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Maureen Greenbaum

Sugata Mitra - the professor with his head in the cloud | Education | The Guardian - 16 views

  • “A generation of children has grown up with continuous connectivity to the internet. A few years ago, nobody had a piece of plastic to which they could ask questions and have it answer back. The Greeks spoke of the oracle of Delphi. We’ve created it. People don’t talk to a machine. They talk to a huge collective of people, a kind of hive. Our generation [Mitra is 64] doesn’t see that. We just see a lot of interlinked web pages
  • “Within five years, you will not be able to tell if somebody is consulting the internet or not. The internet will be inside our heads anywhere and at any time. What then will be the value of knowing things? We shall have acquired a new sense. Knowing will have become collective.”
  • if you imagine me and my phone as a single entity, yes. Very soon, asking somebody to read without their phone will be like telling them to read without their glasses.”
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  • Twenty children are asked a “big question” such as “Why do we learn history?”, “Is the universe infinite?”, “Should children ever go to prison?” or “How do bees make honey?” They are then left to find the answers using five computers. The ratio of four children to one computer is deliberate: Mitra insists that the children must collaborate. “There should be chaos, noise, discussion and running about,” he says.
  • . Year 4 children (aged eight to nine) were given questions from GCSE physics and biology papers. After using their Sole computers for 45 minutes, their average test scores on three sets of questions were 25%, 26% and 13%. Three months later – the school having taught nothing on these subjects in the interim – they were tested again, individually and without warning. The scores rose to 57%, 80% and 16% respectively, suggesting the children continued researching the questions in their own time.
  • he says the main benefit of his methods is that children’s self-confidence increases so that they challenge adult perceptions.
  • the propositions that children can benefit from collaborative learning and that banning internet use from exams will get trickier, to the point where it may prove futile. It’s worth remembering that new technologies nearly always deliver less than we expect at first and far more than we expect later on, often in unexpected ways.
womensstudies

Teaching Gender Equality to Children - Paige Briggs - 17 views

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    A guide for selecting anti-bias children's books recommends checking illustrations, story lines and the relationships between characters as some of the ways to find books without gender bias.
Sean Nash

Aligning Philosophy and Practice - nashworld - 34 views

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    One of my foundational rules of classroom engagement is simply this: never be the first one to open your mouth and start talking about any topic. Twenty years in the classroom taught me that one. Never assume. Never take prior knowledge for granted. Listen first, then act. Never presume to know what the students in front of you are capable of. They'll show you if you are bold enough to listen.
Tim Cooper

30 years of collaboration towards empowering children to be creative thinkers on Vimeo - 9 views

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    Great video about Seymour Papert, the Media Lab, Lego Mindstorms and the development of both the Mindstorms robot platform, Scratch and inspiring learning. A little feel good for Lego and MIT but the overall history is correct and inspiring.
A Mommy

untitled - 16 views

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    Reading Eggs makes learning to read interesting and engaging for kids, with great online reading games and activities.
doctorikeda

One in eight children in Hawaiʻi live in poverty, according to KIDS COUNT dat... - 10 views

  • “We have more children in poverty now, more children living in high-poverty neighborhoods, and over a quarter of our children living in families where parents lack secure employment,
  • To read the full report, visit the Annie E. Casey Foundation website.
C CC

Session 227: How to get Children Reading for Pleasure | UKEdChat.com - Supporting the #... - 36 views

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    A list of books curated by teachers which have helped get children into reading books for pleasure
C CC

Session 227: How to get Children Reading for Pleasure | UKEdChat.com - Supporting the #... - 13 views

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    Teacher discussion summary and archive full of ideas to get children reading for pleasure
Roland Gesthuizen

10 Reasons Why I Will Continue to Give my Children Handheld Devices | Hipmombrarian's Blog - 50 views

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    "Here are my 10 reasons why I will continue giving my children handheld devices, and all other forms of technology as well."
Roland Gesthuizen

Polished Man | End Child Abuse & Violence Against Children - 9 views

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    "Polished Man challenges men to wear nail polish and fundraise towards prevention programs to address violence against children."
C CC

News: Students Excel at Problem Solving - 20 views

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    OECD Figures
C CC

Children's Prized Possessions - 24 views

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    A great set of images showing the prized possessions of children. Great discussion stimulus.
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