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The Writing Revolution by Peg Tyre

The Writing Revolution by Peg Tyre | Teacher Professional Learning | Scoop.it
For years, nothing seemed capable of turning around New Dorp High School’s dismal performance—not firing bad teachers, not flashy education technology, not after-school programs. So, faced with closure, the school’s principal went all-in on a very specific curriculum reform, placing an overwhelming focus on teaching the basics of analytic writing, every day, in virtually every class. What followed was an extraordinary blossoming of student potential, across nearly every subject—one that has made New Dorp a model for educational reform.
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What to do about laptops in lectures?

What to do about laptops in lectures? | Teacher Professional Learning | Scoop.it
There are some studies in psychology where you pretty much know what the results will be before you collect the data. But you gotta do 'em to be sure you're right. One example is a recent study (...
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Good to see some evidence around an issue of importance in all laptop learning environments. "There is a fundamental tension here, and I don't know how to resolve it. On the one hand, I like it when students have their laptops in class. Many of them are more comfortable taking notes this way than longhand. In the middle of a lecture I might ask someone to look something up that I don't know off the top of my head. 

On the other hand, the potential for distraction is terrible. I've walked in the back of the classroom of many of my colleagues and seen that perhaps 50% of the students are on the Web. 

Students think that they can snap attention back to class "when it gets interesting again." I don't have much confidence they can. Student judgments of their own learning are often not that well calibrated, and that seems to be especially true of multitasking. They think it's cost free."

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How to Make Online Courses Massively Personal: Scientific American

How to Make Online Courses Massively Personal: Scientific American | Teacher Professional Learning | Scoop.it
How thousands of online students can get the effect of one-on-one tutoring
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The core idea in this short article is this: 'Inspired by Nobel laureate Herbert Simon's comment that “learning results from what the student does and thinks and only from what the student does and thinks,” we created a course centered on the studentsdoing things and getting frequent feedback. Our “lectures” were short (two- to six-minute) videos designed to prime the attendees for doing the next exercise.'

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About ABC Splash - splash.abc.net.au

About ABC Splash - splash.abc.net.au | Teacher Professional Learning | Scoop.it

ABC Splash brings you the best Australian content from across ABC TV and Radio plus high-quality video from around the world.

 

A new world-class education website for Australia, packed with hundreds of videos, audio clips and games and 100% free to watch and play at home and in school.

 

See volcanos erupt and microbats fly. Investigate fossils, megafires and worm farms. Meet fairytale monsters. Unwrap an Ancient Egyptian mummy and explore the Great Barrier Reef without getting wet!

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There are some excellent teaching resources coming up on Splash, like Improve Your Writing, which has lots of clear information for secondary level and well chosen clips from First Tuesday Book Club to enrich. http://splash.abc.net.au/res/teacher_res/4-improve-writting.html

 

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iPads as Part of a Universal Design for Learning Toolkit - Alex Dunn

iPads as Part of a Universal Design for Learning Toolkit - Alex Dunn | Teacher Professional Learning | Scoop.it

An online presentation covering a comprehensive overview of the iPad as a part of the UDL Toolkit. With guidance on their use to create inclusive learning environments. Supported by an equally comprehensive list of links to other resources supporting use of iPads to support ALL students.


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This webinar was recorded on 2nd Feb 2013 and goes for 1 hour 42 minutes. You can choose audio only or video which includes the slideshow. The key point of this presentation is inclusion. 

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Why Windows Surface will replace iPads in schools

"Okay, the title is provocative, but with the demise of Netbooks many schools are fumbling around with iPads as the natural successor. I've always said wait." Read the full post to find out why.

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In this article Dean Groom reviews Windows Surface and looks at another way of evaluating devices for schools, when most are rushing to the one solution. Dean provides good input for schools grappling with the "what next?" issue. Some interesting comments and replies as well.

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25 Things Successful Teachers Do Differently

25 Things Successful Teachers Do Differently | Teacher Professional Learning | Scoop.it
30 Habits Of Highly Effective Teachers

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Whilst these ideas are not news to experienced teachers, it's a good list to read at the beginning of the school year. Comforting to remind yourself of what you are doing right, and worth taking note of a thing or two which you could do better this year.

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De-grade your classroom with narrative feedback

De-grade your classroom with narrative feedback | Teacher Professional Learning | Scoop.it
"Years ago, I stopped grading my students. This is shocking to most educators who wonder how assessment can be done without numbers and letters. ... What makes this process so powerful is the willingness of students to use teacher feedback when they don’t perceive it as a reward or a punishment."
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Don't let the fact that you are required to grade your students stop you from reading this interesting guest post from Mark Barnes, a middle school educator of 20 years standing. Feedback is a powerful teaching tool. There are other resources to follow up as well.

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Why won’t she get off Minecraft?

"Minecraft is not just a game – its a sub-culture that spills out into YouTube, music, forums, blogs and art. Of all the games available, Minecraft has qualities which allow kids to explore and imagine on an epic scale. Most significantly, there are few rules to learn – reasonable proficiency is achieved in hours. Not because the game is ‘easy’, but because the mechanics are such that a player is engaged in very very fast cause/effect feedback loops. Most of the time, when you die, it’s funny, even ironic – a result of you not thinking hard enough – not random chance."
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Comic Book Templates: An Entry Point into Nonfiction

Comic Book Templates: An Entry Point into Nonfiction | Teacher Professional Learning | Scoop.it

"Teaching nonfiction to students for the first time can be challenging. Here is a great teaching strategy that use guided instruction and comic books to help students begin their understanding of nonfiction literature."

 

This 8 min video demonstrates very clearly how Sarah Wessling uses comic book templates to help her students analyse the structure of informational texts. This method is very transferable across curriculum areas. The templates are also inlcuded to download.

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The Writing Revolution by Peg Tyre

The Writing Revolution by Peg Tyre | Teacher Professional Learning | Scoop.it
For years, nothing seemed capable of turning around New Dorp High School’s dismal performance—not firing bad teachers, not flashy education technology, not after-school programs. So, faced with closure, the school’s principal went all-in on a very specific curriculum reform, placing an overwhelming focus on teaching the basics of analytic writing, every day, in virtually every class. What followed was an extraordinary blossoming of student potential, across nearly every subject—one that has made New Dorp a model for educational reform.
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Frank Gagliado’s schooling: a one-hundred year view | Inside Story

Frank Gagliado’s schooling: a one-hundred year view | Inside Story | Teacher Professional Learning | Scoop.it
All’s not necessarily well in the classroom even when it ends well, writes Dean Ashenden...

The writer was a primary teacher in Adelaide in the sixties and a consultant to the federal education minister, Susan Ryan, from 1983 to 1985. He reflects on the changes and the stasis in schools over this time.

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Learning by rote: why Australia should not follow the Asian model of education

Learning by rote: why Australia should not follow the Asian model of education | Teacher Professional Learning | Scoop.it
Professor of Education at Victoria University, Nicola Yelland, has lived and worked in Hong Kong and Singapore, and carried out research in many schools in these locations. She sees a major disconnect between the perceived and the real educational practices there, and provides some context to back up her assertions.
(A version of this article appears in the AHISA publication, Independence, Vol. 37, No. 2, October, 2012 as "Learning from the best...at tests.")
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What Is Interactive Learning? A Quick Guide For Everyone | Edudemic

What Is Interactive Learning? A Quick Guide For Everyone | Edudemic | Teacher Professional Learning | Scoop.it

"Minus all the gadgets, smartphones, tablets, laptops and other technological devices used in an academic setting today, interactive education has long been a part of many school curricula.

"From dissecting frogs to visiting museums, this hands-on educational practice has played a fundamental role in helping students grasp basic to complex concepts at every level. Reading about cultures and concepts in textbooks doesn’t quite compare to actually experiencing these concepts yourself in a place like a museum or a lab ... many technological media echo this emphasis on interactive experience as fundamental to learning."

 

An interesting prompt to consider the benefits of interactivity to your teaching, either with or without technology.

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Book review: "It's the curriculum, stupid"

Book review: "It's the curriculum, stupid" | Teacher Professional Learning | Scoop.it
Amanda Ripley's new book, The Smartest Kids in the World : And How They Got That Way, has garnered positive reviews in the Economist , the New York Times , USA Today , the Daily Beast and US News and...
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Willingham's review admits that he is in accord with Ripley's ideas and he presents them persuasively: "As the subtitle promises, Ripley sets out tell the education success stories of three countries: Finland and South Korea (whose 15 year olds score very high on the PISA test) and Poland (offered as an example of a country in transition, and making significant progress).

What's Ripley's answer to the subtitle? They got that way by engaging, from an early age, in rigorous work that poses significant cognitive challenge. In other words, the open secret is the curriculum.

Along the way to this conclusion, she dispenses with various explanations for US kids mediocre performance on the science and math portions of PISA. I've made these arguments myself so naturally I found them persuasive:"

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Board of Studies News

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The 2015–2020 English Prescriptions document will be available on the Board’s website from the beginning of Term 3, 2013. The revised document includes changes to electives, the addition of new texts and the relocation of some current texts. The revised Prescriptions also recognises the need for stability in HSC English teaching and learning programs as the majority of texts will be familiar from previous Prescriptions lists. Annotations will be available for texts prescribed for the first time while the annotations for texts that remain but have moved will be updated to reflect their new elective focus.

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 Discovery will be the new HSC Area of Study for 2015 to 2020.

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Technologies | ACARA

The Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) has released the Draft Australian Curriculum: Technologies Foundation to Year 10 for public consultation until Friday 10 May 2013. The draft curriculum is available on the consultation portal of the Australian Curriculum website along with an online questionnaire.
The Draft Australian Curriculum: Technologies Foundation to Year 10 has been written for the distinct but related subjects of Design and Technologies and Digital Technologies. Following consultation, all feedback will be analysed and used to revise the draft curriculum.

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Finally able to sticky beak the draft for Australian National Curriculum - technology. Any thoughts or feedback so far?

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Research Reviews: Twenty-first century education

Research Reviews: Twenty-first century education | Teacher Professional Learning | Scoop.it

"The findings of a national review of ICT in education with a view to the future were presented to the New Zealand (NZ) Parliament by its Education and Science Committee, in late 2012. The report Inquiry into 21st century learning environments and digital literacy is a forward thinking and comprehensive commentary by a group who received over 90 submissions and heard from several experts. The review’s report covers areas such as research, evidence about teaching and learning, buildings and learning hubs, teacher training, professional learning, online content, 21st century skills, equity, internet access, and policy and regulation changes that need to occur for education to embrace teaching and learning using ICT."

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A good overview of learning environments and digital literacy for a changing world.

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The great sex swindle

The great sex swindle | Teacher Professional Learning | Scoop.it
There is little evidence of real differences between the male and female brains, writes Catherine Armitage.
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This article includes comments from two Australian academics who have reviewed the research and also leaders of two schools that segregate for some classes. Reasons for the difference of opinion on this topic are postulated.

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Learn It In 5 - Home

Learn It In 5 - Home | Teacher Professional Learning | Scoop.it
"Learn it in 5 is a powerful library of how-to videos, produced by technology teachers, for the purpose of helping teachers and students create classroom strategies for today's 21st century's digital classroom. These step-by-step how-to videos walk teachers through Web 2.0 technology, demonstrating how to use Web 2.0 applications like blogs, social networks, podcasts, interactive videos, wikis, slide sharing and much more."
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The afore mentioned Mark Barnes showing he is not just a one trick pony.

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TIMSS & PIRLS | ACER | Poor report for Aus Schools

TIMSS & PIRLS | ACER | Poor report for Aus Schools | Teacher Professional Learning | Scoop.it
Reports released today by the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER) reveal disappointing results for Australia in the latest international study of mathematics and science achievement, and in Australia’s first ever international assessment of reading at primary school level.

Releasing the results, ACER Chief Executive Professor Geoff Masters said, “To say the results are disappointing is an understatement”.
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You can look at the detail here, or listen to Geoff Masters and Sue Thomson make some informed sense of these results.

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The Early Results Of An iPad Classroom Are In

The Early Results Of An iPad Classroom Are In | Teacher Professional Learning | Scoop.it

"While the decision to share these positive results is a direct result of the positive impact on student learning, it is also important to realize the impact this initiative is having with teachers. I’ve never observed anything else that has had the impact on teacher personal learning like an iPad classroom."

Fred Sitkins shares his observations under the headings: A Change in Teaching Style; Direct Impact; Maximising Student learning Time; & The Journey Continues.


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5 Critical Mistakes Schools Make With iPads (And How To Correct Them) - @Edudemic

5 Critical Mistakes Schools Make With iPads (And How To Correct Them) - @Edudemic | Teacher Professional Learning | Scoop.it

Over the last few years K-12 schools and districts across the country have been investing heavily in iPads for classroom use. EdTechTeacher has been leading iPad professional development at many of these schools and we’ve seen firsthand how they approach iPad integration.

 

While we’ve witnessed many effective approaches to incorporating iPads successfully in the classroom, we’re struck by the common mistakes many schools are making with iPads, mistakes that are in some cases crippling the success of these initiatives. We’re sharing these common challenges with you, so your school doesn’t have to make them ...


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DERN: Digital Technology Trends in Education

DERN: Digital Technology Trends in Education | Teacher Professional Learning | Scoop.it

The State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA) in the US has released its ninth report. National Educational Technology Trends: 2012: State Leadership Empowers Educators, Transforms Teaching and Learning is a rich analysis of trends with a compendium of successes. This very useful and reliable national report has no peer in other OECD countries, about the integration of digital technologies with education.

The report is structured to amplify four major trends in using digital technologies in education:

 

• Ensuring an infrastructure for learning
• Educator effectiveness
• Innovative learning models, and
• College and career preparation (p. 1).

 

Noticeably there is no mention of specific digital devices in the report but instead an emphasis on learning environments and professional learning for teachers in order to be effective as educators to improve student learning.

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Project Information Literacy's Day after Graduation Study (2012)

What happens to college students once they graduate and make the critical transition from campus to the workplace?

 

This video summarises the major findings. Link to full report below. Major findings:

1. The employers in our sample said they placed a high premium on graduates’ abilities for searching online, finding information with tools other than search engines, and identifying the best solution from all the information they had gathered.

2. Many college hires demonstrated computer know-how that exceeded expectations, yet we found these proficiencies also obscured the research techniques needed for solving information problems, according to our employer interviews.

3. Most college hires were prone to deliver the quickest answer they could find using a search engine, entering a few keywords, and scanning the first couple of pages of results, employers said, even though they needed newcomers to apply patience and persistence when solving information problems in the workplace.

4. Employers said they were surprised that new hires rarely used any of the more traditional forms of research, such as picking up the phone or thumbing through an annual report for informational nuggets. Instead, many relied heavily on what they found online and many rarely looked beyond their screens.

5. Graduates in our focus groups said they leveraged essential information competencies from college to help them gain an edge and save time at work when solving workplace information problems. Many of them applied techniques for evaluating the quality of content, close reading of texts, and synthesizing large quantities of content, usually found online.

6. To compensate for the gaps in their skills sets, graduates said they developed adaptive strategies for solving information problems in the workplace, often on a trial-and-error basis. Most of these strategies involved cultivating relationships with a trusted co-worker who could help them find quick answers, save time, and learn work processes.

 

Find the full report here:

"Learning Curve: How College Graduates Solve Information Problems Once They Join the Workplace," Alison J. Head, Project Information Literacy Research Report, October 15, 2012. (Two different versions available: Text with appendix, 38 pages, 5.8 MB or text without the appendix, 29 pages, 5.7 MB.)

http://projectinfolit.org/publications/

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See Share Shape - SMART Teachers Conference

See Share Shape - SMART Teachers Conference | Teacher Professional Learning | Scoop.it

"ELECTROBOARD is proud to announce that our FREE teachers conference for 2012 will be held on the 4th & 5th October 2012 simultaneously across three states NSW, QLD and VIC so register today!"

This is an excellent free event to brush up on your interactive whiteboard skills and to see what others are doing.

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