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Who Should Truly Have the Power in K-12 Edtech Adoption?


Technology administrators are very busy people. Often they are in charge of a district’s network infrastructure, manage a team of support personnel who handle school-site work tickets, develop and lead professional development, and constantly have to explain the importance of seemingly simple things like firewalls, authentication, and not leaving your device unattended. They’re also in charge of the adoption and implementation of district and school-site technology.

Technology is Overwhelming Education: That’s Why We Need More

EdNews Daily

By Charles Sosnik. Whether you have kids in school, work for a school or simply watch the news, you know schools are dealing with a lot. They are going through a very difficult time, trying to modernize and keep up with the technological world around them. Schools are dealing with software complexity of it all as they transition to the digital world, yet they lack a general understanding of how to accomplish a tech-driven comprehensive redesign.


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Will AI really transform education?

The Hechinger Report

For all the talk about how artificial intelligence could transform what happens in the classroom, AI hasn’t yet lived up the hype. AI involves creating computer systems that can perform tasks that typically require human intelligence. It’s already being experimented with to help automate grading, tailor lessons to students’ individual needs and assist English language learners.

Keep Tech Engagement (and Effectiveness) Active

EdTech Magazine

Keep Tech Engagement (and Effectiveness) Active. eli.zimmerman_9856. Wed, 09/25/2019 - 10:10. The beginning of a new school year is exciting, but as the novelty fades and academic routines set in, emphasis on and commitment to new, technology-driven initiatives may wane. . This raises the question of how to ensure the related investments — whether its time, money or both — don’t go to waste, and that efforts to enhance learning with technology continue throughout the school year.

Intent Signal Data 101

Intent signal data helps B2B marketers engage with buyers sooner in the sales cycle. But there are many confusing terms used to describe intent data. Read this infographic to better understand three common areas of confusion.

Why Data Interoperability Is Critical for Districts—and How It Transforms Student Learning


Imagine that you are going on a journey. You’re headed somewhere you have visited a few times before, but your memory is fuzzy on the exact directions to take—so you use your navigation app. As you set out, it’s easy to become distracted by your favorite podcast or roadside attractions. You encounter some construction that requires you to take an unexpected turn.

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75+ Google Classroom tips and tricks

Ditch That Textbook

Google classroom is great for speed, simplicity, and efficiency but not all functions are easy to get at first and even if you’re a pro there are always new updates and features we need to dive into. So we have compiled our best Google Classroom resources into one ultimate post to get you geared up […]. G Suite Google Classroom google classroom google classroom tips gsuite guide to google classroom

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5 Easy STEM Activities Any Teacher Can Do

The CoolCatTeacher

Chris Woods on Episode 560 From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Today high school math teacher, Chris Woods, gives us simple ideas of STEM activities any teacher can do. Get some ideas for how you can integrate STEM in the classroom. Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher Stream by clicking here. Subscribe to the Show Get Credit! Some schools, districts, and organizations allow credit for listening to podcasts.

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Shaping young minds: 3D printing solutions for education


In this age of human ingenuity and innovation, education has acquired an added importance in shaping the leaders of tomorrow. Technology plays a crucial role in making education more appealing and interesting for teachers and students alike. The advent of additive manufacturing has brought about an interesting twist in this relation between education and technology.

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Opening Lessons With a Bang

A Principal's Reflections

I t seems like ages ago that I was taking courses to become a teacher at East Stroudsburg University in Pennsylvania. My professors were huge proponents of the Instructional Theory into Practice (ITIP) model developed by Madeline Hunter. Thus, once I had a classroom of my own, I implemented what I was taught to create effective lessons. Virtually all of the facets of the ITIP model still have value today, although by no means do all seven steps have to be a part of every lesson.

The Guide to Accessible Learning for Associations

Speaker: Dan Streeter, Vice President of Learning Strategy & Development at Blue Sky eLearn

In this 45-minute webinar, we’ll share real-world accessibility solutions and hidden tools in the applications you use every day such as Zoom, Microsoft Suite, Adobe Acrobat (PDF), Articulate Storyline 360, and Articulate Rise 360. This webinar will help you evaluate the accessibility of your current learning efforts and learn about the tools needed to ensure your eLearning is in alignment with the latest Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (proposed WCAG 2.2).

20 add-ons and extensions to supercharge your Google Slides presentations

Ditch That Textbook

Google Slides is an incredibly versatile tool. On the Google Teacher Tribe podcast, Kasey Bell often refers to it as the “Swiss Army Knife” of the G Suite tools because of how much you can do with it. But what if we could supercharge this already powerful tool? We can! With add-ons (extra features within […]. DitchBook Twitter chat G Suite Google Slides g suite g suite add-ons g suite extensions google slides google slides add-ons google slides extensions

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Tech Ed Resources–Lesson Plans

Ask a Tech Teacher

I get a lot of questions from readers about what tech ed resources I use in my classroom so I’m taking a few days this summer to review them with you. Some are from members of the Ask a Tech Teacher crew. Others, from tech teachers who work with the same publisher I do.

Finally, A Free, Easy-to-Use Tool to Mark-Up PDF Worksheets!

The Journal

All your carefully prepared, tried-and-true paper worksheets can now be used on the computing devices in your 1-to-1 classrooms! Collabrify’s PDFPal is a free, browser-based app that is truly easy-to-use — and free! Read all about PDFPal in today’s blogpost

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Save Money on Easy, Awesome Science Projects

The CoolCatTeacher

Get 15% off your Ward's Science order and free shipping with this special code From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Ward’s Science has cool hands-on science lessons. Everything comes in the box and you’re ready to engage your students. Recently I tested three of these science kits and in this blog post, I’ll share a review of these kits and how you can save 15% and get free shipping on your future order before October 31, 2019.

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Increasing Equity and Access: A Canvas Case Study of Virtual Arkansas K-12

Virtual Arkansas, a fully online school, had a mission to provide high-quality courses in rural and urban areas throughout the state. How would they simplify content creation while enhancing learning? Discover 3 key insights to transform your classrooms.

27 tips to deliver powerful professional development

Ditch That Textbook

My first presentation at a teacher conference was in 2012. My state foreign language teachers conference. I shared technology and teaching strategies I was using in my classroom. People paid attention. Clapped at the end. Told me what I had shared would help them. I was hooked. Since then, professional development has been a passion […].

Subscriber Special: September

Ask a Tech Teacher

Every month, subscribers to our newsletter get a free/discounted resource to help their tech teaching. September 25th-30th. Grades 2, 4, 5, and 8th student workbooks include 3 teacher manuals. enough for your entire grade-level team. Email us for the information. Jacqui Murray has been teaching K-18 technology for 30 years. She is the editor/author of over a hundred tech ed resources including a K-12 technology curriculum , K-8 keyboard curriculum, K-8 Digital Citizenship curriculum.

Rolling Out Across Verizon Innovative Learning Schools

Digital Promise

It’s an exciting time for the Verizon Innovative Learning Schools community as schools are rolling out devices to students. For the 52 Cohort 6 schools that are just beginning their VILS journey, rollout is the beginning of new learning opportunities that are not possible without technology. The event marks a major milestone and is the culmination of months of hard work that began in the spring when teachers received their devices and began planning.

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It’s Time for PBL to Change the World

EdNews Daily

By Thom Markham. Is there any educator in the world who wouldn’t want his or her students to demonstrate the following qualities: Committed, Creative, Confident, Courageous, and Curious ? Or to see students leave school at the end of the term and describe themselves as Skillful , Passionate , and Humble ? Or have students working hard to make communities happier ?

Keeping Students Safe and Productive on Devices

Speaker: Aaron Webb, Jamf

In our webinar, we’ll explore the full range of Jamf education products to protect students, including quick and easy tools for IT admins, powerful apps for teachers to ensure student safety anywhere, and parental engagement tools.

Apply Now for DonorsChoose Project Funding Opportunities

The CoolCatTeacher

Advancement Courses is funding select projects through September 27, 2019 From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Advancement Courses is a fantastic option for professional development. This year, I’ve been sharing lots of great resources from them as well as courses you can take.

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10 Reasons Education IT Administrators Love Interactive Touch Screen Displays

ViewSonic Education

First, let’s acknowledge something. Those who choose careers in education IT don’t just like technology. They like working in this particular environment. They take pride in supporting teachers and students with tech that facilitates learning. They take pleasure in helping students grow and achieve success. Because of this, many are fans of interactive touch screen displays for the great teaching and learning advantages they offer.

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Building Networks for Frontline Worker Advancement

Digital Promise

The labor market is changing rapidly. According to a recent report by McKinsey Global Institute , an overwhelming 60 percent of jobs are expected to be automated in the near future, leaving many workers across service industries — such as healthcare, retail, restaurant, hospitality, and manufacturing — uncertain about their futures.

Why Robotics Benefits Early Education

EdNews Daily

By Anna Larotska. The rampant digitalization of our society has touched and fundamentally altered all domains of our lives, including education. What was once enough to prepare pupils for their adult life is no longer sufficient, and we urgently need to implement the new developments we see around us into school curricula.

Unlock the Power of Formative Assessment

Learn how a thoughtful formative assessment approach can help teachers understand where students are in their learning, inform instruction, and in turn, positively impact student learning outcomes. Get the guide today!

Artificial Intelligence in EdTech

Educational Technology Guy

New and creative uses of artificial intelligence are being developed every day. EdTech is an area where the use of AI has flown largely under the radar thus far but has the potential to reimagine the student/teacher relationship and improve student outcomes across the board. Artificial Intelligence is listed on top tech trends by multiple survey's and researchers and is definitely something to watch.

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10 Reasons Education IT Administrators Love Interactive Touch Screen Displays

ViewSonic Education

First, let’s acknowledge something. Those who choose careers in education IT don’t just like technology. They like working in this particular environment. They take pride in supporting teachers and students with technology that facilitates learning. They take pleasure in helping students grow and achieve success. Because of this, many are fans of interactive touch screen displays for the great teaching and learning advantages they offer.

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The Power of Responsive Practices in Schools and Districts Across the Country

Education Elements

This summer I had the pleasure of working alongside my Education Elements colleagues to reflect on the incredible work our partner districts have accomplished in the past year. We had the opportunity to interview four districts, survey over 100 district leaders, and analyze thousands of data points. We also got to reflect on our own practices to see how we can improve. Personalized Learning Leaders School Districts Classrooms

Achieving Collectively What We Can’t Do Alone

EdNews Daily

By Katherine Prince. Schools, districts and other education organizations face daily stumbling blocks to success, including limited funding, political stasis and complacency from portions of the public. It can already be difficult for them to achieve their highest visions for preparing all learners for life beyond school.

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The Best Ways to Use Managed Apple IDs at Your School

Speaker: Aaron Webb, Jamf

In our webinar, How to Best Use Managed Apple IDs at Your School, hear the real-world experience of Steven Palomo, IT Director at Beverly Public Schools, regarding how he successfully managed his entire tech stack.

Fall CUE Keynote: Catlin Tucker – Reimagine Your Role, Rethink Your Workflow & Reclaim Your Life


Teachers are tired. Our jobs are multifaceted. We design and facilitate lessons. We monitor student progress and collect student data. We provide feedback on and assess student work. We attend meetings and communicate with parents about student progress. It should not surprise anyone that most teachers feel like they are treading water. They do not […].

An analysis of achievement gaps in every school in America shows that poverty is the biggest hurdle

The Hechinger Report

This screenshot from the Opportunity Explorer shows test score growth for students at each school from 2009 to 2016. The darker the green dot, the more that students learn in each grade above the national average. Blue dots are where students learn less in each grade than the national average. There are big gaps in both test scores and rates of learning between white and black students in Atlanta, a city where there is a high level of racial and economic segregation of schools.

The Learning Innovation Cycle: How Disruption Creates Lasting Change

TeachThought - Learn better.

The Learning Innovation Cycle: How Disruption Creates Lasting Change by Terry Heick Disruption is an interesting topic for the same reason that cowboys, gangsters, and villains are interesting. It’s unpredictable. Problematic. Against the grain. It’s kind of aging as a buzzword in the ‘education space,’ but it’s other-worldly powerful, and there are few things education needs […].