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John Evans

Here are the 10 skills you need to become a data scientist, the no. 1 job in America - ... - 2 views

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    "Data scientists are in high demand, and command a median base salary of $110,000. Here are the skills you need to break into a career in the field, according to Glassdoor."
John Evans

Digital Citizenship | Common Sense Education - 0 views

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    "Being a good digital citizen is more than knowing your way around the web. It's about connecting and collaborating in ways you didn't even know were possible.

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John Evans

A Classroom Full of Risk Takers | Edutopia - 2 views

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    "No one learns without making mistakes. Quite the opposite-we learn when we make mistakes. But in the classroom, making mistakes and taking risks can be at best unrewarded, and at worst ridiculed and unnecessarily penalized.

    I asked my 21-year-old son the other day what high school class had made him feel safe to make mistakes. He said that he never made mistakes. Really? He explained that he only did the work if he knew he was going to succeed. That made me think about my own teaching: Do I create a classroom where students will be risk takers?"
John Evans

How school leaders can combat 'filter bubbles' and 'fake news' | @mcleod | Dangerously ... - 1 views

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    "Information literacy has been a hot topic of recent conversation. Many folks believe that web sites that traffic in false information and 'fake news' may have influenced the last United States presidential election. Traffic on the Snopes web site, which debunks false rumors, has never been greater. Ideological separation also is being driven by the ways that we sort ourselves in our schools, neighborhoods, friendship groups, political affiliations, and faith institutions. Already often isolated from the dissimilar-minded, we then also self-select into individualized news media and online channels that can result in walled-garden 'echo chambers' or 'filter bubbles.'

    To combat our growing concerns about fake news and filter bubbles, we're going to have to take the task of information literacy more seriously. And that means rethinking some organizational and technological practices."
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New book! Different Schools for a Different World | @mcleod | Dangerously Irrelevant - 2 views

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    "As some of you may have realized by now, Dean Shareski and I have a new book out. Titled Different Schools for a Different World, it describes 6 key relevancy gaps between today's schools and what students and society need from them:"
John Evans

The Best Way to Test Students? Make Them Explain It On Video | WIRED - 1 views

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    "Evaluating a student's understanding of a topic is like taking a measurement. However, it requires measuring something that is difficult to see. It's not like I can stick a ruler into a student's brain to determine the size of their physics stuff. Now, most teachers use indirect means, usually a multiple-choice test or an exam in which students work through a problem. These are poor measures of student understanding. Someone could simply guess, or flub the answer through a silly mistake.
    So how can I accurately assess a student's understanding of physics? Until someone invents a way of reading a student's mind, I must do something else. I use a combination of written tests and video assessments."
John Evans

Six Strategies for Virtual Field Trips - @joycevalenza NeverEndingSearch - 1 views

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    "As a school librarian, I always thought of the notion of collection as expansive. Collections might include any of the experiences we discover, as well as any of the people we meet who might enhance learning for our communities.
    Among those experiences are virtual field trips. Opportunities now abound for connections to curriculum and student interests. And easier strategies for video conferencing, combined with new types of interactions, make virtual field trips even more affordable and engaging. You don't risk weather conditions or losing any wandering kiddos who can't find their way back to the bus. You can ignore issues of distance relating to both space and time. And these escapes from daily classroom routine can result in very sticky learning."
John Evans

Minecraft's New Oregon Trail Experience Has Everything-Even the Dysentery | EdSurge News - 1 views

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    "Remember the Oregon Trail? Of course you do, it's the game the internet won't let you forget.

    Thirty-two years after the first full-color graphic version hit the Apple II, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt-the current owner of the Oregon Trail franchise-is teaming up with Microsoft on a new world that ports many of the landmarks and features of the original game into Minecraft.

    Announced this morning in a Microsoft blog post, the new world, called The Oregon Trail Experience, is exclusive to Minecraft: Education Edition, the version that replaced the popular MinecraftEdu late last year. Microsoft acquired Minecraft from Swedish game developer Mojang in 2014."
John Evans

50 Writing Prompts for All Grade Levels | Edutopia - 4 views

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    "The collection of prompts below asks young writers to think through real or imagined events, their emotions, and a few wacky scenarios. Try out the ones you think will resonate most with your students. 

    As with all prompts, inform students that their answers should be rated G and that disclosing dangerous or illegal things they're involved in will obligate you to file a report with the administration or school counselors. Finally, give students the option of writing "PERSONAL" above some entries that they don't want anyone to read. We all need to let scraggly emotions run free in our prose sometimes."
John Evans

Google Extends Digital Literacy Training to Teachers | EdTech Magazine - 5 views

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    "Digital citizenship has stepped into the forefront of a modern-day education. Experts indicate that as schools roll out tech, they also need to be rolling out digital citizenship education.

    Tech giant Google heeded that call and partnered with experts to launch Be Internet Awesome, an interactive campaign that educates students on how best to act on the internet.

    One part of this Google campaign is Interland, a game that has students travel an imaginary world where they need to fight hackers, phishers, oversharers and bullies with digital citizenship skills. While game-based learning can be effective, educators also need to be armed with skills to teach their students to be citizens of the web.

    This month, Google extended its Be Internet Awesome program to include a free online training course to help educators establish foundational skills needed to teach their students to have a safe and positive experience online."
John Evans

Just released: Horizon Report K12 (and how we're leading these changes!) - @joycevalenz... - 1 views

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    "The annual K12 Horizon Report regularly identifies and profiles six key trends, six significant challenges, and six developments in educational technology likely to impact teaching and learning.
    This year, especially, you will find many opportunities for connections to our own mission and practice. But while this year's K12 report practically screams school libraries to me, it does so rather quietly in PDF.
    This chart from page 9 presents, in summary, the 18 topics selected by the report's expert panel."
John Evans

ISTE | 3 reasons to use Scratch across the curriculum - 2 views

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    "Scratch has become a popular way to introduce coding to young people around the world. Yet many schools are just beginning to realize the potential of Scratch to support project-based learning across subject areas and grade levels.

    How can you integrate Scratch into your curriculum to help students learn to think creatively and work collaboratively? Here are three things to know about Scratch - and the opportunities it opens up for learners with diverse interests and backgrounds."
John Evans

Sphero Edu + Swift Playgrounds - Sphero Edu - Medium - 2 views

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    "On June 5th at WWDC, Apple unveiled the new content that is now part of the Swift Playgrounds app. Thanks to our new partnership, you can now program real world robots including Sphero's very own SPRK+."
John Evans

Teachers talk: 12 makerspace must-haves for back-to-school | eSchool News - 2 views

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    "Four experienced "makers" and K-12 educators dish their top tools and advice to build a meaningful classroom makerspace from the ground up.
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John Evans

5 Great Formative Assessment Strategies That Never Miss - 1 views

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    "Formative assessment strategies in the classroom provide both teachers and students with invaluable information about what students understand, and what they don't.  These ungraded assessments are valuable guides for students to help them enhance their performance. They also help teachers determine if further instruction is necessary.
    When formative assessments are used consistently, and effectively, neither teachers nor students are surprised by their final grades. Some formative assessments can take just a few minutes, while others require longer periods of time. The following are 5 great formative assessment strategies for teachers."
John Evans

Creating Mobile Worksheets with QR Codes - 2 views

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    "Nik Peachey continues his digital teaching series by exploring how QR codes can be used to create mobile worksheets. He provides simple steps to help you create them, plus a fun lesson activity download too!

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The Best Way to Test Students? Make Them Explain It On Video | WIRED - 0 views

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    "AS A PHYSICS professor, I have two jobs. The first, obviously, is to help students understand physics. That makes me something of a coach. But I want to talk about my second job: evaluating what students understand about physics. You might call this grading them.
    Evaluating a student's understanding of a topic is like taking a measurement. However, it requires measuring something that is difficult to see. It's not like I can stick a ruler into a student's brain to determine the size of their physics stuff. Now, most teachers use indirect means, usually a multiple-choice test or an exam in which students work through a problem. These are poor measures of student understanding. Someone could simply guess, or flub the answer through a silly mistake.
    So how can I accurately assess a student's understanding of physics? Until someone invents a way of reading a student's mind, I must do something else. I use a combination of written tests and video assessments."
John Evans

25 Best Robotics & Robot Kits for Kids (Christmas 2017) - 1 views

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    "Robotics for kids is an area that covers a wide range of subjects, giving children hands on experience in learning math, engineering and creative design. These robot kits for kids let you build your own robot from the ground up, and discover how moving parts fit together.

    Robotics kits are educational and they help develop patience, imagination and problem solving skills. Being able to build robotic toys is a past time that kids enjoy and it combines the offline and online world of apps."
John Evans

Get Started with Coding in the Classroom | Common Sense Education - 3 views

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    "Learning to code in school is more popular than ever, and it's never been easier for teachers to get started. What's more, coding can teach students skills that apply across the curriculum, beyond computer science. So, what's the best way to get kids coding in the classroom? Here you'll find practical tips on how to set up learn-to-code lessons that empower students to become producers, not just consumers, of digital media."
John Evans

Best Coding Tools for High School Students | Common Sense Education - 2 views

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    "Coding is an invaluable literacy applicable to virtually any future career or field of study. These high school-level tools will help students build this essential 21st-century literacy by learning how code works and how to write code themselves. Once they're up to snuff, coding will give your students a new way to demonstrate knowledge and express themselves. And teachers, take note: There are tools here for those brand new to code as well as those looking for more of a challenge, so make sure to pick and choose to give every student a window into the world of programming."
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