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Number of Students Taking AP Tests Rises Again, Report Says

Number of Students Taking AP Tests Rises Again, Report Says | New Hire Onboarding | Scoop.it
Nearly one-third of public high-school students who graduated in the Class of 2012 took at least one Advanced Placement examination, continuing years of increases in the number of students who have taken the tests and also scored well on them.

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Dartmouth to end use of Advanced Placement scores for credit

Dartmouth to end use of Advanced Placement scores for credit | New Hire Onboarding | Scoop.it

Advanced Placement courses might cover college-level content, but Dartmouth College has decided that’s not the same as taking a college course. So beginning with the class of 2018, the college will no longer grant credit based on its students' AP test scores in high school.


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Study suggests good Advanced Placement scores and personality traits predict college success

Study suggests good Advanced Placement scores and personality traits predict college success | New Hire Onboarding | Scoop.it

Colleges might gain much more information about the likely success of undergraduate applicants to science and technology programs by giving added weight to success on Advanced Placement tests, and on personality traits (different ones for males and females) that may hold back some students, according to a new study.


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How a Math teacher gets all his students to pass the AP Calculus exam

How a Math teacher gets all his students to pass the AP Calculus exam | New Hire Onboarding | Scoop.it
Anthony Yom worked in virtual obscurity until the news last week that one of his students was among only 12 in the world to slay the Advanced Placement Calculus exam with a perfect score.

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Meet the Woman Who's Hacking Coding

Meet the Woman Who's Hacking Coding | New Hire Onboarding | Scoop.it
"I'm proficient in Java."

"I know C++."

"I didn't even know what they were talking about," Shorall says of the litany of programming languages the other students listed. "I felt so underserved by my high school. I ended up not becoming an engineer, and I think part of it was just because I felt really defeated by computers."

Shorall ended up majoring in biological sciences and religious studies and becoming first an advanced placement biology, then AP calculus, then AP computer-science teacher at Castlemont High School in Oakland, Califoria, eventually teaching all three classes simultaneously. Now, after creating her own managerial position within the Oakland Unified School District, she is the key evangelist for computer-science education in the center of the computer-science universe. At a time when companies like Google, Apple, and Twitter fill less than a quarter of their technical rosters with women, Shorall's class is more than two-thirds female. It graduates women on fire for the subject, many of them going on to major in computer science in college. 

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10 Educational Web Tools That Support Inquiry-based Learning ~ EdTech and MLearning

10 Educational Web Tools That Support Inquiry-based Learning ~ EdTech and MLearning | New Hire Onboarding | Scoop.it
In today’s post, we have assembled a collection of some useful web tools and apps that support the ethos of inquiry-based learning.  Using these tools will enable students to engage in a wide range of learning tasks that are all driven by a sense of inquiry and questioning.

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Allan Tsuda's curator insight, September 16, 2015 8:54 PM

A great set of tools to begin building your toolbox for inquiry-based learning.

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From STEM to STEAM; Passing Through Coding, Tinkering & Making by Marco Vigelini | CoderDojo

From STEM to STEAM; Passing Through Coding, Tinkering & Making by Marco Vigelini | CoderDojo | New Hire Onboarding | Scoop.it

"A lot of people limit themselves only to use things without wondering how they work internally or without having the ability to look inside and possibly make changes.This means that we renounce a better understanding of the objects that surround us and we become mere passive users of systems, mechanisms and technology.

 

By cultivating the maker philosophy and promoting tinkering and coding, we can lay a solid foundation for those kids and young people who are intrigued by science, technology, art, engineering and maths. We can also involve more girls to encourage them to choose future career paths in scientific and  technological areas."


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Teachers in the Makerspace: An Exploration Experiment - Expect Miraculous

Teachers in the Makerspace:  An Exploration Experiment - Expect Miraculous | New Hire Onboarding | Scoop.it
Each time I see students using our makerspace tools I see possibilities.  I see the problem solving that goes into each attempt and each failure.  I see the curiosity and energy that students bring with them.  I begin to make connections to the more structured curriculum that students use in their classrooms.  So far, I have been the main person to offer ideas to our teachers on how our makerspace supports the Common Core and the Georgia Performance Standards.  However, I don’t want to be the only one.  Since every lesson that happens in the library is a collaboration between me, the classroom teachers, and other support teachers, I want their wheels to be turning about our makerspace as well.

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The Benefits of Students Teaching Students Through Online Video

The Benefits of Students Teaching Students Through Online Video | New Hire Onboarding | Scoop.it
The best student video tutorial creators are sometimes made the kids who've struggled the most to understand.

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edX: How MOOC Video Production Affects Student Engagement

edX: How MOOC Video Production Affects Student Engagement | New Hire Onboarding | Scoop.it
Question: How does video production affect student engagement in MOOCs?

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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, June 12, 2015 2:56 PM

Good news for fast talking, enthusiast instructors!  Be sure to read the seven findings and recommendations about video and student engagement. 

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Why do we stop children being playful learners and then worry about how we can make them creative?

Why do we stop children being playful learners and then worry about how we can make them creative? | New Hire Onboarding | Scoop.it
Mitch Resnick in his article Lifelong Kindergarten concludes with the thought :“Instead of making kindergarten more like the rest of school, we need to make the rest of school – indeed, the rest of life – more like kindergarten.”This reflects the points I raised in my previous blog post about developing a playful mindset in students, (“Do we have the confidence to let students be playful learners?”) that the conditions that are naturally found in play are exactly the ones we are all trying so hard to create in the learning environments of our classrooms.


Why then is it that schools seem to try so hard to suppress students’ natural desire for play only to relabel those desires as creativity a few years latter and fret about students not being able to do them?"


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Linda Denty's curator insight, May 17, 2015 10:29 PM

This is so true.  It's a shame we are so intent on getting data, data, data at the cost of creativity which is hard to measure and quantify until it's not there anymore.

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Virginia student earns admission to all eight Ivy League schools, and others

Virginia student earns admission to all eight Ivy League schools, and others | New Hire Onboarding | Scoop.it
Pooja Chandrashekar, 17, is a stand-out at Fairfax County’s Thomas Jefferson High magnet school.
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AP sources: Middle-class economics a focus of Clinton's bid - U.S. News & World Report

AP sources: Middle-class economics a focus of Clinton's bid - U.S. News & World Report | New Hire Onboarding | Scoop.it
CHICAGO (AP) — What will drive Hillary Rodham Clinton's second bid for the presidency?
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The Impact of Digital Tools on Student Writing and How Writing is Taught in Schools | Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project

The Impact of Digital Tools on Student Writing and How Writing is Taught in Schools | Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project | New Hire Onboarding | Scoop.it

"In a survey of Advanced Placement and National Writing Project teachers, a majority say digital tools encourage students to be more invested in their writing by encouraging personal expression and providing a wider audience for their work..."

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Among AP Courses, Geography and Environment Are Hot

Among AP Courses, Geography and Environment Are Hot | New Hire Onboarding | Scoop.it
Geography and environmental science gain in popularity in the Advanced Placement program, while interest is waning in some languages.

 

Now is a critical time to continue the push for greater geo-literacy in the curriculum, to ensure that students have the foundations established for them to be successful in AP Human Geography before they reach it.   


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Davidson, edX, College Board To Develop Online Courses For AP Students

Davidson, edX, College Board To Develop Online Courses For AP Students | New Hire Onboarding | Scoop.it
A triumvirate of education parties has come together to offer online supplementation for Advanced Placement coursework.

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Far higher share of students are passing at least one AP test during high school

Far higher share of students are passing at least one AP test during high school | New Hire Onboarding | Scoop.it
Maryland leads the nation in the portion of its graduates from the Class of 2015 who earned a 3 or better on at least one Advanced Placement exam. Virginia was 6th in the country.

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Jennifer Vineyard's curator insight, February 24, 2:08 PM

Where will we be in 2020?

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Edusight - Simple, beautiful tools for K-12 teachers

Edusight - Simple, beautiful tools for K-12 teachers | New Hire Onboarding | Scoop.it
Edusight provides the world's best user experience for K-12 teachers. Gradebook and Notes are simple, beautiful apps that help K-12 teachers assess student learning with more than just a grade.

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, September 2, 2015 8:01 AM

This looks like a potentially useful tool for k12 teachers.

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No Old School for You! Google Classroom-Catch up on the new tools

No Old School for You! Google Classroom-Catch up on the new tools | New Hire Onboarding | Scoop.it

Posted by Will Phan, Google Classroom Software Engineer

As you gear up for the new school year, try the newest features in Google Classroom for more ways to save time, engage your students and keep everyone organized.


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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, September 5, 2015 4:19 PM

Remember the old School?  Google will give you a free 'new-school' with the usual strings attached. (Nothing is free folks).


Google classroom is still relatively primitive compared to open source power house programs like Moodle. Let's hope market competition gets the both paid and open source providers to step up their game.


Still if you are already a Google School, you need to be up on the newest changes.


(Want to learn how to teach and learn online? Join us at UW-Stout's E-Learning and Online Teaching Graduate Certificate Program.) ~ Dennis

David lyon's curator insight, September 23, 2015 4:51 PM
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7 Tips To Use Google Sites In eLearning - eLearning Industry

7 Tips To Use Google Sites In eLearning - eLearning Industry | New Hire Onboarding | Scoop.it
How To Use Google Sites In eLearning. Check 7 Tips To Use Google Sites In eLearning.

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Google sites is an easy way to build a website and bring together and share content in one place. Many of our students use Google Sites to create their online professional portfolios. Christopher Pappas offers great tips for use.

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Abdul-Qaadir Abdul-Khaaliq's curator insight, August 7, 2015 9:50 AM

Google sites is an easy way to build a website and bring together and share content in one place. Many of our students use Google Sites to create their online professional portfolios. Christopher Pappas offers great tips for use.

Frank J. Klein's curator insight, August 8, 2015 3:40 PM

Google sites is an easy way to build a website and bring together and share content in one place. Many of our students use Google Sites to create their online professional portfolios. Christopher Pappas offers great tips for use.

Mark E. Deschaine, PhD's curator insight, August 8, 2015 4:56 PM

Google sites is an easy way to build a website and bring together and share content in one place. Many of our students use Google Sites to create their online professional portfolios. Christopher Pappas offers great tips for use.

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What’s the point of education if Google can tell us anything?

What’s the point of education if Google can tell us anything? | New Hire Onboarding | Scoop.it

Such debate about the place and purpose of online searching in learning and assessments is not new. But rather than thinking of ways to prevent students from cheating or plagiarising in their assessed pieces of work, maybe our obsession with the “authenticity” of their coursework or assessment is missing another important educational point.

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Interesting read about the nature of knowledge and learning.

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DebbyBruck's comment, August 18, 2015 3:29 AM
This is so right on - thank you. Educating one's self online is empowering only if the user understands the difference between "crap collection" and that which is meaningful and useable at the time of curation. Curation only has value when we use the information in the moment as a motivator and inspiration to carry on in bettering ourselves in the here and now. This is my idea of content curation and educating on what speaks to our hearts in the very NOW moment.
DebbyBruck's curator insight, August 18, 2015 4:23 AM

Online searching/learning has a definite and substantial impact in our world today. Just remember to use regularly what you are saving (or curating), and to balance it all with real world experience.  Visit your elders, your neighbors, your parents, your community, your friends (and listen to their stories): in many cases they were alive many decades before you were.  They saw wars, political changes, social movements, etc., that can never be described in the same way online than from first hand experience.  Honor these people by your presence AND learn all you can online. Temper all of it by having one foot in the world of FREE information and one foot in the world of first-hand contact with those who lived those times. The cool thing about attending a school (in person) is you get the best of both worlds - interaction with others and your time online.

Reshmi_Insomreadniac's curator insight, September 16, 2015 9:04 AM

//In an era of informational abundance, educational end-products – the exam or piece of coursework – need to become less about a single student creating an “authentic” text, and more about a certain kind of digital literacy which harnesses the wisdom of the network of information that is available at the click of a button.//

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ITNedu - The leading source of educational video content

ITNedu - The leading source of educational video content | New Hire Onboarding | Scoop.it

Incredible video from real world events designed to engage learners, whether making a ‘dry’ subject fun, or helping students to relate their studies to real life situations.


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flea palmer's curator insight, June 2, 2015 6:47 AM

This looks like it's going to be a fantastic resource as the intention is to add clips on a range of subjects - there are already many great clips around physics. You can register to receive updates.

Sofia Anysiadou's curator insight, June 3, 2015 9:13 AM

Promising! Real life videos for language learning..

Rosemary Tyrrell, Ed.D.'s curator insight, June 6, 2015 2:21 PM

You may also be interested in subscribing to their YouTube channel  

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCv0AjnTOxfrBRNhxXsATS2w

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7 Myths and Facts About Online Learning

7 Myths and Facts About Online Learning | New Hire Onboarding | Scoop.it
Now that the number of students taking at least one online course has surpassed 6.7 million it’s high time we dispel the myth and discover the truth about online learning. Via: www.myeducation.com

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ChristopherBell's curator insight, May 14, 2015 10:47 PM

Awesome stuff to share with parents and graduating seniors!

Carlos Godoy Rodríguez's curator insight, May 15, 2015 1:13 PM

7 mitos y realidades sobre la formación online.

 

Mito nro. 1, no se puede obtener un empleo acreditando un diploma logrado mediante aprobación de cursos en línea.  Reaalidad: 62% de los profesionales de RRHH creen que los diplomas obtenidos por cursos online son equivalentes o mejores que los logrados en universidades tradicionales.

 

Mito nro 2, sólo universidades de dudosa reputación ofrecen programas que se imparten totalmente en línea. Realidad: el porcentaje de instituciones que ofrecen programas completamente virtuales se ha duplicado en la última década hasta alcanzar 62.4%.

 

Mito nro. 3, los programas virtuales contribuyen con el aislamiento de sus estudiantes. Realidad: los cursos distribuídos en el formato presencial tradicional pueden también incentivar el aislamiento.

 

Mito nro. 4, obtener un diploma en línea es tomar el camino fácil. Realidad: si bien es cierto que el formato eLearning es más flexible, ello no significa que los cursos dictados en ésta modalidad sean menos rigurosos.

 

Mito nro. 5, "Tengo todo el tiempo del mundo para culminar mi curso online". Realidad: si intenta retrazar indefinidamente el cumplimiento de las tareas asignadas en un curso online, muy problamente, no superá ese curso. La procastinación no funciona el mundo real ni en el virtual.

 

Mito nro. 6, usted no aprenderá mucho tomando cursos vía eLearning. Realidad: investigaciones recientes indican que no hay diferencias significativas entre los resultados de aprendizaje por estudios virtuales y el método presencial tradicional.

 

Mito nro. 7, puedo hacer fraude en los programas de formación online. Realidad: muchas escuelas online han implementado sistemas de protección antifraude. Algunas otras exigen la realización de exámenes presenciales a sus alumnos. ¡ El gran hermano siempre está observando...!

Ellen Comito McKeown's curator insight, July 22, 2015 6:16 PM

A great, visual way to explain the value of online education.

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2015’s Top Education Technology Trends | Edudemic

2015’s Top Education Technology Trends | Edudemic | New Hire Onboarding | Scoop.it
Each year, the New Media Consortium and EDUCAUSE release the NMC Horizon Report, which looks at the technology most likely to shape education in the next five years. The 2015 report highlights a number of key changes that educators, those at the higher education level in particular, should be aware of.

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Study suggests STEM faculty hiring favors women over men

Study suggests STEM faculty hiring favors women over men | New Hire Onboarding | Scoop.it
New study suggests STEM hiring favors women over men, in contrast to lots of other research suggesting otherwise. But is there more to the story?
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