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Nigel Coutts

Helping students to become problem finders - The Learner's Way - 8 views

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    For students engaging in creative personalised learning projects such as a 'Genius Hour' or 'Personal Passion project it can often be difficult for them to uncover the right project. Students have become so reliant upon their teachers to pose them problems that when they are given the option to explore one of their own design they don't know where to start. This is indeed a significant challenge as we know that our students will enter a workforce and world of learning beyond school where they must be active problem finders. How then might we provide the support they require without removing the opportunity for truly personalised exploration.  
Paul Beaufait

Cyber Savvy | Embrace Civility - 12 views

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    "Cyber Savvy is a student-led, positive norms approach to teach upper intermediate, middle, and high school students (grades 5 - 12) about digital safety, including effective digital decision-making, safe posting of personal information, digital relationships, social networking, cyberbullying, and digital dating/exploitation. The schools that have used this program in the pilot testing have been very pleased with the results.

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Steve Ransom

Students Battle School Districts Over First Amendment Rights On Social Media - 12 views

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    Seems more reactionary and controlling.
    Stronger vision, leadership, and willingness to model social media use and engage students in these spaces likely would help a gread deal here. Conversation leads to learning/understanding. Harsh discipline simply leads to compliance much of the time.
Steve Ransom

The Impact of Digital Tools on Student Writing and How Writing is Taught in Schools | P... - 23 views

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    Asked to assess their students' performance on nine specific writing skills, teachers tended to rate their students "good" or "fair" as opposed to "excellent" or "very good." Students received the best ratings on their ability to "effectively organize and structure writing assignments" and their ability to "understand and consider multiple viewpoints on a particular topic or issue." Teachers gave students the lowest ratings when it comes to "navigating issues of fair use and copyright in composition" and "reading and digesting long or complicated texts."
Steve Ransom

SpeEdChange: The Church Task Believers - 21 views

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    If you want to have your thinking pushed regarding teaching and technology, Ira Socol's blog here is one to subscribe to. This post is a prime example that challenges many of our assumptions about learning, school, and technology.
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    This is a powerful piece, though I wonder about the difference between 'multitasking' and 'being distracted'.
Steve Ransom

OU Rolls Out New iPads to Future Teachers - 22 views

  • "The goal is to have the faculty use the technology as a tool to incorporate the activities that they are already doing
    • Steve Ransom
       
      If the goal is mere integration, perhaps one is missing the best part of technology-facilitated rich learning opportunity.
Paul Beaufait

10 Reasons Why I Want My Students to Blog - Getting Smart by Susan Lucille Davis - DigL... - 42 views

  • For my money (which usually means free), blogging provides the best venue for teaching student writing.
  • This emphasis on process encourages reflection and re-thinking, doubling back on earlier posts and feedback to watch how the process of learning unfolds.
  • Transparency requires being comfortable in your own skin; it requires being who you say you are; it requires a healthy openness and an equally healthy sense of privacy armed with a modicum of skepticism.
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  • Being truly Internet savvy in today’s world means learning how to be honest about who you are, professional in your dealings with others, and willing to learn openly from mistakes as well as from successes.
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    Davis (2012.10.22) supports her assertion, "For my money (which usually means free), blogging provides the best venue for teaching student writing" ( ¶1).
Tracy Sockalosky

"What's Your Story?" 2012 Winners - 18 views

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    Great student created PSA videos about online safety.
Steve Ransom

Building Good Search Skills: What Students Need to Know | MindShift - 54 views

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    Building Good Search Skills: What Students Need to Know
Paul Beaufait

Excerpt From My Book On Teaching English Language Learners | Larry Ferlazzo's... - 12 views

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    This post pointed out reviews, and included "a portion of my [Larry's] Introduction that explains the parts of the 'Organizing Cycle':

    Building Strong Relationships with Students ...
    Accessing Prior Knowledge through Stories ...
    Identifying and Mentoring Students' Leadership Potential ...
    Learning by Doing ... [&]
    Reflection.
Paul Beaufait

Education Week Teacher: Helping Students Motivate Themselves (Ferlazzo, 2011.04.06) - 13 views

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    In an adaption of Ch. 1 from one of his books, Larry  Ferlazzo focused on intrinsic motivation, and suggested, for example,"People are more motivated and confident when they feel they have more control over their environment. Inviting students to have a voice in classroom decisions-where they sit, what day a test takes place, in what order units are studied, or even where a plant should be placed in the classroom-can help them develop that greater sense of control" (Creating Opportunities for Students to Help Make Decisions, para. 1).
Steve Ransom

After student complaints, Utah professor denied job | Inside Higher Ed - 35 views

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    What to do when students DEMAND to be passive recipients of information rather than active participants and thinkers?
Steve Ransom

The 10 Worst Mistakes of First-Time Job Hunters - Finance and Accounting Jobs News and ... - 9 views

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    Some salient and relevant advice for 21st century learners!

    "I would have actually networked."
    "I would have gotten more involved in career-relevant extracurricular activities.""I would have focused more on becoming 'professional.'""I would have kept better track of my achievements.""I would have focused more on developing relevant skills."
Steve Ransom

Students Find Ways to Thwart Facebook Bans - NYTimes.com - 17 views

  • But schools persist. “We know there is no education in social networking,” said Ken Sanders, the principal of a middle school in Michigan that has one of the firmest bans: students can work only on computers provided by the school, and cellphones are banned, too, since smartphones can’t be blocked on schools’ systems. “Kids should be in school to learn, so we have a system that blocks all personal access,” he said.
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      A common sentiment for many. Kids need to learn how to resist the urge to get distracted and use Internet services for personal reasons. This is no different for adults! We all need to learn to resist things that distract us from the current task/goal at hand. However, to simply ban this doesn't help anyone learn digital social and coping skills necessary for success beyond the school walls.
Tracy Sockalosky

How Students Use Technology [INFOGRAPHIC] Mashable How Students Use Technology [INFOGRA... - 62 views

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    Great infographic...content and presentation!
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