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April 29, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo
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“Six maps that will make you rethink the world”

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Once-or-twice a year, The Washington Post publishes an intriguing collection of maps. You can see links to those previous collections at The Best Websites For Learning & Teaching Geography.

Six maps that will make you rethink the world is their latest one.

I don’t think it’s as good as previous collections, but it’s still worth adding the link to my “Best” list.

April 29, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo
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NY Times Publishes Impressive Interactive On School Funding

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Hot on the heels of NPR publishing an impressive interactive on school funding across the United States, The New York Times has unveiled one that looks even more impressive.

Go to their Money, Race and Success: How Your School District Compares page, pop in the name of your school district, and it will vividly demonstrate how students in that district compare with others in academic achievement, school funding, and ethnic make-up of the student population.

The data used in the interactive is based on a study released today by Stanford professor Sean Reardon. You can read more details about his study at:

Achievement Gaps and Racial Segregation: Research Finds an Insidious Cycle from Education Week.

America needs political will to fix unjust educational system, Stanford experts say is from Stanford.

How Can Researchers Compare District Achievement Gaps Across States? is from Ed Week.

And here’s an Ed Week video of Professor Reardon discussing the study:

I’m adding this post to The Best Sites For Learning That Money Does Matter For Schools.

April 28, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Thoughtful Analysis On Teacher “Cheating”

It’s been a year since educators were sentenced in the Atlanta cheating scandal (see The Best Posts & Articles About The Atlanta Testing Scandal) and articles about it, and its impact on students, are beginning to appear.

Education Week has a pretty alarming piece on it, headlined Study: When Educators Cheat, Students Suffer.

I, though, was particularly impressed with a nuanced piece in The Atlantic titled Why Would a Teacher Cheat? Without excusing the Atlanta teachers, writer Alia Wong examines the broader question of teacher “leniency” in grading. Here’s an excerpt:

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I’ve don’t believe I’ve ever done anything that would be labeled “cheating” by anybody. However, all of us have a great deal of discretion in student assessment.

The guiding principle for me is always, “What do I think will move this student forward?” That doesn’t mean moving him/her into situations where I don’t think they will be adequately prepared. However, might I have on occasion passed students who some others might have felt had  not”earned” a passing grade because I didn’t feel failing them would be in their best interest? Perhaps (see The Best Resources For Learning About Grade Retention, Social Promotion & Alternatives To Both).

We teachers can hold enormous power to affect the trajectory of our students’ lives.  That amount of power requires some discretion in how we use it.

 

April 28, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo
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New Study Finds One-To-One Device Programs Can Be Effective

Does learning improve when every student gets a laptop? is the headline of a Science Daily summary about a new study finding that, yes, learning can improve…

Here’s an excerpt:

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Of course, the important qualification is that such programs:

can improve educational outcomes when there is teacher buy-in, suitable technical support and professional development for teachers, and appropriate implementation with the curriculum.

As we all know from high-profile failures (see A Very Beginning List Of The Best Articles On The iPad Debacle In Los Angeles Schools), districts don’t always provide that kind of support — for tech and non-tech initiatives alike.

I’m adding this info to:

The Best Research Available On The Use Of Technology In Schools

The Best Resources On “One-To-One” Laptop/Tablet Programs — Please Suggest More!

April 28, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Video: Sneaky Monkey

I’m adding this video The Best Video Clips Of Sneaky Critters — Help Me Find More.

Video clips of sneaky critters are great ones to show to English Language Learners to get them to describe — verbally and in writing — what they see. I also use them to in my IB Theory of Knowledge class for a discussion about if animals have ethics.

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