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Create and monitor engaging flipped learning

Create and monitor engaging flipped learning | Middle school ELA - 6 th grade | Scoop.it

One other product I have been getting excited about is Verso. This platform is not quite a learning management system, and has built in interactivity. I like it because it is crazy easy to use. It is sort of the anti-LMS way to have students engage with your content.


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Fiona Harvey's curator insight, March 28, 3:02 AM

If students are using this in their schools, Unis need to step up their game re interactivity.

 

Looks like a great idea, and we should try this.

Melissa Marshall's curator insight, April 8, 10:44 PM

This app has been a plaything of mine for the last couple of weeks, and I am going to play over the holidays to see how it works. It is very easy to use: upload a video, write some notes/activities and there is the lesson. Seems a simple way to make flipped content for those starting to flip. 

Catherine Wooller's curator insight, April 24, 5:12 PM

This is essentially like edmodo but has some other interesting features to monitor discussions from each person.

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Braving the Text Complexity Beast | Burkins & Yaris

Braving the Text Complexity Beast | Burkins & Yaris | Middle school ELA - 6 th grade | Scoop.it
In this post we look at the range of lexile levels recommended by the new appendage to Appendix A which provides supplemental research about text complexity.

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David Timbs's curator insight, March 12, 2013 8:31 PM

We all need to familiarize ourselves with this chart.  

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4 New Ways to Use a Google Docs Forms with Students

4 New Ways to Use a Google Docs Forms with Students | Middle school ELA - 6 th grade | Scoop.it
Now you can embed live YouTube video right into a form to create a guided video lesson for students. Consider using this type of activity as a homework assignment to provide students with a common starting point for learning in the classroom.

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Google Doc's ever- increasing functionality is worth your time.
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Unique Education iPad App Launches in US for Grades K-12

Unique Education iPad App Launches in US for Grades K-12 | Middle school ELA - 6 th grade | Scoop.it
A Paris-based startup, eduPad, has designed a unique technology that enables anyone to publish collections of interactive exercises to tactile learning apps for iPad. eduPad provides simple ways to integrate existing educational activities into popular handheld devices via web interfaces and/or file transfers.

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Is Education Broken? The Problem with US Standardized Testing in Public Schools | The Digital Media Diet

Is Education Broken? The Problem with US Standardized Testing in Public Schools | The Digital Media Diet | Middle school ELA - 6 th grade | Scoop.it

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” ~ Nelson Mandela

 

Last night Jayne Clare from TeachersWithApps held their EdAppTalk on Facebook to discuss standardized testing in US schools for 2nd-11th graders, based on their recent post, “Isn’t it TIME to Stand Up Against Standardized Testing?” It made me realize it is also time for me share my concerns and why I would like to see test reform in our schools as soon as possible. I have come to the realization that it will require real protest from parents and will be opting my own child out of testing when he enters 2nd grade next year. While this is not a typical ‘digital media’ topic, it does impact everything happening in the world of education and apps.


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Carisa Kluver's curator insight, April 26, 2013 10:27 AM

An explanation of why I plan to 'opt out' my child from standardized testing ...

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I chose this blog entry mainly because of the picture/diagram with facts about standardized testing.  The blog entry is written by a mother who has who has done her research, and who has participated in several online discussion boards with other parents and teachers.  She is against the idea of standardized testing, not testing all together, but she hates the way it is implemented in today’s classrooms. Overall she pretty much agrees with everyone else out there. She believes that students should be tested on more than just the typical analytical questions. It only really shows a fraction of the student’s knowledge and learning capability. Oddly enough, she uses the same metaphor, relating the students to guinea pigs, as the other article I wrote about does. This shows the a very wide variety of people, from different backgrounds and ages feel that standardized testing is absolutely not an adequate way to identify how intelligent a student is. She writes in her blog that she does not want her children to have to go through the standardized testing. I am curious as to how she is going to get around that. Perhaps, she will remove her child from public schools and enter them into a private institution with the same beliefs about testing. Maybe she could send her child to a place that practices un-schooling, a type of school that is very free, and lets the students learn whatever they want however they want. The sad part is that most of the administrators and teachers in public schools across the nation do not agree with standardized tests either. We still make students take them because there is not a better method out there.

The diagram commands the readers’ attention right away with its layout and bright colors. While it does not have any hardcore statistics and numbers, it has eight different reasons why standardized tests are not good. One reason that I have not seen in other articles is the fact that test scores can vary from day to day. A student can be having a very bad day and as a result do poorly on the test that he or she would have otherwise done well on. The room the test is given in could be very cold, and therefore could be a distraction to the test-takers. Another reason standardized tests are bad is that the tests are not subjective. There are people that write the questions, and choose the “correct” answer. On many exams there is a question that asks to choose the “best” answer. What if the best answer to a student is different from the best answer according to the test writer? These are only two of many reasons why a standardized test is a poor measurement of one’s knowledge. The thing that confuses me is why nobody has thought of a new plan instead of the continuing to hand out tests that help nobody. Something needs to change, and it should not be solely up to the students. Everyone needs to work together and help the future kids. Maybe when I am a teacher I will see a different view of standardized testing. 

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What The US Could Learn From Finland About Education | The New Republic

What The US Could Learn From Finland About Education | The New Republic | Middle school ELA - 6 th grade | Scoop.it

In comparison to the United States and many other industrialized nations, the Finns have implemented a radically different model of educational reform—based on a balanced curriculum and professionalization, not testing. Not only do Finnish educational authorities provide students with far more recess than their U.S. counterparts—75 minutes a day in Finnish elementary schools versus an average of 27 minutes in the U.S.—but they also mandate lots of arts and crafts, more learning by doing, rigorous standards for teacher certification, higher teacher pay, and attractive working conditions.


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How the Finnish school system outshines US education - Stanford Report

How the Finnish school system outshines US education - Stanford Report | Middle school ELA - 6 th grade | Scoop.it

Educational philosophy in Finland is strikingly different than in the United States, but the students there outperform U.S. learners.

 

The Finnish school system might sound like a restless American schoolchild's daydream: school hours cut in half, little homework, no standardized tests, 50-minute recess and free lunch. But the Finns' unconventional approach to education has vaulted Finland to the upper echelon of countries in overall academic performance, according to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development.

Finnish students have ranked at or near the top of the Program for International Student Assessment ever since testing started in 2000. In the most recent assessment in 2009, they ranked sixth in math, second in science and third in reading. By comparison, U.S. students ranked 30th, 23rd and 17th, respectively, of the 65 tested countries/economies...


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Why a good education benefits us all — not just students | TED Blog

Why a good education benefits us all — not just students | TED Blog | Middle school ELA - 6 th grade | Scoop.it
These talks show why investing in education is not just good for the children involved -- but for communities as a whole.

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iPad Educator Professional Development – The Three R’s

iPad Educator Professional Development – The Three R’s | Middle school ELA - 6 th grade | Scoop.it
Professional Development needs to be Real, Relevant, and Right On Time! Many classrooms across the nation are turning towards iPads and other mobile devices to

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5 Online Tools for Differentiated Instruction and Assessment

5 Online Tools for Differentiated Instruction and Assessment | Middle school ELA - 6 th grade | Scoop.it
The article provides you with the information about some online tools which help you in delivering differentiated instruction for your students.

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Education Collections: Excellent iPad App Store Featured Section This Week — iPad Insight

Education Collections: Excellent iPad App Store Featured Section This Week — iPad Insight | Middle school ELA - 6 th grade | Scoop.it

"Every Thursday the Featured area of the iPad App Store gets a refresh and adds some new and often topical featured sections. This week one of these is titled ‘Education Collections’ and it’s one of the best and most complete sections of this type that I’ve seen."


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Rewards of teaching young children to blog

Rewards of teaching young children to blog | Middle school ELA - 6 th grade | Scoop.it
I have been an elementary-school teacher for more than 25 years and I am always on the lookout for meaningful ways to engage and motivate my young students...
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5 Ways You (yes YOU!) Should Be Integrating Digital Citizenship Into Your Classes

5 Ways You (yes YOU!) Should Be Integrating Digital Citizenship Into Your Classes | Middle school ELA - 6 th grade | Scoop.it
Recently, I was told by a teacher that she doesn’t have time to teach digital citizenship because she has to cover too many other content-specific standards. I get it...
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The fully automated bibliography, research, citation, and internet highlighting tool.

The fully automated bibliography, research, citation, and internet highlighting tool. | Middle school ELA - 6 th grade | Scoop.it

Our innovative academic research platform allows students and researchers to save, organize, and automatically cite online or offline information throughout the duration of the writing process, and store content privately or aggregate it by topic to be shared with the community


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Ludmila Smirnova's curator insight, June 2, 6:30 PM

It looks like a very useful tool!

Margarita Parra's curator insight, June 2, 8:00 PM

Useful!

Daniel Compton's curator insight, June 14, 9:25 AM

Excellent resource

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CCSS: Write More - Grade Less - by Mike Schmoker

School and District Improvement, Assessment, Curriculum and Staff Development Consultation (Worried about grading all the writing called for in CCSS?


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US and Finnish Educational Reform Trajectories: a comparison

An examination of the education reforms of the last six decades in FInland and the United States. For resources and more information, please visit www.christ...

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Poverty is what's crippling public education in the US—not bad teachers

Poverty is what's crippling public education in the US—not bad teachers | Middle school ELA - 6 th grade | Scoop.it
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Poverty is what's crippling public education in the US—not bad teachers
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Earlier this month in New Zealand, the minister of education Hekia Parata shared a piece of knowledge that has become common the world over.

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20 things teachers want us to know about education

20 things teachers want us to know about education | Middle school ELA - 6 th grade | Scoop.it

"In response to my post 20 Things Students Want the Nation to Know About Education, Tom, who blogs at Stop Trying to Inspire Me. Just Shut Up and Let Me Teach wrote the 20 things teachers like him want the nation to know about education."


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Guest column: US should try Finland education initiatives | The Daily News Journal | dnj.com

MURFREESBORO — Recently, Henna Virkkunen, Finland's minister of education, gave a brief interview in The Hechinger Report. What makes this so interesting is that Finland's public education is number one in the world, bar none, as cited in the PISA (Program for International Student Assessment) report. http://bit.ly/f5yWZG)


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Apple education learning with ipad us

See how iPad is transforming teaching and learning at all levels!

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Technology Integration Research Review

Technology Integration Research Review | Middle school ELA - 6 th grade | Scoop.it
Edutopia’s tech integration research review explores some of the vast body of research out there and helps you navigate useful results.

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Kathy Benson's curator insight, August 13, 2013 7:18 PM

Nice overview of promising programs.  I'd like to see more information about implementation of core tools (e.g., screencasting) for cross-curricular initiatives. 

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8 Classroom Management Tips--From Google?

8 Classroom Management Tips--From Google? | Middle school ELA - 6 th grade | Scoop.it
How Google management strategies translate to classroom management tips.

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Samantha Burton's curator insight, October 25, 2013 3:07 AM

Classroom management is purposeful and responsive to the needs of all students. It moves beyond just behaviour modification.

Yenoch Ng's curator insight, March 12, 1:47 PM

This quick list of 8 classroom management tips has provided me a foundation on how to manage students' behavior, academic progress,and other aspects of the classroom. This list will be in the back of my mind when I struggle to maintain a positive classroom environment or feel overwhelmed with managing students' behaviors and helping them improve their academic skills.

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A Nice Visual Representation of Plagiarism

A Nice Visual Representation of Plagiarism | Middle school ELA - 6 th grade | Scoop.it

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Lucas Sponsler's curator insight, July 5, 2013 6:37 AM

Should be a bucket of duh, right? not so much.

Jennifer Hurley-Coughlin's curator insight, August 10, 2013 9:41 AM

Am I plagiarizing?

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Eliterate Librarian: April 2012

Eliterate Librarian: April 2012 | Middle school ELA - 6 th grade | Scoop.it

Interesting....includes recommended book list for middle school that fits common core...


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How to Integrate Web 2.0 Tools into the Classroom « Jacqui Murray

How to Integrate Web 2.0 Tools into the Classroom « Jacqui Murray | Middle school ELA - 6 th grade | Scoop.it

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