Education & Tech News to Use 01/05/2015

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Education & Tech News to Use 01/04/2015

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Education & Tech News to Use 01/03/2015

US Navy 081123-N-7862M-001 Students from the Bahrain School share an interactive reading experience with U.S. Naval Support Activity Bahrain Command Master Chief Randy Shoe during

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 Dr. Teri Lesesne is brilliant, of course, and I’m always eager to read what she has to say! This post about new, “personalized” leveling apps (October 2014) is en point as usual! They seem to be just a new twist on an old, and wrong-headed system. It’s just the latest take on restrictive reading as in the AR of old!

I can see that being able to have all students in a room read a common article at a comfortable reading level could facilitate discussion, and by extension, deeper comprehension of the topic at hand. I suspect that in most classrooms where it took hold though, it would be wildly overused and abused–because it’s easy on the teacher! And most teachers are sooo slammed for time that they will snap up anything that promises to make their task surmountable.  I also wonder what is left out of the easier reading levels, and I wonder what those kids will be missing that might have inspired them. Aren’t these struggling readers the very students that we most want to inspire to keep reading? Is it really an “equal” experience for all?

Why not employ some other scaffolds first, rather than laming up the experience for a whole segment of our class?  (see Lesesne’s Reading Ladders or this article by Todd Finley)  These methods might be more accessible to our kids, social-learning, collaborative & connected as they are!

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Education & Tech News to Use 01/03/2015

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Education & Tech News to Use 01/02/2015

  • Why would teachers blog with their classes, and what depth of learning does it provide learners? Hear 2nd & 3rd graders and their teacher, Linda Yollis, explain the benefits of learning to use digital writing appropriately!

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Education & Tech News to Use 01/01/2015

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TLs Can Tweet Their Way to an Indispensible PLN!

Tomorrow I’ll be working alongside my “in-person” PLN as they begin to form their online PLN! My fellow TL, Grace Erkmann (@GraceErkmann ) and I will work with our district colleagues as they begin to explore using Twitter to form their own unique online learning network. I’m excited that our TLs are interested in taking control of their own continued professional growth! It is personally empowering, but even better, and in the end it enriches the learning and the lives of kids! That’s what it’s all about!

Here is our presentation in its current incarnation. It will morph in the future, I’m sure! We’ll be tweeting under the hashtag #TLKlein ! Join us as we tweet and learn!

Education & Tech News to Use 10/10/2014

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Education & Tech News to Use 08/13/2014

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Education & Tech News to Use 08/12/2014

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