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3 Tips for Building Community Online

Catlin Tucker

Last week, my class of teacher candidates explored the topic of building an online learning community. We talked about the importance of nurturing a learning community over time and providing regular opportunities for students to engage with each other to build relationships. We also discussed the challenges of building community when learning is happening in part, or exclusively, online.

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Opening the Door For Inclusion: A Guide

Education Elements

At the beginning of last week, my colleagues Purvi Patel, Dave Hardy, and I were excited to welcome leaders participating in our inaugural cohort of the Systems of Educational Equity Development ( SEED) Fellowship after a well-deserved break and launch the beginning of our INCLUDE sessions.

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4 tips for blended learning success

eSchool News

This school year (and likely the early part of 2021) continues to look different for each and every school, and even if those schools are in the same district. Despite these differences, we all shared three major challenges: the need to teach both face-to-face and online (sometimes concurrently); collaborate and connect while social distancing; and remain fluid, flexible, and agile in an evolving learning environment.

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Making Headway with Remote and Hybrid Learning

A Principal's Reflections

With 2020 in the rearview mirror, it is now time to focus on the present with an eye to the future. Many difficult lessons were learned during the pandemic, and a few more are sure to materialize over the next couple of months. Even though educators have been challenged like never before, they faced adversity and stepped up to the plate admirably for their learners.

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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 Administrators Can Support Remote SEL

EdTech Magazine

“Maslow before Bloom,” the concept of addressing basic human needs before academic learning, is emerging as a mantra in contemporary education — and for good reason. Amid a long-lasting pandemic, a national reckoning with racial injustice, and political polarization, students’ social and emotional health is — and should be — a clear priority in education.

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The pivotal role of edtech in the hybrid classroom

Neo LMS

This post was originally published in eSchool News , on December 14, 2020. The United States, just like most countries across the globe, witnessed the life-altering impact of coronavirus first-hand. In particular, students and educators saw their usual routine completely turned upside down. They were unprepared for the vast impact the virus would have on how students learn and education settings operate.

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How to supercharge Google Jamboard with animated GIFs (FREE templates!)

Ditch That Textbook

Google Jamboard, the digital whiteboard app, lets students do collaborative, visual learning. Animated GIFs take it to the next level! Here's how. Google Jamboard (jamboard.google.com), Google's free collaborative whiteboard app, has been a winner in remote and face-to-face classrooms. This tool lets you create whiteboards, draw on them, add sticky notes, and share them with […].

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Q&A: Adam Miller on How to Build a Team of Tech-Savvy Educators

EdTech Magazine

Administrators at the School District of Palm Beach County have been working for years to develop a workforce of educators who not only are eager to innovate in the classroom but who also are skilled enough to coach and support their peers. A key part of that effort is the district’s Teaching with Technology Trailblazer program, which launched in 2017 and has included 700 to 800 teachers each year, says Adam Miller, director of educational technology.

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5 Fun Science Experiments Kids Do at Home

Ask a Tech Teacher

Getting ready for extra time with kids? Here are five great ideas that are energizing and motivating: 5 Fun Science Experiments Kids Can Do at Home. All children are born scientists. Until education – or spoilsport parents – ruins them. Kids have a natural curiosity that is insatiable due to their innate ability to get to the bottom of anything they set their minds on.

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Virtual Bulletin Boards: How School Counselors Connect with Kids Today

The CoolCatTeacher

Episode 715 with Emma Tagariello From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter. School counselors and teachers are working to creatively and authentically connect with students in both face to face, distance, and hybrid environments. Even in face to face, we’re still at a distance. School counselor Emma Tagariello is working to connect with her students using virtual bulletin boards and other technologies.

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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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New Approaches to Instructional Technology Coaching

Digital Promise

When suddenly propelled into distance learning last spring, educators rose to the challenge to meet the needs of students and families. During the transition to online and home-based instruction, teachers and administrators turned to instructional technology coaches for support in the meaningful, effective use of technology to ensure learning continuity and minimize teaching and learning disruptions.

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Stronger Together: How Collaboration Leads to Better Remote Learning Outcomes

EdTech Magazine

With the rush to virtual schooling, districts nationwide have been looking for ways to expand student connectivity. Officials in Palm Beach County, Fla., called in the cavalry to help. The School District of Palm Beach County is driving the creation of a civic Wi-Fi mesh network that will bring broadband to some 25,000 students. To make it happen, district leaders are working in partnership with local government, nonprofits, vendors and other stakeholders.

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2021, I Resolve…

Ask a Tech Teacher

New Years–a time for rest, rejuvenation and repair. A time to assess life. Do we settle into our routine, enjoy where it’s headed, or is it time to grab our purse, iPhone, car keys, and get out of there? As a teacher-author, New Year’s Resolutions are more of a To Do list. I break it down into Edtech Coaching/Mentoring, Blogging , and Fiction Writing (my novel writing): Edtech Coaching/Mentoring.

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Let’s talk a good game: Mining talk shows for classroom engagement ideas

Neo LMS

Although teaching during a pandemic has presented many new challenges, educators were searching for ways to keep students engaged and motivated during class long before 2020. Distance learning, however, has added the additional obstacle of a digital device between teachers and students. It might benefit us to seek inspiration from some of the people who have mastered keeping vast audiences interested through a screen for years: talk show hosts.

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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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Feeding a Science Education Revolution: Micro-credentials for OpenSciEd Facilitators

Digital Promise

It seems simple. We just need two things: great instructional materials designed for the latest research in science education, and transformative professional learning to advance instructional practice and get the most out of the materials. Together these two things can unleash the potential of educators to create equitable science learning that, in turn, unleashes the power of their students.

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Ways to Simplify Cybersecurity Systems in K-12 Schools

EdTech Magazine

If there’s one principle to remember about cybersecurity, it’s that complexity is its greatest enemy. Complex systems are hard, if not impossible, to secure. They also result in significant confusion, not only for IT and cybersecurity professionals, but also for those who are most affected by cybersecurity programs — students and their families. It makes sense.

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15 Diverse Books for Kids to Include In Your Classroom Library

Waterford

It’s crucial to provide your students with books that explore a diverse breadth of identities and experience for two reasons, both of which tie into equity and access. First, it makes sure every student in your classroom feels that they have a voice and belong. And second, it encourages your students to read about and empathize with people who have different lives than their own.

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5 Effective Tools for Improving Classroom Engagement

EdTech4Beginners

Using the latest technology is a sure way of keeping students engaged in a class. As a teacher, if you want your students to show interest in your lessons and concentrate more, you should adopt the latest technology in teaching. There are plenty of educational tools you can use to boost interactivity in learning. Choosing an effective technology to boost engagement in class is not that easy.

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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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How Are Educators Continuing Powerful Professional Learning Online?

Digital Promise

In June, the Edcamp Community joined our Digital Promise family. The Edcamp Community supports educators to organize and participate in participant-driven professional learning designed by and for educators. Edcamps are free public events that leverage the knowledge and experiences of attendees by allowing educators to collaboratively determine topics for discussion and choose which sessions are meaningful to them.

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Helping Hands: The Evolving Role of IT in Remote Education

EdTech Magazine

K–12 IT staff handle much more than computing and networking. That’s something IT professionals have known about themselves for some time. But for those outside of their circle, expanded remote learning has shown — or should show — that IT is a key part of education, from daily operations to academic success in the classroom. IT staff have been crucial to efforts to secure computing devices for students and teachers during the pandemic.

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U. of Florida Asks Students to Use App to Report Profs Who Don‘t Teach In Person

Edsurge

Administrators at the University of Florida are so concerned that professors will refuse to teach in person this semester that they’re asking students to use an app to report any professor who teaches online instead. And some professors are outraged by the tactic. The university added new options to its campus safety app, called Gator Safe, asking students to report any “face-to-face/online course concern,” such as if “instructor modified the class to virtual.

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We shouldn’t pretend neutrality in the face of injustice

Dangerously Irrelevant

Following up on my previous post , I’m going to share a fantastic blog post from Michael Kaechele : I have grown weary of the call to avoid controversial topics and stay neutral. Silence is compliance. There are many things in history that do not have two equal opposing sides: slavery, genocide, imperialism, colonialism, segregation, etc. There is only one side to these events that is fair, just, and equitable.

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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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A Turning Point For People and Planet

Digital Promise

As we enter 2021, and what our partners at the UN SDG Action Campaign are calling a “turning point for people and our planet,” we are excited to announce the launch of a new round of MY World 360°. Immersive Stories Inspiring People Everywhere to Take Action. MY World 360° invites immersive creators—media pros and first time creators alike—to create media that allows us to experience a world turned around, a new reimagined world in which the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a reality, an

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How to Ensure Your Virtual School Board Meeting Is Productive

EdTech Magazine

Following COVID-19 health and safety protocols, K–12 school districts across the country have moved their school board meetings online. While virtual meetings can ensure transparency and public access to vital information, the approach raises new challenges — particularly with regard to recording quality and regulatory compliance. From laws regulating public access to collaborative tools that can enhance meeting quality, here are some key considerations for helping school districts hold producti

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Do Instructional Videos Work Better When the Teacher is On Screen? It Depends.

Edsurge

As the pandemic has forced more teaching online, plenty of instructors have been trying to figure out the best way to keep students’ attention and interest with lecture videos or Zoom sessions. Meanwhile, learning scientists have been taking a more clinical approach, using experiments to test the question: How important is it for the teacher to be visible on screen?

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On This Insurrection, and The Next

The Jose Vilson

I wasn’t supposed to ever forget the day because it was my son’s ninth birthday. In the middle of a pandemic, we still thought it best to keep this tradition. On the news, anchors kept reiterating that the day’s proceedings wouldn’t normally get this much attention if not for the president’s consistent obfuscation about the proceedings.

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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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Inspiration from the Resilience of Educators

Education Elements

As we watched the events at the Capitol unfold on January 6th, like many, our team jumped into crisis response mode. A planned all-day, company-wide training and retreat was canceled, as we checked in on teammates in the D.C. area, and reached out to partners, family, and friends to see how we might support them. We created safe spaces for each other to debrief and discuss, find some comfort amid the uncertainty, and pause on our to-do lists for the day if needed.

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Podcast: Paying for the Giant Leap Forward

EdNews Daily

The nation made a giant leap forward into technology for K12 in 2020 and that transition continues, with some new twists. In this episode of the EduJedi Report, your host LeiLani Cauthen talks with Renee Patton, Global Director of Education and Healthcare from Cisco’s Industry Solutions Group. With “so many newbies,” the new schools and districts since the pandemic started, all rolling out massive numbers of computing devices to students, they discuss what that means for networks, achievement

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A Record Year Amid a Pandemic: US Edtech Raises $2.2 Billion in 2020

Edsurge

A most disruptive year to schools and society proved lucrative for the education industry, particularly for those raising private capital. In 2020, U.S. education technology startups raised over $2.2 billion in venture and private equity capital across 130 deals, according to the EdSurge edtech funding database. That’s a nearly 30 percent increase from the $1.7 billion invested in 2019 , which was spread across 105 deals.

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Last week was tough, teachers say. But it wasn’t the first difficult ‘day after’ they’ve faced

The Hechinger Report

Staring at the faces of the middle school teachers on her computer screen, Principal Laina Cox felt the tears welling up — again. They were discussing an email she’d sent the night before. The subject line read: “Living history.”. This story also appeared in Mind/Shift. Written hours after a violent mob of rioters invaded the U.S. Capitol and shook the country, Cox’s note called on every single teacher to talk about the insurrection in class.

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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.