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  • Google's New Assessment Tool | Teaching Matters
    and Fusion Tables is no different It makes looking at data simple if you ve ever struggled with a pivot table in excel you ll appreciate immediately what it does Fusion Tables takes a standard data table either imported from excel or shared from Google Apps and allows you to visualize the data without any technical complexity So imagine you re a middle school looking to improve your students in ELA You ve bought into the data movement you get that there will always be standardized tests and measures but that periodic assessments are also important You even have your teachers on board have setup data teams to meet and look at the data and have worked hard to standardize your rubrics But you don t have any money for a fancy system the ones your district provide you only work with the standardized data and everything else is either paper based or on individual spreadsheets gradebooks So how will Google help First setup Google Apps for education it s free and allows your teachers to collaborate on documents spreadsheets Next create a wiki spreadsheet for your school that has a column for the student grade teacher class and then any and every evaluative point throughout the year That s it no formulas or charts All your teachers easily enter in the data letting Google handle the work flow Then whenever you or your teachers or your data teams want you fire up Fusion Tables and visualize the data Want to look at the 8th grade Or maybe the lowest performing students in the 8th grade Or maybe the lowest performing students in writing conversions in the 8th grade Or maybe it s a specific teacher or student s trending that your curious about It s all right there within

    Original URL path: http://www.teachingmatters.org/blog/googles-new-assessment-tool (2016-02-13)
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  • School of One | Teaching Matters
    students the best of breed content and meet their specific needs Can you see how I might have been confused Joel s vision went beyond the traditional ILS because he was talking not only about computerized individualized instruction but live online tutoring and teachers delivering their favorite lesson plans Still I knew one of the main challenges of these systems is that teachers usually do not align their instruction to take advantage of the technology delivered content or assessment data they offer Maybe for good reason but that is why these systems often fail When I visited the School of One prototype in the redesigned library of PS 131 I saw four teachers four assistant teachers three online tutors high school students and a back end team of data analysts in the most impressive educational control room I have ever seen Each educator was focused on teaching or assessing a different skill in a different way And I still didn t get it I liked it but I didn t know why All I could think about was reducing the educator student ratio 1 to 10 not including the online tutors so that this could be scalable But the more I reduced the ratio the more it felt like a traditional ILS system So it was after trying to convince another education technology expert that SCHOOL OF ONE was not an ILS he read the Times article that I finally nailed my source of confusion This wasn t about using technology to teach students it was about enabling a more complex teaching organism maximizing the ability of a large group of educators to act and react in real time The computer aided instruction is about reinforcement practice differentiation but it is not the exciting technology in the room or the

    Original URL path: http://www.teachingmatters.org/blog/school-one (2016-02-13)
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  • 2009 Innovative Principal Forum | Teaching Matters
    07 22 2009 2 09pm At our Innovative Principal Forum 2009 we invited three principals of schools experimenting extensively with technology as well as the Director of New Schools to speak with 65 of their peers about following questions What is the purpose of the 21st century school video What are higher order 21st century skills video Why do they matter now more than ever video What are the tensions between our accountability systems and teaching of higher order 21st century skills video How are these schools managing that tension video What examples of school innovation enhanced by technology are they experimenting with video School Home Communication Curriculum Reform Access at the Learning Moment We launched our Rubric for School Innovation and simple self assessment checklist designed to outline a set of critical questions to guide school leaders assess themselves on a continuum of school innovation in a set of critical areas A short explanation of terms and ideas behind the document are useful background Leaders who presented at the session included Alisa Berger Principal NYC iSchool Sarah Scrogin Principal East Bronx Academy for the Future Gregg Korrol Principal PS 101 Julian Cohen Director New School Development Lynette Guastaferro Executive

    Original URL path: http://www.teachingmatters.org/blog/video-2009-innovative-principal-forum (2016-02-13)
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  • Realizing the Promise of the 21st Century School: Leadership Forum | Teaching Matters
    on Realizing the Promise of the 21st Century School A Roadmap for Innovation Wednesday July 15 2009 2 00 pm 4 00 pm 475 Riverside Drive New York NY 10115 Annual Forum for School Leaders More information on the program is included below Please let your school leaders know What is a 21st century school Technology is radically changing every sector of our society yet schools remain largely unchanged Or do they Hear from a panel of innovative NYC school leaders on the vanguard of rethinking urban education They will speak about their experiences regarding what is important the challenges and what s possible Alisa Berger Principal NYC iSchool Sarah Scrogin Principal East Bronx Academy for the Future Gregg Korrol Principal PS 101 Julian Cohen Director New School Development Teaching Matters will also provide a new and simple assessment tool for gauging where your school lies on a continuum of the 21st century school outcomes It will help you evaluate your school s readiness and offer a roadmap of ideas for innovation in those areas you deem most critical Wine cheese will be served All principals who attend will be eligible to enter a raffle to jump start a 21st

    Original URL path: http://www.teachingmatters.org/blog/realizing-promise-21st-century-school-leadership-forum (2016-02-13)
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  • PS 5 Students in the Bronx Document the Impact of the XO | Teaching Matters
    Impact of the XO Submitted by Lynette Guastaferro on Fri 06 19 2009 2 00am Check out the students at PS 5 in the Port Morris section of the Bronx and their amazing documentary about the history and impact of Nicholas Negroponte s ground breaking XO pilot project in their school The video speaks for itself I don t want to give anything away XO Project Documentary Class 501 Port

    Original URL path: http://www.teachingmatters.org/blog/ps-5-students-bronx-document-impact-xo (2016-02-13)
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  • Twitter and Facebook - Your First Source for Current Events in Social Studies? | Teaching Matters
    to see democracy in action Yet until a few minutes ago where would my students get their news Not old media I just spent an hour searching facebook search IRAN and twitter iranelection and couldn t believe the video and posts I was finding For one I found out I should wear green to show my support for the protestors and then watched a whole bunch of videos of riots

    Original URL path: http://www.teachingmatters.org/blog/twitter-and-facebook-your-first-source-current-events-social-studies (2016-02-13)
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  • The Middle has Spoken! | Teaching Matters
    on Sat 06 06 2009 9 33am Over 250 students from 25 New York City middle schools performed their own original poetry to an audience of their peers at Teaching Matters 3rd Annual Spoken Word Event Students performed in breakout rooms and finalists took the stage at the 92nd Street Y see photos Follow the journey of one of our finalists Aline thanks to the quick video skills of our high school event volunteers Her passionate performance of Betrayer took her through to the final six Students and teachers alike gave rave reviews to finalists and to our master guest poet Kahlil Almustafa Other finalists performances include Bronx Early College Academy Jonathan Goins I ll tell Em IS281 Kamal Abdelrahman Basketball Is Me Ryan Middle School Eden Takhalov I am like IS129 Aline Dipoumbi Betrayer PS MS004 Yelena Marmol Daughter to Mother Academy for Scholarship and Entrepreneurship Sterling Peguro Patriot Writing Matters introduces 5th through 9th grade teachers to powerful new ways to approach writing instruction using 21st Century technology tools Created by Teaching Matters Writing Matters offers a private safe free ezine space for classrooms to publish and share their work Check out thousands of classrooms from 40 states

    Original URL path: http://www.teachingmatters.org/blog/middle_has_spoken (2016-02-13)
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  • Civic Activists for a Digital Age | Teaching Matters
    for years The students who researched and prepared unique web campaigns on civil rights movements presented them to activitists from the NYCLU Lambda Legal The Anti Defamation League The National Organization for Women Ensaaf Develop Don t Destroy Brooklyn and other organizations focused on social change Students based their web campaigns on a six week study of historical Civil Rights Movements and then applied what they learned to advocate for a current day issue learning that history will and does repeat itself UNLESS YOU WORK FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE Meanwhile at the New York Historical Society seventh graders from all five boroughs offered persuasive testimony to citizen volunteers from the Goldman Sachs Community Teamworks program on constitutional issues such as Gun Control the Death Penalty Subway Searches Student Free Speech and Religion and Science Citizen judges selected the most effective presentations from IS 216 in Queens the Professional Performing Arts School the Icahn Charter school and IS 234 in Brooklyn and the crowd then gathered to learn tips on what it takes to really persuade an audience These groups all blew away the judges and the crowd At the end a crowd of over two hundred students left the event with a new or re newed appreciation for the power of democracy chanting We the people And you thought middle schoolers today were jaded How Did This Happen For the last eight years Voices and Choices a program run by Teaching Matters has supported thousands of teachers to rethink the teaching of civics for the digital age In our newly empowered schools where many say testing rules the day we help teachers bring social studies alive And the kids get savvier each year as they learn to research and make their cases on the most important issues of the day Why

    Original URL path: http://www.teachingmatters.org/blog/civic_activists_digital_age (2016-02-13)
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