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CALIFORNIA DREAMIN': The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is making major moves in California. Long Beach Unified received $8 million in Gates grants to support innovative professional development; Fresno got $5 million to do the same. Long Beach says it will use the funds to design its own online professional development delivery platform with the guidance of its teachers and principals. Fresno will reorganize the district schedule to give teachers more time for collaboration and training. More Gates funding could be on its way, according to Don Shalvey, the foundation’s deputy director of U.S. programs. "If California gets Common Core right and we can help, this is a big message,” he told EdSource.

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25 Of The Best Pinterest Boards In Education Blogs and Twitter aren’t the only social tools out there that can help you keep up with the latest and greatest developments in educational technology. Pinterest is rapidly becoming a favorite tool of educators all over the nation, and many have amassed some pretty great collections of edtech-related pins that teachers and students alike can use to explore new ways to learn, share, teach, and grow. While it would be nearly impossible to highlight every edtech pinboard out there, we’ve shared some of the boards we think stand out among the crowd here. Many are maintained by major educational websites, key figures in edtech, and well-known bloggers, but others were created by teachers just like you who simply want to share resources and tips with others in education.

Impact - Impact Applications for Spring 2017 IMPACT cohort are now available. Click here to apply. To learn more about the IMPACT program, please click here to watch two IMPACT fellows sharing their experiences. IMPACT (Instruction Matters: Purdue Academic Course Transformation) The overarching goal of IMPACT is to achieve a greater student-centered learning environment by incorporating active and collaborative learning as well as other student-centered teaching and learning practices and technologies into large enrollment foundational courses. How to Attach Audio to a QR Code I actually do not have experience with this yet, but it is definitely on my to-do list this year. Here seems to be a pretty simple tutorial on the process at Education QR Codes. You can also use the app Audioboo to assist in QR code creation. I think this will be the method I use. Technochalkie explains a bit how to do it.

Langwitches I have been a fan of Visible Thinking Routines which were developed by Project Zero from Havard, for a while now. I have used these routines with students, as blogging routines and in professional development workshops. The Visible Thinking Routines website explains that: 5 Research Tools Students Often Overlook When they're given a research assignment most students immediately turn to Google to start their research. Unfortunately, many students don't recognize that they are limiting their research efforts by not going beyond Google.com to search. Here are five research tools that I introduce to students to get them to go beyond using Google.com.

Graduate School of Education What is Action Research? According to the North Central Regional Educational Laboratory, "Action research is inquiry or research in the context of focused efforts to improve the quality of an organization and its performance. It typically is designed and conducted by practitioners who analyze the data to improve their own practice. Action research can be done by individuals or by teams of colleagues. A Very Good Checklist for Assessing 21st Century Learning Skills January 29, 2015 Here is another great resource from Dr. Jackie Gerstein, one of our favourite EdTech bloggers. Jackie designed this beautiful chart featuring 12 attributes and skills that teachers should tend to in their instruction.

EdTech Category - Getting Smart EdTech School District Transformation through the Future Ready Initiative (#FutureReady) By: Tom Murray. New initiative led by the Alliance for Excellent Education is working to support school district superintendents and their leadership teams on district-wide transformation. yesterday by Guest Author Action Research in Education Conducting action research in education can be a rewarding experience for teachers and can lead to new ideas and strategies to promote student success. This section of our website is designed to provide teachers with ideas for using drawings as a data source in their action research. While your research question(s) will guide your study design you may find drawings to be a valuable source of data.

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