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Principals: The lessons we learned in 2016

eSchool News - January 4, 2017

4 principals reflect on how technology has helped them with everything from discipline referrals to teaching students about Uganda.

[Editor’s note: This story is Part 2 of our 3-part series on Lessons Learned in 2016. Check back tomorrow for Lessons Learned by Educators. Click here for yesterday’s article from Superintendents.]

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EdTech leaders forecast 2017 Trends

SmartBried on EdTech - January 3, 2017

Fifteen education-technology leaders look back on trends in 2016 to make predictions for 2017. Kelly Bielefeld, the principal at Clearwater Intermediate and Middle School in Kansas, writes about the staying power of whole-class learning.

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15 Hot EdTech Trends for 2017

eSchool News  - January 2, 2017

Educators and tech leaders look back on 2016; predict where edtech trends in teaching and learning will head this new year.

With every new year comes new ideas. To get a glimpse into what the next 12 months will hold for everything from professional development to digital learning, and from communication to virtual reality, 15 ed tech luminaries looked back on 2016 edtech trends to help predict what’s in store for 2017.

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Why Becoming a Partner of Tech Providers Helps Schools

K12 Tech Decisions' - January 5, 2017

by Dolores Gribouski, Ed. D. 

Principal shares how collaborating with a classroom audio company helped her serve her students better.

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My Redcat Experience - Amy Nelson

A Redcat Experience from: Amy Nelson - Governor’s Ranch Elementary (CO) - 5th-grade teacher

How I Use Redcat: I remember using my Redcat for the first time on the first day of school. The students were a little surprised to hear my voice coming from the back of the room even though I was standing in front of them. They instantly adjusted, and now I can’t imagine my classroom without an audio system.

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How a Principal Inspired an Innovative Classroom Audio System

by Dolores Girbouski, Ed.D.

During my career as a school leader, I often had companies try to convince me to buy their products. For the most part, when I would say yes or no to what they offered, that would be the end of it. Once, though, my colleagues and I went beyond being purchasers and became partners in the product-development process.

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Flexcat: The Classroom Audio System Designed for Small Group Learning

The Ed Tech Round Up 

By Michael Karlin

Flexcat is a new audio system that is designed to help teachers and students working in small group settings in K-12 classrooms.  The system includes two-way speakers that you can place on students’ desks as well as a microphone and earpiece for the teacher. The general idea is that the teacher can easily hear what’s going on within each group in the classroom, regardless of where they’re at, but there’s a whole lot more to the system so let’s check it out!

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Kids, teachers connect via new audio tech

Simi Valley Acorn - November 18, 2016

Call it state-of-the-art and a sign of the times.

Mountain View Elementary School has adopted a Classroom Audio Technology, or CAT, the system where the teacher wears a microphone that projects his or her voice for all students to hear, even in a noisy classroom.

“You put a microphone on a classroom teacher and something very positive happens,” said Ron Sams, a consultant for Lightspeed Technologies, maker of the CAT devices. “Kids can hear instruction no matter where they are in the classroom.”

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At CETPA, District Leaders Rethink the Classroom, From Furniture to Funding

by Antoinette Siu

Last week, more than a thousand education technology professionals showed up on election week for the California Educational Technology Professionals Association annual conference in Sacramento to discuss all things tech in their local districts. The conference included about 156 sessions and 24 labs, where topics ranged from data and security to how to best use smart technology in classrooms.

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Should Formative Assessment be Spared from Testing Resistance?

November 1, 2016, Education Dive

Dive Insight:

Summative assessments provide more data for administrators and policymakers, while formative assessments are for teachers. These often informal check-ins help teachers understand whether students have actually understood their lessons. They help educators figure out what to review or teach a new way to achieve more widespread understanding among students. And it also helps them plan for personalized learning. If certain groups of students don’t get something but others do, teachers can group students for a targeted intervention.

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