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The future of high school math education

The future of high school math education | Teaching, Learning, Growing | Scoop.it
How to make real progress in student achievement.
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No quick fix. That should be the title of this article because these educators remind us that changing something as large and diverse as education takes time. Professional development takes time. Parents, politicians, administrators, and teachers need to realize that good education takes time. 


But we believe that education policy makers and mathematics educators should resist the common wish for a quick fix and stay the course, modifying goals and efforts as results suggest such actions. 


I believe that education policy makers, administrators of schools and districts of all sizes and types, and ALL educators need to take a deep breath and crowd out all of the noise.


As I repeatedly tell educators: You know your kids, your teams, your parents, and your community better than anyone else. While other schools or districts may have similar problems, they're only similar problems. What works there may not work precisely the same way if at all in your classrooms. Have a vision with clear outcomes so you everyone knows what they are trying to accomplish and why. Yes, better education but, precisely, what and how knowing that the solution for your K-3 classrooms may not be the same for your middle schools, etc. Clearly define your criteria for success, and stay the course. Don't settle for less. You can do this!

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A delightful way to teach kids about computers

A delightful way to teach kids about computers | Teaching, Learning, Growing | Scoop.it

Computer code is the next universal language, and its syntax will be limited only by the imaginations of the next generation of programmers.

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She speaks for herself. Right on!

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Keeping Public School Libraries Relevant | The Edvocate

Keeping Public School Libraries Relevant | The Edvocate | Teaching, Learning, Growing | Scoop.it

Public school libraries have always served an admirable purpose in education. In an indirect way, K-12 libraries have given students support in learning

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It's terrifying to me that we have to justify libraries and remind people they are relevant. There is a reason we started calling librarians "media specialists." Yes there are still books in libraries and a place for books, but the folks who know about databases, search strategies, online resources, cool tools and resources for teaching and learning? Yep, those library media specialists. The folks who are lobbying hardest and loudest because they are aware of the digital use divide even before NETP addressed? Yep again, those library media specialists. It is, I think, the short-sighted district that cuts funding for library personnel and resources.

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What Is Competency-Based Learning, Why Does It Matter?

What Is Competency-Based Learning, Why Does It Matter? | Teaching, Learning, Growing | Scoop.it
New Hampshire is at the forefront of the competency-based learning movement. Educator John Martin shares the pros and cons of competency-based learning.
Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s insight:

I've long been a proponent of competency-based learning. I think the potential is phenomenal but, as John Martin, notes there are some challenges to consider. CBL not only asks teachers to think differently about teaching and learning, but parents, higher education and even some corporations to think differently about what it means to have a diploma or a degree.

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5 common obstacles to digital learning | The Enterprisers Project

5 common obstacles to digital learning | The Enterprisers Project | Teaching, Learning, Growing | Scoop.it

A recent survey of business leaders found that nearly half (46 percent) of respondents are looking to their CIO to gain a better understanding of the digital trends and technologies that will drive their organization forward.

Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s insight:

I see this in schools a lot with the IT/technology teams overburdened with the day-to-day details of the technology and infrastructure. Those folks often don't have the right skills to help teachers learn how to use the technology as an instructional/learning resource; they can provide fundamental training on how to make it work but rarely have time or capability to go further than that. I must say, though, this is good news for consultants like myself. Unfortunately, the tech folks can rarely be part of the trainings so they can learn AND so they can better understand what teachers like, struggle with, resist. . .and why.

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Melissa Spears's curator insight, February 1, 1:29 AM

Though digital learning is booming day-by-day, still there are some obstacles of digital learning. Have a look.

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The Key to Digital Learning? Bring It Into the Real World

The Key to Digital Learning? Bring It Into the Real World | Teaching, Learning, Growing | Scoop.it

Connected Worlds aims to teach youngsters about environmental science by immersing them in it.

Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s insight:

This is the direction we're heading with VR and augmented reality. I think this will eventually become more reality than novelty.

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Study Shows 21st Century Skill Development Clearly Linked to Career Success — Emerging Education Technologies

Report also indicates that many of the widely used technology and work skills needed in the work place are not being taught sufficiently in our schools.

Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s insight:

This is nothing new but it's good to have this message reinforced and offered in a different way.

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The Four Levels of Reading Every Student Should Know About

The Four Levels of Reading Every Student Should Know About | Teaching, Learning, Growing | Scoop.it

The Four Levels of Reading Every Student Should Know About ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning https://t.co/vBFHJrNFWc via @medkh9

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I like the summary and the key highlights of each of the four levels. I love the observation that "reading levels are cumulative." I just might break down and buy this book!

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Eliminating Tests Through Continual Assessment

Eliminating Tests Through Continual Assessment | Teaching, Learning, Growing | Scoop.it

We’re at an inflection point with our approach to testing and measurement … “Common Core was such a good idea,” remarked a middle school administrator I recently spoke with.

Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s insight:

I'm not going to point out that one of the main architects of the current testing craze is the former Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. (And, just for the record, I'm betting he runs for mayor of Chicago.) However, in all fairness, the history of testing is a long and convoluted one. It served a purpose at one time; now I'm not so certain. Teachers who assess continuously know what their know and can do and, most importantly, kids know what they know and can do. If we eliminated the batteries of tests, there would time for, well, I don't know, learning. How crazy is that?

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Have e-days gained enough traction to usurp the snow day?

Have e-days gained enough traction to usurp the snow day? | Teaching, Learning, Growing | Scoop.it

"To many K-12 students, there's only one thing that's as exciting as summer vacation: unexpected days off during the winter. Snow days can offer students a welcome break from their regular schedules, with time to goof off, catch up on studies, or socialize. But that might be changing."


Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s insight:

I think having the option to use snow days for elearning makes sense. But not all kids will have technology resources at home, or be home on snow days because of arrangements working parents might need to make, or have power because of the snow. Expectations need to be reasonable.

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The 7 Greatest Challenges Facing Education Technology

The 7 Greatest Challenges Facing Education Technology | Teaching, Learning, Growing | Scoop.it

Tight budgets and a lack of professional development are top challenges for education leaders. 

Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s insight:

Doesn't surprise me that budget tops the list, but I think it's misleading. There are lots of schools doing really cool things with technology because they have a vision and a plan, so they figure it out. And figuring it out also means making good choices about how to use what they have and how to plan for getting what else they need, whether training, PD, apps, hardware, whatever.

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Teachers As Researchers: The Power of Mindset

Teachers As Researchers: The Power of Mindset | Teaching, Learning, Growing | Scoop.it

Serena Hicks is an English and language arts teacher and professional development facilitator in West Ada School District, in Meridian, Idaho.
Change is hard!

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I think she worked a little too hard to include "mindset" in her article which would have been just fine focusing on action research. I love action research. It's become a way of thinking and problem-solving for me and was an integral component of nearly every graduate course I've ever designed. Ms Hicks lays out some practical thinking as you approach using action research for practical, hands-on learning about the craft of teaching.

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An Educator's Checklist: 16 Things To Do in 2016 - The Educator's Room

An Educator's Checklist: 16 Things To Do in 2016 - The Educator's Room | Teaching, Learning, Growing | Scoop.it

We’re halfway through the second decade of the 21st century, and, with it, we have much to look forward to. . .

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You might find some of these things worth adding to your own list of goals.

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A Model of Good Teaching?

A Model of Good Teaching? | Teaching, Learning, Growing | Scoop.it

Jackie Gerstein writes, "One of my guilty pleasures is watching MasterChef Junior, a cooking competition for 8 to 12 year olds, and as an educator, I have been analyzing it as a model for good teaching."

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I'm also a fan of such shows and often amazed by their skills. What's apparent to me is how their parents also recognize their talent and their passion furthering enabling them to pursue their talent and passion. If anything, these shows help exemplify the power of personalized learning through good coaching and teaching.

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USC president: Do not pit K-12 against higher education - World News Report

USC president: Do not pit K-12 against higher education - World News Report | Teaching, Learning, Growing | Scoop.it

The most comprehensive geo-political news service available on the Internet, covering over 263 countries and regions, all U.S. States and Industries.

Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s insight:

This should be the message to all state and local governments: do not pit K-12 against higher education. And to all businesses and business organizations: do not pit education against your organizations. It is in everyone's best interests, now and in the future, to work together.

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10 Ideas to Consider Before Using an Internet Resource: The Web in the Classroom Part 1

10 Ideas to Consider Before Using an Internet Resource: The Web in the Classroom Part 1 | Teaching, Learning, Growing | Scoop.it

How do you vet educational technology web resources before using it in the classroom? Read these valuable points from Mike Gorman. 

Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s insight:

I agree with this but with a caveat. Teachers should be working collaboratively with their IT team in their school or district for some of these. Then the IT team can disseminate the information throughout the school or district just in case more than one teacher has come back from a conference with a desire to use an internet resource. AND, if teachers share their finds with the IT team, then not only will the IT team be able to make sure of the legal and safety issues and help spread the word, but the IT team will have a better sense of the kinds of resources in which teachers are showing interest.

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New technologies are revolutionizing education – or are they?

New technologies are revolutionizing education – or are they? | Teaching, Learning, Growing | Scoop.it

New technologies hold great potential to improve education in developing Asia and the Pacific. Here are a few guiding principles to help to ensure interventions are relevant.

Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s insight:

No, they're not. And this premise is indicative of part of the problem: "Clarify what new technologies are expected to achieve within a given program." First, the technology will achieve nothing. It's a tool. Like a pencil. The pencil will not solve the problem nor will it write the essay. It is a tool by which an individual might be able to solve a problem or write an essay. There are no guarantees. So it's not the technology, it's not the monitoring and evaluation. What will make the difference for teachers is training, training, and training. Then coaching, administrative support, and clarity of the administrative/school/district vision for how and why technology can make a difference in the classroom, in the school, in the district, and in the community. What will also make a difference is communication with parents so they understand what technology is being used in the classroom, and how and why it is being used in the classroom. This has nothing to do with being a first-world country. This has to do with investing time and effort in the preparation and support the individuals who will wield the pencil, whatever its form.

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, January 29, 10:44 AM

The etymology of technology suggests habits of mind and communicating with and through one's tools much like a craftsperson does with their tools. Education is leading children into adulthood. Do we include teachers in the conversation about the choices and uses of tools in their classroom where children gather with real names and faces? Research says we should, but anecdotal evidence suggests that is not done.

Ray Boyd's curator insight, January 30, 4:15 AM

The technology is the tool and simply becomes another avenue with which educators can explore or engage students in the learning process. Used in effectively it may as well be used to steady the table 

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The Classroom Is Dead

The Classroom Is Dead - Bright - Medium

What if everything about the future of school was the opposite of school? We invited Eli Horowitz and Scott Teplin to consider the school of 2050.


Via Ana Cristina Pratas
Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s insight:

We keep chugging along, fussing about the old model but making few significant changes other than rearranging desks in the classroom, tossing some technology at teachers, fretting about flipped and blended classrooms, worrying about integration of SAMR or the current cool thing, and wringing our hands over the digital divide. But mostly it feels like we're churning though occasionally tilting in the right direction.

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, January 29, 10:49 AM

Reform suggests that all we do is rearrange the deck chairs on a sinking ship. People from a distance, including the ubiquitous consultants who spend little or no time in real classrooms, rearrange classrooms, silence teachers' voices, and erase teachers from their very performance. Or, that is the impression given. When we combine Derrida's deconstruction and Dewey's reconstruction perhaps we can rethink what transforming classrooms and pedagogy can mean?

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The Science Of Storytelling: How Narrative Cuts Through Distraction Like Nothing Else

The Science Of Storytelling: How Narrative Cuts Through Distraction Like Nothing Else | Teaching, Learning, Growing | Scoop.it

Author Jonathan Gottschall discusses the science of storytellingnot just escapism, stories have real power to hold human attention and shape our thinking.

Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s insight:

This is so cool, and helps explain why some of us react emotionally (okay, cry) to some commercials. Commercials are designed to be very short stories with maximum impact. This is cool, and one of the reasons many educators have been touting the importance of narrative in teaching history and social studies, among others.

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The real digital divide in educational technology

The real digital divide in educational technology | Teaching, Learning, Growing | Scoop.it

Stuart Brotman writes about how the Department of Education's latest National Educational Technology Plan moves beyond the usual digital divide perspective to emphasize a “digital-use divide” in how apps are actually utilized in schools.

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We'll hear more about the "digital use divide." We've already heard administrator frustration that interactive white boards are used mostly as projection devices. But we've also heard teacher frustration that they haven't gotten enough training to know how to use the resource well. Most teachers seem to be willing to use the resources they have, but they need to have the training and the support to use the resources effectively and even for what they were designed.

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Where blended meets personalized learning—and gets results

Where blended meets personalized learning—and gets results | Teaching, Learning, Growing | Scoop.it

Technology News & Innovation in K-12 Education

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Start out slowly. Start with the most interested, eager teachers. Be focused in planning. There are ways to make this work well and teachers in DCPS have proven that. So cool.

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Four Reasons Why Digital Learning Will Surge in 2016

Four Reasons Why Digital Learning Will Surge in 2016 | Teaching, Learning, Growing | Scoop.it

RT @MHEducation: Blog@MHE | 4 digital learning trends to keep an eye on in 2016: https://t.co/iDXaLtqmfw #edtechchat #mlearning #ptchat

Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s insight:

I think it will surge and not just because educators are feeling the pressure to integrate technology though they worry about doing it well, effectively, and/or appropriately. Adaptive + personalized learning is going to become even bigger, I think, though it requires, no, it demands that teachers think and act very differently in their roles as facilitators of learning.

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Heutagogy Explained for Teachers (and Tools That Support It)

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Heutagogy Explained for Teachers (and Tools That Support It) ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning https://t.co/pfJOB1TBbA

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Heutagogy supports personalized learning. It is a theoretical framework for thinking about and planning for student-focused and student-directed learning.

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The Top 10 Trends That Will Change The Way We Work in 2016 (Infographic)

The Top 10 Trends That Will Change The Way We Work in 2016 (Infographic) | Teaching, Learning, Growing | Scoop.it
These are the top trends that will change the way we work in 2016. Companies need to work hard to prepare for these trends or risk falling behind.

Via Ana Cristina Pratas
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Why share this here? Well, K-20 educators are preparing their kids for their working lives. The more educators think about what is and could be important for kids to know and be able to do, the better they can design lessons, activities, tasks, and projects that help students develop and refine the appropriate knowledge, skills, and dispositions.

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7 Pros & Cons Of Teaching With Genius Hour

7 Pros & Cons Of Teaching With Genius Hour | Teaching, Learning, Growing | Scoop.it

Genius hour is trending in education, and for good reason. It is an attempt to restore the personalization, creativity, and authenticity that has been designed out of many schools and classrooms in the modern testing era of ed reform.


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Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s insight:

I'm intrigued by the 7 cons of teaching with genius hour. I understand why they're listed as such, but I really see those as opportunities for both teachers and students to learn about themselves and to learn about learning. The potential is huge.

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10 Maker Jobs That Didn't Exist 10 Years Ago

10 Maker Jobs That Didn't Exist 10 Years Ago | Teaching, Learning, Growing | Scoop.it
The pace of change has accelerated, so much so that you can now make a living doing jobs that didn't even exist 10 years ago.
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Yep, that's happening.

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