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Five ways teachers use Lego creatively in class | Teacher Network | The Guardian - 3 views

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    "Hearing a child say they spent their school day playing with Lego may not go down well with parents. But these little bricks could become a fixture in maths lessons thanks to a new programme devised by the toy company.

    Primary schools have long used Lego informally to teach. However, this month Lego Education is launching a new programme, MoreToMaths, a global scheme especially designed to help teachers tackle key stage 1 maths on the national curriculum using the toys.

    The MoreToMaths kit, including lesson plans and teaching guides, costs £750 for a class of 30. While some may be sceptical about Lego's move into education - and the price that may deter state schools - many teachers have already found cost-effective ways to use Lego in lessons.

    We gathered these fun ideas from our teaching community."
John Evans

Perceptions of BYOT | BYOT Network - 0 views

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    "In the above illustration, what is the student doing? Here are some possibilities…

    conducting research
    creating a project
    texting a parent, friend, or teacher
    watching a video
    playing a game
    reading a news article
    As educators, we could argue the instructional merits of what is happening with the smartphone that the student is holding. Many of our initial thoughts and concerns are framed by our own perceptions and experiences of how we personally use technology.

    I read a heavily circulated article this week that detailed some research from the UK on the banning of students personal technology tools. This research revealed that students perform better on standardized tests when their schools ban the use of personal mobile devices. Apparently, this improved performance was due to the lack of distractions. Obviously, I can't argue with the research, but I do have several questions and thoughts related to the focus of this study and the topic of banning students' technology tools."
John Evans

Introduction to Geographical Information Systems (GIS) - Canvas Network | Free online c... - 0 views

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    "GIS (Geographical Information Systems) is everywhere. From your smartphone to your tablet, location enabled devices are present in almost every household. With over 80% of all data having some type of spatial (or geographical) component, GIS and the principles of geographic data have relevancy everywhere. This course will introduce students to GIS and the principles of spatial data in their personal life as well as applications of GIS across various industries. Major components of the course include computer representation of geographic information, the basics of GIS databases, spatial analysis with GIS, and application areas of GIS. At the end of the course, students will have an understanding of elementary GIS theory and examples of GIS-based solutions in the world around them."
John Evans

Brain science: the answer to helping primary pupils cope with exam stress | Teacher Net... - 2 views

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    "Exam season can be especially stressful for children in primary school; many of their high-brain neural networks, which manage emotions such as stress, won't have been built yet.

    Neuro-imaging research shows that stress blocks communication from the upper cognitive brain down to the brain's lower core, which is more emotionally reactive. This means that just when children need it most, they have limited access to the upper-brain regions that helpself-control, and access to their high-brain cortex where the memories they need are stored. Under pressure students can become emotional and find it hard to remember vital information."
John Evans

Why did Manitoba students perform so poorly on the latest national school report? | Evi... - 2 views

  • Many will point fingers at educators and call for changes in the education system — and ask why changes that have been implemented over the last several years have not been effective. But research done at the Manitoba Centre for Health Policy (MCHP) suggests that we have to go beyond educators if we want to find out why Manitoba scores are at the bottom. It is beyond the education system where changes will have to happen if we want to improve the performance of Manitoba students, and ultimately, improve the life chances of our children and youth.
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    "Many will point fingers at educators and call for changes in the education system - and ask why changes that have been implemented over the last several years have not been effective. But research done at the Manitoba Centre for Health Policy (MCHP) suggests that we have to go beyond educators if we want to find out why Manitoba scores are at the bottom. It is beyond the education system where changes will have to happen if we want to improve the performance of Manitoba students, and ultimately, improve the life chances of our children and youth."
John Evans

Handy Web Tools to Help You Grow Your Personal Learning Network ~ Educational Technolog... - 0 views

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    "Interested in expanding your Personal Learning Network over social media? Here are some tools to make you a social media pro."
Phil Taylor

http://tomorrow.org/speakup/pdfs/su13studentsreport.pdf - 0 views

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    Student Social Network Use Declines as Social Apps Move to Take Their Place
Phil Taylor

Report: Student Social Network Use Declines as Social Apps Move to Take Their Place -- ... - 1 views

  • Students were more likely than school principles, teachers and parents to say that social media tools are an important part of school technology. Parents were the least likely.
John Evans

3 Resources to Build Your Personal Learning Network - 0 views

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    "Personal Learning Networks are becoming a popular way to learn from other educators. But how do you get started in creating a personal learning network, or PLN? I've put together a quick list of 3 resources that educators are using to build PLNs:"
John Evans

ASCD Express 8.09 - The What and Why of a Professional Learning Network - 1 views

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    "No matter how old the profession, those who work in a particular field have always had the ability to communicate with one another to compare notes and improve services. The form of communication began with face-to-face contact in early civilization and evolved to a more digital form in today's age of technological advances. Technology has always improved communication methods by enabling all-not just professionals-the ability to consult, collaborate, and learn from others. This has progressed from the earliest printing presses to the most recent smartphones."
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Four Free Tools that every Administrator should Know About - 0 views

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    There are certain tools which an administrator should know. Thus, cover up this tutorial to come across these tools.
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