Teaching and leading for higher student engagement … even during a pandemic (aka How I spent my summer)

Dangerously Irrelevant

Some schools spent the summer engaged in magical thinking that everyone would be back in person this fall, just like before the pandemic. I was fortunate to work with numerous educators this summer on how to teach and lead for higher student engagement – even during a pandemic.

How to Achieve Powerful Digital Learning

Digital Promise

The abrupt transition to remote learning was a shock to our national education system. Districts, schools, educators, and families scrambled to get plans in place for distance learning. Teachers are co-planning lessons to come up with the best design possible.

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How to Build Strong Relationships During the Edtech Purchasing Process

Digital Promise

In this first blog post, we’ll address how educators can build and maintain good working relationships with edtech developers. Part two will discuss how edtech vendors can return the favor to develop great working relationships with educators. Whether you’re an educator or product developer, one of the key components to the educational technology (edtech) selection and purchase process is creating a mutually beneficial partnership. Here’s how we use it.

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How to Let Students Guide Science Learning with Challenge Based Learning

Digital Promise

Especially to those who have curated their lessons to satisfy so many different objectives, it can feel risky to give up some structure and allow students a significant degree of choice and control over their learning. Yet, as we shared previously , 18 teachers from three districts in the League of Innovative Schools have pushed themselves to do just this. Teachers’ new lessons gave students more opportunities to guide their own learning.

10 Things That Happen When Students Engage in Design Thinking

The Principal of Change

I know John is very thoughtful about his work, and has helped many educators embrace “Design Thinking” in their classrooms, in a way that is easy to connect with, yet powerful for students. To get a discount for this course, please use the discount code “ spencer “, when purchasing. In a recent post, I wrote about why I want to see students become innovators: Unfortunately, the system isn’t designed for innovation.

How to Roll Out Game-Based Learning—and Boost Engagement—in Your Classroom

Edsurge

History in Baltimore City Public Schools, I was always looking for new ways to engage my students. When Vadim Polikov—my childhood friend and a successful entrepreneur—approached me with a game-based learning business idea in the summer of 2015, I jumped at the idea. . Vadim wanted to create enough curriculum games so they would be effective daily learning tools in schools. How We Did It. We took our question to. Student Engagement.

Savvas Delivers Innovative Back-to-School Solutions to Help Teachers, Students and Families Succeed with Distance Learning

eSchool News

After listening to educators, parents and caregivers from across the country, Savvas Learning Company today introduced a range of platform enhancements and new K-12 educational products aimed at making distance learning more impactful. ABOUT SAVVAS LEARNING COMPANY.

How to Integrate Online Professional Development Into Your School’s PD Culture

Edsurge

As increasing demands on teachers’ time are coupled with the need for remote learning resources, online PD has emerged as an important tool to address new challenges. Whether educators need to learn how to use edtech tools, analyze student data or implement Common Core standards, online PD can offer educators support when and where they need it. But how can school leaders integrate online PD into their culture quickly and effectively?

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One District's Journey From 'State of Emergency' to Student Success

Edsurge

Morale was low, teacher turnover was high and residents didn’t trust that Allendale could educate their students. Then Dr. Margaret Gilmore stepped in to lead a district-wide overhaul, and suddenly the story changed—for the better. Morale was low, teacher turnover was high and residents didn’t trust that Allendale could educate their students. EdSurge: How did you know where to begin such an immense district overhaul? student-centered instruction.

How to hire technology leaders, not followers

eSchool News

Just as a sculptor can take a rough block of granite and turn it into a piece of art, the leader of a 21st century organization must take a 20th century organization and sculpt it into its modern equivalent — an organization prepared to leverage technology to enhance education. In the past, schools were reasonably homogenous in their approach to teaching. Adding technology to this list has changed everything, as it directly impacts what happens in the classroom.

Student Engagement and Closing the Opportunity Gap: An Action Plan, Part 2

Reading By Example

My previous two posts have described how schools can improve access for students of color and students living in poverty to follow their passions and have more voice in choice in their learning. In the first post , I summarize an Education Week article by Dr. Kimberlee Everson who makes a strong case for schools to pursue these goals. I didn’t feel it necessary to extend this series any longer. Assess whether students are learning more.

Student Engagement and Closing the Opportunity Gap: An Action Plan, Part 2

Reading By Example

My previous two posts have described how schools can improve access for students of color and students living in poverty to follow their passions and have more voice in choice in their learning. In the first post , I summarize an Education Week article by Dr. Kimberlee Everson who makes a strong case for schools to pursue these goals. I didn’t feel it necessary to extend this series any longer. Assess whether students are learning more.

Student Engagement and Closing the Opportunity Gap: An Action Plan, Part 1

Reading By Example

In my previous post , I highlighted an article from Education Week about students being able to pursue their questions and interests in school. She believes that if students do not have a voice and choice in their learning, then all of the focus on the core academics will not amount to much. Education policy should not prescribe children’s access to institutions at the expense of access to personal development, growth, capability, or happiness.

Student Engagement and Closing the Opportunity Gap: An Action Plan, Part 1

Reading By Example

In my previous post , I highlighted an article from Education Week about students being able to pursue their questions and interests in school. She believes that if students do not have a voice and choice in their learning, then all of the focus on the core academics will not amount to much. Education policy should not prescribe children’s access to institutions at the expense of access to personal development, growth, capability, or happiness.

Virginia Discovery Education Science Experience Wins Approval

eSchool News

The State Board of Education’s adoption of Virginia Discovery Education Science Experience empowers the state’s school systems to purchase and integrate this innovative digital curriculum into teaching and learning. Discovery Education Professional Learning.

How to prepare students for 2017’s Hour of Code next week

eSchool News

From December 4th to 10th, educators and students around the world will be participating in the Hour of Code, an annual event that takes place during Computer Science Education Week, and is designed to demystify and engage educators and students in coding. What are some ways to get started with an Hour of Code? Coding) is the new literacy of today and children pick it up very easily, and at least in my experience, seem to love really it,” said Knight.

4 ways to make high-impact teaching a reality

eSchool News

I’ve been very fortunate to travel the world and work in classrooms in the United States, Australia, Asia, and the U.K., However, administrators tell me the challenge is how to effectively take that practice and scale it for every teacher in the district. How do we apply that brilliance across year levels, subject areas, and student demographics? And how do we measure the impact of different teaching methods in terms of how they’re improving student outcomes?

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. Superintendent Scott Rocco provided me with a great opportunity to not only work with teachers in his district, but to also push me outside my comfort zone, which has always been secondary education. Our goal is the purposeful integration of technology to support or enhance learning.

Offline Choice Boards: How Are You Integrating Offline Learning into Your Online Class?

Catlin Tucker

Teachers are scrambling to move their offline courses online to ensure that students continue learning for the remainder of the school year. Understandably, the focus is on online learning as that is a new and unfamiliar learning landscape for a lot of educators. I am fielding questions about how to set up online courses , design online lessons , and offer small group instruction and support via video conferencing. What did they learn?

4 Shifts Video Series: Looking for some pilot schools or districts

Dangerously Irrelevant

I am trying to replicate – as best as I can virtually while sitting in my office chair! The modules are intentionally designed to be granular, allowing for busy educators to work on them when convenient. If this is of interest to you, please get in touch.

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20 Ways to Personalize Your Learning This Summer

The CoolCatTeacher

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter We educators need to rest and recover this summer. But the reality is also that we’re going to have to prepare for a fall that – whatever it looks like – will include an online learning component. Even if we go back to face-to-face learning, we will all have to be prepared to teach online, and the best way to do this is to first educate ourselves with research and pedagogy.

Check Your Tech Before You Select Your Tech

Digital Promise

Just when I wrap my tired teacher brain around a technology tool or web-based program to pair with my pedagogy, one of three things happens: The tech shuts down; The vendor starts asking for money; or. Leveraging Professional Learning Communities to Discover Impactful Tech. I often equate the process for sifting through and selecting impactful edtech tools to selecting a life insurance policy. Guiding Questions to Select Tech.

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How Online Learning Can Improve Your Teaching

Ask a Tech Teacher

Online learning has become not only a common alternative to physical classes, but a well-regarded change maker in the education ecosystem. Not only does it eliminate the noise of who’s wearing what, disruptive students, and classes cancelled due to snow days, it is becoming the surest and easiest way to treat all students equally. The gregarious students no longer take over the class and the quiet ones are not ignored in their silence.

Camden and Discovery Education Launch New PK-12 Partnership Supported by the Subaru

eSchool News

Through this new collaboration, all CCSD educators and students will receive access to dynamic digital resources that keep students connected to learning at home, in school, or wherever learning is taking place.

edWeb and Eduscape Partner to Co-Host Virtual Learning Summits

edWeb.net

edWeb.net and Eduscape have entered into a partnership to offer Virtual Learning Summits on today’s most important topics for teachers and administrators, including remote teaching, STEM education, Google and Microsoft 365 classroom, SEL, and early childhood education. Attendees will earn edWeb CE certificates that are accepted in 40 states for professional development hours. Eduscape is the leader in K-16 professional learning for educators globally.

Announcing the Winners of the Deeper Learning Micro-credential Challenge

Digital Promise

We are thrilled to announce our winners for the Deeper Learning Micro-credential Challenge and spotlight their journeys into educating college- and career-ready learners. Through our Deeper Learning Micro-credential Challenge, educators from across the nation took the opportunity to think critically about what it means to equip students with the know-how to thrive in a rapidly evolving world. Congratulations again to our winners!

The “Secret Sauce” of Education Transformation: Agency

Digital Promise

Before my decade-or-so in education technology, I was a Fortune 500 executive with the responsibility of leading an organization and developing my employees to their greatest potential. But my passion was creating a workplace where people not only performed to their highest level, but also loved their work. Students with agency learn more deeply, persist longer in their tasks, and enjoy school more. Was it possible to make school as motivating as the best workplaces?

Assessing the Value of Interactive Whiteboards (IWB's)

A Principal's Reflections

I still vividly remember venturing to the local office supply store to get my transparencies made for my lessons. On second thought, I did do that on occasion when I forgot to get transparencies made. The overhead projector began to fall out of favor in the early 2000s with advances in technology. In my case, it was replaced with a large television that I could now hook up directly to my computer to display my notes that were meticulously crafted in PowerPoint.

Lead in the Now

A Principal's Reflections

“ When you finally let go of the past, something better comes along.” – Anonymous There are many reasons why we tend to fall back on what we are either comfortable with or have always done. For one, comfort tends to be the enemy of growth. In other cases, the fear of failure of the unknown can derail us from taking the needed risks to implement new and better ideas. One last factor has to do with our experiences. Engagement is not a silver bullet, though.

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Why Artificial Intelligence Belongs in ALL K-12 Classrooms

Mindspark Learning

We’re debunking common myths or roadblocks and giving every K-12 teacher, regardless of subject area or grade level, the top five reasons as to why AI should be on your radar! AI is too complicated - Leave it to the Silicon Valley tech experts.

Join the 2020-2021 Buncee Ambassador Community!

Buncee

Are you interested to join the Buncee Ambassador Program? If you are an active Buncee user and would like to connect with Buncee’s global community, we welcome you to apply and join our Buncee Ambassador program. Learn more here. I’m Ready to Apply!

creatED by Crayola Pilots Program in Eight Districts, Transforms Teaching and Learning through Confident, Creative Educators

techlearning

district leaders are embracing arts-infused teaching approaches to prepare K-8 students for an innovation-fueled workforce. creatED by Crayola® , the brand that inspires creativity in education, is piloting its professional learning program in eight districts across the U.S. creatED provides educators with teaching strategies and resources that increase student engagement and improve learning outcomes. Across the U.S.,

Teacher Development Research Review: Keys to Educator Success

Digital Promise

Teaching quality has been defined as “instruction that enables a wide range of students to learn” ( Darling-Hammond, 2012 ), and it is the strongest school-related factor that can improve student learning and achievement ( Hanushek, 2011 ; Nye, Konstantopoulos, and Hedges, 2004 ; Rivkin, Hanushek, and Kain, 2005 ). Knowing this, what is the best way to foster and provide ongoing support for good teaching practices? Focus on Student Learning.

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The Professional Development Problem

EdNews Daily

While debate about professional development expands, educator hopes for feeling supported are shrinking. We can be hopeful that the connection between teacher training and student learning seems to be realized and now what’s needed is to find the right formula for improving this crucial component of school culture. Only 40 percent of teachers’ value PD activities (TNTP) and few teachers (34 percent) think professional development has improved (Gates Foundation).

Creating Culture Conscious Campuses

EdNews Daily

This advanced my career to becoming the CEO of ETAA. It is my belief that we have a moral and legal obligation to bring out of our children what already exists within them. A student’s zip code should not determine the quality of education they receive. As a result, we strive to be a district-wide and state-wide blueprint for innovation and excellence. Our students are encouraged to dream and dream big. . Our students are exceptional.