SBAC FUD and Facts

Originally published in 2013 before the first SBAC testing in California. Given the start of a new testing season I thought I’d repost…. A problem about getting ready for the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) assessments is sometimes fear, uncertainty, and doubt, or FUD, as it is called in Technology circles. It is key for …

Complex Texts and Argumentative Writing for Education Leaders

Part of the Common Core and a focus for K-12 educators is advanced reading and writing. Teachers work on strategies to help students comprehend, analyze, and evaluate complex texts. Similarly, students are expected to deliver high-level expository writing that is thorough, well-structured, and persuasive. Reading strategies might include highlighting important passages or pair reading while alternating …

Online Testing – The Positive!

There was a lot of negative press and, dare I say, political upheaval about the Common Core and its online testing component during the testing window in May. Now in its aftermath, I think online testing was the story that never happened – despite what some press wanted. The spotlight was on the tests developed by …

Intel pilots $5 million ‘scholars’ program in Oakland, Calif. schools

Intel plans to invest $5 mln over the next five years in a new pilot program to teach computer science to high school students in the Oakland Unified School District. Its CEO Bryan Krzanich hopes it will be a national template. Source: Intel pilots $5 million ‘scholars’ program in Oakland, Calif. schools

What About an Hour of Design?

Last week, schools across the United States were completing an Hour of Code. Coding has taken the education landscape by storm, with the President himself hosting 100 of the nation’s top computer science teachers, including two from Oakland Unified School District. Code.org, a site that perhaps is the epicenter of the movement, came to a …