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.

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. Although critics argue for a return to pencil and paper, blaming technology for poor student outcomes, this argument misses the point. The problem is not the technology itself but rather the lack of a central system to help students organize their digital tools.


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Realizing Success in the Adult Basic Education Market

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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.

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. Do all of my families live in an area that provides the infrastructure necessary to use technology? Yes, use technology.

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. Full Disclosure: I have a great deal of faith in the information Terice and Vicki share because I was privileged to work with them for several years when I was a classroom teacher and campus technology facilitator. 1:1 iPad iPadpalooza mobile learning professional development technology integration

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MIND Participates in SETDA and ECS Edtech Policy Discussions

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MIND Research Institute is a proud partner of the State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA) and the Education Commission of the States (ECS) – two of the most prominent and important venues for edtech policy discussion.

?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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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. A screen reader is an accessible technology device used by people with vision impairments to navigate computer software.

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29 K-12 edtech predictions for 2021

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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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State Leadership Working Towards Broadband Access for All

After all, schools are preparing them for their future careers, which will include using some aspect of online technology. They collaborate to make sure the technology and services are meeting their current and future needs. By providing these examples of state leadership to support technology in education, though, states can work towards bridging the digital divide. Kajeet , the industry leader for safe, managed mobile solutions, powers the K-12 connected environment.

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.

3 tips for connecting students to internet resources during summer

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Nesbitt, PhD, executive director of Technology, AITS, School District of Pickens County, SC; and Christine Fox, deputy executive director, SETDA, presented solutions for providing out-of-school access and digital resources to students based off their own experiences. They also encourage schools and districts to leverage community partnerships by working with libraries, community centers, mobile community hotspots, or local chambers of commerce.

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.

Campus Tech Leaders Report More Support for Free Educational Materials

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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.

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.

Home Internet Access for All Students Is a Game-Changer

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An ongoing challenge for technology-focused K-12 schools is ensuring that all students have home Internet access. This issue is especially important for schools that have implemented educational technology game changers I’ve highlighted in previous blog posts: one-to-one computing , Open Educational Resources (OER) and learning management systems (LMS).

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.

Is Your Digital Citizenship Program Up to Snuff?

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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.

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. Can only order technology from this list if you want to use textbook funds. YES Who owns technological equipment?

What’s New: New Tools for Schools


The tool is ideal for differentiated learning, literacy, English-language learners (ELL) or Special Needs instruction. The software takes advantage of Casio’s Natural Display technology for input and output of mathematical expressions. The deal pairs ENA’s comprehensive infrastructure technology and support services with CatchOn’s unique software as a service tool that delivers essential data about ed tech usage in U.S.

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Hack Education Weekly News

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“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. Also via Chalkbeat : “Black and white students score far apart on a new test of technology skills.” ” Here’s the WaPo headline : “Girls outscore boys on inaugural national test of technology, engineering skills.” Education Politics.