Tuesday, October 21, 2014

This article has some good information that is helpful for the regular classroom teacher. Courtesy of ASCD SmartBrief.

3 essential components of blended learning
History teacher Bill Tolley in this commentary explains how educators can introduce blended learning to their classrooms by focusing on three essential components. Among these is carefully allowing students increased control of the classroom. "Students will not just cotton on and take responsibility for their own learning -- they will buy in to a process that they co-create and co-own with you," he writes. Education Week Teacher (tiered subscription model)Bookmark and Share

Sunday, October 19, 2014

This article shares some good ideas on differentiaion. Well worth the read. Enjoy. Courtesy of ASCD SmartBrief

How teachers can begin using open educational resources

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Open educational resources can help educators tailor content to meet students' individual needs, asserts Tyler DeWitt, a Massachusetts Institute of Technology Ph.D. student and a student coordinator for the MIT+K12 video outreach project. This article highlights DeWitt's tips for getting started with OERs. eSchool News (free registration) (10/16)
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Tuesday, October 7, 2014

CCSS has now shifted to teaching how to read informational text to the ELA teacher as well as the content area teachers. Here are some great ideas for middle school teachers. Enjoy. Courtesy of Edutopia.

Ideas for using tablets to study informational texts with middle-schoolers
Tablet computers can be effective tools to help middle-grades students find, take notes about and synthesize informational texts in assignments, teacher and educational consultant Monica Burns writes in this blog post. She suggests teachers allow students to experiment with iPad apps, such as iMovie to make a public service announcements, or Grid to make a graphic organizer for notes. Edutopia.org/Common Core blog (9/22)Bookmark and Share