6 Edtech New Year’s Resolutions

Tom Murray

Commit to Student Privacy and Clearly Articulate Policies to Stakeholders. Districts leading the way in this area have clear privacy policies in place, carefully review terms of service and contract language, have teachers that are educated on their responsibilities, and communicate well with families. Commit to Leveraging Social Media and Telling Your Great Story! This post is sponsored by Samsung. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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7 questions after Governor Branstad’s school funding veto

Dangerously Irrelevant

I discussed how we won’t see desired changes in student learning outcomes until we change what students experience in their schools on a day-to-day basis. Budgets reflect policy priorities. My thoughts on a proposed social media policy for school employees (Part 2).

From High School to Harvard, Students Urge for Clarity on Privacy Rights


Citing a case where hundreds of photos were taken of students (without their permission) through the school given computers, ACLU called for policy changes—restricting school districts’ access to computers supplied through the one-to-one program. In an interview with EdSurge, ACLU’s Advocacy and Policy Counsel, Chad A. Social media continues to be a contentious space with murky boundaries between what’s public and private. “Is Education Technology Data Privacy Policy

10 quick thoughts on mobile phones in schools

Dangerously Irrelevant

If we involved students in the creation of school mobile phone policies – with authentic input and decision-making, including about ‘consequences’ – instead of fighting with them, we probably would be pleasantly surprised at the outcomes.

What’s In? What’s Out? And What’s Likely? Decoding Higher Ed Act Reauthorization


And so, we should applaud, as no small feat, the efforts of members and staff in drafting and introducing a bill designed to modernize and—in some ways—reimagine higher education policy. Before the bill was introduced, speculation about provisions and their impact started flying on social media channels, conference calls, and in sidebar conversations between colleagues. Education Technology Government Policy

10Q: David Mitchell

Learning with 'e's

I think the profession isn't used enough in the governance of education, how come one man or one woman's vision for education can become policy? Firstly, a blog is an outcome, this outcome has seen many stages before it is made public.

Are You a Critical Consumer?

A Principal's Reflections

The exponential evolution if the Internet and social media tools have allowed for the quick sharing of knowledge, ideas, images, videos, and opinions. It also extends well beyond social media to articles, books, keynotes, workshops, and presentations.

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How ‘Mainstream’ Outsider Betsy DeVos Plans to Lead the US Department of Education


Democratic counterparts probed for specific policy and action items, including whether she was trying to privatize public education through the widespread use of vouchers. The issue may seem narrow and specific, but how DeVos thinks about measuring learning outcomes could have implications for how schools and states are held accountable and evaluated on student performance. That’s a nod already making rounds across social media. Education Technology Government Policy

How to Keep Kids From Being Mean Online


There are endless distractions for kids these days—from games to music and social media. And as technology platforms have accelerated over the years, her job has increasingly involved keeping up with the ways young people use social media, and advising parents, teachers and even tech companies about what they need to know. A recent report from Common Sense Media showed that the percentage of teens with smartphones in the U.S.

South African students take the lead in protests over college costs and equity

The Hechinger Report

In the United States, too, states cut funding by 23 percent per student, on average, in the five years after the recession, the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities calculates. Students protesting at the University of Witwatersrand. The students are demanding the elimination of fees.

The danger of claiming that relationships can’t scale

The Christensen Institute

He’s spotlighted programs like StriveTogether and Thread , and philosophies like social-emotional learning that are doubling down on relationships. If we want to weave the social fabric of our country back together, his argument goes, a norm or cultural movement that puts relationships first could spark mass investment in local community-building at a national scale. Core to his axiom that relationships can’t scale is perhaps our most limited social resource: time.

How an #EdTech Lens Can Improve a Learning Culture

A Principal's Reflections

My personal views towards social media and mobile devices remained unhinged during this time, as I was adamantly opposed to both. Social media was my savior and helped me to develop a growth mindset.

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Stories Link Us Together

A Principal's Reflections

With an array of social media tools at our disposal, every educator should aspire to be the storyteller-in-chief. Thus, I worked with my district to write the policies to block social media and ran around my school taking devices from students.

9 Great Nonprofits to Support School Leaders

Tom Murray

When I got connected on social media, my lens was expanded and I became aware additional organizations, as well as their supporting tools and resources.

Managing Smartphone Distractions in the Classroom


Laptops, Chromebooks, iPads, and even cell phones are providing students with opportunities to access the internet for researching, communicating and social learning. Technology has become an integral element in our students’ educational journey.

The Surprisingly Low-Tech Way Schools Are Keeping Students Off Tech


Before the start of this school year, every parent and student had to sign a policy outlining the terms of the new cell phone ban, which forbids any use of the devices during the school day, even between classes. At San Mateo, the initial shock of the ban policy seems to have worn off.

Learn how the Alliance for Excellent Education can help you and your students! | @All4ed


Started in 2012, Digital Learning Day has provided a powerful venue for education leaders to highlight great teaching practice and showcase innovative teachers, leaders, and instructional technology programs that are improving student outcomes.

Virtual Learning Environments in Nursing Education


The advantages of these learning environments combine elements of gaming, videoconferencing, social media and other digital age interfaces familiar and engaging to millennial students. These can include web books, document libraries, and a variety of different media.

The Top 3 Elements of Student Digital Citizenship

EdTech Magazine

To start teaching digital citizenship, remember three simple maxims: Be safe, be savvy and be social. Here are some tips for getting a digital citizenship conversation started with K–12 students and how technology can be used to promote effective outcomes: . Social media, software and apps all have settings that can keep data protected. Be Social: Respect Yourself and Others. The Top 3 Elements of Student Digital Citizenship. eli.zimmerman_9856.

The Human EdTech for Diversity

EdNews Daily

All their suppliers must comply with this linguistic policy because even in high-tech areas, linguistics count, and many highly paid language analysts are employed. . Second, social-emotional learning is the single biggest tech trend in software. . By LeiLani Cauthen.

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Why Teacher Recruitment Needs to Change

Insight Education Group

We also know that teacher quality has a greater impact on student outcomes than any other factor, including race, socioeconomic status, and prior academic record. The distribution of teacher quality and implications for policy.

Digital Citizenship: The Critical Call To Educate and Prepare 21st-Century Learners

EdNews Daily

Although this generation can navigate the digital world with ease, it is unreasonable to assume young people fully understand how to leverage technology for best possible outcomes. Today, 60% of parents say they’ve checked their teenagers’ profiles on social networking sites.

Mindsets for a Bold New World #LT8Keys

A Principal's Reflections

Since this was a violation of school policy I immediately confiscated the device, as this is what I thought I was supposed to do to ensure a school culture free from distraction and solely focused on traditional learning.

Children can see adult decisions killing New Orleans youth

The Hechinger Report

The index was designed to inform strategies to improve youth and child outcomes. The use of mass and social media makes room in the policy arena crowded by adults. Reversing outcomes stemming from adult policies requires elucidation from youth.

The Fans, Fanboys, and Fanatics of OER

Doug Levin

I also tend to think that educators make rational responses in selecting instructional materials and tools (including using social media) – and certainly in the U.S. I have a confession to make. I work in K-12 education in the U.S.,

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How Districts Can Unlock Actionable Data


School districts are struggling with the fact that 70% of purchased licenses for edtech programs don’t get used at all within the school year and only 10% of teachers know how often students should use edtech programs to drive learning outcomes.

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Scaling Innovation: A System’s Approach to Transforming Teaching & Learning

Digital Promise

We also developed a comprehensive five-year device refresh plan, implemented a new inventory and IT support system, enacted new responsible use and device policies for students and staff, and redesigned the Technology Department to better support our Future Ready goals.

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Fixing School & The Role Companies Play - #IamME Podcast on @EpiphanyLearn

The Innovative Educator

How I've made an impact in areas in the nation's largest school district: Include educator, students, and parent voice in the decisions, guidelines, and policies that affect them. Harness the power of social media to give a voice to students, educators, and parents.

Olympic Learning! Over 32 Web Resources and Activities

Teacher Reboot Camp

Students can learn about sports, current events, STEM , history, geography, and foreign policy while enjoying the Olympics. Your students will also learn about different cultures and traditions by following the Olympics online through videos, articles, images, social media and infographics. Students can create social media marketing campaign posters for different local businesses.

A public cloud of social capital to connect schools and communities

The Christensen Institute

But as I’ve researched this topic I’ve been equally excited by efforts to ease the logistical barriers of creating new local networks by connecting schools to the latent social assets right in their backyard.

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Why the Movie "Eighth Grade" Is Great for Digital Citizenship

Graphite Blog

Teachers considering whether to show Eighth Grade to students should follow their school or district's policy on using films in the classroom. At the heart of the Common Sense Digital Citizenship Curriculum is a pretty simple pedagogical philosophy: Teens need an honest, supportive space to discuss and think through how to navigate the challenges of media and identity. These discussions can be helped by relevant examples from media and the world.

Why the Movie "Eighth Grade" Is Great for Digital Citizenship

Graphite Blog

Teachers considering whether to show Eighth Grade to students should follow their school or district's policy on using films in the classroom. At the heart of the Common Sense Digital Citizenship Curriculum is a pretty simple pedagogical philosophy: Teens need an honest, supportive space to discuss and think through how to navigate the challenges of media and identity. These discussions can be helped by relevant examples from media and the world.

“A brain may seek to produce an output, but a mind wants to play.”

TeachThought - Learn better.

These systems parallel similar transitions from small farms to commercial agriculture, small shops into mega-stores, and inter-personal storytelling to seeking our “stories” from Hollywood and social media, all increasingly drive by technology.

Highlights From a Year of Tracking Future Trends in Education


This is the outcome of a combination of forces: our persistent desire to get more people into and through higher education, and our anxieties about the spiraling growth of student debt and college tuition. Related to this development was the rise of what I think of as Social Justice Edtech. This movement asks us to rethink technology to address social problems in education and society. They argue that putatively equitable technologies actually reinstate social inequalities.

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Fake News or Free Speech: Is There a Right to be Misinformed? (Free webinar!)


The difference now is that we are inundated with social media that makes it possible to disseminate “fake news” quickly and easily. Learning Outcomes. Individuals involved in media, publishing, and social media.