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John Thomas Blog - Chicago Theological Seminary

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Chicago Theological Seminary is an affiliated seminary of the United Church of Christ, an ecumenical community forming religious leaders for all traditions.
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Found via http://www.washingtonpost.com/pb/valerie-strauss and full of truisms and quips, but he's on to something valid here. What is the human factor and what is the true cost of the shrinking teacher force in our country?

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This topic focused on trends in online and blended learning. I highligh teaching and learning tools that you may not have heard of. Learning theory as well as practical "how-to" stuff is also in the bag. How can you improve your student engagement? Are there strategies for English Language Learners you may not have tried? What about your specially gifted learners?
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Free Technology for Teachers: Now You Can Create Accounts on TodaysMeet and Close Rooms Early

Free Technology for Teachers: Now You Can Create Accounts on TodaysMeet and Close Rooms Early | Online and Blended Teaching | Scoop.it
"TodaysMeet is a backchannel tool that I have promoted for years. Recently, I discovered that you can now create an account on TodaysMeet. By creating an account on TodaysMeet you can manage multiple rooms from one screen. You can now require people to sign-in with verified Google Accounts before they post in your TodaysMeet room. Perhaps the best benefit of creating a TodaysMeet account is that doing so allows you to close your rooms before their planned expiration dates."
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Nice improvement but already nice tool
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ISTE Survey Reveals Individualized Learning Is Educators’ Biggest Challenge | SYS-CON MEDIA

ISTE Survey Reveals Individualized Learning Is Educators’ Biggest Challenge | SYS-CON MEDIA | Online and Blended Teaching | Scoop.it


According to a survey of educators who attended the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) annual conference, individualized learning is the biggest challenge faced by educators today. Edmentum, a leading provider of online learning solutions, has released the results of an informal survey it conducted about challenges in education that included more than 500 respondents attending ISTE.

The survey asked event attendees to identify their top challenge from a list of seven challenges prevalent in education today. Individualized learning was by far the most common response, with nearly 38 percent of respondents reporting that as their biggest challenge, followed by intervention at 19 percent. The full results are below:


Biggest Challenge for Educators

Responses

Individualized learning 38%

Intervention 19%

Data analysis 11%

Instructional assistance 10%

College and career readiness 8%

School improvement 7.5%

Dropout prevention 6.5%

*from a total of 587 respondents"




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Do you agree that personalized or "individualized" learning is the greatest challenge today? I think the educator's greatest challenge is effectively harnessing a litany of e-teaching tools, open source and proprietary, while keeping research-based, appropriate pedagogy in balance.

With FEV Tutor we are helping to bridge the gap with a truly innovative and careful solution to the problem. We are able to offer teachers support to individualize instruction and it's not a stand-alone, do it yourself program. We partner with teachers as much as they need to provide targeted tutoring for students. We are effectively supporting response to intervention (RTI), special education, advanced placement programs, credit recovery, online and blended instructional strategies, and more.

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Great Free Web Resources on Language Arts ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Great Free Web Resources on Language Arts ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Online and Blended Teaching | Scoop.it
Great Free Web Resources on Language Arts ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning http://t.co/YovZtBCSUm via @medkh9
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Thanks to author Med Kharbach and the tweet from @IU13ELearning for this list. There are some here I haven't seen yet, but now will have to check out. It's almost time to start lesson planning and preps for the new year.

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This Is What a Student-Designed School Looks Like - Mind/Shift

This Is What a Student-Designed School Looks Like - Mind/Shift | Online and Blended Teaching | Scoop.it
“ The Independent Project is a result of a high school student's mission to create a school where students would feel fully engaged, have an opportunity to develop expertise in something, and learn how to learn.”
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The Same Old Miracle School in Chicago, with a High Attrition Rate

A few years ago,I wrote an article in The New YorkTimes about "miracle schools" that weren't. I called out Mayor Bloomberg, as well as Arne Duncan and President Obama for making grandiose claims...
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Her response makes me ask "Why?" Would stories of successful urban school reform be fabricated or exaggerated?
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Students Matter: 3 Steps for Effective Differentiated Instruction

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Education consultant and guest blogger John McCarthy advocates for student-centered education via three strategies for differentiated instruction: knowing students' strengths, involving them in planning, and leveraging the strengths of fellow...

Via Manuel F. Lara, Clip Education, Marta Braylan, NikolaosKourakos, Maria Margarida Correia
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I like John's emphasis on building on the student's strengths and involving them in planning the  instruction. I was just talking to a teacher friend yesterday who had to make major adjustments to his instructional plan in order to differentiate positively. As teachers we have to respond daily to the needs of our students and differentiation as a "system" in place helps us do that effectively.

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Education Week Teacher: Getting Personal: Teachers, Technology, and Tailored Learning

Education Week Teacher: Getting Personal: Teachers, Technology, and Tailored Learning | Online and Blended Teaching | Scoop.it
Special feature in edweek.org 
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Personalized learning is the focus of this e-zine style info collection. It does help to subscribe to edweek.org. The Iredell-Statesville district in North Carolina is one of the headliners with a $20 million grant. All of these features help me ask and reflect, "What can we do to make learning more personalized?" "What value is there in more personalized instruction?"

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LOS ANGELES: Common Core could help narrow schools’ digital divide | National Politics | Modesto Bee

The largest field test in the country of new online assessments aligned to the Common Core got underway in California this spring, and as it speeds up the state’s transition to the rigorous new standards, it may also help close the digital divide.
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From the Hechinger Report. Find more related articles directly on their site http://hechingerreport.org/content/in-california-a-fairly-easy-transition-to-common-core_13338/

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Elmbrook School District: Behavior: Multi-Level Systems of Support

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@rettlerlisa @AdrianaPlach We also have a spreadsheet template on our site: http://t.co/LJzfo5xgRy or Chart Dog on http://t.co/MRwxC6Cm2g
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This Milwaukee WI area school district has a professional website.  The linked RTi program support page has one Word Doc file "Classroom_cultural_proficient_engagement_strategies"

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What is Response to Intervention? | - Step By Step Learning

What is Response to Intervention? | - Step By Step Learning | Online and Blended Teaching | Scoop.it
RTI is a general education framework that involves research-based instruction and interventions, regular monitoring of student progress, and the subsequent use of the data over time to make educational decisions.
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Although on the proprietary sbsl site/blog this summary would be good for a RTi newbie.

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Where Will The World's Water Conflicts Erupt?

Where Will The World's Water Conflicts Erupt? | Online and Blended Teaching | Scoop.it

As the climate shifts, rivers will both flood and dry up more often, according to the latest report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Shortages are especially likely in parts of the world already strapped for water, so political scientists expect feuds will become even more intense. To track disputes worldwide, researchers at Oregon State University spent a decade building a comprehensive database of international exchanges—-both conflicts and alliances—over shared water resources. They found that countries often begin disputes belligerently but ultimately reach peaceful agreements. Says Aaron Wolf, the geographer who leads the project, “For me the really interesting part is how even Arabs and Israelis, Indians and Pakistanis, are able to resolve their differences and find a solution.”


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Add water to geography education curriculum? You better believe it. The crisis of the 21st century is and will be water.  

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Nevermore Sithole's curator insight, June 19, 12:49 AM

Where Will The World's Water Conflicts Erupt?

Ma. Caridad Benitez's curator insight, June 19, 6:44 AM

El bien más preciado.  El recurso agotable más subvalorado del planeta. 

Adilson Camacho's curator insight, June 20, 11:50 AM

Questões políticas... 

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Are Song - Sight Word Video by Have Fun Teaching - YouTube

This is the Are Song by Have Fun Teaching. The Are Video is a sight word video for teaching the word ARE. The Are Sight Word Video features Alphy on the turn...
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Songs like this "are" great for emergent readers. Dance out your sight words and remember their spelling with these upbeat melodies.

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Transmedia and Education: How Transmedia Is Changing the Way We Learn - The Digital Shift

Transmedia and Education: How Transmedia Is Changing the Way We Learn - The Digital Shift | Online and Blended Teaching | Scoop.it
SLJ explores how transmedia storytelling, or telling a story across media platforms, has cracked open possibilities for educators to teach and assess, as well as opportunities for students to learn.

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Transmedia. This is a new term to me that deserves attention. 

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Nicole Sprainger's curator insight, June 13, 5:59 PM

Really important understandings teachers need to get their heads around

 

Norton Gusky's curator insight, June 14, 4:25 AM

A wide range of examples where multiple forms of media are used to create stories. Students can be both a consumer and a producer. 

Ruth Reynolds's curator insight, June 15, 10:04 PM

This is a great area of value to Humanities and Social Sciences

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Educational Technology and Mobile Learning: 9 Tools to Create E-magazines and Newspapers for Your Class

Educational Technology and Mobile Learning: 9 Tools to Create E-magazines and Newspapers for Your Class | Online and Blended Teaching | Scoop.it
“RT @UlbrickRowena: Get your students making web based magazines http://t.co/Q6wXE24fZe #EduTECH”
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10 Things That Learners Pay Attention To (And How to Use Them in eLearning)

10 Things That Learners Pay Attention To (And How to Use Them in eLearning) | Online and Blended Teaching | Scoop.it

"Even more than other types of education, eLearning must struggle to attract learners' attention: the Internet is full of distractions, and adult learners are both busier and more free to indulge in distractions. Helping students to pay attention is a primary concern of training professionalsso here are some optimal methods to win the attention game in eLearning"


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I'm putting this helpful list in the course design hopper right away. Whether in the classroom or online, we all struggle with distractions.

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, July 21, 4:59 PM

This applies to adults, youth, and children in their learning whether it is digital, blended, or face-to-face. Learning should be about questioning, problematizing, getting emotional about something that is important, etc. and sharing those things. Good teaching helps create spaces where that can happen.

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Foster children become focus of California schools - Imperial Valley Press

Foster children become focus of California schools - Imperial Valley Press | Online and Blended Teaching | Scoop.it
Foster children become focus of California schools Imperial Valley Press The 10 school districts in Santa Cruz County, with about 450 foster children, have proposed tutoring, counseling, extra-curricular activities and other help for foster youth...
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Finally a glimmer of hope for the thousands of foster children in our schools. When people care and there's enough support amazing things can happen. 

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What Teachers Want More than New Technologies? PD Opportunities To Learn to Use them Effectively - EdTechReview™ (ETR)

What Teachers Want More than New Technologies? PD Opportunities To Learn to Use them Effectively - EdTechReview™ (ETR) | Online and Blended Teaching | Scoop.it

Without professional development that can give teachers the full practical knowledge on the use of technology, you will not see technology being successfully integrated in the classrooms for better learning.


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Yes, yes, and more yes! Technology will not bring change without significant investment in the people who lead the learning community. Teachers and administrators must be provided the time and means to learn and grow into new ways of delivering instruction, integrating technology more effectively. 

With this being said in agreement with ETR I would add that another key component to effective edtech is a thorough-going, careful selection process both for hardware and software. Too often tech tools are selected by a limited number of leaders without enough consideration of the research-validated efficacy.

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Andy Kenworthy's curator insight, Today, 1:23 AM

Agree, time is always the biggest issue.

Julia Echeverría's curator insight, Today, 6:01 AM

Este artículo es realmente interesante.

Lo que los maestros quieren más que las nuevas tecnologías? Oportunidades PD Para aprender a usarlos con eficacia. Y me pregunto porqué no se forma a los formadores.

Paul's curator insight, Today, 1:03 PM

Teachers need the time to try out new devices - this is essential for adoption of new technology in the school

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Grant Aimed At Helping Long Beach Unified's Principal Supervisors - Gazette Newspapers

Grant Aimed At Helping Long Beach Unified's Principal Supervisors - Gazette Newspapers | Online and Blended Teaching | Scoop.it

Grant Aimed At Helping Long Beach Unified's Principal Supervisors Gazette Newspapers A $3 million infusion of grant money to Long Beach Unified School District ..." image credit: http://www.morguefile.com/creative/lvlcaphoto

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This is really exciting news for Long Beach Unified and anyone concerned about support and professional development for principals of urban schools. The Wallace Foundation is truly leading the way with this national initiative. The data that shows the link between principal supervisors and student achievement will be invaluable. 

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Humility Is An Interesting Starting Point For Learning

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Humility Is An Interesting Starting Point For Learning
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A Wonderful Graphic Featuring The Importance of Music in Education [Infographic]

A Wonderful Graphic Featuring The Importance of Music in Education [Infographic] | Online and Blended Teaching | Scoop.it

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A bit of a edu-tisement for U.F. but this graphic has a ton of info points on music and it's value in learning.

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Javier Antonio Bellina's curator insight, June 24, 9:20 AM

Increíble importancia de la Música:

Dorian Love's curator insight, June 27, 2:17 AM

Sweet music!

Terry Doherty's curator insight, July 1, 9:44 AM

The bottom line is that U of F wants you to think about being a music educator. I really focused on the research about how music helps with language skills.

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Parents should read aloud to infants every day, pediatricians say

Parents should read aloud to infants every day, pediatricians say | Online and Blended Teaching | Scoop.it
The American Academy of Pediatrics announced new guidelines for doctors encouraging parents to read out loud to their children beginning in infancy.
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Quite a few organizations and leaders are speaking out about early reading. Part of the issue now in early exposure to rich vocabulary is whether or not to emphasize print books vs. screen time. More research is needed, but putting under 5's in front of screens is not a panacea to solve the vocabulary gap. 

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Helping language learners visualise their linguistic development ...

Helping language learners visualise their linguistic development ... | Online and Blended Teaching | Scoop.it
My learners often struggle to recognise the progress they are making and how much work they do put in to their learning - both seem like a drop in the ocean compared to all the lacks - the "I can't"'s and "I have no time"'s that are all too clear...
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@LizziePinard has a highly reflective EL educator blog with fresh curricular ideas. 

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Response to Intervention in PA-Project MP3 - YouTube

This video is a description of the Response-to-Intervention (RTI) process as implemented thorugh Project MP3: Monitoring Progress of Pennsylvania Pupils, a p...
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They talk through RTi for a good basic understanding, complete with testimonials and video snapshots of instructional strategies.

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26 Tips to Help Students Become Better Learners ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

26 Tips to Help Students Become Better Learners ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Online and Blended Teaching | Scoop.it

"Here is a cool chart featuring some important tips to help your students be smart learners. You can use this chart in your class with your students as a motivator to boost their learning moral or as a checklist for assessing their learning habits. While some of these tips are straightforward such as tip 6, 9, 11, other tips are a bit generic (tip 23, 25,26). Overall, these suggested tips cover several skills students need to work on to be better learners. These skills include sensory-motor skills, communicational skills, emotional skills, inter and intrapersonal skills, and critical thinking skills. They also touch on key areas integral to effective learning including: introspection, creativity, confidence, imagination, networking, passion, sharp observation, experimentation among many others."


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I like the idea of using to guide instruction AND assessment. I will use it daily. Thanks for the Scoop, John Evans.

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Training in Business's curator insight, June 18, 6:40 AM

26 Tips to Help Students Become Better Learners

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26 Tips to Help Students Become Better Learners

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How the Internet Can Keep Kids Excited About Learning this Summer

How the Internet Can Keep Kids Excited About Learning this Summer | Online and Blended Teaching | Scoop.it
(StatePoint) In summer, keeping kids busy means camp, pool time and outdoor games. But all that sun, fun and physical activity should also be well-balanced with mental exercise.
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Nice list from scoopsandiego.com. I would add that with FEVTutor.com we can provide a better service for lower cost, providing virtual tutoring summer enrichment. It's not just about keeping kids busy but as a parent I understand the desire to make sure vacation hours are not just fun and games.

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