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Harnessing Mobile Devices to Assess Student Learning

October 27, 2015
With the development of new evaluation systems that require principals and teachers to show evidence of growth, students are asked to demonstrate what they know and are able to do. There are many effective strategies to check for understanding from “Thumbs/Thumbs Down”, “3-2-1 Forms”, and “Exit Tickets”. These are effective strategies to use at any level and in any classroom that provide feedback for teachers to make sound instructional decisions. It is imperative that principals and teachers take advantage of Web 2.0 tools to quickly assess student learning in real time. Using tools such as...

Exploring a Paperless Classroom

October 23, 2015
In the third part of our video series on technology in schools, we’re taking a look at a teacher who transformed her classroom for the 21st century. Kerry Gallagher of Reading, MA, has done more than just bring tech to her class: she’s gone totally paperless.   What does a paperless classroom look like? If you visited one like Kerry’s, you would probably hear it before you saw it - there’s always music playing (her favorites are classical and Top 40), not to mention plenty of noise from the groups of students working on different projects around the room. Students choose their own groups...

Reimagining the Principal's Office

October 21, 2015
Listen. Listen. Then, listen some more. This advice, given to me a few moments after I was hired for my first job as an administrator from one of my mentors has been at the forefront of my thinking, no matter what title or building I have worked in. For some time, I thought simply having an open door policy would work. I soon realized the day to day tasks I am charged with, and the day to day work of teachers and students presented a roadblock in my quest to hear from as many people as I could. Instead of waiting for students and staff to come to me, I had to go to them. Mobile technology...

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