January, 2024

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What Happens When Technology Fails? 3 Work-Arounds

Ask a Tech Teacher

Has this happened to you? You spend hours rewriting an old lesson plan, incorporating rich, adventurous tools available on the internet. You test it several times just to be sure. It’s a fun lesson self-paced lesson plan with lots of activities and meandering paths students undoubtedly will adore. Technology enables it to differentiate authentically for the diverse group of learners that walk across your threshold.

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5 Reasons Why Education Leaders Need to Consider AI

Education Elements

Imagine a new educational paradigm: virtual tutors provide real-time assistance, ensuring no students are left behind. Interactive simulations and virtual reality experiences engage learners in immersive educational adventures, making lessons come alive. Teachers collaborate to analyze student performance data, enabling targeted interventions and fostering a supportive and dynamic learning environment.

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FETC 2024: Could Esports Reverse the Trend of K–12 Boys Falling Behind?

EdTech Magazine

The numbers don’t lie. Compared with K–12 girls, boys are disciplined at higher rates and are more likely to be expelled than girls. Additionally, their test scores are lower, and they are less likely to graduate from high school. These devastating numbers are a cause for action, said Kristy Custer, president of educational innovation for High School Esports League.

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Keep, Start, Stop: A Student Feedback Strategy

Catlin Tucker

At this point in the school year, you have had time to establish classroom routines, nurture your relationships with students, and design and facilitate entire units of study. It’s the perfect time to ask your students for feedback. Employing a simple feedback strategy like “keep, start, stop” helps you quickly take the temperature of the class and make any necessary adjustments to ensure the rest of the year is as productive and positive as possible.

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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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System for Educational Transformation (SET)

A Principal's Reflections

As we navigate the shifting currents of the educational landscape, it's clear that transformative change is not just necessary—it's inevitable. To foster an environment where every student thrives, we must reimagine our approach to education from the ground up. This calls for a system that is not just a patchwork of quick fixes but a comprehensive blueprint for enduring change.

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How Do I Know What Is Real? How to Fight Misinformation in An Age of Lies

The CoolCatTeacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Yesterday, the World Economic Forum's “ Global Risks Report 2024 ” ranked AI-derived misinformation as a top global risk ahead of climate change, war, and economic weakness. NPR reported this morning that Taiwan is struggling with misinformation as its presidential election happens this Saturday.

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Elevating Innovation: Conference Reflections and Takeaways from Educators

Digital Promise

In November 2023, Digital Promise and Verizon Innovative Learning hosted the second annual Elevating Innovation Virtual Conference. The event attracted more than 3,000 participants from across the country and around the world. Attendees had the opportunity to learn about the latest educational trends, emerging technologies, and innovative strategies shaping education directly from education and edtech experts like Girls Who Code founder Reshma Saujani; Future Ready Schools director of innovation

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FETC 2024: What Happens if the Network Goes Down? K–12 Delves Deeper.

EdTech Magazine

The potential fallout from a cybersecurity breach is keeping K–12 IT teams up at night. The possibility of bad actors getting into and silently moving about school networks for months without detection has IT experts worried about student data loss, third-party risks, lack of leadership support for proper cybersecurity funding and even losing their jobs as a result.

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Advanced micro:bit Projects: Artificial Intelligence and the MakeCode Data Logger Spoon Race

User Generated Education

I love bringing physical computing into my classrooms: Physical computing refers to the use of tangible, embedded microcontroller-based interactive systems that can sense the world around them and/or control outputs such as lights, displays and motors. Assembling the hardware elements of a physical computer and programming it with the desired behavior provides a creative and educational experience.

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Classroom AI 101: Create guided notes for videos with AI

Ditch That Textbook

Over the years, YouTube has grown and become a more common part of the classroom. So have student video assignments.Sometimes, students watch the videos all together in the classroom.Sometimes, they watch them individually.Pretty much all the time, we want to know that students paid attention and remember something from the video.How? Guided notes.Recently, a subscriber […] The post Classroom AI 101: Create guided notes for videos with AI appeared first on Ditch That Textbook.

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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 I Start Teaching AI to Middle and High Schoolers

The CoolCatTeacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter When we start discussing AI, they don't know it. Some teachers are curious about how to teach about AI. Maybe this glimpse into the resources and methods I use with my 9th graders (and later in the semester, 8th grade) will give you some ideas. You won't find this in a textbook (yet), but there are some excellent resources if you're looking.

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Choosing Tech That Grows From Your Schooling Into Your Career

Ask a Tech Teacher

Choosing Tech That Grows From Your Schooling Into Your Career Starting a career is an exhilarating journey, and in today’s tech-driven world, the technology you choose during your school years can be a foundational step toward your professional tech arsenal. Having the right gadgets and tools plays a pivotal role in academic success and setting a strong foundation for your professional life.

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How Students Are Driving Change in Graphic Design Pathways

Digital Promise

The post How Students Are Driving Change in Graphic Design Pathways appeared first on Digital Promise.

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TCEA 2024: K–12 IT Experts Talk AI, Esports and Other Digital Transformation Aspects

EdTech Magazine

Schools strive to give students experiences that engage them in learning and prepare them for their future. In today’s education environment, that often means incorporating technology into teaching and learning, resulting in K–12 IT departments looking for ways to sustain and advance their tech investments. At this year’s TCEA convention and exposition in Austin, Texas, IT-minded education professionals will have the opportunity to explore the latest trends in ed tech.

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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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A Technologist Spent Years Building an AI Chatbot Tutor. He Decided It Can’t Be Done.

Edsurge

When Satya Nitta worked at IBM, he and a team of colleagues took on a bold assignment: Use the latest in artificial intelligence to build a new kind of personal digital tutor. This was before ChatGPT existed, and fewer people were talking about the wonders of AI. But Nitta was working with what was perhaps the highest-profile AI system at the time, IBM’s Watson.

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You Couldn’t Sit With Us (An Observation about Teachers)

The Jose Vilson

Yesterday, I had the pleasure of attending a special professional development session on a snowy and icy day at PS 20 in the Lower East Side neighborhood of New York. (Yes, my home neighborhood.) Even though I’ve technically been out of the classroom for three and a half years now, I still have the opportunity to visit schools on a regular basis.

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The Problem with AI Prompt Feedback (and How to Solve It)

The CoolCatTeacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter My students are writing a collaborative writing document following the principles I share in my book Reinventing Writing. But now I want to integrate AI feedback. Yesterday I demonstrated how to get AI feedback. But something odd happened. The kids kept coming to me for feedback.

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Tons of Online Resources About Classroom Management

Ask a Tech Teacher

Classroom management tools are useful for teachers to create an organized, productive, and conducive learning environment. Some reasons why you may find these tools beneficial are: Organization: organize lesson plans, assignments, and resources efficiently Communication: between teachers, students, and parents to foster a collaborative relationship, keep everyone informed Student Engagement: to make learning more interesting and interactive Time Management: schedule reminders, notifications, and

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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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Launching Our Portrait of a Graduate Initiative for More Powerful Learning Opportunities

Digital Promise

The post Launching Our Portrait of a Graduate Initiative for More Powerful Learning Opportunities appeared first on Digital Promise.

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FETC 2024: Are Today’s Schools Creating Future-Ready Students?

EdTech Magazine

Despite the pandemic forcing more K–12 schools into some form of technology innovation, the American educational model has not seen massive shifts in recent years. That needs to change if today’s students are to become future ready, said Michael Meechin, Florida state director at the National Center on Education and the Economy. A former principal who won awards for his work, Meechin encouraged attendees at the National Future of Education Technology Conference at the Orange County Convention Ce

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How Trauma Impacts the Well-Being of Black Women Educators

Edsurge

Navigating school spaces is a journey and students’ needs are ever changing. While educators are leaving the field at unprecedented rates , many districts are scrambling to meet the needs of all their students. As a parent, I felt the impact of the departures when I had to guide my then seventh-grader through math without a consistent teacher after a mid-year exit.

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The Magic of FETC: Celebrating Dynamic Learning and Classroom Innovation

TeacherCast

The FETC Conference is an annual gathering of educators and educational technology companies, showcasing dynamic learning and classroom innovation. It offers a wide range of sessions and workshops, covering topics such as creativity, coaching, presentations, and EDUProductivity. Attendees can bring back new teaching methodologies, tools, and resources to enhance student engagement and achievement.

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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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What It Means To Stick With Love [About King and Us]

The Jose Vilson

It felt like a typical night for a Black student activist at Syracuse University back in 2002. In addition to the keynote speaker that the university hosts at the Carrier Dome, the African American Studies department would host their own event to deepen the conversations in community. On this brisk night, students of similar mindset would gather in a medium-sized room to listen to a panel of Black scholars discussing the legacy of Dr.

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Tech Tip #8–Print a selection off a webpage

Ask a Tech Teacher

In these 169 tech-centric situations, you get an overview of pedagogy—the tech topics most important to your teaching—as well as practical strategies to address most classroom tech situations, how to scaffold these to learning, and where they provide the subtext to daily tech-infused education. Today’s tip: Print a selection off a Webpage Category: Printing Q: I only want to print part of the webpage, not the entire thing.

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How We’re Designing Culturally Responsive Discussions in World History Classrooms

Digital Promise

The post How We’re Designing Culturally Responsive Discussions in World History Classrooms appeared first on Digital Promise.

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Eye on Zero Trust: How to Implement Identity and Access Management in K–12 Schools

EdTech Magazine

Developed in 2009 by former Forrester Research analyst John Kindervag, the zero-trust security model revolves around the motto “never trust, always verify.” It is an evolving methodology in cybersecurity that governs user access to data and networks. “Zero trust really comes down to: Are you who you say you are, and are you where you are supposed to be?

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Enhancing HyFlex Education through the PowerTeaching Framework

This whitepaper explores integrating the PowerTeaching pedagogical approach within a HyFlex (Hybrid Flexible) educational model, focusing on employing cooperative learning strategies and efficient classroom management techniques.

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The US Is the Fifth-Largest Spanish-Speaking Country. Where Are Our Bilingual Teachers?

Edsurge

At the beginning of her now nearly 30-year career, Leslie M. Gauna was given a warning: Bilingual education wouldn’t be a viable career option in the long term. Yet nowadays the need for Spanish-speaking teachers in the United States is as strong as ever, with districts around the country struggling to hire them fast enough. The dearth of bilingual teachers is especially counterintuitive in Texas, where Gauna is a professor and where she conducted a qualitative research study on what she calls t

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Best Studio and Classroom Microphones For Your Next Podcasting Project

TeacherCast

So you are a podcaster … What microphone do you use? It's the worlds oldest joke but it is one that certainly has a place in this world. Back when I first started podcasting, there were a few standard microphones but today, there a number of great options in just about every price range to The post Best Studio and Classroom Microphones For Your Next Podcasting Project appeared first on TeacherCast Educational Network.

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American Dreams, Wraiths, and Asylum Seekers

The Jose Vilson

About a decade ago, my former school’s parent coordinator introduced me to a new student. This wouldn’t be a remarkable event because my school opened its doors to newcomers often. Our student population was 90% Latinx/Hispanic, many of whom emigrated from the Dominican Republic, Mexico, and other Latin American countries. This time, however, the student was fluent in neither English nor Spanish.

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What You Might Have Missed in January–What’s up in February

Ask a Tech Teacher

Here are the most-read posts for the past month: Top Ten Articles, Tips, and Reviews for 2023 Tech Tip #8–Print a selection off a webpage Free MLK Lesson Plans Tons of Online Resources About Classroom Management Implementing Mindfulness Practices in Schools 13 Websites to Learn Everything About Landforms National Handwriting Day 5 Internet Safety Tips for Teachers What Happens When Technology Fails?

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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.