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Nigel Coutts

Good Reads for Great Assessment - The Learner's Way - 4 views

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    Recently I have been diving into the world of Assessment, seeking to better understand how we might design effective processes around this essential phase of the learning cycle. In doing so I have found a wealth of resources and quality reads that offer insights and strategies to be applied into our classrooms. Here then is a sampling of what I have been reading. 
Nigel Coutts

On the path to creativity - The Learner's Way - 0 views

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    The difficulty with creativity is it is not easy and perhaps thanks to our experience of schooling not a natural attribute of many adults. What creativity needs is a process and/or a structure that allows us to bring our intellect to the development of creative solutions.
Nigel Coutts

Learning by playing, tinkering and making - The Learner's Way - 1 views

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    Play is a vital tool for learning. It should be vital part of every child's learning; the norm rather than the exception and we leave it behind as we become adults to our own peril. 
Nigel Coutts

The art of modern writing - The Learner's Way - 1 views

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    Learning to write is one of the fundamental skills we gain from our time at school. Writing is one of the cornerstones of learning and we devote significant time and energy towards its mastery. Skilled writing is a mark of an educated individual and a skill required for academic success. But in the modern world what makes a skilled writer? What has changed about writing and what literary skills should we focus our attention on. 
Nigel Coutts

Shifting from awareness to action - The Learner's Way - 0 views

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    The evidence is mounting and the narrative around education is shifting towards a story centred on long-life skills, creativity, collaboration, critical thinking and communication. Success in the future seems to be connected closely to one's capacity to innovate, to problem find and to make strategic decisions when confronted by unique situations for which we have not been specifically prepared. 
Nigel Coutts

Striving to preserve Truth - The Learner's Way - 0 views

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    What purposes does education serve? What needs of humanity does education serve? What might the product of our labours be like and how might our efforts contribute to the greater good? These are questions we have long struggled with but with but it seems that in the current times we might need to rethink how we answer these questions.
Nigel Coutts

Maker-Centred Learning & STEAM - The Learner's Way - 0 views

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    Making the most of Maker Spaces and STEAM will require professional development and a new mindset for all learners. 
Nigel Coutts

Delivering on the promise of STEAM - The Learner's Way - 1 views

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    The challenge is to ensure that students within a STEAM programme are better prepared than they might be if they studied the disciplines in isolation and that in seeking to integrate diverse fields we do not weaken the efficacy of one for the inclusion of another.
Nigel Coutts

Educating for the Unknown - The Learner's Way - 0 views

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    What will tomorrow bring? What will life be like in 2028 as our youngest students of today exit school? What occupations will they enter and what challenges will they face? These are not new questions but with the rate of change in society and the pace at which technology evolves they are questions without clear answers. How then do schools prepare students for this uncertain tomorrow? What shall we teach our children today such that are well prepared for the challenges and opportunities of their tomorrow?
Nigel Coutts

The Emerging Trend of Connected Institutions - The Learner's Way - 0 views

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    The book 'Non Obvious' by Rohit Bhargava present an intriguing exploration of how careful observation and thought can reveal emerging trends and as the subtitle suggest 'predict the future'. For educators the ability to identify the trends which will deliver the best outcomes for our students from the noise of fads is alluring. While the talk of new technologies, of learner centric pedagogies and teaching for lifelong learning play the part of the obvious trends in education identifying the non-obvious trend is a more challenging endeavour. 
Nigel Coutts

Tinkering with Old Technology - The Learner's Way - 1 views

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    As technology evolves and its inner workings increasingly disappear from view, replaced with solid-state parts hidden by glass, aluminium and plastic, our understanding of what makes the world operate is similarly impeded. When machinery from just a few decades ago is viewed a world of moving parts, linkages, cogs and levers is revealed. These mechanical objects contain an inherent beauty and inspire curiosity in ways that modern devices with their pristine surfaces and simplified design language do not. Opportunities to explore devices from the past open our eyes and lead us to new questions of how our devices function, how machines do the jobs we need them to do and how engineers solve problems.
Nigel Coutts

Girls in Tech - Reflections from VIVID Ideas - The Learner's Way - 0 views

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    Sydney has become a beacon that brings people together and sparks conversations. Most recently the conversation centred on the topic of girls in tech and what might be done to re-dress the gender balance in STEAM subjects and related career pathways. Sponsored by INTEL this Vivid Ideas event drew a mix of entrepreneurs, educators and tech luminaries to the Museum of Contemporary Art on a Saturday afternoon to share their ideas on what might be done.
Nigel Coutts

Tools for sharing thinking - The Learner's Way - 1 views

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    Fortunately there are a number of free tools that do these things and they are available for use on any technology platform as they require nothing more than access to the internet. Recently Eric Sheninger used a set of these tools to give his audience at the Hawker Brownlow Conference on Thinking and Learning in Melbourne a voice.
Nigel Coutts

Why banning technology is not the answer - The Learner's Way - 1 views

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    There is something about human nature that draws us towards dichotomous patterns of thought; an all or nothing, us or them style of thinking in which an option is either good or it is bad. In such a model complexity and subtle nuance with multiple possible outcomes and routes towards a goal are ignored. The field of educational technology is one where such a pattern is evident and recent ban on technology by a Sydney school shows how this style of analysis can have a significant impact on student learning.
faithmar

Collaborize Classroom | Online Education Technology for Teachers and Students - 5 views

  • With Collaborize Classroom:

    • Get 100% student participation.
    • Save on monthly printing costs.
    • Reduce grading time by up to 2 hours a week.
    • Receive detailed participation reports.
Kathy Forster

cooltoolsforschools - Collaborative Tools - 1 views

  • Upload your files, edit anytime from anywhere, choose who can access your documents share and collaborate online.
  • Email and collaboration tools for educators and students at all levels.
  • Complement classroom instruction and engage students in online activities, assignments and discussions that allow for deeper participation inside and outside the classroom. Embed Microsoft Office documents, videos, pictures, and PDFs.
    Publish discussions to a results page so students can see tangible outcomes of their conversations. Download FREE lesson plans.
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    Lots of collaborative tools that you might already use, but if you are like me haven't utilized all of the resources on the sites, such as Google docs.
camipeterson

The 100 Best Web 2.0 Classroom Tools Chosen By You | Edudemic - 9 views

    • PBWORKS: PBworks is my favorite Web 2.0 tool. I am a high school teacher and I create workspaces for each of the standards that I teach. I upload class notes, powerpoints, videos, and other resources to support the standards that I teach. Students can access the workspace anytime to get information that they missed or just to review the information. Best of all—it’s FREE!
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      I was really glad to see PBWorks listed. I had the pleasure of using this tool for a couple of courses that I was an online student in and it was an amazing collaboration tool! We actually used it to put together research for a topic. It does have it's quarks, which are pretty minimal, but I book marked it because I could definately see myself using this as a tool as an instructor.
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    Great list of Web 2.0 tools and links to access these resources.
Debi Griggs

12 Cool-laborative Web 2.0 Tools -- Campus Technology - 5 views

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    Web 2.0 tools for collaborative use in education.
edutopia .org

Research Findings: Rocketship Education Boosts Scores with Online Learning | Edutopia - 0 views

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    A San Jose, CA elementary school shows improvement on math scores with a blended learning approach. 
E Nelson

The Online Collaboration Authority, Web Conferencing, Live Presentation Tools: Kolabora... - 1 views

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    This newsfeed is dedicated to online collaboration tools. It also has some good tool guides and explanations of what is out there.
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