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Teachers Going Gradeless – Teachers Going Gradeless –

After years of teaching using the principles of standards-based learning and grading, I encountered two findings that radically changed my perspective on assessment, grading, and reporting. The first…

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Standards-Based Grading: A Rose by Any Other Name…

Standards-Based Grading: A Rose by Any Other Name… | The Inquiring Librarian | Scoop.it
Therefore, whether your school district uses conventional report cards or standards-based ones, I really encourage you to focus on moving your grades, in whatever form you must report them, closer to truly reflecting student learning.
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3 Peaks and 3 Pits of Standards-Based Grading

3 Peaks and 3 Pits of Standards-Based Grading | The Inquiring Librarian | Scoop.it
When one school switched from traditional to standards-based grading, they saw positive changes in mindset, assessments, and communication -- but there's still room for improvement.
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How to Promote Deeper Learning with the 4 Shifts - via @coolcatteacher

How to Promote Deeper Learning with the 4 Shifts - via @coolcatteacher | The Inquiring Librarian | Scoop.it
The four shifts is a new education technology paradigm shared in the book Harnessing Technology for Deeper Learning by Scott McLeod and Julie Graber. On today’s show, Julie discusses these four shifts and how it compares to other models such as SAMR. She gives examples of effective design using technology and where many programs are […]

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How can we get our students to better understand concepts?  Can technology help?  If so, are we using it to the best of our ability?  SAMR is important when planning to use technology.
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Failure = Learning  by Meagan Kelly

Failure = Learning  by Meagan Kelly | The Inquiring Librarian | Scoop.it
As I reflect on my career in education, it is interesting to see where I was and where I am now. I’m certainly not the same teacher that I was at 22 years old. Nor am I the same teacher that …

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If we recognize failure as an important step in learning, why do we try so hard to avoid it with our students?
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Against Scaffolding: Radical Openness and Critical Digital Pedagogy

Keynote at WILU2019, The Workshop for Instruction in Library Use Scaffolding can create points of entry and access but can also reduce the complexity of learni…

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Interesting look at scaffolding from a different perspective.  DOes it really help students?
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Online Safety and Digital Well-Being - Google Applied Digital Skills - great resources to teach Internet safety and digital citizenship

Online Safety and Digital Well-Being - Google Applied Digital Skills - great resources to teach Internet safety and digital citizenship | The Inquiring Librarian | Scoop.it
Invest your students in learning how to safely navigate the online world and develop skills for school, work and life with these video lessons.

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Digital Citizenship for all
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Save Hours: Pull The Tables directly from docs/forms via @AliceKeeler

Save Hours: Pull The Tables directly from docs/forms via @AliceKeeler | The Inquiring Librarian | Scoop.it
Pull Student Responses From a Google Doc I’ve said many times, I would rather hit myself in the head with a brick than open 30 Google Docs (or Slides, or Sheets…). My rule of thumb is to only assign individual student work that I have to open 20% of the time or less. For those …

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GwynethJones's curator insight, May 11, 7:35 AM

Helpful!

Rich A.'s curator insight, May 15, 7:39 AM
I'm always looking for ways to provide more feedback to students in as timely a fashion as possible. This 'add-on' speeds up the viewing of assessment completed in Google Docs and makes it much faster to provide feedback.
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7 resources to help educators better understand anxiety BY CHRISTINE RAVESI-WEINSTEIN

7 resources to help educators better understand anxiety BY CHRISTINE RAVESI-WEINSTEIN | The Inquiring Librarian | Scoop.it
BY CHRISTINE RAVESI-WEINSTEIN

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Understanding anxiety in students.   Great resource for teachers.

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Laura Stanfield's curator insight, May 12, 10:03 PM
As more and more is discovered about the cause of Anxiety as well as how debilitating mental illnesses can be, this article is a wonderful read about how educators can assist students whom may be dealing with anxiety. It links to some very helpful resources which all educators should be aware of when assisting students with mental illness. 
Ellie Ball's curator insight, June 2, 1:16 AM
This article crosses over well into the music classroom, as in music, it can mix generalised anxiety and perfectionism in with performance anxiety. Teenagers in particular are prone to performance anxiety when doing music assessments. 

Being able to prevent and work with anxiety in the classroom comes from understanding it. This also requires teachers to understand that anxiety can manifest in students in different ways and they may need to adjust their teaching accordingly. 
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2019 Horizon Report | EDUCAUSE

2019 Horizon Report | EDUCAUSE | The Inquiring Librarian | Scoop.it
This report profiles six key trends, six significant challenges, and six important developments in educational technology as ranked by an expert panel of leaders from across the higher education landscape.

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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, April 24, 7:12 PM

The Horizon report is out.  Look up and see the near future roaring your way.  EDUCAUSE provides insight and fore-site.  (None of us really need coaching for hind-sight.)

Carlos Fosca's curator insight, April 24, 10:53 PM

Como todos los años el Reporte Horizon 2019 revela interesantes proyecciones del uso de la tecnología en el sector de educación superior. En el corto plazo, el rediseño de los espacios de aprendizaje y el diseño de espacios mixtos (presencial + virtual) están favoreciendo el desarrollo de tecnologías como el mobile learning y learning analytics, mientras que a largo plazo (5 o más años) se espera que tecnologías como blockchain y los asistentes virtuales hayan sido adoptados por un buen número de instituciones de educación superior. 

Nathalie Ferret's curator insight, April 26, 10:23 AM
Without grand expectations, always curious about trends...
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Cheating and Plagiarizing

Cheating and Plagiarizing | The Inquiring Librarian | Scoop.it

Ben reads below grade level, and knows that if he whines about how unfair school is, his dad will cave in and do most of the work for him.

Jacqueline knows how to do the math, but she doesn't think she should have to prove it to the teacher repeatedly via tonight's homework assignment, so she asks to copy her friend's homework.
Short on time, Alex finds someone else's answers to classwork in an open file on the school server, so he cuts and pastes those answers into his own fil
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Why do kids want to cheat?   There are a lot of reasons, but making grades more important than learning seems to be high on the list of most people writing about this topic.

 
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Students cheat for good grades. Why not make the classroom about learning and not testing?

Students cheat for good grades. Why not make the classroom about learning and not testing? | The Inquiring Librarian | Scoop.it
Is academic cheating inevitable? Not in classrooms where teachers emphasize mastery of content.
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The connection between cheating and typical grades vs standards based grading
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Sketchnoting in the classroom: 12 ways to get started via @jmattMiller

Sketchnoting in the classroom: 12 ways to get started via @jmattMiller | The Inquiring Librarian | Scoop.it
Sketchnoting is an engaging, brain-friendly way for your students to capture their thinking. Here are 12 ways to get started using sketchnotes in your classroom.

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Sktechnoting, mindmapping - no matter what you call it, the method works. 
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18 Inconvenient Truths About Assessment

18 Inconvenient Truths About Assessment | The Inquiring Librarian | Scoop.it
The Inconvenient Truth About Assessment

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Assessment ideas.  
 
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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, March 19, 4:51 PM

Frequent, student-centered, and non-confrontational... Will this be your new assessment mantra? 

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Standards-Based Grading Made My Kid Average - Peter DeWitt's Finding Common Ground - Education Week

Standards-Based Grading Made My Kid Average - Peter DeWitt's Finding Common Ground - Education Week | The Inquiring Librarian | Scoop.it
Standards-based grading is sending a message to some parents that their children are average. This comes as a shock to those parents who have always heard their children exceeded expectations with traditional grading. We are at a crossroads with grading, and we should be clear on what standards-based grading really means.
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What is Standards-based Grading? - TeacherEase

What is Standards-based Grading? - TeacherEase | The Inquiring Librarian | Scoop.it
This page is an introduction for parents and educators new to standards-based grading. It discusses benefits of SBG and positive impacts on the classroom.
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50 Ways To Measure Understanding - TeachThought

50 Ways To Measure Understanding - TeachThought | The Inquiring Librarian | Scoop.it

"How do you measure what a student understands?

Not give them an assessment, score it, then use that score to imply understanding. Rather, how do you truly ‘uncover’ what they ‘know’–and how ‘well’ they know it?"


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How can we measure what a student knows or has learned? If they learn more, rather than just achieve the standard, does that deserve a higher "grade".   What are we measuring?  The knowledge or the knowledge gained throughout the course?
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In Juab school district, personalized learning boosted high school grad rate by TARA GARCÍA MATHEWSON

In Juab school district, personalized learning boosted high school grad rate by TARA GARCÍA MATHEWSON | The Inquiring Librarian | Scoop.it
by TARA GARCÍA MATHEWSON

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Personalized learning/ differentiation.  How does it work best. 
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Sudershan Pasupuleti's curator insight, May 29, 9:25 AM

Personalized learning

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3 of The Screencasting Tools for Teachers via Educators' tech 

3 of The Screencasting Tools for Teachers via Educators' tech  | The Inquiring Librarian | Scoop.it
Free resource of educational web tools, 21st century skills, tips and tutorials on how teachers and students integrate technology into education

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Luke Flint's curator insight, May 8, 4:27 AM
These screen recording tools are would be very helpful for teachers in a media context where a lot of software is being used and creating a video tutorial that students can access at any time would cut down on the time taken to individually re-explain steps in the process.
Samuel Johnson's curator insight, May 12, 3:16 AM
Screen capture and casting software is a valuable addition to any teacher's digital practice, this article serves as a good introduction to such software. Though there is a notable absence of 'Open Broadcast System' in this list, which would be my personal recommendation.
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Game2Teach

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Games2Teach: Where games and language learning meet We believe that games can challenge and motivate learners to use language in meaningful, productive ways. Studies have shown that game-based approaches to learning develop social skills, improve deep knowledge, and provide better outcomes for learners. Originally designed by Dr. Jonathon Reinhardt from the University of Arizona and …

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Sophia Jane's curator insight, May 29, 8:19 AM
I am looking for any chance to increase engagement in lessons and to find subtle ways to have my students learn while they think they are just having fun.  The more fun they have, the more relaxed they are and less defensive to new concepts, knowledge and content.
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How to Use the Photo Slideshow Add-on for Google Slides via @rmbyrne

How to Use the Photo Slideshow Add-on for Google Slides via @rmbyrne | The Inquiring Librarian | Scoop.it

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always good to learn new stuff with google slides.
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2019 Horizon Report | EDUCAUSE

2019 Horizon Report | EDUCAUSE | The Inquiring Librarian | Scoop.it

This report profiles six key trends, six significant challenges, and six important developments in educational technology as ranked by an expert panel of leaders from across the higher education landscape.


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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, April 24, 7:12 PM

The Horizon report is out.  Look up and see the near future roaring your way.  EDUCAUSE provides insight and fore-site.  (None of us really need coaching for hind-sight.)

Carlos Fosca's curator insight, April 24, 10:53 PM

Como todos los años el Reporte Horizon 2019 revela interesantes proyecciones del uso de la tecnología en el sector de educación superior. En el corto plazo, el rediseño de los espacios de aprendizaje y el diseño de espacios mixtos (presencial + virtual) están favoreciendo el desarrollo de tecnologías como el mobile learning y learning analytics, mientras que a largo plazo (5 o más años) se espera que tecnologías como blockchain y los asistentes virtuales hayan sido adoptados por un buen número de instituciones de educación superior. 

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Without grand expectations, always curious about trends...
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Allowing Test Retakes—Without Getting Gamed

Allowing Test Retakes—Without Getting Gamed | The Inquiring Librarian | Scoop.it
Hundreds of teachers discussed the best ways to guide students toward mastery—without being taken advantage of.
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Global standard for digital literacy launched in world first

Global standard for digital literacy launched in world first | The Inquiring Librarian | Scoop.it
The world’s first global standard for digital literacy, outlined in the DQ Global Standards Report 2019, has been released at GESF in Dubai. The framework aims to establish a global framework for digital intelligence – known as DQ – which includes a common set of definitions, language and understanding of digital literacy, skills and readiness. …
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Digital literacy -This is so important for everyone today - teachers and students.  Teaching these skills should be an integral component of every classroom.   
 
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3 Peaks and 3 Pits of Standards-Based Grading

3 Peaks and 3 Pits of Standards-Based Grading | The Inquiring Librarian | Scoop.it
When one school switched from traditional to standards-based grading, they saw positive changes in mindset, assessments, and communication -- but there's still room for improvement.
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More insights about the benefits and challenges of SBG
 
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Literacy in the Digital Age via Kathy Schrock

Literacy in the Digital Age via Kathy Schrock | The Inquiring Librarian | Scoop.it
I have identified thirteen literacies that our students need to become well-rounded 21st-century citizens. These literacies are not taught as separate literacies but are taught across th

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How to ensure that our students develop the literacies they need for the 21st Century.  SImply being able to read is no longer enough.

 
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