When the Circus Descends, NY Times Opinion: Op-ed columnist David Brooks argues in this poignant piece that usually when the far right and the far left both attack an idea, it’s actually a pretty good one. The example he uses to illustrate this idea is the Common Core State Standards:
While the measure is being applauded by a range of groups, including the teachers union and advocacy group Educators 4 Excellence, some fear this will actually lower the bar of expectations for students. Chalkbeat:
More than Half of Students Engaged in School, Poll Says, Education Week: Students who have teachers who make them feel excited about the future and who attend schools that they see as committed to building their individual strengths are 30 times more likely than other students to show signs of engagement in the classroom—a key predictor of success according to Gallup Education’s poll released Wednesday.
Common Core Watch, Education Week: As Common Core debates continue on, Education Week has been updating its map to keep pace with the changes. As noted last week, Indiana is the first state to reverse its adoption of the CCSS. Here’s where things stand:
Blended Learning, But the Data are Useless: A warning from an educator and researcher says that all of the data from blended learning systems and other ed tech tools can be pretty useless if it’s not exportable, if it doesn’t help guide instruction, and if there’s no real correlation in various edtech software to tests like MAP:
How to Build Effective 1:1 Environments: Educators share their suggestions for successfully implementing programs where each student is given a device. This post is chock full of links providing advice on educational technology, how schools are using technology, and what to be cautious about when giving students tech tools.
When Schools Choose “Fee” Over Free, EdSurge: Peter Bencivenga, president of CaseNEX/DataCation, a data management system for schools, discusses how he was able to succeed in part by listening closely to the needs of educators. There are great insights into developing smart teacher dashboards that are user-friendly.
Charting the PD Waters with Badges, EdSurge: So we’ve heard of badging for students but now there’s a lot of talk about how adults can use badges to show the new skills and learning experiences they acquire through professional development. One educator has completely transformed PD at her school with badges for professional learning.
Top Edtech Tools for Q1, EdSurge: As the first quarter of the year wraps (and we throw a massive welcome party for spring!), EdSurge lists the most popular tools as judged by number of clicks that these products received in its educator-specific INSTRUCT e-newsletter:
Think We No Longer Need Libraries, Think Again, Digital Promise: Karen Cator, who leads up Digital Promise—an advocacy group authorized by Congress designed to spur innovation in education—discusses how critical it is for us to support our nation’s libraries. Public libraries are a valuable resource for all learners, and a valuable resource in creating a connected community:
The four key facets include 1/. Learners are the focus. By connecting a students’ interest to academic studies, civic engagement, career opportunities, student engagement and learning outcomes improve. 2/. Students are supported by mentors and peers through use of technology 3/.Connected learning takes place anywhere, any time—at home, in school, in the community. Digital tools offer students to work during OST. 4/.Students become makers and producers meaning they are tasked with creating, producing, and designing products.