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Predictable tech glitches: More state tests disrupted. Ready, fire, aim!

Predictable tech glitches: More state tests disrupted. Ready, fire, aim! | 21st Century Literacy and Learning | Scoop.it

First Indiana, Oklahoma, Kentucky, and Minnesota. 

 

As reported by Education Week, State Online Testing Problems Continue to Raise Concerns. http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2013/05/03/30testing.h32.html?r=946252590

 

Now Virginia!

 

The Washington Post reports that Fairfax County Schools (Virginia) acknowledged “significant problems” administering the state standards of learning tests. In one of the nation's largest school districts, thousands of the 41,975 tests administered on Thursday alone are affected and results called into question.


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Mel Riddile's curator insight, May 24, 2013 9:21 AM

Self-proclaimed school reform experts continue to underestimate the challenges in moving so rapidly from paper to online tests! Their arrogance and lack of respect for educators is reflected in their repeated refusals to ask anyone who has actually made such a transition. Obviously, they are afraid they may get an answer they don't want to hear.


Keep in mind:


  • This school district has a decade of experience with online testing. What will happen in states with no experience?
  • These tests are barriers to graduation.
  • Teachers will still be held accountable for the results.


While online testing is the way to go, I have been warning everyone that it takes a few years to work out the glitches when transitioning from paper tests to online testing. I should know because I learned this through experience in a state with eleven high-stakes EOC exams at the high school level that were barriers to graduation. We had four years to make the full transition and it was still a huge task. Doing this in one year is a recipe for disaster.

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Why replacing teachers with automated education lacks imagination

Why replacing teachers with automated education lacks imagination | 21st Century Literacy and Learning | Scoop.it
We can do better than this impoverished view of the role of technology in education. The innovations that we need are ones that imagine creative new ways to organise education. They are ones that use technology to provide learners with opportunities for personal transformation.

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, August 3, 1:55 AM

A good read.

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Compare the Candidates: Where Do Clinton and Trump Stand on Education Issues?

Compare the Candidates: Where Do Clinton and Trump Stand on Education Issues? | 21st Century Literacy and Learning | Scoop.it
Our interactive graphic lets you see what Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump have said and done on topics from academic standards to the U.S. Department of Education.
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Defining Critical Thinking

Critical Thinking: crucial to academic inquiry but complex and multifaceted. Various definitions https://t.co/HlktZO85KN via The_FCT
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What is the real value of homework?

What is the real value of homework? | 21st Century Literacy and Learning | Scoop.it
homework assigned is not of very good quality, which could mean a lot of different things and absent more specificity sounds like a homework excuse. Another, better explanation is that practice doesn’t do much unless there is rapid feedback, and that’s usually absent at home.

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3 Ways to Teach Empathy With Media Literacy

3 Ways to Teach Empathy With Media Literacy | 21st Century Literacy and Learning | Scoop.it
Empathy may be one of the most important social skills we learn as humans. Without it, not only do we fail to understand how our actions affect others
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It’s official — the internet is making us dumb: The more you read online, the worse you write

It’s official — the internet is making us dumb: The more you read online, the worse you write | 21st Century Literacy and Learning | Scoop.it
A study of MBA students finds both complexity and style in writing suffer when people read mostly digital content

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Free Technology for Teachers: Stop Motion Studio Offers a Great Way to Make Videos

Free Technology for Teachers: Stop Motion Studio Offers a Great Way to Make Videos | 21st Century Literacy and Learning | Scoop.it
Stop Motion Studio is a great app for creating stop motion videos. The app is available for iOS, Android, Windows, and Mac operating systems. The basic (free) version of Stop Motion Studio lets you take as many pictures as you like and string them together in a sequence that plays back at a frame-per-second rate of your choosing. Each frame can be edited individually before you produce the final video. You can also add narration to your video in the basic version of the app. Completed projects can be saved to your device and from there you can share them on YouTube or on your favorite social network.

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Project Based Learning: Start Here

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Maybe you've always wanted to try PBL, but you just haven't gotten around to it yet. Here's a set of beginner-level resources to get you started.
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5 Ways to Help Students Affected by Generational Poverty

5 Ways to Help Students Affected by Generational Poverty | 21st Century Literacy and Learning | Scoop.it
I work with students who are affected by generational poverty on a daily basis. I see many things. I see students whose shoes are held together by electrical tape. I see students who have perfect attendance because the only meals they receive are through the public school's cafeteria. I see pictures that students draw of their "pet rats" that live in their house. One thing I do not see a lot of is help for the educators trying to make a difference in these students' lives.
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Research Shows Connected Learning Works - by Howard Rheingold

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Science is for everyone, kids included

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What do science and play have in common? Neuroscientist Beau Lotto thinks all people (kids included) should participate in science and, through the process of discovery, change perceptions. He's seconded by 12-year-old Amy O'Toole, who, along with 25 of her classmates, published the first peer-reviewed article by schoolchildren, about the Blackawton bees project. It starts: "Once upon a time ... "
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Small Changes in Teaching

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In this series, James M. Lang argues that simple changes in our pedagogy — in things like course design, classroom practices, and communication with students — can have a powerful impact on student learning. 
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​Five Ways Teachers Can Use Video Chat in the Classroom

​Five Ways Teachers Can Use Video Chat in the Classroom | 21st Century Literacy and Learning | Scoop.it
Unless you work in a Waldorf school where smartphones are banned, chances are you’ve seen your students video chat with friends when their time might be better spent working on homework. Video chat can, however, support classroom learning. It’s not impossible.Video technology has changed quite a bit

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Rosemary Tyrrell, Ed.D.'s curator insight, June 24, 12:05 PM
Only four apply to higher ed, but includes some good reminders. 
Courtney Calhoun's curator insight, June 26, 1:35 PM

This article gives great ideas on how to incorporate video chat into the classroom. My favorite is having more guest speakers. My students love when they can learn something from someone other than their teacher. It would make accessing speakers from all over the globe possible. 

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Now, with technology becoming more and more relevant, it isn't surprising that Video chats can be used in the classroom. At first I did not know how until I read this article. What really surprised me was that it can even be used to help with parent-teacher conferences when they have no time to come into the classroom.
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Write the World

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Write the World is a global community, where young writers can publish their work and refine their craft through a regular writing routine, an attention to revision, and access to quality feedback.

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, August 2, 10:53 AM

Lots of different writing tasks too.

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cool to stimulate young writers. http://writetheworld.com/for_young_writers they even can ear badges
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Some of America's Top Teachers Went to Finland. Here's What They Learned

Some of America's Top Teachers Went to Finland. Here's What They Learned | 21st Century Literacy and Learning | Scoop.it
Six state teachers of the year traveled to Finland to see how one of the world's top education systems treats its teachers.
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Why you think you're right -- even if you're wrong

Why you think you're right -- even if you're wrong | 21st Century Literacy and Learning | Scoop.it
Perspective is everything, especially when it comes to examining your beliefs. Are you a soldier, prone to defending your viewpoint at all costs -- or a scout, spurred by curiosity? Julia Galef examines the motivations behind these two mindsets and how they shape the way we interpret information, interweaved with a compelling history lesson from 19th-century France. When your steadfast opinions are tested, Galef asks: "What do you most yearn for? Do you yearn to defend your own beliefs or do you yearn to see the world as clearly as you possibly can?"

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Root your reflexes.
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12 Facets of Education That Will Be Obsolete By 2025 - InformED

12 Facets of Education That Will Be Obsolete By 2025 - InformED | 21st Century Literacy and Learning | Scoop.it
Educational research is especially fertile right now, and efforts to integrate it into curricula over the next decade are going to leave some of us high and dry unless we start paying attention this second. Significant findings range from brain-based study habits to insights into the nature of intelligence and motivation. They also include glimpses... Read More
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25 Reading Strategies That Work In Every Content Area

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25 Reading Strategies That Work In Every Content Area
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5 Picture Books That Have Influenced My Teaching of Social Justice Issues by Vanessa Capaldo

5 Picture Books That Have Influenced My Teaching  of Social Justice Issues by Vanessa Capaldo | 21st Century Literacy and Learning | Scoop.it
I am a voracious reader and a devoted middle school English teacher. Every year, my focus has been to teach my students about being kind to others and being an upstander who stands for doing what is right and taking care of those who need it.
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Literacy, Technology, Policy, Etc....A Blog: How I used Socrative for Writing Instruction

Literacy, Technology, Policy, Etc....A Blog: How I used Socrative for Writing Instruction | 21st Century Literacy and Learning | Scoop.it
RT @JenRoberts1: Use @socrative to write. Then vote. Instant mentor text to review. Write again. Improve. https://t.co/KRCLiW1oOc #iste201…
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Amazon Officially Announces Its Education Platform & Gives It A Name

Amazon Officially Announces Its Education Platform & Gives It A Name | 21st Century Literacy and Learning | Scoop.it
A few months ago, I posted about Amazon beginning a resource-sharing site for teachers, and that you could sign-up for early access (see Amazon Is Setting Up A Free Site For Educational Resources –…
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Google opens up its Virtual Reality field trips for all, debuts new apps and services for teachers

Google opens up its Virtual Reality field trips for all, debuts new apps and services for teachers | 21st Century Literacy and Learning | Scoop.it
On the heels of Amazon's entry into the learning materials market, Google this morning also unveiled a series of product announcements aimed at expanding..
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More Testing, Less Play: Study Finds Higher Expectations For Kindergartners

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As kindergarten becomes the new first grade, some worry that the joy of learning is being lost with higher rigor.
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Visual Literacy and Visual Communication: Their Role in Today’s Content Marketing

Visual Literacy and Visual Communication: Their Role in Today’s Content Marketing | 21st Century Literacy and Learning | Scoop.it
A guide to understanding visual literacy and using visual communication in your content marketing strategies to effectively engage your audience.
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Does Reading on Computer Screens Affect Student Learning?

The evidence is largely anecdotal, and the research is inconclusive, but many professors say reading online clearly hampers students’ ability to take in what they study.

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Mel Riddile's curator insight, June 23, 11:04 AM

"A few studies have found little difference in retention when students read on a screen versus in print, though one, from Norway’s University of Stavanger, did suggest that high-school students remember less when they read a text digitally.


Some evidence exists that when students multitask (or are faced with the temptations of internet access), their comprehension dips. But as of yet, it’s unclear what role screens play in that outcome."