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7 Habits of Highly Effective Tech-leading Principals

7 Habits of Highly Effective Tech-leading Principals | TechTalk | Scoop.it

Unwrapping the key attributes that transform principals into effective technology leaders in their schools and in their districts.

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, September 15, 2014 10:24 PM

I was struck by the use of the pronoun I in the statements. For example, how do I move the School in the direction I want? That is actually not effective at all. School is about community where conversation happens and what is held in common is communicated on an ongoing basis.

 

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State launches $13M school broadband upgrade

State launches $13M school broadband upgrade | TechTalk | Scoop.it
Arkansas will upgrade its broadband infrastructure in order to adequately support schools and students.
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With Tech Tools, How Should Teachers Tackle Multitasking In Class?

With Tech Tools, How Should Teachers Tackle Multitasking In Class? | TechTalk | Scoop.it
Educators, students, and parents have noticed how schoolwork suffers when attention is split between homework and a buzzing smartphone. Read how teachers are responding.
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5 tech budget issues every school and district must consider

5 tech budget issues every school and district must consider | TechTalk | Scoop.it
A closer look at key issues identified by Insight Public Sector and what administrators should keep in mind.

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More online student assessments in the future

SOUTHEASTERN N.C. | For children of the digital age, technology has crossed into almost every section of their lives, including schools.
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50+ Tools for Differentiating Instruction Through Social Media

50+ Tools for Differentiating Instruction Through Social Media | TechTalk | Scoop.it
Social media can enhance differentiated instruction if the tools are selected with a careful eye on individual students' readiness, interests, and learning profiles.

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Joseph J Filoramo's curator insight, April 27, 9:16 AM

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Computer troubles (yet again) create havoc on testing day in FL (state test)

Computer troubles (yet again) create havoc on testing day in FL (state test) | TechTalk | Scoop.it
The state blames the vendor.


Students across Florida were supposed to spend Monday taking computer-based standardized exams — high school students, end-of-course tests; kids in Grades 5-10, the math portion of the new high-stakes Florida Standards Assessment.

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In some states, it is the vendor. In others, the problem is the state computers and servers. In some instances, the district is the problem. While in other situations, the school has the problem. 


States, districts, and schools with more experience with online testing have fewer issues. 


Dragging educational assessment into the 21st Century has proven to be much more difficult that anticipated, unless one goes through a multi-year transition process as our school did.Then you completely understand the potential issues.


These are predictable problems that must, at some time, be addressed before we can enter the modern age.

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Writing Poetry With Digital Tools

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"...it is not enough to ponder from afar what student writer might do with technology. You really need to dig in, write poetry with digital tools yourself, and then reflect on the experience."

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Five Essential Tech Tools to Keep Teachers Learning

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Tech-using teachers must not only harvest the ideas of others but curate what's valuable & create opportunities to learn. Curtis Chandler shares 5 digital tools
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24% of teens go online “almost constantly”

24% of teens go online “almost constantly” | TechTalk | Scoop.it

"Where do they hang?

The researchers noted that teens are diversifying–71% of teens use more than one social network site.  While we see frequent reports of its waning popularity, Facebook continues to be the most used social media site among American teens ages 13 to 17, with 71% of all teens using the site; half of the teens surveyed use Instagram; four-in-ten use Snapchat.

Facebook users typically have 145 friends.  The typical teen Instagram user has 150 followers in his or her network.  The typical teen Twitter user has 95 followers.  One third of teens use Google+.  Because schools have been adopting Google apps, many teens use Google tools in and out of school for school-related work.  One quarter of teens,  and even more girls, use Vine to share short videos.  And on in seven teens, and even more girls use Tumblr, the microblogging/curation platform."

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"Interestingly, African-American and Hispanic youth report more frequent internet use than white teens. Among African-American teens, 34% report going online “almost constantly” as do 32% of Hispanic teens, while 19% of white teens go online that often.  Hispanic and African-American youth have somewhat less access to desktops, but African American teens have greater access to smartphones than their Hispanic or white counterparts."

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3 ways technology can support positive behavior in schools

3 ways technology can support positive behavior in schools | TechTalk | Scoop.it

"According to the federal Education Department, more than 19,000 U.S. schools are using School-Wide Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports(PBIS), an evidence-based framework to reduce disciplinary infractions, improve the school climate, and increase student achievement.

Similar to Response to Intervention (RTI), PBIS takes a three-tiered approach to instilling positive behavior in schools. Tier 1 focuses on interventions used on a school-wide basis for all students, such as actively teaching and reinforcing appropriate behaviors. Tier 2 applies more targeted approaches to students who need additional support, while the third tier is for students who have significant behavioral problems and may require an individual behavior plan and perhaps wraparound services."

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9 Free Video Conferencing Web Apps — No Registration Required

9 Free Video Conferencing Web Apps — No Registration Required | TechTalk | Scoop.it
There's a problem with traditional video conferencing clients. Though they are in abundance, they're only remotely useful if all parties are collectively using the same client. Popular services such as VoxOX, ooVoo, IMO and, of course, Skype and Google Hangouts all have this problem, thus putting a damper on quick collaboration. One "solution" to this is…

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Jarrod Johnson's curator insight, April 14, 6:50 PM

Good collaborative  tools for small groups

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What's the Future for Mobile Devices in the Classroom? [#Infographic]

What's the Future for Mobile Devices in the Classroom? [#Infographic] | TechTalk | Scoop.it
Students and teachers speak out on what they want for the future of moblity in this survey from Project Tomorrow.
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How video games could make our kids smarter and learning more engaging

How video games could make our kids smarter and learning more engaging | TechTalk | Scoop.it
A new book by Greg Toppo goes deep into a world alien to many adults but one that may be the way forward.
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Pocket Guide to Cell Phone Use in School

Pocket Guide to Cell Phone Use in School | TechTalk | Scoop.it
We trust you to make good choices. We trust you to follow basic guidelines, good manners, and common sense. We trust you to be an ethical member of our community and to choose civility.

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Linda Dougherty's curator insight, April 30, 11:36 PM

Thanks to our Daring Librarian for the great slide set outlining a "real" cell phone policy.

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7 Brainy Ways to Boost Knowledge Retention in eLearning

7 Brainy Ways to Boost Knowledge Retention in eLearning | TechTalk | Scoop.it
As instructional designers, you have to create courses that are easy to remember and difficult to forget. Here's how:
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What impact? 5 ways to put research into practice in the 1-to-1 classroom

What impact? 5 ways to put research into practice in the 1-to-1 classroom | TechTalk | Scoop.it
Technology in the classroom has had a long and chequere…

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5 ways to create a safer digital environment at your school

5 ways to create a safer digital environment at your school | TechTalk | Scoop.it
Two authors share tips that school technology administrators can use to make their own jobs easier while supporting their institutions with solid, safe IT practices.
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"School staff is working toward a common goal, but from differing viewpoints. “When it comes to technology usage and student safety, everyone working with a school comes at the issue from a different angle,” says Brown, who explains that there are administrators, teachers, students, parents, and other constituents to consider when developing good technology usage policies. And while everyone generally has the same common goal of keeping students safe, “everyone also has a different perspective on how that will work—or, what actually poses a threat.”

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The Flipped Classroom Lecture

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Free teacher training tutorials on using ICT in our teaching and learning. Developed by Russell Stannard
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Develop a Mobile Learning School with the Verizon Mobile Learning Academy - YouTube

View commentary on the latest education topics and footage from events hosted by NASSP, the preeminent organization of and national voice for the nation's mi...
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Teacher Advice to Students On Social Media Use

Teacher Advice to Students On Social Media Use | TechTalk | Scoop.it

By Lisa Nielson


Here is what teachers tell their students about social media use:

  • Share or be square.
  • Be your best self online and in life.
  • Use social media to promote good will.
  • Use digital wisdom.
  • Use social media for social good.
  • Know what you stand for when you post.
  • Learn to use social media and use social media to learn.
  • Be authentic and genuine online and off.
  • Begin working on your digital footprint in high school.
  • Discuss online reputation with your family.
  • Use proper language to show you know know from no.
  • Your posts can outlive you, so post wisely.   
  • When you post online, you are creating your legacy.
  • Use social media for social responsibility.
  • Be the you, you want to be when you post.
  • Your voice matters and social media gives you a platform for others to hear it. 
  • Post words you can standby because anything you say online can stay with you for a lifetime.
  • If you can dream it you can build it, develop it, change it, create it, connect it, reflect on it, tell it, learn it and collaborate all with social media.
  • Connect yourself to the world using social media.
  • With social media you also get to meet people’s minds before or even without seeing their faces.
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GloShiv Web Shiverdecker's curator insight, April 16, 1:08 PM

Great advice

Foufa Ab's curator insight, April 17, 11:38 AM

be careful with all social media

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5 ways to create a safer digital environment at your school

5 ways to create a safer digital environment at your school | TechTalk | Scoop.it
Two authors share tips that school technology administrators can use to make their own jobs easier while supporting their institutions with solid, safe IT practices.
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“When it comes to technology usage and student safety, everyone working with a school comes at the issue from a different angle." - Abbie H. Brown

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