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Nigel Coutts

Moving past the days of the old school yard - The Learner's Way - 30 views

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    Society confronts educational change in an odd, entirely counter intuitive manner. On one hand we acknowledge that education can and should do a better job of preparing our children for the future while on the other we cling to the models of education that we knew. This led educational writer Will Richardson to state that 'the biggest barrier to rethinking schooling in response to the changing worldscape is our own experience in schools'. Our understandings of what school should be like and our imaginings of what school could be like are so clouded by this experience that even the best evidence for change is overlooked or mistrusted.
Maureen Greenbaum

Sugata Mitra - the professor with his head in the cloud | Education | The Guardian - 16 views

  • “A generation of children has grown up with continuous connectivity to the internet. A few years ago, nobody had a piece of plastic to which they could ask questions and have it answer back. The Greeks spoke of the oracle of Delphi. We’ve created it. People don’t talk to a machine. They talk to a huge collective of people, a kind of hive. Our generation [Mitra is 64] doesn’t see that. We just see a lot of interlinked web pages
  • “Within five years, you will not be able to tell if somebody is consulting the internet or not. The internet will be inside our heads anywhere and at any time. What then will be the value of knowing things? We shall have acquired a new sense. Knowing will have become collective.”
  • if you imagine me and my phone as a single entity, yes. Very soon, asking somebody to read without their phone will be like telling them to read without their glasses.”
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  • Twenty children are asked a “big question” such as “Why do we learn history?”, “Is the universe infinite?”, “Should children ever go to prison?” or “How do bees make honey?” They are then left to find the answers using five computers. The ratio of four children to one computer is deliberate: Mitra insists that the children must collaborate. “There should be chaos, noise, discussion and running about,” he says.
  • . Year 4 children (aged eight to nine) were given questions from GCSE physics and biology papers. After using their Sole computers for 45 minutes, their average test scores on three sets of questions were 25%, 26% and 13%. Three months later – the school having taught nothing on these subjects in the interim – they were tested again, individually and without warning. The scores rose to 57%, 80% and 16% respectively, suggesting the children continued researching the questions in their own time.
  • he says the main benefit of his methods is that children’s self-confidence increases so that they challenge adult perceptions.
  • the propositions that children can benefit from collaborative learning and that banning internet use from exams will get trickier, to the point where it may prove futile. It’s worth remembering that new technologies nearly always deliver less than we expect at first and far more than we expect later on, often in unexpected ways.
A Mommy

untitled - 16 views

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    Reading Eggs makes learning to read interesting and engaging for kids, with great online reading games and activities.
anabelb

Creating Effective Teaching and Learning Environments - 37 views

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    Creating Effective Teaching and Learning Environments
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    From Talis
smilex3md

Four decades of failed school reform - The Washington Post - 54 views

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    A history of teaching/learning initiatives from a retiring teacher. "I saw countless reforms come and go; some even returned years later disguised in new education lingo. Some that were touted as "best practices" couldn't work, given Alexandria's demographics. Others were nothing but common-sense bromides hyped as revolutionary epiphanies. All of them failed to do what I believe to be key to teaching: to make students care about what they're studying and understand how it's relevant to their lives."
Paul McKean

Teachers, students should be Facebook friends, officer says - Parentcentral.ca - 58 views

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      I agree with this, providing the teacher uses a school account, not their own personal account, as this would open up lots of other issues.
    • nimmog
       
      I don't know how much I agree with this. I reckon that I would rather deploy statusnet on a server, as it is free, takes only a little amount of technical ability (or you could perhaps recruit the help of a computing teacher if you have access to one) and it then gives you, or some other trusted individual/group control and ownership of the data.
erikabrown

cooltoolsforschools - Home - 227 views

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    Web 2.0 cool tools for teachers. Great resources broken down by topic. Each resource has a link and a description with it.
Simon Borgert

Vi Hart's Videos Bend and Stretch Math to Inspire - NYTimes.com - 52 views

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      Importance of girls and Maths
Bill Genereux

The Fischbowl: Transparent Algebra: Homework - 79 views

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    A teacher puts lectures on YouTube to be watched at home, then uses class time for "homework".
Aaron Shaw

First Days of School - 70 views

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    This is something that often gets overlooked. Although the students know your name, they do not know you. Let them know some things about you. Let them know where your grew up, where you went to school, your teaching background and how long you have been teaching.
Steve C

Articles - Inside the School - 18 views

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    Various articles on different aspects of teaching.
Steve Ransom

Cell phones get top marks in class -- dailypress.com - 0 views

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    But it has to be about so much more than just making things interesting and having fun. Those are important, no doubt, but are also potentially relatively low on the totem pole of meaningfulness.
Peter Olm

Thought Control. - 1 views

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    Thinking, literacy and education in the middle years of schooling
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