Welcome to our guest blogger from Baldwin County Schools, JJ Wills. JJ participated in our Connected Educator Month book study in October. We are thrilled to hear her perspective about how educators are master craftsmen - crafting learning experiences and impacting learners in deep and meaningful ways.
I started the book study, "Wounded by Schools", by Kirsten Olsen. This first…
Added by JJ Wills on December 6, 2013 at 1:00pm — No Comments
While schools were out over the summer our Product Solutions Team was busy conducting focus groups and workshops with teachers and students from the local area. Our research-based innovation process is used to identify and understand challenges districts and students face so that we can innovate and continue to enhance our digital solutions to can make a real difference in the classroom.
Knovation 2nd Annual Student Lab Day
We invited 40 local students in…Continue
Added by Marci Campbell on October 2, 2013 at 12:26pm — No Comments
I am seeing dots everywhere! No, I am pretty sure it isn't some wild side effect from my prescription - International Dot Day is Sunday, the 15th (or as Peter Reynold's puts it, the 15thish). Every year on this day I reflect on what it means to "Make Your Mark" as the day…Continue
Added by Dawn Crawford, M. Ed. on September 13, 2013 at 11:30am — No Comments
“Create a classroom learning environment that does not repeat the mistakes of the past”, said my cooperating teacher in 1970.
So, I vowed...My students would have to do more than just process information. They would problem solve by doing relevant projects that challenged them academically and creatively. Our students would learn about cultural diversity, and marvel at the similarities. I would adapt…Continue
Added by Kathleen Brautigam on August 28, 2012 at 10:00am — No Comments
How will YOU use games in YOUR classroom this school year?
BrainPOP's approach to the use of use of games as teaching, learning, and assessment tools is one way we’re working to rewrite “the laws of learning.” Last summer, we launched GameUp™, featuring top online game titles that tie right in to your curriculum. Our GameUp partners include:
You entered the educational field for many reasons. Maybe you are passionate about working with children. Perhaps a great teacher inspired you. Maybe you want to influence the next generation of leaders. Whatever your motivation, you focus on your craft, your skill and your profession. You don’t likely focus on your reputation.…Continue
Added by Randy Wilhelm on August 1, 2012 at 2:19am — No Comments
How do you know when the vision of personalized learning is advancing? Well, believe it or not, recent news coverage in USA Today and eSchoolNews about Autism is one indication. At this point, you might be saying, “Huh, not sure I follow you.” It’s not that…Continue
Added by Steve Nordmark on May 2, 2012 at 4:26pm — No Comments
As a teacher, I was always concerned about time. How much time do I have to cover a topic? How much material can I cover in one quarter or one school year? What if I run out of time to get it all done?
What if TIME isn't the core issue? What if the problem was HOW I was spending my time? …Continue
Added by Dawn Crawford, M. Ed. on May 3, 2012 at 8:19am — No Comments
Depth and rigor, text complexity, close reading and re-reading are all high priorities in the Common Core English Language Arts Standards. How can we…Continue
Our K12 education system is shifting from over-dependence on infrequent, high-stakes assessments toward frequent, lower-stakes assessments. This is a great trend. In fact, Knovation and our solutions have integrated with several formative assessment applications to support the “what’s next?” When teachers review item analysis reports from tests and quizzes in these assessment applications they can connect directly to learning resources aligned to the same academic standard. This is a…Continue
Added by Steve Nordmark on February 21, 2012 at 4:00pm — No Comments
I loved this post from Valerie Strauss at the Washington Post about seven misconceptions in the area of learning - some of them coming from the norms of traditional education and some of them are perpetuated even in some education 'reform' discussions:
Can Your Students…
Added by Knovation on February 5, 2012 at 9:30pm — No Comments