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Change Our Assessments and Measures For Success

As we all know, what gets tested is what gets taught. In the past decade, we have also learned that how students get tested is how they learn and how they demonstrate their learning. One of the biggest challenges facing all of us is that until we measure what is really important for students to know and do to be productive and successful global citizens, it won't matter how much money we have for technology, we will still ...more »

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Define models for CBO-school blended learning partnerships

This idea emerged from a meeting to develop an action agenda to advance blended-learning partnerships between schools and community-based organizations (CBOs) For more background on that meeting see http://www.ed.gov/about/inits/list/fbci/blendedcbo.pdf Practitioners, policy makers, and entrepreneurs need potential models to anchor off of - to advance blended learning partnerships between schools and CBOs. A possible ...more »

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Connect Class Projects with Businesses

A web-based platform that connects student class projects with businesses who can utilize the projects to grow and provide a real world learning experience at the same time.

 

We built this platform for higher education at www.stringhub.com but we could build another version for high school level projects.

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Flatten World Education

http://www.eduit.org This idea of creating fun and accessible learning environments has been out there for quite a number of years and is being spearheaded by Michael Trout of Eduit.org. Check it out. He and a team of International professional freelancers have completely spelled out how it would work in classrooms extending from USA to third world countries using computer technology including the One Laptop Per Child ...more »

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Challenge Students to Take Control of the Learning Process

The students were challenged to take control of the teaching process to make Math and Science more exciting and interesting to study. They researched the concepts online, then used visuals, text and animation to bring them "to life". 7th Grade Math: http://tomrchambers.com/7_ppt_math_10-11.html 8th Grade Science: http://tomrchambers.com/8_ppt_science_10.html I'm a firm believer in empowering students to take control ...more »

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Motivate, Engage, Empower ... MEE

Motivate, Engage, Empower ... MEE ... via Technology and Core Subject Content Motivate, engage, and empower translate as MEE, and this holistic approach to the student psyche will nurture the “id” of the individual via innovation and best practices inside and outside the classroom. To ensure student success: 1) innovation must comprise cognitive/creative planning that effectively melds core subject content with technological ...more »

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Education Revolution

We are starting a new group on OWS and need your help. We need outreach to the Department of Eduction. Please join our group: http://www.nycga.net/groups/education-revolution/

 

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Citizen Responders

Work with state, local, federal and private sector Departments, Agencies and corporations to develop gaming products that address the evolving role of citizen responders to stabilize any community experiencing a public health event regardless of causation. These products could be scaled to address K-12, post secondary school education and the general public. Very often Citizen Responders are the first people at the scene ...more »

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Digital Promise Board Concerns

Greetings. There are some concerns about Digital Promise, specifically the composition of its board. The Digital Promise organization, created through Section 802 of the federal Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008, intends to receive money from Congress and is otherwise a public policy topic. There are concerns that the Central Intelligence Agency of the United States is participating on the board of Digital Promise. ...more »

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Online News Analysis

While a proponent of digital textbooks and education technology, there are some concerns about ongoing education-related topics in the United States. One such concern pertains to the online news coverage thus far, specifically with regard to the states of California, Texas and Virginia. Often, when textbooks have been been topical, the states of California, Texas and Virginia have appeared in the news. Each of those ...more »

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Incubating and developing free apps for educators

As schools embrace more 1:1 tablets and devices, there is a need for free basic "apps" that schools can utilize to increase efficiency, spur creativity, and are meant specifically for school functionality.

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Evalutating Instructional Materials

The National Association of State Textbook Administrators (NASTA) is working to develop standards for digital instructional materials. It is important to assist teachers by thoroughly evaluating and reviewing instructional materials as they compare to each state's core curriculum. We would love to be involved in efforts to collaborate to insure that the highest quality materials are available to classrooms.

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