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How to Keep Students at the Center of Your Digital Transformation


While there’s no exact formula for a seamless digital transformation, certain school districts are providing examples of how to take this on while keeping learners at the center of everything. Student agency is a top priority at Frederick County Public Schools in Virginia, and it definitely shows in their approach to technology implementation.

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12 Realities That Are Reducing Innovation In Schools

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12 Realities That Are Reducing Innovation In Schools by Terry Heick Ed note: This post has been updated from a 2012 post by the author Innovation is not something that just happens. Or–with the right chemistry–does it? Oftentimes this chemistry is referred to locally in schools as “climate,” but climate is only a small part of […]. The post 12 Realities That Are Reducing Innovation In Schools appeared first on TeachThought.


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Thinking about design thinking in education


We may not know what the future has in store, but as teachers we need to prepare students to thrive in it. Our world as we know it today will not be the same in the future, nor will the trends regarding people’s jobs. Some jobs will emerge into different ones, some will disappear altogether and some will be newly created to cater for the needs of the future society.

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The Unexpected Benefit of Differentiation? Student Happiness


Her voice cracking with emotion, first-grade teacher Candy Mobley recalls the day in 2014 when her school district's one-to-one program launched. Their faces were so happy—it was like Christmas. I could have cried. Some of them had never seen an iPad or a laptop and probably wouldn't have without the program here." Their faces were so happy—it was like Christmas. I could have cried.

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.

Learning in the Making: The Role of the Educator as a Maker Educator

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I have been working with ASCD for the past few years to publish my book, Learning in the Making: How to Plan, Execute, and Assess Powerful Makerspace Lessons. It has finally been released for sale! Below is an except – Chapter 5: The Role of the Educator as a Maker Educator. The process of bringing maker education into formal and informal educational settings involves different approaches and strategies than in a more traditional educational setting.

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10 ways to use emojis in the classroom

Ditch That Textbook

Emojis are the modern-day hieroglyphics. In fact, our students are sharing complete thoughts and complete stories in, get this…PICTURES. It’s true! Take a peek at the phone of any tween or teen. They’ve traded words for icons. Something’s drop-to-the-floor funny? ?? will do. Their parents are looking over their shoulders? Insert ??. Emojis can […]. Creativity Guest Blog Teaching creative teaching. using emojis edtech educational technology emojis in the classroom student engagement

How Administrators Can Support Teachers to Embrace New Practices

Digital Promise

Considering the myriad of responsibilities science teachers face , it can be challenging for teachers to let go of traditional teaching practices and embrace putting students in the driver’s seat of their learning. In this post, Robyn Jordan, Associate Principal of Teaching and Learning at Mason High School in Mason City Schools, shares what role administrators have in supporting teachers as they allow students to lead their science learning.

Bringing Out the Best in Others

A Principal's Reflections

It’s no secret that great cultures bring out the best in people and in turn, this leads to systemwide success. Success is a fickle thing, though. There might be specific indicators that are used to quantify whether an organization is good or even great, but there is no set recipe that I know of as to how to accomplish this feat. What I do know is that it is not the result of one person or department. When change happens and leads to improved outcomes, it is the result of the collective.

Teacher-Author? Me too! Let’s talk

Ask a Tech Teacher

This week, my wonderful efriends and fellow teacher-authors are helping me launch my latest prehistoric fiction novel, The Quest for Home. Driven from her home. Stalked by enemies. Now her closest ally may be a traitor. An early review… “I can’t begin to imagine the hours of research, not to mention the actual writing time, that went into this wonderful gem of a story. I highly recommend this book. It’s a must read for those who love prehistoric fiction.”

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).

An educator’s guide to podcasting beyond the classroom

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Other than AR or VR, podcasting is one of the more recent edtech tools that has made its way into the hands of educators. And like any tool, given the right supports and practices, it can make extraordinary things possible for teachers, students, and their communities. Maybe it’s a capstone project at the end of […]. Ed Tech Guest Blog Templates don't ditch that tech edtech educational technology educators's guide to podcasting podcasting podcasting ebook podcasting in the classroom

10 quick thoughts on mobile phones in schools

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A few quick thoughts… Most people realize that mobile phones are actually mobile computers. But many schools that claim to be doing everything they can to get technology into the hands of schoolchildren then ban their students from using the computers that they bring in their pockets every day. The issue apparently is not technology, it’s control. We need to call this for what it is. Students know that mobile phones are powerful learning devices.

It’s Time To Unlearn & Relearn Learning

EdNews Daily

This article was originally written and published by Rich Carr of Carr Knowledge. You can read more at Brain-centric Design. Our innate capacity to learn, to think, to create, and adapt endowed us with the evolutionary advantages necessary to become one of the most successful organisms on the planet.

How educators can make use of edtech into the classroom


A version of this post was originally published on August 6, 2019 in Education HQ Australia. The success of educators nowadays is based on the interrelation between mastering their subject matter, pedagogy and the technology that supports teaching. Knowing everything about Geography, for example, and making students understand geographical concepts is no longer enough. Teachers need to choose and use the right educational technology — or edtech — to elevate teaching as well.

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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.

25 creative ideas for using mobile devices in school

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Whether you have iPads, Android tablets or a bring your own device policy for students, mobile devices are a great way to engage our students. And the best part is that these devices encourage our students to get up and moving because they are made for using on the go. So how can we utilize […]. DitchBook Twitter chat Ed Tech Teaching ipads in the classroom mobile devices in the classroom teaching with mobile devices

Don’t tell us we’re inspiring and then keep doing nothing

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“Please save your praise, we don’t want it. Don’t invite us here to tell us how inspiring we are with doing anything about it. It doesn’t lead to anything.” ” And with that, climate change activist Greta Thunberg sums up so much of how we also treat student input in schools. . Listening to our youth does not mean a few student panels at conferences for adults: “It is all about the kids! We had a panel of them, and they did such a great job, and it was SO inspiring!”.

The NEW Team Habits: Fostering a Culture of Belonging Through Meeting Check-Ins

Education Elements

How are you? What is bringing you to this blog post today? What is top of mind for you as you’re reading this? Would you rather have the ability to fly or read minds? Did those questions interest or engage you? Are you now mulling over your current feelings or intentions? Or did you stop reading entirely to properly dedicate your attention to choosing between superpowers?

Extreme Stress During Childhood Can Hurt Social Learning for Years to Come

Digital Promise

This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article. Each year, more than 6 million children in the United States are referred to Child Protective Services for abuse or neglect. Previous research on the consequences of early life stress and child maltreatment shows that these children will be more likely to develop a multitude of social and mental health problems.

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 K-12 Business Model: How to Innovate in an Ever-Changing Learning Environment

EdNews Daily

By Steve Halliwell and Cheryl Miller. Each fall, teachers will get a new sea of smiling faces in their classrooms. Almost no other industry operates under this unique business model, where each year your audience is replaced with a completely new one. And with that type of model in mind, it leads us to wonder what effect annual student influx has on technology adoption in the classroom and the cultural effect on the ability to experiment and personalize.

Girl Power(ed): 5 STEM Activities and Lessons for Girls

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Girl Power(ed): 5 STEM Activities and Lessons for Girls By Kate Began Empowering girls through STEM activities not only prepares them for a bright future, it’s also a fun way to keep them engaged while they learn. Little girls love tinkering with things and tackling complex topics just as much—if not more so—than the boys. Unfortunately, some harmful stereotypes just don’t seem to die.

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Minute to Win It: Practices for Impacting Teacher Retention Through Consistent Celebration

Education Elements

At Education Elements, we believe that sparking learning through creativity, reflection, and play is key to adult learning. So, let’s start here by playing a game. The rules are simple. Read this list of things that real people have done and determine what these actions have in common. Ready? Eat 65 M&Ms with chopsticks. Travel 100 meters while seated and hopping on a large bouncy ball. Complete 98 ‘around the world’ soccer ball juggling tricks.

This Ed-Tech Company Moved From ‘Not Yet’ to a Program Inspired by Customer Demand

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

For years teachers asked listening skills company Listenwise to help them and their students create podcasts, but the company wasn't ready to add a new product. Find out how Listenwise got to "yes.". The post This Ed-Tech Company Moved From ‘Not Yet’ to a Program Inspired by Customer Demand appeared first on Market Brief. The Startup Blog Educational Technology/Ed-Tech Entrepreneurship Podcasting Professional Development Startup Shortcuts Series Startups

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!

Black Teachers as Reparations: My Remarks at the Congressional Black Caucus

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The Center for American Progress in collaboration with Education Reform Now invited me and a host of other citizens with opinions on education to speak about education and racial equity. I’m honored and thankful they asked me to represent current classroom teachers as so few of us – if any – get opportunities to inform policy and practice on a regular basis. Below are notes that turned into my opening remarks for the panel.

Podcast – Talking with Richard Byrne on the Practical Ed Tech Podcast!

Dangerously Irrelevant

Last week my conversation with Richard Byrne went live on the Practical Ed Tech Podcast. Many of you know Richard from his primary site, Free Technology for Teachers , one of the most widely-read education blogs in the world. Richard and I have known each other for a long time. Maybe he’ll come see me in Colorado sometime. He’s an outdoorsy type – he’d love it out here!

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How to Boost Family Involvement through Parent-Teacher Conferences


The first few months of school pass by so quickly. Before you know it, parent-teacher conferences are right around the corner. It’s easy to let the conference season catch us by surprise, but did you know that parent-teacher conferences are one of the best ways to boost parent engagement? Check out our guide for encouraging parental involvement in your school before, during, and after parent-teacher conferences.

Schoolwide Approach to SEL

EdNews Daily

By Tamara Fyke. Over the past year, I have had countless conversations with educators, from administrators to classroom teachers, about their perspectives on social-emotional learning (SEL). My team and I have asked questions about current practices and needs. The most common response we have received, without question, is the need to build the capacity for the adults in the school community to deliver SEL. Those who’ve shared this perspective have been unequivocal in their explanation.

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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.

Assessing Writing Without Grading


Over the next several weeks, OnCUE will be introducing readers to some of the presenters who will be showcased up in Sacramento at this year’s Fall CUE Conference. These presenters want to give you a teaser of what to expect at their session – and hopefully inspire you to join them! Read on to hear from them […]. The post Assessing Writing Without Grading appeared first on OnCUE. Learn assessments edtech education conference ELA ELA teachers Fall CUE writing

Student-to-Counselor Ratios are Dangerously High. Here’s How Two Districts Are Tackling It.


Students have always needed counseling services that go well beyond the college and career development that has become standard fare in American high schools. But today’s students—who increasingly suffer from depression, anxiety and various social pressures, even at a young age—demand more comprehensive support than ever before. The trouble is, most of them aren’t getting it. Nationwide, there are about 111,000 school counselors serving 50.59

20 Ideas for Incorporating Writing In ‘Other’ Subject Areas

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20 Ideas for Incorporating Writing In Other Subject Areas by Barbara R. Blackburn, PhD and TeachThought Staff Teaching writing is traditionally though of as an ‘English Language Arts’ responsibility rather than viewed as the responsibility of the ‘writing teacher.’ ’ While that’s a longer, more complex conversation (with some truth), hopefully we can agree for now […].