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Measuring Up–the Key to Meeting State/National Standards

measuring upLast year, only 61 percent of high school students who took the ACT English achievement test were deemed college-ready. In math, it was 41 percent. We teachers recognize it is our fiduciary responsibility to fulfill state and national education standards that prepare students for college or career. Many of us find students benefit greatly when the school employs curriculum-based assessments to measure progress. Why? Because by teaching, assessing knowledge, tracking progress, and personalizing to student needs, we can determine if students are accomplishing what they must to complete the work of learning.

Unfortunately, most textbooks offer no easy way to measure overall progress toward completing state or national standards, nor do they backfill for a lack of knowledge. Both of these are critical pieces to the successful accomplishment of learning goals.

This is where Mastery Education’s Measuring Up can help.

What is Measuring Up?

Measuring Up is a suite of tools that supplements any classroom curriculum by offering standards-based instruction, practice, assessment, and reporting customized to many state or national standards–with the singular goal of assisting students in meeting English Language Arts, Mathematics, and/or Science standards.

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What You Might Have Missed in October

Here are the most-read posts for the month of October:

  1. Halloween Projects, Websites, and Apps
  2. The Impact of VR on Student Education
  3. Is technology outpacing you?
  4. Differentiation Simplified with Study.com
  5. Resources for Digital Citizenship Week
  6. Engagement through Competition
  7. October is Dyslexia Awareness Month
  8. What Qualities Make an Effective Teacher?
  9. 9 Resources for National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month

Jacqui Murray has been teaching K-18 technology for 30 years. She is the editor/author of over a hundred tech ed resources including a K-8 technology curriculum, K-8 keyboard curriculum, K-8 Digital Citizenship curriculum. She is an adjunct professor in tech ed, a Master Teacher, webmaster for four blogs, an Amazon Vine Voice reviewer, CAEP reviewer, CSTA presentation reviewer, freelance journalist on tech ed topics, and contributor to NEA Today and TeachHUB. You can find her resources at Structured Learning. Read Jacqui’s tech thriller series, Rowe-Delamagente.

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Here’s a Preview of November

November is a short month, with a week off to celebrate the holiday. Here’s a preview of what’s coming up on Ask a Tech Teacher:

  • Book Review: Repositioning Educational Leadership
  • Hour of Code activities
  • Let’s talk about Measuring Up–from Mastery Education
  • Thanksgiving Activities That Keep You in Charge of Learning
  • The Power of Symbols–What does ‘Turkey’ mean?

Jacqui Murray has been teaching K-18 technology for 30 years. She is the editor/author of over a hundred tech ed resources including a K-8 technology curriculum, K-8 keyboard curriculum, K-8 Digital Citizenship curriculum. She is an adjunct professor in tech ed, a Master Teacher, webmaster for four blogs, an Amazon Vine Voice reviewer, CAEP reviewer, CSTA presentation reviewer, freelance journalist on tech ed topics, and contributor to NEA Today and TeachHUB. You can find her resources at Structured Learning. Read Jacqui’s tech thriller series, Rowe-Delamagente.

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October is Dyslexia Awareness Month

Surprisingly, 15-20 percent of the population has a language-based learning disability, and over 65 percent of those deficits is in reading. Often, these go undiagnosed as students, parents, and teachers simply think the child is not a good reader, is lazy, or is disinterested. Thankfully, the International Dyslexia Association sponsors an annual Dyslexia Awareness Month in October aimed to expand comprehension of this little-understood language-based learning condition.

Read more on TeachHUB

More on special needs:

Technology Removes Obstructed Writers’ Barriers to Learning

A Helping Hand: Assistive Technology Tools for Writing

3 Great Special Needs Digital Tools

Is Orton-Gillingham Right For Your Students?

A Symbaloo of Dyslexia tools

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Tech Ed Resources–Organize Your Class

digital classroomI get a lot of questions from readers about what tech ed resources I use in my classroom so I’m taking a few days this summer to review them with you. Some are edited and/or written by members of the Ask a Tech Teacher crew. Others, by tech teachers who work with the same publisher I do. All of them, I’ve found well-suited to the task of scaling and differentiating tech skills for age groups, scaffolding learning year-to-year, taking into account the perspectives and norms of all stakeholders, with appropriate metrics to know learning is organic and granular.

Today: Organizing your classroom

Overview

18 webinars (more added as they become available), approx. 30 minutes each, show how to set up your classroom to be tech-infused.

What’s Included

Do you wonder how to set up an effective, exciting, motivating classroom to teach tech? It’s not difficult–but there are steps you must take that are different from a grade-level or subject-specific classroom. Watch these videos at the start of school and often throughout the year to understand how to integrate tech into your classes and how to help students use tech to get the most from their education adventure. Webinars included:

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What You Might Have Missed in September

Here are the most-read posts for the month of September:

  1. The 101 of Research for Kids
  2. Differentiating with Personalized Learning
  3. Learning Strategies for your Classroom
  4. How to Teach Critical Thinking
  5. What to Consider When Assigning Homework
  6. New Ways to Gamify Learning
  7. Print or Digital Textbooks? What’s the Low-down?
  8. High School Technology Curriculum Coming!
  9. Great Back to School Activities
  10. Mouse and Trackpad Websites for your Classroom

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Here’s a Preview of October

Here’s a preview of what’s coming up on Ask a Tech Teacher in October:

  • Resources for Dyslexia Awareness Month
  • Resources for Digital Citizenship Week
  • Resources for National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month
  • Qualities of an effective teacher
  • Purpose Driven Learning: Myths, Problems, and Education Applications
  • Online Classes
  • A list of education advisors you can trust
  • Halloween projects, websites, apps, and a costume

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What You Might Have Missed in August

Here are the most-read posts for the month of August:

  1. Teaching Digital Rights and Responsibilities
  2. The Important Morning Meeting
  3. It’s Time to Make Your Classroom Paper-free
  4. Wikispaces has closed. What are your alternatives?
  5. 11 Back-to-school Activities for the First Month of School
  6. Great Back to School Classroom Activities
  7. 22 Websites and 4 Posters to Teach Mouse Skills
  8. Curriculum Companions Start September 10th!
  9. Plan a Memorable Back to School Night
  10. Today’s Meet is Closed. What are your Alternatives?

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Here’s a Preview of September

Here’s a preview of what’s coming up on Ask a Tech Teacher in September:

  • What to Consider When Assigning Homework
  • More for Back to School
  • Tech Ed Resources for your Classroom
  • Differentiate with Personalized Learning
  • New Ways to Gamify Learning
  • Print vs. Digital–the lowdown
  • Positive Reinforcement in Class
  • Teaching Critical Thinking
  • Looking for Trusted Advisors?

All of these are from the Ask a Tech Teacher crew (with occasional guest posts):

We are a group of tech ed teachers who work together to offer you tech tips, advice, pedagogic discussion, lesson plans, and anything else we can think of to help you integrate tech into your classroom. Stop by and say hi!

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Tech Ed Resources–Certificate/College Credit Classes

tech ed helpI get a lot of questions from readers about what tech ed resources I use in my classroom so I’m going to take a few days this summer to review them with you. Some are edited and/or written by members of the Ask a Tech Teacher crew. Others, by tech teachers who work with the same publisher I do. All of them, I’ve found well-suited to the task of scaling and differentiating tech skills for age groups, scaffolding learning year-to-year, taking into account the perspectives and norms of all stakeholders, with appropriate metrics to know learning is organic and granular.

Today: Classes

Ask a Tech Teacher offers a variety of classes throughout the year. All are online, hands-on, with an authentic use of tools you’ll want for your classroom.

To find out more, email askatechteacher@gmail.com


online classesThe Tech-infused Teacher

Certificate

By request; delivered digitally to your school or District

The 21st Century lesson blends technology with teaching to build a collaborative, differentiated, and shared learning environment. In this course, you will use a suite of digital tools to make that possible while addressing overarching concepts like digital citizenship, internet search and research, authentic assessment, digital publishing, and immersive keyboarding. You will actively collaborate, share knowledge, provide constructive feedback to classmates, publish digitally, and differentiate for unique needs. Classmates will become the core of your ongoing Personal Learning Network.

Assessment is project-based so be prepared to be fully-involved and an eager risk-taker.

Price includes course registration and all necessary materials

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