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Tech Tip #134: 8 Tips to Become Tomorrow’s Teacher

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: 8 Tips to Become Tomorrow’s Teacher.

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The 3 pillars of meaningful learning

eSchool News

We have a saying where I work at the Van Andel Institute for Education: “We believe learning should be memorable, meaningful, and fun!” It’s a quote that I earnestly believe in, but I also recognize the challenges that come with this lofty goal. The number of responsibilities teachers must deal with is endless, and the world of education is only growing more uncertain.

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Rethinking Normal

A Principal's Reflections

It always amazes me that we possess such vivid memories of some experiences yet tend to forget others. As the years' pass, I am always trying to retain as many as possible from my childhood. One that sticks out goes way back to my pre-school years. Now I can’t remember if my twin brother and I were actually in a year-long program or just a set number of days where high school students worked with us.

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A Simple Guide to Adopting a New Curriculum

Education Elements

As more and more high-quality instructional materials (HQIM) become available, we have noticed a tension with districts across the country between being excited about the opportunities for new, rigorous materials, and the concern about when and how to get started. While some district-level decisions are guided by state policy and timelines, there are five components that we have found that will help to shape any district’s academic strategy, regardless of where it is during an adoption window.

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Enhancing School Device Management for Improved Learning

Schools face increasing challenges as technology becomes integral to education. Efficient device management is essential for maximizing technology use and safeguarding investments. Our article discusses the importance of tracking devices, outlines current challenges, and suggests modern solutions that go beyond traditional methods like Excel. Learn how advanced tracking systems can streamline operations, improve maintenance, and offer real-time updates for better resource allocation.

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Edtech Company Encourages Its Employees to Volunteer as Substitute Teachers

Edsurge

Schools across the country are dealing with a severe teacher shortage. That shortage has become so desperate at times that state governments have even started letting their employees take paid time off to plug in the holes in missing staff, in an effort to keep schools from shuttering in-person learning. For example: In late January, Utah Governor Spencer Cox issued an executive order giving state employees up to 30 hours of paid time off to sit in for missing staff at public and private schools

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8 questions for educators as they use assessments to support student learning

eSchool News

For assessments to be used effectively in schools, it’s important for districts and schools to consider what assessments are intended for and how the data gained from the assessments will be applied to support student learning. Building and maintaining a balanced assessment system is essential for schools, but the process can be complicated. . Asking these eight questions can help school district leaders who want to make sure they’re using and administering formative, interim, and summative asse

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Keyboarding Basics Part 1

Ask a Tech Teacher

Keyboarding is a topic that most parents want their children to learn and many schools don’t have time to teach. Of all topics on Ask a Tech Teacher, keyboarding is the most visited. If you’re looking for a curriculum for your K-8 classes, here are two popular ones we offer: The Essential Guide – -a thorough K-8 curricula intended for schools that allot about 45 minutes a week to tech classes.

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Restoring Hope and Optimism in Schools

techlearning

Restoring hope and optimism in schools can start with simply creating positive vibes.

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The Benefits of Integrating Technology into Today’s K–12 Classrooms

EdTech Magazine

Technology integration is no longer about whether tech belongs in classrooms. In today’s education landscape, it pertains to how technology is chosen and used for learning. Schools have received waves of government funding for educational technology. Administrators and IT leadership still have until September 2022 and September 2023 to obligate ESSER I and ESSER II funds, respectively.

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What’s the point of NFT in education and why should teachers care?

Neo LMS

Most everyone has likely heard about NFTs but may not necessarily know what they are or how they can be used, especially in education. The creation and use of NFTs or (non-fungible tokens) are popular topics of emerging technologies. In addition to hearing about NFT in education, we are also hearing more about the metaverse, blockchain, and web3. There are so many changing trends and technologies in the world.

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Quickly Create Personalized Learning Experiences that Work

How can we actively engage learners 24/7, on their level and according to their interests, while respecting their learning styles? It’s not impossible. In this guide: Explore how to transform traditional, one-way videos into two-way interactive learning experiences Understand different types of artificial intelligence (AI), including - Generative vs.

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Digital Citizenship–a Life Skill

Ask a Tech Teacher

I’m a staunch believer that Digital Citizenship should be taught early and often. Education Week seems to agree. They have a great article on this topic you want to check out: Educators: Teach digital citizenship early. Digital citizenship lessons should begin early, educators say. Darshell Silva, a librarian and technology integration specialist in Providence, R.I., says when children receive early guidance, they “are knowledgeable of dangers that are out there” by middle scho

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Announcing the 2022-2023 Cohort of the League of Innovative Schools

Digital Promise

Digital Promise is thrilled to announce that 28 districts are joining the ranks of the League of Innovative Schools for the 2022-2023 school year. This new cohort extends the network’s reach to more than 150 districts across 38 states and expands its cumulative impact to 4.4 million students served over time. Please join us in welcoming the new 2022-2023 cohort of the League of Innovative Schools!

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5 Ways K-12 IT Teams Can Help Teachers Save Time and Focus on Instruction

EdTech Magazine

Having to work long hours is a significant contributing factor to teacher burnout and the resulting teacher shortages dominating news headlines. The spring 2022 Merrimack College Teacher Survey found that a typical teacher works 54 hours per week, with only 25 hours spent teaching students. Not surprisingly, most teachers say they’d like to spend more time on activities directly related to teaching.

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20+ sources of FREE digital content for your class

Ditch That Textbook

Digital resources abound online. They can be more up to date and just as accurate as a textbook. Where do we find them, and how do we curate them?Textbooks. People have very strong feelings about them, I've found. When I created the website and book, Ditch That Textbook, people have been quick to share their hatred -- […]. The post 20+ sources of FREE digital content for your class appeared first on Ditch That Textbook.

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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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50+ Websites on Keyboarding

Ask a Tech Teacher

Here are a wide variety of resources that teach keyboarding–from games to drills to everything in between: ABCYa–Keyboard challenge—grade level. Alphabet rain game. Alpha Quick –how quickly can a student type the alphabet? Barracuda game. Big Brown Bear. Bubbles game. Digipuzzles –6 keyboarding practice games for youngers. Edutyping –fee-based. Free typing tutor.

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How to Engage Students with Computational Thinking Practices in Math

Digital Promise

The post How to Engage Students with Computational Thinking Practices in Math appeared first on Digital Promise.

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Teaching Emerging Technologies Empowers K–12 Students

EdTech Magazine

Teaching emerging technologies to K–12 students today not only sets them up for success as future citizens in the workplace, but also furthers diversity, equity and inclusion efforts. Sean Wybrant, a CTE teacher in Colorado Springs District 11, shared what this looks like in his classroom in a recent episode of Focus on EDU. Wybrant, who previously worked as an English teacher, found his way into teaching tech thanks to a misconception.

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Take a look at Quizalize!

EdTech4Beginners

Quizalize , the whole-class quiz platform, has an exciting announcement…Quizalize Games are now available for teachers and students around the world! What are Quizalize Games? Quizalize Games are a selection of dynamic and fun game overlays that work in conjunction with all regular Quizalize quizzes. Students work through their quizzes as normal, except now they can be motivated by, and enjoy, a variety of games layered over the top of their usual quizzes.

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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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America, We Remember

Ask a Tech Teacher

9-11 Day has become Patriot Day here in America, but it doesn’t change its purpose: to show how much we love our country. What day in recent history do you remember most from your country?

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How I Help Students Create Purposeful Media Projects that Matter to Them

Digital Promise

The post How I Help Students Create Purposeful Media Projects that Matter to Them appeared first on Digital Promise.

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5 Tips for Optimizing K–12 Storage and Charging Carts

EdTech Magazine

Charging carts, lockers and storage cabinets allow teachers to charge multiple laptops and tablets effectively and simultaneously. These solutions also allow teachers to securely store such devices. Here’s how to optimize your carts. 1. Keep Mobility in Mind When Selecting a Charging Cart Before you purchase a storage cart, think about the primary location of the devices it will store.

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Teens Now Turn to TikTok More Than Google — But Not for Schoolwork

Edsurge

TikTok is coming for Google’s gig, as the kids might say. Translated, it means that the video-based social media platform is biting into the search engine’s popularity. Last fall, TikTok surpassed Google as the most-visited site on the web. A top Google leader said during Fortune’s Brainstorm Tech conference this summer that nearly 40 percent of young people—ages 18 to 24—are turning to visual-based social media platforms like TikTok or Instagram for their internet searches.

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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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The Problem with Education’s Problems – Part 1 – The Teacher Shortage

EdNews Daily

By LeiLani Cauthen We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.” – Albert Einstein Editor’s Note: This three-part series seeks to identify the problem to act on, rather than approach each challenge as isolated. The Fall 2022 school year just started and already the teacher shortage is enormously evident. School districts nationwide are feeling the pinch of an unholy trinity of problems: 1) Up to thousands of classrooms without teachers in large district

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Few State Officials Believe Their Cybersecurity Funding Is Keeping Up With Threats

Marketplace K-12

A survey of top state officials who oversee technology reveals a gap between their schools' vulnerabilities to cyberattacks and how much their states are spending to combat it. The post Few State Officials Believe Their Cybersecurity Funding Is Keeping Up With Threats appeared first on Market Brief.

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Review: Okta Grants Access to Necessary Apps for Authorized Schools Anywhere

EdTech Magazine

There’s a common misconception that increased security must come at the expense of productivity. This can seem especially true in K–12 classrooms, where students can easily forget passwords for multiple applications, bringing learning to a halt and turning teachers into help desk technicians. While that may have been true in the past, Okta’s single sign-on software solution shatters that notion.

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Let’s Change Financial Aid to Help Students Who Pay Their Own Way Through College

Edsurge

Ever since middle school, I knew that it would be up to me to find a way to pay for college. My parents have always supported my academic ambitions while also prioritizing their own financial goals, such as saving vigilantly for retirement. They strongly believe that children should pay for things they want with their own money, including college. Emily Erickson We didn’t think this would be difficult for me to do.

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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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Podcast: Your Share of the Stimulus Wallet

EdNews Daily

In this episode of the Learning Leadership Society Podcast, your host, Learning Counsel News Media and Research CEO LeiLani Cauthen talks with Phyllis Jordan, Associate Director of Future Ed, and Brittany Martin, Education Department Relations Manager at Lexia Learning. “The Learning Counsel has been tracking Stimulus funds and spending with our big national surveys,” said Cauthen.

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3 Questions To Help Make ‘Deeper Learning’ Work

TeachThought - Learn better.

Deeper learning work presents opportunities for students to wrestle with concepts, ideas, and knowledge in a culture of inquiry. The post 3 Questions To Help Make ‘Deeper Learning’ Work appeared first on TeachThought.

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Google Docs: How to Give Emoji Feedback

Teacher Tech with Alice Keeler

Feedback is communicating and this can be done in a variety of ways. Emojis are communication and can be used for feedback in a Google Doc. Check out how to give emoji feedback in a Google Doc. The post Google Docs: How to Give Emoji Feedback appeared first on Teacher Tech.

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Best Image Translator Apps to Translate Text from Images

Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

In this post I share with you a collection of some of the best image translation apps that you can use to translate any photo into the language of your choice. As is the case with voice and text translation apps , photo translators are great for learning a new language and for navigating interlingual communication. Language students can use them as learning aids to help them expand their vocabulary of the target language.

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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.