Monday, January 27, 2014

Collaboration is often seen as working in heterogenous groups. This article looks at the power of collaboration - as the CCSS defines the real world. Interesting reading. Courtesy of ASCD.

Using collaboration and communication to curb negativity in schools
School leaders must keep communication lines open and foster collaboration to curb complaints and negativity among teachers and staff, New York City teacher and author Starr Sackstein writes in this blog post. Among other things, she recommends that leaders remain open to hearing and acting on staff concerns and form committees or lunch groups for teachers to share best practices. "Rather than tell teachers how to teach, offer them options of what is working and let them choose what is most comfortable for them," Sackstein writes. Education Week/Finding Common Ground blog

Saturday, January 18, 2014

We have been looking at guided inquiry for several years. Following is an article on a trend in the U.S. Intrnational Baccalaureate programs are built around units of inquiry. Enjoy. Courtsy of ASCD Smart Brief.

Pa. district may revise curriculum to add IB courses
A school district near Pittsburgh is looking to enhance its curriculum in math, social studies, art and music and add new International Baccalaureate courses. Incoming juniors would be able to take two-year courses in high-level math, business management, philosophy and information technology. The district also is considering purchasing textbooks that incorporate online technology for math and social studies. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (1/16)

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Online Research from Choice Literacy! Enjoy!

Here are three features from the Choice Literacy archives to read when you're considering online research with students.
Bill Bass has advice for Helping Students Evaluate Online Video for Research at the high school level:
Heather Rader explores The "Tys" of Student Research: Safety and Credibility for working with children in the primary grades:
Chris Lehman shares a lot of good advice on student research in this podcast:
We have two online courses that begin this month -- Literacy Coach Jumpstart with Jennifer Allen and The Tech-Savvy Literacy Teacher with Franki Sibberson. These short courses include three webcasts, personal responses from the instructor, a DVD, and print resources. Click on the link for more information:

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Here is a great book to help teachrs make wise decisions about digital learning in the classroom. Courtesy of ASCD SmartBrief.

ASCD Arias Publications
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New digital tools can radically improve classroom instruction

Better ways to employ technology for the benefit of learning!

What are the best ways to incorporate new apps and online resources into the classroom? Our handy new ASCD Arias publication answers that question. Find out how your students can use new online tools and apps to
  • Conduct more robust research and analysis.
  • Solicit, provide, and discuss feedback on assignments.
  • Collaborate with classmates and students from around the world.
BUY NOW to find out how new digital tools can help students learn more!


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