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Blind Pilot in Astoria Blind Pilot with cellist Sergey Antonov at the Liberty Theater in Astoria Last week, OPB’s State of Wonder took their show to Astoria, for a program highlighting the thriving creative scene on Oregon’s North Coast. On stage at the Liberty Theater, host April Baer and producer Aaron Scott spoke with some of the forces behind the Astoria Music Festival, as well as Clatsop County Commissioner Sarah Nebeker, writer Matt Love, and visual artist Darren Orange. Credits: Interview: Aaron ScottAudio recording and mixes: Graham Nystrom, Steven KrayVideography and editing: David Christensen, Sam Smith Personalized Learning: A Working Definition A group of philanthropies and school and technology advocacy groups, with contributions from educators, compiled a four-part "working definition" of the attributes of personalized learning. They also identified critical questions for K-12 officials to consider in implementing personalized learning. Related Story: What Is 'Personalized Learning'? Educators Seek Clarity Sources: Developed by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Afton Partners, the Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation, CEE Trust, the Christensen Institute for Disruptive Innovation, Charter School Growth Fund, EDUCAUSE, iNACOL, the Learning Accelerator, the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation, Silicon Schools, and educatorsDesign & Visualization: Stacey Decker Coverage of personalized learning and systems leadership in Education Week and its special reports is supported in part by the Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation.

Synchronous Sessions, Asynchronously: Blending Meetings, Learning, and Digital Literacy The borders between well-designed synchronous and asynchronous experiences are becoming increasingly indistinguishable. And that raises a fundamental question for all of us: in an onsite-online world where interactions travel rhizomatically, how do we as trainer-teacher-learners define, plan, and deliver a learning event or any other event grounded by a specific timeframe and centered around online meetings? The answer may be that as we explore ideas about digital literacy/literacies and 21st-century learning, we’re finding the word “event” becoming less and less important while the word “process” much more adequately describes life in a digital world. Unable to attend Howard Rheingold’s wonderful live #etmooc session on “Literacies of Attention, Crap Detection, Collaboration, and Network Know-How” yesterday within Blackboard Collaborate, I “participated” this morning by watching the archived version. The opportunity was irresistible. Like this: Like Loading...

What is personalized learning? When adopting technology in the classroom, one of the key concerns for educators is classroom management. Often, they believe that with devices come three options: Ban devices outright (Good luck!)Lock them downOpen your classroom up to the Wild Wild West! However, I have found that many traditional methods of classroom management readily translate to a technologically rich curriculum – with some modification. Restructure the Classroom Most of us teach in “traditionally” structured classrooms – the teacher is in front and the students sit in rows looking at the teacher. Moving away from a teacher-centered learning space and building on a student-centered learning environment is an important shift that often involves switching up your physical classroom setup. At Eanes ISD in Texas, Carl Hooker addresses the power of a flexible learning environment in his post “The Obituary of the Student Desk.” Device Cues Cell phones are a popular tool in the classroom today. Change your View of Devices

edTPA tip » Start Researching Learning Theories It is important when writing your commentaries to illustrate why you chose the teaching strategies detailed in your lesson plans. Namely, you will need to describe how your strategies impacted student learning. You should conduct some research to support your decisions. What should you research? Here are a few suggestions: Schema theoryActive engagementMemoryZone of proximal developmentSpiral CurriculumConstructivismBehaviorismThe role of languageComprehension Instruction Note: In your commentaries, make sure to be explicit when making connections between your research and your teaching strategies. Related Use Research and Theory to Inform Your Reflection You should reflect on each lesson you teach. December 30, 2014 In "Instruction" Teaching Strategies and Learning Tasks In preparing your lesson plans and commentaries, you will need to include and describe teaching strategies and learning tasks. In "Planning" Schema Theory for PE Instruction Are you teaching Physical Education?

Can Six Year Olds Really Demonstrate Their Learning? - Getting Smart by Guest Author - edchat, EdTech, eportfolios, student blogging By Kathy Cassidy This week we finished up another one of our project based learning (PBL) or inquiry-based units in my first grade classroom. It had the grand title of rules, relationships and responsibilities. Why I Let Students Take the Lead in Learning Demonstration At the end of each of our units, I have the students create an artifact that can be posted on their blog to show what each of them has learned about our topic of study. I have never been a big supporter of “tests”, especially in first grade, where the students are usually much more comfortable showing learning in a verbal way rather than a written one. Even as young as six years old, students begin to realize that they are stronger in some areas than others. Some students do like to write. For these reasons, I always let the students chose the way they present their learning. Setting Clear Expectations & Guidelines Promotes Success We also discussed what needed to be included to make a good project.

Skinny Quinoa Skillet Supper This quinoa skillet is quick and easy to prepare. Add any seasonal or leftover vegetables to this recipe easily for a weeknight dinner that’s satisfying and nutritious. Quinoa is a superfood used by ancient warriors to improve stamina and strength. It contains tons of essential nutrients including protein for lean muscle development. SkinnyMs. recently released The New Quinoa Recipe eBook featuring scrumptious dishes like Enchiladas Verde, Asian Stir-Fry, and even Apple Crumb Cake, all made with what might be the world’s most perfect food, quinoa. Skinny Quinoa Skillet Supper Yields: 4 servings | Serving size: 1 | Calories: 328 | Total Fat: 7 g | Saturated Fats: 1 g | Trans Fats: 0 g | Cholesterol: 1 mg | Sodium: 624 mg | Carbohydrates: 56 g | Dietary fiber: 11 g | Sugars: 6 g | Protein: 14 g | SmartPoints: 10 | Ingredients Directions In a large saucepan add rinsed quinoa and vegetable broth, cover and bring to a boil. Turn off heat and leave skillet on burner while the quinoa is cooking.

What is Personalized Learning? Advances in technology and personalized learning environments have created a historic opportunity to expand access and boost achievement and completion for learners across the globe. With student-centered, personalized learning, we can identify students’ unique needs and address them. Teachers possess powerful tools to personalize instruction and utilize real-time data for feedback to intervene exactly where each student needs it most. As an emerging and evolving field, it is essential to clearly define personalized learning to avoid confusion and frustration. Personalized Learning, Defined Each year, iNACOL surveys thousands of educators to inform and push our understanding of the field. “Tailoring learning for each student’s strengths, needs and interests–including enabling student voice and choice in what, how, when and where they learn–to provide flexibility and supports to ensure mastery of the highest standards possible.” Elements of Personalized Learning

NOW with Bill Moyers. For Educators. Focus on Air Quality Lesson Plan This lesson is designed for life or earth science classrooms, grades 9-12 Lesson Objectives By the end of this lesson, students will be able to: Describe air pollution, what causes it, and its effects on the carbon cycle, water cycle and nitrogen cycle. Science Content Standard A: As a result of activities in grades K-12, all students should develop abilities necessary to do scientific inquiry. The following standard is drawn from "Content Knowledge," a compilation of content standards and benchmarks for K-12 curriculum by McRel (Mid-continent Research for Education and Learning), at Standard 6: Understands relationships among organisms and their physical environment Estimated Time to Complete Lesson This is a long-term experiment. Materials Needed Backgrounder for Teachers America loves its automobiles. Assumed Student Prior Knowledge Teaching Strategy 1. 2. 3. 4. Nitrogen cycle: Acid deposition may remove nitrogen from the reach of plants.

How Long Will We Wait to Give Students Choice? – A.J. JULIANI It’s 2017. Communication is changing fast (my 7-yr old daughter and I just exchanged Snaps while I am in Chicago and she is outside of Philadelphia in different time zones, with real-time interaction). Collaboration has evolved to a point of instantaneous feedback loops (my colleague and I are on a shared Google Slide presentation changing and adding to slides for this week’s presentation in real-time, able to modify and go back to old versions if need be. We also shared this with someone who is going to be in the presentation to get their feedback on a teacher perspective.) Critical Thinking has become a necessity in order to not only solve big problems, but every day issues (we know teachers learn best from other teachers, but it is increasingly harder to get teachers into each other’s room due to sub shortages and other factors. Creativity is a part of our everyday lives. Socrates was talking about these 21st century skills over 20 centuries ago. Self Control Productivity Wisdom Perception

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