Navigating Education – The Newsletter: ISSUE 4 – August 2nd, 2021

I Cannot Believe It’s August 2021! I cannot believe we are moving into August of 2021. More than half of the year is already over. It’s hard to imagine that we are also starting a new school year. Within this issue, I am providing a number of resources ranging from books, blogs, podcasts, and educationalContinue reading “Navigating Education – The Newsletter: ISSUE 4 – August 2nd, 2021”

Digital and Data Literacy: Two Essential Skills for Educators to Teach our Students in 2021 and Beyond

As we move into 2021, we have seen K-12 education get turned upside down throughout 2020. The use of educational technology (edtech) has taken hold across K-12 education like never before in the history of education, which means educators must be able to adapt to the the ever-changing tools and how to integrate instructional strategiesContinue reading “Digital and Data Literacy: Two Essential Skills for Educators to Teach our Students in 2021 and Beyond”

Using Data to Make Data-Driven Instructional Decisions: Part 4 of 4 – Taking Newfound Knowledge from our Data and Making a Decision

Over the course of the last four week in the “Using Data to Make Data-Driven Instructional Decisions” series, we have outlined how to collect data, clean/organize data, and conduct univariate and multivariate statistical analysis on the data to transform it into newfound knowledge that can be used to make a decision. While this sounds likeContinue reading “Using Data to Make Data-Driven Instructional Decisions: Part 4 of 4 – Taking Newfound Knowledge from our Data and Making a Decision”

Using Data to Make Data-Driven Instructional Decisions: Part 3 of 4 – Using Statistics to Transform Data into Knowledge

Welcome to Part 3 of 4 of the Using Data to Make Data-Driven Instructional Decisions Blog Series! Today, in Part 3, we are going to focus on using statistics to transform our data into knowledge. Statistical analysis on a data set allows educators to essentially mine information from the data. What this does is provideContinue reading “Using Data to Make Data-Driven Instructional Decisions: Part 3 of 4 – Using Statistics to Transform Data into Knowledge”

Using Data to Make Data-Driven Decisions in K-12 Education: Part 2 – Cleaning Data

Building data literacy to make data-driven decisions takes several steps. It does not simply just happen. But with practice, we can conduct data-driven decision-making seamlessly throughout the school day. Last week for Part 1 of this blog series, we focused on collecting student data and understanding there’s plenty of it to be collected in K-12Continue reading “Using Data to Make Data-Driven Decisions in K-12 Education: Part 2 – Cleaning Data”

Using Data to Drive Instructional Decision Making in K-12 Education: Part 1 of 4 – Introduction & Collecting and Exporting Student Data from Edtech Tools

We live in a world where we are able to collect vast amounts of data because of the educational technology we use in our classrooms and schools. Think about it – every time a student logs onto an edtech tool you use in your classroom, data is logged of their interaction with the software tool.Continue reading “Using Data to Drive Instructional Decision Making in K-12 Education: Part 1 of 4 – Introduction & Collecting and Exporting Student Data from Edtech Tools”

The Power of Student Self-Assessment and Metacognition

As the school year comes to a close, it is a time to put a lot of emphasis on reflection and self-assessment. We want our students to reflect on what they have learned, evaluate the skills they’ve improved in, and assess which areas they need to focus on continued improvement for next school year andContinue reading “The Power of Student Self-Assessment and Metacognition”

Social Emotional Learning Utilizing Pear Deck

Every day for live synchronous sessions, I want to check in with my students and see how they are feeling. Currently, in our present reality, students have many more stressors and anxieties about the world around them. Thus, by providing students opportunities to assess, identify, and share their feelings and emotions, it is an opportunityContinue reading “Social Emotional Learning Utilizing Pear Deck”

Case Managing for Special Education During Remote Learning: G-Suite EdTech Tools to Get You Started

Over the past few weeks, I have searched and explored through various Special Education Twitter chats and I am also a member of Special Education teacher Facebook groups, which made me want to compile several useful Edtech tools to help with case managing students enrolled in Special Education in K-12 schools. Ultimately,  I would likeContinue reading “Case Managing for Special Education During Remote Learning: G-Suite EdTech Tools to Get You Started”

Launching YouTube Channel

Purpose This project has been a long time coming but it was recently spurred by the effects of the Coronavirus on K-12 schools and at colleges/universities. For months I have been planning on developing a YouTube channel devoted to edtech tool “how-to’s” for all classrooms and data literacy tutorials to help build the capacity ofContinue reading “Launching YouTube Channel”

EQRC Conference Presentation: MAJOR THEMES FOUND IN CALIFORNIA REGARDING HOW DATA PRACTICES AND CULTURES ARE UTILIZED AND ESTABLISHED IN K-12 SCHOOLS AND DISTRICTS

Tomorrow, I am speaking at the Ethnographic and Qualitative Research Conference in Las Vegas. I am excited about the opportunity as I get to share my research with peers in the field of education as well as researchers in other fields. The results of this research is intended to inform educational leaders and policymakers regarding what is needed to help educational leaders like principals, assistant principals, superintendents, district coordinator, teacher leaders, and teachers to provide insight to how they can become more data literate. Ultimately, data literacy is needed in order to utilize various data practices (i.e., collecting, compiling/cleaning, and transforming data using statistics) to make data-driven decisions for instructional improvement. I am excited to share a quick summary of the research as well as the slideshow I am presenting at the conference tomorrow morning. 

Being “Data-Driven” is More Than Just Quantitative Data

This past weekend I attended the Association of California School Administrations Region 17 Annual Conference at my alum mater Concordia University, Irvine. During the conference, I got to listen to George Couros, a well-known educational leader who has made large contributions to the field of education and education technology. I am in agreement with almostContinue reading “Being “Data-Driven” is More Than Just Quantitative Data”