Thursday, October 31, 2013

Apple Distinguished Educators (ADEs) are part of a global community of education leaders recognized for doing amazing things with Apple technology in and out of the classroom. They explore new ideas, seek new paths, and embrace new opportunities. That includes working with each other — and with Apple — to bring the freshest, most innovative ideas to students everywhere.

Click here for a link to the iTunes U site.

Friday, October 25, 2013

Standards-Based Grading

Where are we going?
Where am I?
What do I need to do to close the gap?

Watch and learn!


Saturday, October 12, 2013

Standards Based Grading

In Pueblo School District #70 we are beginning the shift to standards based grading.  The first step in this process is to make our grade books compatible with the process.  This step is almost complete.

The next step is to figure out how to do it.  Below is a link to a very good blog on the subject.


This is a very interesting iTunes U podcast.  It comes from the Apple Distinguished Educator series.

Course Description

In an era of ubiquitous information technology and open access content, we believe that the primary purpose of education is changing. It’s now more about the environment we provide than the content we deliver. Similarly, we believe that the primary purpose of professional development is changing. Just as a classroom requires engaged, self-directed and passionate learners, so does professional development. The course will motivate and equip individuals to develop a culture of innovation and excellence in education through self-directed professional growth.

This iTunes U course provides a wealth of interviews and instructional materials that can help teachers create a culture of change. Designed for K-20 educators, the assets guide the user through self-directed professional development. Work through each asset one at a time to create your class website, author a multi-touch book, develop a visual mission statement for your classroom or school district, use videoconferencing to bring outside experts into your class, and much more.  Work alone or with a Professional Learning Community as you take on the challenges presented throughout the course.

Creating a Culture of Innovation