Discussions about Common Core are beginning to happen on the AFT's Share my lesson website. It looks like a good place for teachers to get help and talk about these issues.
Interesting conversation on the Washington Post about Common Core. I applaud blogger Valerie Strauss for allowing Sarah Brown Wessling, an award winning teacher, write her defense of Common Core.
A new study on permanent school turnaround. How to know it is a true turnaround and not just a temporary spike. Read this article and the supporting research. “What makes one low-performing school turn around and build momentum over time, while another, seemingly similar school tries the same strategies but continues to struggle? It's not just particular programs or practices, but the interplay of school implementation with district policies and support, according to the Institute of Education Sciences' Turning Around Low-Performing Schools project—the most comprehensive federal research on such schools to date.”
Jure is on the money when talking about social media and influence. Klout, Kred, etc. it really probably doesn't mean much. He points out that someone tweeting 100 times in a day is likely not to influence much of anything. I agree. There are people that I read their every tweet and then there are those that are such a firehose that it is just hit or miss. I'd rather have someone that pots 20 or less times a day at max than a post every few minutes. Can you really curate and check out that much content anyway?
YouTube adds questions (in beta) to be able to ask questions about a video. It is in Beta and they are asking for feedback. I am asking flipped class experts to do that.
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