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How we built an immersive learning environment

Demographics: The Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District (ISD) is the third-largest district in Texas, covering 186 square miles and serving more than 115,000 students. The Houston district currently includes 11 high schools, 18 middle schools, 54 elementary schools, and five special campuses. Biggest challenge: Our district is large and continues to grow by nearly 1,000 students each […]

3 unexpected ways tech can humanize learning

[Editor’s note: This article appeared on the ISTE blog on Jan. 23, 2019. Find more posts like this one at] My biggest goal as a teacher is to make every one of my students know how important they are and how invested I am in their learning and well-being. I want students to enjoy learning […]

Got humor? It might be the key to STEM engagement

Real-world relevance and a little dash of humor are two ingredients that might increase STEM engagement and make learning fun for high school students, according to a new survey. The Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) surveyed 1,100 high school students from across the U.S. on how to increase student interest, understanding, and performance […]

Empower students to be future ready with these top 5 tools

Educators are constantly looking for resources and tools to get students engaged and excited about the content they are teaching. Take it a step further by empowering your students with designing and creating, and that engagement will automatically happen. Empowerment means you are providing your students with the future-ready skills and experiences they can take […]

How this district is preparing students for 2030–and beyond

Whether we like it or not, the fourth industrial revolution is fundamentally changing the way the world works–and educators have to rise to the task of preparing students for 2030 and beyond. “We don’t have as much time as I thought we did to redesign education and prepare our students for the future,” said Dr. […]

6 ways to support a digital transformation

Ensuring the success of any new edtech initiative has little to nothing to do with the technology itself, but instead is directly related to a focus on student learning and an effort to break down silos. When districts keep student learning at the top of their list and focus on building successful relationships, a digital […]

5 edtech accelerators that are changing K-12

Five powerful edtech accelerators are influencing the skills and needs of K-12 students and educators, according to a new CoSN report released during the advocacy group’s 2019 conference. These edtech accelerators are major disruptive shifts in the status quo that redefine the future of education and accelerate the pace of technological change. They vary in […]

5 online discussion tools to fuel student engagement

Creating a classroom community where meaningful conversations can happen isn’t easy—it’s an ongoing process that takes time. But using online discussion tools can be one great way to help your students build these skills. Plus, the ability to engage in online discussions responsibly is a great 21st-century skill in and of itself. Online discussions often […]

Here’s why AI skills will make or break students’ futures

It’s OK if you don’t know exactly what artificial intelligence (AI) is–but you need to learn, and quickly, because it’s already firmly ensconced in our lives, and AI skills are shaping the future lives and careers of today’s students. AI has already fundamentally changed the way we “do” many things. For instance, most people talk […]

5 ways to use AR and VR in the classroom

Augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) are the new hot trends in education. But what does that mean and how is it going to benefit our students? AR superimposes information on our world through the use of a device; VR—a computer-generated environment in which we can interact and be immersed—is typically done with VR […]

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