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6 Cases of Interactive Digital Whiteboards as an Assistive Technology in Special Education

ViewSonic Education

Quick Take: Learn about assistive technology in special education. Get examples of how interactive digital whiteboards can aid students with impairments and disabilities. Assistive technology in special education can bring much-needed help to teachers who have students with disabilities or providing special education services.

Blending in Technology Boosts K–12 Instruction

EdTech Magazine

Blending in Technology Boosts K–12 Instruction. eli.zimmerman_9856. Tue, 09/03/2019 - 10:08. Technology is an ideal vehicle for teachers to better blend classroom instruction with learning opportunities occuring outside of the traditional school day — and outside of the brick-and-mortar school building. . By bridging the gap between physical and online spaces, schools see their students improve academically and engage with their studies on a deeper level.

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It Won't Work.Or Will It?

A Principal's Reflections

When we look at various aspects of society, there is always an innate desire to improve through innovation. However, there seems always to be impediments to this process. Perhaps it is the little voice in your head that says any new idea or strategy is a waste of time, as it has no chance to succeed. Maybe it is the collective voices of colleagues pushing you to abide by the status quo and not rock the boat.

Focus in the new school year: Building relationships


It is time for many to head back to the classrooms and prepare for a new year of learning and growing. It is an exciting time for educators and students to have new opportunities to learn and to reconnect. Hopefully educators and students are excited and recharged for the new year and the possibility of new ideas for learning. For me, I am intentional in planning activities to get to know my students and for them to know one another.

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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.

12 Favorite PC Shortkeys

Ask a Tech Teacher

Here’s an update to my Favorite PC Shortkeys poster: Jacqui Murray has been teaching K-18 technology for 30 years. She is the editor/author of over a hundred tech ed resources including a K-12 technology curriculum , K-8 keyboard curriculum, K-8 Digital Citizenship curriculum.

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10 signs that you may be missing opportunities with your school’s technology integration

Dangerously Irrelevant

Here are some signs that you may be missing opportunities with your school’s technology integration efforts: Your LMS is primarily used as a document management system. Lots of Kahoots but not much student creation. Many conversations about responsible and appropriate use, not many conversations about empowered use. Teachers are the primary users of technology. Digital worksheets greatly outnumber student multimedia products.

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5 Reasons why active learning classrooms are the future of HE


Universities are complex systems, with many factors contributing to effective learning. Yet, for centuries, lecture halls have been the standard design for learning spaces. There is a professor that lectures in front of the classroom, which usually has fixed furniture. Students ask questions after the lecture is delivered. This is how we do it, right? However, this setting is in “danger” of disappearing altogether.

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Work Hard–it’s Labor Day!

Ask a Tech Teacher

Labor Day is annually held on the first Monday of September (this year, September 2nd). It was originally organized to celebrate various labor associations’ strengths of and contributions to the United States economy. It is largely a day of rest in modern times. Many people mark Labor Day as the end of the summer season and a last chance to make trips or hold outdoor events. Labor Day is a US holiday dedicated to workers across the country.

Add and pass: A fun activity to get them moving AND creating

Ditch That Textbook

Have you ever played a game where someone begins a story then the next person adds to it, the next adds a little more and so on? Add and pass is a fun collaborative writing activity. Students must take what their classmates created and add something to it. It’s almost like improv, where actors must […]. G Suite Google Drawings Teaching add and pass bell-ringer activities google docs stories google drawings google for education gsuite

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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).

Market Signals for Research-Based Innovations

Digital Promise

Companies are so quick to get a product out to meet what’s current in education that they fail to develop the quality and depth they need. District Leader. Earlier this year, Digital Promise spoke with more than 50 stakeholders across the country to understand the most pervasive challenges facing the current edtech industry.

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6 Ways to Improve Teachers Work-Life Balance

ViewSonic Education

Quick Take: UK schools are facing a shortage of teachers and many are planning to quit soon. Find out more on how to keep teachers in the classroom by improving teachers’ work-life balance. Many potential teachers may need to rethink their career choice if they knew about a typical teacher's work-life balance. The Department of Education reports a steep increase in the number of children enrolling in state schools in the next decade.

20 Back-to-School Articles

Ask a Tech Teacher

On everything from get-to-know-you activities to getting yourself ready: 11+ Back-to-School Night Tips. 11 Back-to-school Activities for the First Month of School. Great Back to School Classroom Activities. Back to School Bundle of Lesson Plans at a Great Price. Plan a Memorable Back to School Night. New School Year? New Tech? I Got You Covered. 5 Top Ways to Integrate Technology into the New School Year. 5 Ways to Involve Parents in Your Class. 3 Organizational Apps to Start the School Year.

3 creative ways to Ditch That Essay

Ditch That Textbook

What are your most memorable experiences throughout your middle school and high school career? I know, you are thinking about all the exciting and engaging essays you wrote. That five-paragraph essay where you explained the theme of a text. Each paragraph was informative and persuasive, providing robust evidence and analysis to support your claim. Probably […]. Assessment Creativity Guest Blog alternatives to essays creative writing assignments essays podcasting video in the classroom

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.

AI software gets a B on a 12th-grade science exam

Dangerously Irrelevant

Calculators. Grammar editors. PhotoMath. Automatic language translation. Some of these mental work helpers (substitutes?) work fabulously. Some of them aren’t quite there… yet. And now we have this: AI technology that can pass a 12th grade science exam. on Wednesday, the Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence, a prominent lab in Seattle, unveiled a new system that passed the test with room to spare.

5 Ways Company Leaders Should Look to ‘Abundance’ to Improve Productivity

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

CEO Sarah Potler LaHayne sometimes feels stress or worry, but she uses these strategies to make sure she's managing her emotions for successful leadership. The post 5 Ways Company Leaders Should Look to ‘Abundance’ to Improve Productivity appeared first on Market Brief. The Startup Blog edtech education tech Educational Technology/Ed-Tech Entrepreneurship Innovation management office culture school culture SEL social-emotional learning thought leadership wellbeing women in tech

Tech Ed Resources for your Class–Digital Citizenship

Ask a Tech Teacher

I get a lot of questions from readers about what tech ed resources I use in my classroom so I’m going to take a few days this summer to review them with you. Some are edited and/or written by members of the Ask a Tech Teacher crew. Others, by tech teachers who work with the same publisher I do.

Come As You Are (Part 1)

The Jose Vilson

I couldn’t help it. I checked my work e-mail. A list of names with offers I’ll never accept with things I’d never buy from them. A few security checks from central offices. Oh, and an automated e-mail from our teacher rating system that calculated our rating for last year. I skipped the paragraphs and went directly to the table. Effective. Effective. Effective. This is no brag. I’m on my own rubric.

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.

Running back into school on Day 164

Dangerously Irrelevant

Tom Murray has been inspiring a lot of educators to think about what they can do on Day 1 of the school year so that kids come running back into school on Day 2. That’s a great message. Can we please also remember that we want kids running back into school on Day 37 and Day 89 and Day 138? If we have a great first day with our students and then gradually (quickly?) revert back to fairly uninspiring learning experiences, what’s the point?

Three Steps to Selecting Your Superhero Strategic Planning Team

Education Elements

“One bag of peanut butter M&Ms, please.” It’s the first step I take as I enter a movie theater before selecting the perfect middle-center seat – a ritual I began with my mom as a child. On this day, instead of rushing to the front of the line, I took a moment to look around. There was a buzz in the room as kids and adults of all ages lined up to see the first black superhero. There is no doubt that Black Panther was a major milestone for the United States and the world.

Scaling Up Classroom Coaching for Impactful Technology Use

Digital Promise

Two years ago, we set out to better understand how technology coaching could move us closer to bridging the digital use divide in the classroom. The Dynamic Learning Project is a classroom-based coaching program in which participating teachers are coached to use technology to support student engagement and promote the development of agency, as well as skills such as critical thinking, collaboration, and creativity.

How K–12 Classrooms Can Benefit from Robotics

EdTech Magazine

How K–12 Classrooms Can Benefit from Robotics. eli.zimmerman_9856. Fri, 09/06/2019 - 11:01. Classrooms are dynamically impacted by the dual forces of technological evolution and student expectation. This is especially critical in K–12 environments as millennials age out of the school system and are replaced by Generation Z. McKinsey & Company notes that Gen Z is composed of digital natives who prioritize unique identity and are rooted in the “search for the truth.” .

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!

The Role Of The Teacher In The Near-Future Classroom

TeachThought - Learn better.

The Role Of The Teacher In The Classroom Of The Near Future by Terry Heick Schools, along with libraries and museums, are curators of culture. That is, they survey various (metaphorical) landscapes and separate the stuff the stuff worth saving from the rest. This means that teachers are among the earliest curators of knowledge, taking […]. The post The Role Of The Teacher In The Near-Future Classroom appeared first on TeachThought.

How our school transitioned from STEM to STEAM

eSchool News

Imagine this: You’re a teacher at a school that’s been on board with STEM since the first little whispers about how it can provide unique learning experiences centered on 21st-century skills. You and the other teachers at your school encourage students to stretch their critical thinking skills and complete projects, but after a couple of years, the STEM program has lost its zest.


Partner with the Families of Your English Learners


Middle graders, especially ELs and newcomers eager to blend in, may not want to involve families at school. Yet partnering with families leads to greater achievement, lower absenteeism, and better behavior. EL expert Valentina Gonzalez shares her favorite strategies. Family Engagement The Unstoppable EL Teacher communication community English learners families family centers family involvement middle graders newcomers relationships respect Unstoppable EL Teacher Valentina Gonzalez

6 Assistive Technologies That Can Help Students Reach Their Full Potential

EdTech Magazine

6 Assistive Technologies That Can Help Students Reach Their Full Potential. eli.zimmerman_9856. Thu, 09/05/2019 - 10:38. Over the past 10 years, the number of U.S. students enrolled in special education programs rose 30 percent. In fact, the National Education Association found nearly every general classroom across the country includes at least one student with a disability.

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.

A school where character matters as much as academics

The Hechinger Report

At Capital City Public Charter School, eighth grader Nia Reese delivers a 40-minute presentation aimed at convincing panelists that she is prepared to move on to the campus’ high school. Photo: Amadou Diallo for The Hechinger Report. WASHINGTON — It was late May in a conference room at Capital City Public Charter School and Nia Resse, an eighth grader dressed in a business suit, guided her audience through a PowerPoint presentation.

Sit Next to Kids

Teacher Tech

Talk Less Have Students Do More One of my things I promote is leveraging technology to allow you to talk less so students can do more in the time they have. This also frees you up from talking at kids to talking WITH kids. Much more powerful. Is there anything better than sitting next to […]. The post Sit Next to Kids appeared first on Teacher Tech. Google

Everyone Has Invisible Bias. This Lesson Shows Students How to Recognize It.


Last year, an English teacher at my school came to me with an all-too-common concern about an essay a student named Kyle had just turned in. The teacher’s 10th grade class had just finished op-ed essays on a topic of their choice, and Kyle had chosen to examine the economic impact of illegal immigration on the U.S. economy. But in his submitted draft every source in his bibliography—and I do mean every—leaned toward one political bias, and sometimes quite heavily. “It