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How Digitial Portfolios Document and Motivate Learning « Just Start for Kids and Schools. By Allison Zmuda Recently, I did an interview with Tony Wagner where he extolled the power of digital portfolios to document meaningful accomplishments both inside and outside of school. I wanted to explore more deeply into digital portfolios through someone that has created one of the best platforms out there — David Niguidula. Niguidula led the original research on digital portfolios while managing the technology group at the Coalition of Essential Schools and Annenberg Institute for School Reform at Brown University.

The lesson you never got taught in school: How to learn! A paper published in Psychological Science in the Public Interest evaluated ten techniques for improving learning, ranging from mnemonics to highlighting and came to some surprising conclusions.

The lesson you never got taught in school: How to learn!

The report is quite a heavy document so I’ve summarised the techniques below based on the conclusions of the report regarding effectiveness of each technique. A Compleat Guide to the Corporate Reform Movement. Leonie Haimson, who leads Class Size Matters in New York City and was a co-founder of Parents Across America, has worked with other parents and with educators to compile a comprehensive list of corporate reform organizations and to identify the lingo of the reformers.

A Compleat Guide to the Corporate Reform Movement

She asks your help in reviewing the list and letting her know about errors and omissions. Review the list of organizations and definitions. A Teacher's Perspective On Pinterest. Having heard so much hype surrounding Pinterest , I decided to check it out and in particular look at how much value it has for educators.

A Teacher's Perspective On Pinterest

Could it perhaps tie in to the work students do using creative software and technologies? For those who aren’t familiar with Pinterest, it is essentially a virtual pin board, where users can pin any visual or audio link from the internet; so anything from photographs and product images to video clips and articles can be captured in one place.

It’s been around since 2008, but has really taken the social media world by storm over the past 12 months. Mimi Ito: Connected Learning: An Agenda for Social Change. A teenager who developed her creative writing skills, in large part by interacting with peers on the Internet, and who was eventually offered admissions to selective colleges on the basis of her strong writing samples.

Mimi Ito: Connected Learning: An Agenda for Social Change

A young man who learned how to make a living as a professional web comics artist by connecting with knowledge and communities of artists on the Internet. A public school in Chicago experimenting with a two-week period each term where students work on complex and collaborative projects where they need to define roles, problem solve together, and share their work with a broader community. All of these are examples of what my colleagues and I have been calling "connected learning" -- learning that is highly social, interest-driven, and oriented toward educational, economic, or civic opportunity. What Students Want From Their Teachers. So over the course of several lunch periods, I went from table-to-table, asking, “What qualities do you look for in the best teachers?

What Students Want From Their Teachers

The best teachers (blank)…” While my methodology will cause my college statistics professor to cringe, the students were remarkably honest. I interviewed about 200 students and fewer than 5 answered “no work” or “allows us to sleep in class.” The answers reaffirmed that students really do want to learn and be challenged. Not surprisingly, the answers didn’t differ much from Angela’s list either. To the best of my abilities I grouped the answers together and they are listed by frequency of response.

We want teachers who make class engaging, interesting, captivating and fun. This was the run-away winner with more than the next three responses combined. Students used words like variety, creative, hands on, participation, fun, and real to describe the best lessons. I want the subject to connect to my life. Suspension, Expulsion Data Cast Harsh Light on Some Schools. Published Online: January 4, 2013 Published in Print: January 10, 2013, as Suspension, Expulsion Data Cast Some in Harsh Light An Education Week analysis of data collected by the U.S.

Department of Education illustrates the wide variation in how schools use out-of-school suspension and expulsion to discipline students. It also calls into question the validity of the data for some schools. Edunators - Helping Teachers Overcome Obstacles and Focus on Learning - The Importance of Reflection in Education. Details Written by Mark Clements If I touch a hot stove and burn my hand, I immediately learn that touching a hot stove results in a burned hand.

Edunators - Helping Teachers Overcome Obstacles and Focus on Learning - The Importance of Reflection in Education

My brain makes the connection almost simultaneously. There’s little need for reflection because the “hot stove=burn” connection is one that my mind makes almost immediately. Similarly, suppose I’m driving in bad weather and going WAY TOO FAST for the conditions. Academic learning however is seldom that obvious. Let’s pretend I’m a fourth grade student, distracted by everything from cafeteria food to the playground outside my classroom window. Tech Tips: Common Core Resources. A 6th grader weighs the pluses and minuses of a longer school day - Opinion. We Need Teachers, Not Facilitators! I recently heard that a conference speaker told his audience, “We need fewer teachers and more facilitators.”

We Need Teachers, Not Facilitators!

My first reaction was, “1986 called and would like its keynote back.” My second thought was that the speaker is dead wrong! The use of terms like “facilitator” always makes me queasy. The desire to rebrand teaching as facilitation results more from the low self-esteem of educators than either public opinion or a serious commitment to pedagogical progress.

Regardless of the speaker’s intent, “teacher as facilitator” is a cliché that makes teaching sound more mechanistic and impersonal, not more. If one truly wants to improve the educational experience of children, then we need more teachers and fewer facilitators. A popular parlor game among educators is debating the precise moment when “education went bad.” In my humble opinion, classrooms became less productive contexts for learning when teacher education became more concerned with training facilitators than creating teachers. 5 Components to a Quality Education. Will Richardson asks the question Why School?

5 Components to a Quality Education

In his new book and Seth Godin also asks in this video what is school for? What Does a Whole Child-Centered School Look Like? Many schools have a vision for providing a whole child education—one that nurtures a student’s academic, emotional, and physical needs and prepares them for the real world.

What Does a Whole Child-Centered School Look Like?

Given the narrow focus on academic achievement and test scores in today’s education climate, few campuses are actually able to make that vision a reality. For the past three years, ASCD, the international education leadership association, has identified schools that are proving to be models of whole child education and recognized their accomplishments through their annual Whole Child Award. This year’s winner, Byrne Creek Secondary School, a 7-year-old, 1,250-student high school located in the Vancouver area, enables students and families to learn and connect in a culturally rich environment. "There’s very clearly a feel within the school that students don’t need to abandon their culture" in order to succeed, says Rawnsley. The design of the building also helps create a sense of the community.

21st Century Educator. People learn through a process much like scientists do, discovering the world through observation. They either consciously or unconsciously hypothesize about how the world should work, collect data, compare the data they have collected to see if it fits in their theory, and then revise their theory if they feel enough evidence has been found. In this way, people construct an understanding of the world around them using what they know as a framework for understanding. Reflection and Evaluation. I truly believe that in order to grow as professionals we need to be continually reflecting on and evaluating our teaching.

Reflection and Evaluation

By reflecting and evaluating we can think about any possible changes we could make to the lesson or unit to improve the learning for our students and ultimately be the best teachers that we can be. Think about your programs. Do you have space dedicated to evaluation? What If the Highest-Paid People at School Were... the Teachers? Barnett Berry shows a picture of himself from 1979 to a group of Arkansas teachers. The educators laugh at the young, bright-eyed teacher, who is now president of the Center for Teacher Equality. Deborah Bishop, Mississippi Teacher, Uses Thousands In Game Show Winnings To Treat Students, Create Scholarships. A Mississippi teacher is the star of the show at West Harrison High School in Harrison County.

Spanish teacher Deborah Bishop treated her 20 Spanish Honor Society students to a night on the town Wednesday -- dinner at a fancy New Orleans restaurant, limousine pick-up and tickets to the opera, all while dropping off toy donations at the Children's Hospital on the way. The night was a pricey excursion, costing Bishop $3,000 out of pocket, but was all made possible by a $23,500 prize she won in September on TV game show "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?

" "I told [show host] Meredith Vieira with tears in my eyes that I wanted to bring my Spanish Honor Society to the opera," Bishop told WLOX. Indiana's new Superintendent is a teacher. Account Suspended. Jeff Johnson and Teacher Workload in Alberta. Alberta's Education Minister Jeff Johnson knows that he has to address Alberta teachers' workload, however, he opposes placing hard caps on work hours. Algebra 1 - Common Core Resources. Internet Catalogue. 1. Internet Catalogue. McGraw-Hill exec: tech will make us rethink age-grouping in schools. Online platforms like Khan Academy are already starting to flip classrooms across the country so that students can learn at their own pace. High school girl spanked by male vice principal for cheating.

Recognize The Big Rocks. Professionals Don't Use Marks to Motivate. A world where grades don't exist and learning is free. Clairepontefract. 50 Shades of Mobile. Setting a Collaborative Foundation. The Flipped Faculty Meeting - Finding Common Ground. Finding the Genius in Every Child. Five Reasons I don't Assign Homework - South Euclid, OH. Ten Reasons to Be a Connected Educator. Activity 6: Helping parents and students connect with your class blog. Who Makes the Rules in a Classroom? Seven Ideas About Rule-making - Teacher in a Strange Land. Six Big Ideas for Educational Technology Leaders. Web 2.0 for the Under 13s crowd. 25+ Favorite Quotes for Educators. What’s the big deal about Blogging. What's So Unique About Teaching Middle Schoolers?

40 Ways Education Technology Will Be Used In The Future. Standardization Will Destroy Our Education System, If It Hasn't Already. Teachers union to urge focus on teaching, learning. Learning with Images: 20+ Tips & Resources. Inspirational Kids. Top 100 Tools for the Twittering Teacher. Laura Candler (lauracandler) on Pinterest. 5 Thoughts on Maximizing Student Voice. My top 20 tweets from ASCD's summer conference. Entertainment - Emily Temple - 10 Important Life Lessons From Children's Books. 15 Free Tools for Collecting, Storing, and Sharing Files.

Building Partnerships with Schools in Developing Countries – June #globalclassroom Chats. Classroom Solutions & Top Teaching Ideas - Scholastic Teacher Blogs. Everybody loves meetings! A Designer Speaks. MY FLIPPED CLASSROOM By Crystal Kirch On Prezi.

Pair-a-dimes for Your Thoughts. 100 Best YouTube Videos for Science Teachers. Drop the Worry Ball author urges helicopter parents to get out of the way and let their children grow up. The(Un)Connected Classroom: When Will Education Catch-up with Technology? Matching Teaching with How Students Learn. We teach life… < Blogush. Integrating Technology: My Journey  - My Blog. 5 under-watched TEDxEDU videos. Supporting Students in a #Flipclass « Educator.

39 Sites For Using iPads in the Classroom. Class Blog Map. Start With Your Superstars. Edu-pinning: Pinterest in Education « ErHead. Reflecting on my goals with staff. What do you want to talk about during this week's (2/7) #edchat? Top 10 Technology Blogs for Education.