CFY becomes PowerMyLearning

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While we were never about only providing “computers for youth,” we’ve become even more convinced over time that it is not just technology alone that powers learning. Rather it is students who power their own learning through a combination of technology and the people who matter most to their success – their families and their teachers. To better align our mission with our name, I am pleased to share with you that we have officially changed our name to PowerMyLearning.

Are you really personalizing learning?

The Christensen Institute

In a recent post , we shed light on the difference between blended learning—an instructional modality that describes integrating technology to deliver some content—and personalized learning—a philosophy that believes in a combination of modalities and goals for better and (and in some cases, new) outcomes for students. Across the K–12 education landscape, teachers have by far the biggest impact on student learning and student experiences.


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Personalized learning won’t work without personalized supports

The Christensen Institute

Last week’s New York Times Fixes column highlighted the enormous promise of PowerMyLearning, a framework and tool that connects teachers, families, and students. Instead, as the article outlines, PowerMyLearning deliberately integrates efforts to engage families with efforts to improve academics by regularly looping families into collaborative homework activities and opening online, data-driven communication channels between teachers and families.

Free Family Engagement Tool For Impacted Schools and Districts

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PowerMyLearning, a national nonprofit, is committed to helping school and district leaders who are mobilizing to implement remote learning plans in response to COVID-19. We know how critical it is for you to support students’ learning while also keeping families connected. PowerMyLearning Family Playlists® can help make that transition smoother.

How technology can help—not hurt—family connections

The Christensen Institute

One such tool is PowerMyLearning, which is breaking new ground in helping triangulate teacher-student-family connections and engaging parents actively in their children’s homework. I sat down with the organization’s CEO and Co-Founder, Elisabeth Stock, to learn more. Julia: How does PowerMyLearning strengthen the relationship between schools and families? Our work includes innovative coaching and workshops, and our digital platform, PowerMyLearning Connect.

Want Students to Remember What They Learn? Have Them Teach It.


Perhaps it’s the work of “learning by teaching,” also known as the Protégé Effect. I have recently become very interested in these questions because the Protégé Effect is something we are now trying to leverage at the nonprofit I work for, PowerMyLearning , which strengthens the triangle of student-family-teacher relationships. I had a hunch that this learning strategy might be underutilized and could be something that more teachers would like to try.

Empowering Superintendents to Connect Technology and Learning

In fact, many school technology plans fluctuated depending upon the latest fads and what someone learned at a conference and had little connection to curriculum or learning goals. Overall, they implored listeners to move away from using “tech for tech’s sake” and to become intentional adopters of technology that enhances teaching and learning. Imperative 2: Raise the Bar with Rigorous, Transformative & Innovative Learning and Skills.

Yes, school resources are limited—but don’t ignore what students can offer

The Christensen Institute

Trauma, anxiety, and potential learning loss are all top of mind for educators and parents supporting young people. Of course, schools must invest resources in students, but what if students themselves could contribute in ways that both benefit their own learning and support the school’s core purpose? When resources like staff capacity and funding run short—making high-quality student-centered learning seem like a longshot—this is an idea worth exploring.

Time Is the Greatest Challenge to Teaching STEM. Families Can Help.


An engineer by training, I wanted to learn more about the solutions available to help teachers like Ms. Brian Carter, a former Program Officer at the Overdeck Family Foundation (a funder of my organization, PowerMyLearning) says exposure to STEM is especially important for students in under-resourced communities: “Students imagine scientists to be white, middle‐class, male, and ‘brainy,’ which is, for many, not who they see when they look in the mirror.

What the debate over homework is getting wrong

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Or is it a mixed bag that should only be assigned based on what’s needed to actually further student learning? First, too often we fail to recognize when both sides of the homework debate perpetuate an assumption that seat time equals learning. The “10 minutes per grade level” rule of thumb exemplifies this assumption by trying to right-size homework time based on age, not actual learning (or the time that learning takes).

What Students Gain When They See Parents Struggle


An emerging trend is to embed social-emotional learning (SEL) skills like persistence into curriculum rather than teaching SEL separately. And then there’s the approach we’ve taken at PowerMyLearning, the nonprofit I run in New York City. Eight months earlier, Rivera students were part of a program that PowerMyLearning developed called Family Playlists. But to my surprise, the strongest lesson that Dalton felt her students learned was persistence.

Could Giving Parents Homework Help Students? Schools Try ‘Family Playlists’


But it also represents an achingly missed opportunity—a chance to involve parents in what their children are learning. For the past 18 months, a pilot program in a South Bronx public school, called “Family Playlists,” developed by the New York-based nonprofit, PowerMyLearning , has used technology to increase families’ involvement in their students’ learning. She means inviting students to teach their families what they’re learning in school.

Top 100 Sites/Apps for Game Based Learning

Technology Tidbits

This is going to be one of my most ambitious posts yet, as I have curated a gigantic list of my favorite sites/apps for Game Based Learning (a.k.a One theme I have noticed is that the subject of Math uses the concept of Game Based Learning quite often. This list is in alphabet order. ** mobile app Top 100 Sites/Apps for Game Based Learning ** 4 Dice: Fractions - A super fun iOS game that can be played on up to 5 devices as students hone their Fraction skills (i.e.

EduStar Platform Promises Quick, Randomized Ed-Tech Trials

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The technology platform is the product of a grant-funded collaboration between two professors and the nonprofit PowerMyLearning. It runs trials on granular pieces of digital learning activities via the PowerMyLearning Connect platform, which is available free to schools. The PowerMyLearning Connect platform, accessed by 40 partner schools, gets 8 million page views per month.

Nonprofit CFY honors innovative parents and ed-tech visionaries

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On Tuesday, June 9, more than two hundred and fifty guests gathered at The Lighthouse at Chelsea Piers in New York City to honor award recipients and to celebrate the work of CFY –a national nonprofit that helps students, teachers, and parents use digital learning to improve educational outcomes. The annual CFY Innovative Learning Awards (ILA) celebrates excellence and innovation in education and honors the supporters, parents, teachers and students who enrich CFY’s world.

Five Critical Guidelines for Data Privacy Across School Districts

Data must be meaningful to learning; the instructional value should precede any tech advantage. Linnette Attai is Project Director for CoSN’s Privacy Initiative and Trusted Learning Environment Program. She serves on the board of PowerMyLearning Los Angeles and on the advisory board of Project Tomorrow. Super-Connected is a free professional learning community on for school superintendents, district leadership, and aspiring district leaders.

Key Questions and Recommendations for Online Assessment

During their presentation, “Online Assessment: An Evolving Landscape and New Opportunities,” they discussed the lessons they learned when they made the transition and what they would change if they could. Wright added that leaders also need to think about how online assessments can impact a school’s culture and change teaching and learning. She serves on the board of PowerMyLearning Los Angeles and on the advisory board of Project Tomorrow.

Five Steps to Ensure Accessibility for All

During the edWebinar “ Accessibility: Effective, Equitable Learning Environments for All Students,” which is part of a series hosted by CoSN and, the presenters discussed how they approach CoSN’s five steps to ensure accessibility. Both sides need to do their due diligence as the goal is to remove barriers to student learning. She serves on the board of PowerMyLearning Los Angeles and on the advisory board of Project Tomorrow.

Essential Elements for Moving to a 1:1 Environment

During an edWebinar for the Empowered Superintendent series, “Leadership for Mobile Learning: Creating a Shared Vision,” the presenters said school leaders, though, often miss key parts of the planning process and end up with useless “hunks of plastic.” However, the more successful schools focus on improving teaching and learning first with edtech being just one of the tools to support it. ClassLink empowers your students and teachers with instant access to their learning resources.

Transitioning Edtech to the Cloud

For administrators looking to take the focus of edtech away from upkeep and back to learning, moving to the cloud could be the answer. Throughout his career he has led others through the deployment of several large-scale initiatives related to teaching, learning, and technology. She serves on the board of PowerMyLearning Los Angeles and on the advisory board of Project Tomorrow. ClassLink empowers your students and teachers with instant access to their learning resources.

5 Reasons to Address Cyber Security

Teaching and Learning: When the school network goes down temporarily, classes are momentarily disrupted. Cabrera pointed out, though, that for schools with most materials in the cloud, a hacked network and any subsequent outages for repair can halt learning for days or longer. Under his leadership, Bristol Tennessee City Schools has embraced personalized learning through an effort that includes providing laptops for students to use at school and at home.

Leading Change | Voices from #FETC

This was a theme in all of the presentations and is affecting how leaders lead, how teachers teach, and how students learn and can be prepared for their own futures. Eric Sheninger , Senior Fellow and Thought Leader on Digital Leadership, International Center for Leadership in Education (ICLE), presented on the topic Learning Transformed: 8 Keys to Designing Tomorrow’s Schools, Today. We need to transform their learning today. What about your own professional learning?

Hack Education Weekly News

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Although much of the focus of ed-tech involves what happens at school, it’s important to remember that the corporate and consumer markets for “learning technologies” are much larger. Speaking of ed-tech exacerbating inequality, Edsurge looks at PowerMyLearning ’s plans to give parents homework – “family playlists” – to do alongside their children. ( Via Getting Smart : “Ask About AI : The** Future of Learning and Work**.”

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

” Via EdSource : “New program aims to create more uniform standards among linked learning academies.” ” The Linked Learning Alliance is a voluntary certification program for California’s high school career academies. ” PrecisionHawk is a drone surveillance company, which I’m sure has nothing in common with the learning management system. PowerMyLearning has received $6.5 Adeptemy , an adaptive learning company, has raised $3.48