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How Educators Are Fostering Courageous Dialogue Among Students

Digital Promise

A new project is supporting teachers in helping students engage in courageous dialogue. An instructional coach reflects on the progress so far.

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When Teaching Students Math, Concepts Matter More Than Process

Edsurge

As a mathematics education researcher, I study how math instruction impacts students' learning, from following standard math procedures to understanding mathematical concepts. Focusing on the latter, conceptual understanding often involves understanding the “why” of a mathematical concept ; it’s the reasoning behind the math rather than the how or the steps it takes to get to an answer.

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5 strategies to close the critical thinking gap

eSchool News

Key points: Critical thinking should not be separate from and on top of what teachers are doing in the classroom How to help students build critical success skills 3 lessons on perseverance from Stoffel the honey badger For more news on durable skills, visit eSN’s Innovative Teaching hub Achievement discrepancies among U.S. students remain persistent and troubling–despite decades of targeted interventions and whole-school improvement programs.

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How a Wi-Fi Upgrade in K–12 Helps Build Technology Skills for Life

EdTech Magazine

As Sumner County Schools administrators prepared to expand their one-to-one program to the middle and high school students, technology leaders knew their existing network would not make the cut. Working against tight deadlines, Chris Brown, assistant director of schools for information services, turned to CDW to quickly install Wi-Fi 6 access points that could support an extra 20,000-plus devices to enable 21st century learning.

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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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World Environment Day: Living Responsibly with Nature

Ask a Tech Teacher

World Environment Day , celebrated annually on June 5th, is designed for encouraging awareness and action for the protection of our environment. Established in 1972 by the United Nations General Assembly and first held in 1974, it has grown with participation from over 143 countries. Significance World Environment Day serves as a reminder of our collective responsibility to protect and preserve the environment.

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Would You Rather: Making Meaning

Catlin Tucker

In this second installment of our “Would You Rather?” series , we will delve into strategies for facilitating meaning-making in the classroom. Once students have had an opportunity to acquire information, how can we support them in transforming that information into deep, personal understanding? How can we ensure that every student, regardless of their background or individual learning preferences, has the opportunity to connect with the material in a meaningful way?

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How Cyber Resilience Gives Schools an Edge in Post-Attack Recovery

EdTech Magazine

For the past few years, K–12 schools have been in the crosshairs of cyberattackers and ransomware gangs. According to Emsisoft’s 2023 ransomware report, the number of school districts affected by ransomware attacks more than doubled, from 45 in 2022 to 108 in 2023. The report notes that “the impacted districts had a total of 1,899 schools between them, and at least 77 of the 108 had data stolen.

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Subscriber Special: June Special Add-on with School License

Ask a Tech Teacher

Every month, subscribers to our newsletter get a free/discounted resource to help their tech teaching. June 4th-6th: Buy any K-8 School License get 2 free print books of the grade level you purchased (Please note: new orders only; domestic or freight-forwarders only) Usually, you get one desk copy for each grade level included in your school license.

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Latest AI Announcements Mean Another Big Adjustment for Educators

Edsurge

Tech giants Google, Microsoft and OpenAI have unintentionally assigned educators around the world major homework for the summer: Adjusting their assignments and teaching methods to adapt to a fresh batch of AI features that students will enter classrooms with in the fall. Educators at both schools and colleges were already struggling to keep up with ChatGPT and other AI tools during this academic year, but a fresh round of announcements last month by major AI companies may require even greater a

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How I came to love phenomena-based science instruction

eSchool News

Key points: Phenomena-based learning uses concepts and techniques from different scientific disciplines 5 helpful hacks for managing a STEM classroom Why diversity and STEM education are critical to our future workforce For more news on science learning, visit eSN’s STEM & STEAM hub I was terrified, to be very honest, when my district switched to the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and I had to begin using phenomena-based instruction.

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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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FCC Pilots Cybersecurity Funding Initiative

EdTech Magazine

The Federal Communications Commission voted Thursday to approve the establishment of the Schools and Libraries Cybersecurity Pilot Program. The program will provide up to $200 million over a three-year period to public schools and libraries for cybersecurity services and equipment. FCC Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel proposed the pilot program for cybersecurity funding in July 2023.

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What You Might Have Missed in May–What’s up in June

Ask a Tech Teacher

Here are the most-read posts for the past month: Books You’ll Want to Read This Summer Tech Tips to End the School Year AI has potential to upend student testing A Typing Website With a Twist 5 Innovative Tech Projects for High Schoolers How do you teach the hard to teach class? Watch the video. How to Track My Child’s Location 12 Innovative Digital Tools to Engage High School Students May Is Homeschool Awareness Month–Check our Subscriber Special Ethics and the Use of AI in Essays Here’s

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An Updated Guide To Questioning In The Classroom

TeachThought - Learn better.

Questioning in the Classroom: An Updated Guide by Terry Heick If the ultimate goal of education is for students to be able to answer questions effectively, then focusing on content and response strategies makes sense. If the ultimate goal of education is to teach students to think, then focusing on how we can help students ask better questions themselves might make sense, no?

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It takes a village to protect students’ well-being in the digital age

eSchool News

Key points: Students’ well-being is under even more pressure due to digital influences Taking stock of student mental health Student success is impacted by issues outside of school, survey finds For more news on student well-being, visit eSN’s SEL & Well-Being hub School used to be about the “Three Rs”–reading, writing, and arithmetic.

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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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3 Myths About Identity and Access Management

EdTech Magazine

As the threat landscape continues to evolve, so does security. But amid all of the change is a constant: the importance of identity and access management. IAM is a cornerstone of cyber resilience and security preparedness. But the longer it’s around, the more misconceptions about it arise. We investigated some of the biggest myths about IAM so that users can separate fact from fiction.

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The quest for ‘embodied equity’ on college campuses focuses on neurodivergent students

The Hechinger Report

Niki Elliot skipped the fifth grade. She was so smart that she could have skipped another, she said, but her mother didn’t want her in class with older boys. And so she was always bored in school. She had a “near photographic” memory and didn’t need to study, she said, so she never learned how to. She remembers finishing her assignments in five minutes and spending the next 30 waiting for her classmates to catch up.

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What Can You Do with an English Degree

Kyle Pace

An English degree is often met with questions about its practical applications. Yet, those studying English find many opportunities across diverse fields, leveraging their strong communication skills, analytical abilities, and creative thinking. This article unveils the varied paths one can take with an English degree. The Foundation of an English Degree At its core, an English degree equips students to analyze text, understand context, and communicate ideas effectively.

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Podcasting for learning–and an antidote to screen time?

eSchool News

This post originally appeared on the Christensen Institute’s blog and is reposted here with permission. Key points: Podcasts can swap out screen time with audio-based, thought-provoking leisure 5 digital resources to inspire curiosity and engage students 3 things to consider when designing digital learning experiences For more news on learning technologies, visit eSN’s Digital Learning hub This piece was coauthored with Daniel Curtis.

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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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What Happens When Schools Hire an Ethical Hacker?

EdTech Magazine

Most schools don’t think about hacking their networks until a bad actor does it for them. But K–12 schools cannot afford to be an easy target. They hold some of the most valuable information on the planet — student data — which is likely to have never been used, and that makes it highly profitable on the dark web. While getting hacked by a bad guy can sometimes be inevitable, schools should take a proactive approach by hiring an ethical hacker to find the holes in their network before a bad acto

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PROOF POINTS: Writing researcher finds AI feedback ‘better than I thought’

The Hechinger Report

Researchers from the University of California, Irvine, and Arizona State University found that human feedback was generally a bit better than AI feedback, but AI was surprisingly good. Credit: Getty Images This week I challenged my editor to face off against a machine. Barbara Kantrowitz gamely accepted, under one condition: “You have to file early.

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Can Young Mental Health Navigators Ease the Crisis Facing Today's Students?

Edsurge

Young people are struggling with mental health, and for many, the challenges have worsened over the last decade. About one in three high schoolers report persistent feelings of hopelessness and an alarming number say they’ve had thoughts of suicide. Blame it on the pandemic, or climate change. Blame it on hyperpartisan politics, or the ubiquity of social media and smartphones.

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3 tips to combat chronic absenteeism in high schools

eSchool News

Key points: Light-touch, low-cost interventions focused on attendance can pay dividends Student success is impacted by issues outside of school, survey finds How bullying contributes to K-12 student absenteeism For more news on student success, visit eSN’s SEL & Well-Being hub One surefire way to support student success? Consistent, positive family communication.

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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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Solar-Powered Schools: What You Need to Know

techlearning

Thousands of schools across the U.S. have saved money by installing solar panels. The process can involve little to no upfront costs and often results in significant cost savings for the school or district.

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4 Reasons K-12 Districts Should Embrace GenAI Now

Lightspeed Systems

Artificial intelligence isn’t going anywhere – K-12 schools will be better served by making the necessary guidelines to get off the sidelines.

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Tips for Finishing the School Year Mindfully

MiddleWeb

A week into summer break, teacher Michelle Russell looks back at how she adjusted the last weeks of class to lower her stress and make sure she would face less stress in the fall. Included: imposing order on packing away supplies and making time to check in with kids. The post Tips for Finishing the School Year Mindfully first appeared on MiddleWeb.

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How PD Can Save Education—Really!

eSchool News

As challenging as the current k-12 education landscape looks, many emerging tools and strategies are constantly coming to market to meet those obstacles. The 2024 CODIE Awards highlight several dozen, including one Innovation Showcase standout with lofty goals. QoreInsights Co-founders Dr. Anika Davis and Toni Shub, Ed.D. are developers of what they see as next-generation PD solutions.

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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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Designing AI-Enhanced Assignments for Deeper Learning

techlearning

If used thoughtfully, generative AI can engage students at the higher levels of Bloom’s taxonomy.

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When Schools And Parents Don’t Talk

TeachThought - Learn better.

by Terry Heick Having gone on for decades now, discussions around the idea of ed reform are a bit tired. They seem pointless. Exhausting. A waste of time and creative bandwidth. Bottom-up change is exhausting and top-down change is exhausting for entirely different reasons. Rather than state or federal policy, make schools and communities accountable to one another.

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Marrying Metacognition and Reciprocal Teaching

MiddleWeb

As new teachers and other educators in schools with many struggling readers search for equitable instructional approaches that will accelerate (not remediate) student learning, metacognition and reciprocal teaching strategies can help, write Sonya Murray and Gwendolyn Turner. The post Marrying Metacognition and Reciprocal Teaching first appeared on MiddleWeb.

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How educators can use a ‘Fitbit approach’ to improve student outcomes

eSchool News

Key points: Student data only matters when we turn it into action Personalized Learning: eSN Innovation Roundtable 5 educators share insights into teaching and learning For more news on data-informed instruction, visit eSN’s Innovative Teaching hub For years now, many people have used wearable technology such as the Fitbit or Apple Watch to understand data about their health–their heart rate, for example, or their total steps per day.

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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.