How edtech boosts parent engagement in schools


To answer this question, schools need to take into account the various challenges that parents face, including busy schedules, struggles to keep up with new technology, or even speaking a different language than the main language of instruction. Find edtech that includes parent accounts.

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5 Edtech tools to try out this year


5 Edtech tools to try out this year. When I look to use technology in my classroom, I always start with the purpose behind it. Read more: Can EdTech enable Social Emotional Learning (SEL)? Read more: 7 digital portfolio guidelines for outstanding learning performance.

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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.

What parents should ask teachers about technology

Ask a Tech Teacher

Technology in education’ has become the buzz phrase for cutting edge classes that are plugged into the latest education trends. How knowledgeable are teachers about technology? If my student struggles with a technology skill, where can s/he go for help?

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.

The Best Edtech for Students Is Backed by Research. Here’s What to Look For.


As researchers focusing on education technology, we see this often: interactive whiteboards covered in posters, desktop computers holding up plants, older devices that do not work with a newer assessment system. Then assess whether educational technology can be part of the solution.

How Edtech Developers Design Around ‘Screen Fatigue’


When I think about education technology, images of engaged students in front of computers and tablets come to mind. I imagine wide-eyed kids with big smiles, just like the ones I see on edtech product pages. Not only do I want to know what is—and isn’t—working with my product, I also want to stay up to date on edtech trends overall. The trend I’m hearing about from every corner of edtech today is “screen fatigue.” Here are a few guidelines I’ve come up with.

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


There are at least two truisms when it comes to education technology: 1. That gung-ho initiative is something that Mark Racine, director of technology at Boston Public Schools, applauds. The San Francisco-based company is best known for its rostering technology that provisions user accounts for software, and a single sign-on service that makes it easy for students and teachers to log into and use tools purchased by district officials.

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The Winners and Filmstrips of An (Almost) Decade in Education Technology


This op-ed is part of a series of reflections on the past decade in education technology. I define education technology as any tool that supports learning, digital or not. An abacus is an educational technology, as is the slide rule. The Filmstrips of Edtech Like a filmstrip.

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How Technology Can Improve Physical Safety in Schools

EdTech Magazine

How Technology Can Improve Physical Safety in Schools. They need a web of interconnected technologies that offer digital solutions for an emergency from start to finish. Some of the technologies and strategies highlighted include: • A public address system.

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


The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) conducted a study on the correlation between test performance and technology usage in the classroom. Ask questions that assess how a leader integrates and dictates technology into his/her projects and to those he/she leads.

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


One of his latest investments is his first foray in education technology, PenPal Schools. The Securities and Exchange Commission finalized guidelines in May 2016. Education Technology Financing Investors

ISTE 2019: Technology Directors Benefit from Ed Tech Coaching Programs

EdTech Magazine

ISTE 2019: Technology Directors Benefit from Ed Tech Coaching Programs. Leading digital transformation in K–12 can be a cumbersome task, especially for technology directors who are commonly short-staffed and overworked. . They are becoming our models for technology integration.

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

The Education Technology Industry Network (ETIN) and Empirical Education Inc. have recently released the Guidelines for Conducting and Reporting EdTech Impact Research in U.S. In “ Measuring Edtech Impact in the ESSA Era ,” experts delved into the details of the guidelines.

The Do's and Don'ts of Project-Based Learning Technology Integration

EdTech Magazine

The Do's and Don'ts of Project-Based Learning Technology Integration. And that’s because what they’re doing and learning is more like the outside world that they’re going to enter — whether it’s college or career — and how they’ll interact within it, whether it’s problem-solving through collaboration and critical thinking or creating things or having opportunities to learn new technology skills.”. Personalized learning and classroom technology go hand-in-hand.

How to measure edtech impact in the ESSA era

eSchool News

The Education Technology Industry Network (ETIN) and Empirical Education Inc. recently released the Guidelines for Conducting and Reporting EdTech Impact research in U.S. In “ Measuring Edtech Impact in the ESSA Era ,” experts delved into the details of the guidelines.

Inside Our MIND Podcast: A New Paradigm for EdTech Evaluation

MIND Research Institute

With each episode of Inside Our MIND, we'll be taking a look at issues and challenges facing education that we are working to address through research, technology and strategic initiatives. In our inaugural episode, host Brian LeTendre sits down with MIND's Chief Data Science Officer Andrew Coulson to talk about edtech evaluation. Ed Tech Industry Network: Guidelines for Conducting and Reporting EdTech Impact Research in U.S.

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. Here’s what caught my eye this past week – news, tools, and reports about education, public policy, technology, and innovation – including a little bit about why. A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 30 Edition). 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

And yet…here I am again… Long sigh… One of my fellow techs of color, Shana White , shared the link to the Georgia Educational Technology Conference list of keynote and featured speakers. Welcome to the world of being black in edtech!

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


I got the chance to meet Evan Sosnik and Deena Minwalla from Co.Lab “an accelerator that works with startups leveraging the power of digital games to build transformative educational technologies for PK-12 students and teachers.” Tweet.

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


Leith, a member of the steering committee at Parents Across America Puget Sound, was one of three speakers on Saturday talking about challenges ahead for the gig economy, technology and student health at the Network for Public Education’s (NPE) national conference in Oakland. But rather than focusing on the gig economy of tomorrow, her research focuses on technology being used today in early learning spaces. Education Technology Events Community

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

eSchool News

Kids are already immersed in the world of technology, but it’s important to incorporate STEM principles into the classroom to arm students with the skills they need to succeed in the job landscape of the future.

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?”

Staying Educationally Relevant in Instructional Technology

Tech Helpful

Five years ago ISTE posted Technology Coach standards on their website with the following description " Technology coaches help bridge the gap from where we are to where we need to be. It has always been my goal for technology integration to look seamless in a classroom.

Teachers' Essential Guide to Teaching with Technology

Graphite Blog

When and how much should students be using technology in class? How can I make sure I am protecting student privacy when using technology? Which policies and procedures will help me get the most out of teaching with technology? How can digital citizenship lessons help me get the most out of teaching with technology? How can I use technology to support learning outside of school? When and how much should students be using technology in class?

3 Innovative Solutions to Combat #EdTech Issues #CDEtop30

The Innovative Educator

Problem - Lack of Tech Expertise & Funding for Learning Opportunities Solution : Developing and leveraging partnerships to build expertise across the district in using cutting-edge technology. So I reached out to leaders at the technology resources most commonly used in schools.

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


Technology has been a key component in the planting, fertilization, growth and eventually, the blossoming of new statewide initiatives including distance education and new professional learning opportunities for educators that have benefitted students in a variety of ways. I argue that rural states are where edtech companies, investors, and media outlets should be looking to to see truly innovative implementation of technology.

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. Short-Term Subscriptions Can Keep Technology Applications Current Some schools and districts purchase multi-year software application licenses even when products are not keeping pace with technology and should be dropped until they do.

Building a PBL Environment


Technology That Supports the Environment of PBL . Technology is only one way of granting freedom to students in their learning while still offering them support while still keeping aware of their successes and challenges. by Shawn McCusker.

Digital Learning Theories and Frameworks For Future Ready Classrooms

Teacher Reboot Camp

Technology impacts every aspect of our students’ lives and will continue to play an important role in their lives. Teachers who integrate technology effectively help their students realize the potential we have to transform the world with our use of technology.