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The brawl over teachers and test scores in Los Angeles is generating a much-needed public conversation about the use of standardized tests to measure teaching. Another topic that needs more attention: What exactly is "good teaching"? It’s a difficult and potentially volatile question because it begs much bigger questions: What is a good education? And what should children get out of school?
Hundreds of millions of people around the world have learned about more than 1,000 topics thanks to the genius that is TED Talks . With this week’s launch of TED-Ed , the organization that’s spent the past six years providing free YouTube access to "ideas worth spreading' is merging short lessons from excellent teachers with high-quality video production and animation in order to engage a new generation of learners. While many savvy educators already use TED talks in their classrooms, at 19 minutes each, they're a bit long for the average 50-minute high school class period. Each TED-Ed video, which will also be hosted on YouTube , clocks in at 10 minutes or less, enabling educators to communicate a powerful idea to students in a short, easily digestible format.
How to Make Jeopardy on Powerpoint If you want to create a "Jeopardy" game on PowerPoint, you can download a template from Microsoft.com. The template has the traditional... How to Play Jeopardy in PowerPoint PowerPoint, Microsoft's presentation software that comes with their Office Productivity Suite, has been used for educational purposes since its inception. One of... How to Make Jeopardy-Like PowerPoint Programs PowerPoint is a slide-show tool used by many computer users. It can be used to display information, or to just have fun....
First of all, thanks for the good feedback on my instructions for a comparison/contrast graphic organizer . I have used this particular graphic organizer many times since I learned how to make one, and after I’ve taught it to the students, all I have to do is instruct them to make a comparison/contrast organizer. Some of them even do it on their own without prompting if they think it will help them with their assignment. Also, students have reported using them in other classes. When I taught middle school, I had a colleague that taught us how to create a Jeopardy game using MS Power Point. It was extremely useful, especially for middle school.
Abstract One of the most difficult parts of teaching online writing courses lies in trying to create the community that students develop, often spontaneously, in traditional composition courses. While teaching two sections of English Composition (English 1102) during the Fall 2004 semester at Kennesaw State University (one exclusively online and one in a traditional classroom), I found that despite my efforts to change little, if anything, in the course design for these two sections, the courses have been quite different.
Barber, John F. "Teaching and Learning in the Virtual Classroom: A Look to the Future." Composition Forum: A Journal of the Association of Teachers of Advanced Composition 7.2 (1996): 111-18. Barber describes the realities and implications of virtual classrooms and concludes that this type of environment may provide "richer" learning experiences for students (113). He goes on to offer several practical recommendations for teaching online, urging instructors to provide models for student participation and allow for the possibility of face-to-face interaction, for instance. Optimistically, Barber encourages us to consider the many advantages of the online classroom, a space that promotes "a literacy based on audio/visual rather than textual thinking" (117).
The Writing Dilemma Consider the hours of English instruction devoted to subjects and predicates, fragments, run-ons, prepositional phrases, subordinate clauses, dangling participles, verbals, topic sentences, supporting details, closing sentences, and other grammatical jargon, all of which is taught with the noble intention of improving the composition skills of our students. For the most part, the result is the same: Weve spent three weeks on a writing unit and they still dont know what a topic sentence is! Similarly, consider the distraught teacher of social studies or science who, after reading a group of student essays or reports, points an accusing finger at the English teacher and asks: What are you teaching in your class? But most importantly, consider the anguished and frustrated student who, when seeing each of his written assignments splattered with red ink, reaches the tragic misconception that I cant write, so why bother?
Beginning the Academic Essay The writer of the academic essay aims to persuade readers of an idea based on evidence. The beginning of the essay is a crucial first step in this process. In order to engage readers and establish your authority, the beginning of your essay has to accomplish certain business. Your beginning should introduce the essay, focus it, and orient readers. Introduce the Essay.
In this Teach English section you'll find materials and pages designed to help in your teaching. Don't forget, there are also many resources in Learn English that will be useful for teachers. Teaching Tips Advice for new and not so new teachers.
Visual aids help a reader picture what you’re trying to say. The two types of visual aids, figures and tables, allow you to indicate things that might be difficult or tedious to describe with words alone. This handout describes some basic principles behind good graphic design. What does an effective visual aid do? An effective visual aid
Karen Gourd: Using Canvas to Simplify Collaboration Karen Gourd, Assistant Professor in Education at UW Bothell, uses Canvas to teach EDUC 501: Introduction to Research Methods, one of the first courses that first-year graduate students take. In the course, students learn how to plan a research study and how to conduct a literature review.
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CCCOnline developed a set of design standards and guidelines designed to ensure consistency in layout for students as well as adherence to ADA standards. These standards control the look and feel of our courses as far as fonts, colors, and layout. Course CONTENT, on the other hand, is within the purview of the Program Chair and instructor, guided by common course numbering and program-specific requirements. Thus, lecture notes, learning activities, assessments, and all other content is developed and maintained by the course developer and instructors with the technical assistance of CCCOnline's Design Team. What does this mean for instructors?
CCCOnline developed a set of design standards and guidelines designed to ensure consistency in layout for students as well as adherence to ADA standards. These standards control the look and feel of our courses as far as fonts, colors, and layout. Course CONTENT, on the other hand, is within the purview of the Program Chair and instructor, guided by common course numbering and program-specific requirements. Thus, lecture notes, learning activities, assessments, and all other content is developed and maintained by the course developer and instructors with the technical assistance of CCCOnline's Design Team. What does this mean for instructors? The answer depends on where you are in the overall process.