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Culatta, Richard – Educational Leadership, 2019
What is the difference between schools who are using technology effectively and those who are not? More often than not, says Culatta, it comes down to creating a vision for learning before jumping into buying devices or software. Culatta describes how using a shared set of digital-learning strategies helped the Los Angeles Unified School District…
Descriptors: Educational Technology, Technology Uses in Education, Technology Integration, Urban Schools
Redford, Kylie – Educational Leadership, 2019
Assistive technologies can be a game changer for students with learning disabilities/differences as they struggle to master grade-level content and concepts. Redford gives examples from her classroom of how tools like audio books with text-to-speech features and even simple predictive spelling apps enable students with reading or writing…
Descriptors: Assistive Technology, Spelling, Computer Oriented Programs, Learning Disabilities
Rodberg, Simon – Educational Leadership, 2019
Schools are increasingly clamoring to have state-of-the-art technology and tools for their students. And yet, technology often doesn't change much in schools unless educators can push past convention. This article explores the little changes that technology can influence and discusses the hard work and re-envisioning that needs to occur to shift…
Descriptors: Educational Technology, Technology Uses in Education, Technology Integration, Educational Change
Mehta, Rohit; Henriksen, Danah; Rosenberg, Joshua M. – Educational Leadership, 2019
New ed-tech tools crop up frequently, leaving teachers little to no time to become familiar with them or adapt them to learning. Professional development that focuses on tool-centered approaches are often insufficient to meet teachers' needs in contemporary classrooms. Therefore, teachers need to develop a level of comfort with using new…
Descriptors: Educational Technology, Technology Uses in Education, Faculty Development, Teaching Methods
Tucker, Catlin – Educational Leadership, 2019
When launching schoolwide tech initiatives, there is often "little organizational vision beyond securing the necessary devices," says Catlin Tucker, author of "Power Up Blended Learning." This can lead to an adversarial relationship between school leaders and teachers, who may feel like they have been set up to fail. To avoid…
Descriptors: Educational Technology, Technology Uses in Education, Technology Integration, Faculty Development
Putman, Shannon; Id-Deen, Lateefah – Educational Leadership, 2019
Virtual reality has the potential to revolutionize education because it immerses students in their learning, blocking out visual and auditory distractions and letting learners focus intensely on a structured learning experience. The authors describe how using virtual reality headsets helped 5th graders at Gavin Cochran Elementary School in…
Descriptors: Educational Technology, Technology Uses in Education, Computer Simulation, Simulated Environment
McKibben, Sarah; Davis, Kevin – Educational Leadership, 2019
While it's school building looks like something straight out of Harry Potter, Washington Leadership Academy is best-known for its visionary thinking. One of only 10 schools in the U.S. to receive a $10 million grant from XQ: The Super School Project, the public charter is immersing its mostly minority, low-income students in technology--giving…
Descriptors: Educational Technology, Technology Uses in Education, Leadership Training, Charter Schools
Donally, Jaime – Educational Leadership, 2019
Incorporating virtual reality or augmented reality into classroom instruction and activities not only engages students, it provides learning experiences otherwise unavailable, such as virtually walking on the moon or building a 360-degree animation of a Revolutionary War battle. The author gives examples of ways AR and VR can be used in…
Descriptors: Educational Technology, Technology Uses in Education, Computer Simulation, Teaching Methods
Kolb, Liz – Educational Leadership, 2019
Many school leaders feel pressure to encourage teachers to integrate technology, yet they do not have a strong conceptual framework of how technology should be integrated. Kolb offers up her open-source Triple E Framework, a tool that helps administrators ask smart questions about how technology is being integrated into learning. Three key…
Descriptors: Educational Technology, Technology Uses in Education, Technology Integration, Teaching Methods
Attai, Linnette – Educational Leadership, 2019
With the growth of tech-driven instructional possibilities, school systems have an increasingly urgent responsibility for schools to continuously assess and improve student data-protection practices. Attai, a project director for the Consortium for School Networking, outlines a program designed to help education leaders master the fundamentals of…
Descriptors: Privacy, Information Security, Administrator Responsibility, Data Collection
Richardson, Will – Educational Leadership, 2019
When student agency is amplified by the integration of modern technologies, students have great potential to solve real-world problems and learn in a deep and engaging way. And yet often schools are hesitant to provide students with true agency. Richardson looks at some powerful student projects and inventions that were possible through agency and…
Descriptors: Educational Technology, Technology Uses in Education, Student Participation, Student Role
Reich, Justin – Educational Leadership, 2019
In recent years, educators have used the SAMR (Substitution, Augmentation, Modification, and Redefinition) model to describe the ideal trajectory of teachers as learners with new technology. The very same general pattern can be found in Judith Sandholtz's research from the Apple Classrooms of Tomorrow project in the 1980s and the five-phase model…
Descriptors: Technological Literacy, Models, Program Descriptions, Teaching Methods
Mayfield, Vernita – Educational Leadership, 2019
Mayfield poses a parable that sheds light on educators' reluctance to openly broach race-based inequalities in schools: A tale of a land whose "mountain" farmers for benefited from policies that plundered land, resources, and rights from the land's (struggling) "valley" farmers, but where farming conditions couldn't be openly…
Descriptors: Racial Bias, Socialization, Racial Identification, Ethnicity
Marshall, Tanji Reed – Educational Leadership, 2019
The U.S. Supreme Court's "Brown v. Board" decision brought with it a myriad of unintended consequences. Perhaps most notably, it exposed black students to subpar assignments and deficit thinking. These inequities, in fact, persist today: In one TNTP study, classrooms of mostly white students were 1.5 times more likely to receive…
Descriptors: School Desegregation, Racial Bias, Social Justice, Equal Education
Morris, Monique W. – Educational Leadership, 2019
"What we believe about young people matters--it informs how we treat them and what they come to believe about themselves," writes Pushout author Monique Morris. Unfortunately, according to recent studies, adults tend to view black girls as less innocent and childlike than their peers. This biased belief can lead to harsher discipline in…
Descriptors: Middle School Students, African American Students, Racial Bias, Social Bias
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