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Steve Ransom

The complete list of problems with high-stakes standardized tests - The Answer Sheet - ... - 7 views

  • focus so narrowly
  • measure only “low level” thinking processes
  • they put the wrong people — test manufacturers — in charge of American education
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  • allow pass-fail rates to be manipulated by officials for political purposes
  • simplify and trivialize learning
  • they provide minimal to no useful feedback
  • keyed to a deeply flawed curriculum
  • lead to neglect of physical conditioning, music, art, and other, non-verbal ways of learning
  • unfairly advantage those who can afford test prep
  • penalize test-takers who think in non-standard ways
  • radically limit their ability to adapt to learner differences
  • encourage use of threats, bribes, and other extrinsic motivators
A Gardner

10 Reasons the Tests Are Lowering Our Standards « Cooperative Catalyst - 94 views

  • Kids will work hard to learn, because they are naturally curious.
  • extrinsic motivation
  • extrinsic motivation, it moves to economic norms, where they learn to do the least possible work for the highest results
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  • The test is longer than the Bar Exam or the MCATs. It’s insane
  • Students should be able to have instant feedback regarding how well they did.
  • two things vying for a student’s attention: the grade and the learning
  • Risk Aversion: Learning involves taking risks.
  • same myopic view of success

10 Reasons To Use Digital Textbooks | Edudemic - 151 views

  • Availability
  • Savings
  • Instant-Access
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  • Apps: Use free
  • Highlight
  • No backpacks required
  • Search
  • Copy, Paste, Email
  • Print
  • eResources
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      If only they made them in my teaching area - or made more of them available for the ELT areas...

22 Reasons to go to Space - 35 views

    Una divertida infografía que puede ser un punto de partida para que los estudiantes hagan sus propias creaciones.
Doreen Stopczynski

20 reasons why students should blog | On an e-journey with generation Y - 181 views

  • It is FUN! Fun!….. I hear your sceptical exclamation!! However, it is wonderful when students think they are having so much fun, they forget that they are actually learning. A favourite comment on one of my blog posts is: It’s great when kids get so caught up in things they forget they’re even learning…   by jodhiay authentic audience – no longer working for a teacher who checks and evalutes work but  a potential global audience. Suits all learning styles – special ed (this student attends special school 3days per weeek, our school 2 days per week, gifted ed, visual students, multi-literacies plus ‘normal‘ students. Increased motivation for writing – all students are happy to write and complete aspects of the post topic. Many will add to it in their own time. Increased motivation for reading – my students will happily spend a lot of time browsing through fellow student posts and their global counterparts. Many have linked their friends onto their blogroll for quick access. Many make comments, albeit often in their own sms language. Improved confidence levels – a lot of this comes through comments and global dots on their cluster maps. Students can share their strengths and upload areas of interest or units of work eg personal digital photography, their pets, hobbies etc Staff are given an often rare insight into what some students are good at. We find talents that were otherwise unknown and it allows us to work on those strengths. It allows staff to often gain insight to how students are feeling and thinking. Pride in their work – My experience is that students want their blogs to look good in both terms of presentation and content. (Sample of a year 10 boy’s work) Blogs allow text, multimedia, widgets, audio and images – all items that digital natives want to use Increased proofreading and validation skills Improved awareness of possible dangers that may confront them in the real world, whilst in a sheltered classroom environment Ability to share – part of the conceptual revolution that we are entering. They can share with each other, staff, their parents, the community, and the globe. Mutual learning between students and staff and students. Parents with internet access can view their child’s work and writings – an important element in the parent partnership with the classroom. Grandparents from England have made comments on student posts. Parents have ‘adopted’ students who do not have internet access and ensured they have comments. Blogs may be used for digital portfolios and all the benefits this entails Work is permanently stored, easily accessed and valuable comparisons can be made over time for assessment and evaluation purposes Students are digital natives - blogging is a natural element of this. Gives students a chance  to show responsibility and trustworthiness and engenders independence. Prepares students for digital citizenship as they learn cybersafety and netiquette Fosters peer to peer mentoring. Students are happy to share, learn from and teach their peers (and this, often not their usual social groups) Allows student led professional development and one more…… Students set the topics for posts – leads to deeper thinking
    Good reasons to allow student blogging Point being if it's fun they will love doing it, while enriching their knowledge at the same time.\nA great slant on multitasking.
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