The NBC News project Education Nation has created a sleek parent toolkit with helpful ideas about what parents can do at home to support their child’s learning in school. It highlights the big educational concepts students should master in each grade, offers tips about the kinds of questions parents can bring up at home and how to support kids’ math and English lessons, and gives parents a sense of the obstacles they might face in future, all the way to graduation day. It also looks at the social and emotional side of learning and development and offers ideas on where parents can find more information or get involved in other ways. For parents seeking a little support, this could be a helpful tool.
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Aiming to get kids to understand and solve real-world math problems, one teacher developed a tool that uses Google Earth.
As an instructional designer and online instructor at the Community College of Baltimore County Catonsville, Dionne Thorne has worked with many instructors as they develop their online courses. Based on this experience, she offers the following advice on the course design process…
This problem of student engagement is what drives educators at NuSkool to develop lesson plans that are relevant to students’ lives, engaging for 21st century learners, and pedagogically student-centered. The NuSkool team works to find the teachable moments in contemporary popular culture and develop them into common core aligned lesson plans that teachers can easily implement in their classrooms. Rather than eschew students’ extracurricular interests as irrelevant to learning, NuSkool makes them the center of students’ educational experiences.
Trying to find new media and integrating it into your lessons is hard work - let NuSkool do some of the heavy lifting. Registration is required for access to lessons.
This policy is made just for iPads but there are printable policy handouts available here for iPads owned by students, iPads owned by schools, iPods, and other devices. Click here to view all the acceptable use policies in Google Drive.
We’ve got lots of eCourses sparking off and we want you to be a part of them. These practical, affordable, online courses are starting up July 1st. Will you be involved in one of these game-changers?
Send your students home with some educational apps to work their creative muscle over the summer. The list is maintained by Common Sense Media and are grouped by categories and age to make it easy to age-appropriate tools.
image via flickr:CC | Toca Boca
Taiwanese calligrapher Shao Lan uses a pictorial and story-telling approach to teach Chinese characters. Her website, Chineasy, is fantastic: when you click on a character, related and more complex characters appear. This will be one of many resources that I’ll use when I start learning Chinese characters next month. (For now: speaking and pronunciation practice).
Images: screenshots from Chineasy.
Coursera announces category for Teacher Professional Development
You can view them all here: https://www.coursera.org/courses?cats=teacherpd
In school, learned helplessness relates to poor grades and behavior problems. Learned helpless children doubt their ability to overcome their academic difficulties.
There’s a difference between using technology and integrating technology in your classroom, and this list from Teachbytes can help you visualize the difference.
VideoNotes is a neat new tool for taking notes while watching videos. VideoNotes allows you to load any YouTube video on the left side of your screen and on the right side of the screen VideoNotes gives you a notepad to type on. VideoNotes integrates with your Google Drive account. By integrating with Google Drive VideoNotes allows you to share your notes and collaborate on your notes just as you can do with a Google Document.
Not sure what you want to do? Check out Career Sighted, a collection of short videos featuring real people talking about what they do and why they like their jobs.
The Report of 2012 National Survey of Science and Mathematics Education details the results of a survey of 7,752 science and mathematics teachers in schools across the United States. Areas addressed include: teacher backgrounds and beliefs, teachers as professionals, science and mathematics courses, instructional objectives and activities, instructional resources, and factors affecting instruction.