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Top 50 Education Tech Blogs and More

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Lots of interesting, education-related news and resources have hit over the last few days, so here’s a round-up of some of the most important for Parents at the Helm.

TOP 50 EDUCATION TECHNOLOGY BLOGS

From “The Learning Master,” 3.5.10

With so many to pick from, I hope you’ll find something that makes your home learning experience more fun and/or meanginful.

WOW, I WOULD HAVE LOVED THIS AS A TEEN!

“HarperCollins Debuts Inkpop, An Interactive Writing Platform For Teens” by Robin Wauters, TechCrunch, 1.25.10

“The platform aims to attract young readers and writers with a combination of community publishing features, user-generated content, and social networking elements. In addition, the company has engaged a group of international HarperCollins editors and authors to function as some sort of ‘editorial board’ whose job it is to review the site’s top five monthly selections, provide teens with feedback and mentorship opportunities, while also considering their work for publication.”

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From NovaOnline

Oh, I wish I had time to play – this game has both shockwave and non-shockwave versions. (I hope while the kids are having fun they’ll think of me!)

HAPPY NEWS FROM CHICAGO

“Charter school in tough neighborhood gets all its seniors into college” by Duaa Eldeib, Chicago Tribune, 3.5.10

“The entire senior class at Chicago’s only public all-male, all-African-American high school has been accepted to four-year colleges. At last count, the 107 seniors had earned spots at 72 schools across the nation.”

This is the first graduating class for Urban Prep Academy for Young Men, Englewood, Ohio, attended by those who win a “lottery” drawing to get in. “Only 4 percent of this year’s senior class read at grade level as freshmen, according to Tim King, the school’s CEO.”

HOUSTON SCHOOL DISTRICT ACCREDITATION ON HOLD

HISD cheating inquiry stalls accreditation: Status now pending as TEA probes reports of test irregularities” by Jennifer Radcliffe, Houston Chronicle, 3.5.10

The largest school district in Texas, Houston, has to wait on a special investigation conducted by the Texas Education Authority (TEA). “Teachers at Jefferson Elementary in north Houston revealed last week that they had been given a writing prompt before this week’s fourth-grade test.” This follows on the heels of an ongoing investigation of allegations of cheating at Key Middle School. Until the investigations are completed, the Houston district will sit with the status of “pending.”

“Experts note increased incidents of cheating nationwide as schools are put under more pressure to produce strong standardized test scores Testunder the No Child Left Behind law, which outlines sanctions against low-performing schools that includes firing educators and shutting campuses.

“Cheating on tests has been rampant,” said Tom Haladyna, professor emeritus in the College of Teacher Education and Leadership at Arizona State University. ‘Many of us think the culprit is tying accountability to a single test score. It is a bad policy. It motivates a few to cheat so they look good.’”

POLITICS OF TEACHER TENURE

“Public Schools in Crisis: Teacher Tenure a Roadblock to Reform”

Editorial commentary on video in response to the recent firing of all teachers in a poorly performing school in Rhode Island, discussing how difficult and expensive it is for school systems to get bad teachers out of the “jobs program.”

FOUR DAY SCHOOL WEEK AHEAD?

Schools’ New Math: the Four-Day Week,” by Chris Herring, Wall Street Journal, 3.8.10

“Of the nearly 15,000-plus districts nationwide, more than 100 in at least 17 states currently use the four-day system, according to data culled from the Education Commission of the States. Dozens of other districts are contemplating making the change in the next year—a shift that is apt to create new challenges for working parents as well as thousands of school employees.

“State legislators and local school boards are giving administrators greater flexibility to set their academic calendars, making the four-day slate possible. But education experts say little research exists to show the impact of shortened weeks on learning. The missed hours are typically made up by lengthening remaining school days.”

HOMESCHOOL TEXT BOOKS IN THE NEWS

Top Home-School Texts Dismiss Darwin, Evolution,” Associated Press, 3.6.10

A poorly-worded article accompanied by an even more poorly-worded survey question that started the war of words that rages on in a plethora of locations across the Internet which, judging by the way the article was put together and what was (and wasn’t) stated, was probably meant to rile as it has – goal accomplished, AP. (I’ve read literally hundreds of responses from across the boards and still haven’t found one that mentions the possibility of not using a text book to learn…hmmm.)

LAST BUT NOT LEAST…

You may have noticed a link to TopMommyBlogs on Parent at the Helm. A click there won’t win you OR me $1 million (unfortunately!), however it’s my hope that it will help more people know about the news, information and resources available at Parent at the Helm, and help families who are contemplating the flight into homeschooling.

In other words, as many clicks as you can muster on your visits will be greatly appreciated!!!

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