Building Effective Technology Programs [Step 4: Tools, Content & Platform]

This is part four of a series of blogs discussing the twelve steps to meaningful education technology program implementation. Start at step one HERE. The tech space we know today has become crowded, and the education sector is no exception. Six years ago, technology in the classroom meant the use of smartboards, the inclusion of laptop carts, and the

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Building Effective Technology Programs [Step 3: Instructional Models]

This is part three of a series of blogs discussing the twelve steps to meaningful education technology program implementation. Start at step one HERE. Success with any digital education rollout often includes the advice of teachers and how they prefer to teach effectively. Teachers are in the classroom day in and day out with their students, and if

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Building Effective Technology Programs [Step 2: Academic Goals]

This is part two of a series of blogs discussing the twelve steps to meaningful education technology program implementation. Start at step one HERE. Today’s teachers and students have access to a multitude of innovative resources, tools and materials to launch and strengthen their digital learning environments. As schools transition to these technology programs at

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Building Effective Technology Programs [Step 1: Planning]

We all agree that change has arrived in education. With new standards and technologies entering classrooms across the country, conversations among administrators often turn to managing this change in their schools. This transformation to digitally-enhanced teaching and learning is exciting, but is a big undertaking — from digital strategy planning to device selection to professional

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Meaningful Use: Getting the Most out of Your Digital Education Program

Last month, digedu President Matt Tullman spoke at an Illinois Computing Educators (ICE) mini-conference. He addressed the teachers and administrators about meaningful technology use in the classroom, and shared some of the steps to success. From instructional models to staffing and support, there are many things to consider in order to be effective in providing

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Tips for Techy End-of-Semester Testing: 4 Ways to Use Technology to Help with Finals

Students have been out of school for weeks—snowed in, playing video games—and bam! It’s back to school and time to cram before finals and rounds of standardized testing. But what can feel like punishment (of both you and your students) for a brief stint of holiday relaxation is made less painful with a little helpful

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Flipping Out for All the Right Reasons

When most educators think about the proverbial PD session, they imagine a packet of papers headed straight for their file folder labeled “professional development,” never to be seen again.  Although schools generally pay a steep fee for third-party vendors to facilitate the seemingly important PD session, the imagined response is based in reality: most teachers

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The Flipped Classroom: an Introduction

The classroom lecture has been endured, criticized—even parodied. Any teacher who has lectured to a class of blank faces can empathize with Ben Stein’s monotonous appeal for his students to respond to his dull lecture in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. (“Anyone? Anyone?”) To win back these blank stares, early-adopting teachers across the nation are implementing an

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The Importance of Connected Educators

In our technology-driven society, the ways we discuss and share information are changing faster than ever before. Have you ever spotted a Wikipedia article in a student’s bibliography or pointed a student to a Khan Academy lesson?  If you have, you already know that information and content are now stored and disseminated in completely different

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