Mark Sandy, blogger in CTQ (@teachingquality), reminds in his post that sense of trust and relationships are the key in education. The students and teachers are responsible to one another. Easy to agree with this.
Steven Anderson shares a good blog post on his teaching of Periodic Table and learning that formative assessment.matters. It's a strong story saying that formative assessment, in one way or another, should be incorporated in the lessons. This can be done traditionally or with EdTech tools.
Feedback at the end of the class, or real time, and quizzing are examples of ways to do this assessment.
A good post to provoke teachers think critically what they ask the students to do. How can the students do "work that matters"? That is, meaningful tasks that have potentially a wide audience and that reflect students' own interests.
In the traditional way, the student's "assignments" (exams, exercises, projects) are passed to the teacher for a grade, or in a little more advanced situations, to peers for review. Are these felt as "work that matters"? There have been of course plenty of opportunities to design meaningful tasks, but now access to web (global connections, collaboration, sharing) allows to amplify the audience and potential for real-world applications.
"To summarise their findings, as I’ve mentioned before, it’s not about technology, it’s about pedagogy. They also state very clearly that ”the use of technology needs to be informed by context and research“."
You undoubtedly used a hyperlink to get to this post. You’re so used to them that the instinct to click or tap on blue, underlined text can probably drive you to distraction. Students work the same...
Mikko Hakala's insight:
Encouraging hyperlinking in students' written essays.
A useful article reminding that hyperlinking is an underutilized technique in students' written assignments. It discusses briefly 5 ways how hyperlinking could be integrated in the electronic documents.
This post by Jan Jensen explains in detail how a flipped science course could be organized. It contains concrete explanations about the 'lectures', homeworks and how the curriculum was chosen. The background pedagogical considerations are also discussed.
An informative and useful post, especially for science teachers.
"Project based learning is a teaching learning methodology that has been widely praised for its efficacy in enhancing learning achievements.The premise underlying PBL revolves around getting students engaged in authentic learning events through the integration of mini-projects in class. These projects can be as short as one day and as long as a year. However, there is a difference between mere projects and project based learning. This table from Teachbytes provides a great illustration of the nuances between the two concepts."
Excellent table reminding about the difference between projects and project based learning. Projects are too easily assigned as exercises to students, without paying attention to the issues on the right hand side of this table.
As education grows and changes educators have the opportunity to change the way they envision their roles and their classrooms.
Jobs in education, Pink said in a recent interview, are all about moving other people, changing their behavior, like getting kids to pay attention in class; getting teens to understand they need to look at their future and to therefore study harder.
At the center of all this persuasion is selling: educators are sellers of ideas.