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Writing Measurable Learning Objectives When you begin creating a course, you want to design with the end in mind. The best way to approach this is to start by writing measurable, learning objectives. Effective learning objectives use action verbs to describe what you want your students to be able to do by the end of the course or unit. Aligning assessments with course expectations is much easier when you have written measurable objectives from the beginning. Identify the noun, or thing you want students to learn. Here are some examples of learning objectives we’ve seen and how we revised them: Course level outcome examples Original version: Understand the American criminal justice system.Revised version: Describe the history of the American criminal justice system. Understand is not a measurable verb, however the intent of the instructor was to have the students be able to describe, which is measurable. Unit level examples Understand is not a measurable verb, and it was too broad for a unit level objective.

Common Core and Technology Integration - Cristin Kennedy Here is a resource page of Common Core links that I find useful: (come back regularly... updated frequently) CCSD Common Core Resource Page Common Core - Digital Resources Resources for Common Core - ELA Exemplars Online - iLearn Technology Blog : Inspiration Software - Common Core Alignment - Awesome organizational/productivity software for students, teachers, and administrators. Common Core Toolkit Note: Search for SMART Notebooks using the Common Core search feature on SMART Exchange. Online Resources: Checklist and Rubric Information LearnZillion is a learning platform that combines video lessons, assessments, and progress reporting. ScootPad is the ultimate way to master math and reading skills.

All Kinds of Families : Children's Poet Laureate : Video Children’s Poet Laureate Presents: All Kinds of Families With rollicking rhythm and rhyme, Children’s Poet Laureate Mary Ann Hoberman gives young readers a sense of belonging in this all-inclusive celebration of families. 6:50 Children's Poet Laureate The Children's Poet Laureate Presents series features Mary Ann Hoberman, children's poet laureate, reading from her own work, as well as from favorite collections of classic children's poetry.

10 Emerging Education and Instructional Technologies that all Educators Should Know About (2012) Naturally, as author of EmergingEdTech, I’m always keeping an eye out for education and instructional technologies that are emerging from the seemingly endless array of tools and concepts that are out there – which applications and ideas are rising to the fore and best positioned to enhance engagement and impact learning? This year I’ve also been working with constituents at The College of Westchester to develop a Strategic Technology Plan for the next 3 years, so it’s never been more important for me to be aware of those impactful education technologies and concepts that are on the horizon or are already in use and pulling ahead of the pack. Since this listing is more pointedly focused on emerging technologies and looking out over the next few years than the list I published at this time last year, it should not come as a surprise that there are a lot of new entries here (edging out six technologies that remain prevalent and potent, but are more ‘established’ than ’emerging’).

11 Tech Tools to Teach the Common Core Standards *ISTE Workshop: Transitioning to the Common Core with Google Apps – Join me! The Common Core State Standards initiative was state led and coordinated by the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices and the Council of Chief State School Officers to create benchmarks for learning from kindergarten through grade 12. The standards themselves “were developed in collaboration with teachers, school administrators, and experts” and are divided into two separate sets of standards: English language arts and math. The English language arts standards also include history, science and technical studies. The Common Core State Standards seeks to develop students who: - Demonstrate independence - Evaluate complex texts - Possess strong content knowledge - Communicate effectively - Comprehend and critique - Locate and use evidence effectively - Feel confident solving real world problems - Understand other perspectives and cultures - Apply their existing knowledge to new situations 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

Bee-Bot Bee-Bot is an exciting new robot designed for use by young children. This colorful, easy-to-operate, and friendly little robot is a perfect tool for teaching sequencing, estimation, problem-solving, and just having fun! Bee-Bots are now rechargeable! The latest model Bee-Bot, which Terrapin has in stock, contains a built-in long-lasting lithium battery that is rechargeable via a USB port using either a computer USB connection or direct USB charger. Sturdy construction and colorful design entice children to put Bee-Bot through its paces. Bee-Bot moves in 6” steps and 90º turns. Bee-Bot is powered by a built-in rechargeable battery. Terrapin carries a full line of Bee-Bot materials that enhance teaching and learning with Bee-Bot in the classroom. Terrapin also offers bundles that combine Bee-Bots and related products to make it easy and economical for schools to bring these exciting new products into their classrooms. Download the Bee-Bot product sheet! Interested in multiple Bee-Bots?

9780545087421.pdf How Common Core Standards Mesh With Education Technology If you’re a teacher in the US, you’ve surely heard of the Common Core Standards, the national academic standards for K-12 schools. While there’s always a lot of mumbling and grumbling when it comes to anyone mandating what should be taught and how to get there, the Common Core Standards have been adopted by 45 of the states, so they’re not exactly something that can be easily ignored. So how do all of the newer, innovative teaching methods and ideas mesh with having to meet certain standards? The Intersection The Common Core Standards, the national academic standards for K-12 schools in the United States, have now been adopted by 45 of the states. Much has been made in the blogosphere and across social media of the changes compared to former academic standards that were dictated at a state level. Edudemic’s focus is on the intersection of education and technology, and the Common Core certainly takes aim at in-depth student technology use. The Common Core Standards - W= Writing W.4.6.

Save The Pacific Northwest Tree Octopus Help Save The ENDANGERED From EXTINCTION! The Pacific Northwest Tree Octopus Rare photo of the elusive tree octopus The Pacific Northwest tree octopus (Octopus paxarbolis) can be found in the temperate rainforests of the Olympic Peninsula on the west coast of North America. Their habitat lies on the Eastern side of the Olympic mountain range, adjacent to Hood Canal. An intelligent and inquisitive being (it has the largest brain-to-body ratio for any mollusk), the tree octopus explores its arboreal world by both touch and sight. Map of estimated tree octopus maximum range, including spawning waters Tree octopuses have eyesight comparable to humans. The reproductive cycle of the tree octopus is still linked to its roots in the waters of the Puget Sound from where it is thought to have originated. Why It's Endangered Tree Octopus hat from 1923(Click to enlarge.) The possibility of Pacific Northwest tree octopus extinction is not an unwarranted fear. How You Can Help More Tree Octopus Information

- Free Websites to Help Meet the Common Core Standards Technology is an integral part of the Common Core Standards. For teachers without access to a tablet, who want to use technology with an interactive whiteboard, the following are sites to achieve the standards for a particular grade. Grades K-3 Fuel The Brain- This free site has some teacher resources for the Common Core Standards for writing, numbers and operations and measurement and data. Grades K-6 Mr. Grades K-12 Vocabulary Spelling City Website and free app. Math-Play includes both math games and printable worksheets for elementary and middle school. TenMarks This is a K-12 math curriculum based on practice, instruction, assessment and intervention. Common Core Conversation This is a free site that offers resources, lessons and teaching strategies. Ginger Software use with Google Chrome. {*style:<i>*}Vicki Windman is a special education teacher at Clarkstown High School South.

7 traits kids need to succeed What if a child's success in school were measured not in IQ but in strength of character? That's the question Paul Tough tries to answer in his book How Children Succeed—Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character. Education is once again a hot-button issue this fall, as many provincial governments trim their education budgets and labour negotiations between teachers and administrators in Ontario remain acrimonious. Tough doesn’t discount the importance of a solid education, but he says character is as important as academics in helping children become successful adults. In this case, character is "not about morality," says Tough, a Canadian-born journalist. "It's more about learning a set of skills to help kids achieve their goals." Tough’s book outlines seven character traits that he says are key to success: Grit Curiosity Self-control Social intelligence Zest Optimism Gratitude Developing character In order to do that, they must learn not only to accept but embrace failure.