10 Social Media Competencies for 21st Century Teachers

Digital social networking is a game changer in the learning landscape. It is an invention that amounts in its importance and usefulness to the big inventions that marked all mankind history. In ancient times, cultures, in the absence of any established sign language to encode its content, were orally based.

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Sanborn Regional School District Wins Nellie Mae Award!

Congratulations to the Sanborn Regional School District on winning the Foundation’s 4th Annual Lawrence W. O’Toole Award! This award is given out each year to an educator, school, district or non-profit that has exhibited great leadership in moving student-centered approaches to learning forward in New England.

A huge thank you goes out to all of the nominees and participants who took the time to vote in this contest and promote student-centered learning around New England.

This year, more than 11,000 individuals submitted votes on the Students at the Center Hub, with Sanborn finishing with the most votes. With support from educators across the district, the senior leadership team in Sanborn has transformed the school system into one where student learning is measured through real-world projects, students take ownership over their learning, feedback is constant, and learning is personalized.

Sanborn will be presented with the award at a ceremony in New Hampshire later this year.

See more at http://studentsatthecenterhub.org/otoole-award-winner/

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How to Cultivate a Bully-Free Community

Fifth grade student Malcolm Lyon is especially tall for his age and well-spoken. When asked what he loved most about his school, Malcolm answered simply, “No bullying.” This might be surprising given the struggle with bullying that schools face nationwide. This August, Malcolm is starting his eighth year at Odyssey Community School, a small private school in Asheville, North Carolina that serves students in prekindergarten through high school. Here, the subject of bullying is addressed with five guiding fundamentals. Continue reading

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Science Resource: Water Cycle School from the US Geological Survey

The US Geological Survey (USGS) has a wonderful Web site for teachers to use to learn all about water, the Water Science School (http://water.usgs.gov/edu/).  Science teachers in New Hampshire should know that this resource exists for them to use. Continue reading

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Guide to Federal Funding of Broadband Projects

The National Telecommunications and Information Administration’s BroadbandUSA initiative released a guide to key federal programs that offer funding for broadband-related projects. NTIA intends this guide to answer questions from communities on how to access federal funding to support broadband planning, public access, digital literacy, adoption, and deployment.

BroadbandUSA: Guide to Federal Funding of Broadband Projects   http://www2.ntia.doc.gov/files/broadband_fed_funding_guide.pdf

State Broadband Initiative  http://www2.ntia.doc.gov/SBDD

Find out more at http://www2.ntia.doc.gov/.

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15+ Ways of Teaching Every Student to Code (Even Without a Computer)

According to Code.org, 90 percent of U.S. schools are not teaching any computer science. Eyebrows were raised in 2013 as the U.K. passed a plan to educate every child how to code. In 2014, Barack Obama made history as the first U.S. president to program a computer. Yet critics claim that often only the more affluent schools offer computer science courses, thus denying minorities potential to learn the skills required by the 1.4 million new jobs that will be created during the next ten years.

In my opinion, parents of every student in every school at every level should demand that all students be taught how to code. They don’t need this skill because they’ll all go into it as a career — that isn’t realistic — but because it impacts every career in the 21st century world. Any country recognizing that will benefit in the long term. Here’s how you can start.

With the following resources, you can teach programming with every student and every age. Continue reading

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It’s Time to Get Rid of Education’s Sacred Cows

Education Needs More Questioning Practitioners

It used to be that when I attended events with people outside the education tribe and told them what I did for a living, they would smile and say something like, “Education, that’s such an important and rewarding thing to do. Good for you!” But in the past year, I’ve been hearing, “What about that common core? Do you think it’s bad?” When people outside the profession bring up a specific education issue in casual conversation, you know it has become mainstream. Continue reading

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