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The 7 Key Elements to Creating Successful Infographics - Jeffbullas's Blog

The 7 Key Elements to Creating Successful Infographics - Jeffbullas's Blog | ELA in the Modern Era | Scoop.it
Infographics creation and sharing has exploded. Short attention spans require optimal visual communication. Here are the 7 keys to successful infographics

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Should we flunk third graders who can't pass a standardized test? Here's what the research says.

Should we flunk third graders who can't pass a standardized test? Here's what the research says. | ELA in the Modern Era | Scoop.it
Last week, the House Education committee at the state capitol passed a piece of legislation that would force schools to flunk any third grader who failed

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100 Notable Books of 2013

100 Notable Books of 2013 | ELA in the Modern Era | Scoop.it
The year’s notable fiction, poetry and nonfiction, selected by the editors of The New York Times Book Review.
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Gates Foundation pours millions into Common Core in 2013

Gates Foundation pours millions into Common Core in 2013 | ELA in the Modern Era | Scoop.it
The list of recipients is long and wide.
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Achieve: Closing the Expectations Gap 2013 Report


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Dr. Dea Conrad-Curry's curator insight, November 21, 2013 10:57 AM

An interesting report that compares the progress of states, side by side. That is the power of collaboration!

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Testing Common Core

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This spring new tests, called the Smarter Balanced
Assessment, will gauge how well students are doing with
common core standards.

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My district piloted the Smarter Balanced Test last Spring and the students found it quite difficult and cumbersome.  I am not confident that the Smarter Balance Test is an accurate determiner of how students are fairing with the Common Core.

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The Inquiry Process - A Great Visual

The Inquiry Process - A Great Visual | ELA in the Modern Era | Scoop.it

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Peg Gillard's curator insight, October 27, 2013 9:51 PM

We are so far removed from inquiry based classrooms that curiosity is but a shadow. Students wait to be fed the learning, which isn't true learning if it is fed. True learning comes from asking our own questions and setting out on a quest to unravel the riddle we have created. 

Drora Arussy's curator insight, October 28, 2013 4:10 PM

wonderful visual for the inquiry process - for educators and to share with students.

OCM BOCES SLS's curator insight, November 7, 2013 1:24 PM

Great graphic for inquiry learning

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Ten Takeaway Tips for Teaching Critical Thinking

Ten Takeaway Tips for Teaching Critical Thinking | ELA in the Modern Era | Scoop.it

Ideally, teaching kids how to think critically becomes an integral part of your approach, no matter what subject you teach. But if you're just getting started, here are some concrete ways you can be


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Implementing the CCSS: The Role of the School Leader

Implementing the CCSS: The Role of the School Leader | ELA in the Modern Era | Scoop.it

December 18, 2012 

 

The Common Core State Standards provide an opportunity to realize systemic change and ensure that American students are held to the same high expectations in mathematics and literacy as their global peers — regardless of state or zip code.


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Nancy J. Herr's curator insight, September 9, 2013 4:04 PM

Wow! Don't know how to respond when teachers say "It's not MY job" regarding literacy skills? Need a professional, well thought out answer to why taking higher levels of math in high school helps achievement in general? It's in here-- and so is everything else you wanted to know about Common Core.

Rufus Hannah's curator insight, October 5, 2013 6:29 PM

We are piloting Common Core resources with elementary students at my school. We are realizing the challenges of working without textbooks - how much teachers need to know about lesson design along with assessment for and of learning. 

Dr. Dea Conrad-Curry's curator insight, January 6, 2014 6:31 PM

Yes, secondary schools and leadership there is help for you!

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Common Core Curriculum Map Collaboration is HERE from Mastery Connect!

Common Core Curriculum Map Collaboration is HERE from Mastery Connect! | ELA in the Modern Era | Scoop.it

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Young adult books that changed our lives

Young adult books that changed our lives | ELA in the Modern Era | Scoop.it
From "Are You There, God?" to "The Chocolate War," our staff shares picks for young adult books that have stuck with them since adolescence.
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Inside Common Core Classrooms

Inside Common Core Classrooms | ELA in the Modern Era | Scoop.it
Teaching Channel presents an inside look into how the Common Core is being used inside the classroom. Watch a number of different lessons covering Math and English Language Arts for a number of grade levels.

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How to create efficient quizzes?

How to create efficient quizzes? | ELA in the Modern Era | Scoop.it

Students shouldn’t only be listeners. They should also interact with learning content. Quiz is one of the possible interactions that gives great results for long-term knowledge. There are four basic types of questions: multiple choice, single choice, true/false and fill in the blanks. As I’ll explain, these types serve slightly different purposes, but the main purpose of all quizzes is assessment. You can and should mix it up with different types of questions – as it engages the students mind in multiple ways. There are however some basic principles to follow.


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Fiona Harvey's curator insight, December 12, 2013 2:39 PM

Useful with link to quiz maker app

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School Districts Face Common Core Test Tech Requirements

School Districts Face Common Core Test Tech Requirements | ELA in the Modern Era | Scoop.it
School districts need to make multimillion-dollar investments to prep for online testing.

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Mel Riddile's curator insight, December 11, 2013 1:34 PM

"72 percent of U.S. public schools lack the broadband connection needed to sustain digital learning."

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Why Learning Through Social Networks Is The Future

Why Learning Through Social Networks Is The Future | ELA in the Modern Era | Scoop.it

Students Need Professional Learning Networks, Too

 

Learning to create, manage and promote a professional learning network (PLN) will soon become, if it’s not already, one of the most necessary and sought after skills for a global citizen, and as such, must become a prominent feature of any school curriculum.

 

Few progressive educationalists would argue that a personal learning network (PLN) is not incredibly valuable and important. Passionate advocates including Murray, Whitby, and Sheninger lead with clarity in such discussions. The wealth of professional development that stems from such a network is quickly defining it as an essential tool for teachers, and will, I believe, replace organised costly professional development undertaken by organisations.

 

However presently, few discussions and promotions of PLN’s venture further than lauding specific benefits for teachers. But why just teachers, and not students? Could students benefit from a network of learners? Considering the importance of exams in determining futures, it seems that professional development for students not only has unbounded potential, but must be taught as a matter of urgency.

 

Establishing a PLN seems simple enough on the surface, but to do it successfully and optimize its potential contains within in it a challenging and vigorous set of learning opportunities. Curating, managing, and promoting a PLN develops critical, creative, 21st century, and an increasingly important set of socio-emotional capabilities. Integration into modern curriculums would be seamless. Of course the best way to teach is to show, not tell, so here is a list, but by no means a definitive list, of the skills that are learned:

 

 

 


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Common Core Standards Writing Rubric

Common Core Standards Writing Rubric | ELA in the Modern Era | Scoop.it
These Common Core Writing Rubrics Help Teachers in All Subject Areas Identify and Score Good Writing, Bad Writing, and Everything in Between (Handy tools.
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Why the ability to read complex texts matters

The single biggest predictor of success in college was the ability to read complex texts independently and proficiently.


ACT Study: http://www.act.org/research/policymakers/pdf/reading_report.pdf


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Sharrock's curator insight, October 4, 2013 10:57 AM

do we educators really need this explanation? apparently, we do. smh

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The Difference Between Doing Projects Versus Learning Through Projects

The Difference Between Doing Projects Versus Learning Through Projects | ELA in the Modern Era | Scoop.it

"We’ve clarified the difference between projects and project-based learning before. Projects are about the product, while project-based learning is about the process."


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Ricard Garcia's curator insight, November 5, 2013 6:57 AM

Easy approach, reeeeeally useful!!

Richard Whiteside's curator insight, November 11, 2013 8:31 AM

Not research per se, but it's an interesting prompt towards thinking carefully about uilding projects for education. There are may things to think about to make a project a really good, worthwhile learning experience. 

Miles McGeehan's curator insight, November 11, 2013 10:28 AM

I completely concur.  Excellent graphic.

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50 Favourite Websites for the Middle Grades


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Melissa Marshall's curator insight, October 31, 2013 11:09 PM

There are some great ideas here with short descriptions - from apps to websites to Twitter handles to group blogs. The whole document has been uploaded here  :) 

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3 Ways to Empower Common Core Writing - essential questions, research, and tech

3 Ways to Empower Common Core Writing - essential questions, research, and tech | ELA in the Modern Era | Scoop.it

Technology can be a powerful tool to facilitate Common Core writing and research and transform traditional writing assignments. (Are you looking for digital tools and strategies to support #CCSS writing & research with students at all levels?


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Elizabeth Sky-McIlvain's curator insight, November 3, 2013 11:05 AM

The 2nd half of this post is especially valuable for teachers. Learn to use these web-based tools yourself!  

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UDL & the Common Core State Standards

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National Center On Universal Design for Learning

 

"Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is included in the application to students with disabilities section of the CCSS. Although this reference to UDL may give the impression that UDL is just for students with disabilities, all students can benefit from applying UDL to curriculum design and instructional practice.

 

The CCSS can be considered the "What" in education, i.e., the goals and expectations. It is the destination we wish our students to reach. In light of that, UDL can be considered the "How" in education, i.e., the curriculum and instructional framework teachers use to plan their lessons. In other words, UDL and the CCSS are complementary: the UDL framework provides educators with the means to maximize student attainment of the CCSS."


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How Does The Common Core Compare To Previous Standards?

How Does The Common Core Compare To Previous Standards? | ELA in the Modern Era | Scoop.it
A major requirement for the Common Core State Standards was that they be internationally benchmarked. But there has been debate about how well the standards match those of countries like Singapore.
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A Favorite Formative Assessment: The Exit Slip

A Favorite Formative Assessment: The Exit Slip | ELA in the Modern Era | Scoop.it
When we think about all the different ways we check for understanding in the classroom, a go-to strategy for many teachers has always been the exit slip or exit ticket. For this strategy, students wr
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Fewer, Better Tests Can Boost Student Achievement

Fewer, Better Tests Can Boost Student Achievement | ELA in the Modern Era | Scoop.it
The overall academic performance of U.S. students will never equal that of our toughest international competitors if we continue to focus on high-stakes tests alone, write Marc Tucker, Linda Darling-Hammond, and John Jackson.
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