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John Evans

A Student Maker and the Birth of a Startup | Edutopia - 1 views

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    "I always felt trapped in school, with teachers telling me what to do and feeding me information that did not make sense. Honestly, I hated school and rarely paid attention or did homework. Obviously, I was mad when my mother forced me to go to my middle school's Summer Maker Camp. It sounded extremely boring. More school in the summer? I think not.

    Within the first hour of camp, the teachers presented us with a challenge: Create a project related to something you love, incorporate some type of technology, and possibly start a business around it. I never did anything like this in school before. It was open-ended, and I could do it my own way, instead of sitting at a desk and being told to open to page 84. This excited me. I could work on a project that I chose!"
John Evans

Maker Education Can Improve Student Learning | Ed Tech with Hoekstra - 2 views

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    "Over the past six weeks in CEP 811 I have learned about constructivism and Maker Education by reviewing the research that supports this type of instruction. More importantly, during the past six weeks I have become a Maker as I created a remix video, an interactive cell model and a SketchUp of my ideal classroom. This week, I created an infographic using Easelly to inspire and encourage educators to incorporate a maker mentality in their classroom.

    My infographic focused on the following reasons why Maker Education can improve student learning.

    Maker Education provides authentic and relevant tasks.
    Maker Education is active and engaging.
    Maker Education builds community in classrooms, schools and beyond.
    Maker Education strengthens students metacognitive abilities.
    Maker Education supports student choice and leads to a type of personalized learning."
John Evans

Free Technology for Teachers: CNN Student News is Back for 2015-2016 - 2 views

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    "For years CNN Student News has been my go-to resource for current events lessons for middle school and high school students. This week CNN started to roll out new Student News episodes for the 2015-2016 school year.
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John Evans

Create Personalized Teacher Newsletters for Each Student | Teacher Tech - 3 views

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    "One reason a parent might not read the classroom newsletter is that it is not about their child. Here is a solution for creating weekly newsletters for parents that are individualized for their child."
John Evans

Embracing Student Creativity With a Wonder Shelf | Edutopia - 1 views

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    "s a high school math teacher, it was important for me to create a learning space that welcomed on-demand wonder and exploration. I knew that I planned to have a few essential hands-on math tools, and in the last few years, I also knew that I needed to have other items that were essential for providing kids more creative freedom. With a few containers, manipulatives, and supplies, along with some technology, I created a space that my students would go on to name "the wonder shelves." What you are about to read was not an overnight process, but one that grew over an eight-year span."
John Evans

Embracing Student Creativity With a Wonder Shelf | Edutopia - 0 views

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    "As a high school math teacher, it was important for me to create a learning space that welcomed on-demand wonder and exploration. I knew that I planned to have a few essential hands-on math tools, and in the last few years, I also knew that I needed to have other items that were essential for providing kids more creative freedom. With a few containers, manipulatives, and supplies, along with some technology, I created a space that my students would go on to name "the wonder shelves." What you are about to read was not an overnight process, but one that grew over an eight-year span."
John Evans

10 Dos and Don'ts For Group Work & Student Grouping - 0 views

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    "Educators have learned much about the benefits of using projects for learning, and collaboration is easily recognized as an important skill for students to build. There are very few arguments against having students work together in class and on assignments.

    However, the challenge facing many educators is not in wanting their students to work together, but in figuring out how to group students together in the most effective ways. We do not want to create groups that hinder the progress of any of our students!

    This simple guide can help you the next time you are creating groups for an assignment or task in your classroom!"
John Evans

5 Ways to Enhance Student Learning Using Free Rice | Edudemic - 2 views

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    "I have a confession to make: I'm addicted to online quizzing games regardless of the topic or content. I get enthralled trying to outwit my Facebook friends and move up the leaderboards, spending more hours than I'll admit here trying to do so. I'm not the only one either. Millions of people share this same addiction, which got me to wondering: is there a way that teachers could tap into the quizzing craze, ideally using questions related to course content, to teach material and greater life lessons all at once?"
John Evans

7 Apps for Student Creators | Edutopia - 3 views

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    "Creation-based tasks promote higher-order thinking, encourage collaboration, and connect students to real-world learning. Whether you're teaching in a project-based learning classroom, engaging students with authentic assessments, or committed to pushing students to analyze and synthesize, providing opportunities for creation is a must.

    Students who are "making" to demonstrate their learning can produce content that is shareable and valuable. Their creations can be geared toward a specific audience and viewed outside of the classroom. The sense of purpose that students have as creators can be leveraged to increase engagement and get learners of all ages excited about content."
John Evans

Give Them The Power | Venspired - 0 views

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    "Every single day I see something awesome on Twitter, on a blog, or from a colleague that excites me about learning. We are surrounded by awesome.  Education is filled with a new energy that about sharing, creating, and learning.  I know, it's not really "new," but it's new to me.  Past the canned programs and copied downloads is this one thing:  Authentic learning. We all have a chance, right now, to make school more.  And we can do it with less."
John Evans

Nobody is Average, Every Student Deserves Personalized Learning | Getting Smart - 1 views

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    "In Square Peg, Todd Rose tells the story of how a high school dropout became a Harvard professor in educational neuroscience. Diagnosed with ADHD in middle school, Rose was always in trouble.

    From his study of complex systems and neuroscience, he makes four points:

    variability is the rule: perceptions and reactions are much more dynamic and diverse than previously thought;
    emotions are important: emotional states influence learning;
    context is key: circumstances affect the behavior; and
    feedback loops determine success or failure: small changes making a difference.

    In Todd's TED talk on the Myth of Average, he makes the case that schools are designed based on the average. But the problem is that no student is average on every dimension, "Every student has a jagged learning profile." Rose said, "We blame kids, teachers, and parents, but it's just bad design.""
John Evans

The Fixed Mindset of Student A & Student B | Brian Aspinall, CV - 2 views

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    "Student A loves school. Student A thrives on the challenge of a test. Student A studies three nights ahead of every exam. Student A is driven by marks and grades. Student A is good at "playing school". School comes quite naturally to student A. Student A wants to be told what to do to get the grade. Student A participates in every class discussion and is proud of accomplishments. Student A answers every homework question as soon as student A gets home from school."
John Evans

How Students Uncovered Lingering Hurt From LAUSD iPad Rollout | MindShift | KQED News - 2 views

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    "It started with a move by resourceful students who were able to unlock security settings on their iPads.

    The disastrous $1 billion iPad rollout by the Los Angeles Unified School District in September 2013 provided a cautionary tale to districts looking to spend public dollars on technology and digital curriculum. But below the surface of the news stories were thousands of kids feeling hurt by the way they were portrayed by the media and the school district's lack of trust in them.

    To explore the aftermath of the scandal that put them front and center of that cautionary education technology tale, students at Theodore Roosevelt High School in Boyle Heights conducted their own research on how the rollout was handled, talking to peers and family members and ultimately painting a very different picture of the lasting consequences."
John Evans

They're Not Paperweights: Redefining Student Growth with an iPad Program that Works | E... - 0 views

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    "Simply buying iPads will not transform a classroom, as most educators know. But by understanding the devices' capabilities and limitations, and learning from others' efforts, teachers can introduce tablets to their students with expectations of meaningful impact. It has been four years since the Mineola Union Free School District implemented iPads 1:1 in two schools, helping us transform education by redefining the meaning of student growth. We have valuable experience to share, as we also continue to learn. "
John Evans

Free Technology for Teachers: Transforming Learning Through Student Content Creation - 1 views

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    Inspired by ideas like project based learning and #20Time, I decided to take a stand against "Google-able questions." Instead of students only finding information and curating content, they needed to create the learning for themselves. Our students live in a world of Web 2.0, social media, and content creation, and I needed to bring this into their learning.

    And together, we did. Halfway through this school year, I explained that we will no longer produce work that is forgettable and can be left in a backpack. Instead, we will create content that we can be proud of, will remember, and will help each other learn. I wanted to push students to develop more meaningful and diverse skills to prepare them for their futures by creating work that matters to them. To do this, we needed to produce for an audience; all learning was now public to the world. Suddenly, the learning was visible, the technology was more purposeful and complex, and class was more fun. Students' work wasn't hidden in their notebooks, but shared, produced, and even live-streamed, like the argument videos below. "
John Evans

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.""
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