Teacher Commitment to Education Technology Is Necessary
Introducing technology into the classroom requires accommodating changes to a school’s curriculum. When technology is implemented it represents a shift away from traditional methods of teaching, but we must realize that not all teachers have the facility to commit, engage, and leverage technology effectively.
This may be due to a lack of belief in education technology, or it may be as simple as a lack of opportunity to develop the necessary skills and conceptualize its benefits. Teachers are not always comfortable with technology in the classroom, but there needs to be an affective commitment in order for technology to be effective in the classroom.
Demystifying the Common Core State Standards Assessments
Common Core State Standards were implemented in schools across the country beginning in the 2014-2015 school year. And with its implementation, schools also rolled out two new standardized tests designed to assess the effectiveness of the new standards. Check out our infographic to learn more about the Common Core assessments.
Google Teacher Academy vs. Apple Distinguished Educator Program
With so many edtech professional development opportunities available for innovative educators, it can be hard to distinguish which one is right for you, the qualifications necessary, and how to apply. We did some research on two of the most highly competitive and prestigious programs for teachers who are passionate about using technology in the classroom: the Google Teacher Academy and the Apple Distinguished Educator Program.
Math Scores Take a Dip across the Nation, Reading Scores Mixed
The Nation’s Report Card delivered disappointing news in late October 2015, revealing lower scores in math and mixed results in reading scores for students participating in the 2015 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP).
The NAEP, which is sponsored by the Department of Education, produces the Nation’s Report Card to keep the public informed about the academic performance of elementary and secondary students in the United States.
Since the last assessment in 2013, there was a national decline in both fourth-grade and eighth-grade math scores for students across the performance range, from high to low performers. This is the first time since the early 1990s that there has been a decline at both grade levels.
Behind the Scenes of the Common Core State Standards Assessments
A number of states are now well into their implementation of the Common Core. In some of these states, Common Core has already impacted the state test design, but in many others, that impact was just beginning in 2015 with the launch of two new tests designed to assess the standards.
Cognitive Rigor in Lesson Planning: Where Bloom's Taxonomy and Webb's DOK Meet
When educators examine the rigor of an activity or when they look for ways to introduce rigor into their lesson plans, they often consult one of two models: Bloom’s Taxonomy—originally developed by educational psychologist Benjamin Bloom in 1956—or Webb’s Depth of Knowledge (DOK)—developed in 1991 by Norman L. Webb, a senior research scientist at the Wisconsin Center for Education Research.
But because Bloom’s Taxonomy is so prevalent and well-known, most educators will begin and end their lesson planning with Bloom’s model alone. And there are still many educators who are not even familiar with Webb’s DOK or who mistakenly believe that Webb’s DOK and Bloom’s Taxonomy are essentially the same. However, by understanding how Bloom’s Taxonomy and Webb’s DOK are different and how the two actually work hand in hand with each other, educators can work from a more complete model to help increase the cognitive rigor of their lesson plans.