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Practical AI Ideas for the Classroom

The CoolCatTeacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Artificial Intelligence (AI) is a hot topic in schools around the country. As I kick off Season 12 of the 10 Minute Teacher (after a much-needed break), I'm sharing 21 uses of AI tools, 4 conversation starters (including eight concerns of negative uses of AI), and a lesson plan I used to teach AI.

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Assessing the effectiveness of cloud-based web filters for K-12 schools

Hapara

Listen to an audio version of this post: Not all web filtering tools are effective in safeguarding K-12 learners. Today’s students are learning on computers, tablets and mobile-devices and using the internet for class activities, research, assessments, communication and collaboration. If your web filter is outdated or you spend too much time managing it, it’s time to look into cloud-based web filters for schools.

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Leading Digitally-Rich Cultures of Learning

A Principal's Reflections

A thriving culture views technology as a seamless component that can enhance learning in a multitude of ways. When digital tools are intentionally integrated, students are able to produce tangible evidence of their conceptual comprehension, develop a range of competencies, illustrate the construction of new knowledge, and become self-directed in their learning.

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The Role of Micro-credentials in the Credential Ecosystem

Digital Promise

The post The Role of Micro-credentials in the Credential Ecosystem appeared first on Digital Promise.

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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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CoSN2023: Cybersecurity Conversations at the District, State and Federal Levels

EdTech Magazine

K–12 cybersecurity conversations are happening at the district, state and federal levels. An increase in cyberattacks against schools has leaders re-evaluating security needs, and with that comes concerns about upkeep, funding and legality. All of these aspects were topics of conversation at the Consortium for School Networking’s 2023 conference. Security-focused sessions drew large crowds, and conversations about cybersecurity sprung up in the event’s expo hall and spotlight presentations.

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We Can’t Keep ChatGPT Out of the Classroom, so Let’s Address the ‘Why’ Behind Our Fears

Edsurge

Recently, I was in a meeting with department chairs and administrators at my high school. We were discussing the agenda when the topic of ChatGPT elicited a collective groan. It had only been a few weeks into the semester, and we had already sent dozens of students’ names to administrators to report this new version of plagiarism. After discussing revisions to our existing policies, a colleague added, “We have to go back to old-school methods.

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Math+Tech–a Good Partnership

Ask a Tech Teacher

Technology has been part of math education for decades, mostly as rote drills and a replacement for worksheets, often to assist in memorizing tables. But it’s grown up since those early days. Check out this article from one of our Ask a Tech Teacher contributors addressing why tech+math are good partners and where that will go in the future: The Future of Math Education: Integrating Technology in the Classroom Introduction In today’s digital age, it is increasingly necessary to integ

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Addressing the digital divide’s effects on education and the workforce

eSchool News

Our society relies on the internet for education, jobs, and personal needs, yet our country’s digital divide has been an ongoing issue, affecting the 14.5 million Americans who don’t have access to broadband internet. This issue is not just limiting education access, but it’s also contributing to an ongoing workforce crisis. It’s time to recognize that equal access to high-speed internet is essential, and urgent action is needed.

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10 Ways Teachers Violate Copyright (and How to Avoid It)

Teacher Tech with Alice Keeler

Navigating copyright laws can be challenging for educators, especially when trying to create engaging and informative materials for their students. However, sometimes we might unknowingly violate copyright laws when using resources in the classroom. To avoid any legal trouble, it's essential to understand common copyright pitfalls and how to navigate them.

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8 Ways to Teach Financial Literacy

The CoolCatTeacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter As I was grading my student’s web pages today, one student’s goals struck me. She said she wanted to earn money, save it, and “create generational wealth.” This eighth grader has been taught financial skills at home, but not all students are so fortunate. April is Financial Literacy Month, so it's the perfect time to teach financial literacy.

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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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5 Skills Graduates Need to Be Successful

Ask a Tech Teacher

The skills required to succeed in your post-High School life, be it college, a vocational training program, the military, or a job, are surprisingly similar. Commitment to the task at hand by doing your best all the time is a great start, but it isn’t all you need. One of our Ask a Tech Teacher contributors came up with a short list of five skills that will make a big difference in whether you succeed or fail in your post-High School endeavors: Communication Adaptability and Flexibility Le

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CoSN2023: Are Men Doing Enough for Women in IT?

EdTech Magazine

Research shows that white men continue to dominate the makeup of K–12 IT leaders. The “CoSN State of EdTech Leadership 2022” report states that the share of female CTOs increased from 25 to 34 percent between 2020 and 2022. Despite the increase, men still outnumber women 3 to 1. These figures were highlighted at the Consortium for School Networking’s annual conference in Austin, Texas.

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Student Leaders Activate Change for a Better Tomorrow

Digital Promise

The post Student Leaders Activate Change for a Better Tomorrow appeared first on Digital Promise.

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Seven reasons to include Tripod 7Cs in your Texas Teacher Incentive Allotment

Education Elements

School districts face an increasingly competitive market as districts grapple over teacher talent. In Texas, the state implemented a grant system called the Teacher Incentive Allotment (TIA), where districts create criteria for designating “Master” teachers to reward their top performers.

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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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13 Websites with Online Stories

Ask a Tech Teacher

Here are popular resources teachers are using to share stories: Aesop Fables —no ads Aesop’s Fables Audio stories Childhood Stories Classic Fairy Tales Fairy Tales and Fables Listen/read–Free non-fic audio books Owl Eyes (classics) Starfall Stories read by actors Stories to read for youngsters Storyline Unite for Literacy Click for more online story resources (or to update this list) Copyright ©2023 Askatechteacher.com– All rights reserved.

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CoSN2023: Schools Share Lessons in Disaster Recovery

EdTech Magazine

For a K–12 school system, “disaster” can mean many things. Minnesota’s Minnehaha Academy and Oregon’s Beaverton School District dealt with separate disasters in their school systems, and both institutions found their data completely offline as a result. In Tuesday’s session “This Is Not A Drill: Successfully Navigating A Disaster,” school personnel shared with CoSN2023 attendees a timeline of events, including recovery efforts for data that was lost.

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Adolescents Need More Proactive, Preventative Mental Health Supports in School

Edsurge

Enough is enough. We feel this with each school shooting we endure. We feel this with each suicide that takes a loved one from us far too soon. More lives lost, more families devastated, more educators operating in fear. Each time, we’re left wondering if there’s anything else we could have done to prevent another tragedy. It’s no question that American youth are facing an urgent mental health crisis.

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How it Was vs How it Could Be: Reimagining Hiring Season Best Practices

Education Elements

It’s the time of year when hiring managers and principals are gearing up to recruit and onboard their staff for the upcoming school year. As we prepare for this hiring season, most of us have team members who were promoted, or pre-existing vacancies, and newly retired staff which creates additional open roles to fill. Undoubtedly, there are some big shoes to fill, but where are the people?

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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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Websites that add sparkle (and learning) to Spring

Ask a Tech Teacher

Spring websites, lesson plans, printables, activities: 7 Science Experiments that Teach About Spring Books from Scholastic about Spring Life cycle of a snake Life Cycle Lesson Plans Life Cycle resources Life Cycles Life Cycle Symbaloo Plant life cycle Spring Puzzle Spring Garde n–click to find flowers Spring Games Spring Vocabulary (video) Spring Word Scramble Spring Word Search What Happens in Spring (video) What Happens in Spring –PS (video) Ideas from TeacherVision : Printables Th

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CoSN2023: Districts Train Students in Cybersecurity and Network Operations

EdTech Magazine

Schools have always aimed to prepare students for the future, but some K–12 institutions are taking their training a step further today. At the Consortium for School Networking’s annual conference in Austin, Texas, two school districts shared how they’re working to set up students with skills in cybersecurity and other technologies. Lakota Local School District’s Monday presentation, “Developing a World-Class High School Cybersecurity Program” and St.

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The Power of Microcredentials and America’s Higher Education Dilemma

Edsurge

This semester, the Community College of Aurora rolled out the first microcredentials in its history. These short courses offer students the opportunity to study behavioral health, which aligns with jobs in our region related to human services, sociology, counseling, psychology and social work. Community colleges, which have historically served as comprehensive institutions offering associate degrees with transfer articulation agreements to four-year colleges, have also served as workforce driver

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ChatGPT Teacher Tips Part 1: Role-Playing Activities

EdTechTeacher

Post by Tom Daccord A recent national report by the Watson Foundation found that teachers are using ChatGPT more than students and are using it to create new lesson ideas. To help out all of our teacher friends, we are offering a series of posts focused on practical ways that you can use ChatGPT to assist with your own lesson design! Each post will focus on a practical strategy for using ChatGPT and will include ideas for both elementary and secondary school teachers.

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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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Workshop: Learn to Code with ChatGPT

Teacher Tech with Alice Keeler

Quickly! Take advantage of ChatGPT to learn how to code Google Workspace with Google Apps Script. Google Developer Expert Alice Keeler will teach you how to go from zero to intermediate user in 6 weeks. Space is limited. Register now. The post Workshop: Learn to Code with ChatGPT appeared first on Teacher Tech.

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CoSN2023: Learning Loss and ChatGPT Open Doors to Innovation in K–12 Education

EdTech Magazine

Innovation is the name of the game when it comes to educational technology, but sometimes, innovating takes courage. This year’s Consortium for School Networking conference highlights all the challenges and possibilities around innovation in its “Reimagine. Redesign. Renew.” theme, and opening keynote speaker Michael Horn set the tone for the week. Monday’s keynote covered the reasons traditional school systems aren’t working in today’s digital world.

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Inside the Quest to Detect (and Tame) ChatGPT

Edsurge

Since the release of ChatGPT, which can generate original text that seems like it was written by a human, educators have expressed concern about students using the tool to write their essays for them. So naturally, companies are rushing to create tools that they say can help detect when text is written by a bot. But will these tools work? And even if they do at first, will this approach continue to be effective as AI gets more sophisticated?

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OER / ZTC Advocates Have an AI Problem

Iterating Toward Openness

At some point over the last decade, open educational resources (OER) advocacy in US higher education became zero textbook costs (ZTC) advocacy. The two are intertwined now in a manner that would be difficult to disentangle even if you wanted to try. There are plenty of practical reasons why this might have happened. For example, politicians understand costs much better than they understand learning, which makes policy work and other political advocacy around eliminating textbook costs far easier

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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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10 Hidden Google Jamboard Gems

Teacher Tech with Alice Keeler

Google Jamboard, the interactive digital whiteboard from Google Workspace, has revolutionized collaboration both in and out of the classroom. Many users are familiar with its basic features, but there's so much more to discover. Explore 10 lesser-known features that will help you unlock the full potential of Google Jamboard. The post 10 Hidden Google Jamboard Gems appeared first on Teacher Tech.

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6 Great AI Photo to Cartoon Tools

Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Using photo to cartoon tools is a great way to create unique artwork that will stand out among other images. You can turn your favorite photos into something new and exciting. Whether it's a family portrait or an outdoor landscape shot, you can use these tools to easily convert your photos into a cartoon-like representation. Photo to cartoon tools can be an excellent tool for teachers.They can can help you make abstract concepts more accessible and engaging for students.

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Breaking Barriers to Literacy: Using Audiobooks to Overcome Reading Challenges

Edsurge

Literacy is the foundation of overall educational success. Reading skills are the gateway to success in every classroom subject. The need to read is not limited to English Language Arts classes; literacy skills are essential in math, history and all other content areas. Beyond the classroom, literacy is an essential daily life skill. Not being able to read has a profound effect on our self-esteem, social-emotional skills and imagination.

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6 ways to help reluctant readers become booklovers

eSchool News

Not everyone loves to read. Even in schools with strong reading cultures, some students just don’t feel the spark—yet. Through helping reluctant readers find books that capture their imaginations, teachers and librarians can ignite a newfound enthusiasm for reading in students. Here are six strategies for engaging hesitant students: 1. Hand it to them.

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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.