RLS MSP Science OBJECTIVES:(1) For teachers’ to utilize standard-based curriculum, instruction and assessment in all classrooms, (2) To increase teacher and student proficiency in mathematics and science. RATIONALE: Professional development opportunities provide knowledge, skills and understanding to build professional capabilities and can provide the support, guidance and training to help teachers build a solid pedagogical foundation. To improve student achievement in mathematics and science through increased teacher professional development.To build consistency in mathematics and science assessment and instruction.To help teachers further develop successful instructional strategies as well as enhancing teachers math and/or science content knowledge.
Six Steps for Planning a Successful Project Sure, King Middle School has some amazing projects, but the Portland school has been refining its expeditionary learning projects for nearly two decades. David Grant, who guides the school's technology integration and curriculum development, has put together a six-step rubric for designing a project. He says Fading Footprints, which became a model for King and Expeditionary Learning Schools, doesn't take an entire school, or even a team of twelve, to plan and carry out; one or two teachers can tailor this one to fit their time and resources. Six Steps to Planning a Project The Fading Footsteps project is a twelve-week interdisciplinary ecology unit centered around the guiding question: How does diversity strengthen an ecosystem? Step 1: Develop a compelling topic that covers state standards, has an authentic connection to the local community, and provides opportunities for every student to do meaningful, independent research. Step 5: Coordinate calendars.
Literature Circle Models After experimenting for many years, I discovered an approach that's easy, fun, and effective. I refer to it as Classroom Book Clubs because it's a more relaxed method of doing Literature Circles that doesn't involve roles. You can view a narrated slidecast to this model by scrolling down to the Classroom Book Clubs section. On this page you can also learn about different types of Literature Circles. I've had some success with all the models below, but all models haven't been successful with all groups of students. Ways to Structure Literature Circles Classroom Book Clubs - My favorite method at the moment is a flexible approach to Literature Circles that does not require the use of extensive handouts and assignment booklets. Classroom Book Clubs I love this model because it's a very flexible and fun approach. Mini Literature Circles (Using Leveled Readers) Are you required to use a basal reading program in your classroom? Literature Circles with Roles Nonfiction Literature Circles
50 Must-Have Educational Apps It’s time for holiday road trips and you know what that means: driving, flying, cranky kids, and… teaching opportunities! What’s that, you say? Well, there is so much downtime during the holidays where kids and adults spend hours just passing the time… why not try out some new apps on your phone? Many of these apps were found by The Teaching Palette, be sure to check out their fantastic site for more helpful resources! From learning the ABCs to doodling, there’s plenty of terrific apps out there that will pass the time but also educate. *Most of the links below are to the iTunes store which will open another window and/or iTunes. Great Apps For Kids (And Adults) Alphabet Animals Perfect for your talented toddler, this game is packed with colorful animations, animal sounds, and tons of tips for learning their letters. WordSearch Kids Kids search and highlight vocabulary words by tapping the first and last letters. Mad Libs Just as goofy and fun as your remember. SmackTalk Annoying?
NSDL.org - The National Science Digital Library 4 Ways To Encourage Learning Outside The Classroom The school bell rings and students are practically climbing over one another trying to get out the door; they’re off to spend time on any number of activities, gadgetry, and entertainment. Education has expanded beyond the classroom but it’s often too difficult to encourage your students to spend the extra hour working on their knowledge, let alone convince them it’s just as rewarding as spending their time on Facebook and video games. Students want to relax and have fun (like all of us) when they’re not in class but there are clever ways to get students excited about learning in their off hours. Here are four suggestions and experiments to try with your students: After-school clubs Clubs are a great place for students to make new friends and spend time discussing & participating in one of their many interests. A few ways a teacher could become part of the club (or at least get the students to add in a learning element) would to host and promote the clubs throughout their school. Startups
QR Code Classroom Implementation Guide QR Codes (Quick Response Codes) are just barcodes. There is nothing fancy about them. Just like the grocery store clerk uses barcodes to look up the product and scan the price into the computer, your mobile device or computer can look up QR codes to: take you to a website, read some text, give you a phone number, or generate a text message. QR Codes in the Classroom For the classroom teacher, they are valuable for three reasons: They can save us time.They can save paper.They provide a link to mobile devices that help students do their homework and follow along. This Post. Preparing the Teacher to Use QR Codes The first step of a teaching journey is to embark on learning it yourself. Step 1 Get Your Mobile Device Ready: Download a Free QR Code Reader On my ipod Touch, the fast, free i-Nigma 4 QR code reader is the most robust of the five or six tested. Step 2: Get Your Computer Ready. You are ready. Common QR Code Problems Readers Step 3: The Lesson Start the lesson with a simple statement.
iOS App Development Tutorial for Beginners | Udemy Infinite Skills have a wide range of tutorials covering all the popular applications and programming languages. A full list of courses complete with free demos can be seen here on the Infinite Skills Web Site About This Tutorial In this iOS app development tutorial, you will learn how to create apps for iPhone and iPad devices. Expert trainer and published author Tony Bove introduces you to using the iOS Software Development Kit (SDK) and Xcode to build apps for the iPhone, iPad and Universal apps. Even if you have never programmed before or built apps before, by the end of this iOS app development tutorial you will be fully capable of building apps and submitting them to the App Store. Before you even start building an app, Tony takes you through what makes a good app, and the limitations you will face on the iPhone and iPad platforms. Please Note:-
Disrupting Class: How Disruptive Innovation Will Change the Way the World Learns | MIT World KidDIY: 2013 National STEM Video Game Challenge aims to shape future of innovation The New York Hall of Science is hidden away in the Corona corner of Queens, N.Y., a primarily Hispanic neighborhood below the city's 7 subway line. Pupuserias and bodegas line pedestrian-filled 111th Street as it leads to the open swath of land occupied by the hall, making the sudden appearance of Cold War-era space rockets all the more jarring -- they jut into the sky, taking advantage of Queens' lack of skyscrapers. Not that 50-year-old rockets are at home anywhere in New York City, but they serve as a fitting backdrop for the day's event: the culmination of the 2013 National STEM Video Game Challenge. The challenge aims to enable America's youth of today to become tomorrow's innovation leaders. The importance of the first exercise was twofold: to teach kids how to pitch their work, but also to familiarize them with the finer nuances of business. Erick Fix contributed to this report. Comments