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Artificial Intelligence, Authentic Impact: How Educational AI is Making the Grade

EdTech Magazine

Artificial Intelligence, Authentic Impact: How Educational AI is Making the Grade. eli.zimmerman_9856. Tue, 08/27/2019 - 11:25. Adoption of artificial intelligence is on the rise: According to research firm Gartner , 37 percent of organizations have now “implemented AI in some form,” and adoption is up 270 percent over the past four years. .

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What Donuts Can Teach Schools and Teams About Lasting Change

Education Elements

“And we both hit our goal weight!”. That’s amazing! So how did you celebrate?”. “We We ate an entire box of donuts! And then gained all of it back.”. On an August visit with a group of teachers I’ve been partnering with for over a year, our conversation steered toward the idea of setting goals. In the education world, goals are set all the time, and often displayed or communicated prominently.


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Researchers can detect when students aren’t trying on computerized tests

The Hechinger Report

More than 10 percent of boys make rapid guesses on a low-stakes standardized test of reading, according to an analysis of nine million students. Steven Wise/NWEA. When you’re running out of time on a multiple-choice test, it makes sense to guess the rest of the answers rather than leave the questions blank. But it turns out that a surprisingly high number of students are guessing their way throughout a test, even when they’re not pressed for time or trying to boost their scores.

How to Build Strong Relationships During the Edtech Purchasing Process

Digital Promise

This blog post is the first of a two-part series discussing relationship building in edtech selection and purchasing. In this first blog post, we’ll address how educators can build and maintain good working relationships with edtech developers. Part two will discuss how edtech vendors can return the favor to develop great working relationships with educators.

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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.

Assessing Prior Knowledge: What Do Your Students Already Know?

Catlin Tucker

Designing a one-size-fits-all lesson assumes that every student is starting from the same point. The reality is that students enter our classrooms with varied skillsets and prior knowledge. If teachers assess their students’ knowledge before diving into an explanation, lesson, or unit, they might be surprised by the wealth of experience and information that students bring into the classroom. I had the pleasure of working with teachers in Texas this week.

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4 Ways to Use Improv to Teach

The CoolCatTeacher

Mel Paradis on Episode 553 From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Mel Paradis, author of Teaching Improv: The Essential Handbook , shares four ways to use Improv to teach in the classroom. Here are some fantastic ideas to share in your classroom. Sponsor: E4Effort is a tool built upon the research behind helping students improve. Check out e4Effort for more information and to start encouraging effort with your students.

The Impact of Micro-credentials on Educator Practice

Digital Promise

Each school year, educators welcome a new group of students into their classrooms. Every student is a unique learner, and educators must continuously demonstrate new skills to meet the needs of all learners. Micro-credentials recognize educators who are meeting the complex, real-time demands of today’s classrooms. Last year, thousands of educators across the country engaged with micro-credentials as a way of personalizing their professional learning and gaining recognition for their skills.

4 Reasons why an LMS is an excellent tool for your language classes


In an ever more globalized and interconnected world, language classes are a must in higher education. As more and more students are exposed to linguistic and cultural diversity throughout their careers and their lives, language classes are an excellent environment to develop multilingual communication skills and intercultural awareness.

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Tech tip smackdown! 70+ edtech tips from fellow educators

Ditch That Textbook

Warning! This post contains SO many great tips, tricks, links and ideas that you may end up with a case of “too many open tabs” That’s OK, it’s totally normal. Using the Wakelet or OneTab extension can help alleviate some of the symptoms associated with this condition. As educators, we have many amazing tech […].

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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).

What You Might Have Missed in August

Ask a Tech Teacher

Here are the top five posts for the month of August: Basics of internet safety. Why Kindergartners Must Learn Technology. Classroom tech resources. How Behaviorism can turn your classroom around. eSpark–Self-paced Learning for Math and Reading. Jacqui Murray has been teaching K-18 technology for 30 years. She is the editor/author of over a hundred tech ed resources including a K-12 technology curriculum , K-8 keyboard curriculum, K-8 Digital Citizenship curriculum.

Return on Instruction (ROI) Revisited

A Principal's Reflections

The pursuit to improve never ends and nor should it. With all of the disruption we see as a result of the 4th Industrial Revolution, changes to how we educate kids have to be considered. The result has been districts, schools, and educators making a great deal of investment in an array of ideas, strategies, and solutions with the goal of improving learning for all kids. Obviously, this makes sense, and I am all for it.

Tapping into the potential of AI smart speakers to boost parental engagement


A version of this post was originally published in Teach Secondary Magazine , July 2019. Whether you love it or hate it, technology is here to stay — and continuously change our lives. Smartphones are sometimes smarter than their owners and the idea of people going to Mars moved away from sci-fi novels and into the realm of things that might happen in the not so distant future.

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4 Ways to Build Relationships That Matter

The CoolCatTeacher

Charles Poole on episode 544 From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Charles “Chuck” Poole shares how to build relationships that matter. While content and passion for our content and the craft of teaching are all essential parts of teaching that cannot be dismissed – relationships with students are also in the mix as an essential part of reaching today’s students. We can do this!

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.

eSpark–Self-paced Learning for Math and Reading

Ask a Tech Teacher

If you’ve heard the buzz about eSpark this summer at conferences or training sessions, you already know it’s more than “just another math and reading learning platform” Sure, it is that but what sets it apart is eSpark’s clever blend of learning tools that encourage students to progress at their own pace in their own way, to review when needed and move ahead when they get it.

7 ways to ditch those traditional assessments

Ditch That Textbook

For a couple of years now I have been wondering if there is a better way to do summative assessments. Typically, in my district, we offer standard multiple-choice tests and possibly some writing options for our summative assessments but I didn’t feel like it was giving me a clear picture of what my students really […]. Assessment Guest Blog assessment game design pbl project-based learning

Guest post: Teachers’ time is scarce. What’s wrong and how to change it for good?


Folks who think teachers have it easy working till 3:30, having the whole summer to themselves, are exceptionally wrong. All we know about teachers’ schedule is just the teeny tiny particles of their prolonged school days with early mornings preparing for the lessons and late nights grading student submissions at home. In fact, teachers claim their usual hours can stretch up to 62 per week. What’s more, they are urged to take 21.4 to 23.8% of the work home.

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Helping New Teachers Thrive

Digital Promise

This article originally appeared on Usable Knowledge from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Read the original version here. If you want to understand one reason for the current teacher shortage , google the phrase “first-year teacher.” Many of the resulting images show a variation on a single theme: a graph charting the “phases of a first-year teacher” — a seemingly inevitable descent from anticipation and excitement into survival mode and eventual disillusionment around November.

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.

The Oculus Quest: Why It Is a Game Changer

The CoolCatTeacher

Jaime Donally on episode 552 From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Virtual Reality is improving for use in the classroom. Augmented Reality/ Virtual Reality Education Expert, Jaime Donally, thinks that the Oculus Quest is a game-changer for the classroom. From less “queasiness” to some amazing apps, Jaime explains why she thinks the Oculus Quest is such a big deal.

Culture will tell you what it needs, but only if you ask it

Dangerously Irrelevant

We had the pleasure of having Zac Chase as a guest facilitator this past week in one of my principal licensure cohorts. Zac was amazing, which is no surprise to anyone who knows him. One of our activities with Zac was using the Question Formulation Technique to unpack teachers’ and students’ beliefs about school culture and climate.

Is Esports a Land of Opportunity for Entrepreneurs? This Company Founder Says Maybe

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

The growing popularity of esports among students and its entry into high school athletics could provide business openings in the marketplace. The post Is Esports a Land of Opportunity for Entrepreneurs? This Company Founder Says Maybe appeared first on Market Brief. The Startup Blog esports market size Startup

Why Education Entrepreneurs Need To Move With Education—Not Disrupt It

EdNews Daily

Edtech investments reached an incredibly high number in 2018, with $1.45 billion raised—the same amount that hit the market in 2015. However, raising venture capital, regardless of the industry, is not a guaranteed measure of success in any business. Various entrepreneurs are moving away from working with investors because expectations that come along with money don’t always match the entrepreneur’s vision.

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!

The E4Effort App: Working to Add a Measurement that Works

The CoolCatTeacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Today I’m writing a blog post about the E4Effort app. This system works to acknowledge and reinforce student effort during class learning activities and discussions. Think Class Dojo for older kids. This post is sponsored by E4Effort. All opinions are my own. What does the E4Effort app and system do?

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Heading Back To School With @SpheroEDU!

The Web20Classroom

This summer my oldest daughter, Reaghan, discovered a love for coding. After spending a week at a coding camp she has gobbled up every book, YouTube video and resource you can imagine teaching herself not only the fundamentals of coding but experimenting with what she can do. Her ability to try something, have it fail and then figure it out again is inspiring.

10 Reasons We’re Excited to Attend the Responsive Conference

Education Elements

This year, four of us from Education Elements (Megan Katie, Jill, and Keara) will be attending the Responsive Conference , September 13-14 at Zappo’s Headquarters in Las Vegas. We sat down with conference founder Robin Zander to lay out the top ten reasons why we are so excited for this year’s conference. Leaders

Ozobot Classroom - STEAM learning management system coming this Fall

Educational Technology Guy

Ozobot , makers of robots that empower coding and STEAM education for grades K–12, recently unveiled its new Ozobot Classroom learning management system. Launching this fall, Ozobot Classroom will offer teachers an even better way to bring coding into lessons on any subject and at any grade level—with features that include an educator dashboard, real-time insights into student progress, a curriculum builder, and more.

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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.

5 Ways to Step Back into the Classroom Better Than We Ever Were Before

The CoolCatTeacher

Helping Kids with Emotional Dysregulation with Dr. Jody Carrington From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Students need our help to regulate their own emotions. Today, psychologist Dr. Jody Carrington helps us understand five ways we can connect with our students and help them regulate their emotions. Understanding these simple principles can help us connect, improve classroom management, and be better teachers.

Why a 21st Century Teacher Isn’t Just a “Guide on the Side”

EdNews Daily

By Thom Markham. The great fiction that a teacher today has become a “guide on the side” is now hardwired into nearly every conversation about the future of teaching and learning. Teachers don’t deliver information any longer; they act as co-constructivists and facilitators, sitting shoulder to shoulder with students. Why raise objections to this new narrative? First, it’s disingenuous. Teachers still stand at the front of the room.

On ZTC, OER, and a More Expansive View

Iterating Toward Openness

For the first decade of the modern open education movement (1998 – 2007), the distinguishing feature of our work – the thing we cared most about and talked most about – was the open licensing we applied to educational materials. MIT OCW, Rice’s Connexions, my group at USU, and others applied the new Creative Commons licenses to their materials to create open content.

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