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Ditch the Drill and Choose to Thrill: Personalization with Student Choice

A Principal's Reflections

There is a saying out there that I hear often: learning is learning. While I don’t discount this view, I firmly believe there is so much to it at the individual level. Preferences and experiences play a significant role in how we all learn, and interests do as well. When asked to do the same thing at the same time in the same way, it is pretty much a fact that a few people will thrive, some will get by, and others will struggle.

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Creative Writing Tips to Energize Essays

Ask a Tech Teacher

Creative writing techniques can make essays more engaging and original while maintaining the required objective structure. A member of the Ask a Tech Teacher team, when preparing an essay example for her class on the impacts of social media on mental health, used freewriting to brainstorm ideas and created a vivid opening scene describing a teenager’s day (she teaches High School), highlighting moments of social media interaction and their emotional effects.

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ISTELive 24: How to Build Connectivity in Rural Communities

EdTech Magazine

Funding school technology continues to be a concern for many K–12 school leaders. And in Illinois, where there are many small, rural school districts that have minimal or nonexistent technology budgets, this need is even more pronounced. In an ISTELive 24 session, Justin Morgan, technology director for Trico Community Unit School District 176, and Melinda Fiscus, director of government affairs for the Learning Technology Center of Illinois, shared their multipronged approach for obtaining connec

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A New Initiative to Strengthen STEM Career Pathways in San Diego

Digital Promise

Digital Promise’s new STEM Pathways initiative, in collaboration with community partners, aims to reimagine the Pre-K to workforce pipeline

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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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How to Effectively Manage Large-Scale Change in School Districts

Education Elements

Why is change so hard? Navigating change in schools isn't just a leadership challenge—it's a personal journey for every educator and administrator involved. Educators often find themselves adapting to new standards, implementing new initiatives, or integrating innovative tech, which can feel like steering a ship through stormy seas. In this blog, we will dive into some of the reasons why people and organizations are resistant to change and what we can do to effectively manage large-scale change

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Top 5 Research Techniques for Your College Papers

Ask a Tech Teacher

Writing a great research paper involves more than just retelling what you’ve read. The foundation of any good paper is solid research. Here are five essential research techniques Ask a Tech Teacher contributor, Philip Richardson, suggests for college students that can also apply to high school research projects: Top 5 Research Techniques for Your College Papers Writing a killer college paper takes more than smashing your fingers on your keyboard until you get up to the required word count.

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Lift Every Voice in Tech: Black Talent Share How to Transform the Tech Industry

Digital Promise

The post Lift Every Voice in Tech: Black Talent Share How to Transform the Tech Industry appeared first on Digital Promise.

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Gamification in Education: Fostering a Growth Mindset

EdNews Daily

By Betsy Hill and Roger Stark When the term “gamification” comes up in the context of education, it is usually introduced as a way to improve student engagement and motivation. Given the dismal state of student engagement in schoolwork, maybe that by itself would be enough. But research has documented a variety of other benefits, including developing persistence and resilience, honing problem-solving skills, building creativity, and much more.

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How Digital Study Techniques Improve Exam Preparation

Ask a Tech Teacher

When my friend, Emma, was preparing for finals, she used Trello to organize her study schedule, Quizlet for flashcards, and weekly Google Meet sessions with classmates to discuss tough topics, transforming her test stress into an effective study routine. Why so many digital crutches? Because studying for exams can feel overwhelming. The right digital tools makes it manageable, even rewarding.

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ISTELive 2024: Educators Must Give Students a Competitive Advantage Over AI

EdTech Magazine

To help her audience better understand the earthshaking impact of generative artificial intelligence, futurist Sinead Bovell, one of the keynote speakers at ISTELive 24 in Denver, compared AI to electricity. Bovell — the founder of WAYE (Weekly Advice for Young Entrepreneurs)— told attendees at the conference’s opening session on Sunday that AI, like electricity, will soon become so deeply embedded in the fabric of society that educators must prepare students to work with it.

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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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Opportunities for OpenSciEd: Identifying Practitioner Needs for Equitable Implementation

Digital Promise

The post Opportunities for OpenSciEd: Identifying Practitioner Needs for Equitable Implementation appeared first on Digital Promise.

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How Schools Can Better Support Military Children and Families

Edsurge

While summer is the busiest time of year for military families to transition to their next duty station, throughout the school year, they move from state to state, and sometimes even across the world. Even after 16 years of being married to the military, my family learned that my husband would be moving in an unaccompanied permanent change of station for a year overseas.

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The Secret to Successful Essay Writing: 10 Proven Tips to Level Up

Ask a Tech Teacher

Essay writing is a crucial skill for academic and professional success because it teaches clear, logical, and persuasive communication. The Ask a Tech Teacher team has come up with 10 practical tips to enhance your essay writing abilities, covering aspects like thesis development, structure, evidence, transitions, and proper grammar: Mastering the Art of Essay Writing Do you find essay writing daunting?

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Q&A: How Microsoft Copilot Can Transform Workflows in Every Area of K–12

EdTech Magazine

When generative artificial intelligence burst onto the scene a few years ago, it promised to transform society as we know it. And for K–12 schools, it has been a major topic of conversation, with 60 percent of districts planning to offer some training for teachers by the end of the 2023-2024 school year, according to a survey by RAND. Paige Johnson, vice president of Microsoft Education, says schools should embrace this transformational technology as it has great potential not only for teaching

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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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Elementary Educators Invited to Help Develop New Writing Product for Grades K-5

EdNews Daily

Discovery Education announced that it is offering elementary educators nationwide the unique opportunity to participate in the development of its latest product, Mystery Writing by Discovery Education, through a free, year-long trial. Individual educators interested in claiming their free trial can visit the Mystery Writing website here. Mystery Writing engages students in grades K-5 with “wow!

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As Schools Serve More Immigrant Children, Demand Grows for Bilingual Psychologists

Edsurge

A couple of years ago, as schools that had been forced to go virtual due to the coronavirus pandemic began to bring students back on campus, Pedro Olvera noticed that his phone started ringing more. Olvera spent much of his career as a school psychologist in Santa Ana Unified School District, just a stone’s throw from Disneyland, where about 40 percent of students are English learners who speak Spanish.

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9 Must-have Tools for Ed Conferences

Ask a Tech Teacher

It’s summer, time for teachers to recharge their cerebral batteries. That could mean reading, going on field trips, spending time with online PLNs, or taking calls from family members who usually end up at voice mail. For many, it means attending conferences like ISTE June 24th or the NEA Aspiring Ed Conference June 29th to learn the newest ideas in AI, Chromebooks, Robotics, and more.

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ISTELive 24: 5 Considerations for Your Esports Program

EdTech Magazine

Eager to get esports teams up and running, some schools jump into building a program without making the proper considerations. Staff members and would-be coaches may think that they can choose a few games and a few machines and get going. However, poor planning can lead to unforeseen expenses, pushback from stakeholders and a lack of space for students who want to get involved.

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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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Technology Advances and Other Modern Trends in Nursing Education

EdTech4Beginners

Digital technology is changing the way that nurses learn their trade. These breakthroughs allow nursing students to replicate the pressures of the hospital setting in a low-stakes environment while also diversifying their instruction and providing them access to a wider range of preparatory materials. The long-term impact of these developments has not yet been fully realized.

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What If Banning Smartphones in Schools Is Just the Beginning?

Edsurge

The movement to keep smartphones out of schools is gaining momentum. Just last week, the nation’s second-largest public school system, Los Angeles Unified School District, voted to ban smartphones starting in January, citing adverse health risks of social media for kids. And the U.S. Surgeon General, Vivek Murthy, published an op-ed in The New York Times calling for warning labels on social media systems, saying “the mental health crisis among young people is an emergency.

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Makeblock and xTool Ignite ISTE 2024:

Ask a Tech Teacher

Makeblock and xTool Set to Ignite ISTE 2024: A Glimpse into the Future of STEAM Education As the curtains draw closer for the 2024 International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) Conference, the educational community is abuzz with anticipation. Scheduled to take place from June 24-26 in the vibrant city of Denver, the event stands as a lighthouse for those seeking to revolutionize their classrooms with the latest in educational technology.

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Cignition: Revolutionizing K-12 Education with Virtual Tutoring

TeacherCast

At the ISTE Conference, I spoke with Dr. Mike Cohen, CEO of Cignition, about their pioneering work in education. Cignition's philosophy centers on igniting students' potential with engaging, research-based solutions. Their interactive games and adaptive learning platforms create a classroom experience where learning is like play, supporting personalized education and fostering a love for learning.

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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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Google Doc Demo Mode

ignitionEDU

Google Tip: When you want to share a PREVIEW or VIEW version of a Google Doc URL AND you also want to have your document outline visible, change the URL by adding ?rm=demo to the end.

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Math ends the education careers of thousands of community college students. A few schools are trying something new

The Hechinger Report

ALBANY, Ore. – It’s 7:15 on a cold gray Monday morning in May at Linn-Benton Community College in northwestern Oregon. Math professor Michael Lopez, in a hoodie and jeans, a tape measure on his belt, paces in front of the 14 students in his “math for welders” class. “I’m your OSHA inspector,” he says. “Three sixteenths of an inch difference, you’re in violation.

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How to combat misuse of AI in student writing

eSchool News

Key points: AI isn’t going anywhere–but students still need to develop their own writing abilities AI’s role in the future of learning AI is the solution to costly and ineffective dyslexia programs For more news on AI in education , visit eSN’s Digital Learning hub As AI cements itself firmly into classrooms, one large and lingering question concerns when and how students can use it appropriately.

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Tech & Learning Announces Winners of Best of Show at ISTE 2024

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These annual awards celebrates the products exhibited at ISTE that are transforming education in schools around the world.

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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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Top 5 Memorable Mantras from ISTE 2024 

Discovery Education

ISTE Live 2024 just wrapped up, and it was an event full of timely conversations, innovative ideas, and emerging technologies. The Discovery Education Team enjoyed connecting with educators, listening to sessions, and learning about the latest technology coming to classrooms! Read on to find five memorable mantras we gleaned from ISTE 2024 and plan to […] The post Top 5 Memorable Mantras from ISTE 2024 appeared first on Discovery Education Blog.

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PROOF POINTS: This is your brain. This is your brain on screens

The Hechinger Report

One brain study, published in May 2024, detected different electrical activity in the brain after students had read a passage on paper, compared with screens. Credit: Getty Images Studies show that students of all ages, from elementary school to college, tend to absorb more when they’re reading on paper rather than screens. The advantage for paper is a small one, but it’s been replicated in dozens of laboratory experiments , particularly when students are reading about science or other nonfictio

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The Best of ISTELive 24

eSchool News

The Best of ISTELive 24 Check-out our coverage of the topics, speakers, and technologies showcased at this year’s ISTELive 24

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Microsoft Reading Coach: How To Teach With The AI Reading Tutor

techlearning

Teaching tips for Reading Coach, an AI-powered tool designed to teach reading, from the Vice President of Education at Microsoft

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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.