Feeling overwhelmed by technology? Irritated by the fact that we are in the midst of yet another "connected educator" month (and haven't we already had one this year)? This column puts social media and personal learning networks in perspective.
"Big school districts around the country — including in New York City — are starting to lessen their misplaced reliance on student standardized test scores to evaluate schools, as this roundup of “test reform” news shows. And some are doing it in unusual ways."
I'm sharing this article about card catalogs and the script that all librarians learned and used to write the cards because we have been discussing handwriting and cursive at our school after administering the PSAT, which requires that students handwrite, in cursive, a statement on their answer sheet. See the cursive script known as Library Hand here: http://www.yuoiea.com/uoiea/index.php?id=255
University Event Room, 7th Floor, Glickman Library
Join us for a panel discussion followed by a community dialogue about the daunting array of challenges facing gender-nonconforming young people in public education. Will the school and their fellow students accept their gender identity and support them? Public awareness of transgender people and the challenges they face is growing and schools are wrestling with the situation.
Free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.
This video taken in an English class interviews high school students who have rediscovered the habit of reading after being allowed to spend a semester reading books of their own choosing rather than "classics" that are assigned. It leaves unanswered the question of, in the context of such a policy, when or if students will learn how to read such challenging literature. Clearly, though, the more traditional method of assigning books in the hopes that students would attempt is flawed.
Geoff Cyr, a tech integrator from Belfast, ME, responds to the study titled "The pen is mightier in the keyboard: advantages of longhand over laptop note taking." The study has received a lot of press recently but Cyr argues that it has been misinterpreted.