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Keri-Lee Beasley

Is Homework Worthwhile? | Edudemic - 0 views

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    Homework appears to have little impact on learning in elementary 
Keri-Lee Beasley

Teachers: Embrace Twitter for Professional Development | Edudemic - 1 views

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    A great 'getting started' guide for teachers new to Twitter.
nadinebailey

Details | Asia Education Foundation - 0 views

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    Asia Education Foundation links to resources for Drama, Music, Media Arts focusing on Asia.
Keri-Lee Beasley

Can good music help improve young brains? | Windsor Star - 1 views

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    A group of Canadian scientists who specialize in learning, memory, and language in children think so. They've found evidence that pre-schoolers can improve their verbal intelligence after only 20 days of classroom instruction using interactive musical cartoons.
Jeffrey Plaman

MapTool 2 - 0 views

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    Great mapping tools for Geographers.

    Elevations, Distances, Areas, Perimeters and Profiles
    Coordinates export to: TXT, CSV, TAB
    Map export to: GPX, DXF, BLN, SHP

    Elevations source: USGS seamless dataset

    Last update: October 27, 2014
    © 2006-2014 Zonum Solutions"
David Caleb

How to Misuse Technology & Kill 21st Century Thinking - Teaching, Learning, & Education... - 2 views

  • Computer use became routine. New programs were introduced to us weekly, with one request: play with it until you master it.
  • By January of 2007, he had an army of eight year olds who could type sixty words per minute, throw together PowerPoint presentations on environmental issues in a matter of hours, and analyze iPhone unveiling videos like they were nothing
  • Show them that the computer placed in their hands is a tool for communication, collaboration, and creativity. And, most importantly, sit back and watch what students can do when they are left to explore.
Keri-Lee Beasley

The Hard Part | Peter Greene - 0 views

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    The hard part about teaching. Great post identifying some of the challenges of this noble profession
Keri-Lee Beasley

Creating and Composing in a Digital Writing Workshop | Digital Writing, Digital Teaching - 1 views

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    Fantastic article on role of technology with Reading & Writing Workshop
Sean McHugh

Educational Leadership:Sustaining Change:Getting into the Habit of Reflection - 1 views

  • Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards
  • In teaching, as in life, maximizing meaning from experiences requires reflection.
  • Every school's goal should be to habituate reflection throughout the organization—individually and collectively, with teachers, students, and the school community
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  • the school needs to create an atmosphere for reflection
  • a time and a place for looking backward and inward, not forward and outward
  • We are going to take a break from what we have been doing, stand back, and ask ourselves, What have we learned from doing our work today?
  • the tradition in education is to simply discard what has happened and move on to new topics. This episodic approach is reflected in both classroom instruction and assessment and in change efforts as schools frantically strive to stay abreast of an array of educational improvements and mandates. Knowledgeable, vigilant, and reflective organizations, however, view school change from a broader perspective—as a process of revealing and emancipating
  • In reflective schools, there is no such thing as failure—only the production of personal insights from one's experiences.
  • which dispositions were you most aware of in your own learning
    • Sean McHugh
       
      Meaningful engagement with the UWCSEA Profile here. 
  • Collecting work provides documentation for comparing students' levels of knowledge and performance at the beginning, middle, and end of a project.
  • Providing sentence stems might stimulate more thoughtful reflections during portfolio conferences (where reflection can be modeled) or as an option for those who need a "jump start" for reflections:

    • I selected this piece of writing because. . . .
    • What really surprised me about this writing was. . . .
    • When I look at my other journal entries, I see that this piece is different because. . . .
    • What makes this piece of writing strong is my use of . . . . Here is one example from my writing to show you what I mean. . . .
Sean McHugh

How a Radical New Teaching Method Could Unleash a Generation of Geniuses | WIRED - 1 views

  • he had happened on an emerging educational philosophy, one that applies the logic of the digital age to the classroom. That logic is inexorable: Access to a world of infinite information has changed how we communicate, process information, and think.
  • In 1970 the top three skills required by the Fortune 500 were the three Rs: reading, writing, and arithmetic. In 1999 the top three skills in demand were teamwork, problem-solving, and interpersonal skills. We need schools that are developing these skills.”
  • That’s why a new breed of educators, inspired by everything from the Internet to evolutionary psychology, neuroscience, and AI, are inventing radical new ways for children to learn, grow, and thrive. To them, knowledge isn’t a commodity that’s delivered from teacher to student but something that emerges from the students’ own curiosity-fueled exploration. Teachers provide prompts, not answers, and then they step aside so students can teach themselves and one another. They are creating ways for children to discover their passion—and uncovering a generation of geniuses in the process.
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  • “So,” Juárez Correa said, “what do you want to learn?”
  • human cognitive machinery is fundamentally incompatible with conventional schooling. Gray points out that young children, motivated by curiosity and playfulness, teach themselves a tremendous amount about the world. And yet when they reach school age, we supplant that innate drive to learn with an imposed curriculum.
  • inland pared the country’s elementary math curriculum from about 25 pages to four, reduced the school day by an hour, and focused on independence and active learning. By 2003, Finnish students had climbed from the lower rungs of international performance rankings to first place among developed nations.
  • n Finland, teachers underwent years of training to learn how to orchestrate this new style of learning; he was winging it. He began experimenting with different ways of posing open-ended questions on subjects ranging from the volume of cubes to multiplying fractions.
  • Juárez Correa had mixed feelings about the test. His students had succeeded because he had employed a new teaching method, one better suited to the way children learn. It was a model that emphasized group work, competition, creativity, and a student-led environment. So it was ironic that the kids had distinguished themselves because of a conventional multiple-choice test. “These exams are like limits for the teachers,” he says. “They test what you know, not what you can do, and I am more interested in what my students can do.”
  • They do it by emphasizing student-led learning and collaboration
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    In 1970 the top three skills required by the Fortune 500 were the three Rs: reading, writing, and arithmetic. In 1999 the top three skills in demand were teamwork, problem-solving, and interpersonal skills. We need schools that are developing these skills."
    That's why a new breed of educators, inspired by everything from the Internet to evolutionary psychology, neuroscience, and AI, are inventing radical new ways for children to learn, grow, and thrive. To them, knowledge isn't a commodity that's delivered from teacher to student but something that emerges from the students' own curiosity-fueled exploration. Teachers provide prompts, not answers, and then they step aside so students can teach themselves and one another. They are creating ways for children to discover their passion-and uncovering a generation of geniuses in the process.
Keri-Lee Beasley

20 Inspiring Posters with Design Quotes - 2 views

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    Quotes about design. I particularly like Saul Bass's "Design is thinking made visual" quote
Sean McHugh

The truth about Finland's education miracle » Spectator Blogs - 0 views

  • The Finnish fan club rarely talks about its mathematics performance in TIMSS, an international survey focusing more on curriculum-based knowledge – which plummeted over the last decade.
  • Others questioned whether it represents a victory at all since important knowledge had been sacrificed along the way.
  • while Finland scores well on PISA, this particular league table is designed to test everyday rather than curriculum-based knowledge. This means that it lacks key concepts of importance for further studies in mathematically intensive subjects, such as engineering, computer science, and economics. This is an obvious defect: such subjects are likely to be crucial for developed countries’ future economic well-being.
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  • So Finland might not be so great after all, partly because its centralised curriculum has ignored certain concepts that are not tested in PISA.
  • choice is extensive
Keri-Lee Beasley

Venspired | I'm Not Going to Convince You That You Need a PLN - 1 views

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    Fantastic blog post on the reasons you should develop a PLN. 
Sean McHugh

Why extrinsic rewards don't work. - 1 views

  • The most motivating factors are getting genuinely better at something, and getting recognised by those around us. Mastery and relationships motivate most.
  • we’re bribing students into compliance instead of challenging them into mastery
  • Tangible rewards substantially undermine intrinsic motivation,
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  • Do rewards motivate people? Absolutely. They motivate people to get rewards. When people use rewards to motivate, that’s when they’re demotivating.
  • once an activity is associated with an external reward, people are less inclined to participate in the activity without a reward present.
  • We want pupils to develop their intrinsic motivation.
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    The most motivating factors are getting genuinely better at something, and getting recognised by those around us. Mastery and relationships motivate most.
Keri-Lee Beasley

The "third"-order barrier for technology-integration instruction: Implications for teac... - 1 views

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    Research into barriers to tech integration indicate a lack of design thinking could be a 3rd order barrier.
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