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Bill Gates Talks Teacher Evaluation, Common Core at ECS Forum ...

Bill Gates Talks Teacher Evaluation, Common Core at ECS Forum ... | Amanda Avery | Scoop.it

Bill Gates Talks Teacher Evaluation, Common Core at ECS Forum. By Andrew Ujifusa on July 11, 2012 12:46 PM. Tweet. Among the elements of a good teacher evaluation system, some of the "most surprising" results can come from what ...


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Writing with Google Docs: Foster Collaboration & Creation (While Addressing Common Core)

Writing with Google Docs: Foster Collaboration & Creation (While Addressing Common Core) | Amanda Avery | Scoop.it

At ISTE, I had the pleasure of presenting in the Google theatre on Writing with Google Docs. It was a short presentation aimed at demonstrating how educators can use Google Docs to foster writing in its various stages.


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Intel Teach Elements Online Professional Development Courses

Intel Teach Elements Online Professional Development Courses | Amanda Avery | Scoop.it

Free, online teacher professional development on 21st century learning concepts from Intel Teach: Project-Based Approaches, Assessment, Collaboration, Leadership, Thinking Critically with Data, Self directed learning.


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How Can Teachers Create a Learner-Centered Environment?


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ASCD introduces EduCore for educators implementing Common Core State Standards in math and literacy

ASCD introduces EduCore for educators implementing Common Core State Standards in math and literacy | Amanda Avery | Scoop.it

We are pleased to announce the release of EduCore, a free digital tool funded by a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.


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Symbaloo

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I really like Symbaloo! A place where you can organize and share your favorite websites. How do you like Symbaloo?


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Common Core: Easy 1st Steps to Aligning Lesson Plans, Part 1

Part 1 of 2. Aligning lesson plans to Common Core can be easy. Common reasons why we struggle to help teachers change are identified, and solutions are intro... (New Youtube video.


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Enriching literacy with cell phones? 3 ideas to get started | Common Core State Standards for School Leaders

Enriching literacy with cell phones? 3 ideas to get started | Common Core State Standards for School Leaders | Amanda Avery | Scoop.it

September is National Literacy Month, and what better way to celebrate and promote literacy than focusing on the tools that students own and love: their ce (Top story: Enriching literacy with cell phones?


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3 Simple Tools to Support the CCSS Academic Vocabulary Shift - Getting Smart by Susan Oxnevad -

3 Simple Tools to Support the CCSS Academic Vocabulary Shift - Getting Smart by Susan Oxnevad - | Amanda Avery | Scoop.it
The Common Core identifies six instructional shifts needed to effectively implement the standards in ELA/Literacy. Shift 6 suggests an instructional change in
the teaching of Academic Vocabulary.

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Building Vocabulary Crucial to Common-Core Success, New Research Says

Building Vocabulary Crucial to Common-Core Success, New Research Says | Amanda Avery | Scoop.it

In all the hubbub about the balance of fiction and nonfiction in the common core, you might well have been hearing less lately about its other expectations. One of those is a renewed focus on the teaching of vocabulary, especially academic vocabulary.


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The Power of Educational Coaching

The Power of Educational Coaching | Amanda Avery | Scoop.it
I squirmed a bit in the center seat as I responded to questions. One educator after another around the circle asked me probing questions that made me think about my actions. I knew they understood

 

Whatever you call it, it is more than a simple technique and it is more than a simple "play on words" of an old idea. It is a unique philosophy that deals with how best to implement radical and sustained change in educators. The autocratic way or if you like the "let me help you fix it" way, means that others dictate and direct a teacher's progress to teacher improvement with affixed consequences if it does not happen.

 

Under this traditional system, ultimately, the teacher can blame his boss if the strategy that he was dictated to do does not work. Educational coaching is entirely different.


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Whatever you call it, it is more than a simple technique and it is more than a simple "play on words" of an old idea. It is a unique philosophy that deals with how best to implement radical and sustained change in educators. The autocratic way or if you like the "let me help you fix it" way, means that others dictate and direct a teacher's progress to teacher improvement with affixed consequences if it does not happen.


Under this traditional system, ultimately, the teacher can blame his boss if the strategy that he was dictated to do does not work. Educational coaching is entirely different.


Leroy C Carlton's comment, March 11, 2013 3:56 PM
This is another way to coach, and good to know this side. This is what Mr. Wooden was talking about.
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Create Engaging Presentations with Free iPad Apps

Create Engaging Presentations with Free iPad Apps | Amanda Avery | Scoop.it

If you are tired of PowerPoint and Keynote, it's easy to change up your normal routine. As much as I love these presentation tools, it's important to keep my audience engaged, and often a quick deviation from the usual is the perfect trick.


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msayrach's curator insight, February 14, 2013 4:23 PM

Classificació d'apps gratuites  per fer PPT

Danique Williams's curator insight, February 15, 2013 12:14 AM

There are so many apps and tools that make for engaging presentations. Today's students should love school!

SchoolandUniversity's comment, February 15, 2013 1:03 AM
Excellent post. I absolutely appreciate this site. Continue the good work!
http://www.schoolanduniversity.com
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8 Excellent Apps to Create Narrated Slideshows

8 Excellent Apps to Create Narrated Slideshows | Amanda Avery | Scoop.it

One of the important digital skills for our students today is the ability to make narrated slideshows and screen casts. Knowing how to create such animated tutorials is essential for their overall digital literacy development. As teachers and educators, we can use a wide variety of awesome apps that are easy and simple to use and can help our students master their learning and enhance their comprehension


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Baiba Svenca's curator insight, February 15, 2013 5:30 AM

A great list of apps students can use to create their slideshows. Some of them are free, some are paid but the best thing is everyone can find an app that suits their needs and resources best.

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Three Ways to Ask Better Questions in the Classroom | Faculty Focus

I’ve been doing some presentations on classroom interaction and thinking yet again about how we could do better with our questions — the ones we ask in class or online.


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Three Steps for Improving Teacher Questions

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Think Classroom: Online Clips

Think Classroom: Online Clips | Amanda Avery | Scoop.it

Do you need a short clip of video to compliment your activity or lesson? No problem. Browse through one of our subject categories or use our advanced search to find a clip that suits your needs.
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How to Break Down Barriers to Starting PLCs

How to Break Down Barriers to Starting PLCs | Amanda Avery | Scoop.it

This how-to article accompanies the feature "Teachers and Community Members Practice TLC with PLCs."


Stephanie Hirsh has spent a lot of time studying professional learning communities.


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ASCD Launches Free Common Core Resource Site - T.H.E. Journal

ASCD Launches Free Common Core Resource Site - T.H.E. Journal | Amanda Avery | Scoop.it

ASCD Launches Free Common Core Resource SiteT.H.E. JournalASCD has launched EduCore, a new, free digital tool to help educators transition to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in mathematics and literacy.


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Reactions to Realities of the Common Core State Literacy Standards - Partner in Education – Notions and Potions

Reactions to Realities of the Common Core State Literacy Standards - Partner in Education – Notions and Potions | Amanda Avery | Scoop.it

49 "A-Ha's" about the CCSS-ELA from workshop participants via @doctordea.


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Another Perspective on Close Reading, the English/Literacy Common Core State Standards, and Evidence-Based Explanations

Another Perspective on Close Reading, the English/Literacy Common Core State Standards, and Evidence-Based Explanations | Amanda Avery | Scoop.it

Petrosky makes an argument for using a full range of learning repertoires.


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15 Digital Tools that Support Project-Based Learning | Learning Unlimited | Research-based Literacy Strategies | Project-Based Learning

15 Digital Tools that Support Project-Based Learning | Learning Unlimited | Research-based Literacy Strategies | Project-Based Learning | Amanda Avery | Scoop.it
15 Digital Tools that Support Project-Based Learning | Learning Unlimited | Research-based Literacy Strategies on Project-Based Learning curated by JackieGerstein Ed.D.

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The Gettysburg Address: Literary Nonfiction and the Common Core

The Gettysburg Address: Literary Nonfiction and the Common Core | Amanda Avery | Scoop.it

The CCSS mandates that by the end of high school, 70% of what students read should be informational texts -- specifically, complex and non-narrative literary nonfiction. Furthermore, students should be able to identify central ideas and articulate their development, summarize, analyze, draw inferences, identify an author's purpose, evaluate the effectiveness of rhetorical features, and figure out the meaning of words. In short, the CCSS has reclaimed a technique popular in the 1940s, close reading, or sustained interpretation of, in particular, the wording of a text.


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Deb Gardner's curator insight, February 14, 2013 5:28 AM

Several suggestions for scaffolding included. 

Ted Caron's comment, February 14, 2013 8:46 AM
good article, although I would argue that videos, simulations, photos, etc. are not just important to capture students' interest, but also to build some limited background knowledge about the text. Background knowledge that doesn't undercut the reading experience!
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More Resources On Implementing The Common Core | Larry ...

More Resources On Implementing The Common Core | Larry ... | Amanda Avery | Scoop.it
Here are new additions to The Most Useful Resources For Implementing Common Core: Preparing Students for Common Core ELA is by Tom Hoffman and may be the best short and sweet advice you're going to find.
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CCSS Technology Integration: PARCC

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Lori McCall's curator insight, February 14, 2013 11:16 AM

Okay, this is the first scoop I've done, but this site has some pretty cool info.  Tech Integration within the CC is going to be a vital push for media specialists, so get started today!

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Knowmia - Technology for Teaching. Made Simple.

Knowmia - Technology for Teaching.  Made Simple. | Amanda Avery | Scoop.it

You can now add Prezi lessons to Knowmia in three easy steps: create your Prezi, copy the URL, paste it into the import field in the myKnowmia tab...

 

 


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Baiba Svenca's curator insight, February 14, 2013 3:46 PM

Great option for those who use Knowmia for creating interactive video lessons. Now you can integrate Prezi in your lessons.

Knowmia website http://www.knowmia.com/. Get your free teacher's account.

You can download a free app Teach by Knowmia to create your lessons on iPad https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/teach/id527216211?mt=8