EdTech Weekly News Roundup - November 20, 2015

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Being an educator means you probably have very little time to read the news during the week. Here are some interesting edtech articles from this past week that you might find useful.

"How to Champion the Four C’s in the Classroom” - edSurge

The best tip in here for educators: do not "use a dozen edtech tools at one time” or even try to tackle all the 4Cs at once. They offer up some examples of each of the C’s and recommend picking one or two to start. Many of the apps offered here, like Padlet, are already in the Haiku Learning Embed the Web library, and we did an App of the Week blog post on it!

"What Can Be Done To Improve Parent-Teacher Communication?” - Mindshift/KQED

How often, and through what means, do you as an educator communicate with parents? Phone, email, text message? This article raises questions like that and offers some research on the topic, such as what groups of kids benefit the most from regular communication between their teacher and parents.

"Are We Getting Smarter about Ed Tech?” - Edutopia

One of the experts in this article suggests using technology as "a tool for creating and making authentic products," rather than merely consuming information or performing rote tasks.

Hey, if you’re using Haiku Learning, WikiProjects is PERFECT for that. Students have choices in how to demonstrate their knowledge using a variety of tools. Students can create content using hundreds of real-world web applications from our Embed the Web library and embed their work directly into their WikiProject. They become content creators, problem-solvers, & web publishers.

"Edudemic’s Question of the Month: What is your most creative project you’ve done so far this year?” - Edudemic

These are great for inspiration! And if you’re using Haiku Learning and have your own answer to this question, make sure to enter our Raise Your Hand contest!

"Beyond the Silver Bullet: Making 1:1 Matter” - EdTech: Focus on K-12

Some food for thought on the topic of what schools should really be focusing on when it comes to edtech: people! Without creating the right culture and providing the right training, your 1:1 program may not be as successful as you hope.

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Teachers: Enter our Best Practices Contest!

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Calling Haiku Learning teachers!

What amazing work are you doing with your students? And what best practices for using Haiku Learning do you want to shout from the rooftops?

Game on!

Enter our "Raise Your Hand" contest!

Here's a chance for you to share your excellent work with the Haiku Learning community of educators!

"Raise Your Hand" is a best practices contest we’re running via our Community Forum, the place for Haiku Learning educators to share and learn from each other.

How do teachers participate?

To enter, teachers go to the Community Forum and describe your most effective project, lesson, or assignment done using tools in Haiku Learning and why it was so effective.

What's the prize?

Staff at Haiku Learning will review and vote on submissions. The top three vote-getters will receive a Haiku Learning t-shirt, Haiku Learning stickers (people love putting them on devices!), be featured on our website, and their idea will be featured in an eBook “Best Practices for Using Haiku Learning” that all Haiku Learning educators will be able to download. The top vote-getter of the three will also win a Haiku Learning knapsack!

And even if a submission doesn't win, we may still select it to be included in the eBook! After all, we want as many people as possible to benefit from great ideas!

When is the deadline?

The contest ends at midnight on December 10th. Winners will be notified the week of December 15th. If you've got some extra time on your hands and a large cup of coffee, feel free to peruse the Official Rules.

And please...share the contest with your fellow teachers at school! We know Haiku Learning educators are doing some fantastic work and we want to facilitate the sharing of fantastic ideas!

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EdTech Weekly News Roundup - November 07, 2015

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Being an educator means you probably have very little time to read the news during the week. Here are some interesting edtech articles from this past week that you might find useful.

"Crowdsourcing Professional Development: Six Tips From Tech-Savvy Teachers” - edSurge

Organized by themes such as “Safety First” and “Consider the Long Term Cost” these tips from teachers offer helpful insights, like reaching out to a company that doesn’t offer a free trial and asking for one because oftentimes they may just oblige! Side note: Haiku Learning offers a free version of its software for teachers as well as free pilots for schools.

"How Administrators Can Design the Best Learning Experiences for Teachers” - edSurge

Having teachers learn in environments similar to what they’re supposed to be facilitating with their students (collaborative, purposeful) and focusing on the experience not seat time, forms the foundation of the tips offered in this article. If you're interested in this topic, check out our own recent post on teacher-created PD.

"Social-Emotional Apps for Special Ed” - Edutopia

There are 9 skill-building apps offered in this article that can be used in school or at home. The apps run the gamut from getting kids moving to getting them to keep calm and carry on to helping them develop kindness and compassion.

"The 7 C’s of Meaningful Learning Begin with Citizenship” - Tech & Learning

The article includes slides, resources, and ideas to help students navigate the digital world and understand how their online messages spread and have a worldwide audience. Topics covered include citizenship, courage/compassion, communication, creativity, critical thinking, collaboration, and curiosity.

"10 Ideas to Consider Before Using an Internet Resource: The Web in the Classroom, Part 1” - Tech & Learning

Student privacy and safety is imperative when using tools in the classroom. Here are 10 ideas to reflect upon before bringing a new tool into the classroom, from becoming familiar with your own district’s policies, to reading the product’s terms of use, to making sure you have a plan for why you’re bringing the tool into the classroom. You may also want to see if they signed the Student Privacy Pledge, as Haiku Learning recently did.

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App of the Week: OneNote Class Notebook

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In this weekly blog, our own Emily Jeanes gives readers the lowdown on web apps that educators can use inside Haiku Learning. Emily is the very first Haiku Learning Sales Engineer. Edtech ninja, sci-fi writer, and proud transfer from our award-winning Client Services team, she brings with her a passion for researching, playing with and integrating awesome educational tools into Haiku Learning. Like Haiku Learning, she likes to think she plays well with others.

What is OneNote Class Notebook?

From their site: One Note Class Notebooks "have a personal workspace for every student, a content library for handouts, and a collaboration space for lessons and creative activities." All of that note-taking, collaboration, and interactive, rich, content creation you love from OneNote — it's all prepped and ready to go, empowering you and your entire class.

In Haiku Learning: Teachers can create a OneNote Class Notebook associated with their Office 365 account instantly anywhere in their class via an LTI Activity (and students get their own Notebook simultaneously, too!).

I think that Microsoft really summed it up really well in this recent blog post where they said the LTI integration "allows teachers to launch the OneNote Class Notebook app from their LMS course page, walk through the notebook creation process, and add the created notebook to their course—all without leaving their learning environment."

OneNote Class Notebook launched from Haiku Learning
You can launch the OneNote Class Notebook from within Haiku Learning.

How do I get it?

Office 365 Schools can register their learning management system with OneNote Class Notebook right over here! Just log in with your Office 365 account, and you will be directed to the LTI Dashboard, where you can snag the Host, Key and Secret to set up the LTI Tool in Haiku Learning. Or hey, you can always watch this quick Office Mix that walks you through the entire process. If you're not familiar with Office Mix, it's another Microsoft product that we recently reviewed in App of the Week.

Why should I try it?

Every once in a while I get to try out an LTI tool that feels like it was designed from the start for the online classroom space - one that takes into consideration the power that can be found in providing diverse levels of collaboration, one that promotes the contextualization of student voice, interactivity, and content alongside one another. And all in a bite-sized LTI package (or a content block, in our case).

I believe that OneNote Class Notebooks have something special going here - and hey, you get all of the wonderful tools that OneNote offers along for the ride!

All the tools in a OneNote Class Notebook
Here are all the tools you get with OneNote Class Notebooks.

With a Collaboration Space (teachers and students can edit), a Content Library (teachers can Edit), and individual Student Notebooks (each student can pour their own voice and work into their space, for their teachers editing and eyes only), you don't have to set up your Class Notebook so much as just make it your own. They do the heavy lifting: they handle the SSO, auto-include your Class Name from Haiku Learning, create student notebooks dynamically, and create some default Sections for Private Notebooks (of course you can also add your own).

Bam. You just worry about how you'd like your students to use their Notebooks. (But don't worry too hard. I bet they'll surprise you.)

A preview of a teacher's OneNote Class Notebook
Here's a peek inside a OneNote Class Notebook.

Want to create interactive lessons in OneNote with audio and video? Go for it. Content for any subject area? Yep. Want students to add comments or handwritten annotations (or images, files, links, or notes)? They can do that. Just want them to put their notes in a place where they can find them again, and you can help? Sure. Or have them Tag items, so that you can search for Critical, Question, Idea, or any other custom Tag in their notebooks - then add your text feedback right where they need it. (Love those tags!)

I love that OneNote is a blank slate. Sometimes that can be scary, I know...where do you start? But they've given you a really strong format that points you and your students in the direction of collaboration and creation. And if that doesn't fit naturally into the zen space that is Haiku Learning, I'm not sure what does.

And for all of that, we think OneNote Class Notebooks are pretty great.

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Haiku Learning Signs Student Privacy Pledge

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Over the past year, there’s been a national conversation about the need to protect student data as schools increasingly adopt digital tools to educate their students.

From that conversation, the Student Privacy Pledge was born, and Haiku Learning is happy to announce that we have just signed the pledge!

What is the Student Privacy Pledge?

In essence, the pledge outlines a common set of principles regarding the protection and responsible use of student personal information by educational service providers.

It was developed by the Future of Privacy Forum (FPF) and the Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) in response to the growing concerns from parents and families about how all this student data is being collected, maintained, and used by the many edtech companies working with schools.

Privacy & Haiku Learning

As a learning platform company servicing the K-12 market, we've always made the responsibility of preserving student safety a high priority, so we’re excited to sign this pledge, as it affirms and continues the work we’ve been doing for years.

Our CEO and Co-Founder, Bryan Falcón, captured that sentiment recently: “Our company was founded and developed on the pillars of simplicity, harmony, and community. Ensuring the safety of that community has always been, and continues to be, central to our mission."

Okay, so what exactly is covered by the Student Privacy Pledge?

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In a nutshell, by signing the Student Privacy Pledge, Haiku Learning and other service providers are accountable to:

  • Not sell student information
  • Not behaviorally target advertising
  • Use data for authorized education purposes only
  • Not change privacy policies without notice and choice
  • Enforce strict limits on data retention
  • Support parental access to, and correction of errors in, their children’s information
  • Provide comprehensive security standards
  • Be transparent about collection and use of data

Want to learn more?

More information about the Privacy Pledge, its sponsors, and participants can be found at www.studentprivacypledge.org.

And if you’ve got some time on your hands, have a cup of coffee, and read our full privacy policy.

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