Friday Bulletin Board

Parul says, "Take the Gradeable Challenge!"

Parul says, “Take the Gradeable Challenge!”

Gradeable at MassCUE
On Wednesday and Thursday of this week, Parul and Katie went down to Gillette Stadium in Foxboro to participate in this year’s technology conference. At the home of the New England Patriots, Gradeable joined 1,500 educators who loved technology. The event was sponsored by Massachusetts Computer Using Educators (MassCUE) and the Massachusetts Association of School Superintendents (M.A.S.S.). It was a great opportunity to bring educators together and share ideas on how to better learning and educating with technology.

A role for teachers in every edtech startup
Few things in life are more frustrating than having someone who doesn’t do your job, stick their nose in your job. We at Gradeable and the writers at EdSurge believe teachers have an important role in every edtech startup, who are building tools for teachers. In real life terms, the better we understand the customer’s needs and preferences, the better our product will be. The people starting up companies, no matter how in tune with education, have software and business development in mind. And no matter how tied we are to the teaching community, we are not on the front lines, in the classrooms, or living an educators life — what edtech tools are built to enhance. Remember, feedback is key to improving!

What’s the deal with Google’s Shared Endorsement ads?
As you know from reading this blog, I am a Google girl. Recently, they started advertising that uses your name and face. So if we were friends on Google+, my face would show up next to your Nordstrom internet search saying that I recommended Nordstrom. If you are like me and find it a little creepy, this link will show you how to opt out in three steps. (One of them is clicking Save).

 Ten things you should know about the Common Core Standards
Common Core Standards is an educational movement, developed and advocated by educators (not government), that’s sweeping the nation. From what I understand, it encourages learning fundamentals over memorizing for a test. Teachers who adopt these standards teach students to really understand and analyze text instead of reading to find answers for the quiz, which is what it was like in my hey-day. Now educators are working to integrate across disciplines. For example, when teaching Lincoln in history class, teachers can draw from their literary counterparts for insights on the Gettysburg Address. This provides more context for Lincoln, the Civil War, America in the 1860s.

We’ll be discussing more about the Common Core State Standards because edtech will play a role in providing the better assessments that will drive the movement. How do you feel about the Common Core Standards? Yay or nay?

If you’re interested in this topic, here’s a story on how two science teachers are using them in their classrooms : http://www.edutopia.org/blog/common-core-in-action-science-andrew-miller

These teachers are winning the day

There’s nothing I appreciate more than creative people who love their job. These teachers from a high school in Pennsylvania made a unique effort to inspire their students to get A’s by doing a music video to the summer’s jam, “Blurred Lines.” Whether you’ve had a long week, or just need a laugh today, take 4 minutes out of your life to appreciate these teachers’ enthusiasm. I love the woman in the back holding up the cut out “A”s. Haha!

Have a great weekend, and GO SOX!

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