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June 10, 2016

[NEW POST] Educational Leadership Best Practices

From K12, Inc. themselves…

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Five Best Practices of Educational Technology Leaders
6.8.2016, Contributor: Carolynn Mortensen, Missouri state lead
Many school leaders understand that integrating technology into the classroom is now a must-have to fully engage their students. These five best practices can help school leaders strengthen their educational leadership skills while building support for the need to include rich digital content in technology-enhanced classrooms.

1. Build leadership.

Look for leadership in those around you—from staff within the school administration to students in the classroom—and build their capacity. Help them develop the skills they need to integrate technology into the classroom and encourage their growth.

These leaders will be your voice when you aren’t available and will carry the message of the power of technology to support learning to those they work with…

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Preparing Students for a Bright Future in IT with CTE
In this blog series, we will delve into four important Career Clusters® that are in need of more educated and well-trained students to fill the higher-skill, higher-wage jobs open to them. These Career Clusters are health science, information technology, business management and administration, and manufacturing. In our first post, we explored the need to prepare students for careers the health science field. In this post, we will focus on Information Technology (IT).

IT Industry Growth                                                                                    

Despite the increase in outsourcing to cheaper overseas markets, government figures point toward robust job growth for many technology occupations through 2020.

According to the latest figures from the Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), many IT occupations will be at the leading edge of job growth for at least the next decade, in both the demand for specific occupations and in sheer job volume…

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Using Failed Assessments to Coach Students in an Online Learning Environment
5.25.2016, Contributor: Kelli Hicks, FuelEd teacher
My Own Learning Coach

When I was in college, I worked part-time as a custodian cleaning one of the buildings on campus. One of our responsibilities was to clean and polish the hard-tile floors in the long hallways. There were three levels of floors, and each one had a different machine with varying levels of difficulty that was used to clean it.

The first six months I worked at this building, my supervisor, James, always had me work the burnisher on the main floor. After six months, he decided it was time to teach me how to buff the other two floors. He took me to the top level and showed me the intricacies of working the buffer.

James was confident I could run this machine. Immediately, I began to lose control of the buffer. I could hear James yelling over the roar of the engine, “PUT YOUR WEIGHT INTO IT!”  After denting a radiator along the wall of the hallway, I let go of the handles, stopping the machine. I simply didn’t weigh enough to counteract the spinning pad. James took over the buffing of that level that day and sent me back down to burnish the main floor…

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