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Avoiding tech "OOPS-idents" by Helen Teague


The World Digital Library

world digital library logoThe World Digital Library is a cooperative project of the Library of Congress, the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), and partner libraries, archives, and educational and cultural institutions from the United States and around the world. The project brings together rare and unique materials including books, journals, manuscripts, maps, prints and photographs, films, and sound recordings that tell the story of the world’s cultures. Content can be displayed in seven languages and curator videos deliver context and commentary for some items.

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Is the calendar incorrect? Nope it is still the 21st century

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In an opinion piece that succinctly explains what is troubling to most innovative educators, Graham Brown-Martin, Founder of Learning

Without Frontiers and Founder of Education Design Labs extols, “We continue to use technology to reinforce 19th century teaching practice.

Read the full online interview at this link

Nik Peachey‘s comment is noteworthy: “Some really good points here about the way assessment is crippling the ability of technology to move teaching practice forwards.”


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Moving Beyond Multiple Choice Tests

A few years ago, I wanted to see what it would be like if I spent one marking period not giving my traditional multiple choice exams at the end of units and see what would happen if I gave my students options to demonstrate their knowledge. At the end of those ten weeks I saw higher engagement and a much stronger demonstration of skill and knowledge than any multiple choice exam had ever shown me. - Nick Provenzano

Read more in this post which describes more effective assessment procedures.


How Students Learn

The Tech B.F.F.’s at Naiku sent this great, free resource which I am sharing with you:

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In How Students Learn, Dr. Adisack Nhouyvanisvong presents a key component central to learning gathered from research – the delivery of specific, timely, and focused feedback.  Dr. Nhouyvanisvong summarizes the research illustrating the effectiveness of feedback, outlines four different types of feedback and their reltionship to phases of learning and states why feedback works and what types of feedback don’t work.  Lastly, Dr. Nhouyvanisvong presents educational tools to support the delivery of specific, timely, and focused feedback.
Download: How Students Learn (415k .PDF file)



Attention Span in 4-year-olds linked to later learning success

A recently released study has found that children who were rated high on attention span and persistence at age 4 were more likely to graduate from college than their less attentive peers. Researchers at Oregon State University, who assessed 430 students at ages 4, 7 and 21, determined that the most accurate predictor of a future college career wasn’t a student’s math or reading skills but the ability to pay attention and complete tasks as a preschooler, says Megan McClelland, lead author of the study that was published in Early Childhood Research Quarterly. Education Week/Early Years blog (August 7)

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