Edtech Matchmaking: One Teacher’s Strategies for Choosing Better Technology

Digital Promise

In my nearly 15 years of teaching in Philadelphia, I have seen technology introduced into schools and classrooms in myriad ways. I have spent the last 13 of those years as a technology teacher and coordinator, and an informal technology coach, in three different schools. Now, while computer labs still exist, there are many more opportunities for students to use technology in their own classrooms. Is there a misunderstanding of the purpose of the technology?

There’s a reason why teachers don’t use the software provided by their districts

The Christensen Institute

Earlier this month, education news outlets buzzed with a frustrating, yet unsurprising, headline: Most educational software licenses go unused in K-12 districts. Baker analyzed data from BrightBytes, a K-12 data management company, on students’ technology usage across 48 districts. That data revealed that a median of 70% of districts’ software licenses never get used, and a median of 97.6% They are often open to software as a way to engage those students.

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EdTech Acronyms Explained

EdTech4Beginners

The amount of new acronyms in the educational technology world is staggering… and often overwhelming for educators. BYOT – Bring Your Own Technology. CREATE – Collaboartion, Resources, Educate, Apps, Technology, Enriching. ICT – Information Communications Technology.

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6 Super Science Edtech Ideas: Using Technology to Level Up Science Classrooms

The CoolCatTeacher

Leah LaCrosse shares six edtech ideas science teachers can start using today to improve learning and excite students about science. 6 Super Science Edtech Ideas. Leah, today, we’re going to talk about how to use technology to make science more exciting and more effective.

The Human EdTech for Diversity

EdNews Daily

Technology dominates the education landscape discussion. To teach when surrounded by technological innovation, it is more necessary than ever to understand what life is doing in order to enhance it to survive among machines and even compete with machines. By LeiLani Cauthen.

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Your Educational Digital DNA - Get Ready for EdTech Innovation

ViewSonic Education

Quick Take: Getting an accurate view of where your school is in terms of readiness for EdTech innovation is important. Understanding your school’s Digital DNA will help you identify the technology you need today and for tomorrow. Is your school ready for the EdTech revolution?

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How Can We Make Edtech More Effective? Focused Content

Digital Promise

As cofounder of Teachley , a small company developing research-based math software for K-6, this question demonstrates a problematic market preference for products that “ cover ” a lot of content, but do not support deeper thinking. The problem with broad coverage in edtech.

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A Beginner’s Guide to #EdTech Open Source Software

Fractus Learning

Did you ever explore a learning possibility only to realize that the software to make it happen costs a lot of money? Do you want to explore 3-D animation but don’t want to spend a lot of money on software you might not ultimately use? You might want to explore Open Source software!

The way people think about edtech misses the mark

The Christensen Institute

Does adaptive learning software improve test scores? Questions like these are regulars in debates about edtech. But whether you’re an edtech advocate or a critic, if you’re asking questions like these, you’re missing the mark. Adaptive learning software.

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Edtech News, Tips, and Resources from #ISTE19

Teacher Reboot Camp

Education Technology News, Tools, & Updates. The ISTE Conference is famous for featuring so many incredible education technology tools, devices, apps and startups. This year’s conference was filled with so many exciting announcements by technology companies.

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The 3 things edtech can’t do illustrate why teachers matter now more than ever

The Christensen Institute

We’re swimming in a world of technologies that have huge implications for the future of schooling. To illustrate this point, consider these three things educational technology can’t do. Technology can’t … provide higher-order feedback. Technology can’t … get to know a student.

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Can EdTech enable Social Emotional Learning (SEL)?

Neo LMS

Can EdTech enable Social Emotional Learning (SEL)? In this context it may be hard to imagine that EdTech can add to or even improve SEL teaching — as it seems to be a wholly “human-human” interaction. Technology has also assisted to teach students on the autism spectrum.

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Flipsnack: A fun way to make interactive online magazines #edtech

The CoolCatTeacher

Flipsnack: A fun way to make interactive online magazines #edtech. Vicki: Happy EdTech Tool Tuesday. Along the bottom, it has all your pages and it looks like another other kind of presentation type software you have used.

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Seeking Integrity in EdTech Research – Again

ProfHacker

Part technologist, part artist, part manager, part synthesizer she is passionate about the use of technology in higher education and the many differing facets of how technology impacts society and culture. This post was co-authored with Autumm Caines (primary author).

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5 Ways EdTech Helps Students with Special Needs in the Classroom

ViewSonic Education

EdTech helps make a massive difference in their success. EdTech and the Challenges of Special Needs Learning. Referred to as assistive technology (AT), these devices are often decidedly low tech. Increasingly, edtech means technology that finds its way into the classroom.

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Impero Software partners with Illinois Learning Technology Purchase Program to Provide Schools with Student Safety and MDM Software

techlearning

The software provides real-time monitoring of student devices and keyword detection to help schools and districts identify potentially harmful or inappropriate content and activity. Founded in 2002, Impero software is now accessed by over 1.5 Austin, TX, Sept.

Good news stories about EdTech from across the globe

Neo LMS

As the year draws to a close I thought we could take a look at how EdTech has transformed schools, students and education this year – in countries across the world. Dotlearn’s technology reduces file sizes to the point where they require only 1/100th of the bandwidth.

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Hoping to Spur 'Learning Engineering,' Carnegie Mellon Will Open-Source Its Digital-Learning Software

Edsurge

In an unusual move intended to shake up how college teaching is done around the world, Carnegie Mellon University today announced that it will give away dozens of the digital-learning software tools it has built over more than a decade—and make their underlying code available for anyone to see and modify. Officials estimate that developing the software has cost more than $100 million in foundation grants and university dollars.

Top Edtech Classroom Tools

edWeb.net

At Common Sense Education, the edtech reviewers have seen it all. And to help teachers navigate the plethora of materials for the digital classroom, Tanner Higgin, Director of Education Editorial Strategy at Common Sense Education, presented “ 50 Top Edtech Tools for the Classroom.”

Digital Transformation in the Education Sector - A Guide to Education Technology

ViewSonic Education

Can you think of an aspect of life that has not yet been influenced by modern technology? In that regard, from interactive whiteboards to front-facing projectors, the digital transformation in the education sector has yielded its own technological industry - EdTech.

The Four P's—The Future of Edtech

LearnBop

We're happy to share this post by Julie Davis, Technology Coordinator at Chatanooga Christian School (CCS). Current technology trends allow for real-time data, ease of assessment, and the ability to let a student move at their own pace. The future of edtech will be algorithm driven.

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Organizing the Edtech Toolbox

edWeb.net

Teachers have many edtech resources in their toolbox now. During the edWebinar, “ Transform Learning: Track Results for Chromebooks, Google Suite, and Every Application,” presenters Kyle Berger, Chief Technology Officer at Grapevine-Colleyville ISD, TX, and Matthew X.

3 Emerging Technologies That Will Reshape Education in 2019

Wisewire

Education and cutting-edge technologies are core to the many programs at NYC Media Lab , where we lead university-corporate partnerships, communications and events. 5G technology and edge computing will reshape education with lightning speeds.

Company Offers Free Facial Recognition Software to Boost School Security

EdTech Magazine

Company Offers Free Facial Recognition Software to Boost School Security. Facial recognition technology , which would allow schools and law enforcement to quickly identify who is entering their schools and when could give school districts a powerful means to make schools even safer. We are proud to give our leading-edge SAFR for K-12 technology solution to every elementary, middle, and high school in America and Canada.

A new framework to unlock edtech’s potential for teachers

The Christensen Institute

Fortunately, technology can improve these circumstances. When we consider the long march of progress across human history, our common story is interwoven with advances in technology. As illustrated in the diagram below, technology can play a similar role in our education system.

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EdTech definitions every teacher should know: Part 1

Neo LMS

EdTech definitions every teacher should know. So, with apologies to our regular readers, who no doubt have mastered the EdTech shorthand and specific phrases, let’s develop a quick terminology with the help of key and quality online sources.

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How Do You Patent an Edtech Idea, Anyway?

Edsurge

While creators in the edtech space often feel they’ve made something patent-worthy, two problems usually stand in the way. She opened up to EdSurge about the process she went through to give would-be edtech inventors a glimpse into the trials and tribulations involved in getting a patent.

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Engaging Kindergartners with Technology: Augmented Reality, Ipads, QR Codes and More

The CoolCatTeacher

Greg Smedley Warren @kindersmorgie shares his tips and tricks for using technology in kindergarten. Engaging Kindergartners with Technology: Augmented Reality, Ipads, QR Codes and More. Date: Vicki: How can we engage kindergarteners with technology?

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5 Simple Ways to Improve Physical Education w/ #Edtech

The CoolCatTeacher

This conversation is so much fun and will give PE teachers and coaches lots of ideas for using technology to improve sports performance and get fit. I travel the world helping #physed teachers use technology more meaningfully in their classes. So Jarrod, technology in P.E.,

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A Clever Way to Measure How Students Actually Use Edtech (and Whether It Works)

Edsurge

billion on education software each year, according to estimates from the Software and Information Industry Association. Yet it can be tedious to manually keep track of how students interact with different pieces of software—or whether these tools are even being used. For many districts, it takes time and a bit of Excel wizardry to download data from each software provider, then combine and distill the information into a single dashboard. “We

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How educators can make use of edtech into the classroom

Neo LMS

The success of educators nowadays is based on the interrelation between mastering their subject matter, pedagogy and the technology that supports teaching. Teachers need to choose and use the right educational technology — or edtech — to elevate teaching as well.

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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? Who picks the digital apps, software, extensions, and programs used in the classes?

Why new technologies often don’t help students

The Christensen Institute

It’s easy to get caught up in the allure of new technologies. But the truth is, breakthrough innovations rarely come from the technologies themselves. Rather, they come from finding ways to use new technologies to rethink old patterns and processes.

EdTech that connects: Learning relationship management systems

The Christensen Institute

Over the past few years, a new category of EdTech platform has popped up across K–12 and higher education called the learning relationship management system (LRM). As I’ve written about previously, somewhat ironically the EdTech industry is so focused on content delivery and assessment that we rarely see technology tools designed to connect students to peers, mentors, or industry experts.

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Information Sharing at the 2019 Nonprofit Technology Conference

Digital Promise

How ideas from the Nonprofit Technology Conference can positively impact adult learning and workforce development initiatives. Below are a few online tools and software suggestions that can help your organization during this process. Software.