Category Archives: Educational Technology Blog

Making Student Engagement Blossom in “Death Valley”

 

teacher and student and the challenge of student engagement The challenge of student engagement often feels like a dry wasteland. But every child can succeed with the right learning conditions. Today’s post reveals five mobile educational technology apps that will help both parents and educators improve student engagement.

Recently, I watched a TED episode by Ken Robinson about how to escape the “death valley” of education.

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Education Technology Focus: 3 Key Relationships for Success

teacher and students with education technology focus Relationships are the foundation to success in education. Although technology itself doesn’t have all the answers, a balanced education technology focus can definitely be used to improve and strengthen three key relationships.  

Many educators may agree that because of the big education technology revolution, which encourages the flipping of classrooms and learning with digital devices, it’s hard to argue that today’s education focus isn’t all about technology.

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3 Teachers Making a Difference with Education Technology

parents and teachers and education technology Instead of focusing only on education technology tools and topics today, let’s celebrate some of the specific teachers who make great learning happen with that technology. It’s Teacher Appreciation Week, after all. And no amount of technology in the world can replace the people who make it work.

Here are 3 examples of teachers we appreciate who are making a difference with technology.

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Free Webinar: Breathe Life Into Your PowerSchool Data with Ving

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Attention educators! Join Pearson and Ving (a Pearson ISV Partner) on Thursday, April 24, 2014 for a free online demonstration on how to make your PowerSchool data more dynamic. Don’t miss your chance to learn how to increase partnerships, improve communication, and boost student achievement.  Just click on the image above to learn more and register.

 

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Infographic Shows EdTech Is Essential, Not Optional

smartphone with educational technology Whether you’ve climbed aboard the technology bandwagon yet or not, one fact is clear: more and more educators believe educational technology is essential to teaching and learning.

The following infographic shows the survey results of four types of educators:

  • public school preK-12 teachers
  • teachers who use edtech a lot
  • teachers implementing 1:1/BYOD programs
  • public school administrators

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5 Tips To Make Good Videos For Your Important Messages

video for important messagesIf done well, video is a powerful method of communication that engages people far better than text-based messages alone.

But when it comes right down to it, most of us probably feel like making a good video on our own is too hard and too time consuming. Teachers, especially, have little to no extra time in their days to make room for extra stuff  unless the tasks are easy and the results are rewarding.

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No More Snow Days? Virtual Learning Sustains Student Engagement

student engagement and virtual learningThis winter has been rough. If you live anywhere in the lower forty-eight states, you have probably been impacted in some way by the heavy snowstorms and extremely frigid temperatures that led to the coining of a new weather phrase: the Polar Vortex.

Snow, in small doses, is pretty and even kind of fun. Snow angels, snowmen, snowball fights, forts, sledding – snow creates many fun activities and fond memories.

But in large doses, snow becomes a menace. Everything is harder. Starting your car, keeping your driveway clear, driving safely, avoiding accidents, and getting to your destinations are all more difficult, even treacherous.

From New Jersey to North Carolina, schools all over the country have had their schedules interrupted by one of the worst winter seasons on record. And while kids get very excited about their schools closing so they can stay home, the excessive amount of snow days has led to some creative alternatives to try and reduce the amount of lost learning time and salvage student engagement.

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4 Simple Ways Email Improves Parent Communication

teacher-parent communicationToday I found a great article from the Journal of Literacy and Technology titled “Improving Parent Involvement in Secondary Schools through Communication Technology.”

Although it was written a couple years ago (February 2012), this article contains some really great points about teacher-parent communication that I thought we should review. Here’s a bit of a summary sharing what I gleaned from this article:

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5 Articles To Help You Improve Parent Communication

parent communicationIt’s very easy to play the “blame game.” We often find excuses for why something is an issue, and everyone else is at fault except us. Everybody does it.

  • “It’s not my fault my students don’t understand the material. Most of them don’t do the homework I send home,” says the teacher.
  • “My kid’s teacher only lets me know what’s going on in class when my child behaves badly or gets a poor grade,” says the parent.
  • “I had basketball practice after school and then I got home late and then the dog ate my homework,” says the student.

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