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Nigel Coutts

Lessons Learned - 6 views

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    With one term down now is the perfect time to look back and identify what has worked and suggest some areas for growth ahead of Term Two. - Stand Up Meetings, Genius Hour, Science, History, Optional Homework, Growth Mindsets
John Evans

STEM and the "Liberal Education" « Mr. Williams' STEM Education Blog - 1 views

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    "I read Fareed Zakaria's work often. He's a great journalist for the Washington Post and a TV news anchor with his own show on CNN. I dug into a piece yesterday he wrote titled "Why America's Obsession with STEM Education is Dangerous". Unlike Zakaria's articles on foreign policy, which are insightful, thought-provoking, and in-depth, this article paints an innacurate and overly-simplified picture of what STEM education is and should be. Worse yet, his argument injects dangerously reductive rhetoric into the public debate on education, where we already see heightened emotion and political division. Maybe this type of reaction is what Zakaria is aiming for. He releases a new book today on this same topic called "In Defense of a Liberal Education".

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John Evans

Professional Development: a recipe | Canadian Education Association (CEA) - 0 views

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    "The gift of time: Often underrated and underestimated

    Educators know there is much to investigate, debate, and expand on in our profession. Inevitably you will hear, "there doesn't seem to be enough time"…but time, we seem to find. Just go on Twitter and peruse for awhile, you will find dedicated educators taking risks, asking questions and issuing provocations to one another. We somehow find the time because we know our professional development (PD) is essential to the contribution we can make as teachers to student growth and innovative practices. Contrary to some current thinking out there, educators (and their practice) are always evolving, as is the curriculum that guides us.

    So given the gift of time, how do we use it most effectively or more so, in the most sustainable way? "
John Evans

10 Surprising Ways to Use Instagram in the Classroom - 2 views

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    "Move over, Facebook! If you teach middle or high schoolers, you know that Instagram is one of the most popular social media channels for teens and tweens today. And while it may not seem like it at first, there are many applications for Instagram in the classroom."
John Evans

Q: What makes Finnish teachers so special? A: It's not brains | Education | The Guardian - 0 views

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    "When my niece was finishing school in Finland, more than anything else she wanted to become a primary teacher. Despite her genuine interest in teaching she failed to get into a teacher education programme at the University of Helsinki. She was smart and bright, yet she was not deemed qualified.

    This is not unusual. Finnish universities regularly turn away applicants such as my niece to try again or to study something else. In fact, Finnish primary school teacher education programmes that lead to an advanced, research-based degree are so popular among young Finns that only one in 10 applicants is accepted each year. Those lucky students then have to study for five to six years before they are allowed to teach a class of their own."
John Evans

5 Ways to Use StumbleUpon in Education | Edudemic - 1 views

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    "hether you're a StumbleUpon aficionado or have yet to get to grips with this awesome content discovery site, keep reading, because it has the potential to be of real benefit in your classroom.

    Whilst StumbleUpon isn't the content discovery powerhouse it was back in January 2011, it's far from had its day. It's a powerful, user-friendly, educational tool that can help you become inspired, plan lessons, and connect with your students in a way that's significant to them."
John Evans

Sharing: A Responsibility of the Modern Educator | User Generated Education - 1 views

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    "As a follow-up to that post, I am amplifying my call to action to say that I believe it is the responsibility of every educator in this era of learning to share . . . resources, ideas, success, challenges, ahas, student insights, anything education related.

    Sharing takes on many forms. Educators can talk to colleagues, write blogs, tweet, present at conferences - both virtually and face to face, talk to the media, and/or create a media product - video, podcast, photo essay - and post online."
John Evans

Finland's Schools Are Overhauling The Way They Do Things. Here's How - 2 views

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    "Finland's education system, often held up as an exemplary model for the rest of the world, is on the verge of making some major changes.

    For years, Finland has led the pack in international test scores, becoming a source of fascination for education policymakers and experts. Now, the country is changing the way it teaches students. Going forward, Finnish schools will be placing less emphasis on individual subjects like math and history, and will instead focus on broader, more interdisciplinary topics. The goal, according to Finnish leaders, is to provide students with the necessary skills for a more technological, global society.

    Here are three things you need to know about Finland's changing education system:"
John Evans

10 Brilliant and Inspiring Education and Technology Experts I Follow, and Why - Emergin... - 0 views

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    "Like many of you, there are certain educators that I find frequently impact my thinking and teach me new things through their published works. Here I offer 10 of my favorites. Some of these passionate and informed minds have inspired me for years, and others I have become aware of more recently. Of course, there are plenty of other wonderful educators writing and sharing great ideas across the Web and in conferences and schools around the world every day, so I hope you - the reader - will share some of your favorites too!"
Nigel Coutts

Good To Great Advice for Growth Mindsets - 6 views

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    Recently I read 'Good to Great' by Jim Collins a book that describes the processes and structures that allowed eleven companies to transition from good to great and outperform the market by a factor of three for sustained periods. One story stands out as a metaphor for a growth mindset.
Phil Taylor

What No One Tells You About Social Media in Education - 2 views

  • Modeling and Teaching Appropriate Use isn’t Optional Anymore:
John Evans

Bridge the Physical-Digital Gap: QR Codes in the Classroom - 1 views

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    "In a digital world of links, likes, tweets and pins, there are very few mechanisms for connecting our ever expanding digital world with the physical one around us. QR codes are one of the simplest and most well established ways to make this connection, and for students it can create a number of unique and fun learning opportunities, meshing the digital and physical classroom.

    In the below presentation, cutting edge educator Denise Webster shares the tools she uses, as well as some real world examples for making the most of QR codes in the classroom."
Reynold Redekopp

Creating an Authentic Maker Education Rubric | Edutopia - 2 views

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    Creating an Authentic Maker Education Rubric
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