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Will Lester graduated from Arizona State University with a degree in Secondary Education. He enjoys writing about current trends and innovations in education, leadership and traveling. He is currently an Outdoor Education teacher in Europe and has spent that past two years traveling around the world teaching multiple different subjects. He is currently looking at going back to school and acquiring his masters in Educational Leadership.
Where do you get your information on content or ideas that you present in the classroom? Some of you educators may say the classroom text book, most of you may be experts on the topic, and few of you will say outside resources that aren’t technology based. Most of you may be putting together PowerPoint presentations or implementing some sort of slideshow or classroom discussion into your lesson planning. The online classroom is full of presentations, videos and discussions with the help of companies like Khan Academy and 2U that actually allow you to have virtual face to face exchanges. So, why should students continue to show up to class when they can learn and gain human interaction online?
Should students be able to use their own technology in the classroom?
Today's guest blog post comes to us from CK-12 user, Lea Ann Smith. Lea has been teaching math for 14 years at Essex High School in Essex Junction, VT. This year, she is teaching Algebra 1 and is the leader of their new STEM Academy. Prior to becoming a teacher, she was a process engineer in the semiconductor industry.
Today's post comes to us from Kristan Bakker. Kristan is presently a consultant in sustainable international development specializing in education, empowerment of girls, and prevention of violence of against women and girls. Kristan has worked on access to educational resources and technology in schools in South Africa, Uganda, and Tanzania. She lives in Deerfield, Massachusetts.
This post is a collection of serveral journal entries from Kristan's trip to Africa.
I am committed to providing access to quality education to marginalized children in the developing world because access to such education can have far reaching effects enabling students to be innovators, job creators, managers, and leaders in their country. Education for girls especially has been shown to delay early marriage, teenage pregnancy, and increase women’s participation in the formal workforce. Once employed, women have fewer children and invest their income in the family which means better nutrition, housing, and education for their children. In essence, I see education as key to ending poverty.
"Education is the key to success in life, and teachers make a lasting impact in the lives of\ their students." - Solomon Ortiz
It's that time of the year again! The time where parents joyfully fill their children's backpacks with shiny new school supplies and teachers spend hours prepping for a classroom full of new faces!
Some of you may be jumping for joy. The kids are out of your house and you can finally get a little peace and quiet.
Others may not be quite so excited. You'd really just like some time to relax, or maybe have a little extra time for lesson planning.
Let us help make your life just a little bit easier with free, ready-to-go STEM content from CK-12!
Today's guest blog post comes from Adam Mansour. Adam is a student at the University of California, Berkeley and is also currently a summer intern at CK-12 working on standards correlation. He is working to align the content CK-12 publishes to states' education standards.
In reading about the Common Core State Standards for Math and English Language Arts and the Next Generation Science Standards it is clear that there are no two defined groups of support and opposition to the implementation of the new policies. Initially, it is important to clarify that the intention of these two initiatives are to prepare all American students for college and future careers and that the standards have not been proposed or endorsed by the federal government. They are not curricula, but rather they are sets of expectations of students’ performance following each year of K-8 instruction and four years of high school. As a result, a new approach to the implementation of education standards across state lines has led to debate over the true effects the policies will have on education systems throughout the United States. Currently, 45 states, the District of Columbia, the Department of Defense Education Activity, and some Pacific territories have adopted and are implementing the Common Core, which was finalized in June 2010; meanwhile, 26 states have adopted the NGSS, which was finalized this spring.
Two weeks ago, a few of us at CK-12 Foundation had the pleasure of attending and exhibiting at ISTE in San Antonio, Texas and NCSC in Washington DC. We had the opportunity to meet with lots of familiar faces as well as spread the news about CK-12 STEM content to hundreds of new connections!
This math concept gem has been around for a few years, but we couldn't help but get excited when we found it posted by the Washington Post today. We thought you'd find it fun to use simple arithmetic and math concepts to calculate your age. Try it!
Math Concept: Your Age by Chocolate Math
Last week, in celebration of Teacher Appreciation Week, we asked you to thank your teachers in our Say Thanks campaign.
We were so excited to receive the thousands of submissions from students who care for their teachers so much! Students thanked their teachers for helping them to learn algebra, for drilling home chemistry concepts and for providing physics lessons that have helped them get into the best colleges.
Today is the last day of our favorite week of the year, Teacher Appreciation Week. That means you have one last day to thank your teachers for all their hard work and support in our CK-12 Say Thanks drive.
All you need to do is go to http://www.thankingteachers.org/ and fill out a thank you note to your favorite teacher. The note will be emailed to them and it will be added to our wall of thank you's. Your teacher will also be entered to win a $25 gift card!
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