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Assessing Student Progress Using Blog-Based Porfolios Editor’s note: Kathy Cassidy is the author of a new book from Powerful Learning Press, Connected from the Start: Global Learning in the Primary Grades. During a recent webinar (free archive here), Kathy shared many ideas from Chapter 5 of the book, “Using Blogs as Digital Portfolios.” The webinar was rich in content and full of great discussion — so much so that there simply wasn’t time for Kathy to share her thoughts, in depth, about where formative and summative assessments might fit into this digital blog/portfolio model. So we’ve asked her to write this article. Much as she does in her eBook, she’s included short videos, useful downloads, and links to other valuable resources. ~ John Norton

School Libraries Boost Student Literacy, Australian Survey Finds The 2013 Australian School Library Survey, conducted by Softlink on behalf of Australia’s school library associations, has again revealed a positive relationship between a school’s literacy results and its library’s resourcing levels, the company announced today. As it has since 2010, the annual survey found that schools with high national average reading literacy scores for its students report higher levels of school library funding and staffing, while schools with lower scores have lower library funding and staffing. The study is an examination of key trends and issues impacting school libraries across Australia, especially the ways that a school library’s budget and staffing levels influence students’ overall academic achievement and literacy levels.

Printable Awards & Certificates for Grades K-12 Highlights Bullying Prevention Resources Bullying can cause both physical and emotional harm. Put a stop to classroom bullying, with our bullying prevention resources. Learn how to recognize several forms of bullying and teasing, and discover effective techniques for dealing with and preventing bullying in school. Rubrics for Teachers - Assessment A collection of rubrics for assessing portfolios, group work/cooperative learning, concept map, research process/ report, PowerPoint, oral presentation, web page, blog, wiki, and other social media projects. Quick Links to Rubrics Social Media Project Rubrics Wiki RubricCriteria for assessing individual and group Wiki contributions. Blog RubricAssess individual blog entries, including comments on peers' blogs. Twitter RubricAssess learning during social networking instructional assignments.

Why all pupils deserve a real school library Every child needs a school library with a trained professional to run it With over a decade of school libraries under my belt, and as a children’s author, it is easy for me to see why every child needs a school library with a trained professional to run it. I’ve seen first-hand the positive difference this makes not only to a child’s development in literacy, but also to their enjoyment of reading and the development of their vocabulary. March 12th is the award ceremony for the inaugural CILIP SLG & SLA Pupil Library Assistant of the Year Award. When I was invited onto the judging panel for this I knew that it was not going to be an easy task, but I was not prepared for the number of nominations, or for the high quality of them.

for Education: Tablets with Google Play for Education With tablets and Google Play for Education, teachers can now discover, purchase, and share educational apps, videos, and a selection of top classic books. Visita el sitio Chromebooks for Education Assessment and Rubrics Teachers who integrate technology into student activities and projects often ask us this question - “How do I grade it?” Fundamentally, assessing multimedia activities and projects is no different than evaluating traditional assignments, such as written essays. The primary distinctions between them are the unique features and divergent possibilities associated with their respective medium. For instance, a blog has a unique set of possibilities (such as hypertext, embedded video, interactive imagery, etc) vastly different than those of a notebook (paper and pen notes and drawings within a contained document). The first thing to realize is that you cannot separate the user from the device. iPads, Chromebooks, and tech tools themselves don’t demonstrate great learning; it’s about what students do with the technology that matters. The technology itself is simply neutral.

Googleable vs Non-Googleable Questions When we're working with schools on our Design Thinking School programme, one of the easiest ways to explain what we're looking for in the way a project is set, is whether the statement or questions being asked can be Googled easily: is this a Googleable or Not Googleable topic? The Why Every topic, every bit of learning has content that can be Googled, and we don't want teachers wasting precious enquiry time lecturing that content.

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