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Nigel Coutts

AAMT Why Maths? - Inspiration beyond the classroom - The Learner's Way - 1 views

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    This week I spent three days in Brisbane attending the Australian Association of Mathematics Teachers' national conference. The theme of the conference was "Why Maths?" and along with 500 other mathematicians, we looked to find inspiring answers to this provocative question beyond the classroom. Here are my key takeaways from this event. 
Nigel Coutts

Thinking in the Wild - Thinking routines beyond the classroom - The Learner's Way - 2 views

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    Despite this being a 'thinking' conference, despite us all being advocates for structured and scaffolded models of thinking, not one group had applied any thinking routines, utilised a collaborative planning protocol or talked about applying an inquiry model or design thinking cycle. It wasn't that we didn't know about them. It wasn't that we don't know how to use them. It wasn't that we don't value them. We had all the knowledge we could desire on the how to and the why of a broad set of thinking tools and anyone of these would have enhanced the process, but we did not use any of them. Why was this the case and what does this reveal about our teaching of these methods to our students?
Nigel Coutts

Constructing a positive classroom culture - The Learner's Way - 0 views

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    How might we shape that culture and how will we understand the many forces at work? Understanding the culture of class or perhaps even a school is an important element of our teaching but realising the complexity of this task must come first.
evelynmartens

Classroom 2.0 Beginner Group! - Classroom 2.0 - 1 views

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    I like this site because I share many of the same questions (and now I don't feel quite so inadequate about asking questions!).
javangwe36

Hot Bookmarks | Diigo - 1 views

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      This is a good way to also check how creative your students are.
Euchay Horsman

Education Continues Outside the Classroom on WordPress.com - Blog - WordPress... - 7 views

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    An interesting article that shares what some have done with blogs in their classrooms. I visited Mr. Hays' "Paper-Free Class Experiment" and it is quite impressive!
Monica McQuaid

Negative Effects Of Texting In The Classroom - Tech-Nation - 0 views

  • One critic says that this type of communication is destroying the way our kids read, think, and write
  • when students use IM frequently, they reach a saturation point where they no longer notice the IM lingo because they are so used to seeing it
  • It is accurate to say that the over-use of texting has been detrimental to the way students write formally in the classroom and in the real world.
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  • The character limitations on text messages have caused students to form their own style of writing. Using this style so frequently has caused them to carry it over to formal writing projects. Although students are writing more than ever, they are writing with little to no depth, terrible grammar, and are abbreviating almost every word they write. Texting has negatively affected the way students write.
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    How texting is having an effect on our kids ability to read, think and write
mateocb

Using Diigo in the Classroom - Student Learning with Diigo - 9 views

  • One common problem of student computer use in schools is access to student work from home. Not every school provides a way for students to access their school data. In such cases, if students create bookmarks at school, they will not have access from other computers.
  • Using Diigo, students can bookmark important websites and access them from school, home, the library or any internet-connected computer. Students will always have access to this data.
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      A good list of all the many uses of Diigo
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    Clear description of why Diigo can be helpful in the classroom
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    After taking E-Learning for Educators I decided to try Diigo in a face to face course I work on. Many students have really appreciated it, especially those who don't own laptops and work from various school computers. For our two week term break we've asked each student to bookmark two articles with a short explanation why they have selected it as well as reesponding to at least one that someone else wrote as a way to encourage extensive reading. It has been fascinating to see the articles they are selected (these are Lao students preparing for university study in Australia) and their reactions to it. I've also set up a Diigo group for teachers at my school as a way to share articles that previous we'd print off or email around. Thank you E-learning for Educators for introducing me to this great tool!
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    I should just add that I love getting the daily digest of updates from this group and often go directly to those articles, even if I don't always make it back to the group site.
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    What a great idea to create a Diigo group for the teachers in your school. Yet another way to share and create a community with your fellow faculty members. Thanks for sharing!
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    Creative Commons Photo courtesy of Michael Surran Attribution ShareAlike 2.0 License Diigo is a powerful information capturing, storing, recalling and sharing tool. Here are just a few of the possibilities with Diigo: Save important websites and access them on any computer. Categorize websites by titles, notes, keyword tags, lists and groups.
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    Creative Commons Photo courtesy of Michael Surran Attribution ShareAlike 2.0 License Diigo is a powerful information capturing, storing, recalling and sharing tool. Here are just a few of the possibilities with Diigo: Save important websites and access them on any computer. Categorize websites by titles, notes, keyword tags, lists and groups.
hkilgallon

Electronic education: Flipping the classroom | The Economist - 0 views

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    This article gives an interesting perspective into the  flipped classroom.  A flipped classroom is one, where lessons or the lecture, can be viewed online either at school or home.  Then, the teacher spends their time in class with activities to reinforce the lesson/content.   Khan Academy is an interesting tool for students to use for Math.  Many more video type lessons are becoming available for free.  Screencasting sites, like www.screencastomatic.com  Allow for teachers to create their own lecture videos.  
Maggie Rouman

Flipped Classroom A New Learning Revolution - 3 views

  • Flipped Classroom is an inverted method of instruction where teaching and learning take place online outside of the class while  homework is done in the classroom. Advocators of this approach believe that this is the ideal method of instruction in our digital age. They basically build their judgement on the following facts :
  • Flipped Classroom shifts the learning responsibility and ownership  from the teacher's hands  into the students'.  Students tend to perform better when they control when, where and how they learn. Teachers no longer dispense knowledge but rather guide and direct while students are the real active learners  Teachers create animated videos and interactive lessons and lectures and students access them at home in advance of class even. In this way all students can re-watch the video tutorials whenever they want. Classroom time can be geared towards data collection, collaboration, and application. Class becomes a place for students to work through problems, advance concepts, and engage in collaborative learning. Flipped Classroom also "allows teachers to reflect on and develop quality and engaging learning opportunities and options for internalization, creation, and application of content rather than just fluff or time filling assignments."
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    It's interesting how the concept of a "flipped classroom" is a "new" learning revolution. Has anyone heard of Kolb and experiential learning, or the Montessori method, or the work of Dewey? These "flipped classroom" theories have been around for years.
Matthew Hadlock

The Google Classroom - Anita Foster - 0 views

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    Google has not only taken over the world, but they are positioned to take over many of the classrooms! There are many Google resources and applications that can be utilized in the classroom. Below you will find them organized into the following categories: Applications (downloads); Collaboration; Research Resources and Other Resources.
Samantha Fecich

Sam's Cool Tools for the Classroom - 0 views

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    "This blog is all about cool tools to use in the classroom. Sam's cool tools gives examples of different tools to use on the interactive whiteboard, laptop, ipod/ipad, and other classroom technologies."
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    This blog is all about cool tools to use in the classroom. Sam's cool tools gives examples of different tools to use on the interactive whiteboard, laptop, ipod/ipad, and other classroom technologies.
Kim Audetat

Free Virtual Classroom for Online Teaching and Learning - 1 views

  • Teachers, simply schedule your class and start teaching online
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    No downloads necessary. An interactive white board with screen sharing for text, audio and video that is also recordable. No limit on the number of attendees.
Margot Laird

Web 2.0 in the Classroom - 0 views

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    A blog whose purpose is to explore resources and ideas for "everything Web 2.0 in the classroom." Resources are rich in type and quantity.
Rosanne Ragnacci

Top 50 iPhone Apps for Educators - 1 views

  • This app will calculate the time between months, days, and more, so you'll know exactly when assignments are due. You can also start a countdown to remind your students how much time they have left.
  • Ifbyphone: You can use this app to collaborate with a number of students at one time.
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    This article provides apps for organization, utilities, communication, media, teaching tools and references.
cc omalley

Rubrics for Assessment Online Professional Development - UW Stout, Wisconsin's Polytech... - 6 views

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    Rubrics for everything
Dailia Adams

eTablets in the classroom - 2 views

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    A debate discussing whether etablets should be used in the classroom
Carol Hartmann

Creativity: Effective practices in the classroom - 0 views

  • In order to teach creativity, one must teach creatively; that is, it will take a great deal of creative effort to bring out the most creative thinking in your classes. Of course, creativity is not the only required element for creative instructors. They must also know their fields and know how to create an appropriate learning environment. When will it be most important for you to offer direct instruction? When is discovery most important? What are your expectations and how can you best communicate them?
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    Explore these pages to learn more about creativity, how creative thinking might be and is being taught at Iowa State and elsewhere, and you can teach creatively and teach for creativity, whatever your discipline. E-Resources based on Bloom's taxonomy detail techniques for creative teaching: including brainstorming, concept mapping, role-playing, storyboarding, DOIT, Random Input, Decision Tree, Questioning Activity and more...Just imagine the possibilities of applying these techniques to discussion threads.
Ann Kenady

Using PBworks in Education - 2 views

  • You can even collaborate with fellow educators on courses and curriculum, and manage the work of running your school or district.
  • You control who can view and edit your workspace
  • PBworks lets you create a secure online workspace in about 60 seconds. Encourage classroom participation with interactive wiki pages that students can view and edit from any computer. Share class resources and completed student work with parents
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  • At your University Make distance learning more interactive and collaborative, support research teams, and improve inter-departmental coordination.  "PBworks proved its worth practically overnight, and I expect the number of users to balloon."  --Patricia Cloud,  University of Chicago
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    One of my colleagues introduced me to this site today.
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    A place to host a wikispace for use with students. Students and teachers can share, edit, and comment on uploaded content. Anything from a word document to a video can be uploaded for all members to view.
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    I had an introduction to PBWorks via the Assessment class and I can see a number of different applications for it in our blended, college-level classes.
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    If you take the time to master the PB wiki environment, it can be a fine platform for creating your e-Portfolio. Wikis do have a learning curve, but what technology doesn't. PBworks (once called Peanut Butter Wiki) is well established and has a rick toolset.
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