sexta-feira, 28 de dezembro de 2012

Best of 2012: The Five Most Extraordinary Things to Happen in Education | Education on GOOD

Best of 2012: The Five Most Extraordinary Things to Happen in Education | Education on GOOD: "Best of 2012: The Five Most Extraordinary Things to Happen in Education"
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sexta-feira, 21 de dezembro de 2012

What Do Teachers Think of Game-Based Learning?

What Do Teachers Think of Game-Based Learning?:

In recent years, game-based learning has received increased attention as a way to motivate students and engage them with the material. But what do teachers think of the trend? To find out, we conducted a survey of 309 K–12 classroom teachers from public, private and religious schools across the country. Here's what they had to say:

quarta-feira, 19 de dezembro de 2012

The 12 Most Popular Ways College Students Use Smartphones

The 12 Most Popular Ways College Students Use Smartphones:

College students love their smartphones. They use them in a myriad of ways and there’s the data to prove it. A new infographic visualizes the current state of smartphone usage by college students and it’s a sight to see. The infographic below from Online Degrees shows the 12 most popular ways students are using smartphones as well as the types of news they’re reading, and more.
The standout statistic to me, though, is that nearly half of college students are using feature phones. In other words, not smartphones. You’d think from all the buzz around smartphones (Apple and Android sell a bajillion phones a second it seems) that there would be a higher number of smartphone users on campus.
What stats most surprise you?

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segunda-feira, 17 de dezembro de 2012

The Early Results Of An iPad Classroom Are In.

My daily PLN reading seems to be full of stories about how to use iPads in the classroom. While this is certainly important information, I believe our Twitter feeds could use a few more stories about the positive impact the introduction of iPads are having in schools. 

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How To Connect With Digitally Distracted Students

Looking for a few simple ways to reach distracted students? This handy infographic is worth printing out and it’s cute to boot! Hey that rhymes!

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21 Simple Ways To Motivate Your Students

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No matter the grade you teach, the school district you oversee, or the children you have in school, motivation is never an easy thing. From coaches to teachers, we all have to do it and it’s worth taking the time to figure out what works and what, well, doesn’t.

Blogs on Social and Emotional Learning | Edutopia

Blogs on Social and Emotional Learning | Edutopia:

Words fail. Our hearts are broken. Only deeds matter after tragedy takes away our children and the adults who teach and care for them. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.
President Obama spoke to the nation about this morning's heartbreaking events.
Below are resources we've gathered that may help you and your children in this wrenching time.

sexta-feira, 14 de dezembro de 2012

15 Lesson Plans For Making Students Better Online Researchers

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Below are 15 lesson plans courtesy of Google designed to make students better online researchers. They’re organized by difficulty and meant to help students (and everyone) become better online searchers.
Check out the useful Lesson Plan Map too to see how all these lessons fit together and what skills they teach. Worth a look!

3 Reasons Many High Schools Don’t Have Online Learning Components

Most high schools in the United States offer some sort of media opportunity, but only about a third have an online component, according to a study co-written by a University of Kansas researcher.

How Important Is Accountability In Your Classroom?

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School performance data is too often associated with failure, but it is a powerful tool that can improve teaching and outcomes for students. “Accountability” should be synonymous with opportunity – the opportunity to build a positive culture of performance in our schools.

How To Find A Classroom To Skype With

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Have you ever wanted to try out Skype in the classroom but didn’t know where to start? We’ve published numerous guidesfilled with tips and tricks but there’s a glaring problem: how do you find a partner classroom to Skype with?

The 4 Newest Ways To Make Education More Interactive

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Even for the most dedicated of students, books and lectures get boring.
Keeping lessons fresh and challenging means keeping them interactive, and given it is almost 2013, incorporating this task is actually much easier than ignoring it.

4 Educational Social Networks You’re Not Yet Using

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We’ve heard about Learnist, Lore, Edmodo, and the many other educational social networks. But what else is out there? If you’re an early adopter or simply like being the ‘cool’ teacher in the lounge … then make sure you know about these relatively new offerings.

3 Ways One School Is Integrating Technology

As we look ahead to 2013, educators are developing ways for their schools to adapt in our rapidly-changing technological world to ensure the best skill sets and success for their students.Beaver Country Day School, a leading, independent school for grades 6-12 just outside of Boston, lists the top 3 ways the school utilizes technology to improve student learning experiences.

How To Know If You're Correctly Integrating Technology - Edudemic

How To Know If You're Correctly Integrating Technology - Edudemic:

A common question that we hear from teachers about integrating technology into their classrooms is, “how do I know if I’m doing it right?” We love to hear this question because that tells us that the teacher is starting to analyze and evaluate how they are integrating technology and are looking for a way to gauge their effectiveness. We feel that the Technology Integration Matrix (TIM) best addresses the question of “doing it right.”
According to the Arizona K-12 Center at Northern Arizona University, “the TIM is designed to assist schools and districts in evaluating the level of technology integration in classrooms and to provide teachers with models of how technology can be integrated throughout instruction in meaningful ways.” There is more than one version of the TIM but the one that we most commonly refer to with our staff was produced by the Arizona K12 Center at NAU.

quinta-feira, 13 de dezembro de 2012

Why educators, students and schools will want and love Windows 8 - Microsoft in Education blog - Site Home - TechNet Blogs

Why educators, students and schools will want and love Windows 8 - Microsoft in Education blog - Site Home - TechNet Blogs:

At Microsoft, our commitment to education starts with students and teachers. After all, they innovate in education every day.  However, putting teachers and students first means partnering with schools to ensure the fast changing-world of technology is relevant and helpful to the instruction in the classroom.
Accessing and utilizing digital content is on the rise around the world and many schools have already begun adopting 1-to-1 environments, whether schools are providing devices or students are bringing their own.  We envision modern learning experiences where each student will have a personal learning device because of the promise – and cost-effectiveness of going digital.   Learning is increasingly becoming unbound. It is independent of space and time, socio-economic barriers, and physical constraints. In fact, student and teachers are more mobile than ever before. Teaching and learning must adapt to this mobile context to accelerate student engagement and success.
These are monumental industry changes. Today, students and educators need powerful devices that let them create and collaborate on projects and presentations, and consume rich, relevant content in real time – all the time – anywhere.
That’s why I’m so excited about Windows 8 for education. Simply put, Windows 8 is reimagined for learning. It arms schools and teachers with innovations designed to transform students’ learning experiences. It gives students a beautiful, modern way to consume content and allows them freedom to create, collaborate, produce, and share across a range of devices, with touch, mouse and keyboard or pen.   Teachers can now use these capabilities to build their students’ 21st century skills, help them graduate and ensure they reach their potential.

sábado, 8 de dezembro de 2012

What Schools Will Look Like In The Year 2020 - Edudemic

What Schools Will Look Like In The Year 2020 - Edudemic:

What does the school of the future look like? We’ve chatted with, at this point, hundreds of teachers online and they pretty much all agree that the school of the future will have no walls, be highly tech-infused, and available to more people than ever before. All good things, in my opinion.

For the Future Student, Higher Education Will Be Redefined | MindShift

For the Future Student, Higher Education Will Be Redefined | MindShift:

Not too far in the future, students may be faced with an entirely different set of choices than they do today. No longer might college or career straight after high school graduation be the two only and divergent paths in front of them. No longer may a four-to-six-year commitment to a highly esteemed institution be the fastest way to a fruitful career or a rich network.
With online education quickly gaining momentum, the emergence of massive open online courses (MOOCs) is not only shaking up higher education to the core — its value, its status, its cost — the movement is also changing how young people envision their education and their future.

terça-feira, 4 de dezembro de 2012

The History Of Education Timeline - Edudemic

The History Of Education Timeline - Edudemic:

We heard about an innovative new tool that’s perfect for anyone who wants to explore the history of education. From the first known school (in the year 2000 BC) to the Apple iPad and beyond, it’s all in this interactive history of education timeline. The new interactive timeline is available at and is worth checking out!


quinta-feira, 29 de novembro de 2012

Why the Internet Is Making Us Smarter--in One Way - Forbes

Why the Internet Is Making Us Smarter--in One Way - Forbes:

Lots of commentators — like my old friend Nicholas Carr, for example –  have bemoaned the rise of the Internet, and before that television, arguing that these evil distractions have shortened our attention spans and caused us to become digital idiots, capable of only the briefest moments of focus.  Email, too, has come in for its share of blame and experts have recommended that you schedule it, or ration it, or avoid it altogether.
But all of this handwringing is missing the real point.  It’s not that we’re becoming dumber, it’s rather that the object of our focus has changed.  In one way, we’re actually getting smarter – much, much smarter.
Here’s what’s going on.  Society – work, entertainment, and the arts – have been shifting from print to visual at a rapidly accelerating rate over the past half-century years.  In the past decade, with the rise of broadband and the Internet, the shift has moved into high gear.

terça-feira, 27 de novembro de 2012

Students Solving Real-World Design Problems - Teaching Now - Education Week Teacher

Students Solving Real-World Design Problems - Teaching Now - Education Week Teacher:

Teaching Now

Last month, the Chicago Architecture Foundation launched, a free Web-based learning tool aimed at getting students excited about architecture. According to the website, it "empowers teens to gain architectural skills, learn green design principles, engage in problem solving, and connect to an online community of their peers, their teachers and design professionals around the world."
The site lists various design projects with step-by-step guides to help students develop and implement their ideas. Students can choose to design anything from a new school locker to a new technology wing for a school. Once their projects are complete, students can upload their work to the site and receive feedback and comments from teachers, architects, design professionals, and other students.
This month, the foundation announced that they will be conducting a national design competition. The project challenges high school students to redesign their school cafeteria for healthy eating in a sustainable space. 

sexta-feira, 16 de novembro de 2012

Indian Government, Tech. Firm Collaborate on Tablet for Education

After launching what was dubbed the "world's cheapest tablet" by the Indian media last year, the national government and a technology company recently released an upgraded model of the low-cost device. 

Can the Digital Generation Do Anything Right?

Last week, the news media, including Education Week, wrote about a new study from the Pew Research Center surveying 2,000 teachers on how their students do research in the digital world. Many of those teachers, 77 percent, believed digital tools have an overall positive impact on research, but 87 percent said the tools were a distraction causing short attention spans.

We All Support the Teacher

I have noticed a fair amount of vitriol spewing from the education blogosphere (and whatever other forms of media still exist today, if any) in the past few months, most of which has centered on the idea of technology (led for the most part by an energetic private sector) infiltrating the classroom (and to be fair, I can't say I've helped the matter).

Karen Cator Stepping Down as U.S. Ed-Tech Chief

Karen Cator, a vocal advocate for the use of technology in education and a familiar face at virtually every major ed-tech conference or event in the past four years, toldEducation Week in an email today that she will be stepping down in 2013 from her post as the director of educational technology for the U.S. Department of Education.

Teacher Quality: Investing in What Matters

Spurred by awards of federal funding under the Race to the Top competition, many states are adopting teacher-evaluation systems with student achievement as the ultimate goal. This drive to create robust evaluation systems places far too much emphasis on inspecting and testing.

Teacher-Leadership Degree Programs Aim to Fill Career Gaps

Four years ago, Donald Chouinard, a veteran English teacher at Fort Kent Community High School in Maine, was promoted to his district's curriculum-coordinator position. He appreciated the rise in status his move to an administrative job conferred, but he soon felt that something was lacking. "I really, really missed the classroom," he recalled recently.

quarta-feira, 14 de novembro de 2012

Preparing Students for the Real World

Regardless of whether we are the Teacher of Record (TOR) or their scores on the high stakes test will affect our HEDI score, these students need us every single day that they walk into our classrooms and into our schools.

Putting Brands to Work for Public Schools

Public education budgets have always been tight, but today we find ourselves in uncharted territory. Looking back to 2008, when the country slipped into the Great Recession, no aspect of the economy has escaped unscathed. One of the hardest-hit areas has been education, since deep losses in the housing sector sent shock waves that decimated state and local budgets and, consequently, school budgets as well. In many places, schools' rainy-day funds have run dry.

'Soft Skills' Pushed as Part of College Readiness

To make it in college, students need to be up for the academic rigor. But that's not all. They also must be able to manage their own time, get along with roommates, and deal with setbacks. Resiliency and grit, along with the ability to communicate and advocate, are all crucial life skills. Yet, experts say, many teenagers lack them, and that's hurting college-completion rates.

Project-based learning assessment tool launched

CTB/McGraw-Hill has today announced the launch of the Acuity® Performance Task System, a new performance assessment authoring system and item bank, which enables teachers to evaluate project-based learning across multiple subjects using research-based assessment methods.

How I learned a language in 22 hours

He's never been good with languages, so can Joshua Foer really hope to learn Lingala in a day?

Joshua Foer

Google's Open Course Builder: A Giant Leap into 21st-Century Online Learning

Google is the most powerful nonhuman teacher ever known to actual humans. Implicitly and ceaselessly, Google performs formative assessments by collecting the following data: the content, genre and media that interests you most; when and for how long you access your external cloud brain; what your hobbies and routines are; with whom you work and communicate; who will get your November vote; and whether you prefer invigorating clean mint or enamel renewal toothpaste.

When Students Do The Teaching

Not every teacher gets to hear these words: the process of making "this video gave me a better understanding of how teachers teacher, so when I am faced with a math problem that I don't understand I can break it down and teach it to myself." This quote came from a ninth-grade student at the culmination of theUpside Down Academy project.

Before We Flip Classrooms, Let's Rethink What We're Flipping To

Integrated into their regular math classes, Globaloria students access online video tutorials and receive expert advice on how to build original educational video games about math topics.

We're hearing a lot of talk about education in these back-to-school days, but a few conversations rise above the din. One such is the chatter about "flipped classrooms,"1 in which students listen to lectures at home and do homework at school.

Blended Learning: Behind the Scenes

It feels like we're on the precipice of a more common, universal implementation for blended learning, but for a while still, blended learning is still dependent on teachers knowing what to teach and how to teach it. It still feels still like a grassroots movement from key teachers who are looking ahead to the future. We know that being able to function online is a 21st-century skill, but for some teachers, it's still as futuristic as Logan's Run.

Four Scary Good Ed Tech Sites

I spent some time trying to come up with a really scary post for Halloween, but I decided I would stay positive instead and share some scary good sites on educational technology. Get it? Scary? Anyway, here are four tried and true sites I always turn to when I need help with a tech tool or when I'm looking for something new. Warning: the puns you are about to read are also terrifying. 

Practical Tips for Mobile Learning in the PBL Classroom

Given the number of technology tools being used by educators and students, it's no wonder that mobile technologies and mobile learning are being explored in various implementations. From data collection tools to mobile phones, students are learning at school and on their own.

Teacher Experience and Expectations for the 1:1 Elementary Classroom

In my last two posts, I detailed the iPad initiatives at Burlington High School. I talked about what we learned after a year of a 1:1 iPad environment and dispelled some myths surrounding iPads in education.

Grant Funding with Social Media

Locating Grant Sources

The first step in receiving grant funding is to locate potential opportunities.

Tips for Parent-Teacher Conferencing

Last week I spent an afternoon coaching teachers on preparing for parent conferences. That same day, after work, I attended my son's fall parent-teacher conference. Given these different perspectives on this tradition, I figured I could share some thoughts for making these conferences meaningful and rewarding for all.

A Principal's Perspective: Getting The Most Out of Classroom iPads

For the first two months of school, "When are the iPads going to be handed out?" was a continual mantra from students and teachers. But finally, when we were able to tell them a day, frustration turned into anticipation. Southside High School's goal was to efficiently assign an iPad to each ninth- and tenth-grader, without seriously impacting the regular instructional day. Boy, was that off target!

Code Literacy: A 21st-Century Requirement

Ask kids what Facebook is for, and they'll tell you it's there to help them make friends. And, on the surface anyway, that's what it looks like. Of course, anyone who has poked a bit deeper or thought a bit longer about it understands that people programming Facebook aren't sitting around wondering how to foster more enduring relationships for little Johnny, Janey and their friends, but rather how to monetize their social graphs -- the trail of data the site is busy accumulating about Johnny and Janey every second of the day and night.

Thank a Student

It is the month of Thanksgiving, and everyone is getting excited about turkey and pumpkin pie. People are also considering the things they should be thankful for. Well, I think this is the perfect month for teachers to stop a student and thank him or her.

Education is a great British export industry

First class: four of the world's top six universities are in the UK

Britain's universities are world class and the launch of the new Council for the Defence of British Universities will help them remain so

Failing Public Schools: Should They Learn From Thriving Charters?

What makes a charter school succeed and how exactly can we transfer these ideas to failing public schools?
These questions are examined in Roland G. Fryer's widely talked about report, “Learning From the Successes and Failures of Charter Schools.” Fryer is the CEO of EdLabs and an economics professor at Harvard University, the report was published as part of The Hamilton Project (the Brookings Institution).

Howard Fuller: One of the Most Powerful Educators in America

Civil rights leader Kenneth Clark once said to Howard Fuller, “Did my work even make a difference?”
Like Clark, who was instrumental in the Supreme Court’s decision to desegregate schools in 1954, education advocate Howard Fuller has asked himself this same question.

Driven to distraction: How to help wired students learn to focus

A recent Pew Internet & American Life Project report surveyed 2,462 middle and high school Advanced Placement and national writing project teachers and concluded that: “Overwhelming majorities agree with the assertions that today’s digital technologies are creating an easily distracted generation with short attention spans, and today’s students are too ‘plugged in’ and need more time away from their digital technologies.”

Why allow ed-tech access? ‘We owe it to our students’

Technology can be intimidating, and even frightening—but Eric Sheninger, principal of New Jersey’s New Milford High School (NMHS), says that educators must overcome their fear of putting technology into students’ hands. Through efforts to create a paperless environment, a bring-your-own-device initiative, and the use of social media, NMHS teachers and administrators are integrating technology into all aspects of the school day—and these efforts are paying off. For these reasons and others, we’ve chosen NMHS as our “eSchool of the Month” for November/December.

College credit for open online courses gains momentum

The American Council on Education, a nonprofit organization that represents most of the nation’s college and university presidents, is preparing to weigh in on massive open online courses—MOOCs, for short—a new way of teaching and learning that has taken higher education by storm in recent months.

Beyond the Textbook: Education and Technology Are Paving the Way for Startups to Educate Our Youth

Back to school is just about over (for those of you that love buying new binders, not the Romney kind) but it's never time to stop learning and evolving. If you grew up in the era before iPads, iPods, iPhones, and laptops, you well know it's a completely different ball game now.