At a dinner tonight with a friend the conversation turned to Twitter . He just didn’t get it, and he’s certainly not the first person to tell me that. Specifically, my friend didn’t understand the massive valuation ($250 million or more) that Twitter won in its recent funding . I told him why I thought it was more than justified: Twitter is, more than anything, a search engine .
Curriculum 6/4/2009 By: Twitter can feel like a strange new landscape when you first jump in. It is not always clear what its professional uses are, or what to post in 140 characters or less. But when you start to think of Twitter as a micro-blog (and not just a forum for the personal minutiae of people’s daily lives), you will find that Twitter can be a valuable tool for professional development. Here are 25 ways that teachers can use Twitter to ask for help, get lesson plan ideas, book and professional resource recommendations, connect with other professionals, and even host an online book club.
ISSUE: An increasing number of educators are calling for high standards and challenging learning activities for at-risk students. New technologies can provide meaningful learning experiences for all children, especially those at risk of educational failure. Schools that capitalize on the relationship between technology and education reform will help students to develop higher order skills and to function effectively in the world beyond the classroom. Achieving such fundamental change, however, requires a transformation of not only the underlying pedagogy (basic assumptions about the teaching and learning process) but also the kinds of technology applications typically used in classrooms serving at-risk students. OVERVIEW: The vision of classrooms structured around student involvement in challenging, long-term projects and focused on meaningful, engaged learning is important for all students.
Differentiation of Instruction in the Elementary Grades. ERIC Digest. by Tomlinson, Carol Ann In most elementary classrooms, some students struggle with learning, others perform well beyond grade-level expectations, and the rest fit somewhere in between. Within each of these categories of students, individuals also learn in a variety of ways and have different interests.
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Before delving into the world of CL it would be most appropriate to look first at what some of the experts on CL learning have said. Their research and writing has formed the theoretical and practical basis for a variety of CL paradigms used today. Many of the issues dealt with by these CL theorists and practitioners are still with us today. The adoption of CL as a favored teaching paradigm is a slow process and will require substantial commitments from policy makers, administrators and faculty. You will see this as we start our review by quoting the father of modern education, John Dewey, who over 80 years ago alerted us to the difficulties inherent with establishing this educational paradigm. Other authors quoted in this section are Kenneth Bruffee, David and Roger Johnson, Robert Slavin,