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John Evans

School Makerspaces: Building the Buzz | Edutopia - 0 views

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    "If you build it, will they come? Just because you create a makerspace (PDF) in your school doesn't guarantee that your community will embrace it. Students who have had all personal choice removed by traditional educational models can be passive and feel overwhelmed when faced with real-world problems or design challenges. Academic passivity is common in schools where students swallow content and regurgitate it on multiple-choice tests. Students simply want to know how to get the "A." This type of learning does not stick.

    Teachers may find the role of facilitator (or "guide on the side") uncomfortable if they are used to being the "sage on the stage." New technology in these spaces may be intimidating. Teachers need encouragement and professional development to change their mindsets and become facilitators of learning.

    How do you change your culture and ensure that your shiny new makerspace will empower students to acquire 21st-century skills? How do you change the culture of student apathy to encourage a mindset of doing? Follow these steps and design tips to build a culture of making and active learning."
John Evans

Engaging Students Through the Arts, Sports and Community Service: Why Kids Ne... - 2 views

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    "Every child deserves the opportunity to shine, whether academically, through the arts, in sports or via community service. School districts throughout our country work to fulfill their mission to provide these opportunities, first by offering the most robust curriculum possible. Financial strains, however, can often limit extracurricular activities. Yet we can all remember from our own experience that schools, at their best, provide an array of performing and visual arts programming and a wide variety of sports and community service clubs.

    Numerous studies support engaging students in such a broad range of activities. In fact, as noted by John H. Holloway, a consultant for the teaching and learning division of the Educational Testing Service (ETS) in Princeton, New Jersey, limiting outside activities can have a negative effect for students:"
John Evans

Maker Ed Community - 0 views

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    "Join a network of fellow maker educators on our Google+ Community. We welcome your ideas, successes, stories, and challenges as you engage in making experiences with the youth in your community. Anyone interested in topics surrounding making and education are encouraged to participate. Please spread the word!

    If you're interested in contributing to Maker Ed's Resource Library, don't hesitate to submit your favorite resources directly to the Google+ Community by posting a link and short description to the "Resources" category. This Resource Library is an ever-changing, evolving collection, and using its guidelines, Maker Ed is excited to regularly review incoming resource submissions from the greater community of educators and makers. We will let you know if/when we add it to the library!"
John Evans

Using Google Forms to Reach Out to your School Community - 2 views

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    "It's one of Google's most versatile offerings and one that educators have found endless applications for. Google Forms can be used for anything from assessment to just-in-time learning.  In this module we want to focus on some of the out-of-classroom uses of Google Forms and look at how you can use it to communicate and learn from parents, friends and the broader school community."
John Evans

Strengthening School Community Brings Gains in Academic Achievement | Edutopia - 2 views

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    "Dialogue circles, arts programming, and team-building activities create a positive school culture and support academic growth at Glenview Elementary School."
John Evans

Creating a Community of Learners With Coding - Edudemic - 1 views

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    "Professional coders work collaboratively, and rarely does a computer scientist create a program solely on their own. Every successful programming project evolves as a result of Iterations of code, the merging of ideas, and the contributions of the individual team members. Not only does coding empower students to think logically and critically, to collaborate, and to create meaningful learning, but it also provides them an authentic opportunity to develop critical communication and collaboration skills."
John Evans

Community_Made with Code - 0 views

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    "We started Made with Code because even though increasingly more aspects in our lives are powered by technology, women aren't represented in the companies, labs, research, creative arts, design, organizations, and boardrooms that make technology happen.

    If girls are inspired to see that Computer Science can make the world more beautiful, more usable, more safe, more kind, more innovative, more healthy, and more funny, then hopefully they will begin to contribute their essential voices. As parents, teachers, organizations, and companies we're making it our mission to creatively engage girls with code.

    Today, less than 1% of girls are majoring in CS.

    Tomorrow, we can make that number go up."
John Evans

Creating a Community for Students Blogging in Math | Mathlete Blogs - 10 views

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    "Over the summer, I have been blogging about Redefining Learning in the Mathematics Classroom through the use of individual student blogs. After hearing about the great things going on in Kristen Wideen's classroom and her use of QuadBlogging for creating a Primary Blogging Community, I have been inspired to attempt modifying a similar approach for blogging in mathematics."
John Evans

Building Community Activities Just for You | Blogging Through the Fourth Dimension - 4 views

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    "Every year I try to have various community building activities for the kids to do on those first few days of school. And while I detest ice breakers, in 5th grade, we do like the occasional get to know me activity. Though the years I have used various scavenger hunts, time capsules, and bingo games to get to know them a bit better, to get them to know each other, and also for me to keep until the end of the year. Then when summer beckons and we cannot believe that the year is over, I pull out the forgotten letters, the time capsules, the about me's, and we reminisce and we laugh and we shake our heads at the answers we gave so long ago.

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John Evans

Cultivating a Learning Community with BYOT | BYOT Network - 0 views

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    "A goal of the BYOT classroom is to develop resilient students who own the learning process, just as they own their personal technology tools. Resiliency is the ability to overcome challenges and bounce back, and it is essential to a person's long term success and happiness. One way to develop resiliency is to cultivate a learning community or a community of practice that includes the teacher as well as the students."
John Evans

Twitter is the best education PD, Period! And it's free! - South Euclid, OH, United Sta... - 4 views

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    "Since I was wake at 5 AM on a Saturday (don't ask), I figured it was a good time to update my Personal Learning Network on Twitter. For years, I've been saying Twitter is the best free professional development tool available; I even teach an online course at two colleges on the subject."
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