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New Project-based Learning Platform Launches for iPad -- THE Journal

New Project-based Learning Platform Launches for iPad -- THE Journal | Change in the world | Scoop.it

by Stephen Noonoo

 

"A new project-based learning platform created by ed tech entrepreneur and speaker Adam Bellow is now out for iPad. WeLearnedIt lets teachers assign projects to students and assess them using a number of multimedia features. 


"Teachers can use the app to set up classes with all of their students, and then create individual projects for students to complete, tapping into a multimedia library culled from Bellow’s other site, eduClipper, to provide any necessary context. Students then complete their projects by crafting or uploading text, images, videos, and annotations, and upload them for assessment, which can take the form of audio, video, or badges."


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100 Search Engines For Academic Research ~ te@chthought

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100 Search Engines For Academic Research

 

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8 Effective Ways To Get To Know Your Students - Infographic

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One of the challenges of back to school time is that you’re filled with a classroom (or classrooms) of students you don’t know. The students you just spent the last year with know your style, understand your expectations and classroom rules. You know their personalities, learning styles, quirks, likes, and dislikes. That knowledge base makes …

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Pump Students Up with Digital Icebreakers : Teacher Reboot Camp

Pump Students Up with Digital Icebreakers : Teacher Reboot Camp | Change in the world | Scoop.it

by Shelley Terrell

 

"Throughout my teaching years, I’ve struggled with getting my students or trainees to readily participate. Learners are shy about exposing themselves to peers, especially if they do not know them well. Icebreakers can help alleviate our learners’ hesitation, because they relax the atmosphere, allow learners to share without the pressure of being graded, and help our learners get to know each other. In the slide presentation below I share some digital icebreakers I have used with learners of various ages. Find more in the bookmarks that follow the presentation."


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Doctors’ orders: Start school days later

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DESPITE THE harmful effects of sleep loss on adolescents, many school districts maintain cock-crow start times for high school students. Reasons for the status quo run the gamut from “it’s always been this way” to “it’s too hard to change.” But a national organization of doctors who treat children is weighing in on what it calls a public health issue.


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100 Search Engines For Academic Research

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100 Search Engines For Academic Research

 

 


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What Happens When the Teacher Stops Talking? A Simple and Effective Student Engagement Strategy

What Happens When the Teacher Stops Talking? A Simple and Effective Student Engagement Strategy | Change in the world | Scoop.it

On a recent school visit, I was discussing student engagement with a group of school leaders when a member of the group offered the following observation: "I think teachers are reluctant to turn the class over to a guided activity because they are concerned about classroom management."

 

My Response

 

Teachers cannot teach if they cannot manage classroom behavior. They know that and we know that. Unless we build teacher capacity to engage students in guided group activities, they will be reluctant to "stop talking" because they are afraid they will lose control. In other words, teachers must be taught what to do when they stop talking and students are working.

 

Remember, the brain that does the work does the learning. If we expect to dramatically increase the amount of student work and simultaneously decrease the amount of teacher talk, we must build the capacity of teachers to check for understanding and facilitate group processes while keeping all the students on-task.

 

Most teachers make the big mistake of spending too much time with a few individuals and while they are "fixing" those few students, the rest of the class gets off-task. It does not take long for teachers to figure out that this is not working and they revert back to their comfort zone and a teacher-centered style of instruction. 

 

Furthermore, the natural tendency to "fix" struggling students actually has the unintended consequence of creating "dependent" students, who quickly learn that, if they wait until the teacher stops talking to raise their hand, the teacher will come over and do their work for them. So, not only are were losing control of the class, but we are creating dependent learners who will not even attempt to complete the assignment because they know the teacher will bail them out.

 

Years of implementing a school wide instructional framework taught me that our teachers had to have a strategy for keeping students on-task and engaged while they circulated through the room. Fred Jones’s Praise, Prompt, and Leave (PPL) strategy is one that we found particularly useful for strengthening student engagement.


Keys to Implementation of PPL

 

We asked teachers to:

Begin the year using groups of two (collaborative pairs), which were easier to manage and easier to keep on-task.Chunk the lesson or task into smaller segments.Keep the outcome in mind. The goal was not to fix students, but rather to ensure that they were on-task and that the students demonstrated understanding of the task at hand.Don't let too many students get to far off course! When needed stop the group activity and re-teach a key point. The only way the teacher knows whether students are off course is to circulate throughout the classroom checking for understanding.Motion creates emotion. An effective teacher moved around the classroom with ease and did not get stuck instructing one or two students.Every 10-12 minutes of group activity refocus the students and point out any key concepts or share your observations.

 

Follow a simple three step process:

Praise - Point out where the student is and what the student has done so far.Prompt - Tell the student what to do next and that you will be back to check on them.Leave - Spend as little time with each student as possible. The goal is to check on the understanding of all students not to re-teach a few students.

 

For a more detailed explanation of Praise, Prompt, and Leave, follow this link: http://info.marygrove.edu/matblog/a-simple-and-effective-student-engagement-strategy-praise-prompt-and-leave

 

 


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Rating teachers not as easy as 1, 2, 3

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The idea seems simple enough: Identify the best teachers and reward them. Pinpoint the worst and fire them. That’s been a linchpin of the Obama administration’s education agenda from the start. But now the administration’s initiative is in disarray, with states scaling back, slowing down and, in some cases, putting off tough decisions...

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Women are starting businesses at a greater pace than men

Women are starting businesses at a greater pace than men | Change in the world | Scoop.it
IF YOU go to work for a newer business, there's a good chance you'll be working for a woman.

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"They're just tests. The really important thing is what happens in the classroom every day." - PARCC

"They're just tests. The really important thing is what happens in the classroom every day." - PARCC | Change in the world | Scoop.it
“I think they’re really beautiful tools, but they’re just tests,” the CEO of the PARCC testing group told Colorado school […]

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“The PARCC assessments do not require some separate kind of test prep. … If teachers teach the content their kids will do fine. It’s about good teaching, it’s not about drill-and-kill test prep.”

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"Even for veteran educators, teaching to the level of the Common Core standards can feel daunting."

"Even for veteran educators, teaching to the level of the Common Core standards can feel daunting." | Change in the world | Scoop.it

By Rachel Evans


"A few key strategies have emerged that are helping us get new teachers ready to master the Common Core standards:

Invest new teachers in a common vision of excellence. - What does great teaching look like?

Chunk down the lesson. - In the beginning, teachers like students need to learn a new process in a series of steps or smaller chunks before they are ready to take on the whole project.

Teachers learn best from collaborating with other teachers. - Time to collaborate is essential to improved practice.


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Mel Riddile's curator insight, August 5, 2014 12:10 PM

"No one signs up to be a teacher because they are passionate about passing out worksheets. New English teachers imagine their students reading and writing about great literature. Math teachers dream of watching small groups of students use calculators and protractors to solve complex, real-world engineering problems. That’s the Common Core standards in action."

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The Difference Between Primary and Secondary Sources - video

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3 Different Things You Can Do With Google Classroom - Edudemic

3 Different Things You Can Do With Google Classroom - Edudemic | Change in the world | Scoop.it

by Nikolaos Chatzopoulos

 

"Google’s advance in the education field has brought to schools around the globe affordable devices and effortless access to educational content. Google’s latest solution for learning is called Google Classroom. Although Google Classroom will be available at the beginning of the school year to all schools that have adopted Google Apps for Education, the Mountain View based company granted access to Google Classroom to a select few individuals in July. I was fortunate enough to be one of these early adopters/testers of Google Classroom, and I can honestly say that I am impressed by its simplicity, and its ability to seamlessly integrate Google Docs, Sheets,Drive, Gmail, and more in order to provide a wonderful and highly productive user experience."


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How One Teacher Achieved Insane Reading Growth Last Year (EdSurge News)

How One Teacher Achieved Insane Reading Growth Last Year (EdSurge News) | Change in the world | Scoop.it

by Matt Bowman

 

"Tracy Fischetti's high school students improved their reading level scores about three times as much as expected last year, according to the state’s 2013 test scores.

 

"Of all the English teachers in Florida, she scored the highest on the state's Value Added Measure (VAM). Interestingly, Fischetti had no idea of her distinction until I emailed her in early March. "I am not sure how you would have gotten wind of my classroom chaos in California," she wrote. The metric isn't viewed positively in her district.

 

"I'm sure many readers' jaws clench at the mention of VAM Scores. I'm going to sidestep that controversy for this post except to note that, inadequate as test scores are for assessing educational quality, they're not a bad starting point to discover promising practices. No matter what you think of VAM, Fischetti and her students have accomplished something impressive, and I couldn’t be more grateful for the time she took to share her approach with me.

 

"There are three practices that Fischetti employs consistently that seem to account for a lot of her success".


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How are schools using 3 tech-based learning approaches in the new school year?

How are schools using 3 tech-based learning approaches in the new school year? | Change in the world | Scoop.it

by Katherine Haber

description by SmartBrief on EdTech

 

"More than half of respondents to a recent SmartBrief on Education poll said they planned to use mobile devices and flipped instruction in the classroom this year, while slightly less said they were using game-based approaches. And, while about 60% said their school would use flipped instruction sporadically, the poll showed that mobile devices would be used regularly by 48.78% of respondents."


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Chagrin Falls Intermediate School student becomes Jr. Google Consultant ~ Cleveland.com

Chagrin Falls Intermediate School student becomes Jr. Google Consultant ~ Cleveland.com | Change in the world | Scoop.it

by Charlene Paparizos

 

"Watch out Tom Hanks, there's a new kid in town.

 

"His name is Jackson Quinn, but unlike Hanks' character in the classic movie, "Big," he did not have to change size to gain his dream job.  The Chagrin Falls Intermediate School sixth grader, 10, simply sent an email to Jaime Casap, Global Education Evangelist for Google.

 

"I would love to be Google's junior consultant and I think the best way to learn about children and what they like is from a child's perspective," Jackson wrote. 

 

"He obtained Casap's contact information this summer, through Mike Daugherty, the district's technology director.  The district is rolling out the next step of its Chromebook program this fall, but Jackson has been using his Google Nexus for about six months, and loves it."

 

 

 

Image is of Quinn in his first Google Hangout with world tech leaders.


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The Debate Over Anti-Plagiarism Software

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One company and its algorithms are changing the way America's schools handle classroom ethics.

 

"Hammer Or A Scalpel

For Schroeder, the software is a scalpel. She asks her students to use Turnitin on rough drafts, so they can learn from their mistakes. No penalty. No trip to the dean's office.

But Emma Zaballos, a senior at American University, says she had a professor who used Turnitin like a hammer against suspected plagiarists. He made a point of telling her class stories of past offenders he had reported to the academic board and worked to have expelled."


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Teacher Evaluation: Are "principals reluctant to issue low ratings?"

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Education Week reports on the continuing trend in teacher ratings across the country. Both Hawaii and Delaware data show an overwhelming majority of teachers meeting standards. "As in many other states, among them Michigan, Florida, and Indiana, only a small fraction of teachers are getting low ratings."


Questions posed by the author"

To what extent is the evaluation process shaped by the norms at work in each school?In other words, are principals reluctant to issue low ratings because of the likelihood that it could affect morale and working relationships"Does the shortage of teachers in fields like special education impact the ratings?
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Mel Riddile's curator insight, August 26, 2014 1:58 PM

New, higher college and career-ready standards have significantly raised expectations regarding what all students should know and be able to do. Heightened expectations for student achievement raises the bar for teachers. Principals in the know understand that we must build the capacity of teachers to deliver these new standards. For example, few secondary teachers have been trained to effectively integrate literacy--purposeful reading, writing, and discussion--into their content areas. Yet, under the new standards, literacy is a "shared responsibility" across all content areas.


It is unethical to rate teachers on skills that we know they don't have...yet. Until the new standards and expectations are firmly entrenched in the culture of schools, principals must be builders of capacity, not inspectors of processes.

Ben Bempong's curator insight, July 28, 2015 2:23 PM

I believe it is natural as a leader to be hesitant in showcasing the weakness of his/her school.  At the same time this is needed in route to show honesty and integrity in one self and in their school.  Im not sure low ratings will affect school morale and working relationships.  If anything, it should cause the team of educators to come together to help the common cause.

Bradley Gomoluch's curator insight, July 29, 2015 8:36 AM

Very interesting article as I am currently working on a paper about teacher evaluations. 

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Education Is Not 'Moneyball': Why Teachers Can't Trust Value-Added Evaluations Yet

Education Is Not 'Moneyball': Why Teachers Can't Trust Value-Added Evaluations Yet | Change in the world | Scoop.it
High school math teacher William Eger argues that there's too much randomness in classrooms for teachers to be evaluated statistically like baseball players.

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7 Tips on how to Drive Students Motivation

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Atari Founder Says His New Steve Jobs Book Will Be Published On A Novel Publishing Platform

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Nolan Bushnell's new book, Finding The Next Steve Jobs, will be released in March from Net Minds. (Image credit: Getty Images via @daylife) Nolan Bushnell has definite ideas about creativity. When he founded pioneering game maker Atari Inc. in 1972, he and his team created a culture that enabled people to [...]

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Nine Unseen Qualities That Create Exceptional Leaders

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"... they’re even more successful not because of what you see them do… but because of what you don't see them do."


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Marc Rougier's curator insight, April 23, 2014 10:48 PM

This great post is about Leadership, not Thought Leadership.


I however decided to curate it here because it highlights an important and often underestimated concept: values that contribute to defining a leader, but unseen.


Building thought leadership is about demonstrating, showing, proving - it's very much outbound. Interesting to consider leadership-building actions that are unseen. How to you reconcile the market necessity of being seen, and these behind the scene values?


In any case, I concur: I recognize leadership in people who forgive, don't seek credit and let other have ideas. Although of course, this is far from sufficient...

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Debunking Common Myths About The Common Core

Debunking Common Myths About The Common Core | Change in the world | Scoop.it
Many people don't realize it's a set of standards, not a curriculum. NPR's Eric Westervelt talks with education reporter Cory Turner about other misconceptions about the Common Core standards.

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"These new (#CommonCore) tests look different than what we’re used to."

"These new (#CommonCore) tests look different than what we’re used to." | Change in the world | Scoop.it

This week, states will begin field testing the new, Common Core-aligned assessments developed by two state-led groups, Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) and Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC). These new tests look different than what we’re used to, and have tremendous potential to address many of the biggest problems with standardized tests. It’s critical that we stay focused on the long game here, because in the short-term, implementation is going to get messy.


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