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Thieme Hennis

4 surprising lessons about education from data collected around the world - 80 views

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    performance based pay and other insights from PISA research
mswanty

15 Lesson Plans For Making Students Better Online Researchers - Edudemic - 219 views

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      I think I will use this one with my freshmen, even though it isn't freshmen level. Maybe I will tweak it a little.
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

Mixed Messages And Simple Truths « Graham Wegner - Open Educator - 17 views

  • it is interesting how connecting to lots of non-edugurus has helped me spot the mixed messages and view this dispensed wisdom through a more critical (some might say cynical) lense
  • We, as educators, are so conditioned to the notion that our knowledge isn’t expert enough, that our day to day experiences aren’t enough to grasp the bigger picture that we concede the higher factual ground to those on the stage or behind the podium.
  • Confront the mixed messages, don’t take the word of any guru as gospel, and look for the truths that emerge as you do so
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    "Over time, we as educators have become used to listening to and reading from gurus with simple truths. So many of us feel that we are well below the expertise of these edugurus (and I don't mean to single out the examples above as being the only ones going around) so we pack into venues, feverishly copying dot points from slideshows, handing over cash to buy the book and match up the dispensed wisdom against our own learning, our own classrooms and schools to see if we are headed in the prescribed direction"
Mary Walker Hope

The Why Files | The Science Behind the News - 4 views

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    Learn about the science behind current events.  News stories that have ties to science are explained in an easy to read format.
Tracy Tuten

Students Find E-Textbooks 'Clumsy' and Don't Use Their Interactive Features - Wired Cam... - 45 views

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    e-textbooks aren't well liked unless students use annotation and collaborative features.
Tracy Tuten

Social Media and Education, JME Table of Contents - August 2011, 33 (2) - 38 views

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    Table of Contents to JME's special issue on social media in marketing education
Rosa Blocker

100 Powerful Search Engines You May Not Know About | Edudemic - 5 views

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    Posting on edudemic
Trevor Cunningham

A Teacher Wonders - Can Grading Teachers Work? - 87 views

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    Interesting article questioning student-performance-based teacher evaluation systems. Includes a summary of a longitudinal study's findings on the shortcomings of isolating teacher impact on student learning.
Steve Ransom

The fantasies driving school reform: A primer for education graduates - The Answer Shee... - 5 views

  • Richard Rothstein
  • In truth, this conventional view relies upon imaginary facts.
  • Let me repeat: black elementary school students today have better math skills than white students did only twenty years ago.

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  • As a result, we’ve wasted 15 years avoiding incremental improvement, and instead trying to upend a reasonably successful school system.

  • But the reason it hasn’t narrowed is that your profession has done too good a job — you’ve improved white children’s performance as well, so the score gap persists, but at a higher level for all.
  • Policymakers, pundits, and politicians ignore these gains; they conclude that you, educators, have been incompetent because the test score gap hasn’t much narrowed.
  • If you believe public education deserves greater support, as I do, you will have to boast about your accomplishments, because voters are more likely to aid a successful institution than a collapsing one.
  • In short, underemployment of parents is not only an economic crisis — it is an educational crisis. You cannot ignore it and be good educators.
  • equally important educational goals — citizenship, character, appreciation of the arts and music, physical fitness and health, and knowledge of history, the sciences, and literature.
  • If you have high expectations, your students can succeed regardless of parents’ economic circumstances.

    That is nonsense.

  • health insurance; children are less likely to get routine and preventive care that middle class children take for granted
  • If they can’t see because they don’t get glasses to correct vision difficulties, high expectations can’t teach them to read.
  • Because education has become so politicized, with policy made by those with preconceptions of failure and little understanding of the educational process, you are entering a field that has become obsessed with evaluating only results that are easy to measure, rather than those that are most important. But as Albert Einstein once said, not everything that counts can be counted, and not everything that can be counted, counts.
  • To be good educators, you must step up your activity not only in the classroom, but as citizens. You must speak up in the public arena, challenging those policymakers who will accuse you only of making excuses when you speak the truth that children who are hungry, mobile, and stressed, cannot learn as easily as those who are comfortable.
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    An important read for anyone who truly wants to understand what's really important in education and the false reform strategies of our current (and past) administration.
Maureen Greenbaum

Search Education - Google - 42 views

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    Providing lessons for educating students on search techniques.
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    Help yourself and your students to become skilled searchers.
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    Google has some fantastic lessons, activities, and resources to help students become efficient and proficient researchers. 
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    "Help your students become better searchers "
    Lesson Plans & Activities: Download lesson plans to develop your students' search literacy skills. Browse lesson plans

    Power Searching: Improve your search skills and learn advanced tips with online lessons and activities.

    A Google a Day Challenges: Put your students' search skills to the test with these trivia challenges.
    Browse challenges

    Live Trainings:Join us for live search trainings or watch past trainings from search experts here at Google.
Steve Ransom

Stephen Krashen Pulls the Rug Out From Under the Standards Movement - Living in Dialogu... - 3 views

  • ur average scores are respectable but unspectacular because, as Farhi notes, we have such a high percentage of children living in poverty, the highest of all industrialized countries. Only four percent of children in high-scoring Finland, for example, live in poverty. Our rate of poverty is over 21%.
  • It means that the "problem" of American education is not ineffective teaching, not teachers' unions, not lack of national standards and tests, and not schools of education: It is poverty.
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    "It means that the "problem" of American education is not ineffective teaching, not teachers' unions, not lack of national standards and tests, and not schools of education: It is poverty."

    Sarah's comment is heartbreaking
Brian Davies

instaGrok | A new way to learn - 122 views

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    An innovative search engine built for education. Search via concept map, save searches in a personal journal. Great concept to check out. 
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    Search engine built for education.
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    Diigo and Wolfram Alpha make a love child!
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    Filtered search engine that presents related terms in a web + displays results for web sites, pictures, and some key facts on the right side of the page. Suggested by Jeremy Carver, 5/7/2012;

    **** NOTE: as of 5/7/2012 this site claims not to work in Internet Explorer ****
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    Wow! I had a hard time pulling myself away. I'd like to experiment more with this tool. Thanks for sharing it.
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    "To understand thoroughly and intuitively" - A search tool that show the inter-relatedness of a topic and allows users to graphically see the information relations.
Roland Gesthuizen

UK Study: Parents, Not Teachers, Key to Education | Education News - 79 views

  • Children are influenced by everything around them, the way their parents act, what their parents say and do, and increasingly as they spend more time ‘with’ celebrity figures how these role models act.
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    A study by the Royal Economic Society, to be presented this week, finds that parental effect on test results is five times that of teachers' influence. This comes in the wake of warnings by Sir Michael Wilshaw last week that teachers were unable to properly do their own jobs because parents were expecting them to cover their own parenting skill shortfalls and to become surrogate family for the students.
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    It all happens well before school comes into the equation. If a child grows up in a literature rich, engaging environment with adults that spend quality time giving opportunities for great learning experiences in the world, the worst teachers still can't decoy that child's enthusiasm for learning. He can always learn at home. But if the child grows up neglected, not nurtured with rich learning experiences ( and I'm not talking about helicopter parents spending every waking moment ramming study down their throats - just quality conversation and hands on experiences )l doesn't get read to or taken out to shop, teachers are fighting an uphill battle with a disengaged individual. Parents, don't wait for school teachers to teach your kids. Start straight away..
Mark Gleeson

Constructivism as a Paradigm for Teaching and Learning - 99 views

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    A good overview of constructivism as a concept of learning and method for teaching. Very clear, and all the major contributors are identified.
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