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John Evans

5 Reasons to Allow Texting in Class - Brilliant or Insane - 0 views

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    "Are  your students texting in class? Of course they are. A better question is, are you allowing your students to send text messages? If not, why?

    The picture above is what happens in most classes. Students hide their mobile devices and surreptitiously send text messages to their friends. In many cases they may be texting peers in the same room. Teachers fear this secret texting in class and, in many cases, ban the use of mobile devices entirely.

    A better practice is to embrace the mobile devices and the text messaging."
John Evans

3 Myth-Busting Reasons to Start Coding Even at an Older Age - 1 views

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    "Old people are out of touch with technology. That's the stereotype, anyway. With adages like "You can't teach an old dog new tricks" and "He can't change, he's already set in his ways", many of us assume that certain pursuits are for young people only - and programming is no exception.

    It's easy to see why this mentality is so pervasive. As a relative youngster myself, the programming world evolves so quickly that even I find it difficult to keep up. Most of what I learned in school was obsolete by graduation. So if youngsters like me have trouble, is there any hope for the older generation?

    Yes! If you - or someone you know - have ever wondered if you're "too old" to start learning how to program, the simple answer is that anyone can pick it up as long as they have determination, persistence, and an open mind. The real question is, should you give it a shot?

    I think you should, and here's why."
John Evans

3 Reasons Why Faculty Meetings Are a Waste of Time - Finding Common Ground - Education ... - 2 views

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    "3 Reasons Why Faculty Meetings Are a Waste of Time
    By Peter DeWitt on April 10, 2015 6:50 AM

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    Many school leaders walk into a faculty meeting with a single idea of how they want to move forward and walk out with the same idea. That's telling...

    John Hattie talks a great deal about the Politics of Distraction, which means we focus on adult issues, and not enough time...if ever...on learning. That is happening around the U.S. for sure. Recently the Assembly of NY State only furthered those distractions, which you can read about here, which means that school leaders and teachers have to work harder to maintain a focus on learning.

    Quite frankly, well before mandates and accountability, school leaders focused on the politics of distraction and not on learning. Compliance is not new in schools. Faculty meetings were seen as a venue to get through and something that teachers were contractually obligated to attend.

    During these days of endless measures of compliance, principals can do a great deal to make sure they don't model the same harmful messages to staff that politicians are sending to teachers. Jim Knight calls that "Freedom within form." In Talk Like Ted, Carmine Gallo quotes Marissa Mayer (CEO of Yahoo) when he writes,

    "Creativity is often misunderstood. People often think of it in terms of artistic work - unbridled, unguided effort that leads to beautiful effect. If you look deeper, however, you'll find that some of the most inspiring art forms - haikus, sonatas, religious paintings- are fraught with constraints. (p. 190)"

    Clearly, constraints have a wide definition. There is a clear difference between the constraints of compliance and the stupidity of the legislation just passed by the assembly in NY. As we move forward, principals still are charged...or at least should be...with the job of making sure they offer part...inspiration, part...teacher voice...and a great deal of focus on learning.

    There is never a more important tim
John Evans

10 Reasons Schools Should Still be Using iPads - Ed Tech Today - 1 views

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    "After its launch the iPad quickly became the darling of the K-12 education community. Schools and teachers quickly saw the opportunities that it afforded students and jumped to get them into their hands. Fast forward a few years and it seems that a lot of schools have relegated the iPad to a supporting role or ditched them entirely. As mentioned elsewhere this is primarily due to a lack of clear vision, a misunderstanding of what the iPad is and an imiginative, uninspiring curriculum.

    While the iPad may no longer be the technology de jour in certain circles it is impossible to ignore what a compelling device the iPad is. So, why is the iPad still the best choice for schools, teachers and students."
John Evans

3 Reasons Why You Should Share and 3 Things You can Do to Start Sharing | Langwitches Blog - 4 views

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    "I am back on my soapbox…

    …because I continue to see great things happening in classrooms, but get blank stares, when I ask, if these things are being shared beyond the school building.
    …because I watch as administrators feel the need to "protect" their faculty from "one more thing to do".
    …because I continue to hear fear of transparency, competition, privacy and technology skills and tech phobia.
     Setting up my soapbox to raise awareness of the "moral imperative of sharing" for teachers (Dean Shareski) goes back to his keynote in 2010 at the K-12 Online Conference. Since then I have stepped on that soapbox via my blog and at conferences advocating for the IMPORTANCE and NECESSITY of sharing."
Phil Taylor

10 Reasons You Should Be Pumped for Education in 2015 - A.J. Juliani - 2 views

  • The more we talk about technology as a tool for learning (and one that has extreme merit and value when used purposefully) the easier it will be to integrate it for the right reasons.
John Evans

Reasons Why Reading With Your Child Is a Habit Worth Keeping | Adriana & Geor... - 0 views

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    "I recently picked up a habit worth keeping -- reading a chapter book with my child every single day! Thanks to Mrs. O'Rourke, the extraordinary school librarian at my children's school, she introduced a program to our school called "one school, one book", which is a program that is designed to create a shared reading experience with your child. The idea is to choose a chapter book to read with your child over the course of a single month and gain some of the benefits featured below."
John Evans

20 Reasons Why Subtext Rocks Reading | graphite Blog - 0 views

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    "If you don't know about Subtext, you and your students are missing out! With an iPad app, a Web version, and integration with Edmodo, Subtext allows all students the ability to read and annotate a text together. Gone are the days of using sticky notes to mark pages and take notes. Take a dive into the 21st century with the most real-time close reading experience available. Teachers and students can annotate questions, quizzes, pictures, and discuss, all within the text using this fabulous tool."
John Evans

Life of an Educator: 5 reasons why we need physical activity in schools - 1 views

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    "As schools and districts attempt to continue improving student learning opportunities, there's a frightening trend emerging that might not have the intended consequences.

    In an effort to provide students more time with math and reading and other core area subjects, schools are cutting back on physical education courses, and recess opportunities are shrinking for students at the elementary levels.

    The dangerous trend of giving physical education the backseat to other 'more important' areas of learning might not yield the intended results.

    Here are five reasons why we need more physical activity in our schools and not less..."
John Evans

Twenty terrible reasons for lecturing - 6 views

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    "A number of reasons commonly given for lecturing and claims commonly made for the efficiency of lecturers are examined for their basis in empirical evidence and common sense. Most of these claims are found to be somewhat weak. It appears that lecturing takes place rather more often than can be reasonably justified. The real reasons for the popularity of lecturing amongst lecturers are then examined. Of the twenty reasons for lecturing examined here, the first nine have little substance and the last eleven are avoidable."
John Evans

Six Reasons to Laugh in Class - 5 views

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    "I don't use sarcasm and I don't resort to ad hominem attacks in the name of "humor." However, I joke around often in class. It might be a wise crack about pop culture, a musing on something ironic or the fun of wordplay. These uses of humor are intentional. I believe humor is a good thing in the classroom. Here are a few reasons why:"
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