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GreyEd_techGreyED Solutions is pleased to partner with SmartBrief to provide busy K-12 education technology innovators with “Tech Tips Tuesdays.” Published every Tuesday in the SmartBrief on EdTech newsletter, Tech Tips are written by educators for educators to boost their know-how and expand their skill set. Read Tech Tips here on our site or subscribe to SmartBrief on EdTech to get them delivered directly to your inbox.

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FilterED Receives ‘5 Apple Outstanding’ Rating!

FilterED is an adaptive, cloud-based tool that offers school leaders a comprehensive view of the current technology landscape within their schools and/or district.  School leaders can use FilterED to get the evidence, data, and context needed to prioritize, implement, measure, and monitor ongoing technology initiatives. 

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FilterED Recognized in 2018 NSBA Technology Innovation Showcase!

NSBA Announces 2018 Education Technology Innovation Showcase

March 22, 2018

Alexandria, Va.  (March 22, 2018) – The National School Boards Association (NSBA) announced today the six companies selected for its annual Technology Innovation Showcase.

“NSBA has worked at the intersection of education technology policy and practice for more than three decades to bring entrepreneurs, school board members and district leaders together to discuss innovative solutions that can support public education,” said Thomas J. Gentzel, NSBA Executive Director & CEO. 

The 2018 Technology Innovation Showcase includes the following companies:

Align Us, Inc.: The interconnected team-productivity tools are built on a modern, private, social collaboration platform to ensure all staff have the same opportunity to understand the mission, vision and strategy established by district leaders and how it relates to their daily contributions.

EdPrivacy by Education Framework: The world’s first student data privacy management system that helps K-12 school districts proactively protect student data, engage parents in the privacy conversation and manage privacy obligations with transparency and accountability.

FilterED by GreyED Solutions: This framework-aligned, data analysis tool enables districts to diagnose the current state of technology, teaching and learning across their organization. School leaders obtain the evidence, data and context needed to prioritize, implement, measure and monitor ongoing technology initiatives.

MathBRIX: With initial funding from the National Science Foundation, cloud-delivered visual games and activities help children ages 3–8 “see” the big ideas behind math. They emphasize higher-order thinking skills and concept acquisition, areas often overlooked in early elementary instruction.

Muzology, LLC:  Learning experts and hit songwriters combined efforts to harness the power of music to boost academic outcomes and make learning fun. Muzology’s gamified, web-based platform uses music videos to trigger memory, emotion, motivation, and attention, four critical areas of the brain related to successful learning, in its first algebra-readiness offering.

PAIRIN:  The PAIRIN Readiness Management System™ provides a baseline measurement that integrates soft skills and hard data to match students to optimal programs, careers and jobs and offers comprehensive resources to help students further develop those soft skills through coaching.

Submissions were solicited from start-up companies providing innovative approaches to challenges across the K-12 curriculum, administrative operations, and communication channels. Reviewers included educators from NSBA’s “20 to Watch,” a recognition program that honors emerging education technology leaders.

“The showcase serves as a reminder for school leaders to question previous practices, explore new offerings and keep an eye on future developments as technology capabilities enable educators to approach old challenges with new tools,” said Ann Flynn, NSBA’s Director of Education Innovation.

The 2018 class will be featured in an exclusive area of the exhibition and participate in a Tech Innovation Showcase panel during the National School Boards Association Annual Conferencein San Antonio, April 7-9, 2018. Later this summer, they will be featured in NSBA’s magazine for school leaders, American School Board Journal, and participate in a Technology Leadership Network (TLN) webinar hosted by NSBA’s National Connection program.

Today’s TLN addresses cybersecurity for school board members and highlights innovation at district site visits and through its annual recognition programs including the Digital District Survey and “20 to Watch.”

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The National School Boards Association is the leading advocate for public education and supports equity and excellence in public education through school board leadership. NSBA believes education is a civil right necessary to the dignity and freedom of the American people, and all children should have equal access to an education that maximizes his or her individual potential. The association represents state school boards associations and their more than 90,000 local school board members throughout the U.S. www.nsba.org

 

 

Looking Back to Get Ahead: Strategies for Prioritizing and Maximizing Your EdTech Initiatives

February 21, 2018 @ 3:00 CST

Considering your 2018 budget, new initiatives, and organizational focus? Now is the time to plan for a successful new school year in the fall.
 
Register now for this applicable presentation by Dr. Julie Carter, who will explore the importance of the organizational wellness check to help you answer the critical questions on the return on both investment and learning.

  • How do you decide what to keep?
  • How do you decide what to put aside?
  • How many initiatives can you prioritize this spring?
  • Where are your stakeholders in this technology landscape?
  • How can you do more with what you already have?

Reserve your space now!

Using Padlet in PD

Source: SmartBrief on Education in partnership with GreyED

Padlet, a free web-based tool that functions like an digital bulletin board, is a great tool to use in professional-development sessions. It’s simple to use. Start with a blank page – a padlet – and double click on it to post content. It’s that easy.

Use Padlet to curate resources before, during and after a session. Participants can contribute links to websites, documents, images, video, songs and more. Encourage teachers to add and share relevant resources to Padlet even after the session has concluded.

Tech tools for elementary math instruction

Source: SmartBrief on EdTech in partnership with GreyED

As the end of summer fast approaches, there are many uncertainties that the new school year brings. But one thing I can count on is my 90 new fifth-grade math and science students will all be performing at 90 different levels. It is a daunting task addressing all of these needs but fortunately there are many tools out there to help. Here are two of my favorites:

Bringing virtual reality to your classroom

Source: SmartBrief on EdTech in partnership with GreyED

One of the biggest trends to come out of ISTE 2016 was more viewers and services for virtual reality in education. Here’s a look at some my takeaways from the show:

Nearpod, a student engagement platform, has added a virtual reality component to its services. It is a paid service, though some schools and districts have received viewers as a bonus for purchasing the program. The service is available for all platforms, including PCs and mobile devices. Nearpod also offers lessons for teachers to purchase.

How to Create a STEM Lending Library

Source: SmartBrief on EdTech in partnership with GreyED

Recently through a grant, several teachers came up with the idea of a STEM lending library for our 50-school district. When approached with the idea, I was excited and gave the green light and signed off on logistics right away.

We purchased Spheros, Makey Makey, Ozobots, 3D printers, Raspberry Pi devices, and several smaller items for the library. The resources are available for teachers and schools. All items come with simple step-by-step directions on how to get started right out of the box.

Boost home-school communication, decision making with community-feedback forum

Source: SmartBrief on Education in partnership with GreyED

Most school districts struggle with customer service. Educators are pros at classroom engagement, but engaging parents and staff in critical conversations outside of school poses real challenges. Parents often don’t know who to contact or even how to contact someone with a question or to share a comment.

At Lincoln Public Schools, we’re committed to listening to our community. We use Let’s Talk!, a cloud-based platform designed to give community members — teachers, students, parents and staff — a central portal for providing feedback. Users can ask questions, weigh in on school district decisions, submit concerns or even share compliments.