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Nigel Coutts

Seven Language Moves for Learning - The Learner's Way - 0 views

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    Our language choices communicate both intended and unintended messages. In the choices we make, in the subtlety of these choices, lies a truth more powerful than that conveyed by a literal reading of our words. When we look closely and critically at our use of language, we begin to see particular patterns which reveal much about what we genuinely value and expect from our learners. 
anonymous

The Best Online Learning Games - 2008 | Larry Ferlazzo's Websites of the Day... - 0 views

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    I'm going to be listing my choices for The Best Online Learning Games - 2008 within this post, starting from the twentieth-ranked one and ending with my number-one choice.
laguna loire

Boutique Indoor and Outdoor Concept Decor | Interior Design - 3 views

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    Vertical garden with the most popular form recently. Not just may be the house that utilizes a vertical garden, but additionally an all natural concept boutique with trying to utilize a vertical garden within the space. Choice of a vertical garden for that boutique is really a part of the best, for any vertical garden can be put inside a room that's much less large. Although just like indoor garden, the plants are mostly from tropical to complete well within the indoor climate.
Nigel Coutts

Student voice, choice, agency, partnerships and participation - The Learner's Way - 0 views

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    This week I joined with teachers, students, researchers and policy writers at Melbourne University to discuss student voice. This conference was hosted by Social Education Victoria and made possible by the conference partners, The University of Melbourne, Education and Training Victoria, Foundation for Young Australians and Connect. Over three days, participants engaged in rigorous dialogue about the significance of student voice and what is required to ensure its benefits are maximised for all.
Nigel Coutts

Assessment and Student Agency - Better Together - The Learner's Way - 0 views

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    As with many things in education, the outcome achieved will be a result of all that we do. Efforts to promote and empower student agency, voice and choice certainly falls into this category. We might have the best of intentions but unless each of our messaging systems align, we are unlikely to achieve success. So where do our efforts go wrong and what else might we change so that student agency is genuinely a part of our learning environment?
Tony Searl

EDUPUNK or, on becoming a useful idiot « bavatuesdays - 1 views

  • What we have is an economy disinvesting its own workforce from the bottom up in the name of efficiency, cost cutting measures, and productivity—but in the end we’re all just fodder for profit-driven system that depends up the exploitation of the many for the wealth of the few.
  • Groom, Ganley and Beasley-Murray are all proponents of using new technologies inside and outside the classroom, but for them, and unlike for Kamenetz, those technologies are just tools to be used towards humanistic ends, not ends in themselves (as Groom puts it, “I don’t believe in technology, I believe in people”).
  • I am nervous about the economic focus of all this,
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  • many of the critiques layeredd are fair. Universities do have a monopo’y on accreditatio, they are crazy expensive, and are often not preparing us for the face of our moment, and some none at all when it comes to think about these
  • because there’s a bunch of public money floating around in it, and everybody wants some of it
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    There has to be a way for people to organize and share freely and openly through a series of trust networks that aren't necessarily mediated by institutions. But given so many of the demands of accreditation, and the current expectations for the system as it currently operates, given the choice between grief (a public, subsidized higher ed option) and nothing (the rise of privatized workforce factories), I'll take grief every time. But all the while continuing to work towards the idea that there can and will be another way outside of this debilitating binary we are working through right now.
Rhondda Powling

Personalized Assessment «Ideas and Thoughts from an EdTech - 9 views

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    Offers some good ideas on different approaches to assessment by giving students some choice in selecting assessment methods. Interesting thoughts here from Dean Shareski with great examples.
Lauren O'Grady

Main Page - VotApedia - Free Audience Response by Mobile Phone - 0 views

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    VotApedia is an audience response system that doesn't require issuing clickers or need specialist infrastructure. Known users can create surveys and edit the pages on this site. See if your your account has this functionality by looking for the tag "knownuser" next to your account name. If it doesn't and you want it contact Ken.Taylor@csiro.au. You can also look at other people's survey in the recent surveys, or participate in an active survey below. You can read the presentation at the Enterprise 2.0 conference. Audience response systems are widely used for education, but not commonly in Australia. It is hoped that removing the complication and expense of clickers will encourage the use of this teaching aid in Australian educational institutions. VotApedia is intended for co-located audiences but also works with remote audiences which has previously been a different class of application. Surveys are in a multiple choice question (MCQ) form. There is VotApedia Use and Development for more detail about this system.
anonymous

International Reading Association : Choices Booklists : Young Adults' Choices - 0 views

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    lists of new books that will encourage adolescents to read.
John Pearce

Teach Digital: Curriculum by Wes Fryer wiki / internetsafety - 0 views

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    It is relatively easy for someone to SCARE parents away from the Internet. There ARE bad things and people making bad choices on the Internet, but there are many compelling resources and interactive tools available which can be used for learning and communication. In this wiki presentation, Wes Fryer focusses on practical things parents can do with children of different ages to promote safe online behavior and also help young people develop the ethical capacities to make good decisions as well as remain open to communicating about their online experiences with others.
David Raymond

Alan November interviews Angela McFarlane | November Learning - 0 views

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    key points (see also my bookmark to the BLC '07 keynote by Professor McFarlane) - technology is not helping learning (1:30) - american high schools are counterproductive to success in knowledge society (Bill Gates) (2:30) - have a model where kids produce their own digital representation of how they see the world (4:00) - make learning deeper rather than try to cover a lot of content but shallow learning (5:00) - one suggestion is teaching people to be able to recognise an evidence-based argument and not be susceptible to incorrect information (6:00) - model for assessment based on this sort of change to curriculum (7:30) - meaningful coursework - mainly in school - not allowing homework to restrict their self learning - treat school like work in a way with emphasis on quality not quantity (10:00) - need to connect with parents who see school as different than their schooling and unsure about its benefits (11:00) - access to technology (12:00) - benefit based on having the access first bit also that their environment but also their culture at home helps them benefit - top 15% (from BLC keynote) are getting most benefit from access and their culture - but these normally high achievers can't see school as relevant to them based on what they experience at home and are failing at school (13:30) - community knowledge and learning capacity building in technology (14:00) - "digital challenge" program in Bristol (14:40) - community mentors that learn something then teach to others in the community - giving more people access and that means they can have choices on what they can do
graham hughes

Microsoft Mouse Mischief - 4 views

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    Mouse Mischief is a tool that Microsoft makes available free of charge, and that allows teachers to work with Microsoft Office PowerPoint to make interactive presentations. With Mouse Mischief, teachers can add multiple choice questions to their presentations, and large groups of students can answer the questions using mice connected to the teacher's PC.
Tony Richards

The Atlantic Online | January/February 2010 | What Makes a Great Teacher? | Amanda Ripley - 0 views

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    "What Makes a Great Teacher? Image credit: Veronika Lukasova Also in our Special Report: National: "How America Can Rise Again" Is the nation in terminal decline? Not necessarily. But securing the future will require fixing a system that has become a joke. Video: "One Nation, On Edge" James Fallows talks to Atlantic editor James Bennet about a uniquely American tradition-cycles of despair followed by triumphant rebirths. Interactive Graphic: "The State of the Union Is ..." ... thrifty, overextended, admired, twitchy, filthy, and clean: the nation in numbers. By Rachael Brown Chart: "The Happiness Index" Times were tough in 2009. But according to a cool Facebook app, people were happier. By Justin Miller On August 25, 2008, two little boys walked into public elementary schools in Southeast Washington, D.C. Both boys were African American fifth-graders. The previous spring, both had tested below grade level in math. One walked into Kimball Elementary School and climbed the stairs to Mr. William Taylor's math classroom, a tidy, powder-blue space in which neither the clocks nor most of the electrical outlets worked. The other walked into a very similar classroom a mile away at Plummer Elementary School. In both schools, more than 80 percent of the children received free or reduced-price lunches. At night, all the children went home to the same urban ecosystem, a zip code in which almost a quarter of the families lived below the poverty line and a police district in which somebody was murdered every week or so. Video: Four teachers in Four different classrooms demonstrate methods that work (Courtesy of Teach for America's video archive, available in February at teachingasleadership.org) At the end of the school year, both little boys took the same standardized test given at all D.C. public schools-not a perfect test of their learning, to be sure, but a relatively objective one (and, it's worth noting, not a very hard one). After a year in Mr. Taylo
Rhondda Powling

Diffbot: Follow Anything - 1 views

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    Diffbot looks like a new sort of RSS reader but one that turns webpages of choice into a "newspaper" sort of look. This may offer others an easier way to read this information
Nestor Ndzi Talla

The Arts Of Influence - 4 views

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    The Art of Influence is a must-read for anyone desiring the wisdom to influence others, We might wonder at an acclaimed and professional speaker the orator the Obama like gifted at speech, imagine what influence he's got over his audience. He does not take a dramatic or theatrical approach, but offers a delivery appropriate to the format Listeners who enjoy attending electoral campaigns and congress men alike are only left with one choice "YES WE CAN" and before soon he is winning a Noble peace price. We all in our domains of interest will desire the same type of solid and engaging motivational hypnotic glamour as that used by this protagonist in portraying the interactions between his influence and success- we wonder
John Pearce

Tony Vincent's Learning in Hand - Project Based Learning - 1 views

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    "Handheld computers are everywhere. From mobile phones to handheld games, it's a very familiar sight to see people of all ages gazing into screens that they can hold. Schools are discovering that handhelds like iPod touch and iPad make great learning tools. In fact, handhelds can play a big part in project based learning. Not only do projects motivate students because they use exciting handheld technology, but they also lend themselves to student voice and choice. Watch or read below to be inspired to bring project based learning into your classroom, learn strategies for creating effective driving questions, and see how an iOS handheld can play a role in the the planning, research/investigation, and presentation of projects."
Roland Gesthuizen

NAPLAN-style testing has 'failed' US schools - 5 views

  • Professor Darling-Hammond said Australia would be wiser to follow the examples of Finland, Korea, Shanghai and Singapore, whose 15-year-olds achieve the best results in numeracy, literacy and science in comparisons with other developed nations.
  • While the basic skills literacy and numeracy tests were designed to help teachers identify children with learning difficulties needing assistance, they are now being used as a competitive measure of school performance on the federal government's My School website.
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    NAPLAN-style testing and reporting has failed in the United States by narrowing the curriculum and corrupting education standards, says a chief education adviser to the US President, Barack Obama. .. The US tests have been criticised for narrowing the curriculum to reading and maths and multiple-choice formats.
Rhondda Powling

GraphWords.com - Visualize words! - 6 views

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    An interesting site that provides webs of related words. To use type any word into Graph Words to see a web of alternative word choices. Click on any word in the web to generate a new web of more related words.
Roland Gesthuizen

Schools' choice on teacher contracts - National News - National - Education - Goondiwindi Argus - 1 views

  • ''If you don't look after younger people coming into the profession, you potentially run the risk of not having enough teachers in the future,'' Mr Phillips said. ''You can always extend probation if you are not satisfied with performance.''
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    SCHOOLS have options to make new teachers permanent rather than offering them only short-term contracts, according to the head of a prominent secondary college.
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