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Ron King

How to Apply Design Thinking in Class, Step By Step | MindShift - 0 views

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    or educators ready to try the idea of design thinking, you'll be glad to know it does not require extensive transformation of your classroom. That said, it can be a transformative experience for all involved. Here, we try to answer your questions about integrating different components of a design learning experience into familiar, pre-existing scenarios that play out in every school.
Troy Patterson

JFK for Kids is multimedia biography of President Kennedy | MacNews - 0 views

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    MultiEducator (http://www.multieducator.net/) has introduced JFK for Kids 1.0 for iOS or Mac OS X. It's a multimedia biography of President John F. Kennedy 51 years after his taking office. JFK for Kids is designed especially for kids in grades 3-5.
Ron King

ctillustrated.com | - 1 views

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    A cartoon guide to solving problems, designing systems and understanding human behavior!
Ron King

Digital Literacy and Citizenship Curriculum for Grades 6-8 - 2 views

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    This FREE, pioneering curriculum is designed to empower students to think critically and make informed choices about how they create, communicate, and treat others in our ever-evolving, 24/7 digital world. Browse the units to find the topics and lessons that are just right for your students.
Ron King

Phillips Exeter Academy | Hands On Math - 0 views

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    The Exeter Mathematics Institute courses are tailored and designed for the needs of each school district. These sample course descriptions are examples of courses that have been offered in various school districts over the years. In most of these courses, we use the same Exeter Mathematics Problem Sets that are used during the Exeter school year. In the Geometer's Sketchpad course and in all of the hands-on courses, we use materials that have been specifically developed by Exeter Math Institute instructors. All of these materials are available using the links below
Ron King

Mathematics Assessment Project - 0 views

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    The project is working to design and develop well-engineered assessment tools to support US schools in implementing the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics (CCSS).
Ron King

Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium - 0 views

shared by Ron King on 23 Apr 13 - No Cached
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    Smarter Balanced is a state-led consortium developing assessments aligned to the Common Core State Standards in English language arts/literacy and mathematics that are designed to help prepare all students to graduate high school college- and career-ready.
Ron King

Assessment Training Institute - Tools & Resources: Rubric Evaluations - 0 views

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    n Chapter 2 of the book Creating & Recognizing Quality Rubrics, we describe a "rubric for rubrics" designed to assist educators to be thoughtful consumers and developers of rubrics for instructional use in the classroom. The various quality levels described by the Rubric for Rubrics are illustrated with many sample classroom rubrics. All classroom rubrics discussed in the book have been evaluated using the Rubric for Rubrics; these evaluations are included on a CD that accompanies the book.
Ron King

Standards-Based Grading Videos - 0 views

shared by Ron King on 29 Apr 13 - No Cached
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    Many of the videos on this site are a culmination of the work of practitioners who led breakout sessions at a standards-based grading conference held April 24, 2013 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. This website is organized around three themes: SBG 101: videos designed classroom practitioners who are getting started with standards-based grading. Discipline-specific: math, science, social studies, language arts, visual arts, career & technical education videos Leadership/Change: videos for administrators and leadership teams.
Ron King

10 Little-Known Twitter Tools For Connected Educators | Edudemic - Notlurking.com - 0 views

shared by Ron King on 01 Jul 13 - No Cached
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    There's an array of Twitter tools that make the rounds on the ol' edtech circle. We chat about Hootsuite, Paper.li, and Bit.ly quite a bit. But there are a lot of little-known Twitter tools that don't see the light of day on sites like Edudemic. So I thought this would be a good time to start fixing that. We're creating a series of helpful posts designed to turn you on to a few tools that you may not know about - but will be anxious to try once you learn about them.
Ron King

THE NUMBERS PROJECT - 0 views

shared by Ron King on 09 Oct 13 - No Cached
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    THE NUMBERS PROJECT IS A DAILY PROJECT TO ELEVATE MY MENTAL PROCESS OF CREATIVE THINKING, AS WELL AS SIMPLY TO CREATE DAILY. TECHNICALLY THE GOAL WAS TO KEEP IT CONCEPTUALLY SIMPLE, WHICH IS WHY NUMBERS BECAME THE SUBJECT MATTER. TO BE EXACT 0- 365 CONSECUTIVELY, 1 A DAY FOR 2013. THE GUIDELINES THAT I HAVE IMPOSED ON MYSELF ARE TO ONLY USE THE SINGLE COLOR OF BLACK, A NOD TO CLASSIC LOGO DESIGN AND I LIMIT MY TIME, 30 MINUTES SKETCHING, 30 MINUTES ON THE COMPUTER, SO AFTER AN HOUR IT GETS POSTED, DONE OR NOT. I'M SURE SOME WILL BE TERRIBLE..HA, BUT THE PURPOSE IS PROCESS NOT NECESSARILY THE OUTCOME.
Troy Patterson

Updating Data-Driven Instruction and the Practice of Teaching | Larry Cuban on School Reform and Classroom Practice - 0 views

  • I am talking about data-driven instruction–a way of making teaching less subjective, more objective, less experience-based, more scientific.
  • Data-driven instruction, advocates say, is scientific and consistent with how successful businesses have used data for decades to increase their productivity.
  • Of course, teachers had always assessed learning informally before state- and district-designed tests. Teachers accumulated information (oops! data) from pop quizzes, class discussions, observing students in pairs and small groups, and individual conferences.
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  • Based on these data, teachers revised lessons. Teachers leaned heavily on their experience with students and the incremental learning they had accumulated from teaching 180 days, year after year.
  • Teachers’ informal assessments of students gathered information directly and  would lead to altered lessons.
  • In the 1990s and, especially after No Child Left Behind became law in 2002, the electronic gathering of data, disaggregating information by groups and individuals, and then applying lessons learned from analysis of tests and classroom practices became a top priority.
  • Now, principals and teachers are awash in data.
  • How do teachers use the massive data available to them on student performance?
  • studied four elementary school grade-level teams in how they used data to improve lessons. She found that supportive principals and superintendents and habits of collaboration increased use of data to alter lessons in two of the cases but not in the other two.
  • Julie Marsh and her colleagues found 15 where teachers used annual tests, for example, in basic ways to target weaknesses in professional development or to schedule double periods of language arts for English language learners.
  • These researchers admitted, however, that they could not connect student achievement to the 36 instances of basic to complex data-driven decisions  in these two districts.
  • Of these studies, the expert panel found 64 that used experimental or quasi-experimental designs and only six–yes, six–met the Institute of Education Sciences standard for making causal claims about data-driven decisions improving student achievement. When reviewing these six studies, however, the panel found “low evidence” (rather than “moderate” or “strong” evidence) to support data-driven instruction. In short, the assumption that data-driven instructional decisions improve student test scores is, well, still an assumption not a fact.
  • Numbers may be facts. Numbers may be objective. Numbers may smell scientific. But we give meaning to these numbers. Data-driven instruction may be a worthwhile reform but as an evidence-based educational practice linked to student achievement, rhetoric notwithstanding, it is not there yet.
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