Feb 19

5 Ways for Students to Visualize Data and Create Infographics

By: Lisa Blessington

infographics“According to Glassdoor.com the ninth best job in 2015 is going to be that of the Data Scientist. This is a job that pays very well, is in high demand, has excellent career opportunities and… it hardly even existed just a few years ago. As we continue to collect more and more data about every possible facet of life on this planet (and beyond), the ability to decipher and understand the vast amounts of information is becoming more and more essential. So how do we begin developing the Data Scientist in our students? How do we encourage students to be inquisitive about data and be able to spot trends and patterns?

1. Scissors, paper and glue

It’s easy to expect that technology can just suck in data and spit out pretty charts and infographics. The reality is that without careful thought and understanding, visualizations can be confusing, misleading or in many cases completely useless. To try and highlight this point, have your students create their first visualizations using physical materials. This is a great way to build simple models where the tactile act of creation will encourage students to take more time to fully understand and comprehend their data. For an extra challenge and dose of creativity, try asking your students to use material that is relevant to to their subject data (ie. A nutrition infographic made of fruit, etc.).” 

To read further please click here: http://www.fractuslearning.com/2015/02/18/students-visualize-data-infographics/

Feb 19

Are permanent exclusions for disruptive students the best we can do?

By:Caitlin Prentice

presenting“I recently found myself teaching maths in an art resources room. Children slotted themselves between shelves and half used buckets of clay as I wrote the number 4.36 in oil pastel on a cardboard box lid.

“How could you find half of this number? Tell your partner,” I asked – watching as the class sorted themselves into pairs. We had left our classroom a few minutes earlier because one of the children, who has a high level of special educational needs (SEN), got upset and started throwing things at other students.

As the children chattered away – carrying on as normal – I thought about how sad it was that the lesson had been so interrupted. Even sadder still was the fact that students no longer seemed surprised by this; disruption had become the norm.

It’s with this in mind that I approach the debate about exclusion in schools. The Conservative government has proposed to give schools the right to exclude students without having to go through an appeals panel administered by the local authority. But will lowering the threshold in this way lead to us giving up too easily on vulnerable children and those with special needs?” To read further please click here:

Feb 18

Best-Kept Secrets for Teaching Tech to Kids

By: askatechteacher.com

Tech12“There’s a secret to teaching kids how to use technology. It’s called ‘delegate’. I don’t mean sluff off the teaching to aides or parents. I’m referring to the importance of empowering students to be their own problem-solvers. Encourage them to be risk-takers and then expect it of them. Here are seven ways to make this happen:

Let students know technology isn’t difficult

OK. I see the disbelief in your eyes, but it’s true. Take it from someone who’s taught thousands of students over a span of fifteen years: Computers are only hard to learn if kids are told they’re hard to learn. They might hear this white lie from parents or friends, but once they cross the threshold of your classroom, tell them the truth. Compare keyboarding to piano–a skill lots of kids feel good about–or another one that relates to your particular group. Anything worth being proud of takes practice. Remove the fear. Make sure skills are age-appropriate with proper scaffolding. Listen to students’ suggestions that achieve your goals in a different way. Don’t put a time table on learning–let students learn at their own pace.”To read further please click here:

Feb 18

Cursive Writing Is Obsolete; Schools Should Teach Programming Instead [Opinion]

By:Justin Pot

cursive“Cursive writing is an anachronism. Spending any classroom time on it is comparable to teaching how to use an abacus: it’s interesting as a history lesson, and probably offers some side benefits, but it is not at all practical as a day-to-day skill in the modern, connected world.

We live in the online age, where communication mostly involves typing. Partially for this reason, the controversial Common Core requirements in the United States do not mention cursive handwriting. Still, many states are forcing schools to teach it anyway, from California to Tennessee. School systems all over the world are similarly clinging to the past, in the form of loopy letters.

The problem: time kids spend learning to write curvy, connected words, is time kids could be spending learning the basics of programming and any number of other technology skills they’ll need in our increasingly connected world. If we’re going to add skills to the curriculum – and we should – something has to go. It might as well be the skill most people never use.” To read further please click here: http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/cursive-writing-obsolete-schools-teach-programming-instead/

Feb 18

LITERACY THROUGH MINECRAFT – LESSON DESIGN MODEL

By:John Miller

minecr“My students struggle with reading and writing. It is very difficult for many of them as second language learners and for others for lack of enthusiasm or support at school and/or home. They are isolated learners who need something to write about that has meaning to them and we tend to drop the most unimaginitive prompts into their laps and expect them to care about what they put on paper.

I’ve recently developed a model  that addresses literacy through Minecraft that has worked for me beyond my expectations and is motivating my students to read for understanding and enjoymentand write serious and highly creative narratives about their experiences with medieval history.

The outline for each 3-4 week unit is as follows:

  • Background information provided to students through slideshows, interactive media, and role-play at my direction (1 week).

To read further please click here:http://minecraft.edtecworks.com/2015/02/16/literacy-through-minecraft-lesson-design-model/

Feb 18

Creating Interactive Presentations on Keynote for iPad

By:Jonathan Wylie

digital world“I was contacted recently by someone who wanted to create an interactive presentation on the iPad. Well, there are lots of ways to do that, but I wasn’t sure exactly what they meant or what they wanted to achieve over and above a standard presentation. Polls? Quizzes? Videos? Live broadcasts? As it turned out, it was none of the above. What they really wanted was to be able to recreate the effect you can see demonstrated in the video below:

So, how do they do that? It’s easier than you might think and really just comes down to adding links to images that will jump you from one slide to another based on where you want to go in your presentation. This technique has been around for a while and was probably first seen in desktop versions of PowerPoint. However, not everyone knows you can do this on an iPad, so here’s what to do if you want to try it yourself.

1. Start by creating all the slides that you need. It doesn’t really matter what order you put them in, so long as you know which one you are linking to when you start adding links. Make sure you think about the hotspots you want to use as the buttons to link you to a different slide. The hotspots can be images, shapes, text, or a combination of the three.” To read further please click here: http://jonathanwylie.com/2015/02/16/creating-interactive-presentations-on-keynote-for-ipad/

Feb 17

Authority in the classroom

By: Harry Webb

out of control“There was an argument on Twitter a while back about whether students should be ‘obedient’.  I certainly believe that students should follow the reasonable instructions of their teachers without debating them and I will explain why below. You could describe this as obedience. However, I wouldn’t choose to use the word ‘obedient’ myself because it’s pretty loaded.

I was reminded of the role of language in the education debate today. I read a piece in The Conversation that made the familiar argument that punishing students is not the right way to deal with misbehaviour. It suggested that, “Considering the physical environment, the curriculum and resources and the teaching method can prevent students from becoming disengaged and thus becoming disruptive.” This was supported by research: “The Behaviour at School Study findings show that teachers should shift their attention away from focusing on trying to “fix” student behaviour by using rewards and consequences. Instead, they should seek a greater understanding of how other factors such as the teaching method and curriculum influence engagement and therefore student behaviour.”” To read further please click here:  https://websofsubstance.wordpress.com/2015/02/16/authority-in-the-classroom/

Feb 17

Teachers, Stop Being Scared of Cellphones

By:Lori Stahl-Van Brackle

345“Screens are everywhere these days, in the restaurants, on the subways, in front of our faces. The only ones we seem able to control are those little screens on our tablets and cellphones, but bring those things into a classroom and who is in control, the student or the teacher? In March, New York City is lifting the ban on cellphones in school. The long outdated policy’s end has been met with skepticism and outright hostile resistance. Why? Well, as a teacher in a computer lab I’m very well aware of the power of the screen, the beautiful blue screen my students seem entranced with when I’m trying to run a lesson, and that’s just the log in screen.

How can teachers capture and keep the attention of the students in their classrooms if they aren’t in control of the screens on their phones? Of course, that’s only one issue that has teachers resisting this step into the 21st century; the other issue is teachers don’t realize they themselves have the power to make those little screens conduits into the minds of their students.”To read further please click here:

 

Feb 17

Changing Lives with OneNote Notebook Classroom Creator

By:blogs.msdn.com

microsoft“I rarely blog. There are enough “geeks” out there telling you all about the latest and greatest technology. When I do blog, it’s because somehow in the work I do every day I’ve managed to make a difference in people’s lives.

About nine months ago I had the privilege and opportunity to work with two fantastic colleagues at Microsoft – Jonathan Grudin from Microsoft Research and Mike Tholfsen from the Microsoft Office product development team. Mike and Jonathan had a vision for how to revolutionize classroom learning through technology. While there are many companies selling classroom management systems and digital content, none focused on the relationship between teachers and their students. Through years of hands-on research, they developed a theory for how technology could be used in the classroom to enhance teacher-led education. They educated me on the subtleties of running a classroom, of delivering content and assignments to students, of providing practice areas for students where teachers can support and interact with students in a safe, private environment.

So, where did I come in? I took on the challenge to create a classroom notebook creator, and I built it with my team in Beijing. We built a simple utility for Office 365 that creates classroom notebooks for students and teachers.  The utility helps teachers and administrators structure their notebooks, add students from the class, set permissions, and then generate the notebook. ” To read further please click here:

Feb 16

4 Powerful iPad Apps for Teaching Kids Handwriting

By: Med Kharbach

cursive“Today as I was sifting through Apps Gone Free searching for  new deals on educational apps, I came across iTrace. This is one of my favourite app for teaching kids handwriting. The app, which I have featured in multiple posts in the past, is free now. There are also several other similar apps that are ideal for helping kids and toddlers develop handwriting skills and proper letter formation. I have curated some of them in the list below.

1- iTrace

iTrace teaches your kids how to write letters, numbers and words. It is meant for 3-7 age group and kids can use it to trace uppercase and lowercase letters and numbers. It also provides print paper worksheets and supports multiple methods of writing letters. iTrace saves the entire history of each child’s progress and offers more than 600 rewards to motivate kids to write.” To read further please click here:
http://www.educatorstechnology.com/2015/02/4-powerful-ipad-apps-for-teaching-kids.html

Feb 16

Want to know how to keep your kid happy and productive at school? Talk to her teacher

By:Julie Sprankles

parents teachers“Few people in your children’s lives will spend as much time with them as their teachers, so it makes sense to be on same page as those responsible for helping to shape the person your child will become. We picked the brains of kindergarten through middle-school teachers to bring to light the things they wish you knew about their role in the world of your child.

They want to work with you, not against you

“Teachers and parents will need to work as a team to better the child,” explains Brianne Peters, a Global Studies teacher at Pinewood Preparatory School. “We are not the enemy to you or your child — we are their biggest cheerleaders and want to see them succeed, not suffer! Believe in us, listen to us, trust us and help us make a strong connection with both you and the student that will last for much longer than just 180 days.”

LeAnne Troutman emphatically agrees that offering your child’s teacher support, respect and a positive attitude are important parts of the equation. “Show you care! Have a great relationship with the teacher and let your child see that. Parent, teacher, child — one team.”To read further please click here:

Feb 15

I didn’t enter teaching to improve students’ lives

By:Secret Teacher

disruptive in class“It may sound callous, but I did not enter the teaching profession to improve the lives of children. That’s not to say I don’t want to or think that teaching can, but my daily slog of teaching, planning, marking, monitoring and emailing, is not motivated by a burning desire for social change. This is despite the constant pressure from above to care more for the job and the lives of my students than my own sanity.” To read further please click here:

Feb 15

5 Tech Tool Combinations for Taking Your Class Global

By:Amanda Ronan

tecchnology“Few students in the United States today have any memory of a time before the Internet. With a world of interactions (both good and bad) a mere click away, it is crucial to prepare our students for a connected existence that values respect, awareness, and collaboration with others from diverse backgrounds – in essence, to make truly global citizens.

How can it be done? By harnessing the power and design of many familiar apps and websites, teachers can bring this global diversity and collaboration into their classrooms. In fact, by simply pairing a few tried and true tools with new or more obscure apps, you can deftly combine curriculum-based and global learning. Let’s take a look at a few online application pairings that will help your students learn how to communicate on a global scale in multiple modalities while building their 21st century technology skills.” To read further please click here:

http://www.edudemic.com/5-tool-combinations-for-globalizing

Feb 15

Primary phonics helps struggling secondary students, research shows

By:TESHelen Ward

phonics“Phonics techniques commonly used with primary school pupils also provide a significant boost to struggling readers at secondary level, new research suggests.

Low-attaining students in Year 7 can rapidly improve their reading ability by spending up to an hour a day on a phonics-based programme that includes deciphering nonsense words, according to a study published by the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF).

The government’s drive to embed phonics in primaries has led to a change in the curriculum and, controversially, the introduction of a phonics check for six-year-olds.

And according to researchers at Durham University, including phonics techniques alongside other approaches with secondary students shows “considerable promise as an effective catch-up intervention for low-attaining readers”.

Students using the Fresh Start phonics programme would make an extra three months’ progress in reading comprehension over a year compared with their classmates, the research estimates.”To read further please click here: https://news.tes.co.uk/b/news/2015/02/12/phonics-techniques-help-struggling-secondary-students.aspx

Feb 15

Excellent iPad App to Introduce your Kids to Coding

By: Med Kharbach

codess“Code Blast is an excellent coding app that has gone free today for a limited period of time. This app is designed to provide young learners and kids with a solid initiation into the world of programming concepts and problem solving.

Code Blast teaches kids coding through fun and engaging activities consisting of programming a rocket to reach its final destination without being damaged by UFOs and other electric barriers found in its course. In running the mission, kids get to develop a series of key programming concepts and thinking skills such as : precise and accurate programming, forward planning to solve anticipated problems, ordering instructions sequentially and many more.” To read further please click here: http://www.educatorstechnology.com/2015/02/excellent-coding-app-for-kids.html

Feb 14

Blended Learning (Pt. 1): Changing the Face of Education

By: Ariene Karidis
blend“A new way of teaching and learning is making its way into some public schools that, if it gains enough traction, could turn the traditional education system on its head. “Blended learning” is not about credits or grades; it’s about mastery through personalized learning. Students typically have no preset grade level. Nor are there predetermined course completion dates.

Blended learning combines face-to-face and digital lessons in an adult-supervised environment. The way it’s done varies from school to school, but a common denominator is that the location, tools and pace of instruction are carved out for each student’s learning needs.

“They get through at a pace based on their individual goals — not because they are in seventh grade. And they don’t accept a ‘C’ or ‘D’ because it is passing. They stay with [the class] until they master it. Conversely, if [advanced students] finish in nine weeks rather than 15, they move on to the next course,” said Bob Sommers, CEO of Carpe Diem Learning Systems, describing that Ohio-based company’s blended curricula, which is similar to other programs.” To read further please click here:

 

Feb 14

Social Media at School: Teaching Safety on the Virtual Playground

By:Mary Beth Hertz

social mediass“These days, social media gets a pretty bad rap. It seems like every other day there is a celebrity apology or a story about a teen who commits suicide due to cyberbullying. It’s true, social media can breed some pretty awful stuff. And that awful stuff is great material for the digital citizenship unit that all of my school’s incoming freshmen are expected to complete.

Acceptable Use

Our school is unique in Philadelphia in that it’s one of the few public schools with a 1:1 program that allows students to take devices home. We give our students access to the world, and with that access comes a lot of responsibility. As such, it’s vital that, from the beginning, we prepare students to use caution and be thoughtful when using their laptops.

Let’s face it — teenagers are on social media in school and out of school, even if their parents have told them they can’t be, and even if the school has rules about being on phones during school hours. I always use the playground analogy when it comes to the internet and social media. We let our kids go to the playground knowing that they may encounter bullies there, or that they could fall and get hurt. We teach them how to climb, we help them when they fall or hurt themslves, and we instruct them about how to handle the bullies they may run into. Social media is the playground of this generation. They still need our guidance and help.” To read further please click here:

Feb 14

7 Tips For Getting Started With Mindfulness In The Classroom

By: Kelly April Tyrrell

mindmaps“While the scientists at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Center for Investigating Healthy Minds (CIHM) at the Waisman Center aren’t yet ready to issue evidence-based kindfulness curriculum practices, Flook and CIHM outreach specialists Lisa Thomas Prince and Lori Gustafson offer the following tips for families wishing to engage in mindfulness practices.

1. Create a quiet space in your classroom

Find a time and/or place where you and your students can pause for a few moments and develop a sense of familiarity with quiet. Notice how we may become aware of things around us and in us in a new and different way.

This can work for you as a teacher as you design instruction or respond to student work, or the spaces students work themselves. If you’re unable to create such a space for students, the use of white noise (simplynoise.com, for example) can help mask background noise or still “overactive” minds.” To read further please click here:

 

Feb 14

iPad Classroom Workflow: Publishing Student Videos to YouTube

By:Wesley Fryer

videokids“It’s not the “norm” today but it should be: Every K-12 classroom teacher needs access to a YouTube channel to publish student work as well as their own videos. The past two years I’ve used a classroom YouTube channel for my elementary STEM class. Video is a very powerful medium, and Google provides teachers via YouTube with (in the words of Jim Sill) unlimited, high definition, mobile-friendly video hosting for FREE. Consider:

We live in a fantastic day for communicating stories of learning from our classrooms to parents and others in our communities via online video. It’s still a challenge to manage the “workflow” of publishing student videos to a common YouTube channel, however, especially in contexts (like mine) where students do not yet have individual Google accounts via Google Apps for Education. In this post I’ll explain the process (or “workflow”) I’m now using to publish student videos on our classroom YouTube channel, as well as a few recent tutorial videos I’ve created for students and teachers to assist with this workflow. I have 300 students in 12 classes each semester and a classroom cart of 20 iPads, so the workflow I’m using may or may not work for your context. I’m publishing 5 to 10 student videos per week now.” To read further please click here:

 

Feb 13

5 Creative Ways To Use Skype In The Classroom

By:Jessica Sanders

skype“The answer: in more ways than you could imagine. While Skype was not designed as an educational tool, it’s quickly becoming one as teachers discover the many ways it enriches their lessons and the lives of their students. Even something as simple as hosting a guest speaker through a video call can add excitement to a lesson.

As with any tech tool, it can seem daunting to introduce this into your classroom at first. If you don’t know where to start, try one of these five creative ideas.

1. Mystery Skype 

Spin this lesson as a game and you’ll have students on board right away. The idea is simple: connect with a class from another city, state or country and assign your students with the task of figuring out where the Skype class is located.

This has become a popular way to use this tool—so much so that it even has a name now: Mystery Skype—because it challenges your students in a variety of ways.” To read further please click here:

Feb 13

Three Ways Film Can Enhance the Student Classroom Experience

By: Edudemic Staff

video123“Do you remember the joy that you felt as a student when you saw the teacher roll the TV into the classroom? Your students can experience the same joy when you show a film in your own classroom – and it won’t be because it’s a perceived distraction. In her recent Guardian.com blog post, Sarah Marsh outlines 12 ways to use film creatively in the classroom. Building on concepts from that piece, we’ll focus on three key themes here: film immersion, cultural immersion, and student activity.

There are a plethora of ways to immerse students into a film. Let’s say that you show a full-length film in class. Students can research the director or actors’ body of work, seeking commonalities and inspiration, which allows students to discover what inspires them. They can use podcast and radio reviews of a movie to determine how reviewers describe the visual aspects of a film using nothing but audio, and they can even create their own podcast reviews of the film.” To read further please click here:

Feb 13

Technology takes hold in the early grades

By: Susan Fray

kind2“Whether solving math puzzles to help a penguin waddle across a computer screen or sounding out words in Mr. Sounders’ virtual classroom, K-2 students are increasingly embracing technology in California schools.

Mixing academic software programs with traditional classroom instruction – often referred to as blended learning – is moving from high schools and middle schools to the early grades, even reaching some 4-year-olds in transitional kindergarten. Teachers say the programs they are using adapt to the young students’ needs and give teachers time to delve more deeply into the reading and math concepts required under the Common Core State Standards.

“It’s almost like having another aide in the classroom, and they are learning to use technology,” said Cindy Shannon, a kindergarten teacher at Mitchell School in the Atwater Elementary School District in Merced. This year for the first time, she is using the iReadsoftware program recently introduced by Scholastic for K-2 students.

“It keeps them moving, challenging them to work at their ability,” she said.” To read further please click here:

Feb 13

Supporting Deeper Learning in the Classroom

By:Jenifer Kabaker

deeper learnings“For today’s students to effectively compete in the global workforce, they must develop the skills, understandings, and mindsets necessary to prepare them for the careers and challenges of tomorrow. This means more than learning to read and write – it means being able to master academic content and apply that knowledge across contexts in a meaningful way.

For example, imagine a sixth grade classroom where students are deeply engaged in building controllers for robots that swim. One group experiments with settings that will allow their robots to sink by filling a bladder with water. Another works to perfect the speed controls on the motor. Yet another tests the design of the robot to ensure it can easily move through the water. Students are engaged and focused as they apply knowledge they learned in math, engineering, and science to inform their work.

These students are using skills articulated through “Deeper Learning,” a framework designed by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and many other education stakeholders. This framework serves as a guide for redesigning teaching and learning to ensure that students are engaged in classroom activities, motivated to persist, and developing key skills.” To read further please click here:

Feb 12

6 Ways to Make Learning Visible

By: Angela Stockman

paintingg“How do we distinguish knowledge, skills, and thinking from….learning? How do we make learning visible, so that we might surface and document powerful discoveries about the influence of our teaching on learners? These questions will guide several of my conversations with teachers on the ground this week, as we begin exploring John Hattie’s work and the Reggio Emilia approach.

Both concern themselves with the moves that students and teachers make as learning occurs, and both inspire teachers to commit to documentation, as the evidence captured helps teachers and students assess the impact of their efforts far better than grades do.” To read further please click here:

Feb 12

5 Things Every Teacher Should Be Able to Do with Explain Everything App

By:Med Kharbach

explain everythingExplain Everything is one of the best interactive whiteboard and screencasting app out there. I have featured it here in several posts in the past and today I am sharing with you some of the awesome things you can do with this app as explained by Morris Cooke.” To read further please click here:

Feb 12

The way schools cope with learning difficulties is doing more harm than good

By:Linda J. Graham

naughty“We fail children who experience difficulty in school and with learning almost every day in Australia and in so many ways. These children can fall through a myriad of cracks: cracks that appear in some schools and not others, cracks that exist for different reasons whether they be capacity, belief or resource-related, and cracks that are exacerbated by industrial relations and education policy. Whatever their origin, these cracks need to be addressed.

Pushing children ever closer to the edge are well-intended practices that end up being a double-edged sword. Take, for example, “ability grouping”. This can occur at school level (academically selective schooling), at year level (otherwise known as streaming) or classroom level (like graded reading groups). While the latter two are often employed to reduce or control the range of abilities within a class and thereby reduce pressure on individual classroom teachers, ability grouping is not always good for students.

Year level ability grouping

Doing this at year level, where students are streamed into classes based on ability, can have several repercussions. Firstly, homogeneous grouping has been shown to have little benefit for either higher or lower-achieving students. Research has consistently found that higher-achieving students become vulnerable to a “big fish little pond effect”, while lower-achieving children are severely disadvantaged by the removal of positive peer role models, less intellectual challenge and reduced expectations. Believe it or not, we’ve known this for almost 50 years.” To read further please click here: https://theconversation.com/the-way-schools-cope-with-learning-difficulties-is-doing-more-harm-than-good-36544

Feb 11

Using Film to Teach Analysis Skills

By:Heather Wolpert-Gawron

movie“Growing up, my family’s Sunday night ritual was always the single word, dinner-and-a-movie. We were passionate about cinema, and a post-movie debate was always included in the evening’s entertainment. In fact, one of the most memorable fights with my dad was over his inability to delay his analysis of Hoosiers before the end credits had even rolled.

Needless to say, it wasn’t just the movies themselves that became like a different food group to me; it was the enthusiastic post-movie analysis that also gave me sustenance. During these talks, my sister and I brought in our prior knowledge from other books, from other movies, and from what few experiences we already had.

Movie Criticism in the Classroom

For this reason, as a teacher, I now leverage movie criticism into my classroom as a means to bring real-world authenticity to my literacy analysis unit. After all, analysis and criticism (not catty criticism for the sake of being cruel, but well-argued criticism) both require the deconstruction of a piece of work and the synthesis of one’s thoughts into a kind of tapestry of textual evidence and commentary. And that is why I look to the work of Roger Ebert to show my students the way.” To read further please click here:

Feb 11

9 Ways To Help Students Learn Through Their Mistakes

By: Terry Heick

??????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????“Most people have heard the sayings “You learn from your mistakes” or “Adversity is the school of wisdom“. Meanwhile, it is a general consensus that making mistakes is an important part of the learning process. This is because if, instead of giving up in frustration after making a mistake, we work constructively to understand the mistake, the strategy to solve the problem stays with us better than if we just memorize the solution.

Despite this, in our educational system, mistakes are more often punished than seen as an opportunity to learn. What then can we do to help our students learn from their mistakes? First, let’s take a look at how mistakes can stimulate the learning process.

1. See mistakes as a source of understanding

When students are mindful of incorrect solution concepts while working on a problem, they are able to deal with the problem at a much deeper level than someone who is just presented with the correct solution and has to memorize it. Also, we should not just correct a mistake but make sure that students recognize and understand the reason for the mistake.” To read further please click here:http://www.teachthought.com/teaching/9-ways-help-students-learn-mistakes/

 

Feb 11

5 Free Tools For Making Digital Portfolios

By:Kristen Hicks

portfolio2“Students create a truly outstanding amount of work over the course of a year. Back when everything was done on paper, most of that work was either thrown in the trash, stuffed in a drawer somewhere, or stuck in a box in the garage. How many essays, stories, you labor over during your years as a student that you’ll never see again?

Now that so much of what students create in school (and in life) is in the digital realm, teachers have an opportunity to help students value their work more and for longer. Digital portfolios allow students to collect the work they’re most proud of and see their progress over time in a tangible way.

More than that, they encourage students to take more ownership over their work. An assignment that they turn in to get a grade is something easily tossed out the next day. In comparison, an ongoing project that helps them collect the work they care most about and present it in the way that feels most natural to them – well, that’s something worth re-visiting and engaging with.” To read further please click here: http://www.edudemic.com/tools-for-digital-portfolios/

Feb 10

The Educator’s Guide to Getting Started with YouTube

By:Lucy Gray

youtube2“Every classroom teacher should have an activeYouTube channel. YouTube is the world’s second largest search engine and it is a tremendous resource of free content for educators. In this article, we’ll provide step-by-step directions for setting up your YouTube account and for learning how to curate videos.

An important role for teachers in modern classrooms is to serve as a curator of information for students. There is so much material out there on the internet and teachers should act as a gatekeeper. Not only are you scaffolding teaching materials for your students by curating content, but you are also modeling 21st century digital search and organizational skills. At a very basic level, teachers should use their YouTube channels as a starting point for students to explore content that is chosen expressly for them. ” To read further please click here: