Education Update #27

Education News

A Six Step Process For Teaching Argument Analysis

How “basic” this is depends on who your audience is, but this is more of an overview to help students systematically look at an argument piece by piece–and these are the pieces. This is one of the organizers I use as a teacher–there’s a lot here, from thesis to tone, pathos/ethos/logos to implicit/explicit, audience awareness to media form, to “next steps” that ask students to consider the “So? So what? What now?” closure of any learning experience….read more

Queensland’s OP and QCS Test Ranking System for Year 12 ‘should be discontinued’, Review Recommends

A year-long review of Queensland’s Year 12 assessment and university entrance rankings has recommended an overhaul of the Overall Position (OP) system. The independent review, ‘Redesigning the secondary-tertiary interface’, found the 22-year-old system no longer functioned as originally envisaged and had reached the end of its usefulness….read more

The Teacher’s Guide To Twitter

Twitter has proven itself to be an indispensable tool for educators around the globe. Whatever skill level you may be, Twitter is downright fun and worth your time. So here’s a useful guide that we curated from Edudemic’s archives in an effort to put something together that was a bit easier to read than random blog posts….read more

Eight Ways to Support Students Who Experience Trauma

Children, adolescents and teens in your classroom have experienced or are experiencing ongoing trauma. The impacts of trauma can be far-reaching, long-lasting, and impact students’ ability to access their education. There are small ways, however, that we can make our classrooms more friendly and supportive to students mangaging the impacts of trauma….read more

Teaching the ’60s and the Art of the Film

There are two assumptions underlying this post. First, teaching visual literacy, including film literacy, should be a priority in all high schools. Second, it is a myth that there is no room in school curricula to include this. So please join me in exploring just one example of how it can be done….read more

What LGBT Students Need in Schools: Teachers, It’s Up to You

Being pansexual is an important part of my identity, and though it was summer when I discovered this, it significantly influenced my experiences in school. There are two types of challenges that we can face, internal and external. LGBT people in school face both of these challenges for different reasons….read more

Online NAPLAN Testing Soon to be a Reality

Online NAPLAN testing is one step closer to becoming a reality, with a report released today revealing that future online tests will allow students to answer questions tailored to their level of ability. The report proposes that NAPLAN online tests will adopt a multi-stage adaptive test design, which allows for the difficulty of the test to be adjusted to the students’ needs….read more

Designing Curriculum That Teachers Will Actually Use

What is Leadership in Curriculum? Whatever the answer, the question should not be confused with a related but far different query: What is management in curriculum? Yet, I suspect that few people with curricular responsibilities appreciate how different the questions and answers are – and why real leadership is rare yet sorely needed now….read more

Fear is Not an Option When it Comes to Social Media in Schools

Innovative educators know first hand that social media like Twitter, Facebook, Google, and Instagram can be a powerful tool for teaching, learning, leading, and strengthening the home-school connection. It is the job of innovative educators to ensure parents, colleagues, and administrators know how to embrace the power of social media and also how to address their concerns….read more

Intermediate Level Projects with Scratch: Random Shapes On Demand

Through a renewed interest around in-class computer programming, campaigns like the Hour of Code have brought active support to millions of users trying programming for the first time. A host of other free tools are also making it easier than ever for people to learn coding. The most popular of these new tools for learning creative computing is Scratch….read more

A Straightforward Guide To Creative Commons

Way back when, research meant going to the library, finding something in a book, and indicating what book you found the information in when you created your bibliography. The internet has brought a significant amount of grey area to the world of citations and bibliographies. Students need to understand how to distinguish relevant, reliable material from the wasteland of trash that otherwise litters the internet. Enter Creative Commons. (And thank goodness). The Creative Commons licenses allow any internet user to easily understand how they can (and can not) share what they find on the web….read more

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