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Elementary principal Peter DeWitt talks about media – pictures and video – as a way to engage parents in communication about school happenings. Knowing that everyone does not have the same access to technology should not limit our risk-taking with this venture. We’ve all heard that a picture is worth a 1000 words and we know parents love to see what happens in a classroom when they are not present.

One of my former classmates blogs to communicate with his parent community. You’ll notice Joe Terch uses links to other sites, video clips and pictures. About 4 years ago I led a session on Web. 2.0 tools and one principal decided to Tweet at the beginning and end of most school days, just to let parents know what they missed so they wouldn’t miss it.

As part of an online course I took this winter, I had to make a video to establish my “online voice.” This post by Ceren Cubukcu talks about “personal branding.” What she offers here has relationship to what we are doing when we work on our PLNs (Personal Learning Networks).

Building student ownership…Tablets in the classroom…Measures of Effective Teaching…Teaching math…

Some of you may not have seen this infographic on teachers before. There are a couple of points in the Dr. Olivier’s article that caused me to stop and reflect. Let me know what you think about his comments.

One persistent question in education is how to build student ownership. Take a look at this article about a high school in Alabama who has found some ideas that are working for them.

Meet Jennie Magiera via her tech education blog. I discovered Jennie via an EdWeek chat focused on using iPads in the classroom where she shared some great ideas for all ages. Consider tablets as the “personal whiteboard” of today. While many have not yet discovered the benefit of using small whiteboards for formative assessment in their classroom, this is what is now happening with tablets. Jennie talks about getting student metacognition on the board. This is such a key formative assessment practice – being able to see the thinking, identify misunderstandings, provide (teacher or peer) or generate (student) the feedback and move to the next level of learning.

The latest studies produced by the MET have recently been released. The Measures of Effective Teaching study by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation found that “Student feedback, test-score growth calculations, and observations of practice appear to pick up different but complementary information that, combined, can provide a balanced and accurate picture of teacher performance…”

For those of you wondering about teachers and their choices in social networks, a new study by MMS Education provides insight into educators’ use of social networking, online communities, and Web 2.0 tools.

One of the nice aspects of Larry Ferlazzo’s blog is that he frequently brings in others. In response to last week’s question – What is the best advice you would give to help an educator become better at teaching math? – Larry posted 3 responses that really caught my attention. Jose Vilson shares his 3 Cs for mathematical answers, which I appreciate. Shawn Cornally’s statement,Math teachers must give up the love of scheduled quizzes and perfectly spaced exams in favor of an assessment scheme that allows students to show their learning when they actually achieve it.”, resonated with me as well. Larry also took the time to embed Dan Meyer’s TEDx Talk titled “Math Class Needs A Makeover.” Take 16 minutes to watch it – it is worth it. Dan’s comments about reassembling math problems to engage students in mathematical thinking actually have implications for other content areas.

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.


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