Friday, April 22, 2011

Semi-virtual field lessons help engage students in science

Here's another use of technology that is effective and can be used in Maine schools - courtesy of ASCD Smart Brief.

A California high-school teacher uses videoconferencing technology to connect students with science happening in their own community. Teacher Ray Barber accompanied small groups of students to six sites -- from a glass-making company to a local brewery. Students produced webcasts for their classmates, who posed questions and interacted with the on-site experts. In some cases, the students brought back objects from their visits, which helped make the associated lessons more engaging for the others. T.H.E. Journal

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

How “Collaborative Reasoning” Could Be the Next Public School Trend

"Collaborative reasoning is designed to encourage independent critical thinking, as well as question fellow peers and sources. Through this type of pro-active learning, experts anticipate that collaborative learning can jumpstart student progress into modernity."  by Grace Chen

Here is a link to the complete article: Public School Review

Collaborative reasoning is coming to the forefront.  Our committee is focusing on this and busy collecting data.  Stay tuned.  We will have our report posted by then end of June.


Friday, April 8, 2011

A Great Oppporunity to Take a Look at the Potential Blended Learning Offers! Don't Miss It:)!

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2011 Free Webinar Series
Re-engaging Students by Combining Classroom and Computer-Based Instruction

Date: Tuesday, May 03, 2011
Time: 2:00pm ET / 11:00am PT
Duration: 1 hour
Sponsor: American Education Corporation
In this webinar, Benjamin Wright, a renowned author and the current Assistant Superintendent of Academic District 4 of the Philadelphia School System explores new practices in re-engaging potentially failure-bound students in a challenging environment. Instructional strategies must meet the need of an ever-churning school population, and approaches that result in personalized student educational plans show great promise. There is a proven alternative to the “one size fits all” approach to education.
Assessment is a key factor in re-engaging potentially lost students. When instruction is tailored to a student’s ability level, as determined by assessments, students show measurable progress. Computer-assisted assessment and instruction, with diagnostics and prescriptive practices, provide invaluable reporting data back to educators – allowing them to get and keep students on track because the instruction meets the student’s readiness level. With a teaching methodology that includes progressive classroom instruction alongside computer-aided instruction, a student’s learning can be completely re-shaped day by day.
Please join Mr. Wright as he shares a transformative vision and gives real-life examples of best practices that can be used by educators across the country.

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Webinar Speaker:

Benjamin J. Wright
Assistant Superintendent
Academic Division 4 – Alternative Education
The School District of Philadephia
Ben Wright
In this webinar, you'll hear of a transformative model where educators can:

  • Accelerate the student-learning process

  • Build upon prior knowledge of the student

  • Reduce achievement disproportionality

  • Promote and maintain a positive learning environment

  • Increase staff training and development