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How To Get More Out Of Your PLN Using Twitter - Edudemic

How To Get More Out Of Your PLN Using Twitter - Edudemic | EDCI280 | Scoop.it

Helped provide some reasons as to why PLNs are important to today's connected teachers

You can enhance your already cutting-edge PLN by harnessing the power of the hashtag, chats, and other Twitter lists.

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Patty Ball's curator insight, September 17, 2013 12:50 AM

Using Twitter - PLN

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Oregon teachers' union opposes Common Core tests

Oregon teachers' union opposes Common Core tests | EDCI280 | Scoop.it

Where is the proof that the exams are 'unproven'? Is the Union afraid because it goes against what they have taught for years, despite the curriculum of our nation falling behind other nations?

"Oregon teachers' union opposes #CommonCore tests - Education Week http://t.co/fknnIYyfXZ via @educationweek"

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Free Appropriate Public Education under Section 504

- Even with this act, the standards of special education still fall short of general education standards. Why is that? - Contrasts with perspective that special education is lower priority to nation than general education.

Free Appropriate Public Education under Section 504 for Students with Disabilities


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Allie Peck's curator insight, March 8, 2014 9:48 PM
This is a good explanation of what a 504 plan is and how it is meant to be helpful. 504s are great for providing students with disabilities the appropriate accommodations they need to succeed in a general education classroom. As long as a student is accommodated properly under a 504, it makes learning easy and not a hassle.
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8-Step Game Plan for Standardized Test Prep | S...

8-Step Game Plan for Standardized Test Prep | S... | EDCI280 | Scoop.it

This source seems to claim that teachers view test prep as one of the most important parts of their curriculum, which seems to provide proof to my theory that test prep overwhelms curriculum planning. It  reminded me of the discussion in class about how certain schools would prepare for exams such as the MSAs, and how my school spent several days preparing to take the tests instead of simply integrating it into the lessons.

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NC teachers compare merit pay to 'Hunger Games' - WECT-TV6

NC teachers compare merit pay to 'Hunger Games' - WECT-TV6 | EDCI280 | Scoop.it

Supported perspective that merit pay was unpopular; about 89% of the teachers were against merit pay, arguing that it would ruin cooperation between teachers; the question is, are teachers so motivated by money that they cannot work together if it means helping another person earn more pay?

NC teachers compare merit pay to 'Hunger Games'
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A UNCW graduate and professor recently surveyed 800 North Carolina public school teachers on teacher evaluations and merit pay.
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Common Core Opponents Labled 'Far Right Extremists' by SPLC - PJ Media

Common Core Opponents Labled 'Far Right Extremists' by SPLC - PJ Media | EDCI280 | Scoop.it

The State Common Core Opponents Labled 'Far Right Extremists' by SPLC PJ Media The far left Southern Poverty Law Center has issued a report on opponents of Common Core standards in public schools that characterizes them as “far right extremists”...

 

- I disagree with the notion that organizations rallying behind the the Common Core were only in it for the money,  I'm disappointed by the fact that the author did not provide much evidence to these claims. - Contrasts with perspective of common core; that the people behind common core care about improving the education of America's students, instead of lining their own pockets.

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Performance Gaps Widen as High-Achieving Students Progress in High School

Performance Gaps Widen as High-Achieving Students Progress in High School | EDCI280 | Scoop.it

Supports my perspective that the achievement gap will continue to widen as school districts grow

"An Education Trust report follows high-achieving students through high school and discovers those from low-income backgrounds and students of color don't excel as much as their wealthier, white peers."


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Semi Kim's curator insight, April 2, 2014 8:40 PM

It is always interesting to see all the factors that effect students' education. Again, it is sad to see different academic levels in different ethnicity and different socioeconomic. Students' gap gets bigger and bigger in high school.

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Homeschooling: Reasons and Misconceptions | Evolutionary Parenting | Where History And Science Meet Parenting

Homeschooling: Reasons and Misconceptions | Evolutionary Parenting | Where History And Science Meet Parenting | EDCI280 | Scoop.it

Went against perspective that homeschooling would not provide nearly enough social interaction; reminded me of homeschooling video we saw in class, as well as Joe
#EDCI280 #homeschool


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Cassidy Stieffenhofer's curator insight, April 16, 2014 11:33 AM

I found this article on twitter using the #homeschool. I think it really covers what we find stereotypical about the choice to homeschool and why it isn't always true, and the real reasons why some parents choose to homeschool. I was interested to see what they had to say and it makes sense to why they chose homeschooling for their daughter. I have tweeted the person who originally posted the link to the article to see their opinion about homeschooling, and try to find out how these stereotypes of homeschool kids got started. I am interested to find out more about these alternate types of schooling, and I want to know what opportunities teachers can have in homeschooling, if that's possible.