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Fostering a Constructionist Learning Environment, the Qualities of a Maker-Educator | F... - 2 views

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    "So what qualities would a teacher possess in a constructionist environment and how would these superheroes behave? Thank you to FabLearn Fellows Mark Schreiber and Erin Riley for their feedback for this post. They are quoted below from our small group meeting on April 7th. Here is a list of top five qualities and behaviors to keep in your tool kit for fostering a constructionist learning environment."
John Evans

Lisa Nielsen: The Innovative Educator: 5 Components Necessary for A Successful School E... - 0 views

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    "The Managing Complex Change model puts language to that which makes some schools successful while others struggle. The model looks at five components necessary to create a desired environment. These include vision, skills, incentives, resources, action plan. If any one piece is missing the model indicates results schools will experience including change, confusion, anxiety, gradual change, frustration, and a false start.

    When thinking of successful schools such as Science Leadership Academy, The MET, The Island School, The iSchool, you will find they have all those components in place. On the other hand, when I hear teachers lamenting about their school failures, the model brings clarity to the fact that one or more of these components are missing.


    Below is the chart that lays this out. Following the chart, I'll take a look at what each missing component might look like in a school environment. As you read, consider which, if any are components, are missing at your school.
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    Lack of Vision = Confusion
    When I hear exasperated teachers spinning their wheels, working so hard to get ready for all the various mandates and requirements, but never feeling a sense of accomplishment, it is clear there is not a tangible school vision that has been communicated. In some cases this is because what is being imposed does or can not reconcile with what the school wanted for their vision.

    Skill Deficit = Anxiety
    My heart goes out to those with a skill deficit. They are required to implement a curriculum they are not trained in using or being evaluated via measures with which they are not familiar. Or…they are put into a position they were not trained for or prepared to embrace. Social media provides a great medium for helping these teachers get up to speed, but when the outreach occurs, the anxiety is abundantly clear.

    Lack of Incentives = Gradual Change
    It is not unusual for innovative educators to feel like and be perceived as misfits. Islands onto their own
John Evans

4 Tech Tips to Create a Collaborative Learning Environment - 3 views

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    "After two years of having iPads in our first grade classroom, I've found a few strategies that work to set up a successful and collaborative learning environment. We use our set of iPads to connect, create, share, and much more. However, without a few expectations and procedures our room would be chaos! So here are a few strategies for successful collaboration that can be applied to just about any technology in your classroom."
John Evans

10 Characteristics Of A Highly Effective Learning Environment - 0 views

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    "Wherever we are, we'd all like to think our classrooms are "intellectually active" places. Progressive learning (like our 21st Century Model, for example) environments. Highly effective and conducive to student-centered learning. But what does that mean?

    The reality is, there is no single answer because teaching and learning are awkward to consider as single events or individual "things." This is all a bunch of rhetoric until we put on our white coats and study it under a microscope, at which point abstractions like curiosity, authenticity, self-knowledge, and affection will be hard to pin down.

    So we put together one take on the characteristics of a highly effective classroom. They can act as a kind of criteria to measure your own against-see if you notice a pattern."
John Evans

Science Behind the "Global Warming Pause" - 0 views

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    "The suggestion that global warming has stopped is "nonsense," climatologist Richard Alley of Penn State University said last fall. The fact that the year 2012 was no warmer than 2002, he said, ignores the long-term trend of warming.

    But scientists say that trend has been partially obscured by the ocean, which is likely absorbing the excess heat."
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Lisa Nielsen: The Innovative Educator: 5 reasons cell phones benefit a 1:1 environment - 4 views

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    "Go into any office today and you'll notice that 1:1 does not exist. To operate effectively in today's workplace, at the very least, a 2:1 environment, with a computer and a phone, is required. It's likely that there are one or two other devices in use as well. This is the world for which we have to prepare today's students.


    Not only is it beneficial to support students with their success in school environments that look like real-life environments, it is also beneficial to schools."
John Evans

Creating a "Least Restrictive Environment" with Mobile Devices | Edutopia - 0 views

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    "The U.S. Individuals with Disabilities Education Act defines the concept of the Least Restrictive Environment as the opportunity for a student with a disability to be "provided with supplementary aids and services necessary to achieve educational goals if placed in a setting with non-disabled peers." (Daniel R.r. v. State Bd. of Educ., 874 F.2d 1036, 1050, 5th Cir.1989) This concept of providing students with "supplementary aids and services necessary to achieve educational goals" could be applied to all students. By leveraging the capabilities of mobile devices, teachers can support their students in creating a personalized learning environment with the least number of barriers. "
John Evans

Learning Environment: 20 Things Educators Need to Know about Learning Spaces - 0 views

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    "he 21st century is challenging old notions of learning spaces.

    The idea that students must be seated at desks working in rows is quickly becoming archaic. Technology and collaborative work environments are changing the design of learning spaces. Experts hope that the emerging paradigm will translate into improved learning spaces and influence future architectural design."
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Environment for inquiry… | Inquire Within - 7 views

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    A must see video "The Potter" is included in this post!
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