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13 Virtual School Activities that Students & Educators Love

EmergingEdTech

Virtual school activities are a great way to engage students in learning. However, virtual activities do not always have to be reserved only for homeschooled students. These activities can be used as an effective form of teaching at any time during the school year or as part of professional development courses. You will find that the best virtual school activities are not academic, but instead focus on community building or include some form of social-emotional learning.

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Technology for the purpose of WHAT?

Dangerously Irrelevant

This year I am serving as both an ISTE Ambassador and an ISTE Community Leader (in addition to some other ISTE volunteer work). Recently I had the pleasure of publishing a post on ISTE’s blog titled Before Using School Technology, Know Your EdTech Purpose. In that post, I connected the ISTE Standards for Students and the 4 Shifts Protocol. Here’s an excerpt: Hope the post is useful to you.

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Your Ticket to More Effective Lessons

A Principal's Reflections

During my training to become a teacher, I was immersed in the work of Madeline Hunter when it came to lesson plan design. Her Instructional Theory into Practice (ITIP) model helped me identify the strategies I would use on a daily basis to help my students learn. These included the anticipatory set (hook), reviewing prior learning, checking for understanding, forms of practice, and closure.

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Personalized Learning - From start-up to fully scaled

Education Elements

Gaps. Learning loss. Interventions. All of those words represent important topics that existed pre-pandemic yet were magnified when students returned to in-person instruction. But in true educator fashion, resilience prevailed. Many districts and campuses found innovative ways to meet students where they were. We saw organizations revisiting their missions and visions to determine if what students now needed matched their organization’s statements.

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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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As Digital Transformation in Schools Continues, the Need for Enterprising IT Leaders Grows

EdTech Magazine

For many years, regardless of the industry, IT was siloed. K–12 education was no exception. However, today’s school IT leaders must contend with a hydra of challenges: limited staffing, uncertain budgets, a growing number of devices on the network, cybersecurity risks, securing the physical campus, leading digital transformation and so much more. This means IT leaders must think more broadly.

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OPINION: Let’s use the pandemic as a dress-rehearsal for much-needed digital transformation

The Hechinger Report

The pandemic’s disruption to America’s schools was a mere dress rehearsal for what’s to come. The certainty of climate change and likelihood of more pandemics and other large-scale disruptions leave us with questions about what the future of education will look like. While that may sound alarming, I see it as an opportunity. We should use this moment to catalyze a digital transformation of education that will prepare schools for our uncertain future.

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A Helping Hand: Assistive Technology Tools for Writing

Ask a Tech Teacher

I don’t write enough about special needs so when Rose contacted me with an article idea, I was thrilled. Rose Scott is a literary teacher with a goal of making education comfortable for students with special needs. Her dream is to help students explore their talents and abilities. In this article, Rose writes about a little-known problem that students may unknowingly suffer from that may make it look like they are plagiarizing when–to them–they aren’t.

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17 Hero Awards finalists demonstrate their commitment to education

eSchool News

The eSchool News K-12 Hero Awards recognize the dedicated efforts of education professionals across K-12 departments, including IT, curriculum, instruction and administration. Sponsored this year by JAR Systems and SAP Concur , the program received an influx of inspiring nominations that highlight the innovation and selflessness of educators in schools and districts across the nation.

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Virtual ASL Interpreters: 5 Tips for Using Technology to Improve Accessibility

techlearning

Live streaming virtual ASL interpreters can help schools overcome a shortage in ASL educators. Here are some best practices.

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How Schools Are Working to Reduce the STEM Divide for Black Students

EdTech Magazine

The darkened classroom glows with multicolored LED string lights and lighted keyboards. Unlike your average classroom, this one looks ready for a gaming competition; that is, until you notice a young student pull up a split screen and begin to code. “Game-based learning is different,” says Nadine Ebri, a specialist with the technology innovation department for Duval County (Fla.

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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 Week–Oct. 17-21 2022–Here’s What You Need

Ask a Tech Teacher

Information that will help you teach digital citizenship to your students. Below, you’ll find everything from a full year-long curriculum to professional development for teachers: Resources: Digital Citizenship: What to Teach When (a video). Curricula: K-8 Digital Citizenship Curriculum. More on Digital Citizenship. How to Grow Global Digital Citizens.

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7 Games to Play in the Classroom with an Interactive Whiteboard 

ViewSonic Education

Finding the right games to play in the classroom is an effort worth making. After all, the stakes are high: better lesson quality and improved student engagement. Research has shown that gamified activities can bring more enjoyment in class and better knowledge retention, boosting everyone’s morale, educators and pupils alike. Add an interactive whiteboard to the mix and you’re geared up for memorable moments.

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We’re back in school. Did we lean into care or compliance?

Dangerously Irrelevant

Most schools here in the U.S. now have been back for a month or two. And I’m hearing from educators that things are … ‘better.’ Which has me wondering, “How are we defining better ?” As we all know, the end of the 2020 school year and the entire 2020-21 school year were an incredible challenge. Schools shut down. People died. Everything was disrupted, and everyone was scared and anxious.

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How CASBs Are Helping K–12 Schools Bolster Cybersecurity

EdTech Magazine

At Hillsboro-Deering School District in New Hampshire, CISO Neal Richardson had a problem familiar to many K–12 IT leaders. “We had a lack of visibility in the built-in Microsoft and Google tools,” he says. “The data is there — logon locations, where the connections to my cloud solutions are coming from, emails in and out — but it’s buried.” To get the upper hand, Richardson implemented a cloud access security broker solution from ManagedMethods.

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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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100+ Websites on Digital Citizenship

Ask a Tech Teacher

Here are popular resources teachers are using to teach about digital citizenship. Click the titles for more links: Avatars. Copyrights and Digital Laws. Curriculum. Applied Digital Skills –all tech skills. Google’s Be Internet Awesome –abbreviated course. K-8, scaffolded, Ask a Tech Teacher (with projects). Cyberbullying. Cybersecurity. Cyber Patriot program –by the Air Force.

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Personalized Learning - From start-up to fully scaled

Education Elements

Gaps. Learning loss. Interventions. All of those words represent important topics that existed pre-pandemic yet were magnified when students returned to in-person instruction. But in true educator fashion, resilience prevailed. Many districts and campuses found innovative ways to meet students where they were. We saw organizations revisiting their missions and visions to determine if what students now needed matched their organization’s statements.

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Congratulations, Silver Lining for Learning!

Dangerously Irrelevant

In March 2020, some world-renowned university faculty invited me to help launch a new website and podcast initiative, Silver Lining for Learning. Although I eventually bowed out due to other time commitments, the weekly live conversations and guest posts were super fun and informative. I am greatly appreciative of the opportunity that I had to help get Silver Lining for Learning up and running.

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Held for Ransom: What Schools Need to Know Before a Ransomware Attack

EdTech Magazine

For the past two years, ransomware attacks have been on the rise in K–12, and districts are struggling to keep up. Ransomware can be debilitating to districts and can impact the availability of services to educate students. Ransomware encrypts targeted systems, rendering files and applications useless. Having encrypted a district’s data, cybercriminals demand a ransom to decrypt the files.

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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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October is Dyslexia Awareness Month

Ask a Tech Teacher

Surprisingly, 15-20% of the population has a language-based learning disability and over 65% of those are deficits in reading. Often, these go undiagnosed as students, parents, and teachers simply think the child is not a good reader, is lazy, or is disinterested. Thankfully, the International Dyslexia Association sponsors an annual Dyslexia Awareness Month in October aimed to expand comprehension of this little-understood language-based learning condition.

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Time for Your Mid-point Check-in

EdNews Daily

By Tamara Fyke For many districts in the country, it is Fall Break, which marks the halfway point in the semester and a perfect time for a check-in. Perhaps, check-ins are new for you. We can be accustomed to moving full steam ahead with our own plans, dedicated to meeting our school’s goals or federal guidelines. However, focusing too much on the end results can cause us to overlook the everyday needs of our students, colleagues and ourselves.

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How Metaphors Shape Edtech

Edsurge

The tech world is teeming with metaphors (you might say the way an ocean is teeming with fish). Sometimes those metaphors are helpful for understanding new innovations and ideas, but other times they can be up to something else, as a tool of persuasion trying to shape the narrative. For this week’s EdSurge Podcast we’re looking at how metaphors shape technology in education.

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Fickett Elementary School: Making a Difference thorough Innovation and Collaboration

TeacherCast

This post was originally created and posted on the website TeacherCast Educational Network. The only place to read this as the original content is [link]. Table of Contents. Add a header to begin generating the table of contents. Have you ever thought about what you would do if you oversaw your very own elementary school? For Benita Grant , her dream came true six years ago when she became the Principal of Fickett Elementary School , a K-5 elementary school in the Atlanta Public School District

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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 Ways To Foster Digital Citizenship in Schools

Ask a Tech Teacher

#ISTE had an interesting discussion on how to foster digital citizenship in schools. This is especially critical because students are spending so much more time than ever before online. Here’s a peak at their conversation and then a link to the rest: 3 Ways To Foster Digital Citizenship in Schools. For teachers, it can be difficult to know when and how to instill digital citizenship skills.

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No Limit to What We Can Accomplish with AI

EdNews Daily

By Sal Gerardo “A student is not a container you have to fill, but a torch you have to light up.” — Albert Einstein Education has challenges, some of which were brought on by the pandemic, and some that were brought on because education has been painfully slow to change and move with the rest of the world and the rest of the world’s industries. These challenges, if we are not careful, will bite us in the backside so hard they will hear us screaming on Mars.

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Align Your Edtech Investments With What Matters Most

Edsurge

After nearly three years of disruption to learning caused by the pandemic, government funding has enabled many schools to invest in new devices and upgrade their technology infrastructure to accelerate learning and improve the education experience for all students. With new technologies in place, education leaders are challenged to align their recent investments to what matters most: enabling equity, advancing learning and fostering well-being among students and staff.

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What Are Literature Circles?

TeachThought - Learn better.

Literature Circles are a way for students to assume a specific role in the study of something (usually a text). The post What Are Literature Circles? appeared first on TeachThought.

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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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History Teachers: Check out This Freebie!

Ask a Tech Teacher

To celebrate the launch of Natural Selection , Book 3 in the Dawn of Humanity trilogy, the ebook of Book 1– Born in a Treacherous Time –is FREE on Amazon Kindle October 15th-October 19th. When you fall in love with prehistoric fiction, read Book 2 of the trilogy, Laws of Nature before the launch of Book 3, Natural Selection, on October 19th.

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Video: Big Discussion in Little Rock

EdNews Daily

Learning Leadership Symposium: Little Rock Administrator Panel If you are familiar with the Learning Counsel’s Learning Leadership Symposia, you may know that the high point of the day is generally the Administrative Panel Discussion, a high-stakes, high-yield discussion from the finest education minds in the region. And as is usually the case, these panel discussions are no-holds-barred, with everything on the table and fair game.

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Stanford Report Says Emergency Remote Instruction Led to ‘Shift’ in University’s Identity

Edsurge

Higher education may never be the same after the COVID-19 pandemic, and that’s true even for the most elite colleges. A group of researchers at Stanford University spent the past year documenting how teaching and student services changed at Stanford during emergency remote learning, and their report , released today, argues that there’s been a shift in the institution’s identity as a result.

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Google Docs Draftback to See Typing History

Teacher Tech with Alice Keeler

When students are using Google Docs you can use the Draftback Chrome extension to review their edits on the document like a movie. You can use this to view student progress or to detect plagiarism in Google Docs. The post Google Docs Draftback to See Typing History appeared first on Teacher Tech.

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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.