April, 2024

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11 Artificial Intelligence (AI) Tools to Support Effective Teaching and Leadership

A Principal's Reflections

It goes without saying that AI is a hot topic of conversation in education circles and beyond. In the beginning, I was a skeptic myself, but now I use it to support my professional work, especially when I coach leaders. While there are legitimate concerns and anything generated by AI needs to be fully vetted, the most profound benefit is how it can save educators precious time.

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CoSN2024: Los Angeles Tech Leaders Reveal How They Turned the Table on Hackers

EdTech Magazine

After making headline news for falling victim to a ransomware attack on Labor Day in 2022, Los Angeles Unified School District technology leaders are speaking out. Because LAUSD is the second-largest school district in the country, with more than 600,000 students, the attack was a wake-up call for all of K–12. The incident made it very clear that when it comes to cyber targets, size isn’t the issue.

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4 Innovative Ways to Enhance Reading Comprehension with AI Tools

Ask a Tech Teacher

I’m excited about this post from the Ask a Tech Teacher crew–AI Tools for reading comprehension. There are so many directions this could go! 4 Innovative Ways to Enhance Reading Comprehension with AI Tools Struggling to grasp the essence of a dense PDF or wishing students could wrestle more effectively with complex texts? The key may reside in AI-powered reading assistants, a broad category encompassing everything from summarizers to intelligent note-taking platforms.

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Celebrating Students’ Commitment to Sustainability at Compton Unified School District

Digital Promise

The post Celebrating Students’ Commitment to Sustainability at Compton Unified School District appeared first on Digital Promise.

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Quickly Create Personalized Learning Experiences that Work

How can we actively engage learners 24/7, on their level and according to their interests, while respecting their learning styles? It’s not impossible. In this guide: Explore how to transform traditional, one-way videos into two-way interactive learning experiences Understand different types of artificial intelligence (AI), including - Generative vs.

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24 Activities, Teaching Strategies, and Resources for Teaching Students with Autism

Waterford

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a neurodivergent condition that affects communication, behavior, and learning. Psychologists use the term spectrum disorder because symptoms and support needs vary depending on the child. Although clinically defined as a disorder, having autism does not mean something is wrong or “needs to be fixed” with a child; it means their brain is wired in a different way from what is considered more common or neurotypical.

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The Impact of Student Voices on Instructional Leadership: A Case Study

Education Elements

At Education Elements, Personalized Learning reflects many of our core beliefs about how people and organizations grow. This is why we continuously improve our services in this area to support schools and districts in their efforts to personalize learning for students. We know that in and outside the classroom, learning is rarely one-size-fits-all. Every individual can thrive if their unique needs are met.

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Incorporate Literacy Tools in K–12 STEM Subjects

EdTech Magazine

K–12 students across the U.S. are struggling with literacy skills. “We have secondary students who have third-grade reading levels,” says Sharo Dickerson, director of digital and learning resources at El Paso Independent School District in Texas. Reading levels for 13-year-old students have been declining since 2012, with the sharpest drop between 2020 and 2023, according to the National Assessment of Educational Progress’s long-term trend assessment.

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Creative Fabrica–the Perfect Solution for Teachers, Creators, and Anyone In a Hurry

Ask a Tech Teacher

I–like many teachers–do a lot of prep for my teaching, often requiring digital desktop publishing platforms. Between newsletters for parents, announcements on social media, communications for students and parents, and more, it became a challenge to demonstrate the excitement and engagement of learning through what could be boring tools. Then I got an email from the folks at Creative Fabrica.

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Recommendations for Supporting Safe Teacher Exploration of AI and New Technologies

Digital Promise

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Critical Race Theory Is About You, and All of Us

The Jose Vilson

Recently, Christina Cross, a Black woman sociologist at Harvard, found her work at the crosshairs of the same person who brought us the bastardization of critical race theory. (Yes, it was.) Many scholars, from her sociology department to the primary investigators of the original study, defended her against his claims of plagiarism, but people jumped regardless.

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Can Brain Science Actually Help Make Your Training & Teaching Stick?

Speaker: Andrew Cohen, Founder & CEO of Brainscape

The instructor’s PPT slides are brilliant. You’ve splurged on the expensive interactive courseware. Student engagement is stellar. So… why are half of your students still forgetting everything they learned in just a matter of weeks? It's likely a matter of cognitive science! With so much material to "teach" these days, we often forget to incorporate key proven principles into our curricula — namely active recall, metacognition, spaced repetition, and interleaving practice.

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Introducing AI Chat for Securly Filter

Securly

AI Chat for Securly Filter has arrived and is here to help teach K-12 students the responsible use of AI. Read on to learn more about AI in education and how this new solution thwarts the associated challenges. The State of AI in K-12 Education The use of AI in schools is presenting both opportunities and challenges for K-12 educators. In the opportunity column, innovative AI tools for schools can automate data collection and analysis, personalize student learning, and take on tedious administra

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How VR Can Be an ‘Empathy Machine’ for Education

Edsurge

A VR experience created by students at The New School in New York City is designed to take viewers to an almond farm in California and illustrate the effects of pesticides on bee colonies. At first, participants wearing a VR headset can walk around the virtual stands of trees, and hear the sounds of rustling leaves and buzzing bees. Then, with the push of a button, users can choose a different perspective.

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CoSN2024: School Technology Leaders to Drill Deeper into Artificial Intelligence

EdTech Magazine

Artificial intelligence continues to capture worldwide attention, and educators are no exception. At the CoSN2024 Annual Conference in Miami, many of the sessions will address aspects of AI integration in K–12 schools. The conference, which attracts school technology leaders, administrators and educators and is themed “Leading for Innovation at Warp Speed,” will run from April 8-10.

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Teacher-Authors: What’s Happening on my Writer’s Blog

Ask a Tech Teacher

A lot of teacher-authors read my WordDreams blog. In this monthly column, I share the most popular post from previous months: I’ve been blogging for about sixteen years, some professionally (for my tech ed career) and others on topics of interest to me (writing, USNA, and science). That first post– The Edit Block (don’t bother to click through.

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Reimagining Chickering & Gamson's Principles Post-Pandemic: Technology's Central Role in Modern Edu

This white paper examines and proposes revisions to the "Seven Principles for Good Practice in Undergraduate Education" introduced by Arthur Chickering and Zelda Gamson in 1987 for today's technology-driven world.

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How Do Education Leaders Know if an Edtech Tool is Likely to Work?

Digital Promise

The post How Do Education Leaders Know if an Edtech Tool is Likely to Work? appeared first on Digital Promise.

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How to Use Bloom’s Taxonomy AI Prompts for Lesson Design

EdTechTeacher

Post by EdTechTeacher CEO Tom Driscoll Of all the challenges that AI tools can help teachers address, differentiation and lesson design is at (or at least near) the top of the list! During all of my recent AI-themed professional development workshops, teachers are impressed with how simple AI prompts (i.e. the questions / tasks you enter into an AI chatbot) can generative such a wide variety of quality instructional strategies, project ideas and more. “The Bloom’s Prompt” A

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6 tips to help educators support young readers

eSchool News

Key points: It’s important to move beyond sight words and focus on foundational skills 3 keys to successful summer reading More than a passion project, literacy advocacy takes a village For more news on literacy, visit eSN’s Innovative Teaching hub In school, many kindergarten and first-grade students are asked to memorize lists of common words, which are sometimes called “sight words.

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Researchers Have Identified the Starkest Cases of School District Segregation

Edsurge

Frankenmuth School District has about 1,400 students, nearly 91 percent of whom are white. Its poverty rate is about 5 percent. In contrast, to its west, Saginaw City School District is home to nearly 5,200 students, 81 percent of them students of color. Its poverty rate is 50 percent. This large economic and racial divide between two adjacent districts in Michigan shows that school segregation persists in the 21st century.

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Behind the Bell: The Underlying Impact of Tardiness in K-12 Schools

Managing a K-12 campus with constant pressure to meet performance metrics is challenging. And tardiness can significantly limit a school from reaching these goals. Learn more about why chronic lateness matters, and key strategies to address the following impacts: Data errors caused by manual processes Low attendance and graduation rates that affect a school’s reputation Classroom disruption, which leads to poor academic performance High staff attrition and “The Teacher Exodus” Unmet LCAP goals t

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CoSN2024: Could Poor Relationship Skills Derail School Technology Efforts?

EdTech Magazine

Are you a K–12 technology leader dedicated to districtwide digital transformation? It helps if the superintendent’s got your back. It also helps if your IT team feels appreciated. That was the consensus of two California-based superintendent-technology leader duos at the CoSN2024 conference in Miami this week.

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What You Might Have Missed in March–What’s up in April

Ask a Tech Teacher

Here are the most-read posts for the past month: 35 Resources for Read Across America Day Starlink–What is it? Why use it? Create Simple Shapes in Excel 13 Tips to Solve Unusual Problems 4 Reasons to use Word Problems and 9 Online Resources How to Automate an MLA Heading Celebrate Pi Day and Maths Day What’s a Backchannel and Is it Right For Your Class?

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Celebrating Student-Led Art at Mineola Public Schools

Digital Promise

The post Celebrating Student-Led Art at Mineola Public Schools appeared first on Digital Promise.

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NBA and Discovery Education Invite You to Game Plan for the Future: Virtual Field Trip with the NBA

EdNews Daily

The National Basketball Association (NBA) and Discovery Education—the global edtech leader whose state-of-the-art digital resources nurture student curiosity—invite students and teachers nationwide to participate in Game Plan for the Future: A Virtual Field Trip with the NBA. Premiering Thursday, April 18, 2024, at 1:00 PM ET, this free virtual field trip for students in grades 3-8 showcases how STEM concepts are helping the NBA think about sustainability in its arenas and offices and spark an i

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The Battle of the Authoring Tools: A 10-Point Comparison for Picking the Right One

Speaker: Chris Paxton McMillin, President of D3 Training Solutions

There are plenty of great authoring tools for developing eLearning, but the one you select could directly impact your course's outcomes. Depending upon your learners’ needs and your organization’s performance goals, you could be overlooking considerations that impact the both effectiveness of your courses and how long it takes to finish them. From general capabilities to specific workflow structures, some aspects are critical when it comes to learning objectives and deadlines.

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The 4Cs: How esports promotes student development

eSchool News

Key points: Esports is more than gaming–it helps students develop critical skills How esports can help students in the classroom (no, seriously!) 4 tips for creating an elementary esports program For more news on esports, visit eSN’s Digital Learning hub I first started trying to get an esports program at my school in 2011. At the time, there was a lot of resistance around the misconception that violent video games make violent kids, despite all the evidence to the contrary.

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Most Students Think History Is Boring. Here's How We Change That.

Edsurge

Do you recall Mr. Lorensax from “ Ferris Bueller's Day Off ”? Anyone? Bueller? With his monotone voice and lack of enthusiasm, he could convince anyone that history is incredibly boring. Unfortunately, this portrayal isn't unique and reflects a broader issue with how social studies is perceived. As a high school history teacher, whenever I meet new adults and we talk about our professions, I often find myself being met with a familiar reaction: "I disliked the subject in school, but now I find i

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CoSN2024: K–12 Technology Leaders Must Commit to Supporting Their Successors

EdTech Magazine

As the path to leadership in K–12 becomes more fluid and less prescriptive, the conversations at CoSN2024 in Miami this week revolve around supporting and advancing those with a penchant for educational technology. The women in technology breakfast and the opening keynote bookended the first day of the annual conference for K–12 technology leaders by distilling how those currently in charge can pave the way for a new and diverse generation of leaders.

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Subscriber Special: 2nd Grade Bundle of Lesson Plans

Ask a Tech Teacher

Every month, subscribers to our newsletter get a free/discounted resource to help their tech teaching. Not a subscriber? Click the button below. 2nd Grade Bundle of Lesson Plans 4-2-23 through 4-7-23 Price slashed from $7.99 to $3.99 What’s included in the 2nd Grade Lesson Plans Internet bundle: A brief summary of each project, including suggested grade level and prior knowledge, time required, software required Higher-order thinking skills addressed Technology-specific skills taught Five proje

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The Roses and Thorns of an LMS Strategy: How to Flourish with the Right LMS

Speaker: Amanda Davis, Chief Experience Officer and Liam O'Malley, VP of Association Solutions

The "new normal" is now a little less new, a little more normal. Does that mean your current LMS strategy is in need of a refresh? Is your organization or association leaning into the always-evolving eLearning environment to ensure you have the tools and content to remain relevant through all this change? There are many complex decision-making processes within your learning & development strategy and LMS lifecycle management, including: Selection.

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Using Data Visualizations to Boost Student Engagement in Humanities

Digital Promise

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Young children misbehave. Some are suspended for acting their age

The Hechinger Report

JOHNSBURG, Ill. — A group of fifth grade boys trailed into the conference room in the front office of Johnsburg Elementary School and sat at the table, their feet dangling from the chairs. “It was brought to my attention yesterday that there was an incident at football,” Principal Bridget Belcastro said to the group. The students tried to explain: One boy pushed a kid, another jumped on the ball, and yet another jumped on the boy on the ball.

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Crafting ethical AI landscapes in K-12 education

eSchool News

Key points: Educators must model AI use that enhances learning while respecting core values AI in education is revolutionizing learning 6 ways you’re already using AI in the classroom For more news on AI in education, visit eSN’s Digital Learning hub The summer of 2023 brought with it a declaration from our Executive Director of Technology that it would be the Summer of AI.

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Fresh Food, Dance Class, and Nap Mats: What's Lost Without Federal Money for Child Care

Edsurge

It’s 5 a.m. and Tiffany Gale is up, as she is every morning, and the first thing she does is check to see if any of her child care staff have called out sick. “They each have kids of their own, and someone is always sick,” she explains. If indeed someone is out, Gale will be the one to step in and take over that classroom at the child care center she owns and runs.

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Building the Foundation for a Modern K-12 Classroom

K-12 looks different these days. But one thing remains the same: you need a reliable learning platform that serves as the foundation for teaching and learning––for all students, in a variety of learning experiences. Discover how the Instructure Learning Platform supports today's K-12 classroom through: A central, consistent, connected hub of the digital learning environment.