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Data Analytics Tools Show Ed Tech’s Impact

EdTech Magazine

Many K–12 districts are not using data analytics tools, which is not to say they shouldn’t be. Good data analytics solutions don’t simply churn out data for IT leaders to analyze and interpret, they give IT administrators visibility into their systems. This visibility can provide schools with the necessary information for government funding audits, help them manage licenses and devices, and show potential vulnerabilities in their networks.

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Model What You Expect

A Principal's Reflections

One of the most powerful teaching and leadership strategies is the act of modeling. It goes beyond just telling people what to do by instead showing them how to do it as a means to either support learning or change. In the classroom, modeling aids in making concepts clear where students learn by observing. I shared the following in Disruptive Thinking in Our Classrooms : Modeling is a pedagogical strategy whereby the teacher or student(s) demonstrates how to complete tasks and activities related

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How To Teach Like An Influencer

techlearning

Teach like an influencer to make sure you're digitally available to students with these top tech tips.

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Playlists vs. Choice Boards: What is the difference?

Catlin Tucker

This week, I received a comment to my blog asking: What do you feel is the biggest difference between playlists and choice boards? Would you say a playlist is more data-driven and a choice board gives more variety in learning modalities? These are great questions! I have heard teachers use these terms interchangeably, yet there is a distinct difference between these the playlist model and choice boards.

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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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Simulations as a Teaching Strategy

Ask a Tech Teacher

Simulations and games have grown from rote drills using a computer to challenging learning experiences for students that hone problem-solving and critical thinking skills. They are fun for students, keep them engaged, and teach the foundational pieces of a lesson. I. ‘ve talked about gamifying elements here and here (and under this tag ). Ask a Tech Teacher contributor, Christian Miraglia, retired educator and now education consultant, goes into depth about simulations–what these are

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How to manage slow-working students in your classroom

Neo LMS

Students experience learning differently. Some may be able or willing to solve tasks on time, but others may struggle to do so. Teachers will always have students who can’t finish tasks in due time, find it challenging to focus throughout a class, work slowly or inconsistently, or have difficulties following multi-step directions. Since the beginning of formal education, teachers have been trying to accommodate all students in their classrooms to the best of their knowledge.

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5 Ways to Build Reading Stamina in Adolescent Students

The CoolCatTeacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. Reading stamina matters. Prior to the pandemic, nearly two-thirds of students in the US were below grade reading level for grade 4,8, and 12 (NAEP). If that isn't bad enough, UNESCO found that more than half of children and adolescents were not even learning worldwide. Furthermore, in September 2020, UNICEF reported that 1 billion children worldwide aren't learning at all.

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What You Might Have Missed in January–What’s up in February

Ask a Tech Teacher

Here are the most-read posts for the month of January. Public Domain Day and Happy New Year! How to Change the Dynamics of Peer-to-peer Learning with Tract. Top 10 Hits and Misses for 2021. Ready To Go Back To School? 7 Fun Lesson Ideas To Start The New Year. 4 (free) Posters About Reading. Practices of Tech-savvy Teachers. 23+ Websites on Animals. 5 YouTube Features for Teachers.

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How to create a supportive classroom environment

Neo LMS

One thing about teaching that everyone learns sooner or later is that you can’t follow a cookie-cutter approach. You might get a few insights from your fellow teachers or remember useful strategies from your former educators, but you always need to be prepared for all sorts of situations. While most students thrive in groups, others find it challenging to collaborate and come out of their shells.

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Benefits of Using Board Games in the Classroom

User Generated Education

As a kid growing up, I loved board games. loved playing The Game of Life , Clue , and Sorry with my friends as a preteen and then Backgammon throughout my undergraduate years. I definitely liked the thrill of winning but equally so interacting with my friends while we played the games. Years ago I brought board games into my classroom. but haven’t for several years focusing more on using video games with my students.

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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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How to Introduce New Tech in Districts, Without Tech Burnout

EdTech Magazine

In recent years, K–12 institutions’ classroom technology investments have been gradually ticking upward. In 2019, 40 percent of teachers reported an increased use of digital-based core curriculum resources for one or more core subjects. Fifty-six percent said they were using digital supplemental materials more frequently. The onset of the pandemic certainly didn’t slow down the need for new tech.

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Groundhog Day and the 100th Day of School

Ask a Tech Teacher

Here are some activities for Groundhog Day–February 2nd: Free Printables and Worksheets. Fun Facts About Groundhogs –video. Groundhog Day Digital Activities –grades 3-5. Groundhog Day for Kids –a video. Groundhog Day Games. Groundhog Day Teaching Resources. History of Groundhog Day –from History.com. Punxsutawney Groundhog Club Website.

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10 things you didn’t know you could do with Google Arts and Culture

Ditch That Textbook

Google Arts and Culture is a massive collection of videos and images of cultural artifacts from over 2,000 museums around the world. But virtually visiting art exhibits is just one of the many things you can do with Google Arts and Culture. From virtually displaying life-sized art inside your house to playing in a blob […]. The post 10 things you didn’t know you could do with Google Arts and Culture appeared first on Ditch That Textbook.

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Understanding and Teaching Reading Fluency in Your Classroom

Waterford

Want More Science of Reading? Check out our seven-part Science of Reading webinar series. Learn how the brain learns to read and get tips for effective, researched-based classroom instruction. Download previous recordings or register for our next session here. We’d love to see you there! Let’s explore reading fluency, an important foundation for reading comprehension.

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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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K–12 Districts Choose Chromebooks for Educators to Elevate Teaching and Learning

EdTech Magazine

With quarantines, staffing shortages and virtual learning days, a technology problem is the last interruption educators need when they have students’ attention. Whether a teacher is using a computer to present supplementary materials or take the class on a virtual field trip, there’s often a small window of time to capture and maintain a student’s interest.

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#WorldReadAloudDay February 2

Ask a Tech Teacher

On Feb. 2, 2022, World Read Aloud Day celebrates the pure joy of oral reading with kids of all ages. Created by LitWorld , past years have found over 1 million people in 100 countries joining together to enjoy the power and wonder of reading aloud in groups or individually, at school or home, and discovering what it means to listen to a story told through the voice of another.

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EdTech Top of Mind for 2022: Skills Certifications, Security Compliance and Student Data Privacy!

EdNews Daily

By Robert Iskander When they close the book on this era, 2020 will be remembered as the year of COVID. 2021 was the year that the world learned to live remotely, the year that everything was on the table, and the phrase, “That’s the way we’ve always done it,” was generally removed from educators’ vocabularies. And 2022 will be remembered for an increased focus on three crucial areas: Skills Certifications, Security Compliance and Student Data Privacy.

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A Proctoring Company Tried to Sue an Edtech Critic. He’s Fighting Back in Court.

Edsurge

A lawsuit against a critic of remote proctoring will have an important hearing next week when the Supreme Court of British Columbia will decide whether to dismiss the suit under protections for the public interest. The hearing will test what critics of the case say was a suit meant to silence concerns about a controversial edtech service. In 2020, the digital proctoring company Proctorio brought a lawsuit against Ian Linkletter, who was then a learning technology specialist at the University of

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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.

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Q&A: How Laser-Focused Learning Can Support Student Engagement

EdTech Magazine

The pandemic disrupted learning for millions of K–12 students and caused student engagement to plummet in many districts. At the same time, the crisis accelerated the adoption of technologies and tools that connect students and teachers across varied classroom environments. As educators focus on re-engaging students in person and online, digital content display has taken on a more important role.

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Eight challenges keeping students engaged during remote learning (and how to help)

Hapara

K-12 schools and districts are turning to remote learning again as they head into the new semester. Winter storms and the Omicron variant of COVID-19 are pausing in-person classes. With these extended school closings, educational leaders are making the choice to transition back to virtual learning. Whether students are at home or in the classroom, it’s critical for teachers to create relevant and meaningful learning experiences.

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4 Steps to Design Your Own Google Slides Theme

Teacher Tech with Alice Keeler

How to customize Google Slides theme. Try these 4 steps to designing your own theme. Share with friends! The post 4 Steps to Design Your Own Google Slides Theme appeared first on Teacher Tech.

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For a Self-Destructive Student, a Restorative Circle Fostered a Sense of Belonging

Edsurge

Ralphie came to us via a disciplinary hearing in the spring of 2019, after he was charged with multiple disciplinary infractions including fighting and drug use. He was 14 years old. Ralphie’s case resulted in long-term suspension and assignment to Marietta Alternative Program and Services (MAPs), an alternative program within his local high school in Marietta, Ga., that provides increased academic, social-emotional and behavioral support for students who aren’t thriving in traditional settings.

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Enhancing HyFlex Education through the PowerTeaching Framework

This whitepaper explores integrating the PowerTeaching pedagogical approach within a HyFlex (Hybrid Flexible) educational model, focusing on employing cooperative learning strategies and efficient classroom management techniques.

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New Logitech Stylus Combines Digital and Physical Learning

EdTech Magazine

Last week, Logitech announced its release of a new stylus, called Logitech Pen, with the intention of bringing physical interaction to digital education. The stylus is designed to work with Chromebooks that support the Universal Stylus Initiative (USI) standard, which includes most new models of the device.

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10 of the best K-12 sources for digital textbooks online

Hapara

K-12 schools and districts are turning to digital textbooks for in-person, hybrid and remote learning. While textbook publishing companies now offer digital versions, you can also find open textbook options online. These open textbooks are free for schools and districts to use and distribute. Where can you find these free digital textbooks? Here are the best sources for digital textbooks you can use in K-12 grade levels.

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12 Principles Of Modern Learning: From Inquiry To Social Learning

TeachThought - Learn better.

One principle of modern learning is Opportunity, which enables modern learners to use self-generated data to assess and make decisions on future actions. The post 12 Principles Of Modern Learning: From Inquiry To Social Learning appeared first on TeachThought.

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Why More Schools Are Adding Mental Health Breaks to the Calendar

Edsurge

This fall, students and staff at close to 200 public schools in Wake County, N.C., which includes Raleigh, received an unexpected break. Schools were closed on November 12 for a “ day of reflection and preparation.” That same day, schools in Cumberland County, N.C., about 60 miles south, had the day off for “Wellness Friday.” As the Delta variant of COVID-19 spread around the country, school districts in hard-hit regions of the country gave students and educators a chance to catch their breath.

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Building the Foundation for a Modern K-12 Classroom

K-12 looks different these days. But one thing remains the same: you need a reliable learning platform that serves as the foundation for teaching and learning––for all students, in a variety of learning experiences. Discover how the Instructure Learning Platform supports today's K-12 classroom through: A central, consistent, connected hub of the digital learning environment.

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TCEA 2022: In-Person Sessions to Address Pushing Through Challenges Facing Education

EdTech Magazine

Educators are going through a lot right now. With that in mind, the 42nd TCEA Convention & Exposition, to be held Feb. 7-10 in Dallas, aims to be a respite. Organizers say that while things remain difficult in education, the convention will be an opportunity for thousands of attendees to just spend time with others who understand the unique challenges educators are facing today.

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Using Blogs in Teaching- A Helpful Framework for Teachers

Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Blogging is a digital activity with immense pedagogical benefits for students. Besides developing a number of key multimedia literacy skills essential for thriving in the 21st century classroom,read more.

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The new homeschoolers: More diverse, very committed

The Hechinger Report

In the 1970s and 80s, groups of primarily white, Christian fundamentalists drove a surge in the number of home-schooling families around the country. As they pulled their children out of public schools, they also worked to dismantle state and local regulatory hurdles that kept kids in brick-and-mortar institutions. By 1994, over 90 percent of families who home-schooled were white.

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There’s No Easy Protocol for Handling Classroom Conflict. We Must Challenge Ourselves.

Edsurge

In my early years as a teacher, I would read teaching books desperately looking for bulleted lists and numbered paragraphs. I sought out gray boxes at the end of chapters with a “Try This” heading. I wanted steps to follow, procedures with track-records of success. I wanted a step-by-step manual on how to be a good teacher. I wanted to do everything the right way.

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LIVE DEMO: Using PowerPoint to Create Compelling Presentations for Virtual Training

Speaker: Richard Goring, Director at BrightCarbon

Have you ever caught an employee sleeping during training? Compelling content is paramount, but trying to do so with the same tools you've always used is complicated, right? Wrong! Powerpoint has excellent features that, with a bit of creativity, can help you improve your presentations and keep your people engaged without going over budget. By utilizing newer components that enable interactive sequences, navigable content to respond to your audience, and pop quizzes for informal knowledge checks