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What Is Educational Technology (Ed Tech), and Why Should Schools Invest in It?

EdTech Magazine

Long gone are the days of overhead projectors and handwritten papers. Today’s teachers have robust technology at their disposal, and students have grown up in an increasingly digital world. But, with so many software applications, devices and other technologies on the market, it’s easy for teachers to become overwhelmed with the array of opportunities available to them.

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Infusing PBL with edtech to enhance collaboration, critical thinking

eSchool News

Key points: Collaboration and critical thinking skills will be vital once students move beyond the classroom PBL isn’t used enough–let’s change that Insights from educators: Priorities for 2023-2024 For more news on PBL, visit eSN’s Innovative Teaching hub Project-based learning (PBL) helps prepare students for college and beyond by actively engaging them in meaningful, relevant projects.

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Leading Education and Technology Communities Announce New Partnership to Advance the Edtech Ecosystem

Digital Promise

The post Leading Education and Technology Communities Announce New Partnership to Advance the Edtech Ecosystem appeared first on Digital Promise.

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Cloud Technologies Drive Change at K–12 Schools

EdTech Magazine

As technology becomes smarter and proliferates in schools, many K–12 IT leaders are turning to the cloud. Known for its storage and processing capabilities, cloud technology allows schools to operate more efficiently and implement more advanced hardware and software solutions. Adoption is expected to grow. Technavio predicts that K–12 education’s cloud computing market will have increased by $1.74 billion by 2026.

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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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11 Ideas for Primary Math Stations

A Principal's Reflections

A few weeks back, I shared ideas on ELA stations for primary students after this was brought up during a coaching cycle with one of my schools. Upon reflection, I decided to do the same with math. Creating math stations for primary students can be a fun and effective way to introduce them to basic math concepts through hands-on activities. These stations can help develop their understanding of numbers, shapes, patterns, and measurements in an interactive and engaging manner.

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Unlock the Secrets: Expert Homework Hacks for Busy Parents

The CoolCatTeacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter In this episode, I had the pleasure of talking with Brian Page, a former Milken National Educator of the Year with 15 years of experience in the education field. Brian is the creator of the Homework Hacks Course , designed to equip students aged 13 to 20 with research-backed homework hacks and independent learning strategies.

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How to Choose and Integrate New Technology Vendors in Education

EdTech Magazine

As the CIO of a private K–12 school in Florida, Omar Valerio likes to lead by example. He dedicates two hours a day to continued learning to stay up to date on new technology trends, he told host and CDW Education Strategist Victoria Thompson on a recent episode of Focus on Edu. This not only drives the way he leads his team of IT professionals and tech-savvy teachers at Westminster Christian School but also informs his process for evaluating and purchasing new educational technology.

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Pre-assessment is Key to Designing with Intention

Catlin Tucker

At a recent workshop, a teacher posed a compelling question about the effectiveness of small-group versus whole-group instruction. This inquiry always prompts me to reflect: How many educators gather pre-assessment data before crafting their lesson plans? Such preliminary insights, whether through pre-assessments, diagnostics, or activities aimed at accessing prior knowledge, can illuminate the diverse range of skills, abilities, and needs within a classroom.

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How to Create Apps in the Classroom and Inspire Design Thinking

The CoolCatTeacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Students can build apps and collaboration skills at the same time. Today's episode features my friend Alefiya Master, the CEO of MAD-Learn, and the sponsor of today's show. We discuss the transformative role of app-building, collaborative learning, design thinking, and the importance of authentic learning experiences.

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4 Reasons to use Word Problems and 9 Online Resources

Ask a Tech Teacher

Word problems are popular and fun methods of teaching math and English in many schools. Why? See which of these you agree with: Real-world relevance : They present scenarios that make concepts more tangible and help students see the practical applications of what they are learning. Critical thinking : They require students analyze information, identify relevant concepts.

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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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Insights from NSF-Funded Research During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Digital Promise

The post Insights from NSF-Funded Research During the COVID-19 Pandemic appeared first on Digital Promise.

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Review: Microsoft Power BI Makes Data Actionable in K–12

EdTech Magazine

For over 20 years, Fulton County Schools in Atlanta provided an annual “balanced scorecard” to stakeholders in a PDF format that included point-in-time data from all areas of the organization. However, school leaders wanted to modernize their approach so that stakeholders could get more specific, targeted and real-time information. So, we went looking for a comprehensive data analytics solution, and soon it became clear that Microsoft’s Power BI was the best choice for us.

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Getting started with classroom jobs

Ditch That Textbook

Involving students in classroom responsibilities isn't just about easing the teacher's workload (although that's a nice perk!). It's about creating a vibrant learning environment that fosters essential skills like responsibility, collaboration, and leadership.Encouraging student participation and fostering a sense of ownership in the classroom environment can be achieved through the simple yet powerful tool of […] The post Getting started with classroom jobs appeared first on Ditch That Te

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13 Tips to Solve Unusual Problems

Ask a Tech Teacher

In these 169 tech-centric situations, you get an overview of pedagogy—the tech topics most important to your teaching—as well as practical strategies to address most classroom tech situations, how to scaffold these to learning, and where they provide the subtext to daily tech-infused education. Today’s tip: Solutions to unusual problems Category: Problem-solving Whether you follow Habits of Mind, Common Core, Depth of Knowledge, IB, or another K-12 learning strategy, every student must

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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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Assessment Scholars are Re-envisioning Student Measurement: Here’s Why That’s Important

Digital Promise

The post Assessment Scholars are Re-envisioning Student Measurement: Here’s Why That’s Important appeared first on Digital Promise.

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What Brings Gen Z to the Library?

Edsurge

Gen Zers, born between 1997 and 2012, spend a lot of time online, consuming and creating digital content. Ninety-two percent check social media daily. But they still like print, and they still like to go to the library, according to a survey of Gen Z and Millennial public library use and media consumption released by the American Library Association last fall.

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35+ engaging lessons you can use in class tomorrow

Ditch That Textbook

The LEGO Movie. Scooby Doo. Wonder Woman.If we could package THAT into a lesson, it'd probably make it more engaging, right?How about free pre-made lesson plans that incorporate those movies and TV shows? (And they're not illegal to show in class???)You have to check out The Achievery, a free digital learning platform designed to spark curiosity […] The post 35+ engaging lessons you can use in class tomorrow appeared first on Ditch That Textbook.

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Reimagining Education to be Responsive, Representative, and Data-Informed: 3 Phases to Rochester’s Transformation

Education Elements

Picture this: sunrise in Rochester, NH, where the promise of a fantastic day starts with the aroma of fresh coffee and the delightful sight of pastries from the local gem, Potter's House. If you haven’t visited, you're missing out on a slice of Rochester's personality—hard working, welcoming, curious, and determined. During a recent trip, while gearing up for one of our sessions, we made sure to kickstart the day with something sweet.

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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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Introducing Multimedia Learning Design in Education – By Owen Matson, Ph.D.

ViewSonic Education

In today’s increasingly digitized classrooms, your toolkit for teaching extends far beyond traditional textbooks. You have at your disposal an impressive array of multimedia resources: From video lessons and digital whiteboards—like ViewSonic myViewBoard® software —to interactive simulations and immersive learning environments. However, navigating an ever-expanding range of digital tools can be daunting.

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We Know How Much Planning Time Teachers Get on Average. Is It Enough?

Edsurge

Given the amount of planning time he has each day, along with the assistance of an AI-powered app, Robert can easily turn a hard copy reading passage and questions into an interactive quiz for the students in his elementary classroom. Parsing education data into snack-sized servings. But if he wanted to design something more engaging, where the kids are making cutouts or drawing as part of the lesson, well — there’s just not enough time in his 45-minute conference period to design that.

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Look Out San Antonio – Here Comes ISTELive 25 and ASCD 25!

TeacherCast

on June 29 2025 through July 2, 2025, ISTE and ASCD will host the first ever Joint Educational Conference called ASCD25 and ISTELive 25 in San Antonio Tx. The post Look Out San Antonio – Here Comes ISTELive 25 and ASCD 25! appeared first on TeacherCast Educational Network.

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Professional Development Done With Us, Not To Us

The Jose Vilson

Last week, I had the pleasure of attending my fourth SXSW EDU in Austin, TX. As Ron Reed mentioned before introducing scholar Kimberlé Crenshaw as the opening speaker, the conference has grown significantly since 2011. Whereas in the beginning, it felt more focused on digital learning and ed-tech, this year felt more like it was a hub for relevant education conversations.

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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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PROOF POINTS: Learning science might help kids read better

The Hechinger Report

A growing chorus of education researchers, pundits and “science of reading” advocates are calling for young children to be taught more about the world around them. It’s an indirect way of teaching reading comprehension. The theory is that what we grasp from what we read depends on whether we can hook it to concepts and topics that we already know. Natalie Wexler’s 2019 best-selling book, The Knowledge Gap , championed knowledge-building curricula and more schools around the country, from Baltimo

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To Make Assignments More Meaningful, I’m Giving Students a More Authentic Audience

Edsurge

This fall, after a restless night overthinking an assignment for my upcoming class and drinking three cups of not-strong-enough coffee, I added the final touch on my latest assignment for students in my World History II class. I was finally satisfied with the plan I had for my 10th graders, when it hit me: none of this actually matters. To be clear, this assignment would require students to analyze documents and write their own responses using evidence, which are important skills of course, but

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Experience the Solar Eclipse with LEGO® Education

TeacherCast

On April 8, a total solar eclipse will occur in the United States, a rare event not to be seen again until 2044. LEGO® Education offers the Eclipse Collection, providing activities and resources for students to explore this phenomenon. Teachers can engage students with real-world connections and NASA resources, ensuring safe participation in this extraordinary experience.

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Student mental health is still suffering–how should we address it?

eSchool News

Key points: Varied mental health supports can help students to become stakeholders in their well-being Empowering staff and students with a sense of belonging Schools are key to solving mental health equity gaps For more news on student mental health, visit eSN’s SEL & Well-Being hub Between March 2020 and March 2021, K-12 schools in the U.S. saw an unprecedented influx in federal government aid, totaling nearly $190 billion.

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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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COLUMN: The FAFSA fiasco could roll back years of progress. It must be fixed immediately

The Hechinger Report

The cursing came loud and fast from a nearby room, followed by a slamming sound. This was a few years back, and I immediately suspected the culprit: the dreaded FAFSA, or Free Application for Federal Student Aid, with all its glitches and complexities. My husband was losing his cool while attempting to fill it out for the second time in two years. Across America right now, so are millions of parents , students and counselors, frustrated by a failed promise to finally streamline this unwieldy ga

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How Is the ‘College Is a Scam’ Narrative Influencing Who Chooses to Go to Campus?

Edsurge

The value of college is something that people used to pretty much agree on. In 2013, a little over a decade ago, the number of young people who thought a college degree was very important was 74 percent, according to a Gallup poll. By 2019 that had fallen to just 41 percent. So what is happening here? Of course there are many factors, but in this same period of time there have been a growing number of messages in popular culture giving highly skeptical views of college.

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Master Gmail with These 7 Quick and Easy Steps to Help You Become More EduProductive

TeacherCast

Confused about Gmail? Fear not! Follow these 7 easy steps to become a Gmail power user and unlock its full potential. The post Master Gmail with These 7 Quick and Easy Steps to Help You Become More EduProductive appeared first on TeacherCast Educational Network.

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Friday 5: The pivotal role of school libraries

eSchool News

Key points: The K-12 school library is a critical part of the learning environment 5 digital tools for school libraries How one district used federal funds to boost its digital library For more news on school libraries, visit eSN’s Innovative Teaching hub School libraries have evolved from stereotypical hush-hush environments to bustling resource centers where students not only learn to locate and evaluate information, but where they develop critical skills guided by digital media speciali

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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.