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Once upon a time (last week), in a magical kingdom far far away (Florida), I took my overheated, sugar-high children to an enchanted place where they got to step into beloved stories and watch their favorite brands come to life. First opened in 1971, Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom is...
Discoveries from Disneyland on working with children...
This spring, Nancy Spencer and her class discovered something amazing about their cheek cells.
The students discovered that by placing the lens of their iPad cameras directly against the eye-piece of a microscope, they were able to take photos of cells that had, until five minutes earlier, been a part of their bodies.
Celebrate NCTE's Sixth Annual National Day on Writing -- Monday, October 20, 2014 What do people need to know about your community? And how can you communicate about it? It’s time to #WriteMyCommunity NCTE, the National Writing Project, and The New York Times Learning Network invite you to celebrate writing in all its forms: through photos, film, and graphics; with pens, pencils, and computers; in graphs, etchings, and murals; on sidewalks, screens, and paper. This year we encourage you to focus your writing on your community in any way you see fit. Join the Tweetup Post your writing during the National Day on Writing Tweet-Up on October 20 with the hashtag #WriteMyCommunity. Why Writing? People in every walk of life, in every kind of work, and at every age write more than ever before for personal, professional, and civic purposes. (See Writing in the 21st … More
With the tenure of L.A. Unified School District’s school superintendent John Deasy in doubt, school officials across the U.S. say they have already learned one major lesson from the city’s botched iPad rollout: Classroom technology is here to stay, but it is important to choose wisely. “There are recipes for success out there, and there …
Expertly facilitated online discussion is the driving force for community in e-learning classes. Creating norms for discussion quality and timing improve the dialog. This also helps the facilitator step back as students learn to deepen their online dialog.
A new report claims "the future of the common core remains uncertain at this important juncture" because many districts are not yet fully prepared to impart the new academic expectations in reading and math.
Survey: Districts Lag On Common Core Implementation, But Majority Support It.
Education Week (10/8, Gewertz) reports surveying by the Center on Education Policy of a nationally representative 211-district sample found about 30% of district superintendents predict they won’t complete curriculum adjustments and professional development required to implement Common Core until the 2015-16 school year or later, if at all. One third reported will achieve those goals this year. Additionally, many reported they’re even further behind on instructional materials and testing technology. The remainder of the article provides more detailed findings, comments from various educators, and comparison to similar results from June polling by Gallup and Education Week.