TCEA 2018 Recap: Not All EdTech is Created Equal

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Believe it or not, the last of the “Big Four” winter conferences has come to an end. After FETC, BETT, and ATIA, you’d think we’d be out of acronyms and would have learned all there is to know about edtech and assistive technology. But, it’s not true! TCEA, the Texas Computer Education Association Conference and Exposition, was an incredible conference that gave us even more insight into the latest edtech trends and best practices.

Though it’s challenging to come up with one common theme that spanned across all sessions and panel discussions, there was one takeaway that stuck with us: not all edtech is created equal.

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FETC 2018 Recap: EdTech is Leading the Way to Diversity, Creativity and Collaboration

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Last week, a group of Texthelpers flew down to sunny Florida to attend the Future of Education Technology Conference, or FETC. Similar to previous years, there were hundreds of insightful and educational sessions that focused on a wide range of topics revolving around education technology. Though we couldn’t attend all of them, we’d like to share our major takeaways from our time at the conference.

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Differentiate Your Classroom From Day One

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This week we have a guest blog post from Katie Spear, an upper elementary school teacher in the San Francisco Bay Area. If you are thinking about differentiating your classroom as part of your #BackToSchool plan, you won't want to miss Katie's 4 strategies that you can implement on the first day of school!

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Programs, Products, and Personalized Learning at ISTE, Oh My!

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This week we have a guest blog post from Jennifer Lotze, the Instructional Technology Coordinator for the Hudson School District in Wisconsin, who shares her biggest takeaways from the 2017 ISTE Conference & Expo. Jennifer had the unique perspective of being both an attendee and a presenter at this year's event, which is recognized globally as the most comprehensive educational technology conference in the world.

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7 Ways to Introduce UDL into your Classroom

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A few weeks ago I wrote a post titled Thinking Beyond Averages in the Classroom that was inspired by a Ted Talk from Harvard professor Todd Rose. The post included some of the potential pitfalls of just looking at student averages and how at Texthelp we do our best to design software “for the edges” so that all students can benefit.

The post closely aligns with the principles of Universal Design for Learning (UDL), which I’ve also previously wrote about on this blog. And while UDL is a common phrase in many schools today, it can be difficult to practically implement in the classroom. To help with this, I’ve put together a list of 7 ideas to make introducing Universal Design for Learning into the classroom just a bit easier.

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