Exams vs. projects? UbD is agnostic about many educational practices, be they final exams or projects. Yet, we often get queries such as these two recent ones: what’s the official UbD position, if any, on final exams? Should we be doing more hands-on projects if we’re doing UbD? The glib answer: no technique is inherently sacred or profane; what matters is how exams and projects are shaped, timed, and assessed – mindful of course goals. As you’ll see below, I think we tend to fixate on the format instead of worrying about the key question: regardless of format, what evidence do we need and where can we find it?
Via Rob Hatfield, M.Ed.
“ Cameras can be pretty daunting these days. With features like HD video, hybrid autofocus and geo-tagging, photography has moved a long way from the days when a consumer camera was made out of cardboard and cost $1.”
Via Mario Pires
Paul Ng's insight:
A hands on way to teach all kinds of science and tech.
35 Digital Tools To Create Simple Quizzes And Collect Feedback From Students
If there is one thing teachers lack, it’s time.
And while using technology to automate learning has been frowned upon by many, using it to automate time-consuming processes or aggregate data automatically is among the many seamless fits technology can make into any classroom. Which is where the following collections of apps and tools comes in.
Sarah Ludwig, dean of digital and library services at the Ethel Walker School in Simsbury, CT, keeps up with tech tools by osmosis—and by following conference session hashtags on Twitter and watching resources stream by.
Paul Ng's insight:
Tour Builder looks like a good tool for SDP trip presentations ...
“Blouin News Blogs (blog) Singapore's civilized hijab debate Blouin News Blogs (blog) (Both were lambasted for their comments in the press and social media.) The debate has echoes across Asia, Europe, and the Middle East.”
The Justice Department is accusing AT&T of skimming a little off the top every time a Nigerian scammer uses a phone service designed for deaf people called IP Relay. Which is a lot. The practice apparently netted AT&T as much as $16 million.
Via Quan Nguyen
Lessons for educators: which countries are miles ahead in CPD? The Guardian (blog) That hasn't stopped Singapore's success catching the attention of schools in the USA, where some have adopted the system and it has enjoyed rave reviews.
“ In addition to learning our content and curriculum standards, today's students also need to be able to do the following effectively: collaborate with one another, synthesize ideas, create content, ...”
Via Cyndi Danner-Kuhn, kathy pryor, JoelleYalin
“ 25 Ways To Use Pinterest In The Classroom According To Bloom’s Revised Taxonomy Social media is a waste of time, they say. It’ll rot your brain, they say. Pinterest is all Ryan Gosling, misleading...”
Via Susan Grigsby @sksgrigsby
“Video game kindness may make kids nicer Futurity: Research News Media are a strong influence on children when they are developing and learning social norms, says Douglas Gentile, associate professor of psychology.”
University of Wisconsin will grant bachelor's degrees based on a person's knowledge as demonstrated in online tests, not on class time or credits, the first such offering from a public university system.
Paul Ng's insight:
Logical outcome of emphasis on competency-based education (as opposed to seat-time for credit).
“The Global Search for Education: Got Tech? - Singapore Huffington Post In Singapore, the use of tablets, mobile phones, Internet sources and social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter is commonplace among young people.”
“Tong Kooi Ong blogs: An alternative solution to Malaysia's education woes The Edge Malaysia We are not just talking about its impact on knowledge and innovation, but also on household incomes and social structure.”
AT&T supervisors ordered operators to aid Nigerian fraudsters making free calls that cost millions in credit card fraud and the life savings of some victims, while AT&T collected more than $16 million in reimbursements paid by telephone ratepayers across the country.Last week, AT&T admitted no wrongdoing but agreed to pay a $3.5 million settlement to the operator the company fired after complaining about widespread fraudulent use of a service intended to help the hearing and speech impaired.The story is now the subject of a movie script, reports The New Castle News. It begins in 2003, when AT&T was required by the Americans with Disabilities Act to provide operators willing to relay conversations from hearing or speech impaired individuals typing on a computer or device and the people they called.AT&T employed at least 150 operators at a western Pennsylvania call center in a former shopping mall just to assist with international relay calls. One of them was Constance Lyttle.AT&T’s international relay service offered those overseas the opportunity to make a free, untraceable relay phone call to any number in the United States. AT&T billed the FCC-administered fund $1.30 a minute for calls placed through the relay operator.The service quickly became popular… with Nigerian scammers who used it to make free calls to American businesses. In fact, according to a lawsuit filed in 2010, around 95 percent of all calls placed through AT&T’s international relay service came from con artists peddling various scams and ordering merchandise with stolen credit cards from unsuspecting businesses.The Nigerians used hard-to-track public Internet terminals to initiate calls through AT&T’s relay center. An AT&T operator would read the words typed by the con artist over the phone to the person called and type back any responses.Lyttle testified the usual target for the scam was a unknowing small business willing to accept credit card orders from Nigeria or an individual willing to advance their life savings in return for promised larger payout unlocked by their deposit. It was all made possible with the help of AT&T, which earned several dollars for every successfully completed call.Click headline to read more--
Via Chuck Sherwood, Senior Associate, TeleDimensions, Inc
Straits Times Is it OK to burn PSLE assessment books? Straits Times A recent study of 200,000 Chinese social media users found that anger is the Internet's most powerful emotion, the one most likely to spread quickly and widely online.
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