How to Prepare for the SAT

Ask a Tech Teacher

For many, it represents a last desperate attempt to qualify for the college of their dreams. I’ve based my selections on the following criteria: ease of use — accounts are easy to set up with access to both the site and materials quick and intuitive.

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How to Capture Parent Feedback Throughout the School Year


It’s, “ How should parents be involved?”. One of the best ways to get parents to engage with education is through surveys that capture their feedback. They also are more likely to have a higher opinion of the staff and faculty. How Surveys Can Help. Click To Tweet.

From foster care to college

The Hechinger Report

College students often decamp from their universities during the summer to intern, study abroad or just get a break from dining hall food. But for Kayla Mayes, it’s a time to buckle down. GPA and now she is hoping to lift it higher. “I’m colleges to help students like Mayes.

The community college “segregation machine”

The Hechinger Report

Rodriguez was forced into remedial math by the community college’s placement test, which assesses a student’s ability to succeed in for-credit, higher education classes. Who goes to college to learn what they were doing in high school?” I was looking forward to higher education.

Strategies for Supporting ELL Students in Math

Supporting ELLs requires a commitment to a shift in practices which involves the entire school and also branches out to the community. According to nprEd , in 2016 32 states reported not having enough teachers for ELL students. “We edWeb Blog access and equity ELL Students Math

Connected pedagogy: Social networks

Learning with 'e's

I wrote that: "The age of social technologies has radically transformed the way we live our lives, and that includes how we learn and teach. Most of us are connected to each other through numerous social media platforms. 2002) Smartmobs: The Next Social Revolution.

From Testing to Transformational Change with Pam Moran

The CoolCatTeacher

Pam Moran has been a leader in education reform in Virginia over the past several years as the state moved from testing to transformation. Built for Chromebooks, it saves all of your recordings directly to Google Drive. Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher.

Lessons from the UK: Prescriptions for art classes, financial advice, and more

The Christensen Institute

According to an often-referenced 2002 Health Affairs research article, an estimated 60% of early deaths are caused by interconnected factors beyond genetic predisposition and shortfalls in medical care—namely individual behavior (40%), social circumstances (15%) and environmental exposures (5%). Over 15 years later, health systems and community services are increasingly partnering in an effort to address the broader determinants of poor health in the populations they serve.

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For PD, the days of one-and-done are dead and gone!

eSchool News

According to research from the Center for Public Education , “one-and-done” professional development sessions for teachers simply don’t work. However, many of us still get stuck when attempting to approach this topic. They must be taught how to apply it effectively.

Why do so many Moodle courses suck?

Nik Peachey

Moodle is a magnificent free product and has the potential to enable schools and teachers to build wonderfully unique interactive online learning courses in which learner interaction can be tracked, measured and responded to. How about ready made courses?

Learning on the move

Learning with 'e's

It was nice to be invited to present a session for Sheffield Hallam University on mobile learning earlier today. The university has quite a strong research group in this area, and my talk, presented online via Adobe Connect had to be on point. 2002) Finland: A Mobile Culture.

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Positive Behavior Supports Creating Meaningful Life Options for People with ASD

Digital Promise

As the years progress, many families view the absence of a cure as tantamount to catastrophe. The desperation families feel in the absence of a cure highlights an urgent need to develop a model for successfully “living with autism” even as we pursue a model for helping individuals “recover” from autism (Carr, 2007a). 2002). That means they can go to movies, eat at restaurants, play sports, attend religious services and even have a vacation. 2002). 2002).

What Are the Implications of Distance Learning?

Education Superhighway

According to the U.S. Department of Education’s most recent study of the topic, the percentage of public school districts whose high school students took distance learning courses rose from 30 percent in 2002 to 53 percent in 2010. Friend or Foe to Overburdened Classrooms?

Back to School with Applied Digital Skills


If the new technology apps and terminology that your students and teens use are like a foreign language to you, then you’re not alone. Personally, we purchased our first computer that could access the internet in our senior year of college. But how do we do that? “TBH.” “143.”

North Carolina’s Digital Success Story


For over a decade, North Carolina has been the site of one of the most sustained, successful initiatives in education: giving all students in all schools access to broadband internet with WiFi in every classroom by 2018. Stakeholders—from educators and nonprofits to politicians and private companies—have all rowed in one direction to spur the strategic use of technology to ensure that all students have access to a great education.

Students on the autism spectrum are often as smart as their peers — so why do so few go to college?

The Hechinger Report

Students who are part of Project REACH meet weekly to discuss study strategies and ways that autism affects them socially and academically. Richard stormed in and out of the classroom several times, trying to retrieve the paper. One talked quietly to himself.

5 Augmented and Virtual Reality Creation Tools for Students

Shake Up Learning

Imagine holding the solar system in your hand and being able to walk around the planets. Would that have helped you to develop a true feel for what you were learning? What if you could bring any content to life for your students and view it as if you were part of that world?

How the military went from having childcare in Quonset huts and stables to being the “premier” system — and why don’t more people study it?

The Hechinger Report

In a recent Hechinger Report series on childcare in Mississippi, writers Jackie Mader and Sarah Butrymowicz asked what it would take for that state to transform its childcare into a top system. They pointed to the remaking of the U.S. How did the military achieve this transformation?

Lingering Fears from Outdated Screen Time Recommendations Stunt Parent Buy-In


Admittedly, as an educator I’ve popped my students in front of a movie in moments of chaos, and as a parent, I’ve found myself leaning on the not-so-educational show to calm my toddler during the witching hour. But over the past two years, as our district has rolled out our 1:1 device initiative to an increasing number of grade levels, I have also witnessed the benefits that some types of screen time can have on learners.

Reflections on 20 Years of Open Content: Lessons from Open Source

iterating toward openness

I’ll be writing a range of essays this year reflecting on two decades of work toward opening the core intellectual infrastructure of education (textbooks and other educational materials, assessments, and outcomes / objectives / competency statements) in order to increase access to and improve the effectiveness of education. This post, written as part of my agreement to keynote #OER18 later this spring, provides some historical context for the emergence of open content.

iPad or iFad?

Learning with 'e's

In 2002 I was so enthused by the idea that a school could provide one laptop for every child in its school that I launched a major research programme to study one of the first schools in the UK to achieve that goal for each of its 41 Year 6 pupils.

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To Leverage Tech in Writing Instruction, This Superintendent Channeled Justin Bieber


There is little in his CV to suggest someone who might also be a begrudging admirer of Canadian pop singer Justin Bieber. What’s interesting to me is that students are more concerned about their writing being effective and well done, knowing their peers or people outside their school are going to read it versus just the teacher. In that vein, he is also impressed with how Bieber used the Internet to find a following as a homemade YouTube sensation. “We

The age of disintegrated computing and thoughts on education

Bryan Alexander

But let me back up a bit to set the stage, first. I’ve been studying the mobile technology world for a while, ever since helping do some research for Howard Rheingold’s Smartmobs (2002). So to wrap up the familiar picture: we’re heading into the Internet of Things.

What Happened to Google's Effort to Scan Millions of University Library Books?


It was a crazy idea: Take the bulk of the world’s books, scan them, and create a monumental digital library for all to access. That’s what Google dreamed of doing when it embarked on its ambitious book-digitizing project in 2002. A settlement that would have created a Book Rights Registry and made it possible to access the Google Books corpus through public-library terminals ultimately died, rejected by a federal judge in 2011.

Viewing Comprehension Strategies: Watching Videos Like You Read A Book

TeachThought - Learn better.

to convey their message. There is much, much more to it than this. Videos are meant to be consumed in short bursts, while literature, for example, is meant to be “sat with.” How should students approach a video? How should they watch one?

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An upscale Florida auction yields millions for local preschool programs

The Hechinger Report

The academy is able to provide smart boards due to funding from the Naples Winter Wine Festival. Though the two scenes last January appear to be worlds apart, they share a unique connection that spans nearly two decades. Everyone works together to get the job done,” she said. “We’re

The survival of higher education (1): Changing roles

Learning with 'e's

The first, undesirable form of disruption stops us from getting to where we wish to be. The second kind of disruption enables our journey to a better place. So what will be the future of higher education, and how will it survive against this hostile backdrop? 2002).

A traditional model of organizational knowledge creation

Connecting 2 the World

Unfortunately, I still haven't figured out how to include my word graphics into blogger and since I don't have a lot of time to figure it out, it will just have to be left out of this post. This can further be linked to depth of knowledge being greater as it is internalized (Yaklief, 2010), as exhibit 2 illustrates. Competency, as discussed earlier, requires experience to understand and develop skills that become tacit knowledge. 2002). 2002).

When school districts fall into debt and can’t get out

The Hechinger Report

The district has struggled since then to pay off its construction debt. For the small, unincorporated community of 6,000 just north of Ann Arbor, the 12-year old building is a crown jewel — one that’s all the more precious given how close it came to slipping away.

Helping Others Along – Motivation Theory and the SAMR Model


Elbert Hubbard As a second year teacher, I remember being very excited about leading my students to participate in a project-based learning activity. I was a bit taken aback and confused how negatively it was received. It is easy for us to think “Save time, see things my way!”

A tale of two keynotes

Learning with 'e's

In May 2000, I was invited to present two keynote speeches about the role technology would play in the future of higher education. I argued that in order to survive the economic and societal challenges, universities would need to revise their approaches to education provision.

and then our tools shape us

Learning with 'e's

Today''s book recommendation is the fifth in the series: Howard Rheingold (2002) Smart Mobs: The next social revolution. The book remains a significant contribution to the discourse around learning technology. In hindsight, we failed to learn from the lessons of the television.

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At this one-of-a-kind Boston public high school, students learn calculus in Spanish

The Hechinger Report

BOSTON — When the Boston Public Schools opened the Margarita Muñiz Academy in 2012, it was a first-of-its kind dual-language high school meant to address issues faced by the city’s growing Hispanic population. We have to make space for them to access the content.”.

The Biggest Give-Away Yet - Thank You Readers and my Personal Learning Network!


scroll all the way down to enter the give-away * Many of my teacher friends often do give-aways to honor and thank their loyal readers. I can''t begin to explain what an amazing experience this conference was for those who attended. It’s hard to keep it all in focus.

Ever Feel Just ‘Average’? Think Again, Says Todd Rose


What vaulted Rose into the public spotlight, however, was his 2015 book, The End of Average: How We Succeed in a World that Values Sameness. Rather than compare achievement or intelligence to a single number, Rose writes that a multidimensional perspective can set us all up for success. Rose: Basically for the last 150 years—particularly after the Industrial Revolution—we came to think that you could understand people by using group averages.

Expertise, competency, and content

Connecting 2 the World

Therefore, it is important to discuss and define each of these terms as they relate to knowledge. Content Knowledge The traditional form of knowledge often is referred to as content knowledge. This is knowledge that can be possessed (Nonaka, 1994), as “what is known, or the corpus of knowledge that does not belong to any particular individual or context (Yakhlef, 2010, p.39).” In this case, knowledge is equivilent to content knowledge. 2002).

Knowledge Genres

Connecting 2 the World

During my defense, my adviser pushed me to define what these categories were. Needless to say, my inability to define what exactly these "categories" were and what they represented made me revisit and revise my dissertation. It took a while, but I finally realized that "category of knowledge" did not really reflect the concept I was trying to express. I finally decided I would need to name these concepts using a new term. Yaklief, 2002, 2010).

Live Interview Tuesday October 4th - A Children's Education Bill of Rights

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Peter will discuss his "proposed education bill of rights for American students, including ideas on how to restructure the United States Department of Education for greater equality and improved academic achievement for all learners." He returned to NYU to receive a Ph.D.

A Dictionary For 21st Century Teachers: Learning Models & Technology

TeachThought - Learn better.

Form: An index of learning models, theories, forms, terminology, technology, and research to help you keep up with the latest trends in 21st century learning. ” BYOD programs allow students to use their own technology (usually smartphone or tablet) in a classroom.

How A Strengths-Based Approach to Math Redefines Who Is “Smart”


One after another, these young women, who had all graduated from an urban high school serving many kids living in poverty, described how math class made them feel safe, heard and able to express their ideas without fear. “I They cared for my education and they wanted me to succeed.”.