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.

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. Technology allows teachers to expand their lessons outside of the classroom and make connections beyond their communities.


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


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. Education Technology STEM

What Students Gain When They See Parents Struggle


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. Education Technology Student Voice CommunityThe first weeks of school sparkle with promise: Fresh classes, different teachers, new students. Reviews of materials from the previous year aim to give students a sturdy path.

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


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. At PowerMyLearning, we are exploring the benefits of learning by teaching through Family Playlists. Education Technology Personalized Learning Practice and Implementation StrategiesPicture this: It’s Monday and Ms.

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


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. Having families deeply involved in what their kids are doing in class really matters,” says Elisabeth Stock, chief executive of PowerMyLearning. That approach resonated well with PowerMyLearning, which Stock started in 1999.

Nonprofit CFY honors innovative parents and ed-tech visionaries

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In addition to the honorees and guests, twelve students from The Young Women’s Leadership School were on hand to demonstrate the wide variety of high-quality digital learning activities within the CFY learning platform, PowerMyLearning , which is designed to support personalized instruction and student-driven learning. She stated that her CFY computer “ignited my passion for technology and set the tone for years to come.” Event celebrates digital education successes.

Five Critical Guidelines for Data Privacy Across School Districts

Discussing CoSN’s Five Critical Guidelines for Ensuring Data Privacy in Your Use of Technology, the speakers told attendees that when it comes to data privacy, the word “done” isn’t in their vocabulary. It is not the Director of Technology or somebody else who’s responsible for this,” said Dr. Dumais. “It’s He is a thought leader for innovation and technology integration, arts development and academic environments.

Transitioning Edtech to the Cloud

Presenters of the edWebinar, “ Cloud Computing: Taking Advantage of the Latest Technologies,” which is part of the Empowered Superintendents edWebinar series, shared their reasons for switching to the cloud, how it has helped their schools, and their advice when making the transition. In May 2018, district residents approved the first millage increase in 31 years for upgrades related to instructional innovation, school safety, technology access, and career development.

Key Questions and Recommendations for Online Assessment

Embed Technology in Instructional Practice: If students are going to be tested with tech, then they need to be learning that way on a regular basis. He was named as a Digital Principal of the Year by NASSP for exhibiting bold, creative leadership in his drive to harness the potential of new technologies to further learning goals for staff, students, and the school community. 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

Moving to a 1:1 environment requires an overhaul of every district building and technology resource. Whether the school’s tech-savvy teachers have the new tool first or everyone receives it at the same time, the speakers agreed that all teachers need to have the technology in their hands at least six months before the students. In addition, inevitably, some staff will leave, and schools should have a plan for onboarding new hires in regard to their technology and learning goals.

Five Steps to Ensure Accessibility for All

Educators need to perform regular evaluations of how the policies, teaching strategies, technology, curriculum, etc., Ann McMullan is a 34-year veteran educator who served as the executive director for educational technology in the Klein Independent School District, located just outside Houston, Texas until September 2013, when she and her family moved to Los Angeles, California. She serves on the board of PowerMyLearning Los Angeles and on the advisory board of Project Tomorrow.

5 Reasons to Address Cyber Security

He is a former teacher but spent 20 years away from the classroom working as a technology attorney and software executive. Prior to becoming superintendent, Dr. Lilly held a variety of roles with the district, including Curriculum Specialist, Director of Technology, and Principal. For 16 years Ann led the team in Klein ISD that provided professional development on technology and 21st century instructional strategies to over 4,000 professional educators serving over 50,000 students.

Leading Change | Voices from #FETC

How are school leaders managing the pace of change and explosion of technology? The Future of Education Technology Conference in Orlando, FL gathered thousands of educators for a non-stop techfest of keynotes, sessions, and exhibits. Lisa Schmucki, the founder of, attended and was particularly interested in hearing how school leaders are managing the pace of change and the explosion of technology now available to all of us as consumers and for our students and schools.

Top 100 Sites/Apps for Game Based Learning

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PowerMyLearning - Great site for educators to search for games by Common Core Standard, build playlists, and track student progress. ** Presidents vs. Aliens - A very fun iOS game that reminds me of Space Invaders as you fling US Presidents at the incoming aliens. 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 Gamification).

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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 Campus Technology : “Study Uncovers How Ed Tech Decision-Making Works.”

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Via the MIT Technology Review : “For $14,000, a Weeklong Firehose of Silicon Valley Kool-Aid.” “Learning technology once reserved for special needs students is now in everyone’s hands. “The Growing Role of Technology in Personalized Learning ,” according to KQED’s Mindshift. Via Campus Technology : “ Unizin Partners with Cengage to Offer Discounted Course Materials.” PowerMyLearning has received $6.5