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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
Roland Gesthuizen

Deakin School News Network - 0 views

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    "Around 60 students and staff from four DSNN schools took part in the first Deakin Media Day at the Burwood campus on Nov 23rd 2012. Many thanks to everyone from Brauer College, Keysborough Secondary College, North Geelong Secondary College and Newcomb Secondary College for your enthusiasm and hard work to make the day such a success. Activities included a 'hands-on' work presenting a live news bulletin in Deakin's TV studio, Journalism video and interviewing exercises and a tour of the Deakin campus. Many thanks to Subway for providing lunch, too! We will be running more Deakin Media Days in June and November, 2013, so watch out for more news about these."
John Pearce

Internet Safety St Mary's Wollongong - 0 views

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    The good folk at St Mary Star of the Sea College in Wollongong, Australia have put together this great Slideshare presentation for an education session for parents at the school. As the say in the Slideshare info, "The College works with parents to create a healthy and safe environment for learning and growth." and with well presented information like this they are certainly headed in the best direction.
John Pearce

100 Ways You Should Be Using Facebook in Your Classroom | Online College Tips - Online Colleges - 3 views

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    Online Colleges does it again with this collection of ideas and links to institutions and classrooms that are using Facebook in an educational context.
Tony Searl

http://tsheko.wordpress.com/2009/11/01/what-have-i-learned-from-vce/ - 3 views

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    November 1, 2009 by tsheko This article in The Age resounded with me - Surely there's a better test was written by Alexandra Adornetto, Year 12 VCE student at Eltham College and, at 17, already an author of a popular children's trilogy starting with The shadow thief. This article in The Age resounded with me - Surely there's a better test was written by Alexandra Adornetto , Year 12 VCE student at Eltham College and, at 17, already an author of a popular children's trilogy starting with The shadow thief."
Roland Gesthuizen

Storify Editor - 2 views

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    "A report about a professional learning conference held at Keysborough College, a dual campus secondary school located in the Melbourne South-Eastern suburbs. The event involved all the College staff, spanning two days from Monday 16 to Tuesday 17th April 2012."
Rhondda Powling

The Intersection of Digital Literacy and Social Media -- Campus Technology - 2 views

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    "As educators look for new ways to teach digital literacy or the use of digital technology to find, organize, comprehend, evaluate, and create information, some are turning to social media to help advance the concept in the college classroom. BUT.....colleges leveraging social media to improve digital literacy must focus on students' current use of social media and then find ways to interface those activities with the curriculum."
Rhondda Powling

Guest post: Steve Saville of Alfriston College, Auckland, on comics in the classroom | Books and Adventures - 2 views

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    "Post by Steve Saville, deputy principal at Alfriston College in South Auckland. For four years, Steve has championed the use of comics in the classroom through a series of innovative workshops which have allowed students to develop and publish their own high quality comic books. In the first of a two-part guest post, Steve tells the story of Alfriston's unique comic book education project."
John Pearce

100 Incredibly Useful YouTube Channels for Teachers | Online College Courses - 4 views

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    Though US focused this list from the Online Colleges is useful nonetheless "For teachers hoping to infuse multimedia into their classrooms, YouTube makes for an excellent starting point. Plenty of universities, nonprofits, organizations, museums and more post videos for the cause of education both in and out of schools. The following list compiles some of the ones most worthy of attention, as they feature plenty of solid content appealing to their respective audiences and actively try to make viewers smarter."
John Pearce

2009-K12-Horizon-Report.pdf - 0 views

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    From the Executive Summary quote; "The Horizon Report series is the product of the New Media Consortium's Horizon Project, an ongoing research project that seeks to identify and describe emerging technologies likely to have a large impact on teaching, learning, research, or creative expression within education around the globe. This volume, the Horizon Report: 2009 K-12 Edition, is the second in a new series of regional and sector-based reports, and examines emerging technologies for their potential impact on and use in teaching, learning, and creative expression within the environment of pre-college education. The hope is that the report is useful to educators worldwide, and the international composition of the Advisory Board reflects the care with which a global perspective was assembled. While there are many local factors affecting the practice of education, there are also issues that transcend regional boundaries, questions we all face in K-12 education, and it was with these in mind that this report was created."
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    The Horizon Report is a product of the international not for profit New Media Consortium. Since 2002 they have been presenting a series of reports under the title Horizon reports generated by a dialog between an international group of educational leaders. "This volume, the Horizon Report: 2009 K-12 Edition, is the second in a new series of regional and sector-based reports, and examines emerging technologies for their potential impact on and use in teaching, learning, and creative expression within the environment of pre-college education. The hope is that the report is useful to educators worldwide, and the international composition of the Advisory Board reflects the care with which a global perspective was assembled. While there are many local factors affecting the practice of education, there are also issues that transcend regional boundaries, questions we all face in K-12 education, and it was with these in mind that this report was created." A must read for all teachers.
Steve Madsen

100 Free and Useful Portable Apps for College Students - 3 views

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    From the library to the dorm room to a friend's computer, it's not uncommon for college students to find themselves using a different computer all the time. Putting small and versatile apps on flash drives allows students to take their important programs with them wherever they go. The following portable apps cover everything from documents to note-taking to organization to security to helpful tools and more, are all small enough to go anywhere, and cost absolutely nothing.
John Pearce

Will Your College Be Covered in Virtual Graffiti? - Technology - The Chronicle of Higher Education - 1 views

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    Looking at the use of apps like Foursquare and Gowalla to geotag this article picks up on both the positives and negatives. A great read keeping in mind the process in which other similar technologies develop and grow.
Rhondda Powling

iSearchNotes.com - Search Student Notes - 0 views

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    This tool is a free service designed for college students to record and share notes in a searchable database. Students can take their notes directly in iSearchNotes using the integrated word processing platform. Notes can be tagged by subject area, course title, and or the course instructor's name.
Tony Searl

They were different classes, now they're one community - 2 views

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    "The principal of Northern Beaches Secondary College, Steve Pickering, and his colleagues were inspired to introduce this project-based learning after visiting progressive schools in Adelaide and the US a few years ago. He believes working in groups on real issues improves student engagement, especially in middle years, by leveraging team loyalty and promoting a sense of achievement. It also moves education towards student-centre learning and lets children make unique contributions they would not be able to on their own."
Kerry J

ScienceDirect - Computers & Education : Why are faculty members not teaching blended courses? Insights from faculty members - 1 views

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    This paper describes the findings of an exploratory, qualitative case study and examines problems and impediments faculty members encountered in blended learning environments in Turkish Higher Education system. A total of 117 faculty members from 4 universities responded to 8 interview questions. Findings were based on content analyses of interview transcripts. The results show that faculty members' problems with blended teaching resulted in the identification of three inductive categories: instructional processes, community concerns and technical issues. The eight themes emerged from these three categories include the following: (1) complexity of the instruction, (2) lack of planning and organization, (3) lack of effective communication, (4) need for more time, (5) lack of institutional support, (6) changing roles, (7) difficulty of adoption to new technologies and (8) lack of electronic means. This study indicates that teaching blended courses can be highly complex and have different teaching patterns, which, in turn, impacts successful implementation of the blended college courses.
Rhondda Powling

30+ Outstanding Websites of Higher Education Institutions | Vandelay Design Blog - 3 views

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    These College and Uni sites contain huge amounts of information and they managed to design an attractive and usable websites. Links from this post take you to more than 30 outstanding sites for your inspiration.
John Pearce

YouTube - Project Based Learning: Explained. - 6 views

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    "The Buck Institute for Education commissioned the cutting-edge advertising agency, Common Craft, to create a short animated video that explains in clear language the essential elements of Project Based Learning (PBL). This simple video makes the essential elements of PBL come alive and brings to light the 21st Century skills and competencies (collaboration, communication, critical thinking) that will enable K-12 students to be college and work-ready as well as effective members of their communities."
John Pearce

Education and teaching - Australian Copyright Council - 0 views

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    Information for educational institutions (including schools, universities, colleges, TAFEs, training organisations), teachers and academics.
Amanda Rablin

Shmoop: Study Guides for Literature, US History, Poems, & Essays - Homework Help and Teaching Resources - 0 views

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    Shmoop wants to make you a better lover (of literature, history, poetry and writing). See many sides to the argument. Find your writing groove. Understand how lit and history are relevant today. We want to show your brain a good time.Our mission: To make learning and writing more fun and relevant for students in the digital age. Shmoop content is written primarily by Ph.D. and Masters students from top universities, like Stanford, Berkeley, Harvard, and Yale. Many of our writers have taught at the high school and college levels. We hold ourselves to the highest academic standards. We source our work (see the "Citations" tab in each history section, or in-line citation links throughout our literature and poetry content). Teachers and students should feel confident to cite Shmoop as a source in essays and papers.
Lynne Crowe

The Comic Book Project - 0 views

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    The Comic Book Project is an arts-based literacy and learning initiative hosted by Teachers College, Columbia University with materials published by Dark Horse Comics. The goal of the project is to help children forge an alternative pathway to literacy by writing, designing, and publishing original comic books.
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