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The e-textbook transformation

The e-textbook transformation | Education Today and Tomorrow | Scoop.it
A new wave of e-textbooks is giving students more than just words and a few hotlinks on a digital page. Publishers over the last few years have been adding video, interactive maps and gamified quizzes
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"The latest e-textbooks, developed by traditional publishers as well as new players like Discovery Education, are powered by a host of adaptive features, such as adjustable levels of difficulty and instant translation into other languages. And in some districts, teachers are using platforms like Apple’s iBooks to create their own digital course materials."

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Later Middle School Start Times Tied to Longer Sleep for Kids

Later Middle School Start Times Tied to Longer Sleep for Kids | Education Today and Tomorrow | Scoop.it

"Starting middle school classes after 8 a.m. could help pre-teens get more sleep and be more awake during their morning lessons, a U.S. study suggests."

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On Social Media, Principals Fight Losing Battle to Keep Up With Students

On Social Media, Principals Fight Losing Battle to Keep Up With Students | Education Today and Tomorrow | Scoop.it

"School leaders worry about students and social media. But most don’t feel fully prepared to tackle the challenge, a new Education Week Research Center survey found."

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25-Year-Old Textbooks and Holes in the Ceiling: Inside America’s Public Schools

25-Year-Old Textbooks and Holes in the Ceiling: Inside America’s Public Schools | Education Today and Tomorrow | Scoop.it

"We invited America’s public school teachers to show us the conditions that a decade of budget cuts has wrought in their schools."

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Using Science to Bring Literature to Life

Using Science to Bring Literature to Life | Education Today and Tomorrow | Scoop.it

"Combining science and literature can help students engage more deeply with both subjects."

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Understaffed and Overworked, School Counselors Struggling To Meet Students' Needs

Understaffed and Overworked, School Counselors Struggling To Meet Students' Needs | Education Today and Tomorrow | Scoop.it

"With both kinds of traumatic events on the rise, school counselors can't keep up with the demand for mental health services."

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Why I Had to Develop a Unique Learner Profile to Meet the Needs of My Students

Why I Had to Develop a Unique Learner Profile to Meet the Needs of My Students | Education Today and Tomorrow | Scoop.it

"I’ve learned that I need to know my students academically and personally so I can modify instruction to be as effective, engaging and rigorous as possible, so every year I craft personal learner profiles for my students that go beyond their IEP goals and basic personality surveys." Thanks to Melanie Ruiz for sharing this resource on the NEA edCommunities Digital Tools and Learning Communities.

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Why Special Educators Really Leave the Classroom

Why Special Educators Really Leave the Classroom | Education Today and Tomorrow | Scoop.it

"It's not just about paperwork, parents and hard-to-manage students. In surveys, research papers, and interviews, special educators say their jobs are also made difficult by factors that are well within school and district leaders' power to change. Those include a lack of support from principals, difficulty balancing competing priorities from various supervisors, ignorance (and sometimes disrespect) of the job from peers, and a workload that takes special educators away from what they really want to do: teach children." Thanks to Ashanti Rankin for sharing this resource on the NEA edCommunities ESP Hot Issues Community.

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Learn Moodle 3.5 Basics - MOOC

Learn Moodle 3.5 Basics - MOOC | Education Today and Tomorrow | Scoop.it

"Learn Moodle 3.5 Basics: This free course is designed for anybody who wants to use the Moodle learning platform for teaching, whether it be in a school, a university, a company or just personal interest!

"The four-week course is also a great opportunity to connect with the vibrant Moodle community dedicated to sharing resources, ideas and anything that could help inspire better teaching practices everywhere."


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An activity-based learning course for teachers new to Moodle. Four weeks, 3 to 4 hours a week. No fees.

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The Number of American College Students Studying Foreign Languages Continues to Fall

The Number of American College Students Studying Foreign Languages Continues to Fall | Education Today and Tomorrow | Scoop.it

"From 2013 to 2016, the number of students at American universities enrolled in foreign language classes fell by over 9%. This does not appear to be just a blip — the overall number has been steadily falling since 2009, according to research (pdf) by America’s Modern Language Association."

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50 Years After Dr. King’s Death, New Lessons for Today

50 Years After Dr. King’s Death, New Lessons for Today | Education Today and Tomorrow | Scoop.it

"The National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis is a monument to a movement, and to its leader. It offers crucial insights for 2018, and for the future."

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Google’s ‘Rolling Study Halls’ Equip Buses w/ Wi-Fi & Chromebooks, Expands to Thousands of Rural Students

Google’s ‘Rolling Study Halls’ Equip Buses w/ Wi-Fi & Chromebooks, Expands to Thousands of Rural Students | Education Today and Tomorrow | Scoop.it

"Rolling Study Halls provide school districts with Wi-Fi routers and data plans to equip buses that also feature an 'onboard educator' who can help with assignments. The basic premise is to allow students to better take advantage of these long commutes, while ensuring that they have the necessary tools to do homework."

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'Looping' With Students Boosts Learning, Especially for Kids of Color, Study Says

'Looping' With Students Boosts Learning, Especially for Kids of Color, Study Says | Education Today and Tomorrow | Scoop.it

"Elementary students matched with the same teacher two years in a row show improvement in test scores, according to a new study. Economics professors Andrew Hill of Montana State University and Daniel Jones of the University of South Carolina conclude in the study that 'looping,' in which an entire class moves to the next grade with the same teacher, results in a slight but significant increase in student achievement."

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The New Librarian: Using Advocacy to Promote Leadership

The New Librarian: Using Advocacy to Promote Leadership | Education Today and Tomorrow | Scoop.it

"As innovation coordinator for instructional technology, information & library media at Parkway School District in St. Louis, Missouri, Bill Bass has long demonstrated his commitment to 21st-century learning. He believes that the only way to deliver a dynamic student learning experience is by empowering his librarians to be leaders in everything they do."

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Combating The Chaos: 3 Cs For A Well-Managed Classroom

Combating The Chaos: 3 Cs For A Well-Managed Classroom | Education Today and Tomorrow | Scoop.it

"Combating the chaos of classroom management rests in understanding and honoring humanity in the classroom with connection, consistency, and compassion."

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Maryland Schools May Tell Children When It’s Time to Log Off

Maryland Schools May Tell Children When It’s Time to Log Off | Education Today and Tomorrow | Scoop.it

"The state is the first to pass legislation requiring education officials to develop health and safety guidelines for digital devices."

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Baseball Teaching Resources: Baseball Biographies, Lesson Plans, Printables & Activities (K-12)

Baseball Teaching Resources: Baseball Biographies, Lesson Plans, Printables & Activities (K-12) | Education Today and Tomorrow | Scoop.it

"America's favorite pastime can provide a framework for teaching students a variety of concepts. Whether you are studying history, social studies, math, or literature, we have baseball-related resources here to engage your students." Thanks to Patricia Roach for sharing this resource on the NEA edCommunities Works4Me community.

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WEAC Mentors Provide Invaluable Support to National Board Candidates

WEAC Mentors Provide Invaluable Support to National Board Candidates | Education Today and Tomorrow | Scoop.it

"National Board candidates and renewal candidates attended a support session on Saturday, April 7, at the WEAC building in Madison. The event was free and open only to WEAC members, who served both as mentors and students. Attendees said the support and guidance they received was invaluable as they progress through the demanding and rewarding National Board process. Find out more about WEAC's National Board resources at weac.org/NBCT."

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Why Reading Books Should be Your Priority, According to Science

Why Reading Books Should be Your Priority, According to Science | Education Today and Tomorrow | Scoop.it

"More than a quarter--26 percent--of American adults admit to not having read even part of a book within the past year. That's according to statistics coming out of the Pew Research Center. If you're part of this group, know that science supports the idea that reading is good for you on several levels." Thanks to Amy Kappelle for sharing this resource on the NEA edCommunities Works4Me Community.

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'Declining Learning Conditions Play a Role in Rising Behavior Issues'

'Declining Learning Conditions Play a Role in Rising Behavior Issues' | Education Today and Tomorrow | Scoop.it

"Teaching is more than delivering curricula. It’s about forming relationships with our students. It has become impossible to do that effectively when you have as many as 40 students in an ­elementary classroom, or see more than 200 students a day in middle and high schools. We used to be able to deal with disruptive students much better when we had reasonable class sizes." Thanks to Andrea Leggett for sharing this resource on the NEA edCommunities Empower Educators and Classroom Management Communities

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Alternatives To Homework: A Chart For Teachers (a good revisit from TeachThought)

Alternatives To Homework: A Chart For Teachers (a good revisit from TeachThought) | Education Today and Tomorrow | Scoop.it
Alternatives To Homework: A Chart For Teachers

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New Research: Teachers Deeply Concerned About Digital Devices, but Parents Take Rosier View

New Research: Teachers Deeply Concerned About Digital Devices, but Parents Take Rosier View | Education Today and Tomorrow | Scoop.it

When asked whether students’ use of digital devices such as smartphones, tablets and computers has helpful or harmful effects in the area of mental health, 69 percent of teachers said "mostly harmful" while 69 percent of parents said "more helpful."

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Schools Deploy Range of Strategies To Confront Unprecedented Levels of Student Stress

Schools Deploy Range of Strategies To Confront Unprecedented Levels of Student Stress | Education Today and Tomorrow | Scoop.it

"Across the country, school districts are grappling with rising levels of student anxiety attributed to everything from academic pressures to larger social forces."

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Cellphones Gaining Acceptance Inside US Schools

Cellphones Gaining Acceptance Inside US Schools | Education Today and Tomorrow | Scoop.it

"Cellphones are still absent from most U.S. schools but new data shows them steadily gaining acceptance as administrators bow to parents’ wishes to keep tabs on their kids and teachers find ways to work them into lessons. The percentage of K-12 public schools that prohibited cellphone use was about 66 percent in 2015-16, down from more than 90 percent in 2009-10, according to data from a survey conducted by the National Center for Education Statistics. Among high schools, the shift over the same period was especially striking — dropping from 80 percent with bans to 35 percent."

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Turning Your Kid’s Drawings into 3D Printed Toys

Turning Your Kid’s Drawings into 3D Printed Toys | Education Today and Tomorrow | Scoop.it

"Bob of 'I Like to Make Stuff,' turns one of his son’s robot drawings into a really cool 3D printed toy. It's a pretty involved process, but this video walks through all the details in a very informative fashion." Thanks to Patricia Roach for sharing this resource on the NEA edCommunities Works4Me Community.

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The Importance of Purpose in Education

The Importance of Purpose in Education | Education Today and Tomorrow | Scoop.it

"Students can discover a sense of purpose in their learning through questions that lead them to think about their interests." Thanks to Melanie Ruiz for sharing this resource on the NEA edCommunities Empowered Educators Community. 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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