Digital Equity: How to Understand The Problems Facing #Edtech

The CoolCatTeacher

How can we help? Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher Stream by clicking here. EdTech Leaders’ Beliefs: How are K-5 teachers supported with the integration of computer science in K-5 classrooms? This means that if you choose to buy I will be paid a commission on the affiliate program. However, this is at no additional cost to you. Nicol Howard on episode 482 Dr. Nicol R. Howard champions digital equity issues for children. What are those issues?

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16 Free Resources for Schools Who are Closing Due to Coronavirus

The CoolCatTeacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter As we struggle with the coronavirus COVID-19 health crisis, many of us educators are figuring out how to prepare to teach online. Blended learning (having a face to face and an online classroom) is best. We have one more reason– when you already have an online space for your classroom, it is a smaller step to teaching totally online when necessary.

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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). In “ Measuring Edtech Impact in the ESSA Era ,” experts delved into the details of the guidelines. The first step is to use a logic model.

How to craft useful, student-centered social media policies

eSchool News

Whether your school or district has officially adopted social media or not, conversations are happening in and around your school on everything from Facebook to Snapchat. Schools must reckon with this reality and commit to supporting thoughtful and critical social media use among students, teachers, and administrators. If not, schools and classrooms risk everything from digital distraction to privacy violations. Next page: What to include in a social media policy.

The right policies for virtual schools

The Christensen Institute

All too often, debates about virtual schools tend to extremes. Critics point to low achievement scores and high turnover rates, decry the prevalence of for-profit operators, attack the online instructional model, and then call for virtual schools to be wiped from the public education system. It is refreshing to see a perspective that neither glorifies nor condemns virtual schools, but instead looks objectively on what’s working, what’s not working, and what needs to improve.

Guest Post: How to provide a successful remote learning experience during school closures

EdTech4Beginners

How can educational technology help bridge the gap between all of these concerns? Is it possible to create a distraction-free “learning zone”, and find a balance between play, rest, and work each day? Newly online teachers should aim to keep their teaching environment as structured and disciplined as possible, while allowing for flexibility. How do you set up a remote classroom ? You can even allow them to create “online graphics” as well.

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How to Build a Better, More Equitable Job Hunting Platform

Edsurge

It was important to me that we create a safe environment where everyone’s voice could be heard—that we inspire a culture of diverse thought and creativity that expands our individual understanding of the world. And that’s basically the question that our technology is designed to answer.

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Guest Post: Raising Expectations and Addressing Inequities in Edtech

Digital Promise

Following nationwide protests over the death of George Floyd and others at the hands of police, I have received a slew of emails from edtech companies containing statements of solidarity and inclusion, explaining that the company supports diversity and does not tolerate racism. Sadly, many of these emails feel not unlike the emails sent at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic that attempted to sell me their product to improve my remote teaching experience.

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How to Craft Useful, Student-Centered Social Media Policies

Graphite Blog

Whether your school or district has officially adopted social media or not, conversations are happening in and around your school on everything from Facebook to Snapchat. Schools must reckon with this reality and commit to supporting thoughtful and critical social media use among students, teachers, and administrators. If not, schools and classrooms risk everything from digital distraction to privacy violations. Describe what platforms are being used, where, when, and how.

How to Integrate Google Classroom with Google Meet

Shake Up Learning

prepare for online and blended learning, more and more schools are relying on Google Classroom and Google Meet to deliver online lessons and assignments. In this post, I will share how to integrate Google Classroom with Google Meet. Click To Tweet. See: Copyright Policy.

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. Go to www.coolcatteacher.com/bloomz to find out why Bloomz is the best parent-teacher communication system out there. I’ve included a comparison matrix with features to help you figure out what system is best for you. Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher. What Actually Works in Edtech? VICKI: Today, we’re talking to Thomas C.

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Parent Questions About Edtech

Ask a Tech Teacher

I love hearing a parent’s perspective on technology in their classrooms so I reached out to efriend, Joe Peters for his thoughts. Joe’s not only a parent, but a freelance journalist and tech enthusiast, so he knew exactly how to get his ideas across on the printed page. You won’t want to miss this article: Parents are aware that classrooms nowadays are much different than when they went to school a generation ago.

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The Key to A Successful Online Safety Policy

Securly

ALL of the students we interviewed were unaware as to what sites were prohibited on their school’s network. Teachers themselves are often surprised and irritated by blocks to YouTube clips planned for class lecture. Both teachers and students feel that they waste time trying to navigate their school’s web filter. Transparency may seem counterintuitive; isn’t the whole point of web filtering to screen content? 70.3%

How to Build a High-Functioning Remote Team for Your Edtech Company

Edsurge

It’s no secret that remote work is growing rapidly, thanks to advancements in communication and productivity tools. Here’s how we did it. Key to assembling a high-functioning distributed team is hiring the right people and equipping them with the right tools and processes to succeed. Hiring At Big Universe, we tried to limit our hires to the U.S. Hiring outside and field sales reps is another geographic consideration when selling to specific states.

The Post-Pandemic Outlook for Edtech

Edsurge

The pandemic came early to Seattle. By mid-March, schools closed, sending students home to figure out how to keep learning from their kitchen tables. The sudden shift gave leaders at DreamBox Learning, a math education company headquartered nearby, an early glimpse at the upheaval to come and an inkling that digital teaching tools would soon be in high demand around the country. But how to make the most of the moment?

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Your Essential Back to School EdTech Checklist

Fractus Learning

For that matter, if you’re also the designated ed tech “go-to person,” there are a LOT of tasks for you (and the IT team) to consider. It’s hard to envision all the aspects of tech that you might need to worry about, and if you or the team miss something, it only creates more heartburn and wasted time later. To help your student-centered tech program get off to a fulfilling start, we have put together this checklist. Update your Acceptable Use Policy.

How to Craft Useful, Student-Centered Social Media Policies

Graphite Blog

Whether your school or district has officially adopted social media or not, conversations are happening in and around your school on everything from Facebook to Snapchat. Schools must reckon with this reality and commit to supporting thoughtful and critical social media use among students, teachers, and administrators. If not, schools and classrooms risk everything from digital distraction to privacy violations. Describe what platforms are being used, where, when, and how.

How to Craft Useful, Student-Centered Social Media Policies

Graphite Blog

Whether your school or district has officially adopted social media or not, conversations are happening in and around your school on everything from Facebook to Snapchat. Schools must reckon with this reality and commit to supporting thoughtful and critical social media use among students, teachers, and administrators. If not, schools and classrooms risk everything from digital distraction to privacy violations. Describe what platforms are being used, where, when, and how.

How to Help Kids in Poverty Succeed in Life and Learning

The CoolCatTeacher

Click here to download the transcript or scroll down to read it on this page. Click the button for iTunes or Stitcher to subscribe to this show. In today’s show, Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach discusses helping kids in poverty succeed and: How we start helping kids in poverty. Subtle bias of educators and how to address it. Want to hear another episode on helping kids in poverty? How can we be the end yet?

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How to Create Google Classroom Blended Learning Lessons (Part 3)

Shake Up Learning

The post How to Create Google Classroom Blended Learning Lessons (Part 3) appeared first on Shake Up Learning. Lessons for blended learning have to be different than in-person activities translated to a digital space. This is part 3 in our 3-part Back-to-School Series.

Why this IT function is a K-12 edtech savior

eSchool News

K-12 IT teams have many challenges unique to their environments, including typically locally-funded public schools, and very rarely do IT budgets increase. Despite this, changes in educational approaches, and also the demands of parents and tech-savvy students, mean that schools are hard-pressed to adopt cutting-edge new technologies. The increase in device purchasing and implementation is so schools can achieve an ideal 1-to-1 student-to-computer ratio.

How to Use Google Templates and Assign in Google Classroom

Shake Up Learning

The post How to Use Google Templates and Assign in Google Classroom appeared first on Shake Up Learning. When you find a free or paid template that is in Google Docs, Google Slides, Google Sheets, or Google Drawings, do you know how to save that to your Google Drive and assign it in Google Classroom? This video will show you how to use Google templates and assign in Google Classroom. How to Use Google Templates and Assign in #GoogleClassroom.

How to Edit Microsoft Office Files in Google Drive

Shake Up Learning

The post How to Edit Microsoft Office Files in Google Drive appeared first on Shake Up Learning. In this post, I will show you how to edit Microsoft Office files in Google Drive! If you are using Google Drive to store your files, you may find yourself with some Microsoft files that you would like to edit without having to download and open in their native applications. My eyes usually roll when I see a giant.pptx file attached to an email.).

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. As school leaders work to implement digital learning practices, they must commit to navigating roadblocks, problem solving, and planning for sustainable, systemic transformation. Commit to Ensuring Equity in Access and Opportunity.

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The Evolution of the New York City Edtech Scene, Empowering Parents and Tax Policy

Edsurge

This year, Americans seem to be watching government processes closer than they have in the past. Every week, some policy maker, some legislative vote or confirmation hearing is trending on Twitter and Facebook. But Jeanne Allen, founder of the Center for Education Reform has been closely monitoring and evaluating education policy for over 30 years. And she offered a sneak peek at what she's expecting from New York City's big edtech conference this year.

Free edtech won’t lead to lasting change in schools—but here’s what could

The Christensen Institute

A lifetime ago in March, it made perfect sense for edtech companies to make their products free. Schools were thrust into an emergency where their typical instruction was rendered impossible, so companies made it easier for them to grasp new resources in the void. Click To Tweet.

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How to Access Files Offline in Google Drive

Shake Up Learning

The post How to Access Files Offline in Google Drive appeared first on Shake Up Learning. Sometimes we need to work on our Google Drive files when we don’t have an Internet connection. So I’m going to show you how to access files in Google Drive using the Google Docs offline extension. How to Use #GoogleDrive Offline. Click To Tweet. How to Access Files Offline in Google Drive. Next to the file, tap More .

How to Work From Home and Get Things Done! – SULS059

Shake Up Learning

The post How to Work From Home and Get Things Done! Working and teaching from home is a whole new ballgame, but it is possible to do it productively. I’m sharing my best tips to help you work from home and get things done at the same time–everything from planning the night before to journaling and giving yourself grace. . But working from home does give you more flexibility to organize your day in a way that works for you in the home environment.

How to Podcast with Your Students – SULS014

Shake Up Learning

The post How to Podcast with Your Students – SULS014 appeared first on Shake Up Learning. In this post and podcast episode, you will learn How to Podcast with Your Students, what tools to use, and how easy it is to get started! We used the platform for students to share and reflect on writing, improve writing and oral reading skills, and to have some fun. You just have to hit RECORD! Click To Tweet. Click To Tweet.

How to Create a Dynamic Reading Experience

Shake Up Learning

The post How to Create a Dynamic Reading Experience appeared first on Shake Up Learning. How to Create a Dynamic Reading Experience with Read&Write for Google Chr ome ! In this post, we will look at How to Create a Dynamic Reading Experience that goes BEYOND what was previously possible. Think beyond using digital tools to complete only traditional assignments such as papers and reports, or simply reading a digital version of an article.

How to Insert Audio in Google Slides (Step-by-Step)

Shake Up Learning

The post How to Insert Audio in Google Slides (Step-by-Step) appeared first on Shake Up Learning. We can now insert audio in Google Slides–this can be voice, music, narration, sound effects, any type of audio you have access to or want to create. For many years, teachers have been asking me how to add audio–usually narration or background music–to Google Slides. How to Insert Audio in Google Slides! Click To Tweet.

The New Research Competition That Could Spark an Edtech Revolution

Edsurge

Another school year has kicked off, and school officials will spend more than $13 billion on technology solutions that claim to work but often fail to generate the desired outcome. That’s because education research has historically paid little attention to the sort of implementation variables (such as teacher buy-in, planning time, data interoperability and school culture) that can affect outcomes in the classroom. Consider how education research typically works.

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Q&A: Leila Nuland on How to Build Equitable Computer Science Curricula

EdTech Magazine

Q&A: Leila Nuland on How to Build Equitable Computer Science Curricula. An increasing number of K–12 schools are starting to bring computer science modules into their curricula as more research comes out on the importance of computational thinking and computer science skills for the future workforce. . MORE FROM EDTECH: Check out how K–12 schools are incorpoarting computer science into their programs!

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How to Design Google PD That Works!

Shake Up Learning

The post How to Design Google PD That Works! So to help other trainers, I put together a framework for Google PD that I hope others will benefit from. Feel free to peruse the slides from my presentation , which contains much more than I can cover in one blog post. How to Design Google PD That Works! gsuiteedu #googleedu #edtech #edchat #gttribe Click To Tweet. Listen to their needs. Be open to questions and ideas from participants.

How to Cite Sources in Google Docs

Shake Up Learning

The post How to Cite Sources in Google Docs appeared first on Shake Up Learning. This is just one of those amazing features of Google Docs that you have to see! This may be old news to you, but just in case, I feel that it’s my mission to make sure everyone knows that citations are built-in to Google Docs. You have to try it! When I demo this feature, it never fails to get some jaw drops with some ooooohs and aaaaahs!