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The Changing Roles of Teachers

From the Editor

Anne Wujcik, EditorThe news from Future Ready Librarians (see the story in today's Feature News section) about the development of a micro-credential for librarians—"Empowering Students as Creators" got fairly wide coverage this week. I was surprised that a number of outlets positioned the story as a "reboot" for school libraries or a "New role" for school librarians. I read it more as a validation of the central role school librarians play in ensuring that their students are literate in every sense of the word. Librarians were on the front line of introducing technology to schools, setting up pods of PCs in the library, searching out learning software and productivity tools and supporting the early "computer literacy" efforts. Libraries quickly transformed into learning centers, places where students could get help with online research, borrow a digital camera, edit a video, learn to create a web page, work together on projects and still find a quiet corner to enjoy a favorite book. And libraries continue to evolve, today often hosting a maker space, supporting all kinds of project-based learning and helping teachers find resources that allow then to flip their classrooms.

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Market Insights

market-insightsHere’s Why You Should Continue to Market to Educators During the Summer

MDR has research that shows educator levels of engagement with product and service messages throughout the year. We confirmed our belief that educators are increasingly engaging with brands during what have traditionally been viewed as off-peak marketing windows...including summer break!

Read on to check out our Engaging Educators Online infographic...

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She Snoops for Scoops: The Personal Side of the EdNET Community

Vicki Smith BighamAnother busy week, friends, but we are working on a weekend now! And many of you are headed to San Antonio for ISTE—I know it will be its usual great event. Stop for just a moment to get caught up on some important scoops from this week....

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CCSSO Releases Principles of Effective School Improvement

The Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) today released a set of principles to inform how states design effective systems to improve low-performing schools and provide an equitable education for all students. While continuous improvement in all schools is critical, state education leaders are taking the lead to create change that will drive dramatic improvement for students attending lowest-performing schools and those with the greatest achievement gaps. To assist in these ongoing efforts, CCSSO has released the Principles of Effective School Improvement Systems - principles created from states and for states. The Principles articulate the core components of an effective school improvement system to inform state-specific efforts on how best to improve outcomes for the students enrolled in the schools identified for support.

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First Kahoot! EdTrends Report Includes Trends and Best Practices for the Education Technology Space

Kahoot!, the game-based learning platform and one of the world's fastest-growing learning brands, today launched its Kahoot! EdTrends Report, which addresses the latest education tech trends in the U.S. K-12 market. This new quarterly report will enable educators and administrators to stay better informed about trending educational technologies, methods and best practices. Report data has been gathered from the Kahoot! platform used by 50 million monthly active users worldwide, 32 million of which are in the U.S. More than 2 million K-12 teachers in the U.S. have signed up for Kahoot! and 25 million U.S. K-12 students (about 40% of all K-12 students in the U.S.) use Kahoot! on a monthly basis.

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