EdTech Magazine - Technology Solutions That Drive Education https://edtechmagazine.com/k12/ en How Mimeographs Transformed Information Sharing in Schools https://edtechmagazine.com/k12/%3Ca%20href%3D%22/k12/article/2020/09/how-mimeographs-transformed-information-sharing-schools%22%20hreflang%3D%22en%22%3Eview%3C/a%3E <p>Today, many teachers and students probably think nothing of copying a document. If it’s printed on a sheet of paper, off to the copy machine it goes. And in our digital era, with <a href="https://www.cdwg.com/content/cdwg/en/solutions/mobility/chromebooks.html" target="_blank">Chromebooks</a> and other electronic devices in students’ hands, the <a href="https://www.cdw.com/content/cdw/en/resources/mobility-the-connected-classroom-transforms-k-12-education.html" target="_blank">cloud has taken over</a> basic document processing in an extremely effective way — no paper necessary.</p> <p>But before all that, there was a device that came to define printed documents in classrooms for a generation, one hand-crank at a time: the mimeograph machine. Let’s talk about why this device, and its close cousin, the spirit duplicator, mattered to K–12 classrooms.</p> Ernie Smith https://edtechmagazine.com/k12/%3Ca%20href%3D%22/k12/article/2020/09/how-mimeographs-transformed-information-sharing-schools%22%20hreflang%3D%22en%22%3Eview%3C/a%3E Q&A: Wade Barnes on How to Create a Seamless Transition to Learning https://edtechmagazine.com/k12/%3Ca%20href%3D%22/k12/article/2020/09/qa-wade-barnes-how-create-seamless-transition-learning%22%20hreflang%3D%22en%22%3Eview%3C/a%3E <p>Wade Barnes keeps answering the call to serve. He spent five years in the U.S. Army, then moved to the private sector. He has worked around the world as a U.S. government contractor and in various enterprise IT roles such as senior network engineer and IT director.</p> <p>After 17 years away, Barnes has returned home to Georgia as executive director of ­infrastructure and support for the <a href="https://www.dekalbschoolsga.org/" target="_blank">DeKalb County School District</a>. Service is central to Barnes’s view of IT administration and security.</p> <p>An IT administrator should be the ultimate partner, he says, a “quiet warrior” who supports education. He talked with <em>EdTech: Focus on K–12</em> about IT leaders’ roles in maintaining human and digital connections inside and outside the classroom.</p> Marquita Brown https://edtechmagazine.com/k12/%3Ca%20href%3D%22/k12/article/2020/09/qa-wade-barnes-how-create-seamless-transition-learning%22%20hreflang%3D%22en%22%3Eview%3C/a%3E 4 Tips for Livestreaming and Recording Compelling Video Lessons https://edtechmagazine.com/k12/%3Ca%20href%3D%22/k12/article/2020/09/4-tips-livestreaming-and-recording-compelling-video-lessons%22%20hreflang%3D%22en%22%3Eview%3C/a%3E <p>Today’s educators are increasingly reliant on audiovisual tools, from cameras to microphones. Whether in a remote or hybrid setting, these tools allow them to recreate in-person learning experiences with ease and flexibility.</p> <p>Livestreaming classes on videoconferencing platforms quickly became the norm when schools shifted to remote learning. Many teachers also started recording their online video lessons for asynchronous learning. “They’ve been forced into video instruction by the pandemic, but many are finding the medium to their liking,” writes Advait Shinde, CEO and co-founder of GoGuardian, for <a href="https://edtechmagazine.com/k12/article/2020/09/online-video-teachers-get-creative-connect-students" target="_blank"><em>EdTech</em></a>.</p> <p>But at this point, with the continuation of online and hybrid instruction, teachers need to up their game, says Bob Knauf, senior product marketing manager at <a href="https://www.cdwg.com/content/cdwg/en/brand/poly.html" target="_blank">Poly</a>, a global communications company. “If you’re just using the built-in camera and built-in microphones from your laptop, you’re doing everyone a disservice,” he says.</p> Micah Castelo https://edtechmagazine.com/k12/%3Ca%20href%3D%22/k12/article/2020/09/4-tips-livestreaming-and-recording-compelling-video-lessons%22%20hreflang%3D%22en%22%3Eview%3C/a%3E Schools and Educators Use Tech to “Make” a Difference https://edtechmagazine.com/k12/%3Ca%20href%3D%22/k12/article/2020/09/schools-and-educators-use-tech-make-difference%22%20hreflang%3D%22en%22%3Eview%3C/a%3E <p>When high school senior Noah Sullivan heard that healthcare workers were short on protective gear during the COVID-19 pandemic, he knew he wanted to help.</p> <p>Noah’s mother, Alexandra Sullivan, is the principal of <a href="https://www.cohassetk12.org/Domain/10" target="_blank">Deer Hill Elementary</a> in Massachusetts, where she has access to two <a href="https://www.cdwg.com/search/?key=MakerBot" target="_blank">MakerBot</a> Replicator Plus Educators Edition 3D printers. The Sullivans have printed more than 80 straps to hold face shields in place, and now they’re working on a plan to mass-produce face masks.</p> <p>“It shows us how much fundamental good this technology can do when people leverage it in a collaborative way,” Noah says.</p> <p>In K–12 districts nationwide, students and teachers have been leveraging their makerspace resources in support of the wider community. Before COVID-19, they were printing prosthetic hands and other limbs for those in need. More recently they’ve turned to protective gear in support of frontline medical workers. All of these efforts suggest a new model in which K–12 technology resources can be used to forge ties to the world outside of the classroom.</p> <p>“We are in a space where schools are working much more closely with their communities, where empathy becomes a driving force for STEM projects,” says Johannes Strobel, a professor of STEM education research at the University of Missouri. “Typically, students’ work is seen by the teacher and maybe in a parent showcase. It’s not something that the community sees and can use. Now we have a learning project that actually connects back to the community.”</p> Adam Stone https://edtechmagazine.com/k12/%3Ca%20href%3D%22/k12/article/2020/09/schools-and-educators-use-tech-make-difference%22%20hreflang%3D%22en%22%3Eview%3C/a%3E These Educators Embrace the Opportunities of Online Learning https://edtechmagazine.com/k12/%3Ca%20href%3D%22/k12/article/2020/09/these-educators-embrace-opportunities-online-learning%22%20hreflang%3D%22en%22%3Eview%3C/a%3E <p>At the start of the year, some educators were still making slow, reluctant strides toward embracing technology in the classroom. That quickly changed for many in March. Now, e-learning is the reality for schools across the country. Ready or not, educators have had to quickly figure out how to move classes online and <a href="https://edtechmagazine.com/k12/article/2020/07/how-improve-remote-learning-experiences">improve the quality of remote instruction</a>.</p> <p>That’s what’s happening now. But many educators and other experts in the field had already fully embraced educational technology. Now they have their eyes on the future and the potential impact of emerging technologies. They are innovators. They also understand the power of social media to share ideas.</p> <p><em>EdTech</em> highlighted 30 of them in its list of 2020 K–12 IT Influencers. Here are three tweets that help illustrate why these educators shine.</p> Marquita Brown https://edtechmagazine.com/k12/%3Ca%20href%3D%22/k12/article/2020/09/these-educators-embrace-opportunities-online-learning%22%20hreflang%3D%22en%22%3Eview%3C/a%3E Q&A: Adam Juarez on Being Creative When Schools Go Remote https://edtechmagazine.com/k12/%3Ca%20href%3D%22/k12/article/2020/09/qa-adam-juarez-being-creative-when-schools-go-remote%22%20hreflang%3D%22en%22%3Eview%3C/a%3E <p><em>Editor’s Note: This Q&amp;A is part of a series featuring educators and technology experts from our <a href="https://edtechmagazine.com/k12/article/2020/09/30-k-12-it-influencers-worth-follow-2020" target="_blank">2020 K–12 IT Influencers list</a>, weighing in on the innovations happening in their school community and in education at large during remote learning.</em></p> <p>Pivoting to remote learning in the spring presented schools and districts with new challenges, some of which they’re still working to resolve today. But every hurdle has a silver lining.</p> <p>Many educational institutions realized that they can no longer just rely on the traditional classroom to educate future generations. Now, they’re exploring other systems and strategies made possible by the power of technology, helping them better prepare students for a rapidly evolving world. School leaders, teachers, IT teams and other departments are also coming together to reassess, learn and engage with technology in new ways with a shared goal in mind: improving the quality and reach of education.</p> <p><a href="https://techcoachjuarez.blogspot.com/" target="_blank">Adam Juarez</a> is one educator who is embracing that work. He’s a 6–12 technology integration coach for Cutler-Orosi Joint Unified School District in California, where he’s been inspiring innovation. <em>EdTech</em> asked him about the work he’s doing and how he’s showing other educators the potential of technology to enhance student learning.</p> Micah Castelo https://edtechmagazine.com/k12/%3Ca%20href%3D%22/k12/article/2020/09/qa-adam-juarez-being-creative-when-schools-go-remote%22%20hreflang%3D%22en%22%3Eview%3C/a%3E How to Best Use Data in Remote Learning https://edtechmagazine.com/k12/%3Ca%20href%3D%22/k12/article/2020/09/how-best-use-data-remote-learning%22%20hreflang%3D%22en%22%3Eview%3C/a%3E <p>Last spring’s school closures led to new questions about student learning and the use of technology in education. Administrators and teachers wondered about how students were — or weren’t — engaging with online instruction. IT teams were concerned about who needed laptops and mobile hotspots and how those devices were being used. But with everyone working remotely, they were left in the dark.</p> <p>Those questions remain as relevant as ever with many school districts continuing some form of remote learning through the fall. <a href="https://edtechmagazine.com/k12/article/2020/04/why-k-12-schools-should-establish-data-driven-culture-perfcon">Data analytics</a> is one solution that can help educators and IT leaders get the answers they need to provide equitable and effective learning environments for all students.</p> Jennifer Brown https://edtechmagazine.com/k12/%3Ca%20href%3D%22/k12/article/2020/09/how-best-use-data-remote-learning%22%20hreflang%3D%22en%22%3Eview%3C/a%3E What Schools Need to Know About Voice Assistants https://edtechmagazine.com/k12/%3Ca%20href%3D%22/k12/article/2020/09/what-schools-need-know-about-voice-assistants%22%20hreflang%3D%22en%22%3Eview%3C/a%3E <p>In many homes today, scenes from futuristic movies are playing out: A child enters a room and asks it for a weather update, to turn on the TV or to call Mom. Like magic, it happens.</p> <p>But that “magic” is actually made possible by voice assistant software and conversational artificial intelligence, which are at the core of virtual assistants.</p> <p>In the U.S., voice assistants include Apple’s Siri, Amazon’s Alexa, <a href="https://www.cdwg.com/content/cdwg/en/brand/microsoft.html?enkwrd=microsoft" target="_blank">Microsoft</a>’s Cortana, <a href="https://www.cdwg.com/content/cdwg/en/brand/samsung-video.html" target="_blank">Samsung</a>’s Bixby and the <a href="https://www.cdwg.com/content/cdwg/en/brand/google.html?cm_mmc=Vanity-_-google-_-NA-_-NA" target="_blank">Google</a> Assistant. According to Statista, 31 percent of U.S. broadband households own smart speakers with these voice assistants.</p> <p>Today, they’re also being used for at-home learning. Families are <a href="https://www.techhive.com/article/3571928/distance-learning-for-kids-smart-tech-solutions.html" target="_blank">turning their smart speakers into virtual school bells</a> to recreate familiar routines for students and help them stay on schedule with their online learning.</p> <p>While current voice assistant solutions were not built for education, schools should still keep an eye on this technology. Here’s why.</p> Douglas Konopelko, Julie Daniel Davis https://edtechmagazine.com/k12/%3Ca%20href%3D%22/k12/article/2020/09/what-schools-need-know-about-voice-assistants%22%20hreflang%3D%22en%22%3Eview%3C/a%3E How Technology Can Help Schools Address Learning Loss https://edtechmagazine.com/k12/%3Ca%20href%3D%22/k12/article/2020/09/how-technology-can-help-schools-address-learning-loss-perfcon%22%20hreflang%3D%22en%22%3Eview%3C/a%3E <p>For many K–12 schools, the new academic year kicked off with a long list of problems: videoconferencing glitches, device shortages, cyberattacks — all amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.</p> <p>If that wasn’t enough, there’s another urgent challenge they also need to address: <a href="https://edtechmagazine.com/k12/article/2020/06/experts-predict-significant-learning-slide-k-12-schools" target="_blank">learning loss</a>.</p> <p><a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2020/06/05/us/coronavirus-education-lost-learning.html" target="_blank">Academic progress</a> for millions of K–12 students was disrupted with the scramble to implement remote learning after the pandemic shut down school buildings last spring. Some fell behind because they lacked reliable internet access or devices; others were supporting their families by working or taking care of younger siblings and sick relatives.</p> <p>Whatever the reasons, some students have gone without academic instruction for as long as six months.</p> <p>Now, it’s critical that educators conduct comprehensive assessments of students’ knowledge as they return to school. Collecting and analyzing data about student achievement is crucial to that work. <a href="https://edtechmagazine.com/k12/article/2020/04/why-k-12-schools-should-establish-data-driven-culture-perfcon">Reliable data analysis</a> and preassessment tools are key. It’s also important that educators can conduct assessments remotely, as most districts are starting the year with some amount of online instruction.</p> Mareesa Nicosia https://edtechmagazine.com/k12/%3Ca%20href%3D%22/k12/article/2020/09/how-technology-can-help-schools-address-learning-loss-perfcon%22%20hreflang%3D%22en%22%3Eview%3C/a%3E 2020 EdTech IT Influencer List Badges https://edtechmagazine.com/k12/%3Ca%20href%3D%22/k12/2020-edtech-it-influencer-list-badges%22%20hreflang%3D%22en%22%3Eview%3C/a%3E <h1>Congratulations!</h1> <p>If you’re on the list of <a href="https://edtechmagazine.com/k12/article/2020/09/30-k-12-it-influencers-worth-follow-2020" target="_blank">30 K–12 IT Influencers Worth a Follow in 2020</a>, spread the news and grab our influencer images for your social media pages or websites. Below you will find a header image for your Twitter profile and a social object to share on your social media pages. 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