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It's Elementary When it Comes to #EdTech

A Principal's Reflections

As a practitioner I am always looking to learn how to better assist educators at all grade levels. Our goal is the purposeful integration of technology to support or enhance learning. To accomplish this I had to quickly familiarize myself with some new tools.

Adobe Spark: Easily create and share videos, images, and newsletters

iLearn Technology

Create social graphics that are stunning and easy to share (you know the kind: flyers, memes, posters, ads). The example above took under 2min to create and share! Produce and share impressive videos for storytelling, projects, or to share to social media.

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How to help principals do a better job? Train their bosses

The Hechinger Report

Ron Smith (left), a middle school network superintendent in Oakland, speaks to Jaime Aquino of New Leaders during a “learning walk” at a local middle school. But they didn’t really have the technical language to express it.”. That doesn’t equate to results.

Teaching isn’t Rocket Science – It’s Way More Complex

The CoolCatTeacher

Dr. Doug Green challenges our thinking about school, how we should teach, and the flaws with the testing programs we have in education today. For $295, this all-inclusive event (except for hotel and travel) is an amazing opportunity to learn. Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher.

AI Curriculum Is Coming for K-12 At Last. What Will It Include?

Edsurge

And when Cozmo said her name, “she was so excited she didn’t know what to do with herself.” Even better, it was Ayanna who had programmed Cozmo to say it. It’s one of several initiatives that promise to make AI as common in the classroom as it’s becoming in our lives. elementary and secondary schools teach the subject, maybe because there are so few curricula available for students. But that’s starting to change.

The emerging three-cornered K-12 computing ecosystem

Bryan Alexander

It’s a three-way battle at the moment between Apple, Google, and Microsoft, according to an IDC report, summarized in the New York Times. And Microsoft has a two-pronged strategy, getting both tablets (Surfaces) and laptops into schools.

A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 38 Edition)

Doug Levin

But I did decide to reclaim some 15,000 tweets and 5,000 favorites accumulated over 9 years and take them offline. Maybe you can put the server space to better use? You know how to reach me if you want to talk… Note to self: When deleting tweets in bulk, remember not to delete my keybase proof. A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 38 Edition). So there is no increase in cost to taxpayers.

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Common Core-Based Tests Causing Scramble for Computer Literacy

K-12 Schools - Education News

This spring, elementary and high school students nationwide will be taking Common Core-related tests, which frequently are taken on computers and require accurate and quick typing skills. Now, starting in second grade, students begin to learn how to type.

A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 11 Edition)

Doug Levin

Also, this week, thanks to my invited participation in the National Governors Association regional summit, Meet the Threat: States Confront the Cyber Challenge , I published a new post “ How Should We Address the Cybersecurity Threats Facing K-12 Schools? ” And, I also (unfortunately) needed to update my post on the W-2 phishing scam victimizing school districts across the country. A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 11 Edition).

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Starting PBL: 30 Amazing Resources To Help Plant A New PBL Idea, Part 2

techlearning

I sure hope you enjoyed that last post on ideas to get you started with that PBL unit. If you missed it then be sure to check it out here. Perhaps there is an online competition that you have used or just come across… how can you turn it into a PBL?

15 Common Traits of Successful 1:1 Computing Initiatives

Leadership Lounge

K-12 schools, much has been learned about how to best employ these new tools and resources, with the result that a number of dramatic educational technology successes are transforming the way teachers teach and students learn.

Different Definitions of Personalized Learning Conflict, Cause Confusion

MindShift

One teacher, many students: It’s basically the definition of school as we know it, going back to the earliest days of the Republic. It’s called personalized learning: What if each student had something like a private tutor, and more power over what and how they learned?

Fitbit for education: Turning school into a data-tracking game

The Hechinger Report

Danna Rodriguez somewhat sullenly said she didn’t want to care about Strides, which tracks points students can earn for attendance, grade-point average and engagement with the app itself, among other things. Students see where they fall in relation to their entire school on Strides points.

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Is Estonia the new Finland?

The Hechinger Report

Fifth-graders at Konguta Kool – an elementary school in a small Estonian village – prepare for a math lesson in the computer lab. Those numbers differ markedly from how the United States is performing, which continues to be stuck in the middle of the pack in all three subjects.