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Edtech impact guide is a resource for vendors — and school decision-makers, too

Edtech impact guide is a resource for vendors — and school decision-makers, too

11/08/2017

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Today’s education decision-makers face many challenges when it comes to procurement, not the least of which is determining a product’s effectiveness — that is to say, the likelihood that…

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Speak Up Survey shows mobile learning on the rise

Speak Up Survey shows mobile learning on the rise

11/10/2017

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Students have long said they use different devices to do different things – from research, watching videos and taking notes to emailing teachers, checking grades and accessing textbooks.

In the 2016…

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Personalized vs. differentiated vs. individualized learning

Personalized vs. differentiated vs. individualized learning

01/24/2018

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Words are meaningless unless all concerned agree on their specific definitions. Even if there is a general consensus on terms, what those terms actually mean in the real world has a tendency to…

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Find, vet and implement edtech  painlessly!

Find, vet and implement edtech painlessly!

12/13/2018

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Protecting student data online can be difficult in a district with 8,500-plus students — especially when teachers can easily find their own free apps for classroom use, bypassing the official procurement process and potentially putting students’ privacy at risk.

But Sun Prairie Area…

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How a schools culture affects edtech

How a schools culture affects edtech

12/12/2018

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Boni Hamilton has been evaluating how technology works in the classroom for more than two decades.

She has written two books about integrating technology in schools and wrote a doctoral dissertation about how computers are actually used in classrooms and the…

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Digital equity starts with teachers-in-training

Digital equity starts with teachers-in-training

11/13/2018

Topics: Standards, Teacher prep

For teacher educator Nicol Howard, addressing digital equity issues starts long before K-12 students ever get close to a classroom.

One of the key starting places is the training those students’ teachers receive in their degree programs. But it’s not as simple as teaching new educators…

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Digital equity: Don' 't leave mobile-only families behind

Digital equity: Don't leave mobile-only families behind

11/06/2018

Topics: Digital Citizenship

A few years back, I was chatting with a dedicated and passionate third grade teacher who was showing me her fully developed website and her beautifully designed weekly newsletters. As the…

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Family tech nights can narrow the digital divide

Family tech nights can narrow the digital divide

10/17/2018

Topics: Education leadership, Parent engagement

When we talk about digital equity, the conversation often focuses on providing opportunities for all students to learn in an increasingly connected world. We talk about devices and home connectivity. We talk the importance of parental support. We talk about training all educators to  …

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A teacher helps a student.

There's more to digital equity than devices and bandwidth

10/03/2018

Topics: 1:1, Assistive and adaptive technologies, Augmented reality, BYOD, Computational Thinking, Curriculum, Education leadership, Gamification, Gaming, Makerspaces, Mobile learning, Personalized Learning, professional learning, Project-based learning, Robotics, STEM & STEAM, Technology infrastructure, Tools

The past decade has seen a narrowing of the digital divide when it comes to two things: the number of devices in classrooms and the Wi-Fi that transforms these devices into powerful learning tools.

But it’s premature to say the digital playing field has been leveled.…

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TED helps educators tell stories worth sharing

TED helps educators tell stories worth sharing

09/13/2018

Topics: Assistive and adaptive technologies, Education leadership

Earlier this year, I received an intriguing email. The subject line read: “ISTE/TED Invitation,” and my attention was immediately piqued. As I read on, I learned that as an ISTE PLN leader, I had been selected to pilot…

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