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Mathieu Plourde

From Connected Learning to Connected Teaching: A Necessary Step Forward - 0 views

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    "Teachers who have begun to challenge these assumptions engage in alternative practices that begin to help us articulate the commitments of connected teaching. These commitments and practices include: COLLABORATION: Connected teachers work collaboratively. CURIOSITY: Connected teachers bring an inquiry mindset to classroom practice. COURAGE: Connected teachers give up some of their control over the learning experience. CIVIC ENGAGEMENT: Connected teachers engage their students in public life. CARE: Connected teachers share their interests and learning with their students."
Mathieu Plourde

Through the Open Door: Open Courses as Research, Learning, and Engagement | EDUCAUSE - 0 views

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    "The word open is in constant negotiation. When learners step through our open door, they are invited to enter our place of work, to join the research, to join the discussion, and to contribute in the growth of knowledge within a certain field. The openness of the academy refers to openness as a sense of practice.4 Openness of this sort is best seen as transparency of activity."
Mathieu Plourde

3 'Knowns' in Learning Science-and How to Apply Them in Practice | EdSurge News - 1 views

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    "The key to unlocking a brighter future for students lies within the understanding and application of learning science. As a data scientist and edtech developer, I believe our job is not about inventing the next shiny digital device; it's about improving education outcomes for students, and doing so demonstrably and empirically with research. And the starting point for that is looking at what we already know from the science of learning."
Mathieu Plourde

Could Video Feedback Replace the Red Pen? - Wired Campus - Blogs - The Chronicle of Hig... - 0 views

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    Mr. Henderson and Michael Phillips, a colleague on the education faculty, have been doing it this way for about five years. They say their students prefer video feedback, finding it clearer and seemingly more sincere than written notes, notwithstanding the lack of polish. And making the videos takes the instructors less time, on average, than would writing out comments longhand.
Mathieu Plourde

Anatomy of an Online Course: Table of Contents - 1 views

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    "Online course design strategies from an instructor at the University of Oklahoma."
Mathieu Plourde

Today's Lesson: Life in the Classroom Before Cellphones - 0 views

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    What's more, 60 percent of the students responding said they saw an overall big positive effect on the classroom atmosphere, and 67 percent said they were able to concentrate a lot better in class without the phones.
Mathieu Plourde

The Power of Social Presence for Learning (EDUCAUSE Review) | EDUCAUSE.edu - 1 views

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    Social presence remains the key to a successful learning experience, and understanding social presence, with its critical connection to learning and community building, allows us to better support faculty and students. Understanding a wide selection of tools, media, and reflective activities helps faculty assist students in taking responsibility for their own learning. Providing iterative feedback and mindful assessments helps faculty meet learning outcomes and guide student learning. Implementing change in small steps is the key to understanding which strategies work and which lead to frustration and discontent.
Mathieu Plourde

Livetweeting Classes: Some Suggested Guidelines - 0 views

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    Don't have the Tweetstream running live on a projection screen. I've tried it both ways-having the Tweetstream run on a screen that everyone can see, versus on students' devices. The former is ultimately distracting for participants, who tend to focus more on the screen than the in-person discussions. Having the backchannel show up on personal devices, on the other hand, adds to the effect of creating another outlet for discussion that does not overpower the face to face setting.
Mathieu Plourde

How Orwell and Twitter Revitalized My Course - 0 views

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    Whatever knowledge the students have consists of "small disconnected islets" in a vast sea of ignorance. Those scattered bits don't add up to much: "It was obvious that whatever they knew they had learned in an entirely mechanical manner, and they could only gape in a sort of dull bewilderment when asked to think for themselves."
Mathieu Plourde

Engaging Students: Essays in Music Pedagogy - 0 views

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    In addition to the benefits of using "clickers" (AKA student response systems) in a classroom to foster a more engaged environment (click here for a quick intro), clickers also offer the opportunity to measure how students are understanding and processing information in real time. "Keeping the poll open" and asking students questions while they are listening/watching is a very useful way to find out how they are able to apply theoretical ideas. Although the examples in this essay focus on music, keeping the poll open could be applied to other time-based arts, or even in other disciplines when a teacher wants to observe how students are processing information as it changes.
Mathieu Plourde

Plagiarism and the Google Tools to Reduce It - 0 views

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    Google Docs makes it much easier for me to spot and track down plagiariam. First my students share their work with me when they begin a new assignment and I can watch their progress daily. The new preview feature makes this very easy and I often find myself flipping through student papers to check on progress and see who I need to work with soon. Students know I do this and they know I expect to see progress.
Mathieu Plourde

Engaging myself to keep my students engaged: My experiences as a middle school teacher ... - 0 views

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    As I walk over to his computer I hope that this is a small problem with a simple fix. But then it begins. Another hand pops up in the air and murmurs of internet problems buzz through the room. I quickly realize that I am going to have to conduct the first day of my Multimedia class without the internet.
Mathieu Plourde

Independent Reading: Personal History Project - 0 views

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    The goal was to link together some of the close reading they were already doing in their weekly reading trackers, as well as tap into their own triumphs and struggles with reading over time. Posted below is the (lengthy) project instructions. Students were not responsible for every prompt - the idea was to give them many springboards for their own thinking.
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Mind the 'Peak-End' Rule - 0 views

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    For me, the biggest reassurance of this experience is that it's OK to have off days and low points in every course. You can't possibly be always at the top of your game, week after week, and still meet all the other demands placed on college faculty members outside of the classroom. And from the standpoint of having a lasting impact on students, maybe there's no reason to try to be.
Mathieu Plourde

What Are The Ingredients For Self-Directed Learning? - 1 views

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    The students in the Independent Project are remarkable but not because they are exceptionally motivated or unusually talented. They are remarkable because they demonstrate the kinds of learning and personal growth that are possible when teenagers feel ownership of their high school experience, when they learn things that matter to them and when they learn together. In such a setting, school capitalizes on rather than thwarts the intensity and engagement that teenagers usually reserve for sports, protest or friendship.
Mathieu Plourde

A Plea to Teachers with iPads: Make Your Practice Visible - 0 views

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    "Here's my main insight from the iPad Summit that I helped host over the last two days: If you are teaching and creating learning experiences with iPads, we really need you to share your practice online. "
Mathieu Plourde

SMARTeKIDS Blog - 2 views

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    This is for a K-12 educator. Please comment on these kids' blogs. They are elementary to middle school age, so please keep that in mind.
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    Hi, This site is great for creating blogs for kids-really user friendly or is that I just got use to WordPress. -:) http://scratchprogramming.wikispaces.com/Weebly+Tutorial I am going to share it with some of my colleagues.
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