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John Evans

10 Great YouTube Channels for Teaching Video Essays | Common Sense Education - 2 views

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    "With more than 7 billion videos on YouTube, it can be challenging to curate what's best for your classroom. But amid all of the frivolous, silly, or even obnoxious content, there are gems to be found. On top of this, some truly unique genres and types of videos have sprung from the platform. One of these -- the video essay -- can be a great tool for media-literacy education. Here's why: Video essays model for students how YouTube can be a platform for critical communication."
John Evans

What Is the Point of a Makerspace? | Cult of Pedagogy - 2 views

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    "For as long as I've been aware of makerspaces, I haven't quite understood them. I have seen plenty of photos on social media, with the towers made of marshmallows and toothpicks. I've walked through exhibit halls at conferences where the coding and robotics displays cause me to stop, stare, and try to look like I have some idea of what I'm looking at. I even stumbled into a Twitter chat one night where a group of school librarians was throwing around some pretty great ideas about building makerspaces in their libraries.

    And yet, I still feel like I don't get it. I have this picture in my mind of kids kind of messing around with Legos instead of, I don't know, reading primary source materials that would shed light on some period in history. Or taping together some cardboard strips to make them into a car. Or attaching some kind of wire to a banana. I don't know…the more traditional, stodgy, control-freak part of me says it looks like a bunch of hooey.

    But some of the smartest people I know are pretty into makerspaces, and the part of me that's not a stodgy control freak, the part that knows there's a lot about tradition we need to question, that part of me wants to find out once and for all what's so great about makerspaces."
Phil Taylor

Delaying the Grade: How to Get Students to Read Feedback | Cult of Pedagogy - 2 views

  • Return papers to students with only feedback. Delay the delivery of the actual grade so student focus moves from the grade to the feedback.
John Evans

K12 students code beyond computers | District Administration Magazine - 0 views

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    "How do you ensure students who excel at math remain engaged? Heidi Williams intended to solve that challenge by starting an after-school coding club while she was a gifted-and-talented teacher at Bayside Middle School near Milwaukee.

    Instead of using pen and paper, her students created an interactive children's book on Scratch, the MIT Media Lab coding suite that lets users create games, stories and simulations. And the more of this kind of coding activity they did, the better their math test scores got.

    Now a computer science curriculum specialist at Marquette University in Milwaukee, Williams researches this correlation. One possibility is that the computational thinking skills developed while coding help students break down complicated problems-on and off computers, she says."
John Evans

Project Torino - Microsoft Research - 0 views

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    "An inclusive physical programming language for children with vision impairments"
John Evans

Province introducing coding and robotics classes to curriculum | Saskatoon StarPhoenix - 0 views

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    Elementary and high school students in Saskatchewan will soon be able to add new tech skills to their arsenal. "
Nigel Coutts

Initial Reflections on ICOT 2018 - The Learner's Way - 1 views

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    The past five days have provided me with an amazing learning experience as I have attended ICOT 2018. With the conference just wrapped up and with Florida providing another remarkably wet afternoon, here are some initial reflections.  
John Evans

Your ultimate Canadian poetry list: 68 poetry collections recommended by you | CBC Books - 0 views

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    "We asked, you answered! Here is a round-up of YOUR favourite Canadian poetry collections. "
John Evans

The Makers of Tomorrow - Dale Dougherty - Medium - 4 views

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    "Now that we have more ways for students to get into making, we also need to explore the potential outcomes for those who become makers. We're hosting our first-ever Industry, Career and College Day in partnership with Cornell University College of Engineering and San Mateo College. The speakers on the program will talk about preparing for the future of work. It will also be an opportunity for young people to meet representatives from startups, companies, colleges and universities, to explore career paths, and evaluate new possibilities for their education and future."
John Evans

Mathematical Mindset Teaching Guide, Teaching Video and Additional Resources - YouCubed - 0 views

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    "We have designed a Mathematical Mindset Guide to help teachers create or strengthen a growth mindset culture. This guide contains five Mathematical Mindset Practices along with links to teaching videos.  The videos all show Jo and Cathy teaching middle school students. There are different stages described in each practice to help capture the journey of a mathematical mindset classroom and the evidence teachers may collect along the way for their own reflection or for discussion with colleagues.  The guide has been designed for teachers to use in the process of self-reflection, or for coaches or administrators to use to encourage a mindset teaching culture. In the interactive version of the guide on this web page, you can click on the arrow buttons in the Expanding descriptors to see a short extract of Jo/Cathy teaching in the ways described.

    Our goal for the guide is to support a mathematical mindset journey of learning and growth. Teachers can work with the guide individually or in collaboration with others. The guide is intended to be non-judgmental, non-evaluative, and iterative in nature. When using the guide consider the classroom community as a whole rather than the teacher alone. It is also important to note that while the goal of the guide is to communicate all aspects of a mathematical mindset classroom, it is not always possible to find evidence of all practices in one lesson. We encourage teachers, coaches, and administrators to use this guide, and our reflection suggestions iteratively over multiple lessons."
John Evans

The Power Of I Don't Know - 3 views

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    "At TeachThought, nothing interests us more than students, as human beings. What they know, might know, should know, and do with what they know.

    A driving strategy that serves students-whether pursuing self-knowledge or academic content-is questioning. Questioning is useful as an assessment strategy, catalyst for inquiry, or "getting unstuck" tool. It can drive entire unit of instruction as an essential question. In other words, questions transcend content, floating somewhere between the students and their context.

    Questions are more important than the answers they seem designed to elicit. The answer is residual-requires the student to package their content to please the question-maker, which moves the center of gravity from the student's belly to the educator's marking pen. In that light, I was interested when I found the visual above.

    It's okay to say "I don't know." Teach your students how to develop questions (because) it helps conquer their own confusion.

    Rebeca Zuniga was inspired to create the above visual by the wonderful Heather Wolpert-Gawron (from the equally wonderful edutopia, and also her own site, tweenteacher). The whole graphic is wonderful, but it's that I don't know that really resonated with me. Traditionally, this phrase is seen as a hole rather than a hill. I don't know means I'm missing information that I'm supposed to have."
John Evans

[SFT 2017] Snowflake Junior High School, Arizona - YouTube - 0 views

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    "Students at Snowflake Unified School District created a low cost detection system to alert drivers of animal crossing. Students were split into three teams; the software/hardware team, the design team, and the fabrication team. Community members assisted in tasks, such as cutting the metal and Plexiglas needed for the prototype. Students created a working alert system that uses motion detection and signals to light up roads with animal crossings."
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