Developing Agency: Vetting Applications for “Educational” Value and Learner Agency

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by Liz Kolb How do you know if an educational application is truly “educational”? Believe it or not, there is no vetting process for these tools in the Google Play or Apple App stores.  Any app can be labeled “educational,” even when it may not actually lead to student learning. This lack of screening has worried many educators, especially those of us in the education technology field.  For ...
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Reflections on the EdWeek PL Summit

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The Education Week Research Center conducted a nationally representative survey of about 600 teachers on personalized learning issues. On November 21, 2019, Dria Setter and Kate Sommerville were guests in an online Personalized Learning Summit hosted by EdWeek, which used the survey results as a starting point and examined teacher perspectives on various personalized learning topics. Along with Al...
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Guest Post: Advice for Ed Leaders on Walking the Talk

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by Michelle Spencer, @RustyClover  When I was Principal of New Technology High School in Napa, I supported an amazing staff with advanced skills in designing projects that fostered collaborative and authentic learning opportunities for students. With such a talented group of educators, I needed to step up my game as an administrator. What does it take to walk the talk for using technology to pe...
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