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  • Citifari Supports Teaching Matters | Teaching Matters
    on this exclusive opportunity to photograph some of New York s most unique landmarks Together with a small group of no more than 10 people a citifari guide will lead you through a 2 1 2 hour walking tour through several of the city s most scenic destinations To learn more about this exciting offer and sign up for your free tour go to http citifari eventbrite com discount TEACHINGMATTERS

    Original URL path: http://www.teachingmatters.org/blog/citifari-supports-teaching-matters (2016-02-13)
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  • NYC Students Take a Stand on Social Issues | Teaching Matters
    s Constitutional right to own a gun Next week as part of Teaching Matters citywide Voices and Choices culminating events hundreds of middle school students will convene at the Intrepid Air and Space Museum and Pace University to take a stand and voice their opinions on these questions and many more The week begins with a Civil Rights Student Summit at Pace University on Monday May 16 at 9 00AM Eighth grade students from middle schools across the city will present Citizen Media Campaigns drawing attention to today s most pressing civil rights issues including environmental injustices gay marriage and racial profiling Students will then present their campaigns to a panel of NYC community activists and representatives from Sustainable Flatbush African Refuge Do Something the law firm Proskauer Rose the Council on American Islamic Relations and the Islamic Center at New York University New York City Council Member Robert Jackson will be the keynote speaker On Thursday May 19 at 9 00 AM over 200 seventh grade students will gather at the Intrepid Air and Space Museum for the Voices and Choices Constitution Today Town Hall meeting Student groups will present persuasive arguments and multimedia presentations on a range of Constitutional issues including the Death Penalty Student Searches and Immigration and Citizenship Guest panelists include former DOE teacher and lawyer Charles Saperstein Deputy Director of the New York City Council Scott Crowley and lawyer Sidney Baumgarten Michael Best General Counsel to NYC School Chancellor Dennis Walcott will be the guest speaker Voices and Choices Civil Rights is a six week instructional unit designed to empower students with media literacy skills and offer them a wider set of perspectives on issues and events that have shaped the struggle for civil rights in the US Voices and Choices Constitution Today is a

    Original URL path: http://www.teachingmatters.org/blog/nyc-students-take-stand-social-issues (2016-02-13)
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  • Google Marketplace: Will Educator Choice Increase Innovation? | Teaching Matters
    easy access to digital tools they can use in the classroom In general platforms such as the Apple App Store The Android Market and the Google Apps Marketplace have enabled smaller vendors with cutting edge products to reach a wider audience What differentiates the Google Marketplace from other App platforms is the inclusion of comprehensive software offerings that may cover a school s entire subject area and curricular needs With Google Apps Marketplace teachers and administrators can access well engineered easily deployed products and in some cases test drive new products with their students before purchasing them At one New York City middle school where Teaching Matters implemented Google Apps for Education as a centerpiece for school wide collaboration and communication teachers discovered BuzzMath on the Apps Marketplace Unlike smaller apps found on the Apple App Store BuzzMath is a comprehensive NCTM standardized math curriculum designed to engage middle school students and provide immediate feedback about their understanding of math concepts A program like this would typically be purchased by a principal or school district and could run a school upwards of 10 000 for a site license BuzzMath offers their product for 15 per student for one class allowing classroom teachers to use the software with a small group of students before deciding whether it was the right fit for the entire school population During the testing phase math teachers had ideas about how they wanted to view student data and shared their suggestions with the product s developers Two weeks later the developer had integrated new features into the program to help teachers meet their data analysis needs Essentially the teachers became a focus group for the creation of a new product and their input will be of lasting benefit for other educators who choose to use it

    Original URL path: http://www.teachingmatters.org/blog/google-marketplace-will-educator-choice-increase-innovation (2016-02-13)
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  • Next Generation Learning Challenges: Wave II Finalists | Teaching Matters
    08pm Teaching Matters is pleased to announce that we have advanced to the second round of consideration for a Next Generation Learning Challenges NGLC grant The Wave Two challenge is to create open source digital content and assessments that will help classrooms meet the new Common Core standards The NGLC initiative is funded by the Bill Melinda Gates Foundation and the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation Teaching Matters proposal Writing Matters Improving Online Instruction Monitoring and Achievement for Urban Students was one of 40 finalists chosen from a pool of over 200 applicants Writing Matters maximizes the benefits technology can bring to underserved middle school students in the mastery of writing The proposed project will enhance the program s technology platform in order to support direct learning and differentiated instruction and to help educators capture and respond to student performance in a more timely fashion NGLC is a major initiative of EDUCAUSE Partner organizations include the League for Innovation in the Community College the Council of Chief State School Officers CCSSO and the International Association for K 12 Online Learning iNACOL Visit the NGLC website to learn more about the initiative read a brief description of the Teaching Matters proposal

    Original URL path: http://www.teachingmatters.org/blog/next-generation-learning-challenges-wave-ii-finalists (2016-02-13)
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  • The Portico Problem: In Praise of Item-Level Data Analysis | Teaching Matters
    the skill described by the performance indicator Perhaps the Social Studies question contained a distractor answer that caught students attention Maybe an ELA question required students to notice a part of a passage that sneaked out on the top of the second page Or even a Math question could have required literacy skills the students may not have had Until the teachers who work with these students every day have a look at the questions we won t really know why students got them wrong In one middle school in Queens the data team I was working with found that several problems that students seemed to be having with geometry were actually academic vocabulary problems One of these issues was with the term vertical angles which refers to a pair of angles that are opposite each other across a vertex You might even call them opposite angles In fact that s exactly what the teachers in this school had done Concerned that students might be confused by the term vertical angles teachers taught the concept of opposite angles Students learned what opposite angles were they learned that opposite angles are equal they did problems involving opposite angles they were assessed on their understanding of opposite angles and they successfully demonstrated comprehension of opposite angles Then an exam question asked them to identify a pair of vertical angles and they were lost The issue here was not a lack of mathematical understanding The problem was that the vocabulary being used in the classroom was not aligned with the statewide assessments Once you realize that it s easy to fix Another item level examination revealed a very different vocabulary issue Teachers deconstructed a question in which students were given the length and width of a rectangular portico and asked to find the

    Original URL path: http://www.teachingmatters.org/blog/portico-problem-praise-item-level-data-analysis (2016-02-13)
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  • Game Changer | Teaching Matters
    having enough bandwidth to do anything that would be considered close to 21st Century The 2 problem is not enough hardware or broken hardware The 3 4 and 5 problems are not enough training support lack of good content software Take numbers 1 and 2 out of the equation and doors open Not to mention allowing the devices to go home with a stable Internet connection built in see NYC Connected Learning Creating the Digital Village in Urban America 2 Cloud 2 0 Teachers how much more productive would your students be if it didn t matter which laptop they used and they always had access to their files assignments and all the software programs they needed to run What if the machines in your classroom could run for 8 hours turned on instantly and always had a stable internet connection How much more time in your class could you devote to teaching and learning The Google laptop truly is a cloud experience A forced one This isn t a regular laptop with Word Excel an email client maybe a widget for using Dropbox or some Adobe Air applications here and there Everything is cloud based All applications are run through your browser in fact your browser is the only local application it s the whole OS there are no applications to minimize If you want to edit video you have to go to the chrome store and play around with a few apps until you find the one you like The good news is there seems to be a rich variety of utilities and productivity apps to do most anything you would want to do with a traditional local application But cloud OS isn t really new right Again for individuals maybe not but for education it is another game changer especially because the hardware is designed for the software The Google Laptop boots in 10 seconds No joke I timed it many times It shuts down in 4 and comes back on from sleeping in 1 second it is instant And it is fast When you first boot up you have to login with your google account or school s Google Apps account if you re a student Then you take a photo using the webcam and your profile is saved Then you login to your school s google apps domain check your email your docs your sites maybe you go to one of your school s apps that was setup through the marketplace an LMS or SIS system Or if you need to do something more advanced than google docs offers simply click on the home button and launch your app Perhaps Prezi for an advanced presentation or Jaycut to edit movies or ShiftEdit for webdesign If your school can t swing a 1 1 environment at the end of class signoff and put the laptop back in the cart for the next student to pull out and sign in all your docs and apps are saved

    Original URL path: http://www.teachingmatters.org/blog/game-changer (2016-02-13)
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  • East Bronx Academy for the Future: Innovation Unleashed in the IZone | Teaching Matters
    of the Bronx Zoo Teaching Matters the lead and founding community partner of this New Century School has worked collaboratively with Sarah Scrogin the founding school leader to push the envelope on ways to use technology to enable learning innovation Now buoyed by an entirely new level of central support from the NYC Department of Education s Innovation Zone EBA s focus is to pioneer new models that transform what schools look like personalizing instruction to the needs of each individual student and dramatically improving student achievement Teaching Matters will be hosting an Innovation Field Trip to East Bronx Academy on Tuesday April 12 for school leaders and educators looking to spark their own thinking and see these practices in action A few examples of the types of initiatives that will be observable include A partnership with the NYC iSchool in Manhattan allowing 4 EBA teachers to teach high school courses to mixed groups of EBA and iSchool students using video conferencing through Skype as a way to communicate across boroughs The calculus teacher for example meets with 3 EBA students and Skypes with 3 iSchool students sometimes all together sometimes separately An Honors English taught through a blended model All students are getting in class and homework assignments electronically and submitting all work using Google Docs Resources posted on the teacher s website are available for study and review 24 7 Even testing is being done electronically with the teacher using network monitoring software to turn off Internet access when needed during exams The class is entirely paperless and is custom developed by the teacher Advanced Placement and credit recovery courses blending online work with teacher led are being held in a number of subjects A collaboration with three schools in Kansas on a social studies project co developed

    Original URL path: http://www.teachingmatters.org/blog/east-bronx-academy-future-innovation-unleashed-izone (2016-02-13)
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  • Feeling Hopeful About Assessment for the First Time | Teaching Matters
    to me I need this it will help our kids pass these new tests Normally I d take his comment as an insult Our civics program reduced to a test prep tool But this particular principal has been involved in a pilot program where teachers are designing performance tasks to assess student learning in preparation for the adoption of the new Common Core Standards His school is one of approximately 100 pilot schools that are among the first to address the cultural shift as schools grapple with what it means to measure student performance beyond the multiple choice test In September 2010 the U S Department of Education awarded 330 million in grants to help states develop better ways to measure student learning According to Secretary of Education Arne Duncan this new generation of state assessments will be an absolute game changer in public education In theory the new generation of assessments will be a combination of traditional tests and performance based tasks designed to evaluate whether or not students have developed the higher order analytic and critical thinking skills they will need to succeed in the world beyond twelfth grade Yet the reality of implementing these assessments nationwide remains to be seen What we do know is that new assessments will necessarily require new ways of teaching As a result test prep or teaching to the test will take on an entirely new meaning when the test itself changes In a 21st century economy we must ensure students cannot only recall information but actually develop new ideas create multi tiered solutions and think informatively Frankly I do not know if we have the technology to truly and deeply assess students skills at the level we need to but I m encouraged by the movement toward more authentic teaching learning

    Original URL path: http://www.teachingmatters.org/blog/feeling-hopeful-about-assessment-first-time (2016-02-13)
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