Field of Dreams

A Principal's Reflections

As I write this post I am sitting in the Des Moines airport waiting for my flight back to the East Coast. I was fortunate to spend the last few days here in Iowa as a guest of Scott McLeod who founded and runs the C.A.S.T.L.E. That number has now grown to 51 this year ( see this map ).

Today's Lesson: Facebook. Friend or enemy in the classroom?

A Principal's Reflections

Not only are some schools incorporating Facebook into their lesson plans, but they are also tutoring students as young as 6-years-old on how to ''properly'' use the site. Yes, students are being tutored how to use Facebook. While many may frown at the idea of fourth graders using Facebook in the classroom, teachers at Gunn argued that the site helps students reinforce information while simultaneously allowing parents to monitor what their child is learning in class.

Reflections on NCTIES

The Web20Classroom

For 3 days almost 2000 educators from across the southeast gathered in Raleigh, NC to share, produce and learn about technology in education and have a little bit of fun. Previously I had tried to learn Second Life 3 times but never could get anywhere with it so just gave up.

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Twitter Chats Worth Checking Out.

The Web20Classroom

Sometimes it is hard for me to believe how successful it has been. While there are those that believe it is a waste of time, more and more educators are taking time on Tuesday nights (and some on Tuesday afternoons) to participate. That is why other groups of people have taken it upon themselves to create their own chats for special interests. So what I wanted to do is highlight a few of my favorites. Needless to say, I learned lots.

Week of November 8, 2010 - Live, Interactive, and Free Webinars in Elluminate

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

Event recordings are posted and available after the events if you aren''t able to attend them live. link] MINI-GEEK FEST MONTHLY ONLINE CONVERSATION-NOVEMBER, 2010 (AZTEA) Mon 8 Nov 10:00PM New York / Tue 8 Nov 03:00AM GMT / Tue 8 Nov 01:00PM Sydney Peggy George and Kim Thomas. Do you often feel overwhelmed with all of the new tools and feel you don''t have time to keep up with everything? We look forward to an exciting and interesting conversation!

How to unlock students’ internal drive for learning

The Hechinger Report

When Destiny Reyes started elementary school, she felt highly motivated. But there, among Providence’s brightest, it wasn’t as easy to be at the top of the class, and her excitement about school – and learning – subsided. She went to school because she had to.

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Livescribe Pencast Book Reviews & More!

The Daring Librarian

now.what to do with it? How to Create a Pencast Book Review! Any suggestions on how to neaten up the process would be appreciated. How it works - you''ll need: 1. I had to try this a few times before I got it right. for the 2G to $159.00

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How to boost math skills in the early grades

The Hechinger Report

Small-group math work at Prairie Oak Elementary in Berwyn North School District 98 where, two years ago, just 14 percent of third-graders were able to do grade-level math. It leads to the analytic, higher-level thinking that’s increasingly important.”.

Elementary school teachers struggle with Common Core math standards

The Hechinger Report

2, 2014 photo, teacher Joy Burke surprises her students with homemade cookies as they leave their fifth grade class at John Hay Elementary school in Seattle. Cookies and math tend to go together in an elementary school classroom. In this Thursday, Oct.

The discussion about US education

Connecting 2 the World

I look at part of this as a result of the charter school movement and a movement to break up teachers unions to bring down costs of education. After watching programs on NBC and the Oprah Winfrey school, I think it is important that misinformation that was spouted by such experts as Bill Gates and Mayor Bloomberg (both businessmen first) need to be addressed. 1) Tenure is NOT automatically given to teachers, as both of these men contended on TV.

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Video Book Trailer Awards

The Daring Librarian

On September 27th, School Library Journal will ask readers to vote for the best video trailers that promote books and encourage reading. Winners will be announced at the School Library Journal Leadership Summit on the Future of Reading on October 22, 2010 in Chicago.

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How to make Cleveland ‘great again’

The Hechinger Report

CLEVELAND— Cleveland Metropolitan School District has a countdown clock to Election Day on its website. When city residents head to the polls that day, they’ll be doing more than picking a president. Officials gave themselves till 2016 to show progress.

Site Visit & Shift Happens

wwwatanabe

You see, all week long I indulged in PBL lessons such as STEM with GPS and students doing amazing projects, projects that I aspired to do when I was still in the classroom but hadn''t quite gotten there. So, when I arrived at the sites, I was expecting those "Oh My Gosh I wanna FB this to the world" type of lessons. Often times, they would rotate to the next center when the timer would buzz. The kids on the laptops got to choose what their learning exercise.

How to Boost Math Skills in the Early Grades

MindShift

While instruction may challenge kids with no previous exposure to math, it is often not engaging enough for the growing number of kindergarteners with some math skills. It leads to the analytic, higher-level thinking that’s increasingly important.”. Were students willing to take risks?

How to Help Students Develop a Love of Reading

MindShift

Over the years, the sixth grader from Washington, Michigan, has been on the receiving end of various incentives to gently nudge him into doing more reading: his elementary school used reading logs and rewards for time spent reading, and at home he is allowed to stay up 30 minutes past his bedtime if he reads an actual book. Schools have traditionally taught children how to read, and have always tried to encourage reading. Who loves to read most?

ISTE SIGMS Election Please Vote for Brenda Now!

The Daring Librarian

Here''s the info on the ISTE site to seal the deal! Work Experience: I was an elementary library media specialist for 15 years before moving into a district level position of instructional specialist for the School Library Media programs unit in Montgomery County Public Schools in Maryland.

Segregation in Steel Valley: How these Pittsburgh-area elementary students are separated by race and academic performance

The Hechinger Report

The Steel Valley School District operates two elementary schools in a shoulder of the Monongahela River. When Terrance Frey learned that his son’s school, Barrett Elementary, is 78 percent black and Park Elementary is 84 percent white, he was shocked. “It You know, like you have to sit in the back of the bus,” said Frey, who is black. Related: How the federal government abandoned the Brown v. I need to get these elementary kids learning together.

K-6 Educational Music Videos: Selecting the Right Videos for Learning

The CoolCatTeacher

Joanna is an elementary teacher and Matt is a songwriter from Las Vegas. Today they talk about what makes a great learning video and how to select good videos on YouTube for K-6 students. Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher. How do we help kids remember?

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Virtual Escape Room

iLearn Technology

What it is: I’m telling you, the edublog alliance I created in 2010 is like the gift that keeps on giving. Year after year I continue to be inspired, excited, and made to think by my edublog alliance PLN! These are my go to blogs before all others!

Technology: the savior of education?

iLearn Technology

I loved the freedom of writing my own curriculum every day, and getting to know my students. I had a great time helping other teachers learn how to use technology, and coming up with ideas for how they could integrate it into their classrooms. Fast forward again to 2009.

Educators as Purveyors of Hope

User Generated Education

I sought this degree due to my affinity towards at-risk and adjudicated youth. I have since become a teacher educator (with some teaching of elementary gifted students at a few Title 1 schools thrown in). The goal, though, is for you to develop your own sense of hope.”

Five Learning Strategies that Work

Digital Promise

As the amount of information available to us grows each day, many people turn to “curated” websites to find news and ideas that are are most relevant to them. How easily they could be used by students and teachers. 2010).

Workbench Education Expands Partnership with Baltimore City Public Schools

techlearning

After successfully piloting the Workbench solution during the 2017 - 2018 school year, the district is expanding the use of the Workbench Education platform to an additional seven of the district’s 21st Century Schools. Height Elementary, Forest Park High, Ft.

Isn’t it time to stop Wikipedia shaming?

NeverEndingSearch

Researching Students’ Information Choices (RSIC), our IMLS-funded study, uses simulated Google result lists to examine what happens when student researchers make real-time search engine result page decisions. Wikipedia appears to be an exception. Elementary think alouds.

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A Bold Move to Better Prepare Principals: How Illinois Educators Revamped Requirements for Preparation of Principals

EdNews Daily

This is a four part mini-series; a must watch for educators who believe in taking charge to reform the system-in their own hands. The Wallace Foundation today released a four-part video series exploring Illinois’ bold actions to revamp the way school principals are prepared.

Global Education Conference 2017 #globaled17

The CoolCatTeacher

Go to globaleducationconference.com to join in. Today we talk about the conference, what people can expect from the conference and how to sign up. Listen to the show on iTunes or Stitcher. For guests and hyperlinks to resources, scroll down.

Hindsight: How I *WISH* I had Supported Our Technology Rollout

Tech Helpful

According to wikipedia, the first iPad was released on April 3, 2010 ( [link] ). Oh to have read that book then! as we finished up year 6 of a 1:1 plan that continues to develop and adjust to the ever-changing needs of our students.

OPINION: This Trump budget cut stands to reduce young learners’ odds of escaping poverty

The Hechinger Report

Among the $9 billion in cuts to education spending requested by the Trump administration last week is the elimination of a $2.4 Related: How to help principals do a better job? Related: What happens to a turnaround high school when transformative principal walks away?

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.

K-8 Math Program DreamBox Raises $130 Million from The Rise Fund, Adds Arne Duncan to Board

Edsurge

Duncan currently serves as an education advisor to The Rise Fund.) It’s also a big bump from the $40 million in total venture capital that the company had previously raised since 2010, when Woolley-Wilson took the helm. Founded in 2006, DreamBox has steadily built out a suite of online math programs for elementary and middle-school students. It also might have shut down were it not for an $10 million investment in 2010 from Netflix CEO Reed Hastings.

Transform Learning by Creating a Makerspace

edWeb.net

Making learning more real for students allows them to learn better in a much more energized school,” said Luhtala. This process created both an opportunity and a challenge for Luhtala and Burns to convert this newly created space into a makerspace.

Dual-language programs benefit disadvantaged black kids, too, experts say

The Hechinger Report

Teachers Ivonne Kendrick and Milagro Nuñez lead preschool students at Houston Elementary School in a song during a time of “música y movimiento.” But they know how to ask for a “manzana ,” or apple, at snack time and recognize that when Kendrick says “fila ,” that’s their cue to form a line.

Experiences in Self-Determined Learning: Moving from Education 1.0 Through Education 2.0 Towards Education 3.0

User Generated Education

Lisa Marie Blaschke, Mr. Chris Kenyon, and Dr. Stewart Hase contacted a group of us due to our interest in heutagogy for the purpose of writing a chapter in an edited book. An Introduction to Self-determined Learning (Heutagogy): Stewart Hase. to Web 2.0 and now to Web 3.0

What Is Lost When Kindergarten Gets More Academic?

MindShift

“What are some of the things that the monsters like to eat in this story?” McGee teaches kindergarten at Walker Jones Elementary in Washington, D.C. “They like to eat cake,” says one girl. Welcome to kindergarten in 2016. To see more, visit [link

Department of Education Updates District Leaders

Leadership Lounge

The department has held competitions since 2010 for the Investing in Innovation Fund or the Education in Research (EIR) Program, which replaced the Innovation Fund in ESSA. ” EIR is a tiered grant, providing funds to districts that fall into early-phase, mid-phase and expansion.

Teaching global warming in a charged political climate

The Hechinger Report

What does that mean to you?”. “It’s The students didn’t know it yet, but they were about to engage in some myth busting about perhaps the biggest menace to their futures: climate change. Many textbooks don’t touch the topic, according to science educators.

A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 38 Edition)

Doug Levin

But I did decide to reclaim some 15,000 tweets and 5,000 favorites accumulated over 9 years and take them offline. Maybe you can put the server space to better use? You know how to reach me if you want to talk… Note to self: When deleting tweets in bulk, remember not to delete my keybase proof. A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 38 Edition). So there is no increase in cost to taxpayers.

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A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 38 Edition)

Doug Levin

But I did decide to reclaim some 15,000 tweets and 5,000 favorites accumulated over 9 years and take them offline. Maybe you can put the server space to better use? You know how to reach me if you want to talk… Note to self: When deleting tweets in bulk, remember not to delete my keybase proof. A Thinking Person’s Guide to EdTech News (2017 Week 38 Edition). So there is no increase in cost to taxpayers.

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A tale of two pilots

eSchool News

note : Choosing hardware or software for an entire school district is a momentous decision, so it only makes sense that districts across the country are choosing to pilot products before signing on the dotted line. We made plans to expand our pilot.

Common Core-Based Tests Causing Scramble for Computer Literacy

K-12 Schools - Education News

This spring, elementary and high school students nationwide will be taking Common Core-related tests, which frequently are taken on computers and require accurate and quick typing skills. Now, starting in second grade, students begin to learn how to type.