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Software for student publishing and creativity.

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Online student publishing and creativity platform.

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Create animations, digital stories, and stop-motion.

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Create web sites, epubs, and presentations.

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Questions that build expertise with the Common Core State Standards for Mathematical Practice

Posted by Melinda Kolk on Nov 27, 2013 9:56:00 AM

The Common Core State Standards for Mathematics begin with eight Standards for Mathematical Practice. These aren't content standards, but behaviors, expertise, and habits of mind necessary for successful work with math. Great math instruction pairs content standards with these standards of practice to ensure student success with math.

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Topics: common core, professional development, questioning, math

Common Core Standards Do Not Equal Common Teaching

Posted by Danielle Abernethy on Feb 7, 2012 11:46:00 AM

Two weeks ago I participated in conversations at FETC and on Facebook about the same topic, the Common Core State Standards. On Facebook the discussion was with a friend of mine who has moved to a new state. She is ready for the Common Core State Standards to be implemented fully because she’s tired of her children constantly having to be either behind or ahead of the curriculum. The topic was the same at FETC, where students have a high mobility rate, whether it’s changing schools within the district, around the state or around the country. However, while the teachers were excited, they were a bit concerned about how the standards were going to be implemented.

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Topics: pixie, common core, professional development, teachers

Science and Action Research in Your Classroom

Posted by Joseph Machado on Mar 22, 2011 8:59:00 AM

After reading a white paper put out by the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory - Scientist-Teacher Partnerships as Professional Development: An Action Research Study, I began to think of the continuous push in our educational system on STEM. What's the most effective method of increasing student awareness in science?

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Topics: creativity software, 21st century classroom, productivity software, professional development, STEM, action research

A Constructivist Classroom is a 21st-Century Classroom

Posted by Joseph Machado on Feb 4, 2011 10:19:00 AM

I wrote a piece for Creative Educator magazine titled "Developing 21st Century Learning Environments".  The article discusses our traditional notion of learning environments revolving around places and spaces and how an effective learning environment does not have to be limited to these things.  The classroom of today should look much different from that of the past.

Today individuals are finding new ways of being and functioning in the 21st century that look much different from those of generations before.  Mindfulness is on the rise and not just by those who embark on the path of yoga or meditation.  Today schools are focusing more on social and emotional skills with their student population. 

Helping students to be aware and mindful of what they are feeling and how to self-regulate those emotions in order to sustain themselves with the demands of the classroom and world today.  In other words giving students the ability and skills to construct their own way of being.  Sound familiar?!  



A constructivist classroom fosters critical thinking, flexibility, creativity, active learning, and more.  All of which are standards of what a 21st century classroom should reflect. 

It is not just about technology; to sustain a 21st century classroom educators need to move from a transmittal instructional practice to a constructivist and transactional model.  I believe in order for students to be successful in and out of the classroom today we need to create learning environments that give students the permission to construct knowledge, not receive it.

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Topics: 21st century classroom, professional development, constructivism

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