Free Webinars for Teacher Personal Professional Development

The summer break is only half over. You still have time to add to your online teaching skills by participating in free professional development webinars, following bloggers specializing in virtual teaching, and participating in the Back-to-School Olympics.

Click over to the following blog from Virtual School Meanderings to learn more.

Virtual School Meanderings URL: http://virtualschooling.wordpress.com/2012/07/20/digital-learning-day-sneak-peek-new-website-upcoming-webinars-and-back-to-school-olympics/

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ETS Math Games Challenge

For those interested in K-12 mathematics, here is something that might interest you. I found a LinkedIn post in my mailbox today and thought I would share the associated link. Math now, but challenges in other ETS subject areas will surely follow.

From: http://etsgameschallenge.com/?goback=%2Egde_2013888_member_133702414

ETS is looking for developers and educators to create a game that acts as a math assessment. We’re looking for innovative ideas that produce evidence of students’ knowledge, skills, and abilities in mathematics. The assessment tasks should be based on a Learning Progression for some field of mathematics in K-12. We are providing two research-based Learning Progressions: (1) Variables and Equality (approximately Grades 5-9) and (2) Linear Functions (approximately Grades 7-10). You are invited to use either of these or supply your own for any other K-12 mathematical content.

Let your creativity flow while potentially helping students everywhere to learn through fun activities. Find out more about this contest at the link above. Share the link with fellow educators. Or follow ETS in LinkedIn here:

ETS Educational Measurement, Psychometrics and Research

URL: http://www.linkedin.com/groups?home=&gid=2013888&trk=anet_ug_hm

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Informal Learning and the Graphic Novel « Teaching/Management

Having trouble getting college student to look at research seriously? Graphic novels may be the answer. Read on.

Informal Learning and the Graphic Novel « Teaching/Management. (http://teachingmanagement.wordpress.com/2012/06/25/informal-learning-and-the-graphic-novel/)

For K-12 teachers, when I taught reading (“developmental” or for learning handicapped) I found that comics were a great way to get reluctant readers to read. The small amount of text per frame and the pictures to expand on the text helped students who were easily distracted to concentrate because text was presented in small doses, and the pictures would help give context, meaning, and focus. When I started teaching with comics, I had to pre-screen all materials myself. Within a few years, there were commercial school-oriented comics flooding the market, with the same intent: getting students to read for sustained periods of time.

If you have had similar experiences, or unique ones related to reading, please post comments. Reading is so important, and my own research found an almost perfect correlation of reading and math, that I think it is in the interest of students at all levels to keep the reading methods conversation alive. So share your success, or even your failures, with techniques you’ve used to motivate students to read or to teach reading to non-readers.

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