One District’s Success with Personalized Learning

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With 32 years of experience at the Burlington Area School District in Wisconsin, Assistant Superintendent Connie Zinnen has seen education revolutionize the term personalized learning. Her district strove to differentiate learning for every K–12 student, and technology enabled her to do that. How did Burlington achieve incredible results on the NWEA MAP® Growth exam over the last 5 years? Superintendent Zinnen tells her district’s story here and focuses on their success with personalized learning.

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What is Digital Citizenship? [Infographic]

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Digital citizenship refers to how we conduct ourselves on the web. Teachers, parents, and leaders in technology help students to understand what it means to use technology in an appropriate and responsible way. With the advent of social media, this issue is becoming increasingly important, especially for today’s youth.

The Rise of Social Media

Growing up in the late 80s and early 90s, digital citizenship wasn’t something that I, my parents, or my teachers really thought about. It was hardly an issue during a time where most of our research papers were written from library books. In fact, instant messaging with AOL Instant Messenger (AIM) didn’t break onto the scene until the late 90s.

But with the creation of Facebook and Myspace in the early 2000s, we began to consider the issue more seriously. Now, people and businesses all over the world have Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter accounts.

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5 Questions Answered: How Can Parents Help with Online Learning Success?

As online learning becomes more prevalent in schools, more and more students are completing some of their coursework online. Some states even require students to take at least one online class to meet graduation requirements. While technology is the way of the future, many parents may feel uncomfortable with the unknown aspects of the virtual learning process. To ease some of that stress, we address five of the most common questions parents have about online or virtual learning, and provide strategies for parents to help with online learning success.

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Top New Books for Educators: See What’s Coming in October

Here are some of the top new books for educators being released in October:

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Using Digital Humanities in the Classroom: A Practical Introduction for Teachers, Lecturers, and Students
Claire Battershill, Shawna Ross

Rooted in the day-to-day experience of teaching and written for those without specialist technical knowledge, this book is the first practical guide to using digital tools and resources in the humanities classroom.

Using Digital Humanities in the Classroom covers such topics as:

  • Overcoming resistance to technology – your own, your colleagues’ and your students’
  • Finding, evaluating and using digital resources
  • Designing syllabi and planning classroom activities and assignments
  • Solving problems when technology goes wrong
  • Using digital tools for collaborative projects, course work and theses
  • Enhancing your teaching by finding support communities and connecting to your research

Taking a step-by-step approach to incorporating digital humanities tools into your teaching, the book is also supported by a companion website, including tutorials, sample classroom activity prompts and assignments, and a bibliographic essay for each book chapter.

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Celebrate Literacy During Banned Books Week!

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This week marks the American Library Association’s 35th annual Banned Books Week, with the theme of “Words Have Power. Read a Banned Book.” Each year, the ALA releases a list of the year’s most challenged books, while also highlighting the history of challenging and banning books throughout the United States. Though this practice is not as prevalent as it once was, nearly 11,000 challenges are reported to the ALA each year, and it’s estimated that between 82% and 97% of book challenges go unreported each year.

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