How to do online learning well? A California district has some answers.

The Hechinger Report

On a morning this fall at Washington Elementary, a young boy, sitting at a table with five of his peers, held a tablet while he built a digital snowman — a cool proposition given the 85-degree heat just outside his air-conditioned classroom. You can learn anywhere,” León said.

Blending with Playlists

A Principal's Reflections

In an effort to personalize learning more and more educators are turning to blended learning strategies. When it comes to personalized learning , the “personal” should be emphasized. Putting all kids in front of a device and having them engaged in an adaptive learning tool all at the same time is not personalized. In many cases, but not all, technology is a catalyst to facilitate the personalization of the learning environment.

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Building virtual monuments to Black historical figures

The Hechinger Report

Editor’s note: This story led off this week’s Future of Learning newsletter, which is delivered free to subscribers’ inboxes every other Wednesday with trends and top stories about education innovation. He learned about them through an app on his phone.

In the marketplace: Measuring student progress, new digital solutions, personalized learning, and more

eSchool News

Tech-savvy educators know they must stay on top of the myriad changes and trends in education to learn how teaching and learning can best benefit from technology’s near-constant change. Check below for the latest marketplace news to keep you up-to-date on product developments, teaching and learning initiatives, and new trends in education.

Keep calm and carry on: Reasonable approaches to home-based learning

The Christensen Institute

Learning solutions right now will, of course, be less than perfect. Because of the sudden and unexpected shift to online learning that left many schools without a backup plan, expectations of student learning have to change.

Schools are rethinking classroom design to encourage collaboration, creativity

The Hechinger Report

The mobility helps in my debate class where I have about 37 students,” Brown said. “We The academy, known as MAST, is just one example of how schools are experimenting with classroom designs more conducive to the different ways students learn and, increasingly, the different ways teachers want to teach. It’s based on brain research that is still in the early stages but has shown that, when it comes to learning, space matters. Fewer breaks in learning’.

A Tiny Microbe Upends Decades of Learning

The Hechinger Report

Almost no district was truly ready to plunge into remote learning full time and with no end in sight. There is no one-size-fits-all remedy and no must-have suite of digital learning tools. Blaney Elementary School in Elgin, S.C.,

What’s school without grade levels?

The Hechinger Report

In math teacher Danielle Bosse’s classroom, three students take assessments (foreground) while their classmates learn and practice different math skills. But as the movement against seat-time learning grows, more schools nationwide will be grappling with grade levels, deciding whether to keep them or to hack through thickets of political, logistical and cultural barriers to uproot them. There’s so much behind music to learn.”. Sign up for the Future of Learning newsletter.

Why Teachers Turn to Tutoring

Edsurge

Yet, on-demand tutoring marketplaces offer notoriously low wages with capped upward mobility, and big tutoring franchises can require sums in excess of $100,000 up front to start a business with their name on it. in Elementary Education and Special Education, she was a full-time middle school teacher who tutored on the side before deciding to open TREAD Educational Services. Education Technology Personalized Learning Entrepreneurship Student Success

Using creative classroom design to promote instructional innovation

The Hechinger Report

Editor’s note: This story led off this week’s Future of Learning newsletter, which is delivered free to subscribers’ inboxes every Tuesday with trends and top stories about education innovation. She needed a multi-functional classroom and wanted a layout that was completely mobile. Sign up for the Future of Learning newsletter. Future of Learning. Mississippi Learning. It’s about the learning,” Camhi said.

The People and Moments That Define Us

A Principal's Reflections

My father was an elementary principal for 30 years and I always admired how he was able to inspire his staff to focus on student learning. But I learned from a mentor early on that making mistakes is okay; just don''t make the same mistake twice. It was at this point that I began to take more risks to create a better teaching and learning culture at NMHS. Once in the space that social media provided, I began to lurk and learn.

How a Local Tech Meetup Turned My Classroom Into a Startup

Edsurge

And contrary to the traditional progression of learning, one that they could succeed in even without a college degree (many coders are self-taught using sites like Free Code Camp). Busker may not have succeeded as a company, but I took the lessons and skills I learned from the tech scene and applied them to my work as a teacher. I needed to ask students whether or not they enjoyed the learning experience—that’s what Apple would do.

These parents want more virtual learning. New Jersey says they’re on their own

The Hechinger Report

The New Jersey governor’s recent decision that all public schools would return this fall to in-person classes – without a virtual option – sent parent Tatiana Martin scrambling. Martin’s concerns about in-person schooling are three-fold.

A school district is building a DIY broadband network

The Hechinger Report

The floor-to-ceiling glass wall between the high-tech fabrication lab and the hallway at Monticello High School in Albemarle County, Virginia, is meant to showcase the hands-on, self-directed learning done there. “I But Bredder can’t give students the tool he considers most indispensable to 21st-century learning — broadband internet beyond school walls. Sign up for our Blended Learning newsletter. We can extend the learning day.

TEACHER VOICE: Children displaced by Hurricane Harvey get a warm welcome from teachers, students — and a couple of robots in this Texas school library

The Hechinger Report

As the school year starts here at Dr. Pablo Perez Elementary school in McAllen — where I am the school librarian — we are enrolling 40 to 60 newcomers in Harvey’s aftermath. Related: What we can learn from the Katrina children who thrived after disaster. Dot and Dash have transformed our library into a hub of hands-on learning where we’re constantly in motion, working in groups that plot, collaborate, troubleshoot, and celebrate.

BombBomb is hands down the best way to upgrade your email game

iLearn Technology

Each day we were in remote learning, I sent a daily email with a video message for the community, links to all of our teacher’s daily plans, links to tech-support, and a daily check-in survey so parents could share how remote learning was going in their house.

‘They’re so weary’: Louisiana teachers recover from back-to-back hurricanes during the pandemic

The Hechinger Report

When LaGrange opened up for its first day of in-person teaching on October 29 — after a spring of virtual learning due to the pandemic and a delayed fall semester because of the hurricane — a small fraction of its 1,100 students attended. Students faced barriers to virtual learning.

BombBomb is hands down the best way to upgrade your email game

iLearn Technology

Each day we were in remote learning, I sent a daily email with a video message for the community, links to all of our teacher’s daily plans, links to tech-support, and a daily check-in survey so parents could share how remote learning was going in their house.

“What if we started a school?” – Come see us in action!

iLearn Technology

What if we took kids on learning excursions every week? Our goal isn’t to show you all of the latest and greatest apps that you can use in your classroom (although you’ll likely learn about some new ones while your here). Brass tacks: I like minimalism, I dig gadgets and tools that I can keep on my person, and I love going mobile. PBL and Tech: Tools to Support Inquiry Based Learning . Student-Owned Learning Environment (re)Design.

K-12 Dealmaking: Apple Acquires Learnsprout; Pearson, Knewton Turn to Adaptive Math

Marketplace K-12

Recent dealmaking news includes acquisitions by Apple and Excelligence Learning, and partnership between Pearson and Knewton. Excelligence Learning Acquires Really Good Stuff: Brentwood Associates -backed Excelligence Learning Corp. Pearson, Knewton Form Partnership: Pearson and Knewton have teamed up in an effort to “personalize” K–12 math education starting with elementary school students.

The 4 essential elements of any successful one-to-one program

eSchool News

As more and more schools and districts set goals to provide one-to-one access to technology to students to meet teaching and learning goals, district and school leaders are faced with the task of planning and implementing technology resources at levels that they might not have experienced in the past. Another example of engaging our stakeholders emerged when deciding which mobile device model to select for purchase for schools. Mobile device implementation.

Navigating Your Journey to Remote Learning

A Principal's Reflections

Prior to the virus turning into a pandemic, school districts began to prepare, and others are now following suit with ways to provide instruction and learning for who knows how long. However, it is essential to focus on remote versus distance or virtual learning.

Access to equity in education is more critical than ever for the next administration

The Hechinger Report

Historically, education has been the primary vehicle that drives upward mobility. We still have not realized the guarantee to an equal education promised more than 50 years ago by the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. We still have not realized the guarantee to an equal education promised more than 50 years ago by the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. The focus should be on what they are learning and how well they learn it.

#Supermuch teaching in the classroom and online

The CoolCatTeacher

We discuss what going to the next level in the classroom and in online learning means both at the secondary and college level. So, go to advancementcourses.com/coolcat to learn more and use the coupon code COOL20. In early 2012, my district decided to bring a 1:1 mobile device initiative to the middle school students and I was fortunate enough to get a cart of iPads in my classroom. I am passionate about technology and its effects on teaching and learning.

Top School & District Innovator Awardees 2019

EdNews Daily

The Learning Counsel, a leading education research institute and news media hub, announced this year’s National Digital Transition Survey Award winners at its 2019 National Gathering held in Dallas, TX. Most recently they unveiled a new mobile Innovation Lab. About the Learning Counsel.

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STUDENT VOICE: A year later, I’m still learning in my bedroom — and really, really tired of it

The Hechinger Report

If so, you might rightfully assume that all grades across the city are now offering in-person instruction. Based on conversations with friends at other high schools, this was the only “in-person” option many high schools had the ability to offer. What about outdoor learning?

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The Features And Benefits Of The XP-Pen Drawing Tablet In The Classroom

TeachThought - Learn better.

Much of this has to do with fluctuating learning priorities where critical thinking and problem-solving skills for a future-ready, tech-savvy student body are given precedence. The Tools Of Mobile Learning. Ways To Use The XP-Pen For Learning.

OPINION: ‘Programs that give every student a computer instead of time with a teacher are misguided’

The Hechinger Report

In recent years, the state of Rhode Island has engaged in many innovative learning projects. This past semester I had the opportunity to observe two elementary classrooms using technology in new and exciting ways. One was a fifth-grade class at Whelan Elementary School in North Providence, Rhode Island, that had just agreed to begin a commercial personalized learning program. Related: Rhode Island’s lively experiment with blended learning.

The American Rescue Plan: Encouraging Transformation, Impact, and Longevity

edWeb.net

Schools and districts can continue to benefit from the federal government’s stimulus dollars through the American Rescue Plan (ARP) of 2021, the third iteration of the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund (ESSER). Learn more at net-ref.com.

Leading Teaching and Learning in Today’s World

edWeb.net

The 2021 Driving K-12 Innovation report released by CoSN selected the most critical Hurdles (challenges), Accelerators (mega-trends), and Tech Enablers (tools) that school districts are facing with personalized learning, innovation, and digital equity. By Eileen Belastock.

7 Great NonProfits Changing the Face of Professional Learning

Tom Murray

As mentioned in my previous post 16 Great NonProfits Working to Support EdTech in Schools , prior to my role as the Director of Innovation for Future Ready Schools, I spent 14 years in a public school in Pennsylvania as an elementary and middle school teacher, middle school and elementary principal, and district level technology director. All of these organizations are shifting the needle and rocking professional learning nationwide. Organization: Learning Forward.

Leading an Orchestra of Learning

Educator Innovator

At Eastern Heights Elementary School in St. Paul, a vast new space called the Learning Studio is home to personalized learning. On any given day inside the sprawling Learning Studio at Eastern Heights Elementary School in St. A racially and economically diverse school of about 420 students, Eastern Heights Elementary has been emphasizing a teaching method called personalized learning as a way to close the school’s achievement gap.

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Are computer labs a thing of the past? Not so fast.

The Christensen Institute

In our blended learning research at the Christensen Institute, we see schools implement blending learning using technology along a wide spectrum, from a lab of desktops to 1:1 hand-held devices, 3D printers, VR headsets, and more. We also observe that at the end of the day, technology isn’t the most important component of a strong blended-learning program. Last year, the Institute’s BLU team took a deeper look at blended learning beyond the US.

Cybersecurity is Still Paramount for Schools

edWeb.net

Beyond just the ability to pivot and be prepared for any type of learning, the pandemic has brought new concerns with “Zoom bombing” and increased outside access to school networks. However, the bigger liability issue is with teaching and learning. By Stacey Pusey.

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29 K-12 edtech predictions for 2021

eSchool News

Abrupt shifts to virtual and hybrid learning laid bare the vast inequities that exist in the U.S. The move to online learning also made people wonder: Are there practices we can continue when the pandemic abates? This may assist with mitigating learning loss.

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