Showing posts from January, 2016

MyNotes: Badges for Professional Learning

"We are doing digital badges too. I use to manage distribution. Badges can be made on site or uploaded. I make mine with shape tools in PowerPoint and upload them," says Joel Adkins (Crandall ISD). He continues, "I didn't think teachers would care for them. I thought they would think they were a waste of time. I was wrong!"

Diana Benner (@diben on Twitter)--Read her blog, Sprinkle Innovation--from TCEA has a great blog entry on the subject of badges. This blog entry below captures some of the most salient points that I found worth noting for later using the Liner app ( app on my iPhone. 

Listen to Practitioners Share About Their District's Use of Badges:
Note: The following audio files were harvested from the Voxer chat, #TECSIGchat, a free, Texas-wide open educator group. Get Voxer on your computer, iPhone/iPad, or Android mobile device! It's free! Get more information here - or share Voxer link at ht…

MyNotes: Performance Assessment Overview

MyNotes: Performance assessment is one alternative to traditional methods of testing student achievement.While traditional testing requires students to answer questions correctly (often on a multiple-choice test), performance assessment requires students to demonstrate knowledge and skills, including the process by which they solve problems.Performance assessments measure skills such as the ability to integrate knowledge across disciplines, contribute to the work of a group, and develop a plan of action when confronted with a new situation.Performance assessments are also appropriate for determining if students are achieving the higher standards set by states for all students.This brochure explains features of this assessment alternative, suggests ways to evaluate it, and offers exploratory questions you might ask your child's teacher about this subject.The Office of Technology Assessment of the U.Congress described performance assessment as testing that requires a student to creat…

MyNotes on Performance-Based Assessment: Reviewing the Basics

MyNotes on Performance-Based Assessment: Reviewing the Basics
Dr. Patricia HilliardDirector of STEM AcceleratorIn general, a performance-based assessment measures students' ability to apply the skills and knowledge learned from a unit or units of study.Typically, the task challenges students to use their higher-order thinking skills to create a product or complete a process (Chun, 2010).Tasks can range from a simple constructed response (e.g., short answer) to a complex design proposal of a sustainable neighborhood.Arguably, the most genuine assessments require students to complete a task that closely mirrors the responsibilities of a professional, e., artist, engineer, laboratory technician, financial analyst, or consumer advocate.First and foremost, the assessment accurately measures one or more specific course standards.Normally, students are presented with an open-ended question that may produce several different correct answers (Chun, 2010; McTighe, 2015).In the higher-level t…

MyNotes: Performance-Based Assessment: Engaging Students in Chemistry

MyNotes on Performance-Based Assessment: Engaging Students in Chemistry: Performance-based assessment is a way for students to demonstrate knowledge, skills, and material that they've learned.Performance-based assessment measures how well students can apply or use what they know, often in real-world situations.Performance-based assessment starts with the curriculum, instruction, or unit that you're already teaching.Since PBA requires students to demonstrate knowledge, skills, and concepts, they are usually asked to create a product or response, or to perform a specific task or set of tasks.When designing assessments, teachers ask, "What is the level of performance?Do we want short-term memory and fragmented applications from kids, or do we want comprehensive understanding of big ideas?For example, a performance task in writing would require students to produce a piece of writing rather than answering multiple-choice questions about grammar or the structure of a paragraph.P…

MyNotes: Why Ed Tech Is Not Transforming How Teachers Teach

MyNotes on Why Ed Tech Is Not Transforming How Teachers Teach: Public schools now provide at least one computer for every five students.They spend more than $3 billion per year on digital content.And nearly three-fourths of high school students now say they regularly use a smartphone or tablet in the classroom.The student-centered, hands-on, personalized instruction envisioned by ed-tech proponents remains the exception to the rule.Case study after case study describe a common pattern inside schools: A handful of "early adopters" embrace innovative uses of new technology, while their colleagues make incremental or no changes to what they already do."If schools take all this technology, and use it like a textbook, or just have teachers show PowerPoint [presentations] or use drill-and-kill software, they might as well not even have it.In the digital age, the ISTE standards say, teachers should be expected, among other strategies, to "engage students in exploring real-…

MyNotes: Quiet by Susan Cain #introvert

Also read: School For Introverts by John SpencerTeaching Not For Introverts (Atlantic Monthly) Below, please find my notes and take-aways from Susan Cain’s work on introverts,Quiet.

Calls for Action: Stop the madness! Stop the calls for groupwork! We need more privacy and autonomy.Go to the like Buda, have your own revelations. We can all stand to get inside our own heads a little more often.Take a good luck at what's inside your "own suitcase."
"In a gentle way, you can shake the world." --Mahatma GandhiIf we assume that quiet and loud people have roughly the same number of good (and bad) ideas, then we should worry if the louder and more forceful people always carry the day. This would mean that an awful lot of bad ideas prevail while good ones get squashed. Yet studies in group dynamics suggest that this is exactly what happens. We perceive talkers as smarter than quiet types—even though grade-point averages and SAT and intelligence test sc…

Evernote Clearly Replaced! Get the Alternative

Were you an Evernote Clearly fanatic? I can't tell you how many people I've run into that bemoaned the fact that Evernote discontinued support for Clearly on January 22:
Evernote to end support for Skitch, Clearly extensions for Windows on January 22nd
Read more Of course, I immediately started looking around and stumbled on the Readable bookmarklet, which works just fine as a way to "unclutter" a web page. In fact, the bookmarklet works on Chrome and's a cinch to use and get going without any of that Evernote overhead (which, unfortunately, is their Achilles' heel!).

To get going with Readable, just go to the web site, make a few minor customizations to the screen below (or not, since that's not a requirement for use), then drag the bookmarklet button to your browser's toolbar:

If you haven't give Readable a try, you should!

For example, I went from this:

To this...

Nifty, huh?

Everything posted on Miguel Guhlin's blogs/wikis are…

Book Review: Computers for ESL Students via @LabLearning

In 2014, Judge John Dietz ruled Texas fails to provide sufficient funding for schools to effectively serve a growing population of ELLs and low-income students. - See more English language learners...have the lowest graduation rate of all subgroups at 71.5 percent statewide. English language learners are one of the fastest-growing student groups in Texas with almost 1 million students, making up 18 percent of the school population. San Antonio was home to about 38,000 English learners in 2014-15.
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When I cracked open the Welcome to Computers for ESL Students , I wasn't sure what to expect. Would this be a resource that would offer watered down computer concepts and vocabulary? And, I wasn't thrilled by the cover (nice design, though) since the content referred to topics that some might deem a bit dated:

Basic Computer Concepts and VocabularyMicrosoft Windows (7 and 8.1)Word Processing (WordPad & Word 2013)Internet ExplorerWebmail Then, I realized that this might…

Working with Student Writers

As I mentioned in an earlier blog entry, one of the most valuable aspects of publishing student writing online is that it "provides students with ownership of when and what they publish, but also the opportunity to interact with a real, global audience." I mention this because it's important to note that errors/mistakes made are OK, a point the ELL teacher was supportive of. 

Tom Romano, in his book Clearing the Way, writes about the uncorrected errors embedded in students' writing. He says the following:
“I let them stand...out of respect for error and the part it plays in the process of writing. Human beings are usually messy when they create.” He encourages teachers to look through--not with a red pen clutched in one hand to expertly edit, but an openness to the possibilities of-- the messiness to the essence of student’s writing.An openness to possibilities...for me, that's what writing is about and that is what most attracts young writers--the possibility to c…