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Announcing the New Members of the League of Innovative Schools

Digital Promise

The League of Innovative Schools, Digital Promise’s flagship network of forward-thinking leaders of our nation’s school districts, is honored to welcome 13 districts into the 2017-2018 cohort, bringing the League’s membership to 93 districts in 33 states. The League seeks districts who are developing and sharing promising innovations that advance excellent, equitable learning opportunities for students.

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Minecraft in the Classroom

The CoolCatTeacher

Jeff Gearhart on episode 162 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Are you studying Mars? Why not let students go live there? Jeff Gearhart is working with teachers in traditional subjects to let students immerse in the subject in Minecraft. In today’s show, learn about Minecraft EDU and how it is being used to teach.

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How Tech Can Help Students with Disabilities Thrive in STEM Education

EdTech Magazine

By Calvin Hennick Tools give students with special needs the same access to science and math activities as other schoolchildren.

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FlipGrid: Connect with Other Classrooms

Catlin Tucker

This year, my students are learning about the design thinking process: empathize, define, ideate, prototype, and test. My teaching team decided to begin the year with a low stakes high-interest challenge: design a water park for our community. The first step in the design thinking process is empathy. Too often my students want to jump right to a solution without really understanding the problem.

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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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Integrate Technology Effectively! Tip: Use Templates

Teacher Reboot Camp

Integrating technology isn’t an easy process. My technology knowledge continues to grow even with over a decade of experience, research, and professional development dedicated to education technology. Being a full-time educator and a mom to a newborn means I highly value my time. Therefore, I’m always searching for quicker and more effective ways to enhance the learning in my classroom.

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When Reading Gets Harder

Digital Promise

This article originally appeared on Usable Knowledge from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Read the original version here. For years, we’ve thought that the answer to boosting adolescent reading comprehension lay in building students’ vocabulary. Teens often struggle with the jargon and advanced terminology they encounter as they move into middle and high school, so educators have designed curricula and interventions that explicitly teach these complex words.

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Researching a Topic with Google Keep

The CoolCatTeacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. I’ve taught lots of tools for research with Diigo being one of my favorites. ( Diigo tutorial here.) However, with some recent integration of Google Keep with Google Docs, for this project I have students using Google keep and tagging. I’ve embedded two tutorials below.

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Integrate Technology Effectively! Tip: Inspire with Student Examples

Teacher Reboot Camp

“The number one benefit of educational technology is that it empowers people to do what they want to do. It lets people be creative. It lets people be productive. It lets people learn things they didn’t think they could learn before, and so in a sense it is all about potential.” – Steve Ballmer. Students own their learning and acquire important digital skills when given the opportunity to create, produce, and problem-solve with technology.

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A Startup Partnership With Google to Support Active Student Listening

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

When a big partnership opportunity comes along, be ready to evaluate it and dive in. The post A Startup Partnership With Google to Support Active Student Listening appeared first on Market Brief.

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AI Is on the Upswing in Optimizing K–12 Education

EdTech Magazine

By Amy Brown Educators are already using artificial intelligence in small ways with grading and reading programs.

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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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A call for more visual learning elements in schools

Neo LMS

If the five senses of the human body were to compete for the Most Important Sense Award, I’m sure the eyes would get the trophy. All the other senses would be on a close second place, but vision would triumph. Perhaps it’s the direct connection with the brain, perhaps it’s the high sensitivity of the eyes… No matter the reason, we all perceive sight as a little more important than hearing, smell, taste or touch.

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Integrate Technology Effectively! Tip: Brainstorm

Teacher Reboot Camp

Brainstorming is an important process students need to learn to do when innovating, creating, and problem-solving with technology. Brainstorming helps students come up with ideas, organizes ideas, and provides a roadmap for projects. We need to expose students to various types of brainstorming techniques, such as concept mapping, storyboarding, sketchnoting, sketch outlines, audio recording thoughts, etc., so they discover which techniques work best for them.

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New Cyberlearning Community Report: Five Great Reasons to Read It

Digital Promise

Over the past five years, I’ve led the Center for Innovative Research in Cyberlearning (CIRCL), funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF). NSF uses the term “cyberlearning” for its portfolio of research projects that investigate emerging technology and emerging learning sciences. The projects seek bold new designs for learning, contrasting with today’s typical laptop- or tablet-based apps.

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States Can Use Data Analytics to Improve K–12 Teacher Training

EdTech Magazine

By Meghan Bogardus Cortez By revamping the data evaluation of teacher training programs, state education agencies can ensure their students are getting the best education.

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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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Stress, The Silent Killer In Education

EdNews Daily

Written by Dr. Jared Scherz, TeacherCoach. When I was eleven, I went on a rock climbing expedition in Boulder Colorado. I paced nervously before the first climb, as the instructors readied the equipment. From a sharp reprimand, I was jolted out of my nervous daydream. “Don’t step on the rope.” the instructor shouted. Befuddled by this command, I wondered how a rope that was nearly as thick as my leg, could be effected by a barely 80-pound kid.

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Interview with Kimberly Sanchez: Argument in the Digital Age

Teacher Reboot Camp

Each mission in my new book, Hacking Digital Learning Strategies: 10 Ways to Launch EdTech Missions in Your Classroom , shares an example of the Mission in Action by a teacher I admire. When I was writing the Mission: Debate the Issues, Don’t Diss People , I asked my younger sister, Kimberly Sanchez, to share her school’s project, The Great Debate.

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Why constructivist learning can’t always work in traditional classrooms

Neo LMS

Constructivist learning is an educational theory based on the psychological theories of Constructivist thinkers such as Jean Piaget. His theory — usually referred to as Developmental Stage Theory — described learning and cognitive development as “a progressive reorganization of mental processes resulting from biological maturation and environmental experience”.

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Cloud-Based Services Ease User Onboarding and Offboarding

EdTech Magazine

By Karen Scarfone Learn about services to automate and expedite user management that also address IT operational and security challenges.

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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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Scaling Change to Create Schools Learners Need and Deserve

A Principal's Reflections

We live in exciting times although it is often difficult to keep up with how fast society is changing. Many of us can remember a world where there was no Internet or smartphones. Now we not only have smart watches, but rumors are swirling that a global Wi-Fi network powered by commercial airliners is in the works that will provide people access virtually anywhere in the world.

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How to Choose Font Sizes

The CoolCatTeacher

A tutorial video From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Helping students select the right font sizes could be a challenge. My sister is a graphic design professor and taught me a simple way to select font sizes. Graphic design students might find it a bit oversimplified but for high school students it works like a charm.

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Students Learning with Video Projects #EdtechMissions

Teacher Reboot Camp

In today’s #EdtechMissions chat we shared ideas for learning with video projects. We talked about the importance of storyboarding to plan their projects and learning how to edit. Students also need to learn how to properly remix and attribute Creative Commons content into their projects. In my book, Hacking Digital Learning Strategies: 10 Ways to Launch EdTech Missions , students learn these skills by completing missions to produce a newscast and create a video tutorial.

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E-rate Sparks Low-Cost Connectivity, Better Digital Learning

EdTech Magazine

By EdTech Staff Once schools receive E-rate funding, innovating learning can develop.

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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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Classroom video calls. You can do this. Here’s how

Ditch That Textbook

Christian talked about how the flood waters were up to his waist in his house. His classmate described how his dogs cowered under the bed during the hurricane. An articulate fifth grader with tight braids laid out her family’s plan to stock up on food in case of the worst. We got to visit with these […].

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The Curiosity Challenge… full STEAM ahead!

EdTech4Beginners

My school is encouraging inquisitive learners and has taken on a project inspired by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT. It has huge links with our new STEAM curriculum and will guide the students through this new approach. The project is called the ‘Curiosity Challenge’ Have a look at what it entails in the video below: How did it go?

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Inventionland: A Transformational Design Course

The CoolCatTeacher

Mandi Figlioli on episode 163 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Curriculum Specialist Mandy Figlioli is excited about her school’s adoption of the Inventionland design and prototyping course. Mandy talks about how the course is structured, gives a story of how students are being transformed, and shares how they are re-working the course based on what they learned the first year.

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3 Cyberhygiene Tips for K–12 End Users

EdTech Magazine

By Meghan Bogardus Cortez In honor of National Cyber Security Awareness Month, here are some basics for keeping students and staff secure.

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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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What is WittyWe and Why You Want to Use it

Ask a Tech Teacher

There seems to be a limitless supply of online education content. In fact, my email box and social media explodes with them. But often, these offerings are too basic, a lite version of a paid program that isn’t terribly robust, confusing, or created by people who don’t really understand how to blend technology and education. As a busy teacher, I want resources that are clear, easy-to-use, accessible by all types of students, scalable, and fun.

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Dismantling the fear of “What if students see something bad online?”

Ditch That Textbook

In a recent workshop I was leading with teachers, the inevitable question came up. We were looking at Google Maps Street View, discussing how it can give students a first-person view of places all over the world — and let them “walk around” independently. Then came that inevitable question: “How do you make sure that […].

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3 Ways to Lead Project-Based Learning

The CoolCatTeacher

Erin Murphy on episode 164 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Erin Murphy, the co-author of Hacking Project Based Learning , talks about leading project-based learning. She discusses principal-teacher relationships, evaluations, and common mistakes made in PBL implementation.

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3 Ways to Use Context-Aware Security to the IT Team’s Advantage

EdTech Magazine

By Mike Chapple This solution allows IT and cybersecurity teams to redirect efforts toward high-value targets.

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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.