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Learning Through Digital Media » How I Used Wikis to Get My Students to Do Their Readings

Learning Through Digital Media » How I Used Wikis to Get My Students to Do Their Readings | Edumathingy | Scoop.it

"We have heard the complaint or issued it ourselves one too many times: “They don’t read!”

 

But can Digital Media provide some simple pedagogical models to promote a more active engagement with that most ancient and passive form of learning: the reading assignment? In this article, I describe the use of Wikis (web pages that people can easily edit as a group) to get students to summarize, ask questions, and comment on a reading before they even meet for class. And while many new—and old—tools can be used to accomplish similar results, what is innovative about this approach is that whereas before reading and writing was something students were supposed to do individually in the isolation of their rooms or the library, now—thanks to Wikis—it is a project they tackle collaboratively as a class. The goals of this critical pedagogy are thus both modest and radical, at the intersection of old and new technologies: to use Digital Media to change the way students interact with texts."

 

Assignment provided and reflection on it's impact on student learning. A really worthwhile read!


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Ken Morrison's comment, October 3, 2012 8:45 AM
This has been on my mind a lot lately. It frustrates me that so many teachers are ready to gather around Wikipedia like a pinata and beat it down. It is still sooooooo young. It can become something really special if we nurture it and encourage wise use. For example, the most powerful part is not the front page but by going under the hood and looking at the discussions about what should be on the front page. Helping our students find those discussions is so important. Ken
Anne Whaits's comment, December 15, 2012 1:50 PM
Thanks Ken!
slesch's curator insight, December 17, 2012 8:27 AM

Interesting use of Wiki's to foster student engagement with course readings

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Teacher Assessment Practices in a Competency-based Education System

Teacher Assessment Practices in a Competency-based Education System | Edumathingy | Scoop.it
“ (Wordle created by Ellen Hume-Howard) I continue to be amazed and impressed by our staff’s progress over the past five years related to our implementation of a competency-based education system. Ou...”
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This can be done in any school
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HFRP Home / HFRP - Harvard Family Research Project

HFRP Home / HFRP - Harvard Family Research Project | Edumathingy | Scoop.it
The Harvard Family Research Project strives to increase the effectiveness of public and private organizations and communities as they promote child development, student achievement, healthy family functioning and community development.
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Planning for curriculum change
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A Visual on Building Excellence

A Visual on Building Excellence | Edumathingy | Scoop.it

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Building excellence
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ASCD EDge - 5 Myths About Engagement

ASCD EDge - 5 Myths About Engagement | Edumathingy | Scoop.it

We hear a lot about student engagement. Everyone, it seems, believes that it’s the key to, well, just about everything. If students aren’t engaged, they argue, then they cannot learn.


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We don't just have to entertain to achieve engagement. Mythbusting.

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Adrian Bertolini's curator insight, April 22, 6:46 PM

Many teachers and administrators I talk to tend to buy into one or more of the five myths about student engagement. 

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7 Strategies That Make Speechwriting Easier

7 Strategies That Make Speechwriting Easier | Edumathingy | Scoop.it
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As teachers we all need help with this. Not only to share with students

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A Visual on Building Excellence

A Visual on Building Excellence | Edumathingy | Scoop.it

Via Beth Dichter
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This is worth sharing. Attitudes of learning.

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, April 12, 10:36 PM

Check out this visual using the quote "Excellence is not a skill. It is an attitude." Consider printing out a copy and putting on the wall, reminding students that with time and effort they will improve!

Viljenka Savli (http://www2.arnes.si/~sopvsavl/)'s curator insight, April 13, 3:23 AM

and it's an important one ...

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The A-B-Cs of Giving Feedback to a Colleague

The A-B-Cs of Giving Feedback to a Colleague | Edumathingy | Scoop.it
While there are many things to consider before providing feedback, narrowing the focus to a few simple A-B-Cs can be quite helpful.
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It is crucial that we get constructive and targeted feedback in order to improve. Some guidelines are here.
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Classroom practice Are posters a strategy worth sticking to? - news - TES

Classroom practice Are posters a strategy worth sticking to? - news - TES | Edumathingy | Scoop.it
Motivational quotes and messages litter classroom walls across the land, but research suggests they may do more harm than good
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Far more important than some amorphous message about success being in their reach, a map to show them how to get there and letting them understand that it will take work and perseverance as well as help from others, to get where they want to be. This is what motivation is.
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Evidence-based education is dead — long live evidence-informed education: Thoughts on Dylan Wiliam - Tom Bennett - Blog - Tom Bennett - TES Community

Evidence-based education is dead — long live evidence-informed education: Thoughts on Dylan Wiliam - Tom Bennett - Blog - Tom Bennett - TES Community | Edumathingy | Scoop.it
TES Community connects teachers around the world to share classroom support, healthy debate and extra-curricular fun
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Research tells us that it's not all it's cracked up to be. In other words, use it, but approach with caution.
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The 8 Mind Frames of Teachers Who Impact Student Learning - FRACTUS LEARNING

The 8 Mind Frames of Teachers Who Impact Student Learning - FRACTUS LEARNING | Edumathingy | Scoop.it
“ In 2008 Professor John Hattie undertook the largest ever meta-analysis on the effect of different factors on educational outcomes. The results of this study formed the basis for his hugely popular book Visible Learning and the educator focused Visible Learning for Teachers. A fascinating study with many practical applications, Hattie was able to show that school leaders who develop the below 8 mind frames were more likely to have a major impact on student learning.”
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Hatties' mantra "know thy impact" articulated as teacher mindsets.
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Doodling: A Teacher's Secret Weapon for Unlocking Learning | Edudemic

Doodling: A Teacher's Secret Weapon for Unlocking Learning | Edudemic | Edumathingy | Scoop.it
For educators, there are few things more frustrating than looking out into a classroom during the middle of a lecture and seeing nothing but bent heads.
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Doodling can be a great way of getting students to understanding.

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Quiet Students? 5 Ways to Get Them Speaking! - ELT Connect

Quiet Students? 5 Ways to Get Them Speaking! - ELT Connect | Edumathingy | Scoop.it
“ 5 Ways to Get Your Quiet Students Speaking!”
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Often when you have a small class other teachers tell you how lucky you are and look enviously in your direction. It's not always that easy though, getting dialogue can be very difficult. There are some tips here to get your small class talking.
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Using Old Tech (Not Edtech) to Teach Thinking Skills

Using Old Tech (Not Edtech) to Teach Thinking Skills | Edumathingy | Scoop.it
Butcher paper and Post-it notes can help students understand the collaborative thinking that takes place on a shared Google Doc.
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Five ways teachers can improve student feedback

Five ways teachers can improve student feedback | Edumathingy | Scoop.it
“ A lot of evidence has pointed to the significant positive impact of feedback on student learning and performance over the last 10 years. Many schools have placed great emphasis on tackling how teac...”
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Get rid of marks.
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Imagine an Education Nation: Six Leading Edges

Imagine an Education Nation: Six Leading Edges | Edumathingy | Scoop.it
Edutopia's Senior Fellow and Executive Director Emeritus on the six leading edges - innovations that will redefine schools, teaching, and learning.
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Six leading edges of Innovation by Milton Chen.
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A Communications Coach’s 3 Favorite Decks on Presenting

A Communications Coach’s 3 Favorite Decks on Presenting | Edumathingy | Scoop.it
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A lot of what we do as teachers is presenting ideas and speaking. The slideshare blog is a great help.

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8 Strategies To Help Students Ask Great Questions

8 Strategies To Help Students Ask Great Questions | Edumathingy | Scoop.it
8 Strategies To Help Students Ask Great Questions
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Great questions lie at the heart of great learning. The guide here shares some strategies that are shown to assist students in asking good questions.

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35 Psychological Tricks To Help You Learn Better - InformED

35 Psychological Tricks To Help You Learn Better - InformED | Edumathingy | Scoop.it

Have you ever considered letting your students listen to hardcore punk while they take their mid-term exam?

 

Decided to do away with Power Point presentations during your lectures?

 

Urged your students to memorize more in order to remember more?

 

If the answer is no, you may want to rethink your notions of psychology and its place in the learning environment.


Via CM Elias, steve batchelder, Bonnie Bracey Sutton, Suvi Salo, Ivo Nový, Mark E. Deschaine, PhD
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Interesting...

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WOOP - a scientific strategy to find and fulfill wishes

WOOP - a scientific strategy to find and fulfill wishes | Edumathingy | Scoop.it
Woop is a scientific strategy that people can use to find and fulfill their wishes and change their habits. It is also known as Mental Contrasting with Implementation Intentions (MCII). Its about rethinking positive thinking.
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This book is going on my mindset booklist. WOOP stands for Wish, Outcome, Obstacle and Plan.
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Behaviour – Train your sights on discipline - news - TES

Behaviour – Train your sights on discipline - news - TES | Edumathingy | Scoop.it
Drill pupils in simple techniques to keep classes on track
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Training students to behave in class is important. It does not mean you are not teaching independent and mature students, it means the opposite.
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Learning as Habit

Learning as Habit | Edumathingy | Scoop.it
“ The MASIE Center”
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Teaching good learning skills is, arguably, more important than teaching content. If students do not persist, question, strive to improve and take responsibility for their learning, none of the content will 'stick'.
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Professional Development: a recipe | Canadian Education Association (CEA)

Professional Development: a recipe | Canadian Education Association (CEA) | Edumathingy | Scoop.it
“ The gift of time: Often underrated and underestimated Educators know there is much to investigate, debate, and expand on in our profession. Inevitably you will hear, “there doesn’t seem to be enough time”…but time, we seem to find. Just go on Twitter and peruse for awhile, you will find dedicated educators taking risks, asking questions and issuing provocations to one another. We somehow find the time because we know our professional development (PD) is essential to the contribution we can make as teachers to student growth and innovative practices. Contrary to some current thinking out there, educators (and their practice) are always evolving, as is the curriculum that guides us. So given the gift of time, how do we use it most effectively or more so, in the most sustainable way? ”
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A great way to share pd for teachers.
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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, April 2, 10:50 PM

I worked in a Canadian School jurisdiction and the last years I was there it was a challenge to get involved in meaningful professional learning. For the last 8 years, it was being professionally developed by fiat.

 

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ASCD EDge - 12 Reasons Students Just Aren't That Into You

ASCD EDge - 12 Reasons Students Just Aren't That Into You | Edumathingy | Scoop.it
ASCD EDge - ASCD EDge
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Why don't students like us? 

Ok, not always the case, but here are some things to avoid if we do intend to teach and have our students learn rather than simply passing the time and entertaining them.

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Controlling the Power of Words: Teaching Students How to Confront Insults

Controlling the Power of Words: Teaching Students How to Confront Insults | Edumathingy | Scoop.it
Instead of surrendering their power to the person who insults them, students should learn why some words are triggers and how to master their own reactions.
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