New Content Added to Discovery Education’s Award-Winning Digital Services Boost Teachers’ Ability to Engage Students in Science, STEM, Social Studies, and More

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–Immersive New Content Empowers Educators to Create Dynamic Digital Learning Environments for All Students – Silver Spring, Md. All three vignettes are now available in Discovery Education Streaming Plus and the Social Studies Techbook.

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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. 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. It is a process that respects both the teacher and students.

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.

Update: North Dakota Innovation Academy

Dangerously Irrelevant

Generously supported by Ted Dintersmith and in cooperation with the North Dakota Council of Educational Leaders , the goal was to kick off a three-year investment in leadership capacity-building across the state for future-ready learning, teaching, and schooling.

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. Simply having technology does not improve learning. leveraging, and how we’re supporting teachers with professional learning.

How to Build Strong Relationships During the Edtech Purchasing Process

Digital Promise

School districts should communicate their needs and give candid feedback to developers; at the same time, edtech developers need to meet the needs of diverse learners and educators to improve learning outcomes. Engage with stakeholders to identify and communicate context-specific needs.

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Powerful Learning is Collaborative and Connected

Digital Promise

In this series we explore Powerful Learning, a set of principles to guide educators designing learning experiences that engage the hearts and minds of learners, and incorporate technology in ways that contribute to closing the Digital Learning Gap.

Teacher Development Research Review: Keys to Educator Success

Digital Promise

Teaching quality has been defined as “instruction that enables a wide range of students to learn” ( Darling-Hammond, 2012 ), and it is the strongest school-related factor that can improve student learning and achievement ( Hanushek, 2011 ; Nye, Konstantopoulos, and Hedges, 2004 ; Rivkin, Hanushek, and Kain, 2005 ). Job Embedded Professional Development. Professional Learning Communities. A safe and cooperative climate for learning.

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Finding Math Throughout the Real World

edWeb.net

Director of Professional Learning for ORIGO Education, underscored that we, as educators, need to help students engage in math by seeing math as something vital to them. He went on to study mathematics at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

8 Approaches That Are Making a Difference in Public Education

Digital Promise

News articles often highlight the challenges educators face and the ways in which students are not achieving. Learn more: ISTE Feature. Challenge: Personalized Learning | Solution: Personalized Learning Case Studies in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools.

The Professional Development Problem

EdNews Daily

While debate about professional development expands, educator hopes for feeling supported are shrinking. Only 40 percent of teachers’ value PD activities (TNTP) and few teachers (34 percent) think professional development has improved (Gates Foundation).

Discovery Education acquires Inspyro

eSchool News

Discovery Education , a leader in standards-aligned digital curriculum resources, engaging content, and professional learning for K-12 classrooms, announced the acquisition of leading virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) provider Inspyro.

Substance Over Assumptions and Generalizations

A Principal's Reflections

Here is an excerpt: " Schools have yet to take advantage of the potential of technology in the classroom to tackle the digital divide and give every student the skills they need in today’s connected world, according to the first OECD PISA assessment of digital skills.

Celebrating ConnectED’s Achievements Toward Transforming Education

Digital Promise

These commitments are connecting 20 million more students to next-generation broadband and wireless. Beginning in fall 2014, the students and teachers at Burbank Elementary School in Hayward, California, embarked on a new and ambitious program to integrate arts across the curriculum.

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Navigating the Shift to OER

edWeb.net

During a tour of updates to SETDA’s Digital Instructional Materials Acquisition Policies for States (DMAPS) , which showcases state policies in support of digital materials, Christine Fox, Deputy Executive Director for SETDA, discussed new features like professional development information.

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Managing Smartphone Distractions in the Classroom

edWeb.net

Technology has become an integral element in our students’ educational journey. With the influx of diverse and multimedia instruction technology software and 1:1 programs, students have access to technology both in and out of school settings.

We used these Google tools in our schools and saw tangible results soar

eSchool News

Last year we engaged Evergreen Education Group on a journey around the world to answer that question. These case studies demonstrate the success with Google for Education through the lens of teachers, students and administrators.

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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.

Redesigning the Learning Experience

Tom Murray

Having traveled the nation and spent extensive time in schools throughout 2015, there’s one thing I can say for sure: Many of today’s classrooms have amazing 21st century tools sitting in 20th century learning environments. Today’s students must be able to: Problem solve.

Creative Coding and Robots in the Classroom

edWeb.net

They highlighted that soft skills critical to student success in future fields of study such as logic, problem-solving and creativity are integral components of computer science curriculums. Coding can be an abstract concept and difficult for some students to comprehend.

Why Young Children Should Learn Engineering

edWeb.net

While four-year-olds can’t compete with even third graders in engineering, they can learn and benefit from modified lessons. The engineering process involves several steps, though, from asking questions to determining if what the students built solves the problem.

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. Provide professional learning in the use of curated content.

Texas’ Richardson Independent School District Selects Discovery Education to Support New STEM Education Initiative

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- Unique Digital Content Combined with Sustained Professional Development to Help Create Vibrant Culture of STEM in Participating Schools - Silver Spring, Md. The Discovery Education Community will continue assisting RISD’s educators’ efforts to create more personalized learning experiences.

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A Triangle of Trust: A Framework for the Principal-Coach-Teacher Partnership

Reading By Example

Building trust in the schoolhouse is a prerequisite for professional learning. I am learning that a critical part of this work is having clarity about the purpose and goals of a school. We had concluded previously that some of our students were lagging in their reading fluency.

How Early Intervention with Dyslexia Benefits Your Students and Your School

edWeb.net

Early intervention: it’s a common mantra for any student with learning difficulties, including dyslexia. Schools need to develop a 3-5 year plan for students with dyslexia, advises Noland. This broadcast was hosted by edWeb.net and sponsored by Learning Ally.

Our Quest for More R&R

A Principal's Reflections

It’s the quality of thinking, not the quantity, that defines academic rigor, and rigorous learning can occur at any school grade and in any subject. Relevance - Relevance refers to learning in which students apply core knowledge, concepts, or skills, to solve real-world problems.

Beyond "Ditching the Desks," 9 Creative Ways to Avoid "The Cemetery Effect"

Kleinspiration

My heart sunk when I thought about how this space - a cemetery - resembled the first classroom learning environment that I had created for my first class of fourth graders. No, the students weren’t zombies, nor were my thoughts morbid. What is your student to teacher ratio?

State and District Leadership Discuss Digital Learning Opportunities

edWeb.net

SETDA’s latest research, Navigating the Digital Shift 2018: Broadening Student Learning Opportunities , highlights how state policies are supporting the transformation to digital learning. Now, students always have access to current materials.

Upcoming Enhancements to Discovery Education’s Award-Winning Techbook Series to Help Educators Maximize Instructional Time

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- New Improvements to Techbook Platform will Make Relevant Content Even More Accessible to Teachers and Students - Silver Spring, Md. June 25, 2018) – Discovery Education , the leading provider of digital content and professional learning for K-12 classrooms, today announced that upcoming enhancements to its award-winning Techbook series will help educators maximize instructional time by making engaging digital content even more accessible to teachers and students.

Erasing the Look and Feel of Poverty

Digital Promise

The majority of K-12 students in the U.S. For these students, poverty brings a host of other disadvantages, most beyond the school district’s control: broken homes, transient living situations, and a lack of educational support at home. Supporting Students from Day One. "That’s

Helping Others Along – Motivation Theory and the SAMR Model

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Elbert Hubbard As a second year teacher, I remember being very excited about leading my students to participate in a project-based learning activity. As champions we must learn to put ourselves in the shoes of a late adopter or laggard, then try to help them along.

Seven Things That Happen When Kids Embrace a Maker Mindset

The Principal of Change

I once had a student who taught himself how to code by playing around with Scratch when he was in the sixth grade. But I also taught students with immense talent who never pursued their dreams because they were waiting for an invitation that never came.

Erasing the Look and Feel of Poverty

Digital Promise

The majority of K-12 students in the U.S. For these students, poverty brings a host of other disadvantages, most beyond the school district’s control: broken homes, transient living situations, and a lack of educational support at home. Enrollment skyrocketed to nearly 300 students.

Eight Ways To Teach Climate Change In Almost Any Classroom

MindShift

But in reality, it’s not always happening: Fewer than half of K-12 teachers told us that they talk about climate change with their children or students. Joseph Henderson teaches in the environmental studies department at Paul Smith’s College in upstate New York.