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Motivating Students and the Gamification of Learning

Motivating Students and the Gamification of Learning | Differentiation Strategies | Scoop.it
You are probably thinking, "What's the minimum I can do to get an 'A' in this class, and what other extra-curricular activities can I add to my resume that colleges will like?

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Technology Tidbits: Thoughts of a Cyber Hero: 50 Web 2.0 Sites for Schools

Technology Tidbits: Thoughts of a Cyber Hero: 50 Web 2.0 Sites for Schools | Differentiation Strategies | Scoop.it

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Weekend Website #89: Rubrics for Web 2.0 Tools

Weekend Website #89: Rubrics for Web 2.0 Tools | Differentiation Strategies | Scoop.it
I've used a few of the rubrics and each time, been quite impressed.

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Bloom's Interactive

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Interactive Bloom's wheel that details activities to reach different knowledge keves


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Here are your Virtual Field Trip Resources! | SimpleK12

Here are your Virtual Field Trip Resources! | SimpleK12 | Differentiation Strategies | Scoop.it

Another way to differentiate instruction!


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Harvard's Twilight of the Lecture and Dawn of Active Learning

Harvard's Twilight of the Lecture and Dawn of Active Learning | Differentiation Strategies | Scoop.it

"Active learning may overthrow the style of teaching that has ruled universities for 600 years."

 

"Serendipity provided the breakthrough he [Eric Mazur, Harvard's Balkanski professor of physics and applied physics] needed. Reviewing the test of conceptual understanding, Mazur twice tried to explain one of its questions to the class, but the students remained obstinately confused. “Then I did something I had never done in my teaching career,” he recalls. “I said, ‘Why don’t you discuss it with each other?’” Immediately, the lecture hall was abuzz as 150 students started talking to each other in one-on-one conversations about the puzzling question. “It was complete chaos,” says Mazur. “But within three minutes, they had figured it out. That was very surprising to me—I had just spent 10 minutes trying to explain this. But the class said, ‘OK, We’ve got it, let’s move on.’

 

'Here’s what happened,' he continues. 'First, when one student has the right answer and the other doesn’t, the first one is more likely to convince the second—it’s hard to talk someone into the wrong answer when they have the right one. More important, a fellow student is more likely to reach them than Professor Mazur—and this is the crux of the method. You’re a student and you’ve only recently learned this, so you still know where you got hung up, because it’s not that long ago that you were hung up on that very same thing. Whereas Professor Mazur got hung up on this point when he was 17, and he no longer remembers how difficult it was back then. He has lost the ability to understand what a beginning learner faces.'

 

This innovative style of learning grew into 'peer instruction' or 'interactive learning,' a pedagogical method that has spread far beyond physics and taken root on campuses nationally. Last year, Mazur gave nearly 100 lectures on the subject at venues all around the world. (His 1997 book Peer Instruction is a user’s manual; a 2007 DVD, Interactive Teaching, produced by Harvard’s Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning, illustrates the method in detail.)

 

Interactive learning triples students’ gains in knowledge as measured by the kinds of conceptual tests that had once deflated Mazur’s spirits, and by many other assessments as well. It has other salutary effects, like erasing the gender gap between male and female undergraduates. 'If you look at incoming scores for our male and female physics students at Harvard, there’s a gap,' Mazur explains. 'If you teach a traditional course, the gap just translates up: men gain, women gain, but the gap remains the same. If you teach interactively, both gain more, but the women gain disproportionately more and close the gap.' Though there isn’t yet definitive research on what causes this, Mazur speculates that the verbal and collaborative/collegial nature of peer interactions may enhance the learning environment for women students."


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Life's Messy. Train Your Brain to Adapt.

Life's Messy. Train Your Brain to Adapt. | Differentiation Strategies | Scoop.it

"Margaret Moore is the founder and co-director of the Institute of Coaching at McLean Hospital. Paul Hammerness, MD, is a professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. Together, they hope to get at the physical and psychological roots of chaos. In a recent interview, Moore told Big Think that there is a cognitive basis for chronic disorganization.

 

Organization, she says, is not just about a cluttered desk. It’s about self-regulation, a skill that is developed by the pre-frontal cortex--the seat of executive function in the brain. The left pre-frontal cortex regulates your attention: it evaluates, judges, makes decisions. Modern life, with its barrage of incoming emails and phone calls and texts, taxes the pre-frontal cortex, inhibiting the brain’s ability to focus. Those who have naturally strong self-regulation can handle the overload—and those who don’t are left feeling guilty and out of control.

 

But the plasticity of the brain means we can all learn to be better focused and more organized. 'When you can focus all of your brain on one thing, that’s when you’re at your best,'
she says. 'You’re integrating all your brain. But it also consumes a huge amount of resources. You get tired. That’s really how the brain learns—when the brain is learning, it’s laying down new networks. The brain is changing when we focus. It takes a lot of energy, and when it’s depleted it isn’t able to manage the emotional brain. When your pre frontal cortex is depleted, your emotions rule all day. '"


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Free Technology for Teachers: 10 Awesome Android Uses and Apps for Education

Free Technology for Teachers: 10 Awesome Android Uses and Apps for Education | Differentiation Strategies | Scoop.it
RT @ayeshahalam: 10 Awesome Android Uses and Apps for Education http://t.co/thIfMDpG...
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Fighting the Enemies of Personalized Learning

Fighting the Enemies of Personalized Learning | Differentiation Strategies | Scoop.it
Technology has the potential to boost individualized instruction or drive it into the ground, Joseph S. Renzulli argues.

"True personalization requires more than just looking at achievement levels and trying to compensate for deficiencies."

"The biggest enemies of differentiation are time and the overprescription of learning."


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Tap Into The World Of Comics: Strategies for comics in the classroom

The focus here is on comics-creating sites and 26 ways to use comics-creators in the classroom.


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The Five-by-Five Approach to Differentiation Success | Essential ...

The Five-by-Five Approach to Differentiation Success | Essential ... | Differentiation Strategies | Scoop.it
The Five-by-Five Approach to Differentiation Success The following “Five-by-Five” approach to differentiation contains ideas that we have found effective in our classrooms. It is not a road map: It doesn't offer step-by-step ...
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Teach Up: Create a classroom that works for all students « Center ...

Teach Up: Create a classroom that works for all students « Center ... | Differentiation Strategies | Scoop.it
I never get tired of reading the thoughts and ideas that Carol Ann Tomlinson shares with the educational community about how to meet students' needs. Having seen her in action as a presenter, she is very captivating and ...
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7 Collaborative Storytelling Websites to Weave Your Own Digital Stories

7 Collaborative Storytelling Websites to Weave Your Own Digital Stories | Differentiation Strategies | Scoop.it
Everyone loves a good story. Writing it is another matter. Come to think of it, crafting a good story shouldn’t be too difficult. We are surrounded by stories of all kinds. Films and soap operas are the visual ones.

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Digital Differentiation ~ Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

Digital Differentiation ~ Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners | Differentiation Strategies | Scoop.it

Use multi-media to design student-driven learning experiences that are fueled by standards-based Essential Questions and facilitated by digital tools to provide students with flexible learning paths.


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How to use Peer Instruction to Flip your Classroom

How to use Peer Instruction to Flip your Classroom | Differentiation Strategies | Scoop.it
Peer Instruction: A research-based method for flipping your classroom. While “flipping the classroom” may seem like a recent phenomenon, Peer Instruction, developed in the early 1990s, ...

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Watts Wacker on Innovation

Futurist Watts Wacker talks about innovation in education. Catch his special presentation at the 2012 ASCD Annual Conference and Exhibit Show, March 26, 2012...

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Student presentations in the classroom

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How students use Present.me and Prezi to prepare and deliver classroom presentations.


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Flipped classrooms: teaching at home and doing homework at school | koaa.com | Colorado Springs | Pueblo |

Flipped classrooms: teaching at home and doing homework at school | koaa.com | Colorado Springs | Pueblo | | Differentiation Strategies | Scoop.it
The 5th graders in Doug Hinkle's class at the DaVinci Academy in School District 20 are among the first elementary students in the country to be part of a flipped (From #KOAA: Flipped classrooms: teaching at home and doing homework at school: The ...
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When Video Gaming Is Good for You

When Video Gaming Is Good for You | Differentiation Strategies | Scoop.it

"Videogames can change a person's brain and, as researchers are finding, often that change is for the better.

A growing body of university research suggests that gaming improves creativity, decision-making and perception. The specific benefits are wide ranging, from improved hand-eye coordination in surgeons to vision changes that boost night driving ability.

People who played action-based video and computer games made decisions 25% faster than others without sacrificing accuracy, according to a study. Indeed, the most adept gamers can make choices and act on them up to six times a second—four times faster than most people, other researchers found. Moreover, practiced game players can pay attention to more than six things at once without getting confused, compared with the four that someone can normally keep in mind, said University of Rochester researchers. The studies were conducted independently of the companies that sell video and computer games."


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Backward Design And Differentiated Instruction Math Unit PDF

Backward Design And Differentiated Instruction Math Unit PDF: Differentiated Instruction & Understanding By Desi...
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FUN FRIDAY: Place value cups

FUN FRIDAY: Place value cups | Differentiation Strategies | Scoop.it
For students who need extra practice learing place values, or who need to understand the concept in a new way, try making these place value foam cups.  Mrs.
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Over 100 Incredible Infographic Tools and Resources (Categorized)

Over 100 Incredible Infographic Tools and Resources (Categorized) | Differentiation Strategies | Scoop.it
I love a good infographic! After all, knowledge is power and the visualization of data makes absorbing information all the easier. Well-designed infographics have a way of pulling me into a subject...

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Gazette » 40 Alternative Assessments for Learning

Gazette » 40 Alternative Assessments for Learning | Differentiation Strategies | Scoop.it

Many teachers shy away from alternative assessments because they take extra time and effort to create and to grade. On the other hand, once the assessment guidelines and grading rubric are created, it can be filed away and used year after year. Here are 40 alternative assessment ideas to get you started!


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Brain Based Differentiation — CSRN Technology

Brain Based Differentiation: For our teacher inservice on Friday, March 2nd, our presenter was Kathy Mears, the ...
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Ideas for Using AASL Best Websites: Prezi

For this year’s first blog entry from the Best Websites for Teaching and Learning committee, we’d like to present some practical tips and ideas for using Prezi in your libraries, classrooms, and professional development.

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