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Three Keys for Creating Massive Change in K–12, Even with Small Tech Teams

EdTech Magazine

Although K–12 education is not known for being a major disrupter, we are making profound changes that will have a ripple effect for years to come. When I joined Mt. Diablo Unified School District as director of technology and innovation during the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic, we had a lot of needs. But our most immediate priority was getting devices to students to ensure learning continuity.

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Starlink–What is it? Why use it?

Ask a Tech Teacher

I’ve had a lot of trouble with my email the last few months. My newsletter is falling apart. My home email is changing servers–who knows what that will require on my part. My spam folder has had a mental breakdown and never (ever) works correctly. And, my internet services are suffering more than their usual annoying level of quirks and breaks.

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How Schools Can Increase Their Chances of Winning Federal Cybersecurity Funding

EdTech Magazine

In the grand scheme of things, $200 million over the course of three years to address cybersecurity in K–12 doesn’t seem like much. However, that is what the Federal Communications Commission will offer as part of its Schools and Libraries Cybersecurity Pilot Program. That said, this is a step up from what the FCC already provides through its E-rate program, whose cybersecurity coverage includes only basic firewalls and support services to configure them.

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Relevant Thinking and Learner Success

A Principal's Reflections

In today's rapidly changing world, where new challenges and technologies emerge at an unprecedented pace, students need to be relevant thinkers to successfully navigate the complex social, economic, and environmental issues they will face. The ability to think relevantly enables them to connect classroom learning with real-world applications, fostering deeper learning and cultivating critical life competencies such as problem-solving, adaptability, and creativity.

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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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How to Make Every Student Feel Valued

The CoolCatTeacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter I hope today's show will provoke thought and thinking about what it means to relate to our students. Relationships may not be easily measurable but have a significant impact on student achievement. Today, for Thought Leader Thursday, we are talking to Tom Hierck, 41-year educator, and author of 25 books.

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Subscriber Special: 50% Off Sidebar Sponsors

Ask a Tech Teacher

Every month, subscribers to our newsletter get a free/discounted resource to help their tech teaching. March 2-9th 50% discount on sidebar sponsors (instead of $100 per month, you get the same program for $50 a month) Required: Minimum of 6 months paid in advance, or $300 We place your logo and link in the blog sidebar. Additionally, once a month, I’ll share an optional update on your product with my readers (which you write).

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20 useful ways to use Padlet in class now

Ditch That Textbook

Padlet is a web app that lets users post notes on a digital wall. The uses for this site in the classroom are virtually endless!There’s a good chance you’ve done the “write on a sticky note and put it on the wall” activity — or have seen it happen before. Padlet lets those sticky notes have images, […] The post 20 useful ways to use Padlet in class now appeared first on Ditch That Textbook.

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3 Ways to Be a Less Stressed Educator

The CoolCatTeacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter How are you doing, educators? Are you stressed? While that can be typical, we also want to consider the habits that will help us teach long-term with a high quality of life. Today will be a refreshing encouragement for educators everywhere. Learn how to set boundaries, embrace self-care, and manage your mindset to transform stress into strength.

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Tech Tip #165 My Program Disappeared

Ask a Tech Teacher

Today’s tip: Find a lost program Category: Problem-solving If a program disappears, here are two quick ways to find it more than half the time (on PCs ): Look around the screen Check the taskbar Sign up for a new tip each week or buy the entire 169 Real-world Ways to Put Tech into Your Classroom. What’s your favorite tech tip in your classroom?

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How Verizon Innovative Learning Schools Transformed My District

Digital Promise

The post How Verizon Innovative Learning Schools Transformed My District appeared first on Digital Promise.

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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 Ways To Help Newcomers In The Classroom

EdNews Daily

Did you know? According to the National Education Association, by 2025, 1 out of every 4 children in classrooms across the US will be a new English Language Learner, Multilingual or Bilingual student. New students arriving in the US are usually called newcomers in a school setting. The term ‘newcomers’ is defined as K-12 students born outside the United States who arrived in the country in the last three years and are still learning English.

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A New Essential Formative Feedback Tool for Project Based Learning

The CoolCatTeacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Last March I made my first custom GPT to assess project-based learning activities. Since then, I've developed these for each of my major projects. So, on today's show, I talk about how I introduce this tool (as an “app” in a way that doesn't anthropomorphize the tool in any way).

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What You Might Have Missed in February–What’s up in March

Ask a Tech Teacher

Here are the most-read posts for the past month: Popular iPad-iPhone Swipes Choosing the Right College: Factors to Consider Beyond Rankings Graphing–9 Lesson Plans + 6 Online Resources How to Teach Dolch Words with Graphic Art Tools 6 Must-have Skills for New Tech Teachers Plus Two Extra Engineers Week Feb. 18-24 7 President’s Day Activities 11 Valentine Sites For Students Random Acts of Kindness Day is Coming.

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How These Teachers Have Fostered Design Thinking, Creativity, and Innovation

Digital Promise

The post How These Teachers Have Fostered Design Thinking, Creativity, and Innovation appeared first on Digital Promise.

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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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Rising Student Absenteeism: We Need to Change the Way We Do Things

Education Elements

Schools across the country are grappling with fewer students in classrooms, causing a ripple effect on learning, funding, and engagement. Research shows that the number of chronically absent students has nearly doubled , from about 15 percent in the 2018-2019 school year to around 30 percent in 2021-2022. Millions of students miss 10% of the school year or more—whether excused or unexcused—and substantial increases in chronic absenteeism were prevalent across every state that captures this data.

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What Is a Rapid Maturity Assessment, and Why Is It Useful for Zero Trust?

EdTech Magazine

Bolstering a school’s cybersecurity can cost a pretty penny, but that could be pennies on the dollar compared with the cost of a breach. According to IBM, the global average cost of a data breach in 2023 was nearly $4.5 million, a 15 percent increase over three years. To combat these threats, the Consortium for School Networking is seeing an increase in schools adopting practices to improve cybersecurity, according to CoSN’s “2023 State of EdTech Leadership” report.

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#12: Create Simple Shapes in Excel

Ask a Tech Teacher

What’s the first thing you think of when I say, Excel? Numbers, right–turning data into information. That is Excel’s ‘killer app’, but the ingenious human brain has come up with another striking use for Excel: Drawing. I spent a long time trying to find a lesson that taught drawing in Excel, finally gave up and created my own” If the lesson plans are blurry, click on them for a full size alternative. –This lesson plan found in the Structured Learning les

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How to Ensure Your School District is Data Ready

Digital Promise

The post How to Ensure Your School District is Data Ready appeared first on Digital Promise.

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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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Math Journals: Reflection, Documentation, and Deep Engagement

Catlin Tucker

In my last blog post, Using the Station Rotation Model in Math , I wrote about the benefits of shifting from a whole group, teacher-led lesson design to small-group differentiated instructional sessions. I make the case that the whole group, teacher-led approach to instruction limits opportunities for individual exploration and deep engagement with mathematical concepts.

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When Bots Go to Class

Edsurge

A few weeks ago, Ferris State University made a splashy announcement that it planned to enroll two chatbot “students” in its classes, calling it a novel way for colleges to test their curricula. The unusual idea seems in some ways like a publicity stunt to call attention to a the academic major it offers in artificial intelligence — and local TV news stations pounced on the notion that nonhuman classmates would be participating side-by-side in hybrid college classes with T-shirt-clad young peopl

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Securly Discern: The Future of AI in Education has Arrived

Securly

As of March 5th 2024, Securly has launched a ground-breaking new solution for K-12 schools and districts: Securly Discern. Securly Discern is a revolutionary AI that generates insights based on students' online activities and digital footprints, automating data collection and analysis for schools. From school climate and student interests, to social-emotional competence and safety assessments, … Continue reading Securly Discern: The Future of AI in Education has Arrived The post Securly Di

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Faculty Reflections: How to Bring Global Competence to Community Colleges

Digital Promise

Community college faculty members share how they’re integrating global competence into their career and technical education classes.

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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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Phonics vs Phonological Awareness: A Guide Informed by the Science of Reading

Waterford

School and Classroom Strategies Informed by the Science of Reading Find upcoming and on-demand video series led by early education experts through the Webinar Library , featuring topics chosen with administrators in mind, like: Impactful Family Engagement Made Easy Understanding the Six Instructional Strands for Literacy Professional Learning: Teaching the Science of Reading Among the six key skills needed for literacy development , two are commonly used interchangeably: phonics and phonological

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Why Old Arguments for Earning a Diploma Don't Resonate With My Students — and Which Ones Will

Edsurge

For years, I’ve worked with young people during one of the most significant transitions of their lives. After 12 years of compulsory schooling, they approach the edge of the nest — and many feel unprepared, realizing they are about to lose the comfort of seeing their friends every day, the support of trusted adults outside their families and the predictability of a daily school schedule.

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Securly Discern: The Future of AI in Education has Arrived

Securly

As of March 5th 2024, Securly has launched a ground-breaking new solution for K-12 schools and districts: Securly Discern. Securly Discern is a revolutionary AI that generates insights based on students’ online activities and digital footprints, automating data collection and analysis for schools. From school climate and student interests, to social-emotional competence and safety assessments, Discern’s AI replaces the need for manual surveying and screening, empowering school leader

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3 Ways to Organize Your Google Drive or OneDrive for the Tech Coach in Multiple Buildings.

TeacherCast

Maximize productivity as an Instructional Coach with organized Google Drive or OneDrive. Learn 3 tips to keep your digital content in order. The post 3 Ways to Organize Your Google Drive or OneDrive for the Tech Coach in Multiple Buildings. appeared first on TeacherCast Educational Network.

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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.

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Personalizing history for more impactful student learning

eSchool News

Key points: Social studies instruction should be full of student inquiry and choice 4 engaging assessment ideas for middle and high school 10 instructional strategies that lead to academic growth For more news on curriculum, visit eSN’s Innovative Teaching hub It is no accident that the new National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) definition of social studies is focused on “human experiences and the spaces in which we interact as humans.

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Are Students’ Math Futures Being Unwittingly Set By Tracking?

Edsurge

When Pierrce Holmes entered ninth grade, his school put him in 9C, a lower-level algebra class. Before then, Holmes had always earned good grades in math — mostly As — and when he found out his friends were in honors math, he felt he belonged there too. And so he approached his guidance counselor and asked why he wasn’t in the honors math class. “Oh, do you want to try?

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PROOF POINTS: The surprising effectiveness of having kids study why they failed

The Hechinger Report

In an experiment on how best to study for a math test, learning through errors was pitted against working through practice problems in a Barron’s study guide, pictured above. Credit: Jill Barshay/ The Hechinger Report / The Hechinger Report For a few weeks in the spring of 2016, nearly all the eighth graders at a small public school affiliated with Columbia University agreed to stay late after school to study math.

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Improve Podcast Listener Interaction with Speakpipe Online Voice Recorder

TeacherCast

Speakpipe is an online voice recorder that allows you to create an online voice message system for your podcast, blog, or classroom. | TeacherCast The post Improve Podcast Listener Interaction with Speakpipe Online Voice Recorder appeared first on TeacherCast Educational Network.

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Enhancing HyFlex Education through the PowerTeaching Framework

This whitepaper explores integrating the PowerTeaching pedagogical approach within a HyFlex (Hybrid Flexible) educational model, focusing on employing cooperative learning strategies and efficient classroom management techniques.