Free Presentations for Teachers!

Hey teachers - I put up a few of my impress.js presentations for your viewing/presenting pleasure. Take a look over at the Resources & Presentations page. Included topics: Communism, Washington & Adams, Vietnam, and the 1920s in America, all at varied grade levels.

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From the LA Times

It's a crying shame that LA is having so much trouble financing its ed tech. Not just because $400 million is already spent, and plenty more is coming, but because it's scaring away other schools that may be considering ed tech for themselves.

Here's a great resource by the Hechinger Report on the Common Core Standards. Stories about how they've been implemented, places that have adopted the standards, and a lot of great questions about where Common Core is going and where its potential lies.

Does the Common Core tend to dictate curriculum? Does it serve ELA students as it should? How does it compare with other schemata across the rest of the world?

Just wrote a brief article about conferences - here's the hashtag that inspires it.

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This is a great article on Edudemic about something that's often ignored. The term "digital natives" is very misleading - often, young students who have been surrounded by technology their entire lives are actually not the best at using it, in much the same way that a construction worker's child may never learn the trade despite the garage full of tools. It takes practice & awareness to get the search engines to give you what you want.

Additionally, not all search engines can parse questions and phrases the way Google does. That means students who have learned to use Google using natural language will probably get nothing useful from a library catalog search.

See the article for some great tips. Consider taking your students into the lab (or on their devices, if you're 1:1!) and find a fun way to practice.

This article from Wired is making the rounds. It's about a Mexican teacher making a difference in the lives of his students by the expert application of open-ended questioning, technology, and modern methods of teaching. It also has a very impressive timeline down the right-hand side.

One thing to remember: educational innovation is easy to talk about. How do we really get it moving?

Short version: I found some cool infographics for you.


Long version: This blog has several very cool tech-related infographics. They're not the short ones, either, they are pretty informative, and there is a lot of good data represented in graphically appealing ways.

More like clinical schools, actually. My Master's degree was based in one of these programs, and I think it was a fantastic way to learn to teach. The question is - should the government set aside funds to create this programs? Is it worth the government's money to ensure that teachers are that much better when they graduate their programs? Of course, this is poorly timed with the shutdown and all - but maybe if our government gets its act together and starts making forward progress again, something like this could be considered.

The question sprouts from a Hechinger Report article entitled "Investing in the teaching profession" by Ronald Thorpe.