"I am very fortunate to be working in a New Jersey high school where technology is accepted. I have a great tech department crew to back up my ever growing desire to use new gadgets, and our facilities improve with each passing year. When I began teaching in my current school district, I was a PC teacher. At the end of my first year, our district allowed the music department to create a Mac lab for our music theory program. This began my path to becoming an iTeacher..."
"The use of clickers has spread from classroom pop quizzes to corporate presentations and church sermons, as efforts increase to encourage participation and gauge opinions."
"Brianna Goodwin, a fire and life safety educator with the Colorado Springs Fire Department, teaches a class about fire prevention to middle-schoolers.
Last spring, to better engage them in techno-speak, their native tongue, her program purchased 120 units of a model sold by Macmillan. She hands them out to the students as they file in. “They are so pumped!” she said in a phone interview.
She warms up the students with pop culture questions. She then surveys their knowledge of the consequences of arson: injuries, fines, imprisonment. At the end of the session, she repeats the questions. Because she can instantly show the correct answer and a breakdown of responses, Ms. Goodwin said, the students “start cheering if they get the answer right.”
Whoops and hollers have also been erupting from an older crowd on the cruise ship Crystal Symphony. In January, Crystal Cruises began handing out clickers from Turning Technologies to guests for judging debate panelists and on Liars’ Club, a game show night.
“It’s like a Christmas toy,” said Bret Bullock, vice president of entertainment at Crystal Cruises. “Finding out how everyone is thinking is so much fun — you’re part of the show.”
The delighted shouts from middle-schoolers and seniors alike suggest that neither group is accustomed to having its opinions solicited. But with a clicker, “suddenly their voices are important,” said Professor James Katz, the director of the Center for Mobile Communication Studies at Rutgers. “If people feel their opinions really count, they’ll be happy and likely to give more opinions.”"
Steven Christopher, ACC Director of Special Populations at Austin Community Colleges explains universal design and offers tips to faculty on how to incorporate Universal Design in their instruction.
> "Use delivery methods that recognize a range of abilities, backgrounds, and previous experiences. Don’t rely solely on lecture; incorporate, discussion, hands-on activities, case studies, and projects.
> Use a consistent, intuitive format for all print and electronic materials. Print materials should be available in electronic format; webpages should include text descriptions of graphics. Presentation materials should be legible with sufficient spacing. Videos should be closed-captioned.
> Promote different types of interaction with your students – not just face-to-face, in-class discussion, but also online interaction.
> Offer frequent and flexible options for students to demonstrate knowledge – not only tests, but also group work, portfolios, and presentations. Make sure feedback is uniform and frequent.
> Ensure that classroom, labs, and fieldwork are accessible for a range of physical abilities. Minimize the need for unnecessary physical travel by making materials available online or allowing work to be submitted electronically."
"What science tells us about the incredible shrinking childhood."
"Family stress can disrupt puberty timing as well. Girls who from an early age grow up in homes without their biological fathers are twice as likely to go into puberty younger as girls who grow up with both parents. Some studies show that the presence of a stepfather in the house also correlates with early puberty. Evidence links maternal depression with developing early. Children adopted from poorer countries who have experienced significant early-childhood stress are also at greater risk for early puberty once they’re ensconced in Western families.
Bruce Ellis, a professor of Family Studies and Human Development at the University of Arizona, discovered along with his colleagues a pattern of early puberty in girls whose parents divorced when those girls were between 3 and 8 years old and whose fathers were considered socially deviant (meaning they abused drugs or alcohol, were violent, attempted suicide or did prison time). In another study, published in 2011, Ellis and his colleagues showed that first graders who are most reactive to stress — kids whose pulse, respiratory rate and cortisol levels fluctuate most in response to environmental challenges — entered puberty earliest when raised in difficult homes. Evolutionary psychology offers a theory: A stressful childhood inclines a body toward early reproduction; if life is hard, best to mature young. But such theories are tough to prove.
Social problems don’t just increase the risk for early puberty; early puberty increases the risk for social problems as well. We know that girls who develop ahead of their peers tend to have lower self-esteem, more depression and more eating disorders. They start drinking and lose their virginity sooner. They have more sexual partners and more sexually transmitted diseases. “You can almost predict it” — that early maturing teenagers will take part in more high-risk behaviors, says Tonya Chaffee, associate clinical professor of pediatrics at University of California, San Francisco, who oversees the Teen and Young Adult Health Center at San Francisco General Hospital. Half of the patients in her clinic are or have been in the foster system. She sees in the outlines of their early-developing bodies the stresses of their lives — single parent or no parent, little or no money, too much exposure to violence."
"There’s a term for the consequences of this divorce between human and habitat — nature deficit disorder, coined by the writer Richard Louv in a 2005 book, “Last Child in the Woods.” It sounds trendy, a bit of sociological shorthand, but give the man and his point a listen.
Louv argued that certain behavioral problems could be caused by the sharp decline in how little time children now spend outdoors, a trend updated in the latest Recreation Participation Report. The number of boys ages 6 to 12 who engage in some kind of outdoor activity, in particular, continues to slide.
Kids who do play outside are less likely to get sick, to be stressed or become aggressive, and are more adaptable to life’s unpredictable turns, Louv said. Since his book came out, things have gotten worse.
“The average young American now spends practically every minute — except for the time in school – using a smartphone, computer, television or electronic device,” my colleague Tamar Lewin reported in 2010, from a Kaiser Family Foundation study."
"The Climate CoLab project, developed by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s (M.I.T.) Collective Intelligence Lab, uses an online forum to encourage institutional and citizen scientists alike to develop proposals for addressing climate change and then improve those proposals based on Web community feedback. The proposals—broken down into “global” and “local” categories—are then judged as part of a multi-phase global competition where the winners are invited to present their ideas to public officials.
This year’s competition asks the question: “How should the global economy evolve through 2100, given the risks of climate change?” The competition is in its second phase, during which teams and individuals writing proposals seek to improve upon their original ideas with help from the more than 2,100 members of Colab’s online community. After the second phase wraps up on October 31 a team of judges will choose the most practical proposals to move on to the third and final round.".
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"In an earlier post, I made a case for taking a broader perspective about the causes of U.S. school learning challenges, rather than simply focusing on its teachers.
The list of entities that play a major role in whether a district, or school, or even a classroom can meet the public’s learning goals include local school boards, state boards of education, the testing industry and more. (You can see them all here.) And finally, I said this:
“The observant reader may note that the above list is one short. Here it is, though it is not politically correct to say: ‘America’s K-12 parents.’ ”
If you are a parent, here are 20 questions for you to answer that will reveal how you would support a local school system that wanted to seriously reform.
Take the test. To how many of the following 20 propositions can you honestly say “yes?”"
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A very rare planetary event will take place this morning— Jupiter and Pluto will align in relation to Earth, and their combined gravitational pull will momentarily override the Earth's own gravity and make people weigh less. If you jump in the air at exactly 10:47 a.m., USA Eastern Time, you will experience a floating sensation. Spread the word!
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In a recent article, "Personalising Learning in Teacher Education through the use of Technology", Australian Journal of Teacher Education the authors, Mellita Jones and Karen McLean write about how "teacher educators need to consider how they too can incorporate personalising learning approaches in their courses to ensure graduate teachers are equipped with the necessary skills and knowledge to implement personalising learning approaches in their own classrooms.
Findings indicate that meaningful student learning experiences can be achieved through a personalised approach which also supports the emerging tenets of effective, pedagogical use of ICT for learning. These findings led to a model of Technology for Personalising Learning (TPL) which is presented as a planning framework through which personalising learning with technology can be achieved in higher education."
"Personalising learning incorporates the ideas of effective teaching, learning and assessment, which aligns with deep learning and constructive alignment principles associated with effective teaching in higher education. In the research presented below the integration of ICT is explored through personalising learning and catering for diversity in a teacher education program. In using personalised learning in this way evidence of the impact of this pedagogical approach on the student experience is evaluated in the teacher education context. Teacher education re-focused with a personalised approach could promote a change in pedagogy that sees a move away from skills driven and ‘add on’ approaches to technology in the classroom (Durrant and Green, 2000) toward a culture that enables involvement and achievement for all students through learner autonomy and development of learner capability (NCSL, 2005). This then has the potential for producing teachers equipped with the necessary skills to use technology in their own classrooms to personalise the learning of their own students. It also offers a pathway for creating the deep learning and constructively aligned learning environments that many higher education authors purport as important for effective learning (e.g. Biggs, 2003; Light et al., 2009; Neary, 2002; Ramsden, 2003)."
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"... folks feel helpless more than I think they actually are. Learning, or school, or whatever, seems to happen to them, rather than the other way around. It’s supposed to be the other way around. Folks are supposed to own their actions and habits and the way they spend their time. And our culture too often supports passivity and compliance.
I feel like folks forget they are the agents of their experiences. We have agency. Power. Control. Maybe not over everything that happens. Certainly not all. But over more than we realize more often than not.
So how might we work to build agency in teachers and learners? Let me simplify that question – how can we help folks develop the ability to recognize the constraints of a situation and to begin to play with them?
As I delve more into elements of play and hacking, and even maker culture, it seems to me that there’s fertile ground there. Play, if you recall, is the ability to move freely within constraints. Hacking is the ability to see the system – and a problem with it – and work to improve it. Making is creating. It’s fiddling with the constraints of lots of different systems. Yarn. Blocks. Food. Circuits. Classrooms. Textbooks. Laws. Whatever. "
"The New American Academy in Brooklyn is an exciting experiment in education reform that centers everything around the teacher-student relationship."
"The New American Academy has two big advantages as a reform model. First, instead of running against the education establishment, it grows out of it and is being embraced by the teachers’ unions and the education schools. If it works, it can spread faster.
Second, it does a tremendous job of nurturing relationships. Since people learn from people they love, education is fundamentally about the relationship between a teacher and student. By insisting on constant informal contact and by preserving that contact year after year, The New American Academy has the potential to create richer, mentorlike or even familylike relationships for students who are not rich in those things.
It’s too soon to say if it will work, especially if it’s tried without Waronker and the crème-de-la-crème teachers he has recruited, but The New American Academy is a great experiment, one of many now bubbling across the world of education."
Kentucky Virtual Library has creared a visual tool to help students do research. This is an excellent model of how to present a step by step approach in a visual way that includes a set of tasks that students can follow in conducting research. The basic steps are:
"iPhoneography is a powerful new artform for digital storytelling and creative expression. Learn how to use it to engage students, build community, and enhance teaching."
Nicole Dalesio and Lisa Highfill have used great creativity in synthesizing a unique approach to digital storytelling through the use of iPhone photography and numerous iPhone apps -- they call it iPhoneography. The site offers a compelling examples of a digital story, links to recommended apps, a handy how-to section, a list of iPhoneographers to follow, a place for social networking (called untitled), a collection of interesting articles and blog posts, and how to get in touch with the principals. I think iPhonegraphy is really going to go places. -JL
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