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Want to Get Younger Students Started on Esports? Try Minecraft Education.

EdTech Magazine

Like digital screens built from tiny pixels, Minecraft is a virtual world of pixilated landscapes crafted by players using digital building blocks. Playing Minecraft is like playing with digital Lego bricks: Players build elaborate structures and interact within blocky landscapes, either solo or with friends. Its open-ended nature, paired with straightforward yet deep gameplay, fosters creativity, problem-solving and collaboration.

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Creating Modern Classrooms: 3 Contemporary Approaches to Classroom Design

ViewSonic Education

Imagine a classroom that responds to the needs of the 21st-century student; that’s the promise of modern classroom design. Here, technology propels discovery, and furniture is more than just functional—it morphs into a portal to boundless learning opportunities. Crafted with purpose, these spaces are designed to ignite curiosity and ensure that every learning journey is inclusive and responsive.

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Tech Tips to End the School Year

Ask a Tech Teacher

Wrapping up your school technology for the summer is as complicated as setting it up in September. There are endless backups, shares, cleanings, changed settings, and vacation messages that — if not done right — can mean big problems when you return from summer vacation. If you have a school device, a lot of the shutdown steps will be done by the IT folks as they backup, clean, reformat, and maybe re-image your device.

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Six Tips for Districts to Avoid the Next Funding Cliff

Digital Promise

Updated Technology Sustainability Toolkit helps districts plan their budgets with ending of COVID relief funds.

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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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AI has potential to upend student testing

Ask a Tech Teacher

AI has the potential to revolutionize education for better or worse–jury’s still out on that. No one denies it can make student testing more efficient, faster, possibly leading to better educational outcomes for all learners. Key positives: Tailor personalized learning paths Adapt testing to challenge students at their appropriate level of knowledge Provide instant feedback Reduce bias Analyze data quickly to find learning patterns and trends.

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Keeping Devices Refreshed Is Critical to a Healthy and Modern IT Ecosystem

EdTech Magazine

As in any industry, IT teams supporting K–12 schools must navigate a challenging landscape. But with education on the line, IT staff take on significant responsibility for ensuring that the technology they support provides an optimal digital experience for teachers and students alike. Despite strict budgets and small IT teams, school districts must keep devices safely and continually refreshed.

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Announcing the 2024 YouthMADE Festival Amplify Grant Recipients

Digital Promise

The post Announcing the 2024 YouthMADE Festival Amplify Grant Recipients appeared first on Digital Promise.

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A Typing Website With a Twist

Ask a Tech Teacher

This how-to-type website doesn’t get enough exposure so I’m doing a quick overview of pros and cons and how to use it. If you’re looking for a good typing program to engage your students during summer school or next school year, this is an excellent choice: KidzType is a free comprehensive approach to learning keyboarding. The ad- and distraction-free interface provides not only practice drills but quick links to grade-appropriate keyboarding games (including popular ones from

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Are AI Tutors the Answer to Lingering Learning Loss?

EdTech Magazine

With schools struggling to help students recover from pandemic-related learning loss, artificial intelligence tutoring platforms have emerged as a possible solution — despite the many issues they present. Across the country, several schools are already making AI tutoring a reality. Cade Brumley, Louisiana’s superintendent of education, recently requested $30 million from the state legislature to expand in-school tutoring, which includes AI tutoring options.

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What Brain Science Says About How to Better Teach Teenagers

Edsurge

Ellen Galinsky has been on a seven-year quest to understand what brain science says about how to better teach and parent adolescent children. The past few years have seen advancements in our understanding of this time — where the brain is going through almost as much change as during the earliest years of a child’s life. In the past, Galinsky says, researchers and educators have focused too much on portraying the emotional turmoil and risky decision-making that is typical in adolescence as negat

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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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Why Teachers Stay: Building Inspiring, Responsive Leaders to Improve the Learning Experience for All

Education Elements

In one of our recent blogs , we noted that some teachers list “weak or uninspiring leadership” as a reason they are leaving their positions. Those who feel strongly that they are not supported by their school administration are at high risk of calling it quits. If we are relying on school leaders and building administrators to reverse this trend, we need to make sure we are equipping them with the skills they need to recognize, develop, motivate, and support teacher growth and development.

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5 Innovative Tech Projects for High Schoolers

Ask a Tech Teacher

Great end-of-year projects for high school students, from the Ask a Tech Teacher team: 5 Innovative Tech Projects for High Schoolers Project-based learning has gained significant popularity in recent times. Emerging as a creative and insightful way for youngsters to learn and practically implement their knowledge, the idea of project-based learning has been encouraged and applauded by teachers worldwide.

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Refreshing Your Devices? Here’s What You Need to Know!

EdTech Magazine

Today, 94 percent of public schools provide digital devices to students, in part due to the need caused by the pandemic. K–12 IT leaders must reflect on what we learned during that time and use that knowledge to guide our approach to refreshing our districts’ devices, especially with the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund cliff approaching.

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Professors Try ‘Restrained AI’ Approach to Help Teach Writing

Edsurge

When ChatGPT emerged a year and half ago, many professors immediately worried that their students would use it as a substitute for doing their own written assignments — that they’d click a button on a chatbot instead of doing the thinking involved in responding to an essay prompt themselves. But two English professors at Carnegie Mellon University had a different first reaction: They saw in this new technology a way to show students how to improve their writing skills.

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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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10 of the Best Elementary Activities for the Last Days of School

Waterford

The end of the school year can evoke a bittersweet feeling. It marks a moment for celebration as educators contemplate the growth and achievements of their students, as well as the sense of community fostered within their classrooms. However, bidding farewell to your students and preparing them for the next academic year can be challenging. Now is the time to reminisce about the moments that made the school year special and to create lasting memories that students will carry with them to the nex

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They’re Still Not Like Us (Math and Our Values)

The Jose Vilson

In 2015, C-SPAN’s Washington Journal invited me to discuss education reform and my book, This Is Not A Test: A New Narrative on Race, Class, and Education. I was still a classroom teacher then, imbued in the idea that teachers, particularly those doing STEM-related topics, should continuously seek professional development and stay curious about the math they didn’t know.

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PROOF POINTS: AI essay grading is already as ‘good as an overburdened’ teacher, but researchers say it needs more work

The Hechinger Report

Grading papers is hard work. “I hate it,” a teacher friend confessed to me. And that’s a major reason why middle and high school teachers don’t assign more writing to their students. Even an efficient high school English teacher who can read and evaluate an essay in 20 minutes would spend 3,000 minutes, or 50 hours, grading if she’s teaching six classes of 25 students each.

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Early Educators Deserve Better, Starting With Health Care and Retirement Benefits

Edsurge

About two years ago, I had a health crisis that not only jeopardized my well-being, but also threatened the continuity of care for the families I serve as the owner of a home-based child care program. One day when I was cleaning up at the end of a work day, I began experiencing heart palpitations and difficulty breathing. After a number of medical visits, I was hospitalized and eventually diagnosed with atrial fibrillation (AFIB) — a condition which can lead to blood clots and a risk of stroke o

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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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5 key recommendations for AI in education

eSchool News

Key points: Educators know AI will have a role in education, but still feel uncertain about the technology Check out the latest on AI in education New group targets AI skills in education and the workforce For more news on AI in education, visit eSN’s Digital Learning hub It’s impossible to avoid news about AI today, and it seems all industries and sectors are abuzz with how AI will impact operations.

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The Symmetry of AI in Assessments

Iterating Toward Openness

Large language models (LLMs) make it possible for faculty to rapidly create a wide range of formative and summative assessments for their students. And, as we hear about so often, students can also use LLMs to write their essays and complete other assignments. (Apparently, when faculty use AI to create assignments, it’s a “productivity gain.” But when students use AI to complete assignments, it’s “cheating.

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What Makes Some Teachers So Memorable?

MiddleWeb

Education professor and researcher Julie Hasson has spent years interviewing people about their memorable teachers. Read what three former middle school students told her about the teachers whose actions and interactions in the classroom made a lasting impact on their lives. The post What Makes Some Teachers So Memorable? first appeared on MiddleWeb.

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Teachers Are Introducing Young Learners to Climate Consciousness. Hope Is Key, They Say.

Edsurge

Extreme weather events are on the rise around the globe, from historic floods to unseasonable heat waves and raging wildfires. One doesn’t have to reach far to find fuel for climate-related fear and anxiety. Heidi Rose, an elementary school teacher in Denver, Colorado, knows that all too well. She experienced years of what she describes as “pretty intense” climate anxiety, beginning around 2015, as she watched natural disasters unfold in the news and up close.

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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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3 AR/VR resources that nurture student curiosity

eSchool News

Key points: Educators say AR and VR tools greatly increase student engagement Reaching the 4Cs with 3D and virtual reality 3 key steps when using VR in education For more news on AR and VR, visit eSN’s Digital Learning hub As a Technology Explorations teacher for my district, I’m tasked with finding and incorporating the latest technology resources into classrooms effectively and engagingly.

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IXL Learning Faces Lawsuit Over Claims of Violating Children’s Data Privacy

Marketplace K-12

The company is alleged to have failed to obtain consent for its collection and use of children’s data. The post IXL Learning Faces Lawsuit Over Claims of Violating Children’s Data Privacy appeared first on Market Brief.

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Four cities of FAFSA chaos: Students tell how they grappled with the mess, stress

The Hechinger Report

By Liz Willen For many high school seniors and others hoping to attend college next year, the last few months have become a stress-filled struggle to complete the trouble-plagued, much-maligned FAFSA, or Free Application for Federal Student Aid. The rollout of this updated and supposedly simplified form was so delayed, error-ridden and confusing that it has derailed or severely complicated college decisions for millions of students throughout the U.S., especially those from low-income, first-gen

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Why Healing Affinity Spaces Are Necessary for Black Women Educators

Edsurge

As Black womxn educators, we have a connection with education that is ancestral. Even before enslavement, teaching and learning existed in Africa. African communities built cities, states and kingdoms. Africans were skilled laborers, mathematicians and astronomers. Creativity, learning and innovation flourished in African communities, and that heritage lives in African descendants, especially apparent in the way we teach and radically care for our students.

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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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How this school social worker helps students inside and outside of the classroom

eSchool News

This story was originally published by Chalkbeat. Sign up for their newsletters at ckbe.at/newsletters. The more caring and loving adults in a child’s life, the better. That’s the approach Michele Whaley carries into her job as a school social worker at Eleanor Skillen School 34 in Indianapolis. “At school, I can provide someone that will nonjudgmentally listen and provide support, skills, and perspective which they can then take into other aspects of life,” she said.

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Unlocking Teacher Potential: 5 Secrets to Effective Professional Growth

Edthena

Instructional coaching has been a key component powering the professional growth of teachers for many years. However, the challenge has always been a numbers game, how can districts provide enough coaching when instructional coaching resources are limited? The Coordinator of Professional Learning and Leadership for Keller ISD , Valerie Minor, shared her secrets for tackling this challenge at the Learning Forward Texas conference.

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Horticulture, horses and ‘Chill Rooms’: One district goes all-in on mental health support

The Hechinger Report

PITTSBURGH — Maria Hubal sent one student back to class just as another walked in. The sixth grader, slouched over with his hood pulled low, made a beeline to a hammock chair and curled up. Hubal, Bellevue Elementary’s behavioral health school educator, gently asked if everything was OK and what she could do to help. He said he was at a “red” — based on a color thermometer posted by the door that students can use to describe their stress level.

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Assessment Culture: What It Is and Why It Matters

Edsurge

In the post-COVID pandemic educational setting, assessment offers ways to gain crucial insights into student thinking and learning and the areas requiring support for progress toward learning goals. While thoughtful assessment design and implementation are necessary for student success, building a strong assessment culture in schools is often overlooked but equally important.

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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.