Spanish teacher Caroline Murray shows how language teachers can use Showbie to assess conversational proficiency.

Language teachers finally have an answer to the question of how to effectively and efficiently assess conversational proficiency in an organized, one-stop-shop way. For me, it’s Showbie.

Showbie is a free app for iOS devices that allows teachers to assign, collect and review student work electronically. The app accepts almost any type of upload and lets you hand write on images and PDFs (using digital ink). This has made it ideal for me when assessing conversations.

Here’s how it works:

  1. Upload an audio prompt, such as a voice recording or downloaded audio file. You can upload different audio files for each student, copy/paste files from one student to another, or upload one per class.
  2. Upload a PDF of the rubric.
  3. Listen to the audio files, then record your response directly into the app.
  4. Assess the student’s work in Showbie by writing directly on the rubric, typing in comments or recording feedback.
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children-183007_1280--589From virtual dissections to 3D printing, an update on the latest ed-tech product and service offerings.

 Cengage’s new science modules let high-school and college students perform virtual dissections, explore chemical elements and reactions and conduct virtual research, among other activities.

Dremel released the Dremel Idea Builder 3D40 and a free app that lets users print, monitor jobs and download designs, using their mobile Android or iOS device. A video showing students using the printer is available online.

Parchment debuted an infographic that shows evolution of education, from traditional to digital environments, with a glance at what lies ahead in the future.

Bill Nye “The Science Guy” will keynote NEXT2016, Schoology’s user conference, taking place July 11-13, in Miami Beach, Fla.

Proximity Learning’s online special-education program includes features for tailored instruction and student management. The program, available on from desktop and mobile computers, may be used for small groups and individual students.…

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May is the month of new beginnings. Just ask any recent graduate with a freshly minted diploma clasped tightly in hand.

They’ve slogged through the salt mines of advanced programming, navigated the carbon bonds of organic chemistry and agonized through weeklong problem sets in engineering. They’ve labored to understand the relevance of Cicero’s speeches to modern political rhetoric, and poured through thousands of pages of literature in search of an insight from Shakespeare or Thoreau that they could apply to the world they will inherit. And they are now at last, free — launched out into the exciting and very scary world of becoming contributing members of a society that is both characterized by its many flaws and heralded for its fine points.

In the course of pursuing a degree, however, these future leaders have spent much of their education learning about other people, other places and other things. The journey to truly understanding the legacy that they will compose and leave to others some 40 years from now is just getting underway.…

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Teacher leader considers how whole-child initiatives serve students who may be left behind.

While finishing some grading, an email notification pops up from one of my many education subscriptions. “What is it today?” I ask myself. Data driven instruction? Blended learning? I chew down the last bits of my bland sandwich. Today’s topic? An invitation to attend a professional development session on “The Whole Child.”

According to ASCD, “A whole child approach, which ensures that each student is healthy, safe, engaged, supported, and challenged, sets the standard for comprehensive, sustainable school improvement and provides for long-term student success.”

I roam to their website, interested in learning more about the “whole child approach,” where students enter school from “healthy” lifestyles and continue to practice those styles at school, creating a great sense of “safety” where everyone feels included. With everyone’s emotional needs being met, children become highly “engaged” in their learning, enveloped in “support” enabling them to thrive in a “challenging” and fulfilling experience, where they prepare for college (and career) readiness.…

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Despite the entry of many other social networking sites, Facebook still remains the most popular choice for businesses and marketers. A research study says that 71% of Internet users are now on Facebook. With over 1.4 billion users, this social media giant is undoubtedly one of the biggest platforms for startups and small businesses looking to establish their brand, garner media mileage, connect with prospects and attract some sales.

It takes a lot of efforts to lure followers, engage them and keep them engaged. With 510 comments being posted, 293,000 statuses being updated, and 136,000 photos being uploaded on Facebook ever every minute, it’s a challenge for marketers to stand out. They need to be creative and stay abreast with the latest Facebook marketing trends.
In order to help you stay ahead of the curve, here we present to you 5 Facebook marketing trends in 2016 and beyond.
1. Use Facebook Videos Creatively

Facebook videos have been slowly gaining solid grounds and we’re likely to see the trend of Facebook videos grow exponentially in the coming time.…

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