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Nigel Coutts

Genius Hour - Why we scaffold - 16 views

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    Genius Hour - The idea is simple, identify a block of time and give it over to the students as an opportunity for them to create a learning experience of their own. But while the idea is simple implementing such a plan can be challenging and there are aspects of such a project that require careful planning and a clear philosophical understanding before you begin.
Nigel Coutts

Virtual Realities - 11 views

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    What are the possibilities for situated learning created by a growing number of Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality Devices from Oculus Rift, Samsung, Google and Microsoft?
Nigel Coutts

Term One Reflections - 7 views

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    With one term down now is the perfect time to look back and identify what has worked and suggest some areas for growth ahead of Term Two. It has undoubtedly been a busy time but in the midst of that have emerged ideas that have really worked and our new programmes have had the desired impact in getting the students started. So in no particular order here are my reflections for term one 2015.
Nigel Coutts

The future of Schools - 17 views

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    Ask the average adult to describe a school and you are likely to get similar responses. There will be a focus on the places and spaces in which their education occurred, the teachers who taught, the rows of desks, the daily schedule of classes and breaks.But what is the future of schools?
Paul Beaufait

What students think of their blended learning teachers | eSchool News | eSchool News - 21 views

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    "A recent survey [in Australia] reveals that teacher training may impact student opinion in blended courses" (deck, 2015.03.11).
Nigel Coutts

Lessons from Oversold and Underused - Looking back to look forward - 16 views

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    In 2001 Larry Cuban published his book 'Oversold and Underused - Computers in the Classroom' in which he addresses the effect that the adoption of computer technology has had on education. But what can we learn from this writing as we head towards another revolution in education?
Nigel Coutts

A meeting of the Hare and the Tortoise - 22 views

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    Schools like any large organisation by and large run on meetings. Recently we have implemented two very different styles of meeting that target different needs and have allowed us to be effective, reflective and creative.
Nigel Coutts

The questions that matter most - 30 views

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    The quality of our questions, their power to engage and challenge thinking, combined with the opportunities we provide our students to ask the questions that matter to them are likely to be the times when the most powerful learning occurs. The challenge is to maximise these times.
teacherstarks

Schools, learning, innovation and student futures - 20 views

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    For all of us, learning was an innate part of life. It was something we just did, that was as natural to us as breathing. If not for this innate desire to learn and with it the ability to do so, we would never learn to walk, or speak or interact with others. But what happens to this innate drive to learn and how might we get it back?
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    For all of us, learning was an innate part of life. It was something we just did, that was as natural to us as breathing. If not for this innate desire to learn and with it the ability to do so, we would never learn to walk, or speak or interact with others.
Paul Beaufait

Do I Need a Digital Teaching Portfolio? | Edutopia - 28 views

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    "This post will help you decide whether or not a portfolio will serve your professional goals and how to go about designing a professional-looking site that showcases your teaching skills." (para. 1, 2015.01.24)
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    It's best simple way to appoint students, additionally - advance their applied skills. Strongly advance to try out . http://bit.ly/1y9WeYC
Nigel Coutts

Lessons from iWoz and Creating Innovators - 30 views

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    Lessons for teaching and learning in iWoz by Steve Wozniak and Creating Innovators by Tony Wagner
Paul Beaufait

PBL Pilot: Matching PBL With Traditional Grading | Edutopia - 22 views

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    "Editor's Note: Matt Weyers and co-author Jen Dole, teachers at Byron Middle School in Byron, Minnesota, present the fifth installment in a year-long series documenting their experience of launching a PBL pilot program."
Nigel Coutts

Creativity in Science and Technology - 25 views

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    CREST is a programme for schools run by Australia's Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation that aims to promote Creativity. By adding creativity to our science lessons we can move past boiling water and encourage students towards serious scientific and technological discovery.
A.T. Garcia

CORE VALUES- respect, responsibility, empathy or persistence - 28 views

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    Expected behavior is made explicit through the Core Values of the school, and is reinforced in every classroom and all common spaces. 
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Paul Beaufait

Boom-Bang Homework Assignments | Edutopia - 25 views

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    "Multiple sources recommend about ten minutes per night in the first grade, then add ten minutes for every subsequent grade, for a maximum of two hours in all subjects by the 12th grade" (2. How much homework is recommended, ¶1 [of 1]).
Paul Beaufait

MultiBrief: Grading practices that better support 21st‑century learning - 34 views

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    In this post, Stack (2014.08.25) suggested four ways of developing or improving grading practices:

    1. Separate and acknowledge the role of both formative and summative assessment.
    2. Stop averaging averages to get more averages.
    3. Separate academics from academic behaviors.
    4. Use rubrics and a rubric scale, not percentage scores.
Nigel Coutts

rediquest - Home - 45 views

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    This site combines Habits of Mind with Making Thinking Visible Routines. It is useful for teachers and students when trying to implement Habits of Mind as it provides a set of strategies to apply for each Habit, examples in the form of short films and a set of associated Thinking Routines. Also useful when looking for the right thinking routine to use for a given learning outcome or objective.
Paul Beaufait

Rubrics for Assessment - 89 views

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    This page provides brief explanations and an impressive menu of links to resources and tools for assessing and providing feedback to learners on technology-supported activities and projects. Categories include:

    Rubrics for Assessment - General
    Rubric Generators
    Assessing … Blogging
    Assessing Coding & Gaming
    Assessing Graphic Organizers
    Assessing Podcasts
    Assessing Technology & Social Media
    Assessing Video, Screencasting, and Digital Storytelling Projects
    Assessing Websites/Digital Portfolios
    Assessing Wikis
Kerry J

Sit down and get charged up! Registration - Eventbrite - 23 views

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    Knowledge is power - but how do you plug into new ideas when organisational budgets are flipping the switch on PD? 
    There is a wealth of opportunities that won't cost the earth or force you to travel it to be found online - and there's more to explore than MOOCs and webinars. 
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