A majority of states have signed on to the Common Core State Standards and work is well underway across the country to implement the new standards from curriculum changes to preparation for new online tests. However, debate over the standards continues in some states, as some continue to question the standards themselves while others are concerned about the cost and logistics of implementation.
Respondents to a recent SmartBrief on EdTech poll say information about the common core is being shared primarily through updates on school or district websites — 55.88% — and newsletters — 26.48%. Another 11.46% of respondents said special public meetings were being held, and just about 6% are sharing updates through social media or other electronic communication.
Despite these efforts, when asked about support for the standards, some 63.51% of respondents said questions remain about the standards among multiple groups of stakeholders, including policymakers, teachers, parents and students. (read more…)
More than 75% responded that they support the initiative, while about 9% said the goal may be out of reach and another 15% felt there are more pressing issues to deal with in education.
About 11% of respondents said the initiative would better prepare their school or district to implement new online tests under the common core, and 8% expect to benefit from increased access to online professional development resources.
However, a majority – more than 80% – of respondents said they expect high-speed Internet to allow their school or district to be better able to use technology in the classroom, particularly through the use of tablet computers.
Do you support Pres. Barack Obama’s goal of expanding high-speed Internet access to public schools across the country over the next five years? (read more…)
In many school districts, standardized testing is wrapping up and the school year is winding down, with summer vacation just around the corner. However, with the long lazy days of summer come concerns about summer learning loss among students, and time and resources for professional development among educators. With these issues in mind, SmartBrief on EdTech last week polled readers about how technology is being used by both groups as a tool to enhance learning during the summer.
About half of respondents to our poll reported that tech-based summer learning is offered in their school or district for students, educators or both, while one-fourth reported that such options are not offered through the district but are recommended or suggested. Another 25% reported that online learning during the summer is neither offered nor suggested.
For students, online learning during the summer is reportedly used most for credit recovery, according to about 45% of respondents, while 25.81% said students are using Web-based apps and other tools for skill development. (read more…)
Whether reading about resources for teaching financial literacy or debating the validity of using grades in the classroom, SmartBlog on Education readers have been showing us what’s important to them by sharing and commenting on their favorite posts. Take a look at April’s most-tweeted education posts.
5 ways to continue growing as a teacher
One of the noblest jobs in the world is that of a teacher. We’re clearly not in the trade for the money. We’re there because we love teaching and we love the kids. Period.
Two years ago, seventh-grade history became the only ungraded class in the school. The administration agreed to let me try it, as a means of empowering students to take more control over their learning.
Dispelling misunderstandings about PBL
I spend a good chunk of time on Twitter, often participating in or lurking on a Twitter chat. I have seen project based learning — PBL — a topic of discussion, but at the same time, I see a lot of claims about PBL that are just not true. (read more…)