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National School Reform Faculty

National School Reform Faculty | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

From the website:

 

"The National School Reform Faculty™ (NSRF™) is a professional development initiative that focuses on increasing student achievement through skillful use of collaborative professional learning communities called Critical Friends Groups™, or CFGs™.

 

"Critical Friends Groups™ use protocols and activities that result in meaningful and efficient communication, problem solving and learning. At the heart of NSRF’s program and essential to successful CFGs are the concepts of Facilitative Leadership and Critical Friendship. We have learned that Critical Friendship is best achieved through applying protocols, structured ways to work and communicate that promote adult growth and are directly linked to student learning. Facilitative Leadership skills are needed to engage school communities in this practice, and are valuable for all leaders—school leaders, classroom teachers and district administrators.

 

"This site is designed to give you information about Critical Friends Groups™, keep you updated with news from CFG™ coaches worldwide, inform you about upcoming trainings, and make resources available to you, including how you can become a CFG™ Coach."

 

The materials provided on this site are a great resource for use by trainers/coaches/facilitators for PLCs. If you serve in this role, you will probably find useful material here. This work focuses on F2F interactions. It would be great to see adaptations for distance use. I have used some of this material in teaching my graduate classes and giving workshops and find it quite valuable. -JL

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What is Instructional Rigor?

What is Instructional Rigor? | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Barbara Blackburn

 

"True instructional rigor, however, is centered around student learning. Rigor is creating an environment in which each student is expected to learn at high levels, each student is supported so he or she can learn at high levels, and each student demonstrates learning at high levels."

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How to Create a Rigorous Lesson

How to Create a Rigorous Lesson | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Tammy Andrew

 

"Whether adapting an existing lesson or creating a new one, keep in mind Bloom’s taxonomy. While examining the lesson, ask questions such as, “Are students asked to apply their knowledge to solve a similar situation,” “Are students asked to relate this information to something else,” “Are students asked how they would improve something,” or “Can they explain why they made certain choices.” Also consider how student centered the work will be and look for ways for students to interact with each other while learning.

 

"Once teachers understand what rigor is, they may find that it is already present in some of their activities. The challenge then becomes identifying where, tweaking it to be more effective and finding more places in the curriculum to use it. Bloom's taxonomy, especially the cognitive and affective domains, gives a starting place for understanding rigor using a familiar set of categories."

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BYOT? Bring it on | An international forum for all schools seeking to make the best use of BYOT

BYOT? Bring it on | An international forum for all schools seeking to make the best use of BYOT | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

Via Professional Learning:

 

Blog from Mal Lee (Australia), Martin Levins (Australia), Chris Hubbard (US), and Terry Freedman (UK), researchers for the ACER Press publication – Bring Your Own Technology – the first concerted international analysis of schools and education authorities facilitating the students’ use of their personal suite of digital technologies in the classroom.

 

This is a rather new website. The authors have co-authored a new book, "BYOT" which is currently in press in Australia, Europe, and the U.S.; publication is scheduled for Sept. 2012. In the meantime, the site includes a significant amount of information that will be of use to those in the early stages of BYOT planning or implementation. NBC-TV in the U.S. aired a segment in May 2012 about the Forsyth County Schools in Georgia that have implemented a large-scale BYOT program. The website houses a live link to it. -JL


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Theory and Practice of Onlilne Learning Second Edition (free download)

Theory and Practice of Onlilne Learning Second Edition (free download) | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

Available for free download at this site, both this updated 2nd edition and the 1st. Terry Anderson's book was awared the Charles A. Wedemeyer Award for making a significant contribution to the field of distance education. -JL

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Clintondale High School - Changing Education, One Class, One Student at a Time

Clintondale High School - Changing Education, One Class, One Student at a Time | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

Clintondale HS in Clinton, Michigan has established a strong reputation for having successfully implemented the flipped instructional model building-wide, under the leadership of principal Greg Green. This has led to substantial improvements in student achievement in a short period of time.

 

Educators will be interested to view some of the over 300 (and counting) videos now posted on the school's website. Covering the areas of English, Math, Science, Social Studies, ACT Prep, and Learning Strategies, most videos are from3 to 8 minutes long and are available in web, iPad, or iPod/mobile formats.

 

This is really inspiring to me!-JL

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iOS 6: Apple drops Google Maps, debuts in-house ‘Maps’ with incredible 3D mode

iOS 6: Apple drops Google Maps, debuts in-house ‘Maps’ with incredible 3D mode | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

From 9To5Mac

 

"According to trusted sources, Apple has an incredible headline feature in development for iOS 6: a completely in-house maps application. Apple will drop the Google Maps program running on iOS since 2007 in favor for a new Maps app with an Apple backend. The application design is said to be fairly similar to the current Google Maps program on the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch, but it is described as a much cleaner, faster, and more reliable experience.

 

"While Apple has always had full control of the actual iOS Maps application design, the backend has belonged to Google. That will change with iOS 6 thanks to their purchases of Placebase, C3 Technologies, and Poly9; acquisitions that Apple has used to create a complete mapping database. Now that the application is fully in-house, it is being referred to simply as “Maps” (some people call the current version Google Maps because of the backend). We reported prior to the launch of iOS 5 that Apple and Google had extended their Maps deal, and now it is obvious when that deal ends."

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Groups Team Up to Turn Free Online Courses Into Cheap College Credit - Wired Campus - The Chronicle of Higher Education

Groups Team Up to Turn Free Online Courses Into Cheap College Credit - Wired Campus - The Chronicle of Higher Education | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Nick DeSantis

Summary from Carnegie Perspectives

 

"The Saylor Foundation has been building an online catalog of free, self-paced college courses since 2010. But students who completed those courses could not typically earn credit toward a degree, since the nonprofit group is not an accredited institution. Saylor’s new partnership with the online course-provider StraighterLine seeks to change that, giving students an inexpensive way to earn academic credit using freely available materials."

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The eight types of imagination we use

The eight types of imagination we use | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

Each form of imagination outlined above certainly overlaps and may operate in tandem. Imaginative thinking provides the ability to move towards objectives, and travel along selected paths. Imaginative much more divergent than logical thought, as imagination can move freely across fields and disciplines, while logical thinking is orientated along a narrowly focused path. From this perspective imagination is probably more important than knowledge as knowledge without application is useless. Imagination enables us to apply knowledge.


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ASCD Inservice: Seven More Ways to Go From On-Task to Engaged

ASCD Inservice: Seven More Ways to Go From On-Task to Engaged | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Bryan Harris

 

"Last June, I wrote Seven Ways to Go From On-Task to Engaged, which turned out to be one of the most popular topics of the year. In it I spoke about the possibility that students could technically be on-task but cognitively and emotionally unengaged in the actual learning.

 

"Because not all tasks or assignments are equal in their ability to effectively engage students, educators should have a variety of strategies and approaches available when they work with students. So, here are seven more ways to go from on-task to engaged:"

 

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Despite Downturn, Few Men Sign Up to Teach | Ed Week

Despite Downturn, Few Men Sign Up to Teach | Ed Week | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Sarah D. Sparks

 

"The economic downturn seems to have worsened an already-vast gap between the numbers of men and women teachers, particularly in the early grades.

 

"According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics' 2011 Current Population Survey, men make up only 18.3 percent of elementary and middle school teachers and 2.3 percent of preschool and kindergarten instructors—a dip from the 2007 prerecession proportions of 19.1 percent in grades 1 to 8 and 2.7 percent in preschool and kindergarten. The numbers of men and women on high school teaching staffs are more evenly divided but still off parity; 42 percent of high school teachers in 2011 were men, down from 43.1 percent in 2007.

 

"A panel of researchers and former elementary teachers at the American Educational Research Association's annual meeting in Vancouver, British Columbia last month argued that the diminishing status of teachers generally, coupled with continuing sexism against men working with children, is helping tamp down the number of men willing to enter the field."

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Certificate Program in Bullying Prevention

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This online teacher professional development program is offered by Teachers Without Borders in partnership with Bullying.org, the world's most visited online resource devoted to bullying and cyberbullying prevention.


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Connectivism: Connecting with George Siemens

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"George Siemens, a main proponent of connectivism and a social media strategist with the Technology Enhanced Knowledge Research Institute (TEKRI) at Athabasca University, answers some of our questions about the future of connectivism learning theory.

The presentation is divided into two parts:

Part 1: Overview of Connectivism
Presentation by Sheri Oberman, Tony Tin and Su-Tuan Lulee

Part 2: Interview with George Siemens"

 

Presentation from Nov. 2010.


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Kelly Christopherson's curator insight, May 19, 2014 8:34 PM

I've been doing a great deal of reading and thinking about digital citizenship. One of the main ideas that I keep thinking about is that digital citizenship, and to an even larger degree citizenship,  it is about connections. As individuals, we are able to connect in so many ways and those connections can lead to more connections, some stronger than others. This article about connectivism helps to begin to explain connectivism as a learning theory. 

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The Seven Myths of Instructional Rigor

The Seven Myths of Instructional Rigor | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Barbara Blackburn

 

"Instructional rigor is one of the most discussed topics in education today. But there is much debate over what rigor is and is not. Let's look at seven myths, then a concrete definition of the actual meaning."

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Teach a Rigorous Curriculum

Teach a Rigorous Curriculum | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Tammy Andrew

 

"Checking curriculum or lessons for rigor includes lessons for all students; rigor is not limited to gifted or college bound programs. Look for different ways that content can be presented and analyzed. Ask questions about the activities such as:

Are the activities inquiry or project based, requiring students to form their own answers?

Do students use the results of their answers to explore ways they can make a difference in the world around them?

Do lessons contain elements from different disciplines, encouraging students to make connections with previous knowledge?

Are students asked to examine their own emotions concerning dilemmas or to take a position on a controversial topic?"

 

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Comparing Charter School and Local Public District Spending| National Education Policy Center

Comparing Charter School and Local Public District Spending| National Education Policy Center | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Bruce D. Baker, Ken Libby, Kathryn Wiley

Summary by PEN Weekly NewsBlast

 

"A frequent reform claim is that charter schools deliver higher performance at a lower cost. The performance side of this question has been addressed elsewhere, with mixed findings, but the cost side has received less attention. A new study from the National Education Policy Center compares per-pupil spending of district schools with charters operated by major charter management organizations in New York City, Texas, and Ohio. The researchers assembled three-year data sets including school-level spending per pupil, school size, grade ranges, and populations served for both charters and district schools. For charters, they used government reports of spending, and spending as reported on IRS non-profit filings, and compared spending with that of traditional schools of similar size, serving the same grade levels, and with similar populations. Overall, comparative spending between the two sectors is mixed, with many high-profile network charters outspending similar district schools in New York City and Texas, but other network charters spending less, particularly in Ohio. In New York City, KIPP, Achievement First, and Uncommon Schools outspend ($2,000 to $4,300 per pupil) similar district schools by 30 percent. In Ohio, charters across the board spend less than district schools in the same city. In Texas, some charter chains such as KIPP spend substantially more per pupil than district schools in the same city and serving similar populations, around 30 to 50 percent more based on state-reported expenditures, and 50 to 100 percent more based on IRS filings."

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Ranking Reveals World's Top Countries for Higher Education

Ranking Reveals World's Top Countries for Higher Education | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

Summary by Inside Higher Ed

 

"Universitas 21, a group of universities from around the world, has released a new international ranking of nations’ higher education systems. Countries were evaluated on a series of measures related to resources (spending by governments and private sources); output (research and its impact and graduates who meet labor market needs); connectivity (international collaboration); and the higher education environment (government policies, diversity and other factors). Population was taken into account. The top five countries: United States, Sweden, Canada, Finland and Denmark."

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Student video: How high-stakes tests affect kids | Washington Post

Student video: How high-stakes tests affect kids | Washington Post | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Valeria Strauss

Summary by SmartBrief on EdTech

 

"A high-school senior in Florida recently produced a video with help from a digital educator, in which she featured seven top students who failed state exams on their first try. In the video, the students describe how the high-stakes exams affected their lives, with some being shifted from Advanced Placement to remedial courses. A Florida school board member also is featured in the video, describing his experience taking -- and failing -- a test similar to those administered to students."

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Who Wants to Buy Honduras? | NY Times

Who Wants to Buy Honduras? | NY Times | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Adam Davidson

Summary by Carnetgie Perspectives

 

"In this week's New York Times Magazine, Adam Davidson writes about charter cities. Paul Romer, an economist at NYU (and Carnegie Board member), came up with the idea: Establish a special zone in an impoverished country, and import the legal and political system from one or more rich countries. Romer presented a fantastic TED talk on the idea."

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Paul Romer: The world's first charter city? | Video on TED.com

From the website

 

"TED Talks Back in 2009, Paul Romer unveiled the idea for a "charter city" -- a new kind of city with rules that favor democracy and trade. This year, at TED2011, he tells the story of how such a city might just happen in Honduras ..."

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Mapping a Personalized Learning Journey

Mapping a Personalized Learning Journey | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

Despite students’ limited ability to access social media in school, it is interesting to see how students are increasingly tapping into the plethora of social media tools and products to create community, develop skills and organize their lives outside of the classroom.


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Teacher evaluation: What it should look like | Washington Post

Teacher evaluation: What it should look like | Washington Post | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Valerie Strauss

 

"A new report from Stanford University researcher Linda Darling-Hammond details what the components of a comprehensive teacher-evaluation system should look like at a time when such assessments have become one of the most contentious debates in education today.

 

"Darling-Hammond’s report, entitled “Creating a Comprehensive System for Evaluating and Supporting Effective Teaching,” explains the essential components of any fair teacher evaluation system — and provides examples of where it is working."

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Hoke County students encouraged to bring their own computers to class

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By Ali Rockett

Summary by ASCD SmartBrief

 

"A North Carolina school district is attempting to create a collegiate feel on its campuses by encouraging students to bring their own technology devices to school. The new policy allows students to use their own laptops, tablet computers and smartphones with the district's wireless Internet connection, and teaches them to be responsible technology users. It also allows the district to overcome funding gaps that prohibit it from providing enough devices for all students."

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Shaquille O’Neal Earns PhD, Inspires NBA Fans to Achieve | Yahoo!

Shaquille O’Neal Earns PhD, Inspires NBA Fans to Achieve | Yahoo! | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

By Michael C. Jones

 

"Amidst all of the hoopla surrounding a busy sports weekend that included multiple NBA Playoff games, a Floyd Mayweather-Miguel Cotto fight, and the Kentucky Derby, Shaquille O'Neal was handling his business - serious business.

 

"Doctoral business.

 

"The 19-year NBA superstar received his PhD in Leadership and Education with a specialization in Human Resource Development from Barry University in Miami Shores, Fla on Saturday, May 5, 2012. Shaq, who transcended NBA basketball and was larger than life during his playing days, has accomplished something most of his peers will never come close to doing."

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Debbie Ruston - The Success Educator's comment, May 11, 2012 9:03 AM
Fantastic, I absolutely agree! There is no greater example for our youth than to lead by example, and be a clear demonstration of what is possible.

Some great lessons in this article: "One, I promised my parents I would [follow my passion for education]. Two, I wanted to continue my education and three, I wanted to challenge myself," O'Neal told ABC News.

-Follow through on commitment
-Integrity
-Successful people are life long learners that continue to raise the bar on what is possible for themselves, and continue to challenge themselves, learn and grow into their full potential.