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#DLNchat: The Skills Gap-Fact or Fantasy?

Is the skills gap real or has it been blown out of proportion? That was the first question posed by special guest and former EdSurgent Mary Jo Madda at #DLNchat on December 12 when we discussed The Skills Gap—Fact or Fantasy? with fellow instructional designers, faculty, administrators and entrepreneurs. But before we could answer that question there was a lot to discuss…

The Secret to Being a Better Teacher? Find Your Tribe

On November 20th, 2015, I received an email in my inbox that would change my teaching career—it was from a stranger.A few weeks earlier, I had won the Georgia Governor’s award for innovative teaching. My principal noticed how much work I was putting into redesigning my curriculum and had nominated me. I secretly hoped I would win—I wanted validation that I was doing right by my students.

#DLNchat: Where the Digital Learning Network Connects

What’s the best metaphor for describing the role of an instructional designer? How can digital learning help improve graduation rates? How might adaptive learning courseware change the work of faculty? Who should be responsible for protecting students’ privacy? How do you learn about new edtech products?

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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.

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