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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

Topics: Procurement

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…

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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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There's more to digital equity than devices and bandwidth

10/03/2018

Topics: digital equity

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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