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Nigel Coutts

Contemplating the consequences of Constructivism - The Learner's Way - 0 views

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    Constructivism is one of those ideas we throw around in educational circles without stopping to think about what we mean by it. They are the terms that have multiple meanings, are at once highly technical and common usage and are likely to cause debate and disagreements. Constructivism in particular carries a quantity of baggage with it. It is a term that is appropriated by supporters of educational approaches that are in stark contrast to the opposing view; constructivism vs didactic methods or direct instruction. The question is what are the origins of constructivism and does a belief in this as an approach to understanding learning necessitate an abandonment of direct instruction or is this a false dichotomy?
Nigel Coutts

Inquiry vs Direct Instruction - The Great Debate and How it Went Wrong - The Learner's Way - 0 views

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    There is a debate taking place in the world of education. It is not a new debate but recently it has gathered new energy and the boundary between polite discussion of opposing views and hostility has been stretched. The debate is that between those who are advocates of inquiry based learning and those who believe direct instruction produces the best outcomes. - This article explore how the debate has gone wrong and fails to serve the needs of learners.
insightsmanoj

Best E- learning website- Insights Success  - 0 views

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    Online learning may not be a plea to everyone; however, the sheer number of online learning sites directs that there is at least a durable interest.
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    Online learning may not be a plea to everyone; however, the sheer number of online learning sites directs that there is at least a durable interest.
Amanda Kenuam

A School With A New Direction - 13 views

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    "special education, special needs, education, school, at-risk"
Jackie Gerstein

Digital Directions: Hype Cycle for Education 2010 - 26 views

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    "Hype Cycle for Education 2010"
Heather Hurley

google-notebook-quickstart.pdf (application/pdf Object) - 0 views

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    Great directions on how to use google notebook for research
Jennifer Dorman

ASCD - 0 views

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    In the Web 2.0 world, self-directed learners must be adept at building and sustaining networks.
Jennifer Dorman

Microblogging and Relevancy - 0 views

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    Some college professors and campus services are using Twitter simply because it is a mode of direct communication with students that is reliable and fast. Those who use the technology to communicate directly with students note that they can receive responses in minutes rather than the hours it would take using e-mail or blogs. Additionally, this kind of technology is now being integrated into course management systems.
Jennifer Dorman

"Living and Learning with New Media: Summary of Findings from the Digital Youth Project" (pdf) - 0 views

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    "New media allow for a degree of freedom and autonomy for youth that is less apparent in classroom setting. Youth respect one another's authority online, and they are often more motivated to learn from peers than from adults. Their efforts are also largely self-directed, and the outcome emerges through exploration, in contrast to classroom learning that is oriented toward set, predefined goals."
Jennifer Dorman

Virtual Worlds Best Practices in Education - 0 views

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    From March 27th to March 29th, 2009 - the education community of Second Life will be hosting a 3 day conference on best practices in education. This conference will promote the best and brightest from the Second Life education community in various fields of practice including everything from demonstrations to hands on theory. Calls for papers will be starting January 19th with a submission deadline no later than March 6th, 2009. Watch this space for more details. All articles will be peer reviewed. Papers accepted for the conference will be published in the Journal for Virtual Studies. Volunteers to help organize and run the conference are being accepted now. All inquiries should be directed to Kevin Feenan at the contact link above for the time being. We should have many of our committee chairs established before the end of January.
Fred Delventhal

vRoom Powered by Elluminate - 0 views

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    Enjoy real-time collaboration with up to three participants using interactive features such as: * Two-way audio * Interactive whiteboard * Direct messaging * Application sharing * File transfer * Synchronized web tour * Live webcam * Breakout rooms
Lauri Brady

EverestQuest Reading Trail - 0 views

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    This is a great site with some fun readings about climbing Mt. Everest. There are links to lesson plans that target specific text organizations. The second link is an article about Text Organization/Text Structure that gives a rationale for direct instruction on this topic. It also includes many other links about text organization.
Jennifer Dorman

Eye Movement and Lying - How to detect lies - 0 views

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    So can the direction a person's eyes reveal whether or not they are making a truthful statement? Short answer: sort of. But, it isn't as simple as some recent television shows or movies make it seem. In these shows a detective will deduce a person is being untruthful simply because they looked to the left or right while making a statement.
Sue Hellman

Freepath - 0 views

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    Finally, an easy way to tell your story. Just drag and drop your favorite stuff into Freepath's playlist - no need to convert files, upload videos or embed links.
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    Finally, an easy way to tell your story. Just drag and drop your favorite stuff into Freepath's playlist - no need to convert files, upload videos or embed links.
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    Free software for collecting multimedia resources and links, I am using this to build a new Earth science 11 program. Freepath lends itself so well to enabling my students (who work individually) to engage in the joy of self-directed discovery within the parameters of a structured learning package because they will be able to maneuver around my collection of multimedia materials, worksheets, readings, and links non-sequentially -- following their interests and going where their curiosity takes them, but will still have to come back to the framework and fulfill the expectations of the unit.
Jennifer Dorman

Google Transit - 0 views

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    Use Google Maps to: Get step-by-step transit directions, Find transit stops in your area, View station information & schedules
Tom McHale

Kids Create -- and Critique on -- Social Networks | Edutopia - 1 views

  • "With Web 2.0, there's a strong impetus to make connections," says University of Minnesota researcher Christine Greenhow, who studies how people learn and teach with social networking. "It's not just creating content. It's creating content to share."
  • And once they share their creations, kids can access one of the richest parts of this learning cycle: the exchange that follows. "While the ability to publish and to share is powerful in and of itself, most of the learning occurs in the connections and conversation that occur after we publish," argues education blogger Will Richardson (a member of The George Lucas Educational Foundation's National Advisory Council).
  • In this online exchange, students can learn from their peers and simultaneously practice important soft skills -- namely, how to accept feedback and to usefully critique others" work.
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  • "I learn how to take in constructive criticism," says thirteen-year-old Tiranne
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  • Using tools such as the social-network-creation site Ning, teachers can easily develop their own networks, Mosea says. "It is better to create your own," he argues. "If a teacher creates his or her own network, students will post as if their teacher is watching them, and they'll tend to be more safe. "You can build social networks around the curriculum," Mosea adds, "so you can use them as a teaching resource or another tool." An online social network is another tool -- but it's a tool with an advantage: It wasn't just imposed by teachers; the students have chosen it.
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    "Self-Directed Learning When students are motivated to create work that they share online, it ignites an independent learning cycle driven by their ideas and energized by responses from peers."
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    Self-Directed Learning "When students are motivated to create work that they share online, it ignites an independent learning cycle driven by their ideas and energized by responses from peers."
Kathleen Gormley

Directions for Teachers & Librarians - Skype An Author Network - 0 views

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    Authors--interview authors via Skype for free!
Gail Braddock

20 Kids * 20 Kites * 20 Minutes - 27 views

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    20 Kids * 20 Kites * 20 Minutes 5 stars Can a classroom of twenty students make twenty kites, and be outside flying them in twenty minutes? You betcha! Uncle Jonathan from the Big Wind Kite Factory on the Hawaiian island of Molokai shares the kid-tested instructions he's been using with tour groups for fifteen years. The kites are folded from 8 ½ x 11 inch paper, so they are smaller than the usual kite, but the simple directions are easy enough for kindergartners, yet fun enough for big kids too!
Dean Mantz

Google LatLong - 16 views

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    See your driving directions in 3D from helicopter view.
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