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Wednesday, September 03, 2014

Current Site and App of the Week - September 3rd, 2014

Current Site of the Week   

The U.S. Department of Education and the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards today unveiled Commit to Lead, a new online community that makes it easy for educators to share ideas for teacher leadership and collaborate to bring these ideas to fruition. 

Photo: eSchool News

The community enables educators everywhere to provide feedback and vote on each other’s ideas, allowing the most talked about ideas to rise to the top so they can gain traction and prominence in the field. Commit to Lead is the online platform of Teach to Lead, an initiative to promote teacher leadership convened by the Department and the National Board.
 “Commit to Lead directly engages educators in defining what teacher leadership can and should look like in their communities, so that collectively we can help make teacher leadership part of the fabric and culture of every school,” said U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. “It builds on the great work that already exists in the field, and invites the creation of new ideas. It represents one step in our ongoing commitment to listen to educators and support their vital leadership of their profession.”
Ideas posted during a beta launch of Commit to Lead include:
  • Adding teacher perspective to state policy by inviting state education leaders to visit classrooms to speak directly with teachers and inviting educators to participate in feedback sessions and working groups at the State Department of Education. (Submitted by member in Plantsville, Connecticut.)
  • Building a pipeline of new teacher leaders by creating a partnership between a college of education and a local K-12 school connecting freshman pre-service teachers with established teacher leaders. (Submitted by a member in Palatine, Illinois.)
  • Starting an online professional learning community for Career and Technical Education (CTE) teachers to share resources and strategies for integrating literacy into their classes. (Submitted by a member in Hattiesburg, Mississippi.)
  • Training lead teachers to serve as peer observers to provide feedback and support to their fellow teachers. (Submitted by a member in Palo Alto, California.)
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Apps of the Week 

Get interactive with museum art

Name: NGAkids Art Zone

What is it? This app contains eight new hands-on activities inspired by works in the National Gallery of Art collection.
Best for: Students ages 9-11
Price: Free
Requirements: iOS 6.0 or later

Features: The NGAkids app provides an immersive experience as children visit a virtual art gallery and explore a variety of works spanning more than 300 years of art history. High-resolution graphics, careful attention to detail, and a variety of subjects, painting styles, and techniques help cultivate an authentic understanding of the artistic process and reinforce users’ familiarity with the fundamental elements of art. Unexpected animation and audio features further enliven the program and foster fun learning experiences.
There are 10 sections to explore: Portrait, Landscape, Seascape, Still Life, Action Painting, Exploring Color, Color Field, Collage, Sketchbook, and My Art Gallery.

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Source: eSchool News  

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