Thursday, March 21, 2013

Inquiry-based lessons help students explore, reflect - courtesy of SmartBrief

Here is a great article for teachers to use.  It is research based and aligned with the common core:}  

A growing number of educators are using the inquiry-learning approach, in which the goal is to help students learn how to learn. A long-term research project in which students select their topic, explore it and finally present their findings is an example of inquiry learning, Katrina Schwartz writes in this blog post that includes five inquiry-learning tools. "We want students thinking about their thinking," said Leslie Maniotes, one of the authors of "Guided Inquiry: Learning in the 21st Century," and a teacher-effectiveness coach in the Denver Public Schools. "We want them reflecting on the process and the content." blog

Saturday, March 16, 2013

3 states join forces to purchase education technology - courtesy of SmartBriefzz

Maine, Hawaii and Vermont are working together to purchase education technology -- a collaboration driven by the implementation of the Common Core State Standards. At least five other states are considering joining the Multi-State Learning Technology Initiative, which some say could help states save money and gain purchasing leverage by joining forces in the digital-procurement process. Education Week (premium article access compliments of (3/13)

Saturday, March 2, 2013

More K-12 classrooms incorporate social media - courtesy of SmartBrief

A growing number of teachers are using social media such as wikis, Twitter and other tools to foster engagement through student collaboration and help students learn. With growth, there also are words of warning and opportunities for "teachable moments" if and when students come across inappropriate material online. Schools also are taking additional steps to provide security for students accessing social media. T.H.E. Journal