Finding free assessment tools for one-to-one programs

A number of free assessment tools can help with one-to-one programs

one-to-one-assessmentsOne-to-one initiatives are touted for their ability to engage students and help students cultivate valuable tech skills they will carry with them to college and the workforce.

But teachers and administrators must make sure that technology used in one-to-one initiatives is used properly as a tool to enhance teaching and learning, others caution.

Using assessment tools to ensure that students are benefiting from one-to-one technology can help teachers adjust their instruction and find different ways to use the technology as effectively as possible.

(Next page: 8 free assessment tools you can use with your one-to-one program)

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November: Three education grants you don’t want to miss

eSchool News highlights five new education grants for November you don’t want to miss

November-grantsSchool funding difficulties show no sign of abating this November, and school budgets are stretched to the limit. Many educators and administrators rely on school grants to fund important projects and opportunities for students.

During the beginning of every month, the editors of eSchool News compile a list of the most current education grants expiring soon—from STEM opportunities to teaching awards. You don’t want to miss out on these November school funding opportunities for teachers, students, parents, and administrators!

(Next page: November’s funding opportunities)

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New projects test how technology can boost learning

An inner city primary is at the heart of a project to test how technology can be used to boost children’s learning, the BBC reports. Rosendale Primary, in south London, won a £253,000 grant for the research which will involve 1,400 pupils in 24 schools in London, Essex and Manchester. Rosendale pupils use tablet computers to photograph their work and tag it with notes about how well they learned. The Lambeth school’s head teacher, Kate Atkins, says the aim is to help pupils develop a range of learning strategies. “Poor learners are often over-confident about the power of their memories and can struggle to find alternative strategies…

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Anatomy of a 6,000-hour deficit

As we recently reported, by the time a child from a low-income family reaches sixth grade, he or she has spent an estimated 6,000 fewer hours learning than a peer from a wealthy household, HechingerEd reports. How did researchers come up with 6,000 hours? At a Halloween morning conference at the Ford Foundation (one of our funders at The Hechinger Report), we got a breakdown of the math, courtesy of The After-School Corporation, or TASC. It goes like this…

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EdTechTeacher’s iPad as…

iPads have exploded throughout schools and classrooms, EdTechTeacher reports. Their flexibility, versatility, and mobility make them a phenomenal learning tool. As teachers seek ways to integrate these devices, we recommend focusing on specific learning goals that promote critical-thinking, creativity, collaboration, and the creation of student-centric learning environments. In other words, begin with…

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Augmented reality brings new dimensions to learning

Imagine living in the magical world of Harry Potter, where the school hallways are lined with paintings that are alive and interactive, Edudemic reports. Now imagine creating an atmosphere like that for your students. Augmented Reality (AR) allows educators and students to do just that: unlock or create layers of digital information on top of the physical world that can be viewed through an Android or iOS device. Most people who interact with AR for the first time have a mind-blowing experience but fail to consider classroom applications. In our elementary school classrooms, we use AR to create active learning experiences hitherto inconceivable, and in the process redefine the learning space…

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Awards for teacher excellence

The Teacher Excellence Award is one of the highest honors given to Technology and Engineering Education classroom teachers and is presented in recognition of their outstanding contributions to the profession and their students. The Teacher Excellence Award provides public recognition at the local through international levels. On the province or state level, recognition is granted at the affiliated association’s annual meeting. The honoree is formally presented with an engraved plaque and other recognition at ITEEA’s Annual Conference.

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$1,000 for library service to children

This award honors an individual member who has made significant contributions to and an impact on, library services to children and ALSC. The recipient receives $1,000 and an engraved pin at the ALSC Membership Meeting during the ALA Annual Conference.

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