About five years ago, my school, Mountain View Elementary in Simi Valley, CA, was on the verge of closing down due to declining enrollment. I had just taken over as principal after a career spent not in administration but in school psychology and supporting programs for special needs students. But already I could see things […]
The superintendent of a large suburban district recently told his cabinet that the theme for this school year is to be “strategic and frugal” with district funds. The same message has likely been conveyed in many districts. Districts spend more on instructional materials (IMs) than on any other annual purchase, so IM purchasing practices have […]
The days of giving students tests on paper are coming to an end. More educators are exploring assessment options using students’ 1:1 devices to streamline the assessment process. To save teachers time and effort, some content providers have expanded their platforms to provide users with pre-built assessments, assignments, and activities designed to personalize learning by […]
Digital solutions are changing the way we live, work, and learn. In the education sector, many teachers want to incorporate more technology into the classrooms, but lack the resources and training needed to succeed. Teaching in the Digital World: Understanding the Status Quo According to a survey of 4,300 teachers from TES Global and Jefferson […]
One day, some of your students will be trying to write the best dissertation, and some of them will become writers. Whatever path they choose, they will inevitably come across a writing task. That’s why you need to pay attention to their writing skills, regardless of the level they are currently at. Teaching students how […]
Digital literacy is a term that encompasses the practical skills, knowledge and behaviors people need to effectively use various digital devices, which today includes many networked devices like computers, smartphones and tablets. The OECD and the European Commission prefer the term “digital competence”, which adds in problem-solving skills. Background It’s worth remembering that Tim Berners-Lee […]
We’re in the back half of the summer break, and students are forgetting a lot of what they learned last year. Here are some tips for beating the summer slide.
Elijah Mayfield of Lightside Labs and Turnitin answers five questions about the future of writing assessment: How can writing assessments be a help and not a hindrance? Assessments can’t be scary, isolated incidents that teachers spend months building up to, and that occur in a vacuum each spring while everyone anxiously watches. They need to […]
Educators who are looking to teach students how to be effective in the modern world must learn to embrace technology in their instruction.
When students in a core course aren’t doing well, it’s time for a radical change.