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Building an Impactful Education Ecosystem: The 4 Key Components

ViewSonic Education

Building an impactful education ecosystem is a challenge that many educators have been faced with at some point in their careers. Accommodating students, parents, teachers, schools, local governments, and all the other parties—who are acting, at one level or another—to provide a nurturing learning environment can sometimes feel like an impossible task.

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Product Review: Logitech StreamCams for Better Virtual Parent-Teacher Meetings

EdTech Magazine

When streaming live video, the right camera makes a difference. Camera quality is second only to sufficient network bandwidth for ensuring that a virtual meeting is not disrupted by choppy or frozen images. Virtual meetings are now commonplace in school districts. In fact, nearly half of the 231 district leaders and 295 principals who responded to a 2022 EdWeek Research Center poll said they are more likely to hold parent-teacher conferences online.

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How and When to Choose the Right LMS for Your School Community

Digital Promise

This 3-part blog series, featuring guest authors from Michigan Virtual , describes the formation of the Learning Continuity Workgroup and how it has supported their edtech procurement and decision-making processes. In this final post, Michigan Virtual outlines how and why they created an LMS guide for K-12 in collaboration with other educators. At the height of COVID-19, many schools weren’t able to undertake the full process of selecting and implementing a learning management system (LMS), even

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19 Tech Problems Every Student Can Fix

Ask a Tech Teacher

In these 169 tech-centric situations, you get an overview of pedagogy—the tech topics most important to your teaching—as well as practical strategies to address most classroom tech situations, how to scaffold these to learning, and where they provide the subtext to daily tech-infused education. Today’s tip: 19 Tech Problems Every Student Can Fix Category: Problem-solving Here are the nineteen problems that cause eighty percent of the tech stoppages in your classrooms.

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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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When Growth is the Only Path Forward

A Principal's Reflections

No pain, no gain has been a common saying for years. Truth be told, getting better is hard work, no matter the context. When faced with adversity, we take one of two paths. The first is seeing the inherent opportunity in a challenge through a growth mindset. Sometimes that means looking beyond traditional metrics of success to find other areas where the needle can be moved.

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100 Prompts for Teachers to Ask ChatGPT

Teacher Tech with Alice Keeler

Using ChatGPT effectively can not only save you time as a teacher but help you to innovate your classroom. Try these 100 Prompts for Teachers to Ask ChatGPT The post 100 Prompts for Teachers to Ask ChatGPT appeared first on Teacher Tech.

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CISA Urges K–12 Schools to Prioritize Stronger Cybersecurity Investments

EdTech Magazine

More than a year after Congress passed the 2021 K–12 Cybersecurity Act, the nation’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency released a report sharing best practices for K–12 schools. The law charged CISA with reviewing the risks schools face and sharing recommendations to mitigate them. Earlier this year, the agency released its report, “Partnering to Safeguard K-12 Organizations from Cybersecurity Threats.

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20 Of The Best Learning Apps For Elementary Students

TeachThought - Learn better.

This is a diverse collection of apps, from games to digital media software to math and literacy apps. The post 20 Of The Best Learning Apps For Elementary Students appeared first on TeachThought.

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How to Compare and Contrast Authentically

Ask a Tech Teacher

To students, knowing how to ‘compare and contrast’ sounds academic, not real world, but we teachers know most of life is choosing between options. The better adults are at this, the more they thrive. Common Core Standards recognize the importance of this skill by addressing it in over 29 Standards, at every grade level from Kindergarten through Twelfth Grade.

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Gardening Program with SAGE Elementary Students

User Generated Education

Our Title 1 school is lucky enough to have a decent size outdoor garden that is overseen by community volunteers. One of their goals is to teach our students about the garden. Because of the that, I offered gardening as a possible elective for my GT (gifted and talented students). See Offering Electives to Elementary Students for more about why and how I offer electives to them.

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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 Ed Tech Can Help Reverse Post-Pandemic Learning Loss in K–12

EdTech Magazine

For the past three years, K–12 educators have been raising concerns about the cost of the pandemic on academic achievement. That cost has been steep: According to the nationally administered 2022 NAEP assessments, nearly two decades of student progress in reading and math scores have been erased. As the pandemic generation grows up, the toll on academic achievement will likely lead to skill gaps in adulthood that could translate to lost wages.

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More than a new logo: the deeper layers of change management in a mascot change

Education Elements

It’s hard to believe, but we’re approaching the three-year anniversary of the COVID-19 shutdown in our schools. We’ve all been through a great deal of disturbance over these past three years. One of my coworkers recently shared this article on the hidden toll of “microstress” and it resonated with me. In my work with community members across the country (teachers, staff, families, school and district leaders), I’m finding that people are tired.

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25 Sites to Add Rigor and Authenticity to Word Study

Ask a Tech Teacher

Memorizing word lists and testing on them doesn’t really work very well. Here are lots of websites that will make student academic and domain-specific word study more relevant and sticky. I’ve collected them into various categories–pick what works for you: Context Clues Game Context Clues Millionaire Flashcard Stash –collect words, view sentences and images Friendly Letter Maker Main Idea Battleship The Patchworker Using a table of contents Web-based Mad Libs Word Balloons Word

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Improving Teacher and Student Engagement Through Creativity

Edsurge

Engagement and creativity play such important roles in the learning process, but with the myriad of other requirements and obligations, they can easily get lost in the abyss of deadlines and mandates. Creativity helps develop a deeper sense of learning, yet we keep our “creative” units until after state testing is over. Recently, I met with two education leaders to discuss how to improve teacher and student engagement through creativity.

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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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Dual-Credit Program Gives Lake County Students Hands-On Manufacturing Experience

EdTech Magazine

Junior Gunner Kimble typically gets to Johnsburg High School around 7 a.m., but by 7:30 he’s heading out the door again. Kimble makes this quick departure because he participates in a dual-credit program through Illinois’s College of Lake County. A bus takes him and other participants to the college’s Advanced Technology Center, where they’re learning trade skills.

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A Whole-Person Approach to Education for a Changing World

EdNews Daily

By Justin Bean Our world has changed radically over the past two hundred years. Our education system has not. The foundation for our current Western education system was designed for a very different time, one adapting to the nascent Industrial Revolution and moving from an agricultural society. This society shifted from most people working on farms, to a factory-based economy, with employment clustered in urban areas.

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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 month of February: #WorldReadAloudDay February 1st Groundhog Day and the 100th Day of School 14 Tech Assessment Strategies 72: Check Your Math in Excel Is ChatGPT Writing Your Students’ Homework? New Tech Will Detect It Tech Tip #45 My Screen is Sideways!! 57+ Kindergarten Websites That Tie into Classroom Lessons You Know You’re a Techy Teacher When… 3 Projects to Teach 1st Grade Architecture Teach Vocabulary with the Frayer Model Here’s what’s co

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Schools Are Using Voice Technology to Teach Reading. Is It Helping?

Edsurge

A first grade student is trying to read a passage on her iPad. A digital avatar Amira, clad in olive green, is listening. Her face isn’t particularly demonstrative, but she’s trying her best with emphatic pats-on-the-back when the student gets something right. When the reader skips a word, or mispronounces it, Amira displays the kind of dispassionate instruction that only artificially created avatars can.

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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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Visualize Adding Fractions

Teacher Tech with Alice Keeler

Students have long struggled with fractions. Continuing the traditional way of teaching fractions knowing that they have not worked is possibly the definition of insanity. Students need to visualize and explore concepts to gain number sense in order to increase their confidence and understanding of fractions. Have students visualize adding fractions until they are able to discover the pattern rather than telling them the rules for common denominators.

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She Blinded Me with Science (of Learning)

EdNews Daily

By Betsy Hill From my heart and from my hand Why don’t people understand my intentions? –Oingo Boingo Education is moving from being based on folklore to being grounded in science at an ever-faster pace. And the science that is playing a greater role encompasses both “traditional” education research as well as research findings from neuroscience, cognitive science, psychology and other related fields.

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PROOF POINTS: How much does it cost to produce a community college graduate?

The Hechinger Report

Austin Community College is one of 50 community colleges in Texas that researchers analyzed to determine how much ought to be spent educating students. Credit: Jackie Mader/The Hechinger Report Community colleges say they can’t help the neediest students get through college successfully without more funding. But these institutions, which educate 10 million students a year or 44 percent of all undergraduates , have a terrible track record; fewer than half their students end up earning degrees.

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Want to Humanize Classrooms? Take a Page From Youth Organizers.

Edsurge

In the winter of 2020, I participated in a two-day youth organizing retreat in Detroit. Young people from organizations across the city came together to learn about community organizing, build community and develop a city-wide education justice campaign. Throughout the retreat, I watched and participated as youth organizers critically analyzed their school experiences and co-created ideas for school improvement campaigns.

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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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5 Google Drive Shortcuts to Improve Productivity

Teacher Tech with Alice Keeler

If you use Google Drive then you need Google Drive Shortcuts to Improve Productivity. Alice Keeler, Google Certified Innovator, provides 5 tips for using Google Drive to increase your productivity. The post 5 Google Drive Shortcuts to Improve Productivity appeared first on Teacher Tech.

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How Speaking Two Languages Is A Superpower

EdNews Daily

The Benefits of Being a Multilingual Speaker Do you speak more than one language? Are you a multilingual speaker? This is part three of our interview series, “Thinking in Two Languages.” I had the chance to sit down and talk with Maria Fernanda Márquez to learn about her journey, benefits, and life as a bilingual speaker and educator. Maria not only works with us here at Summit K12, she has taught in dual language and bilingual classrooms respectively.

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Building pathways to successful STEM careers for ALL learners

eSchool News

The journeys that children take through education are not as straightforward as most people think. In recent years, close to 70 percent of students went straight from high school to college, with those going to four-year universities typically outnumbering those enrolling in two-year colleges by roughly two to one. But a growing number of young people are forging new paths that involve a detour around college altogether.

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A Free Online University Has Grown to 126,000 Students. What Can It Teach Traditional Colleges?

Edsurge

When Shai Reshef started a free online university called University of the People nearly 15 years ago, skepticism was high. Online education was viewed as a poor substitute for in-person study, and anyway, how could something free be financially sustainable? Today, the college has won accreditation. It has grown to serve 126,000 students. And it has some 37,000 volunteers.

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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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Try Genially to Increase the Fun

Teacher Tech with Alice Keeler

It can be challenging to capture student engagement. Interactivity, multi-media, and gamification are all proven methods of increasing the chance that students are engaged. Genially makes it easy to create activities and games to share with your students. Increase fun with Genially. Login for free and start creating and collaborating. The post Try Genially to Increase the Fun appeared first on Teacher Tech.

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Matters of Principal: Building Your Staff

EdNews Daily

By Jamie Bricker and Jack Barclay This is the time of the school year when principals do their best to meet two very important, and very different, mandates: ensure a successful conclusion to the current school year and begin the planning process for September. Specific staffing parameters will be provided by each school district. The principal certainly needs to be very well versed in the key details, while also being committed to humanizing this very important, but often quite stressful, proce

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5 ways educators can leverage ChatGPT

eSchool News

Artificial intelligence is currently walking itself through the hallways of our schools and some teachers may not be leveraging this tool to enhance their teaching methods. Instead, many educators and learning institutions are nervous about the student use of artificial intelligence to pass assignments and assessments. Here are five tips for educators to enhance their learning methods and help students grow.

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What’s It Like to Leave the Classroom for a Job in Edtech?

Edsurge

After three years of facing heightened stress since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic — not just the safety worries, but also the political frays that have followed — it’s no wonder that some teachers are leaving the stormy seas of classroom instruction in search of calmer waters. For the technically inclined, pivoting to a job in the education technology industry seems like a natural fit.

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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.