Ellen Schmidt

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Extra help by researchers eliminates reading gap for most young students

A research project that offered extra help to struggling young readers in Edmonton schools has prompted teachers and principals to try the approach …

Dr. John Medina | Talks at Google

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What every teacher should know about ... memory

There is a wealth of psychology research that can help teachers to improve how they work with students – but academic studies of this kind aren’t always easy to access, or to translate into the realities of classroom practice. This series seeks to redress that, by taking a selection of studies and …

Teaching

Response: Mistakes Teachers Make in Reading Instruction

<b>(This is the second post in a four-part series. You can see Part One here.)</b><p>The new "question-of-the-week" is:<p><b>What is the biggest mistake teachers</b> …

'Why whole-class reading beats a carousel – and seven ways to ensure it is successful'

Each time we open a book with children it is an opportunity to walk into a new world together, to explore the inner workings of great literary minds …

Teach Your Kids to Code: 6 Beginner's Resources for Parents

Introducing computer programming to your kids can be a challenge, especially for those who aren’t familiar with the nuances of code. Fortunately, in …

These Startup Founders Swear By The ROI Of Reading

For the executives of growing companies, devoting the time to read for a few hours a week adds value in more ways than one.<p>Jessica Mah, the CEO of inDinero, a San Francisco-based accounting software startup, sees reading as so important to the growth of her company that she reads two books a week. …

13 DIY Paper Ornaments That Are Cheap to Make

The holiday season can be a bit rough on our wallets. And while a few fancy Christmas tree ornaments and an epic tree topper are Christmas musts, there are ways to supplement your decor with this little old thing called paper. Cheap, affordable and easy to make, these gorgeous paper ornaments can …

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The Difference Between Supports and Services for Kids With Learning and Attention Issues

Supports<p>Services<p>What they are<p>Changes to <i>how</i> and <i>what</i> students learn, aimed at helping them succeed in school. That might mean making progress or …

A beginner's guide to the Samsung Galaxy Note 5

If you're looking for top-of-the-line phones, the Galaxy Note 5 is bound to be in the conversation. With a great new design, high-end internals, …

This much I know about…learning your times tables

I have been a teacher for 27 years, a Headteacher for 12 years and, at the age of 51, this much I know about learning your times tables.<b>I</b><b> feel a</b> …

Some Rules We Need to Break In Our Reading Classrooms

image from icanreadWe seem to be run by the rules of what came before us. We seem to be trying to uphold traditions that were started all in the …

Watch out for your own fixed mindset, Carol Dweck tells teachers

Carol Dweck, the respected academic behind the “growth mindset” theory that has taken education by storm, has warned teachers to be aware of their …

4 Ways Polar Bears Are Dealing With Climate Change

A few of these opportunistic predators have found new sources of food as their regular sources diminish—but is it enough to save them?<p>It's a tough time to be a polar bear.<p>The Arctic predators—which depend on constantly diminishing amounts of sea ice to catch marine mammals such as seals—are …

The Author Of "Captain Underpants" On Why Kids Should Question Authority

Dav Pilkey talked to BuzzFeed about his latest graphic novel, why he loves writing children's books, and the importance of addressing mental health in literature.<p>Almost two decades ago, author and illustrator Dav Pilkey introduced the world to a character who’s now one of children's literature's …

An Amazing Speech to Text App (Works on Chromebooks Too)

August 14, 2015<br>If you are looking for a good free dictation app to use on your browser, VoiceNoteII should definitely make it into your list. This is …

Education Technology

EasyBib Writing Center

It’s a never ending search trying to find clever hacks and new techniques to make the note taking process easier for our students. Many websites and …

100 FREE LEGO Learning Printable Resources

<b>Resources for Teaching with LEGO® Bricks</b><p>These days the web is filled with Free LEGO Learning Printables, even here on this blog, you can download for …

Lego

The Only Way to Stop Stressing About a Task Is to Finally Start It

Everyone struggles with procrastination now and then, sometimes because the stress about starting a task keeps us from acting. David Cain points out …

Review of 50 Things You Can Do With Google Classroom

If you are using Google Classroom you need this book. Alice Keeler and Libbi Miller have done a fantastic job creating a user friendly text that will …

Teaching Listening Skills: Ready to Listen, Ready to Learn

Most children come to school armed with only one way to learn – listening. Almost all of us were born doing it. Indeed, for the first few years of …

Why does the Common Core skip patterns? - Futurity

The Common Core doesn't emphasize pattern abstraction, but experts say it's a skill that's critical for mathematical reasoning.

Departments of Education

Assessing Text Complexity

• Why is it important to teach complex texts?<br>• How do you anticipate and plan for the challenges a text might bring?<br>• How do you assess text complexity?

Teaching

Why Does Text Complexity Matter?

The American College Testing Service, in its influential study “<i>Reading Between the Lines</i>”, determined a proficiency level on their reading …

How Voice Recognition Is Close To Eliminating Typing

With the recent acquisition by Facebook of voice-recognition company Wit.ai, all four major players in the post-PC market (Apple, Google, Microsoft …

Talk Typer: Automatically Convert Your Speech Into Text

Talk Typer is a free online service that works right from your web browser and allows you to convert your speech into text by dictating it. It simply …

Text-to-Speech Technology: What It Is and How It Works

Text-to-speech (TTS) is an assistive technology that reads digital text aloud. It’s sometimes called “read aloud” technology.<p>With a click of a button …

Google Translate app update said to make speech-to-text even easier

The mobile app will soon be able to automatically pick up on a number of popular spoken languages and convert the speech to text, says The New York Times.<p>Google's translation app will be updated so it can recognize any popular spoken language and automatically translate it into text, according to a …

Microsoft releases Windows 10 preview for phones with interactive notifications, speech-to-text, and Photos app

Microsoft today launched Windows 10 preview for phones. To get started, you’ll need to download the Windows Insider app from the Windows Phone Store.<p>Microsoft has already released multiple new Windows 10 preview builds, but those were limited to just PCs. Today’s preview is for smartphones, and it …