Sat.Jun 27, 2020 - Fri.Jul 03, 2020

Making Thinking Visible through Screencasting

EdTechTeacher

The following post is an excerpt from EdTechTeacher CEO Tom Daccord’s blog, Leading Innovations in Schools: From Someday to Monday. Screencasting is a powerful tool for formative assessment. When students create screencasts, they make their thinking visible, which allows the teacher to assess how students engage with content and the learning experience (process), but also allows teachers to measure student progress over time.

How online teaching improves inclusivity in education

Neo LMS

The promise of education in the 21st century is for no child to be left behind. Although the Act of Congress bearing that name hasn’t necessarily lived up to its promise, there are still many initiatives available to institutions right now that can help to make sure education is available for every child, no matter their circumstances or handicaps.

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How to DIY Your Distance Learning PD

Graphite Blog

For most teachers, summer is both a time to recharge and a time to reflect on the past school year and consider new teaching strategies and curriculum. But with the coronavirus pandemic disrupting more traditional professional learning opportunities like in-person conferences and workshops, it's time for you to chart your own course. Fortunately, there are plenty of informal ways to learn and grow professionally on your own.

Virtual Team Building Activities

User Generated Education

I, like many others, was forced to move a face-to-face college class to virtual synchronous meetings in Zoom. This term I am teaching a group dynamics course. One of my goals is to have my students experience similar dynamics and processes as they would face-to-face. Typically, I do this through experiential group activities. My task has become converting these experiences to a virtual environment.

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SplashLearn Makes Learning Fun and Creates Fearless Learners

Loved by more than 30 million kids, SplashLearn is a game-based learning program that creates engaging learning experiences to nurture a generation of fearless learners. SplashLearn is the fastest growing elementary school math program in the US, used by more than 440,000 teachers in about 77,000 schools across the United States.

Edcamp Finds a New Home at Digital Promise

Digital Promise

Digital Promise is incredibly excited to welcome the Edcamp Foundation to our family of projects and programs. As we grew our partnership over the last several years, it became clear that the mission and vision of both organizations are incredibly aligned. By fully merging our operations, we believe we can do even more to support the community of educators who organize and attend Edcamps across the United States and around the world.

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Subscriber Special: July

Ask a Tech Teacher

Every month, subscribers to our newsletter get a free/discounted resource to help their tech teaching. July–10% Discount. Subscribe to our newsletter– sign up here. Get 10% off your next purchase! Questions? Email askatechteacher@gmail.com. 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.

AI and Algorithms Can Be Biased… So What We Should Do About It?

The CoolCatTeacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Artificial Intelligence sounds fantastic and far off, but it underlies so many things we do today. Today I talk with Jason Thacker, author of The Age of AI: Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Humanity about AI and ethics. He tries to explain what it is, what it does, and why we should be concerned about it as we look at our future.

A Cross-sector Business Incubator in Taos, New Mexico: Building Networks for Frontline Talent Development

Digital Promise

In a honey bee hive, each bee performs a uniquely indispensable role that contributes to the overall health of the colony. Inspired by this natural phenomenon, education and business leaders in northern New Mexico’s high desert community, Taos, decided to create their own HIVE in an effort to strengthen postsecondary outcomes in their remote community.

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Why getting the world back to normal is not enough

The Christensen Institute

When will the world get back to normal? It’s a question many have asked since the COVID-19 global pandemic began upending economic, social, and health systems across the world. I’ve even found myself asking the question; to my friends, to my colleagues, and to strangers I run into on the occasional walk to stretch my legs. It’s a seemingly innocuous question that gets at our collective nostalgia for normalcy.

5 Costly Inventory Management Mistakes Schools Should Avoid

If your school is like most, inventory and/or asset management plays a critical role in daily operations.

Tech Ed Resources for your Class–Digital Citizenship Curriculum

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.

Blending Online and Offline Learning: Exploring Hybrid Schedules

Catlin Tucker

School districts are grappling with how to resume school safely in the fall. I’ve followed international news about how schools in Europe and Aisa are reopening slowly. Schools are implementing a range of hybrid schedules to reduce the number of students in a classroom at one time. Schools are experimenting with a variety of alternative schedules. I am concerned about the number of schools in the United States that have not articulated a clear plan for reopening.

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Urban Adult Literacy Collaboration in Nashville: Building Networks for Frontline Talent Development

Digital Promise

In early 2020, Nashville boasted unprecedented job growth and low unemployment—good news for residents of Tennessee’s largest city. Fueled by an influx of new immigrants, the emerging technology industry, and upskilling opportunities from local educational institutions, Nashville’s economy was booming. Service industries like restaurants, hospitality, and skilled construction offered rewarding job opportunities for residents.

CARES Act for Remote or Distance Learning

Kajeet

As part of the government’s efforts to ease some of the burden brought on by the pandemic, the CARES Act funding bill was passed, which, in total, made approximately $30.75 billion available to provide relief for educational institutions under the Education Stabilization Fund (ESF). Each of the four distinct categories within the Education Stabilization Fund can, in part at least, be applied to fund student connectivity and devices.

Develop A Feature-Rich App for Any Virtual Classroom

Building an e-learning platform? Download the solution brief to learn how you can create a customized, feature-rich, interactive classroom for an enhanced learning experience.

10 ways to teach problem solving (with FREE curriculum!)

Ditch That Textbook

Students don't have to wait until they're adults to start solving the big and small problems in their community and around the world.Your classroom is one of the best places to start.Even better, solving those problems can support the curriculum you teach.With a problem-solving framework in hand, the right questions to ask, and a way […]. The post 10 ways to teach problem solving (with FREE curriculum!) appeared first on Ditch That Textbook

Higher ed is bad at handoffs—and it’s crippling student achievement

The Christensen Institute

In May 2019, the Christensen Institute interviewed members of the Presidents Forum to identify challenges in higher education that require collaborative efforts and systemic change. A number of themes emerged that, already relevant before COVID-19 ravaged the nation, have only grown in importance and urgency.

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Rural Healthcare Preparation Pipeline in Pennsylvania: Building Networks for Frontline Talent Development

Digital Promise

“We all compete sometimes for the same funding. We’re all trying to show that we can do good work. But sometimes we have to get over ourselves a little and decide that I would rather say, ‘Look at all of what we did together to assist members of our community.’” – Mary Mingle, Adult Education Program Manager, Central Susquehanna Intermediate Unit. Ascent: Central Susquehanna Region.

Helping teachers and admins see the value of edtech

Neo LMS

The fact that education needs to change isn’t something new. Thinkers, authors, teachers, and school leaders have been saying it for many years, citing areas such as curriculum, pedagogy, school restructuring, and of course, technology. In fact, any edtech leader, IT manager, or anyone in charge of implementing new technology has actually been a change manager in one way or another. Keep in mind that this role can be immensely rewarding and difficult at the same time.

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8 Reasons to Invest in a New Student Information System

If your school’s SIS has limited functions, only works on campus or breaks down more than you would like, it might time to invest in a new one.

How a School Psychologist Is Supporting Students From a Distance During COVID-19

Education Elements

As we look toward reimagining schools, we encourage leaders to keep in mind that communities and families have been impacted by an unprecedented time and will continue to feel the impact into the next school year, and perhaps beyond. School is a place where communities gather for connectivity and support. During these challenging times, there is an opportunity to further develop schools as a place where SEL is embedded throughout school culture. Crisis Management School Leadership

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Making sense of school innovation: Five categories of practice revealed

The Christensen Institute

This post is the first in a series of four sharing new insights from the Canopy project using data published in fall 2019. While the findings reflect trends in school design before the COVID-19 pandemic, they nevertheless suggest patterns that may prove informative as schools nationwide reconsider elements of their designs. Where are schools reimagining teaching and learning across the country, and what approaches are they adopting?

Economic Mobility Pathways in Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky: Building Networks for Frontline Talent Development

Digital Promise

It takes less than five minutes to drive from Covington, Kentucky, to Cincinnati, Ohio, and yet, when it comes to serving adult learners in the region, the cities have historically operated independently and offered duplicative services.

How Districts Can Develop a Comprehensive Plan for Remote Learning Come Fall

Edsurge

I used to wake up at 5:30 in the morning to teach a preschooler in China how to read, write and speak English. Through a headset and webcam, I learned that he loved space. He showed off solar systems made of foam and sticks and I shared a stuffed rocket from Kennedy Space Center. We exchanged one or two words at a time and lots of gestures, but he made progress and his mom said he looked forward to class. Claire Cummings teaching English online to students in China for VIPKid.

7 Benefits of Lesson Plans in the Cloud

What if teachers didn’t have to lug tons of paperwork with them to and from work? Having lesson plans available anywhere is just one of the advantages.

Netflix Has Released Free Documentaries For Learning At Home

TeachThought - Learn better.

In response to teacher demand for better distance learning resources, Netflix has released eleven free documentaries through their YouTube channel. The post Netflix Has Released Free Documentaries For Learning At Home appeared first on TeachThought. Learning Resources

Project-based learning gets its moment during the coronavirus

The Hechinger Report

Shelby County Public Schools, a district serving about 7,000 students halfway between Louisville and Lexington, has had state approval for “nontraditional instruction” for several years. That means if a bad snowstorm hit the county, they could keep school going remotely and count the days like any others in the school calendar. Their experience with remote learning helped when schools closed because of the coronavirus. But only for a few days.

How to effectively support struggling readers during distance learning

eSchool News

Parents who might be uncomfortable with continuing their role of teacher this fall can find solace in this fact: authentic teachable moments happen outside the classroom all the time. If your student or child had to rapidly transition to an at-home learning environment as a struggling reader, an English language learner, or one with dyslexia, there are many ways that the support they were receiving in school can transfer to their home.

Teachers Are Living in a Tinderbox of Stressful Conditions. These Scientific Approaches Can Help.

Edsurge

America is suffering through two insidious and deadly pandemics , one brought forth by a novel virus and the other by a long-overdue reckoning of the intransigent racial and ethnic disparity at every level within all of our systems. Nowhere is this more evident than in our public schools, where nearly 50 percent of children come from communities of color, and with nearly one-third of Black children and one-quarter of Hispanic children living at or below the poverty level.

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6 eLearning Trends in Custom eLearning Solutions

Most digital learning trends focus too much on the "digital" and not enough on the "learning". It is not enough that content builders master available tools. We need a return to core learning fundamentals. Get Inno-Versity's eBook for 6 of the most important trends coming to digital learning.