Innovation Study Tours Explore Equity in Diverse Settings

Digital Promise

In partnership with the Center for Global Education at Asia Society , the League of Innovative Schools has launched innovation study tours –– a learning opportunity focused on deeper learning and equity.

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August book study: Harnessing Technology for Deeper Learning

Dangerously Irrelevant

My co-author, Julie Graber, and I are delighted that we were selected to do a FREE 4-week book study on Harnessing Technology for Deeper Learning ! Did I mention that the book study is FREE?! 41-45; elementary). 45-50; secondary).

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Will new standards improve elementary science education?

The Hechinger Report

Science could be considered the perfect elementary school subject. Most elementary school teachers have little scientific background and many say they feel unprepared to teach the subject well, according to a national survey of science and mathematics education conducted by a North Carolina research firm in 2012. It’s one of three elementary school science curriculums Callahan is helping to pilot now that her district decided to re-commit to elementary science education.

10 Essential Online Learning Best Practices – Free Webinar

The CoolCatTeacher

She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from Morningside College and a Master’s Degree in Educational Administration from the University of South Dakota. She is also a former teacher and principal, leading one of the first elementary STEM schools in the state of Iowa.

GeoGuessr- Build critical thinking skills with this map-based game

iLearn Technology

Analyze Apply collaboration Evaluate Fun & Games Geography Inquiry Interactive Whiteboard iOS Language Arts Math Middle/High School Primary Elementary Secondary Elementary Social Studies Virtual Field Trips Websites conversion game geoguessr inquiry location map metric units story virtual field trip

Channeling the anti-testing fervor

The Christensen Institute

Federally mandated testing has been one of the major points of discussion in Congress’s efforts this year to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). A recent study by the Council of the Great City Schools found that for 8th graders in urban public schools across the United States, assessments take up about 2.3 You don’t have to look far to find controversy regarding standardized testing.

Thinking Routines in the Classroom

The CoolCatTeacher

We got a little integration of social studies there. 03:39 Karen V: What I learned… I was privileged to go back for a second time as a study group leader to Project Zero a couple years after my initial experience there. So as I’ve come up and over the learning curve in utilizing these thinking routines, I keep trying to find more and more ways to integrate them whether it’s in ELA, science, social studies, math.

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

iLearn Technology

The homepage includes the most up-to-date content, but students also have the option to read articles based on a passion they have (science, social studies, world events, environment, fun, video, or sports) or to search for a specific topic. 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.

My Simple Show: Create your own explainer videos for free!

iLearn Technology

What it is: My Simple Show Video Creator lets students easily create professional level “explainer” videos. The finished product looks just like a Common Craft video, so cool! The step-by-step tool helps students think about storyline and the flow of explaining a concept. How to integrate My Simple Show into the classroom: My Simple Show is a fantastic option for digital storytelling. Students begin by choosing to write their own script, or by uploading a Power Point presentation.

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Check123: Video Encyclopedia

iLearn Technology

Art Fun & Games Geography Government History Inquiry Knowledge (remember) Language Arts Math Middle/High School Music Primary Elementary Science Secondary Elementary Social Studies Spelling Teacher Resources Technology Understand (describe, explain) video Video Tutorials web tools Websites arts cars check123 earth economics encyclopedia fashion gaming human body literature media nature philosophy reference religion research space technology tv

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Rival studies shed light on the merits of a Montessori education

The Hechinger Report

The main problem is that you can’t randomly assign some students to Montessori schools and study how they do compared with students at traditional schools. Thanks to the expansion of publicly funded Montessori schools, with lotteries and waitlists to get in, researchers are now able to study the matter more rigorously. Recently, two peer-reviewed studies were published using this methodology. This cylinder set is commonly stocked in Montessori preschool classrooms.

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Initial Findings After Implementing Digital Student Portfolios in Elementary Classrooms

Reading By Example

If you have read any of the research on feedback and formative assessment, you will know that many studies have shown that educators will double their effectiveness as teachers when they focus on formative assessment and providing feedback for students as they learn. One final thing to note before I close: Technology was important in this process, but my hypothesis is the digital piece was secondary to the portfolio process itself. On Saturday, I shared why I was not at ISTE 2016.

Initial Findings After Implementing Digital Student Portfolios in Elementary Classrooms

Reading By Example

If you have read any of the research on feedback and formative assessment, you will know that many studies have shown that educators will double their effectiveness as teachers when they focus on formative assessment and providing feedback for students as they learn. One final thing to note before I close: Technology was important in this process, but my hypothesis is the digital piece was secondary to the portfolio process itself. On Saturday, I shared why I was not at ISTE 2016.

Flipgrid for every classroom

iLearn Technology

Analyze Apply collaboration Create Evaluate Foreign Language Fun & Games Geography Government History Inquiry iPod Knowledge (remember) Language Arts Maker Space Math Middle/High School Music Primary Elementary Science Secondary Elementary Social Studies Teacher Resources Technology Understand (describe, explain) video Video Tutorials web tools Web2.0

10 Essential Online Learning Best Practices

The CoolCatTeacher

She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from Morningside College and a Master’s Degree in Educational Administration from the University of South Dakota. She is also a former teacher and principal, leading one of the first elementary STEM schools in the state of Iowa.

Parents fighting, teachers crying: Grownup stress is hitting kids hard

The Hechinger Report

A recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study found parents of children studying online were more likely to report work loss, job stability concerns, child care challenges, emotional distress and trouble sleeping, than parents whose children studied in person.

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Literature-Map: Help students find new authors to fall in love with

iLearn Technology

If your students do an author study, this site could be useful for helping them find related authors and then using Wolfram Alpha to compare the authors they find side by side. Analyze Anastasis Academy History inspiration Language Arts Middle/High School Primary Elementary Secondary Elementary Teacher Resources web tools Websites author book books genre library literacy literature litureature map love of reading read reading voice

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Making & Science with Google

iLearn Technology

They are a great kick-off to more in-depth studies of light, sound, and motion and teach students how to use the sensors on their phone and computer to collect data. What it is: Making & Science is an initiative by Google aimed at showing students that anyone can be a maker or a scientist. Using the featured Science Journal app (Android and Chromebook only), students can measure light, sound, and more.

Study: Kids Should Have No More Than 1 Hour of Homework

K-12 Schools - Education News

According to a new study released by researchers from the University of Oviedo, the average 13-year-old should be performing no more than one hour of homework per night. Researchers surveyed 7,725 Spanish secondary school students concerning how many hours a day they spent doing homework, how many days each week they had homework to do, how much help they received in completing their homework, and how much effort they put into it.

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The pandemic’s remote learning legacy: A lot worth keeping

The Hechinger Report

With the ability to log into lessons online, students at the secondary level won’t have to miss instruction even if they’re suspended, says Superintendent L. New York City’s Success Academy, a public charter of 20,000 students studying virtually, has turned to Zoom for all parent meetings. “We

COLUMN: Education needs more ambitious women

The Hechinger Report

According to a 2020 study published by the AASA, referred to as the School Superintendents Association, at least two thirds of superintendents are white men; only 27 percent are women. Andre Perry Columnists Elementary to High School News 2020 Election Gender Politics Principals

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Aurasma: Create Augmented Reality Experiences in Under 2 Min.

iLearn Technology

In social studies, students could snap a photo of a place on the map, and then overlay their learning on top. Anastasis Academy Art Classroom Management Create Foreign Language Geography Government History Inquiry inspiration Interactive book iPod Maker Space Math Middle/High School Primary Elementary Science Secondary Elementary Subject Teacher Resources Understand (describe, explain) web tools Web2.0

OPINION: Why school shutdowns are a disaster for science classes

The Hechinger Report

While pre-Ks, elementary schools and some schools for children with complex disabilities reopened in December, there is still no plan to reopen middle and high schools. Unsurprisingly, such foundational STEM disparities extend far beyond secondary school education.

Substitute teacher crisis forces districts to turn to local businesses and recent grads

The Hechinger Report

The shortages, and the way states respond to them, could have long-term consequences: Studies have documented that just 10 days of teacher absences can result in lower math and English language arts test scores for elementary students.

New data: Even within the same district some wealthy schools get millions more than poor ones

The Hechinger Report

O’Neal Elementary School, in Elgin, Illinois, none of the third graders could read and write at grade level according to state tests in 2019. Just nine miles away sits Centennial Elementary School, where 73 percent of third graders met grade-level standards on that same test.

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Plan It Green: build an energy efficient model city

iLearn Technology

If you don’t have access to a 1:1 environment, this would make a great center on classroom computers during a study on energy or even for whole-class play on an interactive whiteboard throughout a unit on energy. What it is: Plan It Green, the Big Switch is an online game/simulation from National Geographic that allows students to create their own energy-efficient city of the future.

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Technology: the savior of education?

iLearn Technology

How could our social studies curriculum fail to mention the capital of the United States? I didn’t stop at social studies, I took the reading, writing, math, and science curriculum home for kindergarten through fifth grade. In 2009, I left teaching. I didn’t do it because I was fed up with the system, or because I didn’t like my job. Quite the opposite. I really loved being a computer teacher.

How We Got to Now: a student created mini museum

iLearn Technology

Students chose which innovation they wanted to do a more in-depth study of and would, ultimately, create dominoes based on. The students painted them different colors according to the innovation they were studying (a different color for each innovation). In November, I wrote a post about the book/PBS documentary series “How We Got to Now” by Steven Johnson. If you haven’t read this book or watched the series, it is a must!

Drones in the Classroom: Teaching Writing and Collaboration with Drones

The CoolCatTeacher

During that time, I participated in the Study Tour of the Former Soviet Union and lived in the Russian House. After graduation, I pursued and obtained my Masters in Secondary English Education. From there, I moved to the secondary world and bounced from Alabama, to Tennessee, to Virginia and finally settled in Bellevue, Nebraska, where I teach 8th grade English.

How to Teach Thinking Routines in the Classroom

The CoolCatTeacher

This fun, visual tool lets students explore 150 different science and social studies units for elementary and middle school learners. We got a little integration of social studies there. 03:39 Karen V: What I learned… I was privileged to go back for a second time as a study group leader to Project Zero a couple years after my initial experience there. Karen Vogelsang has taught elementary school in Memphis, Tennessee for fourteen years.

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StackUp: track self-directed learning online

iLearn Technology

Though I don’t hold a degree in educational technology, my years of independent study should be captured! Analyze Anastasis Academy Classroom Management Inquiry Interactive book Knowledge (remember) Maker Space Middle/High School Primary Elementary professional development Secondary Elementary Subject Teacher Resources Understand (describe, explain) web tools Web2.0

Kids with disabilities blocked from bilingual programs

The Hechinger Report

based think tank that has studied both special and bilingual education. Elementary to High School News Civil rights English language learners Special education

Who is the new U.S. Education Secretary, Miguel Cardona?

The Hechinger Report

Cardona probably first caught the collective eye of the state’s education and political leaders in 2010 when he was appointed co-chairman of a legislative task force studying the state’s intractable academic achievement gap between racial and socioeconomic groups. FROM OUR PARTNER.

To test or not to test? Educators weigh the value of standardized testing during a pandemic

The Hechinger Report

Kline said she’s confident more students will take the end-of-year tests in March and April, when the city’s elementary schools are scheduled to be open to all students. Students in a third-grade class at a California elementary school participate in silent reading.

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Powerful Leadership, Vision, and Problem Solving for Districts

The CoolCatTeacher

The Kids Discover online platform lets students explore 150 different science and social studies units for elementary and middle school learners at three different lexiles. He holds superintendent, school counseling, secondary principal and secondary supervision certifications. Baron Davis on episode 156 of the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis Follow @coolcatteacher on Twitter.