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Why I Believed Edtech Could Save My School — and How It Failed Me

While I’m not proud to admit it, at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, I thought teaching remotely would be a dream come true. It wasn’t that I didn’t value, cherish and miss the face-to-face interactions I had with my students, but because I naively assumed that my more reluctant colleagues would see the light and finally embrace edtech. As

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What’s Really Getting in the Way of Teachers Embracing Edtech?

Amy Ballard, Ph.D., a math teacher and instructional coach at Brashier Middle College Charter High School in Simpsonville, South Carolina, has more than two decades of experience and spends a lot of time thinking about edtech. Yet Ballard’s main focus is not the tools themselves, but rather, how to support teachers leveraging edtech to help improve student learning. “I worked

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How Can the Metaverse Transform Learning?

Beata Mirecka-Jakubowska, M.A. Founder & CEO, Intercultural Education Consulting The metaverse, a virtual, interconnected, and immersive digital space where users can interact with each other and digital environments, holds tremendous potential to transform education. It can facilitate immersive learning environments, allowing educators to craft virtual classrooms or historical settings so that students engage in interactive and captivating lessons. Collaborative learning

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Why Educators Should Lean in to AI to Better Support Students

Plato once quoted Socrates lamenting that, “If men learn this, it will implant forgetfulness in their souls; they will cease to exercise memory because they rely on that which is written.”1 The ancient philosopher was speaking, of course, of the latest technology in the B.C. era: hand-written scrolls. As humans, we’ve always had a somewhat complicated history with invention. On

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More Than a Standard: Getting Back to the Heart of Education

Picture it: Thirty students in your classroom, each at different levels, with varying needs and interests. Yet, there is just one set of learning standards, one big state exam and one of you. The predicament arises when learners struggle to keep pace with a mandatory curriculum, raising questions about the effectiveness of a one-size-fits-all, grade-level approach to education. Imagine now

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Empowering Students to Support Their School Communities Through Student Tech Teams

As schools increasingly incorporate technology into their classrooms, student tech teams become invaluable resources in supporting both students and teachers. They can assist with device management, troubleshoot technical issues and ensure that technology is effectively integrated into the learning process. These tech teams offer a unique opportunity for students to take on leadership roles and develop valuable skills like problem-solving,

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Personalizing Language Arts Education With AI Tools: A Teacher’s Perspective

The integration of AI tools in English language arts (ELA) instruction has emerged as a potentially transformative pedagogical approach that could redefine the traditional landscape of education. Tools, such as AI-powered writing assistants and language-analysis platforms, offer real-time feedback and aim to empower students to engage in self-directed learning and refine their writing and editing skills. By providing instant insight

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A New Way to Personalize Learning, Thanks to AI

In the dynamic landscape of education, truly personalized learning has been nearly impossible to achieve. Classroom teachers, constrained by limited resources and standardized curricula, often struggle to cater to the diverse learning needs of their students. For years, educational technology has promised to fill that gap, but that promise has remained largely unfulfilled. Now, as technology continues to evolve, a

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How Schools Are Coaching — or Coaxing — Teachers to Use ChatGPT

Six months out from when it broke the internet, ChatGPT — and its numerous clones and adaptations — have drummed up great interest, and concerns, for teachers, school leaders and districts. The introduction of generative AI into society shines a bright spotlight on these educators. Soon, they will have to understand it, regulate its use and also implement it in

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Expertise as Elaboration: Teachers’ Reflections on an AI Tool-Embedded Writing Rubric

AI-driven tools may signal the integration of technology into learning in profound ways; however, the long trajectory of edtech has not yet changed the fundamental organizing structure between teacher and student. Teachers—with the vast majority of schools still organized as one teacher for every 15 to 35 students—mediate students’ classroom experiences in myriad ways. Although opportunities for students to work

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Insights and Best Practices for Transforming Education Through One-to-One Device Programs

As technology becomes increasingly integrated into our daily lives, schools are recognizing the importance of equipping every student with a personal device to facilitate digital learning. These one-to-one initiatives aim to provide students with equal access to educational resources, fostering creativity and critical thinking while preparing them for the demands of a technology-driven world. By embracing one-to-one device programs, schools

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Embracing the Transformative Influence of Generative AI

As educators, we know the potential that artificial intelligence (AI) has for our profession. Generative AI, a subset of AI that can generate new and original content, serves as a technology that amplifies our capabilities as educators and learners. Its ability to swiftly transform and transfer information surpasses previous boundaries, albeit with some initial apprehension from educators. Yet by employing

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Students Turn to TikTok for Study Buddies

When VaNessa Thompson wants to truly focus on doing homework for her doctoral classes at Oakland University near Detroit, she gets out her smartphone, props it on her desk, and starts streaming live video of herself on TikTok. “People that follow me on TikTok, they’ll get a push notification, ‘VaNessa’s going live,’” she explains. For the next two hours or

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Empowering Educators and Enhancing Product Quality: Unveiling a Powerful Solution to Edtech

In today’s fast-paced educational landscape, technology plays an increasingly vital role in supporting student learning. However, districts often do not have the capacity to effectively evaluate the functional qualities of edtech products, resulting in teachers being frustrated with tools that may not be intuitive or usable vehicles for delivering instruction. To address this issue, ISTE has taken a significant step

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Can AI Help Teachers With Grading?

A perennial question as technology improves is the extent to which it will change—or replace— the work traditionally done by humans. From self-checkout at the grocery store to the ability of AI to detect serious diseases on medical scans, workers in all areas find themselves working alongside tools that can do parts of their jobs. With the increased availability of

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When Universal Design Promotes Inclusion of All Students

The goal of inclusive education is to ensure that every student, regardless of their background or abilities, has an equal opportunity to learn and succeed. For teachers, this means providing equal access to educational experiences and ensuring that all students have the support and resources they need to succeed academically, socially and emotionally. By designing instruction that meets the diverse

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Establishing a Research-Based Framework for Edtech Product Quality

There is no doubt technology has revolutionized most aspects of our lives, including what’s happening in our classrooms. But what are the indicators of quality when it comes to the technology we put in front of students? Educators face a daunting task of keeping up with rapidly evolving edtech products, identifying the best available applications and effectively implementing them in

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Digital Accessibility Is a Bigger Education Issue Than We Think. Here’s What We Can Do About It.

About a month ago, a colleague forwarded me a newsletter from the school she works with. It was a normal-looking school newsletter: a three-page PDF with information about upcoming events, decorated with colorful clip art of flowers. However, the subject line said: “How do I get them to stop doing this?” I knew exactly what she meant. The newsletter, while

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Do Chatbot Tutors Work Better When They’re Upbeat — and Female?

Since the sudden arrival of ChatGPT just a few months ago, there’s renewed interest in using AI chatbots as tutors. The tech itself raises a host of challenging questions. Some researchers are exploring one that might sound trivial but actually could be quite thorny: What should these computer-generated educational assistants look and sound like? It turns out, one of the

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