Friday, December 15, 2017

Educational Links 12/16/17

How A Deregulated Internet Could Hurt America’s Classrooms  

Encouraging a Sense of Gratitude in Students

14  edu-books worth reading

Teacher Training to Implement Change

Secret Admirers and Classroom Management

A new Memphis nonprofit sees training teachers in dyslexia therapy as key to closing literacy gap for all

How to Create a Curious Classroom Culture and Inspire Innovative Thinking

3 Necessary Skills for Educators in the Era of A.I.

Over the past decade, the most prominent school reform effort has been the development of the Common Core State Standards and their assessments, which were intended to support college and career readiness. However, during that same period, the world of work took a sharp, driverless turn. Start-ups with odd names like Uber and Lyft swiftly accelerated, upending urban transportation, creating millions of new jobs and eliminating others.
Armies of robots, already in factories and warehouses, are preparing to march into offices and hospitals.

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Educational Links 12/15/17

How A Deregulated Internet Could Hurt America’s Classrooms

Avoiding the Pitfalls of Student Group Work

How to Get and Keep Boys Reading

Down Syndrome Families Divided Over Abortion Ban

Can Schools Help Uncover 'Lost Einsteins' in Next Generation of Inventors?

A new generation craves this kind of curriculum

Making Digital Communications Accessible

As educators take advantage of digital tools to communicate with families and communities, do we think enough about who can access the information we share? According to the Digital Accessibility Toolkit: What Education Leaders Need to Know: “Accessibility is essential for leveraging technology and providing educational opportunities for all students, including those with disabilities and English learners (ELs). School systems need to ensure all information provided to the public, parents, and guardians is accessible.”

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Educational Links 12/14/17

Teaching Strategies: Well-Being Through Art Therapy

Types of Learning Disabilities

Civil Rights Commission Takes on Issue of Minorities in Special Education

What the net neutrality vote could mean for schools, students

A “Punishing Decade” for K-12 Education Funding in the States

How PBL transforms students into digital citizens

The Secret to Being a Better Teacher? Find Your Tribe

It could be stated as ‘Mutual sharing of knowledge and working together bringing forward the strengths of each other towards achieving a common goal or producing positive outcome’. This approach involves critical thinking, communication and social skills of the individuals involved and helps them develop a better understanding of the problem.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Educational Links 12/13/17

Assistive Technology

GAO report sounds alarm about vouchers and students with disabilities

Three strategies for making learning accessible for pupils with autism

The Top 10 Education Next Blog Entries of 2017

Technology in Rural School Settings: Closing the Digital Divide

The Future of Fake News

Competency-Based Education: Definitions and Difference Makers

Across the country, there is a growing movement to transition away from seat-time and move towards a flexible structure that allows students to progress in their learning after they have demonstrated mastery, which is oftentimes at their own pace. This movement, which extends well beyond issues of time and pace, is known as competency-based education (CBE). Numerous organizations, states, districts and schools have taken the steps to begin implementing CBE within their own contexts.

Monday, December 11, 2017

Educational Links 12/12/17

Seven Stupid Mistakes Teachers Make With Technology

Trump Administration Weighs In On FAPE, IEPs

ADD Symptoms Vs. ADHD Symptoms: What’s the Difference?

How one California school district is leading the way on new science standards

How Will America’s New Education Law Change Your School? 5 Experts Point to the Best New Ideas From ESSA Plans

Policy-Makers Should 'Treat Teachers Like Equals'

Why Every School’s Edtech Department Should Make Themselves Obsolete

In the last decade, schools have put significant resources into academic technology in an effort to improve instruction and prepare students for a rapidly changing workforce. Many have created new staff positions or entirely new departments, such as Technology Integration, to act as liaisons between teachers and traditional IT departments, and to help teachers use edtech in the classroom.
Created to serve a specific need, the real mission of these new departments should be to integrate technology fully, which includes training a technologically savvy faculty capable of picking up new skills on their own and able to work directly with IT departments. In other words, these departments don’t need to be a permanent fixture. Their ultimate goal should be to make themselves obsolete.

The Sky Is Cheap Entertainment: Winter Meteor Showers--starting this week

Geminids 2017: How to See One of the Year's Best Meteor Showers

Top 10 tips for meteor-watchers

Sunday, December 10, 2017

Educational Links 12/11/17

Learning & Attention Issues

America’s New Education Law: 3 Experts on the Most Common Mistakes States Are Making With Their ESSA Plans

My Favorite Resources In One Place

Secondary English Apps and Websites for ELA Teachers

5 Ways to Make Class Discussions More Exciting

Classroom discussions have been a staple of teaching forever, beginning with Socrates. I have taught using discussions, been a student in discussions, and observed other teachers' discussions thousands of times -- at least. Some have been boring, stifling or tedious enough to put me to sleep. Others have been so stimulating that I was sad to see them end. The difference between the two is obviously how interesting the topic is, but equally important is the level of student participation.