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Tim Cooper

The 2015 Honor Roll: EdTech's Must-Read K-12 IT Blogs | EdTech Magazine - 57 views

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    good list of edtech blogs, some better than others. The list seems to have a wide scope to include all levels and subject areas rather than the best blogs.
Deborah Baillesderr

BPW: User-Friendly Professional Development for Teachers - 55 views

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    BPW gives overloaded teachers (with a current focus on grades K-6) the latest research in bite-sized chunks they can quickly absorb and implement in their classrooms the very next day. - See more at: http://bestpracticesweekly.com/#sthash.kbfjYqHY.dpuf
amberdewire

Educational Leadership:Feedback for Learning:Seven Keys to Effective Feedback - 86 views

  • Whether the feedback was in the observable effects or from other people, in every case the information received was not advice, nor was the performance evaluated. No one told me as a performer what to do differently or how "good" or "bad" my results were. (You might think that the reader of my writing was judging my work, but look at the words used again: She simply played back the effect my writing had on her as a reader.) Nor did any of the three people tell me what to do (which is what many people erroneously think feedback is—advice). Guidance would be premature; I first need to receive feedback on what I did or didn't do that would warrant such advice.
  • Decades of education research support the idea that by teaching less and providing more feedback, we can produce greater learning (see Bransford, Brown, & Cocking, 2000; Hattie, 2008; Marzano, Pickering, & Pollock, 2001).
  • Feedback Essentials
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  • Goal-Referenced
  • Tangible and Transparent
  • Actionable
  • User-Friendly
  • Timely
  • Ongoing
  • Consistent
  • Progress Toward a Goal
  • But There's No Time!"
  • research shows that less teaching plus more feedback is the key to achieving greater learning.
  • learners are often unclear about the specific goal of a task or lesson, so it is crucial to remind them about the goal and the criteria by which they should self-assess
  • Effective supervisors and coaches work hard to carefully observe and comment on what they observed, based on a clear statement of goals. That's why I always ask when visiting a class, "What would you like me to look for and perhaps count?"
  • remember that feedback does not need to come only from the teacher, or even from people at all. Technology is one powerful tool—part of the power of computer-assisted learning is unlimited, timely feedback and opportunities to use it.
  • Even if feedback is specific and accurate in the eyes of experts or bystanders, it is not of much value if the user cannot understand it or is overwhelmed by it.
  • Adjusting our performance depends on not only receiving feedback but also having opportunities to use it.
  • Clearly, performers can only adjust their performance successfully if the information fed back to them is stable, accurate, and trustworthy. In education, that means teachers have to be on the same page about what high-quality work is. Teachers need to look at student work together, becoming more consistent over time and formalizing their judgments in highly descriptive rubrics supported by anchor products and performances.
  • Score student work in the fall and winter against spring standards, use more pre-and post-assessments to measure progress toward these standards, and do the item analysis to note what each student needs to work on for better future performance.
  • I recommend that all teachers videotape their own classes at least once a month. It was a transformative experience for me when I did it as a beginning teacher.
  • . Less teaching, more feedback. Less feedback that comes only from you, and more tangible feedback designed into the performance itself.
  • how we are doing in our efforts to reach a goal.
  • get another opportunity to receive and learn from the feedback.
  • computer games
  • quickly adapt
  • ack, do you have some ideas about how to improve?" This approach will build greater autono
  • ck, do you have some ideas about how to improve?" This approach will build greater autono
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    Wiggins
    Advice, evaluation, grades-none of these provide the descriptive information that students need to reach their goals. What is true feedback-and how can it improve learning?
    Who would dispute the idea that feedback is a good thing? Both common sense and research make it clear: Formative assessment, consisting of lots of feedback and opportunities to use that feedback, enhances performance and achievement.
    Yet even John Hattie (2008), whose decades of research revealed that feedback was among the most powerful influences on achievement, acknowledges that he has "struggled to understand the concept" (p. 173). And many writings on the subject don't even attempt to define the term. To improve formative assessment practices among both teachers and assessment designers, we need to look more closely at just what feedback is-and isn't.
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    Effective Feedback - Grant Wiggins
Randolph Hollingsworth

U. of Notre Dame Reports on Experiment to Replace Textbooks With iPads - Wired Campus -... - 35 views

  • replace traditional textbooks with iPads as part of a yearlong study by the university’s e-publishing working group into the use of e-readers
  • students were more connected in and out of the classroom
  • said that the iPad made it easier to collaborate and manage group projects
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  • Dropbox
  • Students lamented not being able to write in the margins of their assigned readings
  • computer-based final exam,
  • iAnnotate
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    Research report emphasizing cultural change to iPad for e-reading sharing/collaborative work (e.g., Dropbox and iAnnotate) but online final exam still chose laptops (since not collaborative effort?)
Adam Hildebrandt

The Best Way to Use the Last Five Minutes of Your Day - Peter Bregman - Harvard Busines... - 148 views

  • How did the day go? What success did I experience? What challenges did I endure?
    • What did I learn today? About myself? About others? What do I plan to do — differently or the same — tomorrow?
    • Who did I interact with? Anyone I need to update? Thank? Ask a question? Share feedback?

Jonathan Wylie

The Best Educational iPad Apps for Teachers - 150 views

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    This article has ten of the best educational iPad apps to use in the classroom. Most were designed specifically for the iPad platform, but all of them have educational uses for the classroom. There is something for everyone here, from preschool all the way to high school.
Jonathan Wylie

The Best Education Blogs for Teachers Who Love Technology - 132 views

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    Teachers love to share their best ideas and resources with others. In the past, this was done by word of mouth, but today they blog about it.
Jonathan Wylie

The 10 Best Free Educational Games Online - 124 views

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    These educational games are some of the best learning experiences that can be had on the internet, but who knew they could also be so much fun!
Stephanie Greer

Five Best Bookmark Management Tools - 80 views

  • Diigo is different from most bookmarking tools; it allows you to not only save the URL of a website, but annotate it, archive it (instead of merely saving the address of it), and share both your bookmarks and archived research with others.
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    "it allows you to not only save the URL of a website, but annotate it, archive it (instead of merely saving the address of it), and share both your bookmarks and archived research with others"
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    Others agree! Diigo rocks. 
Ann Green

LearniT-TeachiT - 49 views

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    Our project-based lesson plans are provided online and in editable MS Word format.
Steve Ransom

The Best "The Best…" Lists Of 2009 | Larry Ferlazzo's Websites of the Day... - 109 views

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    Nice "Best of..." list
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