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National Education Policy 2019 Draft – Some Thoughts – Education Article

Prologue: Does India really need a New National Education Policy? Is our educational reform held back by the datedness of the 1986/1992 education policy which was written before the internet and mobile phones? On this question, I tend to agree with what the current Prime Minister said back in 2013 – “India needs Action, not Acts.” So I admittedly approach the draft National Education Policy 2019 with some scepticism. Further, in my opinion, a good policy should not be too…

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How to Create Google Docs Templates – Education Article

Note: Google Classroom does this automatically for any assignment that includes a Google file. Google Docs Templates Sharing templates through Google Drive is a great time saver for teachers. You could share a “view only” version of your file and require students to go to File>Make a Copy. Unfortunately, this often results in your inbox overflowing with requests for edit access. A Better Solution Use this simple trick to share Google Docs Templates. It works for essentially any G Suite…

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Invite Curiosity and Promote Inquiry Through Phenomena – Education Article

True inquiry often starts with an anomaly or at least an engaging hook to elicit curiosity. Phenomena for NGSS is an ever-growing collection of engaging phenomena, in the form of images and animated GIFs; it’s a must-have resource for any science teacher. Throughout Next Generation Science Standards resources, you’ll notice a clear shift from teaching general content without application to driving deeper learning by providing opportunities for students to explain and predict phenomena. The creators of Phenomena for NGSS do…

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Why Grade-wise Learning Outcome Documents May Not Be So Useful Any Longer – Education Article

I have noticed that there is a strong sense especially among administrators that grade-wise Learning Outcome statements are important and useful in helping improve learning levels. Some states have also mandated painting them inside classrooms. Examples of such Learning Outcomes statements are: By Grade 1 learner: names familiar objects seen in the pictures recites poems/rhymes with actions recites number names and counts objects up to 20, concretely, pictorially and symbolically counts objects using numbers 1 to 9 By Grade 3 learner: recites…

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A .new Shortcut for Creating G Suite Files – Education Article

Posted February 7, 2019 by Nick LaFave under General Looking for a quick way to create a new Google Doc? Just type doc.new and a new Google Doc will open instantly. The .new shortcut works for nearly all types of G Suite files.  It’s also forgiving in allowing variations of the shortcut. For example, you can open a new Google Sheet by typing sheet.new, sheets.new, or spreadsheet.new.  The Complete List of .new G Suite Shortcuts Docs: doc.new, docs.new, document.new Forms: form.new, forms.new…

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Why do Indian students struggle on tests like PISA? – Education Article

This article is a part of a series about India’s participation in PISA and explores if the same can be used to improve the quality of education in our country. India has decided to participate in PISA in 2021. A small group of scientifically selected students from Chandigarh, the Kendriya Vidyalayas and the Navodaya Vidyalayas will write the test that year. In this article, we use data and insights from other assessments to analyse why Indian students do not, in…

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An Easier Way to Simplify Text and Teach Vocabulary – Rewordify – Education Article

Rewordify Rewordify.com is not only the best text simplification tool I’ve seen, but it’s also a great way to teach vocabulary. Plus it’s totally free. The site has several step-by-step guides and tutorials that I have linked to throughout this post. Simplify Difficult Text Rewordify.com is the easiest way to simplify difficult text. Just copy and paste text (or a website’s address) into their site and have difficult words simplified into easy-to-understand definitions; they even appear in the correct part…

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The Complete Beginner’s Guide to Virtual Field Trips with Google Expeditions – Education Article

Google Expeditions – Beyond Virtual Field Trips From the bottom of the sea to the moon and beyond:  virtual and augmented reality now enable us to take students virtually anywhere. The best part is that you only need a mobile device, no expensive virtual reality headsets, to take full advantage of these virtual field trips. Google Expeditions create engaging experiences for students that transcend time and space. Getting Started with Google Expeditions Find an Expedition Search the List of Available…

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Inspire Your Students with These 351 Visual Writing Prompts – Education Article

Make Writing Fun with Visual Writing Prompts Engaging writing prompts are an easy way to make writing fun. Every teacher needs a good collection of prompts, and the three sites below are full of great ones. The old saying, “a picture is worth a thousand words” just might prove helpful in moving students from asking “How many words do we have to write?” to not wanting to stop. Visual Writing Prompts is a great source for engaging writing prompts. You…

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TED Talks for Teachers – Volume 6 – Education Article

My sixth annual collection of TED talks for teachers features thought-provoking topics from unfounded fears about screen time to the important roles social justice can play in the classroom.  Help for Kids the Education System Ignores – Victor Rios I cringe when I hear people suggest that underachieving students simply need to work harder. That idea may be true for some, but it’s a rather limited perspective. Grit simply isn’t enough for many students. Victor Rios shares some great insight…

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Top EdTech Picks of 2018 – Education Article

Posted December 27, 2018 by Nick LaFave under General My most popular EdTech Picks of 2018: choice boards, pineapple charts, backchannels, virtual field trips, great Google slides templates. Here’s a look back at my top picks. The Complete Beginner’s Guide to Choice Boards If you’re looking for an easy way to get started with digital choice boards, you definitely need to check out this concise beginner’s guide. Pineapple Charts: Peer Observation… This is only a snippet of a Education Article…

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