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The Nerdy Teacher: Making Is Not Just For STEM #MakerEd

The Nerdy Teacher: Making Is Not Just For STEM #MakerEd | Dynamic Classroom | Scoop.it
I'm an English teacher and I'm building a Makerspace. Since October, I've been raising funds and working out deals to put in a Makerspace in our school library. I've been working with our Media Specialist to make this happen and I've had wonderful support from our admin staff. We are close to having a completed space and have chosen to call it the Blue Devil Maker's Lounge. I had a chance to take my Freshmen down to the space to show it off and share with the students what will be possible in the space. While a bit stressful, the Maker's Lounge has been a great project where I have learned many different things from friends across the country and right at home in Michigan. However, there has been some skepticism. 

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mrsjgarcia's curator insight, April 9, 2015 11:26 AM

 We are woking on creating makerspaces in our library this year, initially for ICT but also as a club. I am hoping once things are going strong, our kids will drive the learning and other teachers will get to see first hwnd, how powerful that can be.

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Delivering Differentiated Instruction in Your Classroom

Delivering Differentiated Instruction in Your Classroom | Dynamic Classroom | Scoop.it

Carol Ann Tomlinson, author of “The Differentiated Classroom: Responding to the Needs of All Learners,” is the country’s preeminent scholar on differentiated instruction. Tomlinson defines differentiated learning as “ensuring that what a student learns, how he/she learns it, and how the student demonstrates what he/she has learned is a match for that student’s readiness level, interests, and preferred mode of learning.” She likens the reluctance to integrate modern knowledge of the learning process into the classroom to settling for a Model T instead of embracing 21st-century engineering.


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Dennis Swender's curator insight, November 8, 2014 6:10 AM

Tomlinson is one of the contributors to ED 262 content

Audrey's curator insight, November 12, 2014 3:20 PM

Differentiation works when students take responsibility for their own learning.  Students in particular those doing A levels are given booklets, notes, presentations and textbooks with lesson plans and schemes of work.  When a teacher walks into the classroom students should not be sitting waiting for the teacher to tell them what to do.  They should already be engaged in looking over their own notes and ready to ask the teacher questions about aspects of the course that they are not certain of. Or ready to ask where they can get more information.

 

Most students have I-pads, mobile phones that can access the whole web.  They can look for information on youtube for most subjects which can add to their learning.  Differentiation has never been easier.  The teacher's job is to give out the resources, point students to where to find information, give overviews of the lessons based on the syllabus, which he students also have.  During class, time should be spent  understanding the information, discussions,  showing how to answer exam questions, followed by essays.  This is 21st Century learning and it works!

 

Have a look at http://www.hotmoodle.com  a website for psychology .

 

 

 

 

tom cockburn's curator insight, December 24, 2014 6:23 AM

Sounds ideal in theory

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Rethinking Education: Self-Directed Learning Fits the Digital Age

Rethinking Education: Self-Directed Learning Fits the Digital Age | Dynamic Classroom | Scoop.it

Is the one-size-fits-all, top-down classroom a misfit for the Digital Age? 

 

Standards-based education is ruining the way educators teach and children learn. Education should not be about teaching to the next level in education and vocation and yet, that is exactly what our current school system is designed to do.

 

Our goal should be to foster a love of learning for learning sake. Learning is not something that we should force onto our children to ensure they go to college and get a good job. True learning is intrinsically motivated and the reward is knowledge.

 


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Bianca Partyka's curator insight, March 31, 2014 2:39 PM

I also think there is no limit to using technology in the classroom. I think every student learns differently and integrating technology in the classroom can help students find new means of studying that works well for them. I agree that teaching students to test them all the the same level is not the way to go about it. I think that it is "destroying our youth" and causing them to be high anxiety. 

ykn.espresso's curator insight, April 19, 2014 8:22 PM

Owning the experience of discovery, especially as it pertains to learning about a situation or topic, results in a deeper understanding of the situation. 

Nick Sigrist's curator insight, May 12, 2014 9:19 AM

Leaning towards the digital age is very important for education, because students have recently begun to center their lives around such devices like iPads, computers, and phones. This article explains the slow advances towards the use of computers and other devices that not only make our lives easier through communication, but can also do so very well through education.

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The Difference Between Doing Projects Versus Learning Through Projects

The Difference Between Doing Projects Versus Learning Through Projects | Dynamic Classroom | Scoop.it

"We’ve clarified the difference between projects and project-based learning before. Projects are about the product, while project-based learning is about the process."


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Ricard Garcia's curator insight, November 5, 2013 6:57 AM

Easy approach, reeeeeally useful!!

Richard Whiteside's curator insight, November 11, 2013 8:31 AM

Not research per se, but it's an interesting prompt towards thinking carefully about uilding projects for education. There are may things to think about to make a project a really good, worthwhile learning experience. 

Miles McGeehan's curator insight, November 11, 2013 10:28 AM

I completely concur.  Excellent graphic.

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Transforming our Learning Environment into a Space of Possibilities ...

Transforming our Learning Environment into a Space of Possibilities ... | Dynamic Classroom | Scoop.it

Our eclectic approach consists of constructivism, inquiry-based learning, play-based learning, math problem solving, Reggio-Emilia inspiration, Montessori inspiration, and Waldorf inspiration to name a few.


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Sue Andreas's curator insight, February 26, 4:47 AM

space of possibility! <3

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Relearning the Art of Asking Questions

Relearning the Art of Asking Questions | Dynamic Classroom | Scoop.it

“Proper questioning has become a lost art. The curious four-year-old asks a lot of questions — incessant streams of “Why?” and “Why not?” might sound familiar — but as we grow older, our questioning decreases.”


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Ron McIntyre's curator insight, March 28, 2015 11:14 AM

Questions are the heart of coaching so understanding the process is critical.  This articles provides some good insights.

Zigmas Bigelis's curator insight, March 29, 2015 4:47 AM

Questions is very important as the process of getting knowledge should consist of questions and answer. It differs from studying boks etc, 

Janet Vasil's curator insight, March 30, 2015 12:05 PM

Stay curious at every age and ask good questions.  It will help you tell better stories and heck, you just may learn something new!.

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The Benefits of Students Teaching Students Through Online Video

The Benefits of Students Teaching Students Through Online Video | Dynamic Classroom | Scoop.it
The best student video tutorial creators are sometimes made the kids who've struggled the most to understand.

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, November 8, 2014 6:57 AM

Love this idea.

Dennis Swender's curator insight, November 11, 2014 4:49 PM

Online as well as f2f, this process puts Vygotsky's zone of proximal development into practice. 

Linda Kaiser, PhD's curator insight, December 4, 2014 12:26 PM

The best way to learn something is to teach it to someone else.  These students in this article are doing just that.  Those who struggle to learn a new concept have found that teaching it to their peers via a video presentation are learning more deeply than if they were just trying to understand the concepts on their own. 

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Creating Engaging Curriculum: A More Perfect World

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Recently I revised my A More Perfect World curriculum unit.  I reformatted it to a Weebly website for ease of access and update the links and web tools. This unit is driven by several of my core be...

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The 5 Resources Framework - The 5 Resources Model of Critical Digital Literacy

The 5 Resources Framework - The 5 Resources Model of Critical Digital Literacy | Dynamic Classroom | Scoop.it
WP5 output site: curriculum

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vgpascal's curator insight, October 6, 2013 3:05 AM

idée ressource pour les compétences clés de type numérique.

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Montessori in the 21st Century

As we move into the 21st Century, it is becoming apparent that rote memorization, learning in isolation, and not having learning tied to authentic experiences are models of the past. Montessorians have known for years the importance of learning by discovery, working collaboratively with classmates, and putting skills to work in service learning or other authentic learning experiences. Montessori education is poised to have a huge impact on the way schools and classes are organized, as these new models reflect our most basic tenets.


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