From Gary Houchens - Letter grade systems tend not to deliver meaningful, actionable feedback to students. Mostly they just serve as a proxy for a system of rewards and punishments that has little to do with what students have actually learned.
From The Atlantic - Research suggests that, in the United States, the more motivation students say they have, the better they perform on various academic assessments. But that trend doesn’t seem to apply across countries.
From CK12 - We’re proud to announce that we have integrated the Google Classroom share button within CK-12. Now, teachers and students will be able to access our entire library of content in conjunction with the Google Classroom platform.
The College Board, which has been under fire during the past year from conservatives for revisions it made to the AP U.S. History course, released a new version that it says responds to “principled feedback” from critics.
From The Guardian - Schools in Finland are phasing out cursive handwriting classes in favour of keyboard skills, as officials accept that texting, tapping and tweeting have taken over as the primary means of communication in the modern age.
Prof Sugata Mitra has shown that groups of eight-year-olds can answer GCSE and A-level questions using the Internet, and also retain this knowledge several months later.
Good post on what we should look for in AUP's from Karl Fisch - Instead of making a list of all the things you can’t do with technology and on the Internet, what if we made a list of all the things that not only can you do, but you should do? What if students and staff had to sign an agreement that stated these are all the ways that a responsible student or staff member should be using technology and the Internet if they are to be a functional, literate, contributing member of society?
From Audrey Watters - In developing this “personal cyberinfrastructure” through the Domain of One’s Own initiative, UMW gives students agency and control; they are the subjects of their learning, not the objects of education technology software.
From Rosabeth Moss Kanter - Of course, sitting still can be a good thing if it involves renewal, reflection, and focused attention (or having meals with the family). But sitting still can be a bad thing if it involves procrastination, indecision, and passivity.
But for the sake of reminding me to keep going back to it, here are her four big points on why getting started beats getting ready:
Small wins matter
Accomplishments come in pieces
Perfection is unattainable anyway
Actions produce energy and momentum
From Richard Byrne - my favorite digital citizenship resources for elementary, middle, and high school students.
From Emerging EdTech - Check out these outstanding channels of content created by a half dozen different inspired educators.