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The Technology and Learning Conversation Has Shifted

From transactional use to transformational learning experiences, 6 critical factors for teacher success. GUEST COLUMN | by Randy Ziegenfuss In a previous article, I shared a framework we’ve engaged to guide our digital transformation over the past seven years. During … Continue reading

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When the ‘SCI’ is the Limit

Applying technology to an all-too-common financial barrier for students. GUEST COLUMN | by Barbara Freeman and Reginald Berry Federal student loan programs were founded on the premise of access and equity. The aim: to enable young people to finance their … Continue reading

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School of Thought for Innovators

This ‘farmer’ has an interesting crop, and you’ll never guess what it is. GUEST COLUMN | by Nancy Conrad The occasion was an advisory board meeting of a young tech startup company. The group attending was filled with brilliant, millennial … Continue reading

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Generation Alpha

Teaching and learning with post-Millennial students. GUEST COLUMN | by Mark Wu During my years as an elementary school vice principal, I had the opportunity to wander in and out of all the classrooms in the school—ranging from junior Kindergarten … Continue reading

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The Tenets of Educational Technology Leadership

An opportunity for success—and some helpful principles on which to make it happen.  GUEST COLUMN | by Matt Harris Edtech leadership, worldwide, is a growing market. The complexity of schools, the challenges of modern learning, the ever-changing nature of technology, … Continue reading

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Backing Up to Get a Wider View of EdTech Funding for Your School

How a total cost of ownership approach to edtech can affordably power learning. GUEST COLUMN | by Charles Duarte Digital learning, though still in its youth, has been shown to enable students to learn more quickly and adeptly, while improving … Continue reading

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4 Pillars on Which to Build EdTech

Creating dynamic, digital, and interactive learning experiences tailored to learner needs. GUEST COLUMN | by Tracey Roden Children are born into a world swimming in technology; most have a space in the digital world before they are even born. Parents … Continue reading

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5 Collaboration Tools Teachers Shouldn’t Live Without

A 7th-grade math educator shares the tools she uses to stay connected with fellow educators, experts, and her students. GUEST COLUMN | by Stacey Ryan Connected educator month just happened, but in reality, the connecting never ends. “What does it … Continue reading

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For Long-Term Success, EdTech Needs to be Part of a School’s DNA

Starting early with curriculum and pedagogic models, how to effect authentic change. GUEST COLUMN | by Matt Harris We know that educational technology (edtech) offers the potential to enhance learning to meet the needs of contemporary students. It does what … Continue reading

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How to Teach Math Without Worksheets

An engineer’s perspective on making a digital shift in the classroom. GUEST COLUMN | by Marie Mérouze  When looking for alternative ways to teach math, avoiding the use of worksheets seems like it would be a simple task considering technology … Continue reading

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3 Ways to Streamline Higher Ed Tasks

Digital transformation has at last made its way to higher education, and staff need to take advantage of the perks. GUEST COLUMN | by Jamie Riepe It’s no secret that higher education staff are often spread thin across their many … Continue reading

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The Adventures of Alice in Jakarta

An international school educator rekindles a passion for exploration in her students and herself. GUEST COLUMN | by Stephanie Mathews After starting the British School Jakarta, with an Apple one-to-one student laptop program, I wondered how I would manage to … Continue reading

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The Vital Importance of Connecting College Students with Industry Experience

Re-examining current education models with ‘competent producers’ in mind.  GUEST COLUMN | by Randy Swearer Colleges and universities are a stepping stone between childhood and adulthood, a launch pad into professionalism and an educational haven for acquiring the necessary skills … Continue reading

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First STEM. Then STEAM. Now, STREAM.

Catholic School principal starts early, stays diligent on transformative full-tech journey. GUEST COLUMN | by Monica Haldiman Imagine you’re in a classroom, but instead of children sitting quietly at their desks, they are testing a model bridge built from pasta … Continue reading

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Students Are Texters, So Here’s a Company that Knows That

Scaling an edtech solution with a veteran scaler. INTERVIEW | by Victor Rivero An entrepreneur and executive who has spent most of his career building successful companies, Brian Kathman has deep experience across technology, philanthropy, and high-growth companies, often translating … Continue reading

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Leading a Digital Learning Transformation

How to lead, support, and evaluate an effective digital learning shift.  GUEST COLUMN | by Randy Ziegenfuss  “If you can see your path laid out in front of you step by step, you know it’s not your path. Your own … Continue reading

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The Write Idea

Technology-enhanced writing support: how it works. GUEST COLUMN | by Michele Israel Emily Bonack, English 9 and AP Language and Communications teacher at Merrill High School, in Merrill, WI, knows all too well what happens to students who are not … Continue reading

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The Social Campus

Eight areas of opportunity for higher education in 2018. GUEST COLUMN | by Phil Chatterton In the past five years, social media has become a mission-critical communications technology in higher education. It is used by many stakeholders across campus for … Continue reading

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Tools Teachers Love

Some practical perspective from an online educator. GUEST COLUMN | by Dominique Baroco Long gone are the days of textbooks and chalkboards. Classrooms have evolved, and teachers are now turning to technology to develop lesson plans. This evolution comes as … Continue reading

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The Right Conditions for Learning

To foster a culture of positivity in your school, follow these five simple steps. GUEST COLUMN | by Susan R. Steele When I became the principal of Finger Lake Elementary School in Wasilla, Alaska, in 2015, we had about 250 … Continue reading

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Global State of Digital Learning

Key findings and trends in K-12 education. GUEST COLUMN | by Dylan Rodgers With each passing year, technology continues to push the boundaries of what’s possible in teaching and learning. So much so, that it’s getting harder to find schools … Continue reading

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Booming in Buffalo

A community agrees on a truly transformative tool for teaching and learning. GUEST COLUMN| by Joe Parlier Kriner Cash views his district as on the cusp of a major renaissance, parallel to the one that the western New York state … Continue reading

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In Student Hands

How technology drives personalized learning. GUEST COLUMN | by Rachel Tustin Editor’s Note: Over the past sixteen years, classrooms have seen a world of change. This post takes the long view, examining classroom practices from the perspective of a veteran … Continue reading

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A Fair Opportunity for Success

Preventing technology gaps from creating achievement gaps. GUEST COLUMN | by Sheldon Soper Technology is becoming a ubiquitous component of modern day classrooms. Tools like Chromebooks, laptops, and iPads provide powerful ways for students to create, collaborate, and access information. … Continue reading

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Promising Distractions

Three digital projects worth supporting in schools.  GUEST COLUMN | by Matt Renwick In a sea of new apps and digital opportunities, it can be challenging to determine what works in the classroom and what does not. A teacher might … Continue reading

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