A few days back, we looked at five great ways to incorporate word cloud generators into your classroom. There are obviously many more uses out there for them – but that is a discussion for another post. We’ve mentioned most of these before – in a post from way back when – so I won’t …
Published on Mar 25, 2014UPDATE: From the Liberty Institute statement released April 7, 2014...
"Today, the Perez family met with officials from Carillon Elementary School regarding an incident that involved a school official telling their daughter that her lunchtime prayer was "wrong." During the meeting, Miss Perez recounted the situation in its entirety to the principal and an attorney with the school and re-enacted the prayer in the lunch room. In addition, at the request of school officials, Miss Perez participated in a line-up of possible suspects, and school officials asked her to identify the exact person who told her praying was wrong. She positively identified that individual.
School officials are now opening a full investigation. "We are grateful that Carillon Elementary School is now taking this matter seriously and conducting a thorough investigation of the situation," said Jeremy Dys, senior counsel to Liberty Institute, "We hope that, at the conclusion of this investigation, school officials will apologize for this clear violation of the Perez family's religious liberty and begin to restore the trust of the community."
"My goal throughout this process has been to defend my daughter's religious liberty," said Marcos Perez. "I am thankful that the school now believes that something clearly happened when my daughter attempted to say Grace, and are taking swift action to correct the situation.".
"In my teaching career as an educator, no change in curriculum, program or teaching philosophy (and believe me, there have been a lot) has had the impact on my teaching that connecting my classroom has. Using social media tools to connect my students with people and classrooms from across North America and far beyond has helped my children to achieve curriculum outcomes, to learn how to act safely and appropriately online and to learn an appreciation for the similarities and differences between people. Not only do we learn from and with these other people, the students have a chance to become teachers themselves."
"In recent years, homeschooling has seen a rise in popularity, with more and more parents deciding to educate their children outside of school. Some parents (and their friends/family) who choose this path are concerned about their child's ability to move on to college should they choose that path..."
This awesome TED talk was given by 13 year old Logan LaPlante - a 'hackschooler' himself. He talks about why hackschooling makes him happy. The post From Homeschooling To Hackschooling: What You Should Know appeared first on Edudemic.
"Before talking about linear learning, I need to firstly point out, for the uninitiated that one of the issues raised by heutagogy is that dictionary and psychological definitions of learning are a little out of date. More recent neuroscience evidence has led me to think that learning can be thought of in at least two levels. There are probably more but two will suffice for now. On the one hand is the acquisition of knowledge and skills or what are better known as competencies. On the other is deeper learning, when we make associations in our brains that lead to Ah Ha! moments or new insights."
"The U.S. Library of Congress offers a wealth of fantastic online resources for teachers and students. A quick jump into the teachers resource page will lead you to things like these primary source analysis guides that I have used with students in the past. The LOC also offers a couple of good iOS apps that are worth noting."
"One of the best features of Google Plus I like so much is called Hangout. Hangout is a great way for teachers to host group discussions online . Google Plus Hangout allows you to organize video and text conversations with your contacts. Within hangouts, users can share files, documents, and photos. Video calls on Hangouts are limited to only 10 members but using Hangout on Air will let you share your hangout live on YouTube or your website. The hangout will also be recorded and automatically saved on your YouTube channel."
Students and their families choose homeschooling alternatives over district schools for many reasons. Learning outside of the traditional school environment can help allay problems or provide additional support for students who have experienced bullying, have learning disabilities or health related issues, or who have decided not to go the traditional route for personal family reasons. However, many parents are challenged with meeting the educational needs of their students and often don’t have the proper tools available to them.
As districts are faced with students and families choosing to homeschool, they are exploring new ways to create alternative programs to address the issues of the students and support parents that are struggling with homeschooling options. Ted Feller, the director of secondary education for Evergreen School District, believes that programs should support the community at-large. “Our view is that our school system should service the educational needs of the community, and so we felt that we should look to provide schooling in a different way,” he said.
Feller’s district provides a large variety of tailored programs to nearly 26,000 K-12 students. To support parents that want to keep their children in a home environment, the Evergreen District provides a blended learning environment. The Evergreen Flex Academy serves Vancouver’s families that choose the district’s blended option, with the majority of learning taking place at home. More than 130 K-8th grade students use the K12 curriculum at home three days a week, where parents serve as learning facilitators. Students also attend a district brick and mortar school two days a week for electives or assistance with specific subjects.
Prior to the district’s blended learning expansion, administrators conducted research to develop the optimum blended learning environment for students. “We spent a lot of time just trying to figure it out, and we had a lot of support from K12 because they had the experience and technical expertise in implementing online learning,” noted Feller.
By leveraging a curriculum that is tailored to a student’s need, districts can now offer a personalized learning experience both inside and outside of a classroom environment. Online courses progress based on assessments, allowing students to learn at their own pace, master key concepts and then progress on to the next level.
Google offers a ton of solutions for students, teachers, and classrooms. Some products are intentionally designed for classrooms, others just happen to work well for that setting as well as many others. The Google Apps For Education and Google Play for Education are two tools built for teachers and students that encompass a ton of different …
WASHINGTON (AP) — "The District of Columbia public school system, one of the first in the country to evaluate teachers using student test scores, announced Thursday that it would suspend the practice while students adjust to new tests based on Common Core standards.
Chancellor Kaya Henderson announced the decision, saying officials are concerned it wouldn't be fair to use the new tests until a baseline is established and any complications are worked out."....
"Google Education announced another service targeting teachers across the globe. Google Educator Groups (GEG) is a program that wants to support communities of educators, online as well as offline and aiming to help teachers to learn, share, and inspire each other to meet the needs of their students through technology solutions, both in the classroom and beyond.
"Google Educator Groups are essentially personal learning networks (PLN) that use Google+ as its backbone. The local GEGs are organized by volunteers and entirely independent from Google.
"At launch there are 51 GEGs across the world with USA, Romania and the Czech Republic having the most local groups established. GEGs offer different activities to learn and share with like minded educators. Teachers connect online via discussions and Hangouts or in the real world through meetups, workshops and other events."