Sensing the excitement from online education tools like edX, Google has just unveiled a (very beta) version of its own course building software. If you’ve ever wanted to run your own online courses, this might be worth your time.
Google’s new Course Builder software comes on the heels of a massively popular online Google class ‘Power Searching With Google‘ hosted by Google’s Director of Research, Peter Norvig.
The New Jersey Association of School Administrators (NJASA) has partnered with Intel and K12, Inc. to present an Online and Blended Learning Summit. The event will feature an overview of the latest research on online learning, including professional development and course/instructor evaluation in an online environment presented by Dr. Alison Powell, President of iNacol
The amount of money spent by school districts on special education varies greatly around the country, and some districts that spend less than others are getting better academic results from students, according to a study. The study, sponsored by the conservative Thomas B. Fordham Institute, suggests that some districts are overspending on special education, which has become a growing segment of school budgets around the country. If all districts spent the median amount on special education, it would save $10 billion a year, according to the study, which was written by Nathan Levenson, a consultant and former school superintendent.
T.H.E. Journal asked Leslie Fisher and Hall Davidson, presenters at FETC’s popular Tech Shootout session, to share some of the tools they’re still excited about. From apps to gadgets, here are their must-haves for educators.
Citelighter is a helpful tool for anyone trying to organize their online and or offline research findings. At its core Citelighter is a browser extension (available for Chrome, Firefox, and Safari) that enables you to select sections of webpages and save them along with the important information needed to create an APA, MLA, or Chicago style bibliography. If you have pieces of text from books and journals that you want to include in your list of citations, you can add those in Citelighter too.
The Christie administration finally released its report yesterday on ways to ease red tape and regulations that put New Jersey’s public school districts in a bind -- from what kinds of paper districts must use to teacher professional development and licensing.
The world of virtual schooling is experiencing a host of major policy shifts that are opening doors for its expansion, but at the same time holding it up to greater scrutiny. This special report, the first in a three-part 2012-2013 series on virtual education, examines how state policymakers, educators, and schools are rethinking and changing the rules for e-learning. It provides analyses on the benefits and drawbacks of these changes, and what to expect during this school year and beyond. One thing is clear: More changes are on the way.
The difficulty of disentangling disabilities and language problems has spurred a new federal study that will explore how districts identify English-learners for special education.
The heart of the problem, educators and researchers say, is discerning whether students are simply struggling with acquiring English or truly have disabilities that are impeding their progress. Shocker.
Teaching is really hard work Secretary Duncan told a group of more than 800 teachers this week in Baltimore County, Md. Teaching requires “creativity, knowledge, skills and empathy – the kind of emotional intelligence that can’t be readily acquired. It’s in your heart,” he said.
Google power users know the tricks, and they aren’t hard to pick up at all. Using Google’s built in features helps you find what you’re looking for faster, and that’s always a good thing. Here’s 18 ways to power search Google that you can use today to improve your Google experience.
"As educators Google is the backbone of our online activities. Think of how many times you use it to perform a search whenever you are looking for something. Besides using it for search queries, it is also used as a dictionary, unit and currency converter, calculator, zip code finder and many more. It is great we have all these options all accessible from a single platform but do all teachers and students know how to use these and other features Google has to offer them? Well probably some of you are already familiar with many features in this guide but the majority of our students do not. It is our responsibility to teach them the search skills they will definitely need to survive in the 21st century digital world. Isn’t schooling goal revolves around preparing our students for tomorrow’s jobs ?........"
Education Commissioner Chris Cerf called upon the Department's Chief of Staff and Chair of the Education Transformation Task Force Dave Hespe to present the final report of the Task Force. In his opening remarks, Hespe noted, we did not think there would be 428 regulatory changes and 46 statutory changes. He further explained that the report identified two overarching problems with the culture of overregulation that currently exists for New Jersey schools.
First, a number of bureaucratic regulations stifle innovation at the local level and redirect the focus of administrators and educators away from their primary responsibility - student learning. Second, a culture of overregulation leads districts to equate regulatory compliance with success, rather than with what really matters - increasing student achievement.
The Task Force was commissioned by Governor Christie to take an unflinching and candid look at how well New Jersey's education system was meeting its primary goal of helping all students graduate from high school ready for college and career. Its two basic tasks were to examine ways to eliminate burdensome laws so that New Jersey's educators have the freedom they need to employ the best strategies in the classroom, and to review statewide accountability systems, including the state's Quality Single Accountability Continuum (QSAC) and the federal No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Law.
Commissioner Cerf commented, "Time is the most valuable resource that our educators and administrators have. While every regulation is based on good intentions, in the aggregate they take too much time away from what we care most about - teaching and learning." He added, "This report makes some common sense suggestions to move our schools from organizations built to 'comply' to ones built to 'educate.'"
Epic-ed fosters capacity and growth by supporting members on all aspects of the digital conversion process. Community members can participate in national cohorts, join interest groups based on professional roles, participate in resource sharing and topical discussions on content and problems of practice while having access to successful distric
Evernote is currently my favorite service for note-taking and bookmarking. I have Evernote installed on my iPad, my Android Tablets, my phone, my computers, and I have the Evernote web clipper installed in all of my browsers. Because of Evernote's versatility I highly recommend it to anyone looking for a good note-taking and bookmarking tool. One question that I often hear from first-time Evernote users is, there's so many options, where do I start? Make Use Of has just released a new guide that will answer that question and many more.
Even that Twitter thing the kids are into these days, with its 140-characters and its perpetual haze of pound signs, has its uses–and quick, simple ways a bit more accessible than facebook. Here are 28 to get you started.
Online education policy analysts say a set of federal regulations aimed at web-based college programs, struck down by a U.S. Court of Appeals, could re-emerge in Congress’s debate over the next Higher Education Act (HEA) renewal.
Up to six mini-grants ($2,500 cash and $500 worth of Crayola products) will be awarded as part of the “Champion Creatively Alive Children” Leadership Grants 2013 offered by the e Crayola, NJPSA and the Dodge Foundation. Applications are due December 3, 2012. Grant funding will be provided in January 2013. Applications received by Monday, November 26 win an early bird Crayola product prize pack (retail value $100).
Professional Development is a life-long learning process that involves different activities including individual progress, continuing education, inservice education, peer collaboration, study groups, and peer coaching or mentoring. The importance of professional development lays in the fact that it is closely related to the overall quality of education and students achievements. Teachers who stop learning and suffice themselves with the curriculum content soon turn into hard working students only a step above their actual students.