“ The knowledge, skills and attitudes needed to harness new digital media for teaching and learning are an extension of many traditional skills but with the complex addition of new skills and a changed focus. These new skills and understandings often occur in a context that is quite different from the centuries-old traditional print-based context. In an industrial-age designed, subject-based education system, where change is slow, these new knowledge, skills and attitudes are becoming increasingly urgent for students to acquire. However, teaching and learning these new skills, and different ways of working with information and communicating, need to be based on sound evidence and positive educational experiences. A subject called digital fluency is one way to address the digital-age skills gap. A digital fluency subject will help to address the issues of professional learning and pedagogy, as well as assist students to learn new skills in a structured way, so that these new skills can be applied whenever the Internet is being used.”
Via Anna Hu
The National Education Association (NEA) and BetterLesson launch a new web site today, cc.betterlesson.com/mtp. The site, where teachers share what works in the classroom, features more than 3,000 classroom-ready lessons that are easily accessible and can be integrated into any curriculum.
16 Common Core Technology Tools For Speaking & Listening by Dr. Melissa Comer and Dr. Leslie Suters, Presenters at the 2014 Teaching and Learning with the iPad Conference The Speaking and Listening strand of the Common...
Via Deb Gardner, Mel Riddile
“New figures, based on field-testing data, show that schools will have to allot 10 to 11 hours to allow students enough time to finish the tests.”PARCC Bumps Up Recommended Testing Times.Catherine Gewertz writes at the Education Week (9/26) “Curriculum Matters” blog that the Partnership for the Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers announced on Thursday “that schools will need to schedule about 10 hours of testing time this spring for elementary school students, and nearly 11 hours or more for middle and high school students,” noting that this is “higher than the estimates that PARCC issued in March of 2013.” Gewertz explains that the new numbers reflect the results of the field testing of the assessments last spring.
Via Mel Riddile
"LOS GATOS, Calif., June 17, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- OpenEd (www.OpenEd.io), the largest K-12 educational resource catalog, today announced a free tool designed to enable teachers to easily create assessments with the question types required by Common Core standards. OpenEd's assessment creation tool enables educators to create tests incorporating their own questions, or existing questions automatically suggested by OpenEd's unique educational recommendation engine. The assessment tool supports traditional question types such as Multiple Choice and True or False as well as newer types such as Multiple Response, Free Response and Composite Items.
"Raising a digitally savvy and responsible student does require explicit modelling and instruction on how to deal with the vagaries of Internet. In an age where everything you do online leaves indelible marks (digital footprints) that can be accessed and viewed by anyone , knowing how and what to share and with whom to share it become digital imperatives that every student should be aware of. This kind of knowledge is at the core of the digital citizenship concept."
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