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John Evans

Maker-Enhanced Writing Workshop: Character Development | User Generated Education - 0 views

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    "This month I started a maker-enhanced writing workshop with a group of gifted 3rd through 6th grade students. As with all of my lessons, I strive to practice what I preach in my blog posts - being interdisciplinary; using technology to enhance their work; and making, creating, innovating, and inventing."
John Evans

Playing Games Can Build 21st-Century Skills. Research Explains How. | EdSurge News - 0 views

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    "As anyone who's ever spent hours hunched over Candy Crush can attest, there's something special about games. Sure they're fun, but they can also be absorbing, frustrating, challenging and complex. Research has shown our brains are "wired for pleasure," and that games are an effective way to learn because they simulate adventure and keep our brains engaged and happy. But what exactly do we learn from them? In an era consumed with teaching 21st-century soft skills, are games any good at building critical thinking or collaboration skills? The answer is likely yes, but, much like games themselves, it's complicated. "What you'll find from the research is that it's very much dependent on, 'under certain types of conditions, certain types of skills seem to be developed,'" explains game designer and theorist Katie Salen, a former executive director at the nonprofit Institute of Play. "I never want to make claims that games writ-large for any kid-under any circumstances-teach these sort of skills.""
John Evans

9 Tips for Engaging Your English Class with Pop Culture | Cult of Pedagogy - 0 views

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    "I've been teaching English for many years, across multiple grade levels, from middle school to high school to college. I've read (and have written) heaps of education books and research articles. And yet the premise for this post is so simple, I'm willing to bet that any one of our students can pin it down without a moment's hesitation. What is the most essential ingredient to a rockstar lesson? It's student engagement."
John Evans

Duct Tape Crafts - Wallets, Roses, Purses & More | Duck Brand - 0 views

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    "ometimes, your average tape just won't do. Sometimes you need a tape with attitude. Maybe you have a craft that needs to be more colorful, or you want to add a little bit of a pattern to that DIY project. And yes, sometimes you just want a tape that's more, well, bacon-y. Whatever the occasion, we've got a tape to match. Our new Duck Tape prints come in a wide variety of fun colors and styles, perfect for any creative project or home repair."
Nigel Coutts

When designing student learning, what questions guide us? - The Learner's Way - 2 views

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    We ask lots of questions as we plan for our student's learning. Some of the questions we ask are about where they are with their learning. But perhaps we miss one important question along the way. Maybe we should be asking questions about how our students will apply what they learn? 
John Evans

When Am I Ever Going to Use This? | Edutopia - 0 views

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    "High school students ask this question partly to challenge the teacher's authority, but they may really want to know the answer. "
John Evans

Picplaypost - 1 views

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    "Easy video editor to turn your photos and videos into lasting memories"
John Evans

Talks to inspire you to go to bed and get a good night's sleep | TED Talks - 2 views

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    "Far better than counting sheep, these talks on the importance of sleep may well help you get your zzzzs tonight."
Keri-Lee Beasley

Check Yourself with Lateral Reading: Crash Course Navigating Digital Information #3 - Y... - 1 views

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    John Green explains why lateral reading is important so as to fact check information you read in your browser. A phenomenal video in true John Green style, that makes learning about validity of information a breeze.
John Evans

How to Help Teenage Girls Reframe Anxiety and Strengthen Resilience | MindShift | KQED ... - 1 views

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    "In the last decade, rates of anxiety-related disorders in teenagers have steadily risen, particularly in girls. Researchers and psychologists posit several hypotheses about why these rates are on the rise -- from digital hyperconnectivity to heightened external pressures to simply a greater awareness, and therefore diagnosis, of mental health concerns. Whatever the causes, Dr. Lisa Damour has hopeful news for parents and teens: first, some degree of stress and anxiety is not only normal but essential for human growth. And if those levels become untenable, there are tested strategies for reining anxiety back in."
John Evans

Magic in the Making Padlet by Mandi Figlioli - 2 views

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    Magic in the Making Tips & Tools for Getting Started
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