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Nigel Coutts

Constructing a positive classroom culture - The Learner's Way - 0 views

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    How might we shape that culture and how will we understand the many forces at work? Understanding the culture of class or perhaps even a school is an important element of our teaching but realising the complexity of this task must come first.
John Evans

Using LEGO to Build Math Concepts | Scholastic.com - 4 views

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    "I was not one of those LEGO® kids growing up. Sure, my brothers had LEGO bricks, and every so often I'd kidnap some tiny LEGO men for a make-believe game. But I didn't truly appreciate the engineering capacity of those studded plastic bricks. They were just so rigidly rectangular!
    As an adult, I've come to appreciate LEGO, both for its rectilinear aesthetic, and even more so, for its mathematical might. In the classroom, the tiny bricks are now my favorite possibility-packed math manipulative! Read on for a sampling of math activities that use LEGO pieces to build and reinforce key math concepts."
Nigel Coutts

Revealing our Lifelong Learning - 7 views

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    Few would argue that life-long learning is a worthy goal with real benefits for our long term mental health and happiness. Engaging with new ideas, concepts and ways of doing things is the ideal strategy for a healthy mind and a disposition towards better understanding the world and challenging our entrenched beliefs.
John Evans

11 toys for teaching kids STEM - 1 views

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    "According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), employment in occupations related to STEM is projected to grow to more than 9 million between 2012 and 2022. And the Global Stem Alliance estimates that 75% of all jobs will require STEM expertise by 2018.

    SEE ALSO: 6 awesome ways to bring your kids' ideas to life with 3D printing

    Certainly that's a clear indication that STEM should be an integral part of school curriculums.

    Introducing these topics in an approachable way that both engages and educates kids, is possible without having to implement complex coding classes and HTML 101 in elementary school. Thanks to a slew of wildly innovative and imaginative toys out there - like the 11 below - kids can start developing the skills necessary for an increasingly digital world"
Nigel Coutts

Predictions for Education in 2016 - 3 views

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    The start of a new year brings the perfect opportunity to consider the time ahead and make some predictions for what might be the next big thing. With change as inevitable as taxes a new year is likely to see new ideas bubble to the fore and some old ways of doing things shift into the background.
John Evans

Two Must Have Resources for Teaching Reading ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning - 2 views

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    "Starting from next week, EdTech and mLearning will be featuring a series of posts on the best educational web tools and mobile apps we have covered during this year. Today as we were working on some literacy and language arts' tools we thought to give a quick shout-out to two of the best resources to help you with the teaching of reading. These websites provide a wide range of materials (lessons plans, interactives, printables, graphic organizers...etc) all of which are designed specifically to help students develop their reading skills and become better readers."
John Evans

Don't Take Down the Coding Decorations | My Experiments in Teaching and Learning - 1 views

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    "This year's Hour of Code has received unprecedented coverage.  Hadi Padovi from code.org opened the Nasdaq stock exchange and celebrities came out in full force to push computer science.  We heard the same alarming statistics that 95% of CS jobs will go unfilled.  Millions of students worldwide participated in activities that resembled puzzles.  Padovi tweeted a reply to me when I asked how the popularity of HOC compared to last year:



    As good as the activities are, they lack some needed elements.  The Hour of Code activities are not tied into curriculum. They are a one day event centred on puzzles.  One hour is not enough.  I would draw a parallel by saying we do not host "hour of gym" or "hour of music" activities once each year.

    What happens now?  The need for students to learn code and computer science will not disappear over this week.   In fact, we resolved very little.  My hope is that this week will be a springboard for more coding.  If students are to benefit from Hour of Code, we need to:

    Bring Coding into the existing curriculum and into the classroom
    Push STEM and find ways to bring it to every school
    Ensure that every teacher and student is aware of coding, CS and STEM
    Work with High Schools and the job sector to facilitate these programs"
John Evans

Home Page : nrich.maths.org - 2 views

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    "We have homes for students of different ages, and we have homes for teachers of different age groups. If you are a parent or carer, we suggest that you start with the Teacher Guide.

    In your home you'll find the latest resources we have added to our collections, and we'll keep you up to date with open problems and events."
Nigel Coutts

The Joy of Teaching - 2 views

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    For teachers in Australia the year is drawing rapidly to a close. It is a time for packing away classrooms, taking down displays of student learning and saying farewell to students as they move on to new classes. At the ending of one year it is worth taking a moment to ponder what is so remarkable about teaching as a profession.
John Evans

It's Not About the Device, It's About What You Do With It | EdSurge News - 0 views

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    "Education technology devices have become symbolic of the efforts to transform US education through blended and personalized learning--and desktops, laptops, and tablets are quickly becoming ubiquitous in education.

    Devices are crucial as a conduit for content; however, they do not directly improve learning outcomes.
    These tangible examples are, with the exception of few dazzling products, nearly indistinguishable. When we are shown images of technology enhancing education, it is rarely a picture of particular software or data systems--it is a student with a device.

    Devices are crucial as a conduit for content; however, they do not directly improve learning outcomes."
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