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  3. “Do’s & Don’ts For Teaching English Language Learners”
  4. Twitter Buys Posterous
  5. First Grader Makes Rube Goldberg Machine (& Explicitly Connects It To Scientific Method)
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“New” Multilingual Site For Learning English

GCF Learn Free’s reading site has been on several “The Best..” lists for its simple reading instruction, which is excellent for English Language Learners and new readers.

They’ve kept that site, and have also added several multilingual features to specifically help ELL’s. You can visit their Learn English site here. They plan on adding many new activities there in the coming months.

I’m adding it to The Best Multilingual & Bilingual Sites For Learning English.

 


Get Your Lesson Animated At TED-ED

Earlier today, I posted about TED’s new TED-ED video channel (see “TED” Launches Channel For Education Today).

In a post today on their blog, TED lists links where teachers can propose lessons that they think would be good ones for TED to “animate.”

If you have a great idea, what do you have to lose?

 

“Do’s & Don’ts For Teaching English Language Learners”

Do’s & Don’ts For Teaching English Language Learners is the title of a new post Katie Hull Sypnieski and I have written for Edutopia. It’s an excerpt from our upcoming book, The ESL/ELL Teacher’s Survival Guide.

Feedback is welcome…

 


Twitter Buys Posterous

Twitter has just purchased Posterous, the super-easy blogging platform that lets you post via email — among other ways.

Though they say it’s fine to continue to post there, its announcement about its future doesn’t sound particularly reassuring to me….

Do you think I’m reading too much in-between the lines?

 

First Grader Makes Rube Goldberg Machine (& Explicitly Connects It To Scientific Method)

A first grader created a Rube Goldberg Machine. That in itself makes this a neat video to watch. The “kicker,” though, is that he makes some explicit connections to the scientific method, too. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning About Rube Goldberg Machines.

 


“TED” Launches Channel For Education Today

TED, the organization known for its short, thought-provoking videos, began a new channel dedication to education today. It’s called TED-ED. Here’s how it describes the initiative:

It offers up original video content that marries the talent of great teachers with top animators to bring concepts like neuroscience to life in in short videos, typically 5 minutes long….Through its open submission process, animators and educators from around the globe can contribute lesson plans and video reels on any topic…Select lesson submissions will be matched with chosen visualizers to create video lessons worth learning, watching, and sharing.

Right now, it has four “playlists” — “Awesome Nature,” “How Things Work,” “Playing With Language,” and “Questions No One Knows (Yet) The Answer To.” Here are samples from each one:

I’m adding this info to The Best Teacher Resources For “TED Talks” (& Similar Presentations).

 

“Round-Up” Of Recent School Reform Posts & Articles

Here are some new educational policy-related posts and articles that I’ve found useful:

Turnarounds: The SIG Mystery is a post from Alexander Russo that in turn links to a three part series in the Denver Post about the mystery of School Improvement Grants. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning About The Four School Improvement Grant Models.

Schools We Can Envy is by Diane Ravitch and appeared in the New York Review of Books. I’m adding it to The Best Resources To Learn About Finland’s Education System.

Common Core won’t likely boost student achievement, analysis says is from Valerie Strauss at The Washington Post. I’m adding it to The Best Articles Sharing Concerns About Common Core Standards.

Common Core: David Coleman is no Doug Lemov… is by Alice Mercer. I’m adding it to the same list.

As teacher merit pay spreads, one noted voice cries, ‘It doesn’t work’ is from The Washington Post. I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Learning Why Teacher Merit Pay Is A Bad Idea.

Eight brief points about “merit pay” for teachers is by Daniel Pink. I’m adding it to the same list.

The “Mathlash” To Silicon Valley’s Move Into Education is from EdSurge. I’m adding it to The Best Posts About The Khan Academy.

Do as I Say, Not as I Do: Why Authority Fails is by Paul Thomas.

Scapegoating Teachers is by Moshe Adler. I’m adding it to The Best Posts On The NY Times-Featured Teacher Effectiveness Study.

Review of the Long Term Impacts of Teachers is from The National Education Policy Center. I’m adding it to the same list.

If Newspapers Are Going To Publish Teachers’ Value-Added Scores, They Need To Publish Error Margins Too is by Matthew Di Carlo. I’m adding it to The Best Posts & Articles About The New York Court Decision Releasing Teacher Ratings.

Phil Kovacs Responds to the Latest Research on Teach For America is from Ed Week. I’m adding it to The Best Posts & Articles Raising Concerns About Teach For America.

 

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