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SCIENCE - FREE Presentations in PowerPoint format, Free Interactives & Games for Kids. Making Writing about Fiction “Authentic” Can writing about what they read be an “authentic” experience for students in today’s public schools? I believe it can be, but it’s far from common, given the mandated reading and writing curriculum frameworks in New Hampshire and, I’m sure, many other states. A lot must change in education for literacy learning to be truly authentic. Right now, it’s difficult for me to create frequent opportunities for my students to read and write with true purpose. When I force my students to “do” all that the curriculum commands, I stifle their enjoyment of literacy.

I want to help kids improve as readers and writers and find pleasure in doing so. Not only do I think students should choose the material they read at school and home, they should also read like writers and learn how to write well about self-selected topics and in their favorite genres. In fact, I believe that all significant pieces of writing should be written for an actual audience.

Blogging can help deepen thinking About the author. 6 Reasons Why You Should Have Fun in Your Classroo. The official blog of PikiFriends. Running a blog with your students is about as far from a traditional teaching method as you can get, and chances are nobody taught you how to do it. That’s why teachers who blog with students are usually those nonconformists types, radicals, free spirits, taking paths less traveled…well, not so much anymore.

It’s actually become quite popular, but it certainly hasn’t hit mainstream levels, partly because it’s not as simple as using a chalkboard and textbook. It doesn’t have to be so hard. After several years of blogging with students (mostly using PikiFriends), I’ve come up with a successful method which I hope others will find helpful. What you do before you start blogging is arguably the most important time of all. 1) Choose an appropriate blogging platform for your situation. 2) Understand why and how you’ll use it in your class. 3) Understand the features you and your students will need to use. 4) Set up your student accounts. 5) Clear all of this with your boss and the tech guy.

40 Alternative Assessments for Learning. 40 Alternative Assessments for Learning By Charity Preston closeAuthor: Charity Preston Name: Charity PrestonSite: Charity L. Preston, MA is an author, teacher, and parent. Most importantly, she is an educator in all roles. The ability to teach someone something new is a gift that few truly appreciate. Many teachers shy away from alternative assessments because they take extra time and effort to create and to grade.

When people think of assessment, pencils and bubble sheets may be the first things that come to mind. In the end, all we really want to know is that the skill was mastered, right? Many teachers shy away from alternative assessments because they take extra time and effort to create and to grade. The project card and rubric can be run on card stock (one on each side of the page), laminated, and hole punched with other alternative assessment ideas. Here are 40 alternative assessment ideas to get you started! 1. 2. 3 Ways To Make Your Own Textbooks. Ahead of tomorrow’s announcement from Apple, other companies are throwing their hats in the DIY textbook ring. These companies are hoping to get you, the teacher, writing your own textbook or at least contributing up-to-the-minute facts so no textbook is ever out of date again. I remember in middle school (the late 1980s) when we used history textbooks from the mid-1970s.

It’s hard to even imagine all the historical information that was left out of these books due to being about a decade out of date. All that’s about to change though. AcademicPub’s White Label Platform AcademicPub has just announced a new way for any academic publishers to create their own textbook. Caroline Vanderlip, CEO of AcademicPub parent, SharedBook Inc, shared the news that they were now signing up organizations (and school systems, I assume) to join their white-label publishing platform.

Caroline Vanderlip, CEO of AcademicPub parent, SharedBook Inc, elaborated on the impetus for creating such a platform: Ten Sites Supporting Digital Classroom Collaboration In Project Based Learning. Welcome to the second in a series of PBL Mania Posts. For the next few weeks I am celebrating Project Based Learning by hosting a webinar at Edtech Leaders Online and giving a PBL session at the NICE Conference in Chicago. In this post I will introduce you to some outstanding collaboration tools found on the web that can be used in the PBL classroom.

Before reading please take a moment to subscribe to this 21centuryedtech Blog by email or RSS and also give me a follow on Twitter at mjgormans. You will not want to miss this series or future posts involving STEM, Flipping the Classroom, Technology Integration, Common Core, and 21st Century Skills, So Sign Up Now! First Some Notes For PD This Week 1. 2. 10 Sites Supporting Digital Classroom Collaboration in PBL This PBL Mania post will explore some of those collaborative Web 2.0 tools that can enhance the PBL experience. Titan Pad – Great way for quick collaboration and sharing a document.

Google Docs – Not much needs to be said. Like this: How Video Chat Is Creating a Global Classroom. The Global Innovation Series is supported by BMW i, a new concept dedicated to providing mobility solutions for the urban environment. It delivers more than purpose-built electric vehicles — it delivers smart mobility services. Visit bmw-i.com or follow @BMWi on Twitter. Tasked with teaching an elementary school class stories, customs, holidays, foods and popular culture of many different places, student-teacher Maggie Holmes hopes to squeeze in some firsthand accounts. She's asked teachers of global elementary schools to set up an exchange with her class.

Until recently, connecting students with those living elsewhere would have likely been more headache than it was worth. But as more teachers look to the Internet to make such global connections, it's become a matter of posting a short blog post in the right place. The network is designed to connect teachers for cross-classroom projects. Beyond Videoconferencing Skype didn't come up with the idea to connect teachers through video chat. Culture & Global Issues Reflection Writing | One World Education, Inc.

OWEd in Action Featured In ShareThis Copy and Paste. 10 Multisensory Lesson Ideas. 12 videos to spark educators' thinking | Scott McLeod. If you’re like me, you have trouble keeping up with all of the great videos that are out there. I love it when others help me separate the wheat from the chaff. For my column this month for the School Administrators of Iowa newsletter, I listed a dozen videos that I thought would help spark educators’ thinking about the changes that are occurring around us. None of these are videos that we already have used in the technology leadership training that we’ve done statewide for principals and superintendents. School leaders and/or educator preparation programs could show these videos to practicing or preservice administrators and teachers, school boards, or community members to maintain a heightened sense of urgency for change.

I usually recommend to administrators that, every time they’re face-to-face with a group, they show a video or share something they recently read or learned. They also could, for example, assign one of these videos as ‘homework’ ahead of a meeting. Happy viewing! Lesson Planning Workshop. This month's topic Teaching Teachers Thanks to widely available technology, near-nationwide adoption of the Common Core State Standards and a push for more critical thinking and less rote learning in the classroom, the roles of teachers and students are changing. Find out how in our special report.Explore Topic » View All Special Reports » Quote of the Day Every action of your life touches on some chord that will vibrate in eternity.Edwin Hubbel Chapin.

Five Components of an Effective Lesson. Year 9 Maths Practice. Word problems: mixed review (Year 9 maths practice) 9781741146738. Middle Years of School. Middle Years of Schooling is generally accepted as covering Years 5 to 8 in schools though this can vary slightly. These are the last years of Primary and the first years of Secondary Education.

It is also a period when student’s lives undergo significant physical, emotional and even mental changes. Many believe that developing and implementing specific programs and/or settings addressing these issues will benefit students and their achievement. While there is variable interest in other areas of the world regarding both research and implementation, this remains patchy in the Australian setting. This page covers procedures and programs, where they exist, in each state & territory, research, policies, international groups, journals and further information. States & Territories Australian Capital Territory Introduction to the FrameworkThe section covering Early Adolescence [which covers the Middle Years] can be found here.

New South Wales Northern Territory Queensland South Australia Tasmania. MYSA - Publications - MYSA Position Paper. Www.mysa.org.au. Home Mount Alvernia College » Mount Alvernia College :: Educating young women in the Franciscan tradition. National_Declaration_on_the_Educational_Goals_for_Young_Australians. MYSA - home.