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Brendan Murphy

There's no app for good teaching | - 6 views

  • Pedagogy and content, Mishra says, can’t be considered independently of each other;
  • using technology as a starting point, a way to introduce new experiences and modes of expressions.
  • Feedback, particularly how often and how it is given, is “massively underappreciated,” says Neil Heffernan,
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  • encourage risk and confusion
  • “Kids are resistant to having their fun space colonized by adults.” Rather, she suggests, look to “connect with kids’ interest-driven practices through sites and educational technology that are authentically tied to classroom learning.”
  •  help students see the relevance
  • They learn to teach well by co-teaching with another teacher and then adding to or sharing the lesson.”
Brendan Murphy

Homework: An unnecessary evil? … Surprising findings from new research - The ... - 18 views

  • six hours a day of academics are enough, and kids should have the chance after school to explore other interests and develop in other ways — or be able simply to relax in the same way that most adults like to relax after work;
    • Brendan Murphy
      My only problem with this is that too many adults see relaxing after school as watching TV and drinking beer.
  • translated as “A relentless regimen of after-school drill-and-skill can raise scores a wee bit on tests of rote learning.”)
  • Even if homework were a complete waste of time, how could it not be positively related to course grades?
Brendan Murphy

Professional Development: More Than Just a Checkbox on a Form | Edutopia - 11 views

  • Many teachers are finding their PD through connectedness.
  • Many teachers are finding their PD through connectedness
  • Many teachers are finding their PD through connectedness
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  • Many teachers are finding their PD through connectedness
  • Maybe it would be more beneficial if teachers, after their DIY PD, could point to evidence of successful PD in their lessons.
  • It also turns PD from theoretical to authentic learning.
  • Teachers could point to a combination of online and face-to-face meetings that enabled them to accomplish a certain task with their class, and verify it by having an administrator observe the results
  • modeling their newfound methods to their colleagues,
  • What if the DIY PD does not yield an effective improvement?
  • administrator to not just point out the flaws, but to counsel the teacher on improvements
  • observation from a judgmental assessment into a learning experience
Brendan Murphy

K-12 student database jazzes tech startups, spooks parents | Reuters - 0 views

    • Brendan Murphy
      So the real problem, according to the edtech company, is they are spending money at the school for personal when they could be funneling that money to the edtech company. No thought of putting that money to use in the classroom (unless it is tech related)
  • Most data-driven software has only been tested on a small scale; results are often mixed.
Brendan Murphy

Homework or Not? That is the (Research) Question. | District Administration Magazine - 3 views

    • Brendan Murphy
      Nothing at the end of this article is supported by research. It's like they looked at the research above and then went back to conventional wisdom, which in this case is wrong according to research. 
  • evaluated homework research and concluded that it does not significantly impact achievement— and can even be detrimental.
    • Brendan Murphy
      Feeling good about yourself and spending time in a quiet place do as much good as the actual homework assignment. 
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      Don't even bother reading past here. It's like they forgot the research that sparked the idea for this article and went back to what grandma used to say. 
Brendan Murphy

Education Week: An Opportunity to Talk About Testing - 3 views

  • It has trained our focus and resources on the students who need them most.
  • measure student progress objectively
Brendan Murphy

MathRecap | Edited by Dan Meyer - 6 views

    I liked this post [Help Wanted] Can I Get Your Feedback On
Brendan Murphy

Is technology sapping children's creativity? - The Answer Sheet - The Washington Post - 3 views

  • Kids need first-hand engagement — they need to manipulate objects physically, engage all their senses, and move and interact with the 3-dimensional world.
  • Play is a remarkably creative process
    • Brendan Murphy
      This is the first time I've heard of video games as not play. 
  • This is profoundly different from a child having an original idea to make or do something
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  • studies might show that children can learn specific facts or skills by playing interactive games
  • not be fooled into thinking this kind of learning is significant or foundational.
  • but still not grasp the underlying concepts of number.
    • Brendan Murphy
      Concepts and skills are two different things
Brendan Murphy

Chicago teachers strike: Years of labor peace come at high cost - - 1 views

  • Since 2009, the number of CPS teachers who do not work in charter schools has declined by nearly 1,700.
    • Brendan Murphy
      saving money by de-unionizing teachers
  • because they operate more cheaply by hiring nonunion teachers.
  • The teachers elected new leaders with a mandate to stem the tide of layoffs, school closings and charter schools while holding on to hard-won pay increases and retirement benefits.
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  • Emanuel made expanding the school day a centerpiece of his school reform package. That inflamed the issue of teacher compensation when contract negotiations already promised to be contentious.
  • Under Daley, CPS continually sought relief from making its full pension payments.
  • The salary increases not only have strained the annual budget, but also have made it increasingly difficult to fulfill promises made to retired teachers.
    • Brendan Murphy
      pay has always been 75% of a districts expenses, it should be planned for. It isn't like it is a surprise. 
  • This time, a change to the law required CPS to make its contributions only if the pension plan's funding level fell below 90 percent. At the time, the teachers' pension plan was more than fully funded, at 102 percent.
  • For the next decade, CPS contributed zero to teachers' retirements
Brendan Murphy

Whiteboarding Mistake Game: A Guide « Physics! Blog! - 10 views

  • your job is to ask questions of the group up front. If you think there is something they need to change about their board, you need to ask them questions to get them to change it.
    • Brendan Murphy
      Don't tell them what is wrong, but rather ask questions until they fix what is wrong.
  • they must walk their peers through their thinking so that their mistake will be highlighted.
  • group always has the option to act as though it were intentional
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  • there is a need for that quiet reflection.
  • Students are delightfully picky about each other’s work
  • Asking questions is tough!
Brendan Murphy

Tuttle SVC: Has the Technology Changed? - 2 views

  • Let's take for granted that what ed-tech entrepreneurs are shooting for educationally are test score gains. If they're getting them at any scale, for real, consistently, with at-risk kids, we'd frickin' know about it, and truly, sales growth would be unstoppable.
Brendan Murphy

Technology Integration for Elementary Schools | Edutopia - 2 views

  • Digital and video cameras:
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      Phones and voice recorders on the phones for older students.
  • Maintain the same rigor as in pen-and-paper
  • rubric up fron
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  • Connect
  • let them do it.
  • Curate
  • clear purpose
  • real audience
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      Hashtag #comment4kids Get parents involvement Older students
  • valuable tools are theirs
    • Brendan Murphy
    "Put the tools in kids' hands. * Interactive whiteboards: They don't call 'em interactive for nothing. When these large-display screens that connect to a computer and a projector arrived at Forest Lake, Williams gave teachers six months to wean themselves from their interaction-less overhead projectors. Students can touch the interactive boards to solve math problems, play games, or write and edit text. When one student is running the board, Williams suggests keeping others engaged using remote clickers, personal dry-erase slates, or manipulatives. (Download this idea guide for interactive whiteboards.) "
Brendan Murphy

Power to Preschoolers: making Hungry Guppy, a fun math game | Motion Math - Play with n... - 0 views

  • focus on shape instead of number
  • it wasn’t clear that preschoolers really understood “winning” or “losing”
  • the University of Missouri correlates 1st and 5th grade math skills, controlling for IQ and socio-economic lev
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  • just hand them the iPad, keep our mouths shut
  • Testing out Hungry Guppy
  • n addition to being at a different cognitive level, younger children lack fine-motor skills,
Brendan Murphy

Sharing Resources - 7 views

    10 sites to help you organize and share resources.
Brendan Murphy

codeworld - 15 views

    online coding based on math education
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