“The news reports say that the test scores of American students on the latest PISA test are “stagnant,” “lagging,” “flat,” etc. The U.S. Department of Education would have us believe–yet again–that we are in an unprecedented crisis and that we must double down on the test-and-punish strategies of the past dozen years. The myth persists that once our nation led the world on international tests, but we have fallen from that exalted position in recent years.” BUT….is what we’re being told really the whole story? This blog post will help you see that our nation’s creativity and innovation has NOTHING to do with our place nationally & internationally with test scores. So…how should that influence our approach to education?
Use Google Drive to create a grade book, using your favorite spreadsheet grading rubric and a script contained here that will let your students see their individual grade reports via their Gmail login.
“Sometimes, in order to gain perspective on a situation, I imagine myself zooming into outer space and looking down on whatever is going on. From a distance of thousands of feet above whatever craziness is happening I can see more clearly and determine the actions that are available for me to take. “
“Below are 21 simple teaching strategies that biology instructors can use to promote student engagement and cultivate classroom equity. To provide a framework for how these teaching strategies might be most useful to instructors, I have organized them into five sections, representing overarching goals instructors may have for their classrooms, including:”
This is a ‘must try’ maths iPad app. Play fun, useful and beautifully designed games for every numeracy topic. Adding to algebra! The more you play, the more levels that get unlocked. http://ictmagic.wikispaces.com/Maths
With an increasing focus on programming and coding finding the way onto the curriculum in many different countries across the globe, developers are creating materials which can help educators skill themselves, and also to support pupils in this area.
“Speaking in front of a crowd, giving an important presentation, going to a job interview—they’re all stressful and they can trigger anxiety and fear in even the most stalwart people. So how do you beat it back when you need to? One psychologist suggests the FEAR method, or “Focus, Expose, Approach, Rehearse.”
A truly stunning 3D reconstruction and tour of the Giza pyramids, the Sphinx and other structures. Watch a guided tour around and inside the structures at various points in history. You can even view the site in full 3D. The site may take a little time to load. http://ictmagic.wikispaces.com/History
“RTF/ODF-Scan for Zotero is an add-on for the Zotero reference manager software that allows users to insert citation markers into any document saved as .odt (e.g. by software such as google docs or Scrivener) and then convert those into active Zotero citations. It requires Zotero, LibreOffice and the Zotero LibreOffice plugin.
Thoughtful post by Pam Moran on the skills and competencies our students need for future success. In it, she argues that the future is now and that we, as educators, need to rethink and redesign how we prepare students for their future. Must read.
Katie Ritter, Tech. Coordinator developed a helpful tech. integration flow chart that will help with the CCSS – “I hope it helps you think backwards (or rather the “right” way) to think about selecting a technology tool to use in your class.”