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Technology meets the humanities in this tech specialist

Technology meets the humanities in this tech specialist

12/19/2018

Topics: Makerspaces

Step into a school makerspace, and you might expect to see science students programming robots, tinkering with circuits or accomplishing miniature feats of engineering.

While there’s plenty of that going on in Harpeth Hall’s Design Den, you’re just as likely to see…

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Educators should be on front lines of making STEM, CS a reality for all

Educators should be on front lines of making STEM, CS a reality for all

12/19/2018

Topics: Coding & robotics, Computational Thinking, STEM & STEAM

Not long ago, I was a high school student sitting in a classroom wondering how taking a particular class would help me in life.

Luckily, most of the courses I was taking actually complemented what I planned to study in college – computer science.

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Were all in beta  together

Were all in beta together

12/19/2018

Topics:

I remember the feeling I got the first time that I heard a speaker say, “Today’s rate of change is the slowest that you will experience in your lifetime.” I don’t recall who said it or where I was when I heard it, but I regularly think about the sense of urgency I felt to make my work…

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3 ways the Education Leader Standards develop empowered leaders

3 ways the Education Leader Standards develop empowered leaders

12/19/2018

Topics: ISTE Standards for Education Leaders

In 2015, the Los Angeles Unified School District embarked on a mission to re-imagine instructional practice in the digital age. As part of that effort, the district created the Instructional Technology Initiative (ITI) with the aim of ensuring that schools use technology to differentiate and…

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WHAT WORKS: Chatbots and virtual reality

WHAT WORKS: Chatbots and virtual reality

12/19/2018

Topics: Artificial intelligence, Virtual reality

Kids teaching kids — with chatbots

The client: A second grade classroom learning about nutrition.

The developers: Eighth grade computer science students exploring how artificial intelligence works.

The product: A chatbot…

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New platform puts edtech intel at your fingertips

New platform puts edtech intel at your fingertips

12/19/2018

Topics: Tools

I often see discussions in ISTE Connect, home of our online communities, asking for advice about a tool that does this or software that does that. “I need a typing app that works with fourth graders on an iPad.” “Our school is looking for a new LMS.” “I’ve tried this assessment software,…

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Advocacy with a capital WHY

Advocacy with a capital WHY

09/21/2018

Topics: Advocacy, Advocacy and funding

“People at work are thirsting for context, yearning to know that what they do contributes to the larger whole.”

I’m certain that when Daniel Pink wrote this, he wasn’t thinking specifically of advocacy. Yet this quote helps answer the question as to why one would become…

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Librarians are key to education' 's digital transformation

Librarians are key to education's digital transformation

09/21/2018

Topics: Learning spaces, Literacies, Makerspaces

It’s a syndrome seen at so many schools. As school districts face shrinking budgets, some are tempted to find savings by cutting library staff. After all, the reasoning goes, with so many resources available via laptops, tablets or phones, who needs librarians anymore?

We all do, argues…

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Successful edtech initiatives have these traits in common

Successful edtech initiatives have these traits in common

09/21/2018

Topics: Education leadership, Technology infrastructure

Over the last 30 years, I’ve worked on national and international projects focusing on the integration of digital technologies in formal learning environments from the preschool to the university level. Many recollections come to mind when I consider the challenges…

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Leon Tynes:  He' 's working to tip the scale on diversity

Leon Tynes: He's working to tip the scale on diversity

09/21/2018

Topics: Project-based learning

Leon Tynes couldn’t believe what his students were telling him.

Black men, they said, comprise fewer than 2 percent of U.S. educators. And that number is shrinking at an alarming rate.

A black male educator himself, he’s no stranger to the…

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