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Early Learning Faces Obstacles and Inequities—Here's How Edtech Can Help

Remember the days when Farmer Eddie taught youngsters what the pig and cow says by pulling the See 'n Say string? Edtech for early learners has come a long way since then, but our just-released compilation of research—what we call a Market Gap Snapshot—makes clear there is still a lot of room to expand and improve edtech solutions to address obstacles facing our youngest students.

North Carolina’s Digital Success Story

For over a decade, North Carolina has been the site of one of the most sustained, successful initiatives in education: giving all students in all schools access to broadband internet with WiFi in every classroom by 2018.

Stakeholders—from educators and nonprofits to politicians and private companies—have all rowed in one direction to spur the strategic use of technology to ensure that all students have access to a great education.

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With 3D Technology, Special Education Students Can Focus on Content—Not Access

“What’s an ox?”That was the confounding question assistive technology specialist Neal McKenzie faced a year and a half ago from one of the 100-plus visually impaired students he helps in the classrooms of Northern California’s Sonoma County. The blind 5th-grader had to write a report on rural life and someone had suggested including an ox. But the boy had never touched an ox or even a cow and had no reference for the animal.

Reminder - These Are Attachments You Should Never Open

This morning as I sifted through the mountain of spammy PR emails that greet me every morning, I noticed one email that had the subject line "Secure Document from X." (X = person whose name I didn't recognize). I recently bought a new home so I have had a lot of secure attachments from my realtor, the bank, and insurance company lately. But this secure attachment didn't seem right. See my screenshot and explanation below.

When Schools Forgo Grades: An Experiment In Internal Motivation

Lots of factors affect whether and what students learn in school, but most often that conversation gets boiled down into a single letter grade, a symbol of everything a student knows or doesn’t know. Because grades are often required, and easy to understand, they have become the focus for many parents, teachers and students.

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Teach Love

Teach love, not hate. There's no more important lesson. Here are a few of the notable comments shared yesterday on the tragedy in Virginia.  "....People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love......For love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite." - Nelson Mandela

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Giving Data Meaning: Students Should Have A Say In What Analytics Tell You About Them

When students interact with digital learning environments, they leave behind trails of data. The desire to understand and improve learning has led many educators to consider the value and utility of this information. But what can these data traces actually tell us about the students who left them, and how do we translate them into meaningful action?

Checklist for Effective PD

Having great content is important when delivering a professional learning opportunity but it is not enough. What is also important is to ensure opportunities are well organized and leave participants feeling they got exactly what they came for.  

Here are some considerations, followed by an explanation of each, that will enable you to accomplish just that.

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Invite

Send out

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