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Advice to Writers - Do It Your Way

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This collection reflects my interest in writing pedagogy, agency and efficacy, and teaching with technology -- as a rhetorician and researcher as well as writer, teacher of writers, and teacher of writing teachers.
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The Importance of Forgetting

The Importance of Forgetting | Metawriting | Scoop.it

As educational neuroscientist  Jared Cooney Horvarth from the University of Melbourne suggests:

“Unfortunately we don’t truly learn things by just pouring data in any fashion into our heads. Education research suggests learning only occurs if there is interaction, integration, and reinforcement via different sensory channels. …So long as you know where that information is at and how to access it, then you don’t really need to recall it. ..We intuitively know we need to see it, hear it, feel it, do it, think it and share it, to learn it.”

Or as Tony Wagner has said, it’s not what you know,but rather what you can do with what you know, that matters in our modern world. So what’s the point of us hanging on to our nostalgic use of memory rather than freeing up our brains to think more deeply about more complex ideas and issues that are relevant today?

Maybe it’s time we started forgetting more of what we have taken for granted for so long and learning more about what really matters.


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Kim Flintoff's curator insight, March 18, 9:27 PM
As educational neuroscientist Jared Cooney Horvarth from the University of Melbourne suggests: “Unfortunately we don’t truly learn things by just pouring data in any fashion into our heads. Education research suggests learning only occurs if there is interaction, integration, and reinforcement via different sensory channels. …So long as you know where that information is at and how to access it, then you don’t really need to recall it. ..We intuitively know we need to see it, hear it, feel it, do it, think it and share it, to learn it.” Or as Tony Wagner has said, it’s not what you know,but rather what you can do with what you know, that matters in our modern world. So what’s the point of us hanging on to our nostalgic use of memory rather than freeing up our brains to think more deeply about more complex ideas and issues that are relevant today? Maybe it’s time we started forgetting more of what we have taken for granted for so long and learning more about what really matters.
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Get Your GIF On!! #EduGIFS!

Get Your GIF On!! #EduGIFS! | Metawriting | Scoop.it
Special thanks to the amazing Kimberly Snodgrass for writing this guest post on how to create and use GIFs. She has stunned the social media pirate world with her incredible custom-made #tlap GIFS&…

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An "Active Learning" Kit: Rationale, Methods, Models, Research, Bibliography

An "Active Learning" Kit: Rationale, Methods, Models, Research, Bibliography | Metawriting | Scoop.it
Overview: This post compiles two previous blogs from hastac.org (originally published in June 2015 and October 2017) and concludes with a bibliography of scholarship on active learning (or "radical pedagogy").

The first blog post focuses on basic engaged pedagogy methods, some of which go back to the Freedom Schools, some extend as far back as Maria Montessori. Some come from the Occupy Wall Street movement, others from K-12 teachers, still others from medical school practices. All are based on the premise that simply asking people to "contribute" to a conversation (in a faculty meeting or in a classroom) seems open and fair but, as much sociological research shows, typically ends up replicating the values of the person in charge or privileges those from elite backgrounds who have been well-schooled in (often unspoken) social and cultural clues and capital.

The second blog post answers the question posed to me by a friend: “But how do I teach a difficult text, such as Heidegger, using activist pedagogy?”  (The good news is that Heidegger, in What Is Called Thinking?, answered this question, falling down on the side of engaged pedagogy, what he called “letting-learn.”)

Why try these methods?  (1) If your personal goal is equality in a world where inequality is structural and violent and pervasive, engaged learning allows you to restructure your classroom with equality at the core. (Here's the adage: You cannot counter structural inequality with good will; you need to create structures designed for equality.) You cannot structure all the rest of education or society--but you can at least start with your classroom as a place in which to model a better way. 

(2) Engaged learning methods work. We've known at least since Ebbinghaus's memory experiments of the 1880s that students (like all of us) forget up to 75% of the tested or "testable" content learned in a course within six days after taking a summative, high-stakes exam in a course.  Active learning--peer-to-peer explanation, exchange, individual research on the topic, and methods described below--increase retention, understanding, and applicability well beyond the test.

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Overview: This post compiles two previous blogs from hastac.org (originally published in June 2015 and October 2017) and concludes with a bibliography of scholarship on active learning (or "radical pedagogy").
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The Future of Education is Unstructured Learning, and Here's Why

The Future of Education is Unstructured Learning, and Here's Why | Metawriting | Scoop.it
Unstructured learning is an authentic real-world way of learning. That’s because the real world itself doesn’t have neat compartments or set disciplines for success. It demands adaptability, patience, and a willingness to learn and to use what is learned in the moment. Most of all, it requires us to take full responsibility for what we learn.

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Carlos Fosca's curator insight, December 26, 2017 8:36 AM

“El aprendizaje no estructurado ocurre cuando dejamos que los estudiantes jueguen sin una guía para que puedan sacar conclusiones por sí mismos. Sin embargo, todavía este tipo de aprendizaje requiere del apoyo del maestro, particularmente en las primeras etapas del proceso. Esto sucede en forma de diseño de escenarios, desarrollo de plantillas, formulación de preguntas orientadoras, etc. Al final, sin embargo, todos estos métodos están diseñados para apoyar y guiar a los estudiantes mientras caminan felices a través de lo desconocido”. (Global Digital Citizen Foundation, 2017)

Gust MEES's curator insight, January 4, 8:57 AM
Unstructured learning is an authentic real-world way of learning. That’s because the real world itself doesn’t have neat compartments or set disciplines for success. It demands adaptability, patience, and a willingness to learn and to use what is learned in the moment. Most of all, it requires us to take full responsibility for what we learn.

 

It’s time to play and to let go of rigid teaching in favour of unstructured learning. For this to happen, teachers have to foster trust in their students. They have to be willing to take a step back and put a little slack on the reins of traditional pedagogy. In short, we need to let things get a little messy. Ease into it—it’s a bold step and it will transform everything.

 

Learn more / En savoir plus / Mehr erfahren:

 

https://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?&tag=modern-education

 

Jerry Busone's curator insight, January 5, 8:14 AM

Unstructured learning brings real to your workshops and classroom. Its not YOU the teacher doing all the presenting but its about guiding and facilitating people through real world problems and allowing them to innovate,apply principles ,models  and come to their own conclusions. Just like there are many ways to lead and sell there are many ways to learn ... 

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3 Awesome Comic Strips Creation Tools for Students via educators' technology

3 Awesome Comic Strips Creation Tools for Students via educators' technology | Metawriting | Scoop.it
Free resource of educational web tools, 21st century skills, tips and tutorials on how teachers and students integrate technology into education

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12 Must-See TED Talks for Teachers

12 Must-See TED Talks for Teachers | Metawriting | Scoop.it
These videos changed the way I think about teaching.

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What If Almost Everything We Thought About The Teaching Of Writing Was Wrong?

What If Almost Everything We Thought About The Teaching Of Writing Was Wrong? | Metawriting | Scoop.it
Why Do We Write? Language merely reflects our way of trying to make sense of the world. - Frank Smith Frank Smith (1982) says 'writing touches every part of our lives'. One of the first reasons we write is because it is a tool for communication in culture. It gives us the ability to share…

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Writing and the Creative Life: Why Your Brain Loves Good #Storytelling 

Writing and the Creative Life: Why Your Brain Loves Good #Storytelling  | Metawriting | Scoop.it
In Part 1, we looked at a Harvard Business Review article about the influence of stories on the brain, how much of it apparently boils down to the reaction of a chemical called Oxytocin. In Part 2…

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Unsplash, the Web’s Premier Free Photo Library, Opens Up Its Vaults

Unsplash, the Web’s Premier Free Photo Library, Opens Up Its Vaults | Metawriting | Scoop.it
Unsplash is a web repository of 200,000 high-resolution images, and every single photo on the site is free to download.

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Willem Kuypers's curator insight, May 12, 2017 5:13 AM
Les photos libres de droit valent le détour.
Michael Bannon's curator insight, May 16, 2017 5:31 AM

What a great tool for students to gain access to free quality images

Heidi Ellis's curator insight, May 21, 2017 3:17 AM
What an awesome resource for students to gain legal access to great high-res imagery. Introducing it would also provide an excellent opportunity to discuss the ethics and legalities around copyright, and what a creative commons license is. 
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Growing relevance of gamification

Growing relevance of gamification | Metawriting | Scoop.it
Gamification is by no means a new concept. Only, now there are systems and technology to help in the implementation. Designers look at it as an effective tool in behavioural management — to get people to do more, more frequently and for longer periods of time willingly. It is to incentivise a particular behaviour, so to speak. Whether it is e-learning, a classroom or the playground, gamification techniques aim to promote interactivity, pique the learner’s interest, motivate and nurture the desire to achieve a set goal, while adhering to the rules of the game.

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David W. Deeds's curator insight, March 16, 2017 10:28 PM

Good stuff! Thanks to Kim Flintoff.

Kylie Raven's curator insight, March 26, 2017 11:40 PM

Any ideas, advice or helpful hints as a pre-service teacher are gratefully taken on board. If children are engaged then they will learn. If gamification is the how-to for behavior management in a classroom thenI want to know more about it.

Christophe BRIGNOT's curator insight, March 27, 2017 3:57 AM
An interested way to teach the Y generation..
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Humans Evolved to Process Stories Better Than Logic

Humans Evolved to Process Stories Better Than Logic | Metawriting | Scoop.it
Any story we tell of our species, any science of human nature, that ignores how important stories are in shaping what and how we think and feel is false. We evolved to be ultra-social (and self-deficient), so we care deeply about character and plot.  

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Joyce Valenza's curator insight, March 8, 2017 7:40 AM
Yes!
Mary Reilley Clark's curator insight, March 12, 2017 1:22 PM

A short article with so many links, you'll be spiraling down the rabbit hole of storytelling for quite a while! This completely supports my bias toward story, so it was a delight to read!

Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, May 24, 2017 12:29 PM
Stories complement logic in teaching when used with care. Students remembered my stories more easily than the material in textbooks. For example, I described how farmers I know use journals to help with their selective breeding of livestocks. 
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How to create your own iPad recording booth for the classroom.

How to create your own iPad recording booth for the classroom. | Metawriting | Scoop.it
The creative power of an iPad in the classroom is limitless with its ability for students to show their learning in a multitude of creative ways that look professional. My students love nothing more than to share their knowledge in the form of an iMovie or by using a digital storytelling tool such as Tellagami or Chatterpix or narrating a keynote presentation. But the number one issue we have in the classroom is the background noise when we record these presentations. There is nothing worse than having a fantastic visual product that is let down by poor audio quality, but in a noisy school situation that is a difficult proposition to overcome. So this year we are using our own homemade iPad recording booths.

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mrsjgarcia's curator insight, February 7, 2017 8:48 AM
This is a great idea. Sound is always an issue at our school when recording on iPads. You could even use regular boxes, cover them in cloth and experiment with different materials to line them with as part of a STEAM project.
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Ulf Neumann (@balu07)'s curator insight, February 8, 2017 7:58 AM
Clevere Lösung für ein verbreitetes Problem!
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Why I Don’t Edit Their Rough Drafts

Why I Don’t Edit Their Rough Drafts | Metawriting | Scoop.it
Knowing they’ll have to workshop their papers with peers pushes students to write with greater care.
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We are not addicted to smartphones, we are addicted to social interaction via medicalXpress

We are not addicted to smartphones, we are addicted to social interaction via medicalXpress | Metawriting | Scoop.it
A new study of dysfunctional use of smart technology finds that the most addictive smartphone functions all share a common theme: they tap into the human desire to connect with other people. The findings, published in Frontier

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Oskar Almazan's curator insight, March 13, 11:37 PM
"There is a lot of panic surrounding this topic," says Professor Samuel Veissière, from the Department of Psychiatry at McGill University, Canada. "We're trying to offer some good news and show that it is our desire for human interaction that is addictive—and there are fairly simple solutions to deal with this."
Yanglish's comment, April 4, 3:10 AM
That’s an interesting thought.
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Colors by Culture [Infographic]

Colors by Culture [Infographic] | Metawriting | Scoop.it

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HumdeBut's curator insight, March 10, 6:05 AM
Noir c'est noir mais ça ne signifie pas du tout la même chose partout !
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5 Risks Posed by the Increasing Misuse of Technology in Schools

5 Risks Posed by the Increasing Misuse of Technology in Schools | Metawriting | Scoop.it
The greatest fear of parents and teachers is that the tech industry wants to replace teachers with computers. They fear that the business leaders want to cut costs by replacing expensive humans with inexpensive machines, that never require health care or a pension. They believe that education requires human interaction. They prefer experience, wisdom, judgment, sensibility, sensitivity and compassion in the classroom to the cold, static excellence of a machine.

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Mary Galleno's curator insight, January 4, 7:18 AM
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magnus sandberg's curator insight, January 5, 2:57 AM
Interesting read on some real risks of technology in school. Note that the real risk here is the new stakeholders who's goals are for themselves, not for the students. 
Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, January 6, 5:04 PM
This is a Diane Ravitch article. Teaching is relational and adds the human touch computers never can.

There are likely more than five risks. For example, the picture looks and I guess feels like a "traditional" classroom with desks in neat orderly rows.
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Building Metacognitive Writers

Building Metacognitive Writers | Metawriting | Scoop.it
In many ways our brains are nearly limitless in their capacity. No hard cap exists on memories that can be created or skills that can be gained. But there is one function of our brains that is incredibly limited--our attention. In fact, our attention is not just limited, it is severely limited in two distinctly…
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Illustrate Poems & Create Short Image Based Narrative

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A blog about the use of educational technology in language learning and teaching

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Composing in a Time of Violence: A Workshop & 2 Poems

Composing in a Time of Violence: A Workshop & 2 Poems | Metawriting | Scoop.it
By Eli Goldblatt For many years I have been concerned about how humans live with ambient violence. In some neighborhoods, violence regularly flares up on the streets or in classrooms or homes while in others violence is largely invisible or the artifact of TV, film, or YouTube viewing.   My early childhood was spent on US…
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Ditch the grammar and teach children storytelling instead

Ditch the grammar and teach children storytelling instead | Metawriting | Scoop.it
Storytelling in its way can have just as much complexity as music or mathematics. That we don’t really understand this craft – or that this is a craft – is partly because of the romantic myth of “inspiration” peddled by authors as much as anyone. It is taught (up to a point) in creative writing degrees – but it can be simplified enough to be taught to schoolchildren as well.

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Enrique Facundo Ruiz Blanco's curator insight, May 25, 2017 3:40 PM

Excelente propuesta educativa para enseñar a contar cuentos (y construir desde las palabras) más que una gramática abstracta sin contexto ni sustento. Va con lectura política incluida. 

Viljenka Savli (http://www2.arnes.si/~sopvsavl/)'s curator insight, May 26, 2017 5:25 AM
Great!
 
Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, May 26, 2017 4:58 PM
When I moved to activies like Fractured Fairytales, students took considerable care with spelling, punctuation, and grammar. They asked others and me to proofread.
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A guide for the 'all about me' generation

A guide for the 'all about me' generation | Metawriting | Scoop.it
Revealing your quirks, preferences and traits formally to colleagues can help you when it comes to working together, but those adopting the practice warn against sharing too much

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Badges, Proof and Pathways - DML Central

Badges, Proof and Pathways - DML Central | Metawriting | Scoop.it
How do you prove what you know and can do these days? Sure, you can show someone your CV, résumé or LinkedIn profile, but what does that prove? Isn’t that just a bunch of claims you’ve got about the stuff you can do? Where’s the evidence? What can you point to in order to say: “This is me. This is who I am. This is my value to the world?”

Sometimes, it’s quick and easy to show that you’ve got the skills that are required. A quick on-the-spot check proves that you can build the wall, answer support questions, or stand in front of a crowd and hold people’s attention. What’s more difficult to check are things like whether you can bring a multi-stage project in on time and on budget, or how you deal with pressure. For these, we tend to rely on a combination of academic qualifications, training certificates, and recommendations from people we respect. If we’re honest, it’s all a bit of a mess.

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Looking at The Impact Of Digital Tools On Student Writing

Looking at The Impact Of Digital Tools On Student Writing | Metawriting | Scoop.it
When used properly, there are many ways that digital tools can help students improve their skills. It's the educator's job to steer their students in the right direction and help them get the most from this relatively new breed of tools.

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, March 13, 2017 5:12 AM

Some useful points from a higher Ed perspective.

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Websites and Apps for Making Videos and Animation

Websites and Apps for Making Videos and Animation | Metawriting | Scoop.it
From slide shows and stop-motion animation to short films and remixes, video-making is a tried-and-true way to get kids engaged in building, demonstrating, and sharing knowledge. These video and animation apps and sites offer user-friendly tools and features that make it more fun than ever to get kids' productions created, edited, and polished.  If your students are making videos in classroom, then they're probably also watching videos in the classroom. If so, check out our tips and resources for how to Get Students Thinking Critically About Video.

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