Don't call the Android Nook tablet a comeback for Barnes & Noble's shambling e-reader (Samsung and Barnes & Noble just gave the Nook a makeover, and you may not even recognize it: http://t.co/J3AQrVgxro...
Like most school librarians, Ms. Hearne has been trained both as a teacher and a librarian, a combination she thinks is perfectly suited to helping students and teachers as the Common Core State Standards presses them into inquiry-based modes of learning and teaching. She helps them find a range of reading materials in printed or online form and collaborates to develop challenging cross-disciplinary projects.
And like colleagues around the country, Ms. Hearne also plays important instructional roles often unrecognized by the public: as co-instructor alongside classroom teachers, and as professional-development provider for those teachers.
How do these new standards compare to those in high-performing nations?
William Schmidt did a comparative analysis of the Common Core Standards for Mathematical Practice, finding that they resemble those of high-performing, or “A+ countries” (defined as those that had their 8th grade students placing at the top of NAEP), and have more rigor, focus, and coherence than the standards they replace. In fact, he found a 90% overlap between the CCSS and the standards of the A+ countries.
Georgia begins its transition to the Common Core Georgia Performance Standards (CCGPS) in fall 2012. These new Georgia curriculum standards are based on a set of common standards that were developed by a group of education leaders from across the country. Forty-nine other states have also adopted the Common Core standards as part of their curriculum.
This projects purpose is to develop information resources that will be useful in the planning and implementation of broadband and information technologies to increase Georgia’s participation in the digital economy.
The project is a collaboration among GTA, Sanborn, The University of Georgia and broadband service providers in Georgia and the regional commissions whose objectives are to:
Inventory and map broadband service availability statewide in partnership with all of Georgia’s broadband service providers.Inventory and map broadband service capabilities in Georgia’s Community Anchor Institutions (CAI) such as health care, education and public safety locations.Provide the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NITA) with inventory data updates every six months to be incorporated into the National Broadband Map.Provide an interactive online mapping tool for Georgia citizens, businesses and institutions to explore the information being collected and analyzed, which can be found at: http://digital.georgia.gov/map/
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Teachers have been complaining for years that children are forced to take an excessive number of state-mandated exams that, if failed, can prevent students from advancing a grade level or even graduating from high school.
Google has revamped its site for educators, creating a redesigned repository for all its educational tools and resources for teachers, schools, and students.
The newest feature is News and Calendar, a listing of all events and deadlines for Google’s education endeavors.
Google also created an online booklet called Google in Education: A New and Open World for Learning, which lists the company’s initiatives and programs within the education realm, such as the Computer Science for High School program — university-created workshops for local high school and middle school computer science teachers teachers.
“We’re hoping educators will use this year-round for ideas on how to enhance teaching and learning,” said Google spokesperson Rachel Durfee...
Among other mandates, the Common Core State Standards (CC) require students to “gather relevant information from multiple print and digital sources” and “assess the credibility and accuracy of each source.”
Bottom line? Librarians are a student researcher's new best friend.
A report from the Alliance for Excellent Education identifies four key challenges that public school district leaders must address in the next two years in order to successfully bring digital learning and education technology into K-12 classrooms. Although written for the audience of a school disctrict, the same could be applied to a school or group of schools. (thinking of our Arch Indy Schools here)
When planning for "all things Common Core" and how ed tech will help students be successful with a more robust curriculum and higher expectations, read this document in the context of your plan for ed tech expenditures.
“If you can keep your head when all about you are losing theirs [...], yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it” -Rudyard Kipling From what I know of the CCGPS, I can see why some teachers would be in a panic: Middle and High language arts...
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