Monthly Archives: September 2015

Chalkboards to Message Boards: The Changing Role of Educators

Written by Eric Nentrup @ericnentrup Recently, I reconnected with one of my own high school English teachers. We found each other on Facebook and I enjoyed our quick back and forth. However, calling her by her first name still caused a hitch in my typing. It’s amazing how ingrained it is to have that Mr./Mrs. LastName inclination even though for

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Professional Development Isn’t a Sprint, It’s a Marathon

A recent study from TNTP revealed that while massive investments are spent on professional development most teachers don’t improve—2 out of 10 actually got worse over 2-3 years. Should we close the door on professional development if it is seemingly a waste of time and money? No. The TNTP explains, “It’s time for a new conversation about teacher improvement—one that

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The Gift of Being a Dyslexic Teacher

Written by Matthew James Friday @thefridaystory The Secret Disability: Dyslexia Dyslexia creates suffering for many students but you rarely hear of teachers admitting to having it. Are teachers really still required, in the 21st Century, to be models of perfect, marble-made fonts of knowledge and effectiveness? I have tutored a small number of dyslexic trainee teachers but that was an

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New Feature: Language of Literature Word List

The new Language of Literature Word List is a great addition for students tasked with writing assignments related to literature, such as a literature report. This new feature in k3000+firefly provides a floating list of words (tailored specifically for poetry, prose and drama) to facilitate the writing process. When a student clicks on a word in the list, both its definition and “like words” are

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Ask the Experts: Getting Back into a School Mindset

You may not realize it, but there’s a lot of knowledge sharing that occurs each day between the Kurzweil Education team and educators across the globe. Wouldn’t it be great if we could share these insights with everyone? We think so. Each month we’ll publish answers to your questions in a blog. Do you have a question? Go ahead, ask

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Accessible Instruction for Online Assignments and Courses

Written by Karen Narvol Students with reading challenges often have difficulty navigating online course web pages. The content may not be structured well, the page layout may be complex with distracting images and animations, and the navigational elements may be appear in random order from page to page. Ideally, online course developers will incorporate Universal Design for Learning principles to

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