January, 2019

Closing the Digital Learning Gap

Digital Promise

Most Americans agree that education is a national priority. Yet, despite efforts over the last 20 years to improve the performance of our schools, the U.S. public education system falls in the middle of international quality rankings. But let’s be clear: the problem with education in America is not lack of excellence. It’s lack of equity. There are pockets of excellence across the country that outshine the best of the best around the world.

5 Ways K–12 Teachers Can Take a New Approach to Computational Thinking

EdTech Magazine

5 Ways K–12 Teachers Can Take a New Approach to Computational Thinking. eli.zimmerman_9856. Wed, 01/23/2019 - 16:34. New educational guidelines from ISTE stress the importance of contextualizing science, technology, engineering and math skills through everyday classroom activities. . STEM courses are a central component to K–12 learning , but incorporating STEM into the classroom can be difficult. At one time, educators believed STEM was best taught through classes specific to these subjects. .

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How to build an engineer: Start young

The Hechinger Report

Aliah Corona and Dakkota Ryf, both 8 in this photo, check the force it takes to move a bag of potatoes six inches using wheels during their third-grade STEAM enrichment class at Pioneer Elementary School in Quincy, Washington. Lillian Mongeau/The Hechinger Report. QUINCY, Wash. — A few years ago, a young female engineer named Isis Anchalee was featured on one of her company’s recruiting posters only to be subjected to a barrage of digital feedback questioning whether she was really an engineer.

5 Ways to Design Your Teacher-led Station

Catlin Tucker

5TeacherLed. In my work as a blended learning coach, I observe a lot of teachers facilitating blended lessons. The Station Rotation Model is particularly popular because teachers do not need a device for every student to make it work. Instead, students rotate between offline and online stations. One concern I have about this model is the way teachers design and facilitate their teacher-led station.

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.

How to Celebrate World Read Aloud Day

Ask a Tech Teacher

On Feb. 1, 2019, World Read Aloud Day celebrates the pure joy of oral reading with kids of all ages. Created by LitWorld , past years have found over 1 million people in 100 countries joining together to enjoy the power and wonder of reading aloud in groups or individually, at school or home, and discovering what it means to listen to a story told through the voice of another.

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Kid-Centric Schools: When There's a Will There's a Way

A Principal's Reflections

When I wrote Uncommon Learning back in 2015, the premise was to set the stage as to how we could create schools that work for kids. A good deal of the strategies presented came from what we successfully implemented at New Milford High School where I was the former principal. To get a better gist of the main focus areas check out my TEDx talk.

Educational Games Company CEO Shares Career Advice for Women in Computer Science

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

The founder of Galvanize Labs shares her path through the word of computer science, where she was often one of few women in the room. The post Educational Games Company CEO Shares Career Advice for Women in Computer Science appeared first on Market Brief. The Startup Blog career advice career in technology Coding Computer Science Educational Technology/Ed-Tech entrepreneur game-based learning games gamification Startup women in tech

How Powerful Use of Technology Can Increase Student Engagement

Digital Promise

Rather than taking a traditional multiple choice test at the end of their unit on weather, sixth grade students at Gilbert Middle School in South Carolina created their own live weather reports—complete with green screens and fake snow. Down the hall, seventh graders used digital tools to design memes based on quotes from a novel in their English/language arts class.

The Hidden Stories of Those Around Us

Tom Murray

Each one of us has a story. How much of your story do those around you know? Earlier this week, I boarded the 7:15a train to Washington, D.C. from 30th Street Station in Philadelphia. As I do regularly, I found a seat, opened my laptop, turned up the volume in my headphones, and got connected so that I could do some work. Like I do many times each day, I took a moment and scanned my Twitter feed. While scrolling through, I came across The Hidden Story, a video shared by FranklinCovey Company.

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).

Best-in-Class Resources–You Decide

Ask a Tech Teacher

Every year, I review a large number of websites, apps, and resources that help educators blend technology into their classrooms. I get lots of feedback from readers sharing their experiences, asking questions, and clicking through to see if a particular tool will serve their needs. But, I often don’t hear how the product worked in the fullness of time. Starting last year, I sought out your opinions: how dependable is it. how versatile is it for time-strapped teachers.

All Lessons Should Be Interdisciplinary

User Generated Education

I am not a fan of worksheets. In fact, I hate most of them. They don’t teach real world skills. How often does someone do worksheets outside of school? How often when they become adults? They also tend to focus on a single content area concept like specific math problems or questions about a particular text. I used to teach face-to-face elementary education classes to pre-service teachers. There is evidence that teachers teach the way they were taught.

40 innovative ideas for using Google Forms in your classroom

Ditch That Textbook

We know that Google Forms give us the ability to easily create quizzes or surveys. We can even create self-grading exams or include video or image in our forms. But that is just scratching the surface. Google Forms can do SO much more! How can we use this G Suite app in different and creative ways? […]. DitchBook Twitter chat edtech g suite Google Apps google forms ideas for using google forms in the classroom using google forms in the classroom

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The Future of eLearning - 10 Trends To Be Aware Of

ViewSonic Education

Dusty blackboards, smudged overhead projectors, and over saturated photocopies - Surely this sounds like many people’s education experience. If that’s the case, take solace in knowing that, in many schools, those factors are in the past. Today, eLearning reigns supreme. For those who don’t know what it is, eLearning refers to learning that utilizes electronic means to create a more dynamic and instructive learning environment.

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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.

6 Lessons Startup Entrepreneurs Can Learn From Dance Class

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

Dance class requires participants to be present, accept feedback, be supportive and give their all. There's a lot here that translates to the startup world. The post 6 Lessons Startup Entrepreneurs Can Learn From Dance Class appeared first on Market Brief. The Startup Blog Education Educational Technology/Ed-Tech Entrepreneurship Professional Development Social Emotional Learning (SEL) social innovation Startup Startups

Stop Celebrating Low-Level Learning

Tom Murray

In the spring of 2002, I was teaching 4th grade in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. As a teacher in my second year, my classroom had a 1:1 student-to-device ratio. That’s right, in 2002, 17 years ago, we were 1:1. Palm Pilots. Yes, Palm Pilots. Remember those things? Image Credit: The Morning Call, 2002 “I’d love to see these units become standard equipment for all students in five to ten years.” ” – Thomas C. Murray, 2002 (HAHA!!)

What You Might Have Missed in December

Ask a Tech Teacher

Here are the most-read posts for the month of December: College Credit Classes onTechnology in Education. End-of-year Maintenance: Image and Back-up Digital Devices. End of Year Maintenance: Update Your Online Presence. End-of-Year Maintenance: 19 Steps To A Speedier Computer. 3 Free SEL Activities from SafeSchools. Why Should Students Learn Computer Science? A Teacher’s Perspective. Root Robotics–Great Way to Extend Hour of Code. Holiday Gifts for Teachers. 13 Holiday Websites and 13 Projects.

Perfect Can Paralyze You

The CoolCatTeacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter You feel like it has to be perfect. So, you don’t finish. Sometimes you don’t even start. You’re not going to write down a goal if you don’t think you have the time to do it perfectly right now. So, instead of just losing five pounds in the next two months, you decide you’ll diet later and so you gain. Perfect can paralyze you. It can keep you from making progress.

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.

ClassroomQ: Streamline Questions & Provide Personalized Support

Catlin Tucker

Blended learning models afford teachers the time and space in class to work side-by-side with students. As a teacher works with a single student or a small group, other students will inevitably hit bumps and have questions that require the teacher’s attention. To avoid interruptions and distractions, teachers need a quick and easy way for students to ask for help or additional support. ClassroomQ.com has designed a simple solution to solve this problem for teachers.

Powerful Learning is Collaborative and Connected

Digital Promise

In this series we explore Powerful Learning, a set of principles to guide educators designing learning experiences that engage the hearts and minds of learners, and incorporate technology in ways that contribute to closing the Digital Learning Gap. In this third post, we explore how Powerful Learning is collaborative and connected, share research that grounds these two principles, and provide resources to support your own learning and teaching practices.

Ditch those sub plans

Ditch That Textbook

Teachers never realize how much work they do, until they have to write sub plans! Isn’t that the truth? I used to spend hours writing sub plans, detailed, step-by-step plans. And then I would pray the substitute would follow them. Once our school began going digital, I started changing the way I planned for a […]. Ed Tech Guest Blog digital sub plans edtech educational technology sub plans teaching

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Bridging the Gap in Rural Putnam County, Tennessee Through Personalized Learning

Education Elements

In Putnam County, Tenn., with 23 schools spread across 400 square miles, we share many of the challenges faced by our fellow rural school districts nationwide, including inconsistent attendance, long commutes, and a high "mobility rate" - the rate at which students are moving in and out of the district. Previously, Putnam County teachers had been using more traditional, often low-tech teaching methodologies.

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!

How Is Cloud Computing Revolutionizing the Education Industry?

Ask a Tech Teacher

When I started teaching, syncing work between school and home was impossible. Completing homework required either printing it and bringing it in as paper or–well, nothing. There was no way to get it into a student school drive from home. Thanks to cloud computing, that nightmare is over.

This CEO Was Anti-Technology. Now She Runs an Ed-Tech Company that Relies on Digital Tools.

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

The founder of Move This World realized that videos and technology allowed her to share her social-emotional learning products and strategies with more schools and students. The post This CEO Was Anti-Technology. Now She Runs an Ed-Tech Company that Relies on Digital Tools. appeared first on Market Brief.

Do What Lights You Up This Year!

Catlin Tucker

The new year inspires reflection and resolutions. We take stock of the last twelve months noting the highs and the lows. We may have regrets about opportunities we did not pursue, projects we didn’t get to, students we could not reach, and activities we wish we had dedicated more time to in the last year. Often these feelings about the year inspire lofty new year resolutions. A few of us may stay committed to these resolutions, while others quickly fall into the habits of the previous year.

Powerful Learning is Authentic and Challenging

Digital Promise

In this series we explore Powerful Learning, a set of principles to guide educators designing learning experiences that engage the hearts and minds of learners and incorporate technology in ways that contribute to closing the Digital Learning Gap. In this second post, we explore how Powerful Learning is authentic and challenging, share research that grounds these two principles, and provide resources to support your own learning and teaching practices.

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.

3 ways to incorporate the 4 Cs into any class

Ditch That Textbook

Technology has changed every aspect of our lives. Friends are at our fingertips and you can binge watch countless shows and movies without even leaving your couch. We as a society are exposed to more content and diverse ideas than ever before. So how does this affect education? If students become proficient communicators, collaborators, creators, […]. Guest Blog 4 c's collaboration creativity edtech educational technology four cs

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5 Ways EdTech Helps Students with Special Needs in the Classroom

ViewSonic Education

School can be tough for any child. For students with special needs in the classroom, the challenges are amplified. Separating from family. Interacting with teachers. Making friends. Being asked to learn new information every day. These school-day struggles can be massive for students with special needs. EdTech helps make a massive difference in their success. Students with special needs face a wide range of learning challenges.

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PASCO Motion Sensor–A Must for Science Classes

Ask a Tech Teacher

Data collection and analysis are cornerstones for many STEM and STEAM programs but they’re not just about math. They teach students how to think critically and solve evidence-based problems. Unfortunately, data collection hardware is expensive and setup is complicated–intimidating for many non-tech-minded teachers. Enter award-winning PASCO Scientific with a commitment to providing innovative, affordable tools for K-12 science and math programs. What is PASCO Scientific.

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