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John Evans

Once Reviled in Education, Wikipedia Now Embraced By Many Professors | EdSurge News - 0 views

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    "A decade ago professors complained of a growing "epidemic" in education: Wikipedia. Students were citing it in papers, while educators largely laughed it off as inaccurate and saw their students as lazy, or worse. As one writing instructor posted to an e-mail list in 2005: "Am I being a stick-in-the-mud for for being horrified by students' use of this source?"

    How things have changed. Today, a growing number of professors have embraced Wikipedia as a teaching tool. They're still not asking students to cite it as a source. Instead, they task students with writing Wikipedia entries for homework, exposing the classwork to a global audience (and giving students an outside edit by an army of Wikipedia volunteers). There's even a new peer-reviewed academic journal about using Wikipedia in higher education."
John Evans

Fountas and Pinnell Say Librarians Should Guide Readers by Interest, Not Level | School... - 0 views

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    "Our recent article on reading levels and the dangers of using strictly prescribed leveling systems in libraries for young readers sparked much dialogue and debate. One of the most popular and widely used reading systems is the "A to Z" gradient, developed by Irene C. Fountas, professor in the School of Education at Lesley University in Cambridge, MA, and Gay Su Pinnell, professor in the School of Teaching and Learning at Ohio State University. Both researchers have been adamant that their leveling system was designed as "a teacher's tool, not a child's label." We caught up with Fountas and Pinnell, who jointly gave their perspective on leveling, libraries, reading comprehension, and what they say to districts mandating leveled collections.
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John Evans

Why Imaginative Educators Tell Stories | The Creativity Post - 1 views

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    "One of the most powerful learning tools human beings employ is the story. See how the story-form can unleash imagination and creativity in your teaching."
John Evans

6 Ways Social Media Will Change Your Classroom - - 1 views

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    "Technology is changing the world at a rapid pace, and education isn't exempt from the effects of that. Social media, in particular, is one of the greatest influences of our time - not just on young people, but on culture in general - encouraging social connections and enabling the exchange of thoughts and information on a global scale.

    And although it has its drawbacks (peer pressure, bullying, access to questionable content, and its addictive nature, to name a few), there are also tremendous benefits when it comes to social networks - and let's face it, they're not going anywhere."
John Evans

Top 75 Growth Mindset Books For Children And Adults - Big Life Journal - 1 views

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    "One easy way to help children develop a growth mindset is to introduce them to books which promote persistence, love of learning, learning from mistakes and other key growth mindset ideas. Here's a list of our favorite and most popular books which do just that. "
John Evans

Building a Thinking Classroom in Math | Edutopia - 0 views

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    "Over more than a decade, the author has developed a 14-point plan for encouraging students to engage deeply with math content."
John Evans

7 Must Have Digital Literacy Apps, Tools, and Resources - The Edvocate - 0 views

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    "Teaching in a digital world, while essential, can be a difficult task. The digital world is constantly evolving, and it can be hard to keep up with new trends. And while students often enter the classroom with a high degree of digital awareness, it is often confined to the world of social media. How then, do educators learn about digital literacy, so they can model and teach it to their students?  Thankfully, there are tons of apps, tools, and resources that can help. We decided to profile the best ones."
John Evans

How 5 girls are restoring hope with an app to fight female genital mutilation | Compass... - 1 views

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    "Synthia, a Compassion beneficiary from Kenya, joined with four classmates to develop an app to end female genital mutilation-and won second place at Google's 2017 Technovation Challenge."
John Evans

The Problem Is Wasted Time, Not Screen Time | Getting Smart - 0 views

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    "Are today's students spending too much time in front of computer screens? The more important question is: are students engaged in powerful learning experiences and, whenever possible, given voice and choice in what, how, and when they learn? Digital technology can powerfully facilitate this process, if thoughtful adults deploy it wisely. Otherwise, it can be mind-numbing, or worse."
John Evans

Typito: Your post production buddy - @joycevalenza NeverEndingSearch - 0 views

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    "More and more we communicate through video. And I'll bet you know the feeling when you record that very effective screencast or tutorial, and it just doesn't feel ready for primetime.

    Post-production is what makes your media feel professional and done. But not everyone has access to, or the chops to use, a robust video editor like Final Cut Pro or Adobe After Effects. And not everyone wants to spend the arduous time it sometimes takes to make a video product feel professionally spiffy.

    Typito is a relatively new video editing tool designed to be your time-saving, affordable, post-production friend.  It allows even rookie editors to create a little magic on top of the videos they shoot or collect."
John Evans

Want to Sharpen Your Focus? Science Says to Drop These 5 Habits | Inc.com - 0 views

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    "Our days are filled with activities that sabotage our focus and slow us down. Here are 5 ways you can stop distraction in its track"
John Evans

What is 3D Printing - Simply Explained | All3DP - 0 views

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    "What is 3D printing? What's it good for? How does it work? We simply explain this exciting technology in depth.

    3D printing, also known as additive manufacturing, is a manufacturing process where a 3D printer creates three-dimensional objects by depositing materials layer by layer in accordance to the object's 3D digital model."
John Evans

Get to Know the BBC Micro:bit - 1 views

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    "t's time to take a look at the micro:bit, which is quite the impressive little device, and see what's packed onto its small surface (4.5 × 5 cm-it's been billed by the BBC as being about half the size of a credit card). I usually introduce new users to a device like this by examining each component one by one, moving clockwise around the board, and that seems like a perfectly reasonable route to take now."
John Evans

​Engineers, Recruiters and Professors Weigh In: Future Programmers Need Writi... - 1 views

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    "Coding and computer science have yet to make their way into every school curriculum in the U.S. But the country isn't short on initiatives-such as Google's Code Next program or the White House's Obama era Computer Science For All campaign-which aim to change that.

    And while these programs attempt to arm students will the ability to code, they sometimes overlook a critical skill that developers, computer science scholars and tech recruiters say is key to landing a job in their field: writing."
John Evans

10 Things That Define Exemplary Digital Communication for Everyone - 2 views

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    "Mastering digital communication is much more than just about being safe and courteous online. It's also part of being a great Global Digital Citizen-the kind of citizen we must begin cultivating in our schools.
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    At the Global Digital Citizen Foundation, we believe the role of an effective digital communicator is to show courtesy, integrity, and respectability in all forms of technology-based interactions and associations. Moreover, their role is also to model this behaviour for the rest of us.

    It makes sense to cultivate our learners to become such empowered individuals that are aware of their responsibility both for and with the power of the Internet, for the lasting well-being of our global community. Moving forward, then, how can we help them realize the meaning of a truly exemplary digital communication? What does such a practice look like in action?"
John Evans

Media Literacy Week - November 6-10, 2017 | Inclusion in a Connected World - 0 views

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    "Media Literacy Week highlights the importance of teaching children and teens digital and media literacy skills to ensure their interactions with media are positive and enriching."
John Evans

The Value of Establishing a Culture of Thinking in the Classroom - 1 views

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    "If "children grow into the intellectual life around them" (see L.S. Vygostky's Mind in Society), then what kind of intellectual life are we providing to the students in our classrooms and schools? Teachers all over the world have had to accept the compromise of focusing more on delivering prescribed curriculum than developing understanding - test-taking rather than learning. This, among other reasons, is why strategies focused on ingraining cultures of thinking have been such game changers in many of today's classrooms.

    One good example of this that I've worked with is the Cultures of Thinking Project, led by Ron Ritchhart as part of Harvard's Project Zero. The Cultures of Thinking Project focuses on two main ways of moving towards cultures of thinking: the eight cultural forces that act on a classroom, and documentation. Curious as to what that means? Continue reading for more."
John Evans

Top 100 Technology YouTube Channels | Tech Youtube Channels - 2 views

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    "The Best Technology Youtube Channels selected from thousands of Technology channels on youtube and ranked based on youtube channel subscribers and popularity. Data will be refreshed once a week.

    These Youtube Channels are ranked based on following criteria

    Total youtube channels subscribers, video views, and video uploads
    Quality and consistency of videos
    Youtube search ranking
    Feedspot editorial team' objective and subjective review"
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