Getting Smart also has a post entitled, "It's Time for the Next Big Advance: Comparable Growth Measures." The article discusses how "the most important next step in the shift to personal digital learning is the need for comparable growth measures for individual students."
In other words, by using technology we can more accurately begin to measure the growth each student achieves, not just their test and assignment scores. We can build an accurate understanding of each individual student is learning and growing through a course. The article discusses some specifics on what this would look like within the classroom.
"5 Must-Have Elements for Every Online Class." The article offers tips on creating and running a successful online class. The post covers how teachers can:
- Get Organized
- Build a Community
- Integrate & Collaborate
- Encourage Self-Assessment
- Provide Professional Development
Free Tech also has a write-up on the "Saylor Foundation Launches Independent 'Courses' for K-12." And while these online classes are not complete courses in the traditional sense, they are an excellent resource for independent study or to help students with material outside of class, plus they're aligned with the common core standards. Currently they have courses in geometry, calculus, algebra, American Lit, and SAT prep.
Also, if you're interested in language learning, Free Tech has a review of"10 Good Sites & Apps for Learning a New Language." These apps would be great for use within a language classroom, or just for personal use for those who are interested in new languages. The article also covers Duolingo which is one of my personal favorites for language learning.
And on a similar note, they also have a new post on "3 Reasons Apps Put our Kids' Education at Risk." The post addresses some serious concerns that educators should consider before jumping in the deep-end of iPad integration. The article discusses how apps can lead to less physical activity, reduced social skills, and the question of "who is going to create future technologies?"
Edudemic also has a post on "How Social Media Improved an Entire School District." The article covers the Eudora School District (just outside my home town in Kansas) and how they began using blogs, YouTube and other social media tools to improve communication and collaboration between teachers and students across the district. It's a great read and something every district should consider.
Finally, Edudemic has a post on "46 Education App Review Sites for Teachers and Students." It's a list of the best and most popular education app review sites. You can link to list below:
The Lightning Round
- Educational Technology has a post covering 7 Wonderful Google Docs Tutorials for Teachers
- Ed Tech also has an article on 8 Awesome Educational Infographics for Teachers
- Plus, they have posts covering Apps for iPad Video Projects and for Creating Documentaries
- The Ed Tech Review has a great infographic on The Benefits of Going BYOD
- Teach Thought has a breakdown of the 6 Channels of 21st Century Learning
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