Wednesday, February 8, 2017

K-12 Blueprint - tools, research, devices, best practices and more to support effective EdTech projects

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K12Blueprint is a great, free resource for technology in education. There are toolkits with information and resources for developing and deploying technology initiatives, information on choosing the right device for your schools, software and apps, curriculum, news, research, and blogs from educators and edtech leaders. The information and resources are timely, relevant and easy to use.


There are even free downloads of 3 different books on edtech and education:


Here are the list of toolkits:



There are a ton of resources and information on this site - take a look around and see what it has to offer.

It is sponsored by Intel EducationTech&Learning, and Clarity Innovations.


Related:

Ed Tech Pilot Framework - excellent resources for all schools 

Android on Chromebooks! Here are some resources and apps to check out


Android has come to Chromebooks and is available on EDU Domains!


This opens up a whole new world of possibilities with Chromebooks, adding thousands of great apps, features and capabilities.


Here are the resources for Admins to get Android apps enabled for their domain:


Here are some great suggestions for Android apps (and some web apps):

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Android App Suggestions for Chromebooks


I've been using Android apps on my Acer C738T with my personal account for quite a while now and they work great. Handwriting input, offline sync and much more. 


A new generation of Chromebooks, designed for millions of students and educators https://blog.google/topics/education/new-generation-chromebooks-designed-millions-students-and-educators/ (Acer and Asus convertible’s with stylus) 

A new generation of Chromebooks, designed to work with millions of apps https://blog.google/products/chromebooks/new-generation-chromebooks-designed-work-millions-apps/ (Samsung Plus and Pro)






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Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Ed Tech Pilot Framework - excellent resources for all schools



Digital Promise has released an EdTech Pilot Framework which provides a step-by-step process to help education leaders and technology developers run successful educational technology (ed-tech) pilots.

It is very simple to use and read and has links for more information on each step.

Here is the link to the original article: http://edtech.digitalpromise.org/

One thing to remember - you don't have to do these projects alone. There are plenty of resources available to help you. In addition, check with your technology vendors to see what they have for planning and support resources to help you.

Here is the Framework:


  1. Identify Need
  2. Discover and Select
  3. Planning
  4. Train and Implement
  5. Collect Data
  6. Analyze and Decide
  7. Negotiate and Purchase
  8. Summarize and Share







Related:

K-12 Blueprint site updated - resources for planning and implementing EdTech 
Tech&Learning - free Edtech magazine, website and resources for educators












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Some Excellent Resources for Google for Education for Teachers and Admins


Google for Education, which includes G Suite for Education, Chromebooks, and content, is one of the most popular, and most updated, platforms for education. Here are some great resources for IT, Teachers, Students and more.


Google for Education main site: https://www.google.com/edu/ 


Getting started with G Suite for Education: https://support.google.com/a/answer/2856827




Google Device Showcase - Chromebooks, Chromeboxes and more 



Google for Education Transformation Center - resources, examples and tips for transforming your classroom and school



Class Content: https://www.google.com/edu/products/class-content/ - content and apps that have been approved by Google



Benefits of Google Apps and Chromebooks - lots of resources, tips and ideas
Google Apps Administrator Help Site - for G Suite Admins
Apps Status Dashboard (shows issues and outages) - for Admins

Google for Education Training Center - excellent resource for teachers on using Google Apps in the Classroom 

There is also a thriving community of admins and teachers on Google+. Take a look around. 



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Resources to find Funding for Schools and Technology



Schools are always looking for ways to find funding for projects, especially for technology. Here are some great resources that I have used in the past.



1. Edutopia - The Big List of Educational Grants and Resources - Get a roundup of educational grants, contests, awards, free toolkits, and classroom guides aimed at helping students, classrooms, schools, and communities. Check this page weekly to get the latest updates! https://www.edutopia.org/grants-and-resources



2. GetEdFunding - GetEdFunding is a free and fresh grant-finding resource, dedicated to helping educators and institutions identify the funding they need in budget-tight times. http://www.getedfunding.com/



3. Lowe’s Toolbox for Education http://www.toolboxforeducation.com/



4. Toshiba America Foundation grants – K-5 and 6-12 - http://www.toshiba.com/taf/



5. Device Grant Listed (list maintained by Google, has a lot of different grants listed) https://goo.gl/WD6YpS



6. THE Journal K-12 Grant Opportunities and Ed Tech Event Listings https://thejournal.com/articles/list/listings.aspx



7. Edsurge - Where to Find Money for Your School's EdTech Purchases https://www.edsurge.com/news/2016-11-21-where-to-find-money-for-your-school-s-edtech-purchases


More resources:
  • Federal grants from various agencies are listed at www.grants.gov
  • State and local grant opportunities can often be identified by state legislative offices. 
  • Micro-funding through school- and classroom-specific grants can yield substantial results. Often donors are willing to fund projects whose impact they can directly observe. Such organizations as Donors Choose, Class Wish, and Adopt-a-Classroom facilitate individual donations. 
  • Contact local businesses to see what programs they have available to support schools. 



Don't be scared to apply for a grant - you may just get it!


Good luck and happy hunting.



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