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Going Back to School With the 2016 EdSurge Fifty States Project

Virginia

Assessments

How You Can Take the Pain Out Of Data-Driven Classrooms

ABOUT 1 YEAR AGO

New Mexico

Assessments

Digital Natives Still Need Help Navigating Online Assessments

ABOUT 1 YEAR AGO

Wyoming

Personal Learning Networks

Three Ways That Rural States Can Become the Hotbeds for School Edtech Innovation

ABOUT 1 YEAR AGO

Arizona

Blended Learning

'Let It Go': A New Set of Classroom Management Strategies for the 21st Century

ABOUT 1 YEAR AGO

Utah

Learning Research

“Get Out From Behind That Computer!” Why the Brain Benefits When Students Talk and Move Around

ABOUT 1 YEAR AGO

Iowa

School Models

Inside ‘Room 21C’: This Iowa Classroom’s Redesign Inspired Seven Other Districts

ABOUT 1 YEAR AGO

Idaho

Language Arts

Looking to Eliminate Dropouts? How Idaho Reached English Language Learners with a ‘Hybrid’ Course Experiment

OVER 1 YEAR AGO

Minnesota

Project-Based Learning

How You Can Bring Creativity Back Into Your Classroom With Project-Based Learning

OVER 1 YEAR AGO

Vermont

Maker Movement

Why Making and the Arts Need Each Other to Survive and Thrive in Schools

OVER 1 YEAR AGO

Hawaii

Language Arts

A Guide to Producing Better Student Writers and Editors With Dictation Tools

OVER 1 YEAR AGO

North Dakota

Assessments

Why We Need to Move Away from SMART Goals and Towards New Forms of Classroom Assessment

OVER 1 YEAR AGO

Delaware

Learning Research

From Literature to Science: Should the Subject Affect How a Teacher Incorporates Growth Mindset?

OVER 1 YEAR AGO

Nevada

Language Arts

Empowered Readers: Technology That Can Re-Inspire Students’ Love of Reading

OVER 1 YEAR AGO

Montana

Movers and Shakers

Diary of a Techy Teacher: Why I’m Taking a One-Year Sabbatical with BetterLesson

OVER 1 YEAR AGO

New Hampshire

Professional Development

What 10 Years of K-12 Online Professional Development Taught New Hampshire

OVER 1 YEAR AGO

Kansas

Arts and Humanities

What Would Abe Lincoln’s Social Media Campaign Look Like? A New Classroom Use For Twitter and Facebook

OVER 1 YEAR AGO

Illinois

Common Core

Visual Instructional Tools Are Essential When Teaching Common Core Standards

OVER 1 YEAR AGO

Wisconsin

Technology Tips

Beyond the Genius Bar: Cultivating Leadership With a Student-Led Tech Team

OVER 1 YEAR AGO

Colorado

Diversity and Equity

Encouraging Diverse Learners in Computer Science and Engineering

OVER 1 YEAR AGO

Louisiana

21st Century Skills

In the Age of 'No-Excuses' Schools: A Case for Compassion and Better Social-Emotional Learning

OVER 1 YEAR AGO

Nebraska

Personal Learning Networks

Voxer, Twitter, and EdCamps: How to Tackle the Harsh Realities of Finding Good Statewide PD

OVER 1 YEAR AGO

Ohio

Diversity and Equity

Goodbye, Linear Factory Model of Schooling: Why Learning is Irregular

OVER 1 YEAR AGO

South Carolina

Professional Development

How to Manage the 4 Types of Teachers You Meet in Professional Development

OVER 1 YEAR AGO

Tennessee

Professional Development

Before We Were Connected: How To Achieve a Statewide Professional Learning Network

OVER 1 YEAR AGO

Puerto Rico

Professional Development

Why Good Professional Development Is Crucially Linked to an Educator’s Attitude

OVER 1 YEAR AGO

Oregon

Coding

How Programming Supports Math Class, Not the Other Way Around

OVER 1 YEAR AGO

Indiana

Student Voice

How to Shift to a Student-Centered Approach in Parent-Teacher Conferences

OVER 1 YEAR AGO

West Virginia

Technology Tips

Five Myths About Classroom Technology (And What To Do, Instead)

OVER 1 YEAR AGO

Arkansas

21st Century Skills

K-12 Computer Science Initiatives Are Exciting, But Are They Enough?

OVER 1 YEAR AGO

South Dakota

Personalized Learning

Get Rid of Grade Levels: A Personalized Learning Recipe for Public School Districts

OVER 1 YEAR AGO

Pennsylvania

Learning Research

It Takes Two: The Practical Benefits of K-12 Public Education and Higher Ed Partnerships

OVER 1 YEAR AGO

Oklahoma

Diversity and Equity

How Teachers Can Provide Equal Learning in a World of Unequal Access

OVER 1 YEAR AGO

Florida

STEM

Using Project-Based Learning To Turn Students into Responsible Data Consumers

OVER 1 YEAR AGO

Rhode Island

Movers and Shakers

Looking for Better Edtech Products? Why Developing Teacher-Company Relationships is Essential

OVER 1 YEAR AGO

New York

21st Century Skills

The Value of Modern Social Studies in Cultivating Real World Literacy

OVER 1 YEAR AGO

Connecticut

Language Arts

The Secret Weapon for Any English or Language Teacher’s Data Arsenal

OVER 1 YEAR AGO

Michigan

Learning Research

10+ Tips for Using Brain-Based Methods to Redesign Your Classroom

OVER 1 YEAR AGO

District of Columbia

21st Century Skills

How One Teacher Champions Student Reflection with Technology and Public Speaking

OVER 1 YEAR AGO

Alaska

STEM

How an Alaska Teacher Improved Student Attendance with Minecraft

ALMOST 2 YEARS AGO

Kentucky

Movers and Shakers

I’m a Teacher Who Hates Technology—So Let Me Design the Products

ALMOST 2 YEARS AGO

Alabama

School Infrastructure

The Three Big Edtech Problems in Alabama—And How Schools Are Fixing Them

ALMOST 2 YEARS AGO

Mississippi

Blended Learning

How to Cultivate Teacher Agency and Buy-In When Going 1:1

ALMOST 2 YEARS AGO

Maine

Assessments

What’s the Perfect Data Tool for Tracking and Developing Reading Comprehension?

ALMOST 2 YEARS AGO

Maryland

Professional Development

How Maryland is Putting the 'PLAY' Back into Professional Development

ALMOST 2 YEARS AGO

Missouri

21st Century Skills

How to Champion the Four C’s in the Classroom

ABOUT 2 YEARS AGO

Washington

Professional Development

How Administrators Can Design the Best Learning Experiences for Teachers

ABOUT 2 YEARS AGO

Georgia

Professional Development

Why Most Professional Development Stinks—and How You Can Make It Better

ABOUT 2 YEARS AGO

North Carolina

Technology Tips

Why a District 1:1 Rollout Is About More Than Devices and Software

ABOUT 2 YEARS AGO

Texas

School Infrastructure

How Houston ISD Is Winning By Insisting That Its Data Systems Truly Work Together

ABOUT 2 YEARS AGO

Massachusetts

Personal Learning Networks

How to Improve Your School Staff’s Communication: Tips and Tricks from the Classroom

ABOUT 2 YEARS AGO

California

21st Century Skills

A Guide to Producing Student Digital Storytellers

ABOUT 2 YEARS AGO

New Jersey

Big Data

Instead of Paying Thousands for Student Data Systems, Try This Free Option Instead

ABOUT 2 YEARS AGO

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Going Back to School With the 2016 EdSurge Fifty States Project

Educators, we know you're getting ready to go back to school—or potentially have already started. But what if you need support? Have a question about technology, or how to integrate it?

To help you out with tips and tricks from educators who've been there, we give you the Fifty States Project: Back-to-School Edition—an EdSurge initiative to publish articles by educators in each of the 50 states and U.S. territories over the course of a year, showcasing educators and their stories of supporting learning by using technology. During 2016, we collected stories written by educators--teachers, edtech coordinators, librarians, superintendents and others--from all fifty states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. In this guide, you'll see articles throughout the year organized into four categories:

  • How-To’s from Inside the Classroom: Step-by-step guides on everything from social-emotional learning to classroom management strategies in a tech-rich environment.
  • Making Data Work: Data, privacy, assessments--you’ve heard all about it. How are educators collecting and using data to tailor and improve instruction and practices?
  • Educators Know Professional Development: Strategies for revamping PD, from addressing individual needs to addressing statewide professional development programs.
  • What Educators Want from Digital Tools: Educators give their honest opinions--what are they looking for from digital tools? Have they or their schools somehow added their own flare to existing tools?

This guide includes includes a powerful list: 2016 Popular Edtech Tools From Coast to Coast—the 15 standout tools repeatedly mentioned by Fifty States writers.

If you'd rather meet these writers and ask for advice more directly, join us on Tuesday, September 6 at 5 pm PST, when many of these education thought leaders will be available to chat via Twitter for a very special #Edsurgechat, the Fifty States edition. We’ll all share more hopes and strategies for the new year, and widen our personal learning networks.

Keep on fighting the good fight!

How-To’s from Inside the Classroom

Iowa

School Models

Inside ‘Room 21C’: This Iowa Classroom’s Redesign Inspired Seven Other Districts

ABOUT 1 YEAR AGO

Delaware

Learning Research

From Literature to Science: Should the Subject Affect How a Teacher Incorporates Growth Mindset?

OVER 1 YEAR AGO

Louisiana

21st Century Skills

In the Age of 'No-Excuses' Schools: A Case for Compassion and Better Social-Emotional Learning

OVER 1 YEAR AGO

Arizona

Blended Learning

'Let It Go': A New Set of Classroom Management Strategies for the 21st Century

ABOUT 1 YEAR AGO

Minnesota

Project-Based Learning

How You Can Bring Creativity Back Into Your Classroom With Project-Based Learning

OVER 1 YEAR AGO

Colorado

Diversity and Equity

Encouraging Diverse Learners in Computer Science and Engineering

OVER 1 YEAR AGO

South Dakota

Personalized Learning

Get Rid of Grade Levels: A Personalized Learning Recipe for Public School Districts

OVER 1 YEAR AGO

Illinois

Common Core

Visual Instructional Tools Are Essential When Teaching Common Core Standards

OVER 1 YEAR AGO

Wisconsin

Technology Tips

Beyond the Genius Bar: Cultivating Leadership With a Student-Led Tech Team

OVER 1 YEAR AGO

Oregon

Coding

How Programming Supports Math Class, Not the Other Way Around

OVER 1 YEAR AGO

Hawaii

Language Arts

A Guide to Producing Better Student Writers and Editors With Dictation Tools

OVER 1 YEAR AGO

West Virginia

Technology Tips

Five Myths About Classroom Technology (And What To Do, Instead)

OVER 1 YEAR AGO

Mississippi

Blended Learning

How to Cultivate Teacher Agency and Buy-In When Going 1:1

ALMOST 2 YEARS AGO

Utah

Learning Research

“Get Out From Behind That Computer!” Why the Brain Benefits When Students Talk and Move Around

ABOUT 1 YEAR AGO

Alaska

STEM

How an Alaska Teacher Improved Student Attendance with Minecraft

ALMOST 2 YEARS AGO

Michigan

Learning Research

10+ Tips for Using Brain-Based Methods to Redesign Your Classroom

OVER 1 YEAR AGO

North Carolina

Technology Tips

Why a District 1:1 Rollout Is About More Than Devices and Software

ABOUT 2 YEARS AGO

California

21st Century Skills

A Guide to Producing Student Digital Storytellers

ABOUT 2 YEARS AGO

Oklahoma

Diversity and Equity

How Teachers Can Provide Equal Learning in a World of Unequal Access

OVER 1 YEAR AGO

Making Data Work

Virginia

Assessments

How You Can Take the Pain Out Of Data-Driven Classrooms

ABOUT 1 YEAR AGO

New Mexico

Assessments

Digital Natives Still Need Help Navigating Online Assessments

ABOUT 1 YEAR AGO

Pennsylvania

Learning Research

It Takes Two: The Practical Benefits of K-12 Public Education and Higher Ed Partnerships

OVER 1 YEAR AGO

North Dakota

Assessments

Why We Need to Move Away from SMART Goals and Towards New Forms of Classroom Assessment

OVER 1 YEAR AGO

Maine

Assessments

What’s the Perfect Data Tool for Tracking and Developing Reading Comprehension?

ALMOST 2 YEARS AGO

New Jersey

Big Data

Instead of Paying Thousands for Student Data Systems, Try This Free Option Instead

ABOUT 2 YEARS AGO

Indiana

Student Voice

How to Shift to a Student-Centered Approach in Parent-Teacher Conferences

OVER 1 YEAR AGO

Florida

STEM

Using Project-Based Learning To Turn Students into Responsible Data Consumers

OVER 1 YEAR AGO

Connecticut

Language Arts

The Secret Weapon for Any English or Language Teacher’s Data Arsenal

OVER 1 YEAR AGO

Educators Know Professional Development

Montana

Movers and Shakers

Diary of a Techy Teacher: Why I’m Taking a One-Year Sabbatical with BetterLesson

OVER 1 YEAR AGO

Georgia

Professional Development

Why Most Professional Development Stinks—and How You Can Make It Better

ABOUT 2 YEARS AGO

New Hampshire

Professional Development

What 10 Years of K-12 Online Professional Development Taught New Hampshire

OVER 1 YEAR AGO

South Carolina

Professional Development

How to Manage the 4 Types of Teachers You Meet in Professional Development

OVER 1 YEAR AGO

Wyoming

Personal Learning Networks

Three Ways That Rural States Can Become the Hotbeds for School Edtech Innovation

ABOUT 1 YEAR AGO

Nebraska

Personal Learning Networks

Voxer, Twitter, and EdCamps: How to Tackle the Harsh Realities of Finding Good Statewide PD

OVER 1 YEAR AGO

Massachusetts

Personal Learning Networks

How to Improve Your School Staff’s Communication: Tips and Tricks from the Classroom

ABOUT 2 YEARS AGO

Tennessee

Professional Development

Before We Were Connected: How To Achieve a Statewide Professional Learning Network

OVER 1 YEAR AGO

Puerto Rico

Professional Development

Why Good Professional Development Is Crucially Linked to an Educator’s Attitude

OVER 1 YEAR AGO

Maryland

Professional Development

How Maryland is Putting the 'PLAY' Back into Professional Development

ALMOST 2 YEARS AGO

Washington

Professional Development

How Administrators Can Design the Best Learning Experiences for Teachers

ABOUT 2 YEARS AGO

What Educators Want From Digital Tools

Kentucky

Movers and Shakers

I’m a Teacher Who Hates Technology—So Let Me Design the Products

ALMOST 2 YEARS AGO

Nevada

Language Arts

Empowered Readers: Technology That Can Re-Inspire Students’ Love of Reading

OVER 1 YEAR AGO

Kansas

Arts and Humanities

What Would Abe Lincoln’s Social Media Campaign Look Like? A New Classroom Use For Twitter and Facebook

OVER 1 YEAR AGO

Ohio

Diversity and Equity

Goodbye, Linear Factory Model of Schooling: Why Learning is Irregular

OVER 1 YEAR AGO

Vermont

Maker Movement

Why Making and the Arts Need Each Other to Survive and Thrive in Schools

OVER 1 YEAR AGO

Idaho

Language Arts

Looking to Eliminate Dropouts? How Idaho Reached English Language Learners with a ‘Hybrid’ Course Experiment

OVER 1 YEAR AGO

Rhode Island

Movers and Shakers

Looking for Better Edtech Products? Why Developing Teacher-Company Relationships is Essential

OVER 1 YEAR AGO

New York

21st Century Skills

The Value of Modern Social Studies in Cultivating Real World Literacy

OVER 1 YEAR AGO

Texas

School Infrastructure

How Houston ISD Is Winning By Insisting That Its Data Systems Truly Work Together

ABOUT 2 YEARS AGO

Arkansas

21st Century Skills

K-12 Computer Science Initiatives Are Exciting, But Are They Enough?

OVER 1 YEAR AGO

Missouri

21st Century Skills

How to Champion the Four C’s in the Classroom

ABOUT 2 YEARS AGO

District of Columbia

21st Century Skills

How One Teacher Champions Student Reflection with Technology and Public Speaking

OVER 1 YEAR AGO

Alabama

School Infrastructure

The Three Big Edtech Problems in Alabama—And How Schools Are Fixing Them

ALMOST 2 YEARS AGO

Yes, we saw tool diversity! When we tallied up the number of edtech tools mentioned throughout these 52 pieces, we uncovered a total of 85 distinct tools. A few stood out. Here are the most frequently mentioned tools--along with the stories that describe their use.

The following tools got mentioned three or more times.

Product Description Price 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 ConnecticutMassachusettsMarylandMissouriNew Jersey
Padlet Collaborative virtual sticky note app where users can post video, images, links and more Free DelawareIndianaMaine, Missouri
Twitter
Popular networking and microblogging platform Free Kansas, MassachusettsNebraskaTennessee
Seesaw
Portfolio for documenting student work & sharing with parents and teachers
Free / License DelawareIndianaNevada
EDpuzzle
Video customization for classroom lessons
Free District of Columbia, MarylandVirginia
iMovie for Mac
Video creation Free California, MarylandNebraska

The following tools got mentioned twice.

Product Description Price Who wrote about this tool?
Minecraft
Popular indie sandbox video game focused on creativity and building in a 3D world
License AlaskaWest Virginia
Voxer App where users can send text, photos, and instant voice messages to individuals and groups Free GeorgiaNebraska
Today's Meet
Private classroom chat rooms, controlled by teachers
Free MassachusettsMissouri
Schoology
Cloud-based LMS for K-12 schools integrates global teacher collaboration tools and more License MississippiTexas
Blackboard
Learning management system License IdahoTexas
Kidblog
Students write and teachers can moderate posts and comments in a secure community Free IndianaMissouri
Canvas
Open source learning management system designed to be compatible with any classroom environment License AlabamaTexas
Remind
Service for teachers to send text messages to mobile phones of students and parents Free MissouriSouth Dakota
Time For Kids iPad app connecting assessments and activities with TfK's real world news coverage License New MexicoNew York

This project was funded in part by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. 

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