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The ongoing discussion of engaging Introverts in education continues with Elena Aguilar’s telling post at Edutopia. Poverty is also a hot topic as the US works to increase college applications from low income students and the PBS tells the story of the heartbreak and heartache caused by poverty in the Philadelphia school systems. School supply drives are important so that all kids can have what they need to learn. Meanwhile, things are tough all over as a UK educator ponders the pressure of testing and the negative impact on teaching and learning and Pernille Ripp shares why she will give the tests (even though she doesn’t like them.) Miguel Guhlin writes an epic post on surviving transition that is for any educator struggling through transitions and tough times – we’re all there at some point in our careers.
I noticed lots of sharing of teacher / former interior designer Erin Klein’s work with classroom design so I share the post that is going around and a 10 minute interview I did with her where she shares why cluttering up the walls is the WRONG thing for elementary teachers to do.
In “Excellence in Teaching” today, there are many things you can watch and read to make you a better teacher. Watch videos from BBC Wales about how Finnish teachers are really educating kids and view some funny gifs trending on Tumblr about great teachers. Teacher Pana Asavavatana from Tapai Emerican School shares how she’s using Aurasma and Chatterpix with her kindergarteners and we have the name and an interview with the teacher who made her own picture a lesson for the world: Julie Culp from Nashville. Justin Tarte has 7 proven strategies that will engage students and Joli Barker shares her 3 steps to a Fearless Classroom. Dawn Casey-Rowe talks about how she overcomes in a tough classroom situation to innovate and create. Project Based Learning Expert, Suzie Boss, finishes up a trip to American School of Bombay in India and shares her reflections over at Edutopia. Meanwhile, a cool new site has emerged, Eduslam, with short, quick easy to implement ideas like the Kathy Cassidy video about how she uses efolios with her young students. Meanwhile, design thinking is being celebrated in schools with a database listing the K12- higher ed schools offering design thinking as part of their curriculum.
Then, as we sharpen your brain, take a look at Mind Tools to improve your career skills and at Info is Beautiful to look at interesting visualizations of big data. I love Lifehacker’s “25 Websites to make you cleverer” and have been tinkering with some of these this weekend.
I’ve got a whole spate of resources for Hour of Code including coding games for the little ones and ideas for all ages as you prepare for the Hour of Code next week. (more on this later).
Then, we close up today’s news with Mia MacMeekin, an educator emerging as one of the best infographic makers I know. (You’ll want to add her to your RSS reader.) Two new research studies on mobile learning will be discussed and shared by everyone. Finally, a great infographic relating the SAMR Model to the Common Core.
I’m back to school today and haven’t had time to add the Twitter handles to this post but I’ll try to come back to it later today. Meanwhile, I wanted you to get all the goodies from this weekend. Lots of educational topics were trending on Twitter over the weekend. It looks like many of us used the weekend to share, retweet, and discuss. Let me know in the comments if you like this format for Daily News – it is still evolving.
Have a great week and remember to keep up the intensity — some of the best teaching happens when others relax (I see it that students have more energy for me!)
Teachers rock! Education is important. Learn something new every day.
–Vicki @coolcatteacherIntroverted Teachers and Students in Education
- The Power of Introverts: An Essential Understanding for Teachers | Edutopia
This book continues to be discussed heavily in education. I love Elena Aguilar’s poignant discussion of the book on her blog at Edutopia. Wow.
“About a year ago, I read Susan Cain’s Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking. I wanted to tell everyone about this book right away, but I also wanted to let what I’d learned sink in. I wanted to sit alone with my new self-awareness, process my experience, and absorb the revelations I’d had — all in true introverted fashion. See, as I’d read Cain’s book, my predominant thoughts were, “She’s describing me! I’m an introvert! And there’s nothing wrong with that!” The margins of my copy are littered with stars, exclamation points, and scribbles that, as I look back, reflect my profound relief and gained understandings.”
This would be a great book for education book clubs to consider. Just make sure you take time to let everyone share and reflect and include even the introverts in the conversation – though they may say less, they may actually have more to say than we truly understand.
- Encouraging more low-income and first-generation students to earn a degree
While not everyone community is as forward thinking as Kalamazoo, Michigan (which gives every child in that community a free college education at a public university of their choice in Michigan), helping children from low income families apply for college is imperative. I love this article because it gives practical advice and discusses the issues as well as some creative approaches. I think that the least communities could do is fund college application fees for low income students… helping kids go to college is a start, but a very important one.
From this AP Article from NBC Latino…
“Yet, nationally, about half of high school graduates from families making below $18,300 enrolled in college in 2012 compared to about 80 percent of those whose families earned above $90,500, according to the College Board.
In Washington, where Duarte lives, only 30 percent of high school graduates go to college – a lower percentage than the number who drop out of high school, despite the city having the highest level of college attainment in the nation, according to the College Board.
Nearly all the students at Roosevelt qualify for free or reduced lunches.
To help create a college-going culture, a bulletin board near the school’s front doors features the names of seniors and the colleges they were accepted to. College acceptances are announced over the intercom.”
- Unrelenting Poverty Leads To ‘Desperation’ In Philly Schools : NPR
This NPR article on the school situation in Philadelphia is heart wrenching. Poverty impacts everyone, especially children. For those who have never seen it, it is hard to understand. I remember in Mumbai, seeing kids with a tiny notebook and pencil down to the nub that had been used the whole school year – kids were erasing unimportant things (if they still had an eraser) to add more to their notebooks. Yes, there are many places that desperately need school supplies and help and Philadelphia is one of the many cities who are really struggling. Take time to read/listen and understand and set up this holiday season to help.
“”Clothing, books, all of the school supplies, backpacks,” Kantor says. “And you see some kids that are really suffering. Some kids don’t ever have a dime. They have one pencil, they have a spiral book, and they don’t have any of the supplies.”
Other teachers say they’ve had to bring in cleaning supplies — even toilet paper.
But lots of nonmaterial things gnaw at Kantor: She says some parents, many of them single moms, seem overwhelmed and disengaged. Kantor says she knows they’re stressed out and tries to reach out by phone, but is too often left discouraged.”
- Secret Teacher: low morale and high pressure leaves no time for inspiration | Teacher Network | Guardian Professional
These heartbreaking words from a teacher in the UK. As the world tries to improve education by the numbers, the world has forgotten kids aren’t numbers. They are precious, individual and unique and deserve education systems that celebrate and encourage that. OK, teachers, it is time to man the media – you are the media now! Are you fed up yet? It might not be you right now, but if you don’t speak, it will be, wherever you teach, such stories impact us all and the profession we care for so much.
“As a teacher, I vowed that I would work hard to nurture my students, to make each and every student feel valued and for them to know that they have a voice, and a place in the world.
However the last two years have made me feel like that insecure 14-year-old again: I have lost my confidence because of the overly-rigid current education system. We are constantly being told we are not good enough and that we are not doing enough: enough intervention, enough rigorous marking, enough sustained and rapid progress.
What excited me the most about becoming a teacher was discovering the hidden talents and sparks of genius in my students. However, it breaks my heart to say this, but I feel that I no longer have time, nor am I encouraged to make these discoveries.
We are so caught up with data and so many progress checks that we don’t give our students the time to shine. I wonder what would happen if the greats of the world like Einstein, Gaudi, Picasso and Martin Luther King were to attend school in 2013, would they be able to cultivate their talents and thrive?”
- Why I Will Not Refuse to Give the Tests | Blogging Through the Fourth Dimension
Pernille Ripp’s poignant post shares why more teachers don’t refuse to give the tests. Unless it is done en masse, it can’t really be done. That said, parents can refuse to have their children take the test without repercussions and in fact, a national opt out movement is brewing.
“If I were to refuse administering these state mandated tests, I would get in trouble. That is an absolute guarantee. And while I have never been one to shy away from too much controversy, the kind of trouble this time would be much bigger than a write up. I could even lose my job for failing to do my duties. To some that may not seem like a big deal, after all, I should be standing up for my students and their rights, my own opinions, I should protect those children that I teach from the tests. But my job is vital to my own children. My job is our health insurance. My job gives us just enough money so that we can pay our bills. I wish my husband had a huge paying job, he doesn’t, and so we are a very dependent two income family. So losing my job refusing tests just isn’t something I can rationally do and in a sense, I am not sure I should be the one refusing the tests anyway.”
- Around the Corner-MGuhlin.org: Keys Changing Hands – 7 Tips for Surviving Leadership in Transition #edchat
If you’re dealing with leadership transitions in your district, Miguel Guhlin has penned a pretty epic post. In it, he is blunt about the ups and downs of working with great leaders, and “hatchet men.” IN the post, he also includes steps to making staff development actually work and his frustration to be asked to read books that no one else read or implemented. This is a great post and one that leaders should read (so they can be visionary) and staff and teachers should read (so they can find wisdom for making it through tough transitions.) Every transition is tough – I’ve been through several myself during my 12 years and even when the leader is a very good one, it is hard to do and endure because so many people take their “eye off the ball” and the ball is learning in the classroom. Drama in the front office should be kept at a minimum so classroom learning can be kept at a maximum.
- Dressing Your Classroom for Student Success
Erin Klein shares her principles for setting up an effective classroom design with tips especially relevant to elementary teachers. Filling the wall full of charts and clutter from floor to ceiling isn’t only a problem with the fire marshal but may actually be making it harder for students to learn. Listen to this awesome conversation to learn more.
- To Foster Productivity and Creativity in Class, Ditch the Desks! | MindShift
Erin Klein is my go-to person for classroom design. Her love for interior design and teaching as well as her passion to pursue the researched based best practices make her a favorite. I interviewed her on Every Classroom Matters not too long a go about her methods, but here’s a great post that goes into it more deeply as well.
- BBC News – Diary of a Ysgol Friars maths teacher in Finland
So, if you want to peek inside Finland, there are 3 videos on this BBC Wales site that will give you what you want. This Diary of a math teacher in Finland gives you a peek. There’s also two other great videos “Let teachers teach, say Finns” and “Finland Classroom Success Secrets.” You can embed these that I can find, so you’ll need to share the links and watch them on the site. These short videos are just under 4 minutes and would be great to share in a staff meeting.
- 23 Defining Traits Of Your Favorite Teacher
Awesome gifs and animations that are truly an inspiration and gift to teachers everywhere. I love this post from Buzzfeed about the great teachers. Some ring true and others are just kind of funny, but underneath it all is is how the teacher makes the student FEEL that counts. And you can’t count that on a test. Enjoy and share.
- Aurasma and ChatterPix: A fun way to bring photos to life with augmented reality! – Ms. Pana Says
Pana Asavavatana, @PanaAsavavatana kindergarten teacher at Taipei American School has created an awesome way to combine Aurasma and Chatterpix to use Augmented Reality in her classroom. I love this creativity but also how many teachers around the world are sharing best practices. Yes, you can use this. Great job Pana!
- CTV News Channel: Teacher’s post goes viral | CTV News
We have name! Nashville teacher Julie Culp used herself as a photography / privacy lesson for her students. Applause, Julie. Great job.
- Cool Ways to Make Meaning with Tag Clouds #teaching | Cool Cat Teacher Blog
This post of mine has started being reshared again. It helps you see how you can use wordclouds with just about anything (including surveys.) A Quick tutorial.
- Life of an Educator by Justin Tarte: 7 proven strategies that WILL help you engage your students…
Excellent post from Justin Tarte that deserves lots of shares. The only issue I have with the post is the use of the word “rigor” which I think is misused and misapplied all over education without questioning if that is actually the word we should use. I’ve heard people say “they’re having fun — that isn’t rigorous.” WHAT? Great post worth sharing.
- Creating a Fearless Classroom In Three Steps
Joli Barker, author of the Fearless Classroom Blog, talks about how to become a fearless classroom in 3 steps. She’s an inspirational practicing classroom teacher and I’ve blogged about her before. Just amazing what she does with technology, writing, and improving her classroom.
- One on One With a Teacher on the Leading Edge
A show I recorded with Dawn Casey-Rowe, an overcomer who is using technology (and kickboxing too). She gives advice on transforming classrooms to demands all teachers face. She shares her thoughts about leading, learning, and embracing education technology.
- In India, a School that Empowers Students and Teachers | Edutopia
I’m a huge fan of the American School of Bombay and visionary Shabbi Luthra – this article on Edutopia from PBL expert Suzie Boss captures so much about this amazing school that uses laptops at a very young age in ways that empower students to learn, create, and share. Shabbi is passionate about bringing the best to her school but also shares expects that what is brought and discussed there will be used. Such a great school – it is well worth attending ASB Un-Plugged when they host it just to see what they are doing. It is hard to find a better school anywhere in the world.
- What’s an EduSlam? | EduSlam
Nice newcomer to the sharing and video scene. Eduslam is recording short, quick videos that can be implemented in your classroom tomorrow. Very cool.
- Digital Portfolios in the Primary Classroom with @kathycassidy | EduSlam
Yes Kathy Cassidy rocks – she recently did a session on Eduslam – Great work. If you want to know what she’s doing with her first grade students and digital portolios, you can take a listen to this quick 7 minute video.
- Design Thinking in Schools: An Emerging Movement Building Creative Confidence in our Youth – Getting Smart by Guest Author – design thinking, IDEO, Innovation | Getting Smart
Fascinating article on design thinking and an attempt to catalog all of the schools using design thinking. I do predict that STEM, design thinking, and creativity are going to become increasingly valued by parents and many who are disenfranchised with a testing environment that is rapidly driving everyone involved to the edge – particularly the students.
“Mapping a global movement. A global movement is unfolding, and in response to the overwhelming interest around design thinking in schools, IDEO and the d.school have created a new directory — Design Thinking in Schools — to highlight the network of institutions that are at the forefront of this movement.
The directory, launched in mid-October, already features a wide range of programs and resources. There’s a mix of learning environments, from charter and district public schools to museums and summer camps. The programs are diverse, including after school “lab” environments and schools that use design thinking as the basis for subject-matter courses. ”
- Mind Tools – Management Training, Leadership Training and Career Training
I play Lumosity to help make me smarter, but if you’re starting out in a job or just want to learn more, Mind Tools focuses on career skills. Very niche site and toolkit layout. The world belongs to those who are lifelong learners. It has never been easier but learning is never truly easy – it requires time and commitment – but the resources are here.
- Information Is Beautiful
Big data visualized. What a cool site that connects art and math. If you explore or write or are just a scholar, this site will give you lots to think about.
- 25 Killer Websites that Make You Cleverer
Awesome websites that will have me tinkering all day. Very cool.
- Minecraft-1001 Uses for Minecraft in Schools » Virtually School
Don’t let the title mislead you, but yes, there are many uses of Minecraft in schools.This versatile, compelling but pretty low bandwidth tool gives us so many things Second Life never did – and with minecraft.edu it is affordable for most of us. This list is trending on Twitter which just shows how many people are interested (or how many people don’t read to know it isn’t really 1001
You might just find one way to teach coding in your classroom for the Hour of Code coming up.
- Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners: SAMR Through the Lens of the Common Core
Susan Oxnevad has some more powerful infographics. In this case, she’s linked together many of her posts about developing a digital toolkit and relating SAMR to Common Core. There are some great resources here for technology integrators as well as observing Susan’s style for graphically sharing her information.
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My colleague in Melbourne, Stephen Elder wrote an excellent piece in Saturday’s Australian newspaper on the ongoing Gonski saga and the need for both sides of politics to engage in the real issue of public policy. I hate to harp on about this but I can’t believe that politicians continue to get bogged down in debates over whether phonics should replace whole-language. These are issues to be addressed within school communities not in Parliament.
As I’ve said many times before, the challenges facing education in Australia (ie. improving the learning outcomes for each student) need to be addressed with coherent policy not ideology or nostalgia. Improving the quality of education by lifting the performance of teachers does not require a bi-partisan approach here. The approach simply needs to be rigorous.
Political parties will always agree to disagree but the best public policy is based on best evidence. I’d like to see our Education Minister Christopher Pyne remain focused on what really matters:-
- Quality of the teacher
- Quality of teacher learning to improve capabilities
- Precision around the implementation of learning strategies
- Core focus on improving literacy and numeracy
- Improving the quality of relationships
- Evidence of continuous improvement
What appears to be missed in discussions around education policy is an overall commitment to best evidence. The things that divide us should not be the things that actually improve the learning for every student. Best evidence is the best policy here and as Sir Ken Robinson points out education doesn’t go on in legislative buildings, it happens in schools and if you remove the discretion of teachers, then the system stops working.
Some things are hard to stop once you start. I’ve been having some fun with a site called memegenerator.net A couple of my attempts are below. I first used it for a blog post last week. (How is Computer Science NOT a 21st Century Skill) This could very easily get out of hand. I’ll have to watch it. At the same time it’s got me thinking about a project for students.
I wonder how hard it would be for students to write an application to generate their own captions on images they select? I think I’ll work on that.
“Kids don’t have enough balance.”
“We are dumber because of technology.”
“People are disconnected from one another because of how we use technology.”
“Technology kills our face-to-face interactions.”
In my travels, I have heard all of these arguments. I actually remember dealing with one principal vehemently opposed to the use of technology by students based on the last statement, and his belief that technology was actually killing our relationships. Unfortunately that principal was me. From my experience (at the time), I was watching students spending a lot of time on computers playing video games, doing “typing” programs, and spending times creating things like PowerPoint in groups where one student would be doing all of the work, while a group would be sitting there and interacting little. What had I seen, was all that I had known.
Then I started to open up my own learning and can see the power of technology not only for learning, but also to enhance relationships.
Don’t get me wrong, there is still the “bad” out there, but knowing more, I am better to help myself and our students navigate past the bad and create the good.
Daniel Kahneman, a Nobel Prize winner, coined the term WYSIATI which stands for “What You See Is All There Is“. This idea is that we base our assumptions on limited evidence. I was “suffering” from that and have really tried to open up my eyes and learning more myself so that I can better help our students. My belief is that we focus on “what is best for kids” and that opening up my own learning helps to move students to that ultimate goal. The more I know, the more I can help.
That being said, I have seen people choose to limit their knowledge and embrace WYSIATI. It is easier to say things like “parents won’t embrace this new type of learning” (which I have heard a ton), but then you look at hashtags such as #ptchat (Parent-Teacher Chat), and you see parents not only “embracing”, but pushing for schools to be more relevant to the world we live in.
If you notice, I didn’t say “the world our kids live in”, because we all live in the same world.
You will hear people say things like “Twitter is stupid”. Just to clarify, Twitter is a thing and can’t be stupid. It is the equivalent of a student not understanding math and then saying “math is stupid”. It is often our lack of understanding that leads us to make statements like this, which I made myself. One of the questions that I ask people when they make these remarks is, “from your use of Twitter, tell me why it is stupid?”, which is sometimes followed by, “well I have never used it.” That would be the equivalent of me saying that a Lamborghini handles terribly. I could say that, but I have never experienced driving one, nor have I ever done any research on the vehicle.
Sometimes it is easy to argue when we choose to limit our thinking to WYSIATI. I have been very careful to not say “SnapChat has no educational value.” I have been caught making statements like this before, and although I do know a lot about the bad things that SnapChat is used for, someone one day might do something amazing with it. My lack of knowledge of the app (I have downloaded it but have have never used it) limits me to make statements. I don’t know what I don’t know. I thought Vine was stupid at first, but then people started doing really cool things with it.
As educators, we have to challenge one another and ourselves to broaden our our knowledge and experience when looking at a constantly changing world. Instead of making assumptions, we need to start asking questions. If WYSIATI, then we need to see a lot more if we are going to help our students.
A lack of knowledge can sometimes be used as a power, but when your in the business of learning, that should never happen.
Recently Maria del Carmen Colussa posted an update on the HLW skype group looking for someone to practise conversational English with one of her students – Carina. It is not often that my time zone matches that of students in the USA or Sth America so here was a golden opportunity to connect. Maria comes from Santo Tomé, Santa Fe, Argentina and teaches English to Spanish speaking students.
Carina is an adult student – a pharmacist who wished to travel thereby wanting to improve her conversational English. We talked a little about Australia. Then I noticed one of my year 9 students working in the lab and invited her to be part of the conversation. Initial confidence, volume of voice, accents and clear speaking are always a challenge when first connecting. Georgina used the txt chat regularly to ensure they understood her.
The sharing and demonstrating of objects is always engaging. Georgina showed a toy koala and to our delight Carina and Maria immediately produced and showed us two cholitas which come from Salta the north of our country.
Georgina’s curiousity was aroused and she searched online for more information about the dolls and the country once the skype videoconference was finished. As often occurs, the learning continued beyond the initial linkup. Read Georgina’s post on Skype with Argentina.
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Understand the Finland education model through video BBC News: Wales
November 29, 2013
November 29, 2013
So, if you want to peek inside Finland’s world class education model, there are 3 videos on this BBC Wales site that will give you what you want. This Diary of a math teacher in Finland gives you a peek. There’s also two other great videos “Let teachers teach, say Finns” and “Finland Classroom Success Secrets.” You can embed these that I can find, so you’ll need to share the links and watch them on the site. These short videos are just under 4 minutes and would be great to share in a staff meeting. People can talk about Finland’s model of education all they want to, but when you read deeper, you’ll find that the teachers are empowered teacherpreneurs with a lot of ability to customize their classrooms but with full accountability for results. Share and Enjoy • Facebook • Twitter • Delicious • LinkedIn • StumbleUpon • Add to favorites • Email • RSS
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When I got up this morning, I discovered that lots are Googley eyed over Google. With some serious book and app deals, many of us (me included) are downloading Google Play Books on our ipads and taking advantage of the deals. Meanwhile, Google Hangouts are becoming popular in the classroom, now that you can set up groups of students and enable Google Plus for some of your students or just educators at your school. I learned this trick in the most useful Google Group I’ve joined, the GAFE Google Group.
Meanwhile, more useful infographics are making the rounds including two Common Core standards wordclouds made by Ben Rimes @techsavvyed, and a Learning Theory infographic that is a must share with your college professors. Infographics continue to be a powerful communication tool and part of writing.
Meanwhile, Suzie Boss (writing for @edutopia) is finishing up a stint at the American School of Bombay in India and captures the essence of that world class school with a student interview and one with one of the geniuses behind their success, Shabbi Luthra @shluthra. I’ve been there and everything she says about the school rings true. In other world news, New South Wales has friction between the Federal and State Governments (sound familiar?) over education funding and Pakistan takes steps to enroll more school children with a goal of 100% enrollment in the next 6-7 years but again, has funding problems.
In personal improvement today, Joli Barker @Joli_Barker talks about how to create a Fearless classroom in 3 steps, Erin Klein‘s @kleinerin work in classroom design is trending, as well as Miguel Guhlin’s @mguhlin epic post on surviving transition. Dawn Casey-Rowe @runningdmc adds another installment in the PD series she’s running on her blog to make a fantastic case for what you CAN do when everything is blocked.
There are two posts on the SAMR model, one an explanation from Med Kharbach @medkh9 and another is an example from Richard Wells @ipadwells. And because I couldn’t resist listing two of his posts, there’s an incredible post from Richard Wells on Project Based Learning and the Ipad along with app suggestions that is worth sharing with your teachers and technology integrators.
Meanwhile, I keep tinkering with these post formats and appreciate any feedback you choose to share @coolcatteacher. Hope my US friends had a Happy Thanksgiving with your families and that you’ll get out and walk or run today to get rid of a few extra calories so your blue jeans will fit Monday. I’m preparing for a private event at St. Simons this Friday and the VSTE keynote a week from Monday in Virginia and so excited to be taking a moment to travel. I’m very excited to see how Edmodo is used in VSTE to help manage the conference and share handouts.
While everyone else seemed to be at the Camilla Walmart, my family and I enjoyed our annual tradition of celebrating Slack Friday. Armed with a remote, we did little but pass the remote around, eat some pretty awesome ribs, watch football, and celebrate Mom’s birthday. Have a wonderful weekend.
Googley over Google The Google Deals and Steals that are Causing Book Lovers to Download Google Play for iOS this weekend
- Cyber Weekend Deals – Android Apps on Google PlayGoogle’s Cyber weekend deals are a serious reason to at least download Google Play for iOS on your ipad. I’m picking up Malcom Gladwell’s book for 3.49 and reading it in the app for just this reason. (You can get the hunger games trilogy for $12.99, the new Dan Brown book for $3.99, David Baldacci’s the Hit by $2.49 and Ender’s Game for $1.99 – I’m literally going to have the book for the next few weeks ready to go on my ipad as I travel to Virginia and St. Simon’s to speak. Yes!) Book lovers must go over this list, but the chromecast stick is worth a look as it is basically a Roku/ Apple TV on a stick for just $35.tags: education news Google deals edu_newapp edu_trends
- Read books on your iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad – Google Play Help If you want to use Google Play Books for iOs, here’s how you download. With the deals this weekend, you’ll want to do it now.tags: education news books reading google
- How to Use Hangouts in the Classroom – EdTechReview™ (ETR)How to use Google Hangouts in the Classroom. Now that you can segment participation and let certain groups of students and educators participate in Google Plus, this is becoming a popular method of connecting classrooms. I’m setting up Google Hangouts on Air to record and send to the class YouTube channel to share conversations with guests and let those students who missed the day join in. I am also going to use these recordings as part of flipped classroom modules as I learn about using Sophia for flipping my classroom.tags: education news google hangouts globaled bestpractices all_teachers
- Google Group for GAFE Admins – I recommend joining this group if you administer Google Apps for Education. They are helpful and because it is Google, the people in this group know a lot about the offerings from Google for schools.
- Every Common Core Standard Related to Technology | The Tech Savvy EducatorExcellent word clouds created by Ben Rimes over at Tech Savvyed related to the Common Core State standards. This demonstrates how technology standards are related and embedded in the standards, particularly the writing standards. This is one big reason I’m publishing the book “Reinventing Writing.” I think a lot of people know they need to write with technology but just don’t understand how. This blog post is useful to read if you’re having anything to do with Common Core implementation and these charts would be useful to share with your teachers in a quick teacher’s meeting. Great post, Ben!tags: education news common core
- Learning Theory – What are the established learning theories?This infographic with links and information about the many learning theories is one that college profs would love to use. This also demonstrates the power of useful infographics. I’m clipping this to Evernote to keep it handy. Very useful tool.tags: education news infographic learning theories
- In India, a School that Empowers Students and Teachers | EdutopiaI’m a huge fan of the American School of Bombay and visionary Shabbi Luthra – this article on Edutopia from PBL expert Suzie Boss captures so much about this amazing school that uses laptops at a very young age in ways that empower students to learn, create, and share. Shabbi is passionate about bringing the best to her school but also shares expects that what is brought and discussed there will be used. Such a great school – it is well worth attending ASB Un-Plugged when they host it just to see what they are doing. It is hard to find a better school anywhere in the world.
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- In Pakistan, a New Push for Education by Mujib Mashal on BeaconPakistan is pushing to educate more of its children, amidst financial woes and a struggle for more funding. Their goal: 100% enrollment. Of course, there is a great effort also to build a firewall in Pakistan much like the “great firewall of China.” That said, there are many lovely educators from Pakistan who contribute and connect increasingly online and I wish this country well as well as the many countries working to increase enrollment. “As schools returned to session in Pakistan’s northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) province this fall, the newly elected provincial government – with the help of the non-profit campaign Alif Ailaan – launched an enrollment drive. In its first month, the drive managed to enroll nearly 245,000 out of school children – about 65% male and 35% female – across 25 districts of the province, according to figures provided by Alif Ailaan. But considering Pakistan’s education woes, where more than 25 million children between the ages of 5-16 remain out of school, it is a small step. “In order to provide schooling to all the kids, we need about Rs. 138 billion (roughly $1.2 billion) just in KP – for school infrastructure, classrooms, teachers so on and so forth,” Joudat Ayaz, the province’s education secretary, told me over dinner. Ayaz estimates the number of out of school children in KP between 2 to 3 million, about 20% to 30% of the school-age children in the province. “You can’t do this [reaching 100% enrollment] in one go – you have to do it progressively, over six or seven years.””tags: education edreform pakistan politics news
- Education funding changes ‘untenable’ says NSW Premier – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)Education is an issue around the world as demonstrated in this video from New South Wales Premier Barry O’Farrell. They have problems with “reneged deals with Federal and State governments.” Education is in flux the world over, lest any one group of educators feel they are being singled out. This is largely caused by the information age. While the industrial age changed how people worked, the information age is fundamentally changing how people learn and those organizations that can adapt and progress will remain. Some towns suffered the loss of factories but kept their schools. What happens when the schools close? Integrate technology, blend learning, or the tightening finances world wide will make it hard for you to thrive in an education landscape increasingly mixed with education technology.tags: education news politics nsw
- Creating a Fearless Classroom In Three StepsJoli Barker, author of the Fearless Classroom Blog, talks about how to become a fearless classroom in 3 steps. She’s an inspirational practicing classroom teacher and I’ve blogged about her before. Just amazing what she does with technology, writing, and improving her classroom.tags: education teaching edreform
- Dressing Your Classroom for Student Success Erin Klein shares her principles for setting up an effective classroom design with tips especially relevant to elementary teachers. Filling the wall full of charts and clutter from floor to ceiling isn’t only a problem with the fire marshal but may actually be making it harder for students to learn. Listen to this awesome conversation to learn more.tags: education classroom design wecm
- To Foster Productivity and Creativity in Class, Ditch the Desks! | MindShiftErin Klein is my go-to person for classroom design. Her love for interior design and teaching as well as her passion to pursue the researched based best practices make her a favorite. I interviewed her on Every Classroom Matters not too long a go about her methods, but here’s a great post that goes into it more deeply as well.tags: education news classroom design
- Around the Corner-MGuhlin.org: Keys Changing Hands – 7 Tips for Surviving Leadership in Transition #edchatIf you’re dealing with leadership transitions in your district, Miguel Guhlin has penned a pretty epic post. In it, he is blunt about the ups and downs of working with great leaders, and “hatchet men.” IN the post, he also includes steps to making staff development actually work and his frustration to be asked to read books that no one else read or implemented. This is a great post and one that leaders should read (so they can be visionary) and staff and teachers should read (so they can find wisdom for making it through tough transitions.) Every transition is tough – I’ve been through several myself during my 12 years and even when the leader is a very good one, it is hard to do and endure because so many people take their “eye off the ball” and the ball is learning in the classroom. Drama in the front office should be kept at a minimum so classroom learning can be kept at a maximum.tags: education edreform leadership all_teachers
- Hacking Your Classroom: Getting Around Blocks & BansDawn Casey-Rowe hits a tough topic that is the number one complaint that teachers have. I had her on my show not too long a go and she speaks from a tough situation with lots of blocks and bans but gets it done anyway. If your complaint is blocks and bans, then take time to read this post to focus on what you CAN do. Dawn is offering a set of PD blog posts that you’ll want to dig into. “This week, we’re going to discuss the white elephant in the room. Tech frustration. Many teachers struggle to bring students the type of tech experience they would like because of systemic blocks and bans, or worse, feel embarrassed as students have more access to tech than teachers do. This is the issue that brought me to the tech world myself. Students continually asked the hard questions about why they couldn’t utilize technology such as smartphones, laptops, and tablets, and why phones were confiscated when students were using them for educational purposes. I wanted to improve my classroom experience and give my students more, but budget was a concern. Tech access is a problem in many schools. There are legitimate reasons–the desire of administrators to protect students from the darker side of the internet, fear of the unknown, lack of wireless capacity and budget difficulties which cause insufficient numbers of computers or the inability to upgrade existing tech. Some educational leaders have overcome these hurdles, but others are still working to get to that space.”tags: education news edtech bestpractices all_teachers
- One on One With a Teacher on the Leading EdgeA show I recorded with Dawn Casey-Rowe, an overcomer who is using technology (and kickboxing too). She gives advice on transforming classrooms to demands all teachers face. She shares her thoughts about leading, learning, and embracing education technology.tags: education news edreform bestpractices
- Project Based Learning with iPads | IPAD 4 SCHOOLS Richard Wells at Ipads for schools has written a nice post about project based learning with iPads including a great Edutopia video and many app suggestions. If you’re moving towards better use of your ipads, this will be a great post for you.tags: education news edtech
- SAMR – The common truth | IPAD 4 SCHOOLSA nice SAMR chart from Richard Wells that shows a simple demonstration about moving through the model of introducing technology. This helps understand the process using an example.tags: education news ipad
- What Teachers Need to Know about SAMR Model ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning This very useful post is one you can share with educators about the SAMR model for technology integration into the classroom. This excellent blog post from Med Kharbach at Educators Technology is one that will inform you (with great videos embedded) and help you understand what it is intended to do. With teacher evaluation systems everywhere adapting this model, every teacher should read this post.tags: education news edtech
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Make and print word clouds easily using this child-friendly site. Add your words to a list, making the numerous copies of the words you would like to appear larger, and adjust the layout and colour settings until you are happy with it. Then you can print or press save to download as a jpeg image file.
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Help your students understand equivalence between fractions, decimals and percentages with this visual number line flash resource. Peg the value to the correct position.
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This is an Australian website with current affairs news articles written for children. There is a good archive of past editions to browse through.
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This is a fab literacy site where you can find interesting and rare English words. Browse for words to make children's work stand out from the crowd and play 'guess the meaning' with your class.
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This site is a collaborative online drawing and animation project from Google and the UK's Tate Modern art gallery. Draw part of a picture and add to other people's creation. Requires Chrome.
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I was thinking about how we work with students every day, and how we often we caught up in teaching a grade or subject, instead of a child. There is an inherent difference in that language. As a simple concept, I was thinking about when we focus on our students, how does it help to have questions and focus based on the concept of a child’s “past, present, and future”. Quickly jotting down some thoughts, here are some ideas that have helped me to refocus on things that I can do to help students.
Some of the questions that we have to answer is not only “what does this student know?”, but we should also know where a student comes from, some of the things that they love and how we can build upon that, and some of the things that the have had trouble with, not only in school, but personally as well. This helps an educator to set up a great “learner profile” and focus on a child’s strengths.
We spend a lot of time talking about “what’s next” in education, but we need to spend time just catching up to now. For example, things like Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat, Vine, are all things that are part of a child’s life right now, but we spend little time talking about how kids are using these services, and what impact they might have later, or even right now. Also, working with students to develop healthy habits now is going to help them live much more productive lives. There is a lot of conversation on preparing kids for the “real world”, but they are already living in it. How do we help kids make sense of many things that are very relevant to them right now and empower them to be leaders today, not just tomorrow?
What will this child need to be able to do in the future? A curriculum is often a bet on what a child will need for the future, but unfortunately, sometimes it is wrong (how often do you use a haiku?). Educators should focus on how we can help kids to become adaptable to different situations, develop a love of learning, and help them to see change as an opportunity to do something great. That will help them to not only survive, but thrive in many situations.
If we started with this focus on the child as an individual, would teaching a curriculum actually become easier?
A great downloadable programme for making computer games for a variety of platforms and devices. Drag and drop items to make your creations. It's provides a more mature environment than tools like Scratch and there are many more options and advance settings for talented students.
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I don't often talk about it, but I own a little house in Sydney bay. It's not much, but I'm proud of it. The problem is that it is only virtual and made out of Lego. This wonderful site allows you to design 3D houses, or anything else, with virtual Lego on a virtual plot in Australia or New Zealand. It's like a simplified version of SketchUp, great for younger children.
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