Professional Learning in a Pandemic

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With schools closed and social distancing orders in place due to COVID-19, micro-credentials —which are online and on-demand—allow educators to continue their professional learning without leaving their homes. Micro-credentials support timely topics like distance learning. I’m finding a lot of great micro-credentials centered around digital learning with resources that I can apply now and in the future.

Secrets from the library lines: 5 ways schools can boost digital engagement

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Once your school district makes the commitment to have a digital library, the next step is for people to understand how they can stay engaged. In “ Secrets from the Front Lines: How Schools Can Boost Digital Engagement ,” Kelly Hladek, library media specialist and technology liaison at Morton High School, School City of Hammond, IN, discussed best practices for engaging students, teachers and the community in the district’s eBook and audiobook collection.

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Boosting Engagement in Your Digital Library

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Once your school district makes the commitment to have a digital library, the next step is for people to understand how they can stay engaged. In “ Secrets from the Front Lines: How Schools Can Boost Digital Engagement ,” Kelly Hladek, Library Media Specialist and Technology Liaison at Morton High School, School City of Hammond, IN, discussed best practices for engaging students, teachers and the community in the district’s eBook and audiobook collection.

A true gift from SHEG: DIY digital literacy assessments and tools for historical thinking

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SHEG currently offers three impressive curricula that may be put to immediate use in secondary classrooms and libraries. These tasks are perfect for learning across the curriculum and especially for librarian-led learning. Might we also study whether learners with solid K12 library inquiry experience perform better than the student in the general SHEG sample ? Using resources from the Library of Congress, these 80 units cover both U.S.

Librarians at the Forefront of “Future Ready”

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The Alliance for Excellent Education (the Alliance) launched its Future Ready Schools (FRS) initiative in October 2014 with the aim of leveraging technology and connectivity to personalize and transform learning. Michelle Luhtala , Department Chair of the New Canaan, CT, High School Library and a 2015 Library Journal Mover & Shaker , is a leader in helping teacher-librarians all around the country to become Future Ready. Learn more at www.mackin.com.

4 Tips for Facilitating Powerful Student Collaboration

Digital Promise

Students model how professional product teams work together to create prototypes for authentic users. Below, Melissa shares advice for how teachers can facilitate these kinds of powerful collaborative learning experiences with their students. Students have opportunities to work on smaller projects to familiarize themselves with collaborative learning and integrated projects. Another team created their own game testing protocol and got feedback from a local game library.

Developing Systems for Effective, Equitable Education for All Students

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It’s a common story: the energetic principal who comes into a school, revamps the curriculum, creates innovative learning practices, and then leaves with no sustainability plan. Even before the pandemic and the shift to distance education, learning extended beyond the classroom.

Funding School Services in the Midst of Multiple Crises

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Dr. Gonzales’s district is reaching out to local non-profits for help with the shift to 100% online learning, which cannot be done quickly or cheaply, especially at a time when the district is receiving less state funding. By Robert Low. WATCH THE EDLEADER PANEL RECORDING.

A Unified Approach for Digital Integration

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His participation in a Learning Counsel event led to district recognition for VPS’s systemic leadership. He is currently working with Apple, Instructure, the Friday Institute, Learning Counsel and other organizations to build authentic partnerships to support his district’s work. Mark Ray is Director of Innovation and Library Services for Vancouver (WA) Public Schools and Future Ready Librarians Lead at the Alliance for Excellent Education.

Leading the Digital Transformation in Rural Districts During Crisis and Beyond

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During CoSN and ClassLink’s edWebinar, “ Leading Digital Transformations in Rural School Districts,” the presenters talked about how the situation with COVID-19 amplifies the obstacles rural schools face transitioning to a 21st century learning environment. Normally, many rural districts work with local libraries and businesses to provide students with WiFi hotspots. ClassLink empowers your students and teachers with instant access to their learning resources.

Top School & District Innovator Awardees 2019

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The Learning Counsel, a leading education research institute and news media hub, announced this year’s National Digital Transition Survey Award winners at its 2019 National Gathering held in Dallas, TX. Vrain is also the only district Learning Counsel has found that is deeply involved in workflow aimed at personalized learning, with 100% digital coverage for core curriculum, 90% for electives, 80% for special needs and 100% for professional development.

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Using Single Sign-On to Streamline Edtech Access

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During the edWebinar “ Simplify Digital Access in K-12: Learn How District Leaders Eliminate Barriers ,” the presenters discussed the importance of adopting a single sign-on program to manage digital access, the questions to ask when choosing a vendor, and tips for rolling out the new system. Similarly, without a single sign-on, students may need to memorize multiple URLs and access paths and have difficulty getting to learning resources at home.

Planning for the Total Cost of Edtech Initiatives

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Upgrading infrastructure, device maintenance, and ongoing professional development, in addition to program and device costs, mean tech initiatives need permanent budget lines that take into account the total cost. Student outcomes and budget management: Basically, this means schools need to balance their learning goals and desired impact on the students and teachers with a realistic budget. Randy was a Tech & Learning Magazine runner-up for 2017 digital leaders.

April 22 Learning Revolution Mini-Conference: Emergency Remote Teaching & Learning: Survive, Thrive, & Plan for What Comes Next

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

If you are learning about the mini-conference right before or during the event, please join LearningRevolution.com and while you are waiting for your approval we will have a special link for you to use to join the sessions. Secondary sessions are held in Zoom meeting rooms with a capacity of 300--if those rooms are full, you'll have to wait for the recording to watch. What tools and methods will be discussed on “What makes online learning effective and engaging to the student?

The 2019 Global Education Conference - Full List of 130 Sessions and 10 Keynotes!

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Augustine School Classroom Tactics and Strategies and Children's Museum of Art , James Kioko, Neema Educational Centre - Nairobi, Kenya, Enabling Support Foundation Co-creating Open Educational Resources to foster deeper learning and global reach , Dr. William Ju, Associate Professor, Teaching Stream, University of Toronto Comics Uniting Nations: Using sequential art to further GTE + CTE with SDG instruction , Jeff Barbanell, M.Ed.,

The Emergency Home Learning Summit Final Week - 24 Amazing Interviews Start Tomorrow

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

The Emergency Home Learning (& More) Summit is in its final week. For the next eight days we'll be publishing three special 30-minute video interviews each day with an amazing set of learning experts (see below), for a total of 24 interviews (and maybe a surprise bonus interview or two).

Discovery Education Monthly STEM Content Highlights – May

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44 universities in 21 states and the District of Columbia are implementing UTeach programs that prepare STEM teachers for secondary classrooms. JDF sends teachers a kit of materials and resources to give students the opportunity to truly get “hands-on” experience with their own learning. Content tied to scientific principles, design challenges, space living and culture, career interviews, and food all are housed in NASA’s amazing educator content library.

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Week of August 22nd, 2011 - Live and Interactive Webinars in Blackboard Collaborate

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Below are this week''s public, free, and interactive Webinars through LearnCentral.org , the social learning network for education that I work on for Blackboard Collaborate (formerly Elluminate). David Simpson ([link] will discuss the use of facebook and other social networking sites in education and the need for/issues around digital citizenship education in Secondary schools. In addition, I will do a demo on how to "cite while you write", and "manage library/references".

9 New Teacher Survival Tips

The Daring Librarian

Untenured teachers get a lot of leeway because they're new and learning. This is my first year and I’m learning new stuff every day, but let me research that and get back to you!” but then ask them to either email you or drop by the library and put their name on the list. “I Unless you want to try and get into our heads OR maybe learn how you could possibly support a new Teacher Librarian your school! Teach with and learn from them.

Wednesday's "Emergency Remote Teaching & Learning" Mini-Conference - New Sessions Added

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

If you are learning about the mini-conference right before or during the event, please join LearningRevolution.com and while you are waiting for your approval we will have a special link for you to use to join the sessions. Secondary sessions are held in Zoom meeting rooms with a capacity of 300--if those rooms are full, you'll have to wait for the recording to watch. What tools and methods will be discussed on “What makes online learning effective and engaging to the student?

Learning Revolution - Week's Free Events - May Is Ed Tech Month - Geo-Educators - Natural Math - Oxygen Masks and You

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

The Learning Revolution Weekly Update April 8th Play is the highest form of research. Albert Einstein The technologies of the Internet and the Web are reshaping where, when, and from whom we learn--and even how we think about learning. The Learning Revolution Project highlights our own virtual and physical events and those of our more than 200 partners. These sessions will be delivered by top-notch researchers and practitioners who you can learn more about here.

Week of August 14, 2011 - Live and Interactive Webinars in Blackboard Collaborate

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Below are this week''s public, free, and interactive Webinars through LearnCentral.org , the social learning network for education that I work on for Blackboard Collaborate (formerly Elluminate). Teachers and schools face enormous challenges, from new technologies that shape how students learn, to declining budgets for professional development, to rising expectations for student achievement.

STEMxCon - Today Is the Final Deadline for Proposals; Great Keynotes + Sessions; Need Volunteers!

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS: Jim Vanides - Global Education Program Manager, HP - Sustainability and Social Innovation; Larry Johnson - CEO, The New Media Consortium; Yolanda Ramos - Director of Professional Development Services, International Society for Technology in Education; Mano Talaiver - Director, Longwood Institute for Teaching through Technology and Innovative practices (ITTIP) - "HP Catalyst Academy: A new approach to professional learning, designed especially for STEMx teachers."

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