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Nigel Coutts

Powerful Provocations for Learning: Sparking curiosity and increasing engagement - The ... - 14 views

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    Powerful learning begins with the perfect provocation. Creating, refining and skilfully presenting the perfect provocation is an essential capability for teachers hoping to engage their class in rich dialogue. Claims that the percentage of students engaged by their learning declines from 75 percent in fifth grade to 32 percent by eleventh grade suggests a need for a more provocative environment. 
Nigel Coutts

Engaged, Disengaged and Overengaged - The consequences of engagement on learning - The ... - 16 views

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    If you consider the day to day life of many of our students today, you see that they have very little time that is free from some form of programmed activity. Indeed, it is increasingly the norm for families to fill their children's time with the maximum number of learning, sporting and co-curricular activities. Schools naturally are happy to facilitate this and many see the breadth of programmes that they offer as a measure of success. But is there a consequence to all this activity and constant state of engagement?
Nigel Coutts

Why engagement matters for learning - The Learner's Way - 15 views

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    This is not a story about the evolution of the world-wide-web. It is not about an evolutionary process of learning or a desire to engage in life-long learning. It is instead about the importance of purpose and engagement as factors in our learning.
massicg

Twitter Boosts College Grades and Class Engagement [STUDY] - 1 views

  • Christina Greenhow, an assistant professor of education at Michigan State University, discovered that students using the microblogging service as part of their education are more engaged and have higher grades. In fact, she considers it “a new literary practice,” as she explains in her study “Twitteracy: Tweeting as a New form of Literary Practice.”
Florence Dujardin

Promoting Student Engagement by Integrating New Technology into Tertiary Education: The... - 3 views

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    Teachers in tertiary education need new strategies to communicate with students of the net generation and to shape enticing educational experiences for them. The use of new approaches such as video-recorded lectures to communicate directly and individually with all students has been the preserve of technology-savvy educators. However, a recent technological advance - the Apple iPad - has the potential to change this situation, offering access to effective and efficient pedagogy in an easy and intuitive way. This paper is a report on the use of the iPad in teaching activities over the past 15 months, showing how it can be used to enhance engagement with learning for tertiary students, both those studying live on campus and those studying at a distance.
Roland Gesthuizen

Education Outrage: Back to School: A message to high school students who hate high scho... - 21 views

  • I say in this interview that the only way we can learn is by doing and to do that we must practice constantly. Schools rarely teach doing, mostly teaching abstract theories that will never matter to 99% of the population.
  • So, my advice. Know what matters to you. Learn that. Temporarily memorize nonsense if you want to graduate but have a proper perspective on it. Nothing you learn in high school will matter in your future life.
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    "I believe that every single subject taught in high school is a mistake. What I write here will infuriate teachers, but teachers are not my enemy. It isn't their fault. They are cogs in a system over which they have no control. I believe there are many great teachers, and I believe that teaching and teachers are very important."
Andrea B

Are kids really motivated by technology? | SmartBlogs SmartBlogs - 10 views

  • You can’t motivate students with technology because technology alone isn’t motivating. Worse yet, students are almost always ambivalent toward digital tools.
  • Technology, as Dina Strasser likes to say, is a motivational red herring
  • What students are really motivated by are opportunities to be social — to interact around challenging concepts in powerful conversations with their peers.
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  • Technology’s role in today’s classroom, then, isn’t to motivate. It’s to give students opportunities to efficiently and effectively participate in motivating activities built around the individuals and ideas that matter to them.
  • Once you have the answers to these questions — only after you have the answers to these questions — are you ready to make choices about the kinds of digital tools that are worth embracing.
  • You can’t motivate students with technology because technology alone isn’t motivating
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    You can't motivate students with technology because technology alone isn't motivating. Worse yet, students are almost always ambivalent toward digital tools.
carmelladoty

Kids Speak Out on Student Engagement | Edutopia - 35 views

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    What students think.... and they are correct.
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    What students say engages them in the classroom.
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    Students were asked "What engages you in school?" This article discusses the results.
Roland Gesthuizen

Drill Down: Mobile Devices in Education -- THE Journal - 105 views

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    "As educators continue to weigh the many considerations attached to allowing student-owned handheld devices on campus, Speak Up asked parents what good they think the use of mobile technologies would have on their children's education."
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    Interesting to look over the perceptions reported by parents.
philipess

Technology Integration Edutopia - 8 views

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    Effective technology integration is achieved when its use supports curricular goals. It must support four key components of learning: active engagement, participation in groups, frequent interaction and feedback, and connection to real-world experts. This site explores these areas.
Dora Hawkins

National Library of Virtual Math - Grades K-12 - 10 views

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    A digital library containing Java applets and activities for K-12 mathematics
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    The use of virtual manipulatives help students visualize relationships and applications in virtual learning environments.
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