2013 metastudy in Psychological Science in the Public Interest on an assessment of ten top learning and study strategies.
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by Roger Riddell
"In a Sunday afternoon panel at the 2014 International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) Conference, education leaders from Indiana, New Jersey, and North Carolina gathered to discuss how their states are embracing the future of technology in schools.
"Moderated by Dr. Kari Stubbs — ISTE board member and vice president of learning and innovation at Brainpop, a provider of online education resources and games — the three leaders, all members of the State Ed Tech Directors Association, talked device deployments, new online exams, digital resources, and more."
"One of the highlights of technology is the free, open access to information that it allows. Here are some open education resources we think you'll enjoy! Free Online Courses: Use these links to enroll in free online courses, or download materials to learn at your own pace."
Jim Lerman's insight:
Excellent collection of resources for motivated learners, intended mainly (but not exclusively) for those of post high-school age. College Unbound is a fascinating organization founded by Dennis Littky and Elliot Washor.
by Brad Currie
"Picture it: a middle school in Anytown, U.S.A. has a teacher that is struggling to figure out why her SmartBoard is acting up. Typically she would submit a "tech request" and wait an extended period of time for it to be fixed. One issue, though -- she needs the device now for a very important math lesson. She suddenly remembers that a group of students called the "Tech Detectives" can come to the rescue and fix the problem. Within minutes, several students arrive, play around with a few wires and buttons, and the malfunction is addressed in no time.
Students to the Rescue
"The Tech Detectives Club was created at Black River Middle School in Chester, New Jersey as a way for students to take ownership of the technology they utilize during their various learning experiences. Based on feedback from various school stakeholders who have a passion for technology, it was deemed necessary to start a club that arms students with a strong technological skill set. On a regular basis, students create tutorials, assist teachers, learn about technology trends, collaboratively problem solve issues, and gain exposure to career readiness. The excitement generated from this program is truly remarkable. Below, you will find guidance on how to start your very own Tech Detectives Club."
by Roger Riddell
"The Reading Rainbow host spoke to a packed room on technology, the importance of fostering a love of reading, and more.
"During his 30-minute talk, Burton made four crucial points about education, technology, and the importance of fostering a love of reading in students. But you don't have to take our word for it — read on and find out."
Assessment and Teaching of 21st Century Skills is a free online class taught by Esther Care and Patrick Griffin of The University of Melbourne
Assessment and Teaching of 21st Century Skills
"Learn about ways to assess and teach new and emerging 21st century skills: we cover the nature of these skills, alternative methods of assessment, interpretation and reporting of assessments, and their implications for teaching."
by Donelle Batty
"After watching my students play Minecraft for the past few years, it has become obvious to me that they gain so much from game play. It provides a space for them to connect, to be and to grow as young men and women. It completely delights me when I hear how supportive they are of other players, taking on roles of mentors, community builders and leaders. Demonstrating in each instance behaviours that are often not openly captured easily in face to face interactions by their teacher or other significant adults. Behaviours that identify strong values and beliefs around equity, fairness, trust and acceptance of difference.
"Having opportunity to watch without impacting on their game play is truly remarkable. We have a dynmap (dynamic map, a map of the Minecraft server worlds that shows where they are and their in-game conversations) set up so I can do this without interrupting their play, without impacting with my presence. They are all aware that I use it to watch, and I do say hi, as I believe it is important that they know I’m around. By using the dynmap it just means I’m not physically appearing in the game, so their play is not impeded by me. This vantage point has enabled me to see the value games have in a learning context with regard to self esteem building, negotiating ones way around social interactions and building resilience. As a result of this, I was particularly interested in attending the paper presentations on Social/Emotional Skills."
by Javier C. Hernandez
"Chancellor Carmen Fariña wants schools to adopt aspects of a method that the Education Department turned away from several years ago.
"During her almost six months as chancellor, Ms. Fariña, a veteran of the school system, has reduced the role of standardized tests, increased collaboration among schools and shepherded through a new contract for teachers that includes more training and more communication with parents. But her push for a revival of balanced literacy may have some of the most far-reaching implications in the classroom.
"Ms. Fariña, who relied on balanced literacy as a teacher and a principal, said in an interview last week that she did not believe it was at odds with the Common Core, a more difficult set of learning goals that has been adopted by more than 40 states.
"She said she thought the strategies of balanced literacy were particularly useful for children who arrived in classrooms with little knowledge of English, including immigrants. “They’re going to feel frustrated, alienated,” she said. “You need to put them on something they can accomplish and do fluently.”
"The 2014 K-12 Online Conference organizer team is pleased to announce dates for this year’s conference as well as our call for proposals. Since 2006, K-12 Online has offered unique, free, entirely volunteer-powered opportunities for educators worldwide to share and learn together about innovative ways to use technology tools to enhance teaching and learning at all levels.
PLEASE CLICK HERE TO OPEN THE 2014 CALL FOR PROPOSALS! (dueAugust 15th)
"The theme for the 2014 conference is “Igniting Innovation.” The conference will begin with a pre-conference keynote on Monday, October 13th. The next two weeks, starting on October 20th, 40 presentations will be published in four different strands, with four presentations posted per day. Presentations must be a single media file of twenty minutes or less (but not too much less) in length and meet other requirements specified in the online call for proposals. Presentations are due two weeks prior to the week the relevant strand begins. All presentations will be shared under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 Unported license. The 2014 conference strands are Gamification, Stories for Learning, Passion-driven learning, and STEM."
"America’s system of education was built for an economy
Jim Lerman's insight:
A very well done, practical, and useful document.
by Jamaal Abdul-Alim
"Research shows that most top students from low-income backgrounds don’t aim so high. In a phenomenon called under-matching, the “vast majority” of the 25,000 to 35,000 highest scorers on the SAT and ACT who come from low-income families don’t apply to selective universities and colleges for which they’re not only qualified, but can likely get generous financial aid, according to research from Harvard and Stanford universities.
"Instead they go to poorly chosen colleges and universities with low graduation rates, or forgo a higher education altogether, largely because of a lack of encouragement and information, researchers found. One outcome of that is less diversity among America’s future leaders."
Read more here: http://www.mcclatchydc.com/2014/06/24/231314/college-match-helping-low-income.html#storylink=cpy
by Jon Marcus
summary by SmartBrief for the Higher Ed Leader
"University faculty in Tennessee this summer are learning how entry-level English and math courses need to change to sync up with what incoming freshmen have been learning under Common Core State Standards. Their efforts are part of a trend at colleges in states using the new standards as they prepare for students educated under the common core. Kentucky education officials say, thanks to the new standards, they're already seeing fewer students in need of college remedial courses."
"According to the newspaper, Michigan spends $1 billion on charter schools each year but lacks adequate oversight.
"This three-year investigation is an important piece of journalism as it raises important questions about charter schools, which have autonomy over public dollars. While the report is quick to point out not all charter schools are bad, what it tries to drive home is the fact that the ones that aren't good are not being shut down due to Michigan's lax charter laws.
"According to the report, "Michigan law provides no statewide standards for how the boards of school districts, community colleges and public universities that authorize charter schools should monitor a charter’s performance, or when a charter should be revoked. Michigan has 40 authorizers — from rural districts with one charter to Central Michigan University with 64 — and, as a result, standards and oversight are inconsistent."