Topics covered include:
• How to become a great online student
• Creating an online presence
• Interaction and communication techniques
• Online group projects and individual work
• Technological requirements and how to get technical support
• Online classroom "netiquette" and time management
The authors, both experts in online education, introduce the information and skills required of successful online students to navigate this new learning landscape with confidence. A highly useful companion website provides video presentations that explain the different types of online learning as well as a real online course with activities for students to practice and interact with other learners around the world.
Next Generation Assessment: Moving Beyond the Bubble Test to Support 21st Century Learning provides needed answers to the nation's growing concerns about educational testing in America. Drawing on research and the experiences of leading states and countries, this new book examines how performance assessments can offer a feasible alternative to current high stakes tests. As parents, educators, and policymakers have increasingly criticized the effects of the teaching to the test mandate from the No Child Left Behind Act, the need for this resource has never been more critical.
This summary volume to Beyond the Bubble Test speaks to the nationwide unease about current tests' focus on low-level skills, like recalling and restating facts, rather than higher-order skills such as problem-solving, analyzing, and synthesizing information. It illustrates how schools can use authentic assessments to improve teaching and learning as they involve students in conducting research, designing investigations, developing products and solutions, using technology, and communicating their ideas in many forms. This important book:Serves as a must-have resource for those interested in the most current research about how to create valid and reliable performance assessments Explains how educators can improve practice by developing, using, and scoring performance assessments Helps policymakers and educators accurately assess the benefits and possibilities of adopting performance assessments nationally
If you're an educator, researcher, graduate student, district administrator, or education policy specialist, Next Generation Assessment is an indispensable resource you'll turn to again and again.
Built on a solid foundation of best practice, RTI draws on the strengths and successes that many districts and schools already have in place. For the plan to be effective, however, proactive and consistent leadership is essential. With this in mind, Searle outlines the critical roles played by school leaders at each step and offers practical answers to the questions they will likely face.
* Where should I start implementing or improving our RTI plan?
* Where do I find high-quality research-based interventions?
* What's a pyramid of interventions and what do I put in the tiers?
* How can I help teachers set and reach student goals?
* How is RTI different from what we've tried before?
* How can we make this whole thing work without going crazy?
Searle shows how school leaders can use the RTI model to coordinate resources and foster continuous student improvement and achievement. This breakthrough approach replaces the old "wait to fail" mind-set with proactive efforts that will support all students in danger of not reaching their potential.
This is an essential guide for school leaders who want to support, focus, and sustain their RTI goals and build a culture of data-driven decision making.
—From the Foreword by David Steiner, Klara and Larry Silverstein Dean, Hunter College School of Education, and former New York State Commissioner of Education
“In Education 3.0, Jim Lengel addresses LEARNING at the root of school change. He presents his readers with the opportunity to envision education as it can be through the eyes and actions of students and teachers. The result is a plan for school improvement complete with concrete examples.”
—John Nori, Director of Program Development, the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP)
“This is another easy-to-understand book written by Jim Lengel that addresses many levels of educational responsibility, including school administrators and classroom teachers. Education 3.0 provides excellent support and guidance in the transformation of education to enhance student learning.”
—Gerry Smith, former school administrator, Ontario, Canada
“From checklists that guide the actual technical needs of a school to a list of teacher competencies that will inform hiring and professional development, Education 3.0 provides a comprehensive guide for educators seeking to transform their schools into 21st century learning environments.”
—Mary C. Moss, co-founder, NYC iSchool, Consultant, Novare Schools
In his new book, renowned educator and technology expert James G. Lengel provides a refreshing and hopeful picture of what schools should look like and a groundbreaking 7-step process for envisioning and building