Teaching isn’t Rocket Science – It’s Way More Complex

The CoolCatTeacher

Sponsor: The STLinATL Conference will be at Woodward Academy in Atlanta July 26-27, 2018. You know, if I taught math, I’d be harvesting videos from the Khan Academy or places like that, rather than creating my own.

Edtech Tools Get Creative With Formative Assessments

MSEDTechie

Our students now in elementary school have never had a time in their lives where mobile technology wasn''t present. The website allows you to assess students’ learning in a fun and engaging way, and it is very simple to use. Take a video from Youtube, Khan Academy or TeacherTube and crop it to use only what you need for your lesson, record your voice on top to explain, add clarifications, or add a video introduction.

How to Prepare for the SAT

Ask a Tech Teacher

Khan Academy. Khan Academy, in partnership with the College Board, has designed a scaffolded SAT prep program that diagnoses the student’s level and takes them through practice questions in a step by step approach to prepare them for the real thing.

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5 Ways to Flip Your Classroom

The CoolCatTeacher

I have to do the in-flip, which means I do the videos sometimes in class, and use tools like “EdPuzzle” to kind of insert that formative assessment and that sort of thing. As the producer of HipHughes History, he was recognized in 2012 by YouTube and Khan Academy with a YouTube Edu Guru Award.

Testing Giving You The Blues? Get Creative with EdTech Formative Assessments

MSEDTechie

I remember being that shy little girl in my elementary class who would sometimes know the answer, or had a question, but didn’t feel comfortable speaking out. Creative Formative Assessments Can Help: Save time assessing students.

TenMarks Shutdown Leaves Teachers Wanting, Competitors Circling

Edsurge

That’s how school district users last year found out about the end of TenMarks, which has provided curriculum, lesson plans, exercises and assessments in math and writing to students in an estimated 11,500 U.S. Some teachers already use Freckle and Khan Academy on their own.)

Helping Learners Move Beyond “I Can’t Do This”

User Generated Education

I work part-time with elementary learners – with gifted learners during the school year and teaching maker education camps during the summer. Struggles with authentic tasks mimics real life so much more than completing those types of tasks and assessments done at most schools.

We need to change the teacher vs. technology narrative

The Christensen Institute

Sure enough, elementary and secondary teachers are among the most educated yet least paid professionals; and their likelihood of automation: practically zero. Research consistently shows that teachers are the most important school-level factor affecting student outcomes—and good teaching goes well beyond presenting information or grading assessments with discrete answers.

EdSurge’s 2017 Year in Review: The Top 10 K-12 Stories, as Chosen by You

Edsurge

Khan Academy’s New ‘Teacher Aid’ Tool Goes for a Test Drive in Southern California Khan Academy videos have long been used in K-12 classrooms of all grade levels, even though it was never expressly marketed to them. This April, the company released its first tool built for school: a teacher’s aid that allows users to create lesson plans corresponding to Khan videos and track student progress via a data dashboard.

The Progression of our Lower School Technology Integration

Tech Helpful

While my main goal was always for our students to continue to improve their keyboarding speed and accuracy, I started asking the elementary teachers how I might support their curriculum with what I was doing in class.

3 Websites to Gamify Your Math Class

Ask a Tech Teacher

Most elementary age kids I know love math, but that changes when they matriculate to middle school. This goes well beyond Khan Academy’s online video training, into fantasy worlds of trolls and wizards, the type of activities most parents have tried to keep their kids away from.

Personalizing the Station Rotation recipe

The Christensen Institute

Prior to participating in a blended-learning pilot, Angela Jones, a teacher at Bella Romero Academy in Greeley, Colorado, had already started putting a great deal of effort into personalizing learning for her students, despite limited access to learning software and devices at the time. You are working with the teacher today, or you are working on a Khan Academy lesson today.’”.

Is the new education reform hiding in plain sight?

The Hechinger Report

Rogers Elementary fourth-grade teacher Sudhir Vasal created math lesson pathways so each child can progress at their own pace. Rogers Elementary School here set a three-alarm fire in the library. Rogers Elementary Principal Lisa Lovato. Dan D.

Four Ways to Create a Culture of Innovation – from Beth Holland & Sabba Quidwai

EdTechTeacher

Salman Khan, creator of Khan Academy recently shared, “ Why I’ll Never Tell My Son He’s Smart.” In Kristen Wideen’s elementary class, students launched #KidsCanCreateChange. How do you create an innovative culture while balancing high stakes assessments?

Adapting to the New Classroom

techlearning

Our elementary and middle schools utilize i-Ready diagnostics to form enrichment and intervention groups,” says Dr. Julia Lamons, assessment supervisor at Greene County Schools. The i-Ready Standards Mastery system allows apples-to-apples assessment for grades 2–8 in ELA and math.

In Successful Edtech, Pedagogy Comes First—Devices Second

Digital Promise

Many school districts -- including mine in Middletown, NY-- are leveraging the power of technology with adaptive assessments and instructional software. In one survey, a large majority (80 percent) of math teachers reported that free instructional content from Khan Academy helped them challenge their most advanced students, and a smaller but still significant majority (66 percent) reported that it gave them extra capacity to help their most struggling students make the gains they needed.

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Dropbox + Pinterest + SMART Exchange for Teachers + Common Core = ClassConnect

Kleinspiration

I just an elementary teacher loving what he''s created and enjoying sharing it with others! While I use and appreciate Sal Khan and The Khan Academy , I have been disappointed that I''ve only been able to use the videos by viewing the content.

What if personalized learning was less about me and more about us?

The Hechinger Report

This year, for example, Harvey Elementary School in Kenosha, Wisconsin, parted ways with EL after five years, because teachers struggled to align EL lessons and progress measures with the separate standards and reporting required by their district.

Top 25 Sites/Apps of 2018

Technology Tidbits

Think Fluency - A wonderful iOS/Google Play app for assessing a student's reading fluency. Badaboom - A new game based learning tool (similar to Kahoot) where educators can make quizzes/games to assess student's learning. Elementari - A fun site for digital storytelling and project based learning where students can create: digital stories, portfolios, or choose-your-own adventures. It's the time of year again for my favorite annual sites and apps.

Different Definitions of Personalized Learning Conflict, Cause Confusion

MindShift

Two examples are McGraw Hill’s ALEKS and Khan Academy. Sal Khan, the founder of Khan Academy, defines personalization by pace. With Khan Academy, you can show “mastery” by getting a certain number of questions right in a row.

Why we need to change the teacher vs. tech narrative

eSchool News

Sure enough, elementary and secondary teachers are among the most educated yet least paid professionals; and their likelihood of automation: practically zero.

43 Apps, Games, and Websites Transforming This Year's Classrooms

Graphite Blog

Target skills and differentiate with dynamic practice and assessments. Bottom line: Rich with content-aligned assessments, printable worksheets, and progress analytics. Bottom line: Effortlessly fun quizzing that can lead to productive formative assessment and student reflection if implemented effectively. Khan Academy. Khan Academy Kids. Bottom line: These powerful science units capitalize on elementary school students' natural curiosity.

Novel Ideas for Writing Instruction

techlearning

A screenshot from a Mosaic Preparatory Academy fifth grader’s myONaccount. Raugust also wants to explore sharing his comment library with colleagues to see if it’s worthwhile using with common assessments and shared rubrics.

43 Apps, Games, and Websites Transforming This Year's Classrooms

Graphite Blog

Target skills and differentiate with dynamic practice and assessments Bottom line: Rich with content-aligned assessments, printable worksheets, and progress analytics. Gamelike student-response tool can spark competitive fun Bottom line: Effortlessly fun quizzing that can lead to productive formative assessment and student reflection if implemented effectively. Khan Academy. Khan Academy Kids.

43 Apps, Games, and Websites Transforming This Year's Classrooms

Graphite Blog

Target skills and differentiate with dynamic practice and assessments Bottom line: Rich with content-aligned assessments, printable worksheets, and progress analytics. Gamelike student-response tool can spark competitive fun Bottom line: Effortlessly fun quizzing that can lead to productive formative assessment and student reflection if implemented effectively. Khan Academy. Khan Academy Kids.

Notes from Leadership for the Digital Age with Alan November - Day 2

EdTechSandyK

For my notes on Day 1 of this academy, which took place January 15, 2014, click here. Number one skill for being successful in learning: the ability to self-assess. Example: Working toward self assessment of math.

A For-Profit School Startup Where Kids Are Beta Testers

NPR Learning and Tech

These might include 20 minutes doing math lessons on Khan Academy's website, or teaming up to create a skit about the parts of a cell. One day, all these data could be continuously analyzed to improve teaching techniques or assess student mastery.

3 LMS adoptions that go way beyond the basics

eSchool News

The district chose itslearning because it enables the meta-tagging of learning objectives within the district’s libraries and the creation of assessment data that tells teachers whether a student has gained proficiency (or not).

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Why History Matters

Hack Education

Khan Academy’s Sal Khan likes to tell this story too, as does the CEO of edX, Anant Agarwal. (He Larger slates, “black boards,” have also been in use for hundreds of years But historian Christopher Phillips argues that the US Military Academy at West Point played a crucial role in establishing the blackboard for classroom use in early nineteenth century.

The Business of Education Technology

Hack Education

In part, their struggles are a result of controversies surrounding the Common Core State Standards, which were supposed to streamline and procurement the development of curriculum and assessment. Pushback against Common Core tests specifically and against standardized testing more generally have also prompted states and districts to rethink the kind and frequency of assessments they buy. This is part three of my annual review of the year in ed-tech.

Hack Education Weekly News

Hack Education

The “nation’s report card” is the National Assessment of Educational Progress, or NAEP. ” Gotta love a quote like this, from a story in Edsurge profiling McComb, Mississippi ’s Summit Elementary School: “We are learning how to mitigate between policy and trying to be as innovative as possible without breaking state laws.” ” That’s to the ed-tech company Bridge International Academies. Education Politics.