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College costs drive record number of high school kids to start early ~ Hechinger Report

College costs drive record number of high school kids to start early ~ Hechinger Report | Personal Learning Network | Scoop.it

by Jon Marcus

summary by Carnegie Perspectives

 

"A record number of students are getting a head start on college credits while in high school, cutting costs, and speeding toward degrees as quickly as possible. In addition to taking AP tests or dual enrollment courses, students are receiving college credit for life experiences, or skipping their senior years to attend early colleges. Some 1.3 million students took dual enrollment classes in 2010-11, according to federal data -- a 67% increase since 2003."


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Fantastic tool that creates a roadmap for digital literacy | Blandin on Broadband

Fantastic tool that creates a roadmap for digital literacy | Blandin on Broadband | Personal Learning Network | Scoop.it

Thanks to John Hamerlinck at Minnesota Campus Compact for sending me a fantastic digital (well web) literacy tool.

 

It’s a point and click chart of digital literacy tasks that breaks tech skills down into easier prerequisite skills. So you can find out what skills are necessary to have before you attempt to insert a hyperlink into a website. Or conversely, once you learn how to insert a hyperlink, you can find out what some logical next skills to learn might be. It can be used by teacher or learner track progress up a ladder of increasing sophisticated web use.

 

It starts with web browsing and focuses on becoming a web user and content creator – so it’s not much help in terms of learning to use a spreadsheet, but the content is good and the format is very elegant. It would make a good template for other avenues of digital literacy.

 

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David Cook's curator insight, August 7, 10:21 PM

This infographic is awesome. Forget all the talk and debate and just get to the core - "What is Digital Literacy?" So many topic headings followed by surface knowledge to deep application. If you only read one of my links... choose this!

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How the Maker Movement Connects Students to Engineering and Tech

How the Maker Movement Connects Students to Engineering and Tech | Personal Learning Network | Scoop.it
Eighth-grader Quin uses his passion for electronics to teach fellow students about 3D printing, arduinos, and other hands-on lessons in STEM skills.
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The implications of integrating hands-on, creative applications and the academic aspects are tremendous, just ask any CTE instructor.  It is time to break down the walls between "traditional" and "technical" education. This video is evidence that a revolution is eminent.

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Budget Cuts Threaten A Unique Alabama Prison Education Program - Capital Public Radio News

Budget Cuts Threaten A Unique Alabama Prison Education Program - Capital Public Radio News | Personal Learning Network | Scoop.it
Budget Cuts Threaten A Unique Alabama Prison Education Program
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But the inmates at Tutwiler Prison do have access to a unique state-funded education program that offers GEDs and other skills that inmates need after release.
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NPR's take on prison education programs in Alabama.

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Genius Hour and the 6 Essentials of Personalized Education | Nichole Carter Blog | Edutopia.org

Genius Hour and the 6 Essentials of Personalized Education | Nichole Carter Blog | Edutopia.org | Personal Learning Network | Scoop.it

There is a difference between differentiation and personalized learning. In the last year, I've been shifting toward the personalized learning aspect of curriculum design. How do I engage my learners and make their classwork more authentic?

 

Last year, my school rolled out iPads for every student, and with the transition to Common Core, it was the perfect time for a massive curriculum shakeup. I'm lucky that my department gave me ample time to start working on this process. Simultaneously, I started experimenting with Genius Hour for my 8th grade students.

 

Genius Hour equated to one hour a week, or one class day, where I let the students become experts in anything they wanted. This allowed them to explore their passions, and I saw engagement like never before. All of these things coalesced into a different mindset for me as a teacher. I'm nowhere near a full personalized education model, but I'm keeping the student-centered approach in the forefront as I continue this process.

 

So what are the essentials of personalized education, and how does something like Genius Hour play a role? Keefe and Jenkins found six basic tenets of personalized instruction.

 

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4 Technology Trends Changing Higher Education - Edudemic

4 Technology Trends Changing Higher Education - Edudemic | Personal Learning Network | Scoop.it
Technology has had a huge impact on the education system worldwide, transforming how students learn, share and gather information. The adoption of technologies like mobile apps, cloud computing and game-based learning has helped students be more productive. From being consumers, students are now becoming creators and innovators, thanks to technology’s ubiquity. As universities continue to …
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The 2014 Horizon Report highlights the major trends impacting Higher Education. 

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The Lowdown on Longhand: How Writing by Hand Benefits the Brain

The Lowdown on Longhand: How Writing by Hand Benefits the Brain | Personal Learning Network | Scoop.it
Studies show that note-taking with pen or pencil is critical to processing and representing information, something that students lose when tapping on a keyboard.
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Super article on the connections made and disciplines tapped when writing things out.  It is just different from the keyboard.

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Innovation Excellence | How Educators Around The World Are Implementing Mobile Learning

Innovation Excellence | How Educators Around The World Are Implementing Mobile Learning | Personal Learning Network | Scoop.it
In less than a decade, mobile technology has spread to the furthest corners of the planet. Of the estimated 7 billion people on Earth, 6 billion now have access to a working mobile phone. Africa, which had a mobile penetration rate of just 5% in the 1990s, is now the second largest and fastest growing mobile phone market in the world, with a penetration rate of over 60% and climbing.

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Jeremiah Stanley's curator insight, August 6, 3:17 PM

This article makes some good suggestions about implementing mobile learning in your class room, such as do more with less, and advocate for clear policies.

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Why a New Jersey school district decided giving laptops to students is a terrible idea - The Hechinger Report

Why a New Jersey school district decided giving laptops to students is a terrible idea - The Hechinger Report | Personal Learning Network | Scoop.it
Inside Hoboken’s combined junior-senior high school is a storage closet. Behind the locked door, mothballed laptop computers are strewn among brown cardboard boxes. Others are stacked one atop another amid other computer detritus. Dozens more are stored on mobile computer carts, many of them on their last legs. That’s all that remains from a failed …
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The Hoboken, NJ school district is destroying, yes destroying, all its laptops from its “failed” 1:1 laptop program. The details point to an amazing amount of administrative ineptitude and a case of going in blindly. 

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Why the Next 10 Years of Educational Technologies will Smash the Last 10 | UKEdChat.com - Supporting the #UKEdChat Education Community

Why the Next 10 Years of Educational Technologies will Smash the Last 10 | UKEdChat.com - Supporting the #UKEdChat Education Community | Personal Learning Network | Scoop.it
RT @quizit_: Here's Why Educators Should Be Excited About the Next 10 Years of Educational Technology http://t.co/XzHgXKr6Y6 #edtech #educa…
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As educators we have adapted to technology, now it’s our time to bend the tech to share our innovations and content with learners.

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3 TED Talks That Might Actually Change How You Teach (And Think) - Edudemic

3 TED Talks That Might Actually Change How You Teach (And Think) - Edudemic | Personal Learning Network | Scoop.it
How do you conduct yourself in your classroom? As a leader, a learner, an observer, a participant, and a member of a larger group. All of these roles hold so much nuance that your students learn from. It is sometimes easy to forget how much our students are learning from us just by being with …

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As we face the academic year, these TED talks challenged me to innovate and lead in the upcoming year.

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10 Rules for An Effective Virtual Workplace and Remote Collaboration

10 Rules for An Effective Virtual Workplace and Remote Collaboration | Personal Learning Network | Scoop.it
Collaborating in a virtual workplace is difficult. To help improve the collaboration on your remote team, we've come up with 10 rules to guide your efforts.

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Informative  article  on how to improve the customizable,  transformative, and collaborative environment. 

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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, July 23, 3:09 PM

I like these tips.  They make sense and they will make your 'presence' known if you telecommute to work. 


I telecommuted to the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy in Aurora for 8 years. It was a great job with a fantastic team. Much of what is presented in this article I learned the hard way. Save yourself time, and be a telecommuting wizard! Check it out!

Maryalice Leister's curator insight, August 1, 8:31 AM

I agree with Dennis O'Connor - I've been in a virtual work space for over a decade and for much of the time, it was trial and error. Take a shortcut to how to collaborate with ease and skill. Read on!

Donella Marie Muzik's curator insight, August 6, 10:29 AM

Even in a "regular" workplace, these tips and tricks are useful to keep in mind. Asynchronous projects are here to stay, regardless of "local" vs. "remote" office status!

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5 Tips for engaging your students #eLearning | ...

5 Tips for engaging your students #eLearning | ... | Personal Learning Network | Scoop.it
If you can keep these five 'elements' in mind when creating or maintaining your learning materials & resources then it's a good place to start. For example: “5. Only add interaction that are ... 5 Tips for engaging your students #eLearning | ...
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How Teachers Discover New EdTech

How Teachers Discover New EdTech | Personal Learning Network | Scoop.it
To continue on in the theme of edtech in the classroom, we wanted to find out about how teachers are discovering edtech tools. (EDUCATION TECHNOLOGY - How are educators finding out about NEW EdTEch? TWITTER!
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Diversifying the Role Course Content Plays

Diversifying the Role Course Content Plays | Personal Learning Network | Scoop.it

By: Maryellen Weimer, PhD in Teaching Professor Blog -


We all pretty much agree that we try to cover too much material in our courses, programs, and majors, but the thought of leaving things out often causes personal and profession anguish. We argue with ourselves that a certain piece of content is too important to cut, and our students need to know the information to pass certifying exams and to get jobs. Then there are departmental expectations. Most courses establish knowledge bases for subsequent courses. Our colleagues are depending on us. We further complicate matters by making course and instructor reputations a function of content quantity. A decrease in the amount covered means lower standards and a dilution of the intellectual currency of the course. Bottom line: We know we’ve got a problem, but these realities and our thinking have us backed into a corner.


Burkholder asks a question that creates some space in which to move. “What should the role of content be?” I vote for multiple roles.

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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, September 27, 11:35 PM

Useful insights that might shake up your assumptions just a bit. 

Donna Farren's curator insight, September 30, 10:57 AM

Great insight coming at a great time!  I just said to a colleague I have about 5 days worth of content ready for a two and a half hour training!  How to scale back is always my dilemma.  Especially in introductory classes - how much is enough to get people going?  I appreciate this post and will refer to it often. 

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We Are Teachers

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Max Wright's curator insight, April 2, 2:23 AM

"The Maker Movement, a technological and creative learning revolution underway around the globe, has exciting and vast implications for the world of education."

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Moodle Rubric Grading - Complete Guide - Super Moodle

Moodle Rubric Grading - Complete Guide - Super Moodle | Personal Learning Network | Scoop.it

The Moodle rubric, a system built for criteria-based assessment, explicitly describes the performance expectation for an assignment. The rubrics have several criteria and each criterion has several descriptive levels provided. A rubric identifies several attributes. They include descriptions, performance levels and the criteria.

 

Criteria take into account the performance aspects that an instructor intends to assess. The description attribute denotes the desired characteristics associated with a criterion. The performance level is a rating scale in rubric used to identify the level of mastery a student has within a given criteria. Each descriptive level has a numerical grade and an instructor can choose the level that answers a given criterion in the best way possible.


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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, August 16, 12:37 AM

Moodle is a great LMS.  One the strengths of the platform is the rich set of resources available to online teachers. The Moodle Rubric system is a valuable assessment tool that will help your students understand the target... and hit it.

Mirta Liliana Filgueira's curator insight, August 20, 7:39 PM

Plataforma Moodle.

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What's in Store Today: A Snapshot of Kids' Language and Literacy Apps, Part 1 - EdCentral

What's in Store Today: A Snapshot of Kids' Language and Literacy Apps, Part 1 - EdCentral | Personal Learning Network | Scoop.it
What's in Store Today: A Snapshot of Kids' Language and Literacy Apps, Part 1
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Apps for social communication, learning, and play are a prominent part of nearly every family's life today.
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Let Tech Organize Your Teaching

Let Tech Organize Your Teaching | Personal Learning Network | Scoop.it
Three easy-to-use technology fixes that could save you from drowning in the details of your busy teaching life.
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Web 2.0 Presentation Tools


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Nice tools. Google presentations and Prezi

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Faith Martinson's curator insight, August 4, 9:51 PM

Tools that enable sharing presentations across the web and promote collaboration

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Pride of Profession: Striving to Become a Great Teacher

Pride of Profession: Striving to Become a Great Teacher | Personal Learning Network | Scoop.it
How can we expect students to aspire to be great if we are not also aspiring for greatness?
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It is time to get inspired to have "the best year ever" in the classroom. Ben Johnson has written a brief article to bring focus to best practices in teaching.

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Clearinghouse report identifies 31 million who attended college but didn't complete @insidehighered

Clearinghouse report identifies 31 million who attended college but didn't complete @insidehighered | Personal Learning Network | Scoop.it
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There exists a tremendous market for higher education of adult college non-completers, according to statistics shared by National Student Clearinghouse Research Center.

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Eig1302.pdf

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This EDUCAUSE infographic highlights the main points of the study revealing that students value the ways in which technology helps them achieve their academic goals and prepares them for their future academic and workplace activities, the students expect their instructors—not others—to train them to effectively use the technology, and 58% of postsecondary students use 3 or more internet capable devices.

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Do I Need a Digital Teaching Portfolio?

Do I Need a Digital Teaching Portfolio? | Personal Learning Network | Scoop.it
Designing a well-organized and professional teaching portfolio can give you an edge in a competitive job market, and help you score high marks on your school's teacher evaluation form. It is, however, a time-consuming endeavor (the average portfolio takes about two to three days of work), and once built, your portfolio will require regular attention. 

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A digital portfolio helps organize the artifacts that may otherwise fall by the wayside forgotten. I can appreciate the business card analogy.

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Gary Harwell's curator insight, July 27, 4:28 AM

We do need to create one of these if we want to go forward.

Елена Полякова's curator insight, July 28, 5:06 AM

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Steve Vaitl's curator insight, August 3, 6:45 PM

Great tips for all my teaching and professional friends. 

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Exclusive Interview with Ms. Jolie Kennedy, PhD candidate in ...

Exclusive Interview with Ms. Jolie Kennedy, PhD candidate in ... | Personal Learning Network | Scoop.it
Jolie Kennedy, PhD candidate in Learning Technologies at the University of Minnesota. Dr. Saba: In recent years, you have been studying the field of educational technology, instructional design and distance education; you ...
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Dr. Kennedy is a kindred spirit when it comes to learning technology. 

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Educational Technology Is Making Achievement Gaps Even Bigger - Slate Magazine

Educational Technology Is Making Achievement Gaps Even Bigger - Slate Magazine | Personal Learning Network | Scoop.it
Slate Magazine Educational Technology Is Making Achievement Gaps Even Bigger Slate Magazine While technology has often been hailed as the great equalizer of educational opportunity, a growing body of evidence indicates that in many cases, tech is...
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