I am sorry it has been so long since my last Weekly Tech Tip but we have been doing state testing this month. This eats up district bandwidth so most use is prohibited for both students and teachers. Use of the Internet interferes with the ability for Pearson Education to deliver online assessments for both Math and Science and since we can only test a handful of kids at time (due to how much bandwidth it uses) it takes nearly the whole month to get all these students tested. As a result, most of this week's tech tip had to be done without the use of the Internet. I have also been assigned to proctor these tests so I couldn't talk while making this week's tech tip. I apologize for the lack of narration. Anyway, this week's tech tip is on infographics and how they can be used to help students make sense of numbers while analyzing complex problems using data and statistics. Since I have been knee deep in state testing I thought data regarding testing would make for an appropriate data set for this tech tip. Enjoy.
Weekly Tech Tip:
- Infographic Generators:
- More botched tests by company that scored FCATs turn up: The testing company that has come under fire in Florida is also having problems in Minnesota. (Miami Herald)
- KEEPING PUBLIC SCHOOLS PUBLIC: Testing Companies Mine for Gold (Rethinking Schools)
- Inside the multimillion-dollar essay-scoring business: Behind the scenes of standardized testing (City Pages)
- Standardized Testing: A Decade in Review (Huffington Post)
- Computerized State Tests – Is Paper Better? by Jen Hegna on Grin and Bear I.T.
- South Korean Official Advises Caution in Following His Country's Model (Education Week)
- Poor Teaching for Poor Children …in the Name of Reform by Alfie Kohn
- Bubble sheet season by Joe Bower on For the Love of Learning
- Standardized Students, Silenced Teachers: The Un-American Education Agenda
- Victims of standardized testing Poem by Ruslana Westerlund
- SCHOOL LIFE IN JAPAN
- How Social Media is Changing the Education Industry [INFOGRAPHIC]
- Bloggers Challenge President on Standardized Testing (NYTimes)
- Editorial: School integration is still a worthy goal (Star Tribune)
- Bill introduced in Colorado to repeal NCLB
- Teaching A People's History - Zinn Education Project
- Detroit schools send layoff papers to all teachers (Associated Press)
- The Test Generation (The American Prospect)
- Teach for America alum: TFA’s impact on my school (The Washington Post)
- The “New” Normal by Will Richardson on Weblogg-ed
- Things May Not Get Better! by Gary Stager on Stager-to-Go
- The Contraband of Some Schools is The Disruptive Innovation of Others with BYOT (Bring Your Own Tech) by Tim Clark on The Innovative Educator
- I’m no better than a high school drop out by Lisa Nielson on The Innovative Educator
- Student Driven Learning by Josh Stumpenhorst on Stump the Teacher
- Conventional Education Will Go the Way of Farming by Doug French on Ludwig von Mises Institute
- Passion-based learning in the 21st century: An interview with Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach by John Norton on Powerful Learning Practice
- Dear parents, yes, we do filter websites at our school! by Scott McLeod on Mind Dump
- Generation Z could be the key to driving change in an outdated educational system by Lisa Nielson on The Innovative Educator
- Is Plato's Cave a Classroom?
- Testing cannot be anything but political - and abusive by Ira Socol on SpeEdChange
Where there's smoke, there's fire. Where there are standards, there's standardized testing.
@DianeRavitch Principal of my child's NYC charter school has asked the Board to change her title to Chief Education Officer - yes, CEO.
@markgarrison "'tchr wanted to know if they learn schoology today, are they going to have to learn something new in five years.' I hope so"
Dewey: what the best and wisest parent wants for his child is what we should want for all children...anything less..destroys our democracy
On CNN just now, @m_rhee just said that the impact of a great teacher is "immeasurable." She said it herself.
. @techlearning The "pro-teacher" language of individualism & personlization is code for drill & a steady diet of standardized testing.
@garystager it's staggering to think abt the cost of testing in US- supposed to be cheap, efficient- NOT.