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Helping Students Find Passion and Purpose: Barbara Bray

The CoolCatTeacher

Barbara Bray talks about personalizing learning in the classroom. She teaches us strategies and helps us think about how to make our classrooms better. Note: There were so many great quotes in this show, I’ve made some graphics for you to share.

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Personalized Learning, Teachers Unleashed, and a Learning Analytics Partnership: The Story of Fresno Unified

Edsurge

How does a fifth grader feel getting ready to do a live edtech demo at their local school board meeting? At last February’s Board meeting, 10-year old Ryan inspired the adults in the room to see how tech can be leveraged for learning in a whole new light. Ryan had this chance to shine because of Fresno’s Personalized Learning Initiative (PLI), which has been fostering student voice, choice and collaboration over the last two years.

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.

Driving Change to Personalized Learning? Here’s How Three Leaders Have Done It

Edsurge

Moving towards personalized learning can be fraught with tension. How do you set a vision? How can you get district and state level systems to work together to get a full picture of what is happening? Ahead of our 2018 EdSurge Fusion conference in October, we sat down with three attendees to discuss the secret sauce of what is working in their communities. Creating teacher buy-in for personalized learning Change management can be a lonely process.

The Makings (and Misgivings) of a Statewide Effort to Personalize Learning in Massachusetts

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Public and private sectors both shape how students are prepared for future jobs and career opportunities. In Massachusetts, an emerging partnership between private funders and the state department of education aims to help teachers across the Commonwealth learn, share and spread best practices when it comes to leveraging new instructional models and technologies. You can personalize learning just fine without technology. Personal Concerns.

3 tips for connecting students to internet resources during summer

eSchool News

Access to online resources including digital content, interactive education apps and websites, videos, experts and peers is no longer a “nice to have” but rather a necessity. She holds firm to the belief that student access to technology is the great equalizer.

How a Local Tech Meetup Turned My Classroom Into a Startup

Edsurge

I sat next to my husband as he worked with a team of strangers to design and build a website connecting local veterans with community services. I watched people collaborate to fix bugs and find solutions. As I sat at the meetup, I found myself asking: How can I prepare a generation of students for these in-demand skills if I have limited experience with them myself? I analyzed user experience interviews to set priorities for the site.

Why we love our PD tools

eSchool News

Ask most teachers what they think of their district’s professional development (PD) and you’ll most likely get a grimace or an outright groan. But PD tools don’t have to be unproductive. Northwood Elementary School, Napa, Calif.

Math Teachers Need Better Professional Development. Here’s a Personalized Approach.

Edsurge

Louis, I wore many hats—arguably too many for any one person. One of the most difficult challenges I faced was supporting our 400 K-8 math teachers with substantive professional learning. Just as teachers struggle to find time and resources that support differentiation and personalization for every student in math class, administrators nationwide struggle to differentiate for these students’ teachers with relevant, timely professional learning.

The Scarlet Rating: How One ‘Improvement Required’ School Seeks a Turnaround

Edsurge

Brook Avenue Elementary School in Waco, Texas has been in the papers before, but not for shiny new laptops or flexible classrooms. However, school leaders Sarah Pedrotti and Jessica Torres are on a mission to flip the failure narrative and rebrand their school by motivating their teachers through personalized professional development. Kindergarteners in Mrs. Shuler's classroom learning how to implement their learning stations!

Qualities of Effective Educator Professional Development

User Generated Education

Most administrators and teachers believe in the importance and value of professional development. Sadly, though, too many teachers believe that those mandatory, one-size-fits-all professional development sessions offered by their schools are a waste of time and money.

How K–12 Schools Should Define and Act on Digital Learning

EdTech Magazine

How K–12 Schools Should Define and Act on Digital Learning. To be honest, I hate the term blended learning. Let me explain why: In today’s world of education, blended learning gets thrown around for any type of new education involving technology. .

Improving Social-Emotional and Reading Skills

edWeb.net

As the importance and benefits of social-emotional learning (SEL) have become more widely recognized, many teachers have struggled to combine this type of learning with their required curriculum. At Achieve3000®, we believe literacy is the key to unlocking student success.

Authentic Assessments to Support Teaching and Learning

edWeb.net

We, as edtech leaders and classroom teachers, must explore pathways where assessments support teaching and learning in the 21st century. Only 47% of secondary students surveyed reported being engaged, enthusiastic and committed to their learning.

Teamwork Makes the Dream Work—Building a Successful Blended Learning Program

Edsurge

Three years ago, with the help of the education agency the Grant Wood Area Education Agency (GWAEA), Iowa rolled out its initiative to implement blended learning as a model for the state. Prompted by district administrators’ desire to find ways to build student agency, engage student passion and personalize learning, we hoped blended learning would shake up the status quo and spark large scale change.

5 Reasons Teachers Using Tech are Super Heroes with Kecia Ray

The CoolCatTeacher

If you don’t “get” why technology is important, or know people who don’t, take a listen to understand and learn about transformative practices that work in education. They’re doing awesome things to drive inquiry based learning. So how hard is it?

Data-driven learning, not instruction, is the future of education

edWeb.net

Data-driven instruction may be the popular catchphrase in education, but in a recent edWebinar, the speakers advocated for data-driven learning. The student, they said, should be at the center of all educational efforts, especially when the goal is to improve outcomes.

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Preparing Students for Online Assessments with Digital Literacy Skills

edWeb.net

Students who lack these skills may not be able to effectively demonstrate mastery of key concepts in math, reading or writing on online assessments. Still, the application of the skills to demonstrate knowledge was a clear need with the use of online assessments.

Easy Intervention Strategies for Struggling Readers

edWeb.net

Personalized learning for struggling readers can be timesaving and easy to execute. Finding patterns and honing in on students’ reading skill deficits will quickly point educators to the appropriate intervention.

Why Don’t Schools Focus on Literacy?

Reading By Example

Our top hiring criteria — in addition to having the skills to do the job — is, are you a great writer? As an elementary principal the last seven years, the schools I have had the honor to lead have hosted site visits. To my knowledge: zero.

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Take the Risk, Take the Extra Step: Advice for School Leaders

edWeb.net

South Park Elementary, Pennsylvania. Dr. Robert Furman, Principal of South Park Elementary, was interviewed by edWeb to gain an administrator’s perspective on providing quality professional development for teachers and the social aspect of learning. Robert first discovered edWeb at a conference when our team asked him to present a webinar. edWebinars provide a flexible solution to the time-crunch all educators experience. Robert Furman.

Empowering Superintendents to Connect Technology and Learning

edWeb.net

“If it’s edtech, it must be good,” used to be the mantra in schools. In fact, many school technology plans fluctuated depending upon the latest fads and what someone learned at a conference and had little connection to curriculum or learning goals.

Can Micro-credentials Create More Meaningful Professional Development For Teachers?

MindShift

Learning science says people learn best when they apply new information to their own contexts. But these elements are rarely applied to professional development. They also have to reflect on what they learned through those experiences.

Change Agents: Tech & Learning’s Most Influential People in EdTech In 2018

techlearning

Each of these leaders is working in thoughtful and creative ways on the frontlines of some of today’s most pressing issues—from the way we think about learning, AI, and innovation to gun control, refugees, and student privacy. Change has to be made now.”

WHAT’S NEW: NEW TOOLS FOR SCHOOLS

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www.getalma.com ) Alma Technologies has announced it is allowing any SQL-based business intelligence tool, such as Tableau and Jaspersoft, to access data from its modern, student information system and learning management system. All audience members need to do is talk into the box.

How Achievement First is Creating an Interoperable Ecosystem

Edsurge

Its rigorous standards, high-quality curriculum and ongoing professional development for teachers serve to support this goal. Teachers regularly analyze student data to drive daily instruction and long-term planning, and an emphasis is placed on building strong relationships with students, parents and guardians. The network also piloted and uses Cortex, a next-generation learning platform developed by InnovateEDU.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

If you’re going to decry “ fake news ,” then you best not be sharing it. If you’re going to talk about the importance of digital literacy or information literacy or media literacy or what have you, then you best practice it. Or did you just want a story to confirm your gut feelings that she should hit the road? Anyway, as Matt Barnum writes , “ No, there’s no reason to think DeVos is planning to resign, contrary to viral news stories.”