I'm trying this out! Bear with me - it might be a bit random at first!
I want to create a resource for MA TESOL students, teaching mentees and a place to store my links - but perhaps too much for one area!
Critical thinking. We all endorse it. We all want our students to do it. And we claim to teach it. But do we? Do we even understand and agree what it means to think critically?
According to Paul and Elder’s (2013a) survey findings, most faculty don’t know what critical thinking is or how to teach it. Unless faculty explicitly and intentionally design their courses to build their students’ critical thinking skills and receive training in how to teach them, their students do not improve their ski
By: Maryellen Weimer, PhD in Teaching Professor Blog
"One of the best gifts teachers can give students are the experiences that open their eyes to themselves as learners. Most students don’t think much about how they learn. Mine used to struggle to write a paragraph describing the study approaches they planned to use in my communication courses. However, to be fair, I’m not sure I had a lot of insights about my learning when I was a student. Did you? As fall courses start to wind down, it’s an apt time for reflection. Here are some pithy (I hope) prompts that might motivate students to consider their beliefs about learning."
"Project-based learning is a matter of identifying needs and opportunities (using an app like flipboard), gathering potential resources (using an app like pinterest), collecting notes and artifacts (with an app like Evernote), concept-mapping potential scale or angles for the project (using an app like simplemind), assigning roles (with an appp like Trello), scheduling deadlines (with apps like Google Calendar), and sharing it all (with apps like OneDrive or Google Drive).
With that in mind, below are 30 of the best apps for getting this kind of work done in the classroom, with an emphasis on group project-based learning apps for both Android and iPad (and even a few for plain old browsers)."
"In their attempts to establish a 1:1 program for the year 6 class, St Oliver Plunket has recently held a series of workshops in order to develop their students skills before they were officially given management of their very own devices.
The workshops were particularly centered around teaching students about some tips and tricks for managing their iPad, email etiquette, successful searching and copyright and creative commons. I personally was thrilled by the efforts these people from St Oliver are putting into making their 1:1 program a success and I hope other schools would do the same."
Conveying information in a striking, concise way has never been more important, and infographics are the perfect pedagogical tool with which to do so. Below, you’ll find my experience with designing an infographic-friendly classroom research project, explained in a step-by-step process you can implement in your own classroom.
As part of the SPEAQ project (Sharing Practice in Enhancing and Assuring Quality), LLAS and nine other partner HEIs in Europe have developed initiatives to improve quality practice and culture within HE institutions. The initiative that we have chosen at the University of Southampton addresses feedback issues, which were raised in the first phase of the project by students, academic staff and quality staff. Dr John Canning and Laurence Georgin have developed online resources, which aim to get staff and students to reflect on what good quality feedback is as well as promoting and sharing good practices amongst practitioners.
We chose to approach issues of feedback in practical, clear and meaningful ways, and to achieve this, we have:
- examined current methods for giving and receiving student feedback at the university (illustrated by case studies of what is already being done successfully by teachers);
- provided activities which encourage reflection on how staff and students can improve the ways in which feedback is delivered, received, and reported;
- provided clear explanations of quality assurance processes and mechanisms at the University and how these relate to the feedback given and received by student.
We have interviewed two members of staff: Bella Millet, Professor of Medieval Literature, who recently received an award for ‘student feedback’ at the Student Excellence Awards, and Simon Kemp, Principal Teaching Fellow, whose work was recognised through the award of a National Teaching Fellowship in 2010. Simon is also currently the national Academic Lead in Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) at the Higher Education Academy. Bella and Simon both highlighted the need for teachers to know their students in order to give meaningful feedback. Both also emphasised the value in giving verbal feedback to students, which gives teachers a chance to explain their comments better and ensure that they are understood by students in the way they were intended.
This project has been supported by Professor Alex Neill, Pro Vice-Chancellor for Education at the University of Southampton, and by Dr James Minney, the Associate Dean for Education in the Faculty of Humanities. It will be further disseminated to other colleagues and Faculties at a University conference on feedback in February 2014. We will also continue collecting and sharing good feedback practice in the coming year and to involve students more closely in the development of the website. If you want to share your feedback story, contact Laurence Georgin at firstname.lastname@example.org. Find out more at http://blog.soton.ac.uk/gmoof/
Academic Coordinator, LLAS Centre
This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This publication [communication] reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.
"Appitic is one of the app resources I have featured here in this blog in several past instances. If you are looking for a platform where to access reviews of educational apps Appitic is one option among several others to consider.
Here is a snapshot of the Bloom's Taxonomy apps appitic has compiled for you."
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