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John Evans

10 Reasons Twitter Works In Education - 0 views

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    "As the collective family of social media channels grows, each adopts their own personality.

    LinkedIn is oldest sibling -a go-getter that wore a suit in middle school. Instagram is the playful teen that opened her own restaurant with her family's money. Facebook is the walking political argument that you know not get started. And twitter? twitter is the wild child of the bunch.

    Offering quick bits of information, a dynamic stream that looks great on desktop and mobile devices, and a variety of ways to communicate from #hashtags to @messaging to micro-blogging and link distribution, twitter works, and unlike facebook, blogging, and other digital tools, when something does indeed "fail" on twitter, the overwhelming number of tweets can help mitigate the loss.

    The best I've heard explanation we've heard for the difference between twitter and facebook is (paraphrased), "Facebook makes me dislike people I've known for years, while twitter makes me like people I've never met." I'm not sure it's quite that cut and dry, but the big idea remains the same-every social channel has its own personality."
John Evans

Education Through Students' Eyes: A Dry-Erase Animated Video | Getting Smart - 3 views

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    "Let's face it. All teachers talk, but not all teachers listen. I know, I know. You are probably thinking, "Well, students talk all the time, but they don't all listen." Granted, you may have a point there. But perhaps the root of the problem, a lack of honest and transparent conversations between teachers and students, can be discovered when Holmes' famous quotation is crossed with The RSA's animated video covering Daniel Pink's Drive.

    What results is a dry-erase animated video that took two sophomore students from Studio 113 and East Hall High School six hours to plan, draw, and fully articulate their concerns about the following educational concerns:

    Teachers' view versus students' view of school schedules.
    School systems' expectations of students versus students' own expectations of themselves.
    Purpose, application, and importance of certain curricula.
    The practice of not asking the most important people of all…the students.
    Ignoring successful educational models, such as Finland.

    Care to listen? The wise teachers already know it is the "privilege of wisdom" to click "play.""
John Evans

Why The Maker Movement Matters | Venspired - 2 views

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    "I get caught up in things. Informercials. New gadgets. New shades of Sharpie. Every kid I've ever taught has said, "You say EVERYTHING is your "favorite thing." It's true. Life? It's my favorite. I grew up, but my internal excitement level has stayed at a five year old's level. So, I'll just preface this post with that. I will also say that I've held off on writing this. Long enough to figure out if this whole "maker movement" was another "thing I love," or more. It's more. So much more."
John Evans

Designing a School Makerspace | Edutopia - 4 views

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    A makerspace is not solely a science lab, woodshop, computer lab or art room, but it may contain elements found in all of these familiar spaces. Therefore, it must be designed to accommodate a wide range of activities, tools and materials. Diversity and cross-pollination of activities are critical to the design, making and exploration process, and they are what set makerspaces and STEAM labs apart from single-use spaces. A possible range of activities might include:

    Cardboard construction
    Prototyping
    Woodworking
    Electronics
    Robotics
    Digital fabrication
    Building bicycles and kinetic machines
    Textiles and sewing
Eduspire Org

Digital Storytelling: What's Your Story? - EDUSPIRE - 0 views

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    We all have a story to tell, and so do your students! From your Kindergartener's weekend birthday party to your 12th grader's Senior Prom, your students want to talk and share. 21st century learning and the Common Core State Standards encourage today's students to move beyond basic telling and writing to recording, publishing, tweeting and blogging.
John Evans

Four ways to use StumbleUpon in education - Daily Genius - 0 views

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    "There are some days when the internet is just too big. Too much to cope with. You're standing in the scree at the foot of an enormous mountain, wondering where to get a foothold, where to get some inspiration.

    For those in education, they could do worse than to use StumbleUpon - a recommendation engine that, based on your interests, will suggest websites and content that might, just, ease that panic of too much choice and too little inspiration. Think of it as a wise guide through the morass of content laid out in front of you."
John Evans

The Importance of Maker Education for Girls | EdSurge News - 2 views

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    "As the director of a maker lab at Castilleja School, an independent all-girls school for grades 6-12, I, along with my team, have witnessed dramatic changes in skills and confidence that can occur when we give young women not only the opportunity but also a safe space to make, build, tinker, and create. In line with multiple articles calling for empowering a more diverse and inclusive community of makers, we strongly believe that maker programs and inclusive maker spaces are particularly important in girls' education."
Keri-Lee Beasley

Diagrammer | Duarte - 0 views

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    Over 4000 free diagrams for visualization. Love it!
Keri-Lee Beasley

Slidedocs | Duarte - 0 views

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    What are slidedocs, and how do you make them - great resource from Nancy Duarte. 
John Evans

Could Storytelling Be the Secret Sauce to STEM Education? | MindShift | KQED News - 1 views

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    "It's a way to make equations meaningful, which is, of course, what they are in the programs when you write them," said Fruchter, a computer science teacher at NYC Nest+m, a public K-12 school in New York City for gifted and talented students. "They are much more than a sheet of homework exercises because they make the program go."

    Using literature in this way has allowed Fruchter to make his computer science math classes entirely project-based, which in turn draws the interest of kids who might not have otherwise liked computer programming. "They're very happy to be in a math or computer science class where they're not having tests or doing quizzes or being asked to do sheets and sheets of problems," Fruchter said."
John Evans

The Maker Movement In Education | Ask a Tech Teacher - 0 views

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    "Any room in the school can be transformed into a legitimate spot for an innovative makerspace and the implications of student-made projects foster great power, complexity and creative play in each of them. Like all STEM-focused areas of education, the Maker Movement is an extremely useful method for advancing child education due to some of the skills it promotes and develops. The inclusive environment that makerspaces provide results in a sense of community for participating students and functions as a safe place for gathering feedback."
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