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John Evans

40 Uses For Binder Clips - 6 views

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    "Binder clips are a mainstay for any office, desk, or workspace. In their basic use, they are very useful in organizing and holding papers together.

    But, did you know there are numerous uses for the binder clip that exceed far beyond the confines of the office? We're sharing 40 ingenious ways to use the binder clip, that will make your life so much easier."
John Evans

Control Alt Achieve: 18 Free Image Sites and Tools for Schools - 2 views

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    "A picture is worth a thousand words, but it might also be worth a thousand dollars if your school gets hit with a copyright violation claim. This happens to schools every year as students or teachers inappropriately use an image that they do not have the rights to.

    Thankfully this does not have to be the case as there are loads of high quality pictures that can be used in school projects without any licensing concerns. These can include images that are released under creative commons, or are in the public domain, or simply are copyright-free. Of course depending on the license, it may still be necessary to cite where the image came from to provide proper attribution (and it can be a good practice to do even if not required).

    There are many sites and tools that can help educators and students find free photos, clipart, icons, and more. See below for a list of many of these, and be sure to share your suggestions for other resources to add to this collection."
John Evans

How 3D printers are preparing students for life after high school | Bill Gates - 0 views

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    "I was 13 years old when I fell in love with programming. My school had just become one of the first in the country to get a computer terminal. The machine was huge and slow, and it didn't even have a screen-but I was hooked. My friends and I would spend hours creating new programs and plugging away in BASIC.

    That introduction to computer science changed the course of my life. I recently visited a high school that hopes to do the same for young people in New York."
John Evans

Over 1,200 Manitoba kids hospitalized due to mental health in 2016-17: report | CTV New... - 0 views

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    "A new report is shedding light on the state of children's health in Canada and found that more and more kids are dealing with mental health concerns.

    The study, which was released by Children First Canada and the O'Brien Institute for Public Health, examined various health-related issues including mortality rates, poverty and physical health by using data from various sources such as Statistics Canada, The Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) and Health Canada."
John Evans

4 Ways to Ignite Your School's Makerspace | Getting Smart - 6 views

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    "I've been called the "Willy Wonka of school librarians" because I, with the help of multiple educators, transformed our traditional library into what I call an IDEA (Innovation, Design, Engineering, and Art) Lab. What's an IDEA Lab? It's a learning space full of flexible furniture, robotics, engineering tools, iPads, laptops, and sewing machines. Children have a passion for learning and creating, and it's my hope that the IDEA Lab will help keep that light bulb glowing."
John Evans

Lawnmower Parents Are the New Helicopter Parents - 4 views

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    "We've all heard of helicopter parents. But you may not have heard of the latest term for a troubling trend recently identified in parenting: lawnmower parents.

    Lawnmower parents go to whatever lengths necessary to prevent their child from having to face adversity, struggle, or failure.
    Instead of preparing children for challenges, they mow obstacles down so kids won't experience them in the first place."
John Evans

Gaming's Not Just for Kids: What Educators Need to Know About Esports | EdSurge News - 0 views

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    "League of Legends, DOTA 2, Heroes of the Storm and-of course-Fortnite.

    You may recognize these as titles of popular video games, even if you aren't strictly a "gamer." The reality is that video games and the communities, organizations and players surrounding them have become big business-some worth potentially millions of dollars.

    These aren't just games anymore; they have emerged, along with other massive titles such as Overwatch, as a phenomenon it seems everyone is racing to catch up with. Playing these games competitively, known as esports, is on the verge of becoming not only a force in the business and entertainment world, but a factor in the classroom as schools start esports leagues and curriculum springs up around gaming culture. So what do educators need to know about it?"
John Evans

How AR and VR Can Make Students Laugh and Cry Out Loud-and Embed Them in Their Learning... - 2 views

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    "How do you captivate a classroom full of digital-since-birth students? According to one Tennessee college professor, you do it by creating immersive learning experiences."
John Evans

Building a Metacognitive Classroom | Edutopia - 1 views

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    "Teaching students about neuroplasticity and the brain's potential can have a positive effect on their self-perceptions and expectations for success in school."
Nigel Coutts

Debating false dichotomies: a new front in the education wars - The Learner's Way - 1 views

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    Sometimes, it seems everyone who ever went to school is an expert on education and has a plan to make it better. Actual teaching experience, years of professional learning and formal training are all easily swept aside. The result is an ongoing dialog around what schools should do, what teachers need to do more of or less of and how the academic success of the nation is linked to strategy x or y.
John Evans

Kinders Who Code - 4 views

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    "Over the last few years coding has exploded in the educational field, and where we once only saw coding occurring during computer science classes for the intermediate grades or high-schools, has now become mainstream with our younger learners.
    Coding has been around since the invention of the computer, so what sparked this change?"
John Evans

Lessons Learned from a District-wide Implementation of a Computer Science Initiative in... - 2 views

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    In this article, we use evidence to describe seven key lessons from a four-year district-wide computer science
    implementation project between Howard University and the District of Columbia Public Schools. These
    lessons are: (a) Get to know the school counselors (and other key personnel); (b) Expect personnel changes
    and strategic reorganization within school districts; (c) Be innovative to build and maintain community; (d)
    Be flexible when developing instruments and curricula; (e) Maintain a firm commitment to equity; (f)
    Develop tiered content and prepare to make philosophical adjustments; and (g) Identify markers of
    sustainability. We also include original curricula materials including the Computer Science Course Evaluation
    and the Computational Thinking Survey. The seven lessons and curricula materials provided in this study can be
    used to inform the development of future computer science researcher-practitioner partnerships.
John Evans

"Lessons Learned from a District-wide Implementation of a Computer Science Initiative" ... - 0 views

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    "In this article, we use evidence to describe seven key lessons from a four-year district-wide computer science implementation project between Howard University and the District of Columbia Public Schools. These lessons are: (a) Get to know the school counselors (and other key personnel); (b) Expect personnel changes and strategic reorganization within school districts; (c) Be innovative to build and maintain community; (d) Be flexible when developing instruments and curricula; (e) Maintain a firm commitment to equity; (f) Develop tiered content and prepare to make philosophical adjustments; and (g) Identify markers of sustainability. We also include original curricula materials including the Computer Science Course Evaluation and the Computational Thinking Survey. The seven lessons and curricula materials provided in this study can be used to inform the development of future computer science researcher-practitioner partnerships."
Reynold Redekopp

The terrifying, hidden reality of Ridiculously Complicated Algorithms - 1 views

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    The power and complexity of algorithms
John Evans

"Computational Thinking and Literacy" by Sharin Rawhiya Jacob and Mark Warschauer - 3 views

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    "Today's students will enter a workforce that is powerfully shaped by computing. To be successful in a changing economy, students must learn to think algorithmically and computationally, to solve problems with varying levels of abstraction. These computational thinking skills have become so integrated into social function as to represent fundamental literacies. However, computer science has not been widely taught in K-12 schools. Efforts to create computer science standards and frameworks have yet to make their way into mandated course requirements. Despite a plethora of research on digital literacies, research on the role of computational thinking in the literature is sparse. This conceptual paper proposes a three dimensional framework for exploring the relationship between computational thinking and literacy through: 1) situating computational thinking in the literature as a literacy; 2) outlining mechanisms by which students' existing literacy skills can be leveraged to foster computational thinking; and 3) elaborating ways in which computational thinking skills facilitate literacy development."
John Evans

Teens' screen addiction might be contagious, and parents are patient zero | Popular Sci... - 3 views

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    "Sleepless night and eyeball fatigue. Cyberbullying and profound device-separation anxiety. Research identifies harmful side effects of too much tech on teens with alarming regularity. But a new report from the Pew Research Center suggests parents are just as compromised by our portable screens. In "How Teens and Parents Navigate Screen Time and Device Distractions," researchers not only compiled data on the behavior of tech-addled kids (they're on their phones from the moment they wake up!) or the concerns of hand-wringing parents (what do we do about the fact they're on their phones from the moment they wake up!), but on the behavior of parents, too."
John Evans

Scratch cards for micro:bit | micro:bit - 3 views

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    "Do you love Scratch, the visual programming language? Do you love micro:bits? Then you need these Scratch activity cards. They provide an easy way for you to explore coding in the beta version of Scratch 3.0."
Nigel Coutts

Bringing Computational Thinking into the Primary Classroom - The Learner's Way - 2 views

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    Primary teachers in New South Wales (NSW) are this year and next integrating a new Science & Technology Curriculum. It brings with it a number of challenges and opportunities and while it has much in common with the existing curriculum, it will require some significant changes.
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