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Libraries to gain faster Internet access with broadband expansion

Libraries to gain faster Internet access with broadband expansion | Education Today and Tomorrow | Scoop.it

Slow Internet connections in nearly three-quarters of the state’s public libraries will speed up dramatically with a $4.2 million federal E-rate investment in fiber broadband connectivity. 

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Great news for Wisconsin library users!

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Food Allergies Are on the Rise. Are Schools Prepared?

Food Allergies Are on the Rise. Are Schools Prepared? | Education Today and Tomorrow | Scoop.it

"Peanut allergies in children have increased 21 percent since 2010, a concern for school officials who must be prepared to counter severe reactions."

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Brainwave Headsets Are Making Their Way Into Classrooms—For Meditation and Discipline

"The app relies on a process called neurofeedback, where brain-activity data gathered from the headset informs users whether they are in a relaxed state, or if they should try to refocus their attention. Wearers will hear thunderstorms when their mind races, and the sounds of soft crashing waves or birds if they are calm. The idea is to try to calm the storm, with your mind, to reach a more-relaxed state."

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No more zeros in K-12 education

No more zeros in K-12 education | Education Today and Tomorrow | Scoop.it

"The zero-out-of-100 is just one of the traditional grading practices schools are rethinking as they seek to report student performance more accurately."

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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, November 15, 11:48 AM
Rubrics are a prelude to grading. I used rubrics extensively as feedback. I gave them to students as we began an activity. We discussed what they meant. It was feedback for me from beginning to end. Too often, we conflate rubrics with marks.
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Some of The Best Tools for Creating Video Lessons

Some of The Best Tools for Creating Video Lessons | Education Today and Tomorrow | Scoop.it

"This is a collection of some great web tools you can use to create video lessons. These tools, curated by the Educational Technology and Mobile Learning website, are simple and easy to use, no software installation is required."

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School Field Trips Are Few and Far Between as Schools Grapple with Budget Cuts

School Field Trips Are Few and Far Between as Schools Grapple with Budget Cuts | Education Today and Tomorrow | Scoop.it

"Teachers rely on donations, sometimes pay out of pocket to cover costs, as reduced budgets and time constraints cut into field trip opportunities."

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The Difference Between Technology Use And Technology Integration

The Difference Between Technology Use And Technology Integration | Education Today and Tomorrow | Scoop.it

"Using technology for learning makes sense. Technology creates access, transparency, and opportunity. But there is a difference, claims this graphic from teachbytes, between using technology and integrating it deeply into the learning experiences of students."

 

Thanks to Patricia Roach for sharing this resource on the NEA edCommunities Digital Tools & Learning PreK-12 community.

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3 Fun Strategies for Note Taking

3 Fun Strategies for Note Taking | Education Today and Tomorrow | Scoop.it

"Note taking can be active, collaborative, and tailored to each student’s pace—and you can skip the lecture."

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Ten Ideas That Changed My Teaching: #1 There Is No Average Student

Ten Ideas That Changed My Teaching: #1 There Is No Average Student | Education Today and Tomorrow | Scoop.it

"Individuals are complex and have 'jagged' profiles. Adjustable car seats and steering wheels are examples of the recognition our bodies vary in arm, leg and torso length. Fixed school desks on the other hand, are built on the 'average' height of students."

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The Year of Kindness Continues to Spread

The Year of Kindness Continues to Spread | Education Today and Tomorrow | Scoop.it

"Cheryl Mizerny continues to promote a Year of Kindness among her 6th graders and her school. Here she looks ahead and describes plans for the rest of the year."

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Snapchat, Instagram, YouTube: Tools for Picting in the Classroom

Technology is changing the way we see literacy. Cathie Norris and ElliotSoloway, university professors studying how much time today’s youth spend with text-based materials vs. image-based materials, “estimate that 90 percent of K-12 classroom time in the U.S. is spent with text-based materials, and 10 percent with image-based materials; but outside the classroom, 90% is spent with image-based materials and 10 percent with text-based materials.”

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Turning Your Students Into Web Detectives

Turning Your Students Into Web Detectives | Education Today and Tomorrow | Scoop.it

"Five vetted resources students can use to separate truth from fiction online."

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What Makes National Board Certification Meaningful?

What Makes National Board Certification Meaningful? | Education Today and Tomorrow | Scoop.it

"By going through the National Board-certification process, teachers can experience the high-quality professional learning necessary to improve their work, educator Ernie Rambo writes in this Education Week blog."

 

Click here to find out how your union can help you achieve National Board Certification.

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Making Water Available to School Children at Lunch May Save $13B in Health Costs

Making Water Available to School Children at Lunch May Save $13B in Health Costs | Education Today and Tomorrow | Scoop.it

"Encouraging children to drink water with every meal could prevent child obesity, a study by a University of Illinois professor suggests."

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Portage Schools Provide Trauma Education for Teachers

Portage Schools Provide Trauma Education for Teachers | Education Today and Tomorrow | Scoop.it

"Barb Wolfe, Portage School District Director of Student Services, said traumatic experiences for students involve things like substance abuse in the family, hunger, parental divorce or separation, mental illness and violence. Research, she added, shows trauma affects the brain in ways that inhibit learning, impacting a student’s ability to stay organized, their executive functioning, memory, language and motor skills. Students who’ve experienced trauma also may exhibit aggression and other social-emotional problems in the classroom."

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Assigning More Writing—With Less Grading

Assigning More Writing—With Less Grading | Education Today and Tomorrow | Scoop.it

"Check out four best practices for teaching writing that can help you improve student learning without creating a mountain of grading work."

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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, November 15, 11:49 AM
Treat writing like an ongoing process, rather than having a fixed begining and end. I had students who continued writing one year to the next.
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Rules on Cellphone Use in Schools Varies Widely

Rules on Cellphone Use in Schools Varies Widely | Education Today and Tomorrow | Scoop.it

"While there is little national data on how school systems handle such issues, it appears that approaches vary widely. Some schools ban smartphones, while others allow them in hallways or during lunch periods, or actively incorporate them into instruction."

 

“I really don’t see a consensus,” said Elizabeth Englander, a professor at Bridgewater State University in Massachusetts. “Nobody really knows what to do. I think everybody’s trying out different things and seeing how they work.”

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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, November 14, 4:11 PM
I wish I treated cell phones access differently. Giving students 5 minute digital breaks to check their cell phones every 30 minutes might be an effective way for them to learn self-regulation.
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Thanksgiving Ideas for the Classroom

Thanksgiving Ideas for the Classroom | Education Today and Tomorrow | Scoop.it

"Celebrate the Thanksgiving season in the classroom and at home with lessons, quizzes, activities, games, trivia, quizzebooks, and movies."

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Education Support Professionals: Supporting Children Suffering from the Absence of their Parents

Education Support Professionals: Supporting Children Suffering from the Absence of their Parents | Education Today and Tomorrow | Scoop.it

Support from parents and caregivers is a vital component in a child’s development. Many children suffer because of the temporary absence and /or permanent loss of this stable adult influence in their lives. This loss can be caused by a variety of factors including incarceration, mental illness / substance abuse and death. This NEA webinar on Wednesday, November 15, examines how Education Support Professionals can support children in these difficult circumstances.

 

Thanks to Brandy Bixler for sharing this resource on the NEA edCommunities ESP Hot Issues group.

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Sign Up Now for the February 3 Arts Integration and STEAM Online Conference

Sign Up Now for the February 3 Arts Integration and STEAM Online Conference | Education Today and Tomorrow | Scoop.it

"If you’ve ever wondered 'what’s the difference between Arts Integration and STEAM?' or felt confusion and overwhelm on how to use these approaches, this conference will help you get crystal clear on what, how and why integration works."

 

Thanks to Elizabeth Lovett for sharing this resource on the NEA edCommunities Digest for Middle School Strategies. Not signed up for NEA edCommunities yet? Create an account now so you can participate in conversations and explore all the professional resources NEA edCommunities has to offer!

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Black River Falls School District Considers Replacing Class Rank System With Cum Laude

Black River Falls School District Considers Replacing Class Rank System With Cum Laude | Education Today and Tomorrow | Scoop.it

"The cum laude system grants students points for taking harder courses in school and maintaining a base-level GPA. Students are then grouped into categories including cum laude for the lowest range of points, magna cum laude for a middle range and summa cum laude for the highest range."

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Rekindling Excitement for Familiar Classes

Rekindling Excitement for Familiar Classes | Education Today and Tomorrow | Scoop.it

"When the author was assigned a new course, it changed his approach to the old ones as well. He has three takeaways for any teacher."

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Personalized Learning Sounds Good but Requires Caution

Personalized Learning Sounds Good but Requires Caution | Education Today and Tomorrow | Scoop.it

"The reality is that many schools purchase off-the-shelf software and call it 'personalized learning,' without being able to say what is supposed to change in the classroom. And even when schools do take a broader view, they often fail to recognize that success depends largely on decisions that educators and administrators make on the ground."

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A Modern Professional Learner’s Toolkit for 2018

A Modern Professional Learner’s Toolkit for 2018 | Education Today and Tomorrow | Scoop.it

This graphic from Modern Workplace Learning Magazine has also been posted on the Education Today and Tomorrow Board of WEAC's Pinterest Site.

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How to Build Self-Assessment Into Jampacked High School Classes

How to Build Self-Assessment Into Jampacked High School Classes | Education Today and Tomorrow | Scoop.it

"Three strategies to ensure students are thinking critically about their work and developing metacognitive skills that will serve them in the future."

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6 Administrators Share Strategies To Gain — and Maintain — Student Engagement

6 Administrators Share Strategies To Gain — and Maintain — Student Engagement | Education Today and Tomorrow | Scoop.it

"Many a seasoned educator can tell you that getting students' attention is easier said than done, and maintaining that engagement can sometimes prove even more difficult.

"In this article, six current and former school and district leaders share their favorite tactics and strategies."

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