BetterLesson and Adobe release 300+ strategies for creativity, student engagement

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As educators across the country work tirelessly to provide engaging lessons in new and ever-changing environments, there are still understandable concerns about low student engagement, low teacher morale , and a lack of professional development to meet teacher and students’ needs.

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Tips and Strategies to Boost Student Engagement

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Disruptions like school openings and closures, shifts between remote, hybrid, and in-person learning, new policies and procedures, and the loss of shared traditions have made things difficult for everyone. From screen-time habits to social and emotional issues, many students are struggling.

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Teaching and leading for higher student engagement … even during a pandemic (aka How I spent my summer)

Dangerously Irrelevant

Some schools spent the summer engaged in magical thinking that everyone would be back in person this fall, just like before the pandemic. I was fortunate to work with numerous educators this summer on how to teach and lead for higher student engagement – even during a pandemic.

Discovery Education Offering Educators Curriculum Support, At-Home Activities, and Professional Learning Resources to Keep Students Engaged in Learning All Summer

eSchool News

A wide variety of digital resources now available from Discovery Education are specifically designed to integrate easily into school systems’ existing summer learning efforts. Student Learning Activities that feature absorbing student-led activities for every grade level.

Discovery Education and Social Impact Partners Offer All Educators New, No-Cost Professional Learning Resources

eSchool News

Silver Spring, MD (Thursday, December 16, 2021) — As school systems nationwide begin to look towards Winter Break, Discovery Education and select social impact partners present curated professional learning resources at no cost to support educators’ continued professional learning.

Kansas Provides Statewide Access of LETRS Professional Learning in Literacy for Educators Responsible for Prekindergarten through Grade Three

eSchool News

1, 2021) –– The Kansas State Board of Education is providing statewide access to LETRS® (Language Essentials for Teachers of Reading and Spelling) professional learning for educators in prekindergarten through third grade to individuals entering the early education field. BOSTON (Dec.

10 Things That Happen When Students Engage in Design Thinking

The Principal of Change

I know John is very thoughtful about his work, and has helped many educators embrace “Design Thinking” in their classrooms, in a way that is easy to connect with, yet powerful for students. To learn more about John and his thoughts on innovation in education, empowering students, and how Design Thinking can unleash these things in your students and your classrooms, check out his post below, that was originally posted on his blog.

Content Curation Strategies for Digital Learning

BYOT Network

We practice curation for both personal and professional reasons by saving our favorite links, images, videos, and other resources, which we have either found ourselves or have been shared with us. These concerns are relevant to both personal and professional attempts at content curation and necessitate a purposeful, focused, and methodic approach to this task. I also listed the activities that are involved in content curation, specifically within K-12 learning environments.

In School, Learning and Workforce Prep Go Hand in Hand

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But students must be able to carry what they learn from school to the real world where they will ultimately live and work. Then he learned that a 9th-grade student—who excelled academically in 6th grade—was pregnant. Driving Learning: The Tech Boost.

Strategies for Culturally Responsive Teaching

edWeb.net

A critical topic for schools, communities, and most importantly, our students, is what teachers do in the classroom to nurture ALL students, create a sense of belonging, and keep educational standards high. Only then can students, especially immigrant students and students of color, meet their potential and succeed in school and beyond. Racial discrimination can lead to trauma responses such as feelings of intense fear, anxiety, and helplessness in students.

Student Engagement and Closing the Opportunity Gap: An Action Plan, Part 2

Reading By Example

My previous two posts have described how schools can improve access for students of color and students living in poverty to follow their passions and have more voice in choice in their learning. The headings I use to organize my thinking come from Appendix A of Regie Routman’s excellent resource Read, Write, Lead: Breakthrough Strategies for Schoolwide Literacy Success (ASCD, 2014). It is a process that respects both the teacher and students.

Student Engagement and Closing the Opportunity Gap: An Action Plan, Part 2

Reading By Example

My previous two posts have described how schools can improve access for students of color and students living in poverty to follow their passions and have more voice in choice in their learning. The headings I use to organize my thinking come from Appendix A of Regie Routman’s excellent resource Read, Write, Lead: Breakthrough Strategies for Schoolwide Literacy Success (ASCD, 2014). It is a process that respects both the teacher and students.

Student Engagement and Closing the Opportunity Gap: An Action Plan, Part 1

Reading By Example

In my previous post , I highlighted an article from Education Week about students being able to pursue their questions and interests in school. She believes that if students do not have a voice and choice in their learning, then all of the focus on the core academics will not amount to much. This is essential for our students of color and students living in poverty. As a principal in a Title I elementary school, I can attest to the needs of these students.

Student Engagement and Closing the Opportunity Gap: An Action Plan, Part 1

Reading By Example

In my previous post , I highlighted an article from Education Week about students being able to pursue their questions and interests in school. She believes that if students do not have a voice and choice in their learning, then all of the focus on the core academics will not amount to much. This is essential for our students of color and students living in poverty. As a principal in a Title I elementary school, I can attest to the needs of these students.

Resources for Teachers and Instructional Coaches – December 2021

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This edition of noted and notable content for educators includes articles about instructional equity, managing multiple duties as a coach, resources for teachers on students’ emotional well-being, and successful PLCs. Instructional equity and student engagement go hand in hand. For Zaretta Hammond, author of Culturally Responsive Teaching and the Brain , “equity is about making sure every student is a powerful learner.”

How Online Learning Can Improve Your Teaching

Ask a Tech Teacher

Online learning has become not only a common alternative to physical classes, but a well-regarded change maker in the education ecosystem. The gregarious students no longer take over the class and the quiet ones are not ignored in their silence. Online education Teaching Strategies

What to Identify Before Personalizing Learning

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iNACOL defines personalized learning as “tailoring learning for each student’s strength, needs, and interests—including enabling student’s voice and choice in what, how, when and where they learn—to provide flexibility and supports to ensure mastery of the highest standards possible.” However, it is essential to recognize that engagement looks different for every student in a classroom.

How to Roll Out Game-Based Learning—and Boost Engagement—in Your Classroom

Edsurge

History in Baltimore City Public Schools, I was always looking for new ways to engage my students. When Vadim Polikov—my childhood friend and a successful entrepreneur—approached me with a game-based learning business idea in the summer of 2015, I jumped at the idea. . Vadim wanted to create enough curriculum games so they would be effective daily learning tools in schools. Student Engagement. My students were so incredibly engaged because of the games.

BetterLesson Appoints Seasoned Educational Technology Leader Matthew Kennard as CEO

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BetterLesson , a leading provider of high quality virtual and in-person K-12 professional learning, announces Matthew Kennard as its new CEO. Since then, the organization has grown into a professional development leader with a team that possesses extensive educational experience and a deep-seated commitment to equity in education. We’re proud to have founded BetterLesson as teachers and built the company into a professional development leader,” Grodd said.

Computer Science Teachers Association Adds CoderZ’s Professional Development Program to Curated List of Quality Resources

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April 20, 2021 – After a rigorous evaluation, the Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA) has added CoderZ to its online list of professional learning programs. Teachers receive a hands-on learning experience with guided practice. DERRY, N.H.

Oklahoma’s Edmond Public Schools Chooses Discovery Education to Support New Digital Conversion Strategy

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-Discovery Education’s Math Techbook and Professional Learning Services to Strengthen Efforts to Create Dynamic Digital Classrooms – Silver Spring, Md. May 9, 2018) – Oklahoma’s Edmond Public Schools (EPS) today announced it has chosen Discovery Education, the leading provider of digital content and professional development for K-12 classrooms, to support the implementation of the district’s Digital Conversion Strategy. million students in all U.S.

Want Easier Principal Walkthroughs? Try Virtual Classroom Walkthroughs

Edthena

Principal walkthroughs are a strategy often used by school leaders and team leaders to sample instruction across multiple classroom environments. Ultimately the person observing is able to identifying trends in teaching and learning across the set of classrooms.

4 ways to make high-impact teaching a reality

eSchool News

How do we apply that brilliance across year levels, subject areas, and student demographics? And how do we measure the impact of different teaching methods in terms of how they’re improving student outcomes? Put simply, to shift the quality of learning in schools, we need to better support teachers with evidence of learning so they can focus their effort on doing the things that work really well for every learner in the room.

Illinois’ School District U-46 Selects Discovery Education to Support Bilingual Math Teaching and Learning Strategy

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- Discovery Education’s Math Techbook and Professional Development to Accelerate District’s Transition to Digital Teaching and Learning - Silver Spring, Md. March 27, 2018) - Illinois’ School District U-46 (U-46) today announced it has selected Discovery Education , the leading provider of digital content and professional development for K-12 classrooms, to support the implementation of its new bilingual teaching and learning strategy.

Challenges Create Opportunities

A Principal's Reflections

Even though I am often the facilitator of learning, I always seek out opportunities to put myself into the shoes of those doing the day-to-day work and then use this as an opportunity to reflect on my practice. My partner in crime was Belinda Kuck, who is the Director of Teaching and Learning.

The Vital Role of Digital Leadership in Transforming Education

A Principal's Reflections

In the case of schools, there has been a dramatic shift to remote learning that has allowed all of us to reflect on where we are, but more importantly, where we want and need to be in the near future. Learning going forward should be anything but common. Education will not be the same.

Using Micro-credentials for Personalized Professional Development

Digital Promise

The Kentucky Valley Educational Cooperative (KVEC) is an educational service agency in rural southeastern Kentucky that serves 22 school districts, 134 schools, over 3,000 teachers, and more than 50,000 students. We believe that by working together, we can face the educational challenges that students, educators, and our community experience every day. This network helps us organize and maximize resources to advance student outcomes. Learn more about our work.

The Balance with Catlin Tucker: Featuring Adam Welcome

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In this episode, we discuss the changing roles of teachers and students in a time when students have unlimited access to information and resources online. We explore the difference between entertaining students and engaging them. How would you describe student engagement?

Teamwork Makes the Dream Work—Building a Successful Blended Learning Program

Edsurge

Three years ago, with the help of the education agency the Grant Wood Area Education Agency (GWAEA), Iowa rolled out its initiative to implement blended learning as a model for the state. Prompted by district administrators’ desire to find ways to build student agency, engage student passion and personalize learning, we hoped blended learning would shake up the status quo and spark large scale change.

The Balance with Catlin Tucker: Featuring Travis Lape

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Travis believes that by empowering learners to drive their learning we can start to create a new system that honors all learners and their cultures. In this episode, Travis and I talk about school design and the ways in which Harrisburg School District is reimagining school for its students.

Personalized Learning, Teachers Unleashed, and a Learning Analytics Partnership: The Story of Fresno Unified

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At last February’s Board meeting, 10-year old Ryan inspired the adults in the room to see how tech can be leveraged for learning in a whole new light. Ryan had this chance to shine because of Fresno’s Personalized Learning Initiative (PLI), which has been fostering student voice, choice and collaboration over the last two years. With 71,000 students, Fresno is the fourth largest district in California. Education Technology Personalized Learning Learning Strategies

4 Shifts Video Series: Looking for some pilot schools or districts

Dangerously Irrelevant

The series consists of 7 self-paced modules and includes 38 videos, 7 lesson redesign opportunities, 6 additional instructional redesign scenarios, and other suggestions, strategies, and resources. Podcast – Harnessing technology for deeper learning.

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CenterPoint’s Illustrative Mathematics Certified and EL Education Aligned Assessments Now Integrated with Kiddom’s High-Quality Digital Curriculum to Support Learning and Instruction

eSchool News

The partnership will provide educators and students with instant access to high-quality assessments aligned to the curriculum already being used in their classrooms. Interim assessments are administered throughout a school year and are key to supporting learning.

Integrating Social-Emotional Learning Across the Curriculum

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For children entering second grade this academic year, it is highly likely that it was their first time in school as they spent kindergarten and first grade learning via Zoom. Why Do Students Need Social-Emotional Learning? Screen Before Putting SEL Strategies into Practice.

20 Ways to Personalize Your Learning This Summer

The CoolCatTeacher

But the reality is also that we’re going to have to prepare for a fall that – whatever it looks like – will include an online learning component. Learning online will also help us become better teachers and now is the perfect time to take an online course. Learn How 2.

Driving Change to Personalized Learning? Here’s How Three Leaders Have Done It

Edsurge

Moving towards personalized learning can be fraught with tension. Putting vision into practice Any school district knows, creating a vision for personalized learning is useless if you do not provide staff the steps to actually get there. Each chart has cheat sheets on how to use each report to target instruction along with what kind of activities their students could do, including online and offline learning activities.

Check Your Tech Before You Select Your Tech

Digital Promise

Leveraging Professional Learning Communities to Discover Impactful Tech. Although the edtech discovery process looks different for everyone, the quest should always be driven by the same question: What will this allow my students to do that otherwise would not be possible? Then, in the end, will it have been worth the investment and will my family or students be better off because of my decision? These questions include: How did I learn about this technology?

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Assessing the Value of Interactive Whiteboards (IWB's)

A Principal's Reflections

It should be noted that in both examples above, direct instruction was followed by some sort of student-centered learning activity. In many cases, every classroom is outfitted, as well as conference rooms and professional learning spaces.

Ed Tech Research is Clear: Owning a Device Does Not Improve Learning

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Scanning the media on education technology could easily lead one to believe we are wasting our money when putting devices into the hands of students. From my perspective, each of these instances are really just reflections of either the problems we experience when we focus on the device more than we do the learning, or the benefits of doing the reverse (the notion of “more verbs, fewer nouns”). Simply having technology does not improve learning.

Ed Tech Research is Clear: Owning a Device Does Not Improve Learning

More Verbs

Scanning the media on education technology could easily lead one to believe we are wasting our money when putting devices into the hands of students. From my perspective, each of these instances are really just reflections of either the problems we experience when we focus on the device more than we do the learning, or the benefits of doing the reverse (the notion of “more verbs, fewer nouns”). Simply having technology does not improve learning.