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Build Community and Improve Learning with Micro-credentials

Digital Promise

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, the U.S educational system faces change and uncertainty. The roles of educators, students, and families have been recast and will continue to transform throughout this crisis. Still, there are central components of our educational system that will remain constant. They reflect the architecture of the educational environment and create the conditions in which learning occurs.

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Enhance Student Engagement with Virtual Social Learning Spaces

Catlin Tucker

When I ask teachers, “How would you describe a successful online or blended learning course? What would that look like?” Most teachers include some form of the word “engagement” in their answers. So, it makes sense that teachers are frustrated when they feel like students are not engaging. The pandemic is presenting new barriers to student engagement, most obviously the lack of physical proximity.

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Overcoming Engagement Hurdles with Remote Learners

A Principal's Reflections

In order to empower people at some level, you first need to engage them. It is nearly impossible to create a culture of learning if there are elements of boredom, inactivity, and lack of relevance. This is a lesson I learned most recently as a presenter and workshop facilitator. Early on, I used more traditional strategies since this was a new arena for me.

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How Two School Districts Have Adapted to COVID-Era Realities

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

In this opinion piece, Cognitive ToyBox Partnerships Manager Nikki Navta describes lessons her company has learned from the COVID experiences of two districts it's worked with closely. The post How Two School Districts Have Adapted to COVID-Era Realities appeared first on Market Brief.

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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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ISTE20 Live: How One School District Is Reimagining Career Training and Education

EdTech Magazine

The jobs and careers of the 21st century look wildly different from those of the 20th century. Still, many of the norms and standards established for K–12 environments haven't evolved rapidly and creatively enough to keep pace. In the Cajon Valley Union School District in California, leaders have taken a bold approach that seeks to invigorate and reimagine career training and education for its students in a way that ensures relevance and hirability.

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30 apps that work with Google Classroom

Ditch That Textbook

Assignments in Google Classroom are better with apps! Use these apps that work with Google Classroom to level up your activities. Google Classroom looks kind of bare at first glance. A stream. Assignments. Grades. It might make you want to say, "Where's the flash? Doesn't this thing have an app store like my iPhone does?"But […]. The post 30 apps that work with Google Classroom appeared first on Ditch That Textbook.

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4 Online museums you can bring in the classroom

Neo LMS

A few weeks ago, I watched the movie “Night at the Museum” with my family again, and I realized that one of the fondest memories I have from school years is a visit to the museum. I remember being mesmerized by the first full dinosaur skeleton I saw at the natural history museum. As a kid with a passion for “all things dino”, who could barely spell the alphabet, but was able to identify many dinosaur species, seeing a full skeleton at the Museum of Natural History was indeed a marvelous thing.

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ISTE20 Live: Understanding and Contextualizing Evolving Digital Equity Challenges

EdTech Magazine

Too often, the conversation about digital equity is focused on one angle. In many cases, that's the devices. But educators understand that tackling true digital equity issues and achieving desired outcomes means looking at the problem holistically. This means discussing and addressing the digital equity issues not only from the perspective of putting devices in the hands of students, but also in empowering teachers with the necessary professional development to meaningfully engage with digital l

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What You Should Know About Being A Black Male Educator

Digital Promise

According to a 2016 report by the U.S. Department of Education, only two percent of teachers are African American men, yet African American students make up at least 16 percent of the country’s student population. To make matters more tenuous, teachers of color leave the teaching profession at higher rates than white teachers. This reality has serious implications for the country’s educational landscape overall, as well as for the growing number of students of color.

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Students decide: PC or Mac

Ask a Tech Teacher

If your school’s digital devices extend beyond Chromebooks and iPads, here’s a good discussion about the strengths-weaknesses of Macs and Pcs, from an Ask a Tech Teacher contributor: Students often decide between PCs and Macs. As a teacher, you’re probably often asked for advice from students who shop for their first computers: “Should I buy a Mac or a PC?

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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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Making the case for paperless schools

Neo LMS

There is no consensus about paper-based and paperless education. Some studies have shown that taking notes by hand is better for long-term comprehension, so students should be encouraged to keep on using handwriting for note-taking as opposed to typing while in school. But this is only a small part of the bigger picture. When we talk about paperless schools, we also include printed textbooks and auxiliary materials, the tremendous amount of paperwork teachers and admins need to deal with, or PTA

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ISTE20 Live: How to Change the Conversation About Screen Time and Ed Tech

EdTech Magazine

Are digital devices an asset to student success or a distraction from the course material? The answer often boils down to one crucial factor - perspective, said Douglas Konopelko, an education strategist at CDW. Speaking Tuesday during ISTE20, the annual conference of the International Society for Technology in Education, Konopelko challenged teachers to look at screen time in a new light and discover its hidden value.

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Ways to Learn With Technology Infographic

Teacher Reboot Camp

Part of the December 2020 STEM Resources Digital Calendar ! With remote learning students are using technology more than ever to demonstrate their learning. Feeling somewhat overwhelmed with the sudden shift to digital is expected. The good news is that there are tons of techies like myself willing to help you with free templates, resources, and ideas.

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Here’s a Preview of December

Ask a Tech Teacher

Here’s a preview of what’s coming up on Ask a Tech Teacher in December: More Hour of Code projects, websites, resources. Unplugged activities for coding. Subscriber Special. Holiday activities to keep the learning going. Holiday gifts for teachers. End-of-year maintenance–speeding up computers, updating your online precense. Have Santa call your kids.

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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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How to Achieve Powerful Digital Learning

Digital Promise

2020 has been a particularly difficult year. The abrupt transition to remote learning was a shock to our national education system. Districts, schools, educators, and families scrambled to get plans in place for distance learning. As the executive director of the Verizon Innovative Learning Schools (VILS) program, I had the opportunity to participate in professional development workshops, calls with coaches and IT personnel, and other virtual convenings supporting our community members from the

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ISTE20 Live: Useful Google Classroom Tips and Tricks

EdTech Magazine

As one of the most popular classroom management platforms, Google Classroom offers an assortment of assignment management functionality and digital student engagement tools. We spoke with an instructional technology expert to get his advice on some handy tips and tricks that educators can use as they navigate and master using Google Classroom for their instruction.

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Books I read in November 2020

Dangerously Irrelevant

Books I finished reading (or rereading) in November 2020… Law of Innocence , Michael Connelly [legal thriller]. Half Moon Bay , Jonathan Kellerman & Jesse Kellerman [thriller]. Interference , Brad Parks [thriller]. A Girl From Nowhere , James Maxwell [sci fi]. A World of Secrets , James Maxwell [sci fi]. Hope you’re reading something fun too!

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Hour of Code? Here’s why to participate

Ask a Tech Teacher

December 7-12th, 2020, Computer Science Education will host the Hour Of Code–a one-hour introduction to students on coding, programming, and why they should love it, designed to demystify “code” and show that anyone can learn the basics to be a maker, a creator, and an innovator. Coding is that mystical geeky subject that confounds students and teachers alike.

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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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Asynchronous Learning: What It Is and How to Use Asynchronous Instruction with Students

Waterford

As remote learning continues (or begins again) in classrooms around the country, many teachers are left with a decision. Are real-time lessons best? Or would the flexibility of recorded lessons be right for your students? The answer is complex and depends on student needs, but it will essentially lead you to a choice between two strategies: asynchronous or synchronous learning.

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ISTE20 Live: Break Down Barriers to Learning with These Digital Tools

EdTech Magazine

Seemingly innocuous digital tools and features, such as text size and cursor color, can help students learn — or hamper the experience. The elementary students that Kristin Oropeza teaches sometimes have trouble locating their cursors on the screen. A built-in Chromebook feature not only makes the cursor larger, but it also draws a red circle around the object, making it easier to spot.

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Hour of Code Plugged and Unplugged Activities and Resources

Teacher Reboot Camp

Part of the December 2020 STEM Resources Digital Calendar ! December 7 to 13th is the annual Hour of Code event. Coding is such an important skill that enables students to learn writing and math along with any other subject matter. Coding also inspires students to invent and innovate and prepares them for a workforce that is becoming more remote and freelance.

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What You Might Have Missed in November

Ask a Tech Teacher

Here are the most-read posts for the month of November: How to Put Kindness in Your Classes. National STEM/STEAM Day Nov. 8th. Four Stages of Keyboarding Growth. 16 Sites, 3 Apps, 7 Projects for Thanksgiving. Should Coding be a Part of the Modern School’s Curriculum? –Comments are closed but feel free to contact me via Twitter (@askatechteacher). Jacqui Murray has been teaching K-18 technology for 30 years.

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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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Google CS First: Free, interactive coding lessons for your class

Ditch That Textbook

Computer science is much more than just programming. It includes the study of computers, how they work, and how we can use them to solve problems. However, when we talk about computer science one piece of it comes to mind.Coding. We can use the excitement and engagement from events like the Hour of Code to […]. The post Google CS First: Free, interactive coding lessons for your class appeared first on Ditch That Textbook.

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ISTE20 Live: 5 Questions to Ask about Data Privacy During Remote Learning

EdTech Magazine

More teachers are integrating technology as well as digital tools and free apps to better engage students in instruction — whether that happens in person, online or both. But as tech integration increases, so do concerns about — and threats to — student data privacy. While many apps and tools created for education factor in safeguards for student data, this practice isn’t universal.

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Create and Send Meaningful Greetings

Teacher Reboot Camp

Part of the December 2020 STEM Resources Digital Calendar ! This year we could all use some cheer! One way to uplift students and others is to create and send digital greetings. Your students can express gratitude and care for peers, family members, teachers, and school staff by creating and sending greetings virtually. Students can also participate in digital greeting exchanges with students in other cities or countries.

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Creating a Classroom Routine for Online or Hybrid Learning Students

Waterford

One of the most effective ways to supercharge your students’ ability to learn, connect, and grow, all while managing your own workload, is to establish a routine in your classroom. But many classrooms look different this year. This year, teachers are working to develop new routines that are effective for students no matter where they’re learning. Research shows that routines make a difference for both children and adults, so it’s important to build patterns for your school day that build structu

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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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Thanks to Teachers, Learning Loss This Year Was Not As Bad As Projected, NWEA Finds

Edsurge

When it comes to learning loss during COVID-19, the question is not whether it has happened, but how much. A new report out from NWEA, a non-profit assessment organization, offers insight into just how steep the so-called COVID slide has been so far. The good news is that students learned a lot more doing remote learning than education groups projected they would.

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ISTE20 Live: Getting the Best of Both Office 365 and G Suite for Education

EdTech Magazine

Though many might think that the productivity suites by Microsoft and Google represent strictly an either-or scenario, the truth is that many school districts are hybrid users of both. This can come about because there are certain use cases for one over the other, or because people use one in their professional lives and another in their personal lives.

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Help Build an OpenSciEd Research Agenda

Digital Promise

High-quality resources and curricula can help educators bring science to life through authentic and challenging activities. What research do we need to bring standards-aligned science learning to more students and support educators in implementing these resources effectively? Unique Benefits of OpenSciEd. OpenSciEd is expanding its available suite of materials to offer a high-quality, multi-year, NGSS -aligned curriculum sequence and supporting resources.

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Two School Districts’ Adaptations to COVID-Era Realities: What We’ve Learned

Ed Tech from the Ground Up

In this opinion piece, Cognitive ToyBox Partnerships Manager Nikki Navta describes lessons her company has learned from the COVID experiences of two districts it's worked with closely.

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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.