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This Week In Education Technology: 10/17/2014

Posted by The LearnBop Team

Oct 17, 2014 8:00:00 AM

1980’s Planning in 2014: A State-by-State Look at Ed Tech Planning


It was no surprise to recently read Ed Week’s look-back post about the absence of smart education technology planning in 1989. According to an article from Ed Week’s archives, a survey that year of 773 districts with 10,000 students or more showed that “technology planning is clearly a weak area of endeavor.” Read more.

MIT to offer free online courses in game design, ed tech  


The place where the video game was invented more than 50 years ago now wants to teach teachers, entrepreneurs and students how to design games for learning — and it is hoping that the end result will be a new kind of tech tool for the classroom. Read more.

Microsoft and Other Firms Pledge to Protect Student Data


School districts across US struggle with digital education


With the tenure of L.A. Unified School District Superintendent John Deasy in doubt, school officials across the United States say they already have learned one major lesson from the city’s botched iPad rollout: Classroom technology is here to stay, but it is important to choose wisely. Read more.

NYS’ Push For More Tech In Classrooms Fuels Further Debate


The agency, known as the Smart Schools Commission, convened in New York City Sept. 29 to discuss and weigh the best approaches to community and school connectivity and decide the most effective ways to implement technology-enabled education and learning. Two members—Geoffrey Canada, president of anti-child poverty nonprofit Harlem Children’s Zone, and Constance Evelyn, superintendent of the Auburn School District in Cayuga County—posed questions to a panel of eight tech and education experts. Read more.

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This Week in Education Technology: 10/10/2014

Posted by The LearnBop Team

Oct 10, 2014 8:00:00 AM

Why Education Tech needs To Get Student Privacy Right

Every digital move they make in school, on homework websites, and apps can be tracked. And it's not always clear where that information is going or how companies are using it. Read more.


You Are Asking The Wrong Questions About Education Technology


Education technology is trendy. Hardly a day goes by that I don’t read an article or have a conversation in which someone makes the familiar argument that “education is the one industry that hasn’t embraced the technologies of the 21st Century.” The world has changed–so the story goes–and while business has adapted, school hasn’t. Read more.


Education professor uses SMART Slates, Google Docs to better prepare students



In August 2012, Walpole received a UD Transformation Grant, a grant program sponsored by UD Information Technologies (IT) and UD's Center for Teaching and Learning (CTAL) designed to help faculty add instructional models not currently in use at UD, eliminate barriers faculty have identified in their teaching, and help define the next generation of educational technology. Read more.


With Tech Taking Over in Schools, Worries Rise


At a New York state elementary school, teachers can use a behavior-monitoring app to compile information on which children have positive attitudes and which act out. In Georgia, some high school cafeterias are using a biometric identification system to let students pay for lunch by scanning the palms of their hands at the checkout line. And across the country, school sports teams are using social media sites for athletes to exchange contact information and game locations. Read more.



Blackboard Interested in K-12 Education Tech Firms: CEO

Blackboard CEO Jay Bhatt discusses the company's acquisition strategy and the future of education technology with Trish Regan on "Street Smart." More.



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How One Missouri Teacher Uses Technology to Improve Math Instruction

Posted by Cindy Bryant

Oct 8, 2014 11:34:18 AM


Although it’s been several years since I’ve had my own classroom, I often think about teaching and what it means to be a successful teacher. Successful teaching is most often defined as the ability to motivate students to learn and successfully acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to be able to function as educated citizens. Which by the way, is very similar to the purpose and intent of the Common Core State Standards in providing a set of expectations that include the skills and knowledge necessary to succeed in college, career, and life upon graduation from high school, no matter where a student lives.                               

As you and I both know, there is no one single way to achieve this goal because of the diverse backgrounds, skill levels, and knowledge levels of the students in any class. It takes skill and expertise in managing a classroom and planning instruction to meet the needs of a diverse group of students. In fact, research has shown that managing a classroom and planning instruction are two of three biggest challenges new teachers face. 

Denice Warden, a Missouri math teacher, has the sole responsibility for teaching about sixty fifth through eighth grade students in her rural school district in the midwest. She knows firsthand how difficult it can be to engage all students within a class of students with varying knowledge and skill levels. But she’s learning how interactive technology can be a great classroom management tool and provide maximum opportunities for all students to learn important math skills and concepts.

So let’s take a look at how Denice used interactive technology with her students last year. She began by first presenting a lesson about a specific concept or skill, followed by an independent practice assignment. Then she would schedule the school’s mobile computer lab in her classroom and assign all students specific online problems aligned to the lesson and independent practice as formative assessments. 

Denice found the data reports based upon students’ formative assessments to be a real time saver and very beneficial in identifying individual student’s specific knowledge gaps. The reports helped her quickly determine which students were ready to move on and which students could benefit from additional instruction and interventions. 

During the next school year, Denice plans to make some adjustments in how she uses the technology that she feels will enhance instruction and provide more opportunities for her students to learn and understand mathematics. Her plans include using LearnBop as a primary instructional method, similar to that outlined in my whole class instruction blog post, for select objectives such as at the beginning of the year when reviewing fundamental number sense skills and concepts.

In addition, she’ll continue to utilize LearnBop data reports based upon formative assessments as she did this year.  She can quickly identify prerequisite concepts and skills that students have yet to master and use the recommended resources and interventions to help students learn these concepts and skills.

She’s found that students really enjoy using LearnBop to help them learn and understand mathematics.  So she intends to provide them more opportunities for using it by assigning selected interactive tutorials for them to complete at home so they can spend some of their “free time” reviewing math concepts.


No matter how big or small your school or what part of the world you live and teach in, just like Denice you can use LearnBop to help support you in providing opportunities for all students to learn important mathematics. In addition to the uses previously described, there are a number of different ways you can use LearnBop during summer school or the regular school year as outlined in my flipping instruction and interventions blog posts.  

We value your feedback so we invite you to share your questions, comments, and suggestions about LearnBop or ways you’re using LearnBop to support students in learning mathematics.  Thanks!

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Cindy Bryant, LearnBop Director of Learning The LearnBop Community is an informal PLC for 5th - 9th grade math teachers moderated by Cindy Bryant, veteran teacher, former NCTM Board Director, Presidential Awardee, and former state K–12 Math Director in Missouri. Share ideas, best practices and what works for you with your peers to help every student unleash their potential.  Contact Cindy.

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Research has shown that as children grow, they have an increasing desire for autonomy. Self-directed learning is one way of harnessing that natural desire to help achieve a meaningful learning experience that will last through adulthood. This webinar will look at how teachers can encourage and promote student self-directed learning.


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