The challenges of mobile learning in the classroom


While the physical structure of a classroom with students sitting at desks in rows may look familiar to most, the explosion of Internet-accessible, mobile devices in the hands of those students has definitely changed the way students interact with each other, with their teachers, with the greater education community, and with instructional materials. Mobile students. Young students do pretty well in terms of mobile devices ownership.

Realizing Success in the Adult Basic Education Market

Digital Promise

With educational opportunities currently limited to just 11 percent of this population , the potential for technology, especially mobile devices, to provide additional avenues to education for these adults is significant. When combined with other sources, one estimate places this figure as high as $10 billion annually, with $200 million of that spent on digital instructional materials.


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OPINION: Three ways to help students who switch schools midyear

The Hechinger Report

Our overall student mobility rate is already high at 22 percent, but for schools with lower rates of student achievement (classified under “Comprehensive Intervention Required” status), that rate climbs to 49 percent. Districts and states measure a school’s mobility rate cumulatively: we count the total number of students who have enrolled in school and the total number of exits in one year, then divide.

1:1 iPads and Digital Learning in Belton ISD


The first session I attended at iPadpalooza was presented by Instructional Technology Coordinators Terice Schneider and Vicki Ventura of Belton Independent School District. Belton is paying for most of their implementation through the Texas Instructional Materials Allotment (IMA). By the end of the implementation year, approximately 80% of the middle school teachers were able to move into truly using the iPads in instruction.

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How to Keep Students Organized and Thriving in a Digital Classroom


We’ve all seen (or even been) that woefully disorganized student: always turning in late assignments, arriving to class empty-handed or misplacing instructional materials. para Student Dashboard to enable students to review and access everything in one place, whether on a desktop, laptop or mobile device,” says Robin Poncia, VP of Marketing at H?para

MIND Participates in SETDA and ECS Edtech Policy Discussions

MIND Research Institute

SETDA’s annual Leadership Summit brought educational leaders from more than 40 states together with experts in educational technology, assessment, instructional materials and professional development.

OPINION: ‘The online courses we’re creating right now are ways to survive in uncertain times, not to thrive in online education’

The Hechinger Report

Online classes are great for non-traditional students, students with mobility issues and students who are geographically tied to family or jobs. They should make sure any contracts protect faculty’s intellectual property rights and instructional materials. As U.S.

The Best Flipped Classroom Software Tools For Flipped Learning In 2021

Fractus Learning

These tools help create instructional content, interactive lessons, polling surveys, activities, and students’ opportunities to ask questions and communicate effectively. They watch a prerecorded video where the teacher gives an instruction, explains a concept, or assigns homework.

State Leadership Working Towards Broadband Access for All

This edWebinar was hosted by SETDA and sponsored by Education Networks of America (ENA) , Kajeet , Mobile Beacon , and Parana River Group. Recent publications and projects include Navigating the Digital Shift, Digital Instructional Materials Acquisition Policies for States, OER Case Studies: Implementation in Action, The Broadband Imperative and From Data to Information. Kajeet , the industry leader for safe, managed mobile solutions, powers the K-12 connected environment.

Pandemic Spurs Changes in the Edtech Schools Use, From the Classroom to the Admin Office


Home may be the new classroom, but instructional approaches are slower to change. And when learning remotely, 56 percent of teachers said student devices were Chromebooks, far and away outpacing tablets like iPads (16 percent) and other mobile computing devices.

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3 tips for connecting students to internet resources during summer

eSchool News

They also encourage schools and districts to leverage community partnerships by working with libraries, community centers, mobile community hotspots, or local chambers of commerce. By providing out-of-school access to digital instructional materials , students now have more opportunities to personalize their own learning and support to complete their homework.

OPINION: Three steps that states and jurisdictions can take to improve education in short-term juvenile detention

The Hechinger Report

It is difficult to design coursework that meets the needs of a highly mobile, mixed-age and mixed-ability population. Jeremiah was already living with his great-grandparents when he was removed from his family at eight years old and placed in a group home.

29 K-12 edtech predictions for 2021

eSchool News

Greater focus on social-emotional learning (SEL) is one model of instructing the “whole child” or attending to more than just academic content. As we look to supporting the “whole adult” that students will become, instruction on life skills becomes more important.

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Broward County Public Schools Selects Science A-Z As District-wide Supplement to K–5 Science Curriculum


13, 2018—After a comprehensive review of instructional programs for science courses, Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) has chosen Science A-Z to be part of its instructional materials adoption in science for grades K–5. In addition, BCPS is partnering with Learning A-Z to provide K–5 teachers with professional learning to help them integrate Science A-Z into their curriculum and use the resources to achieve instructional goals.

Fuel Education’s Stride and Summit Math Adaptive Solutions Win BESSIE Award


These next generation Summit Math courses were developed as part of a digital-first curriculum for schools that want to engage and personalize learning for each student and empower teachers with powerful instructional materials,” said Sean P. Stride is a mobile supplemental learning tool that inspires students to practice concepts in math, language arts, reading, and science through gaming "brain breaks" and rewards.

The Problem With Expecting Student Access


Other classrooms provide instruction through Google Apps for Education. Teachers can put together HyperDocs – linked apps with instruction, video, activities, ability to explore a topic on a Chromebook through curated web links. With this awareness, I ask myself some questions when choosing instructional materials and assessments. We hope that families would prioritize videos for instruction over The Walking Dead, but in the end that’s a family’s decision.

Campus Tech Leaders Report More Support for Free Educational Materials

Wired Campus

College technology leaders appear more optimistic these days about open-source textbooks and open educational resources — teaching and learning materials that can be used at no cost. According to the latest Campus Computing Survey of top technology officers at colleges, released on Thursday, 81 percent believe that open educational resources will be an important source for instructional material in the next five years.

Learning Out Loud: Make Online Courses Meaningful and Accessible


Educators agree that all students deserve access to all instructional materials. Some of the ways CI faculty use VoiceThread include flipped student presentations, peer review, instructor video feedback, critical discussions, reflections, foreign language practice, mobile field trips and book conversations. Developing critical listening and speaking skills is an essential element of a student's higher-education experience.

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Home Internet Access for All Students Is a Game-Changer

Leadership Lounge

Home connectivity is especially important for those schools implementing one-to-one computing programs, where the students’ digital textbooks and instructional materials all reside in the cloud. There are some workaround solutions for those students without home Internet: They can download content onto their laptop’s hard drives, or in the case of Chromebooks and their minimal hard drive space, work offline in Google Drive or load the materials onto a USB flash drive.

SETDA Provides Tips on Equity of Access for Students Outside of School

They also encourage schools and districts to leverage community partnerships by working with libraries, community centers, mobile community hotspots, or local chambers of commerce. It really truly guides all of the decisions instructionally for our students,” she said. By providing out-of-school access to digital instructional materials , students now have more opportunities to personalize their own learning and support to complete their homework.

Free Tools for Accessibility and Inclusive Classrooms

Accessible technologies help students with disabilities unlock their full potential by addressing a diversity of needs that include learning, visual, hearing, mobility, neurodiversity, and mental health. Math, while it does not strictly focus on reading, can be a challenge for students with dyslexia, ADHD, dyscalculia, and mobility impairments. Prior to this, she worked as a curriculum and instructional designer at DreamBox Learning.

?A Starter Kit for Instructional Designers


alone, there are 13,000 instructional designers. Instructional design is experiencing a renaissance. Designing online learning experiences is essential to training employees, mobilizing customers, serving students, building marketing channels, and sustaining business models. But I’ve come to believe that contemporary instructional design sits at the intersection of three core disciplines: learning science, human-centered design, and digital marketing.

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Library of Congress introduces three new apps (and a reminder of some older goodies)


Just a couple of weeks ago, the Library of Congress announced the launch of three new apps for Web and mobile, developed by educational organizations that were supported by an LOC grant for app development. Episodes contain standards-aligned Teacher Guides complete with essential questions, historical background, links to additional images from the Library of Congress collection, recommended instructional materials, and a wide array of other resources.

Is Your Digital Citizenship Program Up to Snuff?

Leadership Lounge

How current is the curriculum for your digital citizenship program, how often do students receive direct instruction on this topic, and what strategies are teachers using to infuse digital citizenship skills throughout the school day? However, when asked what steps they take to ensure that their students know how to behave appropriately online, many of these same educators admit that instruction is limited to one or two lessons at the start of the school year.

Google Document URL Tricks

Learning in Hand

Preview links are good for newsletters, flyers, and instructional materials. Example: Classy Graphics Manifesto Previewed documents load faster and work much better in mobile browsers than the standard shareable version. This is particularly true with Google Drawings, which does not have a mobile app. G Suite apps include Google Documents , Sheets , Slides , and Drawings. These apps can provide shareable links.

TEA Update: New Options with Digital Content in Texas


Format of digital materials being submitted is all over the map. TEA Website A-Z Index Instructional Materials & Educational Technology Scroll down to see the Commissioner''s List of Electronic Textbooks Also see Commissioner''s List of Technological Equipment - for approved equipment to access digital content. Will be effective September 1 - Appropriation is end of May so the timeline will be very compressed for getting materials to classrooms in the Fall.

What’s New: New Tools for Schools


The tool is ideal for differentiated learning, literacy, English-language learners (ELL) or Special Needs instruction. The system allows any organization to deliver live 360 4K video to viewers on computers and mobile devices. DISCOVERY EDUCATION TECHBOOKS ( ) Discovery Education announced enhancements to its Techbook series will help educators maximize instructional time by making engaging digital content even more accessible to teachers and students.

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Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

“The UK government has published its 2016 HE White Paper, entitled Success as a Knowledge Economy: Teaching Excellence, Social Mobility and Student Choice,” the Times Higher Education reports. The company, which provides public radio and related instructional materials to classrooms, has raised $1.55 Education Politics. “ U.S. Secretary of Education John B. King Jr. Statement on the Anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education.”