4 Tips to Help Schools with Privacy and Security Compliance


Article by Meghan Bogardus Cortez via EdTech.

4 Tips:

  1. Know the Basics of What Needs to Be Protected
  2. Learn from Other Schools and Experts
  3. Understand How to Respond to a Violation
  4. Educate Teachers and Students on Being Better Digital Citizens

Check out the article for all the deatils!


Computer Science (Not Just Coding) Needs a Bigger Role in STEM Education


Article comes from Vince Bertram via EdTech.

Here is the introduction to Vince’s awesome article stating why Computer Science needs a bigger role in STEM education.

“For more than a decade, educators, business leaders and policymakers have talked about STEM — an acronym that stands for science, technology, engineering and mathematics — but a new study suggests that at least one increasingly important field is being left out of STEM education, and it is vital to our nation’s students and economic prosperity.

The Case for Improving U.S. Computer Science Education,” a recent report from the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF), a nonprofit science and technology think tank, is compelling.”

Check out the article to learn more!

Educators, Tech Industry Leaders Collaborate to Develop K-12 Computer Science Framework


Article comes Antoinette Siu via Edsurge.

“Business and government leaders, including President Barack Obama, have been drawing attention — and investments — to support computer science education. Now a coalition of industry and education organizations have created guidelines to help educators teach the discipline.

Announced Oct. 17, the initiative aims to guide educators, states and districts in teaching the concepts and practices around computer science thinking. The authors also hope the effort can help policymakers and district leaders shape decisions in computer science education.”

Check out the article to read more!



U.S. Supreme Court to Decide Level of ‘Benefit’ Special Education Must Provide


Article comes from Mark Walsh via Education Week.

Here is the case and summary of the question at hand:

“The case, Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District RE-1 (No. 15-827), raises an important question that has divided federal appeals courts: What level of educational benefit must a child receive under his or her individualized education program, or IEP, to satisfy the demands of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act?”

E is for Empaty

Wow does this post from Cory Turner via nprEd align with my post on “Who CARES”!

“Both parents and educators overwhelmingly felt that being kind was more important than having high academic achievement,” says Kotler Clarke.

Being KIND and understanding EMPATHY are crucial and get covered up by our desires to score well on tests.  Cinderella’s mother always told her to “Have courage and be kind”.  You might be wondering, “Why does she have to have courage?”  You have to because it os certainly not easy to always do the right thing.  It takes courage. PERIOD.  Those doing the right thing have a strong sense of self worth.  We need to consistently bring this same message to our students and children because it makes them better friends, students, parents, and people.

Kudos to Cory Turner on this AWESOME post!

The E-rate Program Today

Are you a CTO or Director of Technology looking to get cost effective internet for your district or campus?  Check here for an update from John Harrington via edtech digest about the 2017 E-rate funding program.

Below are some statistics published by Funds for Learning.  Check out the article for all of the details!

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How Cross-Curricular Lessons Inspire Critical Thinking


“By using online tools to bring in multiple related concepts from across disciplines, we make the learning more authentic.”

Great post from Kimberly Greene on edtech digest.  She discusses how to connect STEM with social studies and literature.  It is a great read and a MUST read for all of my co-teaching educators out there.


These are the 100 U.S. school districts that are actively pursuing socioeconomic integration – The Washington Post


10 Common Mental Health Problems Students Face

Great post from Amanda Green, via Edudemic, that highlights 10 Common Mental Health Problems Students Face.  She cites that 1 in 7 children between the ages of 2 and 8 experience mental health disorders.

Here are her 10, check the article for more details!

  1. ADHD (Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder)
  2. Anxiety
  3. Depression
  4. Autism Spectrum Disorders
  5. PTSD (Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder)
  6. OCD (Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder)
  7. Tourette Syndrome
  8. ODD (Obsessive Defiant Disorder)
  9. CD (Conduct Disorder)
  10. Eating Disorders

5 Authentic Roles for Twitter in Your School

Looking to jump into the Twitter world?  .

The Teach Thought Staff does a great job highlighting 5 Authentic Roles For Twitter in Your School.  They also provide tips and tricks , people to follow, and ways to connect with other people.

I previously published some commentary on an article published by Peter DeWitt called Educators Need Twitter in their Lives.  There I shared some popular hashtags that I actively follow and participate in.  On top of participating in these chats, I would encourage a new use to follow as many people as possible.  The amount of information available is amazing!

Another avenue to network with others are Twitter lists.   Here is a great resource from Post Planner to aide you in exploring lists.

In the end, Twitter is a fantastic resource that will provide you an opportunity to network, learn from others, and extend your learning platform!