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6 Ways in which edtech shapes teacher training programs


The global edtech market will see a rise in global spending of $342b by 2025. For teachers, that means edtech is here to stay, as more and more schools and universities are moving towards partial or complete digitization. However, things are not as rosy as they seem.

Classroom tech: Should I use it? 10 considerations

Ditch That Textbook

Classroom tech CAN be transformational. But when should we use it? And what does that look like? Here are some ideas.When schools provide technology for students, many teachers find themselves asking, "What am I going to do with all these devices?" One might think the "Should I use classroom tech? And how?" is a one-time, "yes/no" […]. The post Classroom tech: Should I use it? 10 considerations appeared first on Ditch That Textbook.

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The Best Edtech for Students Is Backed by Research. Here’s What to Look For.


In almost any school in the country today, you can find an app or program that claims to change education as we know it. Yet schools are littered with products that have not changed anything beyond teachers’ desktop screens.

Essential Technology For Project-Based Learning


Here are digital classroom tools to help support project-based learning

Need Remote Learning NOW? Get Online Quickly & Easily With This Can’t-Miss Guide

Picking the wrong LMS can cost you. Don’t settle for a disconnected, hard-to-use, expensive system that doesn’t meet your needs. Follow these 12 steps crafted by Lambda Solutions' LMS experts, and find your perfect eLearning solution!

Misconceptions About Kids With Learning Differences in the Classroom

The CoolCatTeacher

Dr. Rebekah Dyer helps us understand how to reach all learners From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter As students with learning differences are put into general classroom spaces, many teachers have misconceptions about including these special students in their classrooms. Dr. Rebekah Dyer talks about these misconceptions and how we can work to reach every child. Listen to Dr. Rebekah Dyer talk about reaching every child Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher Stream by clicking here. Subscribe to the Show Get Credit! Some schools, districts, and organizations allow credit for listening to podcasts. Whether they do or don’t, to get the most out of listening you can use this Podcast PD Template Hyperdoc. Just make a copy and adapt it for your use or print it. If you don’t have Google Docs, just use this PDF. Dr. Rebekah Dyer – Bio as Submitted Dr. Rebekah Dyer is an associate professor in the college of education at Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, AZ. The courses that she teaches focus on special education. She is the faculty advisor for two clubs on campus; Best Buddies and Canyon Inclusive. Both clubs focus on the inclusion of individuals with disabilities. She is the current president of the Arizona Branch of the International Dyslexia Association. She graduated from Arizona State University West with a bachelor’s degree in special education and a dual certification in both regular and special education. She completed her master’s degree in educational leadership from Northern Arizona University. Dr. Dyer graduated with a doctoral degree in organizational leadership with an emphasis in special education from Grand Canyon University in the Fall of 2018. Her dissertation research focused on the inclusion of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder in disability ministry programs. She presented her research at an International Autism Conference in Nanjiing, China. Linked In: [link] The post Misconceptions About Kids With Learning Differences in the Classroom appeared first on Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis @coolcatteacher helping educators be excellent every day. Meow! Elementary Grades 1-5 (Ages 6-10) Equity High School Grades 9-12 (Ages 13-18) Middle / Junior High Grades 6-8 (Ages 10-13) Parents Special Needs Teachers Students Teachers Wonderful Classroom Wednesday

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How Can Technology Coaches and Content Coaches Work Together?

Digital Promise

As classroom coaching grows rapidly as a form of teacher professional development, districts are increasingly outfitting schools with not just one, but multiple coaches, with each playing a different role.

Edtech Tools for SPED, Math, and Reading

A Principal's Reflections

Over the past two years, I have been blessed to partner with District 205 in Elmhurst, IL.

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Student Leadership Through a Student-Led Podcast

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Hans Appel with the Award Winning Culture Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Award-Winning Culture is a student podcast led by teacher Hans Appel.

What You Might Have Missed in January

Ask a Tech Teacher

Here are the most-read posts for the month of January: #WorldReadAloudDay February 5. Ways to Use AI-Powered Quillionz to Assess Student Understanding. 5 Ways Edtech Enhances Social Studies Lessons. 100th Day of School — Make it about Learning. How to Talk to a Tech Teacher (humorous).

5 Costly Inventory Management Mistakes Schools Should Avoid

If your school is like most, inventory and/or asset management plays a critical role in daily operations.

Co-designing Powerful Innovations with Teachers and Families

Digital Promise

In order to build a safe and useful house, we rely on the knowledge and experience of many: architects help design spaces that are functional and aesthetically pleasing, engineers ensure the designs are structurally sound, and contractors coordinate construction so that plumbers, electricians, and many others work in coordination. None of these folks, however, know the needs, preferences, and constraints of the specific family who will ultimately reside in the home. Having everyone’s input when generating a blueprint and during construction can ensure the family makes the best use of their new home. The same is true of education innovations. If our goal is to develop resources that are likely to be adopted at home or school and are consequential for learning, we must bring educators, families, researchers, and designers together to brainstorm, co-design, and research innovations. Our Early STEM team at Digital Promise is working towards this goal, and has learned some important lessons along the way. Co-design a blueprint. One of the most important lessons we’ve learned is the need for documentation that clearly details the shared learning goals. For instance, what do we mean when we say we want to “develop resources to promote early math”? Is it for children to learn to count with one-to-one correspondence, identify shapes and their properties, or understand how to use standard tools to measure? Each of these goals can be further subdivided; for instance, if the goal is to use tools to measure, children may learn to place the ruler correctly, understand and identify the numeral that represents length, and to compare measurements. Clearly defining these learning goals helps articulate a shared understanding and provides everyone with common language. This “ learning blueprint ” can serve as an anchor document that can be referred to when resources are designed and reviewed, and when research tools are selected or created to evaluate outcomes. Invite all stakeholders to share their unique expertise. We’ve noticed teachers sometimes feel that researchers hold more knowledge than they do on a domain of learning. Additionally, parents often view teachers as experts who know more than they do about how their children learn. Sometimes neither teachers nor parents see themselves as designers. In our experience, it has been helpful to explicitly highlight the expertise each stakeholder uniquely contributes. For example, teachers are experts about what it’s like to be in the classroom, parents have a unique understanding of what may resonate with children’s everyday lives, designers know what is possible on the backends of apps, and researchers understand how children build knowledge and can collect data to make inferences about learning. Only by bringing each of these crucial perspectives and skill sets together can we design powerful and effective resources for early learners. Share imperfect examples as “seed ideas”. Brainstorming ideas in a group can be challenging, especially when tackling something new. For example, when our team began a project on computational thinking , stakeholders were often wary about sharing ideas on topics they were not yet confident about. Plan to kick off your co-design project by sharing imperfect “seed ideas.” These sacrificial ideas may have obvious flaws, but the goal of sharing them is to improve the ideas as a group, and to facilitate conversations about why they may not work. For example, are these ideas not targeting a set learning goal; is it hard for parents to feasibly find the required materials at home; are designers finding it difficult to build an interface that would allow desired features? These conversations usually lead to the emergence of alternatives and help co-design groups get in the habit of thinking through challenges together. Be prepared for tensions and critical feedback. The co-design approach involves giving and getting critical feedback along the way, which is not easy. Being on the receiving end of critical feedback can be exhausting and demotivating. Stakeholders involved in co-design must learn to communicate ideas and honest feedback while being responsive and kind. It’s important to note it is common and normal to encounter design tensions when working together. For instance, a designer may be focused on how to keep children engaged, while a researcher is focused on how to ensure the activities are consequential for learning. Ultimately, a design solution that does both is better. When working in silos, designers may find researchers to be critical of the learning value of their products, and researchers find it hard to hear from experts in game design that their games are boring. Co-designing from the start increases the likelihood of striking a balance between usability, learning, and fun. Build in time and resources for multiple rounds of iteration. Co-design efforts require time and funds, as well as the flexibility to change course as needed. Designers often work much faster than researchers do. In order to strike a balance and for the process to be effective, researchers may need to be more nimble and designers may need to slow down to allow the processing of data to inform iterations. Involving educators and families may also require everyone to think creatively about when to schedule meetings and discussions. While co-design may require additional time and funds upfront, it is ultimately worth the investment as this approach centers the needs and experiences of the stakeholders closest to the learners we strive to support. Learn more about our National Science Foundation-funded efforts to co-design innovations to promote early STEM learning across preschool and home, and discover Digital Promise’s vision for partnering with diverse stakeholders, “ Designing a Process for Inclusive Innovation: A Radical Commitment to Equity ”. The post Co-designing Powerful Innovations with Teachers and Families appeared first on Digital Promise. Developers Educators Learning Sciences Partnerships Research Researchers

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When Empowered Teachers Drive Their Own Development

Education Elements

There’s a school in the Oak Lawn area of Dallas, TX that brings a one-size-fits-one approach to every learner in their community, including their teachers.

The Power of Reflection and Conversation #pln365

The CoolCatTeacher

Paul O'Neill talks about Twitter-powered PD From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Sharing and reflecting make us better educators. Today the founder of #pln365 gives us a transparent look into his journey and encourages us to take one of our own.

Random Acts of Kindness Day is Coming. How Will You Celebrate?

Ask a Tech Teacher

I’ll never forget the day years ago when I stood in a donut shop, half asleep, bed head, with a monster sugar deficit. As I got to the front of the line, the man before me said, “I’ll pay for hers, too.” ” I didn’t know him.

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Most digital learning trends focus too much on the "digital" and not enough on the "learning". It is not enough that content builders master available tools. We need a return to core learning fundamentals. Get Inno-Versity's eBook for 6 of the most important trends coming to digital learning.

A market-creation story: Aravind Eye Care

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Of the estimated 39 million blind people in the world today, nearly a third live in India. An estimated 75% of blindness in India is preventable, but too many lack access to the eye care they need.

Drive Deeper Thinking in Math: Designing an Error Analysis Station

Catlin Tucker

Too many students view mistakes as a bad thing to be avoided. The truth is that mistakes are inevitable. We need to start treating these moments as opportunities to learn instead of something to be ashamed of.

How Parents Can Help Kids with Math: 5 Tips that Work

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Math teacher Jon Orr shares tips for parents From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Parents can encourage math success just like reading success. Parents can help kids with math!

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Reflections on School Leadership Inspired by the GOATs

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In a world hyper-focused on influencers and celebrities, it is no surprise that professional athletes are often a top feature of our news or social media feeds.

EdTech at School

This E-book is designed to support educators with case studies of education technology use at school.

How to Bring Back the Arts and Boost Academic Achievement Through STEAM Curriculum


Did you know that music lessons can help students excel in STEM ? Or that art programs in class can help children manage their stress and achieve higher test scores over time? Art is more than just an elective that students can go without.

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The 9 elements of Digital Citizenship your students need to know


With the rise of the Internet, we have become more and more present in the online world. This has come with its own sets regulations which we have to abide by.

Tech Tools for School Counselors

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Steve Sharp talks about tools schoolcounselors can use. From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter School counselors are unique. They have unique needs as they help guide students and perform duties at their school.

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Investigating Animals with Young Children and the iPad

iTeach with iPads

Children are naturally inquisitive about animals and nature. When I was teaching kindergarten, my students would always be excited to tell me about a new pet, or a recent trip to the zoo or the aquarium. In fact, the first words of many children are dog, bunny, or cat.

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Custom eLearning: What to Consider as an L&D Manager

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Calling for the disruption of liberal arts colleges—in order to save liberal education

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A report published last month by the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce suggests a strong showing for liberal arts colleges in terms of ROI—if you go to the right school, and if you’re willing to wait a few decades for it to pay off.

Design for humans

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A Washington Post article on the recent Iowa Democratic caucus fiasco states: Every aspect of election administration should be designed around all the ways that we, as humans, fail, and all the ways technology fails us.

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Tech & Learning Names the Winners of the TCEA Best of Show 2020


Tech & Learning presents its annual awards program that honors nominated products at the annual TCEA conference. The products below were selected by an anonymous panel of educator judges, who scoured the exhibit hall floor during the conference in Austin.

Teachers’ Guide to Plagiarism

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