eSchoolnews This “open” innovation may indicate the future of learning 2017-12-12T07:00:04.000000000+00:00 My hometown of Gastonia is a quiet place. Scant traffic. Nice neighbors. Folks still offer you a sweet tea when you visit. By most accounts it’s a sleepy southern town, with roots in textiles and major manufacturers producing Wix air filters and Freightliner trucks. Just what you’d expect from a ... Why keeping parents and kids connected in the early years is critical 2017-12-11T07:00:45.000000000+00:00 In more than 60 percent of all two-parent households, both parents work, and in nearly all of these households, at least one parent is employed. This means that the vast majority of parents in our country experience regular and prolonged periods of time away from their children. Since parental in... How to measure edtech impact in the ESSA era 2017-12-11T07:00:11.000000000+00:00 The Education Technology Industry Network (ETIN) and Empirical Education Inc. recently released the Guidelines for Conducting and Reporting EdTech Impact research in U.S. K-12 Schools. These guidelines help clarify how research is conducted and how information is presented to users of edtech prod... 4 ways to improve STEM professional development 2017-12-07T07:00:57.000000000+00:00 In Charlotte County Public Schools (CCPS), all 10 of our elementary schools have a STEM lab. As early as kindergarten, students begin engaging in hands-on learning and exploring STEM careers. Yet, even with regular visits to the STEM lab throughout elementary school, our fifth graders struggled o... 6 tips for making educational travel attainable for all students 2017-12-05T07:00:22.000000000+00:00 Setting up a structure for fundraising to support your students who want to travel is crucial regardless of their family income. Educational travel can be made attainable for all students if you create a plan and stick with it. How to reach high achievement through listening skills 2017-12-05T07:00:22.000000000+00:00 I worked on the skill of being an effective group member and continue to do so. Many of my consulting colleagues, within their work on coaching, collaborating and teaching focus on listening as a key skill to know inside and outside the classroom. 3 ways to reimagine learning spaces 2017-11-27T07:00:08.000000000+00:00 As schools depart from traditional instructional methods and environments, some education leaders are discovering how a combination of blended learning and reimagined physical learning spaces can lead to better student engagement and achievement. Are these preschools changing the future? 2017-11-24T07:00:30.000000000+00:00 Since 2008, Utah has given its families an alternative to preschool called Upstart. Developed and administered through a state contract with the Waterford Institute, the Upstart program provides four-year-olds with in-home online curriculum. Fact or fiction: Devices stunt SEL 2017-11-21T07:00:58.000000000+00:00 As more of our lives are consumed with digital technology—social media, texting and smartphones—is it any wonder that our children are growing up with electronic gadgets as companions? 7 tools for global learning you can use right now 2017-11-17T07:00:36.000000000+00:00 Today's society is mobile and global. Laptops, tablets and smartphones connect users with information in less than a second, and because mobility has increased our connectivity, we've increased our connections with all parts of the world.