5 Questions with… Baratunde Thurston, Taking a Sledgehammer to the Traditional Newscast
Helen Teague's insight:
Baratunde Thurston's excellent applications of the social media shift and mold-breaking..."Twitter has made it easy for “people who consume news” to become “people who produce news” especially with first-hand, on the ground reporting during major events like natural disasters or awards shows" and "We encourage the audience to actually DO something about the stories we discuss, and not just get excited or enraged. The connection to social action is a big shift, and we’re experimenting with what that means and how to share back with our viewers the impact of what they’ve done." Reported by Brian Flood
These teachers see the internet and digital technologies such as social networking sites, cell phones and texting, generally facilitating teens’ personal expression and creativity, broadening the audience for their written material, and encouraging teens to write more often in more formats than may have been the case in prior generations. At the same time, they describe the unique challenges of teaching writing in the digital age, including the “creep” of informal style into formal writing assignments and the need to better educate students about issues such as plagiarism and fair use.
Although the expected good from digital tools in the area of collaboration and revising, some dings from Pew Research for “appropriately citing and/or referencing content, fair use, and copyright," distinguishing informal and formal voice, and putting necessary effort into first drafts...good summary of research and helpful charts
In the first of two parts, guest blogger John Larmer of the Buck Institute for Education clears up any confusion on the difference between project-based learning, problem-based learning, and whatever-else-based learning.
Essentially, Augmented Reality is hidden content, most commonly hidden behind marker images, that can be included in printed and film media, as long as the marker is displayed for a suitable length of time, in a steady position for an application (on a device such as a tablet or smartphone, by means of a camera) to identify and analyse it.
This picture shared by a talented teacher in the online class I teach. We’ve been discussing plagiarism and copyright. This site by Colin Purrington also contains effective strategies for teachers, administrators, and college professors for teaching copyright and plagiarism.
"Conveying information in a striking, concise way has never been more important, and infographics are the perfect pedagogical tool with which to do so. Below, you’ll find my experience with designing an infographic-friendly classroom research project, explained in a step-by-step process you can implement in your own classroom."
An inquiry approach supports students as they draw on their prior knowledge, personal experiences, and critical thinking skills to develop questions that guide their learning. The process engages students because pursuing the answers to their own questions gives them direct control as they construct meaning about topics of interest. Join us for a webinar focused on strategies for taking an inquiry approach to teaching with primary sources on Tuesday, November 18, at 4 PM ET.
The Common Core Standards state that college and career ready students must, "acquire and use accurately a range of general academic and domain-specific words." In addition, students need to "demonstrate independence in gathering vocabulary knowledge when encountering an unknown term important to
While ever more schools adopt textbooks and student reading materials to digital readers like iPads and Chromebooks, some recent research suggests students may comprehend more from reading print. Middle school students who read from both print and e-books showed they understood more of what they read from the ink-and-paper book
How often do you give your gifted students the opportunity to solve authentic, relevant problems? What is more authentic to a student than solving classroom problems? And what excites students more than having ownership over the classroom seating? Here's an authentic problem solving idea that ties in public speaking skills, group work, and classroom ownership.
Helen Teague's insight:
A GREAT way to include authentic problem solving in the classroom! Ian Byrd at Byrdseed indicates that this activity is for gifted students, but I have found that, with sensitivity, many gifted activities transition well to classrooms with a wide-range of abilities.
This report from the Carnegie Corporation predicts that the implementation of Common Core will decrease graduation rates significantly unless "we create small schools and do blended learning." Larry Ferlazzo shares a number of tweets, and also includes a link to the original document from the Carnegie Corporation...
,,,consider downloading the pdf of the full report (20 pages). There are many graphics located in the document that provide important statistics.
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