EdSurge Guide

From School to Shining School: 52 Stories from Educators Across the U.S.

EdSurge's 2014 Fifty States Project

New Mexico

How Common Core is Changing Math Instruction (For the Better)

ALMOST 3 YEARS AGO

Indiana

Student Voice

Self-Expression at a Young Age: Bringing Blogging to the Classroom

ALMOST 3 YEARS AGO

South Carolina

Special Needs

​Inside the Special Education Classroom: How Tech Can Help Students With Special Needs

ALMOST 3 YEARS AGO

Puerto Rico

Blended Learning

How the Academia del Perpetuo Socorro and Redbird are Reimagining Blended Learning in Puerto Rico

ABOUT 3 YEARS AGO

Tennessee

STEM

How STEM Transformed a Failing School

ABOUT 3 YEARS AGO

Wisconsin

Embracing Collaboration with Google Apps: From the Halls of Kettle Moraine School District

ABOUT 3 YEARS AGO

Florida

Maker Movement

3D Printing to Raspberry Pi’s: How a Quiet Florida School Library Got Transformed by a Makerspace

ABOUT 3 YEARS AGO

Alaska

Competency-Based Learning

How Alaska's Chugach District Changed Education Through Performance-Based Learning

ABOUT 3 YEARS AGO

Montana

Language Arts

The ‘Connected Kinders’: Turning iPad Experiments into Adventures in Innovative Learning

OVER 3 YEARS AGO

Ohio

Catalyst: Sparking Change in the Kindergarten Classroom

OVER 3 YEARS AGO

Vermont

School Infrastructure

Missions and Network-Building: How One Rural District is Making the Edtech Transition

OVER 3 YEARS AGO

Louisiana

Blended Learning

Going Google: Lessons Learned from Rolling Out 1200 Chromebooks

OVER 3 YEARS AGO

Texas

Personalized Learning

10 Things That Will Surprise You If You Put Kids In Charge

OVER 3 YEARS AGO

Alabama

Flipped Classroom

From the Diary of a Flipped Classroom Newbie

OVER 3 YEARS AGO

Kentucky

Personalized Learning

How a District Ended Student Dropouts with Personalized Learning

OVER 3 YEARS AGO

Oregon

Language Arts

From Guilt to Google: Experimenting with Tech Tools to Improve Writing Feedback

OVER 3 YEARS AGO

North Dakota

Language Arts

Using AudioBoom in the Classroom to Improve Reading Fluency

ALMOST 3 YEARS AGO

Oklahoma

Gaming

The Why’s and How’s of Gamifying Your Classroom

ABOUT 3 YEARS AGO

Idaho

Student Voice

Tips and Tools for Involving Students in Lesson Planning and Content Delivery

ABOUT 3 YEARS AGO

Maine

Open Educational Resources

A 7-Step Guide to Creating Your Own Open Educational Resources

ABOUT 3 YEARS AGO

New York

​‘Picture This’: A Step-by-Step Guide on Digital Learning Portfolios in the Classroom

ABOUT 3 YEARS AGO

Nevada

Professional Development

How To Build Your Professional Learning Network Online and Offline

OVER 3 YEARS AGO

California

How My Students Learned English by Making Movie Shorts

OVER 3 YEARS AGO

Illinois

Blended Learning

How to Cultivate Blended Learning Leaders and Grow a Better Pipeline

OVER 3 YEARS AGO

Connecticut

From Dropbox to Flash Drives: Tips and Tools for Backing Up

OVER 3 YEARS AGO

Michigan

How Relationships Make or Break a Low-Income Edtech Classroom

OVER 3 YEARS AGO

Massachusetts

Project-Based Learning

How Real Kids Create Real Infographics

OVER 3 YEARS AGO

North Carolina

Reaching 800 Students With A Stylus and an Ipad

OVER 3 YEARS AGO

District of Columbia

Blended Learning

Tales from The Oregon Trail: Traversing the Digital Content Terrain

ALMOST 4 YEARS AGO

Iowa

Surveys

Closing the Opportunity Gap with #FutureReady

ABOUT 3 YEARS AGO

West Virginia

Tests Don’t Build Skills, Teachers Do: Remembering the Role of Technology

ABOUT 3 YEARS AGO

New Hampshire

Maker Movement

How Edtech Tools Have Revved Up 21st Century STEM Instruction

ABOUT 3 YEARS AGO

Georgia

Learning Research

How Can Brain-Based Learning Change the Classroom?

ABOUT 3 YEARS AGO

Utah

Language Arts

When the Pen is Mightier Than the (Chromebook) Keyboard

OVER 3 YEARS AGO

Missouri

Creating a K-12 Culture of 'Yes'

OVER 3 YEARS AGO

Hawaii

Hawaii Brings Teacher Voice into Edtech Integration

OVER 3 YEARS AGO

Colorado

Assessments

Why Everyone Should Pay Attention to PARCC’s Released Test Items

ALMOST 4 YEARS AGO

Washington

The Myths and Realities of the Edtech Community

ALMOST 4 YEARS AGO

Minnesota

Let’s Solve This Problem Together

ALMOST 4 YEARS AGO

Pennsylvania

Blended Learning

Digital Learning Day Ignites the Blended Flame

ALMOST 4 YEARS AGO

Nebraska

Professional Development

When Vendors and Districts Collaborate on Professional Development

ALMOST 3 YEARS AGO

Kansas

How You Can Actually Teach Beyond Your Classroom’s Walls

ABOUT 3 YEARS AGO

Arkansas

Professional Development

Start Flipping Out! Changing Professional Development

ABOUT 3 YEARS AGO

Wyoming

‘Talk Less and Say More:’ #edchats in the West

ABOUT 3 YEARS AGO

Delaware

Professional Development

A Blueprint for Personalized Professional Development by Teachers, for Teachers

ABOUT 3 YEARS AGO

Mississippi

Personal Learning Networks

'When Wooing Leads to Woes': Consulting Peers Before Buying Edtech

ABOUT 3 YEARS AGO

Arizona

Professional Development

When Professional Development Underperforms

ABOUT 3 YEARS AGO

South Dakota

Twitter Supports These Changing Times in Education

ABOUT 3 YEARS AGO

Rhode Island

Blended Learning

Rhode Island’s ‘Fuse RI’ Trains Pioneers to Lead Blended Learning Initiatives

OVER 3 YEARS AGO

New Jersey

Maker Movement

Charting the PD Waters With Badges in New Jersey

OVER 3 YEARS AGO

Maryland

Pleasant Surprises At The EdSurge Baltimore Summit

ALMOST 4 YEARS AGO

Virginia

Professional Development

'Makers' Of Their Own Learning

ALMOST 4 YEARS AGO

Hover over a state to see an article written by an author from that state

Oh, say can you see--amazing educators using edtech!

For the past twelve months, we’ve been collecting stories written by educators--teachers, edtech coordinators, librarians, superintendents and others--from all fifty states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico.

We call it The Fifty States Project, an initiative to showcase educators and their stories of supporting learning by using technology.

We celebrate the art, knowledge and best practices shared by educators across urban, suburban, and rural communities, wielding technology to make a real difference for kids. To personalize learning. To help a struggling student find his or her way. To open doors and save other educators time and effort.

We’ve organized these rich, varying and honest accounts into four categories:

  • Taking a National School Tour: Educators invite you on a detailed tour of their schools and districts. Hear from teachers and superintendents about how they’ve retooled their classrooms and districts with technologies new and old.
  • Water That PD, Grow Those Networks: Personalizing PD is all the rage, and these educators are doing it to the fullest. Check out this section out for ideas and practices on badging, Twitter, fellowships, free conferences and more.
  • Good Old American “How-To’s”: Looking to get the most out of iPads? Not sure what a great digital portfolio looks like? These educators will take you step-by-step through their most innovative practices with how-to’s and guides.
  • Say It Loud, Say It Proud: How do educators really feel about technology, Common Core, and testing in the classroom? These pieces put their perspective at the forefront of the design and use of technology.
  • 2014 Popular Edtech Tools from Coast to Coast: We list the edtech tools mentioned throughout these 52 pieces, uncovering 90 distinct tools--and 13 standouts.

And how about “saying it loud, saying it proud” with your own voice? 

Join EdSurge and these educator-writers on Monday, December 22 at 5:00 PM Pacific Time on Twitter for a very special #edtechchat. We’ll share more tales from the classroom and all widen our personal learning networks. See you in the Twitterverse!

Finally, we’re compiling these 52 pieces into a nifty book with a bit of help from Lulu. The books will be available at cost (nope, we’re not keeping a penny!). Reserve your copy today!

Thank you for reading and supporting these innovative educators. We celebrate them, we celebrate you and can’t wait to see where we’ll go in 2015.

By: Mary Jo Madda (Fifty States Project Leader) and Charley Locke (Fifty States Project Associate)

Educators Share: Taking a National School Tour

Wisconsin

Embracing Collaboration with Google Apps: From the Halls of Kettle Moraine School District

ABOUT 3 YEARS AGO

South Carolina

Special Needs

​Inside the Special Education Classroom: How Tech Can Help Students With Special Needs

ALMOST 3 YEARS AGO

Puerto Rico

Blended Learning

How the Academia del Perpetuo Socorro and Redbird are Reimagining Blended Learning in Puerto Rico

ABOUT 3 YEARS AGO

Tennessee

STEM

How STEM Transformed a Failing School

ABOUT 3 YEARS AGO

Alabama

Flipped Classroom

From the Diary of a Flipped Classroom Newbie

OVER 3 YEARS AGO

Ohio

Catalyst: Sparking Change in the Kindergarten Classroom

OVER 3 YEARS AGO

Louisiana

Blended Learning

Going Google: Lessons Learned from Rolling Out 1200 Chromebooks

OVER 3 YEARS AGO

Florida

Maker Movement

3D Printing to Raspberry Pi’s: How a Quiet Florida School Library Got Transformed by a Makerspace

ABOUT 3 YEARS AGO

Alaska

Competency-Based Learning

How Alaska's Chugach District Changed Education Through Performance-Based Learning

ABOUT 3 YEARS AGO

Kentucky

Personalized Learning

How a District Ended Student Dropouts with Personalized Learning

OVER 3 YEARS AGO

Montana

Language Arts

The ‘Connected Kinders’: Turning iPad Experiments into Adventures in Innovative Learning

OVER 3 YEARS AGO

Vermont

School Infrastructure

Missions and Network-Building: How One Rural District is Making the Edtech Transition

OVER 3 YEARS AGO

Texas

Personalized Learning

10 Things That Will Surprise You If You Put Kids In Charge

OVER 3 YEARS AGO

Educators Share: Water That PD, Grow Those Networks

Nebraska

Professional Development

When Vendors and Districts Collaborate on Professional Development

ALMOST 3 YEARS AGO

Kansas

How You Can Actually Teach Beyond Your Classroom’s Walls

ABOUT 3 YEARS AGO

Arkansas

Professional Development

Start Flipping Out! Changing Professional Development

ABOUT 3 YEARS AGO

Wyoming

‘Talk Less and Say More:’ #edchats in the West

ABOUT 3 YEARS AGO

Delaware

Professional Development

A Blueprint for Personalized Professional Development by Teachers, for Teachers

ABOUT 3 YEARS AGO

Mississippi

Personal Learning Networks

'When Wooing Leads to Woes': Consulting Peers Before Buying Edtech

ABOUT 3 YEARS AGO

Arizona

Professional Development

When Professional Development Underperforms

ABOUT 3 YEARS AGO

South Dakota

Twitter Supports These Changing Times in Education

ABOUT 3 YEARS AGO

Rhode Island

Blended Learning

Rhode Island’s ‘Fuse RI’ Trains Pioneers to Lead Blended Learning Initiatives

OVER 3 YEARS AGO

New Jersey

Maker Movement

Charting the PD Waters With Badges in New Jersey

OVER 3 YEARS AGO

Maryland

Pleasant Surprises At The EdSurge Baltimore Summit

ALMOST 4 YEARS AGO

Virginia

Professional Development

'Makers' Of Their Own Learning

ALMOST 4 YEARS AGO

Educators Share: Good Old American “How-To’s”

Indiana

Student Voice

Self-Expression at a Young Age: Bringing Blogging to the Classroom

ALMOST 3 YEARS AGO

North Dakota

Language Arts

Using AudioBoom in the Classroom to Improve Reading Fluency

ALMOST 3 YEARS AGO

Oklahoma

Gaming

The Why’s and How’s of Gamifying Your Classroom

ABOUT 3 YEARS AGO

Idaho

Student Voice

Tips and Tools for Involving Students in Lesson Planning and Content Delivery

ABOUT 3 YEARS AGO

Maine

Open Educational Resources

A 7-Step Guide to Creating Your Own Open Educational Resources

ABOUT 3 YEARS AGO

New York

​‘Picture This’: A Step-by-Step Guide on Digital Learning Portfolios in the Classroom

ABOUT 3 YEARS AGO

Nevada

Professional Development

How To Build Your Professional Learning Network Online and Offline

OVER 3 YEARS AGO

California

How My Students Learned English by Making Movie Shorts

OVER 3 YEARS AGO

Michigan

How Relationships Make or Break a Low-Income Edtech Classroom

OVER 3 YEARS AGO

Illinois

Blended Learning

How to Cultivate Blended Learning Leaders and Grow a Better Pipeline

OVER 3 YEARS AGO

Oregon

Language Arts

From Guilt to Google: Experimenting with Tech Tools to Improve Writing Feedback

OVER 3 YEARS AGO

Connecticut

From Dropbox to Flash Drives: Tips and Tools for Backing Up

OVER 3 YEARS AGO

Massachusetts

Project-Based Learning

How Real Kids Create Real Infographics

OVER 3 YEARS AGO

North Carolina

Reaching 800 Students With A Stylus and an Ipad

OVER 3 YEARS AGO

District of Columbia

Blended Learning

Tales from The Oregon Trail: Traversing the Digital Content Terrain

ALMOST 4 YEARS AGO

Educators Share: Say It Loud, Say It Proud

New Mexico

How Common Core is Changing Math Instruction (For the Better)

ALMOST 3 YEARS AGO

Iowa

Surveys

Closing the Opportunity Gap with #FutureReady

ABOUT 3 YEARS AGO

West Virginia

Tests Don’t Build Skills, Teachers Do: Remembering the Role of Technology

ABOUT 3 YEARS AGO

New Hampshire

Maker Movement

How Edtech Tools Have Revved Up 21st Century STEM Instruction

ABOUT 3 YEARS AGO

Georgia

Learning Research

How Can Brain-Based Learning Change the Classroom?

ABOUT 3 YEARS AGO

Utah

Language Arts

When the Pen is Mightier Than the (Chromebook) Keyboard

OVER 3 YEARS AGO

Missouri

Creating a K-12 Culture of 'Yes'

OVER 3 YEARS AGO

Hawaii

Hawaii Brings Teacher Voice into Edtech Integration

OVER 3 YEARS AGO

Colorado

Assessments

Why Everyone Should Pay Attention to PARCC’s Released Test Items

ALMOST 4 YEARS AGO

Washington

The Myths and Realities of the Edtech Community

ALMOST 4 YEARS AGO

Minnesota

Let’s Solve This Problem Together

ALMOST 4 YEARS AGO

Pennsylvania

Blended Learning

Digital Learning Day Ignites the Blended Flame

ALMOST 4 YEARS AGO

Popular Edtech Tools from Coast to Coast

Yes, we saw tool diversity! When we tallied up the number of edtech tools mentioned throughout these 52 pieces, we uncovered a total of 90 distinct tools. A few stood out. Here are the most frequently mentioned tools--along with the stories that describe their use.

Product DescriptionPrice Who wrote about this tool?
Google Apps for EDU
A collection of free Google tools, apps and collaboration services for K-12 and higher-ed
Free Idaho, Louisiana, Maine, New York, Oklahoma, Oregon, Wisconsin, Wyoming
Twitter
Popular networking and microblogging platform Free Massachusetts, Minnesota, Nevada, Oregon, South Dakota, Vermont, Virginia, Wyoming
Educreations
Whiteboarding app and platform that lets teachers and students record lessons to share and access online at any time Free Alabama, Idaho, North Carolina, Rhode Island
Edmodo
Education-centric social network for teachers, parents and students Free Alabama, Maine, Oklahoma
Evernote Note-taking app with option to attach audio, video, web links, or files for any deviceFree Connecticut, Georgia
Padlet
Collaborative virtual sticky note app where users can post video, images, links and more Free Idaho, New Jersey
Voxer App where users can send text, photos, and instant voice messages to individuals and groupsFree Nevada, Wyoming
YouTube Video-sharing platformFree Alabama, Virginia
Schoology Cloud-based Learning Management Software (LMS) for K-12 and higher educationFreemium; free for teachers, license for districts Alabama, Maine
DropBox Storage platform for files, photos, and moreFree to Start; $9.99/month for 100GB Alabama, Connecticut
iMovie Video-editing and sharing software for MacFree for Mac OS X and iOS users; $15 for Mac users with older model California, Georgia
Raspberry Pi Credit-card sized PC to help young children acquire basic programming and IT skills$35 per basic unit Florida, New Hampshire
Blackboard Learn Learning Management Software (LMS) for higher education and K-12License cost varies per school/district Maine, Virginia

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