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Learning by Design: The idea that moved a district

Learning by Design: The idea that moved a district

04/11/2016

Topics: Assessment, Essential Conditions, Personalized Learning

This is an updated version of a post that published on Nov. 20, 2015.  

You could say Elisa Carlson became the director of instruction, curriculum and innovation at Surrey Schools in Canada at the worst possible time. But in the long run, it turned out to be just the…

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3 ways to increase student engagement in your classroom

3 ways to increase student engagement in your classroom

10/27/2015

Topics: Assessment, Digital Citizenship, Technology infrastructure

“There is now a massive amount of evidence from all realms of science that unless individuals take a very active role in what it is that they're studying, unless they learn to ask questions, to do things hands on, to essentially recreate things in their own mind and transform them as is…

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Twitter in the classroom? Make formative assessments fun with digital tools

Twitter in the classroom? Make formative assessments fun with digital tools

10/27/2015

Topics: Assessment, Tools

The emphasis on assessment in education isn’t going away anytime soon – and that’s a good thing, says Patricia Brown, elementary technology integration coach at Old Bonhomme Elementary School in Olivette, Missouri.

“Right now, there’s a lot of emphasis on data, a lot of…

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Teach students to learn from their failures

Teach students to learn from their failures

08/10/2015

Topics: Assessment, Gamification

By the end of this post, there’s a good chance that you may fail to get the point.

That’s because the education world — and society in general — falls short on understanding failure. Dictionaries define it as “not meeting a desirable or intended objective.” Thesauruses list it as…

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Use blogging for reflection and assessment

Use blogging for reflection and assessment

07/21/2015

Topics: Assessment, Digital Citizenship

When I introduced blogging to my high school physics students, they weren’t exactly ecstatic. I thought I had it all planned out perfectly. I outlined clear requirements. I had high expectations. At least once every two weeks, I asked them to post what they felt was the big idea for the unit…

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Test their knowledge using student-created videos

Test their knowledge using student-created videos

07/17/2015

Topics: Assessment, Standards, Video

Effective teachers continually assess their students’ learning. Although some types of assessments, like standardized tests, are mandated, educators can use many other forms of evaluation to check for understanding.

I like to assess my students in many ways. Following the…

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Is it time to give up on computers in schools?

Is it time to give up on computers in schools?

06/15/2015

Topics: Assessment, Education leadership, ISTE Conference & Expo

Yes, I know that asking this question in 2015 sounds preposterous, borderline Luddite. Sure, there are many terrific examples of 1:1 programs in K-12 schools across the country (You can even read lots of them at Scholastic Administrator…

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Flip your science classroom!

Flip your science classroom!

05/21/2015

Topics: Assessment, Flipped learning, Personalized Learning, Project-based learning

Now that the flipped classroom approach, and its logical next step, flipped learning, have become widely accepted, leaders in the field are examining how to best apply the model to specific subjects.

By definition,…

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Supercharge your classroom with social learning

Supercharge your classroom with social learning

05/18/2015

Topics: Assessment, Digital Citizenship, Personalized Learning, Project-based learning, Standards

It’s never too late to start.
Whether you’re focusing on the final stretch of this school year or already thinking of the next, your classroom will never be the same once you take the leap to social learning. Here are six reasons you should use social tools in the classroom.…

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Know the ISTE Standards for Coaches: Support learning with technology

Know the ISTE Standards for Coaches: Support learning with technology

05/13/2015

Topics: Assessment, Project-based learning

ISTE Standards for Coaches 2: Teaching, Learning and Assessments. Technology coaches assist teachers in using technology…

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