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9 tips for a robust discussion on student data privacy

9 tips for a robust discussion on student data privacy

01/28/2019

Topics: Online safety & security, Technology infrastructure

Student data privacy is an important topic but a complicated one, and therefore school leaders often find it difficult to talk about with parents and students about measures they can take to protect personal information. Fraught government acronyms like FERPA, COPPA, PPRA, SOPIPA and IDEA,…

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Digital citizenship starts with the person  not the tool!

Digital citizenship starts with the person not the tool!

01/03/2019

Topics: 1:1, Assessment, Augmented reality, BYOD, Coding & robotics, Computational Thinking, Digital Citizenship, Digital storytelling, Flipped learning, Gamification, Gaming, Learning sciences, Makerspaces, Online learning, professional learning, Technology infrastructure, Tools

Why do we do what we do? It's an age-old question. From getting too close to a fire to getting online excessively, our decisions aren't always good for us.

There is a model for understanding that irrational, sometimes frustrating, human behavior. It's…

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Teaching computational thinking more important than defining it

Teaching computational thinking more important than defining it

11/27/2018

Topics: Assessment, BYOD, Computational Thinking, Curriculum, Flipped learning, Learning spaces, Mobile learning, Online learning, Parent engagement, professional learning, Technology infrastructure, Tools

Computational thinking (CT) is riding a strong current in the edtech world that teaching K-12 students to think like computer scientists will better prepare them for life in the digital age.

But bringing CT to K-12 classrooms isn’t something that can be done…

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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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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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6 ways to help students manage their smartphones

6 ways to help students manage their smartphones

09/11/2018

Topics: Assessment, BYOD, Computational Thinking, Curriculum, Digital Citizenship, Flipped learning, ISTE Standards for Educators, ISTE Standards for Students, Learning spaces, Mobile learning, Online learning, Parent engagement, professional learning, Technology infrastructure, Tools

Helping students manage smartphone use might not seem like the type of subject that schools should be teaching. But given how widespread cell phone use is among teens and how broadly devices…

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5 trends from the Digital Citizenship Summit

5 trends from the Digital Citizenship Summit

11/14/2017

Topics: 1:1, BYOD, Computational Thinking, Curriculum, Digital Citizenship, Flipped learning, Gaming, Learning spaces, Mobile learning, Online learning, professional learning, Technology infrastructure, Tools

Each year, educators, students, parents, industry members and others gather for the National Digital Citizenship Summit. The goal of this event is to expand the conversation and inspire collaborative change around issues related…

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It' 's like yoga for your educational practice

It's like yoga for your educational practice

06/24/2017

Topics: Assessment, BYOD, Computational Thinking, Curriculum, Flipped learning, ISTE Conference & Expo, Learning spaces, Mobile learning, Online learning, Parent engagement, professional learning, Technology infrastructure, Tools

Being an educator is a lot like practicing yoga.

Yogis strive to develop stronger, more flexible bodies. Educators work to develop stronger, more flexible minds.

Yogis form communities and seek out training to deepen their practice. Educators build professional learning networks…

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Getting at the heart of the empowered learner

Getting at the heart of the empowered learner

06/23/2017

Topics: 1:1, BYOD, Computational Thinking, Curriculum, Flipped learning, Gaming, ISTE Conference & Expo, Learning spaces, Mobile learning, Online learning, professional learning, Standards, Technology infrastructure, Tools

The ultimate goal of our educational system is to develop students as college-, career- and life-ready individuals who can thrive in a global, high-tech world. This goal can be supported or discouraged based on the learning environment, materials and instructional choices that are made for…

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Here' 's what the ISTE Standards for Students look like in 5 #RemakeLearning projects

Here's what the ISTE Standards for Students look like in 5 #RemakeLearning projects

06/19/2017

Topics: 1:1, BYOD, Computational Thinking, Curriculum, Flipped learning, Gaming, ISTE Conference & Expo, Learning spaces, Mobile learning, Online learning, professional learning, Project-based learning, STEM & STEAM, Technology infrastructure, Tools

The new ISTE Standards for Students, released in 2016, were developed to empower student voice and ensure that learning is a student-driven process of exploration, creativity and discovery no matter…

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