How edtech boosts parent engagement in schools


Here are some basic guidelines for effective parent-teacher communication: Clarity. That is why schools should be prepared for these situations and act accordingly, whether it is by translating some school materials or by adopting edtech tools that enable multiple language use.

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Four Guidelines for Innovating and Designing a Book Unit


I offer four guidelines that I use when designing book projects for my junior high students: STUDENTS MUST HAVE CHOICE - not all students learn the same, and not all students create the same, so we need to give them a choice in demonstrating their learning.

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10 Guidelines for #EdTech Companies + Social Media - It's All About Relationships

The Innovative Educator

Social media has changed how vendors do business. It is no longer one way communication. Instead with social media, like never before, there is now two-way communication allowing companies to have conversations with their customers. Those who are doing so effectively. Those who are doing so effectively, grow customer loyalty and respect. Those who are not doing it well, will be perceived as out-of-touch and will move further toward irrelevance.

Limited Evidence in Edtech: Everyone Agrees – It Isn’t Their Fault

Digital Promise

to address an essential question: How might we collaborate to ensure evidence of impact, not marketing or popularity, drives edtech adoption and implementation? How might we develop a mechanism for funding research on edtech products? Create a type of “Consumer Reports” for edtech.

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Debunking the ‘Gold Standard’ Myths in Edtech Efficacy


For almost a decade, selling edtech products to schools and districts has felt dangerously like selling a home over the internet. We describe edtech products with all the excitement and adjectives of a fresh listing on Zillow. This included guidelines for curriculum and edtech.

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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.

Take Two: Clever’s Newest Effort to Help Teachers Try Before They Buy Edtech


Another recent survey found that, on average, districts saw more than 700 different edtech products used each month during the last school year. In early 2016, it launched Co-Pilot to give schools free 30-day trials of edtech software built by other companies. When teachers use tools they find online, they can inadvertently run afoul of privacy and security guidelines. Education Technology Edtech Business Startups

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The Value of Usage Data as the First Step in Edtech Research

At first, educators could count the number of edtech programs in their school on one hand—and the number of users wasn’t too much more. During their edWebinar, “ Edtech Usage Data: Key to Planning Efficacy Research,” Dr. Denis Newman, Co-founder of Evidentally, Inc.,

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Conducting Edtech Impact Research in the ESSA Era

have recently released the Guidelines for Conducting and Reporting EdTech Impact Research in U.S. These guidelines help clarify how research is conducted and how information is presented to users of edtech products based on the changes brought by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).

What Every Edtech Company Needs to Know About Schools and Data Privacy


New federal and state laws —and a greater focus on the issue by districts—are giving edtech companies a lot to consider. As a general guideline, make it clear that PII is never to be sold or used for marketing, commercial or political purposes (most states and institutions prohibit this type of use of PII), and should be limited to uses within the agreement for the purpose of carrying out services. Education Technology Edtech Business Data Privacy

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Inside Our MIND Podcast: A New Paradigm for EdTech Evaluation

MIND Research Institute

In our inaugural episode, host Brian LeTendre sits down with MIND's Chief Data Science Officer Andrew Coulson to talk about edtech evaluation. In the discussion, Andrew discusses the subject of his recent blog post on the need for a paradigm shift in edtech evaluation, and why multiple field studies are more valid than single gold standard experiments when gauging program impact. Ed Tech Industry Network: Guidelines for Conducting and Reporting EdTech Impact Research in U.S.

Click Yes to Invest: Equity Crowdinvesting an Option for Edtech Startups


The Securities and Exchange Commission finalized guidelines in May 2016. Alan Aspera first learned he could go online to buy equity in private companies through, of all things, a book he read about a year ago.

How to measure edtech impact in the ESSA era

eSchool News

recently released the Guidelines for Conducting and Reporting EdTech Impact research in U.S. These guidelines help clarify how research is conducted and how information is presented to users of edtech products based on the changes brought by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).

A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 30 Edition)

Doug Levin

As such, expect an abbreviated (TBD) publishing schedule for ‘A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News’ in August. A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 30 Edition). This is an area where it would improve the job of edtech developers if we said, 'Here’s what you’re allowed to gather and share.' She said the age of 13 was related purely to the federal regulation, not safety or childhood development guidelines.

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Edtech Still Doesn’t Get Diversity and We’re Tired

Welcome to the world of being black in edtech! The reality is that until there are REAL discussions/guidelines and not simply people who speak on diversity for a given time to deaf ears, this will continue to happen. EdTech Professional Growth diversity

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9 App Features That Developers Should Consider When Creating EdTech Apps By @SamPatue


Here are 9 suggestions for #EdTech App Developers to help them get their apps into our classrooms Click To Tweet. Guidelines for meaningful learning both at home and in a classroom, what can parents and teachers do to support learning and reflection. Tweet.

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@Flipgrid Collab with @ADickie601 — AP Calculus Final Review @AP_Trevor ?@CollegeBoard #mathchat #mtbos #edtech


To all of my fellow AP teachers out there, you know that feeling the weeks leading up the AP Exam where you know the importance of drilling in on practice tests and reviewing scoring guidelines, but you want to spice it up so that it doesn’t just feel like you’re prepping for this massive test.

8 great ways to STEAM up your class with Sphero (and other edtech)

eSchool News

Rather, give students guidelines on activities that allow them to think outside the box and learn to problem solve on their own. Jobs in the computer science field are the top source of new wages in America, and a quarter of all jobs are now “highly digitalized.”

20+ Ideas to Supercharge Classroom Creativity

The CoolCatTeacher

Go to to download artwork guidelines, an entry form, official rules, and the lesson plan today. All Subjects Classroom Design Edtech Tool Tuesday Education Elementary Grades 1-5 (Ages 6-10) High School Grades 9-12 (Ages 13-18) How to Guides.

Why Our Obsession With Edtech and Workforce Prep Concerns Parents and Public Educators


She pointed to the state of Maryland, where advocates like Cindy Eckard of Screens and Kids pushed to pass a bill that would develop health and safety guidelines and procedures for digital devices in public schools. An upcoming webinar titled “The Future of Work and What It Means For K-12 Schools” has Carolyn Leith concerned about career-readiness. They’re talking about today’s sixth graders and where they’re gonna be in the workforce.”

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Using Comics to Teach Chemistry (and more!)

The CoolCatTeacher

Go to to download artwork guidelines, an entry form, official rules, and the lesson plan today. Edtech Tool Tuesday Education High School Grades 9-12 (Ages 13-18) Innovation Project Based Learning Science Teachers STEM Teachers

3 Innovative Solutions to Combat #EdTech Issues #CDEtop30

The Innovative Educator

Problem - Need for Friendly Tech Guidelines Solution : Engage students, teachers, and parents in a participatory design process to create user-friendly social media guidelines.

The Fault Lines Between Sharing and Shilling for an Edtech Product


The piece from Natasha Singer examines the murky relationship between edtech developers and the educators who tout their products. For educators like Sean Arnold, who lists more than a dozen credentials and awards from edtech companies on his personal blog, that relationship can be a “double-edged sword,” as he described in his response to the article. “My I’ve followed the guidelines, but when does advocating for the best tools stop and shilling for a product begin?”

When Short Term Thinking Is Key To #EdTech Success

The Innovative Educator

Update Outdated Policies and Guidelines This is true whether discussing furniture, equipment, software, or policies and guidelines. Update the guidelines to embrace the use of these tools and change filtering policies. Schools and districts usually simply accept the fact that they are bound by antiquated rules, policies, and purchasing requirements that keep children stuck in the past.

Human Geography Cornerstone Assessment @BullisSchool: Megacity Project Using @Weebly, @SutoriApp, @GoogleMaps #edtech


What we learned – and will do better in the future – is that students need detailed guidelines on what this documentation process should look like. If you’ve followed my blog for a while, you’ve heard me talk about the Megacity Project that all 9th grade students complete in their Human Geography course. This final cornerstone assessment engages students in an extended study analyzing how megacities are transforming the world.

How Some Edtech Companies Are Addressing a Lack of Employee Diversity


A few edtech companies are now using resources to document—and potentially address—disparities in their ranks. Combating Disparities In the space of public education, where K-12 students of color make up a larger percentage of the population than white students, and students are 50 percent female, there’s a fundamental disconnect between creators and users when edtech companies are homogenous. Edtech companies aren’t the only ones creating inclusion surveys.

Three Ways That Rural States Can Become the Hotbeds for School Edtech Innovation


I argue that rural states are where edtech companies, investors, and media outlets should be looking to to see truly innovative implementation of technology. Lachelle Brant) Creating Guidelines for Distance Education The Problem: Sometimes, the greatest solution stems from the greatest need. The future of tech in schools isn’t suburban or urban. It’s rural.

Trimester Project: Documenting Growth & Reflecting on Connections Using @SutoriApp with Embedded @Flipgrid Responses & @Desmos Graphs #edtech #mathchat


If you are interested in seeing the full project guidelines, along with the rubric I used for grading, you can find that information here: Trimester 1 Sutori Project Details. My school has always administered exams in the first and third trimester (meaning that students usually are taking their trimester exam right about now). However, this year, we moved to a one exam model, which will be given at the end of trimester 2.

Drones in the Classroom: Teaching Writing and Collaboration with Drones

The CoolCatTeacher

Vicki: What are some general guidelines for when you bring drones into the classroom to make it safe. Santha Walters on episode 282 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter.

Student Check Ins – Using @Flipgrid to Ask Students How Things Are Going & What Supports They Need #edtech


Do you feel like you are relying too heavily on posted solutions and scoring guidelines? As teachers, we identify many personalized needs for our students – from coming up with individuals topics where a student needs review to strategies that can improve their performance. But how many times do we remember to allow students to tell us what they *think* they need? I feel this activity is powerful on multiple levels: It helps students think about big ideas.

Help Your Kids Spend Screen Time Wisely


Given the debate over the relationship between screen time and child development –especially in the edtech world–this provides a point of clarity for parents as they work with their child to develop healthy device usage habits. Marketing EdTech Update managing screen time parents

Student-Led Google Hangouts, Recorded with YouTube Live, in my Online AP Calculus AB Course #edtech #flipclass


Initially, I wasn’t so sure how this would go – would students know what to talk about, would they take it as seriously as they do sitting in class, would I need to provide strict guidelines for what they should do? The activity is entirely student-led and they are responsible for setting up their own guidelines for what they plan to accomplish during the hangout. I am teaching a purely online section of AP Calculus AB this year.

6 Pillars to Successfully Integrate Technology In Your 1:1 Classroom


This includes providing guidelines for how to advantageously conduct research on the web ; students have to evaluate search results and sort for reliability, validity, and relevance. 1:1 Best Practices 1:1 devices 1:1 schools EdTech Update online student safety

Choice Based Education and Choice Based Credit System in Linways

Linways Technologies

Some time ago, the UGC published guidelines for introducing Choice Based Credit System in higher educational institutions. Edtech Education Higher Education Research & Development academic institution academic management system education management learning theories

Is #EdTech Really A Waste? 8 Lessons for The Uninformed

The Innovative Educator

Read about the social media guidelines created by students and teachers for students and teachers here. Do innovative educators have it all wrong? According to one head of school we do. In a post that is making its rounds in education circles, John Vallance, headmaster of Sydney Grammar School told “ The Australian ” that computers in schools are a “scandalous waste of money.” Vallance is right. Under his tutelage they are.