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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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ISTE's Leader Standards can guide whole-district transformation

ISTE's Leader Standards can guide whole-district transformation

06/24/2018

Topics: Education leadership, ISTE Standards for Education Leaders, Student empowerment

Working in the nation’s second largest school district requires the collaboration and calibration of thousands of students, teachers and administrators. With the adoption of the refreshed ISTE Standards for Students,…

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A student demonstrates a robot

Edtech Playground: Helping Teachers Choose Better Tools

09/28/2021

Topics: Education leadership

A virtual reality headset can take students on an immersive journey to another world. History students can tour ancient Rome, science students can travel to another biome, and biology students can explore the inside of the human body.

But no matter how cool it is, if that $3,000 piece of…

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Amy Tran

Amy Tran Is Creating the School of Tomorrow

02/23/2021

Topics: Education leadership

In a corner of their high school fabrication lab, Amy Tran’s students are building a model of London. But this isn’t just any London.

It’s a futuristic smart city where garbage-collecting robots use sensors to navigate the streets, smart lights turn on and…

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Building parent capacity to support student success

Building parent capacity to support student success

02/07/2018

Topics: Education leadership, Parent engagement

When parents fill out registration forms for Sigler Elementary, they sometimes write in “Sigler Nation” instead. Students print it across the tops of their papers. Teachers hashtag it on Twitter.

In just a year,…

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Infographic: How to become a connected educator

Infographic: How to become a connected educator

01/03/2018

Topics: Education leadership, professional learning

Within the silo of a school or classroom, it’s difficult to find time for meaningful conversations about what works and why.

By reaching beyond school walls and connecting with colleagues from around the globe, many educators have discovered vibrant…

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WHAT WORKS: Teaching digital citizenship without devices

WHAT WORKS: Teaching digital citizenship without devices

12/15/2017

Topics: Advocacy, Digital Citizenship, Education leadership

Over the summer, a group of preteens attended a camp to learn how to communicate online. They explored computational thinking concepts, practiced using social media and developed their media literacy skills. 

And they did it all without a lick of technology.

Instead, they put on…

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STANDARDS SPOTLIGHT: Tools to support the ISTE Standards for Educators

STANDARDS SPOTLIGHT: Tools to support the ISTE Standards for Educators

12/15/2017

Topics: Education leadership

The ISTE Standards for Educators challenge teachers to become leaders, creators and facilitators of dynamic or transformative student learning. What I love most about the new standards is that they view educators as…

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5 ways every educator can lead change

5 ways every educator can lead change

11/15/2017

Topics: 1:1, BYOD, Coding & robotics, Computational Thinking, Curriculum, Education leadership, Flipped learning, Literacies, Mobile learning, professional learning

Educational technology has long been considered a subset among a host of education topics. That’s no longer the case, says educator Mark Gura, who believes a powerful reversal is happening – a reversal that’s creating a new reality in schools worldwide. |…

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