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John Evans

6 Things to Consider Before Starting Your Makerspace | EdSurge News - 0 views

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    "Makerspaces have made headlines recently. Several weeks ago New York City hosted the World Maker Faire. The White House had its first Maker Faire this summer, and schools and libraries across the country are installing these spaces.

    It is certainly tempting to start thinking about all the amazing tools you could put into your makerspace. If you know anything about Makers, you are probably thinking that you need a CNC machine, a 3-D printer, Dremels for everyone and a laser cutter since they are the gateway tool for making things.

    But buying a bunch of tools without first stopping to think about how they will be integrated into the culture and curriculum of your school is a recipe for a dusty and underused workshop.

    Don't be tempted by the sexy CNC and laser cutters if you don't need them. Just taking apart a blender offers a wealth of learning opportunities.

    From my experience installing makerspaces in several dozen schools, I've developed a process that helps you think through your makerspace and how it fits into the culture and curriculum of your school. Skipping this process, or one like it, will almost certainly result in tension, missed teaching opportunities, and overspending."
John Evans

9 Things Every Teacher Should Do Over Summer Break - Brilliant or Insane - 2 views

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    "Summer break is not just for teacher vacations. Sure, you need to unwind and recharge your batteries, but working to hone your craft is also good medicine for making the next school year your best one yet.

    These 9 tips will make every teacher better this summer break and will help your students be better next school year."
John Evans

8 Things to Look for in Today's Professional Learning (Part 1) | The Principal of Change - 1 views

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    "To be honest with you, professional learning in many cases needs an overhaul.  If the best thing that professional learning has to offer is lunch, we need to think different.  But how many educators are really excited about the types of professional learning opportunities that are offered in their school?  Like, "wake-up-in-the-morning-and-can't-wait-to-get-to-work" excited? What is promising though, is that many schools are moving away from the traditional types of professional learning that weren't working for staff, and trying some new ideas."
John Evans

7 Things You Should Know About Universal Design for Learning | EDUCAUSE.edu - 0 views

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    "Abstract
    Universal Design for Learning is a framework for the design of materials and instructional methods that are usable by a wide range of students. One aim of UDL is to provide full access to students with special needs, but it offers significant affordances for all students, allowing them to benefit from learning presented through multiple sensory avenues and a variety of conceptual frameworks. Early research about the influence of UDL is positive, showing that it improves engagement and performance among all students.

    The 7 Things You Should Know About... series from the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI) provides concise information on emerging learning technologies. Each brief focuses on a single technology and describes what it is, where it is going, and why it matters to teaching and learning. Use these briefs for a no-jargon, quick overview of a topic and share them with time-pressed colleagues."
John Evans

4 things Finland's schools do better than America - Business Insider - 3 views

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    "Finland is an innovative country when it comes to education, and its innovation yields results. It's consistently one of the highest performing developed countries on the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA), an important tool for measuring education systems worldwide.

    While Finland's ranking dropped to 12 in the most recent PISA ranking, it's still a lot higher than the US ranking of 36.

    Here are some things Finland does differently - and arguably better - than the US when it comes to education."
John Evans

5 Things You Need to Know About Your iPhone's Photos App - 2 views

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    "Apple's Photos app saw some changes in iOS 8, and more changes are coming when iCloud Photo Library launches soon. Did you know that your photos app keeps copies of photos you've deleted?

    The Photos app isn't as complex as Apple's new Health app, but it still has some features you might not discover unless you go looking for them. For example, it can hide your private photos."
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3 Reasons Why You Should Share and 3 Things You can Do to Start Sharing | Langwitches Blog - 4 views

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    "I am back on my soapbox…

    …because I continue to see great things happening in classrooms, but get blank stares, when I ask, if these things are being shared beyond the school building.
    …because I watch as administrators feel the need to "protect" their faculty from "one more thing to do".
    …because I continue to hear fear of transparency, competition, privacy and technology skills and tech phobia.
     Setting up my soapbox to raise awareness of the "moral imperative of sharing" for teachers (Dean Shareski) goes back to his keynote in 2010 at the K-12 Online Conference. Since then I have stepped on that soapbox via my blog and at conferences advocating for the IMPORTANCE and NECESSITY of sharing."
John Evans

5 Things Students Want to Tell Their Writing Teachers - Brilliant or Insane - 2 views

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    "Some writing teachers are a whole lot better writers than they are listeners. The more experience I gain as a teacher of writing, the less confident I am about what I think I know. If someone had clued me into this reality when I began teaching over twenty years ago, I might have been discouraged. Now I know enough to embrace the uncertainty and to listen to my students.

    This revelation humbles me in ways that keep me young, and it ignites my curiosities as well. I'll never be an expert, but I'm learning how to seek them out, and the discoveries I'm making have a profound effect on my teaching.

    Following are the five most powerful things I've been told about my practice by the only experts I've ever met in the field: the writers I strive to teach. These statements have made me ponder the impact students can have on all writing teachers, if we just ask them what they think."
John Evans

Things 21st Century Teachers Should Be Able to Do ~ Educational Technology and Mobile L... - 5 views

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    "Today as I was wading through my bookmarks I came across this resource which I have saved awhile ago. This is a chart featuring what its author called 21 things every 21st century teacher should do this year. This chart is created by Sean Junkins based on a blog post by Carl Hooker. I went through the ideas suggested here and thought of providing you with some good web tools to apply to some of these ideas. The tools I am sharing are based on posts I have published in this blog.
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John Evans

A Beautiful Visual Explaining The Internet of Things ~ Educational Technology and Mobil... - 1 views

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    "Internet of Things (IoT) is a relatively new concept that is making such a buzz online. I have come across it in several instances but never really inquired deeply about its meaning. However, today I read a really interesting article by Jacob Morgan entitled " A Simple Explanation of 'The Internet of Things'. In this article, Jacob defined IoT as "the concept of basically connecting any device with an on and off switch to the Internet (and/or to each other). This includes everything from cell phones, coffee makers, washing machines, headphones, lamps, wearable devices and almost anything else you can think of.  This also applies to components of machines, for example a jet engine of an airplane or the drill of an oil rig.""
John Evans

Playlist: 3 TEDx Talks from kids doing amazing things | TEDx Innovations Blog - 2 views

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    "This Saturday and Sunday, TEDx communities across the globe will be celebrating TEDxYouthDay, a weekend of TEDx events dedicated to the ingenuity of kids worldwide. Every year we're taken aback by the amazing things that come out of these events, and to celebrate, we're featuring some of our favorite TEDx Talks from young people. Below, three great TEDx Talks from kids you have to watch."
John Evans

20 Things New Teachers Really, Really Need to Know (According to The Vets) - 3 views

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    "Are your knees knocking at the thought of walking into a classroom for the very first time this fall? Have no fear! We asked our friends on Facebook to share their best pearls of wisdom for new teachers, and they generously sent their inspiration, advice and need-to-know strategies. Think of them as your virtual mentors-like all teachers, we're here to help one another succeed!"
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