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Achieving a Seamless Plug and Play Ecosystem. Lee County School District in Fort Myers, Florida lies on the southwestern side of the peninsula and is the 9th largest district in the state.

Achieving a Seamless Plug and Play Ecosystem

Their tech department operates one of the largest and most robust instructional technology networks in the nation, with more than 70,000 computers and mobile devices in use daily. They support a variety of technology solutions from industry leaders, such as Microsoft, Google, Apple, Cisco, Aerohive, Toshiba, NetApp, Dell and Lenovo. With that level of depl oyment, any education executive could imagine the nightmare of organizing log-ins and the myriad of platform sign-ins for teachers, students and administrators.

The “single-sign-on” challenge as part of “going digital” and making learning possible anytime, anywhere, was one this district confronted head-on, and they are winning. IBM Watson Developer Cloud. Watson API Explorer. Personalized Learning: What educators need to know. Techlearning. Edu Apps. Examples and Downloads. 26 Upcoming EdTech Conferences For The 2013-2014 School Year. Whether you’re a teacher, administrator, or school support system, there’s bound to be something for you at an edtech conference.

26 Upcoming EdTech Conferences For The 2013-2014 School Year

Take a look at some of the top edtech conferences nationwide for the upcoming 2013-2014 school year from leading PD providers, including ASCD, ISTE, and others. Before You Judge Online and Blended Learning, Get the Data Right. The Hechinger Report recently published an article by Nichole Dobo entitled “Should We Hit the Pause Button for Online and Blended Learning?”

Before You Judge Online and Blended Learning, Get the Data Right

The article cites a new National Education Policy Center report released by Gary Miron and Chariosse Gulosino. Dobo points out that the report suggests that “Both fully online (virtual) schools and blended learning schools included in the report tended to fare worse than traditional schools on state assessments of quality.” What is not described in the report is the flawed nature of the study. Upon a closer look, it is clear that virtual and blended learning schools are likely to do a better job than traditional brick-and-mortar schools with expelled, truant, or pregnant students, or students who may have behavioral issues—but accommodations for various student populations are absent from the report.

In fact, in the section of the study that cites limitations, we find this statement: Edutopia. Problem-based learning, makerspaces, flipped learning, student blogging -- these are becoming perceived staples of 21st-century learning.

edutopia

With such ambitious practices taking the spotlight for how people regard modern classrooms, it's not surprising that a murmur of impracticality or skepticism is still a frequent response when they're first introduced. So how do we encourage teachers everywhere to believe that great changes can happen in their classrooms? By helping them envision small, practical steps that will lead them there. Here are five elements of 21st-century classrooms, along with concrete suggestions that teachers can visualize and implement today. Element #1: Zones. 6 Differentiation Strategies For New Teachers.

As a new teacher, I remember feeling overwhelmed by the wide range of abilities in my classroom.

6 Differentiation Strategies For New Teachers

How was I supposed to meet all of my students’ needs while simultaneously covering grade level content? As I learned more about differentiation, this became easier, but it still remained one of the most challenging aspects of teaching. Now that I coach teachers in their first and second years, I can safely say that differentiation remains a huge challenge. I went out and asked the members of Teaching Channel’s Coaching Think Tank to share their top differentiation strategies for new teachers. Check out these six tips for meeting the needs of diverse learners. Equity Sticks Autumn Bell, a math coach for Fresno Unified School District, recommends using equity sticks to randomly call on students during direct instruction. Sentence Frames When supporting students to participate in discussions, Autumn shares how sentence frames can help students in answering questions. Preparing Faculty for Instructional Technology: From Education to Development to Creative Independence.

Copyright 1997 CAUSE.

Preparing Faculty for Instructional Technology: From Education to Development to Creative Independence

From CAUSE/EFFECT Volume 20, Number 3, Fall 1997, pp. 36-44, 48. Permission to copy or disseminate all or part of this material is granted provided that the copies are not made or distributed for commercial advantage, the CAUSE copyright and its date appear, and notice is given that copying is by permission of CAUSE, the association for managing and using information resources in higher education.

To disseminate otherwise, or to republish, requires written permission. For further information, contact Jim Roche at CAUSE, 4840 Pearl East Circle, Suite 302E, Boulder, CO 80301 USA; 303-939-0308; e-mail: jroche@cause.org. Fuel Education. LLiDA Wiki: Main/Home Page. Welcome to the LLiDA Wiki!

LLiDA Wiki: Main/Home Page

This wiki contains outputs from the JISC funded study into Learning Literacies for the Digital Age (LLiDA). It was used during the project to share and develop ideas and work. The report is now available: LLiDAreportJune09.pdf | Thriving in the 21st century: Learning Literacies for the Digital Age (LLiDA project). Jisc Digital Student. Our original HE study identified six challenges for institutions in supporting and enhancing students’ digital experience, extended to seven after consultation.

Jisc Digital Student

Our FE digital student study confirmed these seven challenges and identified some additional considerations particularly pertinent to FE. You can explore the seven challenges below. Creating blended learning content. What is blended learning?

Creating blended learning content

Blended learning provides a combination of face-to-face learning and dynamic digital content that facilitates anytime/anyplace learning. With so many digital technologies available on both proprietary and free-to-use platforms, creating blended learning content can seem like a daunting task. Finding the right approach that meets the needs of your learners is challenging at a time when academics are increasingly being asked to do more with less. Twine / An open-source tool for telling interactive, nonlinear stories.

Meeting The Needs of Diverse Learners. As a teacher, I’m always reflecting on my practice and working to learn and improve.

Meeting The Needs of Diverse Learners

This year, as a Teaching Channel Laureate, my Getting Better Together focus is all about meeting the needs of the diverse learners in my classes. There are a million ways to support students in our classrooms and my colleagues and I have tried a variety of strategies this year to help all of our kids grow. With these new videos, you’ll get a chance to see us in action, try out one of our strategies (should you choose!) , and even give us direct feedback on our teaching. Overview of Robert Marzano’s Model of Teaching Effectiveness. Robert Marzano is a leading educational researcher who has provided a model for teaching effectiveness. His Marzano Research website outlines his strategies and gives teachers and administrators tools to help teachers become more effective. Marzano has also recently created an evaluation tool to measure the success of highly effective teachers.

There are distinct classroom strategies that will allow teachers to work effectively in the classroom. Ensuring success with Marzano’s strategy. Contents - Reaching every learner: Differentiating instruction in theory and practice. LEARN NC is evaluating its role in the current online education environment as it relates directly to the mission of UNC-Chapel Hill School of Education (UNC-CH SOE). We plan to look at our ability to facilitate the transmission of the best research coming out of UNC-CH SOE and other campus partners to support classroom teachers across North Carolina. We will begin by evaluating our existing faculty and student involvement with various NC public schools to determine what might be useful to share with you. Don’t worry! The lesson plans, articles, and textbooks you use and love aren’t going away.

They are simply being moved into the new LEARN NC Digital Archive. Engaging Education. 7 Tips to Get Started with Customer Journey Mapping. Customer journey mapping is the act of graphically portraying your customer’s experiences with your organization across major and minor touch points2 (times when your customer interacts with your organization or product). Journey mapping is a holistic approach to understanding the flow of experiences a customer has with an organization6 (highlight to tweet); it uses pictures to represent a process that cannot be adequately captured with words.

If you are familiar with customer journey mapping, then you know that it can be incredibly complex. However, journey mapping is a useful activity, even when it is not perfect or sophisticated. Some disciplines (like heart surgery) should not be attempted without formal training, but customer journey mapping is more like entrepreneurship: While you can get a formal business coach to assist you, you can also dive in and learn by doing.

Used in the right circumstances, either method can be effective. The 21st Century Book Report. How do we get students to read more? It’s one of the those questions that just never seems to be answered well enough for an English teacher. And things get more complicated when we add in the next questions: how do we get them them like it? Over the past few years I’ve tackled the “independent reading” in a variety of ways. Most often, though, I found that when students are given the freedom to pick their reading selections and have guidance to help them find a book they might enjoy, the chances for success increased. It seemed so obvious--let students read what they want to and help them find things that connect with their interests.

Storied Math - Home. Science. Jaipal-Jamani, K., & Figg, C. (2015). A case study of a TPACK-based approach to teacher professional development: Teaching science with blogs. Contemporary Issues in Technology and Teacher Education, 15(2). Retrieved from A Case Study of a TPACK-Based Approach to Teacher Professional Development:Teaching Science With Blogs. What is Student Centered Learning? The Elusive 'F Word' in Personalized Learning. Making Sense of Metadata in Personalized Learning Platforms. The word “metadata” may have entered the public consciousness when President Obama uttered it, in response to Edward Snowden’s revelations about the National Security Agency. But that does not mean it’s vernacular—or necessarily well understood by most people. Metadata has implications beyond privacy. In education, where technology offers the potential to “personalize” the learning experience for students, metadata is critical. Not only are technologists and entrepreneurs saying this; the federal government, as part of its #GoOpen campaign, has acknowledged the value of metadata for its ability to make high-quality, openly-licensed educational resources more easily discoverable.

1. Systems Thinking: What? and Why? Edhitch: Why is it important for educators to move to digital? Infographic: The Top 25 Learning Management Systems. We recently came across a great infographic from the folks over at GetApp, a site that helps businesses find the right learning management systems for their needs, that answers one of the big questions we get all the time from members and clients: What is the best LMS to use?

We were lucky to get a Q&A with Suzie Blaszkiewicz, their market researcher and content editor, and she spoke with us about some of the thought process behind compiling this infographic. Your new report ranked the 25 Top LMS apps on the market today… What were the criteria you used to determine the list? We use a five-factor ranking methodology to determine the list of the Top 25 learning management system applications: reviews, integrations, mobile app availability, media presence, and security. We use a combination of GetApp’s product listing data and third-party sources to collect data for the ranking.

It’s interesting that security is one of the criteria that GetApp scores. The Infographic. How to Build a Successful Blended Learning Program. Making Sense of Technology: Teaching, Learning, and School Administration. Learning outcome based edTech. Learning outcome based edTech. Instant and Rapid One-Minute Learning for mLearning and eLearning. Little Data Makes Big Data More Powerful. Learning outcome based edTech. 3 Ways Educational Technology Tools Predict Student Success. Learning outcome based edTech. An Introduction to the ADDIE Model for Instructional Designers. Learning outcome based edTech. Learning outcome based edTech. For Teachers, By a Teacher: A 'Crash Course' in Personalization. McGraw Hill Quits Summative Testing. Learning outcome based edTech.

LEARNING IN THE NEW ECONOMY OF INFORMATION. Learning outcome based edTech. Districts Put Open Educational Resources to Work. Learning outcome based edTech. Why Don't Teachers Use Technology in the Classroom? Learning outcome based edTech. Learning outcome based edTech. Learning outcome based edTech. How You Can Become a Champion of Digital Citizenship in Your Classroom. Digital Needs Fuel Common-Core Curricular Choices. Technology Counts 2015: Learning the Digital Way. Learning outcome based edTech. Learning outcome based edTech. Educator Resouce Centers. Digital Teaching Transformations Happen Slowly in Schools Despite Technology Influx.

Learning outcome based edTech. Courses. Learning outcome based edTech. Cloud based, Lean and Complete LMS with an emphasis on Usability and easy Course creation. Fun online generators. Three Active Learning Strategies That Push Students Beyond Memorization Faculty Focus. Free Resources. Powering Smart Content For Publishing Giants, Knewton Lands $51M To Take Personalized Learning Global. Great Web Tools.