New Publication: Hacking Structures: Educational Technology Programs, Evaluation, and Transformation

I was elated to see the tweet from Michelle this morning that our chapter “Hacking Structures: Educational Technology Programs, Evaluation, and Transformation” in Hacking Education in a Digital Age Teacher Education, Curriculum, and Literacies has been published! I’m so proud of this chapter (and what led us to write the chapter.) Can’t wait to get a copy to see the words …

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New TPACK book chapter

The  Commonwealth Educational Media Centre for Asia (CEMCA), New Delhi, recently published a book titled “Resource Book on ICT Integrated Teacher Education.” Edited by Dr. Manas Ranjan Panigrahi it is available as an Open Educational Resource (OER) from the CEMCA website. The book has 5 chapters, including one co-authored by a team here at MSU. Complete reference (with link …

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Inequitable Teacher Distribution Prompts Urban ‘Grow Your Own’ Programs

Teacher Shortages in High-Need Areas Inequitable teacher distribution has been a problem in the U.S. since the advent of universal education. Because teachers are free to choose where they work, schools in geographical areas that appear less appealing tend to attract fewer potential educators. Areas with higher poverty rates, in particular, are likely to struggle to find great …

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Thank you, Chile!

I spent the past seven days in Chile, six days in Santiago and one in Valpariso. It was absolutely wonderful. My trip was sponsored by the Faculty of Education at the Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile (PUC is one of the nation’s premier universities), as well as support from the Enlaces project of the Ministry of Education and …

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NCTQ misses the goal again

Originally I was going to title this post “NCTQ fumbles the ball again,” but since it is World Cup season I decided to go with something a little more timely.  No matter how you phrase it, however, the second iteration of the National Council on Teacher Quality’s attempt to evaluate teacher preparation program is even …

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NCTQ is at it again

I wrote earlier this year about the review of teacher preparation conducted by the National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ).  In that post I described many of the methodological problems in the NCTQ analysis.  The organization has sent a new request for information to education schools around the country, and in a commentary to be …

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Teacher bashing 101

The New York Times has published an op-ed column titled “How I helped teachers cheat.”  It was written by Dave Tomar, a self-professed “academic ghostwriter,” whose job was to work for an online custom paper mill.  Students would contact the website with an assignment, and they would receive a response with a price to complete the paper.  Mr. Tomar …

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