EdTech Lexicon

How to ReMake Your Classroom and Inspire Hands-On Learning in the New Year

Over the past decade, Making has transformed education with its emphasis on innovation, collaboration, and hands-on problem solving. Along the way, new tools have evolved to help teachers ignite creativity and tackle real world challenges. EdSurge has shared these educators' stories—as well as those of students who tinker and take risks, build confidence and develop resilience.

Using Tech to Support Literacy Across 13.8 Billion Years of History

Using OER is hard. Finding good lessons, videos, articles and activities is hard. Putting these pieces together to create a coherent school year is hard. Making sure the approach to reading and writing across materials created by a bunch of different people is hard. Finding time to do that work is even harder.

Help Teachers Truly See Their Students Through Usable, Connected Data

As a young student in Germany, Philip Heimes recalls feeling “invisible” to his teachers. One of many in a classroom packed with students, his learning struggles often went unnoticed. He muddled through with low grades and the assumption that learning was wearisome and trying.“I pulled through with grit, but I sincerely hated school,” explains Heimes.His own school experiences have since fueled his drive to support data-driven personalized learning in an effort to make today’s schools engaging, fun and free of “the stress and angst” many students feel.

Five Ways Multimedia Can Help Teens Tell Their S.T.O.R.Y.

Everyone has a story to share. Stories are an integral part of our lives. As educators, we have an opportunity to help our students harness the power of storytelling and multimedia production to help them reach academic benchmarks, and engage in creative processes that equip them with real-world skills regardless of their professional pursuits.

Spotting Trends and Delivering Data to Connect Edtech Tools With Educator Needs

Data’s influence on modern education is immense; it drives policies, impacts funding—it even affects decisions about which tools and services edtech companies create for educators. And when it comes to helping edtech entrepreneurs understand those educators, Amy Rambo believes she has just the data that can help.

Jay-Z, Kanye, and MLK—Using Lyrics and Literary Devices to Teach Students to Write

Cree was scribbling aimlessly with her head down in an intentional posture that made it impossible to make eye contact with me. It was the third quarter of the school year and I was standing at the front of her ninth grade English class. Literary non-fiction was the unit, which meant the students were learning about essays, articles, and speeches. On that particular day, the class was set to examine speeches from Abraham Lincoln and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

To Leverage Tech in Writing Instruction, This Superintendent Channeled Justin Bieber

As an educator, Jared Cotton has worn nearly as many hats as Dr. Seuss’s Bartholomew Cubbins—elementary math and science teacher, assistant principal, principal, district director of assessment and accountability, assistant superintendent, superintendent. There is little in his CV to suggest someone who might also be a begrudging admirer of Canadian pop singer Justin Bieber.But there is something.

There’s No Such Thing As Being Bad at Math: How Neuroscience Is Changing Attitudes

Imagine a parent telling a child, “I’m just not a reading person.” Sounds odd, doesn’t it? Now reread the same cartoon, substituting “math” for “reading.” Suddenly it doesn’t seem so absurd. But it should!

Five Ways to Build Confidence in Reluctant Writers

Lisa DiMichele has taught writing to all kinds of high schoolers—from inclusion students to honors students, from kids struggling to finish a sentence to future Faulkners. But DiMichele, an English teacher at Henry E. Lackey High School in Indian Head, Maryland, had never faced a challenge like the one she walked into this summer—a classroom full of students who had just failed ninth-grade English.Reluctant writers? Some of her students had never finished an essay, let alone crafted sparkling prose.

To Prepare Kids for Their Futures, Incorporate Technology Into Core Curriculum

Your school just invested in a new set of Chromebooks or iPads. Now what?In a study of 140,000 classrooms in K-12 schools across 39 states, more than half showed no evidence of students using technology to gather, evaluate, or use information for learning. And in nearly two-thirds of the classrooms, students didn’t appear to use technology to solve problems or work collaboratively.

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