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Children and Technology; New Qualifications; Air Force Cadets in Trouble; Steiner Schools: It’s Required Readings!

Happy Thursday! It’s time for another set of Required Readings – just the thing to help you through those long, boring summer holidays.     The British Communications Watchdog announces the somewhat predictable results of a study into how levels of digital device proficiency compare between children and adults. The …

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Pop Quiz: Learning how to learn

I was a good student in high school, and I graduated in the top 10% of my class.  I went to a state university and took classes with 200-800 of my closest friends for most of it.  I did well and graduated with honors. Then I went to grad school, …

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Back to basics- Required Reading, June 19, 2014

Everybody teaches, and everybody learns. If you’re wondering what it’s all about – chew on this: Help yourself to these helpful notes on Paolo Friere!  Here’s a fave: To teach is not to transfer knowledge but to create the possibilities for the production or construction of knowledge.   And a little primary …

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Speecharella looks at pragmatics therapy for the internet. It’s Required Reading June 13, 2014

Speecharella’s now on an abbreviated work week for summer services, so she’s been able to spend some time studying interventions for online participants who demonstrate deficits or delays I’m the area of online pragmatics- that is the use of language in social contexts. Here, at Big Questions Online,  is a post …

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Reading Rainbow Returns, Speecharella on vacation from snark!! Required Reading 6/5/2014

Yikes! Summer’s here for sure! Here are some ideas for enrichment!! Are you missing school already or are you still trying to drink your burnout away? You might need a little Reading Rainbow!  Is there anybody who doesn’t?  What ever happened to it anyway?  Was it just another 26 year …

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Wyoming Rejects NGSS, More Common Core, Take Better Notes: Required Readings 05.11.14

I think we can all agree that when evaluating how well science education policy is being implemented in a state, Kansas is a pretty low bar.   Yet, this week Wyoming made a bold move to duck under the bar.  Citizens of Wyoming slapped their foreheads in unison as their …

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Higher ed for people with disabilities, Justice Dept. stands up for kids right to an education, Marion Harding HS isn’t so into that, drown your sorrows with KYOOTness! It’s Required Reading 5/8/2014

First the good: Rutgers Univ. is working on adding a program for  students with intellectual disabilities. If you want more information on what’s already  out there , you can check in with Think College!, and also try   AHEAD. Now something to make you feel hopeful but combative: the Justice Department  has reminded …

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Pop Quiz: Language of Education

Yesterday I took part in a professional development that was on blended learning a.k.a. hybrid learning a.k.a. technology-mediated instruction a.k.a. web-enhanced instruction a.k.a. mix-mode instruction.  This is a teaching model that combines aspects of online learning and traditional classroom learning, and there is a lot for me to unpack from …

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Common Criticisms: Required Readings 05.05.14

I’m an educator in a public high school in a state where the Common Core is currently being implemented.  I’ve sent two cohorts through the state testing cycle, and I’m in the final month preparing a third.  I’m still struggling to figure out how I feel about CCSS.  Mostly that’s …

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Pop Quiz: Constructing Criticism

I am currently taking an online class on photographic composition.  Photography is not my field, it is my hobby.  It is something that I do for fun, but it is something that I’d like to do well.  Since I want to do it well I read through the lessons and …

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