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Joe Canata

Math websites - 158 views

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    Check out these 9 great math based websites.
Andrew McCluskey

Students' happiness at school goes a long way in learning | Springfield News-Leader | n... - 32 views

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      To be a valued member of a classroom, they need to have a purpose.
Matt Renwick

What is PBL? | Project Based Learning | BIE - 54 views

shared by Matt Renwick on 29 May 13 - Cached
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    PBL graphic
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    Great graphic depicting elements for rigorous PBL.
Brandie Hayes

What are questions? by Jason Fried of 37signals - 43 views

  • “Questions are places in your mind where answers fit. If you haven’t asked the question, the answer has nowhere to go. It hits your mind and bounces right off. You have to ask the question – you have to want to know – in order to open up the space for the answer to fit.”
  • “Questions are places in your mind where answers fit. If you haven’t asked the question, the answer has nowhere to go. It hits your mind and bounces right off. You have to ask the question – you have to want to know – in order to open up the space for the answer to fit.”
    • Eric Nentrup
       
      I really like this acknowledgement of the role questions play in our cognitive process. They aren't just the knowledge equivalent of a meal ticket...they're our dinner date!
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  • Questions are your mind’s receptors for answers. If you aren’t curious enough to want to know why, to want to ask questions, then you’re not making the room in your mind for answers. If you stop asking questions, your mind can’t grow.
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    Interesting statement about the role of questionging in acquiring new infomation. Your mind has to ask the question in order for your brain to have a place to hold onto the information.....interesting perspective. 
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    I frequently say a similar thing when I talk about having students share their questions after a first reading. Their questions are such a great diagnostic of what they are ready to learn! Having students ask and answer their own questions not only gives them the info. they need now, but teaches them to be self-directed learners for a lifetime.
Enid Baines

Don't Confuse Technology With Teaching - Commentary - The Chronicle of Higher Education - 108 views

  • Education is not the transmission of information or ideas. Education is the training needed to make use of information and idea
  • We provide individualized instruction in how to evaluate and make use of information and ideas, teaching people how to think for themselves.
  • A set of podcasts is the 21st-century equivalent of a textbook, not the 21st-century equivalent of a teacher
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  • Technology can make education bette
  • We will, instead, produce graduates who cast assumptions they've never really questioned into grammatically correct slogans, and the sloganeers with the catchiest phrases, the most confidence, and the most money will shape the future.
  • Education is not the transmission of information or ideas. Education is the training needed to make use of information and ideas.
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
Maureen Greenbaum

Thinking - Why I'm taking full responsibility for my education - 8 views

  • High school isn’t an inspiring place. Not because of the students, but because of the credentialing process. Most schoolwork is for the sake of completion and rote learning.

  • Why should students do more than asked when their education isn’t their responsibility?
  • Good teachers actively demonstrate why what they’re teaching is interesting/useful/insightful.
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  • Good teachers don’t let the credentialing process get in the way of the students learning.
  • Bad teachers assign work merely to assess the student’s ability to complete it in a structured, timely fashion.
  • I don’t care about a piece of paper saying I’m awesome. I care about being awesome.

ivan alba

WatchKnowLearn - Videos educativos gratuitos para estudiantes de nivel preescolar, prim... - 9 views

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    Free K-12 educational videos … organized. Tens of thousands of excellent, educational videos in a huge, intuitive directory. Organized, reviewed, rated, and described by teachers. Ideal as a supplement to a curriculum or for independent study. Designed for teachers, students, parents, homeschoolers, educators … and all life-long learners!
Kalin Wilburn

Digital Learning Day :: Home - 67 views

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    you tube intro to digital learning day
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    Join us as we create a national awareness campaign to celebrate innovative teachers and instructional strategies. Technology has changed the way we do everything from grocery shopping, to listening to music, and reading books. It's time to take action to leverage this potential with more innovative uses of technology in our nation's schools to ensure every student experiences personalized learning with great teaching.
Todd McKee

Learn to code | Codecademy - 54 views

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    I began coding as a 6 year old on a Amstrad CPC-464 with a Tape drive (iPod generation see the cutting edge of 1980s design at http://media.pcadvisor.co.uk/cmsdata/news/3206319/amstrad_cpc464.jpg). With the success of apps and app stores, coding has been elevated to the mainstream. This site teaches the basics of HTML coding.
    http://ictmagic.wikispaces.com/ICT+&+Web+Tools
ivan alba

Learner.org - Teacher Professional Development - 19 views

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    Resources for teachers and students. Videos, interactive lessons, games, and more covering all disciplines and grade levels.
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    Teacher professional development and classroom
    resources across the curriculum
tlkirsten

Educational Leadership:How Teachers Learn:Learning with Blogs and Wikis - 57 views

  • Bloggers spend significant time pushing their own thinking—and having their thinking pushed by others. They respond to comments and link to other writers, connecting to and creating interesting ideas. Some develop curriculum and instructional materials together. Others review resources and debate the merits of the individual tools of teaching. Philosophical conversations about what works in schools are common as teachers talk about everything from homework and grading practices to school and district policies that affect teaching and learning. Blogs become a forum for public articulation—and public articulation is essential for educators interested in refining and revising their thinking about teaching and learning.
  • That's when I introduce them to RSS (Really Simple Syndication) feed readers.
Josh Flores

Using Groups Effectively: 10 Principles « The Window - 172 views

  • Having students work in groups reaps a bounty of benefits, including boosting students’ social skills and upping the number of “happy campers” in the classroom.
  • As with every aspect of teaching, using groups effectively requires mindful planning and attention to more than who works with whom.
  • Putting people into groups isn’t a magical dust that makes everyone more creative. It has to be the right kind of group, and the group has to match the task
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      Really? This is something I'm guilty of. 
  • Do not appoint a group “leader.”
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      Also guilty
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      This is why I like starting with a free write
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    "I recently attended a conference session featuring Keith .. an expert on the effectiveness of group efforts. His presentation focused on what has been and potentially can be accomplished through collaboration, but he hinted that just getting people into groups is not the answer. .. Though his focus is on creativity, I think Sawyer's insights apply to our use of groups to foster learning. Here are ten principles I've picked up:"
Carla Wimmersberger

Learning. Your time starts… now! | Betchablog - 47 views

  • If you accept that Learning is a Conversation, and that some of the most powerful learning can take place in the process of conversing and exchanging ideas with others, then setting up ways to have as many of these conversations as possible seems like an obvious thing to do.
  • It might be easy to think that the people on the stage at conferences have the knowledge and that if we simply listen to them we will get wisdom, but the truth is that sometimes it just doesn't work like that, and even if it does, most of those ideas gather far more momentum once we start to internalise them through further conversation with others. Ideas beget ideas, one thing leads to another, and you often find some of the best, most useful ideas come to you not from what was said by a speaker, but from things that came to to you as a result of further conversation about what was said.  (by the way, the same logic applies in classrooms too!)
  • If we limit our notion of learning to the "official" channel - the teacher, the textbook, the syllabus - we miss so much. Yes, learning happens at school, but what about outside school? Yes, learning happens in the classroom, but what about outside the classroom? Yes, learning happens in the act of "being taught", but what about when we are not "being taught"?
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  • Our schools system implies that when we ring the bell to signal the start of a class, we are really saying that the learning starts... wait for it... now!  And at the end of the lesson we ring it again to say the learning now stops. Ok, school's over, you can all stop learning now. Until tomorrow.
  • if we acknowledge that creativity in education is important, then how can we teach kids to be creative if we continue to focus on just regurgitating standard answers to standard questions, year after year. Because if it's only about learning pre-defined content then you don't need creativity, and you don't need conversation. Learning in messy and there is no point extending our thinking into new and creative areas if we aren't committed to that notion, because that just muddies up all those nice clean facts we have to remember.
  • Papert said that the one really valuable skill for a 21st century learner is that of being able to "learn to learn"... To be able not just to know the answers to what you were taught in school, but to know how to find the answers to those things you were not taught in school.
  • So how do virtual communities fit into this? They are an obvious and convenient way of extending conversations with other likeminded people, no matter where (or when) in the world they might be.
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  • If you accept that Learning is a Conversation , and that some of the most powerful learning can take place in the process of conversing and exchanging ideas with others, then setting up ways to have as many of these conversations as possible seems like an obvious thing to do.
  • If we limit our notion of learning to the "official" channel - the teacher, the textbook, the syllabus - we miss so much. Yes, learning happens at school, but what about outside school? Yes, learning happens in the classroom, but what about outside the classroom? Yes, learning happens in the act of "being taught", but what about when we are not "being taught"?

     
    Our schools system implies that when we ring the bell to signal the start of a class, we are really saying that the learning starts... wait for it... now!   And at the end of the lesson we ring it again to say the learning now stops. Ok, school's over, you can all stop learning now. Until tomorrow.

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    if we acknowledge that creativity in education is important, then how can we teach kids to be creative if we continue to focus on just regurgitating standard answers to standard questions, year after year. Because if it's only about learning pre-defined content then you don't need creativity, and you don't need conversation. Learning in messy and there is no point extending our thinking into new and creative areas if we aren't committed to that notion, because that just muddies up all those nice clean facts we have to remember.
Kurt Schmidt

A Perfect Storm in Undergraduate Education, Part 2 - Advice - The Chronicle of Higher E... - 43 views

  • But, in the past few generations, the imagery and rhetoric of academic marketing have cultivated a belief that college will be, if not decadent, at least primarily recreational: social activities, sporting events, and travel.
  • Increasingly, students are buying an "experience" instead of earning an education, and, in the competition to attract customers, that's what's colleges are selling.
  • a growing percentage of students are arriving at college without ever having written a research paper, read a novel, or taken an essay examination. And those students do not perceive that they have missed something in their education; after all, they have top grades. In that context, the demands of professors for different kinds of work can seem bewildering and unreasonable, and students naturally gravitate to courses with more-familiar expectations.
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  • Students increasingly are pressured to go to college not because they want to learn (much less become prepared for the duties of citizenship), but because they and their parents believe—perhaps rightly—that not going will exclude them from middle-class jobs.
  • At most universities, a student is likely to be unknown to the professor and would expect to feel like a nuisance, a distraction from more important work.
  • As academic expectations have decreased, social programming and extracurricular activities have expanded to fill more than the available time. That is particularly the case for residential students, for whom the possibility of social isolation is a source of great anxiety.
  • College has become unaffordable for most people without substantial loans; essentially they are mortgaging their future in the expectation of greater earnings. In order to reduce borrowing, more and more students leave class early or arrive late or neglect assignments, because they are working to provide money for tuition or living expenses.
  • As students' anxiety about the future increases, no amount of special pleading for general-education courses on history, literature, or philosophy—really anything that is not obviously job-related—will convince most students that they should take those courses seriously.
  • But at the major universities, most professors are too busy to care about individual students, and it is easy to become lost amid a sea of equally disenchanted undergraduates looking for some kind of purpose—and not finding it.
  • we need to make "rigorous and high-quality educational experiences a moral imperative."
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    ". . . we need to make 'rigorous and high-quality educational experiences a moral imperative.'"
Delia DeCourcy

Diigo 101 - Student Learning with Diigo - 112 views

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    "Three main navigation menus of Diigo are My Library, My Network, and My Group which are connected to the key principles of Diigo, explicitly, researching, sharing and collaborating. All information and items collected by users are entered into the My Library on the Diigo serve"
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    We invite you to explore the various features of Diigo. Become educated and informed on the powerful use of Diigo for student learning. Learn how this research tool can enhance classroom instruction and promote higher levels of student collaboration. As you navigate through our site you will see examples of valuable lessons and resources, all displayed for your use.

John Dorn

Quicklyst: Take Outline Notes and Study from Your Amazon Kindle, iPhone, iPad, Android ... - 108 views

shared by John Dorn on 28 Jan 11 - No Cached
    • John Dorn
       
      This looks like a great tool for students taking notes during class.
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    Quicklyst is a nice tool for taking notes and creating outlines. Quicklyst provides a simple outline template that you can use to take notes.
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    Note taking site
Ms. Nimz

If Students Learn Differently, Why Do Public Schools Only Support One Way? « ... - 66 views

  • true change for the better most often happens in a disruptive manner
  • learning should be tailored to the needs of each individual student
  • learning styles that match the instructor’s teaching style can be a significant factor in developing “smart kids.”
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    "I've been reading the book Disrupting Class by Clayton Christensen recently. While I'm only half-way through the book, it has provided some interesting and thought-provoking ideas about lesson content, pedagogy and individual student needs as they relate to pubic schools."
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    An review that reflects on our different learning styles. Has anybody read this book?
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    Daniel Willingham is a cognitive scientist who wrote a book called "Why Don't Students Like School?" His ideas are supported by science. Clayton Christensen is a business professor His ideas about education are not as well supported.
clconzen

20 Technology Skills that Every Educator Should Have | Digital Learning Environments - 171 views

  • could be/might be used in a classroom.
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    1.    Google Tools Knowledge
    2.    Google Earth Knowledge
    3.    Wiki Knowledge
    4.    Blogging Knowledge
    5.    Spreadsheets Skills
    6.    Database Skills
    7.    Social Bookmarking Knowledge
    8.    Social Networking Knowledge
    9.    Web Resources in content area
    10.    Web Searching skills
    11.    Web2.0 Tools
    12.    Interactive White Board skills (SmartBoard and Promethean)
    13.    Website design and management skills
    14.    Presentation Tools
    15.    IM knowledge
    16.    Video and Podcasting

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    lists skills with resources
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    Useful re: Tech Competencies - 20 Technology Skills that Every Educator Should Have http://t.co/5y2u1ECH #edtech
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