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My Bookmarks and Annotations 04/30/2010

Education Funding And Low-Income Children: A Review of Current Research, 11/7/02 The academic achievement gap between poor and non-poor students is well-known. Low-income children consistently fall behind their peers in test scores, graduation rates, college enrollment, and other measures of academic success. Both state and federal policymakers have recently made significant efforts to adopt reforms designed to address this problem. Some reforms have focused on creating high standards of achievement coupled with systems of testing and accountability. Other reforms have focused on improving the quality of education for low-income students by targeting additional financial resources to the school districts that serve them to improve instruction, facilities, and other academic resources. A significant body of research suggests that targeting additional resources to districts serving low-income children can narrow the academic achievement gap between poor and non-poor students. This paper

My Bookmarks and Annotations 04/29/2010

Spring The scholarship of teaching and learning Spring 2002     ISSN 1096-1453     Volume 6, Issue 1  Improving Student Attendance:  Does it Improve Student Learning?   76a 76b 76c Robert E. Ledman, Morehouse College, GA Felix Kamuche, Morehouse College, GA tags : attendance , i3 Why Schools are Turning to Google Apps Henry Thiele, IT director for District 207 says he is “surprised by how many schools don’t even know that [Google apps] is there.” And, when they hear about the opportunity, says, Thiele, they’re curious to know “what the catch is.” Thiele simply responds, “There is no catch.” Boosting Student Motivation and Performance “Our students involved in this program are increasing their reading ability at rates faster than anything we’ve seen before,” says Thiele. He is referring to an English course which pairs high-risk 9th graders with their own laptop. District 207 expects an average gain of three points on reading tests over the course of the year, and observes that at-risk

The Day the Nings Died

A long, long time ago... I can still remember How that music used to make me smile. And I knew if I had my chance That I could make those people dance And, maybe, they’d be happy for a while. But February made me shiver With every paper I’d deliver. Bad news on the doorstep; I couldn’t take one more step. I can’t remember if I cried When I read about his widowed bride, But something touched me deep inside The day the music Nings died. I was greeted this morning by an English department chair in all black. She is mourning the loss of Ning. Although yesterday’s announcement is not good news, it is not unexpected or the end of classroom collaboration in a social networking environment. My Grandfather was famous for using the saying “if it is too good to be true, it probably is” and I grew up hearing the phrase, so when it comes to stuff at no cost I am always cautious. For those of you that know me as Google Fan Boy #1” this may come as a surprise statement, but I alw

My Bookmarks and Annotations 04/14/2010

Help Center | Facebook Safety for Educators There are a number of Facebook best practices for educators, particularly when it involves the safety of their students. Find them here. tags : facebook , cybersafety , education , safety , digitalcitizenship Cell Phone Plans - Compare cell phone plans side-by-side It has never been easier to find the perfect cell phone plan. What once took hours visiting retail stores can now be completed in just a few minutes, all from the convenience of your home or office. Once you find the ideal cell phone plan, you'll be able to pair it with a cell phone special offer. MyRatePlan features one of the widest selections of cell phones, at the best prices, available anywhere. We look forward to saving you both time and money on the purchase of your next cell phone and plan. tags : cell , phone , mobile , plans , cellphone Posted from Diigo . The rest of my favorite links are here.

My Bookmarks and Annotations 04/13/2010

January 2007 Newsletter (PDF) - A Teacher's Guide to Differentiated Instruction - Powered by Google Docs tags : DI Classroom Practices Descriptor Page - Powered by Google Docs Not all students are alike. Based on this knowledge, differentiated instruction applies anapproach to teaching and learning so that students have multiple options for taking ininformation and making sense of ideas. The model of differentiated instruction requiresteachers to be flexible in their approach to teaching and adjusting the curriculum andpresentation of information to learners rather than expecting students to modify themselvesfor the curriculum. Classroom teaching is a blend of whole-class, group and individualinstruction. Differentiated Instruction is a teaching theory based on the premise thatinstructional approaches should vary and be adapted in relation to individual and diversestudents in classrooms.DefinitionTo differentiate instruction is to recognize students varying background knowledge,rea

My Bookmarks and Annotations 04/11/2010

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CAST: What is Universal Design for Learning? tags : no_tag Multiple means of representation to give learners various ways of acquiring information and knowledge Multiple means of action and expression to provide learners alternatives for demonstrating what they know, and Multiple means of engagement to tap into learners' interests, challenge them appropriately, and motivate them to learn CAST: Differentiated Instruction and Implications for UDL Implementation tags : no_tag Universal Design for Learning (UDL), a curriculum designed approach to increase flexibility in teaching and decrease the barriers that frequently limit student access to materials and learning in classrooms - post by hthiele Principles of the Universal Design for Learning Framework Principle 1: To support recognition learning, provide multiple, flexible methods of presentation Principle 2: To support strategic learning, provide multiple, flexible methods of expression and apprenticeship. Principle 3: T

My Bookmarks and Annotations 04/07/2010

Cacoo Lets Multiple Users Create Designs Collaboratively And In Real-time a tool called Cacoo tries to stand out from the pack with some unique features. Developed by Japan-based Nulab, the Flash application is entirely browser-based, free and available in English (and Japanese). Cacoo features a library of icons users can drag and drop to create site maps, wireframes, flow charts, network diagrams, mind maps, UML diagrams, and more. Much like with similar tools, Cacoo users can align the design elements to each other, resize, flip and skew them, create their own components from existing ones, upload images to include in the diagrams, and more. tags : cacoo , visualization , mindmap Posted from Diigo . The rest of my favorite links are here.

My Bookmarks and Annotations 04/06/2010

By the Numbers: Facebook vs The United States [INFOGRAPHIC] Facebook’s official company statistics outline the breakdown of the sites over 400 million active users. While the site points out about 70% of Facebook users are outside the United States, it doesn’t dive deeper into the U.S. numbers. To find out more about the average American Facebook user and how he or she compares to the average American, we dug a little further. After crunching the numbers and comparing the data, this is what we found. tags : facebook , web2.0 , stats Posted from Diigo . The rest of my favorite links are here.

My Bookmarks and Annotations 04/01/2010

YouTube - How Not to Use Powerpoint tags : powerpoint , youtube Posted from Diigo . The rest of my favorite links are here.