October 2014

End of Quarter Grades Are Due, Let My Teachermade App Quick Key Mobile Help!

By |2014-10-23T14:17:00+00:00October 23rd, 2014|

October 2014  October Brings End of the Quarter Testing, and Quick Key Mobile Can Help! Quick Key Mobile turns your mobile device into a scanner and eliminates hand-grading of paper assessments, even for teachers working in classrooms without a computer or an internet connection. Analytics and data exports are fast and easy, so you can focus on your [...]

May 2014

NY Times: This Smart Girl Says Thank You

By |2014-05-23T16:07:00+00:00May 23rd, 2014|

John Gress/Reuters True Grit According Nicholas Kristof of The New York Times, "In 2011, a malnourished 14-year-old Vietnamese village girl named Phung arose in the wee hours each morning in a herculean struggle to get an education. After I wrote about her, readers responded with a torrent of $750,000 in donations to Room to Read, the aid organization helping [...]

NY Times: For Schools, Long Road to a Level Playing Field

By |2014-05-21T16:27:00+00:00May 21st, 2014|

A classroom schedule in Tempe, Ariz. Many reports have highlighted a persistent gulf in test results between the rich and the poor. CreditJim Wilson/The New York Times According to the New York Times, "socioeconomic background explains 15 percent of the variation in the performance of American students, far more than in high-performing countries like Finland, Japan [...]

NY Times: Who Gets to Graduate

By |2014-05-20T18:42:00+00:00May 20th, 2014|

Vanessa Brewer  Credit Bill McCullough for The New York Times According to a recent New York Times article, "More than 40 percent of American students who start at four-year colleges haven’t earned a degree after six years. If you include community-college students in the tabulation, the dropout rate is more than half, worse than any other country [...]

THE NEW YORKER: LOUIS C.K. AGAINST THE COMMON CORE

By |2014-05-09T18:50:00+00:00May 9th, 2014|

Louis C.K. painting by Cara & Louie When a popular comedian takes to social media to talk about the Common Core and testing the world takes notice. Louis C.K. took to Twitter to share his frustrations. According to C.K., “The teachers are great...But it’s changed in recent years. It’s all about these tests. It feels like a dark [...]

Teacher Appreciation Week: #TEACHINGIS

By |2014-05-06T14:36:00+00:00May 6th, 2014|

Teacher Appreciation week has arrived! For many of us, that means a Starbucks gift card or even the occasional apple. This year the Center for Teaching Quality has launched an interesting social media campaign. According to the CTQ, "Participating is easy! Tell the world what #TeachingIs to you. Share your definitions, stories, small (and big!) wins, and manifestos [...]

George Lucas: Why Teachers Matter

By |2014-05-05T16:48:00+00:00May 5th, 2014|

Today George Lucas shared a blog post that touches on the most important aspect of teaching. In the era of high stakes testing and finger pointing it is easy to forget about the "Art of Teaching". Lucas hits the nail on the head, according to Lucas "When you really think back about your best teachers, they [...]

March 2014

#TeacherKarma, Or How Students Come Back Into Our Lives

By |2014-03-14T18:32:00+00:00March 14th, 2014|

As a certified teacher in the state of Massachusetts I have learned a tremendous amount in different graduate school classes and professional development sessions. However, the most important things I have learned have come from my fellow teachers and from experiences in the classroom. The Notes from the Chalkboard Blog is where I will share some [...]

Quick Key Covered by @coolcatteacher!

By |2014-03-10T17:05:00+00:00March 10th, 2014|

Quick Key Mobile™ is an app for iPhone and iPad that turns those devices into optical scanners, to grade paper assessments in a flash. The free app is available on the Quick Key Homepage  We started News and Notes to update everyone on all the exciting things that are going on in education in general. We want to [...]

February 2014

The Power of the PLN #2: From Across the Pond!

By |2014-02-01T15:16:00+00:00February 1st, 2014|

Quick Key Mobile™ is an app for iPhone and iPad that turns those devices into optical scanners, to grade paper assessments in a flash. The free app is available on the Quick Key Homepage  We started News and Notes to update everyone on all the exciting things that are going on in education in general. We want to [...]