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Alexis Jackson

Mind Games : Article : Scientific American - 0 views

  • New research shows that video games have great educational potential.
  • Ninety-seven percent of American teenagers regularly play video games.
    • Alexis Jackson
       
      Need to find this study from M.I.T. Education Arcade.
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  • They found that students who went straight to the lecture did not know what to listen for, whereas students who played the game first had better context and greater motivation.
  • M.I.T. Media Lab developed a programming language, Scratch, that enables kids as young as kindergartners to build games. Microsoft has developed a similar tool called Kodu.
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    Incorporating video games into education
Jenny Sommers

Blog.com - What's your story? - 0 views

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    official blog stuffs
Jenny Sommers

20 Tools for the Social Classroom (ages 5-18) « Centre for Learning & Perform... - 0 views

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    a list. i like lists.
Jenny Sommers

Envisioning: Education - 0 views

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    cool visual mapping of future emerging technology
Jenny Sommers

How To Increase Higher Order Thinking - 0 views

  • Parents and teachers can do a lot to encourage higher order thinking, even when they are answering children’s questions
  •  “Don’t ask me any more questions.” “Because I said so.”
    • Jenny Sommers
       
      Garth- this reminds me of our conversation of how we shut children's learning down.
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  • Level 1. Reject the question.
  • Level 2. Restate or almost restate the question as a response.
  • Level 3. Admit ignorance or present information.
  • Level 4. Voice encouragement to seek response through authority.
  • Level 5. Encourage brainstorming, or consideration of alternative explanations.
  • Level 6. Encourage consideration of alternative explanations and a means of evaluating them.
  • Level 7. Encourage consideration of alternative explanations plus a means of evaluating them, and follow-through on evaluations.
  • When brainstorming, it is important to remember all ideas are put out on the table. Which ones are “keepers” and which ones are tossed in the trashcan is decided later.
  • Encourage Questioning. Divergent questions asked by students should not be discounted. When students realize that they can ask about what they want to know without negative reactions from teachers, their creative behavior tends to generalize to other areas. If time will not allow discussion at that time, the teacher can incorporate the use of a “Parking Lot” board where ideas are “parked” on post-it notes until a later time that day or the following day.
    • Jenny Sommers
       
      I like this idea of the "parking lot" board. Students do need to feel like asking questions is ok- this doesn't stifle them but lets class continue on track.
  • Students should be explicitly taught at a young age how to infer or make inferences.
  • a teacher may use bumper stickers or well-known slogans and have the class brainstorm the inferences that can be drawn from them.
    • Jenny Sommers
       
      I like this example.
  • How to Answer Children’s Questions In a Way that Promotes Higher Order Thinking
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    interesting read- especially the section on "how to answer children's questions in a way that promotes higher order thinking
Jenny Sommers

TeacherWeb® - WebQuests - 0 views

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    information about what a webquest is as well as examples and a template
David Pluck

Education - 0 views

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    The Guggenheim New Yorks link to the educators event page
David Pluck

The Metropolitan Museum of Art - Learn - 0 views

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    Link to The Metropolitan Museum of Arts educator resources 
David Pluck

Online Tours | Louvre Museum | Paris - 0 views

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    Great resource for art teacher! Online virtual tour of the Louvre. Free online field trip!!
Jay Martinez

Spanish | Learn about Spanish on instaGrok, the research engine - 0 views

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    need help teaching some Spanish?
Michael O'Connor

What You Need to Be an Innovative Educator | Edutopia - 0 views

  • 1. Sense of Priority
  • PBL promotes innovation in education
  • 2. Selflessness
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  • 3. Time and Energy
  • 4. Models
  • But by looking at existing models -- cool stuff that has been accomplished by others before you -- you'll have an idea of what's possible. And of what you might be missing.
  • 5. Willingness to Take Risks
  • prepared for failure.
  • 6. Trust
  • The trust of administrators, colleagues and parents certainly matters. You can lose your job or professional standing without it. But without trust from students, you're just a well-dressed, silly person with your name on the placard by the door.
  • And the innovation will never come.
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