TESOL CALL-IS's List: Pedagogical Articles/Blogs/Websites/Online Journals
Jul 22, 15
"Geeky teachers have brought Minecraft to subjects ranging from history to biology to probability. The game is being rolled out to every secondary school in Northern Ireland this month. If you’re a parent, you’ve noticed Minecraft offerings spawning in your local summer camp listings. The Chicago Architecture Foundation offers a Minecraft camp for budding builders. Ninety-two libraries participated in the International Games Day Minecraft Hunger Games tournament, andcrowned a 13-year-old girl as its champion. And, I’ve helped launch Connected Camps’ Summer of Minecraft, a new in-game online camp.
"Progressive educators have been advocating for games-based learning ever since Carmen Sandiego, Oregon Trail, and Reader Rabbit opened up a new market for consumer children’s software in the ‘80s. SimCity demonstrated how a building and tinkering game could be embraced by parents, kids, and educators. And, Scratch shows how kid-centered learning communities can thrive online.
"Minecraft is part of this lineage of learning games, but it fundamentally rewrites the playbook."
This blog talks about why Minecraft is so popular with kids and with educators alike, referring back to Papert's experiments with "turtles." My 9-yr-old granddaughter is totally absorbed by the game and the games within the game she can play. She's even venturing into the "survival" mode where exploration includes fighting zombies. What's not to like?
Jun 27, 15
LInks and insights from a talk at the iPadpalooza Conference 2015, Austin, TX:
"Giving students websites increases motivation, reflection, and ownership of learning
A blog is a type of website that includes an RSS feed (subscription) and comments (feedback loop)
An ePortfolio is a structured blog or website that includes scaffolding for organizing student work
Publishing on the web is not only ‘the law’, it builds digital citizenship and provides an authentic audience for students
There are tons of web publishing tools available. WordPress powers 25% of the entire web for a reason.
Many schools and districts are providing WordPress blog and website networks to every teacher and student.
No two implementations are the same. Make it your own. But know there are tons of resources available."
Jun 14, 15
This article also has links to other sites, but it's a nice way to start, if you can not get annoyed with having to stop all the pop-ups!
Jun 12, 15
"Use the intuitive Animatron Editor to design and publish animated and interactive content that plays everywhere, from desktop computers to mobile devices."
This looks like a great tool for creating imaginative learning apps. Get your students to help you!
Jun 12, 15
Absolutely great video (3.56 min.) showing how to observe students learning rather than the tasks or activities the teacher does. Very good way to observe each other's classes and all it takes might be a smart phone on a tripod in a corner of the room.
Jun 10, 15
10 factors that stimulate success in student project-based learning, based on a class participating in a 3-week project at Manor H.S.
"Manor New Technology High School in Manor, Texas, is a 100 percent project-based learning school. They are part of the New Tech Network of schools and their approach has yielded remarkable results, including a 98 percent graduation rate, with all of their graduates accepted to college."
May 20, 15
Upcoming events at Learning2gether usually take place on Sundays. Times and content, and an archive of recordings from past presentations are available.
Volunteer to offer your presentation!
May 16, 15
This is a very useful collection of articles on the how and why of flipping the classroom. Well worth the exploration.
Apr 21, 15
This is Maria Bossa's talk on using Gategno's Silent Way to teach her students. A lively and interesting approach, which has many uses in the classroom.
Mar 17, 15
Interesting article on the value of using screen capture video for feedback on students' written work. Should be added to the arsenal of evaluation.
Mar 15, 15
The ways include Google Drive, Padlet, Dropbox/DropItToMe, AirDrop (for iPads), and Next Vista Learning. These would be good ways to get around the YouTube restrictions in some countries.
T/H R. Byrne
Mar 07, 15
This article is a good reminder of the dangers of research and broad generalizations about educations and how students learn
Mar 05, 15
"There is great need — and increasing willingness — to understand the world as children with autism experience it."
EllenNotbohm published a books on this topic, and synposizes the best parts in this blog article. The tips are also good for "normal" children who may misbehave in class for reasons they don't understand themselves.
Feb 28, 15
Great strategies, and a number of links to videos and other resources with examples of the various strategies.
Feb 17, 15
R. Stannard shares an article from his presentation at the 120th ASEE Conference in Atlanta, June 2013.
Feb 13, 15
"No reliable research has ever demonstrated that instruction designated as appropriate for any "tested" learning style is effective because it matches that style. The research is missing several important control validations. For example, there are no statistically valid studies comparing the response of a mixed-learning-style control group with the results of a learning-style-matched group. To qualify as "effective," there must be support of claims that superior outcomes are the direct result of teaching to individual learning styles and not a general result to the instruction. There is no evidence that "visual learners" have better outcomes to instruction designed for "visual learners" than do mixed-style learners taught using the same instruction. Without comparison groups, the before and after results could simply mean that the particular instruction is the most effective method for teaching that specific content to all students (Pashler, et al)."
Excellent blog debunking some of the neuromyths that instruction is guided by, particularly in the public school system of the U.S.
Jan 24, 15
"During genius hour students of all levels are empowered to explore their own passions. Discover how to transform your classroom into a place where students want to come in and learn."
This sounds like a great idea for any level of students -- how often do we find out what our students real passions are?
Jan 23, 15
"Yet surprisingly few studies of this format have produced supporting evidence for learning styles; far more evidence (such as this study) runs counter to the myth. What often happens is that both groups perform better when taught by one particular style. This makes sense because although each of us is unique, usually the most effective way for us to learn is based not on our individual preferences but on the nature of the material we’re being taught – just try learning French grammar pictorially, or learning geometry purely verbally."
Jan 21, 15
Great article for both those getting started with video and those who have used it often.
ALso contains lots of good links to further exploration.
Jan 12, 15
This blog entry shows two examples, one of a teacher-created rubric, and the other of a rubric created with the help of the students. The comparison shows that the students had a slightly different idea of what was being evaluated -- always good information to have.
See also Parts 1 and 2 on creating assessment rubrics.