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Walter Antoniotti

Thoughts On Improving Education - 12 views

http://www.textbooksfree.org/Education%20Libraries.htm Thoughts welcome!

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started by Walter Antoniotti on 17 Aug 13 no follow-up yet
Walter Antoniotti

Educating the Class of 2030 - 11 views

Thirty-five years of teaching mathematics related courses like economics and statistics in HS and college plus years in continuing education administration has led to my GRAND THEORY. Suggestions n...

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started by Walter Antoniotti on 31 Jul 13 no follow-up yet
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Unlocking Learning Mastery | Edutopia - 8 views

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    Gamification is one response. By embedding diverse achievements into activities and assessments, learning progress can be refracted infinitely. These systems would be able to more flexibly respond to unique learner pathways and abilities, and would further serve as encouragement mechanics -- instead of one carrot stick, there are hundreds. And not just carrots, but every fruit and vegetable imaginable.
Vicki Davis

Quadbase: Question banking made easy. - 0 views

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    Another piece from connextions - a website and shared question bank that includes all questions that are open licensed and let you mix and remix around your topic. This is all for creating assessment tools that you can use to make tests, homework, or embed in your online learning. Another great place to share with your teachers (and save money.)
darren mccarty

President's Day Game - 6 views

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    How many Presidents do you recognize?

    There are over 4000 K-12 games for teachers and students on http://www.bubbabrain.com
Jodie Riek

Teacher Excellence Narrows the Achievement Gap | Edutopia - 4 views

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    By embracing research-backed instructional design, consistent PD, and strong, caring relationships, all boats are rising and teachers have gone from surviving to thriving at this once-failing middle school.
Vicki Davis

Wolfram|Alpha: Examples by Topic - 17 views

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    Examples of how wolfram alpha can be used in the classroom. From math to physics to research and economics, you can use this data crunching engine in very powerful ways. Another important tool for students and authentic researchers of all ages.
Suzie Nestico

Five Myths About the Common Core - 8 views

  • Myth #1 The Common Core State Standards are a national curriculum.
  • Myth #2 The Common Core State Standards are an Obama administration initiative.
  • Myth #3 The Common Core standards represent a modest change from current practice.
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  • Myth #4 States cannot implement the Common Core standards in the current budget climate.
  • Myth #5 The Common Core State Standards will transform schools.
  • Standards are not curriculum: standards spell out what students should know and be able to do at the end of a year; curriculum defines the specific course of study—the scope and sequence—that will enable students to meet standards.
  • States are building the assessments, and once the assessments are in place, they will be administered and operated by states. They are not federal tests.
  • In preparation for adoption of the Common Core standards, several states conducted analyses that found considerable alignment between them and their current standards
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      Pennsylvania has same findinggs in its analysis of alignment of PA academic standards - closely aligned, ELA more than Math.
  • And officials in 76 percent of districts in Common Core states said in a survey released in September 2011 by the Center on Education Policy that inadequate funds for implementation was a major challenge.
  • But to have an effect on the day-to-day interaction between students and teachers, and thus improve learning, states and districts will have to implement the standards. That will require changes in curricula and assessments to align with the standards, professional development to ensure that teachers know what they are expected to teach, and ultimately, changes in teacher education so that all teachers have the capability to teach all students to the standards. The standards are only the first step on the road to higher levels of learning.
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    What I've encountered most in dealing with colleagues is the fear and the notion that this is just another five to ten year fad in education. It is important first to help others understand CCSS are not a quick-fix or an answer. In some ways, CCSS take us back to what good teaching looks.

    Ultimately, aside from the budgetary concerns with implementation, perhaps the other greatest struggle here will be the state-level assessment of the CCSS. In order for states to get it right, there needs to adequate time devoted to determining adequate assessment, not drill-and-kill. Broad, interconnected, higher-order thinking cannot be bubbled-in. Period.
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Sustaining Success Despite Budget Cuts | Edutopia - 0 views

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    Mesquite Elementary School, in Tucson, Arizona became a top-performing school with a homegrown, easy-to-implement differentiated instruction program.
Suzie Nestico

MasteryConnect - 26 views

  • MasteryConnect makes it simple to share and discover common formative assessments and track mastery of state and Common Core standards. Built-in grading tools save teachers time.
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    This is a great site for getting your head around the common core. A free account allows you access to a lot of the features and Common Assessments.

    Premium accounts allow you tools to collect assessment on your iPad or mobile device.

    Download the MasteryConnect FREE app for your iP*d or phone and have every Common Core standard easily accessible at your finger tips.
Vicki Davis

PBS LearningMedia - 4 views

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    PBS Learning media has some cool resources and games for kids including a new PBS Math club to help kids with math. You can sign up for free for these resources. There is a middle school history game and also a virtual underwater tour you can use as well.
Suzie Nestico

Kids Programming Website - 19 views

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    Small Basic is a lighter version of Visual basic. Interesting site to start kids out programming from a problem solving perspective. Demo'ed at #140ed conference to show how programming is not boring for kids.
Suzie Nestico

Creating an Online Community Through Electronic Portfolios - ReadWriteThink - 20 views

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    Series of lessons that help create an online blogging community for students. PLN in a sense. Helps to give students more of an audience.
Ted Sakshaug

My Big Campus - Connect. Collaborate. Learn. - 7 views

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    My Big Campus extends the classroom to a safe, engaging online environment.
ellen phillips

ISTE2011comics - home - 10 views

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    Workshop Wiki created for ISTE participants in Comics in the Classroom workshop on Sunday, June 26, 2011.
Vicki Davis

Student Digital "Textbooks" using LiveBinders - 12 views

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    Here are Michael Thornton's student livebinders. These are textbooks written by the students. Except for the typo on Ancient Greece review, this is a marvelous example of having students build meaningful textbooks.Interestingly, Michael's livebinder puts together livebinders themselves. I'm going to be learning more about this tool and have my students use these this year.
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