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Ihering Alcoforado

Mind, Brain, & Education - 1 views

    Solution Tree, a leading educational professional development company, has released Mind, Brain, & education, a new book that explores neuroscience's implications for improving teaching and education.Mind, Brain, & education is a landmark publication in the emerging field of educational neuroscience. The book showcases insights into the learning process and explores its implications for educational theory and practice. With an introduction and chapter by David A. Sousa, one of the primary researchers in the field, and chapters by 16 leading experts, Mind, Brain, & education provides a comprehensive overview of the history and current research being conducted in this emerging field.The researchers who contribute to the volume use the growing knowledge of how the brain functions and develops to explore the field's implications for pedagogy and the classroom. "It's an educationlent, timely, informative book on the history and current status of the field that has come to be known as educational neuroscience," said Robert Sylwester, emeritus professor of education at the University of Oregon. "The 10 chapters that constitute the heart of the book were written by a wonderful mix of outstanding researchers and educators, from Michael I. Posner, a renowned pioneer in the use of neuroimaging technology in psychology/education and the recipient of the 2009 National Medal of Science, to Judy Willis, who left a career as a neurologist to become an elementary/middle school teacher." Mind, Brain, & education is the sixth book in the Leading Edge™ series. The Leading Edge™ series unites education authorities from around the globe and asks them to confront the important issues that affect teachers and administrators-the issues that profoundly impact student success
J Black

More Tuition-Free Education Courses for Teachers - 0 views

    In a recent post about Tuition-Free Education Courses for Teachers, I pointed out a number of online Education courses that are free to self-learners around the world. Most of these courses are provided through well-known colleges and universities. While these courses are an Educationlent way to broaden your knowledge of specific topics, they aren't the only sources of free teacher Education on the web. There are many other organizations that provide tuition-free Education courses to teachers. A few more worth checking out include:
Zane Education

Zane Education - 16 views

    Zane Education provides what appears to be the first ondemand K12 Educational video subscription website providing over 1,000 online videos to supplement and cater for the requirements of the K12 curriculum. A feature of this website is that all videos are subtitled to aid in the improvement of each students reading literacy level. Each video is accompanied by am interactive quiz to test the student on what they have learnt from the video they have watched. This website provides an Educationlent resource for teachers, parents, homeschooling and students and will certainly save money on the amount that those home educators often have to spend on textbooks. The K12 curriculum subjects subjects catered for include Art, Music, Literature, Maths, History, Geography, Science, Biology, Social Sciences, Library Skills, Health and Religious Studies. Zane is a name well established in the Education market having previously published over 250 CD-ROM titles which are in use in schools and homeschools across the country. Their online service at now supercedes their PowerCD CD-ROM titles and offers great value for money.
Fatima Anwar

The Integrated Learning Platform: Cardiff Univeristy - Cardiff is everything a good university should be - 0 views

    Cardiff University is recognized in independent government tests as one of The British leading educating and analysis colleges. Established by Royal Charter in 1883, the University today brings together impressive modern facilities and a powerful approach to educating and analysis with its proud culture of service and accomplishment. Cardiff University is the biggest University of mature education and learning in Wales, with the Cardiff Center for Long term Studying offering several hundred programs in locations across Southern Eastern Wales. The University's lifelong learning actions also include the professional growth work performed by educational institutions for companies, and many of these is custom-made to match an individual business's needs. The Center also provides business terminology training at all levels. Founded: 1883. Structural features: Merged with University of Wales College of Medicine (UCWM) in 2004. Location: Close to Cardiff city center. Healthcare care learners also at hospital website, Heath Recreation area University, 1 mile away. Getting there: Cardiff Primary Place on the national train network; trainers to bus station (next to train station); M4 from London and M5 (west county and Midlands). For school, frequent teaches from Primary Place to Cathays station (on campus), regional vehicles from bus station (53, 79, 81 for main campus; 8 or 9 for hospital site). Academic features: 4-year incorporated food techniques, 5-year two-tier techniques in structure and town planning. 5-year medical and dental programs, plus foundation season for those without science backgrounds; medical teaching throughout Wales. Awarding body: Cardiff University; Wales University for some healthcare programs. Main undergrad awards: BA, BD, BDS, BMus, BN, BSc, BEng, BScEcon, LLB, BArch, MB BCh, MPhys, MChem, MEng, MPharm. Length of courses: 3 years; others 4 and 5 decades. Library & IT facilities: Integrated collection,
Paul Beaufait

What Americans Keep Ignoring About Finland's School Success - Anu Partanen - National - The Atlantic - 16 views

  • As for accountability of teachers and administrators, Sahlberg shrugs. "There's no word for accountability in Finnish," he later told an audience at the Teachers College of Columbia University. "Accountability is something that is left when responsibility has been subtracted."
  • The main driver of education policy is not competition between teachers and between schools, but cooperation.
  • Decades ago, when the Finnish school system was badly in need of reform, the goal of the program that Finland instituted, resulting in so much success today, was never excellence. It was equity.
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  • Finland -- unlike, say, very similar countries such as Norway -- was producing academic excellence through its particular policy focus on equity.
  •  the number of foreign-born residents in Finland doubled during the decade leading up to 2010, and the country didn't lose its edge in education. Immigrants tended to concentrate in certain areas, causing some schools to become much more mixed than others, yet there has not been much change in the remarkable lack of variation between Finnish schools in the PISA surveys across the same period.
  • Educational policy, Abrams suggests, is probably more important to the success of a country's school system than the nation's size or ethnic makeup.
  • When Finnish policymakers decided to reform the country's education system in the 1970s, they did so because they realized that to be competitive, Finland couldn't rely on manufacturing or its scant natural resources and instead had to invest in a knowledge-based economy. 
  • It is possible to create equality. And perhaps even more important -- as a challenge to the American way of thinking about education reform -- Finland's experience shows that it is possible to achieve educationlence by focusing not on competition, but on cooperation, and not on choice, but on equity.
    Partanen, Anu. (2011). What Americans Keep Ignoring About Finland's School Success. The Atlantic. Retrieved January 9, 2012, from
Roland Gesthuizen

Paula Smith: Education 2020 -- An Emerging Consensus About Learning - 0 views

  • we need to add a truly human dimension to our educational benchmarks
  • First, an increasing number of people have concluded that we need to add a truly human dimension to our educational benchmarks.
  • if a lower school subject area like hands-on science is taught in a way that students understand, they go on to high school and college and explore biology, chemistry and physics with greater enthusiasm
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  • the new key metrics must be whether students find school interesting; whether the material challenges them; and whether they actually like school enough to continue their studies.
  • there are no limitations on what children can learn
  • children are preparing themselves to become lifelong learners when they question, analyze, compare, collaborate and listen in the classroom
  • teaching must be individualized and responsive to each student's talents, way of thinking and level of understanding
  • teachers act as coaches who model thinking, planning, risk-taking and reflection for children
  • Technology is transforming how we think about education today.
  • practice over time, plus motivation and mentoring, yields excellence and mastery
    "as we contemplate 2020, I'm certain that there won't be one model, one benchmark, one standard, one curriculum, or one teacher training program that ultimately helps us reach our educational goals. But I strongly believe that a decade from now we'll be able to look back and know that we made learning more interesting for each and every child in our country"
    How to make learning interesting for everybody.
Walter Antoniotti

Excel Internet Library - 0 views

    Free Internet MS Excel learning materials grouped as follows. 1) Beginners 2) Intermediate 3) Advanced 4) Business 5) Statistics 6) Educators 7) blogs 8) Free Templates 8)
Caroline Roche Create interactive flash tools / games for education - 9 views

    Use w/SmartBoard?
    EXCELLENT WEBSITE! Create free EXCELal games and tools in flash.
    Excellent site for creating flash tools, interactive quizzes and books, all for free, no signup, and embed on your blog
Steve Ransom

Wake Up and Smell the New Epistemology - The Chronicle Review - The Chronicle of Higher Education - 11 views

  • Good pedagogy is the product of instructors who respect, understand, and creatively engage their students.
    • Steve Ransom
      Hear hear!
  • make transparent
  • I am asking instructors to see the two questions that the new epistemology emblazons across the front of every classroom — "So what?" and "Who cares?" — and then to adjust their teaching accordingly.
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  • show no patience for lectures
  • Good pedagogy is the product of instructors who respect, understand, and creatively engage their students.
  • except for the occasional late bloomer, we fail miserably at creating sustained intellectual fires among the vast majority of our practical, credential-driven students.
  • better and more widely achievable educational goal should therefore be to inculcate a respect for learning and the pursuit of knowledge.
  • public scholarship
    An excellent read for those interested... and those who need a kick in the pants re: engaging meaningfully a new culture of students, especially in higher excel.
Trudy Sweeney

Computers in Education Group of South Australia - Web 2.0 world - 0 views

  • There is an explosive growth in these tools and this page aims to provide an overview of some of the most interesting examples that are relevant to education.
    Education students at Flinders University have been investigating web2.0 tools and how these can be used to enhance learning and teaching.The site provides an Educationlent overview of many free web 2.0 tools for teachers and students.
Jennifer Carey

DropBox - An Excellent and *Free* Resource for Educators - 0 views

    I wrote this "how to for dropbox" for my colleagues. I thought I would share here.
Professional Learning Board

What's Up With All These Standards in Education? - 28 views

    Standards in education are generally developed for the following reasons: Assessment, Achievement, Accountability, Focus, and Transparency. What do you think?
    I'm wondering if the items that you share here are an act of self promotion, or you really believe that they add value to the group. I personally don't find them useful. They are too general and don't really apply to "mission" of this group. I don't mean to be offensive, I just have limited time to check links out.
    Kathy, You make an excellent point, thank you! I was merely trying to spark some dialogue. I didn't realize that Classroom 2.0 at Diigo was about sharing technology, particularly Web 2.0, links. Again, thanks for pointing that out. Best regards, Ellen
Leonard Miller

Education Week: Character Education Seen as Student-Achievement Tool - 0 views

    • Leonard Miller
      So, here it is, teaching values like hard work, integrity, fairness, justice and the like are part of the Common Core, and required for the kind of academic excellence call for by the CCSS
  • Character education is more effective when a designated portion of the day is devoted to character education, according to Mr. Seider
  • It is also most effective when a school focuses on a specific set of traits, according to Mr. Seider's research
Judy Robison

Taming the Wild Wiki | Lesson - 48 views

    a really excellent lesson about Wikipedia from the excellent folks in Canada - Media Awareness.
Tero Toivanen

YouTube - TEDxLaguna - John Moravec - Leapfrogging toward knowmad society - 9 views

    John Morvec's excellent presentation about future of society and excel
Caroline Roche

An iPad for Everyone: Is the iPad ready for 1:1? - Teach42 - 25 views

    an excellent analysis of whether IPads should be used in excel, and how.
Jim Farmer

Google Forms - kernkelley - 25 views

    Using Google Forms in education. This page has links to educationlent templates that you can use in your classroom and school. Everything from Quizzes to surveys and flashcard builders.
John Larkin

cogdoghouse » TwitterCycle - 0 views

    ALan Levine set up this excellent wiki which lists educators that use Twitter. There is also a brief history of their usage of teh tool.
Tracy Sockalosky

Voicethread 4 Education - home - 1 views

    The purpose of this wiki is to gather examples of how educators are using Voicethread in their classrooms (or for professional development) and to share those examples.
    Excellent voicethread wiki
J Black

Driving Change: Selling SharePoint and Social Media Inside the Enterprise - ReadWriteWeb - 0 views

  • balk at the technology because they have no desire to share their knowledge for the benefit of the organization. These individuals tend to equate their knowledge with job security; therefore, they feel nervous about sharing out of fear that they wouldn't be needed any more.
  • "Look for agnostics, ignore atheists."
  • busy workers will not respond to buzzwords like "wiki," "blog," and "community."
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  • The point here is to take collaborative technology and apply it to processes that are routine and can be easily completed.
  • My personal experience has been that most people don't care what tool they are using, just as long as its easy, or easier then the way they had to do it before if that makes sense. And that most people don't want to change the way that they're doing things currently, even if its obviously easier, because currently = comfortable and change = scary.
  • knowledge management is about the people and their attitudes; it is about cooperation.
  • Writing a lot and reading a lot feels natural to us, but to many people it is a chore - so we end up being our wiki's sole active user.
  • You are not selling a tool. You are trying to help people work in a smarter and more efficient way.
    Though this article is written for the business sector, there are many great parallels with how we experience social media's acceptance in the educational realm. The suggestions that are given are readily applied to our setting, as well. In the enterprise, many employees think blogs are merely websites on which people talk about their cat or their latest meal. Many don't know the differences between and advantages of such tools as message boards, blogs, and wikis. They have heard of these terms in passing, but the demands of their day-to-day jobs have prevented them from recognizing the distinct benefits of each tool. Solution: It is useless to advocate for social media tools in a vacuum. Unless you're describing a solution to a practical problem, busy workers will not respond to buzzwords like "wiki," "blog," and "community." Your client usually has about a 30-second attention span in which you can sell a social media tool. An aide in my arsenal has been the educationlent videos by Lee Lefever at Common Craft. Lee visually explains social media concepts "In Plain English." Common Craft videos quickly explain complex and sometimes unfamiliar technologies in a few minutes, sans the buzzwords, hype, and sensationalism. Problem: Cynical Clients Who Don't Want to Share Information Unfortunately, some potential SharePoint users balk at the technology because they have no desire to share their knowledge for the benefit of the organization. These individuals tend to equate their knowledge with job security; therefore, they feel nervous about sharing out of fear that they wouldn't be needed any more.
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