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FETC 2019: How Small K–12 Schools Can Keep Their Networks Secure

EdTech Magazine

FETC 2019: How Small K–12 Schools Can Keep Their Networks Secure. eli.zimmerman_9856. Sun, 01/27/2019 - 18:48. Independent schools and small districts rely heavily on technology to supplement smaller budgets and staffs , which means it is essential to have airtight cybersecurity measures in place. In order to create the best possible defense systems, schools should build on their technology investments over time , according to education leaders at a Jan.

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Guest post: Using EdTech and AI to reduce social inequality

EdTech4Beginners

The UK Educational Gap. When I first moved to the United Kingdom, I was very confused about the country’s educational system. It is a very complex matter. Schools can be Academies, Grammar Schools, State Schools, Independent Schools, Colleges, and so forth. It is a long list of different school types and classification. In the past few years, there have been discussions amongst teachers and amongst politicians on whether this is the best system or if it should be reformed.

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How to Celebrate World Read Aloud Day

Ask a Tech Teacher

On Feb. 1, 2019, World Read Aloud Day celebrates the pure joy of oral reading with kids of all ages. Created by LitWorld , past years have found over 1 million people in 100 countries joining together to enjoy the power and wonder of reading aloud in groups or individually, at school or home, and discovering what it means to listen to a story told through the voice of another.

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Kid-Centric Schools: When There's a Will There's a Way

A Principal's Reflections

When I wrote Uncommon Learning back in 2015, the premise was to set the stage as to how we could create schools that work for kids. A good deal of the strategies presented came from what we successfully implemented at New Milford High School where I was the former principal. To get a better gist of the main focus areas check out my TEDx talk.

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.

Ditch those sub plans

Ditch That Textbook

Teachers never realize how much work they do, until they have to write sub plans! Isn’t that the truth? I used to spend hours writing sub plans, detailed, step-by-step plans. And then I would pray the substitute would follow them. Once our school began going digital, I started changing the way I planned for a […]. Ed Tech Guest Blog digital sub plans edtech educational technology sub plans teaching

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My Favorite 5 Tech Tools for Teacher-Authors

Ask a Tech Teacher

Here are five of my favorite tech tools for teacher-authors: 1. A good editing program. Whether you’re self-published or agented, you want your documents as clean as possible. You can edit it yourself, use beta readers, or pray, but one more option to include in your toolkit is a good online editing program. Often, these ask you to copy-paste your text into a dialogue box on their website and they take it from there. Sometimes, you upload your entire manuscript.

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BETT 2019 in review: The future of education is now!

Neo LMS

It’s hard to imagine what the future of education will be like when you’re already surrounded by it. That was the general feeling I had while attending BETT just last week. I’m sure I wasn’t alone in thinking this way, among other almost 35,000 attendees. The conference floor was packed full with VR headsets, interactive products, incredible software, robots and anything you could imagine belonging in a classroom.

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Blended Learning: A Bridge to Personalization

Catlin Tucker

Blended learning is the combination of active engaged learning online and active engaged learning offline with the goal of giving students more control over the time, place, pace, and path of their learning. Blended learning can take many different forms and the various models give students different degrees of control over their learning. Some educators use blended learning and personalized learning synonymously. It’s important to make a distinction between the two.

How to Get Your Students Out of the Box

The CoolCatTeacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter How can you get your students out of the box when you educate them in a box? Check out a revolutionary way to educate with arts, ag, and nature by digging into Chattahoochee Hills Charter School outside of Atlanta, Georgia.

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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).

Best-in-Class Resources–Last Chance to Vote

Ask a Tech Teacher

Last Change to vote for your favorite Tech Ed Tool! Every year, I review a large number of websites, apps, and resources that help educators blend technology into their classrooms. I get lots of feedback from readers sharing their experiences, asking questions, and clicking through to see if a particular tool will serve their needs. But, I often don’t hear how the product worked in the fullness of time. Starting last year, I sought out your opinions: how dependable is it.

How to Communicate with Parents, Students, and Colleagues (The Easy Way!)

EdTech4Beginners

Keeping Everyone on the Same Page Doesn’t Have to Be Difficult When You Use this Simple Hack… Whether your students are in pre-kindergarten, high-school, or somewhere in between, one thing’s for certain– teaching them is not a solo sport. Molding the next generation of young minds takes a lot of effort from a lot of people, and that means teaching requires a lot of communication as well.

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EdTech definitions every teacher should know: Part 2

Neo LMS

Welcome to Part 2 of our EdTech terminology post — where we hope to give you a relatively simple roadmap to help navigate the thickets of education technology buzzwords and phrases that tend to appear in discussions and debates. Last time I focused on more purely tech phrases, such as “artificial intelligence” and “machine learning”, today I will zero in on a few education-based phrases that are often conflated or interchanged leading to a lack of clarity. Deep Learning vs. Deep Learning.

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5 Authentic Ways to Encourage People Right Now

The CoolCatTeacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Genuine appreciation that is timely and meaningful can go a long way in the classroom, between colleagues, and administrators and their teachers. So why don’t we show more appreciation? It doesn’t have to be hard as Dr. Brad Johnson explains in this simple but inspiring show about taking the time to build relationships. We can do this. Even more importantly, we must.

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.

With JotForm, Summer Camp Registration Couldn’t Be Easier

Ask a Tech Teacher

Every school I know offers a summer camp. Sometimes, these are for just their students but often, the community is invited in an effort to provide a safe, fun summer learning environment for all kids. The biggest problem with summer camp has nothing to do with picking interesting subjects or lining up teachers. It’s organizing enrollees. JotForm has the solution. If you’re not familiar with JotForm , it is the gold standard for form creation whether on PCs, Macs, or mobile devices.

How to Design Professional Development that Turns Your Users Into Repeat Customers

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

Use these four questions as a guide to make sure your PD offerings fit the needs of educators and will inspire product loyalty. The post How to Design Professional Development that Turns Your Users Into Repeat Customers appeared first on Market Brief. The Startup Blog Business Strategy PD Professional Development

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Improving Frontline Workforce Talent Development with Data

Digital Promise

Frontline workforce talent development presents numerous challenges. Many frontline workers, or the workers who deal directly with customers and deliver services, say the workforce development and job training programs available to them aren’t relevant, and most workers don’t have the capacity to complete these programs for degrees or certificates.

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How to Make Science Thrilling from a “Jurassic Park” Mind

The CoolCatTeacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Dr. Ray Havasay was a scientist consulted on the making of the original Jurassic Park. Now, she is Executive Director of The Center for Science Teaching and Learning where she specializes in helping engage students in exciting science learning. Listen to Hear Ideas You Need to Know Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher Stream by clicking here.

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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.

Here’s a Preview of February

Ask a Tech Teacher

Here’s a preview of what’s coming up on Ask a Tech Teacher in July: February Subscriber Special. Questions Parents Ask about Tech in School. 20 Valentine Sites For Students. How Wearable Technology is Changing Education and Easing Disabilities. 15 President’s Day Activities. Engineers Week — A Must for High School. Best-in-Category Winners. Purpose Driven Learning: Myths, Problems, and Education Applications. What to do when you lose a digital document.

Virginia is for Learners Innovation Network

Dangerously Irrelevant

Yesterday I blogged an update on the 7-day Innovation Academy that we are conducting for 72 school leaders in North Dakota. Today I thought I’d share that we are about to launch a new initiative in Virginia. The first round of the Virginia Is for Learners Innovation Network will launch in March and run through December of this year. Applications are rolling in from Virginia school districts right now. Up to 20 lead innovation teams will be accepted.

Celebrating Innovative Middle and High School Educators

Digital Promise

Powerful use of technology contributes to closing the Digital Learning Gap. Educators who design learning experiences that are personal and accessible , authentic and challenging , collaborative and connected , and inquisitive and reflective create deeper, more meaningful learning experiences for their students.

Fundamentals of More Positive Relationships Between Administrators & Teachers

The CoolCatTeacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter While teachers might need to put students first, Dr. Brad Johnson makes the point in his book Putting Teachers First: How to Inspire, Motivate, and Connect with Your Staff that administrators need to focus on teachers in order to help students. He also shares techniques for building positive relationships between administrators and teachers including a different take on classroom visits to make them more positive.

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!

Part 1: Computational Thinking: Ten Ways To Promote CT Across The Entire Curriculum

21st Century Educational Technology and Learning

Welcome to Part One of this series based on Computation Thinking. This first post will provide the “what” and “why”along with some steps to promote this important practice. The second post will provide a goldmine of resources to get you started with your students. You will not want to miss it! Also, please take a moment to subscribe to this blog by RSS or email and join me on twitter at mjgormans .

Update: North Dakota Innovation Academy

Dangerously Irrelevant

Back in October I blogged that CASTLE and I were launching a 7-day Innovation Academy for school leaders in North Dakota. Generously supported by Ted Dintersmith and in cooperation with the North Dakota Council of Educational Leaders , the goal was to kick off a three-year investment in leadership capacity-building across the state for future-ready learning, teaching, and schooling.

English Learners and Reading Challenges

Digital Promise

This article originally appeared on Usable Knowledge from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Read the original version here. When English learners show signs of reading difficulties, educators often have a hard time figuring out what’s holding them back. Is a student struggling to read just because she is still learning English and hasn’t yet developed the academic language skills she needs? Or, might she have a learning disability in reading that has not yet been identified?

Building Good Relationships with Your Students’ Parents

The CoolCatTeacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Today’s parents like a different kind of communication. Student videos. Some information and not others. Mike Daugherty, a Director of Technology in Ohio, has been studying this topic and experimenting for the last several years to find optimal ways to communicate with today’s parents. Today, he shares what he has learned.

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.

Why Product Certification Matters

ViewSonic Education

Value-branded products are everywhere. New companies seem to pop up overnight. How to tell the quality from the questionable? The reliable vs. the risky? Product certification is one of your best tools. Buying on price and availability can expose users to avoidable risk. Product certification lets you know that a product is safe and reliable. It’s a benchmark for product quality. A guidepost leading you to reliable manufacturers. Reputable companies work to minimize and eliminate risk.

5 Innovative Conferences For Educators And Entrepreneurs To Attend In 2019

EdNews Daily

Did you know that there are almost 100 education conferences every year? Some of these conferences are offered in the States, while others are held around the globe. How do you choose which ones to attend? Whether you’re a teacher or an education entrepreneur, there is something for you.

7 Reasons You Can't Miss the Personalized Learning Summit 2019!

Education Elements

We're counting down the days to this year's 5th annual Personalized Learning Summit! We're so excited to gather together again this year and share the experiences and innovation we've all been developing since the last PL Summit. If you've never been to the PL Summit before - or you're making the case to attend again - here are the top reasons to join us in Atlanta, GA May 14-16 this year! Personalized Learning Leaders