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5 Infographics plus Kathy Schrock – death penalty, pizza, public data, bars and groceries, basketball moves

An eye for an eye? From The Washington Post we’re given a visual of what the death penalty results have been since 1977. Read all of the explanations for a clear understanding of the data.

While I thought I went for the large pizza for one reason, it appears there may be another. 74,476 Reasons You Should Always Get The Bigger Pizza To view and use the interactive data, be sure to use Chrome.

Informing Communities by Infographics in the Street  Andrew Vande Moere shared this story about a community project that combined citizen participation and public data visualization. My wondering was how effective (and cool) this would be to do at a school, district office or college campus.

Where Bars Outnumber Grocery Stores: Originally from Floating Sheep, Nathan Yau expanded on the questions and the maps to take the visuals to new places. One topic of personal interest has been food deserts in metropolitan areas. I wonder how these maps might provide even more insight at a more local level.

Game on! Many of us have watched sporting events or game tapes and seen the interaction. Some of us have watched the commentators draw the lines on the screen to explain the movements of players. How many of us have done the same is it relates to classroom interactions? While I have collected that data for teachers before, my hand-drawn arrows on the paper would have been so much more dynamic with a tool like this. Be sure to watch the clip about halfway down the page.

And you know me and assessment…Kathy Schrock has a great page of resources about using Infographics as a Creative Assessment, which includes videos, books, sites, examples and many other resources.

Online science items…What parents want from assessment…Connected educators

Looking for interactive science items to engage your students? Check out these NAEP-released items which are both interactive computer and hands-on tasks. (Grades 4, 8 and 12, of course)

Check out this infographic about assessment gleaned from the a research study done by Grunwald Associates for NWEA. It’s about what parents and educators want from assessment – both formative and summative.

A new project from the U.S. Department of Education focusing on online communities in education – Connected Educators. The project seeks to foster innovation by helping online communities reach more education professionals, deepen the level of participation among educators already involved, and increase collaboration among education communities. All of this is to be accomplished by working with existing online communities, collecting and sharing good practices and researching key online community issues.

Gifted & Talented, Web 2.0, Interdisciplinary, Grading and Data…

Providing “real-world relevant kinds of opportunities” for kids is a mission of many schools. In Cottage Grove, OR, a project-based learning model is working to flatten the walls of the school…and being successful. (Al and Sandy, you will like this one.)

LiveBinders are like a 3-ring binder, which lives in the cloud, where you can organize and store resources. Some public binders include resources for differentiation, high ability learners, gifted education and Common Core. There is even an app for LiveBinders. The Web 2.0 binders are of interest to me. It seems related to Pinterest only with more capabilities.

An interview with Tim Berners-Lee, the father of the world-wide web, talks about how personal data (online) could lead us to a new era of personalized services.

Just in case you missed it – here is the Time magazine list of the 100 most influential people in the world. It seems pretty interesting that two, young and highly respectful athletes are in the top 5 – Jeremy Lin and Tim Tebow…along with Salman Khan.

This article about planning interdisciplinary units in middle school reminds me of the challenge the first time I attempted this. Thank goodness for my colleague, Maureen, who embraced the idea.

Decades ago when I got my teaching license, states were beginning to require a certain amount of hours in specific areas for certification, for example special education. Now there is a move across states to require elementary teachers to take a licensing test focused on reading.

Sue Brookhart and Tom Guskey’s responses to this blog about grading systems are very interesting.

David Ginsburg’s blog about when to return tests and the very accurate cartoon about what happens when teachers do, make me think about the formative assessment practice of feedback. For me, it isn’t so much about when you return graded work – more about what students get to do with the work returned that matters.

I wish all recipes were this easy – a pancake recipe via Venn diagram.

Found an interesting blog by Leslie Graves from Ireland with great notes about gifted education.

The tagline on the web site for School Digger says, “The Web’s Easiest and Most Useful K-12 Search and Comparison Tool for Parents.” The site allows you to pull recent comparative data for schools across a state or locale, down to the level of ethnicity breakdowns, fulltime teachers, freed/reduced lunch, Title 1 funding and more. Thanks to Gervaise for this one.


Oceans, resumes, MAP…

Plotting the depths of lakes and oceans – really interesting view (great infographic), inclusive of James Cameron’s “mysterious door”

What do recruiters look at when they peruse your resume? Eye-tracking software can tell us – For years I have used the style where my education is at the end. I’ll have to rethink that if sending my resume to a recruiter. There were six main points they focused on: name, current company and title, previous company and title, previous position start and end dates, current position start and end dates, and education.

New and hot off the press for Web Based MAP NWEA has new, interactive e-learning to bring proctors, teachers, and other users up to speed quickly. (Not for client-server partners at this time.) It’s called MAP Essentials, and you can share it today with your staff. Coming soon, you will see more training modules. Also, the MAP Essentials link will be available directly from the MAP home page in place of the existing tutorials.

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