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June 2011 Blog Posts (42)

Let them Eat Tests*



Equity [ek-wi-tee]: –noun, plural -ties.

1. the quality of being fair or impartial

2. a justice according to natural law or right; specifically: freedom from bias or favoritism



New York City is the largest school system in the United States, with over 1.1 million students taught in… Continue

Added by Mary Rice-Boothe on June 24, 2011 at 12:00pm — No Comments

SRBI Intervention

This is our SRBI intervention, we focused on identifying independent and dependent variables. Thank you Aine, Pete, and JR for the help and resources.

 

SRBI Intervention on I.V. and D.V

 

Identifying variables and controls

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Added by Steven Anderson on June 24, 2011 at 9:00am — No Comments

School’s out for Summer… Part 2

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One of the joys of the long Summer holidays is being able to go away for a well deserved family adventure. For me it often involves a road trip around the country (preferably with at least one beach and a hammock along the way). After a day of fun filled activities and for those moments of downtime entertainment, I…

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Added by Chris Roche on June 21, 2011 at 8:40am — No Comments

School’s out for Summer… Part 1

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Over the past week or so, parents have been approaching me, with a certain look of fear in their expressions, and asking for ideas of how they can keep their children occupied over the summer break. Always a tricky one for mums and dads all over the world - I know i am looking at loads of different activities for my two to do.



Thankfully, we have the wonderful world of the… Continue

Added by Chris Roche on June 21, 2011 at 8:00am — No Comments

SRBI Interventions - Metric Converstions

See an updated version of the metric conversion interventions here:

SRBI%20Interventions%20-%20Metric%20Conversions.docx

 

Thanks for the helpful feedback!  Additional details to consider:

 

1.) One group suggested switching the Tier I and Tier II tasks.  Thoughts?

2.) A different group suggested having numbers associated with pictures…

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Added by Elizabeth Ziegler on June 20, 2011 at 9:20am — No Comments

Not Your Father’s EDU Conference

With a premiere Technology-in-Education Conference, ISTE11, coming in a matter of days, I find myself comparing the Education conferences of old to the social media-influenced Education conferences of today. There is a world of differences, but, unfortunately, many of these differences have yet to be discovered by educators who have failed to recognize the juggernaut of social media. For many years I was a board member of NYSCATE, an educational technology…

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Added by Thomas Whitby on June 19, 2011 at 7:30am — 1 Comment

Livebinder Contest! My :Cybraryman" Livebinder was nominated! YES!

Yes, I am begging for votes. :)



However, I have to say that I believe my Cybraryman Livebinder is a worthy resource, so you won’t be selling yourself cheap if you vote for it.:)

 

 My Livebinder is listed as: lmims ”Cybraryman”



Thanks, and there are some really good Livebinders on this list, so I am surrounded by excellent company.:) …



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Added by Lisa Mims on June 18, 2011 at 2:24pm — No Comments

How Teachers Can Use Twitter to Maximise Their Professional Learning

Have you looked at Twitter and wondered what all the fuss is about?  Over the last few months I have been showing teachers how to use twitter to build their PLN (Professional Learning Network).  Whilst doing this I have found that teachers generally have the same concerns:

  • They feel overwhelmed with the potential information overload?
  • They are…
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Added by Michael Reading on June 17, 2011 at 3:14am — 2 Comments

A Menu of Modernized Assessments

My favorite part of the day had arrived! It was time to perform my daily walkthroughs. A question popped into my mind as I entered the first classroom while observing students monotonously taking a routine quiz. Is it possible to assess a student's deep understanding of a concept and their ability to apply this concept through a traditional paper-and-pencil quiz…

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Added by Shawn Blankenship on June 16, 2011 at 9:07pm — 2 Comments

Discipline is not a four-letter word

Somewhere along the way the word discipline has, for some, become a four-letter word.  Isn't discipline a good thing?  Don't I need discipline to sustain a habit, change my lifestyle, or excel at anything I do.  Isn't it important that I learn self-discipline so I can monitor my own progress toward any goal.  If I don't have it or know what it looks like, isn't it important that I have someone to help guide me there? Now, I know that's probably not what is often meant when people…

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Added by Tom Schimmer on June 16, 2011 at 2:06pm — 2 Comments

Students Revolt Against Standardized Tests

Teens with an ax to grind . . .

I originally posted this on my blog Literacy Gurl in March, 2011. It seems even more critical today as states are not only using standardized tests for teacher evaluations, some are considering allowing students to evaluate teachers. Here is the original…

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Added by Kathryn Coffey on June 15, 2011 at 11:00pm — No Comments

2 Billion Potential Teachers Globally

A few months ago, I was contacted by a colleague who needed my assistance to solve a problem.  The question was this, "How can I take a video from youtube and embed it into imovie?"  This particular problem was one I had never performed before so I immediately called my technology director expecting a quick solution.  His response was that I needed professional software and it would require the ability to write code.…

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Added by Shawn Blankenship on June 13, 2011 at 12:12am — No Comments

What's the next big thing?

What do you think will be the next big innovation to disrupt education as we know it?

  1. Electronic Books

  2. WiFi Capable…

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Added by mrsdurff on June 11, 2011 at 5:30pm — 2 Comments

Hungry Hippos of Hutto



Texas.

No common core adaptation.

No Race to the Top ambitions.

No problems?

 

If you look at any ranking of the best schools in the country, schools from Texas are prevalent. However, the state also is home to some of the lowest-performing schools and districts in the country.

 

So how do…

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Added by Mary Rice-Boothe on June 9, 2011 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Student Summit

Join Pat D'Arcy and his students at the International School of Dusseldorf (ISD), Germany for a Student Summit at 9:00AM Berlin time. To find out the time in your location go to ->…

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Added by mrsdurff on June 7, 2011 at 4:04pm — No Comments

Summer is a great time to learn about VSC!

 

Teachers - spend a little time this summer familiarizing yourself with  VocabularySpellingCity and learn how it can make teaching spelling and vocabulary simple for you and fun for your students! Simply go to…

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Added by john edelson on June 7, 2011 at 10:51am — No Comments

Audioboo in the Classroom - Pt 1

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I love sounds - Loud, soft, rough or sweet, they are all wonderful! Having played with local band,  The Dogs , I have developed an appreciation of recording sounds and how they can be used to enhance all aspects of our lives. A few weeks ago, I came across… Continue

Added by Chris Roche on June 6, 2011 at 8:00am — 1 Comment

QR Codes

There is a growing interest in QR Codes in Classrooms ... so here is the Shambles page

http://www.shambles.net/pages/learning/ict/qrcode/

Added by Shamblesguru on June 6, 2011 at 1:00am — No Comments

The Subtle Faces of Peer Pressure

Peer pressure can come in many forms.  Some are subtle and some overt.  I think sometimes teens don't see the subtle forms because they are too caught up in fitting in, being popular or being liked.

Peer pressure can be your friends subtly making fun of you, laughing, putting you down & then saying, "just kidding.”  Remember, at the core of every statement there is some truth. It can also be your friends saying, “you're no fun” because you don't want to do…

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Added by Carol Langlois on June 5, 2011 at 5:35pm — No Comments

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