The Digital Library for Earth System Education

The Digital Library for Earth System Education Provides Individualized Reports for Teachers on the Effectiveness of Educational Resources in Their Own Classrooms
Abstract

We have developed and tested a system in which teachers and their students who have used an educational resource in the Digital Library for Earth System Education (DLESE) both submit on-line reviews of that resource using DLESE’s Community Review System. We aggregate the students’ reviews and generate an individualized report for the instructor on how his or her own students view the resource. The report for science teachers is formatted to show how well, on several dimensions, the resource worked. The report for science education professors is formatted to highlight how well students reflect on their own learning processes and identify what makes an educational resource effective.

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Building vocabulary for reading success – PD

Grades K–3Research suggests that vocabulary is an especially important element for reading success because it serves as a bridge between word-level processes such as phonemic awareness and phonics, and the cognitive processes of comprehension. In this new Scholastic RED online course, teachers learn how differentiate vocabulary instruction for first and second language learners, use assessments to guide effective instruction, and employ a variety of research-based strategies to extend students’ vocabularies. Visit the site

Schools need to catch up

“…The old paradigms of trying to manage or control the information flow pretty much goes out the window when everyone has a platform. What can schools in general do? Well, here are some pretty straightforward ideas, I think…” Read the whole blog post

Toy marks fifty years of window into ant life


This year marks a half-century since Levine began selling his Uncle Milton Ant Farm — the sand-filled, clear plastic boxes through which ant voyeurs can watch the insects tunnel and eat, and later die.

Levine said more than 20 million of his Ant Farms have been sold, with more than a billion ants shipped to customers eager to bring their toys to life.”Never in my wildest dreams had I thought it would last 50 years,” said Levine, who retired 10 years ago and left his son, Steve, to run Uncle Milton Industries.

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Toy marks fifty years of window into ant life


This year marks a half-century since Levine began selling his Uncle Milton Ant Farm — the sand-filled, clear plastic boxes through which ant voyeurs can watch the insects tunnel and eat, and later die.

Levine said more than 20 million of his Ant Farms have been sold, with more than a billion ants shipped to customers eager to bring their toys to life.”Never in my wildest dreams had I thought it would last 50 years,” said Levine, who retired 10 years ago and left his son, Steve, to run Uncle Milton Industries.

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The no time slam dunk digital lesson


By Jamie McKenzie

Teachers are so busy that they just don’t have much time for lesson design and development. They need to throw together a lesson in a few minutes on a Tuesday night that they can use with their students the next day. They need an approach that takes very little time but delivers good results.

To meet this need, I have been working on a kind of Slam Dunk Digital Lesson (SDL) that is quick and easy to build. I call this lesson type, the NoTime SDL

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Does it matter if we redefine literacy?

“…I have a deep feeling that ability to read and write text is so important that anything that diminishes its importance (“waters is down”) is so dangerous that we shouldn’t do it. I also have another deep feeling that everything changes and that the changes are speeding up – so what does it really matter if we modify the meaning of the word, “literacy”?…” Read the whole blog post form Bill Kerr

2006 Minister’s awards for outstanding contribution to improving literacy and numeracy

The National Literacy and Numeracy Week (NLNW) Minister’s Awards recognise and acknowledge the outstanding work being carried out by individuals in the wider community to improve literacy and numeracy outcomes. Find out here how to nominate someone for a NLNW 2006 Minister’s Award

April 12 D.E.A.R. Day (Drop Everything and Read)

April 12 has been named national Drop Everything and Read Day, in honor of author Beverly Cleary’s 90th birthday. Cleary’s spunky character Ramona Quimby is the day’s spokesperson because it was in Cleary’s 1981 book, Ramona Quimby, Age 8, that Ramona’s school started having D.E.A.R. time. Several organizations have joined with HarperCollins to establish this nationwide initiative, meant to encourage families to take at least 30 minutes a day to put aside all distractions and enjoy books together. Resources and ideas for celebrating the day are available here. Printed materials, including a poster and reproducible handout, can be obtained by contacting HarperCollins.

Womens History Month – origins

Extra!: Women’s History Month

(CNN Student News) — March is Women’s History Month, a federally recognized, nationwide celebration that encourages all Americans to reflect on the ways in which women have shaped U.S. history. But how did this celebration come to be, and why is it held in March?

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