Monthly Archives: June 2014

What Educators Need to Know About ConnectED School Technology Donations

Four months ago, President Obama unveiled the first in over $2 billion in commitments from leading technology companies to support the aims of the ConnectED initiative and advance student learning through technology. To highlight these commitments, the White House recently … Continue reading

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Local Educator to Become ‘Google Certified’ at Google Teacher Academy

Walnut Creek, CA, May 30, 2014 — Google tm has selected Allison Mollica as an attendee at the next Google Teacher Academy, to be held in Mountain View, CA on July 30-31, 2014. The Google Teacher Academy is a two-day intensive program … Continue reading

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Smarter Balanced Field Test Shows Positive Tech Results

A field test of the Smarter Balanced assessment this spring showed good results when it came to state and school district’s technology preparedness. Twenty-one governing states and the Virgin Islands participated in the Smarter Balanced field test that ran from … Continue reading

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Use the Common Core. Use It Widely. Use It Well.

Many of us in higher education have observed an increasing number of students arriving at our doorstep not fully prepared to pursue a college degree. This is our collective problem as a nation. Our country, and our local communities, can … Continue reading

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Over-filtering in schools and libraries harms education, new ALA report finds

For Immediate Release Contact: Jazzy Wright Press Officer Washington Office 202-628-8410 jwright at alawash.org WASHINGTON, D.C.—Schools and libraries nationwide are routinely filtering internet content far more than what the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA) requires, according to “Fencing Out Knowledge: … Continue reading

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Maine Walks the Talk – Extends Date for Proficiency-based Diplomas

In 2012, Maine’s legislature passed L.D. 1422, which established proficiency-based high school diplomas. The policy stated that the class of 2015 would be expected to demonstrate proficiency, not just pass a class in English, math, science, social studies and physical education. Based … Continue reading

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Low-Performing Detroit Middle School Eliminates Grade Levels, Goes Blended

“I’m a level 11 in math, and a level 9 in English, but I’m trying really hard to move up,” I heard from a student who I believed to be a 5th grader. Huh? In July 2013, Matchbook Learning, a … Continue reading

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OPEN NH Introduces Tech Skills Tutorial for Novice and Reluctant Users

Ten Technology Skills for Learning and Teaching, a 15-hour self-paced tutorial, is available online from OPEN NH. Students in the 21st Century must be creative and resourceful critical thinkers, effective problem-solvers, and life-long learners. In order for students to be … Continue reading

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3 Ways of Getting Student Feedback to Improve Your Teaching

Collecting Input First, I’m trying to identify my awful lessons or units so that I can rework them over the summer. For example, I set as a goal to take the most boring lesson or unit from one year and … Continue reading

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Closing the Wi-Fi Gap in America’s Schools and Libraries

I had the pleasure of visiting Robinson Secondary School in Fairfax, Virginia yesterday. The visit confirmed my deep belief that broadband-enabled technologies have the power to revolutionize education – empowering students and teachers. I saw students using laptops to access … Continue reading

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