EdTech - Technology Solutions That Drive Education https://edtechmagazine.com/k12/rss.xml en Biometric Tech Can Track How Well Students Are Paying Attention https://edtechmagazine.com/k12/article/2018/02/biometric-technology-tracks-students-attention <span>Biometric Tech Can Track How Well Students Are Paying Attention</span> <img src="/k12/sites/edtechmagazine.com.k12/files/articles/%5Bcdw_tech_site%3Afield_site_shortname%5D/201802/GettyImages-882350096%20copy.jpg" width="1440" height="560" alt="biometrics" typeof="foaf:Image" /> <span><span lang="" about="/k12/user/13461" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" content="meghan.bogarduscortez_13461">meghan.bogardu…</span></span> <span>Fri, 02/23/2018 - 11:32</span> <div><p>Ever feel like nodding off during a webinar? Well, there’s an app for that, and it’s gaining traction among educators.</p> <p>Biometrics — <strong>technology that captures physical and behavioral data</strong> — is being used by several universities to collect data on students’ attention. For example, for its remote learning classes, <a href="https://findbiometrics.com/paris-school-business-facial-biometrics-4055303/" target="_blank">the Paris School of Business</a> is using software called Nestor to <strong>track students’ eye movement and facial expressions</strong> through their laptop webcams. Artificial intelligence software analyzes this data and alerts students when their interest starts to fade; it also creates custom quizzes based on students’ attentiveness.</p> <p>Biometrics could also work in K–12 classrooms. It’s the natural next step in the move toward <a href="https://edtechmagazine.com/k12/article/2016/10/personalized-learning-hinges-strong-tech-backbone">personalized learning</a>, in which<strong> technology tailors information and lessons to fit students’ knowledge and abilities</strong>.</p> <p>Ryan Baker, an associate professor at the <a href="http://www.gse.upenn.edu/" target="_blank">University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education</a> and director of the <a href="http://www.upenn.edu/learninganalytics/" target="_blank">Penn Center for Learning Analytics</a>, has been studying the effects of machine-human interaction on education for years.</p> <p>“Biometrics could be very useful to determine engagement and emotion,” says Baker. “It can help teachers tell when students are shifting from being confused to being frustrated, so they can change tactics. <strong>There are a lot of strategies that teachers can use if they know the emotions of students.</strong>”</p> <h2>Privacy Concerns Create Barriers to K–12 Biometrics</h2> <p>Several issues may keep biometrics out of classrooms, at least in the near future.</p> <p>For one, <strong>there’s controversy about whether gathering personal data on children is ethical or effective</strong>. In 2012, a Gates Foundation donation to study a biometric tool caused a <a href="https://www.forbes.com/sites/luisakroll/2012/06/13/gates-foundation-responds-to-gsr-bracelets-controversy/#198393c27bb0" target="_blank">backlash</a> among educators, parents and political pundits who considered this type of data collection to be intrusive.</p> <p>Linnette Attai, president of <a href="http://playwell-llc.com/" target="_blank">PlayWell</a>, says that there’s a lot to consider with new technologies that collect data, especially on such a personal level. Her firm helps companies develop technology for young people that is compliant with safety and security concerns.</p> <p>“If a school is collecting facial recognition data, you have to know how it’s being used by the school as well as by the technology’s provider,” Attai says. “A school might use data to optimize the best times for individual students to study. But it could also use that same data to hold students back who aren’t studying enough.”</p> <p>Attai recommends that <strong>any technology that collects personal data on students should be implemented </strong><strong>thoughtfully</strong>, and that administrators should establish policies that govern how the data will be used, protected and anonymized if necessary.</p> <p>Despite this complexity, biometric technology may enter K–12 classrooms in the next five to 10 years. <a href="http://www.upenn.edu/learninganalytics/ryanbaker/2015paper176.pdf" target="_blank">Various research studies</a> have shown the benefits of analyzing the interaction between students and technology, particularly when the technology provides educators with information about students’ emotions.</p> <p>Baker maintains that <strong>if schools can overcome the political and security challenges, students and teachers will benefit</strong>.</p> <p>“The more information we get about students, the more we can support 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<div id="taxonomy-term-" class=""> <div class="author-photo"> <a href="/k12/author/erika-gimbel"><img src="/k12/sites/edtechmagazine.com.k12/files/styles/face_small/public/people/erika-gimbel.jpg?itok=COBsR_2x" width="58" height="58" alt="" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </a> </div> <div class="author-info"> <span>by </span><a rel="author" href="/k12/author/erika-gimbel"> <div>Erika Gimbel</div> </a> </div> <div class="author-bio"> <p> <div><p>Erika Gimbel is a Chicago-based freelance writer who specializes in B2B technology innovation and educational technology.</p> </div> </p> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div> <div>Pull Quote</div> <div> <p class="quote"><a href="node/40436"></a></p> <p class='speaker'> </p> </div> </div> Fri, 23 Feb 2018 16:32:31 +0000 meghan.bogarduscortez_13461 40436 at https://edtechmagazine.com/k12 Google Supports Ed Tech Research into Modern Classrooms https://edtechmagazine.com/k12/article/2018/02/googles-new-tech-backs-study-supports-classroom-flexibility <span>Google Supports Ed Tech Research into Modern Classrooms</span> <img src="/k12/sites/edtechmagazine.com.k12/files/articles/%5Bcdw_tech_site%3Afield_site_shortname%5D/201802/vgajic_Googleupdates.jpg" width="1440" height="560" alt="Students on laptops" typeof="foaf:Image" /> <span><span lang="" about="/k12/user/13461" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" content="meghan.bogarduscortez_13461">meghan.bogardu…</span></span> <span>Thu, 02/22/2018 - 11:36</span> <div><p>Educators consider laptops, like the ever-popular <a href="https://www.cdwg.com/search/Computers/Notebook-Computers/?w=C3&amp;pCurrent=1&amp;key=chromebooks&amp;searchscope=all&amp;sr=1&amp;ln=0&amp;enkwrd=Chromebook" target="_blank">Chromebook</a>, to be the most effective technology in the classroom.</p> <p><em>The Economist </em>Intelligence Unit, with some help from <a href="https://edu.google.com/?modal_active=none" target="_blank">Google for Education</a>, <strong>explored the critical role of technology in the classroom</strong> in the recently released report, “<a href="https://perspectives.eiu.com/sites/default/files/EIU_Google-Education.pdf" target="_blank">Fostering exploration and excellence in </a><a href="https://perspectives.eiu.com/sites/default/files/EIU_Google-Education.pdf" target="_blank">21st century</a><a href="https://perspectives.eiu.com/sites/default/files/EIU_Google-Education.pdf" target="_blank"> schools</a>.” The report, which surveyed 1,200 teachers in 16 countries, found that laptops still aid teaching better than any other form of technology.</p> <p>It also found that teachers <strong>highly value technology to increase flexible, active and personalized learning opportunities</strong>.</p> <p>Increasing personalization is precisely what Google had in mind when <a href="https://blog.google/topics/education/all-types-chromebooks-all-types-learners/" target="_blank">it announced </a>a new batch of 2-in-1 Chromebooks in mid-January. The <a href="https://www.cdwg.com/search/?key=Lenovo%20500e%20Chromebook%20&amp;ctlgfilter=&amp;searchscope=all&amp;sr=1" target="_blank">Lenovo 500e Chromebook </a>and the <a href="https://www.cdwg.com/content/cdwg/en/brand/dell.html?enkwrd=Dell" target="_blank">Dell</a> Chromebook 5190 have <strong>cameras on two sides, stylus capabilities, large screens and a flexible design</strong>.</p> <p>The tech giant also announced that more Chromebooks from brands such as <a href="https://www.cdwg.com/content/brands/acer/default.aspx?enkwrd=Acer" target="_blank">Acer</a>, <a href="https://www.cdwg.com/content/cdwg/en/brand/hp-inc-interstitial.html?enkwrd=HP" target="_blank">HP</a>, Dell, <a href="https://www.cdwg.com/content/brands/asus/default.aspx?enkwrd=Asus" target="_blank">Asus</a> and Lenovo are coming later this year. These new devices will come in “<strong>many shapes, sizes and price points, so there’s a device that works for every learner</strong>,” Google reports.</p> <p>With educators clearly valuing laptops, these flexible devices are incredibly timely and in line with the EIU research showing technology’s role in preparing students for the future.</p> <p><a href="https://edtechmagazine.com/k12/register?newsletter"><strong>SIGN UP</strong>: Get more news from the <em>EdTech</em> newsletter in your inbox every two weeks!</a></p> <h2>Technology Promotes Skills Students Will Need</h2> <p>The EIU report notes that in order for today’s students to be ready for the workforce, they <strong>need to not only understand how to work with technology, but how to work differently from automated technology</strong>.</p> <p>“As routine <a href="https://edtechmagazine.com/k12/article/2017/09/4-tips-prep-students-careers-wont-be-automated">tasks are further replaced by automation</a>, jobs in the 21st century will require very different demands, underscoring the need to prepare children of today for a different world than the one of the previous generations,” reads the report.</p> <p>To do this, educators at the K–12 level must <strong>instill soft skills such as collaboration and critical thinking</strong>.</p> <p>The report notes that educators across the globe believe a wide range of teaching strategies are needed to do this. Examples of such strategies include <strong>active learning, project-based learning </strong><strong>and</strong><strong> personalized learning</strong>.</p> <p>Largely, these educators also believe that technology is a critical component of executing these learning strategies. The EIU report found that <strong>46 percent of educators agree strongly that technology is valuable for helping students develop skills for the modern workplace</strong>.</p> <p>More than three-quarters of respondents (<strong>76 percent</strong>) say tech enhances project-based learning and nearly as many believe it can make education more collaborative (<strong>75 percent</strong>) and personalized (<strong>72 percent</strong>).</p> <p>The teachers surveyed indicate that laptops, educational games, interactive whiteboards, educational videos, tablets and apps are among the most helpful technologies.</p> <p>“These technologies can allow [for] individually tailored modules, free up teachers’ time and provide access to innovative lesson plans,” reads the report.</p> </div> <div> <div>Content Subtype</div> <div>Article</div> </div> <div> <div>CDW Activity ID</div> <div><p>MKT25497</p> </div> </div> <div> <div>CDW VV2 Strategy</div> <div>Core</div> </div> <div> <div>CDW Segment</div> <div>K-12</div> </div> <div> <div>Original or Curated</div> <div>Curated</div> </div> <div> <div>Customer Focused</div> <div>False</div> </div> <div> <div>Buying Cycle</div> <div><a href="/k12/taxonomy/term/7446" hreflang="en">Engagement</a></div> </div> <div> <div>Content Length</div> <div>300-500 words</div> </div> <div class="pw-widget pw-size-medium pw-layout-horizontal" data-url="https://edtechmagazine.com/k12/article/2018/02/googles-new-tech-backs-study-supports-classroom-flexibility" data-title=".@GoogleforEdu and @TheEIU find that #k12 teachers across the globe find laptops to be the most useful #edtech for #personalized and #collaborative learning." data-via="EdTech_K12" data-button-background="none"> <div> <a class="pw-button-twitter"></a> <span class="pw-box-counter" pw:channel="twitter"></span> </div> <div> <a class="pw-button-facebook"></a> <span class="pw-box-counter" pw:channel="facebook"></span> </div> </div> <div class="pw-widget pw-size-medium pw-layout-horizontal" data-url="https://edtechmagazine.com/k12/article/2018/02/googles-new-tech-backs-study-supports-classroom-flexibility" data-title=".@GoogleforEdu and @TheEIU find that #k12 teachers across the globe find laptops to be the most useful #edtech for #personalized and #collaborative learning." data-via="EdTech_K12" data-button-background="none"> <div> <a class="pw-button-twitter cdw-taboola-social"></a> <a href="https://twitter.com/search?f=realtime&amp;q=https%3A%2F%2Fedtechmagazine.com%2Fk12%2Frss.xml%3Fitok%3DQzmLq-kC%26amp%3Bdestination%3D%2Fk12%2F%253Fitok%253DQzmLq-kC%26amp%3B_exception_statuscode%3D404" target="_blank"><span class="pw-box-counter cdw-taboola" data-channel="twitter"></span></a> </div> <div> <a class="pw-button-facebook cdw-taboola-social"></a> </div> <div> <a class="pw-button-googleplus cdw-taboola-social"></a> </div> <div> <a class="pw-button-linkedin cdw-taboola-social"></a> </div> <div> <a class="pw-button-reddit cdw-taboola-social"></a> </div> <div> <a class="pw-button-flipboard cdw-taboola-social"></a> </div> <div> <a class="pw-button-email cdw-taboola-social"></a> </div> </div> <div class="pw-widget pw-size-medium pw-layout-vertical" data-layout="vertical" data-url="https://edtechmagazine.com/k12/article/2018/02/googles-new-tech-backs-study-supports-classroom-flexibility" data-title=".@GoogleforEdu and @TheEIU find that #k12 teachers across the globe find laptops to be the most useful #edtech for #personalized and #collaborative learning." data-via="EdTech_K12" data-button-background="none"> <span> <span>Feb</span> <span>22</span> <span>2018</span> </span> <a class="pw-button-twitter cdw-taboola-social"></a> <a class="pw-button-facebook cdw-taboola-social"></a> <a class="pw-button-googleplus cdw-taboola-social"></a> <a class="pw-button-linkedin cdw-taboola-social"></a> <a class="pw-button-reddit cdw-taboola-social"></a> <a class="pw-button-flipboard cdw-taboola-social"></a> <a class="pw-button-email cdw-taboola-social"></a> </div> <div> <div class="field-author"> <div id="taxonomy-term-" class=""> <div class="author-photo"> <a href="/k12/author/meghan-bogardus-cortez"><img src="/k12/sites/edtechmagazine.com.k12/files/styles/face_small/public/people/authorpic.jpg?itok=Fy_wIKMK" width="58" height="58" alt="Meghan Bogardus Cortez" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </a> </div> <div class="author-info"> <span>by </span><a rel="author" href="/k12/author/meghan-bogardus-cortez"> <div>Meghan Bogardus Cortez</div> </a> <a target="_blank" class="twitter" href="https://twitter.com/intent/follow?region=follow_link&amp;screen_name=@megbcortez&amp;tw_p=followbutton&amp;variant=2.0"><span>Twitter</span></a> </div> <div class="author-bio"> <p> <div><p>Meghan is an associate editor with <em>EdTech</em>. She enjoys coffee, cats and science fiction TV.</p> </div> </p> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div> <div>Pull Quote</div> <div> <p class="quote"><a href="node/40431"></a></p> <p class='speaker'> </p> </div> </div> Thu, 22 Feb 2018 16:36:08 +0000 meghan.bogarduscortez_13461 40431 at https://edtechmagazine.com/k12 Minecraft's Chemistry Update Gives Students Better Insights https://edtechmagazine.com/k12/article/2018/02/minecrafts-chemistry-update-live <span>Minecraft&#039;s Chemistry Update Gives Students Better Insights</span> <span><span lang="" about="/k12/user/13461" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" content="meghan.bogarduscortez_13461">meghan.bogardu…</span></span> <span>Wed, 02/21/2018 - 10:38</span> <div><p><a href="https://www.cdwg.com/search/?key=Minecraft%20%20Education%20Edition&amp;ctlgfilter=&amp;searchscope=all&amp;sr=1"><em>Minecraft: Education Edition</em></a> users can now experience chemistry lessons like never before. Tech giant <a href="https://www.cdwg.com/content/cdwg/en/brand/microsoft-interstitial.html?enkwrd=Microsoft">Microsoft</a> announced <a href="https://edtechmagazine.com/k12/article/2018/01/microsoft-unveils-new-tech-create-personalized-immersive-education">an update to <em>Minecraft</em></a> earlier this year that would enable educators to use the platform to <strong>give students valuable insights </strong><strong>into</strong><strong> chemical properties and reactions</strong>.</p> <p>Now, <a href="https://education.minecraft.net/chemistry">this update is live</a> and the tech giant is offering up <strong>a number of chemistry-themed lesson plans</strong>. Educators can also download a teacher's lab book to help them shape their own chemistry lessons in <em>Minecraft</em> and discover how to use the new crafting tools that aim to teach students about elements and compounds.</p> <p>"Bringing chemistry to Minecraft not only helps spark interest in STEM, but also helps educators <strong>engage students in the scientific process, reinforcing creative problem solving and engaging experiments</strong>," says <em>Minecraft</em> education director Neal Manegold <a href="https://education.minecraft.net/?p=1105845">in the blog post </a>announcing the update.</p> <p>Manegold notes that the new tools will help students to <strong>better visualize complicated concepts</strong> like states of matter, structures of atoms and chemical reactions.</p> </div> <div> <div>Content Subtype</div> <div>Article</div> </div> <div> <div>CDW Activity ID</div> <div><p>MKT25497</p> </div> </div> <div> <div>CDW VV2 Strategy</div> <div>Core</div> </div> <div> <div>CDW Segment</div> <div>K-12</div> </div> <div> <div>Original or Curated</div> <div>Curated</div> </div> <div> <div>Customer Focused</div> <div>False</div> </div> <div> <div>Buying Cycle</div> <div><a href="/k12/taxonomy/term/7441" hreflang="en">Awareness</a></div> </div> <div> <div>Content Length</div> <div>Under 300 words</div> </div> <div class="pw-widget pw-size-medium pw-layout-horizontal" data-url="https://edtechmagazine.com/k12/article/2018/02/minecrafts-chemistry-update-live" data-title=".@PlayCraftLearn brings #Minecraft into the #k12 chemistry classroom to help students better visualize complicated concepts." data-via="EdTech_K12" data-button-background="none"> <div> <a class="pw-button-twitter"></a> <span class="pw-box-counter" pw:channel="twitter"></span> </div> <div> <a class="pw-button-facebook"></a> <span class="pw-box-counter" pw:channel="facebook"></span> </div> </div> <div class="pw-widget pw-size-medium pw-layout-horizontal" data-url="https://edtechmagazine.com/k12/article/2018/02/minecrafts-chemistry-update-live" data-title=".@PlayCraftLearn brings #Minecraft into the #k12 chemistry classroom to help students better visualize complicated concepts." data-via="EdTech_K12" data-button-background="none"> <div> <a class="pw-button-twitter cdw-taboola-social"></a> <a href="https://twitter.com/search?f=realtime&amp;q=https%3A%2F%2Fedtechmagazine.com%2Fk12%2Frss.xml%3Fitok%3DQzmLq-kC%26amp%3Bdestination%3D%2Fk12%2F%253Fitok%253DQzmLq-kC%26amp%3B_exception_statuscode%3D404" target="_blank"><span class="pw-box-counter cdw-taboola" data-channel="twitter"></span></a> </div> <div> <a class="pw-button-facebook cdw-taboola-social"></a> </div> <div> <a class="pw-button-googleplus cdw-taboola-social"></a> </div> <div> <a class="pw-button-linkedin cdw-taboola-social"></a> </div> <div> <a class="pw-button-reddit cdw-taboola-social"></a> </div> <div> <a class="pw-button-flipboard cdw-taboola-social"></a> </div> <div> <a class="pw-button-email cdw-taboola-social"></a> </div> </div> <div class="pw-widget pw-size-medium pw-layout-vertical" data-layout="vertical" data-url="https://edtechmagazine.com/k12/article/2018/02/minecrafts-chemistry-update-live" data-title=".@PlayCraftLearn brings #Minecraft into the #k12 chemistry classroom to help students better visualize complicated concepts." data-via="EdTech_K12" data-button-background="none"> <span> <span>Feb</span> <span>21</span> <span>2018</span> </span> <a class="pw-button-twitter cdw-taboola-social"></a> <a class="pw-button-facebook cdw-taboola-social"></a> <a class="pw-button-googleplus cdw-taboola-social"></a> <a class="pw-button-linkedin cdw-taboola-social"></a> <a class="pw-button-reddit cdw-taboola-social"></a> <a class="pw-button-flipboard cdw-taboola-social"></a> <a class="pw-button-email cdw-taboola-social"></a> </div> <div> <div class="field-author"> <div id="taxonomy-term-" class=""> <div class="author-photo"> <a href="/k12/author/meghan-bogardus-cortez"><img src="/k12/sites/edtechmagazine.com.k12/files/styles/face_small/public/people/authorpic.jpg?itok=Fy_wIKMK" width="58" height="58" alt="Meghan Bogardus Cortez" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </a> </div> <div class="author-info"> <span>by </span><a rel="author" href="/k12/author/meghan-bogardus-cortez"> <div>Meghan Bogardus Cortez</div> </a> <a target="_blank" class="twitter" href="https://twitter.com/intent/follow?region=follow_link&amp;screen_name=@megbcortez&amp;tw_p=followbutton&amp;variant=2.0"><span>Twitter</span></a> </div> <div class="author-bio"> <p> <div><p>Meghan is an associate editor with <em>EdTech</em>. She enjoys coffee, cats and science fiction TV.</p> </div> </p> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div> <div>Pull Quote</div> <div> <p class="quote"><a href="node/40426"></a></p> <p class='speaker'> </p> </div> </div> Wed, 21 Feb 2018 15:38:14 +0000 meghan.bogarduscortez_13461 40426 at https://edtechmagazine.com/k12 #ICE18: Illinois Conference Will Prepare Educators for Modern Learning Environments https://edtechmagazine.com/k12/article/2018/02/ice18-illinois-conference-will-prepare-educators-modern-learning-environments <span>#ICE18: Illinois Conference Will Prepare Educators for Modern Learning Environments</span> <img src="/k12/sites/edtechmagazine.com.k12/files/articles/%5Bcdw_tech_site%3Afield_site_shortname%5D/201802/Guzaliia%20Filimonova_ICEpreview.jpg" width="1440" height="560" alt="illustrated classroom tech" typeof="foaf:Image" /> <span><span lang="" about="/k12/user/13461" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" content="meghan.bogarduscortez_13461">meghan.bogardu…</span></span> <span>Wed, 02/21/2018 - 10:10</span> <div><p>In 1986, approximately 30 educators came together to form <a href="http://conference.iceberg.org/">Illinois Computing Educators (ICE)</a>, as <strong>a statewide initiative to offer professional development opportunities for teachers, technology coordinators, library media specialists, administrators, higher education representatives, school support staff and other stakeholders</strong> in Illinois education. The organization — now 10,500 members strong — is continuing efforts to support the development, growth and use of technology in all facets of the educational process as educators seek to prepare students for the 21st-century workplace.</p> <p>As an education strategist at <a href="https://www.cdwg.com/">CDW•G</a>, I’ve had the pleasure to attend and speak at the ICE conference on three occasions, and I can say with certainty that this year’s conference,<a href="http://conference.iceberg.org/"> #ICE18</a>, will be one of the best since its inception. It will be held from <strong>Feb. 26-28</strong> at the <a href="http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/chirs-renaissance-schaumburg-convention-center-hotel/">Renaissance Schaumburg Hotel and Convention Center </a>in Schaumburg, Illinois. The conference, which more than 3,600 people attended in 2017 according to ICE, will hold more than 400 informative sessions and workshops.</p> <p>I asked former teacher and administrator, <strong>Amber Heffner, who is the executive director of ICE</strong>, to talk about some of the conference highlights. She prepped me for an intriguing lineup filled with sessions, keynotes and exhibits focusing on <strong>professional development for educators, leadership skills-building for administrators and top tech devices and solutions for IT professionals</strong>.</p> <p><a href="https://edtechmagazine.com/k12/register?newsletter"><strong>SIGN UP</strong>: Get more news from the <em>EdTech</em> newsletter in your inbox every two weeks!</a></p> <h2><strong style="color: #c74037;">EDTECH: </strong> #ICE18 is right around the corner. What are a few things you’re excited about?</h2> <p><strong>HEFFNER:</strong> There will be many new and inspiring experiences for #ICE18! We are excited to have CDW•G create <a href="https://edtechmagazine.com/k12/article/2018/02/what-modern-learning-environment">a modern learning environment</a> for educators to <strong>experience what classrooms today can not only look </strong><strong>like,</strong><strong> but how they can better facilitate learning</strong>.</p> <p>Another delightful development is the larger ICE Personal Learning Network (PLN) Plaza with a vendor theater and large makerspace area in our exhibit hall.</p> <h2><strong style="color: #c74037;">EDTECH: </strong> What does #ICE18 have to offer attendees that is different from last year?</h2> <p><strong>HEFFNER:</strong> We are extremely excited about our new conference venue at the Renaissance Schaumburg Hotel and Convention Center. The change gave us an opportunity to reflect and reiterate on the programming of our conference as well.</p> <p>New also this year is a <a href="https://docs.google.com/document/d/14JjS7sgBQhKAdB5N9P-Q9TCTe20X5TLWsW7tmmebtz0/edit?usp=sharing">Playful Learning Space</a> where we will showcase <strong>a variety of games that can be integrated into a gaming club as well as into your classroom</strong>. Attendees will have the opportunity to play a variety of games throughout the conference.</p> <p>We are also showcasing <a href="https://docs.google.com/document/d/1aAcaCv0wEdlgeD3gYO7q4zmjtI6gjfZiKTW1ibmV27M/edit?usp=sharing">esports</a> this year. We will have <strong>a special program demonstrating an esports competition and have districts share how esports has impacted the students in their districts</strong>.</p> <h2><strong style="color: #c74037;">EDTECH: </strong> Who are the ideal attendees for #ICE18? Is there something there for administrators, too?</h2> <p><strong>HEFFNER:</strong> Anyone in education is going to find something to attend at #ICE18. Part of the review of our previous programming and changes for 2018 included a more detailed look at the strands we offered for our attendees.</p> <p>It’s a sheer pleasure that we have such a large number of principals and superintendents presenting this year as well as some of the top ed tech leaders throughout the U.S.</p> <p>This year, #ICE18 offers attendees <strong>the unique opportunity to learn and share with over 3,500 educators</strong> covering a wide spectrum of topics. Learning strands include:</p> <ul><li>Leadership</li> <li>Library media and learning spaces</li> <li>Professional learning and coaching</li> <li>Special education and English as a second language/English language learners</li> <li>Teaching and learning</li> </ul><p>You can view our strands and filter the content/sessions for those strands at <a href="https://ice18conference.sched.com/">ice18conference.sched.com</a>.</p> <h2><strong style="color: #c74037;">EDTECH: </strong> You have a great lineup of speakers this year. What can you tell us about this year’s keynote speakers and why they were selected?</h2> <p><strong>HEFFNER:</strong> We do have an all-star lineup this year and we are very appreciative that they are all able to attend. In order to celebrate the past ICE conferences and the new and updated ICE conference, we wanted to bring together some speakers who had not been at our conference in a while with some new speakers as well, as some of our more recent speakers. You can check out the <a href="https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1WehwezDp8q9KlB0JYBor-6N7LfxWeRYV_5MJ6b984o4/">#ICE18 all-star lineup</a>.</p> <p>We are also looking forward to having <a href="https://www.edtechteam.com/">EdTechTeam</a> participate as ICE partners this year. Holly Clark, head of the publishing division at EdTechTeam, will be speaking at #ICE18 along with <a href="http://www.calliopeglobal.com/jennifer-williams.html">Jennifer Williams</a>, co-founder of <a href="http://www.calliopeglobal.com/">Calliope Global Education Initiatives</a>, and <a href="https://www.iste.org/about/Team-ISTE/rculatta">ISTE CEO, Richard Culatta</a>, will be joining us remotely.</p> <p>On [Feb. 26], Chris Ulmer, founder of<a href="http://www.specialbooksbyspecialkids.org/meet-our-staff"> Special Books by Special Kids</a>, will share his exciting insights from working with and meeting students with disabilities. We wanted to highlight the important work Chris is doing as<strong> </strong><strong>social emotional</strong><strong> learning (SEL) and special education (SPED) are vital to continuing to evaluate educational opportunities for students everywhere</strong>. We are opening this up to the community for free as well as to ICE attendees.</p> <h2><strong style="color: #c74037;">EDTECH: </strong> How is ICE partnering with ISTE this June for the ISTE 2018 conference in Chicago?</h2> <p><strong>HEFFNER:</strong> ICE has had the fortunate opportunity to <a href="https://conference.iste.org/2018/attend/index.php?utm_source=Google&amp;utm_medium=Banner&amp;utm_campaign=regopen&amp;gclid=Cj0KCQiAiKrUBRD6ARIsADS2OLmD8NTfAe66jmoew7Ojy6cRLN_W8Q5FYCv1-HS2hFyuuqqMsrdaCZkaAoGnEALw_wcB">partner with ISTE</a> on the programming for the 2018 conference. As ISTE 2018 regional program chair, I put together a team of six co-chairs and we worked with the ISTE program chair and team. We recruited teams from across the Midwest and the U.S. to review ISTE proposals. <strong>We are so fortunate to have amazing educators (teachers, tech directors, administrators and more) who put in hours of volunteer time to review and develop what we believe will be one of the best ISTE conferences ever.</strong> We are continuing to work with ISTE on some new programming as well — more on that to come later.</p> <p><em>Follow </em>EdTech<em>’s coverage of #ICE18 on <a href="https://edtechmagazine.com/k12/ice18-conference">the official conference landing page</a>.</em></p> </div> <div> <div>Content Subtype</div> <div>Article</div> </div> <div> <div>CDW Activity ID</div> <div><p>MKT25497</p> </div> </div> <div> <div>CDW VV2 Strategy</div> <div>Core</div> </div> <div> <div>CDW Segment</div> <div>K-12</div> </div> <div> <div>Original or Curated</div> <div>Original</div> </div> <div> <div>Customer Focused</div> <div>False</div> </div> <div> <div>Buying Cycle</div> <div><a href="/k12/taxonomy/term/7446" hreflang="en">Engagement</a></div> </div> <div> <div>Content Length</div> <div>500-1000 words</div> </div> <div class="pw-widget pw-size-medium pw-layout-horizontal" data-url="https://edtechmagazine.com/k12/article/2018/02/ice18-illinois-conference-will-prepare-educators-modern-learning-environments" data-title="At #ICE18, Illinois educators will explore what a modern #k12 classroom can be with the help of #edtech." data-via="EdTech_K12" data-button-background="none"> <div> <a class="pw-button-twitter"></a> <span class="pw-box-counter" pw:channel="twitter"></span> </div> <div> <a class="pw-button-facebook"></a> <span class="pw-box-counter" pw:channel="facebook"></span> </div> </div> <div class="pw-widget pw-size-medium pw-layout-horizontal" data-url="https://edtechmagazine.com/k12/article/2018/02/ice18-illinois-conference-will-prepare-educators-modern-learning-environments" data-title="At #ICE18, Illinois educators will explore what a modern #k12 classroom can be with the help of #edtech." data-via="EdTech_K12" data-button-background="none"> <div> <a class="pw-button-twitter cdw-taboola-social"></a> <a href="https://twitter.com/search?f=realtime&amp;q=https%3A%2F%2Fedtechmagazine.com%2Fk12%2Frss.xml%3Fitok%3DQzmLq-kC%26amp%3Bdestination%3D%2Fk12%2F%253Fitok%253DQzmLq-kC%26amp%3B_exception_statuscode%3D404" target="_blank"><span class="pw-box-counter cdw-taboola" data-channel="twitter"></span></a> </div> <div> <a class="pw-button-facebook cdw-taboola-social"></a> </div> <div> <a class="pw-button-googleplus cdw-taboola-social"></a> </div> <div> <a class="pw-button-linkedin cdw-taboola-social"></a> </div> <div> <a class="pw-button-reddit cdw-taboola-social"></a> </div> <div> <a class="pw-button-flipboard cdw-taboola-social"></a> </div> <div> <a class="pw-button-email cdw-taboola-social"></a> </div> </div> <div class="pw-widget pw-size-medium pw-layout-vertical" data-layout="vertical" data-url="https://edtechmagazine.com/k12/article/2018/02/ice18-illinois-conference-will-prepare-educators-modern-learning-environments" data-title="At #ICE18, Illinois educators will explore what a modern #k12 classroom can be with the help of #edtech." data-via="EdTech_K12" data-button-background="none"> <span> <span>Feb</span> <span>21</span> <span>2018</span> </span> <a class="pw-button-twitter cdw-taboola-social"></a> <a class="pw-button-facebook cdw-taboola-social"></a> <a class="pw-button-googleplus cdw-taboola-social"></a> <a class="pw-button-linkedin cdw-taboola-social"></a> <a class="pw-button-reddit cdw-taboola-social"></a> <a class="pw-button-flipboard cdw-taboola-social"></a> <a class="pw-button-email cdw-taboola-social"></a> </div> <div> <div class="field-author"> <div id="taxonomy-term-" class=""> <div class="author-photo"> <a href="/k12/author/eric-patnoudes"><img src="/k12/sites/edtechmagazine.com.k12/files/styles/face_small/public/author/2014-05-22_15-24-10.png.jpg?itok=F6shm1YU" width="58" height="58" alt="ERic" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </a> </div> <div class="author-info"> <span>by </span><a rel="author" href="/k12/author/eric-patnoudes"> <div>Eric Patnoudes</div> </a> <a target="_blank" class="twitter" href="https://twitter.com/intent/follow?region=follow_link&amp;screen_name=NoApp4Pedagogy&amp;tw_p=followbutton&amp;variant=2.0"><span>Twitter</span></a> </div> <div class="author-bio"> <p> <div><p>A former teacher and instructional technologist, Eric works with curriculum and technology departments to ensure common goals are identified and pursued responsibly, cohesively and strategically. Eric is a Level 2 Google Certified Educator, has experience as a Microsoft Innovative Educator Trainer and represented the US at the Microsoft Global forum in Barcelona as an MIE Expert Educator.</p> </div> </p> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div> <div>Pull Quote</div> <div> <p class="quote"><a href="node/40421"></a></p> <p class='speaker'> </p> </div> </div> Wed, 21 Feb 2018 15:10:48 +0000 meghan.bogarduscortez_13461 40421 at https://edtechmagazine.com/k12 #ICE18 Conference https://edtechmagazine.com/k12/ice18-conference <span>#ICE18 Conference</span> <span><span lang="" about="/k12/user/13461" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" content="meghan.bogarduscortez_13461">meghan.bogardu…</span></span> <span>Wed, 02/21/2018 - 10:07</span> <div><p>Join <em>EdTech: Focus on K–12</em> as our editors cover the <a href="http://conference.iceberg.org/" target="_blank">#ICE18 conference</a>. Keep this page bookmarked for stories the <em>EdTech</em> team. Follow the hashtag <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23ICE18&amp;src=tyah" target="_blank">#ICE18</a>.</p> </div> <div> <div>Event Image Toggle</div> <div>Off</div> </div> <div class="pw-widget pw-size-medium pw-layout-vertical" data-layout="vertical" data-url="https://edtechmagazine.com/k12/ice18-conference" data-title="#ICE18 Conference" data-via="EdTech_K12" data-button-background="none"> <span> <span>Feb</span> <span>21</span> <span>2018</span> </span> <a class="pw-button-twitter cdw-taboola-social"></a> <a class="pw-button-facebook cdw-taboola-social"></a> <a class="pw-button-googleplus cdw-taboola-social"></a> <a class="pw-button-linkedin cdw-taboola-social"></a> <a class="pw-button-reddit cdw-taboola-social"></a> <a class="pw-button-flipboard cdw-taboola-social"></a> <a class="pw-button-email cdw-taboola-social"></a> </div> <div class="pw-widget pw-size-medium pw-layout-horizontal" data-url="https://edtechmagazine.com/k12/ice18-conference" data-title="#ICE18 Conference" data-via="EdTech_K12" data-button-background="none"> <div> <a class="pw-button-twitter cdw-taboola-social"></a> <a href="https://twitter.com/search?f=realtime&amp;q=https%3A%2F%2Fedtechmagazine.com%2Fk12%2Frss.xml%3Fitok%3DQzmLq-kC%26amp%3Bdestination%3D%2Fk12%2F%253Fitok%253DQzmLq-kC%26amp%3B_exception_statuscode%3D404" target="_blank"><span class="pw-box-counter cdw-taboola" data-channel="twitter"></span></a> </div> <div> <a class="pw-button-facebook cdw-taboola-social"></a> </div> <div> <a class="pw-button-googleplus cdw-taboola-social"></a> </div> <div> <a class="pw-button-linkedin cdw-taboola-social"></a> </div> <div> <a class="pw-button-reddit cdw-taboola-social"></a> </div> <div> <a class="pw-button-flipboard cdw-taboola-social"></a> </div> <div> <a class="pw-button-email cdw-taboola-social"></a> </div> </div> <div class="pw-widget pw-size-medium pw-layout-horizontal" data-url="https://edtechmagazine.com/k12/ice18-conference" data-title="#ICE18 Conference" data-via="EdTech_K12" data-button-background="none"> <div> <a class="pw-button-twitter"></a> <span class="pw-box-counter" pw:channel="twitter"></span> </div> <div> <a class="pw-button-facebook"></a> <span class="pw-box-counter" pw:channel="facebook"></span> </div> </div> Wed, 21 Feb 2018 15:07:37 +0000 meghan.bogarduscortez_13461 40416 at https://edtechmagazine.com/k12 Simple Steps Can Pave the Way for Modern Learning https://edtechmagazine.com/k12/article/2018/02/simple-steps-can-pave-way-modern-learning <span>Simple Steps Can Pave the Way for Modern Learning</span> <img src="/k12/sites/edtechmagazine.com.k12/files/articles/%5Bcdw_tech_site%3Afield_site_shortname%5D/201802/skynesher_Modernlearning.jpg" width="1440" height="560" alt="classroom raised hands" typeof="foaf:Image" /> <span><span lang="" about="/k12/user/13461" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" content="meghan.bogarduscortez_13461">meghan.bogardu…</span></span> <span>Tue, 02/20/2018 - 12:11</span> <div><p>School districts obviously have the <strong>greatest freedom to transform classroom spaces when new school buildings are being designed and built</strong>. During new construction projects or major renovations, districts aren’t limited by existing classroom footprints or load-bearing walls, but only by their imaginations (and their budgets).</p> <p>In recent years, districts have frequently used new school construction as an opportunity to improve the energy performance of their buildings, pursue green building certifications such as <a href="https://new.usgbc.org/leed" target="_blank">Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design</a> (LEED), upgrade networking and back-end IT infrastructure, and improve factors such as daylight, airflow and acoustics. District leaders should also <strong>take this opportunity to seriously rethink the design of both classrooms and common spaces</strong>, as decisions made today will help inform student instruction for decades.</p> <p>In districts where major construction projects are not on the horizon, leaders have another opportunity:<em> </em><strong>the ability to experiment with learning environment designs a little at a time</strong>, allowing teachers, students and district leaders to come to a consensus on what works best for their needs.</p> <p><a href="https://edtechmagazine.com/k12/register?newsletter"><strong>SIGN UP</strong>: Get more news from the <em>EdTech</em> newsletter in your inbox every two weeks!</a></p> <h2>Experiment with Modernized Learning First</h2> <p>Often, the effects of the modern learning environment are<a href="https://edtechmagazine.com/k12/article/2017/08/technology-trends-reshape-todays-libraries"> felt first in common areas such as libraries</a> and media centers. The advent of digital resources and e-books has meant that <strong>many schools are reducing their inventory of physical books, freeing up square footage where school leaders can pilot new furniture, devices </strong><strong>and</strong><strong> audiovisual tools</strong>.</p> <p>Over time, school leaders will want to extend these features into individual classrooms, so that technology and collaboration become embedded into the school day, as opposed to being special features reserved for visits to the school library. But even then, schools might choose to start out small, implementing new design features in the classrooms of a select few teachers. Often, these will be staffers who have agreed to aggressively integrate the new tools into their curriculum and attend outside training sessions to learn how to maximize the impact of their new resources.</p> <p>This early adopter model, in which other teachers become excited by — and, at times, even jealous of — their colleagues’ new spaces and digital tools, often proves <strong>more</strong> <strong>effective at encouraging adoption of IT initiatives than a mandate from above</strong>.</p> <h2>Ask Questions to Shape the Classroom</h2> <p>Because t<strong>he modern learning environment represents such a massive transformation</strong>, it is important for leadership teams to ask probing questions at every stage of the process. For example, if it is determined that students should all have access to connected devices, districts must then decide whether BYOD, one-to-one or another model will work best and why. Other important device-related questions that leadership teams should ask include:</p> <ul><li>How will student <strong>devices be charged</strong>?</li> <li>Will there be times when students aren’t allowed to use their devices? How will this policy be enforced?</li> <li><strong>What apps will students need to use their devices effectively? </strong>Are there funds budgeted for these apps?</li> <li>In one-to-one environments, will students be permitted to take devices home with them? Will they be expected to use them to complete homework? <strong>How will the district accommodate students who lack connectivity at home?</strong></li> <li>How will devices be monitored and managed?</li> <li>Is the district’s<strong> IT network robust enough to accommodate the traffic resulting from students in every classroom</strong> attempting to access online resources at once?</li> <li>Do existing wireless resources support the density that will result from 30 students in a single classroom attempting to connect to a wireless access point?</li> </ul><p>Similar questions should be asked about investments in audiovisual tools and flexible furniture. For example, buying interactive whiteboards or multitouch digital displays is a potentially transformative investment, but it is also a costly one. Before authorizing such a purchase, <strong>district leaders should ensure that all academic departments across all grade levels have had a chance to provide input</strong> on how such a tool would elevate instruction. If a district’s high school English and history teachers aren’t sure how they would use these displays, for example — or if their plans involve merely replicating pen-and-paper processes in a digital format — then perhaps the initiative should be reconsidered.</p> <p>Flexible furniture is a more universally intuitive solution, but district leaders should know before making an investment what sorts of learning activities each configuration will support.</p> <p>Asking these questions before attempting to make big changes can <strong>help the modern learning environment truly transform learning</strong>, rather than becoming an expensive initiative that goes half-fulfilled.</p> <p><em>For more information on the benefits of modernizing the classroom, take a look at the CDW whitepaper, "<a href="https://edtechmagazine.com/k12/resources/white-paper/keys-modern-learning-environment">A Modern Learning Environment</a>."</em></p> </div> <div> <div>Content Subtype</div> <div>Article</div> </div> <div> <div>CDW Activity ID</div> <div><p>MKT25117</p> </div> </div> <div> <div>CDW VV2 Strategy</div> <div>Core</div> </div> <div> <div>CDW Segment</div> <div>K-12</div> </div> <div> <div>Original or Curated</div> <div>Original</div> </div> <div> <div>Customer Focused</div> <div>False</div> </div> <div> <div>Buying Cycle</div> <div><a href="/k12/taxonomy/term/7446" hreflang="en">Engagement</a></div> </div> <div> <div>Content Length</div> <div>500-1000 words</div> </div> <div class="pw-widget pw-size-medium pw-layout-horizontal" data-url="https://edtechmagazine.com/k12/article/2018/02/simple-steps-can-pave-way-modern-learning" data-title="#Modernlearning environments don't have to be the result of an extensive renovation. #K12 leaders can pilot smaller programs to determine how to move forward." data-via="EdTech_K12" data-button-background="none"> <div> <a class="pw-button-twitter"></a> <span class="pw-box-counter" pw:channel="twitter"></span> </div> <div> <a class="pw-button-facebook"></a> <span class="pw-box-counter" pw:channel="facebook"></span> </div> </div> <div class="pw-widget pw-size-medium pw-layout-horizontal" data-url="https://edtechmagazine.com/k12/article/2018/02/simple-steps-can-pave-way-modern-learning" data-title="#Modernlearning environments don't have to be the result of an extensive renovation. #K12 leaders can pilot smaller programs to determine how to move forward." data-via="EdTech_K12" data-button-background="none"> <div> <a class="pw-button-twitter cdw-taboola-social"></a> <a href="https://twitter.com/search?f=realtime&amp;q=https%3A%2F%2Fedtechmagazine.com%2Fk12%2Frss.xml%3Fitok%3DQzmLq-kC%26amp%3Bdestination%3D%2Fk12%2F%253Fitok%253DQzmLq-kC%26amp%3B_exception_statuscode%3D404" target="_blank"><span class="pw-box-counter cdw-taboola" data-channel="twitter"></span></a> </div> <div> <a class="pw-button-facebook cdw-taboola-social"></a> </div> <div> <a class="pw-button-googleplus cdw-taboola-social"></a> </div> <div> <a class="pw-button-linkedin cdw-taboola-social"></a> </div> <div> <a class="pw-button-reddit cdw-taboola-social"></a> </div> <div> <a class="pw-button-flipboard cdw-taboola-social"></a> </div> <div> <a class="pw-button-email cdw-taboola-social"></a> </div> </div> <div class="pw-widget pw-size-medium pw-layout-vertical" data-layout="vertical" data-url="https://edtechmagazine.com/k12/article/2018/02/simple-steps-can-pave-way-modern-learning" data-title="#Modernlearning environments don't have to be the result of an extensive renovation. #K12 leaders can pilot smaller programs to determine how to move forward." data-via="EdTech_K12" data-button-background="none"> <span> <span>Feb</span> <span>20</span> <span>2018</span> </span> <a class="pw-button-twitter cdw-taboola-social"></a> <a class="pw-button-facebook cdw-taboola-social"></a> <a class="pw-button-googleplus cdw-taboola-social"></a> <a class="pw-button-linkedin cdw-taboola-social"></a> <a class="pw-button-reddit cdw-taboola-social"></a> <a class="pw-button-flipboard cdw-taboola-social"></a> <a class="pw-button-email cdw-taboola-social"></a> </div> <div> <div class="field-author"> <div id="taxonomy-term-" class=""> <div class="author-photo"> </div> <div class="author-info"> <span>by </span><a rel="author" href="/k12/author/edtech-staff"> <div>EdTech Staff</div> </a> </div> <div class="author-bio"> <p></p> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div> <div>Pull Quote</div> <div> <p class="quote"><a href="node/40411"></a></p> <p class='speaker'> </p> </div> </div> Tue, 20 Feb 2018 17:11:26 +0000 meghan.bogarduscortez_13461 40411 at https://edtechmagazine.com/k12 CUE 2018 https://edtechmagazine.com/k12/cue-2018 <span>CUE 2018</span> <span><span lang="" about="/k12/user/13461" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" content="meghan.bogarduscortez_13461">meghan.bogardu…</span></span> <span>Fri, 02/16/2018 - 15:06</span> <div><p>Join <em>EdTech: Focus on K–12</em> as our editors cover the <a href="http://spring.cue.org/" target="_blank">Spring CUE 2018 conference</a>. Keep this page bookmarked for stories the <em>EdTech</em> team. Follow the hashtag <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/CUE18?src=hash" target="_blank">#CUE18</a>.</p> </div> <div> <div>Event Image Toggle</div> <div>Off</div> </div> <div class="pw-widget pw-size-medium pw-layout-vertical" data-layout="vertical" data-url="https://edtechmagazine.com/k12/cue-2018" data-title="CUE 2018" data-via="EdTech_K12" data-button-background="none"> <span> <span>Feb</span> <span>16</span> <span>2018</span> </span> <a class="pw-button-twitter cdw-taboola-social"></a> <a class="pw-button-facebook cdw-taboola-social"></a> <a class="pw-button-googleplus cdw-taboola-social"></a> <a class="pw-button-linkedin cdw-taboola-social"></a> <a class="pw-button-reddit cdw-taboola-social"></a> <a class="pw-button-flipboard cdw-taboola-social"></a> <a class="pw-button-email cdw-taboola-social"></a> </div> <div class="pw-widget pw-size-medium pw-layout-horizontal" data-url="https://edtechmagazine.com/k12/cue-2018" data-title="CUE 2018" data-via="EdTech_K12" data-button-background="none"> <div> <a class="pw-button-twitter cdw-taboola-social"></a> <a href="https://twitter.com/search?f=realtime&amp;q=https%3A%2F%2Fedtechmagazine.com%2Fk12%2Frss.xml%3Fitok%3DQzmLq-kC%26amp%3Bdestination%3D%2Fk12%2F%253Fitok%253DQzmLq-kC%26amp%3B_exception_statuscode%3D404" target="_blank"><span class="pw-box-counter cdw-taboola" data-channel="twitter"></span></a> </div> <div> <a class="pw-button-facebook cdw-taboola-social"></a> </div> <div> <a class="pw-button-googleplus cdw-taboola-social"></a> </div> <div> <a class="pw-button-linkedin cdw-taboola-social"></a> </div> <div> <a class="pw-button-reddit cdw-taboola-social"></a> </div> <div> <a class="pw-button-flipboard cdw-taboola-social"></a> </div> <div> <a class="pw-button-email cdw-taboola-social"></a> </div> </div> <div class="pw-widget pw-size-medium pw-layout-horizontal" data-url="https://edtechmagazine.com/k12/cue-2018" data-title="CUE 2018" data-via="EdTech_K12" data-button-background="none"> <div> <a class="pw-button-twitter"></a> <span class="pw-box-counter" pw:channel="twitter"></span> </div> <div> <a class="pw-button-facebook"></a> <span class="pw-box-counter" pw:channel="facebook"></span> </div> </div> Fri, 16 Feb 2018 20:06:33 +0000 meghan.bogarduscortez_13461 40401 at https://edtechmagazine.com/k12 CUE 2018: Educators to Explore the Ins and Outs of Tech Integration https://edtechmagazine.com/k12/article/2018/02/cue-2018-educators-explore-ins-and-outs-tech-integration <span>CUE 2018: Educators to Explore the Ins and Outs of Tech Integration</span> <img src="/k12/sites/edtechmagazine.com.k12/files/articles/%5Bcdw_tech_site%3Afield_site_shortname%5D/201802/Dougall_Photography_CUE.jpg" width="1440" height="560" alt="Palm Springs" typeof="foaf:Image" /> <span><span lang="" about="/k12/user/13461" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" content="meghan.bogarduscortez_13461">meghan.bogardu…</span></span> <span>Fri, 02/16/2018 - 14:59</span> <div><p>When it comes to innovating with technology, sometimes teachers need a little help. Thankfully, conferences are the perfect place to learn more about the craft and <strong>develop valuable communities</strong>.</p> <p>From March 14-17, teachers, administrators, IT staff and thought leaders from around the country will head to Palm Springs, Calif. to celebrate the 40th anniversary of CUE at its <a href="http://spring.cue.org/" target="_blank">annual spring conference</a>.</p> <p>“This year, CUE celebrates 40 years as a nonprofit organization,<strong> inspiring innovative learners by fostering community, personalizing learning, infusing technology, developing leadership</strong> and advocating educational opportunities for all,” reads the conference website.</p> <p>Over four days, attendees will learn about everything from holistic technology integration to <a href="https://www.cdwg.com/content/brands/google/default.aspx?enkwrd=Google" target="_blank">Google</a> Docs hacks from sessions, workshops and panels held by the most innovative education leaders in the state (and country).</p> <p><a href="https://edtechmagazine.com/k12/register?newsletter"><strong>SIGN UP</strong>: Get more news from the <em>EdTech</em> newsletter in your inbox every two weeks!</a></p> <p>The conference will kick off with free workshops on the afternoon of March 14, followed by a welcome keynote that evening from author, educator and <a href="https://edtechmagazine.com/k12/article/2017/03/2017-honor-roll-edtechs-must-read-k-12-it-blogs"><em>EdTech</em> must-read blogger</a>, Matt Miller. He is expected to draw from his book and blog of the same name, <em>Ditch That Textbook</em>, and speak about <strong>how educators can use technology to be creative </strong>and take risks outside of their comfort zones.</p> <p>Other keynote speakers include Meredith Walker, co-founder and executive director of <a href="https://amysmartgirls.com/" target="_blank">Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls</a>, and Peter and Paul Reynolds, founder and CEO, respectively, of <a href="https://www.fablevisionlearning.com/" target="_blank">FableVision</a>, an educational multimedia company colocated at the <a href="http://www.bostonchildrensmuseum.org/" target="_blank">Boston Children’s Museum</a>. Spring CUE 2018 will wind down at noon on March 17 with a closing keynote by Erin Klein, an award-winning educator, design consultant and another <em>EdTech</em> must-read blogger.</p> <p>In addition to the nearly 500 sessions, the conference also will host <strong>an exhibit hall packed with the biggest companies in education technology</strong>.</p> <p><em>EdTech</em> will cover select sessions at Spring CUE 2018. Keep <a href="https://edtechmagazine.com/k12/cue-2018">our conference page</a> bookmarked for stories from the <em>EdTech</em> team.</p> <p>Be sure to follow us on Twitter at <a href="https://twitter.com/EdTech_K12" target="_blank">@EdTech_K12</a> and join the conversation using the hashtag <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/CUE18?src=hash" target="_blank">#CUE18</a>.</p> </div> <div> <div>Content Subtype</div> <div>Article</div> </div> <div> <div>CDW Activity ID</div> <div><p>MKT25497</p> </div> </div> <div> <div>CDW VV2 Strategy</div> <div>Core</div> </div> <div> <div>CDW Segment</div> <div>K-12</div> </div> <div> <div>Original or Curated</div> <div>Curated</div> </div> <div> <div>Customer Focused</div> <div>False</div> </div> <div> <div>Buying Cycle</div> <div><a href="/k12/taxonomy/term/7441" hreflang="en">Awareness</a></div> </div> <div> <div>Content Length</div> <div>300-500 words</div> </div> <div class="pw-widget pw-size-medium pw-layout-horizontal" data-url="https://edtechmagazine.com/k12/article/2018/02/cue-2018-educators-explore-ins-and-outs-tech-integration" data-title="Heading #CUE18? So are we! Be sure to keep an eye out for our coverage and send your tweets to @EdTech_K12" data-via="EdTech_K12" data-button-background="none"> <div> <a class="pw-button-twitter"></a> <span class="pw-box-counter" pw:channel="twitter"></span> </div> <div> <a class="pw-button-facebook"></a> <span class="pw-box-counter" pw:channel="facebook"></span> </div> </div> <div class="pw-widget pw-size-medium pw-layout-horizontal" data-url="https://edtechmagazine.com/k12/article/2018/02/cue-2018-educators-explore-ins-and-outs-tech-integration" data-title="Heading #CUE18? So are we! Be sure to keep an eye out for our coverage and send your tweets to @EdTech_K12" data-via="EdTech_K12" data-button-background="none"> <div> <a class="pw-button-twitter cdw-taboola-social"></a> <a href="https://twitter.com/search?f=realtime&amp;q=https%3A%2F%2Fedtechmagazine.com%2Fk12%2Frss.xml%3Fitok%3DQzmLq-kC%26amp%3Bdestination%3D%2Fk12%2F%253Fitok%253DQzmLq-kC%26amp%3B_exception_statuscode%3D404" target="_blank"><span class="pw-box-counter cdw-taboola" data-channel="twitter"></span></a> </div> <div> <a class="pw-button-facebook cdw-taboola-social"></a> </div> <div> <a class="pw-button-googleplus cdw-taboola-social"></a> </div> <div> <a class="pw-button-linkedin cdw-taboola-social"></a> </div> <div> <a class="pw-button-reddit cdw-taboola-social"></a> </div> <div> <a class="pw-button-flipboard cdw-taboola-social"></a> </div> <div> <a class="pw-button-email cdw-taboola-social"></a> </div> </div> <div class="pw-widget pw-size-medium pw-layout-vertical" data-layout="vertical" data-url="https://edtechmagazine.com/k12/article/2018/02/cue-2018-educators-explore-ins-and-outs-tech-integration" data-title="Heading #CUE18? So are we! Be sure to keep an eye out for our coverage and send your tweets to @EdTech_K12" data-via="EdTech_K12" data-button-background="none"> <span> <span>Feb</span> <span>16</span> <span>2018</span> </span> <a class="pw-button-twitter cdw-taboola-social"></a> <a class="pw-button-facebook cdw-taboola-social"></a> <a class="pw-button-googleplus cdw-taboola-social"></a> <a class="pw-button-linkedin cdw-taboola-social"></a> <a class="pw-button-reddit cdw-taboola-social"></a> <a class="pw-button-flipboard cdw-taboola-social"></a> <a class="pw-button-email cdw-taboola-social"></a> </div> <div> <div class="field-author"> <div id="taxonomy-term-" class=""> <div class="author-photo"> <a href="/k12/author/meghan-bogardus-cortez"><img src="/k12/sites/edtechmagazine.com.k12/files/styles/face_small/public/people/authorpic.jpg?itok=Fy_wIKMK" width="58" height="58" alt="Meghan Bogardus Cortez" typeof="foaf:Image" /> </a> </div> <div class="author-info"> <span>by </span><a rel="author" href="/k12/author/meghan-bogardus-cortez"> <div>Meghan Bogardus Cortez</div> </a> <a target="_blank" class="twitter" href="https://twitter.com/intent/follow?region=follow_link&amp;screen_name=@megbcortez&amp;tw_p=followbutton&amp;variant=2.0"><span>Twitter</span></a> </div> <div class="author-bio"> <p> <div><p>Meghan is an associate editor with <em>EdTech</em>. She enjoys coffee, cats and science fiction TV.</p> </div> </p> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div> <div>Pull Quote</div> <div> <p class="quote"><a href="node/40406"></a></p> <p class='speaker'> </p> </div> </div> Fri, 16 Feb 2018 19:59:56 +0000 meghan.bogarduscortez_13461 40406 at https://edtechmagazine.com/k12 Schools Must Support Educators While Keeping Tabs on Tech Trends https://edtechmagazine.com/k12/article/2018/02/schools-must-support-educators-while-keeping-tabs-tech-trends <span>Schools Must Support Educators While Keeping Tabs on Tech Trends</span> <img src="/k12/sites/edtechmagazine.com.k12/files/articles/%5Bcdw_tech_site%3Afield_site_shortname%5D/201802/MachineHeadz_ModernLearning.jpg" width="1440" height="560" alt="modern learning" typeof="foaf:Image" /> <span><span lang="" about="/k12/user/13461" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" content="meghan.bogarduscortez_13461">meghan.bogardu…</span></span> <span>Fri, 02/16/2018 - 11:36</span> <div><p>Modern learning environments <strong>seamlessly integrate technology into spaces that are designed around teaching and learning</strong>, giving instructors and students the tools they need to succeed in a physical setting that promotes collaboration and supports multiple learning styles. While connected devices are an important part of modern learning environments, audiovisual equipment and <a href="https://edtechmagazine.com/k12/article/2017/05/how-flexible-furniture-influences-learning">even classroom furniture</a> are also essential to creating spaces that are <strong>conducive to teaching that focuses on future-ready skills</strong>.</p> <p>A modern learning environment requires more than just investments in physical assets. Although the concept of the modern learning environment is still emerging, a consensus is already forming around best practices, which include <strong>a commitment to student-centered learning and professional development for educators</strong>.</p> <h2>Getting Teachers on Board with IT</h2> <p>No matter what investments school districts make to create a modern learning environment, they likely won’t have much impact if teachers don’t use them. According to <a href="http://bbbb.blackboard.com/2017digitaltrends" target="_blank">a 2017 study by Blackboard and Project Tomorrow</a>, a majority of school principals (51 percent) and technology leaders (67 percent) say that <strong>the greatest challenge they face in implementing digital learning or expanding technology use is motivating teachers to change </strong>their traditional instructional practices. And, while 71 percent of district administrators say that the effective use of technology is “extremely important” for student success, only 43 percent of classroom teachers say the same.</p> <p>To change teacher attitudes, <strong>school and district leaders must show instructors how technology can benefit their practice</strong> and provide them with resources that set them up for success. The Blackboard and Project Tomorrow study identifies five essential elements that teachers need to effectively and efficiently integrate digital content, tools and resources into daily instruction in their classroom: planning time to work with colleagues, a classroom set of devices for student use, <strong>readily available tech support, professional development and reliable internet</strong>.</p> <p>Leaders should also follow key trends to be prepared for what's coming next.</p> <h2>Ed Tech to Keep an Eye On in the Next Five Years</h2> <p>In <a href="https://cdn.nmc.org/media/2017-nmc-cosn-horizon-report-k12-EN.pdf" target="_blank">their K–12 2017 Horizon report</a>, the New Media Consortium and the CoSN predict that these technologies will have a significant impact on classrooms within the next five years</p> <p><strong>One Year Or Less</strong></p> <ul><li><strong>Makerspaces</strong> — These spaces, where students use tools such as 3D printers, laser cutters and animation software, are <a href="https://edtechmagazine.com/k12/article/2016/10/makerspaces-encourage-students-innovate-and-build-critical-thinking-skills">emerging as a vehicle to expose students to technical disciplines</a> and encourage creative and entrepreneurial thinking.</li> <li><strong>Robotics</strong> — Educators are leveraging robotics to promote critical and computational thinking, and to <strong>provide hands-on learning in STEM subjects</strong>.</li> </ul><p><strong>Two to Three Years</strong></p> <ul><li><strong>Analytics</strong> — As schools work with and interpret Big Data, they <strong>will develop improved ways to make targeted decisions</strong> that will enhance student learning and assist at-risk students.</li> <li><strong>Virtual Reality</strong> — <a href="https://edtechmagazine.com/k12/article/2017/08/immersive-technology-schools-rise">VR headsets and applications</a> will help educators transport students to distant geographical locations and give them up-close views of scientific phenomena ranging from hurricanes to the circulatory system.</li> </ul><p><strong>Four to Five Years</strong></p> <ul><li><strong>Artificial Intelligence</strong> — AI has the potential to provide insights into teaching and learning, and to relieve teachers of tedious tasks.</li> <li><strong>Internet of Things</strong> — IoT technologies are already helping schools operate their facilities more efficiently. Over time, they will also help educators better understand how certain actions can impact student achievement.</li> </ul><p> </p> <p><em>For more information on the benefits of modernizing the classroom, take a look at the CDW whitepaper, "<a href="https://edtechmagazine.com/k12/resources/white-paper/keys-modern-learning-environment">A Modern Learning Environment</a>."</em></p> </div> <div> <div>Content Subtype</div> <div>Article</div> </div> <div> <div>CDW Activity ID</div> <div><p>MKT25117</p> </div> </div> <div> <div>CDW VV2 Strategy</div> <div>Core</div> </div> <div> <div>CDW Segment</div> <div>K-12</div> </div> <div> <div>Original or Curated</div> <div>Original</div> </div> <div> <div>Customer Focused</div> <div>False</div> </div> <div> <div>Buying Cycle</div> <div><a href="/k12/taxonomy/term/7446" hreflang="en">Engagement</a></div> </div> <div> <div>Content Length</div> <div>500-1000 words</div> </div> <div class="pw-widget pw-size-medium pw-layout-horizontal" data-url="https://edtechmagazine.com/k12/article/2018/02/schools-must-support-educators-while-keeping-tabs-tech-trends" data-title="#K12 leaders need to provide ample #PD and tech support when bringing the latest #edtech trends to the classroom." data-via="EdTech_K12" data-button-background="none"> <div> <a class="pw-button-twitter"></a> <span class="pw-box-counter" pw:channel="twitter"></span> </div> <div> <a class="pw-button-facebook"></a> <span class="pw-box-counter" pw:channel="facebook"></span> </div> </div> <div class="pw-widget pw-size-medium pw-layout-horizontal" data-url="https://edtechmagazine.com/k12/article/2018/02/schools-must-support-educators-while-keeping-tabs-tech-trends" data-title="#K12 leaders need to provide ample #PD and tech support when bringing the latest #edtech trends to the classroom." data-via="EdTech_K12" data-button-background="none"> <div> <a class="pw-button-twitter cdw-taboola-social"></a> <a href="https://twitter.com/search?f=realtime&amp;q=https%3A%2F%2Fedtechmagazine.com%2Fk12%2Frss.xml%3Fitok%3DQzmLq-kC%26amp%3Bdestination%3D%2Fk12%2F%253Fitok%253DQzmLq-kC%26amp%3B_exception_statuscode%3D404" target="_blank"><span class="pw-box-counter cdw-taboola" data-channel="twitter"></span></a> </div> <div> <a class="pw-button-facebook cdw-taboola-social"></a> </div> <div> <a class="pw-button-googleplus cdw-taboola-social"></a> </div> <div> <a class="pw-button-linkedin cdw-taboola-social"></a> </div> <div> <a class="pw-button-reddit cdw-taboola-social"></a> </div> <div> <a class="pw-button-flipboard cdw-taboola-social"></a> </div> <div> <a class="pw-button-email cdw-taboola-social"></a> </div> </div> <div class="pw-widget pw-size-medium pw-layout-vertical" data-layout="vertical" data-url="https://edtechmagazine.com/k12/article/2018/02/schools-must-support-educators-while-keeping-tabs-tech-trends" data-title="#K12 leaders need to provide ample #PD and tech support when bringing the latest #edtech trends to the classroom." data-via="EdTech_K12" data-button-background="none"> <span> <span>Feb</span> <span>16</span> <span>2018</span> </span> <a class="pw-button-twitter cdw-taboola-social"></a> <a class="pw-button-facebook cdw-taboola-social"></a> <a class="pw-button-googleplus cdw-taboola-social"></a> <a class="pw-button-linkedin cdw-taboola-social"></a> <a class="pw-button-reddit cdw-taboola-social"></a> <a class="pw-button-flipboard cdw-taboola-social"></a> <a class="pw-button-email cdw-taboola-social"></a> </div> <div> <div class="field-author"> <div id="taxonomy-term-" class=""> <div class="author-photo"> </div> <div class="author-info"> <span>by </span><a rel="author" href="/k12/author/edtech-staff"> <div>EdTech Staff</div> </a> </div> <div class="author-bio"> <p></p> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div> <div>Pull Quote</div> <div> <p class="quote"><a href="node/40396"></a></p> <p class='speaker'> </p> </div> </div> Fri, 16 Feb 2018 16:36:53 +0000 meghan.bogarduscortez_13461 40396 at https://edtechmagazine.com/k12 Principals Believe in the Power of Technology, but Schools Face Challenges Ahead https://edtechmagazine.com/k12/article/2018/02/principals-believe-power-technology-schools-face-challenges-ahead <span>Principals Believe in the Power of Technology, but Schools Face Challenges Ahead</span> <img src="/k12/sites/edtechmagazine.com.k12/files/articles/%5Bcdw_tech_site%3Afield_site_shortname%5D/201802/girafchik123_schooltech.jpg" width="1440" height="560" alt="School leadership" typeof="foaf:Image" /> <span><span lang="" about="/k12/user/13461" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="" content="meghan.bogarduscortez_13461">meghan.bogardu…</span></span> <span>Wed, 02/14/2018 - 16:56</span> <div><p>Now, more than ever, school leaders believe in the power of technology to transform learning.</p> <p>A whopping <strong>90 percent</strong> of principals surveyed in <a href="https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/us-k-12-principals-give-insight-into-instructional-practices-and-purchasing-priorities-in-new-school-trends-mdr-research-report-300525775.html" target="_blank">a recent MDR EdNET Insight report</a> say <strong>they believe that technology is integral to student learning</strong>.</p> <p>In terms of learning transformation, the principals indicate that STEM (science, technology, engineering and math), personalized learning and project-based learning were their highest instructional priorities. <strong>Improving student outcomes, instruction </strong><strong>and</strong><strong> parental engagement were the biggest challenges.</strong></p> <p>While the principals are confident in technology’s power to drive learning change, <strong>only 67 percent say their tech infrastructure is strong and just 45 percent believe their teachers are effective in using technology</strong> to engage students and improve learning.</p> <p>The survey indicates that there is a significant gap between what school leaders would like to incorporate into learning and what their schools are able to effectively execute. However, they have the power to change that. Principals and other administrators can <strong>play a critical role in boosting tech efficacy by providing support to educators</strong> and being mindful of the demands of the classroom at the tech purchasing stage.</p> <p><a href="https://edtechmagazine.com/higher/register?newsletter" target="_blank"><strong>SIGN UP</strong>: Get more news from the <em>EdTech</em> newsletter in your inbox every two weeks!</a></p> <h2>Principals Can Guide Tech Efficacy by Supporting Teachers</h2> <p>To create more effective technology use, <a href="https://edtechmagazine.com/k12/article/2017/11/6-ways-administrators-can-prove-efficacy-digital-tools">former principal Eric Sheninger writes on <em>EdTech</em></a> that leaders should first start with pedagogy.</p> <p>“The journey to <strong>efficacy begins and ends with the intended goal in mind and a strong pedagogical foundation</strong>,” he writes. “Adding technology or new ideas without this in place will likely not be effective.”</p> <p>Kean 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