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September 20th, 2017

Think 21st-century learning is digital-only? Think again

By Ted Levine
President and CEO , Kids Discover
Every year, educational technology companies introduce new platforms, devices, and apps, all of which bring exciting new possibilities for teaching and learning. It is difficult—perhaps impossible—to find a school that has not adopted at least some form of digital learning into its curriculum, and...

September 19th, 2017

4 ways schools can combat Trump’s ed budget cuts

By David Irwin
Managing Partner , Education Elements
The Trump Administration’s 2017 and 2018 education budget proposes some drastic cuts, most notably, the elimination of the $2.3 billion Title II-A (ESEA) funding and $1.2 billion 21st Century Community Learning Centers program....

September 19th, 2017

Putting the “A” in STEAM education this school year

By Ricky Ye
CEO, DFRobot
To keep creativity at the forefront of the educational spectrum, while also fostering “hard skills” like STEM, it is important to emphasize the arts – the “A” in STEAM education. Whether students have an affinity for the arts or not, incorporating elements of creativity...

September 18th, 2017

5 questions to ask when rethinking accountability systems

By Dr. Rod Berger
I have a very interesting job. As an education correspondent, I conduct interviews with many of the leading voices in education. Rarely are the interviewees at a loss for words. Recently, I had the opportunity to speak with Dr. David Vroonland, superintendent at Mesquite...

September 14th, 2017

How to assess your district’s digital readiness

By Keith R. Krueger
How do you know if your school system is high performing in its use of technology? What are your strengths and weaknesses? While there are many free, self-assessments, how do you get a rigorous, outside expert assessment? A first step is for districts to...

September 14th, 2017

Do education policy makers believe in science?

By Hilary Scharton
VP of K12 Product , Canvas
John Hattie is an education researcher who changed the way we think about what works in the classroom. His meta-study, Visible Learning (2009), analyzed 50,000 studies of more than 80 million students. This seminal work, with its 2011 and 2015 updates, shined the light...

September 13th, 2017

8 truths about K-12 IT systems management

By Gary Johnson
Director and VP, Utah Valley University and Kimono
Interoperability is a multi-headed issue for any IT professional, but in the K-12 education world it is especially complex. These unique complexities can be distilled down to eight truths, and may explain why vendors who have been very successful in other IT verticals never...

September 12th, 2017

Why we need to change the teacher vs. tech narrative

By Thomas Arnett
Senior Research Fellow, Education, The Clayton Christensen Institute
A recent chart from Bloomberg on the future of artificial intelligence and employment lends evidence to a point I have been making for years: teachers will not be replaced by machines....

September 6th, 2017

Urgent: Today’s students need a digitally fluent school website

By Liz Schulte
Marketing Copywriter, MBS
It hardly seems possible to get through an hour without using technology, let alone a day. We track our health with wearable wristbands, our smartphones are basically pocket-sized laptops capable of doing and finding what we need within seconds, and the majority of our...

September 5th, 2017

3 tips for maximizing your PLC participation during the new school year

By Lance Rougeux
Vice President of Learning Communities, Discovery Education
For educators across the country, it’s time to get back at it. Summer is over, and if we are not yet back in school teaching, we are sorting through class rosters, getting our first week planned, and tying up the hundreds of loose ends...

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