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May 22nd, 2018

Here’s how to make your digital strategy seamless

By Jill Hobson
K-12 institutional program manager, IMS Global Learning Consortium
When a district goes digital, it is doing everything necessary so that students can seamlessly access and use all of the digital learning tools available and teachers can easily manage the administrative functions associated with these tools, such as rostering students into apps and...

May 18th, 2018

Putting the SEL into PBL

By Jennifer Money
marketing manager, Move This World
In project-based learning (PBL), teachers present students with a real-world problem and challenge them to solve the problem through research and inquiry, often collaborating with each another and producing a final product that encompasses everything they have learned. The project relates back to the...

May 16th, 2018

8 informal assessments to pinpoint what your students need

By Chris Balow
chief research scientist, Illuminate Education
The great thing about informal assessments is they help us gauge students’ understanding during the learning process instead of after. Informal assessment also changes teachers’ relationship to student learning. Through informal assessment, a teacher becomes a guide throughout the learning process, rather than the...

May 14th, 2018

6 reasons why district-wide tech implementations are the right choice

By Scott Welch
co-founder, Edsby
In any given K-12 district, you’ll find at least some teachers choosing their own edtech products. Why? If their district hasn’t shown tech leadership, there are no shortage of tempting free apps to choose from. Why not fly solo, so to speak? But that’s...

May 7th, 2018

6 steps for using data to improve instruction

By Chris Balow
chief research scientist, Illuminate Education
Research suggests that when principals work directly with teachers in explaining how and why they should use data to improve their instructional practices, the effect on student achievement is more than twice as powerful as any other leadership dimension. Clearly, K-12 leaders hold the keys...

May 4th, 2018

5 ways to teach coding without using screens

By Filippo Yacob
chief executive officer and founder, Primo Toys
A few years ago, computer programming for kids was a niche subject that only children of select parents were exposed to. Fast-forward to today, where coding for kids has embedded itself into many mainstream education curriculums around the world. Even though the popularity of...

May 3rd, 2018

6 reasons why science teachers should use simulations

By Lura Sapp
product specialist, e-Tech Simulations
Simulation has been around for more than 20 years, so what is compelling more science teachers and school districts to add it to their bag of resources? Just as early video games with their simply designed interfaces and limited functionality evolved into today’s fully...

May 2nd, 2018

Fixing the grade passback pain point

By Oxana Jurosevic
integrations product manager, Instructure
Grade passback is a pain point for educators and school systems. Just go online and look up the help desk for popular grading platforms and you’ll notice the cries for help from users: "Anybody have a solution for passing a midterm and final letter...

April 30th, 2018

How to get students interested in STEM

By Erika Angle
co-founder and chief executive officer, Ixcela LLC
Science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) are not just important topics for school children—they are essential to our culture. These fields help the environment, revolutionize healthcare, innovate our country’s security, and ensure our global economic competitiveness.   According to the Council of Advisors on Science...

April 26th, 2018

5 things every K-12 employee should do to protect student data

By Mike Oswalt
Executive director, organizational excellence, Illuminate Education, Inc.
Student data privacy and security are top priorities for edtech leaders. When asked to rate the importance of these topics, 68 percent of respondents said they were more critical than the prior year, according to an annual survey of K-12 chief technology officers from...

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