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ISTELive 24: Takeaways From the National Cybersecurity Framework for K–12

EdTech Magazine

With rising cyber insurance rates, more stringent insurance requirements, tight budgets and slim staffs, K–12 school leaders cannot afford to make any errors with their cybersecurity strategies. So, when one panelist at a packed ISTELive 24 cybersecurity session asked how many audience members had already adopted a national or international cybersecurity framework and only one hand went up, Rob Dickson, CIO at Wichita Public Schools in Kansas, said firmly, “We’ve got work to do.

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3 Reasons Teachers Should Use the Playlist Model

Catlin Tucker

Let’s start with a quick review of the playlist, or individual rotation, model for those who have not heard of it. A playlist is a sequence of learning activities designed to move students toward a desired result. Most playlists culminate in a performance task or artifact intended to demonstrate students’ ability to transfer or apply what they learned working through the playlist.

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Demonstrating Success with Verizon Innovative Learning Schools

Digital Promise

We first met Nakia, a student at Chilhowee Middle School in rural Benton, Tennessee, in 2018. “Polk County is one of the counties you don’t think about very much,” she said of her town of fewer than 2,000 people. “We’d look at another school that has technology, and we’re like, ‘Wow, I wish we had those possibilities.’” Those possibilities became a reality for Nakia and her classmates when Chilhowee became a Verizon Innovative Learning School in 2017.

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The SAMR dozen: 12 AI strategies for educators

Ditch That Textbook

This post is written by Becky Keene, an educator, author, and speaker. Becky has been advocating for modern pedagogies in public education around the world for over twenty years. Currently, her favorite topics include generative AI, esports, and instructional coaching. You can get in touch at beckykeene.com In the past year, the idea of using artificial […] The post The SAMR dozen: 12 AI strategies for educators appeared first on Ditch That Textbook.

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Enhancing School Device Management for Improved Learning

Schools face increasing challenges as technology becomes integral to education. Efficient device management is essential for maximizing technology use and safeguarding investments. Our article discusses the importance of tracking devices, outlines current challenges, and suggests modern solutions that go beyond traditional methods like Excel. Learn how advanced tracking systems can streamline operations, improve maintenance, and offer real-time updates for better resource allocation.

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AI Might Save Teachers Time. But What Is the Cost?

Edsurge

As an educator reading headline after headline about AI in education, it’s hard to not get lost in an existential tailspin to the tune of Billie Eilish’s “What was I made for?” (if AI can do all of this.) Integrating generative AI into education is complex. The field of AI is the Wild West right now — we’re working it out as we go. As an assistant professor of edtech, I often think about the implications of AI on teaching and learning, especially as I experiment with implementing various practic

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Diffit AI is AMAZINGLY Easy to Use

Teacher Tech with Alice Keeler

Finally, an AI tool that gets it! Diffit isn't another complicated platform requiring hours of PD. It's intuitive to quickly create differentiated resources for active learning. The post Diffit AI is AMAZINGLY Easy to Use appeared first on Teacher Tech with Alice Keeler.

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Strategies To Help Students Retain What You Taught Them

TeachThought - Learn better.

15 Reflection Strategies To Help Students Retain What You Just Taught Them by Terry Heick Reflection is a natural part of learning. We all think about new experiences–the camping on the car ride home, the mistakes made in a game, or the emotions felt while finishing a long-term project that’s taken months to complete. Below I’ve shared 15 strategies for students to reflect on their learning.

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64 predictions about edtech trends in 2024

eSchool News

As we wave farewell to 2023 , we’re looking ahead to edtech trends in 2024 with optimism for education as a whole. Moving away from the pandemic, educators still grapple with learning loss and academic disparities and inequities. In 2023, a new popular kid in town, better known as AI, dominated headlines and prompted debates around how students could abuse–and should use–the generative tool for learning.

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8 Ways to Create AI-Proof Writing Prompts

techlearning

ChatGPT and other AI tools are smart but I’m smarter. okay maybe not, but these are strategies for writing AI-proof writing prompts that I’ve used effectively in my classes.

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Google Doc Demo Mode

ignitionEDU

Google Tip: When you want to share a PREVIEW or VIEW version of a Google Doc URL AND you also want to have your document outline visible, change the URL by adding ?rm=demo to the end.

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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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ISTELive 24: How to Build Connectivity in Rural Communities

EdTech Magazine

Funding school technology continues to be a concern for many K–12 school leaders. And in Illinois, where there are many small, rural school districts that have minimal or nonexistent technology budgets, this need is even more pronounced. In an ISTELive 24 session, Justin Morgan, technology director for Trico Community Unit School District 176, and Melinda Fiscus, director of government affairs for the Learning Technology Center of Illinois, shared their multipronged approach for obtaining connec

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As Schools Cope With a Cybersecurity ‘Wild West,’ Advocates Roll Out Guidelines for Vendors

Marketplace K-12

Public and private organizations have set cybersecurity guidelines for ed-tech companies, in an effort to shift some of burden for policing away from districts. The post As Schools Cope With a Cybersecurity ‘Wild West,’ Advocates Roll Out Guidelines for Vendors appeared first on Market Brief.

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AI Literacy: A Framework to Understand, Evaluate, and Use Emerging Technology

Digital Promise

The post AI Literacy: A Framework to Understand, Evaluate, and Use Emerging Technology appeared first on Digital Promise.

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Capture creativity with Microsoft Designer prompts in the classroom

Ditch That Textbook

As educators, we're always on the lookout for innovative ways to engage our students and enhance their learning experiences. The new and exciting world of AI offers lots of ways to do this. Microsoft Designer, a powerful tool for creating AI generated images, provides a fantastic opportunity to blend technology and creativity in the classroom. All […] The post Capture creativity with Microsoft Designer prompts in the classroom appeared first on Ditch That Textbook.

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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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Latest AI Announcements Mean Another Big Adjustment for Educators

Edsurge

Tech giants Google, Microsoft and OpenAI have unintentionally assigned educators around the world major homework for the summer: Adjusting their assignments and teaching methods to adapt to a fresh batch of AI features that students will enter classrooms with in the fall. Educators at both schools and colleges were already struggling to keep up with ChatGPT and other AI tools during this academic year, but a fresh round of announcements last month by major AI companies may require even greater a

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7 Principles of a Heart Centered Classroom

MiddleWeb

Educator and author Regie Routman considers heart-centered principles that can help us go a long way to ensure that what we do and are asking our students and loved ones to do will result in personal and professional growth, gratitude, generosity, and even sparks of greatness. The post 7 Principles of a Heart Centered Classroom first appeared on MiddleWeb.

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Colleges are now closing at a pace of one a week. What happens to the students?

The Hechinger Report

It was when the shuttle bus stopped coming that Luka Fernandes began to worry. Fernandes was a student at Newbury College near Boston whose enrollment had declined in the previous two decades from more than 5,300 to about 600. “Things started closing down,” Fernandes remembered. “There was definitely a sense of things going wrong. The food went downhill.

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3 Knowledge Domains For The 21st-Century Student

TeachThought - Learn better.

3 Knowledge Domains For Teaching And Learning by TeachThought Staff Thinking in the 21st century is just different. That doesn’t […] The post 3 Knowledge Domains For The 21st-Century Student appeared first on TeachThought.

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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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Empowering girls with STEM education to build tomorrow’s tech industry

eSchool News

Key points: Inspiring young women in STEM programs requires cultivating a culture of community Black students need more STEM career exposure Launching a districtwide computer science program for all grades For more news on STEM education, visit eSN’s STEM & STEAM hub All too often, female students are underrepresented in STEM classes. As a result, girls and young women have a hard time exploring the subjects and picturing themselves in related roles.

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Beyond Substitution: Elevating Learning with Book Creator

Teacher Tech with Alice Keeler

Effective tech integration starts with understanding that tech should enhance learning and not just make it digital. Book Creator goes beyond substitution. The post Beyond Substitution: Elevating Learning with Book Creator appeared first on Teacher Tech with Alice Keeler.

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AI in the Classroom: Crafting Responsible Guidelines for Educators and Learners

The Thinking Stick

This week I have had the pleasure of working with Singapore American School (SAS) in supporting educators around AI as well as starting to draft some guidance documents for the wider school community. It has been a great experience seeing first hand how a school can take the Washington State AI Guidance released by the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction reflecting on it, tearing it apart, making it their own and building upon it.

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FETC 2024: Could Esports Reverse the Trend of K–12 Boys Falling Behind?

EdTech Magazine

The numbers don’t lie. Compared with K–12 girls, boys are disciplined at higher rates and are more likely to be expelled than girls. Additionally, their test scores are lower, and they are less likely to graduate from high school. These devastating numbers are a cause for action, said Kristy Custer, president of educational innovation for High School Esports League.

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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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New Federal Report Underscores Tech Sector’s Role in Combating Disparities

Marketplace K-12

This year's National Educational Technology Plan focuses on three distinct types of digital divides. The post New Federal Report Underscores Tech Sector’s Role in Combating Disparities appeared first on Market Brief.

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How 3 Districts Are Reimagining High School and the Future of Work

Digital Promise

Three innovative school districts are reimagining the high school experience to better prepare students for college and career.

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12 engaging activities to rock your back to school PD

Ditch That Textbook

Those first few days back at school before the students arrive are precious. We need time to collaborate with our colleagues and get back in gear. We also have required trainings and meetings we must attend. For some, these days are filled with dread. Boring meetings that “could have been an email” or trainings that don’t […] The post 12 engaging activities to rock your back to school PD appeared first on Ditch That Textbook.

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An Education Chatbot Company Collapsed. Where Did the Student Data Go?

Edsurge

When Los Angeles Unified School District launched a districtwide AI chatbot nicknamed “Ed” in March, officials boasted that it represented a revolutionary new tool that was only possible thanks to generative AI — a personal assistant that could point each student to tailored resources and assignments and playfully nudge and encourage them to keep going.

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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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Humanizing Inclusive Classroom Management

MiddleWeb

When teachers create a welcoming, safe, inclusive learning environment with their students, the chances increase that students will have a sense of belonging and "calm increase," freeing them to learn. NBCT Elizabeth Stein shares ways to use restorative practices and UDL. The post Humanizing Inclusive Classroom Management first appeared on MiddleWeb.

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OPINION: Everything I learned about how to teach reading turned out to be wrong

The Hechinger Report

When I first started teaching middle school, I did everything my university prep program told me to do in what’s known as the “workshop model.” I let kids choose their books. I determined their independent reading levels and organized my classroom library according to reading difficulty. I then modeled various reading skills, like noticing the details of the imagery in a text, and asked my students to practice doing likewise during independent reading time.

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Levels Of Integration For Critical Thinking

TeachThought - Learn better.

How can you teach critical thinking? This framework offers a way to integrate critical thinking in your classroom. The post Levels Of Integration For Critical Thinking appeared first on TeachThought.

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Motivating students using the Self-Determination Theory

eSchool News

Key points: Motivating students requires collective action and systemic change Science-backed scalable tools improve student mental health Student mental health is still suffering–how should we address it? For more news on student well-being, visit eSN’s SEL & Well-Being hub In the ever-evolving landscape of education, one prevailing challenge persists: motivating students.

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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.