Aperture, Apple's pro software for cataloging and editing photos, is being put out to pasture. The move is indicative of what many see as the company's continuing drift away from robust, capable software.
Using polling tools in the classroom is probably old hat by now. There are a ton of different tools available to teachers – many of them free- and they’re being put to use in a variety of different ways.
"A wealth of studies on students’ use of computers in the classroom supports the notion of banning them." •"I’m not discussing the “flipped classroom,” wherein lectures are accessed outside of class on digital devices and the classroom is used as a discussion and problem-solving forum. Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) and other forms of online learning can release learning from the restrictions of time, space, and, to some degree, money. Nor am I surveying the wide range of software and apps that are available, many of which have ably engaged new learners and engendered new and creative habits of mind."
School leaders matter. But are districts identifying, recruiting, selecting, and placing high-potential principal candidates? To what extent do these practices enable districts to find and hire great school leaders?
"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." • "Last week, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation joined the two largest teachers' unions in calling for a temporary halt to evaluating teachers based on Common Core tests. The foundation has spent more than $200 million implementing the Common Core standards nationwide."
"'We believe that the journey to a dynamic professional learning culture ultimately is based in empowerment, where learners have been given the “power” or agency to design and create their own learning experiences. This is the direct opposite of school systems where teachers perceive that they have little power over their professional learning. Shifting this perspective is the first step forward.' • You can download the entire paper for free here. Happy reading!"
"Student-centered practices emphasize personalization; high expectations; hands-on and group learning experiences; teaching of 21st century skills; performance-based assessments; opportunities for educators to reflect on their practice and develop their craft; and shared leadership among teachers, staff, administrators, and parents. These practices are more often found in schools that serve affluent and middle-class students. Schools that incorporate these key features of student-centered practice are more likely to develop students who have transferrable academic skills; feel a sense of purpose and connection to school; as well as graduate, attend, and persist in college at rates that exceed their district and state averages. The study also addresses the policy changes that are essential to student-centered schools, including funding, human capital policies, and implementation. • Transforming the kinds of learning spaces most needed by underserved students requires educators who are well-prepared to create authentic learning experiences grounded in students’ experiences while addressing their gaps in knowledge and skills. Educators need strong pre-service training as well as ongoing support to ensure that they are meeting students’ needs. • Transforming schools requires adequate funding to attract and retain high-quality staff and to provide a rich set of curriculum experiences for students both inside and beyond the school. It also requires that federal and state governments support innovative schools more and mandate less; transform their assessment systems to support deeper learning; and develop systemic learning opportunities among educators, schools, districts, and other agencies. This is no small task, but the practices of the schools in this study—and the contexts that surround them—shed light on the types of teaching and policy supports needed to achieve these goals."
When kindergarteners were taught in a highly decorated classroom, they were more distracted, and their test scores lower, than when they were taught in a room that was comparatively spartan, a new study found.
"As the world marks 70 years since the launch of a mission which ultimately led to victory over Nazi Germany during World War Two, these powerful before and after pictures show the true horror and heroism on a day that changed the world."