How to streamline assessment and spend less time grading

The Cornerstone for Teachers

I’ve always thought it would be really cool to get a group of master teachers together to hash out some of their toughest challenges and share what’s working. More specifically, how to reduce the amount of time you spend grading papers. Can any of you speak to that?

Cross-Curricular Lesson: Communicating with Parents

User Generated Education

As someone who has been in teacher education for several decades, I often think about – teach about how to make curriculum engaging, fun, effective, authentic, and relevant for learners. I believe interdisciplinary or cross-curricular lessons have the potential to do so.

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Smartphones in the classroom: friend or foe?


In the pre-smartphone era, when traditional mobile phones – or “dumb phones”, how I like to call them – ruled the world, students simply couldn’t use their phones for learning. Fast forward to the present day. The one-and-a half-hour seminar almost flew away.

Is technology outpacing you?

Ask a Tech Teacher

We spend millions on training teachers to blend tech into their lessons. Using webtools and burying noses in digital devices won’t provide the interpersonal skills required to succeed in the working world. The human piece to education can’t be overstated.

A Gullible Population Is a National Security Issue

The CoolCatTeacher

Army War College National Security Seminar that caused this response. A Note from Vicki: This post is in response to Cathy Rubin’s Global Search for education where she asks about the literacy skills required for a new world. A Few of the Ads Traced Back to Russian Organizations.

Preparing Young Students for Home Row Keyboarding: An Unplugged Approach

Ask a Tech Teacher

I’ve long been intrigued by the physical keyboards teachers and homeschoolers use to introduce keyboarding to the youngest typists. Students are digital natives, but as of yet, no child comes to class naturally able to navigate the QWERTY keyboard.

8 Strategies To Help Students Ask Great Questions

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8 Strategies To Help Students Ask Great Questions. In education, we tend to value a student’s ability to answer our questions. But what might be more important is their ability to ask their own great questions–and more critically, their willingness to do so.

Understanding By Design — What’s That Even Mean?

Ask a Tech Teacher

Created by Grant Wiggins and Jay McTighe, Understanding by Design (UbD) is a lesson planning approach that visualizes the end result (what students should understand) to better select learning activities (the path that will get students there). How do you know if you need UbD?

Can We Design Online Learning Platforms That Feel More Intimate Than Massive?


They know that when it comes to learning and productivity, space matters. One of EdSurge’s most popular articles described how a teacher used flexible seating to create a classroom that resembled Starbucks, spawning a movement to “ Starbucks your classroom. ” Unfortunately, most massive open online course (MOOC) platforms still feel like drafty lecture halls instead of intimate seminar rooms. Teachers spend hours designing and setting up their classrooms.

Can an Online Tool Depolarize Campus Discussions?


As a new school year kicks off in a time of mounting political scandals and heightened polarization , some campuses have added a new component to their freshman seminar programs—an online training in how to talk politics (productively). I’m hearing from so many students and professors that even in seminar classes, they can’t get people to talk,” said Heterodox Academy’s founder, Jonathan Haidt, on an episode of the group’s podcast.

How Micro-Credentials Support Professional Learning

All educators are lifelong learners, whether they’re figuring out how to incorporate the latest edtech device into their lessons or researching bios on NBA players to help a reluctant reader. To start, many micro-credentials are stackable.

See you at ASHA!


After a trip to South Florida ( click here for info on our free workshop with UM-NSU-CARD ) this weekend, I am excited to head off to Denver, and hope to see many of you there. In case you missed it, check out my article on apps that will help you navigate the convention.

Stop Asking About Completion Rates: Better Questions to Ask About MOOCs in 2019


Yet, the fundamental problem with this line of questioning is that it inaccurately conflates access to online learning content with access to a course experience. Instead, MOOCs should be understood as digital content like podcasts, online magazines, Netflix series or even email campaigns rather than facilitated educational experiences akin to college seminars. Compare how a MOOC is assessed with how we evaluate The New York Times.

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How Students Running ‘EdSurge Independent’ Say Colleges Should Change


Don’t even think of lecturing to these college students. The 14 students who just finished up the spring session of EdSurge Independent want something more active, and they want to have a voice as colleges rethink how they teach and support people on their campuses. We encourage you to listen to a complete version below, or on iTunes (or your favorite podcast app). EdSurge: Why does college need to change at all? Every class is planned to the minute.

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4 Ways to Get Started with Security

EdTech Magazine

4 Ways to Get Started with Security. First, only larger districts tend to have network engineers or trained IT people available , let alone security experts. And second, schools are inherently open environments, so districts try to open up network access to as many people as possible. To give you an example, at the district I worked at in New England as a CIO. Reach Out to a Network Security Expert. Article. meghan.bogardu….

Going on the Offensive: Cyber Security Strategies for Schools

Many schools still rely on the once-a-year cyber security seminar or focus on too narrowly on a specific issue, like not posting student info online. Education programs need to be more comprehensive and ongoing throughout the year. How do the vendors treat your data?

Learning for the Always-On Generation (Part 3)

EdNews Daily

In my previous article, Learning for the Always-On Generation, readers were introduced to several learning attributes of the digital generations. The third attribute examines how digital learners prefer processing pictures, sounds, color, and video before they process text.

Expert Tips to Make Educational Travel Attainable for All Students

Setting up a structure for fundraising to support your students who want to travel is crucial regardless of their family income. The experts shared tips on planning for educational travel to make it accessible for all students.

Using Discourse to Promote a Positive Classroom Culture

Discovery Education

Can we expect students to know how to talk and discuss topics with their teachers and each other on a daily basis? Students are able to appreciate what they are learning and why they are learning it (even if they do not want to readily admit it!). That sounds great, but how do we get there? First — we must provide students with daily and meaningful opportunities to talk with each other about what, how and why they are learning.

Can You Teach Good Writing? We Ask One of the Greats


4: On the Writing Process , and I was eager to talk to him about his craftsmanship as a teacher. To my surprise, though, he downplayed his impact in the classroom, and even suggested that you can’t really teach the kind of writing that he, in fact, teaches. Listen below, or subscribe to the EdSurge On Air podcast on your favorite podcast app (like iTunes or Stitcher ). What drives you to teach? No, I was going to reveal that. It's going to be fun.

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EDUCAUSE 2015: my sessions and some observations

Bryan Alexander

Plus taking in more than a dozen sessions and holding who knows how many meetings and calls. Here I wanted to share what I did, and some of what I learned. 11:00 – 11:30 Applications to your campus: discussion. I’ll link to that when it hits the web.

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Text Complexity? Helping Readers See The Whole Text

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Am I attending to the fewest, most powerful comprehension strategies for academic literacy? Do students have sufficient general understanding of the strategies (which is key to transfer)? How can you possibly develop comprehension ability of a text this way? Text Complexity?

Text Complexity? Helping Readers See The Whole Text

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Am I attending to the fewest, most powerful comprehension strategies for academic literacy? Do students have sufficient general understanding of the strategies (which is key to transfer)? How can you possibly develop comprehension ability of a text this way? Text Complexity?

Promoting inventiveness in the classroom

Kathy Schrock

This article originally appeared in the Discovery Education blog " Kathy Schrock's Katch of the Month " in June 2017 and is re-posted here with permission. The form of creativity leading to invention is called inventiveness. How can I get investors?” “How and “How…?”.

When They Read But Don’t Understand

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When They Read But Don’t Understand: The Leap From Decoding To Comprehension. How well are we doing in comprehension of text as a nation? Maybe we have jumped to solutions before understanding the problems of naïve and superficial comprehension.

When They Read But Don’t Understand

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When They Read But Don’t Understand: The Leap From Decoding To Comprehension. How well are we doing in comprehension of text as a nation? Maybe we have jumped to solutions before understanding the problems of naïve and superficial comprehension.

Top STEM Schools in Georgia Host High-Tech Personalized Classes Without Hours of Screentime


“Is it going to explode?” Things don’t usually explode in Biology,” chimes another goggle-wearing student with long blond hair to my left. Back in 2012, we didn’t have an autoclave, so we were crushing bouillon cubes to make microbacteria media and being creative with microwaves, and it worked. It got the students engaged and doing something as opposed to saying, ‘Well I can’t do that because I don’t have an autoclave.’. If you talk to any of those students.

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What Close Reading Actually Means

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Grant was tremendously influential on TeachThought’s approach to education, and we were lucky enough for him to contribute his content to our site. Occasionally, we are going to go back and re-share his most memorable posts. Do any words seem oddly used to you?

How Passion Projects and Community Partners Create Relevant Learning for Teens in School


But in the midst of this tragedy the residents began to see an opportunity to rethink how they would rebuild the core institutions of the town. “We’re wanted to be part of rebuilding the community. They were asked to report back on what they noticed about the experience.

Generation next

Learning with 'e's

They will have no memories of the 20th century, which just happens to be the same century their lecturers were born and educated within. The class of 2020 may have expectations about learning which run counter to the ethos of the traditional university.

Building Thinking Skills to Help Students Access Their Best Work


The school uses a mastery-based approach , focusing on helping each student become proficient in the necessary skills no matter how long it takes. They’re also committed to doing interesting, hands-on projects and letting students have autonomy over their learning.

4 Cs Series: Critical Thinking


When leading a discussion with our students, we’re all accustomed to hearing one word answers, answers to a question we might not have ever asked, or even no answer at all! How many times do we leave a discussion in class wondering if we could have gone even deeper with the concept?

My Experience with Online Courses As One Way to Lower Costs in Education and Create "Edutonomy" for Students, But Does Not Replace Great Teachers

Saving Socrates

I began using online courses in 2008 when I was introduced to iTunes. When I was first learning about Forensics and Non-European History, I found it to be a god-saver as a crash course to helping me teach public school. A few years ago, I was fortunate enough to take two online courses through Rutgers University. I had a positive experience at the Rutger''s AP United State History Seminar for Teachers the summer before and thought that would be a good venue to do so.

Strategies to Help Students ‘Go Deep’ When Reading Digitally


Not only are many teachers using tablets and computers for classroom instruction, but many state tests are now administered on computers, adding incentive for teachers to teach digital reading strategies. The world is almost forcing us to go there,” Hess said.

Redesigning the Syllabus to Reflect the Learning Journey


Personalized learning is still in its infancy—as are the curricular tools and resources available to support teachers in implementing it. Currently, there is no shortage of articles offering a high-level look at how and why personalized learning will impact student growth, and conference sessions where teachers are encouraged to change the way they teach, but not given the tools to modify their instructional practices. Almost every question led to another.

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