EdTech 10: 3rd Annual Smart List Series
It’s official. The 3rd Annual Smart List series is off and running. Over the past couple weeks we’ve acknowledged people and organizations making a difference. During October and November you’ll see around 20 ‘Best of’ lists. So far we’ve highlighted 50 people shaping the future of K-12, coding & computer science, assessment & data resources, and 34 STEM networks & maker resources.
In the spirit of the Smart List series, here are this week’s top 10 news stories.
Empowering principals. A new infographic from our friends at Data Quality Campaign illustrates the benefits for school leaders in terms of how student data can act as a powerful touchstone for setting goals and informing key decisions. View and download the graphic here.
.@EdDataCampaign‘s #infographic highlights ways that #principals can employ #studentdata to impact #learning http://t.co/xYAmQ5VGye
— Getting Smart (@Getting_Smart) October 13, 2015
Cast your vote. The Alliance for Excellent Education is on the lookout for innovative high schools and districts serving low-income communities to honor for Digital Learning Day in February. Nominate by October 19! Learn more and submit here. Looking to nominate but don’t know who? Our vote is going to AdvancePath Academics.
Call for Submissions! Excellence & Innovation in Secondary #Schools http://t.co/OM3CPphJ6l via @OfficialDLDay @All4Ed & @FutureReadyEDU — tyler (@post_west) October 12, 2015
Si! Acknowledging that english isn’t the primary language for 1 in 4 families is ClassDojo. They quietly launched Translate that enables families to translate all classroom announcements into their preferred language. Read what parents are saying about ClassDojo.
你好. Salut. Hallo! ClassDojo Translate helps teachers + parents break down language barriers: http://t.co/qGqQuDw3Dx pic.twitter.com/zWGLCh20O4
— ClassDojo (@ClassDojo) October 5, 2015
Dollars & Deals
Watch this. The Fred Rogers Company landed $3 million from the National Science Foundation to support the production of Emmy-winning PBS KIDS program Peg + Cat, a new teacher engagement initiative, and supporting research.
YAY! Congrats! We heart Peg + Cat. @FredRogersCo Receives @NSF Grant for @PegPlusCatTV http://t.co/7DrS8NkcHx #stem #math #edtech10
— Carri Schneider (@CarriSchneider) October 13, 2015
Game on. Guided by the goal to design a series of embodied and simulated geoscience games and to explore the extent to which embodied experiences can promote learning in historically challenging geoscience concepts is GameDesk who released two new games — GeoMoto and Pangean. How does gaming impact learning? The researchers suggest 3 mechanisms that has shown can have a significant effect.
Innovative nonprofit @GameDesk releases kinesthetic-based games GeoMoto and Pangean http://t.co/o0C4uSNjm2 #EdTech10 #gamebased — tyler (@post_west) October 13, 2015
Safe and sound. As part of Safe Schools Week, SchoolMessenger is releasing new PD materials for K-12 educators. Check out Becoming CIPA Compliant with Google Apps and Office 365 and Critical Issues in School Safety: Lessons from the Front Lines.
.@SchoolMessenger drops 2 new PD resources for #SafeSchoolsWeek http://t.co/oVWhVn6Rpa #EdTech10 — Megan Mead (@MegMarMe) October 13, 2015
Higher, Deeper, Further, Faster Learning
Testing it out. University of Virginia’s Curry School of Education and the Jefferson Education Accelerator have teamed up to help product designers evaluate their work before introducing them into the market. Yale and Yogome have recently partnered in a similar effort to develop and test efficacy in developing games.
.@UVaCurry partnership w/@JEAUVA to address effectiveness of #EdTech products before introducing to market http://t.co/BH41vF3rBJ #EdTech10
— Catherine Wedgwood (@C_Wedgwood) October 13, 2015
Guns up. Texas Tech University’s College of Ed is partnering with the National Institute for Excellence in Teaching to build a competency-based training model for school principals. The $7.2 million federal grant will impact leadership training in Texas, Louisiana and Indiana. Principals deserve the same personalized, competency-based learning opportunities that we advocate for students — check out Preparing Leaders for Deeper Learning for more.
.@TexasTech College of Ed teams up with @NIETteach for #CompetencyBased EdLeader model http://t.co/wnP3GfOyZ0 #GoRedRaiders #EdTech10 — tyler (@post_west) October 13, 2015
imaginED. Our favorite Smart Parents: Parenting for Powerful Learning review to date has been published by Jonathan Oglesby — Parents smarten up about education. You’ll never guess what happens next…
“Whether you/we need a life raft or just a swim lesson, it’s all in #SmartParents” — Oglesby https://t.co/lnFQjuvMFe pic.twitter.com/A4IbiQ5TIl
— Carri Schneider (@CarriSchneider) October 13, 2015
Movers, Shakers & Groundbreakers
Disruption Leaders. Julia Freeland Fisher is taking over the reins at the Christensen Institute as the new Executive Director. Michael Horn, co-author of BLENDED and founder of the institute is stepping down to “work with a portfolio of education companies in a variety of board and advisory roles” according to a LinkedIn article by from Michael.
Hey @MichaelBHorn, thanks for a great contribution as ED at @ChristensenInst http://t.co/YsGlo9fKXI #EdLeaders #impact
— Tom Vander Ark (@tvanderark) October 8, 2015
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