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UKEdMag: The Outdoor Classroom - Let's get Growing Schools - 10 views

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    Get pupils outdoors
Deborah Baillesderr

Giving the Classroom Back to Kids: Supporting Independent Learning through the Flipped ... - 59 views

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    Kids teaching kids!
Deven Black

Pasven Classroomsion Dri - 37 views

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    Resources on how to create and maintain a passion-driven classroom.
Don Doehla

Easily Create Classroom Wikis Using Wikispaces Classroom ~ Educational Technology and M... - 3 views

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    Wikispaces webinar on Wikis for classes
psmiley

Taking Learning Outside The Classroom | Curriculum and Instruction | Learnist - 5 views

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    Flattening the Classroom
Mark Gleeson

What's the Difference Between "Using Technology" and "Technology Integration"? | TeachB... - 15 views

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    A simple and clear comparison worth thinking about...
Michael Sheehan

Learning Never Stops: PicMark - Brand your pictures before sharing them - 71 views

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    PicMark is great for teachers to share class pictures on their class web page or with students in projects.
Elizabeth Resnick

The Early Results Of An iPad Classroom Are In. - Edudemic - 80 views

  • I’ve never observed anything else that has had the impact on teacher personal learning like the introduction of the iPad.

  • students having their own highly engaging and personalized learning device and their own space to learn in. They share better, problem solve better and most importantly learn that there is more than one way to solve a problem
  • The best examples to depict these points would be in the areas of math and writing
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  • I believe that the most successful of the students we are educating today will be those that can find information the fastest and know best what to do with that information.
  • formerly reluctant writers flourish when given the opportunity to work in apps like Book Creator
  • maximized student learning time and extended the learning day for all of our students
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    "Our school has been working with iPads for three years now and I can easily say that these have been the most exciting years of my educational career. While the decision to share these positive results is a direct result of the positive impact on student learning, it is also important to realize the impact this initiative is having with teachers"
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    A change in teaching style
    Direct impact
    Maximizing Student Learning Time
    The Journey Continues...
Roland Gesthuizen

What To Do With A Quiet Child « Annie Murphy Paul - 10 views

  • children who are shy in the classroom have trouble engaging and learning
  • children who are loud and disruptive may be more likely to get the teacher’s attention and benefit from specific educational strategies
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    "A new study, reported on Eurekalert, suggests that introverted children may experience learning problems:"
Tracy Tuten

How Can We Make Assessments Meaningful? | Edutopia - 168 views

  • Criteria for a Meaningful Classroom Assessment

    To address these requirements, I ask myself the following guided questions:

      • Does the assessment involve project-based learning?
      • Does it allow for student choice of topics?
      • Is it inquiry based?
      • Does it ask that students use some level of internet literacy to find their answers?
      • Does it involve independent problem solving?
      • Does it incorporate the 4Cs?
      • Do the students need to communicate their knowledge via writing in some way?
      • Does the final draft or project require other modalities in its presentation? (visual, oral, data, etc...)
  • So how can high-stakes assessments be meaningful to students? For one thing, high-stakes tests shouldn't be so high-stakes. It's inauthentic. They should and still can be a mere snapshot of ability. Additionally, those occasional assessments need to take a back seat to the real learning and achievement going on in every day assessments observed by the teacher.

    The key here, however, is to assess everyday. Not in boring, multiple-choice daily quizzes, but in informal, engaging assessments that take more than just a snapshot of a student's knowledge at one moment in time.

    But frankly, any assessment that sounds cool can still be made meaningless. It's how the students interact with the test that makes it meaningful. Remember the 4 Cs and ask this: does the assessment allow for:

    Creativity Are they students creating or just regurgitating? Are they being given credit for presenting something other than what was described?

    Collaboration Have they spent some time working with others to formulate their thoughts, brainstorm, or seek feedback from peers?

    Critical Thinking Are the students doing more work than the teacher in seeking out information and problem solving?

    Communication Does the assessment emphasize the need to communicate the content well? Is there writing involved as well as other modalities? If asked to teach the content to other students, what methods will the student use to communicate the information and help embed it more deeply?

  • Another way to ensure that an assessment is meaningful, of course, is to simply ask the students what they thought. Design a survey after each major unit or assessment. Or, better yet, if you want to encourage students to really focus on the requirements on a rubric, add a row that's only for them to fill out for you. That way, the rubric's feedback is more of a give-and-take, and you get feedback on the assessment's level of meaningfulness as soon as possible.
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  • Download the example (left) of a quick rubric I designed for a general writing assessment. I included a row that the participants could fill out that actually gave me quick feedback on how meaningful or helpful they believed the assessment was towards their own learning.
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    Worthwhile article on designing meaningful assessments
Rachael Hodges

Five Best Practices for the Flipped Classroom | Edutopia - 184 views

  • It doesn't solve anything. It is a great first step in reframing the role of the teacher in the classroom. It fosters the "guide on the side" mentality and role, rather than that of the "sage of the stage." It helps move a classroom culture towards student construction of knowledge rather than the teacher having to tell the knowledge to students.
  • We must first focus on creating the engagement and then look at structures, like the flipped classroom, that can support.
  • If the flipped classroom is truly to become innovative, then it must be paired with transparent and/or embedded reason to know the content.
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  • One of the best way to create the "need to know" is to use a pedagogical model that demands this.
  • Will you demand that all students watch the video, or is it a way to differentiate and allow choice
  • Will you allow or rely on mobile learning for students to watch it?
  • Lack of technology doesn't necessarily close the door to the flipped classroom model, but it might require some intentional planning and differentiation.
  • you must build in reflective activities to have students think about what they learned, how it will help them, its relevance
  • Students need metacognition to connect content to objectives
  • The focus should be on teacher practice, then tools and structures.
  • Ok, I'll be honest. I get very nervous when I hear education reformists and politicians tout how "incredible" the flipped classroom model (1), or how it will "solve" many of the problems of education. It doesn't solve anything. It is a
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The Classroom Evolved: Creating an Active Learning Environment -- THE Journal - 6 views

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    the first of a new series of articles focused on classroom design, we take a look at a private high school in Florida that's borrowed ideas from two major universities to create classrooms that support interactive, hands-on learning.
Jennifer Carey

My First Attempt at Employing Digital Storytelling in the Classroom « Indiana... - 174 views

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    Would love colleagues' thoughts and input on this lesson!
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    Thank you, Jennifer, for sharing your process on digital storytelling. I teach middle school English and am not as tech-savvy as you, but I know the value of a well-planned multimedia project for students. I am inspired to plan out a similar project, now that I see how to do it. I like that they create a storyboard and script to emphasize the "meat" of their project and not the glitzy stuff. Their narrated videos are quite impressive. Your students are lucky to have you!
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    Thanks Irene! The students did such an amazing job. You really don't have to be tech-saavy to employ this in your classroom. The software is already so user-friendly. The person who taught me how to do this was an English teacher - she would use it with poetry, so that students would have to emphasize emotion in their reading. Very effective!
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    Jennifer, this is wonderful! I love how you give your students choices of which app to use and how you place the onus on them to learn it and to troubleshoot on their own. This is something that I teach in my computer classes because students have to acquire and feel comfortable with that skill. Thanks!
Thomas Anderson

ClassroomBasics - 85 views

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    A superb webpage of beautifully designed classroom basics displays, labels and posters of class resources, the alphabet and words, weather and lots more.
    http://ictmagic.wikispaces.com/Displays+%26+Posters
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