5 ways to teach students to be future-ready

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Today’s students face a technology-infused, innovation-filled world in their future. Teaching 4 c's collaboration creativity edtech educational technology future ready job preparation life skills

Digital Learning Theories and Frameworks For Future Ready Classrooms

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Are You Future Ready? via @OfficeofEdTech - A Question Kids Deserve!


Scroll down to see The Future Ready District Pledge - *You''re Invited to Sign it Today!* I was recently invited to speak in Australia for the Future Schools Expo regarding reimagining physical and virtual learning environments. Sign the Pledge - Is Your District Future Ready?

7 Questions Principals Should Ask When Hiring Future-Ready Teachers


edtech. Every year thousands of educators gather for the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) conference eager to learn about the newest features in favorite apps and to glean ideas from one another about how to effectively teach in new ways.

Technology Is An Accelerant

Tom Murray

Tom shares some thoughts from a recent keynote in Kansas on the effective use of edtech for this #LeadershipMinute. Blog edtech future ready Technology

Future-Ready District Delivers 21st Century Teacher PD using Video


Vrain was recently recognized as one of only nine “Future-Ready” school districts in the United States by the U.S. “When we talk about being a future-ready district, yes, we have incredible learning spaces for our students,” said Diane.

Skills of the future: Pushing the conversation forward

Ditch That Textbook

We have no idea what the future holds for today’s students. As educators, it’s still our job to prepare them for that future. Teaching creative teaching edtech education reform educational technology future ready problem solving

Why Is This In My Room?- Starting the Year With EdTech


Starting the Year With EdTech appeared first on CUE Blog. Education Technology Future Ready Technology in Education Uncategorized Chromebook edtech screen start the year tabletHey, how’s your year starting?

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6 Edtech New Year’s Resolutions

Tom Murray

From Providence, Rhode Island to Phoenix, Arizona, I’ve had the privilege to travel and work with over 2,300 district leaders from almost 500 school districts over the past year through the Future Ready Initiative. With the new year now upon us, listed below are six edtech resolutions for 2016. Resources: Data Quality Campaign (stat source) & Future of Privacy Forum ). This post is sponsored by Samsung. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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16 Great NonProfits Working to Support EdTech in Schools

Tom Murray

Prior to my role as the Director of Innovation for Future Ready Schools ® , I spent 14 years in a public school in Pennsylvania as an elementary and middle school teacher, middle school and elementary principal, and district level technology director. Founded with a single mission of closing the gender gap in technology, the organization is working to create a dynamic pipeline of future female engineers. Organization: Future of Privacy Forum (FPF).

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9 Great Nonprofits to Support School Leaders

Tom Murray

The Alliance for Excellent Education (All4Ed) & Future Ready Schools (FRS). Connect: www.all4ed.org , @all4ed | www.futureready.org , @FutureReady.

Open Education – Where do I begin?

Tom Murray

This blog was originally posted on the Future Ready website at [link]. Open Education Resources were the highlight of this Future Ready webinar as they align to the Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment gear of the Future Ready Framework.

In the News…2017

Tom Murray

Tom Murray to be Honored as Thought Leader of the Year, EdTech Round Up , Link. K-12 Districts Find That Education and Awareness Are Key to Privacy Protection, Edtech K-12 Magazine , Link. News Alliance for Excellent Education EdTech K-12 Future Ready Schools PR with Panche January. PR with Panache! Honors Tom Murray as Thought Leader of the Year, PR with Panche!

9 Steps for Choosing a Device

Tom Murray

Blog Chromebook Device Selection edtech future ready Procurement Samsung Samsung Galaxy This post is sponsored by Samsung. However, all thoughts and opinions are my own. Having worked with almost 500 school districts and 3,000 school leaders over the past year, I’ve often been asked, “What type of devices should we buy?” The problem with this question, is that quite often this is the leading question – the initial area that the district is investigating.

The Jobs of Today May not Exist Tomorrow – How do we Prepare Students?

Indiana Jen

The more I read about future-readiness, 21st century skills, job market reports, and advances in technology (especially AI), the more I understand this to be true. Recently, PEW Research published a report on the Future of Jobs & Job Training.

Personalized Learning: Using Edtech for More Than Credit Recovery

Where Learning Clicks

Learn how one district is helping students become future ready by personalizing learning using edtech for more than credit recovery. The post Personalized Learning: Using Edtech for More Than Credit Recovery appeared first on Where Learning Clicks.

What Actually Works in EdTech? with Tom Murray

The CoolCatTeacher

Murray @thomascmurray is the 2017 US “Thought Leader of the Year” and shares what actually works in edtech. What Actually Works in Edtech? link] So, Tom, what actually does work in Edtech? The post What Actually Works in EdTech?

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Getting Animated With Google Slides and Screencastify


Soon they were ready and raring to start doing whatever needed to be done to record it. And all this from the almost too simple edtech directions of – Create Google Slides, Publish to Web, Script, Screencastify.

Next Gen Professional Development pt 2- Upskilling


Classroom leaders deal with incredibly complex local situations in terms of parent expectations, admin expectations and student skills – before they even get into the edtech aspects. Blended Learning Creativity and Imagination Future Ready Professional Development Expert Leader Fun.

Life After 1:1 #Lead3

There is no box

In the slide deck below, I walk through the possibilities we’ve explored and the change we’ve experienced over the past four years at Union School District, where technology is now ubiquitous and we’ve moved past the initial tech as a tool phase into the exciting world of future ready learning. 1:1 Commentary edtech future readyEvery student has access to an Internet connected mobile device. Now what?

Changing the narrative using educational success

FETC Converge

“Every day in every one of our schools, amazing things are happening,” says FETC thought leader and Future Ready School’s Tom Murray. It’s about telling stories and creating authentic, personal learning experiences for kids, so they’re prepared for the future ahead — a future that involves automation and robotics in vastly and rapidly changing industries. Uncategorized edtech FETC Future Ready Schools

How can schools ensure a “return on instruction?”

eSchool News

An EdTech Arms Race. Featured on eSchool News Future Ready Schools How-to Professional Development Resource School Administration Thought Leadership

Planning for the Total Cost of Edtech Initiatives


Strategic planning for edtech is an endless journey—and not just because of constantly evolving hardware and software. Similarly, Ann Linson, Superintendent, East Noble School Corporation, IN, said that understanding the total cost also means having a focus for the edtech initiative.

4 K-12 edtech trends we’re tracking at CoSN 2019

eSchool News

CoSN 2019 kicks off in Portland, OR this week, and it brings with it rich content spanning a variety of K-12 edtech trends. Read more: 10 K-12 edtech trends to look for this year. CoSN will explore how redefining readiness can position students for success after graduation.

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An Inside Look at the Edtech Purchasing Process


While the Wild West era of edtech may be over, there’s still some mystery over how schools decide what digital materials to buy. In the edWebinar, “ Building Authentic Need and Research into Edtech Development,” representatives from a large school district, a small district, a developer, and the research community answered burning questions about edtech procurement. What role do learning goals play when searching for the best edtech?

A Quick Return to My #EdTech Foundations

The Playground Advocate

A short-hand version might be: EdTech makes learning-design more impactful and engaging. EdTech empowers future-ready skills development. EdTech makes learning more authentic and meaningful. EdTech provides access to the world's resources. EdTech 21st C.

?Expanding Access to Edtech Isn’t Enough. We Need to Make Sure It Works, Too


Edtech is a vital precursor to “work tech”—the tools that today’s students will need to leverage in college, career training and eventually the workplace. This May, these leaders and another 150 or so stakeholders will come together for the first ever EdTech Efficacy Research Academic Symposium , organized by The University of Virginia Curry School of Education, Digital Promise and the Jefferson Education Accelerator. A focus on college and career-training readiness.

ISTE 2016: Educational Equity, Lifelong Learning, and a Simpler Approach to Edtech


At the end of June, eSpark joined the thousands of district and edtech leaders headed to Denver, CO to meet innovative educators and discuss the current state of technology in schools. Working Towards Equity with Edtech.

5 edtech tools that take personalized learning to the next level

eSchool News

On day one of math class, about one-third of school students are ready to master grade-level standards while others aren’t yet able to complete basic skills.

How Do We Know What Works? Re-Imagining the #EdTech Ecosystem w @KatrinaStevens1 #inacol15


As we prepare our schools to be Future Ready, we need effective tools in our schools to support this work. I snatched up the opportunity to hear from Katrina Stevens in this session. Always awesome to have the chance to see her talk about the important, meaningful change she’s working to make happen!

300+ Digital Tools Crowdsourced by Educators #LT8Keys

Tom Murray

Attending a large number of conferences each year, and running a number of Future Ready events, I have the opportunity to work alongside so many educators from coast to coast. All for the kids we serve, Blog Apps Crowdsource Digital Tools edtech Web Resources

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Beware of Time-Wasting Low Level Technology Learning

The CoolCatTeacher

Links Learning Transformed: 8 Keys to Designing Tomorrow’s Schools, Today What is it that actually works with edtech ? From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter Tom Murray reflects on his first 1:1 program seventeen years ago with Palm Pilots.

Scaling Innovation: A System’s Approach to Transforming Teaching & Learning

Digital Promise

To help overcome this, we have adopted the Future Ready Schools Framework , a systematic approach to scaling innovative digital learning practices while promoting long-term sustainability.

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Effective Digital Citizenship Education

The CoolCatTeacher

As part of a Future Ready school district and a member of the Future Ready Librarians leadership team, she enjoys supporting others in her field by presenting at conferences, facilitating professional development sessions, and blogging.

@Quizizz : Say Goodbye to Worksheets and Crosswords

The CoolCatTeacher

Jon’s last district was selected as a Future Ready District, implementing 1:1 from 7th grade up, adding coding, 3d printing, PBL and Minecraft Edu in all K-8 schools, among other notable innovative activities. VICKI: Happy edtech tool Tuesday.