Study explores use of digital tools in out-of-school programs

The Hechinger Report

Given that goal, the nonprofit commissioned a study of out-of-school programs to see how they use digital media tools and technologies with students. Studies of tech use in schools, however, show passive consumption is exceedingly common.

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Study: Holding Kids Back A Grade Doesn’t Necessarily Hold Them Back

MindShift

Now comes a big study to say something different: Holding kids back at third grade when they don’t meet the academic standards will give them a boost in achievement, by some measures. This study adds a counterbalance: If students get proper help and attention, they may be able to improve on low performance, given a little extra time.

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New Texas Textbooks Appear to Minimize Slavery as Civil War Issue

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said Dan Quinn of the Texas Freedom Network, a left-leaning advocacy organization that has been critical of the state’s academic standards in social studies. Stern, a historian who reviewed state standards for the conservative-leaning Thomas B.

New report underscores education problems in institutions for foster youth

The Hechinger Report

The report cites a 2013 study commissioned by the School District of Philadelphia that identifies “major concerns” with the quality of education provided by three residential facilities in the state.

4 keys to supporting college and career readiness

eSchool News

Be sure all students meet rigorous academic standards. A new generation of state standards has been designed to ensure that all students graduate from high school ready for college and a career.

13 Ways Education Could Change In The Next 13 Years

TeachThought - Learn better.

In 2013, most elementary schools are simply diminutive high schools, with a balance of reading, writing, mathematics, geography, and other “core” skills, while character training supplements academic work. 13 Ways Education Could Change In The Next 13 Years. by TeachThought Staff.

ThinkCERCA Raises $10.1 Million to Build Critical Thinkers, Readers and Writers

Edsurge

Founded in 2012, ThinkCERCA offers a set of digital tools and lesson plans to help educators teach critical thinking skills across a variety of subjects, including English language arts (ELA), math, social studies and science. Each lesson, Murphy shares, will “break down academic standards around literacy into discrete subskills.” (For “Everyone’s worried about people having to learn how to code,” notes Eileen Murphy.

Ethics in the Classroom

Digital Promise

The book presents six detailed case studies of common educational dilemmas, each accompanied by commentaries of varying viewpoints. Written by a range of practitioners — from classroom teachers to district leaders to African American Studies professors to philosophers — these commentaries each dissect the cases differently, introducing new solutions and new ways to consider what is “right.”.

KinderLab Robotics Announces New KIBO Guidebook to Enhance STEAM Education

techlearning

Each lesson includes facilitation suggestions, materials lists, center setup, and academic standards alignment. Each lesson plan provides specific setup suggestions, facilitation tips, and information on addressing cross-curricular connections and academic standards.

Professional development should make teachers feel urgent, not small and isolated

eSchool News

Technology, collaboration, and new standards are changing the classroom at a rapid pace. More importantly, teachers should be able to see proven teaching methods in action, with students, in the context of their curriculum requirements and academic standards.

Assessments and Curriculum: Be Responsive to Your Teachers by @danapiercy #litleaders

Reading By Example

Teachers have a lot to juggle: state standards, district expectations, literacy assessments, reading and writing workshop, STEM, social studies, RTI, and math. I am always working with teachers to make sense of our state standards. We had new state standards, a new STEM curriculum, new word study curriculum, and new reading curriculum. Our primary goal was to compare and contrast the standards for each subject.

6 Professional Opportunities for Learning More About Classroom Design!

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Time: 9pm Eastern tonight - August 19th 2014 on Twitter Simply follow the hashtag #TeacherFriends ( click here ) 3 Quick Classroom Design Tips Prior to going into teaching, I studied interior design at Michigan State University.

Open letter to teachers who feel trapped in racist schools

The Hechinger Report

Breaking up black school boards has more to do with disrupting black power than implementing a proven strategy to improve academic achievement. We plant the seeds of racism when all children don’t learn black history, which is a question of policy about state academic standards.

Turning ‘Google Maps for Education’ From Metaphor to Reality

Edsurge

Alignment of Data Standards for Describing Learning Objectives When applying the Google Maps metaphor to learner navigation, the points of interest on the map are competencies—the things that a person can learn, such as skills, knowledge, dispositions, and habits of practice. The existing standards for this kind of data were like a Babylon of different languages, understood only in their own domain (such as medical training, human resources, K-12 or postsecondary).

30 Universal Strategies For Learning

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If they have trouble, offer them three choices that align with your curriculum or given academic standards. A Social Studies teacher might offer push-pull factors, industrialism, and factors in social change. Study and visually demonstrate nuance.

‘What Kids Are Reading’ Report Details Vocabulary Exposure

K-12 Schools - Education News

A new report takes an in-depth look at what children are reading across all grade levels, finding that the average student has not met any college and career readiness reading standards. In a study of over 2.8

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In Successful Edtech, Pedagogy Comes First—Devices Second

Digital Promise

These tools help us identify and then address -- through intervention or enrichment -- individual students' needs around each of the major academic standards. A recent study within a number of school districts, including the Middletown City School District, showed significantly greater academic growth in blended learning versus traditional classes. But follow-up studies showed a bigger problem.

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Writing Is Still How We Communicate

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Among the biggest changes the Common Core Standards require is the shift in the burden of general literacy. And this has levied untold damage on student academic progress. It needn’t be some blank, sterile, and academic form that makes students wail and teachers squirm.

How To Add Rigor To Anything

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Barbara Blackburn, author of “Rigor is not a 4-Letter Word,” shared 5 “myths” concerning rigor, and they are indicative of the common misconceptions: that difficult, dry, academic, sink-or-swim learning is inherently rigorous. Study nuance.

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What’s New

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This K-12 ‘data switch’ uses proprietary and open standards to talk to a wide variety of data sources, and merges data into a single store to provide a unified view of educational data - such as achievement, attendance and students at risk - in real time.

Less Is More: 4 Strategies To Streamline Your Curriculum

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One important point is that the standards require more depth and less breadth. Meeting these standards can be done by doing less, not more. First, let’s look at what the standards mean by more “depth.” Use Power Standards.

60 Ways To Help Students Think For Themselves

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How does this happen–especially when you have a very specific daily learning target you’re trying to meet in pursuit of an academic standard? Guide them to dynamic spaces characterized by people, thought, and creativity (rather than intricate policies, rules, and standards).

What do at-risk students, English language learners and adult college students have in common?

The Hechinger Report

Many administrators at public schools say they are using strategies to “personalize” learning, giving students the chance to tackle coursework at their own pace or have a greater say in what they study. She also plans to carve out time for students to choose what to study.

Tighter standards put college-level courses at risk

eSchool News

Advanced high school courses could be at risk under new standards. Indiana state education officials are working on a plan to address tighter academic standards for those teaching Indiana high school classes in which students also can earn college credit.

The Inconvenient Truths About Assessment

TeachThought - Learn better.

This can mean that it’s often easier to assess something other than an academic standard than it is knowledge of the standard itself. The Inconvenient Truths About Assessment. by Terry Heick.

The Real Problem With Multiple-Choice Questions

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Even the transparency and apparent relevance of a classroom activity factor into the “value” of a learning experience as much as how cleanly that activity aligns with an academic standard. The Real Problem With Multiple-Choice Questions. by Terry Heick.

The Benefit Of Making The Curricular More Like The Extracurricular

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Even in today’s age of standardized testing and emphasis on academic standards, perhaps even because of this recent emphasis, educators are increasingly aware of the need to nurture students’ complete development.

Seeking advantage, colleges are increasingly admitting students as sophomores

The Hechinger Report

By sending them off to spend their freshman years elsewhere and requiring them to meet certain academic targets, for instance, colleges ensure that students are motivated and likely to make it all the way to graduation rather than cost revenue by dropping out.

Where Are Quality Instructional Materials for English Language Learners?

MindShift

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. The Council also suggests that schools train all teachers, even those in general education classrooms, in strategies to ensure ELLs meet state education standards. “We

Why Ninth Grade is the Pivotal Year for Dropping Out of High School

MindShift

The transition from middle school to high school is a big one, perhaps bigger than appears at first blush: Not only do students’ academic workloads increase, but simultaneously, so does their independence and responsibility.

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16 Books About Learning Every Teacher Should Read

TeachThought - Learn better.

This short book offers 4 standards for prioritizing in your classroom: Rigor, Thought, Diversity, and Authenticity. It defines each, and offers a helpful rubrics to begin measuring how each standard does or does not function in your classroom.

Understanding ESSA: How the Every Student Succeeds Act will Change U.S. Educational Policy

eSpark

Higher standards are right. have expressed frustration with No Child Left Behind, an educational policy that has been derided by educators as placing too much emphasis on standardized testing and failing to address racial and socioeconomic achievement gaps.

In one state, students are ditching classrooms for jobs

The Hechinger Report

Woods, who has never liked school, says that being able to earn academic credit by working with cars is ideal. “I’m However programs like Harwood’s that offer academic credit in core subject areas are rare, Parton said. K-12 News Solutions standards

We Asked Teachers What They Want From Edtech. Here’s What They Said.

eSpark

But while standardized test scores might improve, a recent study found that in 63% of classrooms, students aren’t using technology to “solve problems, conduct research, or to work collaboratively.” We’ve made it our mission to build lessons that nurture 21st century academic success and empower extraordinary teaching. Teachers need help planning lessons that meaningfully contextualize academic standards. This piece originally ran on Edsurge.

We Asked Teachers What They Want From Edtech. Here’s What They Said.

Edsurge

But while standardized test scores might improve, a recent study found that in 63% of classrooms, students aren’t using technology to “solve problems, conduct research, or to work collaboratively.” We’ve made it our mission to build lessons that nurture 21st century academic success and empower extraordinary teaching. Teachers need help planning lessons that meaningfully contextualize academic standards.

8 Myths about online education debunked

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There’s no disputing the fact that studying to earn a graduate or postgraduate degree via the web is fast growing as an option to the conventional classroom format of education. This might be true to a certain extent as the academic standards might differ from one institution to another.

How to Teach the Human Body and 16 Sites to Help

Ask a Tech Teacher

For many, study of the human body starts in second grade with an introduction to what’s inside that stretchy, durable skin that coats our bodies. There are also lots of teacher resources to help in using this unit such as lesson plans, training, and academic standards met.

South Carolina adopts science video service

eSchool News

Twig and Tigtag are the perfect tools for helping our teachers make real world connections between what students study in class, and the careers and post-secondary options that await them upon graduation from Sumter schools.

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This STEM-focused district hands out paychecks along with report cards

The Hechinger Report

Their work is a version of what educators call project-based learning, which means gaining knowledge by solving problems rather than by studying textbooks. Teachers push [academic] standards into these projects,” and schools don’t “want projects where kids are just an extra set of hands.”.

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What happens when a regular high school decides no student is a lost cause?

The Hechinger Report

The goal is to offer an alternative for kids who struggle in standard classrooms. A 2009 study by the Washington Family Policy Council found that counties using such methods in their schools and social services saved $1.4 The academic standards were low, the structure lacking.