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Rhondda Powling

26 Teacher Tools To Create Online Assessments - 6 views

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    A post that looks at the tools with a link and brief description of each.
Rhondda Powling

Cool Cat Teacher Blog: 89 cool apps, sites, and tools for teaching - 6 views

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    A lot of those mentioned are for Apple products but some android devices too
Darrel Branson

How to Teach Computing across the Curriculum: Why not Logo? | Computing Education Blog - 5 views

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    Great post and great comments from Alan Kay, Brian Harvey and others!!!!!
    "Because of my recent posts on teaching with Logo and the culture of older programming languages, I've been poking around the Logo sites.  My most enjoyable find has been the Logo Books page of the Logo Foundation. "
Camilla Elliott

NCEE » Global Perspectives: How do we prepare students for a world we cannot ... - 2 views

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    An interview with Dylan Wiliam, Emeritus Professor of Educational Assessment at the Institute of Education, University of London, on his paper entitled Optimizing Talent: Closing Educational and Social Mobility Gap Worldwide, published last year at the Salzburg Global Seminar in Austria.
Ian Guest

Creating Device Neutral Assignments for BYOD Classes - 5 views

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    "One expert argues that educators don't have to alter lessons for each device in a BYOD environment."

    Some good ideas here.
John Pearce

Everything you know about curriculum may be wrong. Really. « Granted, but… - 1 views

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    "The educational thought experiment I wish to undertake concerns curriculum. Not the specific content of curriculum, but the idea of curriculum, what any curriculum is, regardless of subject. Like Copernicus, I propose that for the sake of better results we need to turn conventional wisdom on it is head:  let's see what results if we think of action, not knowledge, as the essence of an education; let's see what results from thinking of future ability, not knowledge of the past, as the core; let's see what follows, therefore, from thinking of content knowledge as neither the aim of curriculum nor the key building blocks of it but as the offshoot of learning to do things now and for the future."
John Pearce

Why Khan Academy Is The Wrong Answer « Looking Up - 7 views

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    "Popular efforts to improve education are focusing on the wrong problem. Millions of dollars and hours of innovation are being spent on improving how we deliver content in an era when content matters less and how we interact with it matters more."
Ian Guest

Teachem - 4 views

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    "Simply put teachem allows anyone to create a class from YouTube videos by adding time stamped flashcards and review questions"
Simon Pankhurst

course-builder - Course Builder - Google Project Hosting - 1 views

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    "Course Builder is our experimental first step in the world of online education. It packages the software and technology we used to build our Power Searching with Google online course. We hope you will use it to create your own online courses, whether they're for 10 students or 100,000 students. You might want to create anything from an entire high school or university offering to a short how-to course on your favorite topic."
Andrew Williamson

What should students do once they can read? - Richard Olsen's Blog - 2 views

  • the only evidence presented to support the assertion that Victoria’s education outcomes are not improving is the report “Challenges in Australian Education: results from PISA 2009: the PISA 2009 assessment of students’ reading, mathematical and scientific literacy
  • While it doesn’t seem unreasonable to want our students to be able to accurately perform these kind of tasks, these tests are not a true or accurate representation of the skills and competencies our students need in today’s technology driven world.
  • We need to understand the new social world that both our students and our teachers live and learn in.
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  • A world where the experts are no longer in charge, a world where autonomous self-directed learners are skilled at co-constructing new knowledge in unknown and uncertain environments
  • A world where knowledge is complex and is changing.
  • Our students need to be immersed in the modern learning, made possible by modern technology and free of the compromises that up til now our education system has been based on.
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    Looking at the New Directions for school leadership and the teaching profession discussion paper, the only evidence presented to support the assertion that Victoria's education outcomes are not improving is the report "Challenges in Australian Education: results from PISA 2009: the PISA 2009 assessment of students' reading, mathematical and scientific literacy" Specifically the New Directions paper focuses on reading literacy, where in 2009, 14,251 students were given a two-hour pen and paper comprehension test. To get an idea of what types of competencies the reading test is assessing we can look at the sample test , with questions range from comprehension about a letter in a newspaper, the ability to interpret a receipt, comprehension around a short story, an informational text, and interpreting a table. While it doesn't seem unreasonable to want our students to be able to accurately perform these kind of tasks, these tests are not a true or accurate representation of the skills and competencies our students need in today's technology driven world.
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