Monthly Archives: February 2016

Thomas J. Kane: Connecting to Practice: How we can put education research to work

In the United States, most consequential decisions in education are made at the state and local level, where leaders have little or no connection to expert knowledge.


There is a disconnect between research and decision making.  As any teacher or librarian; this isn’t news. 



Last Friday, I participated in a Leadership Learning Team meeting with other educators in our school board.  It was a great opportunity to think about the way we teach, and we were challenged to share this learning with others.


Here’s one teacher’s story. I love the hashtag.

How to Change Assessment and Go Gradeless Infographic – e-Learning Infographics

 The How to Change Assessment and Go Gradeless Infographic outlines eight key takeaways from Starr Sackstein’s Hacking Assessment book.


Sounds like an idea writing workshop / 6-Traits classroom to me! (I ran my middle school classroom without traditional grading for 6 months.  It worked very well.  The kids were happy and productive. 

I wish I could say the same for parents and administration. .. 😎 

Quality in Digital Learning MOOC | Feb 15 – March 25… join now

“… how can quality in digital learning actually be measured? Can the same mechanisms be used to measure for example the quality of traditional e-learning, mobile learning scenarios, gamified solutions or MOOCs? These are only some of the questions that will be tackled in the course of the MOOC. Sign up now.”


This MOOC is organized by Open ECB Check out of Germany. Creative Commons licensed content. Interesting topic & community for readers of this feed!

Ready to Flip: Three Ways to Hold Students Accountable for Pre-Class Work – Faculty Focus

One of the biggest questions about the flipped classroom model is how to get students to actually do the pre-class work and come to class prepared.


Here are some clever tips to tighten up your flipped classroom dynamics.

Brainology Program – Mindset Works®: Student Motivation through a Growth Mindset, by Carol Dweck, Ph.D.

Brainology is an online interactive program in which middle school students learn about how the brain works, how to strengthen their own brains, and how to better approach their own learning. In the process they develop a growth mindset whereby they think of their intelligence as something they can develop through study and learning rather than as something fixed, as explained by our co-founder Dr. Carol Dweck.


Mindful education seeks helps students understand their minds and their bodies.  The Brainology Program may be one of the keys to changing how we grow up (at any age).