OMG! LOL! BTW! IDK! JK! WT..., well, you get the picture. But, you may be asking, what's the point? As a seventh-grade English teacher, I find myself facing a dilemma that does not have me rolling on the floor laughing (that's ROFL, for the uninitiated): teaching writing to the emoticon generation. In just a few weeks, seventh-graders across Texas will take their state-mandated writing test. What used to be TAKS is now STAAR, which we've been assured is far more challenging than all previous incarnations. Great. This for kids who remind me daily how much they don't like to write. (That is, when they aren't telling me how much they don't like to read. I know! OMG, right?)
"Sharon J. Washington, executive director of the National Writing Project, said, "The experience of these nine teachers reminds us of the central role they play in true education reform. It's teachers who are the technology drivers, seeking out digital tools, learning them, testing them and finally implementing them successfully in their classrooms. With the benefit of professional development from organizations like the National Writing Project, these pioneers are preparing their students for the digital world."
"The teachers featured in the report found that the use of such Web 2.0 tools as blogs, podcasts, wikis, and comics-creating software has heightened students' engagement and enhanced their writing and thinking skills—in all grade levels and across all subjects. Even as these teachers' students gain the skills to live and work in the 21st-century setting, too many times, the report found, their classrooms look like 20th-century models."
Educational Technology and Mobile Learning has recently started posting a series of " a-lits-of-articles " containing free resources pertaining to different subject areas. We are intent to provide teachers , no matter what discipline they teach, with an online springboard to help them better search for and find materials and resources relevant to the subject matter he/she is teaching.
LEGO® Education, which is known for its extensive support in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) education, plans to launch its first ever LEGO-based solution for Language Arts January 2013.
In this article written for Colorín Colorado, ELL expert Susan Lafond provides an overview of the ways in which Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts and Literacy differ from the standards that states currently use. She also discusses the ways in which these shifts will impact ELL instruction.
"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 ?........"
That's what the Kansas State Board of Education is debating, and it raises another question: To what degree is technology making us resistant to mastering basic skills? (Should schools stop teaching cursive writing?
In order to best assess student learning of the CCLS, the Department has developed new Grade 3-8 Common Core English Language Arts and Mathematics Tests. These new tests will be administered beginning in the spring 2013 and assess only CCLS.
In an effort to provide educators with as much support as possible regarding the instructional and assessment shifts necessitated by the Common Core, the Department has prepared 2013 Test Guides for each subject and grade. The Test Guides integrate important instructional and assessment information into a single document and detail how the CCLS in English Language Arts and Mathematics will be measured on the 2013 tests and supplement the other Common Core implementation resources found on EngageNY.
inklewriter is a free tool designed to allow anyone to write and publish interactive stories. It’s perfect for writers who want to try out interactivity, but also for teachers and students looking to mix computer skills and creative writing.
Any company, organization, or individual hoping to take advantage of digital video to educate or entertain the populace or promote a product should have a video strategy in place before springing for the time and equipment involved. Educators, of course, are not exempt from the core tenets of solidifying a viable video strategy — especially when it comes to how exactly they plan to take advantage of everything the medium offers.
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