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Les 10 Clip 1 Still_largeBlack History Month begins and throughout February you’ll find resources here to spark students’ curiosity. This one considers the 21st century demand for a new way of approaching education policy and practice — a “whole child” approach to learning, teaching, and community engagement.  Such an approach requires that policymakers make decisions about education by first asking:   What works best for children? (more…)

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WGBH EducationAs part of a Race to the Top proposal, the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (ESE) is developing 100+ Model Curriculum Units (MCUs)to help you use the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks (incorporating the Common Core State Standards).  They span PreK-12 in English language arts, Mathematics, U.S. History/Social Studies, and Science and Technology Engineering.

Each unit identifies the standard(s) to be taught, big understandings, essential questions, a Curriculum Embedded Performance Assessment (CEPA), an outline of lessons, possible digital resources to use, and detailed lesson plans. As media partner for this project, WGBH in Boston will provide digital resources via PBS LearningMedia.

Units are posted on the ESE website at the link below. Many are in draft form and ready for a Try-Out phase. Follow these steps to access the MCUs for a 2-week period, after which you can continue to request access for an unlimited number of times.

1)   Visit http://www.doe.mass.edu/candi/model/download_form.aspx

2)   Complete the short form. An access link will be sent to your email address.

3)   Check your email inbox for a message from “ESE Administration”

4)   Open the message and click the link to the website.

5)   Select a unit of interest to you.

You can also visit  www.mass.pbslearningmedia.org for updates on the units and links to thousands of free digital learning resources.

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CompSci2_ResizedNews for more integrated computer science education have increased in recent years as studies show that computer science degrees lead to high-paying jobs that help boost the economy. In fact, many school districts now give math credits to students for successful completion of computer science courses, so reports Laura Devaney, managing editor of eSchool News, in their October 30 edition.

To read the entire article, please click this link.

To learn more about teaching computer science and to access lesson plans and other classroom resources, please click this link.

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music_brainresizedThis report by Meris Stansbury, Associate Editor, eSchool News, August 15, 2013, may confirm observations you’ve already made about the achievement of students who participate in school music programs  —  The new study reveals that music education can offset widespread student achievement gaps, enhance student learning skills, and promote better brain function later in life. The good news for schools is that whether or not music funding is available, new music technology can provide students with music education at little to no cost.

“We are what we do,” said Nina Kraus, Hugh Knowles professor and principal investigator at the Auditory Neuroscience Lab at Northwestern University. “And the brain helps prove that.”

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51p+4bC+EfL._SY300_Here is a new video that provides an intimate portrait of fledgling Washington Metropolitan High School in D.C. Through day-to-day stories, the film invites viewers in for a rare first-hand account of the life inside Washington, D.C.’s volatile school reform movement. Staff and students put a human face on their day-to-day struggles for learning while coping with social pressures within and without the school. A good DVD to build staff discussions around. Borrow 180 Days – A Year Inside an American High School (I.D. 2381) for a month by clicking here.

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TEDtalksSkeptical about whether online learning can really offer a quality education?  On TED TALKS EDUCATION, a program WGBY aired this past May, you saw the quality of TED talks:  Ideas Worth Spreading — ideas that we want to continue to help spread here.

A TED Talk that may well transform your view of online learning is one by Stanford professor Daphne Koller:  What We’re Learning from Online Education.  Growing up among several generations of PhD’s, she was expected to go to college and has become a passionate educator.   Through her startup, Coursera, co-founded with Andrew Ng, she has made college available to anyone with online classes from 16 top colleges.  In her TED Talk, Professor Koller says, “In many of our [online] courses, the median response time for a question on the question and answer forum was 22 minutes — which is not a level of service I have ever offered to my Stanford students.”  Be prepared to learn more about the success and promise of online learning in her 20 minute talk.

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MOOCk12resizedBy staf writers, eSchool News, June 24, 2013  –  According to one of the most popular International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) 2013 conference speakers, Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) are on the verge of revolutionizing K-12 education.

MOOCs — often free and non-credited online courses taught by educators — are currently transforming higher education.  But soon, MOOCs will begin to change the way high school courses are taught as well, said Dr. Scott Garrigan, professor of practice for instructional design and technology and teacher education at Lehigh University’s College of Education, during an ISTE highlighted session, “How will the MOOC explosion affect K-12 schools and students?”  According to Garrigan, last summer (2012) high school teens completed more than 15,000 courses from Udacity, a MOOC platform.

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DigitalContentBy staff writers, eSchool News, April 13, 2013 — As a concept, using digital content in the classroom is nothing new. But making the leap from using traditional print textbooks to fully integrating digital content in the classroom can be intimidating. During a webinar sponsored by the State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA), some experienced digital content advocates shared how they implemented changes in their schools and districts.

In “Out of Print: Reimagining the K-12 Textbook,” a recent SETDA report, the group issued three recommendations to help school leaders and policy makers guide and implement the use of digital content:

  • Complete the shift from print-centric textbook adoption practices to digital resources within five years, beginning with the next major textbook adoption cycle
  •  Develop a vision and roadmap for completing the shift, eliminate unnecessary or ineffective policies and regulations, invest in infrastructure and devices, and ensure effective implementation of digital learning policies
  •  Ensure a vibrant marketplace for digital and open content

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john-legend-at-ted-talks-educationTED Talks Education, hosted by John Legend, premieres May 7, 2013 at 10:00pm on WGBY.  PBS and TED, the non-profit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading, share a deep commitment to addressing the high school dropout crisis. The TED Talks Education one-hour program brings together a diverse group of teachers and education advocates delivering short, high-impact talks on the theme of teaching and learning.

These original TED Talks are given by educational leaders including Geoffrey Canada, Bill Gates, Rita F. Pierson and Sir Ken Robinson. TED Talks Education is part of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting’s American Graduate initiative. See all speakers and performers.

For more TED talks on a wide range of ideas worth spreading from innovative, influence thinkers around the world, you’ll want to explore the TED site for yourself http://www.ted.com/talks. You can search by subject and speakers as well as look for those talks with descriptions such as “inspiring,” “jaw-dropping” and courageous.

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By Laura Devaney, Managing Editor, eSchool News, March 13, 2013 – School district technology leaders aren’t too optimistic that their ed-tech budgets will increase over the next year, and funding remains among the top challenges that face ed-tech leaders, according to the Consortium for School Networking’s first annual K-12 IT Leadership Survey, released at CoSN’s annual conference in San Diego.

The survey revealed these seven key findings:

  • Eighty percent of school district IT leaders predict flat or declining ed-tech budgets.
  • When asked to name their top three priorities for the 2012-13 school year, K-12 technology leaders identified Bring Your Own Device programs, assessment readiness, and broadband access.
  • Budget and resource limitations, changing the culture of teaching, and breaking down district-wide barriers are ed-tech leaders’ biggest challenges
  • The most common titles, when it comes to school district IT leadership, are chief technology officer (CTO) and chief information office (CIO).
  • Many CTOs have held their positions for more than six years, indicating that the job position is relatively stable.
  • Eighty percent of IT leaders are in charge of both instructional and administrative technology for central and school-based staff.
  • School district CTO salaries tend to lag behind salaries of comparable positions in the business field.

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