What these teens learned about the Internet may shock you! – The Hechinger Report

When the AP United States history students at Aragon High School in San Mateo California, scanned the professionally designed pages of http://www.minimumwage.com, most concluded that it was a solid, unbiased source of facts and analysis. They noted the menu of research reports, graphics and videos, and the “About” page describing the site as a project […]

Source: What these teens learned about the Internet may shock you! – The Hechinger Report

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How would George Mason make America great again? | SmartBrief

We often praise the Patrick Henrys of the world, the folks who explain their nonparticipation in particular change efforts as a principled stance. But perhaps George Mason is the better example both for our national politicians and for leaders in every company and organization in America today. Whether it is economic reform at the highest levels or new policies on leave or telework for your company, by being in the room, you can shape the debate even if you do not ultimately agree with the outcome.

Source: How would George Mason make America great again? | SmartBrief

Overwhelming proof? Research shows 3 ways going digital improves student performance – eCampus News

Multiple research studies indicate that students show greater engagement and achievement when they use digital materials available via publishers.

However, please note that the various research studies were all conducted by or for companies peddling digital materials.

Source: Overwhelming proof? Research shows 3 ways going digital improves student performance – eCampus News

We should teach students about the future of technology

Will we ever become technology?It sounds like a science fiction statement, but it’s actually not too far from reality. Humans rely on programmable devices for every aspect of their daily lives. These devices have transformed from stationary, to carried and worn, to physically implantable. There is no end to this progression; innovations keep evolving. With the ongoing focus of technology in education, and the need for schools to keep up with the ever-changing scope of its use in the classroom, it is essential that we provide students with the knowledge of how technology affects, and will affect, society.

Source: What should we teach students about the future of technology? | eSchool News

Why Don’t the Common-Core Standards Include Cursive Writing? – Curriculum Matters – Education Week

In a recent interview, one of the lead writers of the reading standards explained that the decision was about priorities—and that learning to use technology took precedence. But what does the research say?

Reading this article I learned that California included cursive in our adoption of English Language Arts standards—or, more accurately, “Write legibly in cursive or joined italic.”

Joined italic? I taught third grade for a few years in California and this term was new to me.  A bit of googling found this interesting piece, “Handwriting: Methods and Resources.”  Its provenance is vague (someone named Brian Hagerty?) but it passes the prima facie test: it’s interesting and offers lots of resources to pursue.

If I were teaching third grade today, would I have the right as a teacher to choose the method of instruction for my students? Would it be a school-wide decision all we third grade teachers would need to reach?  Would the district dictate? Regardless, in this instance, the common standards are not so common after all.

Source: Why Don’t the Common-Core Standards Include Cursive Writing? – Curriculum Matters – Education Week