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John Evans

The Purposeful Pause: 10 Reflective Questions to Ask Mid-Lesson - Brilliant or Insane - 0 views

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    "Much has been said about growth mindset and grit this year and for good reason. When learners begin valuing growth and learning over grades and the production of perfect final works, great things happen. When they're able to persevere, even through moments of frustration, they typically meet with success. It makes sense that teachers are compelled by these topics, and I'm grateful to those who have brought these conversations to the forefront. Even as people debate their origins and share cautionary tales about interpretation, we're learning much that can influence practice in critical ways.

    For instance, I often wonder if human beings are naturally inclined toward these dispositions. I also wonder how much of what we do inside of schools inadvertently compromises their development. What would we need to do in order to help them thrive-organically?"
John Evans

The Land of Venn : A Math Game to Enhance Kids Geometric Skills - 0 views

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    "The Land of Venn is an ingenious geometry game that aligns learning to fun.  It smartly avoids being "edutainment" by putting play first.  It is a universal mobile application in which you draw lines and shapes to learn about lines and shapes.  The narrative, which is silly and amusing (as is the catchy music), is a tower defense game.

    By performing the actions of geometry, players internalize the concepts.  It is a clear example of constructivist learning-learning by doing.  For example, children  connect points (each point is a different enemy) to draw an isosceles triangle.  As a result, confidence in abstract mathematical concepts is built as mastery of levels is met."
John Evans

How to Save Unnecessary Data Charges on your iPhone or iPad | teachingwithipad.org - 0 views

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    "These days, the world is at your fingertips wherever you are. Anyone with a data connection and a smartphone has literally the entire Internet in his/her pocket. However, not all apps are created equally, in terms of the amount of data that they use in order to run. This is a quick tip on how to save your data usage (and potentially quite a bit of money). The following will be especially helpful if you do not have a large data plan (more than 1Gb per month)."
John Evans

40 Viewing Comprehension Strategies - 0 views

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    "You can't watch a video like you read a book; the modalities couldn't be much different.

    On the surface level a video uses light, color, sound, and moving images, with the potential for adding text and shape and color and light filters as overlays to communicate ideas, while the most basic text structures use alphanumeric symbols, paragraph and sentence structure, and an assortment of text features (e.g., white space, headings and subheadings, fonts, etc.) to convey their message.

    There is much, much more to it than this. Videos are meant to be consumed in short bursts, while literature, for example, is meant to be "sat with." Videos are (often manic) sprints, while texts are (often meandering) walks. Because of this very different tone and purpose as a matter of design, it's unfair to criticize videos as "less rigorous" than texts, just as it would be misleading to say that video is universally "more engaging" than text (something I may or may not have said in the past). It's more complex than that."
John Evans

Life of an Educator: 10 images to share at your next faculty meeting: Part 2 - 0 views

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    "I received a lot of positive feedback from the first 10 images I shared, so feel free to check out part 1 here."
John Evans

Sharing: A Responsibility of the Modern Educator | User Generated Education - 0 views

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    "As a follow-up to that post, I am amplifying my call to action to say that I believe it is the responsibility of every educator in this era of learning to share . . . resources, ideas, success, challenges, ahas, student insights, anything education related.

    Sharing takes on many forms. Educators can talk to colleagues, write blogs, tweet, present at conferences - both virtually and face to face, talk to the media, and/or create a media product - video, podcast, photo essay - and post online."
John Evans

5 Ways Students Can Use Google Docs in Math | Teacher Tech - 0 views

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    "I taught high school math for 14 years. My last years I went paperless. There are many digital tools that support teaching math and Google Docs is one of them. If your school has Google Apps for Education (GAfE) here are 5 ways to have students use Google Docs in math:"
John Evans

Burnbook: What parents need to know about the controversial app - 0 views

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    "This app was created to increase cyberbullying. There's no other reason."

    So begins the current top review on iTunes for the controversial Burnbook app. The social networking service has made headlines across the country in recent weeks for bringing anonymous cyberbullying and threats of violence to American high schools.

    The same reviewer goes on to say, "The app has become popular at my school and is specifically targeting a small group of people. I wish I could repeat the evil things that were posted so I could get my point across, but I cannot bring myself to spread those gruesome things even further.""
John Evans

Free Technology for Teachers: Convert PDFs to Google Docs to Differentiate Instructiona... - 0 views

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    "Recently, we discovered a feature of Google Drive that has changed how we prepare and access materials and resources for our students. As we attempt to make all curricula digital and thus make it available to all students, the idea of using PDFs was always a problem. PDFs are just not editable in most situations, and this was an issue when it came to modifying and differentiating documents. Adobe Acrobat was our "go to" application for this type of conversion, but it was costly and often hard to come by in an educational setting. Note: We still use Adobe Acrobat for complex projects or documents that do not convert well in Google Drive. With the most recent update to Google Drive, OCR (Optical Character Recognition) capabilities are better and easier than ever."
John Evans

Free Technology for Teachers: PicMonkey + Thinglink = Interactive Collages - 0 views

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    "A couple of nights ago my friend Joe, a middle school social studies teacher, sent me a Facebook message about creating multimedia collages. My suggestion to Joe was to use PicMonkey and Thinglink. In the video below I demonstrate how to do that."
John Evans

Response: Different Ways Of 'Learning By Doing' - Classroom Q&A With Larry Ferlazzo - E... - 0 views

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    "This week's question is:

    What are the differences between Project-Based, Problem-Based and Inquiry Learning?


    Thinker, educator, writer John Dewey suggested that we learned best by doing. Educators today are trying to implement that philosophy through a number of instructional strategies, including project based, problem based and inquiry learning. This series will explore the differences between the three of them."
John Evans

5 Apps to Support Close Reading | Minds in Bloom - 1 views

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    "ust as there are many models for Close Reading, there are a multitude of apps that will support your students in digging deeper into a text. I am sharing my 5 favorite free apps for annotating and note taking on the iPad. These apps will work with any book or reading passage and can be used for each step of the close reading process."
John Evans

Finland's Schools Are Overhauling The Way They Do Things. Here's How - 1 views

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    "Finland's education system, often held up as an exemplary model for the rest of the world, is on the verge of making some major changes.

    For years, Finland has led the pack in international test scores, becoming a source of fascination for education policymakers and experts. Now, the country is changing the way it teaches students. Going forward, Finnish schools will be placing less emphasis on individual subjects like math and history, and will instead focus on broader, more interdisciplinary topics. The goal, according to Finnish leaders, is to provide students with the necessary skills for a more technological, global society.

    Here are three things you need to know about Finland's changing education system:"
John Evans

Free Technology for Teachers: Dozens of Alternatives to YouTube - 3 views

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    "Over the last few years I've seen more schools opening up access to YouTube, at least to teachers, than I had in the past. YouTube for Schools has partially contributed to that trend. Tools like ViewPure and Watchkin have made using YouTube videos in schools a little less scary too. All that said, there are still lots of schools that block access to YouTube. That's why a few years ago I started to maintain a list of alternatives to YouTube."
John Evans

Project-Based Learning: The 8 Elements of a Magnificent Maker Project - 4 views

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