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Why Do We Focus On Finland? A Must-Have Guidebook

Why Do We Focus On Finland? A Must-Have Guidebook | @iSchoolLeader Magazine | Scoop.it

Read this well-written article to learn why so many education reformers are enamored with Finnish education and what their system can teach us about reforming our own.

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Innovation...

Innovation... | @iSchoolLeader Magazine | Scoop.it

"A lot of companies have chosen to downsize, and maybe that was the right thing for them."

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How do you distinguish yourself?

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Top 10 Chromebook tips and tricks

Top 10 Chromebook tips and tricks | @iSchoolLeader Magazine | Scoop.it
Every Chromebook is a powerful tool that's just waiting to be used to its full potential, and once you know a few tricks you'll feel like you're getting even more value out of your inexpensive computer.
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10 tips and tricks for you to try on your own Chromebook so you can start making the most of your machine.

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Our Nation's English Learners: A Data Story from the  USDOE

Our Nation's English Learners: A Data Story from the  USDOE | @iSchoolLeader Magazine | Scoop.it

Designed to be a “data story,” the site provides such information as the most common languages spoken by ELLs, current ELL populations in districts, and how likely ELL students are to attend schools with large concentrations of ELLs.

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The U.S. Department of Education has created a new interactive website designed to more effectively communicate data about the nation’s English language learners (ELLs) in public schools.

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Study: Pre-K Program Gains Last Through Middle School

Study: Pre-K Program Gains Last Through Middle School | @iSchoolLeader Magazine | Scoop.it

"s states have upgraded their commitment to pre-K education over the past two decades, questions have arisen. Critics argue that program effects are likely to fade out or disappear over time, ...We conclude that some positive effects of a high-quality pre-K program are discernible as late as middle school."

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Eighth graders who attended Oklahoma’s universal pre-K program as 4-year-olds had higher math scores, were more likely to enroll in honors classes, and were less likely to repeat a grade than those who didn’t attend, according to new research from Georgetown University.

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Ed Tech Competition to Identify Effective Technology Use in Schools

Ed Tech Competition to Identify Effective Technology Use in Schools | @iSchoolLeader Magazine | Scoop.it
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab North America has launched the Education, Technology and Opportunity Innovation Competition in an effort to identify effective technology use and provide examples of how learning can be improved through innovation. The competition asks school networks, education agencies, nonprofits and post-secondary institutions to evaluate their education programs based on technology, especially those focused on disadvantaged students.
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The aim is to look into what technologies work best in education and why, while also helping to improve the ability of the education industry to create and use evidence.

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NWEA Launches MAP Reading Fluency K-3 Oral Reading Assessment - NWEA

NWEA Launches MAP Reading Fluency K-3 Oral Reading Assessment - NWEA | @iSchoolLeader Magazine | Scoop.it

Part of NWEA’s widely used Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) tests, the new MAP Reading Fluency assessment focuses on the “learning-to-read” process and uses voice recognition technology to collect data on an entire class of students in about 20 minutes, the developers say.

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As schools continue to digitize and automate, where do teachers fit in? - The Hechinger Report

As schools continue to digitize and automate, where do teachers fit in? - The Hechinger Report | @iSchoolLeader Magazine | Scoop.it

Technology is helping support teachers in the classroom -- not replacing them

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As I have said for years, "Technology is not a magic bullet; it is a tool for learning. It shall never replace a dedicated, talented and caring human teacher."

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After losing 40 principals, Austin ISD gets boost from Bush Institute

After losing 40 principals, Austin ISD gets boost from Bush Institute | @iSchoolLeader Magazine | Scoop.it
“There’s a real serious need for change in how we develop our leaders in the district,” said Education Austin union leader Ken Zarifis.
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The Dallas-based Bush Institute is working to improve principal training programs in four school districts, including the Austin Independent School District (AISD), as part of its new School Leadership District Cohort, the Austin American-Statesman reports.

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How Metacognition Boosts Learning

How Metacognition Boosts Learning | @iSchoolLeader Magazine | Scoop.it
Students often lack the metacognitive skills they need to succeed, but they can develop these skills by addressing some simple questions.
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Research shows that metacognitive activities can benefit children as young as age 3. This blog post reviews recent research and offers tips to promote metacognition in elementary, middle and high schools.

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How Losing Net Neutrality Will Change Teaching and Learning

How Losing Net Neutrality Will Change Teaching and Learning | @iSchoolLeader Magazine | Scoop.it
If the information available is now accessible based upon the amount of money the provider is willing to pay, then the Internet will separate from being a place of democracy and become a place where money controls information!
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Essentially, net neutrality grantees consumers that we have access to all content regardless of perspective or source. Without it, providers will decide what customers receive and/or what is free and what is not. What information comes quickly and which will be slowed. Content will be offered to the highest bidder. Internet providers will make decisions for us.

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How To Create A Custom Google Search Engine For Your Students

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How To Create A Custom Search Engine For Your Students
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Evaluating the credibility of information is an important part of any research project, giving your students proper tools to do the cognitive heavy lifting is critical. As a result, Google gives you the option to customize students’ search experience to rope off certain sections of the internet or to gently emphasize others.

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An Academic Use for Social Media

An Academic Use for Social Media | @iSchoolLeader Magazine | Scoop.it
You can leverage micro-writing—tweets, Instagram posts, and the like—to help students improve their communication and writing skills.
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Social media tools students are already using can enhance writing and communication lessons in the classroom, according to Edutopia.

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Betsy DeVos Approves Four More State ESSA Plans

Betsy DeVos Approves Four More State ESSA Plans | @iSchoolLeader Magazine | Scoop.it
The District of Columbia, Illinois, Oregon, and Tennessee are the latest to get the green light for their Every Student Succeeds Act plans from the U.S. Department of Education.
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The District of Columbia, Illinois, Oregon, and Tennessee all won approval from U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy Devos Wednesday for their accountability plans under the Every Student Succeeds Act. 

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3 Rules for Becoming an Operationally Excellent Leader

3 Rules for Becoming an Operationally Excellent Leader | @iSchoolLeader Magazine | Scoop.it
Unless you've mastered these operational fundamentals, your organization will always be vulnerable to the competition.
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Unless you've mastered these operational fundamentals, your organization will always be vulnerable to the competition.

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3 Lessons to Learn from an Oregon District’s Data Center Disaster

3 Lessons to Learn from an Oregon District’s Data Center Disaster | @iSchoolLeader Magazine | Scoop.it

"Beaverton School District's leaders became experts in disaster recovery after a data center meltdown.

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Oregon's Beaverton School District learned the hard way at the start of the school year that it needed an IT disaster recovery plan when administrators found the district's entire data center offline, according to EdTech: Focus on K-12.

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ON SALE: Apple 13.3" MacBook Air (Mid 2017) MQD32LL/A

ON SALE: Apple 13.3" MacBook Air (Mid 2017) MQD32LL/A | @iSchoolLeader Magazine | Scoop.it

Make big things happen. All day long. For less.

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I just scored a terrific deal on a new MacBook Air, and I wanted to share it with everyone. $20 less than Walmart. If you're in the market for a great laptop, now is a great time to buy.

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Teachers Learn Better Together | Edutopia

Teachers Learn Better Together | Edutopia | @iSchoolLeader Magazine | Scoop.it

Teachers learn a lot from each other, so here are a few tips for collaborating effectively.

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When the teacher stops learning and growing, the students will too: tips for collaborating effectively

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Colleges and states scramble to comply with instructor credential rules for dual-credit courses

Colleges and states scramble to comply with instructor credential rules for dual-credit courses | @iSchoolLeader Magazine | Scoop.it
A recent accreditation policy has many colleges -- particularly in rural areas -- struggling to find qualified instructors to teach popular dual-credit courses for high school students.
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As colleges and states scramble to comply with instructor credential rules for dual-credit courses, this is where #eLearning can flourish for high school students.
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They used to be afraid of police. Now, students ask: ‘Are they coming?’

They used to be afraid of police. Now, students ask: ‘Are they coming?’ | @iSchoolLeader Magazine | Scoop.it
A club at Hutchison Elementary School in Herndon, Va., is called Project Hope for a reason.
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What a terrific community policing program...
#education #schoolsafety #LEO

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Eye tracking within Windows 10's Fall Creators Update is an assistive technology with potential

Eye tracking within Windows 10's Fall Creators Update is an assistive technology with potential | @iSchoolLeader Magazine | Scoop.it
Microsoft's Fall Creators Update of Windows 10 includes a beta of an eye-tracking technology, called Eye Control. What could be a solid eye tracker falls short due to an apparent bug.
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Eye tracking within Windows 10's Fall Creators Update is an assistive technology with potential

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Do we even understand the rhetoric of personalized learning?

Do we even understand the rhetoric of personalized learning? | @iSchoolLeader Magazine | Scoop.it

Great article on why school leaders need to break through the rhetoric and have a deeper conversation about personalized learning.

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Personalized learning is a more complex subject than we might think. It’s no wonder then that even school leaders can get confused when trying to implement personalized learning strategies.

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3 ways to reimagine learning spaces

3 ways to reimagine learning spaces | @iSchoolLeader Magazine | Scoop.it
As learning needs change, learning spaces and their design are following suit
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A whitepaper from Evergreen Education Group and Fuel Education explores how three schools’ blended learning programs have redesigned their learning spaces to encourage student and teacher success.

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Tech Firms, Education Leaders Team Up to Improve Students’ Skills

Tech Firms, Education Leaders Team Up to Improve Students’ Skills | @iSchoolLeader Magazine | Scoop.it
Apprenticeship programs and certifications give students the skills they need to thrive in the workplace.
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Survey findings: High demand for tech industry to offer more apprenticeships, classroom support

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School Districts Have Tripled Spending on Adaptive Learning Technology

School Districts Have Tripled Spending on Adaptive Learning Technology | @iSchoolLeader Magazine | Scoop.it
Data-driven personalized learning can be done with popular classroom tools and a proper infrastructure.
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Adaptive learning tech uses algorithms and data to present students with content matched to their current progress, with the idea being that it simplifies personalized and self-paced learning for teachers.

 

A report from Noodle Markets shows school district spending on adaptive learning technology has tripled to $41 million since 2013, with only 9% of those funds spent on teacher professional development.

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Top 10 Google Classroom Updates for Back to School!

Top 10 Google Classroom Updates for Back to School! | @iSchoolLeader Magazine | Scoop.it

Google announced 10 updates to Google Classroom and Google Forms to help teachers save time and stay organized.

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