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John Evans

Creating a Classroom Culture of Laughter | Edutopia - 1 views

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    "In the age of technology, when students use online databases for home research and when Khan Academy tutorials personalize learning, why does the 21st-century student come to school?

    They come to see their friends. They come for the community. They come to be part of a classroom culture that motivates them to stick with the online tutorial and write that last paragraph in an essay.

    For my first seven years of teaching, I spent the first week discussing class norms, dutifully posting group expectations on the wall, and asking that students sign an agreement to follow them in an effort to "determine class culture."

    Turns out there's a quicker, more fun way to establish a positive atmosphere. With a little reinforcement, this positive culture lasts past the honeymoon of the first two weeks and into the second quarter when the gloves come off.

    The secret is improv games. I call them warm-ups and play them once a week at the beginning of class. Many students tell me that warm-ups are the best part of their day."
John Evans

Free Technology for Teachers: Tools for Creating, Hosting, and Printing Infographics - 4 views

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    "About a week ago I was asked if I could write a post about tools for making infographics with students. A well constructed infographic can convey a lot of information in a compact, visually-pleasing manner. The process of creating a good infographic requires students to analyze and succinctly summarize data and facts that they've gathered through research. Here are some good tools that students can use to create infographics."
Phil Taylor

Teachers' Interactive Guide to Creating Professionally Looking Presentations Using Keyn... - 5 views

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    "Keynote is one of the best presentation apps out there. We have repeatedly featured it in several of our app lists in the past. Keynote provides users with a bunch of powerful features that makes creating professionally looking presentations 'as easy as touching and tapping'. Some of these features include: users can work collaboratively on a single presentation in realtime; select from a wide variety of Apple-designed themes; add animations, charts, cinematic transitions and several other elements to your presentations; use a wide variety of predefined text styles and interactive features; present your slideshows live from Mac, iPad or any other iOS enabled device and many more.

    In today's post we are sharing with you two great guides designed and shared by Apple Education. The purpose of the guides is to help teachers make the best of Keynote on both iPad and Mac. The guides are free to download and read on your iBooks. Enjoy"
John Evans

7 Tips for Creating an Irresistible Curriculum - 4 views

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    "Every student has made this claim at least once before. As students make their way through their academic career, they often question the importance and applicability of their lessons. It is not only evident in this common statement, but also in the many blank stares and falling heads as students fall asleep. Is our content doomed to boredom? How can we present it so that students are excited to learn?

    Below, I will share with you some questions to ask yourself to help you create a curriculum that students will not be able to get enough of!"
John Evans

Teachers Guide to Creating Google Plus Collections for Your Class ~ Educational Technol... - 2 views

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    "Google Plus has recently introduced an interesting new feature called Collections which is basically a curating tool that resembles Pinterest. You can easily create collections where you can organize and group posts by topic. 'Each collection can be shared publicly, privately, or with a custom set of people. Once you create your first collection, your profile will display a new tab where other people can find and follow your collections.'
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John Evans

Great iPad apps for creating art | #stateoftheART by Creatubbles - 0 views

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    "For those lucky enough to have an iPad in the art room, there are a number of creative apps just waiting to be enjoyed. We've done a round-up of just some of the fantastic ones out there.

    But before you dive in, remember to set up a free account on Creatubbles, so that you can store and share all of the great results!"
John Evans

Maths anxiety is creating a shortage of young scientists ... here's a solution - 3 views

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    "Does the thought of doing long division, or solving a bit of algebra give you the shivers? You're likely to have maths anxiety. In our recent research, my colleagues and I found that in 80% of countries, girls have more negative feelings towards maths than boys.

    But this higher level of maths anxiety in girls is not justified by their actual level of performance and may put them off continuing a career in maths-related subjects, such as physics and computer science."
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