Schools are under increasing pressure to implement the Common Core Standards and to develop students’ career and college readiness skills.
Methacton School District, located in a suburb of Philadelphia in southeastern Pennsylvania, is no different. The district is made up of just over 400 staff and more than 5,000 students. Methacton implemented a comprehensive professional development…
Added by Amy Schoenrock on April 10, 2012 at 1:15pm —
Aligning curriculum and technology successfully requires strong cross-departmental communication. Join us for an online panel discussion on Aligning Curriculum and Technology to hear the successes and challenges two districts have experienced.
Added by Amy Schoenrock on March 23, 2012 at 8:11am —
At "T minus 2", I begin sifting through the calendars and emails about upcoming meetings, lunch duty schedules, curriculum planning updates, and more.
As I enter dates into my plan book and Google calendar, I remember the year that I was a substitute teacher. I arrived at 7:30 and left at 3:30 with all papers graded, plans for the next day solidified, and specific anecdotal notes on the progress of each child. I often wondered, Why is it that, when I teach full time, I stay until… Continue
Added by Janet Abercrombie on August 28, 2011 at 4:00am —
I check email on vacation. I leave the technical emails alone but, while my hubby reads the newspaper, I enjoy reading the blog subscriptions that come to me by email. This summer, posts from educators like Cool Cat Teacher
Added by Janet Abercrombie on July 31, 2011 at 12:22pm —
A week ago my knowledge of the education system of Finland was, to be honest, almost non-existent. I knew that they were consistently ranked number one of all “Western” countries in PISA testing but had no idea how they did it. Then, last weekend, I attended a keynote address by Professor Teemu Leinonen, Professor of New Media Design and Learning at the Media Lab of Aalto… Continue
Added by nevbar1 on July 24, 2011 at 7:00pm —
My marathon is over....
I have been privileged of late to have time to read; to read, to watch, to listen – and to think. Much of this precious time has been has been spent devouring material relating to school reform and exploring one simple question - how do we respond to the challenges and opportunities provided by the digital revolution to improve our schools? The concept of “school” as we know it is well over a century old – and was obviously developed before the digital… Continue
Added by nevbar1 on July 11, 2011 at 11:19pm —
My school has adopted the Understanding by Design
(UbD) model of curriculum development - and I love it. Educators first identify Enduring Understandings
Added by Janet Abercrombie on July 10, 2011 at 10:30pm —
Following on consistently in my habit of being the last kid on the block to discover something I recently fell upon “Mathematician’s Lament” by Paul Lockhart.
The history of the book is interesting in itself – it actually started life as a 25 page type written document that was presented to math guru Keith Devlin at a conference. Devlin was intrigued and impressed by… Continue
Added by nevbar1 on June 16, 2011 at 8:28pm —
I just came home from the movies. In the film I saw (The Kids Are Alright), one character when asked why he dropped out of school says, "I just thought it was a big waste of money for something I could learn myself, from a book."
This was something I had realized early, sitting in the town library one "PD" or professional development day, years ago in grade 8. I was flipping through a National Geographic and chanced upon an article about Jane Goodall. I was stoked, we had… Continue
Added by ddeubel on October 26, 2010 at 1:01pm —
I‘ve been reading a lot of questions on several Blogs and Facebook pages recently about maintaining children’s interest and attention while they are doing their schoolwork, whether it be at home, or in the classroom. At the same time I have been seeing comments about problems that parents and teachers are having with children’s lack of interest in reading. So as a parent of 2 children, I’d like to share something with you that has really helped us with our 2 children, in both areas – and at the… Continue
Added by Nicholas Tee on September 10, 2010 at 7:38am —
My thoughts on how technology is part of the curriculum for language teachers. You might also like my ebook of top sites for language teaching
Here is a presentation in brief - focusing on how technology relates to curriculum. Some tips, some thoughts .......… Continue
Added by ddeubel on July 11, 2010 at 9:05pm —
By Alix E. Peshette
Cross-posted from the Impetuous Geek…
Added by Alix E. Peshette on March 9, 2010 at 11:30am —
Over the past few years, open curriculum has gained momentum in K-12 education. In the face of difficult economic circumstances, site administrators are finding their budgets squeezed by severe funding limitations. In response to thee challenges, public school throughout the country are building comprehensive online learning environments that present new and exciting learning opportunities for students.… Continue
Added by Shawn Roner on January 12, 2010 at 10:58pm —
What are the key elements required for a transformation of teaching and learning through the use of technology? There are obviously many reasonable ways to look at this. From what position do you view this issue? Are you a teacher, instructional coach, building principal, technology facilitator, director of technology, chief administrative officer of some flavor, superintendent, parent, or student? For you, this issue will likely run through the… Continue
Added by Sean Nash on July 13, 2009 at 8:00am —
shares his flickr set @ CoSN 09
This was one image I found noteworthy.
My favorite is... ' reinvent yourself as a teacher, professor or educator."
With all the emerging technologies and Web 2.0 practices, as educators, we can and should embrace the inevitable.…
Added by John Costilla on March 12, 2009 at 6:35am —
I've been engaged in a conversation with some of my fellow tech coordinators in my state about social networking, more specifically Facebook, and how it all fits into schools and the curriculum. Some of the schools have blocked sites like this and a few others, definitely the minority, have left them open. The discussion has ranged from the blocking issue to teaching how to use Facebook and the deeper issues of privacy and posting in general.
Here's my take: Our students are going to… Continue
Added by Martin Sieverding on February 24, 2009 at 11:49am —
Global Village School
recently received grants from Wishworks Inc. and two anonymous family foundations. The grants will support development of a new K-12 curriculum centered on the Earth Charter, a declaration of fundamental principles for building a just, sustainable, and peaceful global society. The Global Village Curriculum will be formatted for use by schools, groups, and homeschoolers, and will combine a creative, flexible, student-centered… Continue
Added by Sally Carless on January 20, 2009 at 3:20pm —
When it comes to education and parent piece of mind image may mean more than you think. Having happy and satisfied parents sure beats having obstinate and hostile ones. Anyone who has been involved in education for any long period of time knows very well how important it is to have the children and parents onboard with the school and staff.
This is where a little bit of solid branding will go a long way to helping build the… Continue
Added by Lance Winslow on December 17, 2008 at 9:00am —
Although many of us enjoy taking time to relax and recharge, this is also a good time to reconnect with old Classroom 2.0 friends and to make new ones. This is when I have the space to think about ways to change/update curriculum in meaningful ways for my 3rd graders.
This summer I have also been given a grant for a school-wide learning experience with food. This project will have lessons, speakers, field trips, curricular tie-ins, and hands on experiences. It will encompass… Continue
Added by Amy Koegel on June 26, 2008 at 9:02am —
My name is Mackenzie Proe and I am a student at Millis High School, Millis, MA. I am taking a web 2.0 class this year and I am trying to find different ways to apply web 2.0 in the classroom. I have chosen A.P. Calculus as my subject, and I am looking for any insight as to how web 2.0 can help students learn objectives faster and better. An A.P class is mainly on how to take the A.P. test and score to get college credit. With this in mind, there are many deadlines that teachers have to follow… Continue
Added by Web 2.0 Class on February 14, 2008 at 6:30am —