"'What I presented to children was simple rhythm, for instance, [Andrade imitates the sound of his guitar] ti-tum-tum-chi. I counted the meter one, two, three, four, and then they start to write.'
What Andrade saw was that the kids who had severe difficulty with the task were also struggling with reading and writing. He knew he had good data, but he needed help from a scientist to analyze his data and methodology, and to write up the findings for publication.
'I read some papers by Nadine Gaab, and I searched for the page on the Internet and found Harvard and emailed her,' he says.
Recently, Andrade was in Boston on a Harvard fellowship, working on a follow-up to his research at the Gaab lab.
'We have found that this task, given to second-graders, can predict their literacy ability in the fifth grade,' Andrade says.
About her collaboration with the Brazilian music teacher, Gaab says, 'I think that’s a really nice example of neuroeducation, bridging neuroscience and education.'
And she adds that Andrade’s musical test is particularly useful, in that it can be administered cheaply and easily to whole classrooms, regardless of the students’ native language."
"In association with the 2014 Homeschool+ Conference, AltEdFilmFest showcases the films listed below during the month of August, 2014, with live broadcast interviews with the film directors at specific times. The schedule and links to the director interviews are in the conference calendar here. "
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.
Every parent knows their kids are more than just their grades. Still, they also tell kids grades matter. No wonder an English elementary school headmaster set off a social media storm when she helped write a letter to students telling them not worry so much about their scores, since "there are many ways of being smart."
The Future of Museums Conference is a social network
The New Media Consortium and Learning Revolution announce twin events about the future of museums on July 23rd & 24th. Both events are focused on four main themes from the NMC Horizon Report > 2013 Museum Edition:
Bring Your Own DeviceLocation-Based ServicesCrowdsourcingMakerspaces
July 23rd - The NMC Virtual Symposium on the Future of Museums is an exclusive symposium for you, the curators, creators, innovators, museum professionals, and educators. In this limited-space event, engage with panels on these topics and help shape the conversation – get your burning questions answered!
More information atgo.nmc.org/future-museums
July 24th - The Learning Revolution is hosting the free, online Future of Museums Conference, a collaborative global conversation about technology, museums, and the future. This event will be held from 10am - 5pm US-Eastern Time, and will feature keynote speakers and crowdsourced presentations by your peers. Attendees can expect to learn best practices to implement in their museums, and will hear real-world examples of innovative practices in the field. Curators, creators, innovators, museum professionals, and educators are encouraged to present.
"Lend an ear and discover the wonders of nature — right outside your back door and halfway around the world with EOL’s One Species at a Time podcast series. Our five minute podcasts are a great introduction to biodiversity, with multimedia extras and scientist interviews. Podcasts are categorized by topics and scientific skills. Listen online or download and take us with you on your own exploration of the world around you. Hosted by Ari Daniel and brought to you by the Encyclopedia of Life, and Atlantic Public Media."
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!"