Few empirical studies may be more detrimental to advancements of effective technology use in K-12 education than Mueller and Oppenheimer (2014) and Carter, Greenberg, and Walker (2016). Both assert that students in lecture-style courses perform worse when allowed to use technology. However, …

The Pen is NOT Mightier than the Keyboard – Strategies to Embrace and Scaffold Digital Learning

Guest Post via Jen Saarinen Jen Saarinen is a middle school educator from Rhode Island who believes in the power of student voice. Jen was recognized as the Teacher of the Year for the Bristol Warren Regional School District in June of …

I recently had the incredible opportunity to help launch my school district’s new “Personalized Learning Fellowship.” We spent the day exploring the what, why and how of Personalized Learning, while also engaging in deep discussions about the current state of K-12 education. …

As an instructor for EdTechTeacher, I have the pleasure of working with teachers from all over the country. Recently while in California,  working with special education teachers, we were exploring how the physical environment impacts student learning. Through our discussion of  the …

Engineering the  Environment for AAC Users

More than any other idea in education, the idea of student agency suffers from the greatest disconnect between intentions and outcomes. As I referenced in a recent post, emerging student-centered instructional models attempt to shift much of the ownership and control (agency) of the learning process …

Can SEL Spark the Shift to Student Agency? – From Tom Driscoll

With the start of the new school year, Book Creator for iOS has launched an incredible update to an already versatile app. Students and teachers can now add just about ANYTHING into a book. In addition to creating multimedia books with text, …

NEW Book Creator Updates for a New School Year

Many teachers innately understand that technology should functionally improve students’ learning experiences in order to be considered worthwhile.  Conversely, some teachers struggle to discover authentic ways to utilize technology in the elementary classroom. Over the past few years, we have discovered that …

EdTechTeacher Interview with Seesaw Ambassador Cara Pavek

Differentiating instruction is giving students multiple options for taking in information, for making sense of ideas, and for expressing what they learn. In other words, a differentiated classroom provides different avenues for students to acquire content, process ideas, and demonstrate their understanding …

4 Ways to Differentiate the Self Editing Process in Google Docs  By Avra Robinson & Rosey McQuillan

By Avra Robinson & Rosey McQuillan for more from Avra and Rosey follow them on Twitter: @avrarachel & @romcquill Differentiating instruction gives students multiple options for taking in information, for making sense of ideas, and for expressing what they learn. In other words, a …

Three Ways to Differentiate the Writing Process with Google Docs

Over the past several years, Google for Education has become a mainstay in classrooms across the world. As these schools integrate the G Suite of tools in their classrooms they have a unique opportunity to really prepare their students for the future …

Get Started with Google’s Applied Digital Skills Curriculum!

Learn more from Tom by following him on Twitter: @Mr_Driscoll Over the past few years, in several different roles, I have researched and experimented with various frameworks and approaches to Personalized Learning.  Despite the vast amount of resources out there that describe …

Learner Variability: The Why of Personalized Learning from Tom Driscoll

The following post is an excerpt from EdTechTeacher CEO, Tom Daccord’s new blog: tomdaccord.com. Lately, I’ve been reading Peter Block’s The Answer to How is Yes and Robert Evans’ The Human Side of School Change. While Block’s musings are mostly philosophical and Evans’ primarily psychological, …

Real Change From Within, Not From Above