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Diane Ravitch: Glenn Beck's Angry And Ignorant Book About Common Core

Diane Ravitch: Glenn Beck's Angry And Ignorant Book About Common Core | Shift Education | Scoop.it
Over the years, we have seen a steady dumbing down of American culture, especially in the mass media. Whether newspapers, radio, or television, we have lost many of our well-educated, cultured, well-informed thinkers.
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Do I actually agree with some of the Ravitch proposals?

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High School Students Come Up With A Genius Plan For Getting Ketchup Out Of The Bottle

High School Students Come Up With A Genius Plan For Getting Ketchup Out Of The Bottle | Shift Education | Scoop.it
Give a kid a vague prompt--"it really bugs me when..."--get an awesome answer.
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Go STEM!  Very clever and exciting.  The mechanical engineer side of me wants to try this now!

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New European ruling game-changing for U.S. companies

New European ruling game-changing for U.S. companies | Shift Education | Scoop.it

Europe's highest court ruling Tuesday that people have the "right to be forgotten" and can ask Google to remove some sensitive information from Internet search results is "huge," privacy experts say.

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This could have serious implications for the US and, more specifically, education.

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Big Data and the Mathematics of Effectiveness : Learning to Watch the #Reality in Motion...

Big Data and the Mathematics of Effectiveness : Learning to Watch the #Reality in Motion... | Shift Education | Scoop.it
Why are some people so scared of big data in education? There seem to be a few main arguments they use to try to scare everyone else away from big data...

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The Tale of Two Schools

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Fieldston and University Heights are in the same borough but are worlds apart. How much understanding between their students can a well-told story bring?
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Powerful.

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What Happened at ASU GSV..... (EdSurge News)

What Happened at ASU GSV..... (EdSurge News) | Shift Education | Scoop.it
More so than most any other education technology event,
last week’s ASU-GSV Summit, which brought 2,000 entrepreneurs, investors and,
yes, educators (there was a corps of 100) together at the Phoenician hotel, in
Scottsdale, AZ, is a triathalon networking event:  
The Chase: Chase prospective
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9 ed tech startups investors love

9 ed tech startups investors love | Shift Education | Scoop.it
These startups appear in multiple investment portfolios, but are they all here to stay?
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"Some also question how the company "collects, uses, and shares the 'metadata' generated by students."  How will the conversation around data privacy move quickly enough to address the entire market as opposed to focusing on and shutting down one?

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5 Things Edtech Startups Can Learn From Classroom Teachers

5 Things Edtech Startups Can Learn From Classroom Teachers | Shift Education | Scoop.it
Edtech is a big market, trillions of dollars globally. No wonder there are so many entrepreneurs trying to grab a piece. In an age when start-up entrepreneurs routinely try to come up with the next big gold rush, however, it is easy to forget that the fundamentals of pedagogy have remained [...]
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3rd point ~ teachers want technology that diagnoses student learning and tailors the learning experience to meet individual student needs.  If data can't be accessed and aggregated to inform that approach, how can this be accomplished?

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The Ed-Tech Startup Bonanza and Fed Policy - Education Week News (blog)

The Ed-Tech Startup Bonanza and Fed Policy - Education Week News (blog) | Shift Education | Scoop.it
The Ed-Tech Startup Bonanza and Fed Policy
Education Week News (blog)
Why, all of a sudden, are VCs falling all over themselves to invest in education technology? Is it an industry ripe for disruption?
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" It's one of the most conservative sectors of society, and virtually every edtech start-up embraces this conservatism"

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Massachusetts Adopts Torsh TALENT™ for Early Education and Childcare

Massachusetts Adopts Torsh TALENT™ for Early Education and Childcare | Shift Education | Scoop.it
NEW YORK, April 15, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Massachusetts Adopts Torsh TALENT™ for Early Education and Childcare.
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Video based coaching and mentoring for reflection and feedback is a strong supplement to traditional methods of coaching.

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inBloom: Welcome to the Big Data Backlash

inBloom: Welcome to the Big Data Backlash | Shift Education | Scoop.it
No, inBloom isn’t evil. Let’s look at the reality of how the cloud and big data pervade our lives and how we can best apply them to improve education.
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Report: As Teacher Demographics Change, Districts Must Prioritize Retention

Report: As Teacher Demographics Change, Districts Must Prioritize Retention | Shift Education | Scoop.it
To reduce the achievement gap, schools should pay attention to teacher retention, says new report.
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Finding ways to keep our educators engaged has become critical to our students

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Advice from Mentor Teachers for New (and Experienced) Teachers

Advice from Mentor Teachers for New (and Experienced) Teachers | Shift Education | Scoop.it
Being a mentor teacher to a teaching candidate is quite a privilege and honor, as you are integral in nurturing and helping that new teacher to reflect and improve upon his or her instruction. I rece
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The relationship between mentor teachers and teaching candidates has the potential for such positive impact.  

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What It Takes For Public Schools to Move Forward

What It Takes For Public Schools to Move Forward | Shift Education | Scoop.it
Word to the wise: "Catch yourself every time you're systematically mis-predicting who can and who can't do what among your children. We mis-predict among race, gender, socio-economic status, and standardized test. It's not democratic and it's not moving us forward," says Larry Rosenstock, co-founder of High Tech High.
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Four Reasons Why Schools Win By Switching Their LMS

Four Reasons Why Schools Win By Switching Their LMS | Shift Education | Scoop.it
Raise your hand if you are worried about managing a transition to a new campus learning management system (LMS).No doubt you already have more work than people or time to do that work. You are juggling 24/7/365 educational technology demands with a staffing and organizational model designed to suppo
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How can a conversation about changing your LMS lead to discussions about new ways to think about teaching and learning?  This is an interesting article giving some background about how that happened on one campus.

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A brief history of education's big data debate

A brief history of education's big data debate | Shift Education | Scoop.it
Concern over the collection and sharing of student data dates as far back as the 1970s.
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It's interesting to see the evolution of this discussion and how one organization ended up the target when "95% of schools and districts are currently using data storage systems similar to inBloom (i.e., third-party clouds)"

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Google Developing Free LMS as Part of Apps for Education

Google Developing Free LMS as Part of Apps for Education | Shift Education | Scoop.it
Google is now taking applications for a limited preview of a new app called Google Classroom — a tool that brings learning management functionality to the Google Apps for Education suite.
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Interesting.

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Google halts student Gmail scans

Google halts student Gmail scans | Shift Education | Scoop.it
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So is that what happens with "free"?  There is always a price.

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An open letter to wannabe edtech entrepreneurs: Welcome to the crowd - GeekWire

An open letter to wannabe edtech entrepreneurs: Welcome to the crowd - GeekWire | Shift Education | Scoop.it
This year's ASU+GSV Education Innovation Summit made it clear: education technology is now the popular kid in tech school. Maybe a little too popular.
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Teacher Education: No Longer 'Business as Usual'

Teacher Education: No Longer 'Business as Usual' | Shift Education | Scoop.it
Twenty years after an article appeared in Teacher Magazine about the state of teacher education at one university, Ellis Hurd and Gary Weilbacher weigh in on where the program and teacher education stand today.
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“While the issues raised by Mr. Ruenzel may be just as relevant now as they were 20 years ago, clearly it is no longer ‘business as usual’ at our university or in the field of K-12 education.”

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How Teachers Are Learning: Professional Development Remix (EdSurge Guides)

How Teachers Are Learning: Professional Development Remix (EdSurge Guides) | Shift Education | Scoop.it
Personalized learning is on the rise for learners in our schools. Redesigned schools include personal learning plans, playlists of content tailored to fit each learner, adaptive curriculum, and access to learning anytime and anywhere. That's great for students but what about teachers? Where's the pe

Via Kelly Brown
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There is a lot of great activity in this space and, finally, options  are emerging for educators to engage in relevant PD aligned to their professional growth plans.

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inBloom to Shut Down Amid Growing Data-Privacy Concerns

inBloom to Shut Down Amid Growing Data-Privacy Concerns | Shift Education | Scoop.it
Controversial student-data-management company inBloom announced it will "wind down" its operations after losing its last large partner, New York state.
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Are We Ready to Consider Coaching Instead? - Blogs - Education ...

Are We Ready to Consider Coaching Instead? - Blogs - Education ... | Shift Education | Scoop.it
What if we replaced observation with a purposeful coaching model? First, we have to learn how to have conversations. The coaching conversation involves a dance between listening, asking open questions, and enough ...
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"Coaching is a mutual investment resulting in growth"

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Teacher Prep Led By (Drum Roll, Please)...Teachers

Teacher Prep Led By (Drum Roll, Please)...Teachers | Shift Education | Scoop.it
What if practicing teachers served as faculty alongside education professors, with similar pay, status, and influence in shaping teacher prep?
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Grace in Disagreement: Brené Brown's Ten Guidelines for Engaged Feedback:

Grace in Disagreement: Brené Brown's Ten Guidelines for Engaged Feedback: | Shift Education | Scoop.it
How can we learn to offer feedback with grace and compassion at work and at home? Brené Brown offers a rubric for offering guidance and sitting on the same side of the table.
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