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Solving 5 Common Challenges of Writing Instruction

Posted by Tatum Travers

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Topics: Blended Learning Strategies  Middle School Education  Education Technology

Solving Education's Most Important Metric [Infographic]

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Topics: Blended Learning Strategies  Middle School Education  Education Technology

3 Professional Development Resources You Probably Haven’t Thought Of

Posted by Tatum Travers

Make sure your teachers are successfully using technology in the classroom.

The transition to student-centered learning can be a difficult time for educators.  Teachers’ roles are changing, and even experienced educators can struggle to adapt to new classroom technology.  Regularly scheduled, hands-on PD is essential to a successful blended learning initiative, but traditional professional development can be costly and time consuming.  Due to time and budgeting constraints, few districts are providing enough professional development resources to their teachers.  

 

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Topics: Blended Learning Strategies

Educators Weigh in on Webb's Depth of Knowledge

Posted by Tatum Travers

Webb’s Depth of Knowledge is a difficult concept to grasp. A “frame of reference” rather than a strategy or series of actions, DOK is a way of categorizing the rigor or complexity of an assessment, question, or task.

The recent push towards more authentic assessments such as PARCC and Smarter Balanced has made DOK a confusing but vital tool for educators across the country. In an effort to clear up misconceptions about higher-order thinking and to help educators prepare their students for next generation assessments, we polled over 80 teachers and administrators during a live webinar to learn what concerns are top of mind. 

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Topics: Blended Learning Strategies

Making Moves: How The Maker Movement is Transforming Education

Posted by Candace Mittel

In an effort to provide students with access to new design technologies (3-D printers, laser cutters, vinyl cutters and desktop machine tools), The Maker Movement is transforming education across the country. The goal of the Maker Movement is to expose students to design thinking, building, manufacturing, enabling them to practice a kind of problem-solving that is essential to today’s world.

 

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Topics: Blended Learning Strategies  Tech Education News

Fun Classroom Activities that Prepare Students for College and Career Success

Posted by Tatum Travers

In 2015, only 30–40% of Louisiana students demonstrated mastery of math and English skills, the majority of New Jersey students in grades 3-11 performed below grade level standards of college and career readiness, and California’s assessment results demonstrated a sizeable achievement gap.   

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Topics: Blended Learning Strategies

Understanding Standardized Assessments that Test Depth of Knowledge

Posted by Tatum Travers

This year, many districts are replacing state standardized tests with PARCC or Smarter Balanced, two Common Core-aligned assessments designed to measure college readiness.  Testing for 21st century skills and depth of knowledge, these assessments aim to give administrators and educators a better understanding of individual student need, skill levels, and academic growth.

 

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Topics: Blended Learning Strategies  Tech Education News

How to Improve Reading Comprehension with Apps

Posted by Tatum Travers

September is national literacy month.  For the past ten years, U.S. illiteracy rates have remained troublingly high.  According to a study conducted by the U.S. Department of Education, 21% of U.S. adults can't read at a 5th grade level, and 19% of students graduate from high school without being able to read. Students with difficult living conditions, learning disabilities, or limited exposure to books have a high risk of illiteracy and may need more academic support than their peers.  Do your students have access to the resources  they need to master reading comprehension?  The recent increase in high quality educational apps is changing the way educators approach reading comprehension, and digital content has the potential to increase the engagement and academic success of all students. 

 

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Topics: App Recommendations  Blended Learning Strategies