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Contents contributed and discussions participated by Paul Beaufait

Paul Beaufait

Social Media for Teachers: Guides, Resources, and Ideas | Edutopia - 22 views

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    "[I]t can be a challenge to incorporate social media into lessons. There are many gray areas for teachers to navigate, like setting guidelines, accessibility at school, and student safety. But to help teachers navigate this ever-changing landscape of social media tools, here are some of the best guides on the web for four popular networks, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest" (¶2, 2015.02.23).
Paul Beaufait

Do I Need a Digital Teaching Portfolio? | Edutopia - 22 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)
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."
Paul Beaufait

50+Ways - Finding Flickr Photos - 35 views

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    Loaded with tips and tools for finding and attributing sources of Creative Commons images.
Paul Beaufait

How Does the Brain Learn Best? Smart Studying Strategies | MindShift - 41 views

  • pupils today can change the way they study to exploit the brain’s quirky learning processes, using the strategies revealed by memory and learning research
  • Students need to understand that learning happens not only during reading and studying, but in all sorts of ways, so that they can examine their own habits to know which ones may be helping or not, and make adjustments
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    Chen sums up an interview about Benedict Carey's book, How We Learn: The Surprising Truth about When, Where, and Why It Happens, highlighting and exemplifying take-away messages for self-directed learners as well as teachers.
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.
Paul Beaufait

Inspire Thoughtful Creative Writing Through Art | Global Digital Citizen Foundation - 23 views

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    Great tips about using art for critical thinking and writing prompts
Paul Beaufait

Beyond Knowing Facts, How Do We Get to a Deeper Level of Learning? - 21 views

  • The elements that make up this approach are not necessarily new — great teachers have been employing these tactics for years. But now there’s a movement to codify the different pieces that define the deeper learning approach, and to spread the knowledge from teacher to teacher, school to school in the form of a Deeper Learning MOOC (massive open online course), organized by a group of schools, non-profits, and sponsored by the Hewlett Foundation.
  • So what defines deeper learning? This group has identified six competencies: mastering content, critical thinking, effective written and oral communication, collaboration, learning how to learn, and developing academic mindsets.

  • “Before we assess, we need to know what we are assessing for,” said Marc Chun, program officer at the Hewlett Foundation. What does effective collaboration look like? What does it really look like to be a critical thinker? These skill are more oriented towards process than content, making them difficult to assess in a standardized way.
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    Schwartz (2014.02.28) acknowledged that approaches fostering deeper learning are not new, and pointed out related competencies derived from a MOOC. She also highlighted challenges of assessing such competencies.
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    Schwartz (2014.02.28) acknowledged that approaches fostering deeper learning are not new, and pointed out related competencies derived from a MOOC. She also highlighted challenges of assessing such competencies.
Paul Beaufait

Rubrics for Teachers - Assessment - 74 views

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    A mother lode of rubrics for all sorts of products, projects, and processes
Paul Beaufait

TESOL Connections - January 2014 - 20 views

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    "IRIS holds data collection instruments from a wide range of theoretical and methodological perspectives. These include, for example, questionnaires about motivation, attitudes, learning strategies, and intercultural understanding; experimental teaching methods; classroom observation and interview schedules; teaching tasks; sound and video files; word lists; pictures for encouraging learners to use specific structures; language tests for different skills and types of knowledge… and many more besides" (Materials on IRIS, ¶1).
Paul Beaufait

Learning objectives, targets and goals - 13 views

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    "While the authors of The SIOP Model advocate for writing separate content and language objectives, others are advocating for the incorporation of language skills into content objectives. In either case, making language learning explicit benefits students as it clarifies what they should know and learn in a given lesson" (¶9).

    Some teachers also incorporate a third type of objective: behavioral. Behavioral objectives make explicit to students the actions and behaviors associated with classroom activities. Examples of behavioral objectives may include engaging in conversations, working in cooperative groups or delivering speeches" (¶10).
Paul Beaufait

Framework for 21st Century Learning - The Partnership for 21st Century Skills - 35 views

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    "The Framework presents a holistic view of 21st century teaching and learning that combines a discrete focus on 21st century student outcomes (a blending of specific skills, content knowledge, expertise and literacies) with innovative support systems to help students master the multi-dimensional abilities required of them in the 21st century" (¶1).
Paul Beaufait

P21 Framework Definitions [PDF] (2009) - 15 views

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    "To help practitioners integrate skills into the teaching of core academic subjects, the Partnership has developed a unified, collective vision for learning known as the Framework for 21st Century Learning. This Framework describes the skills, knowledge and expertise students must master to succeed in work and life; it is a blend of content knowledge, specific skills, expertise and literacies" (Partnership for 21st Century Skills, 2009, ¶1).
Paul Beaufait

Google+ demands your real name: Pseudonyms suspended - SlashGear - 20 views

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    "Google suggested that "using Google Profiles to help people find and connect with you online is how the product is best used," and in short decided that it would not allow any other use outside of that. Those with their Google Profiles set to private after the end of July will have them automatically deleted."
Paul Beaufait

JSTOR: The Elementary School Journal, Vol. 36, No. 6 (Feb., 1936), pp. 456-460 - 9 views

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    Dolch, E. W. (1936). A basic sight vocabulary.
    The Elementary School Journal, 36(6), 456-460.

    Published by: The University of Chicago Press
    Article Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/995914
Paul Beaufait

Integrating Google Tools 4 Teachers - 97 views

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    Collete Casinelli's site comprises a number of resources not only comparing Google Apps for Education with standard Google Tools and Products, and outlining the Pros and Cons of each, but also introducing many of the tools, and providing suggestions for their use with young learners.
Paul Beaufait

Home | starters.co.nz - 17 views

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    A follow-on to the no longer active http://www.teachingonline.org/ site, "starters.co.nz is a web-based subscription resource for schools featuring over 1600 quality pdf, ready-to-use lesson plans including digital resources such as videos and websites that enhance and add depth to the lessons. / Our lessons are based on and cover all areas of the New Zealand Curriculum and are grouped for Yrs 1-4 and Yrs 4-9+. / starters is particularly useful for printing out easy-to-follow quality lessons for relieving teachers" (deck, 2013.02.03).
Paul Beaufait

13 Wiki Tools Teachers should Know about ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning - 54 views

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    "a list of different wiki platforms" (para. 2, 2012.12.23)
    Thanks to  Christine Bauer-Ramazani for pointing this out!
Paul Beaufait

Introduction to Inquiry-Based Learning - 55 views

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    "It is crucial to recognize that inquiry-based teaching should not be viewed as a technique or instructional practice or method used to teach a subject. Rather, inquiry starts with teachers as engaged learners and researchers with the foundational belief that the topics they teach are rich, living and generous places for wonder and exploration." (para. 4, retrieved 2012.11.23)
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