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The Stumbling Blocks for Artificial Intelligence in K–12 Education

EdTech Magazine

There is a lot of conversation around generative artificial intelligence in K–12 education. Experts discuss whether it should be used, while schools contemplate how to incorporate it. However, all the talk around AI has yielded very little movement. The continued debate on AI’s pros and cons doesn’t slow the technology’s growth or hinder its wide-ranging application in new tools.

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Why Use SplashLearn in Class?

Ask a Tech Teacher

Ask a Tech Teacher occasionally reviews an education website that caught our eye and seemed to have excellent value for readers. Today, it’s SplashLearn. Here’s an easy-to-read bullet list of what we found: Platform : Android iOS Web Overview: SplashLearn is an innovative online learning platform tailored for PreK through Grade 5 kids. With a global reach engaging over 45 million children and 446k teachers, it ingeniously blends the excitement of gaming with the rigor of academic le

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Quantifying Innovative Practices

A Principal's Reflections

Lately, I've been giving a lot of thought to effectiveness, and this has been mirrored in my writing and work as a coach. Reflecting on my time as a principal at my previous school, I recall the successful shift towards digitalization and incorporating innovative practices. Our main goal was to demonstrate tangible improvements rather than just discuss them.

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An Innovative Journey to Scalable Computer Science Programs

Edsurge

In a time when technological advancements shape our daily lives and drive economic growth, focusing on STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education in K-12 schools is not just a trend but a necessity. Initiatives like the U.S. Department of Education's YOU Belong in STEM and the National Science Foundation's vision for the STEM Education of the Future underscore a national commitment to equipping students with the skills and knowledge needed to thrive in a tech-centric world

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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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For Better Videoconferencing, Schools Turn to Wi-Fi 6E

EdTech Magazine

The shift to Wi-Fi 6E, which expands on Wi-Fi 6, offers faster speeds, stronger network security and lower latency. Aiming to capitalize on these benefits, organizations are investing in Wi-Fi 6E, even as the wireless LAN market shrinks. IDC notes in a press release, “Wi-Fi 6E revenues grew 13.0% between the second and third quarters to make up 20.4% of dependent access point revenues and 9.6% of the quarter’s unit shipments.

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Happy Mother’s Day!

Ask a Tech Teacher

Mother’s Day in the United States is annually held on the second Sunday of May. This year, that’s May 14th. It celebrates motherhood and it is a time to appreciate mothers and mother figures. Many people give gifts, cards, flowers, candy, a meal in a restaurant or other treats to their mother and mother figures, including grandmothers, great-grandmothers, stepmothers, and foster mothers ( click for updates to the list ): Mother’s Day activities Mother’s Day Activities fro

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Teacher Well-Being Depends on Workload, School Climate and Feeling Supported

Edsurge

In the two decades that Jennifer Merriman has been in education, she’s seen a tendency in the field to solve problems by piling more tasks onto teachers who are already straining under the weight of their workloads. That ultimately works against what researchers say is one of the most important pillars of a school’s success: the well-being of its teachers.

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Technology-Powered Mental Health Initiatives Save Students’ Lives

EdTech Magazine

The Children’s Internet Protection Act mandates that schools must use content filters to protect students from explicit content. But Nathan Short, IT director at Encinitas Union School District in California, doesn’t care if he gets an alert about students trying to search explicit content. “I just want it to be blocked,” he says. “I started retooling the content filter to trigger on self-harm-related keywords.

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Tech Teacher Appreciation Week May 6-10, 2024

Ask a Tech Teacher

Tech Teacher Appreciation Week If you wonder what’s so hard about being a teacher, what with technology, computers, AI assistants, look at this list of challenges they faced just last year: Transition to remote learning Technology and connectivity issues for students who might not have equal access to technology or internet at home Social and emotional support for students who regularly received it and now it was gone Balancing work and personal life as teaching remotely blurred those boun

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Districts, Schools and Educators Nationwide Honored as Inaugural Winners of Discovery Education Awards

EdNews Daily

The Discovery Education Awards honor districts, schools, and educators who accelerate achievement among students by tapping into their natural curiosity and desire to learn. For the first time this May, the Discovery Education Awards recognized U.S. districts, schools, and educators who have impacted student learning by adapting and personalizing instruction to better pique curiosity and engagement.

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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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Can ‘Linguistic Fingerprinting’ Guard Against AI Cheating?

Edsurge

Since the sudden rise of ChatGPT and other AI chatbots, many teachers and professors have started using AI detectors to check their students’ work. The idea is that the detectors will catch if a student has had a robot do their work for them. The approach is controversial, though, since these AI detectors have been shown to return false positives — asserting in some cases that text is AI-generated even when the student did all the work themselves without any chatbot assistance.

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Review: The Lenovo Yoga Folds into Any Classroom Role

EdTech Magazine

The Lenovo 300w Yoga Gen 4 is designed to fold into any configuration needed to support the rigors of K–12 classroom learning. The powerful laptop works just fine in a standard configuration that allows students to type on the full-size keyboard while looking at the 11.6-inch LED screen. However, its 360-degree hinge, while providing enough resistance to support the device, allows teachers and students to quickly transform the laptop into a tent configuration, a flat slate tablet or an upright p

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Teacher-Authors: What’s Happening on my Writer’s Blog

Ask a Tech Teacher

A lot of teacher-authors read my WordDreams blog. In this monthly column, I share the most popular post from the past month. If you’re a teacher-author, this is a great tip for you: Q: How do you create the copyright symbol in Word? A: It’s easier than you think. Hold down the Alt key and press 0169. Use the keypad with the num lock on–don’t use the number row.

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PROOF POINTS: 5 takeaways about segregation 70 years after the Brown decision

The Hechinger Report

It was one of the most significant days in the history of the U.S. Supreme Court. On May 17, 1954, the nine justices unanimously ruled in Brown v. Board of Education that schools segregated by race did not provide an equal education. Students could no longer be barred from a school because of the color of their skin. To commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Brown decision, I wanted to look at how far we’ve come in integrating our schools and how far we still have to go.

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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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To Serve Bilingual Students, This Future Teacher Will Draw on Her Own Experience

Edsurge

Viridiana Martinez’s family immigrated twice when she was in elementary school — once, from Mexico to Canada, and a second time to the United States. With each move, she had to learn a new language and adjust to a different culture. During those transitions, Martinez was both challenged and uplifted, often by kind teachers and mentors whom she met at school.

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New group targets AI skills in education and the workforce

eSchool News

Key points: AI readiness is key to students’ future success How digital tools and AI can enhance social studies High school students say AI will change the workforce For more news on AI in education, visit eSN’s Digital Learning hub A new commission comprising policymakers, education leaders, business leaders, and education stakeholders from 16 states is tackling AI’s role in education from kindergarten through postsecondary programs, focusing on AI skill readiness and policy develop

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May Is Homeschool Awareness Month–Check our Subscriber Special

Ask a Tech Teacher

May is Homeschool Awareness Month. To support homeschoolers all over the world, this month’s Subscriber Special is for them: Every month, subscribers to our newsletter get a free/discounted resource to help their tech teaching. 40% OFF HOMESCHOOL PRODUCTS FOR HOMESCHOOLERS May 7-10, 2024 use code SPWNKEK7 Select your product from this link. Verify via an email to us (admin@structuredlearning.net) that you are a homeschooler (we trust you–just send us a note) and we’ll send you

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To support underserved students, four-year universities offer two-year associate degrees

The Hechinger Report

CHICAGO — Jazmin Mejia went straight from high school to what she thought was the perfect fit at Loyola University, a 30-minute drive from the Chicago neighborhood where she grew up. But Mejia was quickly overwhelmed on the North Side campus of nearly 17,000 students. “The classes were too big,” said Mejia, 18. “I was struggling to ask for help.” A year later, she says college has become much more manageable.

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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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VR may pose privacy risks for kids: A new study finds parents aren't as worried as they should be

ScienceDaily (EdTech section)

New research finds that, while an increasing number of minors are using virtual reality (VR) apps, not many parents recognize the extent of the security and privacy risks that are specific to VR technologies. The study also found that few parents are taking active steps to address those security and privacy issues, such as using parental controls built into the apps.

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A purposeful approach to tech integration

eSchool News

Key points: Educators use tech to foster a sense of community and keep students engaged 3 things to consider when designing digital learning experiences 9 ways collaborative learning benefits teachers and students For more news on tech integration, visit eSN’s Digital Learning hub Technology and education go hand-in-hand nowadays, which means it’s more important than ever before to ensure tech is used purposefully within the classroom.

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Hackers Are After Student Data. Here’s Why

techlearning

Students generally have pristine credit records, which makes student data an appealing target for criminals. The good news is, there are ways they can help keep student data safe.

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Fearing fires, colleges are starting to clamp down on campus e-bikes

The Hechinger Report

This special higher education newsletter comes to you from The Hechinger Report’s executive editor, Nirvi Shah. Robert Fitzer was watching news footage of New York City firefighters rescuing people from a Manhattan apartment building on fire, a fire started by a lithium-ion battery in an electric bike. Fitzer, the associate vice president for public safety at Fordham University in New York, looked at the calendar.

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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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What Picture Books Add to a Middle School Class

MiddleWeb

Katie Durkin has begun adding picture books and read alouds to her seventh grade classes. She finds that in units like historical fiction and social justice, they bring students a sense of nostalgia, help them grasp difficult abstract concepts, and create a shared experience. The post What Picture Books Add to a Middle School Class first appeared on MiddleWeb.

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How school leaders can foster a culturally responsive framework

eSchool News

Key points: A culturally responsive framework requires commitment, collaboration, and ongoing reflection Navigating cultural diversity in American education Guiding culturally responsive teaching in today’s classrooms For more news on inclusive schools, visit eSN’s Educational Leadership hub In today’s diverse educational landscape, fostering a culturally responsive and sustaining framework is paramount for school leaders.

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How Schools Should Reassess Cybersecurity Due to AI

techlearning

As AI grows in the educational space, more adaptive cybersecurity measures are needed to protect students and teachers

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OPINION: This is no time to ban DEI initiatives in education; we need DEI more than ever

The Hechinger Report

Education has become a major battleground for the attempted anti-racist paradigm shift of diversity, equity and inclusion work; mirroring society, this work remains stuck in a cycle of advancement and retaliation. Education administrators at all levels need to act now to resist a rising tide of efforts against social science knowledge. That tide includes bans on state funding for teaching DEI in schools, public colleges and state agencies.

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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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Why Is Child Care So Expensive?

Edsurge

This was originally published by Early Learning Nation.

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Moving beyond transparency to accessibility and awareness

eSchool News

Key points: Bridging the gap between policy documents and stakeholders empowers educators, students, and families It’s budget season: How are you preparing for the fiscal cliff? Here’s why anecdotes are as important as data in edtech decisions For more news on policy, visit eSN’s Educational Leadership hub In one of my graduate courses for future PK-12 educational leaders, students are asked to review a student handbook and provide their recommendations on how to improve those handbooks.

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TinkRworks Names Dr. Chad A. Stevens as Next CEO

techlearning

Chad A. Stevens, Ph.D., has been appointed as the CEO of TinkRworks, which provides a ready-to-teach, supplemental STEAM curriculum and project kits for K-8 educators. TinkRworks co-founder Dr.

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‘I can be mom and teacher’: Schools tackle child care needs to keep staff in classrooms

The Hechinger Report

When Christina Zimmerman returned to teaching last year after maternity leave, she grappled with postpartum depression that she says could have led to quitting her job. But her school’s onsite day care made all the difference, as she knew her daughter was just a few classrooms away. “I can be mom and teacher in the same breath,” said Zimmerman, who teaches fourth grade at Endeavor Elementary in Nampa, Idaho.

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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.