EdSurge Shares an Epic Collection of Best Practices and Places Schoology Among Top US Tech
Whether you're about to start your next semester or you're already cruising at top speed, it's never a bad time to pick up a few tips and tricks. By a few, I mean 52 in-depth, multifaceted, life-changing best practices shared from top educators in all 50 US states, D.C., and Puerto Rico.
It doesn't get much better than that.
EdSurge, a hub for all things edtech, just released its latest collection of educator essays called Going Back to School with the 2016 Fifty States Project. In it, they feature best practices from one educator in each state or territory for the purposes of sharing the "knowledge and best practices ... from urban, suburban and rural communities" just in time for the new school semester.
While reviewing the entries, they noticed some education technologies kept popping up. Out of 85 different tools, EdSurge put Schoology within the top 15 most popular edtech tools in the US for the third year in a row.
This tip of the hat is particularly thrilling because it comes from real educators fighting the good fight all around this country. Two such educators are Dr. Will Deyamport from Mississippi and MJ Linane from Massachusetts, both Schoology Ambassadors.
Dr. Will, a District Instructional Technologist for Hattiesburg Public School District in Hattiesburg, MS and host of the Dr. Will Show, illustrates How to Cultivate Teacher Agency and Buy-In When Going 1:1. In his essay, he explores what it really means to "build a community of learning and collaboration"—not skimping on the details of what it looks like in practice and how to accomplish it your institution.
MJ, a Teacher and Education Technology Consultant at Old Rochester Regional High School in Mattapoisett, MA and founder of Guildway, also covers an important building block for educational communities. In his essay How to Improve Your School Staff's Communication: Tips and Tricks from the Classroom, MJ dispels some common misconceptions regarding the what and how educational staff communicate. He even lays out a list of criteria that will help you choose better communication tools.
So if you like learning, and I know you do, check out their essays along with the 50 others featured in EdSurge's Going Back to School with the 2016 Fifty States Project. The map is interactive so just click on a state to access an essay.
You can also hear some of these best practices straight from the source by joining EdSurge's Twitter Chat on Tuesday, September 6 at 5 pm PST. Many of the 50 States Project education thought leaders will be joining and we will too.
Editor's Note: Thanks to EdSurge and all the contributing writers in this project. This Fifty States collection has so much to offer new and seasoned education professionals. Great work everyone.