Fri.Oct 11, 2019

A New College Program Inspired by Coding Bootcamps, Informed by Liberal Arts


Liberal-arts colleges have long told students that they can major in whatever they want and still go on to a solid, and even lucrative, profession. After all, plenty of English majors become lawyers and doctors.

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A New Approach to Discipline Slashed Suspension Rates and Transformed This DC School


WASHINGTON — When Stephanie Gunter accepted a second-grade teaching position at Langley Elementary, she was no novice. By that point, Gunter had been teaching in D.C. Public Schools for six years, and she felt she’d hit her stride in the classroom. Then the new school year started.

Report from Tech & Learning Live Austin


#TLtechLive Austin brought together high-level educators that understood the benefit of taking the time to learn something new

5 Costly Inventory Management Mistakes Schools Should Avoid

If your school is like most, inventory and/or asset management plays a critical role in daily operations.

WeWork to Shutter Its Private Elementary School After Current School Year


WeGrow, the division of WeWork that operated a private elementary school, will close its doors after the current school year. A spokesperson for WeWork (officially called The We Company) said it “will continue to operate WeGrow through the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year.”

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Human-Computer Interaction


What is Speak Memory? This was an essential question I recently posed to my Exploring Computer Science class. Students were finishing up on the unit about human-computer interactions.

PebbleGo Next: Kid-Friendly Database for Grades 3-6


Students can choose from five modules -- States, Science, American History, Biography, and Social Studies, each one with a number of subtopics to explore

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Human-Computer Interaction


What is Speak Memory? This was an essential question I recently posed to my Exploring Computer Science class. Students were finishing up on the unit about human-computer interactions.

Closing the Gap for ELs and Students of Color

While some English learners and students of color may be striving to attain minimal academic competency, others are likely to be high-ability or gifted/talented students who are not receiving appropriate support for their needs, and therefore are less engaged and have lower levels of participation in programs suitable for them. English learners (ELs) and students of color are persistently underrepresented in advanced classes and in programs for students identified as gifted, according to research presented during a recent edWebinar led by professors Julia Nyberg and Misty LaCour of Purdue University Global. Dr. Nyberg and Dr. LaCour then identified effective ways to improve the number of students participating and the extent of their engagement, through the use of outreach programs and classroom strategies. The underrepresentation of ELs and students of color may be due to a lack of technical measures that can be used to identify high-ability and gifted students, or the incomplete application of such measures across diverse student populations. Whatever the cause, the lack of participation is not just an equity and social justice issue, it’s also an economic issue because our society’s full range of creative and critical thinkers are needed to fuel the growth of local economies and maintain our global competitiveness. Engaging high-ability students and their families. To better respond to the needs of underrepresented groups, Dr. Nyberg recommended an approach that was field tested in San Bernardino and other counties in southern California that have large populations of ELs and students of color. During the development phase of the project, an outreach plan was created in order to build culturally responsive partnerships, including a family engagement team, and provide a basis for ongoing collaboration. The researchers and local educators then hosted a mini workshop and conference series that included students and family members. Based in part on results of an initial survey sent out prior to the events, the events were held during school hours to avoid the need to provide care for other children, and translators were present to assist speakers of Spanish, Korean, and other languages. There was a strong turn out and continued participation by family members, and the researchers and local educators continued to use reflection rubrics and participant surveys to guide the project. One of the key findings identified and ranked concerns of participants, revealing that motivating the high-ability students was the top concern, followed by communication with the students, and then challenging those students. Using effective classroom strategies. Based on these results, Dr. LaCour outlined a series of classroom strategies that can be used to meet the needs of high-ability ELs and students of color, as well as other students. In regard to motivation, Dr. LaCour recommended working with students to identify areas of interest and then including the students in setting goals for related projects. She also suggested having students and family members do presentations as experts on their culture and language, which can include not just providing information but also the sharing of things such as food and music. To improve and maintain communication, creating a positive and emotionally safe classroom environment is a top priority. There should also be multiple means of communication, including written, oral, and artistic communication, and the use of techniques such as dialogic reading in which students respond to an initial question or prompt, and then there is further dialogue and expansion of the responses as well as evaluation. And to ensure that students’ learning and work remains challenging, Dr. LaCour emphasized the need for educators to go beyond standard lesson plans when necessary, in order to encourage creative and critical thinking. Engaging students in creating their own challenges can also be effective, as can using a tiered learning approach with ELs, so that they receive support for language skill development while remaining challenged in regard to academic content and their other areas of competence. Through ongoing outreach, collaboration, and the use of effective classroom strategies, educators can improve the performance and participation of high-ability students regardless of their English acquisition level or skin color. This edWebinar was sponsored by VIPKid. WATCH THE EDWBINAR RECORDING. This article was modified and published by eSchool News. About the Presenters. Dr. Julia Nyberg is a professor at Purdue University Global. Dr. Nyberg was a K-6 classroom teacher and professional development expert before entering higher education. Her research focuses on curriculum and instructional design for diverse gifted and high ability students. She speaks at state and national conferences and provides demonstration lessons for school districts related to her expertise on curriculum design and differentiated instruction for diverse gifted and high ability students. Dr. Nyberg serves on professional organizations, including as a board member for the California Association for the Gifted. Dr. Misty LaCour is a professor at Purdue University Global. She has served in higher education through various teaching and leadership roles. Previous to entering higher education, Dr. LaCour was an elementary and middle school classroom teacher. Her primary research area focuses on best practices to meet the needs of at-risk, diverse learners in the P-12 classroom. She is active in professional organizations by serving in leadership roles at the state and national levels. Join the Community. Helping ELL/ESL Students Succeed is a free professional learning community on that focuses on supporting ELL/ESL students to improve their academic achievement and English language learning. VIPKid is a global education technology company that connects children with the world’s best teachers for real-time online English immersion learning. VIPKid’s mission is to inspire and empower every child for the future. VIPKid believes that education is not one-size-fits-all, rather all students are unique and the world is within their reach when connected with great teachers capable of personalizing learning and sparking curiosity. The post Closing the Gap for ELs and Students of Color appeared first on edWeb. edWeb Blog closing the achievement gap ELL English Learners student diversity

Teachers’ Guide to Plagiarism

This article provides teachers with a step-by-step guide on how to handle plagiarism in the classroom: it examines the definition of the term "plagiarism" and its types with examples, describes common reasons students plagiarize, and provides tips for teachers to detect and prevent plagiarism among students.

An Excellent Free Document Scanner App for Teachers and Students

Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Adobe Scan is an iPad scanning app with OCR (Optical Character Recognition) functionality that allows you to scan anything you want to PDF. You can turn any type of document into an editable more

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Redefining what it means to be ‘college-ready’

eSchool News

Societal pressures on high school seniors seemingly grow by the year. These days, a student’s level of college and workforce readiness is said to be dependent on their college admission test scores, completing the most rigorous high school classes possible, and obtaining AP credit.

A Collection of Some Useful Time Management Apps for Teachers and Educators

Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Below is the updated list of some of the best task management apps to help you enhance your productivity and facilitate your workflow. Some of the things you can do with these more

Top picks for the best 2-in-1 laptop tablets

eSchool News

Why choose between a laptop and a tablet when you can have both? Check out this great list of nine of the best for 2019. Check out this list for a breakdown of the best options out there today. Featured on eSchool News

Custom eLearning: What to Consider as an L&D Manager

A custom eLearning project is an exciting opportunity, but any L&D Manager will also tell you it can be challenging. Inno-versity shares 5 points to consider before kicking off your project. These concepts are critical to addressing the most common pain points which, IF addressed, will ensure success.

BACK OFFICE BUSINESS: Massachusetts Schools to Use PublicSchoolWORKS for Online Safety Training


EmployeeSafe provides schools and districts with access to 600+ online safety courses, including Suicide Prevention, Restraint and Seclusion, and more, as well as courses on other important safety topics

Great K-12 robotics apps for users of all abilities

eSchool News

K-12 robotics is having more than a moment–it’s on its way to establishing itself as a necessary component of a 21st-century education. While it can seem overwhelming, it’s not as hard to incorporate K-12 robotics into your classroom.

Subscriber Special: October–Discounts on Select Print Books

Ask a Tech Teacher

Every month, subscribers to our newsletter get a free/discounted resource to help their tech teaching. October: Discounts on Select Print Books. Any of these books: $25.99 (same price as digital). Kindergarten Technology Curriculum. 1st Grade Technology Curriculum. 3rd Grade Technology Curriculum.

#EdClusters19: Forging Ahead for Equity and Excellence

Digital Promise

Last month, Digital Promise and Remake Learning hosted the 2019 Education Innovation Clusters Convening ( #EdClusters19 ) in Pittsburgh, bringing together nearly 100 educators, entrepreneurs, funders, researchers, and community stakeholders from more than 20 cities and regions across the U.S.

Key Elements for Successful eLearning Projects

Discover how this rapid development process creates engaging, custom learning solutions on a timeline that works for you, why a strong learning culture is important, and how to showcase your Return on Learning (ROL) using data to tell the story.

#FactFriday: San Diego has 70 miles of coastline to enjoy year round.


November is still beach weather in San Diego – thanks to year-round 70-degree temperatures – and a perfect time to enjoy the city’s famed? 70 miles of coastline. Still planning your trip to the National Summit?


ASHA Voices Podcast


A few weeks ago I recorded a segment on ASHA's new podcast, ASHA Voices, with its host J.D. It came out this week. The episode and others that are available ( through this link or Apple's Podcasts App) are worth a listen.

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Exploring Georgia Habitats with Third Grade

Barrow Media Center: Expect the Miraculous

Our 3rd grade is currently learning about the plants, animals, and habitats in the 5 regions of Georgia.

Digital tribes and the network nation

Learning with 'e's

Photo from Wikimedia Commons I will argue here that within the present information age, where digital communication technologies have fractured the tyranny of distance beyond repair, and where computers have become pervasive and ubiquitous, identification through digital mediation has become the new cultural capital (Bordieu and Passeron, 1990). Cultural capital is the set of ‘invisible bonds that tie a community together’ (Curtis, 2004, p 72) without which societal cohesiveness begins to unravel. It is this ‘social glue’ - such mutual understandings and exchanges that occur on a daily basis – that holds together the basic building blocks of social life in which people simply ‘look out for each other’. In the real life community, people work hard to sustain such mutual exchange, and its value is instilled in them from an early age. This results in the transmission of the culture from generation to generation. For the digital community, such tribal identification operates at least within the social and individual levels, but may be inherently more complex, transcending age, ethnicity, gender and other social divisions such as disability. Paradoxically, it is largely the individual figures within this equation who act in concert to perpetuate the social cohesion of the tribe. Even stranger in the digital age, such exchanges are conducted regularly through one or more mediating technologies. The anthropologist Erving Goffman suggested that the performance of the self is a social act designed to regulate the impression one presents to others. Goffman’s notion of impression management in public spaces evokes the construction of the self simultaneously in the mind of the individual and in the collective mind of the audience (Goffman, 1959). We see ourselves reflected in the eyes of the other, and adjust our behaviour to conform and remain accepted by those with whom we choose to identify (Cooley, 1902). Howard Rheingold (2002) applies this ‘theory of being’ to the use of short message service (SMS) texting by young people – who they send texts to, and receive them from, defines an element of their social identity, as constructed by themselves in relation to the others in their SMS circle of communication. Such small friendship circles may be physical, or virtual, or a combination of both, but for the individual, this may matter little, but remains very much an essence of his or her identity as a tribal member. The content of the text message may also be secondary to the fact that the message has been sent, and the perception that the sender has been ‘thinking about you’. Such management of impression is projected through the technology to show the sender in a ‘best light’ to others. Previous posts in this series 1. Digital tribal identity Next: Always connected References Bordieu, P. and Passeron, J-C. (1990) Reproduction in Education, Society and Culture.London: Sage Publications. Cooley, C. H. (1902) Human Nature and the Social Order. New York: Scribner. Curtis, M. (2004) Distraction: Being human in a digital world. London: Futuretext. Goffman, E. (1959) The Presentation of Self in Everyday Life. New York: Doubleday.Rheingold, H. (2002) Smart Mobs: The Next Social Revolution. Cambridge, MA: Basic Books. Digital tribes and the network nation by Steve Wheeler was written in Plymouth, England and is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License. Posted by Steve Wheeler from Learning with e's. community cultural capital Digital education Erving Goffman Howard Rheingold identity learning literacy network

The Ultimate 12 Step Guide For Choosing The Perfect Learning Management System

Picking the wrong LMS can cost you. Don’t settle for a disconnected, hard-to-use, expensive system that doesn’t meet your needs. Follow these 12 steps crafted by Lambda Solutions' LMS experts, and find your perfect eLearning solution!