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Teaching the Teacher: Creating assessments WITH your students. Pt. 3 - 2 views

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    This blog entry shows two examples, one of a teacher-created rubric, and the other of a rubric created with the help of the students. The comparison shows that the students had a slightly different idea of what was being evaluated -- always good information to have.
    See also Parts 1 and 2 on creating assessment rubrics.
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iPad Apps for School | The Best iOS Apps for Students and Teachers - 1 views

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    Cleverly presented in a slideshow at the head of R. Byrne's blog.
    "On iPadApps4School.com you can sort app reviews according to grade level category. Simply click on the grade level category in the sidebar to find apps appropriate for the age of your students. You can find elementary school apps here, middle school apps here, and high school apps here. I also have a category for pre-K students. If you want to be notified when a new app is reviewed, you can subsc"
    Take a look at this great resource for mobile learning for a wide variety of levels/grades/ages.
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Dipsticks: Efficient Ways to Check for Understanding | Edutopia - 1 views

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    "What strategy can double student learning gains? According to 250 empirical studies, the answer is formative assessment, defined by Bill Younglove as "the frequent, interactive checking of student progress and understanding in order to identify learning needs and adjust teaching appropriately."
    A great short article to make one aware of the nature and value of formative assessment.

    Unlike summative assessment, which evaluates student learning according to a benchmark, formative assessment monitors student understanding so that kids are always aware of their academic strengths and learning gaps. Meanwhile, teachers can improve the effectiveness of their instruction, re-teaching if necessary. "When the cook tastes the soup," writes Robert E. Stake, "that's formative; when the guests taste the soup, that's summative." Formative assessment can be administered as an exam. But if the assessment is not a traditional quiz, it falls within the category of alternative assessment."
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Google Computer Science for High School - 2 views

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    This page holds a list of essential sites for teaching computer science and coding to high school students. Spark interest by having students create their own games and apps while learning math.
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Teacher Training Videos | Introduction To Blogger 2014 | Blogs & Wikis - 3 views

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    "These videos give you an up to date outline of using the program Blogger. They start off with how to create your first blog all the way through to adding more pages and authors to your blogs"
    R.Stannard takes you through the updated Blogger program. I have used Blogger for years, but now tend to just use Diggo and Scoop.It, the latter for the more reflective, pedagogically oriented discussions. Blogs are very helpful as a place for student portfolios, and are easy to tag and search.
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Free Technology for Teachers: Novels on Location - Read Your Way Around the World - 0 views

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    "You could use Google Maps Engine Lite to create your own classroom version of Novels on Location. Ask your students to write short short book reviews in the placemarks that they add to a shared Google Map. If you have students creating video book trailers, those videos could be added to their placemarks too. If could be a fun challenge for your call to try to collectively "read around the world" by locating stories set on each of the seven continents. "
    A nice tool and an interesting lesson using it.
    T/H R. Byrne
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Free Technology for Teachers: Three Short Lessons on Snow - 0 views

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    These lessons include Scholastic's Interactive Weather Maker, showing how humidity and temperature levels relate to rain and snow storms; Bytesize Science on the chemistry of snowflake making; and why the full moon gives more light in winter. Video explanations are embedded in R. Byrne's site.
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Block Posters - Create large wall posters from any image for free! - 0 views

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    "Upload an image from your computer and choose how many sheets wide you would like your poster to be once printed.
    "Once you're happy with your selection, you can download the PDF file containing your newly created images and print each one massively blown up, resulting in a huge pixel poster to stick on your wall ..."
    A very useful tool for display of your students' work, or to make a giant jigsaw puzzle.
    T/H to R. Byrne
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Teacher Training Videos | Google Forms | Microsoft, Google & Prezi - 4 views

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    Another superb teacher-training video from R. Stannard on using Goggle Forms to create questionnaires, surveys, and quizzes.
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TodaysMeet - Give everyone a voice - 0 views

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    This chat room tool might be useful for your classes, or as a backchannel if several teachers are working on a presentation together.
    The interface can be mounted on your own website, ensuring that students don't wander off. You can easily save a transcript of the chat, and it lets students join from home or other classrooms.
    T/H to H. Dilatush who let us in EVO know about it.
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SchoolsWorld - 3 views

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    Another school/pedagogy oriented site for video resources. Ideas for curriculum, advice, guides, videos of and by students as well as education professionals and parents. [Really annoying music on the front page.]
    T/H R. Byrne
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6 Ways to Show Your iPad on a Projector Scree - Learning in Hand - 1 views

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    This article has tons of information. Just pick the way that works best for you. Towards the bottom of the screen is a charge with features and pricing (some are free - there's an app for that).
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Digital Literacy | A Burlington High School Course - 1 views

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    This page shows how a student website can be created and maintained. The topic is "digital health and wellness" or "digital citizenship" but can be revised and improvised on for other topics. The plan shows how teams are created, expectations for individuals within the team, grading, tasks, etc. Great lesson planning for a problem-based learning experience.
    T/H to J. Brueck on Diigo in Education.
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Free Technology for Teachers: Educational iPad Apps from the Library of Congress - 2 views

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    "The U.S. Library of Congress offers a wealth of fantastic online resources for teachers and students. A quick jump into the teachers resource page will lead you to things like these primary source analysis guides that I have used with students in the past. The LOC also offers a couple of good iOS apps that are worth noting."
    Shows how various apps can be used with the teachers' resource pages at the U.S. Library of Congress. Great authentic materials for research papers and projects.
    H/T to R. Byrne
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For Teachers: The Difference between Fair Use and Copyright ~ Educational Technology an... - 3 views

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    This article has a nice video that shows a teacher in class explaining copyright and fair use to students using a document linked from the article.
    I tend to disagree that teachers making multiple copies for classroom use is a "fair use," however. Always check what the author says, and use Creative Commons if you don't want your ideas ripped off without permission.
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Graphic Organizers - 2 views

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    A really nice collection of graphic organizers and literacy strategies tools as well, some online, some in blackline reproducibles. Take advantage of these tools to work with literature and other types of reading.
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18 Free Web Tools for the Classroom - The ICT Advisors - 2 views

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    This is a jumbled collection, but links to a few interesting new things, such as Incredibox, which allows you create music, record, share, and download your composition.
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5 Assessment Forms That Promote Content Retention | Edutopia - 2 views

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    "If we hope to construct enduring understanding in our students, it's critical that, now more than ever, we know their strengths and interests. By incorporating students' strengths and weakness into authentic learning experiences from the beginning of each unit, while at the same time including opportunities for feedback, metacognition and revision, we promote a variety of cognitive and emotional benefits that can lead to academic success. "
    A thoughtful description of ways to successfully integrate learner feedback into the assessment process.
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Free online tutorial for using Present.me - 1 views

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    You can upload PowerPoint or pdf files and add your audio and/or webcam visuals. Might be useful to advanced students in creating presentations.
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Everything You've Ever Been Told About How You Learn Is A Lie | Australian Popular Science - 1 views

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    This article goes a long way to debunk the myths perpetrated by Gardner and the brain-based learning movement. Once again, Schools of Education have fallen for the mythical.
    "So let's reiterate: A "learning style" curriculum won't affect the way you learn. You don't only use half of your brain, so being taught to your "left-brain" or "right-brain" won't help you, either. Fiddling with an iPhone app? Unlikely.
    "What might affect how you learn? The types of things you've learned before. "It's not so much based upon how the brain is structured," Alferink says, "it's based upon our experiences." So if you're not a very strong reader, for example, you probably won't learn very well by reading. "Our experiences do affect brain development," he says. "The wiring of the brain depends upon the experiences we have."
    "And as for the validity of "brain-based" education techniques - that term should really apply to all teaching. After all, Alferink says, "all education is brain-based. It is impossible to learn without a brain.""
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