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The Standards and creativity – compatible. Why do people insist on viewing the Standards as inconsistent with teacher creativity and choice?

The Standards and creativity – compatible

I am baffled by such uncreative thinking. That’s like saying the architect cannot be creative because every house has to meet building code. Indeed, the whole point of mandating standards as opposed to curriculum is to free people up to create innovative curriculum that addresses the standards. You’re an architect: your clients are students. Your job is to develop client-friendly learning that also meets code. Here is an obvious illustration of our failure to think imaginatively now. More importantly, many of these cool courses met the English requirement.

There is NOTHING in the Common Core ELA Standards that prohibits you and your colleagues from inventing a similar system of choices. When I hear everyone endlessly whining about what harm the Standards are doing to creative teaching it has the opposite effect on me that you intend. From Kant’s essay “What is Enlightenment?” Sapere aude! Common Curriculum. Common Core Standards Charlotte Danielson.

By Cameron Pipkin Anthony Rebora at Education Week just published a great interview with teaching framework guru Charlotte Danielson, where they discussed the Common Core Standards—their implications in the day-to-day classroom and what good Common Core teaching will look like.

Common Core Standards Charlotte Danielson

This is definitely worth a read: "Charlotte Danielson, a former teacher and school administrator with degrees from Cornell and Oxford Universities, is one of the most recognized authorities on teaching practice in the United States. A popular speaker and trainer, she is best known as the creator of the "Framework for Teaching," a 115-page set of components for effective pedagogy that is used in many states and districts to inform teacher evaluation and professional development. Danielson recently released a new edition of her Framework for 2013, with updates designed to reflect the Common Core State Standards.

When you walk into a classroom, will good teaching look different under the common core? Not much. MyOER.org - Home. NAEP - Nation's Report Card Home. Research Center: Technology in Education. Published: September 1, 2011 The rapid and constant pace of change in technology is creating both opportunities and challenges for schools.

Research Center: Technology in Education

The opportunities include greater access to rich, multimedia content, the increasing use of online coursetaking to offer classes not otherwise available, the widespread availability of mobile computing devices that can access the Internet, the expanding role of social networking tools for learning and professional development, and the growing interest in the power of digital games for more personalized learning. At the same time, the pace of change creates significant challenges for schools. To begin with, schools are forever playing technological catch up as digital innovations emerge that require upgrading schools’ technological infrastructure and building new professional development programs.

The rapid evolution of educational technologies also makes it increasingly challenging to determine what works best. Technology Infrastructure Research. U.S. Department of Education Study Finds that Good Teaching can be Enhanced with New Technology. Providing further evidence of the tremendous opportunity to use technology to improve teaching and learning, the U.S.

U.S. Department of Education Study Finds that Good Teaching can be Enhanced with New Technology

Department of Education today released an analysis of controlled studies comparing online and face-to-face instruction. A systematic search of the research literature from 1996 through July 2008 identified over 1,000 empirical studies of online learning. Of these, 46 met the high bar for quality that was required for the studies to be included in the analysis. The meta analysis showed that “blended” instruction – combining elements of online and face-to-face instruction – had a larger advantage relative to purely face to face instruction or instruction conducted wholly online.

The analysis also showed that the instruction conducted wholly on line was more effective in improving student achievement than the purely face to face instruction. Few rigorous research studies have been published on the effectiveness of online learning for K-12 students. Top. - Top 10 Sites for Creating a Chart or Graph. Charts and graphs are effective tools to convey information in a simple and visual way.

- Top 10 Sites for Creating a Chart or Graph

They're also a great way to track trends and help explain complex datasets. Following are my top favorite sites for creating a chart or graph. Rich Chart Live - An excellent site for created animated flash based charts that can be embedded into a site. Also, a user has the ability to add links to a chart. iCharts - A wonderful site/network for creating charts that you can embed into a site. Also, a user can share charts on social networking sites and browse/save other iCharts from the web. Bonus - Useful Charts - While not a chart creation tool, this site has some of the best-looking charts for every subject. David Kapuler is an educational consultant with more than 10 years of experience working in the K-12 environment. Studyladder, online english literacy & mathematics. Kids activity games, worksheets and lesson plans. 10 Tech Skills Every Student Should Have.

Earlier this month, I wrote "10 Important Skills Students Need for the Future.

10 Tech Skills Every Student Should Have

" After reading a few articles about specific tech skills, I thought I write what I think are the 10 Important Tech Skills Students Need. 1. Internet Search - students need to know how to do a proper internet search, using search terms and modifiers. This skill is needed for school, work and life in general.Tips on Better Searches (from Google)Infographic on Better SearchesCommon Craft Video on Web Search Strategies 2. 3. Free Tech Tips and HelpTechEase - technology tipsOnline Tech Tips - hardware, software, and moreTech Support help 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. What do you think are the top tech skills students need to know? As "MisterS" pointed out in the comments, I'm missing an important one: 11. - Apps for Common Core Math Standards, Grades 6-8. 0 Comments December 1, 2011 By: Vicki Windman Dec 1 Written by: 12/1/2011 4:05 AM ShareThis The sixth grade standard includes five components: Ratios and Proportional Relationships - Understand ratio concepts and use ratio reasoning to solve problems.The Number System - Extend previous understanding of fractions including multiplying and dividing fractions, compute fluently with multi-digit numbers and find common factors and multiples. 6th Grade Math Testing Prep $2.99; Teacher upgrade $4.99 - This app covers all of the core standards, allowing students to move at their own pace with quizzes to evaluate student understanding.

- Apps for Common Core Math Standards, Grades 6-8

Algebra Touch $2.99 - Current material covers: Simplification, Like Terms, Commutativity, Order of Operations, Factorization, Prime Numbers, Elimination, Isolation, Variables, Basic Equations, Distribution, Factoring Out, Substitution, and 'More Advanced' mode. Greatest Common Factor $.99 - Calculates the GCF or LCM of two numbers. NETS for Teachers. NETS for Students. Home.