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Nigel Coutts

Assessment A Powerful messaging system - The Learner's Way - 2 views

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     The role of assessment has always played its part but it is a role that is changing in the present global climate and understanding this shift is important for educators.
John Evans

How to Add RSS Feeds & Sites to Apple News in iOS - 0 views

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    "The News app is bundled in modern versions of iOS, accessible from the home screen as a standard app icon and from the Siri Suggestions screen in Spotlight under the News section on an iPhone or iPad. While News app includes a handful of curated Apple-approved sites, users can customize the app on their own by adding websites they like, and also use the News app as an RSS reader. This allows you to add just about any site or feed to News app yourself, including great sites like this one."
John Evans

New Apple iOS Updates Improve Device Management for Schools | EdSurge News - 1 views

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    "Big news from Apple today-and we're not just talking about the iOS 9 update.

    Timed with the release of iOS 9.3, Apple announced it is debuting four new features for Apple iOS device users in the classroom. According to company representatives, the new features are designed to keep students on tasks and allow administrators more ease when managing Apple IDs. "
John Evans

Skills and Strategies | Fake News vs. Real News: Determining the Reliability of Sources... - 3 views

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    "How do you know if something you read is true? Why should you care?

    We pose these questions this week in honor of News Engagement Day on Oct. 6, and try to answer them with resources from The Times as well as from Edutopia, the Center for News Literacy, TEDEd and the Newseum.

    Although we doubt we need to convince teachers that this skill is important, we like the way Peter Adams from the News Literacy Project frames it in a post for Edutopia.


    As he points out, every teacher is familiar with "digital natives" and the way they seem to have been born with the ability to use technology. But what about "digital naïveté" - when students trust sources of information that are obviously unreliable?"
John Evans

Education App Spotlight: Contraption Maker - 1 views

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    "Contraption Maker provides a set of puzzles that are reminiscent of Rube Goldberg cartoons. Children use hundreds of parts like hamster motors, balls, and conveyor belts to fix broken contraptions. Moving down our knowledge funnel, kids can create their own contraptions and share them with the world. It's a digital sandbox that promotes creativity by experimenting with logical cause and effect consequences.

    A key component of excelling in a STEM career is learning via experimentation, which often means testing an idea, failing, reviewing the idea, and trying a new idea. Traditional teaching methods don't often have the latitude to encourage failure. However, experimentation and failure are key components in Contraption Maker. You learn by "failing" and testing new theories, and it is meant to be fun, not discouraging."
John Evans

Free Technology for Teachers: CNN Student News is Back for 2015-2016 - 4 views

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    "For years CNN Student News has been my go-to resource for current events lessons for middle school and high school students. This week CNN started to roll out new Student News episodes for the 2015-2016 school year.
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John Evans

Coding Camp for Minority Boys Where Mentors Make a Big Difference | MindShift | KQED News - 0 views

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    "On the second floor of Morgan State University's engineering building, Jacob Walker, 12, is putting the finishing touches on a ruler he's just created.

    Not yet an actual ruler. One he's designing on the computer. He just needs to add his initials - then it's time to produce it on a 3-D printer.

    Jacob starts seventh grade in the fall and has big dreams. Building this ruler is all part of the plan.

    "When I was a child," he says, "I loved to play with Legos, and it inspired me to be an engineer when I get older."

    Jacob is one of some 50 boys in this free, four-week camp at Morgan State. It's called the Minority Male Makers Program - paid for by Verizon."
John Evans

The 2 Food 3D Printers you Absolutely Need in your Kitchen | The *Official AndreasCY* |... - 0 views

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    "Have you ever watched an episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation where they used a Replicator to make something out of thin air? Have you ever thought it would be cool to have that technology, but never thought that it would be achieved in your lifetime? 3D printers have made this a possibility and bridged the gap between reality and science fiction. There's even a few build it yourself and DIY printers that are on the market as well.

    Transforming the Food Industry

    In terms of Food 3D Printers for consumers, there are plenty of options available. Right now the technology isn't as advanced as what was shown on Star Trek, but this is just the early stages. "
John Evans

Private school success due to better students, not better schools, StatsCan says - Cana... - 0 views

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    "Students at Canadian private schools have more educational success than their public school peers because of their backgrounds and classmates, not the schools themselves, Statistics Canada says in a new report.

    The study followed 7,142 Grade 10 students, focusing on standardized test scores in reading, math and science at age 15, as well as the educational qualifications they had earned by age 23.

    Private school students had better test scores (about nine per cent higher on average) and more educational success after high school.

    None of the differences, however, could be attributed to school resources and practices, Statistics Canada says."
John Evans

Gold in faeces 'worth millions' - BBC News - 1 views

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    "US researchers are investigating ways to extract the gold and precious metals from human faeces.
    The group identified gold in waste from American sewage treatment plants at levels which if found in rock could be worth mining.
    Details were outlined at the 249th national meeting of the American Chemical Society (ACS) in Denver."
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