An Example of a ‘Good Common Core Lesson’‘This is getting to the heart of what it means to have standards — how can you maintain the same expectations for all students and involve them each in learning when they are starting from such different places?

‘”Are you keeping the goal where it was and helping students get there or are you lowering the bar?

That’s a deep question.”

‘”The bottom line is that there is not a ton out there that is truly aligned, rigorous and high quality,” said Kate Gerson, who works with EngageNY as a research fellow and is a former classroom teacher. “So you have to be very, very careful about what you use.”

‘I asked Gerson to walk me through one of the lessons featured on her site, as a way of getting super-specific about what makes a good Common Core- aligned lesson. She chose a lesson designed for the And so, with Gerson as our guide, we’ll be doing a close reading of a close reading…’
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Why You Shouldn’t Take Notes with a Laptop
Students who used longhand remembered more and had a deeper understanding of the material
‘“More is better.”  From the number of gigs in a cellular data plan to the horsepower in a pickup truck, this mantra is ubiquitous in American culture.  When it comes to college students, the belief that more is better may underlie their widely-held view that laptops in the classroom enhance their academic performance.  Laptops do in fact allow students to do more, like engage in online activities and demonstrations, collaborate more easily on papers and projects, access information from the internet, and take more notes.  Indeed, because students can type significantly faster than they can write, those who use laptops in the classroom tend to take more notes than those who write out their notes by hand.  Moreover, when students take notes using laptops they tend to take notes verbatim, writing down every last word uttered by their professor…’

Student Projects Aim To Design A More Social Atmosphere At Work
Improved collaboration, privacy and organization ideas came out of an intensive semester long project
‘Challenging students to create designs that are “semantically correct, syntactically correct, and pragmatically understandable, but also visually powerful, intellectually elegant and timeless” is a tall order. The Metaproject initiative at the Rochester Institute of Technology was launched four years ago as a semester long project for industrial design students to develop products that make getting work done with others better.

‘At the 2014 International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF), the RIT students staged an exhibition of this years’ work which had to address one of these workplace interaction conditions: face-to-face, digitally mediated or human-to-tools. On display was the winning project and several runners up selected by a team of judges from Herman Miller, who sponsored this years’ program…’
Invitation Chair by Alexander Bennett


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