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    For decades, literacy referred only to print text. In school, students were taught to read books and write essays. Students were considered literate when they could do both. Today, literacy is more complex. Most of the text students come across today is digital. Instead of books and magazines, students are reading blogs and text messages. This requires a different skill set than traditional literacy. It’s time to rethink literacy and start teaching students digital literacy. Digital literacy is not just the ability to read and write. It’s also the ability to effectively use digital technology to find and analyze information. […]

    The post Rethinking Literacy in a Digital Age appeared first on The Edvocate.


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    Every year, there are new trends in EdTech. It can be hard to keep up with all the new and exciting things happening in the world of EdTech. As soon as you’ve caught on to one hot topic, it seems to become old news. But for all the trends that die out quickly, there are some that stick. After all, EdTech is a quickly developing field. Brilliant new ideas come around all the time and make a lasting impact. These are four of the EdTech trends we think you should be paying attention to: Virtual Reality Virtual reality is taking […]

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    Using a new app in the classroom is fun and exciting, but it can also be tricky. Finding the right app, making sure it works and setting it up can all take up time and frustrate teachers. Make implementing new apps in the classroom easier by following these five simple steps.  Step 1: Finding the right app Choosing the right app can make implementing a new app much easier. First, think about why you really need this app. Too many teachers use apps simply for the sake of using more technology in the classroom. Instead, look for apps that add […]

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    Whether you have a student or child whose language skills are developing well or slowly, studies have proven that apps support language development. Speech pathologists promote the use of apps for language development and are even creating their own. We have compiled this list of must-have language development apps which includes apps for children of various ages and developmental levels. Peekaboo Barn – $1.99 This simple app introduces children to animal names and sounds using the game peek-a-boo. Parents can begin playing games like peek-a-boo and pat-a-cake with their baby between the ages of six and nine months, as their […]

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    Dyslexic students can benefit greatly from using technology. There are apps and tools available that can help dyslexic students read, write, and more. Using these 11 apps and tools with dyslexic students will ensure they can keep up in your 21st century classroom. Learning Ally Learning Ally is a great resource for audiobooks. This app has hundreds of books for kids and teens available with a monthly subscription. Users can follow along and adjust the size or type of text to make it easier for dyslexic students. Natural Reader Reading webpages, emails, and texts can be hard for dyslexic students. […]

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    If you want to market to the P-20 arena’s most influential audience, then The Edvocate is your publication of choice. The Edvocate is the fastest growing online destination for the P-20 market. Our readers are: Highly educated and place a premium on quality education Professionally upwardly mobile Socially committed men and women engaged in their communities Decision-makers in both the public and private sector Passionate advocates for equality, access and opportunity for all Because the editorial content is credible, relevant and unique to The Edvocate, our readers trust and rely on us. When great value is attached to a publication’s […]

    The post Let Us Help You Promote Your Education Related Product! appeared first on The Edvocate.


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    The middle school years have a tremendous influence on future academic success. This is why it is important to implement the best teaching strategies possible to reach these students at such a critical age. Studies have revealed “that middle-level age students learn best when they are actively engaged with the content. Multimedia approaches can assist learners’ understanding of concepts and relationships not explainable in print text.” Therefore, parents and educators should make use of educational technology to supplement student learning inside and outside the classroom. To help keep your middle school students on the path to success, here are eight […]

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    The inclusion of technology in the classroom has been shown to improve student participation, information retention, and overall test performance. One reason for the success of educational tech is that it boosts student confidence. Students who are secure in their abilities, work harder and take their educations seriously. You may wonder how technology boosts student confidence in the classroom. Well, here are nine ways. Application of Previous Knowledge Most students, even young ones, have a base understanding of technology and how to use it. Applying that information in class can help students feel like they are already getting it, early […]

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    A strong vocabulary is essential for student success. Therefore, teachers must make every effort to help students’ master vocabulary inside and outside of the classroom. According to Dr. Kimberly Tyson’s infographic 10 Do’s and Don’ts for Effective Vocabulary Instruction, “Effective vocabulary instruction across grade levels and content areas is key in increasing student learning and achievement.” Luckily for teachers and students, educational technology is making it even easier to build vocabulary. Here are eight must-have vocabulary apps and tools to help your students learn and have fun at the same time: Power Vocab Word Game Those looking for a fun […]

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    Mornings tend to be a struggle for most parents. They have to remind their children what to do and when to do it, and it throws the entire morning into a frenzy. Therefore, it is helpful to have a solid morning routine. It will alleviate the stress of rushing around and pass off some of the tasks to children, which teaches them responsibility. According to the Raising Children Network, “How things go at home in the morning can set the tone for the day ahead. A predictable and positive morning routine for school can help children arrive at school feeling […]

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    Did you know that the amount of exposure to reading material in one’s home directly correlates to a child’s academic success? Therefore, it is imperative for parents to give their children access to books and other reading materials. With today’s educational technology, it is easier than ever. There are several educational apps that put thousands of books and short stories right in the hands of children, and they also work to teach the fundamentals of early childhood literacy. Bob Books Teachers and parents have used the Bob Books series for decades to teach children to read. Now, these books have […]

    The post 10 Apps That Teach Your Child to Read appeared first on The Edvocate.


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    Technology addiction is an emerging problem that we don’t know much about yet. But every day, more kids are getting hooked on technology. While there are many benefits to technology—it can be used for educational purposes and can teach new skills—there are also drawbacks, especially when kids overuse technology. First, it’s important to recognize the signs of tech addiction. It’s perfectly normal for kids to want to play video games, watch YouTube videos, or chat online with their friends. Kids and teens use technology to socialize, and taking it away completely can leave them feeling cut off. But some kids […]

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    With the birth of advanced technology has come advancement in the classroom. Along with the invention of the television came classroom films and typewriters were replaced with computers. This natural progression has allowed for unique opportunities of learning that were not available before advanced technology. As each student is different, their way of learning is distinct and with technology, teachers are now better able to provide multiple layers of education. While teaching about the ocean, a teacher may have a slideshow, a film, and a computer research or graphic design assignment. Unique ways of teaching allow the teacher to target […]

    The post Are Virtual Schools Good for Kids? appeared first on The Edvocate.


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    Who are the biggest edtech influencers in the world? The Edvocate editorial team has exhaustively researched the movers and shakers of edtech and selected 20 global influencers. To frame our methodology, we decided to define edtech influencer broadly. On this list, you will find administrators, bloggers, journalists, policymakers, researchers, innovators, businessmen, activists, etc. who are transforming the edtech space as we know it. The influencers that we chose are all active in the area of edtech, doing something influential in 2018, well-known throughout the edtech landscape, and making an impact globally. We are excited to witness how these influencers continue […]

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    There is no doubt you have wondered whether the unlimited access to technology this generation has is influencing them for better or for worse. When it comes to education, we see more and more technology infiltrate the classroom. Some see the rise in technology use as turning our kids into zombies who stare blankly into their computer screens and do not think independently. However, a Stanford report explains, “technology – when implemented properly -can produce significant gains in student achievement and boost engagement, particularly among students most at risk.” The key here is “when implemented properly.” Yes – there are […]

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    In our modern age, more parents and teachers are turning to technology than ever before. Screen time is a normal household occurrence even with young children who might be too young for school or are just starting their elementary years. Researchers are now beginning to investigate what the implications might be for this excessive amount of screen time. Could it be causing developmental delays in young children? Speech Delays One of the biggest areas where developmental delays are seen in young children exposed to screens is in language. The impact of prolonged exposure to technology is staggering. According to one […]

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    Learning apps have been steadily rising in popularity and availability. Many parents are excited at the prospect of taking a more active role in shaping their child’s education. Selecting the right educational program can help a child to significantly expand their current knowledge, even if their parent doesn’t have a background in teaching. After all, these learning apps are intended to engage a variety of learning styles so every child can benefit. However, many parents become overwhelmed by the sheer volume of educational apps available. How do you decide which ones are right for your child? Asking yourself these five […]

    The post 5 Common Questions People Have About Learning Apps appeared first on The Edvocate.


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    Did you know that the amount of exposure to reading material in one’s home directly correlates to a child’s academic success? Therefore, it is imperative for parents to give their children access to books and other reading materials. With today’s educational technology, it is easier than ever. There are several educational apps that put thousands of books and short stories right in the hands of children, and they also work to teach the fundamentals of early childhood literacy. Bob Books Teachers and parents have used the Bob Books series for decades to teach children to read. Now, these books have […]

    The post 10 Apps That Teach Your Child to Read appeared first on The Edvocate.


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    Who are the biggest edtech influencers in the world? The Edvocate editorial team has exhaustively researched the movers and shakers of edtech and selected 20 global influencers. To frame our methodology, we decided to define edtech influencer broadly. On this list, you will find administrators, bloggers, journalists, policymakers, researchers, innovators, businessmen, activists, etc. who are transforming the edtech space as we know it. The influencers that we chose are all active in the area of edtech, doing something influential in 2018, well-known throughout the edtech landscape, and making an impact globally. We are excited to witness how these influencers continue […]

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