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Nigel Coutts

Thinking in the Wild - Thinking routines beyond the classroom - The Learner's Way - 0 views

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    Despite this being a 'thinking' conference, despite us all being advocates for structured and scaffolded models of thinking, not one group had applied any thinking routines, utilised a collaborative planning protocol or talked about applying an inquiry model or design thinking cycle. It wasn't that we didn't know about them. It wasn't that we don't know how to use them. It wasn't that we don't value them. We had all the knowledge we could desire on the how to and the why of a broad set of thinking tools and anyone of these would have enhanced the process, but we did not use any of them. Why was this the case and what does this reveal about our teaching of these methods to our students?
Keri-Lee Beasley

Gene Luen Yang: Comics belong in the classroom | TED Talk - 3 views

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    "Comic books and graphic novels belong in every teacher's toolkit, says cartoonist and educator Gene Luen Yang. Set against the backdrop of his own witty, colorful drawings, Yang explores the history of comics in American education -- and reveals some unexpected insights about their potential for helping kids learn."
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    Super talk from Gene Luen Yang about why comics belong in the classroom.
John Evans

5 Tips for Successful Classroom Green Screen Projects - The TeacherCast Educational Net... - 0 views

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    "The coolest thing I ever brought into my teaching practice is Greenscreen technology. It makes the videos I create more interesting and gives my students creative superpowers.



    Greenscreen technology is an inexpensive technology to support, once you already have devices in your classroom. Teachers can get started with classroom greenscreen effects without spending anything on an app and very little on supplies. Here are my top 5 tips for getting started with green screen in the classroom."
John Evans

The 10 Best VR Apps for Classrooms Using Merge VR's New Merge Cube | EdSurge News - 6 views

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    "Recently, the world of virtual reality was shaken up when the popular Merge Cube by Merge VR dropped in price from $15 to just a dollar at many Walmart stores. When using specific apps, these cubes showcase different experiences as you rotate the block around with your hands. If you haven't held a Merge Cube yet, they're made of a soft rubber material that's comparable to a stiffer stress ball. (If you want to test out the apps first, you can print out a temporary paper cube.)"
John Evans

From Fortnite to the classroom: the 'floss' dance craze sweeping schools | Tes News - 1 views

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    "Fidget spinners, dabbing, bottle flipping… teachers can find it hard to keep up with every new fad, so here's the low down on the floss dance and how to deal with it in your classroom."
John Evans

The dying art of storytelling in the classroom - 1 views

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    "Storytelling may be as old as the hills but it remains one of the most effective tools for teaching and learning. A good story can make a child (or adult) prick up their ears and settle back into their seat to listen and learn.

    But despite the power a great story can have, storytelling has an endangered status in the classroom - partly due to a huge emphasis on "active learning" in education. This is the idea that pupils learn best when they are doing something - or often, "seen to be doing" something.

    Any lesson in which a teacher talks for 15 or more uninterrupted minutes would be regarded today as placing pupils in too passive a role. Indeed, even in English lessons teachers now very rarely read a whole poem or book chapter to pupils, something which now worries even OFSTED.

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John Evans

Free Technology for Teachers: Edublogs Publishes an Extensive Guide to Classroom Podcas... - 1 views

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    "Podcasting has had a resurgence over the last couple of years. Part of that resurgence is due to the increase in easy-to-use tools for creating podcasts as well as an increase in platforms through which you can listen to podcasts. Anchor.fm is one of those easy-to-use podcast creation tools. I featured it in a video in my tip of the week in late February. The folks at Edublogs were kind enough to share it with their followers and include it in their new comprehensive guide to classroom podcasting."
John Evans

10 Reasons To Use Inquiry-Based Learning In Your Classroom - - 1 views

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    "We've talked about how and when to use inquiry-based learning-and apps for inquiry-based learning, too.

    What we haven't done-explicitly anyway-is looked at the reasons for doing so. While the benefits might seem obvious (student-centeredness, critical thinking, self-directed learning, etc.), the graphic above by famed sketch-noter Sylvia Duckworth based on a session by Trevor Mackenzie captures a lot of these ideas in a single visual."
John Evans

Integrating Computational Thinking into Your Elementary Classroom - 2 views

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    "Computer science education is not a new field. Much of what we know about the pedagogy and content for elementary students comes from Seymour Papert's research on teaching elementary students to code back in the 1970's and 80's. But, as we shift from labs and one-off classrooms to a broad expansion for all students in every classroom K-12, we are seeing changes to how computer science is taught. This means we are working in a rapidly evolving field (insert metaphor of building a plane while flying it). Over time, we have gone from a focus on coding (often in isolation) to a more broad idea of computer science as a whole, and now to the refined idea of computational thinking as a foundational understanding for all students.

    Pause. You may be asking, "But wait, what's computational thinking again?" In her book Coding as a Playground, Marina Umaschi Bers explained: "The notion of computational thinking encompasses a broad set of analytic and problem-solving skills, dispositions, habits, and approaches most often used in computer science, but that can serve everyone." More simply, you can think of computational thinking as the thought processes involved in using algorithms to solve problems. Sheena Vaidyanathan writes some good articles explaining the differences between computer science, coding, and computational thinking here and here."
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