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The EdTech Presentation for People Who Don't Like EdTech Presentations

The EdTech Presentation for People Who Don't Like EdTech Presentations | Middle School Math | Scoop.it
Presented by cutting edge math teacher Dan Meyer, this is truly one of the most inspiring, uplifting and downright fun EdTech presentations I have seen.

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Dan Meyer on the Smarter, Balanced Sample Items

Dan Meyer on the Smarter, Balanced Sample Items | Middle School Math | Scoop.it

The Smarter, Balanced Assessment Consortium:
Five swimmers compete in the 50-meter race. The finish time for each swimmer is shown in the video.


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Common Core Standards: Math - Meyer urges use of wordy word problem reform | HHI islandpacket.com

As Dan Meyer showed examples of word problems in textbooks -- one suggested students could use equations to calculate the size of a right triangle to buy a bandana for their dog -- the audience frequently laughed.

 

Meyer said three things make him optimistic:

States are adopting the Common Core State Standards curricula in which students must use math to analyze realistic problems, understand them better and make decisions.South Carolina is adopting those standards, and they will eventually be implemented in Beaufort County schools, local educators say.Meyer also is excited about digital textbooks, which could take students step-by-step through solutions, rather than overwhelming them with lengthy, complicated word problems in printed textbooks.
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Ask3 and Dan Meyers: Generate student questions, conversations

Ask3 and Dan Meyers: Generate student questions, conversations | Middle School Math | Scoop.it
We too often give students all the info and all the questions. Students will engage and learn more if we hold back both and allow them to ask questions.

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Kiona Melton's curator insight, October 9, 2013 7:17 PM

I love the idea of getting students to see the world around them through math lenses instead of confining math to worksheets with "x." No one is going to learn unless they see the purpose behind it, whether that purpose is practical or just for fun. 

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Fall 2013 Snackable Series: Authentic Assessments

An authentic assessment is a type of assessment in which students perform "real world" tasks to demonstrate the application of essential knowledge or skills....
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Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners: 327 Common Core Aligned Playlists from MentorMob & LearnZillion

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners: 327 Common Core Aligned Playlists from MentorMob & LearnZillion | Middle School Math | Scoop.it

MentorMob and LearnZillion have teamed up to create a comprehensive collection of Common Core aligned learning playlists perfect for providing students with easy access to guided learning experiences. Currently there are 327 Common Core aligned playlists ready and available for free on the MentorMob site.


MentorMob playlists are displayed in a step-by-step format that allow users to interact with live web content right on the page, keeping students on track without getting lost in a stream of open tabs and new pages. As students progress through a playlist at their own pace, MentorMob keeps track of completed steps. Flexibility to move within a playlist is provided by a preview that's always accessible on the side of the screen, allowing users to jump to different steps as needed for  reteaching and challenge.

The newly added LearnZillion Common Core aligned lessons focus on the use of narrated video for instruction. The pause button allows students to tackle the learning at their own pace, while built in learning supports make this an instructional tool that addresses a variety of learning needs. A Coach's Commentary on the side of each playlists provides teachers with additional information and support. Most of the math lessons provide guided practice opportunities and some of these playlists are also available in spanish. 

Here are a few playlists to test drive.


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Essentials for Math Workshop - teachitivity

Essentials for Math Workshop - teachitivity | Middle School Math | Scoop.it

"In thinking about tonight's #talkmath chat re: math workshop, I wanted to share what I think are two essential components of math workshop and how we've used digital tools to support them. "


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10 Ways Literacy Can Promote A Deeper Understanding Of Math

10 Ways Literacy Can Promote A Deeper Understanding Of Math | Middle School Math | Scoop.it

"With the rise of new trends such as a flipped classroom and whole brain teaching, there is an emphasis on getting students more actively involved in learning in the classroom. And whether or not you choose to fully embrace either of these methods, we can all agree that we want students participating as much as possible.

 

When students are actively participating, they are learning. In math classes we typically involve students in the problem-solving side, but we don’t often expect them to provide explanations."


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10 Team-Building Games That Promote Collaborative Critical Thinking

10 Team-Building Games That Promote Collaborative Critical Thinking | Middle School Math | Scoop.it
10 Team-Building Games That Promote Collaborative Critical Thinking

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Rudi Permana's curator insight, October 3, 2013 10:04 AM

Sometimes we often forget to take lessons from the process (playing the game) or experience (in the real life)  that we've been through.

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Couple of games to try  with added benefits

Linda Dougherty's curator insight, August 12, 2014 12:37 AM

Need an idea for team-building with your students for those first days of school?  These are classic ice-breaker activities any grade level can enjoy.

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The Trouble With Measuring Understanding

The Trouble With Measuring Understanding | Middle School Math | Scoop.it
The Trouble With Measuring Understanding

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Christopher Bezsylko's curator insight, March 7, 2014 11:56 AM

nice brief overview of Wiggins, McTighe, and Marzano

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More Progressive Ways to Measure Deeper Levels of Learning

More Progressive Ways to Measure Deeper Levels of Learning | Middle School Math | Scoop.it
How do we measure learning beyond knowledge of content? Finding that winning combination of criteria can prove to be a complicated and sometimes difficult process. Schools that are pushing boundaries are learning that it takes time, a lot of conversation, and a willingness to let students participate in that evaluation.

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Christopher Bezsylko's curator insight, June 13, 2014 10:39 PM

Those familiar with Kolb's experiential learning cycle will recognize these approaches to creating enduring, meaningful learning experiences. 

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Dan Meyer-Real World Math. Oct. 9 at ESSDACK

Dan Meyer-Real World Math. Oct. 9 at ESSDACK | Middle School Math | Scoop.it

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Cyndi Danner-Kuhn's curator insight, September 4, 2013 2:46 PM
Perplexity is invaluable currency in the mathematics classroom. Perplexity is the stuff of being perplexed. When students are perplexed, they aren't asking "when will we use this in real life?" because they're too busy chasing down answers to rich mathematical questions they came up with themselves. When curriculum is perplexing, the teacher doesn't have to announce the day's objective, because perplexity nudges yesterday's concept naturally into today's. In this hands-on workshop, we will discover methods for capturing perplexity, from YouTube videos, TV shows, and movies; for creating perplexity, using free and cheap technology; and for presenting perplexity, using pedagogy that draws in every learner, that knows when to give the student help and when to get out of the student's way.  
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Dan Meyer's Three-Act Math Tasks - Google Documents

Dan Meyer's Three-Act Math Tasks - Google Documents | Middle School Math | Scoop.it

Act 1 - a video that sets up the problem to be solved and raises questions; Act 2 - additional information provided to help solve the problem and more questions; Act 3 - the result with the video back with new information plus a sequel. Authentic math to challenge learners!


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Free Technology for Teachers: Using Images as Research Prompts to Teach Google Search Strategies

Free Technology for Teachers: Using Images as Research Prompts to Teach Google Search Strategies | Middle School Math | Scoop.it

"Over the last month I've shown the picture that you see to the left during a number of presentations and workshops. I've used the picture to model using pictures to spark students' minds at the beginning of lessons on search strategies. This is a strategy that I've developed by borrowing ideas from Daniel Russell's Search ReSearch activities and Dan Meyer's strategy of using videos and pictures to prompt students to ask math questions."


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Lisa Burkhalter's curator insight, June 28, 2013 6:16 PM

Media Literacy

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Media Literacy

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Dan Meyer - Mathematics Lesson Example 11.07.12

A Mathematics teacher and currently studying a doctoral fellowship at Stanford University, Dan Meyer presents at a workshop for Australian maths teachers. Th...
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IPaddling through Third Grade: Guided Math in an iPad Classroom

IPaddling through Third Grade: Guided Math in an iPad Classroom | Middle School Math | Scoop.it

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Using iPads During Math Stations ~ Mrs. Wideen's Classroom Blog

Using iPads During Math Stations ~ Mrs. Wideen's Classroom Blog | Middle School Math | Scoop.it

"I am continually trying to think of ways to use the iPads in a producing or student creation way, rather than a "lets play a game" kind of way. I am also trying to be as paperless as possible this year, so using the iPads is a win, win situation. I share the 20 iPads with another teacher so in all honesty, I only have 10 during math and I usually use 4 with my guided math groups, which leaves me 6 for math stations. My students are partnered up and do 2 stations a day. I have 10 stations that I change every 2 weeks. I try to link my math stations to what we are currently learning about and a review of things we have already learned. Here are a couple of math stations we are using this week and links for you to download the instructions if you wish."


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Miss L's Whole Brain Teaching: Interactive "Connect With Us" Display

Miss L's Whole Brain Teaching: Interactive "Connect With Us" Display | Middle School Math | Scoop.it

" I am now spending almost every day in my classroom getting organized and prepared for the upcoming school year. As you know, I've created quite a strong online presence for my classroom and I want to make sure that my students utilize these resources and have easy access to them. To address this, I've created an interactive Connect With Us display at the entrance of my classroom!"


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Terri Roberts's curator insight, August 23, 2013 9:12 AM

Super! Thanks for sharing! 

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10 Emerging Educational Technologies and How They Are Being Used Across the Globe

10 Emerging Educational Technologies and How They Are Being Used Across the Globe | Middle School Math | Scoop.it
For over a decade, the New Media Consortium (NMC) has been charting the landscape of emerging technologies in teaching, learning, and creative inquiry on a global scale.
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6 Common Misunderstandings About Assessment Of Learning

6 Common Misunderstandings About Assessment Of Learning | Middle School Math | Scoop.it
6 Common Misunderstandings About Assessment Of Learning

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Christopher Bezsylko's curator insight, March 7, 2014 11:58 AM

We are always assessing... here are a few examples of traditional assessments that can impede the learning process

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27 Characteristics Of Authentic Assessment

27 Characteristics Of Authentic Assessment | Middle School Math | Scoop.it
27 Characteristics Of Authentic Assessment

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Christopher Bezsylko's curator insight, March 7, 2014 12:03 PM

Grant on authentic assessment

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Awesome Chart for Teachers- Alternatives to Traditional Homework ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Awesome Chart for Teachers- Alternatives to Traditional Homework ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Middle School Math | Scoop.it

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Christopher Bezsylko's curator insight, June 27, 2014 11:39 AM

Moving beyond the culture of drill & kill and single-platform homework...