EdReports.org, the group that bills itself as the Consumer Reports of common-core instructional materials, released analyses of four more textbook series this week—and again the results indicated publishers failed to meet the mark.
From Peter Greene - That flexibility has been invaluable. If a teacher asked me about having their school go one-to-one, I'd say absolutely go for it, and do it with lots of resources and no plan. Expect it to be hard. But also expect to find new and interesting mountains to climb.
From Audrey Watters - " It remains to be seen if Amazon Inspire will support these activities or if the “problem” that Amazon really seeks to solve here is a stronger foothold in the education market."
From Alice Keeler - "I have created an Add-On script that allows you to create a Google Form with the list of agenda items for a meeting and then merge the responses of participants to an editable Google Doc."
Engaging in a thoughtful cycle of alignment can yield powerful growth for districts and school AND reward teachers by meaningfully including them in that dialogue and empowering them to make PD work for them instead of a pointless endeavor.
From Tom Vander Ark - We don’t know what learning will look like in 2035 but we can predict a wider variety of approaches and options; instead of school choice, it will be experience choice; instead of a focus on coherent school models, we’ll focus on coherent learning pathways. Education 2035 won’t cost more (in real terms) and will work better for more learners. But progress over the next two decades will be uneven improving rapidly where innovators collaborate.
From Katie Dunn - What does “effective online research” even mean? Type in a search term and get going, right? While on one hand, it literally is that easy, if you want to find good quality, highly relevant materials, you need to move far beyond a quick Google search and visiting your old pal Wikipedia. We have some great, easy tips for how to make the most of online research coming your way.