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Integration of Digital Badges to Acknowledge Professional Learning

A Principal's Reflections

The following is cross-posted at Laura Fleming''s blog titled Worlds of Learning. Laura is the new media specialist at NMHS and has been challenged to develop innovative ways to create structures to recognize informal learning of both teachers and students. As a 21st Century Library Media Specialist, part of what I strive to do is to serve as an instructional technology resource for both educators and learners. ?In putting their learnings into practice in the classroom.

21st Century Learning, Literacy 2.0 and Common Core


One of the things that I love about AJUSD is how technology integration and 21st century learning is part of every layer of our district, from the students, to the teachers, to the site administrators, to the District Office, through a supportive School Board. Furthermore, one of the pieces that make us successful is the ongoing professional learning with the Superintendent, Principals, and the Education Services Team.

Closing gap for immigrant students under Common Core in Kentucky is a moving target

The Hechinger Report

A burgeoning population in Kentucky of students who are learning English combined with the adoption of more rigorous standards means efforts like Ogbe’s are ever more important. Strong language skills are key as part of the state’s Common Core standards.

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MasteryConnect is now the largest network of teachers sharing and collaborating around the Common Core. MasteryConnect is a place to share common assessments aligned to standards, connect in a professional learning community, and track student performance.

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A true gift from SHEG: DIY digital literacy assessments and tools for historical thinking


You may remember Stanford History Education Group (SHEG) for its groundbreaking and utterly depressing report, Evaluating Information: The Cornerstone of Online Civic Reasoning. These tasks are perfect for learning across the curriculum and especially for librarian-led learning.

Not Just for Reading Class Anymore: 5 Tips for Teaching Literacy Across Multiple Subjects


The very first year I taught middle school science, I found myself teaching more reading lessons than I had ever expected—and that didn’t change when I switched to a middle school math classroom two years later. Dora Kastel may not be a traditional classroom teacher, but she and the team at the American Museum of Natural History have founded a number of professional learning programs and tools related to the Next Generation Science Standards.

Assessments: Are educators ready? The new Toolkit from Reform Support Network

Insight Education Group

Great resources are hard to come by in education - particularly when it comes to assessment. Considering the importance placed on testing in most states and districts today, there is relatively little available to support educators through writing and selecting well-designed assessments.

Race to the Top is over - What now? A new resource from Education First

Insight Education Group

In July 2015, Race to the Top (RTTT), a bold federal initiative that offered incentives to spur innovation in teaching and learning, officially ended. As a quick preview, here are our To p 5 action steps to help educators follow through on their RTTT commitments: 1.

Free learning platform targets improved media literacy

eSchool News

KQED Teach , which launched on July 11, provides a series of free, self-paced courses to help K-12 educators develop the media skills necessary to bring media production and communication to their learning environments. These courses will take place in an online platform developed by KQED Education that tracks user progress and encourages sharing and feedback through an integrated social community. Select stories will be published on KQED’s In the Classroom blog.

What every great district needs: 3 keys to effective principal PD

Insight Education Group

As educators, we're always looking for what sets great schools apart from the others. But there is one thing that all great schools have in common - great leaders. There's also great evidence showing a principals' impact on the professional growth and retention of teachers.

The Growing Potential of Micro-Credentials

A Principal's Reflections

There is a great deal of talk these days about micro-credentials and digital badging as a means to acknowledge professional learning of educators. Micro-credentials can be used to guide, motivate, and validate informal learning.

6 reasons it’s important to create your own online assessments

eSchool News

Assessments are critical to our efforts to improve instruction in K-12 education. Across the district, our teachers have created a number of online assessments—individually and through their work in professional learning communities—for use in our district.

Can you teach students to think more like entrepreneurs?

eSchool News

When you think of imparting entrepreneurship skills to students, most educators will likely go the obvious route — how can we teach students to build successful businesses that will help them in their post-graduation careers. And that’s what learning is about as well.

Creative Coding and Robots in the Classroom

Two common computer science misconceptions are that it’s just about programming and that only teachers with computer science degrees should teach it. Nearpod is a powerful teaching and learning tool that promotes student engagement in the classroom.

An Educator’s Experience with Micro-credentials

Digital Promise

I’ve learned, and continue to learn, from the many students who come into my classroom. I am always looking for ways to ensure I’m being the best educator I can be for my students. Micro-credentials are professional learning badges educators earn in recognition of skills and competencies they demonstrate through evidence of learning. Micro-credentials offer teachers personalized, flexible, and rigorous professional development.

A Helpful Resource to Support Close Reading in the Classroom via Snap!Learning


The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) describes close reading in light of the Common Core State Standards. Over the past few years, I''ve been collecting resources to support the implementation of close reading in our classroom. Learning.

The Top Five Priority Practices for the Classroom

“If we don’t have enough time or resources to do everything we’re asked to do, or want to do in the classroom, what should we do?” With limited time and resources, teachers often have to prioritize what goes on in their classrooms.

Tech Ed Resources–Certificate/College Credit Classes

Ask a Tech Teacher

I get a lot of questions from readers about what tech ed resources I use in my classroom so I’m going to take a few days this summer to review them with you. All are online, hands-on, with an authentic use of tools you’ll want for your classroom.

Eight Ways To Teach Climate Change In Almost Any Classroom


” Yet at the same time, we also heard from teachers and education organizations who are introducing the topic in subjects from social studies to math to English language arts, and at every grade level, from preschool on up.

Tech Ed Resources–Certificate/College Credit Classes and Coaching

Ask a Tech Teacher

I get a lot of questions from readers about what tech ed resources I use in my classroom so I’m going to take a few days this summer to review them with you. All are online, hands-on, with an authentic use of tools you’ll want for your classroom.

Discover Expands Pathway to Financial Success in Schools Program with Discovery Education Offering Financial Education Curriculum to Middle School Students Across the Country


-- Discover Survey Suggests Financial Education Courses Are Helping Americans Become More Confident with their Finances -- Riverwoods, Ill. The two companies launched a financial education curriculum for high school students last November. The Wire curriculum Education Finance

Tech Ed Resources–Certificate/College Credit Classes and Coaching

Ask a Tech Teacher

I get a lot of questions from readers about what tech ed resources I use in my classroom so I’m going to take a few days this summer to review them with you. All are online, hands-on, with an authentic use of tools you’ll want for your classroom.

Getting Started with Minecraft in the Classroom

Graphite Blog

There are already many articles detailing the educational benefits of Minecraft, and though I believe the advantages of using it the classroom far outweigh the disadvantages, the roadblocks can be very real. Issues with styles of facilitation and classroom management, as well as technical problems, can be difficult to figure out. That's why I would like to share with you tips I learned along the way on my Minecraft journey. Teacher has less control of classroom.

Professional Development: The Next Generation pt 1


Professional Development” has a negative connotation for many teachers. In other professions, professionals are hungry for training on the latest techniques, mindset and tactical approaches. Learning never stops.Because lives are on the line.

Tools of the Trade

Digital Promise

An innovative organization provides free tools and resources to make learning accessible to all students. This article originally appeared on Usable Knowledge from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Bring universal learning ideas to life in your classroom by creating and sharing your own educational materials. Help your students learn to write a better lab report. The goal of learning is not to all learn to do something the same way.

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What’s ‘Value Added’ About Tech Tools in the Classroom?

Educator Innovator

I always cringe when educational pundits talk about evaluating teachers according to “value-added” assessment models, as if the value that teachers offer their students could be easily quantified or evaluated according to any standardized metric.

The Role of Video in Making the Shift to Standards-Aligned ELA Instruction

eSchool News

Fulfilling the promise of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) requires sustainable implementation support in order for teachers to be successful. Discover: What the Common Core ELA Standards really mean for teaching and learning. Date: Tuesday, March 31st.

The Professional Development Problem

EdNews Daily

While debate about professional development expands, educator hopes for feeling supported are shrinking. Only 40 percent of teachers’ value PD activities (TNTP) and few teachers (34 percent) think professional development has improved (Gates Foundation).

Games and Apps for Supporting Young Students with Mathematics Difficulties

The most recent data from the National Association of Educational Progress (NAEP) showed that 58% of US fourth grade students are below proficiency level in mathematics (The Nation’s Report Card, 2013). Follow us on Twitter @edWebnet to learn about upcoming webinars and special events!

4 Steps to Create a Strong 3D Printing Program

EdTech Magazine

In educational technology, it can be difficult to discern a fad from a future classroom staple. When I first learned of 3D printing in the classroom, I wondered if it held merit. The more I learned about it, the more I realized the untapped potential of this technology.

Toward a Conceptual Framework for a Quality, Learning-Focused 1to1 Initiative

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In order to create a high performing, learning-focused 1to1 initiative, this is where to move the needle: Leadership skilled at building a high level of buy-in with educators, students and parents/community. PD designed to effectively support teachers’ successfully changing classroom practice. Teachers focusing technology on learning more than devices & tools. Technology in support of learning. Metrics primarily focused on Learning-centered outcomes (e.g.

Teacher Creativity Skill: Brainstorm and Plan Digitally

The Playground Advocate

Part of being creative as a teacher is coming up with creative learning experiences for students. Over the years, I''ve learned that my best lessons and units came about as a result of a lot of collaborative pre-planning. Almost no learning curve.

Six Great Topic Forums from Connected Educator Month

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

I have to say, I''ve been really appreciative of the opportunity to participate in the organization of Connected Educator Month , and while the kickoff days and preparation for the virtual Learning 2.0 Connected Education and the First Six Weeks of School [link] Immediate Questions: What are the key to-dos to get 2012–13 off to a great start in the classroom, and how can educators stay on top of and successfully manage all the competing demands involved?

Preparing Students with Technology Skills

Jeff Meyer, Director of Education at, during a recent edWebinar , underscored that while this generation of students is growing up using technology, they generally lack the digital literacy skills they need for success by the time they enter high school.

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The Learning Revolution Has Begun

The Learning Revolution Weekly Update October 21st, 2014 In a gentle way, you can shake the world. Mahatma Gandhi The Learning Revolution Project holds online and physical learning events, and highlights professional development opportunities from a network of 200 partners in the learning professions. To subscribe to this newsletter, please sign up at the Learning Revolution. Do you co-learn with a classroom across the globe?

3 Ways a Company Can Personalize Its Support for Teachers


Education is awash with efforts to personalize learning. Every class, student interaction, social setting and community learning experience is another opportunity to help our students see their potential and grow. We started Torah Academy in September 2016 with a strong vision for how and what we want our students to learn. When teachers hear their administration pause to learn a little bit more about them, learning becomes collaborative.

OPINION: The arts help refugees, other students to master academics

The Hechinger Report

As more schools across the country experiment with d personalized learning approaches to better meet the needs, goals and interests of individual learners, many are overlooking an important piece: arts integration. Related: Can testing save arts education?

10 Reasons to Try Genius Hour This School Year

The Principal of Change

His passion for this topic and his ability to share his enthusiasm has made a significant difference with so many educators. Students using Genius Hour and 20% time are able to delve into subject matter that means something to them, often times taking their free time at home to learn more.

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The Learning Revolution Has Begun

The Learning Revolution Weekly Update April 8th Play is the highest form of research. Albert Einstein The technologies of the Internet and the Web are reshaping where, when, and from whom we learn--and even how we think about learning. Reinventing the Classroom - Correction.

Collaboration tool supports global discussions

eSchool News

With new feature from Participate Learning, educators have free, online space for collaboration around lesson plans and more. Educators are asked constantly to focus on personal professional learning. Digital Learning and Tools News Top News

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