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Mentoring Minds - instructional materials to develop critical thinking skills

Educational Technology Guy

Mentoring Minds is an educational publishing company that develops K-12 instructional materials to help students develop critical thinking and problem solving skills. Experienced educators create the materials based on research and cover topics such as critical thinking, differentiated learning, instructional strategies, classroom management and more.

Where Are Quality Instructional Materials for English Language Learners?


And while the materials he uses match his students’ level of English proficiency, Brock said he sometimes feels like he’s insulting their intelligence. Research has shown that a majority of the educators who teach English-language learners (ELLs) are creating their own instructional materials — often with little oversight — that don’t necessarily match the student’s grade level or the rigor required by state academic standards. nationwide survey of ELL educators by McKinsey & Company during the 2012-13 school year revealed 70 percent created their own materials.

Convert PDFs to Google Docs to Differentiate Instructional Materials – From Brenda Doucette


Recently, we discovered a feature of Google Drive that has changed how we prepare and access materials and resources for our students. The post Convert PDFs to Google Docs to Differentiate Instructional Materials – From Brenda Doucette appeared first on EdTechTeacher. Here is how it works: Open and sign into Google Drive. Upload a PDF document to your Drive. And More!

Report: The way we buy digital instructional materials may need an overhaul

eSchool News

Educators stress the importance of state leadership, transparency for purchasing digital instructional materials. A new report urges care when purchasing digital instructional materials, and notes that factors such as interoperability, accessibility, and device access should be considered during the process. That includes instructional materials.

Digital instructional materials outpace print, study says

eSchool News

Teachers now are using more digital instructional materials than print materials in the classroom, according to a new study from Education Market Research (EMR)/Simba Information. Study reveals that the digital resource market is growing faster than the overall K-12 market. Next page: Findings from the study. Digital Learning and Tools News Top News

ACTION ALERT: Texas HB 6 With Vital Instructional Materials Funding- House is Voting April 6th!


Inform them that HB 6 will be voted on by the House on Wednesday (April 6th) Ask them to vote for HB 6 and Oppose any amendment that might delay the implementation of the Instructional Materials Allotment. Later, I sent this follow-up email to him: Dear Representative Gonzales, I am your constituent and I am contacting you today to - ask you to vote for HB 6 which will come before the House for a vote on Wednesday, April 6th, and - to oppose any amendments which will delay the institution of the Instructional Materials Allotment created by HB 6. OK folks! Your turn!

#GoOpen Pushes State Leadership for Instructional Materials


Digital Content Digital Learning ED instructional materials OERIn October 2015, the U.S. Department of Education’s, Office of Education Technology (OET) launched the #GoOpen Initiative via a White House briefing. Since that. read more.

Adoption and implementation of K-12 core instructional materials – final report

K12 Open Ed

As many of you know, I’ve spent much of this year working on a project to explore the adoption and implementation of K-12 core instructional materials and to explore business models for the successful and sustainable publishing of such open educational resource (OER) materials. I’ve written about some of this work as it’s progressed, and now the final report on this is available.

Spending on Instructional Materials, Construction Climbing in K-12

Marketplace K-12

Total spending on K-12 instructional materials stood at $11.8 billion in 2013-14, according to the Education Market Association. Assessment Ed-tech Procurement Publishing instructionalmaterials schoolconstruction

4 Important Google Drive Skills for Teachers to Learn by @LauraCallisen


Google Drive can be used to store important instructional material, share documents with students and parents, and foster collaboration between students working on important… Friends of TeacherCast Google Drive

New Research Underscores K-12 Shift From Print to Digital Materials

Marketplace K-12

New market research documents the shift from print to digital instructional materials in K-12 over the past few years, a trend expected to continue. Digital Conversion Ed-tech Research digitalconversion edtech k12market marketreport printtodigital

Opportunity: Teacher Prep Challenge in Support of Digital Learning


Best Practices Digital Content Digital Learning ED instructional materials Professional LearningSETDA is excited to share the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Educational Technology (OET) latest initiative, the Teacher Preparation Challenge. This program encourages teacher. read more.

The top 10 school IT leader concerns

eSchool News

Annual survey outlines broadband, instructional materials, student data privacy as top among school IT leaders’ concerns. Districts are turning to digital learning materials. Nearly 90 percent of respondents expect their instructional materials to be at least 50 percent digital within the next three years. 4.

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Flip Your Classroom in Minutes with Standard Planner

Class Tech Tips

Teachers can create, upload, and convert lessons, videos, and instructional material to make a plan for instruction. Earlier this year I shared Standards Planner, a lesson planner tool for teachers that allows users to search through thousands of free resources. Teacher Tools CCSS lesson planner standards

Working to Build a Multicultural Classroom


She looks at beliefs, the visual environment, instructional materials, and teaching choices for ways to support everyone's learning. Few things are more important to Cheryl Mizerny than creating a classroom environment that honors all of her multicultural students.

New AP course materials are getting an independent review

eSchool News

Today Learning List, the leading instructional materials review service for schools and districts, announces its alliance with The College Board to provide professional, independent reviews of Advanced Placement (AP) materials to empower educators to select instructional materials that will best prepare their students for success in AP courses.

Teachers in Common-Core States Have Big Say in Choosing Resources, Report Suggests

Marketplace K-12

More than 90 percent of math educators surveyed on the report, for instance, said they either selected or developed their own materials. And many teachers at the elementary level said they used those self-selected or developed materials frequently–at least once a week. See the full survey results about the materials that math teachers choose, below.

Blending Online and Field Learning To Inspire Young Girls in Science

EdNews Daily

The US Department of Education recently noted here that “Online learning opportunities and the use of open educational resources and other technologies can increase educational productivity by accelerating the rate of learning; reducing costs associated with instructional materials or programs.”. Op-Ed, Dr. Mikki McComb-Cobza. Ocean First Education. She holds a Ph.D.

Rediscovering @CK12Foundation Flexbooks And More!

The Web20Classroom

More Instructional Materials-In additional to all this there are flashcards, lesson plans, assessments and other materials that can truly make your digital learning a complete experience. You can create your materials and share them instantly to your Google Classroom classes. Still true today!) I'll admit. I had forgotten about them. And it's not just high school.


Notes on Open Pedagogy

iterating toward openness

Pedagogy and educational materials intersect because we frequently ask students to DO things with RESOURCES – *read* articles, *watch* videos, *listen* to lectures, *answer* questions, *solve* problems, etc. Definition: Overt or covert rearrangement of instructional materials to improve learning. Here’s my outline for the conversation we had there. PM4ID.

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Personalized learning and sound curriculum—two sides of the same coin

The Christensen Institute

Blended learning—the technology enabler of many forms of personalized learning—leverages the flexibility of online learning to break the constraints of the traditional whole-class, single-pace instructional model to differentiate instruction more effectively to students’ needs. Agreeing to disagree is a common refrain.

Informal survey suggests disconnect between teachers and data

eSchool News

According to the survey, only 35 percent of respondents felt that teachers at their schools had a high or very high level of comfort connecting data to instruction. Additionally, the survey revealed that current screener assessments take up too much instructional time. Material from a press release was used in this report. untaggedpr Data News School Administration Top News

Engaging All Students in Problems Worth Solving

Digital Promise

Following that introduction, we were instructed to open our textbooks and tackle two pages of practice problems quietly at our desks. Today, we know much more about designing effective instruction, and teachers and students have more instructional resource options than ever before. One of my many high school memories is learning the Pythagorean Theorem.

Does blended learning allow teachers to use their time more effectively?

The Christensen Institute

” By freeing teachers from some of the activities that typically occupy the bulk of their time—such as lesson planning, grading, and delivering lectures—blended learning should allow teachers to focus more on giving their students other important learning experiences—such as providing students with individualized instruction, coaching students on deeper learning and higher-order thinking, developing students’ noncognitive skills, and mentoring students on their educational goals. Whole-class instruction. Small-group instruction.

What teachers need now: CCSS-aligned resources

Insight Education Group

The 2014 survey shows that 86% of teachers still feel that they do not have enough standards-based instructional materials to lead effective lessons. Similarly, a recent Hechinger Report found in the majority of Common Core states, teachers are developing their own curricular materials because most commercial resources aren’t adequately aligned to the Standards.

Digital curriculum targets ELL learning gap

eSchool News

Middlebury Interactive Languages launches new program for school districts; also available through partner Fuel Education. A new suite of digital instructional materials is designed to boost language acquisition and achievement for English Language Learners (ELL), which, with nearly five million students is among the largest and fastest growing demographic in U.S. schools. Next page: The programs’ availability and structure. Digital Learning and Tools News Online Learning Top News

Survey: Teachers now use twice as much gaming and video in the classroom

eSchool News

Surveyed school principals (84 percent) said they believe effectively using technology as part of instruction is a key part of student success, but said there are barriers to meeting those expectations. Annual survey reveals digital resources such as game-based environments and online videos have experienced increased use in classrooms.

Learning List, The College Board forge AP materials alliance

eSchool News

Learning List , an instructional materials review service for schools and districts, has formed an alliance with The College Board to provide professional, independent reviews of Advanced Placement (AP) materials to empower educators to select instructional materials that will best prepare their students for success in AP courses. Higher Ed News

HMH launches marketplace to connect educators, developers

eSchool News

Customers can browse and navigate through a single gateway to easily locate and purchase education applications, digital learning tools, games, resources for classroom management, and original content made by teachers for teachers, such as lesson plans and instructional materials. More resources, applications and sellers will be added daily.

NC Textbook Funding Cut 80% While State Administers More Tests Than Ever

The 21st Century Principal

This cut, coupled with cuts in instructional supply money, teaching assistant cuts, among a whole laundry list of cuts makes it very clear that North Carolina public education is not a funding priority for our state legislature or governor. What is even more amazing is how our state is able to afford the largest increase in the number of state tests administered in state history, yet instructional materials and textbooks have been increasingly cut each year. A headline on this morning''s News and Observer Website read: "NC Schools Deal with Fewer Dollars for Textbooks."

Study: Adaptive, gamified approach can boost math scores

eSchool News

This study has revealed what we have known all along: Front Row is making an impact on students in a real and meaningful way, helping us to reach our goal of providing the best available instructional materials and technology for teachers globally.”. Where we struggled was quantifying these results scientifically, versus anecdotally. Today, Front Row Math is used in over 25% of U.S.

Why Students Are Better Prepared for Learning When Teachers Use Digital Tools in Their Instruction

Benchmark Education

Digital Tools Bring Relevance to Instructional Material. As always, with successful instruction, RELEVANCE is key. Instructional Design Lesson planning Teachers’ Guides Technology & the Classroom Benchmark Universe EdTech Insights Instructional Technology Professional Development for Teachers Using Ebooks in the ClassroomSingle common denominator? No surprise!

The Maker as a Reflective Practitioner

User Generated Education

This permits learners to have a direct and sensory experience interacting with the instructional materials. This coming year, I am doing several keynotes and workshops on the reflecting on the making process. Two elements from my training as educator lead me to really embrace this topic: Background in Experiential Education. Studying the Reflective Practitioner During Graduate School. Experiential Learning. Experiential learning is the process of learning through experience, and is more specifically defined as “learning through reflection on doing.”

eBook details key strategies to manage digital curriculum

eSchool News

According to the Consortium for School Networking’s 2015 IT Leadership Survey, 84 percent of school technology officials expect that at least half of their instructional materials will be digitally based within three years,” said itslearning vice president of sales and marketing, Matt Dobosh. Jump started and crowd sourced. Focused best practice. Universal Design for Learning.

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OER: Some Questions and Answers

iterating toward openness

They began to doubt that other development models must necessarily result in materials that are less effective. I don’t think it would be controversial to say that this “content worldview” was encouraged by publishers. There is a growing body of research demonstrating that OER can be just as effective – or more effective – than commercial materials.

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Learning Out Loud: Make Online Courses Meaningful and Accessible


Educators agree that all students deserve access to all instructional materials. When institutions identify accessibility as a priority, all members of that institution have a duty to participate in the process of creating accessible tools and materials. As the nature of educational technology continues to change, ensuring instructional tools and materials are accessible is a problem that will require higher education institutions to work together with educational-technology companies and share practices. Supporting All Learners.

Face Off: Should Teachers Pay Teachers Or Share Freely?

The Innovative Educator

The big debate at #ISTE2016 this year is which materials they'll use to do that. They believe that when teachers are compensated, they are motivated to create materials that surpass the quality of anything processed by the textbook industry muddle machine. Sparking this debate is @AmazonEdu's Inspire ( click here for early access). At @AmazonEdu Inspire vs @TpTdotcom. ISTE2016

Rhode Island’s ambitious computer science goal

eSchool News

President Obama’s budget includes funding for states and districts to increase access to computer science by providing training for educators, expanding access to high-quality instructional materials, and building effective regional partnerships. ‘CS4RI’ initiative aims for computer science to be taught in every R.I. public school by Dec. Rhode Island Gov. The U.S.

Connecting Educators - Reflecting on Ning and Educational Social Networking After Five Years

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

learning and an avid creator of instructional material. Join me Tuesday, July 31st, for a live and interactive webinar with David Deubelbeiss, founder of the Ning network EFL Classroom 2.0 --like my Classroom 2.0 network also in its fifth year, and with over 25,000 members. This is an early kickoff discussion as part of Connected Educator Month !

Should you build your own LMS?

eSchool News

No longer relegated to using textbooks as their core instructional materials, teachers look to their institutions for help selecting, aggregating, and then delivering relevant content to their pupils. Pros and cons of building a district-specific online platform. The online education movement has pushed K-12 schools and districts to rethink the way they develop and deliver content.

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