4 Ways to Discover the Best Edtech

Digital Promise

While we’ve come a long way from the “grasping at straws” syndrome, educators continue to ponder the worth of many educational technology (edtech) products and struggle with the best and most efficient means of choosing these products. Use a search engine dedicated to edtech products.

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The Human EdTech for Diversity

EdNews Daily

EdTech that pretests for Lexile level then offers a range of books and monitors page progress has the ability to pinpoint possibly misunderstood material using such algorithms. Second, social-emotional learning is the single biggest tech trend in software. . By LeiLani Cauthen.

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Edtech and Social Emotional Learning #sel

The CoolCatTeacher

Today Dr. Michelle Zimmerman @mrzphd talks about social emotional learning and education technology. FutureFit aligns social emotional learning and character education with your traditional subjects of math, language arts, sciences and more for grades K-12.

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The EdTech Disconnect

The Christensen Institute

This is the second post in the #WhoYouKnow blog series on the overlap of social capital, EdTech, and innovation. Next time you pick up or read about a new EdTech product, ask yourself a simple question: “Will this product expand or strengthen students’ networks?”

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6 Edtech New Year’s Resolutions

Tom Murray

With the new year now upon us, listed below are six edtech resolutions for 2016. Districts having success in this area are working to empower teachers – giving them a voice and choice; moving from hours-based to outcome-based systems of accountability; and have school leaders that model and are transparent with their own growth. Commit to Leveraging Social Media and Telling Your Great Story! This post is sponsored by Samsung. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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Why Instructional Design Must Focus on Learning Outcomes, Not Learning Activities

Edsurge

However, teachers continue to feel the daunting pressure to compete for their students’ attention amidst the ever-evolving and rapidly-hanging mass media, social media, and entertainment industry, as these elements do a stellar job of keeping students highly engaged outside of the classroom. If we want such activities to produce genuine student growth, instructional design must focus on learning outcomes as opposed to the activity itself.

Make your LMS a social learning platform

Ask a Tech Teacher

Vivek Singh, education professional and contributor to Ask a Tech Teacher, has some interesting ideas on using your native LMS as a social learning platform. Education, thus, has its roots in the earliest social interactions. What makes your LMS a social learning platform?

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A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 14 Edition)

Doug Levin

On twitter, I also ponder the trend of tech-savvy teachers increasingly resembling NASCAR drivers, proudly wearing digital uniforms on social media full of sponsored messages as proof of expertise: Why do some in K-12 define #edtech expertise by # of tech company certifications acquired? NOTE: Next week’s “Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News” will be on vacation. A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 14 Edition).

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A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 36 Edition)

Doug Levin

A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 36 Edition). Wyoming Ends Program Supporting Migrant Students | Wyoming Public Media Statewide Network → Farmworker families often have to move from state to state to find work, and that makes school challenging for their kids. Tagged on: September 7, 2017 When can schools punish students for racist social media posts? EdTech News News news

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A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 36 Edition)

Doug Levin

A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 36 Edition). Wyoming Ends Program Supporting Migrant Students | Wyoming Public Media Statewide Network → Farmworker families often have to move from state to state to find work, and that makes school challenging for their kids. Tagged on: September 7, 2017 When can schools punish students for racist social media posts? EdTech News News news

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We Asked Teachers What They Want From Edtech. Here’s What They Said.

Edsurge

At the end of the day, edtech can feel like one more thing on a teacher’s plate. Edtech initiatives that reduce teachers to the role of facilitator often overlook the important role the teacher plays in activating rich learning experiences for students. Edtech initiatives that reduce teachers to the role of facilitator often overlook the important role the teacher plays in activating rich learning experiences for students.

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Hiring? The Secret to Finding Hidden Edtech Talent

Edsurge

We decided to sit down with the EdSurge Job’s team to talk specifically about how to locate “hidden” edtech talent. Of course, this need not always be a formal process; hosting social events like happy hours is a convenient way to get to know your “extended family” in a low-stakes setting. edtech peers - Friends and acquaintance working in edtech, especially for companies similar to yours, can also be a great resource.

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A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 14 Edition)

Doug Levin

On twitter, I also ponder the trend of tech-savvy teachers increasingly resembling NASCAR drivers, proudly wearing digital uniforms on social media full of sponsored messages as proof of expertise: Why do some in K-12 define #edtech expertise by # of tech company certifications acquired? NOTE: Next week’s “Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News” will be on vacation. A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 14 Edition).

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Beyond Digital Literacy: How EdTech Fosters Children’s Social-Emotional Development

Ask a Tech Teacher

Here’s his article on how edtech fosters a child’s social-emotional development: As technology has become mainstreamed in modern education, learners are able to enjoy many key advantages. Importance of Social-Emotional Development.

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Backchanneling: The Why, How, and What (Best Tool)

A Principal's Reflections

The lesson learned here is never fall in love with a specific tool, but instead, focus on an improved learning experience our outcome that is provided. Whatever tool you decide on keep in mind the improved outcome you are attempting to facilitate with backchanneling.

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Student Voice through Student Podcasting with CUE Members

CUE

Dr. Bryan Sanders and I chatted all night about all things edtech! This reminds me of Sarah Thomas ’ Mantra: “Connect, Impact, and Scale” ( Episode 19 of the TNT Edtech Podcast, which comes out October 30th).

Why Learning and People Should Come First

A Principal's Reflections

The bottom line is that if we don’t get the instructional design right first, then the chances of technology improving learning outcomes is slim to none. In some cases, I will directly train educators on how to use various tools, but learning to use the edtech tools is the easy part.

7 Strategies I Use When Students Make Apps (or Do Any Genius Projects)

The CoolCatTeacher

Now, this was the perfect outcome, but it was a perfect outcome because THEY decided it. Sometimes we’ll have Marketers doing something with social media. They’ll typically create a Twitter, Instagram, social media type platforms to go with it.

6 Examples of classroom tech that improves education

Neo LMS

Fifty-nine percent of students who use social media say they use it to discuss educational subjects with their peers. Schools that use more software related to assessment reported higher student outcomes than those that didn’t.

Teachers Teaching Refugee Children via Skype with Koen Timmers

The CoolCatTeacher

This fun, visual tool lets students explore 150 different science and social studies units for elementary and middle school learners. The students from Egypt, they even came to school during holidays, so we had some pretty amazing outcomes during the project.

12 Rules of effective Instructional Technology Coaching

Neo LMS

Ensure the basics: Develop an entry-level edtech introductory course to ensure a formal and consistent level of technological understanding across the staff complement. Stay up to date: Many of the teachers will expect you to be bang up-to-date with all emerging edtech trends.

Delivering a Better ROI for Students Through Ed Tech

Omega Notes

These digital natives are already navigating Internet resources and social media; ed tech tools can harness the comfort and familiarity of that environment by making interactions with course materials more engaging.

Using the Tools Appropriately: Unpacking ISTE Standard #2

Tech Helpful

As a four year Common Sense Media Digital Citizenship educator I start teaching grade-level appropriate digital citizenship in kindergarten to talk about the importance of wise choices and the impact it can have on you. Common Sense Media also has several unplugged options to choose from.

Using news and entertainment media in the classroom

Neo LMS

Media” is a funny word these days, it refers to both the medium of communication (digital media, print media etc.) as well as the content (news media etc.). Read more: 14 Awesome examples of Critical Thinking EdTech. Comparative media studies.

How be a successful teacher in modern times.

Linways Technologies

When you are planning your syllabus, draw out clear achievable outcomes and share them with your students. Your lesson plan and outcomes should include details like classroom design , mode of instruction, technology used, and how engaged your students would be during teaching it.

3 Ways To Improve Student Success With Strong Course Design

Ask a Tech Teacher

their own social media such as LinkedIn or digital portfolio sites such as GitHub) can make the outcome more tangible and practical as a career boost since now they have something they can easily share/show to future employers.

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Class Tech Tips: 3 Ways Adobe Spark Promotes Creativity in the Classroom

techlearning

Or Spark Page might be the tool they choose to reflect on the outcome of a science experiment. By becoming curators in addition to creators of content, students can strengthen skills that help them evaluate the content they consume on their favorite websites and social media platforms.

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Three Career Paths for Educational Innovators—How to Get There and Where the Jobs Are

Edsurge

Michael also shared his thoughts on developing a professional brand and the importance of his community on social media: Having a professional brand really means that I have ultimately reflected on what I want to do and be as an educator. By gradually expanding services and their professional brand on social media, they eventually grow a business that they run either part or full-time.

Educational Leadership for Social Good

EdTechTeam

I wanted to learn more about Jennifer’s perspective on edtech for social good, and after an introduction from Al, she was kind enough to meet with me via Hangout to share more of her work. You can connect with her directly at JenWilliamsEdu.com and @JenWilliamsEdu on social media.

Tips & Tools to Enhance Collaboration Between Tech & Curriculum

techlearning

We are discovering new ways to marry technology into curriculum, and are finding successful outcomes. Making Global Connections Global connections are key to building empathy and social awareness for students beyond their classroom. edtech curriculum TL Advisor Blog Leadership

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Colonial School District and Frontier Recognized by 2018 Learning Impact Awards

eSpark

Colonial teachers use Frontier to consistently lead strong writing lessons that ask students to research and write about relevant, engaging topics like self-driving cars, climate change, and social media. Learning Impact Outcomes. Supporting students in developing digital media literacy while giving them hands on access to tools like Google Docs and Google Slides, Frontier prepares Colonial students for the 21st century rigors of college and careers. EdTech News

Student Engagement Platform ClearScholar Raises $1.25M in Seed Round

Edsurge

The outcome, ClearScholar, is a mobile app similar to a social media newsfeed where students can customize the campus news they receive, see upcoming events (which they can add to the app’s calendar), and manage class assignments and schedules. Education Technology Financing Edtech BusinessHow do you engage university students, hear their concerns, and give them both the information that they need and want?

12 apps to help students improve their self-control

eSchool News

Building social and emotional learning (SEL) skills such as self-control requires face-to-face interaction, meaningful discussion, and reflection. Edtech is no complete substitute for that, but there are tools that can supplement the development of character in the classroom and at home.

100+ Ways to Use a Chromebook in the Classroom – SULS033

Shake Up Learning

Children can learn reading, language, writing, math, social-emotional development, problem-solving skills, and motor development. Post your answer to your favorite social media platform using the hashtag #ShakeUpLearning, or share it in the Shake Up Learning Community on Facebook !

How Districts Can Unlock Actionable Data

edWeb.net

Along with a 1:1 goal, comes the deluge of edtech tools, software, and applications into classrooms. 60% of teachers say they need better training to integrate edtech tools and identify the ideal targets for the majority of edtech programs they use in the classroom.

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