ASCD Virtual Conference 2012

ASCD’s conference in Philadelphia on March 24-26, 2012 will also have a virtual participation component.

Heidi Hayes Jacobs, Curriculum21, Brandon Wiley from the Asia Society and Silvia Rosenthal Tolisano, Langwitches Blog,  will be co-presenting a  Real-Time Global Forum: How to Connect Your Classroom and Schools.


Connect your school with schools around the world in purposeful teaching and learning experiences! Through interactive technology, participants will meet virtually with a global team of teachers and students from places like China, Argentina, India, and the United States to examine a thoughtful and stimulating set of award-winning projects, global learning partnerships, and media presentations. Leave with a wealth of resources to globalize your classroom and school while aligning to common core, provincial, or national standards.


Registration Information:

Virtual Conference registration is just $129 for ASCD members and $159 for nonmembers. That’s less than $8 per session!
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What makes a quality BLOG?  A quality WIKI?  A video podcast to persuade? A tweet to inform? A business email?

With new forms of assessments to upgrade teaching and learning we need corresponding new rubrics to provide feedback to our learners.   Our team at Curriculum 21 has started a project to develop rubrics to assist educators in developing rubrics for use in our classrooms from the pre-K through college.

Students can and should be part of the rubric scaffolding process.  Recently, for example, I was conducting a workshop when we listened to a podcast by some high school students in social studies regarding the Civil War.   As we listened it was clear that this podcast was not ready for posting on the school podcasting channel.  It sounded like a “first podcast DRAFT”.    The ideas and content was excellent on the podcast but the delivery was stiff.   Our group agreed that It sounded as if the students were reading  directly from a script for the first time with no intention or connection.   Thus, in the same way, that we have first and second and third iterations in “writing process”, we need the same review process on new 21st century assessment forms.   Digi-rubrics will reflect the quality of the techniques used for the form such as use of camera angle and sound on a video podcast AND, as always, the content and ideas that are conveyed through the medium selected.

We invite you to send your thoughts, suggestions, and resources.  You can post a comment here on the blog site or send an email to our director of C-21 projects: (Bill Sheskey).  Our goal will be post these rubrics on our Curriculum 21/Clearinghouse and at ASCD Edge to field-test them with students in our classrooms.   Thank you

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