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Ms. Kathleen Lincoln

Child Development Centers

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Early Learning Transition Model

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Milpitas, CA 95035


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New Trends in Education

21st Century Learning – The Future is Now

The world is changing at an ever increasing pace – are you ready?  Watch this four minute video from New Brunswick Public Education to get psyched for tomorrow… today!  Want to learn more about how MUSD is breaking down the 21st Century Learning Experience? Click here to view the 4Cs of a 21st Century Learning Experience – Collaboration, Communication, Critical Thinking and Creativity.  Is your classroom up to the challenge?

Blended Learning - What is it?!

An emerging trend in education is “blended learning”.  At the most basic level, this new approach to education combines traditional methods of instruction together with online learning.  The Clayton Christensen Institute for Disruptive Innovation (previously the Innosight Institute) presents the following definition: blended learning is “a formal education program in which a student learns at least in part through online delivery of content and instruction with some element of student control over time, place, path, and/or pace and at least in part at a supervised brick-and-mortar location away from home.”

What does this model look like?  Is it simply adding technology to the classroom?  No!  An integral component of blended learning is the student driven self-pacing of online content delivery.  Take a look at the Institute’s diagram to see four different iterations of the model:

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Want to learn more about each type of these blended learning environments?  Click here to read the program definitions.  Click here to learn more.

Digital Learning – Keeping It Real!

So how can we keep digital learning approachable, relevant and applicable to the students of today?  How can we make online learning become an enhancement of the traditional curriculum?  Digital Learning Now! suggests the following Ten Elements of High Quality Digital Learning - click on each element for additional information.

  1. Student Eligibility - All students are digital learners.
  2. Student Access - All students have access to high quality digital learning.
  3. Personalized Learning - All students can use digital learning to customize their education.
  4. Advancement - All students progress based on demonstrated competency.
  5. Quality Content - Digital content and courses are high quality.
  6. Quality Instruction - Digital instruction is high quality.
  7. Quality Choices - All students have access to multiple high quality digital providers.
  8. Assessment and Accountability - Student learning is the metric for evaluating the quality of content and instruction.
  9. Funding - Funding creates incentives for performance, options and innovation.
  10. Delivery - Infrastructure supports digital learning.

Digital Learning = Deeper Learning

Getting Smart recently published a white paper and infographic exploring the connections between digital learning and deeper learning.  Check out this informative graphic complete with embedded links to real life examples in schools around the nation…  Digital Learning Deeper Learning Infographic.

Making Sense of the Common Core State Standards

Change is coming!  Are you ready?  The adoption of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) is shaking up the classroom experience as we know it - things may never be the same!  But that’s OK – learning new things is good for kids and adults alike – and there are a lot of web based resources ready to help you grow into the CCSS!

First off, take a look at this fourteen minute video from the Teaching Channel which does a good job providing a basic overview of how the Common Core State Standards are different from what came before.  Take a look at how two early adopter elementary schools implemented the CCSS, how this change affected teachers and students and why at the end of the day, the teachers liked the new approach. 

A Few CCSS Resources to Get You Started

The California Department of Education hosts a wealth of CCSS resources including implementation plans, downloadable standards, grade level curriculum, a CCSS communications toolkit, a parent handbook, information for school boards and so much more! has the parent angle covered – check out “A Parent's Guide to the Common Core Standards” and share it with your parents!

Edutopia keeps track of lots and lots of educator CCSS resources.  Check out their “Resources for Understanding the Common Core State Standards - An educator's guide to websites, organizations, articles, and other resources looking at the new system of standards and how they will be assessed.”

Scholastic makes teaching the CCSS simple in the article “Common Core: Victory Is Yours - Stop Worrying and Love the Common Core with Our Tool Kit of Activities.”

The California Kindergarten Association can help you understand and share teaching ideas around the Common Core State Standards – especially for our Transitional and Traditional Kindergarten teachers.

How Deep is Your Knowledge?

Need more food for thought?  Depth of Knowledge ring a bell?  Take a look at this diagram and ponder your classroom lessons – are they hitting the mark?

Early Learning Transition Model ~ Generously funded by the Heising-Simons Foundation 2012-2013

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Techy Tools in the Classroom

★ iPads ★ Hatch Tablets 

★ Smart Phones ★ Laptops 

What is a self-respecting teacher to think about the wave of new technology invading the classroom?  How should you balance screen time with hands-on activities and person-to-person interaction?  What will best prepare your students for the unknowable technological future?  Don’t stress!  You can integrate technology into your classroom at all grade levels and here are a few organizations and resources that can help…

★ NAEYC- first off, let’s consider some key messages from the excellent joint position statement issued by the National Association for the Education of Young Children and the Fred Rogers Center for Early Learning and Children's Media at Saint Vincent College: Technology and Young Children - Technology and Interactive Media as Tools in Early Childhood Programs Serving Children from Birth through Age 8.

  • When used intentionally and appropriately, technology and interactive media are effective tools to support learning and development.
  • Intentional use requires early childhood teachers and administrators to have information and resources regarding the nature of these tools and the implications of their use with children.
  • Limitations on the use of technology and media are important.
  • Special considerations must be given to the use of technology with infants and toddlers.
  • Attention to digital citizenship and equitable access is essential.
  • Ongoing research and professional development are needed.

Click here to read more about these Key Messages and their implications for your classroom.  For more practical advice, see these links for NAEYC’s Examples of Effective Practice:

★ Common Sense Media – and last, but not least, let’s review some technology curriculum resources for your classroom and actual rating scores for media products such as games, movies and apps.  Common Sense Media is “dedicated to improving the lives of kids and families by providing the trustworthy information, education, and independent voice they need to thrive in a world of media and technology.”  But how do they do that?  By providing parents and educators advice and reviews, free educator programs and policy and advocacy activities:

  • Advice & reviews: Common Sense Media rates media based on age appropriateness and learning potential.   A great tool for parents and professionals!
  • Educator programs:  Digital Literacy and Citizenship Programs are comprehensive, research-based, free curricula for K-12 educators.  Growing ethical technology users!
  • Advocacy & policy: working to give families a voice – and opportunities to encourage policymakers, media companies, and others to improve the media environment for all kids.

Starting School Book List

The start of school is a busy, stressful, exciting and wonderful time of year for you and your new class.  Help everyone feel better and ease anxieties by reading a book about starting school!  Click here to access a long list of books written about the first days of school.  The list is divided into age sections beginning with 1 year old through 6 years old.  Spanish titles are in red and SCCL beside the title indicates that it is available through the Santa Clara County Library System.  To find out more about their holdings, visit their website by clicking here. Other titles may be available from online booksellers or other library systems.