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John Evans

Encouraging Diverse Learners in Computer Science and Engineering | EdSurge News - 0 views

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    "Encouraging diverse participation in STEM in middle school is crucial. Students who do not have STEM opportunities in middle school and high school are very unlikely to take those opportunities in college. We are committed to offering creative learning experiences and the best career opportunities for all kids. How do we recruit and retain a diverse student body in elective STEM classes such as computer science and engineering?

    For your students who don't typically identify as "engineers"-many female and minority students as well as some boys-what motivates them to sign up for, and become invested in, an engineering class or activity?

    While we don't claim to have completely cracked the code, focusing on this effort has made us better, more culturally inclusive teachers, and we believe our students will be better off in the long term because of sustained efforts to broaden access to CS and engineering."
John Evans

10 Popular Apps for English Language Learners and Teachers | Getting Smart - 1 views

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    "The spike in the number of technology-enabled classrooms in the past few years clearly indicates what a crucial role technology already plays when it comes to education.

    The dawn of mobile phones has changed the way people access information. Almost everything we need is available at our fingertips and available on demand. The fact that the current breed of students is comfortable using cool new gadgets only goes to show that the influence of technology is here to stay.

    The market is full of apps that make any classroom an interesting place for both students and teachers. From easy-to-use user interfaces, to customizable features to suit individual needs, these apps have been built to deliver great user experience. My experience using these below listed apps has been great. While some of them were recommended to me by my colleagues, a few others were suggested by my students. I've greatly benefitted from their uber cool features and I hope you will, too. Here is my favorites list:"
John Evans

Reading "Visible Learners" Through the Lens of Documentation | Silvia Tolisano- Langwit... - 0 views

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    "I am reading Visible Learners by Mara Krechevsky, Ben Mardell, Melissa Rivards and Daniel Wilson.

    In an effort to document my reading, I am choosing to tweet quotes that resonate with me through the lens of my work around documentation as/for learning.

    You can follow the curation of these tweets, as I am reading, in the storify slidedeck below."
John Evans

Teaching computational thinking without using a computer | Technology for Learners - 3 views

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    "omputational thinking is one of the core objectives that runs through the computing program of study in England from Key Stage 1 to Key Stage 4. Before computers can be used to solve a problem, computational thinking refers to understanding the problem itself and the ways in which it could be resolved. Software engineers and computer scientists for example, routinely engage in computational thinking. As a higher order thinking skill, computational thinking has applications both across and beyond the school curriculum.

    There are four key techniques to computational thinking:

    Abstraction - focusing on the important information only, ignoring irrelevant details
    Algorithms - developing a step-by-step solution to the problem
    Decomposition - breaking down the problem into smaller, more manageable parts
    Logic - looking for similarities among and within problems

    Learning to program is one of the best ways to develop computational thinking, as it uses each one of these techniques. My intention here is to show an example of a lesson in which computational thinking is taught at Key Stage 1 (5 to 7 years) through programming. I took the lesson plan (attached above) from The Barefoot Computing Project and I taught it to my 1st grade class last week.  It required the children to work in pairs to create step-by-step instructions through pictures.  The pairs then swapped each other's instructions, which they used to draw the 'crazy character' that the other child had in mind."
John Evans

Robotics Across the Curriculum For Your Youngest Learners - Krissy Venosdale - 1 views

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    "Why is robotics awesome?  Because it can fit ANYWHERE in the curriculum.  It's problem solving, critical thinking, cooperative learning, collaboration, play, exploration, creativity, and grit… all in one.    It's often thought of as an afterschool program or an enrichment.  But robotics should be part of the everyday classroom.  Why? Because it has so much to offer."
John Evans

Maker Education: Reaching All Learners | Edutopia - 0 views

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    "At Albemarle County Public Schools, maker education fosters student autonomy, ignites student interest, and empowers students to embrace their own learning."
John Evans

Hands-On Apps for Diverse Learners | Edutopia - 1 views

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    "Using games to teach can increase student engagement and add meaning to learning. Hands-on apps give children the ability to mix tactile play with a digital experience. Thanks to augmented reality, more and more apps in the market blur the line between digital and analog. For example, Bloxels, new from Pixel Press, uses color-coded blocks that can be scanned in with an iPad camera to create a video game level. Osmo is another digital/analog blend. The kit includes a stand and a reflector for an iPad camera, enabling users to play with physical tangram puzzles or word games."
John Evans

Making a Mousetrap Racer - YouTube - 0 views

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    "A simple and fun engineering activity for your students! Be sure to follow everyone's progress at #YQRMouseRace"
John Evans

Blogging is Alive and Well for Leaders, Learners and Lead Generators | Getting Smart - 1 views

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    "In 2009 some folks said Twitter would kill blogging. Six years later, longform is flourishing.

    Some english teachers still worry that texting and social media damages student writing, but look at all the great new content sites full of great stories and useful information!

    What caused this resurgence of writing? We think it's new platforms, advocacy, content marketing, and a little edu blogging."
John Evans

Five-Minute Film Festival: Classroom Makeovers to Engage Learners | Edutopia - 3 views

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    "Most educators have little choice about the (usually) over-crowded, (often) unappealing rooms they teach in -- but they intuitively know that the spaces children spend their time in can have an effect on how they learn. I've gathered a collection of videos to explore the questions: How important is environment to learning? And what small changes can you make in seating, organization, lighting, and decor to build your own space into a better place to teach and learn?"
John Evans

Show Learners the Possibilities . . . And Then Get Out of the Way | User Generated Educ... - 0 views

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    "We are living in an age of advanced user-driven technologies, information abundance, and networked, participatory learning. It should logically follow, then, that education should take advantage of these amazing developments. As many of us in education know, it has not. This theme has permeated many of my blog posts:"
John Evans

Summer Readings on Differentiation: 150+ Seedlings for Growing Stronger Learners | Edut... - 0 views

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    The time between the end of one school year and the beginning of the next is a season for reflection and renewal. It's important to celebrate student successes and recall challenging times when things just didn't go as planned. This season between school years is an opportunity to plan for new and modified instructional approaches to increase learner success. What follows are suggested readings and resources for developing and deepening your practice to meet the diverse needs of all learners. The readings are grouped from easy starts to deeper complex implementation. Like Steve Jobs, feel free to choose what captures your passion.
John Evans

Promises to My Learners as a Maker Educator | User Generated Education - 0 views

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    "For the past couple of weeks, I have been preparing to teach a summer school/camp on maker education (see http://www.makereducation.com/summer-camp-schedule.html). As part of my preparation, I decided compose a list of promises to my learners as a maker educator."
John Evans

Educators Teaching Learners; Educators Teaching Educators; Learners Teaching Learners; ... - 1 views

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    "Googler to Googler places employees from across departments into teaching roles. Classes taught Googler to Googler-everything from kickboxing to parenting- are initiated and designed by employees. Telling your employees that you want them to learn is different than asking them to promote that culture themselves. Giving employees teaching roles makes learning part of the way employees work together. It's a remarkable thing to put someone in teaching mode. In a way, you get to see the best of them. (Here's A Google Perk Any Company Can Imitate: Employee-To-Employee Learning)"
John Evans

4 Amazingly Easy Steps to Engage Learners: Infographic - Brilliant or Insane - 3 views

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    "You want to engage learners, and it should be easy, right? Of course, inspiring every student to interact with assignments and lessons is a teacher's most imposing challenge.

    This infographic, from teacher Jeni Day, outlines four amazingly easy ways to engage learners. Day adds practical tips for evaluating learning, which we find brilliant because they are student centered and involve meaningful feedback."
John Evans

4 Top Educational Tools for Visual Learners - 7 views

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    "With the assistance of mobile technology, visual learners are given more opportunity to make the learning experience easier, more interactive, and fun. These people are able to comprehend words into pictures in their head and vice versa, according to a study by Penn Psychology. They are able to learn faster with the help of visual content, either as a photo or a video. This is not at all surprising as a recent study by the American researchers revealed that a human brain is able to process images in 13 milliseconds.

    Today, there are applications that are able to help simplify the learning process while on-the-go for visual learners. Here are the top educational tools you must try:"
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