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Digital Promise - Accelerating Innovation in Education

Digital Promise - Accelerating Innovation in Education
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Grades 4-5 Student Center Activities: Language (CCSS) These activities were designed as small group activities to provide students with additional opportunities to practice skills that were previously instructed. Sometimes an activity will be appropriate for reinforcing a standard in multiple grade levels (e.g., one of the activities designed for grades 2–3 may be usable in grade 1). However, the activity may contain materials such as vocabulary or text that is above a first grade reading level. We suggest that teachers adapt the materials to suit their students’ needs (e.g., change the vocabulary to more appropriate words). Coding The standards are coded in the following manner: The first letter(s) designates the strand (e.g., L = Language). Other Resources Refer to the Center on Instruction documents for the alignment of SCAs to the CCSS. The English Language Arts Common Core State Standards can be downloaded here. Downloading the Activities Click on the title to view the activity. - Click to move back to the Top

Pearson's Virtual School Operator Opening Physical High Schools Blended Learning | News Pearson's Virtual School Operator Opening Physical High Schools By Dian Schaffhauser05/29/12 Education publishing and technology company Pearson will be opening physical versions of its virtual schools in five cities starting in August 2012. Connections Education, a business Pearson acquired in September 2011, has announced plans to create Nexus Academy charter schools in three cities in Ohio and two cities in Michigan, catering to grades 9 through 12. Up to now, Connections Ed has focused on providing virtual school options for traditional school districts and other education entities. The new schools will be tuition-free and open enrollment public high schools, limited to serving between 250 and 300 students. The focus will be on college preparation. Curriculum will come from Pearson as well as McGraw-Hill, the companies said in a statement. Each school will have a school board and will be authorized through charter school organizations in each state.

Educational Leadership:Technology-Rich Learning:Our Brains Extended Technology is. A New Way of Thinking The fact that many adults would dispute this statement illustrates how few understand the extent to which the world has changed in our kids' lifetimes, and the role technology now plays. Let me clarify: Technology isn't about new "stuff." Technology, rather, is an extension of our brains; it's a new way of thinking. Humans have always depended on external mind enhancements (writing, for example). So when young people say, "When I lose my cell phone, I lose half my brain," they mean it literally. Rethinking the Curriculum Wise integration of our evolving and powerful technology demands that we rethink our curriculum. In these digital times, is it still worthwhile to teach students how to write by hand, calculate in their heads, read, and define words and concepts—that is, most of the elementary school curriculum? Technology-Enhanced Learning As a powerful learning tool, technology enhances our capabilities in all domains. Test Prep Database Usage Endnote

Connected Educators | Strengthening connected online communities of practice in education Why It's Time To Start BYOD In Your School I remember fondly, my time as a young and plucky probationary teacher. Exploring the realities of classroom practice and experimenting with new pedagogy. I recall quite clearly the time when my first classroom was equipped with a single desktop computer. The Gradual Shift Yet, one could argue that somewhere on this journey, my pedagogy has lost focus and that there remains disconnect between my ambition for interactive learning through technology and the realities of my practice. Let’s explore this concept… From the teacher perspective, the learning environment could be seen as technology-rich, including the integration of teaching aides; an arsenal of technology placed at the teacher’s disposal. The flipped perspective, from the student’s point of view can be very different. Why BYOD? Given the high costs of technology at a time of economic challenge, it is unlikely that every classroom or lecture theatre be equipped with a plethora of mobile devices. Next Generation Of Learning

Grades 2-3 Student Center Activities: Language (CCSS) These activities were designed as small group activities to provide students with additional opportunities to practice skills that were previously instructed. Sometimes an activity will be appropriate for reinforcing a standard in multiple grade levels (e.g., one of the activities designed for grades 2–3 may be usable in grade 1). However, the activity may contain materials such as vocabulary or text that is above a first grade reading level. We suggest that teachers adapt the materials to suit their students’ needs (e.g., change the vocabulary to more appropriate words). These activities are designated in the table by an asterisk (*). Coding The standards are coded in the following manner: The first letter(s) designates the strand (e.g., L = Language). Other Resources Refer to the Center on Instruction documents for the alignment of SCAs to the CCSS. The English Language Arts Common Core State Standards can be downloaded here. - Click to move back to the Top

Grad Engineering Programs Probe Intersection of Science, Art When engineers seek solutions to a problem—such as how to build a bridge to traverse a river—they tend to draw upon designs that have worked in the past. It takes an artist to provide a "more creative approach," says Christie Lin, a graduate engineering student at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. By collaborating, engineers and artists can push the limits of what is already known about their respective fields, explains Lin, who studies nuclear engineering at MIT, where she is also part of the Art Scholars group. Margaret Duff, a doctoral student at Arizona State University's Fulton School of Engineering, agrees with Lin. "Engineers tend to make very small, incremental improvements on things that have already been done, and they don't really allow their creativity to take full force," she says. Both Lin's and Duff's schools are part of what some are calling a new movement in engineering schools toward the interdisciplinary study of science and art. [Learn about design M.B.A.'

Maslow and Motherboards: Technology Planning Maslow and Motherboards: Taking a Hierarchical View of Technology PlanningMultiMedia Schools, Jan/Feb 2003 Ever hear these? I just can’t get the teachers excited about using technology as a part of their instructional units. They say the stuff never works at the critical time.Those technicians! Such questions often stem from a lack of having a holistic view of technology use in schools. When I came into my job as technology “supervisor” in the Mankato Public Schools in 1991, my department and I focused almost exclusively on the teaching and learning applications for our few Apple IIs in the district. But over the past 12 years, our department and district have spent an increasingly higher percentage of our technology dollars on infrastructure, management software, online content, and tools for the teachers themselves. Maslow and motherboards Most of us remember Maslow from our college education foundations classes back in the last century. Schools are also businesses.

Startup America - DC-to-VC for Learning Technologies National Education Startup Challenge Click here to see a one-page fact sheet for the National Education Startup Challenge. It's an invitation for students to develop an innovative solution to an education problem and design a blueprint for a new company or non-profit organization—a startup—to deliver it. The competition deadline is May 1, 2012. Dept. of Education and Dept. of Labor Advance Entrepreneurship On Thursday, December 8, 2011, the Department of Education and the Department of Labor announced a number of initiatives to advance entrepreneurship, including youth entrepreneurship. DC-to-VC for Learning Technologies Learning is transitioning from the traditional print-based classroom experience to incorporating a digital learning environment inside and outside the classroom, where new platforms, customized learning, and multimedia content promise to dramatically improve teaching and learning.

40 Ways Education Technology Will Be Used In The Future Do you know what technology you’ll be using in the classroom 5 years from now? What about 10 years from now? A new visualization may be able to help. Thanks to the hard work by Envisioning Tech , it’s simple to see what we could expect to happen in the next few decades. Better still, the visualization below is categorized into color-coded topics. Want to post this up in the teacher’s lounge or on your desk?

Grades K-1 Student Center Activities: Language (CCSS) These activities were designed as small group activities to provide students with additional opportunities to practice skills that were previously instructed. Sometimes an activity will be appropriate for reinforcing a standard in multiple grade levels (e.g., one of the activities designed for grades 2–3 may be usable in grade 1). However, the activity may contain materials such as vocabulary or text that is above a first grade reading level. We suggest that teachers adapt the materials to suit their students’ needs (e.g., change the vocabulary to more appropriate words). Coding The standards are coded in the following manner: The first letter(s) designates the strand (e.g., L = Language). Other Resources Refer to the Center on Instruction documents for the alignment of SCAs to the CCSS. The English Language Arts Common Core State Standards can be downloaded here. Downloading the Activities Click on the title to view the activity. - Click to move back to the Top

BadgeStack BadgeOS™ is a powerful free plugin to WordPress that lets you easily create achievements and issue sharable badges as your users succeed. Activate the free BadgeStack extension to instantly create Levels, Quests and Badge Achievement Types — and start badging! Each BadgeOS site can be customized to your goals, community, visual identity, and the right mix of social and self-directed activity. You define the achievement requirements and choose the assessment options. As members progress, they earn digital badges they can share anywhere, from Facebook, LinkedIn, or Twitter, to their own blog, or resume. Ready to Build? Get it Now Want to Know More? Dive Deeper Need Expert Help? Reach Out Many organizations are using BadgeOS to enable achievement recognition and community engagement.

Using Google Earth to Explore Plate Tectonics This page is authored by Laurel Goodell, Department of Geosciences, Princeton University. Author Profile Summary Students are introduced to Google Earth, and then start by exploring the major physiographic features of the continents and seafloor. They then use a kmz file, compiled by the author, which includes layers showing seafloor age, locations and depths of 20 years worth of large earthquakes, USGS dynamically updated near-real time earthquakes, volcano locations, "hot-spot" tracks with age dates, and the Bird (2003) plate boundary model. Learning Goals Students learn how to use Google Earth and become familiar with the some of the important data on which the theory of plate tectonics is based, and how long-term average plate motions are determined. Context for Use This exercise is adaptable for all level of students, from introductory level students to more-advanced students wanting a crash course in plate tectonics. Description and Teaching Materials Data source: Muller, R. Assessment

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