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Student Data Privacy Pioneer Says K–12 Schools Must Do Better

EdTech Magazine

When Steve Smith took the job of CIO at Cambridge Public Schools in Massachusetts, little did he know that he would become a trailblazer. In the 27 years he has spent leading technology in New England schools, the founder of the Student Data Privacy Consortium has probably become best known nationwide as a student privacy crusader. Smith spoke to EdTech about his district’s student data privacy journey and how schools can easily shore up data privacy to stop staff from inadvertently oversharing

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8 Important Generative AI Use Cases in the Classroom

The CoolCatTeacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter In Part 1 of “ Why Every School Needs and AI Policy Right Now ,” I shared the empirical evidence about Artificial Intelligence and how it is impacting our world and schools. As I said in the first article, with so many things grabbing the attention of administrators, AI seems to be taking a back seat in the minds of many.

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Time Efficiency vs. Equity in Education

Catlin Tucker

Part I: Transitioning from Whole Group to Small Group In the ever-evolving education landscape, one of the most pressing challenges teachers face is striking the right balance between time efficiency and ensuring equitable learning opportunities for all students. As educators embrace innovative technology-enhanced instructional models , they often grapple with letting go of the time-saving practices inherent in the traditional teacher-led, teacher-paced whole group approach to instruction.

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Proudly Announcing the 2023 Cohort of HP Teaching Fellows

Digital Promise

The post Proudly Announcing the 2023 Cohort of HP Teaching Fellows appeared first on Digital Promise.

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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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We Don't Have to Sacrifice Joy for Rigor in the Classroom

Edsurge

A joyful class is a rigorous class. A rigorous class is a joyful class. I wrote this mantra on a sticky note and placed it on my desk as a daily reminder that my students’ right to access joy is just as important as academic rigor. During my third year of teaching, I struggled to envision what rigorous learning looks, sounds and feels like without joy.

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How Schools Make Sure Dead Student Devices Don’t Tank Learning

EdTech Magazine

Like most schools, educators at Modesto City Schools in Stanislaus County, Calif., expect their students to come to school prepared to learn. Still, for a variety of reasons, some students arrive with their laptops low on power, which can lead to classroom interruptions and missed lessons. Modesto City Schools CTO Russ Selken says he was concerned when 30,000 students returned to the classroom after the pandemic, all equipped with devices.

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Digital Promise Launches FutureLab to Investigate Transformative Approaches to Teaching and Learning

Digital Promise

The post Digital Promise Launches FutureLab to Investigate Transformative Approaches to Teaching and Learning appeared first on Digital Promise.

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Microsoft’s AI Copilot in Windows 11 is Out Now

The CoolCatTeacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter I've been working on a big project and am very busy, but I have been studying the changes in Windows 11 Copilot, released on Tuesday, September 26, and wanted to share them with you. This wouldn't be 80 Awesome Days of AI and HI if I didn't keep you up to date, would it?

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22 Ways to Add Rigor to Your Class

Ask a Tech Teacher

Let’s start by clearing up a misconception: Rigor isn’t unfriendly. Adding it to your class doesn’t mean you become boring, a techie, or overseer of a fun-free zone. In fact, done right, rigor fills your class with Wow , those epiphanies that bring a smile to student faces and a sense of well-being to their school day. Rigor provides positive experiences, is an emotional high, and engenders a pervasive sense of accomplishment students will carry for years–and use as a tem

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Advancing Educational Equity in Times of Political Crisis

Education Elements

The Polarization of Education: As consultants at Education Elements, my teammates and I have the incredible opportunity to support districts around the country as they solve some of their toughest challenges. These challenges range from “How do we change our practices to increase students’ agency over their own learning?” to “How do we use quantitative and qualitative data to determine our priority areas over the next five years?

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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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How Pathways and Pedagogy Make Graduate Portraits More Powerful

Digital Promise

Portrait of a Graduate skill sets can be viewed as Thinking Dispositions, broken down into three elements: ability, inclination and sensitivity.

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Using AI to Encourage Productive Struggle in Math

The CoolCatTeacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter This week on Edutopia, I blogged about “ Using AI to Encourage Productive Struggle in Math ” and about how students don't need the answers to math problems; they need help with the process and how they can use Wolfram Alpha with ChatGPT to do that (as well as some other thoughts.

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How to Teach Students: Teach Their Parents

Ask a Tech Teacher

If parents don’t value tech, students won’t. If parents are confused by what you teach, they will pass that on to their children. Be open to parents. Answer their questions. Never EVER leave them feeling intimidated. Let them know that lots of people feel exactly as they do. A great solution I’ve had a lot of success with: Have a parent class.

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Review: Rhombus R360 Camera Keeps a Close Watch on Schoolgrounds

EdTech Magazine

Most K–12 schools, especially large ones, employ school resource officers to guard school grounds, but they can’t be everywhere at once. Surveillance cameras may offer more visibility, but older models are designed to look only in one direction; even if placed on motorized mounts, they can still see only what is in front of them, limiting coverage. But installing multiple cameras looking in all directions creates too many feeds for SROs to monitor.

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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 One Bay Area District Is Addressing the Teacher Shortage through Affordable Housing

Digital Promise

The post How One Bay Area District Is Addressing the Teacher Shortage through Affordable Housing appeared first on Digital Promise.

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Will Teachers Listen to Feedback From AI? Researchers Are Betting on It

Edsurge

Julie York, a computer science and media teacher at South Portland High School in Maine, was scouring the internet for discussion tools for her class when she found TeachFX. An AI tool that takes recorded audio from a classroom and turns it into data about who talked and for how long, it seemed like a cool way for York to discuss issues of data privacy, consent and bias with her students.

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#45: How to Use MS Word to Teach Geography

Ask a Tech Teacher

Time: About 30 minutes Steps: Open MS Word. Add a title–Where We Are (or your choice)–centered, bold and font 14. Use this to teach students about the tool bar’s alignment tools, bold, fonts and font size Insert a graphic organizer ( insert-diagram or one you have pushed out to students). Have this as part of a series of lessons that use graphic organizers and never use the same one.

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TPACK model: Strategies for effective educational technology integration

Hapara

? Listen to an audio version of this post: [link] Have you ever stepped into a classroom decked out with technology, but the learning goals for the technology weren’t clear? Edtech has opened up an array of possibilities for instruction and learning. But if technology isn’t paired with good teaching and a tie-in to the subject matter, what’s the point?

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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 to Navigate LERs: What Job Seekers Want From Equitable Onboarding Practices

Digital Promise

The post How to Navigate LERs: What Job Seekers Want From Equitable Onboarding Practices appeared first on Digital Promise.

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Supporting Multilingual Learners in Early Elementary Education

Waterford

In the United States, ten percent of all students –roughly five million students total–come from multilingual households. Multilingual students speak more than one language and need individualized instruction to develop literacy and communication skills in all of those languages. In addition, multilingual families need access to resources that help them feel welcome in school and engaged with their student’s teacher.

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How to Drive Student Success With Creative Generative AI Tools in the Classroom: Part 1

Edsurge

This article is the first of a two-part series covering key principles to consider when integrating a generative AI creativity tool into your academic setting. The 21st-century classroom is a dynamic, ever-evolving space where cutting-edge technologies, like artificial intelligence (AI), are pushing us all to rethink what students need to learn and how that learning can best be structured to prepare them for the future.

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14 effective classroom management strategies for middle school

Hapara

? Listen to an audio version of this post: [link] When people ask what grade level I taught, I know how they’ll react when I respond. Their eyes widen, and they shake their heads. “Middle school! I know what I was like at that age. I could never teach that age,” they say. The fact is that I truly enjoyed teaching thirteen-year-olds. There’s a key, though, to developing a successful classroom for this age group.

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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 America can learn from Canada’s new ‘$10 a Day’ child care system

The Hechinger Report

GIBSONS, British Columbia — Two years ago, Marisol Petersen’s family was paying more than $1,200 a month for her son to attend child care in this small, coastal town about 20 miles across the Howe Sound from Vancouver. Despite the cost, which made it hard to put any money in savings, she felt lucky to even have a spot. Then, in September 2022, the family experienced a dramatic shift in fortune.

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All work is group work now: Collaborative learning as a pedagogical and assessment framework for learning with generative AI

Iterating Toward Openness

One of the main concerns about generative AI is “cheating,” or students getting credit for work they didn’t do. This is actually a problem that collaborative learning has been grappling with for decades. In fact, if you think of generative AI as a collaborator in a group project, there’s actually quite a lot of existing practice and literature we can tap into for guidance about using generative AI effectively in the service of learning – both in how students learn and how instr

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When a Tiny Fraction of Teachers File Most School Discipline Referrals

Edsurge

Education wonks have long raised the alarm about how school discipline is applied unequally among students of different racial and ethnic groups, with Black students facing a disproportionate number of office discipline referrals (ODRs). The effects of such practices can reverberate throughout a student’s life, according to the American Psychological Association, leading to worse mental health and lower grades.

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A Visual Chart on Summative Vs Formative Assessment

Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Summative vs formative assessment is the topic of our blog post today! Navigating the realm of educational assessments can feel like a tightrope walk. On one side, we have formative assessments—those ongoing checks that help us tweak our teaching and help students steer their learning. On the other, there are summative assessments, which act as final verdicts on what a student has grasped.

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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 it matters that Americans are comparatively bad at math

The Hechinger Report

BOSTON — Like a lot of high school students, Kevin Tran loves superheroes, though perhaps for different reasons than his classmates. This story also appeared in The Associated Press “They’re all insanely smart. In their regular jobs they’re engineers, they’re scientists,” said Tran, who is 17. “And you can’t do any of those things without math.” Tran also loves math.

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Join!! 100 Prompts for ChatGPT to Support Students

Teacher Tech with Alice Keeler

Save time and support students better with 100 prompts for ChatGPT to Support Students. Join Alice Keeler for her OTIS workshop on how to write prompts in ChatGPT and get the most out of AI. The post Join!! 100 Prompts for ChatGPT to Support Students appeared first on Teacher Tech.

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What to Know About the Relationship Between Teacher Turnover and Housing

Edsurge

Today, a 20-acre stretch of green space known as the “ Coy facility ” remains an active school campus in East Austin. But soon, Austin Independent School District will convert it into an apartment complex to house teachers and staff who are increasingly getting priced out of the urban Texas district. The goal is to create at least 500 new rental units on the site, alleviating — if not solving — the housing burden that so many of the district’s 10,000 staff members say they face.

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14 Effective Self-Directed Learning Strategies

Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Today, we’re exploring the concept of self-directed learning strategies. Now, we’re not just talking about Googling an answer to a quick question. We’re going deep into methodologies that empower students to take the reins of their own educational journey. Indeed, once you understand how to foster self-directed learning, it’s like unlocking a whole new world of educational potential.

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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.