#Edchat Weekly Roundup: 21st Century Teaching Tools

This week's #edchat topics focused on two different areas of teacher best practice. To begin the day, #edchat contributors discussed the relevancy and authenticity of worksheets, questioning whether or not they had a place in the 21st century classroom. Late Tuesday evening, the conversation focused on innovative 'ed tech,' and how teachers can implement it as a tool rather than a distraction. While these topics clearly focused on different areas of pedagogy and practice, they fall under a common theme (and common debate) of tradition vs. innovation.

The days' topics were as follows:

  • 12pm ET: If innovation is the goal of education, and is promoted through higher order thinking skills, why do we focus on worksheets?

  • 7pm ET: How do we change a t…


#Edchat Weekly Roundup: Taking Care of Our Teachers

Welcome back to our blog's new segment #edchat Weekly Roundup, where we look back at Tuesday's #edchat topics and highlight some of the day's poignant conversations and key players.

Yesterday's #edchat topics - moderated by @ShellTerrell and @blairteach - were as follows:

  • 12pm EST: How do teachers as education experts regain the leadership of the discussion on education reform?

  • 7pm EST: What would be the effect of building collaboration and reflection time into your word schedule?

Teachers as Leaders, Leaders as Teachers

In a time when the state of education is at the forefront of national discussion, we as te…


Integrating Technology into the Common Core Classroom [Guest Post]

The following is a guest post by Karen Larson and Gene Tognetti


Integrating the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) creates a number of opportunities for educators. Once teachers develop classroom implementation plans that address the “why and what” student outcomes to be learned, teachers need to address the “how.” How do I, a third grade teacher, create opportunities in my classroom that will ultimately lead to “college and career” readiness? How do I teach students so the outcomes are truly learned?

This can be an exciting proposition, and indeed a great time to be an educator. It is a golden opportunity to improve teaching practices while we incorporate the CCSS. It’s also an opportunity to reassess and address how other education…


Introducing #Edchat Weekly Roundup

We’re happy to announce that has become part of the #edchat community. #Edchat is a hashtag on Twitter that acts as a sort of ‘chat room.’ Every Wednesday (at 12pm EST and 7pm EST), educators around the world participate in online discussions focusing on varied issues and topics in education reform, classroom management, pedagogy, and practice. These conversations center around the main “topic” of the hour, and are comprised of people asking questions, posting ideas, and replying and retweeting to other members of the community. It’s a fantastic way to grow your professional network, and to exchange innovative thoughts and strategies with other members of the educational community. You c…


Social Media and Blogging in Kindergarten [Guest Post]

Social media and blogging in kindergarten is where I begin to model explicitly how I get my students and their families connected. Through social media, my students and their families experience the benefits of being a digital citizen and its positive impact on our learning.

I model right on the first day of kindergarten how to tweet and what it looks and sounds like. I start with inviting my parents to follow our classroom on Twitter and/or set up a Twitter account for themselves. When this happens, our conversations begin. I ask parents that I know are familiar with Twitter to tweet at us during the day. Through this type of modeling, my students begin to understand the value of connecting online, but also begin their digital journey with a familiar “face.”

Right away, I have an opportunity to model the importance of being a safe, kind and responsible digital citizen. My students understand that when we tweet it is just like we are having face-to-face conv…


Helping to Increase Literacy Around the World [Infographic]

Millions of children around the world don’t acquire some of the most basic literacy skills necessary for success in today’s global society. These deficiencies in literacy often result from problems with the students’ schooling, or even a lack of schooling altogether. Fortunately, there are a variety of organizations worldwide who are leading the charge to close the literacy gap for those who do not have access to quality education.

Education and Skills 2.0: New Targets and Innovative Approaches, a new book from the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Education and Skills, discusses some of the many organizations and programs that focus on increasing literacy. and the Global Agenda Council have teamed up to create the following Infographic, Helping to Increase Literacy Around the World, to highlight some of the key initiatives of these organizations.


Girls’ Education: The 2013 Report Card [Infographic]

Did you know that worldwide, more females than males are enrolled in higher education? In high-income countries the disparity is 82 percent versus 65 percent and is reversed in lower-income countries. Education and Skills 2.0: New Targets and Innovative Approaches, a new book from the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Education and Skills, has an entire chapter exploring disparities in girls’ education across seven key areas: literacy, primary enrollment, secondary enrollment, out-of-school tally, tertiary enrollment, complete rate and transitions, and repetition rate. and the Global Agenda Council on Education and Skills have collaborated to create the following Infographic, Girls’ Education: The 2013 Report Card, to better illustrate the current state of girls’ education internationally. Click here to read the…

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