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Jennifer Dorman

Research dispels common ed-tech myths - 13 views

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    Contrary to popular opinion, newer teachers aren't any more likely to use technology in their lessons than veteran teachers, and a lack of access to technology does not appear to be the main reason why teachers do not use it. Which comes first? Do teachers use technology frequently because they are trying deliberately to foster 21st-century skills? Or are 21st-century skills necessary conditions, byproducts, or logical outcomes of frequent technology use?" Another finding that could surprise some people is that a lack of access to technology doesn't appear to be the main reason why teachers don't use technology in their instruction.
Toby Grosswald

The Electronic Portfolio Development Process - 23 views

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    The process of developing electronic teaching portfolios can document evidence of teacher competencies and guide long-term professional development. The competencies may be locally defined, or linked to national teaching standards. Two primary assumptions in this process are: 1.) a portfolio is not a haphazard collection of artifacts (i.e., a scrapbook) but rather a reflective tool which demonstrates growth over time; and 2.) as we move to more standards-based teacher performance assessment, we need new tools to record and organize evidence of successful teaching, for both practicing professionals and student teaching.
Christine Southard

The (Enormous) Economic Returns to a Good Teacher : Education Next - 15 views

  • It has now become conventional wisdom that teachers are the most important ingredient in an effective school. 
  • A good teacher gets above average achievement out of her students.
  • A teacher at the 85th percentile can, in comparison to an average teacher, raise the present value of each student’s lifetime earnings by over $20,000–implying that such a teacher with a class of 20 students generates over $400,000 in economic benefits, compared to an average teacher, for each year that she gets such achievement gains.
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  • a teacher at the 15th percentile subtracts $400,000 in value from her class of 20 students.
  • By changing a teacher’s profession into a perilous affair and a rat race, with many pink slips being handed out each year, by sewing distrust among colleagues, by exposing teachers to unfair high-stakes evaluations, Mr. Hanushek turns the teachers profession into a highly unattractive prospect for the intelligent, ambitious students that American education so desperately needs.
  • And that is bad news for *all* US students, not just for the ’5 to 8 percent’ about whom the magical ‘tests’ revelates that they are ‘ineffectively taught’.
Dean Mantz

Teachers' Domain: Home - 3 views

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    Teachers' Domain is an online library of more than 1,000 free media resources from the best in public television. These classroom resources, featuring media from NOVA, Frontline, Design Squad, American Experience, and other public broadcasting and content partners are easy to use and correlate to state and national standards. Teachers' Domain resources include video and audio segments, Flash interactives, images, documents, lesson plans for Teachers, and student-oriented activities. Once you register, you can personalize the site using "My Folders" and "My Groups" to save your favorite resources into a folder and share them with your colleagues or students. Teachers' Domain strives to strengthen teacher knowledge by providing innovative Teachers methods that incorporate technology in the classroom and inspire students to learn.
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    Mulitmedia resources for educators at all levels. There are ways to conduct International projects too.
Brenda Muench

Storycaching - 0 views

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    Main Menu Home Articles Submit Article Google Gadgets Site Search Contact Us spacer.png, 0 kB Home arrow Articles arrow Storycaching Storycaching PDF Print E-mail The premise of Storycaching is to combine the use of a GPS with an iPod where a user goes to a specific place using map coordinates, then listens to a podcast (audio on demand), usually a story, that takes into account the nature of the area where the listener is now located. Like geocaching, a cache may be located at the site and can contain some relevant objects that add a physical dimension or symbolism to the cached story. Storycaching is designed to enhance the experience of both the storyteller and the listener. By allowing the storyteller to reference elements in the environment where the listener is located, the listener is provided a third dimension to the story, that of authentic physical feelings and sensory input. Storycaching is a concept created by Dr. Martin Horejsi at The University of Montana-Missoula. For example, a girl walks to a distinctive place in order to listen to a story on her iPod. Using map coordinates and a GPS, she climbs part way up a hill on the edge of town. When arriving at a specific spot according to the GPS, she locates a small box containing some relics. Sitting on a rock, she holds the objects in her hand listens to a sound file on her iPod. Overlooking the valley, the power of the Native American elder's words stir her emotions as landmarks, smells, the wind, and other sounds are referenced in the story, all possible because the person telling the story knows that the listener will be in a specific place while listening to the story. Or maybe, the story was recorded years ago when the elder sat in the very spot where the young girl now sits. A connection with the story is forged in a way never before experienced alone. Another example is where a high school student studying earth science walks through a river drainage with his teacher. But his teache
Nigel Coutts

Mathematical thinking presents teachers and students with new challenges - The Learner's Way - 0 views

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    The shift away from teaching for the rote memorisation of prescribed methods requires teaching to rethink their approach to the discipline. With this new pedagogy comes a need to understand the processes of mathematical thinking in ways not previously required. When we require our students to be able to reason and problem-solve through unique challenges we also require our teaching to have an understanding of the mathematical moves that their learners are likely to call upon.
Dean Mantz

Quest2Teach - 9 views

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    "Quest2Teach is a series of game-infused 3D virtual learning curricula designed for teacher education that is unified by a social-professional network. These immersive experiences provide authentic and individualized practice for future teachers that bridges theory and practice. Quest2Teach is the first of its kind in teacher education and was created at ASU's Mary Lou Fulton teachers College through a unique collaboration between our Center for Games & Impact and partner game-design studio, E-Line Media."
Nigel Coutts

Taking time to design programmes for understanding - The Learner's Way - 0 views

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    Identifying what our children need to learn is one of the most important processes within education. For the teacher this is the question they engage with as they design their teaching and learning units. By no means is this an easy task and the teacher must balance multiple factors to ensure that the programmes they design provide their students with the learning they require. Even the most effective sequence of lessons is of little value if what it sets out to teach has little importance in the lives our learners are likely to lead. 
Nigel Coutts

Teacher Agency vs The Collective Voice - The Learner's Way - 0 views

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    With good reason, much is made of learner agency but the concept of teacher agency is important too. If we hope to build a profession in which we are all self-navigating life-long learners, we must acknowledge the role that teacher agency plays. 
Roger Zuidema

NZ Interface Magazine | If you can't use technology get out of teaching! - 10 views

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    Teachers should focus on information and learning, not on the technology and simply getting ICT into their classrooms, believes David Warlick. How is ICT changing what Teachers can do? Technology has done a lot but what's really impacting on Teachers is how information is changing. A number of years ago I wrote a book called Redefining Literacy. It started out being a technology book but the
David Hilton

High School History Student Network - 11 views

Most of us are aware of the power of social networking for teachers to improve their knowledge, gain ideas and make connections with other like-minded educators from around the world. I believe thi...

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started by David Hilton on 20 Oct 09 no follow-up yet
Nigel Coutts

The danger of teacher burnout - The Learner's Way - 0 views

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    Teaching is by nature a high energy profession that demands a lot and while their is much to celebrate there is arena danger of burnout. Taking some time to relax and de-stress is important as is noticing the signs that you are reaching your limit. For all Teaching understanding that a break and a change of schedule benefits not just you but your students too can be the catalyst for granting yourself permission for a genuine break.
Jennifer Dorman

PBS Teachers Connect - Homepage - 0 views

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    PBS Teachers Connect is an online community of Teachers exchanging ideas, resources and instructional strategies on the integration of digital media and technology
David Hilton

History Teachers Group - 14 views

Hi. We've got a group for history teachers, students and enthusiasts to share resources, bookmarks and ideas with each other. The focus is on helping history teachers and students share good-qualit...

started by David Hilton on 06 Jul 09 no follow-up yet
Fred Delventhal

100 Awesome, Free Web Tools for Elementary Teachers | Smart Teachers - 0 views

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    we've put together a listing of some of the best sites for elementary teachers and students online, plus a few tools to help you keep everything together.
Fred Delventhal

Free Subscription for Teachers to Chain Reaction - 0 views

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    This is a magazine for your classroom.
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    Please fill out the form below to request your free print subscription to Chain Reaction magazine. Teachers may request a classroom set of 35 copies, but you must indicate that you are a teacher and fill in the name of the school at which you teach
GoEd Online

101 Websites That Every Elementary Teacher Should Know About - 0 views

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    As class sizes keep growing, it becomes harder and harder to find the time to look for new teaching materials, while still giving your kids the personalized attention they need (and deserve!). After all, you can only be pulled in so many directions at once, right? With that in mind, I put together this list of websites for elementary teaching, hoping that you'll finally be able add something fresh and fun to your lesson plan. Now, you don't have to skim the results of hundreds of Google searches to find a handful of useable internet resources-I've already got 101 of 'em!
Andrea Grinton

Effectively Investing in Education Tech - 0 views

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    Whilst the vast majority of teachers appreciate how essential technology has become in their classrooms, especially in film and media related courses.
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    Whilst the vast majority of teachers appreciate how essential technology has become in their classrooms, especially in film and media related courses.
Randy Rodgers

How a Radical New Teaching Method Could Unleash a Generation of Geniuses | Wired Business | Wired.com - 15 views

  • Decentralized systems have proven to be more productive and agile than rigid, top-down ones
  • Teachers provide prompts, not answers, and then they step aside
  • We don’t openly profess those values nowadays, but our educational system—which routinely tests kids on their ability to recall information and demonstrate mastery of a narrow set of skills—doubles down on the view that students are material to be processed, programmed, and quality-tested. School administrators prepare curriculum standards and “pacing guides” that tell teachers what to teach each day. Legions of managers supervise everything that happens in the classroom; in 2010 only 50 percent of public school staff members in the US were teachers.
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  • In 1970 the top three skills required by the Fortune 500 were the three Rs: reading, writing, and arithmetic. In 1999 the top three skills in demand were teamwork, problem-solving, and interpersonal skills
  • And yet the dominant model of public education is still fundamentally rooted in the industrial revolution that spawned it, when workplaces valued punctuality, regularity, attention, and silence above all else.
  • “schools in the cloud,”
  • There will be no teachers, curriculum, or separation into age groups—just six or so computers and a woman to look after the kids’ safety. His defining principle: “The children are completely in charge.”
  • as the kids blasted through the questions, they couldn’t help noticing that it felt easy, as if they were being asked to do something very basic.
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    Must. Read. Such a valuable lesson and another example of how we are doing it wrong.
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