In our region, there are schools and districts that use the language of PLCs and others that emphasize data collection/data teams. One of the sessions offered at the Common Core and Understanding by Design Institute is designed to honor the power of collaboration—for adults and for the students in our classrooms.
An important focus of the Common Core is for students to engage in academic discourse. One way in which they do this is through productive, collaborative, learning experiences where they answer questions, build understanding, and solve problems. In order for our students to engage in these collaborative experiences, we must engage in academic discourse through our own productive collaboration. In the session, educators from the region will explore and develop strategies for productive collaborative experiences in the classroom with students as well as outside the classroom with colleagues.
To learn more about the other sessions being offered over the course of this three-day professional learning opportunity, click here.
Tags: Collaboration, Common Core, Grant Wiggins, PLC, Understanding by Design®
Here are the top five blog posts for the past month on The Connected Classroom — have you read them?
(1) GMLP Media Literacy Mini Conference: Pedagogy & Production
(2) Web 2.0 for the Common Core
(3) Teaching + Learning Today with Technology
(4) A Conversation with Sir Ken Robinson on Digital Learning & Creativity
(5) Apply for the Google Teacher Academy in Chicago
Tags: Gateway Media Literacy Partners, Google Teacher Academy, Pedagogy & Production, Sir Ken Robinson
Now through August 30, 2013, Apple will recycle your school’s old, unwanted Mac computers, PCs, and qualifying peripherals from any manufacturer — at no cost. There’s no purchase required, and all accredited K-12 and higher education institutions with at least 25 recyclable items are eligible to participate.
To start, you’ll need to register. Then all products must be packaged according to Apple’s detailed packaging instructions. Last but not least, you must recycle a minimum of 25 items.
Tags: Apple Recycling Program for Education, computer recycling, data security, ecycling, recycling