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How to Kidproof the Internet

Ask a Tech Teacher

How to keep children safe online is the most popular question parents ask at my school. They want to know about firewalls, filters, kidsafe desktops, nannycams, cyberbullying, internet privacy, and everything in between. Should they keep their children away from computers or just off the internet? Do they have to sit with them while they work? Is there an age when it’s OK to let them on their own?

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Use These 4 Asset Tracking Best Practices for Peace of Mind

EdTech Magazine

K–12 schools are responsible for millions of dollars in technology assets that range from student and staff devices to printers and software. However, keeping track of all of these assets can be challenging. School districts that want to make the most of a modern asset tracking solution should keep these best practices in mind. 1. Make an Argument for a Modernized Asset Management Solution Jun Kim, director of technology at Moore Public Schools in Oklahoma, says his district made the argument th

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Personalize learning with Explore Boards

Ditch That Textbook

Imagine that your students are reading a novel. Or a chapter in a textbook. (You know how I feel about textbooks, but hey. sometimes, we've got to use them!)It's good that everyone reads the same baseline text. They all get the same foundation, that same core content.But your students aren't all the same. They […] The post Personalize learning with Explore Boards appeared first on Ditch That Textbook.

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Lost in translation: Parents of special ed students who don’t speak English often left in the dark

The Hechinger Report

SEATTLE — Mireya Barrera didn’t want a fight. This story also appeared in The Seattle Times For years, she sat through meetings with her son’s special education teachers, struggling to maintain a smile as she understood little of what they said. On the rare occasions when other teachers who spoke Barrera’s language, Spanish, were asked to help, the conversations still faltered because they weren’t trained interpreters.

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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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Amplifying and Listening to Student Voices Leads to Academic and Cultural Improvements: A Success Story

Education Elements

In their 2nd year as a campus, South Texas ISD Virtual Academy saw very strong academic results - outperforming both their region and the state of Texas on end-of-year testing. However, they lacked insight into their students' perception of their experiences at school. Did students feel cared for, or academically challenged in their classwork? Reflecting on research that shows more positive student perceptions contribute to continued academic growth, principal Maribel Valdez decided to conduct t

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How Technology Can Help Solve Education’s Stickiest Problems

EdTech Magazine

Before K–12 students even step onto school grounds, they are supported by an invisible matrix of technologies that make learning possible. As they navigate the school day, those technologies continue to work on their behalf to seamlessly usher them from one experience to the next. But take away one or more of these tools, and teachers, school resource officers and even administrators would have a more difficult time supporting the student population.

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17 K-8 Digital Citizenship Topics

Ask a Tech Teacher

Education is no longer contained within classroom walls or the physical site of a school building. Learning isn’t confined to the eight hours between the school bell’s chimes or the struggling budget of an underfunded program. Today, education can be found anywhere, by teaming up with students in Kenya or Skyping with an author in Sweden or chatting with an astrophysicist on the International Space Station.

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Station Rotation Tip #5: What Does Each Station Look Like and Sound Like?

Catlin Tucker

I was recently facilitating a training session on the station rotation model when several educators expressed concern about the noise level of the classroom during a station rotation lesson. They asked how I keep the noise level down at the stations that are not teacher-led. Like most classroom expectations, I spend time directly teaching what each type of station should look and sound like.

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More Device Shrinkage Threatens K–12 Ed Tech Rollouts

EdTech Magazine

Each year since the onset of the pandemic, IT administrators across the country have deployed a huge number of ed tech devices. From tablets to Chromebooks and headphones to styluses, K–12 districts have been rolling out more devices to classrooms than ever before. Following this massive deployment trend, however, district leaders now need to worry about high rates of inventory shrinkage due to lost, damaged or unusable tools.

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This Cross-Sector Group Will Support the Future of Maker Learning in Southwestern Pennsylvania

Digital Promise

The post This Cross-Sector Group Will Support the Future of Maker Learning in Southwestern Pennsylvania appeared first on Digital Promise.

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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 Android EDLA Can Transform Your Classroom

ViewSonic Education

Android EDLA-certified devices – you may have heard the term in conversation with colleagues or while browsing through forums. However, if you’re not closely tracking EdTech trends, you might be uncertain about what it means. Essentially, it lets you enjoy an upgraded Android experience on interactive whiteboards. But how does it work and what does this mean for classrooms?

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What Student Assignments and Projects Are Considered Most Difficult: Myths and Truths

Ask a Tech Teacher

What Student Assignments and Projects Are Considered Most Difficult: Myths and Truths Are you a student who has ever wondered which assignments and projects are the most challenging? We’ve all been there, faced with daunting tasks that seem insurmountable. In this comprehensive guide, we will delve into the myths and truths surrounding the difficulty of student assignments and projects.

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How Data Loss Prevention Can Protect K–12 Schools

EdTech Magazine

The education sector is no exception to the ever-present threat of cyberattacks and data breaches. K–12 schools in particular are increasingly targeted by malicious actors seeking financial gain and disruption. As IT decision-makers in education grapple with these challenges, implementing data loss prevention solutions has emerged as a vital strategy to protect sensitive data, safeguard student privacy, ensure compliance with regulations and mitigate the risk of cyberattacks.

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Researchers Create a New Model to Help Educators Engage Students

Digital Promise

The post Researchers Create a New Model to Help Educators Engage Students appeared first on Digital Promise.

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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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Catapulting Teachers Into School Leadership Positions Too Soon Comes With a Cost

Edsurge

Too often, teachers are rapidly elevated from the classroom to school leadership positions, whether to fill an unexpected vacancy, act as an interim administrator or to take on a permanent leadership role. But ushering teachers into administrator roles before they are prepared and without adequate support poses risk of burnout — or worse, opens up the possibility of causing harm to themselves or their school community, out of sheer lack of experience.

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How to Teach Phonics and Decoding Skills for Reading Fluency Using Explicit Instruction and Orthographic Mapping

Waterford

Strengthen Literacy Curriculum with the Science of Reading Join Waterford’s Science of Reading virtual summit to explore how the brain learns to read and get strategies for effective, research-based instruction from literacy expert and Vice President of Curriculum Julie Christensen. Guidance for teachers and administrators is included! Plus, find upcoming and on-demand video series led by early education experts through the Webinar Library , featuring topics chosen with administrators in mind, l

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Building a representative STEM pipeline needs to start in kindergarten

eSchool News

Key points: Destigmatizing STEM fields is the first step in building a STEM pipeline Students are more likely to pursue STEM when they see STEM educators who look like them See related article: 3 essential tools to make elementary science easier For more news on STEM learning, visit eSN’s STEM & STEAM page The demand for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) professionals outweighs the supply.

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How to Support Learners to be Successful in Earning Micro-credentials

Digital Promise

The post How to Support Learners to be Successful in Earning Micro-credentials appeared first on Digital Promise.

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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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Why I Believed Edtech Could Save My School — and How It Failed Me

Edsurge

While I’m not proud to admit it, at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, I thought teaching remotely would be a dream come true. It wasn’t that I didn't value, cherish and miss the face-to-face interactions I had with my students, but because I naively assumed that my more reluctant colleagues would see the light and finally embrace edtech. As a techie at heart, I envisioned a digital utopia where post-pandemic schools would become fully digitized with students and teachers always remote and onl

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5 Best AI Voice Changers

Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

AI voice changers are the topic of our blog post today! If you’ve ever tried to create engaging digital content—be it for educational modules, podcasts, or even YouTube videos—you know that a quality voiceover can make or break your project. Hiring voice actors or setting up your own recording studio can be costly and time-consuming. That’s why I’ve scoured the web and compiled for you this list featuring what I believe are some of the best AI voice changer platforms out there.

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How a true teacher hero advocates for student equity and belonging

eSchool News

The 2023 eSchool News K-12 Hero Awards honors educators for their exemplary use of innovative edtech to support student learning. Interviewed and profiled here is winner John Arthur , a 6th grade teacher at Meadowlark Elementary School nominated by Follett. Stay tuned for two more winner profiles to come. John Arthur, a sixth-grade teacher at Meadowlark Elementary School in Salt Lake City, was the 2021 Utah Teacher of the Year and one of four finalists for 2021 National Teacher of the Year.

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Meet the K-12 Tech Innovators of the VITAL Prize Challenge

Digital Promise

The post Meet the K-12 Tech Innovators of the VITAL Prize Challenge appeared first on Digital Promise.

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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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7 Time-Saving AI Applications for Teachers

Lightspeed Systems

Artificial intelligence (AI) has been the hottest topic among educators over the past year since ChatGPT made its mainstream debut last November. Much of the discussion, however, has been one-sided, focused on generative AI ’s abilities to enhance student learning outcomes. But AI offers so much more for educators, including the ability to save precious resources, the most precious of all which might be teachers’ time.

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8 Best AI Tools of 2023

Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Best AI tools of 2023 are the the topic of our blog post today! I recently stumbled upon a post from Time Magazine that showcased the 200 best inventions of 2023. I know, 200 sounds like a lot, but it was the AI section that really had me leaning in. In the AI section, Time editors earmarked 14 AI inventions that they believe are the game-changers for this year.

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My Student Was Submitting AI Papers. Here's What I Did

techlearning

Like many educators across the globe, I was thrust into a brave new world of modern teaching that I had not been trained for and to which an appropriate response was unclear

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5 positive ways students can use AI

eSchool News

Key points: Don’t fight AI–learn to embrace it for teaching and learning Using AI will help quell fears about how it could harm education See related article: Navigating generative AI: Promoting academic integrity For more news on AI in education, see eSN’s Digital Learning page You’ve heard all the news about kids using ChatGPT to cheat, but there’s another side to this story.

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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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Creating a “Cool” Career Studying Polar Bears

Discovery Education

The path to a “cool” career may be covered in snow or dusted with sand, but it certainly takes hard work! Finding ways for students to explore different career paths can help them determine their next step after K-12 education—and can help them figure out if they’ll need a scarf or a swimsuit to pack […] The post Creating a “Cool” Career Studying Polar Bears appeared first on Discovery Education Blog.

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5 Practical Tips for Teaching Phonemic Awareness

Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Welcome back to another post in our series on phonemic awareness! If you’ve been following along, you know we’ve already tackled the varied scholarly definitions of phonemic awareness , explored the different reasons why phonemic awareness is important , and sifted through phonemic awareness annotated bibliography to give you the cream of the crop in research.

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How AI can teach kids to write – not just cheat

The Hechinger Report

Editor’s note: This story led off this week’s Future of Learning newsletter, which is delivered free to subscribers’ inboxes every other Wednesday with trends and top stories about education innovation. Email Address Choose from our newsletters Weekly Update Future of Learning Higher Education Early Childhood Proof Points Leave this field empty if you’re human: While the reading and math “wars” have gotten a lot of attention in education in recent years, writing instruction has

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Can team teaching break the constraints of conventional schooling?

eSchool News

Key points: The practical constraints on teachers’ time present a significant obstacle to the wider adoption of team teaching To make team teaching viable, we need innovations that can dissolve these practical constraints and facilitate efficient and sustainable collaboration within existing cost structures See related article: Teacher burnout persists, but solutions are emerging For more news on teacher burnout, visit eSN’s SEL & Well-Being page Teacher burnout is a real and gro

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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.