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Poke a Stick at It: Being a Lifelong EdTech Learner. What do you do when you don’t know how to do something with technology?

Poke a Stick at It: Being a Lifelong EdTech Learner

Recently I was leading a professional development session on Google Classroom for a room full of educators. I had just finished explaining how you can invite a co-teacher to your class, and how they will be able to make posts, create assignments, and grade work just like you. An attendee then asked me, “Can a co-teacher archive a class that is not theirs?” Hmmmm... As a Google Certified Trainer and Innovator, and a constant users of all of Google’s apps, I really try hard to know pretty much every nook and cranny of the Google tools.

In short, I didn’t know the answer. The Fun and Free Way to Fight ‘Summer Slide’ – a MobyMax Summer Learning Contest. The teachers and students at Sherman Elementary School in Comfort, W.Va., fell in love with the MobyMax e-learning platform during an extended period of snow days.

The Fun and Free Way to Fight ‘Summer Slide’ – a MobyMax Summer Learning Contest

The personalized, blended curriculum worked so well outside of the classroom that Sherman students actually gained half a grade level of improvement in language and grammar, even though the school’s schedule was severely disrupted by weather-related closings. Because of that success, assistant principal Jacob Messer said the educators at Sherman didn’t think twice about the best way to help students fight the annual summer learning loss known as summer slide. They continued to incorporate MobyMax outside the classroom with a Summer Learning Contest.

“This was a no-brainer,” Messer said. “Your students are engaged in learning. Fundamental to the program was keeping parents, students, and staff updated on students’ progress. “This was great for building real relationships with the community and the school,” Messer said. Learning Tools are a game changer for my special education students - Microsoft 365 Blog. Today’s post was written by Lauren Pittman, special education teacher at Holly Springs Elementary School in Georgia.

Learning Tools are a game changer for my special education students - Microsoft 365 Blog

As an educator, you see a lot of technology floating around and you wonder to yourself which ones are useful, or worth the money. Well, look no further, my friends. Google Tools for English Language Learners. Parlez vous Google?

Google Tools for English Language Learners

More and more it is becoming common for schools to serve students who do not speak English as their primary language. Thankfully there are many technology tools that can help bridge that gap and help increase communication and understanding. These resources can include: Translation toolsSpeech-to-text toolsText-to-speech toolsDictionary toolsSummarization toolsScreencasting toolsAnd more! Below you will find an overview of several tools to consider using with English Language Learners, or ELL students. Google Docs translate feature Built right into Google Docs is a tool that will translate an entire Google Document into another language.

Click "Tools" then "Translate document"This will open a window where you can choose the language for the translated document, as well as the title for the new Doc.Finally click "Translate" to get the new copy of the document. How teachers can use edtech to boost engagement. A Better Way to Integrate Edtech. I’m sometimes asked, “How do you convince a teacher to embrace technology?”

A Better Way to Integrate Edtech

After years of working as a teacher, a professional development instructor, and now a researcher, I finally have a definitive answer: “You don’t.” I think we need to stop talking about technology. When technophiles like me perceive that a teacher has refused our attempts to promote a new tool or app, we often assume that the person doesn’t want to learn, but the issue is likely more complicated than that. Education researchers Allan Collins and Richard Halverson wrote in 2010 that although technologies such as textbooks and chalkboards have long been part of education, those tools reinforced existing cultural and structural norms.

Digital technology, on the other hand, fundamentally threatens the ideal on which educators base their identity: a single expert at the front of the room. A few years ago, an administrator asked me to observe several teachers in a 1:1 middle school. 1. 2. 3. Leveling Up Your Use of Edtech. Throughout the U.S., teachers are putting a lot of thought into their use of education technology, or edtech.

Leveling Up Your Use of Edtech

Whether they’re creating a new makerspace, implementing a one-to-one Chromebook initiative, or flipping their classroom, some are considering how they can improve what they’re already doing, and others are looking to dive in for the very first time. A new computer science initiative may prompt such reflection, but it may also arise when teachers receive new technology through a grant, or simply want to collaborate with colleagues in meaningful and efficient ways. Whether novice or expert, every educator can level up their use of edtech to ensure that the intended student outcomes are being met.

The following three strategies have helped me in this work. 10 Ways to Use EdTech & Make Your Classes Extra Awesome! IT-oLogy. Technology, learning, and teaching are having some of the best times ever.

10 Ways to Use EdTech & Make Your Classes Extra Awesome! IT-oLogy

There is so much innovation happening in technology, and it is delightful to see how it gets absorbed into our education system. The recent trends and innovations in the EdTech sector show us that there are a plethora of options catering to the needs of every type of student and teacher. EdTech can be used quite efficiently by teachers as well as students to increase learner engagement. But for the success of these education technologies, proper implementation is the key.

We need to support the entire system so that there are no glitches. 1. Response: 'Tech Tools Have the Power to Enhance Academic Work' (This is the last post in a two-part series.

Response: 'Tech Tools Have the Power to Enhance Academic Work'

You can see Part One here.) The new question-of-the-week is: What are effective ways to use tech in English classes? Part One featured responses from Jennifer Casa-Todd, Jenny Vo, Maggie Verdoia, Sarah Acosta Landry, Ingrid Nelson, and Stephanie Affinito. Top 6 Educational Technology Trends Right Now. Education is increasingly becoming high tech. All the things that are happening in the world of technology are directly impacting education and learning systems. Why this is bound to happen, how our teachers, learners, and education systems as a whole are keeping pace with them, is a big concern.