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5 edtech tools to save time this year

eSchool News

Key points: Teachers can leverage technology to work smarter–not harder Reach out to digital learning specialists to implement instructional technology See related article: With greater access to devices, teachers are folding more tech into instruction Back-to-school and the first weeks of the new year are definitely busy for teachers as they are diligently preparing lesson plans and getting to know their students–all while building a sense of community in their classrooms.

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HCI vs. Cloud Storage: Exploring What K–12 Schools Can Do with Their Data

EdTech Magazine

As technology becomes more integrated into learning and teaching, IT must evolve from a support function to a strategic partner in driving learning innovation. Modernizing K–12 data infrastructure to enhance efficiency, agility and robustness becomes mission critical with limited IT resources. The use of cloud-based technology in schools has grown more complex and widespread, giving way to various methods to protect private student data in the cloud.

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The Role of Content in Classrooms Today

A Principal's Reflections

Reflecting on my days as a student, I recall how the subject matter was the primary focus in every class. Whether delivered through lectures in college, direct instruction during K-12 education, or occasionally gleaned from textbooks and encyclopedias, it permeated every aspect of learning. Upon closer examination, it becomes evident that information, in the form of content, held a central role in all my classes.

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Instructional Frameworks Are Vital to School District Success

Education Elements

Imagine a school district as a ship navigating the vast and ever-changing ocean of education. Just as sailors rely on the North Star to navigate across uncharted waters, school districts can best stay on course with their own guiding light, an instructional framework.

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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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Want a Sense of Belonging in Your Classroom? Try This.

Digital Promise

A new guide provides sample lesson plans for teachers to introduce students to learner variability, which can increase students’ sense of belonging

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Protecting Data in the Cloud Ensures Smooth Cyber Recovery

EdTech Magazine

Hybrid cloud environments have evolved significantly in recent years, spurred by the shift to remote learning during the pandemic. Many early adopters limited their use of cloud services to long-term storage for backup data. But over time, IT professionals have become more comfortable with relying on cloud service providers. Today, schools have become more comfortable with moving applications to the cloud.

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The Power of See, Think, Me, We

Catlin Tucker

Part V: Thinking About Thinking Series This is part five of a five-part series focused on using thinking routines to drive metacognitive skill building. Click here to revisit my last blog in this series on using the “Claim-Evidence-Question” routine. To recap, metacognition is a cognitive ability that allows learners to consider their thought patterns, approaches to learning, and understanding of a topic or idea.

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9 Online Resources to Assist with ESL and ELL

Ask a Tech Teacher

Here’s a short list of good ESL and ELL resources. For updates, click here : Digital Storytelling for Language and Culture Learning (PDF) – National Writing Project [link] L2 Digital Storytelling MCC ESL Digital Stories Teaching English – Digital Storytelling [link] Web English Teacher – Digital Storytelling [link] ESL English Tools- -digital tools to assist learning English as a second language Resource Guide for ESL SuperProf –private ESL online tutoring The TEFL Academy –cou

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A Strong Network Anchors Schools to Cloud Storage Solutions

EdTech Magazine

Cloud storage solutions have emerged as essential tools for K–12 schools, enabling them to securely store and access a wealth of digital resources. Still, the efficiency and effectiveness of transmitting data to cloud storage hinges on a strong and reliable network connection. To address this, some school districts are shifting from traditional VPN methods to software-defined WAN, a robust solution with benefits for schools that include scalability, security and speed.

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4 Tools for Preparing Students for the Global Workforce This School Year

Digital Promise

Check out these four, free tools around global competence that career and technical education (CTE) faculty can implement immediately.

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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 tips for successful ChatGPT-generated lesson plans

Ditch That Textbook

This post is written by Stephanie DeMichele. Stephanie helps people learn things. She brings both humor and empathy to her presentations, connecting and building relationships with her audience through storytelling and conversation. More importantly, she infuses excitement and engagement to empower and inspire educators to grow, to innovate, and to overcome their edtech fears when […] The post 5 tips for successful ChatGPT-generated lesson plans appeared first on Ditch That Textbook.

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Happy Labor Day!

Ask a Tech Teacher

I’m taking Labor Day off so thought I’d do a labor-free article– Labor Day, the first Monday in September , is an American holiday (though it occurs throughout the world, with different names and dates) dedicated to the achievements of workers. I take it literally. A keyboard, three screens, four tasks, and a six-pack of Red Bull Monster (less sodium), I’m ready to work!

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Embark on a Journey to the Cloud

EdTech Magazine

K–12 schools are collecting and storing more data than ever, thanks in large part to an increase in educational technology. However, because of budget and expertise limitations in their IT departments, most schools are still storing data in on-premises data centers in some capacity, if not exclusively. There are many considerations when transitioning to a modern data storage solution like the cloud.

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How Students’ Empathy for Others Motivates Them to Solve Challenges

Digital Promise

The post How Students’ Empathy for Others Motivates Them to Solve Challenges appeared first on Digital Promise.

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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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The Math Revolution You Haven’t Heard About

Edsurge

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Math professor Martin Weissman is rethinking how his university teaches calculus. Over the summer, the professor from the University of California at Santa Cruz, spent a week at Harvard to learn how to redesign the mathematics for life sciences courses his institution offers. Called Math 11 A and B, these classes, which students take as freshmen and sophomores, constitute a “leaky pipeline,” Weissman says.

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#6: Photoshop for Fifth Graders–Auto-fixes

Ask a Tech Teacher

Before starting on Photoshop lessons for fifth grade and up, teach preparatory basics covered in this lesson plan here (reprinted in part below). If you have a newer version of Photoshop, adapt these instructions to yours: Open Photoshop. Notice the tool bars at the top. These will change depending upon the tool you choose from the left side. These are the crux of Photoshop.

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Understanding heutagogy: Fostering lifelong learning and autonomy

Hapara

Listen to an audio version of this post: [link] What is heutagogy? Heutagogy puts students at the center of their learning process. Substantiated by a growing body of neuroscientific research, heutagogy is an instructional strategy that supports learners in being the agents of their own learning. Children are naturally active learners. From a very young age the developing mind is astonishingly insightful, competent and active.

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How Designing Personalized Micro-credentials Can Support Adult Learners’ Journeys

Digital Promise

The post How Designing Personalized Micro-credentials Can Support Adult Learners’ Journeys appeared first on Digital Promise.

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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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How Students Use Unofficial Online Backchannels for Classes

Edsurge

As college classes start up this fall, instructors are handing out syllabi and pointing students to official platforms for turning in assignments and participating in class discussions. Meanwhile students are setting up unofficial online channels of their own, where they can ask questions of classmates, gripe about the professor and sometimes share homework and test answers.

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Tech Ed Resources–Mentoring and Coaching

Ask a Tech Teacher

I get a lot of questions from readers about what tech ed resources I use in my classroom so I’ll 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. All of them, I’ve found well-suited to the task of scaling and differentiating tech skills for age groups, scaffolding learning year-to-year, taking into account the perspectives and norms of all stakeholders, wi

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5 Reasons To Use FigJam This School Year

EdTechTeacher

Guest Post by Tom Mullaney. Tom infuses professional development with creativity, collaboration, and fun based on his experience as a Special Education and Social Studies teacher. FigJam is a collaborative whiteboard that students and teachers can use to brainstorm, ideate, and collaborate. From simple drawings to sticky notes and comments, FigJam is a fun and engaging way to engage students in the classroom.

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A.I. and the Seven Things that Make Us Human

EdNews Daily

By LeiLani Cauthen With A.I. arriving in schools, questions of its use and possible threat to teaching and learning have erupted across the world. We looked back at what Learning Counsel’s 2022 National Digital Transition Surveys asked about how teachers, and separately, administrators define teaching today. Surprisingly, the results showed some big differences.

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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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When Affordable Housing Is Scarce, So Are Educators

Edsurge

EAGLE COUNTY, Colo. — Carrie Rodgers gestures toward the silver medallion sitting atop her fridge, then waves it off. It’s nothing really, she shrugs. Still, she reaches for the disc and sets it on the kitchen counter for a closer look. Two roofs and a pair of windows are etched into its center. Encircling the outline of those homes, the badge reads, “MAKE COLORADO AFFORDABLE 2022,” and below it, “IN GRATITUDE FOR YOUR LEADERSHIP.

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Tech Tip #14: Desktop Icons Disappear?

Ask a Tech Teacher

As a working technology teacher, I get hundreds of questions about computers. As often as possible, I’ll share those with you as well as my solutions. They’re always brief and focused. Enjoy! Q: My desktop icons disappeared for no known reason. What do I do? A: This is a question I get more often than you’d think. One moment, they’re all there, lined up like little soldiers.

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Best Google Sheets activities for students to enhance digital learning

Hapara

Listen to an audio version of this post: [link] Educators are often intimidated by Google Sheets and stick to assigning Google Docs or Google Slides assignments. But Google Sheets activities for students are easier to put together than you think! They’re also engaging, create opportunities for critical thinking and allow learners to be creative. Check out these learning activities and tips, and you might just turn out to be a Google Sheets fan.

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ChatGPT Teacher Tips  Part 10 – Feedback

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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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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Today’s Kids Are Inundated With Tech. When Does it Help — and Hurt?

Edsurge

The pandemic has largely changed public perceptions about the appropriate use of technology for young people, argues Katie Davis, associate professor in the information school at the University of Washington. “The pandemic forced us to confront the fact that technology is absolutely essential in our lives, and especially during crises,” she says. Now, she says, discussion is shifting to questions of “When is technology good?

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5 New Google Workspace for Education Features Teachers Should Know about

Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

The new Google Workspace for Education features are the topic of our blog post today! Google for Education has recently rolled out a slew of updates that are just too good to ignore. From turbocharging Google Classroom with AI-assisted features to pushing the boundaries of accessibility and interactivity in Google Meet, these updates aim to reshape the way we teach and learn.

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The intersection of the science of reading and edtech

eSchool News

Key points: States are ensuring teachers have thorough professional development as they implement lessons learned from the science of reading Using digital tools can positively impact students’ literacy achievement See related article: As we embrace the ‘science of reading,’ we can’t leave out older students While this fall marks my 38 th year in education, it has been 28 years since I was a classroom teacher.

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The “Nation’s Report Card” Is Getting a Digital Upgrade. Vendors Are Being Asked to Help

Marketplace K-12

The agency that administers the long-running National Assessment of Educational Progress is looking to bring major changes to the test through technology. The post The “Nation’s Report Card” Is Getting a Digital Upgrade. Vendors Are Being Asked to Help appeared first on Market Brief.

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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.