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. 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. Learn more.

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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. Kids need to dream and wonder and imagine.

Prioritizing Human Connection When Social Distancing Is the New Norm

Edsurge

With outright closure appearing to be the best option for “flattening the curve,” many are wisely pointing out that massive moves to online teaching and learning will likely require more training and support than can be mustered on an emergency basis. We’d love to hear them.

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.

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. But how can school leaders integrate online PD into their culture quickly and effectively?

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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. I didn’t feel it necessary to extend this series any longer.

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. I didn’t feel it necessary to extend this series any longer.

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. This is essential for our students of color and students living in poverty. It is a smart way to start.

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. This is essential for our students of color and students living in poverty. It is a smart way to start.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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. The gregarious students no longer take over the class and the quiet ones are not ignored in their silence. Pay Attention to Human Contact.

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. No matter how many are purchased, the expense is significant.

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. One last factor has to do with our experiences.

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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. Students with agency learn more deeply, persist longer in their tasks, and enjoy school more.

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!

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. Culture of Engagement.

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).

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.,

Substance Over Assumptions and Generalizations

A Principal's Reflections

There is a great deal of evidence to make educators reflect upon their use of technology. This week I came across a post by Larry Ferlazzo that asked educators to provide their response to why EdTech has over-promised and under-delivered.

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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Celebrating ConnectED’s Achievements Toward Transforming Education

Digital Promise

Since President Obama’s ConnectED announcement in 2013 in Mooresville, NC , there has been more than $10 billion committed as part of the five-year program to transform American education. These commitments are connecting 20 million more students to next-generation broadband and wireless.

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Content Curation Strategies for Digital Learning

BYOT Network

In our digitally connected world, most of us have become curators of content as we utilize the technology tools in our pockets to interact with each other. I also listed the activities that are involved in content curation, specifically within K-12 learning environments.

Oklahoma’s Edmond Public Schools Chooses Discovery Education to Support New Digital Conversion Strategy

techlearning

-Discovery Education’s Math Techbook and Professional Learning Services to Strengthen Efforts to Create Dynamic Digital Classrooms – Silver Spring, Md. Through this effort, students are building collaborative learning skills that prepare them for college and careers.

8 Approaches That Are Making a Difference in Public Education

Digital Promise

News articles often highlight the challenges educators face and the ways in which students are not achieving. As an in-house resource, educators have the time and space to thoughtfully consider if the edtech products will work for their specific classroom needs.

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.

4 Ways for Paraprofessionals to Embrace Remote Work

N2Y

In these uncertain times we are challenged with the task of managing a variety of responsibilities while adapting to changing expectations. Paraprofessionals, who are typically hands-on with students every day, are now working from home and finding creative ways to stay productive and engaged.

Using Social-Emotional Learning to Combat Digital Stress

edWeb.net

24/7 access to technology has brought many benefits, from online collaboration to improved parent-teacher communication. But that 24/7 environment has also brought increased stress to students’ lives as issues they encounter at school, especially on social media, follow them home.

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. Authentic assessments are always about the connections we make with students, each other, and the broader community as indicated in a Gallup poll.

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.