7 Great NonProfits Changing the Face of Professional Learning

Tom Murray

This is the second post in a short series meant to highlight the great work of many nonprofit organizations that are working diligently to support students’ learning on a daily basis. All of these organizations are shifting the needle and rocking professional learning nationwide. Breakout EDU creates ultra-engaging learning games for people of all ages. This resource is sure to jumpstart your next professional learning or team building activity!

5 Questions To Drive Personal-Professional Learning

The Principal of Change

People need to feel empowered in the process of work and learning. Yet we too often focus on external “motivators” to be the driver for change or even learning. If people don’t understand why we are learning something, it will not stick.

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Five Critical Guidelines for Data Privacy Across School Districts

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Discussing CoSN’s Five Critical Guidelines for Ensuring Data Privacy in Your Use of Technology, the speakers told attendees that when it comes to data privacy, the word “done” isn’t in their vocabulary. Five Critical Guidelines .

8 Things to Look for in Today’s Professional Learning (Part 2)

The Principal of Change

(This is the second of two parts on professional learning. Connected Learning. Rationale: The opportunities for learning in our world today are immense and we need to take advantage of the opportunities that are presented to us. EDCAMP professional learning day.

Putting UDL to Practice for Increased Engagement in a Standards-Based Learning Environment

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

With abundant access to data, schools can personalize learning to help each student demonstrate success in a standards-based. learning environment. Universal Design for Learning is an approach aimed at supporting the diverse needs of ALL learners in a classroom. .

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10 Tips for teachers to make the most of ISTE

Neo LMS

Follow our guidelines to make the most of your ISTE experience! You can take advantage of the various session formats available at ISTE, from classroom-like Listen and Learn sessions to more interactive ones like Participate and Share or even Engage and Connect ones.

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 to measure edtech impact in the ESSA era

eSchool News

recently released the Guidelines for Conducting and Reporting EdTech Impact research in U.S. These guidelines help clarify how research is conducted and how information is presented to users of edtech products based on the changes brought by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).

Conducting Edtech Impact Research in the ESSA Era

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have recently released the Guidelines for Conducting and Reporting EdTech Impact Research in U.S. These guidelines help clarify how research is conducted and how information is presented to users of edtech products based on the changes brought by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).

How to Make an Impact as a Tech Coach

Shake Up Learning

The post How to Make an Impact as a Tech Coach appeared first on Shake Up Learning. Alison Jalufka is a Learning Coach at an elementary school in her Central Texas school district. Are you ready to make an impact as a technology and learning coach? Shake Up Learning 2019.

A perfect pairing: UDL and PLCs

eSchool News

One such framework is Universal Design for Learning (UDL). UDL is a standards-based framework for inclusive education that aims to eliminate barriers to learning and optimize each individual’s opportunity to learn.

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The Professional Development Problem

EdNews Daily

While debate about professional development expands, educator hopes for feeling supported are shrinking. Only 40 percent of teachers’ value PD activities (TNTP) and few teachers (34 percent) think professional development has improved (Gates Foundation).

When Teaching the Holocaust, Heed These Three Recommendations

Edsurge

They seek to ensure that students learn the basic facts of Holocaust history—no small thing, given that a 2018 survey documented that 66% of American millennials cannot explain what Auschwitz was and 41% believe that 2 million Jews or fewer were murdered. Professional Learning.

Support English Learners with Micro-credentials from Digital Promise

Ask a Tech Teacher

It has become increasingly possible to personalize learning–adapt resources and assessments to student skills and needs and differentiate lessons that are pushed out to individual students or small groups ( read: Shifting my Teacher Mindset with Micro-credentials ).

Tools of the Trade

Digital Promise

An innovative organization provides free tools and resources to make learning accessible to all students. Bring universal learning ideas to life in your classroom by creating and sharing your own educational materials. Help your students learn to write a better lab report. Educators can do all of that with a set of free tools created by CAST , a nonprofit research and development company dedicated to breaking down barriers to learning. UDL Guidelines.

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Digital Equity: Urban, Suburban, Rural Districts Weigh In at #TLTechLive Leadership Summit

The Innovative Educator

Technology Integration Across districts, even when there is digital equity, adults often get in the way of student learning because they are not integrating the technology students know and want to use.

How to create a dyslexia-friendly environment in your school

eSchool News

According to the National Assessment of Educational Progress, 80 percent of students with learning disabilities have dyslexia. In order to create a learning environment that feels safe, comfortable and empowering for students, schools need to adhere to basic guiding principles.

Confessions of a Digital Leader: Planning Personalized PD

RafranzDavis.com

As someone who is new to the role of planning an entire school district’s professional development plan, let me first start by saying that this is not as simple of a task as it sounds. The real trick here is to make those guidelines based on empowerment and not compliance.

3 Innovative Solutions to Combat #EdTech Issues #CDEtop30

The Innovative Educator

Problem - Lack of Tech Expertise & Funding for Learning Opportunities Solution : Developing and leveraging partnerships to build expertise across the district in using cutting-edge technology. Innovative educators are no longer alone but rather a part of a learning community of thousands.

3 Questions to Promote Innovative Leadership in Education

The Principal of Change

If you want to see different practices, create the experience within professional learning opportunities and leadership practices. As an administrator, there were things I knew that I had to do to fall within specific guidelines based on government standards or superintendent direction.

The 3 Hottest Posts Innovative Educators Are Reading

The Innovative Educator

The post shares solutions to three problems: Educator isolation, lack of funding for professional learning, and the need for student and teacher friendly guidelines for using technology. Rounding out the top is Social Media Becomes Key to Forming An Educator Learning Community. If you haven’t been keeping up with The Innovative Educator, don’t worry. That’s what this wrap up is for. Here are the three hottest posts that you don’t want to miss!

The Value of Usage Data as the First Step in Edtech Research

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The professional development company examined, for example, had a high number of users in New York. Dr. Denis Newman, lead author of the software industry’s guidelines for research on edtech impact, is the CEO of both Empirical Education Inc.

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Tips for Implementing Design Challenges in Your Makerspace

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Challenge-based learning projects in the makerspace have many benefits for students, and can engage and get them excited about new projects. Diana noted that it is helpful for the students to start with a design prompt to define clear guidelines and the purpose of the challenge.

Digital Portfolios and Content

techlearning

It seems to make no difference if the digital portfolio owner is a student or a professional educator. The content of your digital portfolio needs to be seen as an attempt in learning, evidence of learning, the process of learning, and/or growth in learning.

Planning for the Total Cost of Edtech Initiatives

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Upgrading infrastructure, device maintenance, and ongoing professional development, in addition to program and device costs, mean tech initiatives need permanent budget lines that take into account the total cost. Randy was a Tech & Learning Magazine runner-up for 2017 digital leaders.

Edtech Still Doesn’t Get Diversity and We’re Tired

RafranzDavis.com

Don’t even get me started on talking about professional learning…the kind that is learner driven, accessible and aligned to what each person needs…when they need it! …and digital learning with math??? EdTech Professional Growth diversity

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Why Computer Science Belongs in Every Science Teacher’s Classroom

Edsurge

Within that group were science teachers who decided to spend their summer break learning how to incorporate computer science into their classes. It encourages students to learn science content and concepts deeply by using critical thinking and primary investigation skills. Some of the NGSS guidelines directly overlap with the practices listed in the K-12 Computer Science framework and the new CSTA Computer Science standards.

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Strategies for Surviving All Types of Assessments

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Newsletters that highlight classroom test prep, test guidelines and expectations provide parents and guardians with valuable test information. Students do need to keep learning and working, but increasing the workload will make students and parents anxious and grumpy.

25 Ways to Use Audio in Google Slides Projects

Shake Up Learning

The post 25 Ways to Use Audio in Google Slides Projects appeared first on Shake Up Learning. ” For more ideas on how to implement reflection strategies, check out this article from ASCD, “ Learning Through Reflection.” Want to Learn More? Shake Up Learning 2019.

What’s New

techlearning

Tech & Learning Rounds Up a Summary of New Tools for Schools Software & Online GOOGLE FOR EDUCATION UPDATES ( edu.google.com ) Google for Education announced updates and new tools to help teachers keep innovation alive in their classrooms.

Improve the Effectiveness of Digital Instruction

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The principles of learning have been around for centuries while only in the last 20 to 30 years has the science of learning been studied. For students to make connections to their learning, digital instruction should include activities that engage this area of the brain.

Create a Dyslexia-Friendly Environment in Your School

edWeb.net

According to the National Assessment of Educational Progress, 80% of students with learning disabilities have dyslexia. In order to create a learning environment that feels safe, comfortable and empowering for students, schools need to adhere to basic guiding principles.

Three Ways That Rural States Can Become the Hotbeds for School Edtech Innovation

Edsurge

Technology has been a key component in the planting, fertilization, growth and eventually, the blossoming of new statewide initiatives including distance education and new professional learning opportunities for educators that have benefitted students in a variety of ways. It dates back to 2008, when an educational journey began in Wyoming that revealed the important role technology plays in enhancing teaching and learning—especially in a rural state.

Five Steps to Ensure Accessibility for All

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While the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) was last reauthorized in 2004, with amendments in 2015, and the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) were updated back in 2008, the demand for accessibility and equality in education continues to grow. Step 2: Develop and communicate a district-wide policy for accessibility including guidelines for accessible purchasing. Both sides need to do their due diligence as the goal is to remove barriers to student learning.

State Leadership Working Towards Broadband Access for All

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Similarly, 28 states have policies and guidelines for external connections; 23 have them for internal wireless connections. Our secure Kajeet Sentinel® platform centrally manages and enables safe, online connectivity and visibility into mobile learning environments.