After 27 years of teaching Gerald Conti said it was time to call it quits, but this New York school teacher didn’t retire because he feels old, he said he was retiring because he said teaching is not the same.
Instead of teaching students about things such as the New Deal, legislators have failed teachers by focusing more on testing than on learning.
Conti, 62, posted his resignation letter on Facebook, along with a photo of Porky Pig saying “That’s All Folks!”
Helena Capela's insight:
Estamos também assim no nosso país.
Na realidade criatividade e testes em número excessivo não são compatíveis.
That's also our reality. An excessive testing is not compatible with creativity
Enriched Lesson DeliveryWhat is Enriched Lesson Instruction? Direct instruction is a general term for the explicit teaching of a skill-set usinglectures or demonstrations of the material, rather than exploratory models such asinquiry-based learning.
Here's how it works: In a direct instruction lesson: the teacher usually spends some time lecturing; then the teacher guides the students through a complex problem, with the problem broken down into simple steps; then the students are given, one by one, the simple steps to carry out on their own; finally, the students are given one or many sample problems to accomplish on their own.
From the beginning, a major challenge of working with iPads is actually working with iPads. Unlike a computer, there are no multi-user logins, no file structures, and no easy way to share these devices with multiple students. Additionally, in elementary classrooms the challenge becomes even more difficult. Students don't have email addresses. The Terms of Service of many cloud storage options preclude those under the age of 13 from having an account, and devices are often shared. So how can teachers easily distribute content under these circumstances?
Here are three ways to approach distributing content to students without using email or having them log in and out of an account.
Have you been thinking about creating your own podcasts? Would you like your students to create and publish their own podcasts? Not sure how to get started? The following video fromDr. Wesley Fryer walks you through how to create multiple track podcasts using free tools including Audacity and AudioBoo.
Helena Capela's insight:
I must think about podcasting with my students, Audacity I know, going to try AudiBoo.
I was invited to speak on OER and open textbooks to the Science faculty at Douglas College. This is the first time I have presented in my new role at BCcampus, and the first time I have spoken directly with a group of faculty at any institution about the open textbook project so I was very curious as to the types of questions I would get.
The two above images are good examples of purposeful thinking about iPad usage in schools.
One, a screenshot of an oft-used tool known as iPad As.. by edtechteacher.org, focuses on what the iPad can be used for and provides links to various apps that can be utilised for those functions. It goes without saying that it is a very useful website for schools thinking about iPads. It provides nutshell explanations of a number of apps that relate to each iPad as… category as well as pricing. It’s a good introduction into the functionality of the iPad that counteracts the misconception of iPad as consumption NOt creation tool.
Helena Capela's insight:
Utilizar as ferramentas a pensar nos objetivos que queremos alcançar.
I was at the same conference of course and viewed it a bit differently. The attendees are self-selected from an audience consisting almost entirely of instructors (people outside this community were prohibited from attending). The presentations and discussion seemed to me to be repeated instances of "please please please let MOOCs be whatever they are so long as they don't touch the sacred role of instruction."
One September morning in 2003, a group of engineers gathered for a marathon brainstorming session at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab in Pasadena, Calif. Their intent was ambitious; they wanted to dream up a new way to land spacecraft on Mars.
The meeting stretched to three days of scribbling options on whiteboards, and the solution they came to for landing the SUV-sized rover Curiosity was radical. When Curiosity was 10 kilometres above ground, a contraption they called a sky crane would detach. Then rocket engines would slow the crane to 3 kmh, so it almost hovered above ground as it gently lowered the rover on cables to the ground before flying off and crash landing a safe distance away.
Helena Capela's insight:
The importance of collaboration to produce innovation and teaching not focused in standart tests and peer competition but in skills development
Nearpod is a nice service for delivering lessons, quizzes, and polls to students through iPads. Nearpod recently introduced a new option calledNearpod Homework. Like the original Nearpod, Nearpod Homework allows you to distribute presentations and quizzes to your students' iPads. The neat feature of Nearpod Homework is that it allows students to work through presentations and quizzes at their own pace in your classroom or at home.
Classrooms come with their own unique characters, props, and soundtracks. To the average student, these things meld into the background, setting the scene for learning.
However, for children affected by autism, simple disruptions—from the opening of a book to the ringing of a bell—can cause major setbacks in the learning experience.
How can teachers and parents ensure that the needs of students with autism are being addressed?
Learning to learn: It is essential for any student to develop good learning habits in order for true learning to take place, and the same is true for children on the autism spectrum. Learning how to sit appropriately, turn on “listening ears,” and raise a hand to respond are foundational skills that need to be taught and reinforced right off the bat. Autism is a spectrum disorder, in which symptoms may vary from mild to severe based on the child. For that reason, it is critical not to generalize a diagnosis.
Casper Focus allows teachers to ensure that all students are engaged, on the same activity, and using their devices in the ways the technology was intended.
Teachers can perform classroom management tasks while preserving the magic of iPad. They can do this using Casper Focus… all from their own iPad, all by themselves.
• Focus students on a single app • Guide classes through multiple apps and help them focus on the classroom instruction • Change focus between apps • Ensure access to a student’s iPad if the student forgets their passcode or locks the teacher out • Monitor whether every student’s iPad is powered up
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