Gamify Your Professional Learning at the CUE 2016 Fall Conference!

CUE

Covina-Valley Unified School District teachers having way too much fun learning about Quizizz at a CUE Launch event. Professional learning can and should be fun! If you are still waiting for your personal invitation to join Twitter, consider this it!

What is Collaboration for Professional Learning?

My Island View

After being involved in social media for over a decade, I have made a few observations that might be helpful to folks who use social media, more specifically Twitter, to develop and maintain a Personal Learning Network. I started my Twitter account with a plan and focus to use it to develop collegial sources for my professional learning. Using Twitter for professional learning requires a collaborative mindset. Each of those follows is a person.

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Must-Have iPad and Smartphone Apps for Educators: Revised Edition

The 21st Century Principal

Next week, I will be presenting to a group of educators in my district on the subject of "Must-Have iPad and Smartphone Apps." I did a blog post a short time ago, and that list hasn''t change much, but there have been a few additions and deletions, mostly due to suggestions of those in my Personal Learning Network. Only those general apps that I find myself using as a part of my job and in my professional learning.

A Paradigm Shift

A Principal's Reflections

It all began around 2003 when the smartphone wars started with Blackberry, but was quickly taken over by the Apple iPhone in 2007. Maybe evolution is not the right approach for education, but rather a concerted focus on paradigm shifts to professional practice.

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To Disconnect or Not

A Principal's Reflections

We did take our smartphones and allowed our kids to each pack their iPod touches. It is cool in my opinion to make the best use of even vacation time to learn a little. I learned long ago to never let technology interfere with family time.

Planning for the Total Cost of Edtech Initiatives

edWeb.net

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. Randy was a Tech & Learning Magazine runner-up for 2017 digital leaders.

The Keys to Discussing Student Data Privacy

edWeb.net

In addition to annual school-wide professional development about the policies, schools need job-specific sessions for each subgroup. This year Mehlville opened academies at each middle school to expand personalized learning experiences at the middle school level.

An Inside Look at the Edtech Purchasing Process

edWeb.net

The participants: Large district: Dr. Daryl Diamond, Director of Innovative Learning, Broward County Public Schools, FL. They not only look at how the product would fit with their learning standards and curriculum, but the product must also work within their LMS. Howard: She agreed that tools can become outdated quickly, so they look at making products that can have a big impact on student learning in a short timeframe. Then, learning goals drive the decision.

15 hot edtech trends for 2017

eSchool News

To get a glimpse into what the next 12 months will hold for everything from professional development to digital learning, and from communication to virtual reality, 15 ed tech luminaries looked back on 2016 edtech trends to help predict what’s in store for 2017.

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5 Reasons to Address Cyber Security

edWeb.net

Sharing both personal experiences and insights from across K-12, they implored school leaders to create a comprehensive cyber security plan now. Professional Reputation: As evidenced by recent incidents, stories about data hacks stay in the news for many cycles.

What’s New: New Tools for Schools

techlearning

Teachers can create transformational learning experiences for students by joining 3DBear’s AR Innovator Program. The program includes in-classroom professional development sessions. The plans are a unique mix of teacher-led structure and student-led learning.

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Librarian Approved: 30 Ed-Tech Apps to Inspire Creativity and Creation

MindShift

Luckily, several tech-savvy librarians have been curating the apps their colleagues find useful and sharing the all-stars with one another through personal learning communities (PLC) and edWeb webinars. The real promise of education technology is to redefine how students learn.

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Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

“ From the article that ”innovative teaching practice" appears to be project-based learning. ” “Whatever happened to the promise of online learning ?” “How can online learning help Canadian colleges meet the challenges ahead?” ” In a response to protests at Reed College , The Atlantic argues “Why Everyone Should Learn About Western Civilization.” “ social and emotional learning.”)