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Teacher wins $10000 for robotics program - Eagle-Tribune

Teacher wins $10000 for robotics program - Eagle-Tribune | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
Teacher wins $10000 for robotics program
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Brosnan, who graduated from Wentworth Institute of Technology, has not entirely left North Andover High's robotics program. He serves as a judge for competitions.
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Google hosts ‘code-in’ to get teens contributing to open-source projects

Google hosts ‘code-in’ to get teens contributing to open-source projects | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
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Dec. 4 - 5, 2013
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Contributing to free/open-source software is one of the best ways to learn how to be a better hacker, both technically and ethically.
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How Gamification Uncovers Nuance In The Learning Process

How Gamification Uncovers Nuance In The Learning Process | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
How Gamification Uncovers Nuance In The Learning Process by Terry Heick Gamification is simply the application of “game” mechanics to non-game entities. The big idea…
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excerpt: "life is itself “gamified”—loosely, through informal social competition (“keeping up with the Joneses”), to the buzz extreme couponers get comparing receipts, to comparing 401k portfolios, gaining access to “Platinum” or “Black” credit cards, or collecting frequent flyer miles. Even sticking a push-pin into the map of every traveling destination you’ve ever visited is a form of “gamification.” As are Boy Scout Badges. You’re making a game out of something that isn’t."

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How a Radical New Teaching Method Could Unleash a Generation of Geniuses | Wired Business | Wired.com

How a Radical New Teaching Method Could Unleash a Generation of Geniuses | Wired Business | Wired.com | Teacher Tools and Tips | Scoop.it
Students in Matamoros, Mexico weren't getting much out of school -- until a radical new teaching method unlocked their potential.
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I wonder how often educators and writers will skip over the use of competition and group work, and how much they might focus on the idea of letting students explore freely without guidance or directions.

 

from the article: "Juárez Correa had mixed feelings about the test. His students had succeeded because he had employed a new teaching method, one better suited to the way children learn. It was a model that emphasized group work, competition, creativity, and a student-led environment. So it was ironic that the kids had distinguished themselves because of a conventional multiple-choice test. “These exams are like limits for the teachers,” he says. “They test what you know, not what you can do, and I am more interested in what my students can do.”

 
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