Creating Visual Stories With Data
Data storytelling weaves data and visualizations into a compelling narrative. Use these online tools to show examples to your students to get them started making their own stories and infographics.
How Data Science Adds Computational Thinking – and Fun – to Gym Class
A Washington state school district has reimagined physical education courses to include traditional lessons, as well as computational thinking, writes Eli Sheldon, the district's computational thinking specialist. In this commentary, he shares how one school introduced a "MoneyKickball" unit that analyzes data and was inspired by the book and film "Moneyball."
7 Meaningful Classroom Engagement Strategies for Student Connection
The moment to make a difference is now, in your classroom today. Consider how you can employ these 7 classroom engagement strategies to bridge gaps and strengthen the bond that matters between learner and educator.
NDMTSS Social Emotional Learning Goals
North Dakota is one of 11 states with comprehensive, developmental Social-Emotional Leaning (SEL) goals and the FIRST state in the country to have student-friendly language scales! These goals were created for North Dakota educators by North Dakota educators in an attempt to 1) provide a framework to guide quality explicit instruction of SEL skills fostering an engaging school climate for all students, 2) guide selection of evidence-based programs, and 3) steer professional learning with regards to SEL in ND.
Using ND Smartlabs to Support Effective Instruction (NDCDE)
SmartLabs are 21st century learning systems designed to enable student exploration of academic knowledge, as well as develop their individual learning capabilities (learning how to learn) through real world topics related to STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics), digital media arts, and much more. The SmartLab is a “turnkey” approach, providing curriculum and assessment resources, professional development, hardware, software, scientific and media equipment, hands-on construction kits, and ongoing support. Using these and other varied resources, students are challenged to complete academically focused, standards-based, open-ended projects related to the application of technology to human challenges and/or specific aspects of human experience. The North Dakota Center for Distance Education (NDCDE) has a SmartLab at its headquarters. Besides hosting students, NDCDE uses its SmartLab to get smart about SmartLabs. Creative Learning Systems, the provider of SmartLabs, works closely with NDCDE so NDCDE can install the Labs, train the school districts’ personnel to facilitate in the environment, and help the school districts maintain their Labs while also enabling students, teachers, schools and communities across the state to use SmartLabs to personalize learning and ensure ND’s students are choice ready by graduation. Currently, there are 12 schools in North Dakota with a SmartLab, providing over 2,100 students with exposure to these adaptable learning systems. If you are interested in learning more about SmartLabs, be sure to check them out on NDCDE’s website (www.ndcde.org). There you can find videos and images of existing SmartLabs along with current pricing. Complete the SmartLab interest form to have an NDCDE SmartLab installation and training expert contact you.
Reach Every Reader Project
The Florida Center for Reading Research and College of Communication and Information at Florida State University have announced a collaborative partnership with Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE) and Massachusetts Institute of Technology Integrated Learning Initiative (MITili) to research improving early childhood literacy through personalized intervention.
Just ASK’s 2018 Opening of School Checklist
As administrators make plans for the 2018-2019 school year, there are a multitude of tasks to take into account from academic goals to student safety, from opening day readiness to the induction of new staff, from facilities and supplies to ever changing technology issues, from establishing and maintaining a strong school culture to meeting the learning needs of all students. The 2018 Opening of School Checklist can assist with keeping you on track. (Reproduced with permission of Just ASK Publications & Professional Development. All rights reserved. Available at www.justaskpublications.com).