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I Missed This Maker Space . . . Until a Student Helped Me See It | John Spencer's Blog - 2 views

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    "Last week, I spoke at a TEDx event hosted by the Upper Perkiomen School District. It was an unforgettable experience and I was honored to be a part of it. Once the video is edited, I'll share my talk on this blog.

    So, one of the things I loved about the event was the STEM-related, maker projects they showcased. Students demonstrated their apps and games they had created. We got the chance to tour a design space with 3D printers, CNC routers, and, more importantly, a group of empowered students who were owning the creative process.

    I found myself gushing about this space -- about how cool it was to see kids going through the design process actually testing out prototypes. I remember, at one point, saying to a student volunteer, "Don't you wish more of school was like this?"

    He shook his head. "Not really. It's not really my thing."

    "But you get to make stuff."

    "I get to make stuff all the time. Have you ever been a part of a theater production?" he asked. "It's called a production for a reason.""
John Evans

How to Use Evernote to Build Student Digital Portfolios - 2 views

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    "Every year, students create awesome projects for school which they and their parents are extremely proud of. Be it a media project, a class presentation, or a musical performance, these are things that any parent would want to cherish and that any student would love to revisit. They are personal documents of growth, and testaments to our kids' genius.

    If only they could bring their best projects with them to a job or college interview, or keep them around to show their own children. Enter student digital portfolios, a way to encapsulate all of the best of your child's work to share with anyone who might be interested.

    We're going to walk you through getting started with Evernote, and then once you get your feet wet, you can explore other options."
John Evans

7 Ways to Hack Your Classroom to Include Student Choice | Edudemic - 4 views

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    "Teachers do a lot to maintain student interest. The use of technology and different classroom models, like blended learning, are strategies that increase student engagement. However, there are simpler ways to hold students' interests, especially if you don't have the financial or administrative support needed for high-tech engagement models. The key to student interest is simple: it's choice."
John Evans

5 Essential Tools for Protecting Student Privacy Online - 5 views

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    "Protecting student privacy and making sure online environments are safe and secure is a very big deal. We have digital landscapes that are constantly evolving and students who are more and more confident exploring online without instruction or supervision. The below five tools are not just a starting point to help your students manage and maintain their online privacy, they should be the beginning of an ongoing discussion detailing the importance, consequences and risks associated with online privacy and security."
Phil Taylor

Why Has Technology Failed To Substantially Improve Student Achievement? -- THE Journal - 2 views

  • if K-12 wants discontinuous, substantive improvement in student achievement, then it needs to change its pedagogical practices to better exploit the affordances of the computer
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    "Business realized that simply putting an existing paper-and-pencil process on a computer would produce modest or incremental gains,"
John Evans

Teacher Forces Her Shy Classmate In Front Of The Class. What He Does? OMG! - LittleThin... - 1 views

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    "If you've ever seen the movie The King's Speech, you remember the incredible feeling at the end when the King finally overcame the debilitating speech impediment he suffered from since he was a boy. Musharaf Asghar is no King, he is just a young man who has suffered his entire life, like the king, with a terrible stutter.

    In this heartwarming video, Mushy's teacher uses the same method as in the movie - using music to overcome anxiety - to help Mushy speak. For this man, even getting a few words out felt impossible, but once he started getting the hang of it, there was no stopping him."
John Evans

Preventing the burden of back pain in pupils - Daily Genius - 0 views

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    "In the UK this week, half-term is nearly over and the kids are going back to school - and carting my daughter's schoolbag and gym bag in for her this morning reminded me of the warnings that a growing numbers of children are developing irreversible back deformities because of the weight of the bags they carry to school."
John Evans

5 Ways to Embrace Digital Annotation for Student Feedback and Grading - 11 views

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    "There's nothing quite as satisfying as the soft, smooth roll of pen on paper. That ability to scribble, strike, crumple and tear. But what about the downsides of this ancient medium? Endless printing cycles. Lack of searchability. A desk stacked to the roof with essays and sheets to mark. It's these frustrations and a determination to streamline the classroom that have led many educators to trade in their pen for a stylus, and begin embracing the the brave new world of digital annotation."
John Evans

Free Technology for Teachers: Protect Student Privacy by Using Skitch - 2 views

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    "In yesterday's post about creating digital records of physical items I mentioned using Skitch to take pictures and annotate them. One of the things about Skitch that I failed to mention in that post is that along with drawing and typing on a picture you can crop and blur items in a picture."
John Evans

Capture Student Work with Seesaw - The Learning Journal | Class Tech Tips - 0 views

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    "I'm very excited about the new learning journal app Seesaw which can help teachers and parents connect with students and keep track of their school work.  Seesaw is a simple way for students as young as 5 to independently document what they are learning at school.  It empowers students to take more ownership of their learning."
John Evans

5 Smart (And Fun!) Uses for Student Blogs - 0 views

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    "Some would argue that the 21st classroom isn't complete without a classroom blog. Students can use it to hand in assignments, explore the more creative side of assignments, and learn how to be a good digital citizen.

    The best part: there are many blog platforms to choose from-WordPress, Blogger, Edublogs-and most of them are free. Use these five ideas to take full advantage of this simple tool, making homework and in-class assignments more exciting and educational."
John Evans

What does an engaged student look like? - Daily Genius - 3 views

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    "Teachers want their students to learn, but they also want them to be interested in learning and excited about learning, which will ameliorate both the experience and the process. If you've ever tried getting students excited about subject material that is less than exciting, you know this isn't always easy.



    There are a lot of different factors that come together to make a student successful - and the combination varies from student to student. Some rely on natural ability, some rely on the success of their peers to motivate them, others need a huge teacher-parent-peer support system to make any academic success happen. That said, nearly every student can be successful - at least to some degree- if they're engaged."
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