Online Education Blog

Our blogs discuss issues pertaining to the Education community for both educators and parents.

How can my district prepare for the new Common Core State Standards online test?

Last weekend I presented at the California Math Council conference in Asilomar, California, and a month earlier at the council’s Palms Spring conference. I presented on the technology implications of the new Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) state test. I defined “adaptive assessment” for the audience and discussed the logistics of online testing, and we had a super discussion on the entire topic.
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Why Doesn’t my Child Have Phonemic Awareness Skills?

While practicing word play with my son, I became aware that he was lacking some phonemic awareness skills, in particular the ability to segment sounds in a word. The National Reading Panel reports that instructing children in how to hear, identify, and manipulate the individual sounds in language (phonemes) improves their ability to read, comprehend what they are reading, and spell.
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Help Them Prepare but Let Them Perform: A Striking Realization

I am a helicopter parent, and I am not alone. Lisa Belkin, a blogger for the New York Times, admits to many of the same tendencies I exhibit. This school year I am determined to let go of the reins a little. I want to do my best to help my children prepare for their academic careers as well as the social challenges they will face while at the same time encouraging them to strike out on their own a bit.
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Tips to Help my Child Build Phonemic Awareness

My son is an unenthusiastic reader. With his entrance into the first grade, I wanted to make sure his foundational skills were strong and that his reluctance to read was not due to a lack of proficiency. I found some great tips for increasing phonemic awareness, and I wanted to share them.
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Teaching the Video Game Generation

It is estimated that 97% of school-aged children play video games. They are part of the ever-growing video game generation who are used to higher levels of stimulation because of this game play.
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Motivating High School Students to Learn:  A Hopeless Attempt?

High school is full of distractions. The average high school student is involved in something other than school, whether it is sports, clubs, the work force, or numerous social activities. But even with all of these distractions, high school students are still interested in learning.
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