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  • Net Neutrality and Educational Technology

    on Mar 2, 15 • in Current Events in Education, Educational Apps, Featured, Policy, Technology • with Comments


    On February 26th, 2015, the FCC approved new rules involving net neutrality. This means that the neither government nor Internet service providers can inhibit access to and/or creation of online content. According to NPR, “the Open Internet Order helps to decide an essential question about how the Internet works, requiring service providers to be a neutral gateway instead of handling different types of Internet traffic in different ways — and at different costs.” For many, this is a major win. Free speech advocates, like the ACLU, find that the new rules will allow open access

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  • Standardized Testing Failure

    on Feb 27, 15 • in Featured, Opinion, Policy • with Comments


    First, a bit of history: Standardized tests began in the early 1900s as a way to determine intelligence. Those IQ tests were used to determine whether high school students should be on an academic track or a commercial track. Later they were be used by the military to determine who would be a good candidate for officer training. Standardized testing became more common place during the 1950s and ‘60s as a way to diagnose educational gaps and determine what remediation might be needed for individual students. Since the passage of NCLB, the focus of standardized tests has

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  • Formative Assessment: Getting Started

    on Feb 27, 15 • in Featured, Instruction&Curriculum, Management • with Comments


    Formative assessment is not just another buzz word in education.  Formative assessment goes beyond the exit ticket and check-in tests.   This is a shift in teaching and classroom management that allows for students and teachers to reflect on learning.  Formative assessment involves setting clear learning goals and knowing what mastery of these goals looks like.  Then, teachers and students work together to collaborate and reflect on the learning.  This series will cover ways you can adjust what you are currently doing to gain time and learning in your room through formative assessment. Teachers are savvy

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  • Improving Education: Response to Joel Klein

    on Feb 26, 15 • in Current Events in Education, Featured, Policy • with Comments

    Joel Klein, former NY City Schools Chancellor (source: NY Daily News)

    Joel Klein, who spent ten years heading education in New York, offered advice back in December about how to “fix education.” One of his suggestions centered on teacher preparation and retention. Klein addressed the frightening statistic about how many teachers leave the field before they hit their fifth year of teaching. His concerns are that colleges are not adequately preparing future teachers, society is not treating teaching like a profession, and districts are not implementing technological advances. Teacher Prep Programs Many of my colleagues would agree with Klein’s assessment of college training programs inadequately preparing

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  • The Importance of Progress Monitoring in Special Education

    on Feb 26, 15 • in Featured, Special Education • with Comments

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    As we attempt to bridge the gaps and get students to meet grade level expectations, many special education teachers feel pressured during benchmarking time. A lot of school districts get it right and use both benchmarking data and progress monitoring data, which is important.  Special education students shouldn’t get assessed using benchmarks alone. Why? I’ll start my explanation by defining benchmark assessments and progress monitoring. What are Benchmark Assessments? Assessments that assess students progress as compared to national norms for the grade level they’re in. Completed 2-3 times per year Used to determine whether a significant

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