Day: October 15, 2014

Core Coaching Network 2014-2015 Kickoff  

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Yesterday, the Core Learning team launched a new year of the Core Coaching Network…and it isbetter than ever!  Instructional leaders from seven districts in our county joined our executive director, literacy, and math teams in a half-day meeting which included getting-to-know-you activities, information about planning meaningful PDs for their district/school sites, and plenty of time to learn new ed tech resources. (All handouts from this meeting are at site, under Core Coaching Network)
Creating Meaningful PD
In accordance with the image above, instructional leaders were led through a series of interactive steps toward creating meaningful and effective PD; they were asked to:
  1. Define meaningful/real-world outcomes
  2. An authentic application experience
  3. Finding meaning-making resources
  4. Using the 4 Cs
  5. Formative Assessments
  6. Technology integration
In retrospect, what we came to find was that these steps mirror what the Smarter Balanced Assessment is asking of our students: take a real-world experience and create a product using multiple, meaning-making resources (stimuli), while using the 4 Cs, and answer formative assessment questions (the research questions), all while using technology.
Participants had ample time to get to know each other while working through the steps toward effective PD, and also during networking time.

Future Meetings
Future Core Coaching Network meetings will focus on three important elements:

  1. Strategies to design dynamic PD based on adult learning theory
  2. Content-area specific data, coaching, and pedagogy
  3. Opportunities for participants to collaborate and network as they problem-solve, share district practices, and work in partnership on projects
Join Us!
If you are an instructional leader who is interested in…
  • Advancing your design and delivery of professional development for 21st century curriculum and instruction, including cutting-edge technology tools
  • Learning and being able to share best practices for adult learning as well as how to facilitate systems transformation
  • Developing a strong community through shared expertise and time tonetwork with job-alike colleagues from neighboring districts
  • Deepening your Common Core content knowledge
  • Learning how to align tasks and assessments to Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium expectations
then come be a part of the Core Coaching Network!
The cost is a fee of $1,000 per school district (this covers all participants from that district for the school year).  Please click here to register:  For registration questions, contact Michael Lee at
-Maria Vlahiotis, Literacy Specialist, ACOE Core Learning

Interactive Video? Isn’t That an Oxymoron??

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Do you use videos in blended or flipped classroom environment? Want to increase student engagement and accountability while gleaning information about what students are actually getting out of your video lesson? Then check out Educanon

     Educanon allows teachers to start with any video content, yes any (YouTube, Vimeo, your own, etc) and turn it into an interactive ‘lesson’. You can embed questions of various style, multiple choice, true false even free response, at any point during the video.  Then when students watch yuor video lesson, the video stops, at the exact spot you inserted the question, and asks the question and requires the student to answer before the video resumes playing.
     It even prevents students from fast forwarding through the video until after they have watched the entire piece at least once and answered your embedded questions.This creates smaller digestible components and keeps students’ attention, as well as allows teachers to monitor responses and use the information to adjust their instruction.
Educanon allows teachers to:

“Customize existing online content to the needs of your students in a medium that is designed for learning.”

eduCanon is a webapp. eduCanon works on all major browsers, the best experience comes from Google Chrome and Safari. It works on Macs, PCs, and is even responsive to iPads. You can even embed it into your website or blog!
Click on the image below for a short introductory video, super eazy to use and FREE!