By:Jeff Zoul & Marcia Faust
“My daughter, Jordyn, is 21 and a senior in college. Marcie’s daughter, Valerie, is a 9-year-old third grader. In commiserating with Marcie about Valerie’s recent homework experiences, we realized that not much has changed in the quality of homework assignments during the 12 years that have passed since Jordyn finished, and Valerie began, third grade. Marcie became so frustrated with the inane assignments her daughter was expected to complete that she posted this video capturing her daughter completing a word search (38 minutes that neither of them will ever get back) on a recent evening:” To read further please click here:
By: TeachThought Staff
“We’ve theorized before that learning through social networks is the future. Twitter in the classroom? This is also an idea we’ve covered in the past.
But what about a simple process for schools to use begin using twitter meaningfully? With that question in mind, and in conjunction with USC Rossier School of Education, we developed the following graphic. We kept it basic with 5 pathways: Resources, Student Learning, PLNs, Emerging Trends, And PD.
5 Authentic Roles For Twitter In Your School
- Find resources
- Develop Student Thinking
- Help Teachers Engage With A Global Professional Learning Network (See also 20 Ways To Improve Your PLN)
- Monitor Emerging Trends
- Find Professional Development
To read further please click here: http://www.teachthought.com/social-media/twitter-with-meaning-5-authentic-roles-for-twitter-in-your-school/
“Field trips are complicated. Messy. Full of lots of work — and lots of paperwork.
Thankfully, these days, you don’t need a bus, a bunch of permission slips and an adequate number of chaperones to take students to a magical learning experience.
They’re out there for the taking, they’re free, and sometimes they’re instantly available — on demand.
Take your students on a virtual field trip instead. In many cases, you’ll still get the “oohs” and “ahhs” as well as the interaction and personalization. When I present to teachers and show them some of these ideas, the gasps of fascinations and murmured whispering is audible.
Get that reaction out of your students, too! Here are 10 ways to bring a virtual field trip experience to your classroom in several different forms.”
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By: Med Kharbach
“Google Forms is a powerful tool with huge educational potential for teachers and educators. Besides being free and easy to use, Forms works across different devices and is seamlessly integrated with other Drive services such as Docs and Spreadsheets. As a teacher, you can use Forms for a variety of purposes including: planning an event, making surveys and polls, creating quizzes, collecting feedback and other information from students and many more. We have already posted a step by step guide on how to create a form from scratch but since then Google Forms has witnessed some major updates with the addition of some amazing features most important of which is the last update a few days ago. Therefore, we deemed it important to revisit this guide and update you on the different features you can use to create a form in the Google Forms.
1- Create a new form
There are two ways to access Google Forms and start creating a new form:
A: Head over to docs.google.com/forms and click on the plus button in the bottom right. A new form will automatically be opened.” To read further please click here:
By: Ross Cooper
“It started with generally clunky and overpriced “student clickers” by such brands as SMART Technologies and Einstruction, and over the past few years it has transitioned into slick apps likeSocrative, Kahoot!, and Plickers. Time and time again we have seen these apps demoed during professional development sessions and written about on websites and blogs. Nevertheless, we need to be careful that we do not prioritize technology over pedagogy by referring to these apps as “formative assessment tools” when they are anything but.
When James Popham defines formative assessment, he states:Formative assessment is a planned process in which teachers or students use assessment-based evidence to adjust what they’re currently doing.
In other words, if teachers or students are not leveraging results/data (from Socrative, Kahoot!, Plickers, etc.) to then differentiate instruction or learning, the app inspired dog and pony show does not qualify as a formative assessment.” To read further please click here: http://rosscoops31.com/2015/09/07/the-problem-with-formative-assessment-tools-part-1-of-2/