How Social Media & Game Mechanics Can Motivate... →
world-shaker: With three short and compelling ideas. Worth the two minutes to read it.
What Games Have to Teach Us About Teaching and... →
revolutionizeed: Interesting but lengthy read about gaming and learning…
10 ways for teachers to collaborate… →
adventuresinlearning: People talk a great deal about the ’21st century skills’ of collaboration, communication, critical thinking and creativity. Do we model them ourselves, as teachers? 10 ways to collaborate for teaching and learning… 1. Open the door. Let go of the idea that you have to teach in ‘your way’ in ‘your space’. Team teach. Invite people in. Share spaces. Learn together. 2....
HARKNESS 2.0: A PRESENTATION ON LEARNING IN THE... →
Hello World. As some of you may know, the phrase “hello world” has a long history in the field of computer science and the story of the internet. The “hello world” program is traditionally the first program that most novices learn when faced with an unfamiliar programming language. “Hello World” is an iconic cultural meme, symbolizing two fundamental...
When the Internet Thinks It Knows You →
Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s chief executive, once told colleagues that “a squirrel dying in your front yard may be more relevant to your interests right now than people dying in Africa.” At Facebook, “relevance” is virtually the sole criterion that determines what users see. Focusing on the most personally relevant news — the squirrel — is a great business strategy. But it leaves us staring...
Student Suspended over Facebook Post Which Wishes... →
A 13 year old girl posts a message on Facebook, in which she intends to joke and gets suspended. The mother thinks it was not in the schools right to suspend the girl. Others think that the schools have the right. Firstly, the thing she said is just unnerving. Watch the video — interesting.
Jaron Lanier: One on One - NYTimes.com →
Jaron Lanier, a partner architect at Microsoft Research, has had a long and varied career in technology. Mr. Lanier popularized the term “virtual reality” in the 1980s and has worked for decades on computer science, physics and music. The Times’ Michiko Kakutani chose Mr. Lanier’s book, “You Are Not a Gadget,” as one of her 10 best books of 2010. He is currently working on a follow-up. The...
Apple triggers 'religious' reaction in fans'... →
For Apple fans, the brand triggers a reaction in the brain that’s not unlike that of religious devotees, according to a BBC documentary series that cites neurological research. The neuroscientists ran a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) test on an Apple fanatic and discovered that images of the technology company’s gadgets lit up the same parts of the brain as images of a deity do...
OHMYGOD RIGHT NOW PLEASE! gregmelander: ENVISIONING THE FUTURE In my opinion, this is one of the best future user experience envisioning videos, anyone has ever made. See the behind scenes interview with Ian Sands here. See his audio interview here.
Sharing Information Corrupts Wisdom of Crowds |... →
I’ve been reading about similar ideas in Jaron Lanier’s “You Are Not A Gadget” gregmelander: “In a new study of crowd wisdom — the statistical phenomenon by which individual biases cancel each other out, distilling hundreds or thousands of individual guesses into uncannily accurate average answers — researchers told test participants about their peers’ guesses. As a...
Play-based curriculum can lead to outcomes... →
These two kinds of curricula are often pitted against one another as a zero-sum game: If you want to protect your daughter’s childhood, so the argument goes, choose a play-based program; but if you want her to get into Harvard, you’d better make sure you’re brushing up on the ABC flashcards every night before bed. We think it is quite the reverse. Or, in any case, if you want...
School teaches by ability, not grade level →
“Every single student is getting an individualized education,” said Hodgkins Principal Sarah Gould, who helped usher in the reform at her school two years ago. “We are giving our kids exactly what they need when they need it.” Children work at their own level in each subject and must demonstrate proficiency in various learning targets, achieving a score of 75% or higher...
When you zone out during class.
belseybokelsey: You pretend you’re listening to the teacher like: But then when someone else asks you what the directions are you’re like:
Max Benavidez: Design Thinking for Education: What... →
Education is at a crossroads. It is the prime social space where our cultural and economic capital are created. People are credentialed and stamped with “approval” in the educational realm. Yet, this all-important arena where a process of “social alchemy” (in Pierre Bourdieu’s words) is supposed to transform people, is actually stagnating and our students and...
Back up plans- some tips for teachers →
thingsforteachers: A guest blogger at Free Tech for Teaches offers some advice on creating back up plans for when technology fails you in the classroom (we’ve all been there, haven’t we?)
More Teachers are using Social Media in the... →
Instead of being a distraction — an electronic version of note-passing — the chatter echoed and fed into the main discourse, said Mrs. Olson, who monitored the stream and tried to absorb it into the lesson. She and others say social media, once kept outside the school door, can entice students who rarely raise a hand to express themselves via a medium they find as natural as breathing. “When...
The Teacher's Desk: Instructional Ideas for... →
world-shaker: theteachersdesk: Each of these strategies plays a different role in designing learning environments. When considered/used, they increase the chances students are actively and meaningfully involved in complex forms of thinking and communicating during a lesson. The strategies place the learning in the hands and… Love this huge list!