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**Amazon's Push in Education**
Amazon Web Services' general manager of education explains the potential of cloud resources for teaching and learning

**The Wrong Education Problems Are Being Solved**
The stigma that surrounds educators publicly dissecting their own failures prevents performance improvement, write Craig Hochbein and Bradley Carpenter.

Pearson and Google Jump Into Learning Management With a New, Free System -
One of the world’s biggest education publishers has joined with one of the most dominant and iconic software companies on the planet to bring colleges a new—and free—learning-management system with the hopes of upending...

Using Images as a Powerful Gateway To Learning

Most of us grew up in an age where knowledge and information were primarily conveyed in textual format. Think of the encyclopedias we used. Photos were used but largely as an enhancement to articles that were text-based. Worse, the high cost of full color printing meant that the images that were used were usually in black and white. Research however has long shown that people memorize and learn more effectively when information is presented visually and in color...Read the remainder of the blog post about using images on the iPad as a stimulus for learning at

100 Free Tools to Make Your Teaching More Entertaining

Most educators hope that their teaching touches students in exciting ways so that the information conveyed makes an impact. One sure way to engage students is to make their educational experience fun. New teachers just starting out as well as experienced teachers who could use a breath of fresh air in their curriculum will love all the great tools available on the Internet to help make their teaching more entertaining. Some of the following tools will have teachers and students exploring wikis, open courseware, Twitter, blogging, comics, videos, and incorporating plenty of other tools that will help make learning fun.

**Teachers Tackle Text Complexity**
As specialists in academic fields we are all reading teachers. Schools are seeking ways to engage students in increasingly complex texts and help them conquer subject-specific literacy skills called for in the new common standards.

Formative Assessment--A Process, Not a Test
The purpose of formative assessment is to assess the effectiveness of instruction for the purpose of adjusting the teaching-learning process. Read the article, Formative-Assessment.pdf.

Best Practice: Formative Assessment Done Right
Formative assessments take place during the process of teaching and learning. They’re classroom assessments designed by the teacher to help determine how much students are learning and what needs to be done next. Read the article, Formative assessment done right.pdf.

Grammar Girl on Plagiarism
Popular podcaster and blogger, Grammar Girl, presents "What is Plagiarism." She succinctly and gracefully defines plagiarism and goes through examples … Read More

Teaching in One-Minute Snippets
A New Mexico college is successfully integrating micro-lectures into classroom instruction. Can students and faculty members benefit from 60-second chunks of knowledge?

Instructional Video for the Budget-Constrained Classroom
On any given day at Panola College in Carthage, TX, you'll find Deborah Edwards using YouTube videos to provide her nursing students with "visual" interpretations of her lectures, or Freddy Mason videotaping his speech class, uploading the best speeches to YouTube, and then using those clips as classroom teaching tools.

Web 2.0 in the Classroom
This article is what is called, in magazine parlance, a pass-along. That means, give a copy to faculty members and staffers you know will be open to learning more about social media—and who are most likely to talk about it with colleagues.

4 Itty-Bitty Content Tools

7 Lures to Hook Faculty into Training

5 Ploys for Going Viral

4 Simple Steps to Setting Up a Facebook Account for Teaching

5 Friendly Ways to Use Facebook in Your Teaching

6 Quick Responses-to-Faculty Questions

1 FREE Alternative to Clickers

15 Twitter Tips

**Students' Teaching to Virtual Pupils Raises Performance**
Researchers say students work harder and ultimately understand more teaching computer characters than they do simply learning for themselves.

Classroom Video with Solid Content
YouTube has earned a reputation for featuring brain cell-slaughtering fare such as the truly abysmal Fred and playing host to the some of the most depressingly stupid comments this side of Yahoo! News. But for every participant liberally dishing out misspelled racist, sexist and homophobic talking points, there is at least one whose channel genuinely offers something provocative and educational. For teachers hoping to infuse multimedia into their classrooms, YouTube makes for an excellent starting point. Plenty of universities, nonprofits, organizations, museums and more post videos for the cause of education both in and out of schools. The following list compiles some of the ones most worthy of attention, as they feature plenty of solid content appealing to their respective audiences and actively try to make viewers smarter.

10 Rules of Teaching in this Century
We've been predicting a technology revolution for decades, and actually, it happened 5 years ago. We are now past the tipping point. As the revolution gathers momentum, many higher education institutions are clean-sheet redesigning teaching, learning, assessment, and career development. The 10 rules in this article suggest the depth of change that's occurring on campus. More

USC Annenberg Adopts Stroome for Collaborative Video Editing

Call it "crowd-clipping" or "WeTube." The University of Southern California (USC) Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism has launched a collaborative video editing Web site, named Stroome, after the Dutch word stromen for "flow."More

Improve Student Use of Campus eMail System

…please consider this (non-original) suggestion: Give extra credit assignments (they did not have to be long ones, but opportunities for students to do extra work for extra credit) that could only be submitted by e-mail from a student’s school e-mail account.
Many of our administrative offices are very discouraged in trying to communicate with students because our students refuse to sign up for and use the campus communication system (aka e-mail). In another school, faculty use of the plan resulted in an instant improvement in student use of the campus e-mail system.

Carol Maxson
LanSchool Offers Free iPad App for Classroom Management
LanSchool Technologies has developed a free iPad application that allows teachers to manage computer activities in the classroom from Apple's new device. More Six Principles of a Successful Course Redesign
Required introductory courses, especially those in math and science, offer special teaching challenges. Frequently, these are courses that must be completed before students can proceed to their chosen majors.

Clickers in the Classroom at U of Wisconsin-Madison

In an experiment that stretches nearly six years, a psychology professor has found that student response systems ramp up engagement. More

A New Approach to Grading Student Essays
As a very young teacher, I remember pulling all-nighters to get my students’ essays back within the one-week limit I set for myself. Even in those days this “cram grading” was miserable and exhausting; but now at 50—especially with the added responsibilities of husband, father, and homeowner—it’s all but impossible. Fortunately, over the years I’ve developed a system where I grade student papers the same way I encourage students to write—that is, I’ve incorporated a process approach to grading student essays.

The World's Largest English Department

A Ning group for English teachers reveals the potential of online social networking to break the culture of professional isolation.

Creating Learning Organizations

A former teacher and education-technology consultant says today’s professional development needs to immerse educators in experiences that promote reflection and relationship-building

**A Socrates Redux in the BYUI Learning Model**

Socrates with a twist: Trent Batson reports on how "Brigham Young University Idaho has found a way to combine a Socratic approach with simple technology to create a hybrid lecture that guides students to teach each other." The idea is to ensure that students will always be prepared for class. More

Statistics video Instruction on the web
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Why Do We Assess?

Just buying an ePortfolio system doesn't guarantee you're going to get the most out of assessment. Better assessment isn't automatically achieved by using new digital methods--it will probably take another approach to assessment as well. The place to start reassessing your assessment strategies may be in trying to capture what learning means to the students.

Social Networking Site Focuses on Teaching Strategies

A new social learning site has launched, one that's focused on sharing teaching strategies and other ideas surrounding the use of interactive classroom response systems.

Keeping Students Engaged with Classroom Assessments

"It used to be difficult to gauge students' prior knowledge," according to biology professor Peter Coppinger, who teaches at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology. "But now, I can ask a question pertaining to the day's lecture material, get a response, and--right there--I can assess whether to slow down and cover [something] in great detail, or do a cursory overview and go on."

U Michigan Rolls Out Laptop-Based Interactive Teaching Tool

The University of Michigan will soon make a new interactive classroom response system available to faculty--one that was developed in house and uses laptops in place of classroom clickers.

Teachers Get Resourceful With 'Open Content'
Content-sharing across the Web is becoming a valuable classroom tool for educators.

Tools for Success with English Language Learners
Success with ELL.pdf