Plimoth Plantation has a new website that allows students to explore the first Thanksgiving that took place in 1621. According to the Teacher's Guide "We were surprised at what we learned!"
It also provides goals as well as historian skills such as "separating fact from fiction, identifying and analyzing primary resources, making educated guesses using cultural cues, and considering multiple points of view." The website is rich with resources.Check it out and see if you can separate the "fact from the fiction."
Scholars who study the role of media in society say no long-term studies have been done that adequately show how and if student attention span has changed because of the use of digital technology. But there is mounting indirect evidence that constant use of technology can affect behavior, particularly in developing brains, because of heavy stimulation and rapid shifts in attention.
In a traditional classroom, the teacher is the center of attention, the owner of knowledge and information. Teachers often ask questions of their students to gauge comprehension, but it’s a passive model that relies on students to absorb information they need to reproduce on tests.
What would happen if the roles were flipped and students asked the questions?
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Can creativity be taught? Absolutely. The real question is: “How do we teach it?” In school, instead of crossing subjects and classes, we teach them in a very rigid manner. Very rarely do you witness math and science teachers or English and history teachers collaborating with each other.
Nikhil Goyal, a senior at Syosset High School then provides a look from the student viewpoint about what is and is not working in schools. A great read!
The British Council and the Oxford English Dictionary sponsored a discussion with an expert panel on Thursday 27 September 2012. The event considered issues such as:
Does ‘standard English’ exist in today’s globalised society?Who regulates the language – lexicographers, the education system, the media – or the public?Is the language being dumbed down? And does this matter?Should we be worried about the state of English today?
Where once we would do an occasional unit on disseminating fact and opinion and identifying bias in selected reading to satisfy the mandates of our English Curriculum, we now must make it the major focus of our non fiction reading programs. Students today spend hours on YouTube, Twitter, Facebook and forums and these sites are often their first source of news. Many adults these day also have moved onto these sources as their first port of call and often fall for the first rumor they see online, treating it as fact and then posting it for others to read or view.
The fundamentals that define a great teacher don’t differ much whether classes are taught in the online setting or off, but there are certain things that need greater emphasis and gain greater importance when a teacher is working with students who aren’t in a traditional classroom setting.
Teachers' expectations about their students' abilities affect classroom interactions in myriad ways that can impact student performance. Students expected to succeed, for example, get more time to answer questions and more specific feedback.
A fascinating look at what can happen when teachers expectations for their students change, looking at "how do we get teachers to have the right expections?"
Seven suggestions are provided for ways "teachers can change their expections."
Are you looking for curriculum that will allow your school to meet the "requirements associated with receiving E-rate funding"? If so, check out these resources from Common Sense Media. They will help you "turn your students into safe, smart, responsible digital citizens and help your school keep valuable federal support for technology at the same time!"
Lessons are provided for students from Kindergarten through Grade 12 as are teacher verification documents. They provide an overview tutorial plus lessons with handouts, videos, assessments and parent tip sheets.
Are you looking for open education resources geared to high school students? Check out this post. Links are provided for resources in science and math, comprehensive modular resources, grade-level collections, history, some higher education, as well as some free resources. Many of this have been mentioned at one point or another in this Scoop.it but there are some new ones!
Technology will define where online education goes next. All those millions of students clicking online can have their progress tracked, logged, studied, and probably influenced, too. Talk to Khan or anyone behind the MOOCs (which largely sprang from university departments interested in computer intelligence) and they’ll all say their eventual goal isn’t to stream videos but to perfect education through the scientific use of data. Just imagine, they say, software that maps an individual’s knowledge and offers a lesson plan unique to him or her.
A study in 1985 “On the Brain of a Scientist: Albert Einstein” found that Einstein’s brain was actually not significantly different from others. As an Organization Development blogger put it:
===> what made Einstein different was his mind. <===
His thinking and passion for learning were the basis of his genius. His brain was the same, but his intellect was markedly different. He was often humble about his intellect, and instead said that learning relied on working hard and imagining the impossible. So what made his learning so different? What can we learn from Einstein?
What happens when you tell your students to "pay attention!" More than you may think. This post explores what goes on in the brain and ways the brain pays attention. Research is shared as well as what you can do in your classroom immediately as well what you can do in the long term. Short term solutions include "using prediction; using the brief pause and chunk technique; priming the learning with small hints, appetizers and teasers" and more.
Personal learning networks are a great way for educators to get connected with learning opportunities, access professional development resources, and to build camaraderie with other education professionals.
"Surviving as a teacher isn’t easy. Between the sheer work load, diversity of tasks, brutal pace, and seemingly divergent initiatives pulling you in a thousand directions, education can break even the most noble spirits. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Below are ten tips to keep you ticking when things get tough."
The post also suggests that as teachers we need to find the balance between the needs of our learners and content. For some great suggestions check out this post!
While browsing some of the terrific resources at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, I happened across a fabulous list of useful links and resources that I wanted to pass on to Edudemic readers.
This list starts with Adult Literacy and ends with Testing and Standards. It is maintaned by the Gutman Library Research Services staff and Harvard, and may become one of your Go To lists when you need to find resources quickly (esp. if related to education).
This is one of those developments that make you love technology and how it can truly benefit education. There's a free open font now available that may actually help dyslexic people read better. Whether it's true or not, this idea is incredible.
A font that may make more students successful...and it is free! In late June I posted an article that spoke about this font. If you search for the term dyslexic you will find additional information about this font and dyslexia.
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