Common Core-Based Tests Causing Scramble for Computer Literacy

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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.

Visual Instructional Tools Are Essential When Teaching Common Core Standards

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When I first saw the long list of my classes’ ELA Common Core Standards, I remember feeling overwhelmed and worrying about how I was going to cover all of them in a single school year. I was being asked to teach approximately 60 standards in one year, a pace that I had never tried before. Many of the standards were complex, requiring higher levels of analysis and evaluation and more time to teach. I knew this was going to test my skills and patience.

How to Compare and Contrast Authentically

Ask a Tech Teacher

To students, knowing how to ‘compare and contrast’ sounds academic, not real world, but we teachers know most of life is choosing between options. I don’t want to make the decision for them; I want them to mentally compare and contrast.

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Common Core: Addressing Text Complexity through Digital Resources

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I frequently see people use the Internet to look up recipes, movie listings, and news; however, I still don''t see it as a natural source for engaging rigorous learning in the classroom. This is where teachers get to "teach" by providing guidance and scaffolding for the students.

This Toolkit Helps Take the Stress Out of State Testing

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If you’re an educator, the weeks leading up to state testing are likely some of the most stressful and demanding days in your year. At Edmentum , it’s our goal to put educators first in everything we do. One of the ways we do this is by working hard to make teachers' lives easier during the busiest times of the academic year. We believe that when test day rolls around, students’ scores should reflect their content knowledge—not their ability to decode the test itself.

How to Create Powerful Student ePortfolios with Google Sites

Shake Up Learning

The post How to Create Powerful Student ePortfolios with Google Sites appeared first on Shake Up Learning. Let’s Talk About How to Create Powerful Student ePortfolios with Google Sites! Since digital is part of everything we do, there is no need to differentiate.

How to Integrate Multimedia and Writing Instruction With VR, Video and Digital Timelines

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My kids love it whenever they get the chance to use technology as part of the writing process. My job is to make sure that the tech use is meaningful and purposeful - when used correctly technology can help enhance and transform my lessons, provide real-world activities, and increase student engagement. We all strive to develop students with the skills necessary to be successful after high school graduation. We all want our students to write more.

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Close Read Complex Text, and Annotate with Tech--Part 1

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Students need to be taught how to read complex texts. One of the strategies for learning how is close reading. It slows the reader down to notice and ponder more. Click here to download as PDF Close reading may look different at different ages and content areas.

How to Use Oral Presentations to Help English Language Learners Succeed

MindShift

Excerpted from “ The ELL Teacher’s Toolbox: Hundreds of Practical Ideas to Support Your Students ,” by Larry Ferlazzo and Katie Hull Sypnieski, with permission from the authors. Having the confidence to speak in front of others is challenging for most people.

How We Express Ourselves: Making a Museum in a Box

iLearn Technology

In the last eight years, my posting habits have become pretty sparse, to say the least. As I was considering the best way to jump back into blogging, I couldn’t see going back to the way I’ve posted in the past. Secondly, I still have so much to share!

How to Monetize Your Education Technology Product (Hint: Positioning Is Paramount)

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Lately I’ve seen quite a few edtech companies that hope to graduate from offering a free product to actually monetizing it. Perhaps that’s a sign of their business’ growing maturity, or maybe it’s because in today’s tighter investment climate, their investors are urgently demanding to know how they will make money. How do your customers see you? If you’re building a curriculum solution or a technology platform for districts, then you will have to sell top down.

DOGO News: current events and non-fiction for your classroom

iLearn Technology

What it is: DOGO News is a great place for kids to learn about current events, read non-fiction articles, and access customized content that you curate. DOGO Teachers allows you to create a special page for your students. Each article lists the Common Core Standards it meets, and the grade levels it is appropriate for. The site is very easy for kids to navigate. Our students love to read an article as a class and then search for biases.

Prodigy: Virtual world of math

iLearn Technology

What it is: Prodigy is a fantastic way to differentiate math in your classroom. In the virtual world, students are wizards who learn magic and spells to defeat over 100 monsters. To learn a new spell or add powers (or adopt pets), students must complete different math challenges.

MobyMax: Tablet + help differentiating instruction

iLearn Technology

It’s always nice when new toys show up in the mail to review. Especially when they promise to help make your program more tailored to the individual, that I really like! Really helpful when you are working to meet the needs of a lot of different students!

Avoid the One-Size-Fits-All Classroom

Catlin Tucker

When I volunteer in my children’s elementary classrooms (1st and 3rd grade), I am struck by how frequently the teacher finds time to work directly with small groups of students to offer additional support, review concepts, assess understanding, and practice skills.

Why standards often disappoint

The Christensen Institute

They assume their success in their K-12 schools will prepare them to pursue their ambitions in college. But for many, K-12 learning experiences do not rise to the required rigor of post-secondary preparation. There must be a way to verify?that

Top 10 Reasons to Sign Up for Summer Learning with Ask a Tech Teacher

Ask a Tech Teacher

If you’re still wondering whether to sign up for one of the Ask a Tech Teacher Summer Learning classes, here are the Top Ten Reasons to do that: 10. You’ll have a bunch of tech ed skills you can now say ‘I know how to do that’ Like TwitterChats.

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Top Ten Reasons to sign up for Summer PD

Ask a Tech Teacher

If you haven’t yet made the decision to join me at Summer PD for three-weeks of high-intensity tech integration, here are the Top Ten Reasons for signing up: 10. You’ll have a bunch of tech ed skills you can now say ‘I know how to do that’ Like TweetUps.

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Educator: These are “My Tech Essentials”

eSchool News

Be sure to check back every month for a new “My Tech Essentials.”]. As the Curriculum Specialist with Vancouver Public Schools, I oversee Secondary English Language Arts, Advanced Placement, Running Start, and College in the High Schools.

Top 10 Reasons to Sign Up for Summer Learning with Ask a Tech Teacher

Ask a Tech Teacher

If you haven’t yet made the decision to join me at Summer PD : Tech-infused Teacher for three-weeks of high-intensity tech integration, here are the Top Ten Reasons for signing up: 10. Your school will pay for it of you promise to teach colleagues–or show the videos.

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Massachusetts once had the best state test in the country. Will it again?

The Hechinger Report

The exam, known as PARCC — which stands for Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers — was aligned to the Common Core, a set of national educational standards for what students should be able to do in each grade in English and math. ARLINGTON, Mass.—As

Free K-2 Earth Environmental Education Curriculum Now Available

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The Think Earth Environmental Education Foundation, a leading non-profit provider of environmental education for primary and secondary schools, is making its award-winning curriculum available free online. Free K-2 Earth Environmental Education Curriculum Now Available. by TeachThought Staff.

What these teens learned about the Internet may shock you!

The Hechinger Report

High School seniors (left to right) Hayley Striegel, Olivia Poplawski, Cheri Zheng-Fredericks and Julie Pignataro look for ways to verify information they’ve encountered on social media. Sign up for our newsletter to get a weekly update on blended learning. Northport, N.Y.,

The Free and Online 2014 School Leadership Summit Starts Wednesday! (Full Session List)

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

We have had such an enthusiastic response to this event that we have expanded the conference this year: we will start Wednesday afternoon/evening and go through Friday mid-day (US Time). We hope it gets you excited to attend!

Networked Scholars – From K through 12 and to Higher Ed

Improving Education Environments

One of my teacher credential students asked me recently why our course, Teaching in the Age of EdTech , had focused on theoretical concepts through the first third of the course and seemed to ignore the more practical, toolkit uses of technology.

What should new teachers know before they set foot in a classroom?

The Hechinger Report

First-grade teacher Elly Eckhoff worries new teachers aren’t getting enough about tending to children’s social-emotional needs in their preparation. They need to know about mental illness, poverty training and assistance,” she said. What’s to argue?”

The Business of Education Technology

Hack Education

If nothing else, I’ve wanted as many days in December to pass as possible so that my calculations for the total amount of venture funding invested during the year were as accurate as I could get them to be when I hit ”publish.“ I think it’s safe to say, for example, that venture capital investment has fallen off rather precipitously this year. ” “ Crossing the chasm to profitability.” ” “ A path to profitability.”

How Should Learning Be Assessed?

MindShift

This is the second of a two-part conversation with Yong Zhao about standards, testing and other core elements of the modern system of education, and the assumptions that may be standing in the way of meeting the real learning needs of all children. iStock.

My son has Asperger’s and wants to attend a rigorous college— why shouldn’t he?

The Hechinger Report

It’s not typically taught until ninth grade, but he loves baroque language and was drawn to the unit when it popped up on the self-paced math curriculum on his computer. Infuriatingly, the conversations would often end with a surprised remark about how smart he was.

Can Competency-Based Education Demonstrate Mastery Across a Lifetime? #DLNchat

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And how can they continue to build on competencies through employment or demonstrate that growth? Much of the discussion focused on how competency-based education (CBE) could support students in acquiring and demonstrating the knowledge, skills and abilities. Our guest pointed to a five-page definition of CBE. The span of time learners can take to master a competency is an important variable to the CBE model. So how can institutions work better together?

Going Schoolwide with Reading Engagement: How We Got to Now

Reading By Example

This is a follow up to a previous post about our school’s collective efforts to increase student engagement in reading, especially in their dispositions around talking about and sharing their reading lives. I asked him to share it with me.

How Making Mistakes Primes Kids To Learn Better

MindShift

Once a month, this column will examine the insights that science offers about the way people learn, and how such findings could influence schools. And many important findings that are relevant to teaching are not making it into the classroom, or penetrating very slowly.

Why An Assessment Tool Is Crucial in Blended Learning- MAP TESTING

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This is a common refrain from many of our top students who whiz through classes, but then perform less than stellar on key standardized exams like the SAT. Well, sometimes a teacher uses "class participation" percentage to up the grades of compliant students who do not deserve the grade they would normally receive. It means we just need to see more factors in evaluating students. Why do we continue to use them? It''s also a fast way to do so.

Kids struggle to read when schools leave phonics out

The Hechinger Report

“It was really looking yourself in the mirror and saying, ‘Which four in 10 students don’t deserve to learn to read?'” People who struggle with reading are more likely to drop out of high school, to end up in the criminal justice system, and to live in poverty.

To err is human – and a powerful prelude to learning

The Hechinger Report

Once a month, this column will examine the insights that science offers about the way people learn, and how such findings could influence schools. We remember moments like this because they brim with some of our least favorite emotions: shame, humiliation, self-recrimination, and that gutting sense that you want to melt into the floor. And many important findings that are relevant to teaching are not making it into the classroom, or penetrating very slowly.

Text Complexity? Helping Readers See The Whole Text

TeachThought - Learn better.

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)? The Challenge Of A Common Language. Such bits of learning can lead to absurd lessons.

2014 Global Education Conference - Day Four

The Learning Revolution Has Begun

To see the the full conference schedule in your own time zone, with the direct links to session rooms, go to the conference schedule page. Special thanks today to the overnight Australia volunteer team (Julie, Anne,and Sue) who are allowing me and Lucy to get some sleep!