Beyond the Textbook – Education Article

  Multimedia Resources to Engage Your Brain The resources that grab your brain are the ones I like the best: the ones you listen to as you sit in your driveway well beyond home arrival at home. The ones that get into your psyche so much that you have to (HAVE TO) talk about them, and about the new information that has taken up residency in your being.  Of course, these resources enrich our professional lives too. What if you could earn graduate credit for consuming media…

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Tips for Starting a Podcast – Education Article

Listen to this post as a podcast: Sponsored by Justice Rising and ViewSonic This post contains Amazon Affiliate links. When you make a purchase through these links, Cult of Pedagogy gets a small percentage of the sale at no extra cost to you.   I have had my own podcast for six years now. I love doing it, partly because it doesn’t require me to dress up, put makeup on, or leave the house. I also love it because I…

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What Kind of A—hole Ransoms School Data? – Education Article

 You’ve got to be a grade A sleaze bag to steal from kids’ public schools.   But that’s exactly what a growing number of slime balls are doing when they hack into schools’ computer networks and hold their data for ransom.   Even worse – districts are paying it!   Just this week the Rockville Center School District in New York state paid an $88,000 ransom to get back files that had been encrypted by Ryuk ransomware.   The district…

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The Absurdity of Standardized Testing: Caught Between Prediction and Assessment – Education Article

 Standardized testing is truly absurd.  It’s both a prediction and an assessment.   You take a test to determine what you’ve learned and that will in turn predict what you will be able to learn in the future.   We hardly ever do this anywhere else in life.   We don’t measure babies’ leg muscles to predict whether they’re ready to walk. We let them do what they do, possibly with some encouragement and positive models of locomotion, and they…

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Inside Bill Gates’ Hubris: Propaganda to Make America Neoliberal Again – Education Article

 Once upon a time, the world was run by rich men.   And all was good.   But then the world was conquered by other rich men.   And that is something the first group of rich men could not allow.   That is the reason behind Netflix’s new film “Inside Bill’s Brain: Decoding Bill Gates.”   The three-part documentary goes live on Sept. 20. But the film’s aims are clear from the trailer.   It’s a vanity project about…

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11 Books to Start a Book Club for Teachers – Education Rickshaw – Education Article

I love professional book clubs. If schools are serious about teacher agency and differentiating professional learning for teachers, administrators should consider teacher book clubs as an option. The following is an updated list of 10 books for professional book clubs that I’ve had the pleasure of either facilitating, attending, or just think could be great if used in a book club. I hope you find them useful in starting up a book club in your school or learning organization! Constructivist Instruction:…

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Busing and School Segregation Used for Politics not Policy – Education Article

 If children of all races went to the same schools with each other, it would be harder to treat them unequally.   Moreover, it would be harder for them to grow up prejudiced because they would have learned what it’s like to have classmates who are different from them.   And though most people agree with these premises in principle, our laws still refuse to make them a reality in fact.   Perhaps that’s why it was so astounding when…

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Top 10 Reasons Bernie Sanders’ Education Policies Are Light Years Ahead of Everyone Else’s – Education Article

    For most of my life, the United States has been neglecting its public school children – especially the black and brown ones.   Since the mid 1970s, instead of integrating our schools, we’ve been slowly resegregating them on the basis of race and social class.   Since the 1980s, instead of measuring academic success by the satisfaction of an individuals curiosity and authentic learning, we’ve been slowly redefining it to mean nothing but achievement on standardized tests.  …

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Who Should Bear the Cost of Data Interoperability in K-12 Education? – Education Article

Progress reports go out on Thursday and the teachers are up in arms because they can’t enter scores into their online gradebook. This isn’t because the internet is down or due to a device malfunction—it’s because the online gradebook isn’t able to share data with the student information system (SIS). In technical parlance, this is an issue of interoperability—or rather, the lack of it. When two systems don’t “speak” to one another or store data in the same format, it…

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4 Tips For Implementing A STEAM Program In Your Classroom – – Education Article

4 Tips For Implementing A STEAM Program In Your Classroom contributed by Caleigh Heenan In Part 1, we looked at tips for planning a STEAM program in your school. Today, we’re going to take a look at tips for actually implementing that program in your school or classroom. In traditional teaching, teachers assume the role of content or knowledge provider. Within the STEAM studio, a teacher’s role is to be a coach for the students. The transition between these two…

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Sneaking Past the Summer Slide: How to Make the Most of Summer Without a Single Flashcard – Education Article

As the school year draws to a close, I am looking forward to the laidback freedom of summer with its less hectic schedule and longer daylight hours. If I’m being completely honest, there’s something really incredible about turning off my alarm clock for the foreseeable future. For me, it’s time to recharge, to reflect and to prepare to return to the classroom and library renewed with energy and ideas. As an educator, I’m also keenly aware of the potential for…

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How to Demonstrate Confidence in Your Teaching – Education Article

The following is the latest installment of the Toward Better Teaching advice column. You can pose a question for a future column here. Dear Bonni, Various times I get feedback from students that they find me too unsure when in front of the class. What are helpful strategies to get better at this? This is especially hard for me since I teach large classes and it is challenging to connect. —From a professor ready for confidence When I taught my…

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Moving at the Speed of Creativity – Education Article

The last couple days I’ve been listening to the latest TWiT podcast, hosted by Leo LaPorte (@leolaporte) and featuring guests Amy Webb (@amywebb) and Greg Ferro (@etherealmind). Wow have I ever loved their conversation and the insights they shared on a variety of topics including AI, the ascendency of China, Amazon, EU anti-trust law, and more! I highly recommend this show to you. In this post, I’ll share a few of those insights to (hopefully) clarify my own thinking and…

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25+ Things Your Kids Learn From Gaming – Education Article

Video games are powerful tools for learning, even if they seem just designed for entertainment. Since these are here to stay and have started to permeate into other areas of our lives, it’s important for us to be willing to see the amazing way that gaming can be used for education. Family Playing Video Games by DenisNata on BigStockPhoto.com If you’ve ever had to pack groceries or fill a moving truck with all your belongings, you know the skill of…

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Who You Gonna Call? A Harvard Lecturer’s Quest for Equitable Class Participation – Education Article

Dan Levy had long considered himself an equitable instructor in terms of calling on students to participate in class discussions. So in 2014, the senior lecturer in public policy at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government decided to test that assumption. In spreadsheets, he manually recorded each interaction he had with students during discussion. The data disproved his belief: He’d only heard from female students around one-third of the time, even though they made up nearly half his class. “It…

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4 Proven Tips to Study for GRE – EDTECH 4 BEGINNERS – Education Article

How long should you study for a Test day? It’s an important question. When it comes to GRE, we are going to help you understand how long you should study for it and some tips to excel. What requirements are needed to get into medical school? This is an important question most students ask when making their preparations. Every expert has a different saying on how much time you need to type for GRE. The fact is, no one size…

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