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February 23rd, 2018

5 tips for teaching preschoolers coding before reading

By Grant Hosford
chief executive officer and co-founder, codeSpark Academy
coding Early learning experts agree that the five areas of child development are physical, social, emotional, thinking, and language; however, many people disagree on when and how to introduce these concepts to younger learners. To prepare the next generation for a world in which flexible...

February 22nd, 2018

Want to be a stronger digital leader?

By Eric Sheninger
senior fellow and thought leader on digital leadership & learning, International Center for Leadership in Education and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
In a rapidly changing world, educators have been forced to self-examine and come to terms with approaches that are inefficient and irrelevant–from outmoded ways of setting up classrooms to equating school success solely on standardized metrics. Innovation and transformation in schools can’t happen unless...

February 21st, 2018

How to teach like the Finns

By Saku Tuominen
chief executive officer, HundrED
Shorter days, less homework, and better results. How do you get that? Do like the Finns. For those in the know, the Finnish system is often seen as the pinnacle of how to do education. We’ve seen a huge rise in teacher mental-health issues and...

February 20th, 2018

Taking on teacher attrition

By Hilary Scharton
vice president of K12 product strategy, Canvas by Instructure
We once believed that teacher effectiveness dramatically increased for the first three to five years on the job and then plateaued. But recent research suggests that substantial growth in effectiveness can be seen for the first 12 years on the job, and likely longer. This...

February 13th, 2018

How to use social media in the classroom

By Jon Roepke
director of product management, Belkin International, Inc.
Today’s educators have a love-hate relationship with social media. They recognize that five-year-olds know how to use tablets better than their parents and that many kids have smartphones by the time they are 12. Digital natives live and breathe on social media platforms, sending...

February 12th, 2018

AI helps younger students better understand math concepts

By Evgeny Milyutin
chief executive officer, Happy Numbers
To truly become proficient in math, students need a solid foundation built on conceptual understanding. However, the benchmark assessments students take at the end of the year—designed to measure procedural fluency—often look very different from their coursework and cause more anxiety than anything else....

February 8th, 2018

3 key levers for school improvement

By Jason Culbertson
president, Insight Education Group
District and school leaders today are being asked to do more with less. Shrinking budgets and changes to federal and state policies have made their jobs harder. In addition, to help increase student achievement, leaders are trying all kind of new initiatives—curricula and assessment...

February 1st, 2018

5 tips for managing low-tech assessment with high-tech tools

By Caroline Fahmy
president and CEO, Educational Data Systems
While most large-scale assessments are moving toward online delivery, many still integrate a traditional pencil-and-paper element. In today’s digital world, paper may seem comparatively low tech, but there are high-tech tools available to help manage all that paper. Here are five ways to help...

January 31st, 2018

Why schools need a knowledge base

By Andrew Graf, co-founder and head of project strategy, TeamDynamix
When I have a problem with my iPad, I look to Google. Google is my worldwide knowledge base for fixing my toilet, unsticking my iPad, and figuring out the origin of that clunk sound my car started making. For every technology and almost every...

January 26th, 2018

15 metrics every superintendent should know

By John Jennings
digital media manager, Skyward
From interoperability to dashboards, data accessibility is one of the most prevalent topics in edtech circles these days. For superintendents, simply knowing what to look for can be a challenge. These 15 metrics can provide significant value for any district leader. Technology usage rate...

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