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Jeffrey Plaman

Overview of Creativity - Creativity in the context of education - 2 views

    Work from SAS around Creativity - how do we measure, foster, etc.
Keri-Lee Beasley

Technology in Education | American Federation of Teachers - 1 views

    "we will focus in this article on five specific myths and present the research findings that dispel them."
Sean McHugh

The Overselling of Ed Tech - Alfie Kohn - 0 views

  • the rationale that I find most disturbing — despite, or perhaps because of, the fact that it’s rarely made explicit — is the idea that technology will increase our efficiency . . . at teaching the same way that children have been taught for a very long time
  • We can’t answer the question “Is tech useful in schools?” until we’ve grappled with a deeper question: “What kinds of learning should be taking place in those schools?” If we favor an approach by which students actively construct meaning, an interactive process that involves a deep understanding of ideas and emerges from the interests and questions of the learners themselves, well, then we’d be open to the kinds of technology that truly support this kind of inquiry. Show me something that helps kids create, design, produce, construct — and I’m on board. Show me something that helps them make things collaboratively (rather than just on their own), and I’m even more interested
  • these are examples of how technology may make the process a bit more efficient or less dreary but does nothing to challenge the outdated pedagogy. To the contrary: These are shiny things that distract us from rethinking our approach to learning and reassure us that we’re already being innovative
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  • The first involves adjusting the difficulty level of prefabricated skills-based exercises based on students’ test scores, and it requires the purchase of software. The second involves working with each student to create projects of intellectual discovery that reflect his or her unique needs and interests, and it requires the presence of a caring teacher who knows each child well
    • Sean McHugh
      Yeah, so?
  • even if ed tech were adopted as thoughtfully as its proponents claim, we’re still left with deep reasons to be concerned about the outmoded model of teaching that it helps to preserve — or at least fails to help us move beyond
  • teachers are far more likely to use tech to make their own jobs easier and to supplement traditional instructional strategies than to put students in control of their own learning
Jeffrey Plaman

Flipping the Flipped Classroom: a Study of the Effectiveness of Video Lectures Versus C... - 0 views

    This is interesting research related to students doing video lecture then try VS try then video lecture methods. The authors call this Constructivist Exploration using Tangible User Interfaces. #spoileralert - Exploration followed by Video Lecture is more effective.
Keri-Lee Beasley

Beyond Engagement: Making School Personal - maelstrom - 0 views

  • The shift from hierarchical power, lodged in the hands of the teacher, to lateral power, established across a learning community, is tantamount to a revolution in pedagogy.”
  • Making a Difference” encapsulates the purpose of modern schools. When we care deeply about something in a personal way we are more likely to act upon that thing
    " The shift from hierarchical power, lodged in the hands of the teacher, to lateral power, established across a learning community, is tantamount to a revolution in pedagogy.""
Keri-Lee Beasley

Two Techie Teachers: Digital Interactive Notebooks: Spruce Up Your Literacy Instruction - 0 views

    Create a keynote template, export to Book Creator, share between iPads and have students make a copy. Really good way to get authentic student voice in student writing.

    "Anytime students can find or take real-time photos, it connects themselves to the text in a meaningful way.
Keri-Lee Beasley

Filmmaking for everyone - Learn about film - 0 views

    Great overview for filmmaking. Lots of resources for teachers and students alike
Sean McHugh

Stop Taking Notes - BioQuakes - 0 views

  • Stop taking notes. Scientists have recently proven that you are less likely to remember something once you write it down
  • They split a population of undergraduate students into 2 groups, one that took notes and one that relied on straight memory. They showed them pairs of cards and instructed them to memorize the location. One group wrote it down and the other did not. After the study time, the note-taking group had their notes taken away and the full group was tested on the cards’ location. Surprisingly, the note-taking group performed very poorly in the exercise, far underperforming the memory group
Sean McHugh

Stop Taking Notes And Pay Attention | Synergy Tutoring - 0 views

  • It is amazing to me that the practice of note-taking in class is so widespread, given how ineffective it is
  • Unfortunately, if you try to take notes while you are listening, and then try to study from your notes later, you are receiving half-way exposure twice that doesn’t even add up to a whole
  • The philosophy of note-taking is patently absurd when you really think about it. The idea is that in class, the teacher verbally recites relevant facts, while students are supposed to split their attention between listening and writing them down, essentially taking dictation and creating a very low-fidelity personal copy of their textbook on the fly. Then the students are supposed to go home and re-learn (or learn for the first time) the information that the teacher gave them in class from this hastily constructed replica.
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  • If you have spent your time in class trying to write things down rather than listening fully, of course you won’t remember what was said, and will feel later like you have to rely on your notes.
Sean McHugh

Stop taking notes and start learning - - 0 views

  • As early as I can remember, we were told to take notes.
  • during that conversation, I paid attention to more than just what was being said; I watched eye movement, body language, and every other form of nonverbal communication. I wasn’t just listening, I was engaging in an interaction. It was then that I found myself wondering, how much was I missing in other classes because I was too busy taking notes?
  • I started to challenge myself not to take notes during other classes and to actively listen, instead
Keri-Lee Beasley

Google Cardboard in Education - EdTechnocation - 0 views

    List of resources for Google Cardboard in Education
David Caleb

Why Do Teachers Need Instructional Coaches? - Finding Common Ground - Education Week - 1 views

    • David Caleb
      This is the case for instructional coaches. 90% retention vs. 10% retention. Incredible.
  • up to 90% of what teachers learn alongside coaches will be retained. This means, that unlike traditional professional development where Knight's research shows that teachers lose 90% of what they learn, coaching can provide an enormous impact.
David Caleb

How to Raise a Creative Child. Step One: Back Off - The New York Times - 0 views

  • Research suggests that the most creative children are the least likely to become the teacher’s pet, and in response, many learn to keep their original ideas to themselves.
  • What holds them back is that they don’t learn to be original. They strive to earn the approval of their parents and the admiration of their teachers.
  • only a fraction of gifted children eventually become revolutionary adult creators,
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  • The parents of ordinary children had an average of six rules, like specific schedules for homework and bedtime. Parents of highly creative children had an average of fewer than one rule.
  • “Emphasis was placed on the development of one’s own ethical code.”
  • parents didn’t dream of raising superstar kids. They weren’t drill sergeants or slave drivers. They responded to the intrinsic motivation of their children. When their children showed interest and enthusiasm in a skill, the parents supported them.
  • A majority of the tennis stars remembered one thing about their first coaches: They made tennis enjoyable.
  • Research reveals that the more we practice, the more we become entrenched — trapped in familiar ways of thinking.
  • what motivates people to practice a skill for thousands of hours? The most reliable answer is passion — discovered through natural curiosity or nurtured through early enjoyable experiences with an activity or many activities.
  • In fashion, the most original collections come from directors who spend the most time working abroad.
  • winning a Nobel Prize is less about being a single-minded genius and more about being interested in many things.
  • Relative to typical scientists, Nobel Prize winners are 22 times more likely to perform as actors, dancers or magicians; 12 times more likely to write poetry, plays or novels; seven times more likely to dabble in arts and crafts; and twice as likely to play an instrument or compose music.
  • “Love is a better teacher than a sense of duty,” he said.
  • You can’t program a child to become creative. Try to engineer a certain kind of success, and the best you’ll get is an ambitious robot.
  • If you want your children to bring original ideas into the world, you need to let them pursue their passions, not yours.
    "Research suggests that the most creative children are the least likely to become the teacher's pet, and in response, many learn to keep their original ideas to themselves."
    Gifted kids don't often produce something new but excel in the 
Jeffrey Plaman

Aaron Draplin Takes On a Logo Design Challenge - YouTube - 0 views

    This is a great resource showing a designer at work. Good for inspiration and noticing the attributes of design thinking.
Keri-Lee Beasley

Why Self-Publishing May Be the Best Writing Lesson Ever | Edudemic - 1 views

    A great case-study from a teacher who published his first novel by himself. Lots of helpful lessons along the way, including how he got his cover designed, and suggestions on marketing.
Keri-Lee Beasley

Teacher's Guide on How to Create Forms Using The New Google Forms ~ Educational Technol... - 1 views

    Step-by-step guide for teachers on how to create Google Forms from scratch
Keri-Lee Beasley

The Ultimate Playlist: 50 Reasons to Believe in the Power of Play - 1 views

    Infographic on value of play
Keri-Lee Beasley

Why the 21st Century Classroom May Remind You of Starbucks | EdSurge News - 1 views

  • Think about when you go to Starbucks to complete some work. Why do you choose to work there? Where do you choose to sit? I usually gravitate towards the comfy seating choices like the couches and big chairs, and yet, I see people choose the tables and chairs over and over again.
    Nice article outlining why one teacher chose to mix up the options for seating in her classroom. 
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