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To Teach Digital Citizenship Effectively, Educators Say It’s Time to Unblock Social Media

Since 2011 Banned Books Week has included a day to recognize banned websites. This year, on September 27, 2017, the American Association of School Librarians made a point to encourage their members to raise awareness about “overly restrictive blocking of legitimate, educational websites and academically useful social networking tools in schools and school libraries.”

The Fault Lines Between Sharing and Shilling for an Edtech Product

Whatever peace and quiet educators may have expected over Labor Day weekend were rattled by a Saturday morning New York Times story: “Silicon Valley Courts Brand-Name Teachers, Raising Ethics Issues.”

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The Dilemma of Entrepreneurial Teachers With Brand Names

Read the page one story in The New York Times on North Dakota third-grade teacher, Kayla Delzer, who according to the reporter is one of the “tech-savviest teachers in the United States.”Reporter Natasha Singer says:

The Scarlet Rating: How One ‘Improvement Required’ School Seeks a Turnaround

Brook Avenue Elementary School in Waco, Texas has been in the papers before, but not for shiny new laptops or flexible classrooms. The school has served as the model for poor performance in the area—listed in both Waco Tribune-Herald and on KCEN-TV for falling below state standards for the last six years.

Three Ways That Rural States Can Become the Hotbeds for School Edtech Innovation

The future of tech in schools isn’t suburban or urban. It’s rural.Technology has been a key component in the planting, fertilization, growth and eventually, the blossoming of new statewide initiatives including distance education and new professional learning opportunities for educators that have benefitted students in a variety of ways. But is there a place that these initiatives are taking hold more strongly than others?

Voxer, Twitter, and EdCamps: How to Tackle the Harsh Realities of Finding Good Statewide PD

Nebraskans are fiercely independent—really, they have to be.You see it in our many public school districts, spread out across 286 school districts serving over 300,000 students (not to mention the 244 private and parochial schools serving over 42,000 additional students). Nebraskans also value local control, and elected not to adapt the Common Core standards. Instead, we use our own standards—written by Nebraskans, for Nebraska students.

Taking your Professional Learning from 2D to 3D

Who can be a “collaborative changemaker”? Anyone, according to St. Louis Technology Integration Coach Patricia Brown.

Lindsay Unified Joins the Growing Number of Schools Franchising Their Models to Other Systems

There is no clear path to designing a ground breaking personalized learning school. Some leaders begin with a school model tour across America, trying to boil down—in a few short hours wandering school halls—what works and how to replicate it. They wade through case studies, countless white papers, consultants for hire and networks of other school leaders. At the end of the day, most are on their own on the long road to implementation.

Rise and Shine! How to Boost Your Teacher Brand and Digital Reputation

These days, your online presence is your resume. It’s also the best way to promote your personal and professional brand. Haven’t yet jumped on the social media bandwagon? Now is the time.

This Gymnastics Champion Wants to Help You Become a Successful Teacherpreneur

Teachers are epic multi-taskers—they do it every day and in different ways. Dale Duncan is one such teacher, and so it’s hard to put a label on him. He’s a musician, teacher,
gold medal winning aerobic gymnast, and now—a teacherpreneur.

Every teacher’s story is worth sharing, and his is no exception. As a first-year chorus teacher twenty-four years ago, Dale struggled. He found himself taking sick days in order to seek out and observe mentor teachers from whom he could learn the ropes.

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