Future-Ready Strategies to Deliver High-Impact Learning Experiences Now


In addition, the skills that students will need for future success have changed. Utilizing an infusion of technology, high-impact classroom furniture, teachers’ creativity, and student and community input, we created classrooms that look, feel, and operate differently than traditional models.

Future Ready Schools® Releases New Blended Learning Guide for Districts


In conjunction with the seventh annual Digital Learning Day , Future Ready Schools (FRS), an initiative of the Alliance for Excellent Education (All4Ed), released a new guide for school districts interested in using “blended learning” to support their approach to instruction.

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Leading Schools of the Future

A Principal's Reflections

Portions of this post are adapted from the Future Ready Schools website with permission. Advances in technology continue to impact society in amazing ways. They thrive in this world and find relevancy and value through a variety of experiences that technology provides.

It’s New Year’s…Yeah, But…


Rather than being frozen, we can become mobilized by the possibilities. Now, we know that technology is not the magic bullet, but it can be a great catalyst for a change. Our students have changed, our world has changed, our future is changed. Happy New Year!!

Amplify: Digital Teaching and Learning in the K–6 Classroom

Tom Murray

schools are buying tremendous amounts of technology, placing these tools in classrooms, and often are left wondering what to do with it. Future Ready Schools ® Invites You to a Participate in a Webinar. Tom Murray , Director of Innovation, Future Ready Schools ® , Alliance for Excellent Education. By leveraging technology, thinking is amplified and the “how” for all learners is diversified. From coast to coast, U.S.

Why Is This In My Room?- Starting the Year With EdTech


Let’s think about a few ways in which we can better prepare ourselves for OWNING these technology tools in our classroom. Have you ever used another teacher’s classroom and were completely thrown off by the technology setup? Mobile Devices. Hey, how’s your year starting?

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A true gift from SHEG: DIY digital literacy assessments and tools for historical thinking


You may remember Stanford History Education Group (SHEG) for its groundbreaking and utterly depressing report, Evaluating Information: The Cornerstone of Online Civic Reasoning.

9 Steps for Choosing a Device

Tom Murray

During this step, school leaders across the district should collaborate to inventory what currently exists, from core curriculum and technology support resources, to types of devices already in place. Districts can often be seen purchasing vast amounts of technology based on little to no research or evidence. As devices are being piloted, the technology team must carefully analyze infrastructure and human capital needs. This post is sponsored by Samsung.

3 things schools must know about the rising “phigital” student

eSchool News

Since education has been focusing more on adapting itself to its students, rather than students learning to adapt to its educators, there’s never been a better time to re-examine strategies ranging from classroom pedagogy to campus-wide technology initiatives.

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Life After 1:1 #Lead3

There is no box

Every student has access to an Internet connected mobile device. If you are at a district that has entered the 21st Century and made the decision to provide technology access to every student, congratulations, you’ve taken you’re first step into a larger world. 1:1 Commentary edtech future readyNow what?

Disruptive technologies in Education industry


Globalization and Technology advances over the last decade have significantly altered the landscape of the education sector. Across the globe, some key disruptive technology trends which are impacting education are: Artificial Intelligence. Assistive Technology.

School district invents custom charging solution for all schools

eSchool News

As Denton Independent School District (ISD) prepares for future ready classrooms with technology and builds new schools, the Texas district is partnering with LocknCharge to create a new mobile device charging cabinet – the Carrier 15 Charging Station™.

Memory Machines: Learning, Knowing, and Technological Change

Hack Education

Let me make sure I’m clear here – I’m interested in the “push,” in the stories we tell about machines more so than the technology underpinning the machines themselves. Take, for example, the founding editor of the technology trade magazine Wired , Kevin Kelly.

Making IT Happen (at ISTE)


This year, awardees included: Helen Crompton, a professor of instructional technology at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Va., who has done research on integrating K-12 curriculum (especially in STEM) with mobile learning. Dallas Dance, former superintendent of the Baltimore County Public Schools (BCPS), for building one of the country’s most technology-embracing and innovative school districts. Education Technology Movers and Shakers Community

Why a 21st Century Teacher Isn’t Just a “Guide on the Side”

EdNews Daily

The great fiction that a teacher today has become a “guide on the side” is now hardwired into nearly every conversation about the future of teaching and learning. Digital Learning Featured professional development Technology SEL technology Thom MarkhamBy Thom Markham.

Magic of the Everyday: Southern CA Educators Share 10 Best Teaching, Technology Practices


Many leaders spoke about the importance of collaborating across districts for a variety of initiatives—from planning a technology implementation to creating buy-in from teachers and providing professional development opportunities. Many districts have signed the Future Ready Pledge , but what comes next? If new technologies or practices can help support a teacher’s goals towards accomplishing their school’s mission, then they wholeheartedly support their efforts.

Teachers Can Transform Education if We Reinvent Professional Learning

EdNews Daily

They have figured out the future. Train teachers for the future, not the past. Accept a disturbing fact: We can’t ‘train’ a future-ready teacher. Featured How Learning Works professional development Technology The Learning Counsel Thom MarkhamBy Thom Markham.

ISTE Launches ISTE U to Help Teachers, Leaders Build Digital Competencies


The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) is beginning enrollment today for ISTE U , an online professional learning hub for teachers and leaders to build critical skills for teaching and learning in a digital world. Taking Mobile Learning to the Next Level. ? Exploring Future Ready Librarianship: Practices for the Emerging Leader, developed in collaboration with Future Ready Librarians™ and with support from Follett. ?

3 Techniques for Promoting Resilience in Adult Digital Literacy

Digital Promise

Blatantly audible complaints by employees (“We have ‘this new system…’”) made it clear staff were neither trained adequately nor on board with the new technology. adults have some type of mobile device. Use Technology Learners Already Know. The Future is Now.

The Power of Place: Exploring the Future of Readiness in a Local Context


and beyond, stakeholders invested in creating positive futures for young people face a critical window of choice. The rise of smart machines is altering the ways that humans can and will engage in the workforce in the future, and our notion of what constitutes a “job” is changing as work becomes more taskified and project-based. These shifts require us to look beyond our current definitions of readiness and redefine what today’s young people will need to thrive in the future.

How Virtual Reality Helps This N.Y. School District Prepare Students for Their Future


In 2014 Jill Gierasch could see the writing on the wall—students from her New York school district were saturated in technology at home, but that wasn’t the case at school. Engagement in technology-free classes was waning and while the deputy superintendent for Plainview-Old Bethpage Central School District (POB) didn’t want students using technology just for the sake of technology—she wanted her schools and students to be future-ready.

ISTE 2016: Educational Equity, Lifelong Learning, and a Simpler Approach to Edtech


At the end of June, eSpark joined the thousands of district and edtech leaders headed to Denver, CO to meet innovative educators and discuss the current state of technology in schools.

Vote for Digital Promise in the 2019 SXSW EDU PanelPicker!

Digital Promise

With that in mind, we invite you to help us tell our stories at SXSW EDU 2019 to spread the word on topics like learner variability, educator micro-credentials, immersive storytelling with 360° technology, maker learning, edtech pilots, data interoperability, and more.

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Planning for the Total Cost of Edtech Initiatives


In the edWebinar, “ Strategic Technology Planning and Investment,” which is part of CoSN’s Empowered Superintendent series for edWeb, three superintendents who’ve been in the trenches for all aspects of district edtech plans discussed effective financial planning for technology.

Buncee is headed to ISTE19!


The Buncee Bus is headed to Philadelphia for the 40th International Society for Technology in Education! Amy Storer and Leticia Citizen- Instructional and Technology Coaches can use Buncee too @ 10:30AM. Shannon McClintock Miller- Share and Tell with Future Ready Librarians @ 1PM .

Schools Need Robust Networks to Support Internet of Things

EdTech Magazine

Recognizing the value of smart and connected classrooms, most school districts are experimenting with the Internet of Things or plan to do so in the near future. While IoT deployments are relatively new to education, industry observers expect the technology to make a big impact thanks to its potential to reduce costs, improve security and boost student engagement. But will current K–12 networks be ready to carry the onslaught of additional traffic?

A Wake Up Call For School Leaders

A Principal's Reflections

Many people in education talk a great game when it comes to the effective use of technology, but the results (lack there of) speak for themselves. If you want students that are real world or future ready, they must be allowed to use the tools that are prevalent now in this world.

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Leading Educators Take the Stage to Ignite Change in Education

Digital Promise

Every speaker who took the stage talked about how students in this country deserve the highest quality education, rich with learning experiences that challenge them and opportunities to develop skills that prepare them for a future we can’t foresee. Representing 73 districts, 33 states, and 3.2

10 ways administrators should be collaborating with their librarians

eSchool News

Whether a principal, superintendent, head of technology, or head of curriculum, there is likely a gem of a resource among your staff who could push your Future Ready agenda forward.

How One District Is Transforming Digital Learning

Leadership Lounge

While pedagogies, learning tools and technology have evolved over the 20 years I’ve worked in the industry and 14 years as a leader in educational technology, the belief in digital equity has remained a constant for me.

Strategies for Closing the Digital Equity Gap


As edtech leaders and stakeholders work to eliminate the homework gap, solutions such as mobile hotspots, low-cost broadband, private LTE networks and even Wifi on buses have the potential to ensure that students have 24/7 access to their education.

Buncee is headed to FETC19


The Buncee Bus is on the way to the 39th Annual Future of Education Technology Conference in Orlando, Florida. Shannon Miller-Name That Future Ready Librarian Wedge-3PM. Mobile MegaShare- Showing What I Know.My Integrating Technology in Early Childhood Classrooms.

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. International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE).

Students discover the power of coding

eSchool News

The District has launched an entire website devoted to the Hour of Code — www.RUSDcodes.com — so that families can participate in activities at home and students can use it as a resource for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) education opportunities throughout the year.

How Much Tech Support Is Enough

There is no box

What straight up device to tech ratios miss are factors such as the distance between schools, number of computer labs per school, number of mobile devices vs. fixed desktops vs. virtual desktops vs. iPads, device age, dispatch or site based support models, tech skill levels and many more. Sharing tech support isn’t realistic in a technology rich environment. It means we can be proactive in making sure teachers and students technology is working.