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Nov 30, 15

Drill and kill doesn't work. Here's what does. (Interestingly, many people don't know what is best for their own learning!)

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Nov 05, 15

Writing Teacher Shannon Carey is teaching writing this year with an edge. Using the idea of "writing as resistance" she's helping kids find their voice on hard, tough topics and daring them to write great things. Read this blog post for ideas and to see some cool things you can do to challenge great writing.

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Sep 29, 15

" Kristy Cooper's insanely rigorous mixed methods study, Eliciting Engagement in the High School Classroom: A Mixed-Methods Examination of Teaching Practices, published in the April 2014 American Educational Research Journal, does an exceptional job of showing what works.

Cooper, an award-winning researcher at Michigan State University with an MA and Ed.D from Harvard, examined the impact of three well-supported strategies that teachers employ to increase student engagement. As you read each summary below, try to guess which practice had the greatest impact."

Todd Finley shares the three methods and asks which has the most impact: 1) Lively teaching, 2) Academic Rigor and 3) Connective Instruction.

A fantastic must-read on student engagement that you'll want to email your staff.
SEND THIS TO EVERY EDUCATOR YOU KNOW NOW! New Study: Engage Kids With 7x the Effect @Edutopia http://t.co/ZSOvjSlyC8 http://t.co/ZSOvjSlyC8

SEND THIS TO EVERY EDUCATOR YOU KNOW NOW! New Study: Engage Kids With 7x the Effect @Edutopia …
It is about RELATIONSHIP - fantastic article with research via @edutopia and Todd Finley about this! #teacherfriends http://t.co/3YGBRSG4Em http://t.co/3YGBRSG4Em

It is about RELATIONSHIP - fantastic article with research via @edutopia and Todd Fin…
@LuluBunn Research bears this out - that Connective Instruction (including relatedness) engages kids 7x more http://t.co/s7H0PkADxD #ecet2 http://t.co/s7H0PkADxD

@LuluBunn Research bears this out - that Connective Instruction (including relatedness…

Sep 29, 15

Can you help students motivate themselves? Yes you can! Larry Ferlazzo shares some incredible ideas in this blog post over on Edutopia with more than 25,000 shares as of this time. We can help students motivate themselves.
Love "plussing" via @larryferlazzo - give positive feedback then say "plus you could do__ " http://t.co/jPW2wPLkQ7 #teacherfriends http://t.co/jPW2wPLkQ7

Love "plussing" via @larryferlazzo - give positive feedback then say "plus you could do__ " …

Sep 29, 15

Dartmouth College has some videos and resources relating to makerspaces and libraries.

Sep 29, 15

For those who are flipping or in flipping their classroom, here are some awesome video interaction tools. Don't just SHOW a video, have students interact with it. So many ideas here. Hat tip Jon Bergmann in a conversation he and I were having.

Sep 29, 15

"Ainsworth, Prain and Tyler  (2011) in a paper in Science argue that  drawing  can play a number of  important roles in learning:, namely:

Drawing to enhance engagement — surveys have shown than when students draw to explain they are more motivated to learn compared to traditional teaching of science.
Drawing to learn to represent in science — the process of producing visual representations  helps learners understand how scientific representations work.
Drawing to reason in science — student learn to reason like scientists as they select specific features to focus on in their drawings, aligning it with observation, measurement and/or emerging ideas
Drawing as a learning strategy — if learners read a text and then draw it, the process of making their understanding visible and explicit helps them to overcome limitations in presented material, organise and integrate their knowledge and ultimately can be transformative.
Drawing to communicate — discussing their drawings with their students provides teachers with windows into students’ thinking as well being a way that the peers can share knowledge, discovery and understanding."

Jan 23, 15

Awesome video and information about Minecraft and why it is so AWESOME. Watch this 7 minute video if you just don't get it! H/T Wes Fryer

Jan 14, 15

A simple video tutorial I created for my students including these essential questions:
What is copyright? How long does it last? What are the kinds of copyright? How can I copyright my own work? How can I find works I can use freely? Do I still have to give credit for the work? How can i buy license for professional work? What are the penalties for not following copyright?

Jan 14, 15

A simple video tutorial I created for my students including these essential questions:
What is copyright? How long does it last? What are the kinds of copyright? How can I copyright my own work? How can I find works I can use freely? Do I still have to give credit for the work? How can i buy license for professional work? What are the penalties for not following copyright?

Dec 10, 14

Surprising new research may rewrite learning theory as Brown University scientists contend that distractions do not necessarily impede the learning process of a motor task.

Investigators discovered that if attention was as divided during recall of a motor task as it was during learning the task, people performed as if there were no distractions at either stage.

Thus, the real issue is that inconsistent distraction can impair our recollection of the task. As long as our attention is as divided when we have to recall a motor skill as it was when we learned it, we’ll do just fine, say the researchers.

  • It was as if those who were denied the same degree of distraction during testing as they experienced during learning suffered a disadvantage.
  • In the end it didn’t seem to matter what the distraction was during recall as long as subjects had had a distraction during learning. Everybody who had been distracted in both learning and recall performed better than those who were distracted while learning but undistracted during recall.
  • There just had to be the same degree of distraction at both times.

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May 31, 14

If you use Dropbox, this handy tool will create rules. So, for example, when a student turns in a video or anything into a folder and you don't want other students to grab a copy, you can set up rules in Sortmybox to grab the file and put it in a folder "to grade" for example. Or if a video is uploaded that is large, take it out and put it elsewhere. This is a handy assistant and organizing tool for anyone using Dropbox.

May 10, 14

Video including 51+ ways to use tablets to be a better teacher that I gave for Microsoft this week - over 1500 people registered for this one. Great audience.

Apr 10, 14

If you're using Mailchimp (or even if you're not) these incredible resources from Mailchimp can help you work with your email list.

Apr 10, 14

Instructographics are graphics that include instructions and they are very popular on pinterest. As teachers, we should be familiar with instructographics. Here's a board of great ones.

Apr 09, 14

If you have a website of any kind, this must have tools list is an incredible list from Annie Cushing. It is a must bookmark and use gem.

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