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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
Amanda Rablin

Learning Spaces Framework - 0 views

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    April 2008 publication from MCEETYA as part of the Learning in an Online World series. This one focuses onLearningfor contemporary Learning.
Rhondda Powling

Makerspaces, Participatory Learning, and Libraries | The Unquiet Librarian - 3 views

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    "The Library as Incubator Project describes makerspaces as: Makerspaces are collaborative learning environments where people come together to share materials and learn new skills… makerspaces are not necessarily born out of a specific set of materials or spaces, but rather a mindset of community partnership, collaboration, and creation."
Rhondda Powling

Classroom Design Matters | Tip of the Iceberg - 1 views

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    "The classroom environment truly is The Third Teacher. There are those who make a considerable effort to consider an holistic view of classroom design. Physical space, classroom displays, learning opportunities, student preferences, movement of people - all contribute to an engaging learning environment and a positive learning climate"
Nigel Coutts

Getting creative with our learning spaces - The Learner's Way - 0 views

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    Unfortunately, we are not all blessed with expansive classrooms which can readily accommodate a diversity of learning zones. The challenge becomes one of creatively using the space and furnishings you have to create flexible spaces.
dean groom

Studywiz » Studywiz ePortfolio - 0 views

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    The Studywiz ePortfolio gives students an individual space for capturing progress and achievement while building a sense of pride and accomplishment. Studywiz ePortfolio enables students to store a variety of rich media materials including digital photos, scanned documents, video and audio clips and to arrange these records of learning in collections for a range of purposes. Teachers are easily able to assess their students' learning progress as well as using collections for formal summative assessment. Studywiz ePortfolio comprises four areas that enable students to plan for learning and manage their records or evidence of learning. The Studywiz ePortfolio meets the specifications recommended by the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC):
Rhondda Powling

Jon Bergmann: Preparing Your Students for Flipped Learning #flipclass @coolcatteacher - 0 views

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    "Jon Bergmann talks with Vicki Davis (CoolCatTeacher) about flipped learning by which he means moving direct instruction to the individual space so the classroom space can be freed up for collaborative projects. Listen now to find out more about this pedagogical method."
Nigel Coutts

Spaces for Learning - 0 views

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    Learning is impacted by many forces such as the learner's disposition to the process, the quality of their teacher's pedagogy, their emotional state and nature of the curriculum. Amongst this long list of factors is naturally the environment in which that Learning occurs and the relationship between the environment and the learner.
Rhondda Powling

New Teachers: Designing Learning Environments | Edutopia - 5 views

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    This post on Edutopia offers a list of resources that includes tips and guides on classroom design and layout to help maximize the possibilities of the learning environment.
Rhondda Powling

How Student Centered Is Your Classroom? | Edutopia - 1 views

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    "Are you creating a learning space where your students have ample voice, engage frequently with each other, and are given opportunities to make choices.Some guiding Questions to help you reflect on the learning environment you design for students:"
Rhondda Powling

Beyond Ditching the Desks, 9 Creative Ways to Avoid The Cemetery Effect for All Classrooms | Tom Murray - 1 views

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    Tom Murray's post about creating more stimulating and creative learning spaces
Nigel Coutts

Modern Spaces for Contemporary Learning - The Learner's Way - 0 views

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    Think back to how you felt after the last day you spent at a conference or course. If things went well you probably came out feeling enthused by new ideas but also exhausted and fatigued in ways that you don't after a regular day at work. If the presenters have done their job well and you choose your workshops wisely, the day should have been full of learning that resulted from you having to think. Days like this should work our brains hard and it should be no surprise when we are fatigued by such an experience. - So how might our students be coping?
Tony Searl

In Defense of Public School Teachers in a Time of Crisis - Henry Giroux | Paulo Freire, Critical Pedagogy, Urban Education, Media Literacy, Indigenous Knowledges, Social Justice, Academic Community - 2 views

  • Yet, teachers are being deskilled, unceremoniously removed from the process of school governance, largely reduced to technicians or subordinated to the authority of security guards. Underlying these transformations are a number of forces eager to privatize schools, substitute vocational training for education and reduce teaching and learning to reductive modes of testing and evaluation.
  • Teachers are no longer asked to think critically and be creative in the classroom.
  • Put bluntly, knowledge that can't be measured is viewed as irrelevant, and teachers who refuse to implement a standardized curriculum and evaluate young people through objective measures of assessments are judged as incompetent or disrespectful
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  • teachers are increasingly removed from dealing with children as part of a broader historical, social and cultural context.
  • Removed from the normative and pedagogical framing of classroom life, teachers no longer have the option to think outside of the box, to experiment, be poetic or inspire joy in their students. School has become a form of dead time, designed to kill the imagination of both teachers and students
  • Under this bill, the quality of teaching and the worth of a teacher are solely determined by student test scores on standardized tests.
  • Moreover, advanced degrees and professional credentials would now become meaningless in determining a teacher's salary.
  • In other words, teaching was always directive in its attempt to shape students as particular agents and offer them a particular understanding of the present and the future.
  • Rather than viewed as disinterested technicians, teachers should be viewed as engaged intellectuals, willing to construct the classroom conditions that provide the knowledge, skills and culture of questioning necessary for students to participate in critical dialogue with the past, question authority, struggle with ongoing relations of power and prepare themselves for what it means to be active and engaged citizens in the interrelated local, national and global public spheres.
  • fosters rather than mandates
  • respects the time and conditions teachers need to prepare lessons, research, cooperate with each other and engage valuable community resources.
  • In part, this requires pedagogical practices that connect the space of language, culture and identity to their deployment in larger physical and social spaces. Such pedagogical practices are based on the presupposition that it is not enough to teach students how to read the word and knowledge critically. They most also learn how to act on their beliefs, reflect on their role as engaged citizens and intervene in the world as part of the obligation of what it means to be a socially responsible agent.
  • As the late Pierre Bourdieu argued, the "power of the dominant order is not just economic, but intellectual - lying in the realm of beliefs," and it is precisely within the domain of ideas that a sense of utopian possibility can be restored to the public realm
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    teachers are being deskilled, unceremoniously removed from the process of school governance, largely reduced to technicians or subordinated to the authority of security guards. Underlying these transformations are a number of forces eager to privatize schools, substitute vocational training for education and reduce teaching and learning to reductive modes of testing and evaluation.
John Pearce

Six Strategies for Differentiated Instruction in Project-Based Learning | Edutopia - 0 views

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    "Project-Based Learning (PBL) naturally lends itself to differentiated instruction. By design, it is student-centered, student-driven and gives space for teachers to meet the needs of students in a variety of ways. PBL can allow for effective differentiation in assessment as well as daily management and instruction. PBL experts will tell you this, but I often hear teachers ask for real examples, specifics to help them contextualize what it "looks like" in the classroom. In fact, the inspiration for this blog came specifically from requests on Twitter! We all need to try out specific ideas and strategies to get our brains working in a different context. Here are some specific differentiation strategies to use during a PBL project. "
Rhondda Powling

Trends Aside, Libraries Support Student Content Creation Now | Horizon K-12 Report | School Library Journal - 0 views

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    "The annual Horizon report, released June 29 by the nonprofit New Media Consortium, examines the trends and technologies that will shape primary and secondary education over the next five years. It references libraries as being at the forefront of maker spaces, which are among 18 major trends that include the rise of STEAM education: the intersection and importance of science, technology, arts, engineering, and math. The Horizon Report broke down challenges to school technology adoption into three categories: "solvable," "difficult," and "wicked," representing a range of difficulty to implement over the next five years. The "solvable" problems reflect what many libraries are already doing, like focusing more on blended learning and STEAM. The "wicked" problems were far more dramatic: shifting toward deeper learning approaches and rethinking the role of school itself."
Roland Gesthuizen

worldwaterday2011 - lino - 0 views

  • This is a space for students, parents, teachers and visitors to share their thoughts, videos, photographs, and learning about World Water Day - March 22, 2011.  We welcome contributions from our local and international visitors, so please leave a sticky stating your (first name) and country of origin.
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    "This is a space for students, parents, teachers and visitors to share their thoughts, videos, photographs, and learning about World Water Day - March 22, 2011. We welcome contributions from our local and international visitors, so please leave a sticky stating your (first name) and country of origin."
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    Great project for World Water Day, 22nd March 2011.
Tony Searl

How can we help you to learn with mobiles - PBL project « - 3 views

  • useful to the functional needs of school administration and proof of action
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      the same as it is for any systemic ICT (intranet, MAANG, email) It is NOT outward from student/teacherr, it is heavily "down to" them. Hence uptake is poor at best, ignored completely at worst but admin is happy because it is available.) What happened to those simple ICT/saas/paas audits?
  • The project, as always, needs to make a product, and a case to an audience.
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      as do the echo chambers of walled garden hell, but because this is provided as expertise, what is dished up is not questioned sufficiently, let alone updated/audited for functional use. Designers/providers rarely use what they perceive as "offered" as the end consumers using those same consumer's metrics of time, space, function with all associated limitations.
  • how developing nations are using phones
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      LDN's also don't face the tyranny of unschooling. Tabula rasa is a great strength of emerging design in LDC's. Government's will eventually respond to this closing gap for economic reasons not educational ones. Unfortunately
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  • Best of all it takes the case to the people who make decisions, policy and rules about the use of phones
  • very high numbers of students simple do not respond to anything
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    students simply don't respond to using a learning management system, (not that it is an LMS, but it includes edmodo BTW)
Tony Searl

Virtual Learning Network - Home - - 6 views

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    The Virtual Learning Network (VLN) supports the concept of classrooms without walls, where students and educators have the flexibility to connect with their classes 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Where a rich and diverse range of courses, programmes and activities, from early childhood through to tertiary, are offered by New Zealand-based educators.
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