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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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There' 's more to digital equity than devices and bandwidth

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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Navigating the smartphone minefield: A guide for middle school leaders

Navigating the smartphone minefield: A guide for middle school leaders

09/12/2018

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Educators and parents have something in common when it comes to the kids in their care: They are both navigating the treacherous waters of media, devices and children.

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1:1 does not ensure digital equity

1:1 does not ensure digital equity

08/28/2018

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In our rural Massachusetts district, great things are happening. We’ve rolled out a 1:1 Chromebook program, established monthly faculty-driven tech camps and established our district online presence with a learning management system partnership.

In just a short 18…

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3 myths about OER

3 myths about OER

08/22/2018

Topics: Education leadership, OERs

When Ben Churchill rejected his district’s textbook adoption process in favor of using open licensed resources, he got a little excited. Instead of spending thousands of dollars on published instructional materials, he watched his teachers come alive as they created — and shared —…

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4 tips to make blended learning a success

4 tips to make blended learning a success

07/16/2018

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Educator Emily Dillard’s school district defines blended learning as “the deliberate connection of edtech with face-to-face instruction to enhance and personalize a deep and meaningful curriculum.”

But as with most big ideas, arriving at a definition is easier than carrying…

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The 9 hottest topics in edtech

The 9 hottest topics in edtech

04/25/2018

Topics: ISTE Conference & Expo

The most compelling topics among educators who embrace technology to transform teaching and learning are not about the tech at all, but about the students…

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AT Avengers: Create a superhero team for students with disabilities

AT Avengers: Create a superhero team for students with disabilities

04/18/2018

Topics: Assistive and adaptive technologies

The world needs heroes. Alien invasions lead by those who think themselves gods keep invading the planet in an attempt to enslave or destroy humanity. Those with special abilities come together to defend Earth and all who live here. Each champion uses her or his unique powers to face…

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Edtech advocacy in 3 easy steps

Edtech advocacy in 3 easy steps

04/04/2018

Topics: Advocacy

Our nation recently mourned the loss of civil rights activist Linda Brown — the little girl at the heart of the 1954 U.S. Supreme Court decision "Brown vs…

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