ISTE 2014 broke records this year, with more than 16,000 people registering for the event, and nearly a half million tweets using the #iste2014 hashtag floating around the Twittersphere during the four-day conference recently held in Atlanta, Ga.

Imagine the expo hall with thousands of educators — and others — visiting booths, learning about new products and trends. Imagine also the constant stream of attendees navigating four floors of escalators leading to sessions, playgrounds and more.

The SmartBrief education team was among those attendees looking to uncover what’s on the horizon for educational technology. Here are some of our takeaways from the event, based on conversations with attendees, vendors and others.

1. Recognize struggling students and intervene. Ashley Judd’s opening keynote session was an emotional journey. She shared her personal struggles with abandonment during adolescence, calling on educators to recognize struggling students and intervene. “If the only thing you ever do as an educator is believe a child who comes to you, you will have done enough,” she said. (read more…)

Here are the top 10 SmartBlog on Education posts that have been making the rounds on Twitter this June via your colleagues’ tweets, likes and shares:

PREPS: 5 steps for electronic note-taking success

Students everywhere are taking pictures of the board. It is almost like a “get out of jail free” card when it comes to taking notes. Can they find them later? Do they ever look at them again? Do they review them for the test? Obviously, we need new note-taking systems to help students learn, recall and capture in this modern age. Read more.

How the maker movement is embracing education

I have a confession: I am not a “maker” in the conventional sense. I have no idea how to program in Arduino, no desire to 3D print anything, and I have yet to take advantage of the free soldering lessons offered at the Maker Faire each year. (read more…)

SmartBrief Education has been on the ground at #ISTE2014 in Atlanta. Here’s a look — via Storify — at some of our real-time insights from the event. (read more…)

badgeSmartBlog on Education’s monthly content award recognizes content written by educators, for educators that inspires readers to engage, innovate and discuss.

SmartBrief Education editors and writers sift through thousands of sources each day, reading a variety of content, including blogs and commentaries written by you and your peers.

In an effort to recognize some of the innovative voices in the field, we’ve asked our team to nominate their favorite content — written by educators, for educators — each month from which we’ll choose two winners for the Editor’s Choice Content Award.

This month’s winners inspired us by challenging educators to become change makers.

Meet this month’s winners:

Learn more about our previous winners.

May Editor’s Choice Content Award

classroom 2Have you ever been coached? Coaches can impact form, structure, content and meaning, regardless of the field in which they coach.

I am blessed to work in a school system that values instructional coaches and supports this position at each school site. As a previous literacy coach and site administrator, I know the importance of supporting a coach to allow time for building trusting relationships with teachers and professional growth in support of improving teaching and learning. In my current role as a district leader, I facilitate the professional development for our instructional coaches. Our work this year centered on a professional book study of Elena Aguilar’s book “The Art of Coaching” in addition to our discussions about Common Core State Standards implementation, instructional strategies, digital literacy and authentic opportunities to practice what we learn.

What is important when supporting instructional coaches? What does professional development for coaches look like? Here are my top tips for supporting the learning of coaches:

  • Build in time for reflection: Reflection is a critical element for any professional and one that is often pushed aside due to time constraints.
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