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Video Description: Digital devices put the world at our students’ fingertips, whether with their own cell phones or with school-provided computers and tablets. But along with opportunities for powerful learning come the risks–and realities–of distraction. So, what are the best ways to manage digital distraction in the classroom? Check out these practical tips on supporting students and modeling productive 21st-century learning. For more ways to manage classroom technology, check out Common Sense Education’s collection Dealing with Digital Distraction in the Classroom.

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eSchool News by Laura Ascione - 2d ago

Social media is ubiquitous in many people’s lives, and it’s no different for educators–some of today’s most innovative teachers are using social media platforms such as Snapchat and Twitter to engage students and build their own personal learning networks.

Those networks, often called PLNs, consist of connections educators make via social media and can include fellow educators across the state or across the globe. Through PLNs, educators learn about new teaching and learning trends, share resources, and find mentors and inspiring colleagues.

Twitter chats have emerged as a convenient way for educators across the country to hop on Twitter and discuss certain topics. Chats are usually scheduled once a week at a certain time, and they’re organized by hashtags so participants can search for questions, answers, and discussions.

This Google document organizes educational Twitter chats by day, and it includes an option to add the chat to a Google calendar.

(Next page: Twitter chats for each day of the week)
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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 problem solving and the creative use of technology matters more than domain expertise, I’m proposing we teach all preschoolers to code.

Yes, kids should learn to code even before learning to read or write. I’m the son of a high school honors English teacher and the husband of an author, but I have learned that teaching coding and computer science to young kids is crucial to lifelong success.

I’m not arguing that coding and logical thinking are more important than reading. There are very few rewarding life paths that don’t require language literacy and there is no replacement for reading. However, our work with millions of kids on codeSpark Academy, the award-winning computer-science platform I co-founded, has proven that young kids can and should master the basics of coding well before they learn to read.

I’m not the first person to make this argument. Several experts have found that the logic and sequencing skills developed while learning to code enhance reading and math skills. Marina Umaschi Bers, a professor of child development and computer science at Tufts University, has published research studies showing that a simple eight-lesson coding introduction improved young children’s skills on traditional sequencing and reading-comprehension tests.

And consider this example from a 2015 NPR story:
“…before going through a robotics and programming curriculum, when asked to describe the process of brushing their teeth, children gave just three or four steps. Afterwards, they were able to break down the process into 20 or more steps.”

(Next page: How to create the best coding experience for younger children)
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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 we tackle entrenched practices and mindsets in bold and specific ways.

How can we best harness the positive aspects of technology to improve student learning and the schools we work in?

As a first step, we need to disrupt the status quo that’s embedded in the education system by developing new ways of looking at things that transform the world. We create permanent change only by identifying and communicating what shifts need to occur as well as illustrating how effective these approaches are at improving education. When we apply principals of efficacy to the Pillars of Digital Leadership, we’re well on our way toward integrating technology with confidence that learning will be transformed.

The 7 pillars of digital leadership

Pillar 1: Student engagement, learning, and achievement: Enhancing essential skill sets that society demands
Schools should reflect real life, allowing and encouraging students to apply what they’ve learned through the tools they use outside of school. Communication, collaboration, creativity, media literacy, global connectedness, problem solving, and critical thinking are vital to success. Within a solid pedagogical approach, digital tools and social media allow students to create artifacts of learning that demonstrate conceptual mastery and, when framed within an structure such as The Rigor and Relevance Framework, cultivate learner autonomy.

Which technology, implemented in which specific and measurable ways, drives skill acquisition and conceptual understanding within that objective? This means aligning actual results that show improvement in terms of engagement, learning, and achievement evidenced by a Return on Instruction.

Pillar 2: Professional growth and development: Leveraging tools that allow pursuit of passions
Traditional forms of professional development (PD) such as “sit and get,” one-size-fits-all, and trainings lacking accountability have proven obsolete. Digital tools now allow for professional learning to take place anytime, anywhere, and with anyone. Personal learning networks allow educators to acquire resources, access knowledge, receive feedback, and connect with others. Digital badges are an exciting way to acknowledge both formal and informal learning.

To build efficacy in this pillar, we ask, what are clearly identified areas of needed growth and what measurable solutions will address development? And, how do we measure the impacts of PD on students and student learning?

(Next page: Re-envisioning learning spaces, improving communications, and more)
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“Turn on the subtitles, Ms. Olague!”

I clicked on the “CC” button underneath the YouTube video, and the closed-captioning appeared at the bottom of the screen. Suddenly, all my students were looking at the screen with wide eyes, eager to watch the video. In my first-grade classroom, a third of my students were learning English as a second language. Though my English learners were the initial reason I starting using closed-captioning on videos, I soon realized that students with special needs also benefited. As a public school teacher, I had to constantly evaluate how my teaching practices and materials could better include and empower the vast diversity in my classroom.

My students loved having subtitles on during short videos because it gave them more opportunities to interact with and learn from the content. All my students were learning how to read, and the captions helped them connect the audio to the visual representation of text. Plus, the students who struggled with attention didn’t miss out on any information since they could access the content through the voice-over, the visuals in the video, and the text in the captions. I used closed-captioning with BrainPop Jr. content, ClassDojo videos, GoNoodle, and other phonics or science videos on YouTube.

Any classroom teacher will tell you the importance of differentiating instruction and materials for students’ diverse needs. It’s also crucial that when you introduce a new digital learning tool into your classroom, you make sure it will be accessible to your students. That means that a student with a disability (cognitive, physical, or learning) will be able to engage and interact with the content in the same way a student without a disability can.

Evaluating accessibility
The next time you introduce a new digital learning tool, consider these three key questions to help ensure you’re meeting all your students’ needs.

(Next page: Learn how to make your classroom more accessible)
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With the proliferation of technology in school and at home, parents are looking for direction on how to keep their kids’ media habits in check. Librarians, who are often at the front lines of media and tech in schools, can provide that crucial guidance. The discussions shouldn’t focus on denying technology, though, said Michelle Cooper, library media specialist at White Oak Independent School District (ISD) in Texas, in the edWebinar “Achieving Media Balance in a Tech-Immersed World.” Instead, librarians can help families learn how to maintain a healthy balance and become good digital citizens.

Step 1 – Student Outreach.
Develop and implement a digital-citizenship plan that spans grades K-12. As students move up, the plan should reflect the changing needs at each level. Key topics include cyberbullying, information literacy, digital footprints, and overall internet safety. In addition, empower students to take control of technology by asking them how they could use media in a positive manner to effect social change.

Step 2 – Parent Communication.
Via school blogs, social-media accounts, and the website, detail how your school is promoting good digital citizenship. Post resources, highlight successes, and create a place where students can report problems like cyberbullying.

(Next page: More ways to keep media habits in check)
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eSchool News by Contributor - 4d ago

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 high levels of teachers leaving the field. One of the main reasons people look to Finland for inspiration is because of its high level of teaching. Realistically it is so advanced because of the expert training teachers receive, and because they are allowed to do their job without much interference.

As a Finnish-based entrepreneur in the business of creativity and innovation within the media industry for more than two decades, I’ve recently turned my focus on how to scale innovation within the education sector. Education innovations are siloed and practiced in isolated classrooms; that’s why my latest project, HundrED, is a nonprofit that’s on a mission to change this by seeking and sharing some of the world’s most inspiring K12 innovations and packaging them online for educators to easily implement for free.

Our organization’s aim is to make everything beautiful and understandable, so that any teacher in Manchester, Bangladesh, Singapore, or San Francisco can have access to the best education innovations globally. When we first started building HundrED, the initial goal was to discover and share, 100 Finnish education innovations as part of our country’s 100-year independence from Russia. In observing the research, here are four key takeaways and best classroom practices that all educators can learn from.

(Next page: What we can learn from the Finns)
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eSchool News by Jeff Festa - 5d ago

History

eSchool News covers education technology in all its aspects–from legislation and litigation, to case studies, to purchasing practices and new products. First published in March of 1998, eSchool News is a monthly print and digital newspaper providing the news and information necessary to help K-20 decision-makers successfully use technology and the internet to transform North America’s schools and colleges and achieve their educational goals. The newspaper is read by more than 300,000 school leaders, and a companion web site—eSchool News Online (http://www.eschoolnews.com ) is visited by more than 500,000 unique visitors each month, including over 280,000 registered members.

eSchool News is a marketing solutions company serving the education technology industry. Throughout our 25-year history, we have created the most comprehensive portfolio of products and services in the industry. We offer access to the broadest reach and deepest range of education technology professionals worldwide across the entire technology spectrum: the creators, sellers, and buyers of technology around the world.

Every day, our editorial, sales, and marketing professionals share their content expertise to help our customers grow their businesses. We leverage the immediacy of online, the networking of face-to-face opportunities, the expert interaction of web seminars, and the breadth and depth of print to create compelling, focused media that delivers measurable results.
Mission

eSchool News — helping educators succeed by;

* Providing the latest news, resources and reports on the applications of technology to improve learning
* Providing resources and tools to evaluate the funding, purchasing and the evaluation of technology in the education systems
* Assisting educators in forming collaborative alliances and providing a valuable resource bank for the exchange of information, ideas and best practices.

In order to fulfill our mission, we pledge the following:

* We will treat each member as though the success of our organization depends on that individual alone
* We will continue to increase the value and benefits of our services, programs and products
* We will deliver what we promise
* We will conduct our business in a manner which commands the respect of the public for our industry and for the goals toward which we strive

Vision

eSchool News will create an environment that inspires and empowers the spirit of positive educational endeavors by encouraging sharing and support in order to:

* Solve education technology problems
* Encourage collaboration
* Provide education and resources
* Provide superior value
* Provide a marketplace where members can make their services and products available to each other and to their clients

Values

eSchool News holds the following values in the highest regard in all their business dealings and expects all members and their associates, suppliers, and vendors to uphold them as well:

* Confidentiality
* Supportive environment
* Collaboration and sharing
* Generosity

Link to Us

Help eSchool News thrive, there are several things you can do to help us. Mention eSchoolNews.com on your Web sites, in your emails, in your newsletters, and on your message boards and forums and provide a simple text link to our site. In addition, you can post our daily news and our RSS Feed for free. For more information go to Content Exchange and RSS to enroll.

Staff

Editorial Team

Ellen Ullman
Editorial Director, Content Services
eullman@eschoolnews.com
(301) 913-0115 x109

Ellen Ullman has more than a decade of experience covering education and educational technology. She has worked as a senior editor at CCI/Crosby and as editor of Tech & Learning’s School CIO. In addition, she has written about education issues for ASCD, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and Community College Journal.

Laura Ascione
Managing Editor, Content Services
ldevaney@eschoolnews.com
(301) 913-0115 x112

Laura Devaney is the Director of News for eSchool Media and a former Managing Editor. She is a graduate of the University of Maryland’s Philip Merrill College of Journalism. While attending UMD, Laura wrote for a local neighborhood newspaper before interning with eSchool News. Upon graduating, Laura couldn’t bear to be parted from eSchool News, and joined the team as an Assistant Editor. She enjoys covering mobile and handheld technologies, school safety, and best practices.

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Stephanie Ciotola
Education Marketing Strategist
Email: sciotola@eschoolmedia.com
Phone: (720) 937-8524

Lee Calloway
Sales/Finance Administrator
Email: lcalloway@eschoolmedia.com
Phone: (301) 913-0115 x131

Online
Nancy David
Executive Vice President, Online, Data & Analytics
ndavid@eschoolnews.com
(301) 913-0115 x110

Vince Carlson
Director of Information Systems
vcarlson@eschoolnews.com
(301) 913-0115 x103

Jeff Festa
Web Communications Specialist
jfesta@eschoolnews.com
(301) 913-0115 x130

Marketing
Janice Budai
Marketing Services Manager
jbudai@eschoolnews.com

Production
Chris Hopson
Production Director
chopson@eschoolnews.com
(301) 913-0115 x114

Administration
Robert Morrow
CEO
rmorrow@eschoolnews.com
(301) 913-0115 ext 105

Customer Service
Customer Service
custserv@eschoolnews.com
(301) 913-0115 x199

Additional Information Or to Report a Problem:

Please eMail Nancy David

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Attention: Nancy David
Online Director
7920 Norfolk Ave., Suite 900
Bethesda, MD 20814

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eSchool News by Jeff Festa - 5d ago

History

eSchool News covers education technology in all its aspects–from legislation and litigation, to case studies, to purchasing practices and new products. First published in March of 1998, eSchool News is a monthly print and digital newspaper providing the news and information necessary to help K-20 decision-makers successfully use technology and the internet to transform North America’s schools and colleges and achieve their educational goals. The newspaper is read by more than 300,000 school leaders, and a companion web site—eSchool News Online (http://www.eschoolnews.com ) is visited by more than 500,000 unique visitors each month, including over 280,000 registered members.

eSchool News is a marketing solutions company serving the education technology industry. Throughout our 25-year history, we have created the most comprehensive portfolio of products and services in the industry. We offer access to the broadest reach and deepest range of education technology professionals worldwide across the entire technology spectrum: the creators, sellers, and buyers of technology around the world.

Every day, our editorial, sales, and marketing professionals share their content expertise to help our customers grow their businesses. We leverage the immediacy of online, the networking of face-to-face opportunities, the expert interaction of web seminars, and the breadth and depth of print to create compelling, focused media that delivers measurable results.
Mission

eSchool News — helping educators succeed by;

* Providing the latest news, resources and reports on the applications of technology to improve learning
* Providing resources and tools to evaluate the funding, purchasing and the evaluation of technology in the education systems
* Assisting educators in forming collaborative alliances and providing a valuable resource bank for the exchange of information, ideas and best practices.

In order to fulfill our mission, we pledge the following:

* We will treat each member as though the success of our organization depends on that individual alone
* We will continue to increase the value and benefits of our services, programs and products
* We will deliver what we promise
* We will conduct our business in a manner which commands the respect of the public for our industry and for the goals toward which we strive

Vision

eSchool News will create an environment that inspires and empowers the spirit of positive educational endeavors by encouraging sharing and support in order to:

* Solve education technology problems
* Encourage collaboration
* Provide education and resources
* Provide superior value
* Provide a marketplace where members can make their services and products available to each other and to their clients

Values

eSchool News holds the following values in the highest regard in all their business dealings and expects all members and their associates, suppliers, and vendors to uphold them as well:

* Confidentiality
* Supportive environment
* Collaboration and sharing
* Generosity

Link to Us

Help eSchool News thrive, there are several things you can do to help us. Mention eSchoolNews.com on your Web sites, in your emails, in your newsletters, and on your message boards and forums and provide a simple text link to our site. In addition, you can post our daily news and our RSS Feed for free. For more information go to Content Exchange and RSS to enroll.

Staff

Editorial Team

Ellen Ullman
Editorial Director, Content Services
eullman@eschoolnews.com
(301) 913-0115 x109

Ellen Ullman has more than a decade of experience covering education and educational technology. She has worked as a senior editor at CCI/Crosby and as editor of Tech & Learning’s School CIO. In addition, she has written about education issues for ASCD, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and Community College Journal.

Laura Ascione
Managing Editor, Content Services
ldevaney@eschoolnews.com
(301) 913-0115 x112

Laura Devaney is the Director of News for eSchool Media and a former Managing Editor. She is a graduate of the University of Maryland’s Philip Merrill College of Journalism. While attending UMD, Laura wrote for a local neighborhood newspaper before interning with eSchool News. Upon graduating, Laura couldn’t bear to be parted from eSchool News, and joined the team as an Assistant Editor. She enjoys covering mobile and handheld technologies, school safety, and best practices.

Sales
Stephanie Ciotola
Education Marketing Strategist
Email: sciotola@eschoolmedia.com
Phone: (720) 937-8524

Lee Calloway
Sales/Finance Administrator
Email: lcalloway@eschoolmedia.com
Phone: (301) 913-0115 x131

Online
Nancy David
Executive Vice President, Online, Data & Analytics
ndavid@eschoolnews.com
(301) 913-0115 x110

Vince Carlson
Director of Information Systems
vcarlson@eschoolnews.com
(301) 913-0115 x103

Jeff Festa
Web Communications Specialist
jfesta@eschoolnews.com
(301) 913-0115 x130

Marketing
Janice Budai
Marketing Services Manager
jbudai@eschoolnews.com

Production
Chris Hopson
Production Director
chopson@eschoolnews.com
(301) 913-0115 x114

Administration
Robert Morrow
CEO
rmorrow@eschoolnews.com
(301) 913-0115 ext 105

Customer Service
Customer Service
custserv@eschoolnews.com
(301) 913-0115 x199

Additional Information Or to Report a Problem:

Please eMail Nancy David

Address:

eSchool News
Attention: Nancy David
Online Director
7920 Norfolk Ave., Suite 900
Bethesda, MD 20814

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eSchool News by Jeff Festa - 5d ago

History

eSchool News covers education technology in all its aspects–from legislation and litigation, to case studies, to purchasing practices and new products. First published in March of 1998, eSchool News is a monthly print and digital newspaper providing the news and information necessary to help K-20 decision-makers successfully use technology and the internet to transform North America’s schools and colleges and achieve their educational goals. The newspaper is read by more than 300,000 school leaders, and a companion web site—eSchool News Online (http://www.eschoolnews.com ) is visited by more than 500,000 unique visitors each month, including over 280,000 registered members.

eSchool News is a marketing solutions company serving the education technology industry. Throughout our 25-year history, we have created the most comprehensive portfolio of products and services in the industry. We offer access to the broadest reach and deepest range of education technology professionals worldwide across the entire technology spectrum: the creators, sellers, and buyers of technology around the world.

Every day, our editorial, sales, and marketing professionals share their content expertise to help our customers grow their businesses. We leverage the immediacy of online, the networking of face-to-face opportunities, the expert interaction of web seminars, and the breadth and depth of print to create compelling, focused media that delivers measurable results.
Mission

eSchool News — helping educators succeed by;

* Providing the latest news, resources and reports on the applications of technology to improve learning
* Providing resources and tools to evaluate the funding, purchasing and the evaluation of technology in the education systems
* Assisting educators in forming collaborative alliances and providing a valuable resource bank for the exchange of information, ideas and best practices.

In order to fulfill our mission, we pledge the following:

* We will treat each member as though the success of our organization depends on that individual alone
* We will continue to increase the value and benefits of our services, programs and products
* We will deliver what we promise
* We will conduct our business in a manner which commands the respect of the public for our industry and for the goals toward which we strive

Vision

eSchool News will create an environment that inspires and empowers the spirit of positive educational endeavors by encouraging sharing and support in order to:

* Solve education technology problems
* Encourage collaboration
* Provide education and resources
* Provide superior value
* Provide a marketplace where members can make their services and products available to each other and to their clients

Values

eSchool News holds the following values in the highest regard in all their business dealings and expects all members and their associates, suppliers, and vendors to uphold them as well:

* Confidentiality
* Supportive environment
* Collaboration and sharing
* Generosity

Link to Us

Help eSchool News thrive, there are several things you can do to help us. Mention eSchoolNews.com on your Web sites, in your emails, in your newsletters, and on your message boards and forums and provide a simple text link to our site. In addition, you can post our daily news and our RSS Feed for free. For more information go to Content Exchange and RSS to enroll.

Staff

Editorial Team

Ellen Ullman
Editorial Director, Content Services
eullman@eschoolnews.com
(301) 913-0115 x109

Ellen Ullman has more than a decade of experience covering education and educational technology. She has worked as a senior editor at CCI/Crosby and as editor of Tech & Learning’s School CIO. In addition, she has written about education issues for ASCD, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and Community College Journal.

Laura Ascione
Managing Editor, Content Services
ldevaney@eschoolnews.com
(301) 913-0115 x112

Laura Devaney is the Director of News for eSchool Media and a former Managing Editor. She is a graduate of the University of Maryland’s Philip Merrill College of Journalism. While attending UMD, Laura wrote for a local neighborhood newspaper before interning with eSchool News. Upon graduating, Laura couldn’t bear to be parted from eSchool News, and joined the team as an Assistant Editor. She enjoys covering mobile and handheld technologies, school safety, and best practices.

Sales
Stephanie Ciotola
Education Marketing Strategist
Email: sciotola@eschoolmedia.com
Phone: (720) 937-8524

Lee Calloway
Sales/Finance Administrator
Email: lcalloway@eschoolmedia.com
Phone: (301) 913-0115 x131

Online
Nancy David
Executive Vice President, Online, Data & Analytics
ndavid@eschoolnews.com
(301) 913-0115 x110

Vince Carlson
Director of Information Systems
vcarlson@eschoolnews.com
(301) 913-0115 x103

Jeff Festa
Web Communications Specialist
jfesta@eschoolnews.com
(301) 913-0115 x130

Marketing
Janice Budai
Marketing Services Manager
jbudai@eschoolnews.com

Production
Chris Hopson
Production Director
chopson@eschoolnews.com
(301) 913-0115 x114

Administration
Robert Morrow
CEO
rmorrow@eschoolnews.com
(301) 913-0115 ext 105

Customer Service
Customer Service
custserv@eschoolnews.com
(301) 913-0115 x199

Additional Information Or to Report a Problem:

Please eMail Nancy David

Address:

eSchool News
Attention: Nancy David
Online Director
7920 Norfolk Ave., Suite 900
Bethesda, MD 20814

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