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Kimberly LaPrairie

picturing the thirties - 2 views

    "Picturing the 1930s," a new educational web site created by the Smithsonian American Art Museum in collaboration with the University of Virginia, allows teachers and students to explore the 1930s through paintings, artist memorabilia, historical documents, newsreels, period photographs, music, and video. Using PrimaryAccess, a web-based teaching tool developed at the university's Curry Center for Technology and Teacher Education, visitors can select images, write text, and record narration in the style of a documentary filmmaker. They can then screen their video in a virtual theater. PrimaryAccess is the first online tool that allows students to combine their own text, historical images from primary sources, and audio narration to create short online documentary films linked to social studies standards of learning, said Glen Bull, co-director of the Curry Center. Since the first version was developed in collaboration with U.Va.'s Center for Digital History and piloted in a local elementary school in 2005, more than 9,000 users worldwide have created more than 20,000 short movies. In creating digital documentaries, students embed facts and events in a narrative context that can enhance their retention and understanding of the material, said Curry research scientist Bill Ferster, who developed the application with Bull. Besides increasing their knowledge about the period, "Picturing the 1930s" enhances students' visual literacy skills, Ferster noted, adding that PrimaryAccess "offers teachers another tool to bring history alive."
Sharin Tebo

The Importance of Low-Stakes Student Feedback | ASSESSMENT | MindShift | KQED News - 62 views

  • culture of learning” instead of a “culture of earning.”
  • Creating that kind of culture isn’t easy, but Bull continually goes back to formative assessment as the key.
  • “I find that formative assessment tends to be the most important aspect of a learning assessment plan,” he said. “It has the most impact on a student’s learning.”
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  • grade-less report card, where words like “outstanding” or “needs improvement” are used in place of letter or number grades.
  • digital or paper portfolios that display a collection of student work. “It’s a very reflective process,” said Bull. It works best if students analyze their own body of work
    Low-Stakes Student Feedback & Assessment
Denise Whiteman

LA Pets and Families Examiner: Best dog breeds for kids - 0 views

  • For the hyperactive familyPit Bull Pit bulls are loving, affectionate, loyal and like your ADHD tween, have a boatload of energy. Your kid and dog can wrestle and run for hours together. This breed has an innate ability to detect when aggression is necessary and when everything is okay.
  • For the outdoorsy familyLabrador RetrieverDoes your family get kicks from hiking, camping, and swimming in lakes? A lab will be able to keep up with the sportiest of families. Intelligent, loyal, lovable, and trainable, this breed loves to splash in water and play outside. Get this pooch his own Nalgene bottle and hit the trails.
  • For the big familyBearded Collie Are you rivaling Brangeilna with the number of kids in your house? Consider a bearded collie. This breed loves being around lots of people and its herding instincts will keep everyone in the same room. With a bouncy demeanor and constant tail wagging, the Bearded Collie will win the hearts of your entire brood. Best for families with a big yard.
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  • The apartment-dwelling familyWestland TerrierIf you’ve told your child time and time again, We have no room in our home for a dog! you could be wrong. The wee Westland Terrier needs no yard and very little space to be happy as can be. Your youngsters will be delighted by the westie’s love of play. Just make sure this dog gets a short walk every day.
  • For the couch potato familyMiniature poodleFace it. You don’t want to be seen at a dog park. And your kids are more into watching Star Wars over and over again than running around the yard. Poodles like walks now and then, but will not demand a lot of exercise. They simply like companionship and want to be included in all family activities, like watching Oprah or maybe a trip to your kid’s favorite cupcake stand.
    Excellent article on 5 breeds for kids - the Obamas have 2!
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