Has Teaching Changed Since the Pandemic?

New Practitioner Advisory Board to Consider AI in the Classroom

Digital Promise

Through an educator-industry partnership between Digital Promise and Merlyn Mind, seven practitioners have the opportunity to share feedback on cutting edge technology and engage in critical conversations on the broader use of artificial intelligence (AI) in the classroom.

Maximize the Power of Multiple Technology Ecosystems

Schools invested in Google education tools or considering these services can achieve strong benefits by blending the best of Google services on Apple hardware, opening the door to a wealth of educational possibilities for students, teachers, and parents.

What is Refresh Rate?

ViewSonic Education

If you are searching for a monitor or any other kind of display hardware, there is going to be a lot of jargon to contend with, but one of your biggest questions is likely to be ‘what is refresh rate?’

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Virtual Learning Done Right

A Principal's Reflections

Through adversity, we rise to the occasion. So many important lessons were learned during the pandemic that can be used to not only improve our practice but also to pave the way for a brighter future.

Draw, choose, write or say: Fantastic formative assessments

Ditch That Textbook

Formative assessment can be fantastic! Here are options for letting students draw, choose, write and say as a formative assessment tool.Formative assessment can be drudgery. When students are doing the same quizzes and the same practice questions all day long, it can be less than stimulating.Or

Teacher Engagement Part IV: Social Engagement with Colleagues

Catlin Tucker

How does a teacher’s relationships with their colleagues impact their energy levels or exhaustion? How can a teacher build strong relationships with their colleagues to make this work more enjoyable and rewarding?

6 Tips for EdTech Evaluation by Adult Learning Institutions

Many continuing adult education institutions have turned to technology used by higher ed with the following benefits: elevates teaching and learning, scales to address changes in staffing, enrollment and budget, and protects student and institutional data.

Is Education Due for a Reset

Ask a Tech Teacher

Throughout my career in education, teaching has been prodded, pushed, tweaked, nudged, and reformed. I author a K-12 Technology Curriculum. Each time I update it, I include a list of what has changed since the last update, something like: Windows updated its platform—twice.

Chaula Gupta Joins Digital Promise as Vice President and Chief Program Officer

Digital Promise

Digital Promise announced today that Chaula Gupta has been named the organization’s Vice President and Chief Program Officer.

What are the benefits of interdisciplinary teaching?

Neo LMS

Education is and has always been the field that autoregulates in order to provide students the tools to live, adapt, contribute, develop and create better outcomes for themselves and generations to come.

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