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Students prefer edtech resources to parents when it comes to homework help

Smarter technology and edtech resources are helping students become independent learners and problem solvers, according to new research. In fact, many of today’s students first turn to technology for answers to their questions, and they aren’t depending on their parents for homework help as often as in past generations. The research from Lenovo surveyed more […]

How to balance work and study as a teacher

According to LinkedIn’s 2018 Workforce Learning Report, 93 per cent of employees would stay at a company longer if their employers invested in their careers. Continued professional development (CPD) is something that a lot of employees, including teachers, are keen to invest their time and energy into. CPD opportunities for teachers might include: : Workshops, […]

6 ways to get teachers on board with edtech

We’ve all heard about veteran educators who have been teaching the same way for years and are reluctant to integrate technology into their practice. Why should they? It’s scary to try something new, especially in front of a class of kids who seem to already be tech experts. Adam Juarez and Katherine Goyette have heard […]

Discovery Education acquires Inspyro

Discovery Education, a leader in standards-aligned digital curriculum resources, engaging content, and professional learning for K-12 classrooms, announced the acquisition of leading virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) provider Inspyro. Terms were not disclosed. Discovery Education’s acquisition of the UK-based Inspyro is a critical component of the company’s global content and product strategy. VR […]

Are you sure your edtech tools are working?

Elkin City Schools (ECS) is my home. It’s a small district, located near the North Carolina border, with three schools and about 1,200 students. It’s a small, tight-knit community full of passionate leaders, dedicated teachers, and inspired learners. We rank considerably well in the state almost entirely across the board. We’re ranked 7th or better […]

How intentional leadership behaviors can help PBIS implementation

In its call for social-emotional learning curricula to be integral to every public-school student’s education, federal IDEA legislation, and subsequently ESSA, mandate multi-tiered systems of support (MTSS) to meet the needs of all students, academically, socially, and emotionally. This embrace of a response to intervention (RTI) systems-approach is one that many school districts comply with […]

6 things to look for when supporting student voice with edtech

When students feel like they are helping drive their education and have a say in their own learning—having student voice–achievement thrives. That’s been a given, even when education technology was only a pencil and paper. Many edtech tools promise to help promote student voice, but how can educators tell which to choose? Related content: How […]

10 great blended learning tools for schools

With many schools now practicing blended learning, it can be helpful for educators interested in blended-learning programs to know which edtech tools are being used. For over five years, we at the Christensen Institute have been collecting data on blended-learning schools from around the world. In 2016, we launched our redesigned Blended Learning Universe (BLU)—a hub […]

4 ways school leadership encourages proficient readers

At a time when schools are held accountable to the highest level of standards, strong school leadership is critical for success. Fortunately, researchers have been exploring the school leadership factors that enable schools to successfully provide interventions to struggling readers, even in the face of complicating factors (e.g., a high percentage of the student population […]

4 benefits of using Minecraft in the classroom

When I met Grade 5 teacher Mark, he came to me with an exciting idea: He wanted me to work with him to teach creative writing through Minecraft in the classroom. I signed him up as my dissertation student in my Master of Education course, and over the following year we got to work on […]

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