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Nine Tenets of Passion-Based Learning

Nine Tenets of Passion-Based Learning

The Complete Educator’s Guide to Using Skype effectively in the classroom Increasingly, educators globally are transforming their classroom using Skype to create powerful, authentic, motivating learning experiences for their students. From connecting with classrooms in other locations to learning about each others’ culture to connecting with content experts – educators are extending learning beyond classroom walls. So how do you use Skype effectively with your class? Hopefully this will help! Here’s our educator’s guide on every thing you need to know about Skype from…… 1. A. 2. A. 3. A. Alternatively, here’s The Complete Educator’s Guide to Using Skype effectively in the classroom PDF version — for you to download and print off. About Skype Skype is a free application that allows you to call people from all over the world using the Internet. When you contact another person that uses Skype you talk or chat for free. Best of all you can tell when another user is online and what their status is so you know if they are available. Setting up your Skype account: A. 1. 4.

Get Your Free Collaborize Classroom Account “ Underground Resource Gives Every Student A Voice For Successful Classroom Discussions… For FREE! ” I’m about to show you how it works. So anyone, even YOU, can have successful class discussions 5 minutes from now. In less than 5 minutes, create your FREE site and start engaging students now! I don’t know you. You’re in luck if any of the above is YOU. I would know. There is something missing inside the traditional bricks and mortar classroom – they need to find a way to keep their students excited, even after they leave the classroom. My teacher friend, Catlin Tucker, is able to do this through online discussions. But I don’t need to convince you of the power of discussion – Every teacher, no matter what subject you teach, is aware of the critical nature that discussions bring to learning. You know what I’m talking about. Or you’ll have the same exact students that always answer your questions. That’s what we all want, right? You have students like this in your classroom.

Public and Private: What's the Difference? American colleges and universities, especially those that define themselves as public institutions because they are owned by states, carry on a continuous conversation with their faculty, students, trustees, legislators, alumni and friends about the distribution of benefits and costs between private and public entities. This conversation of many decades has gained considerable visibility lately in the form of a question: Are America’s public universities becoming private? Although this question is surely worth the extended and often highly perceptive analysis it receives, it sometimes helps to reconfigure the debate slightly to gain another perspective. It’s not that anyone misses the central point -- the public, tax supported percentage of public university budgets has been in decline for over a decade, even though the public investment in public higher education in total dollars continues to rise as more and more students enter postsecondary education. This is not a bad thing.

Fuel Creativity in the Classroom with Divergent Thinking Recently, I showed a group of students in my high school art class a film called Ma Vie En Rose (My Life in Pink), about a seven-year-old boy named Ludovic who identifies as female. Ludovic has an active imagination, but is bullied by both adults and other kids who are unnerved by his desire to wear dresses and play with dolls. The film challenged my students to broaden their understanding of gender and identity and led to a discussion about ways in which our imaginations are limited when we are forced to be who we are not. It also reminded me of other examples in which character is forced to choose an identity, such as the movie Divergent, based on the popular trilogy of novels by Veronica Roth. In Divergent, a dystopian future society has been divided into five factions based on perceived virtues. Defining Divergent Thinking The word divergent is partly defined as "tending to be different or develop in different directions." In the Classroom: Strategies Strategy #2: Let the Music Play

The Social Power of Sharing Mistakes Much of the research about learning and the brain could be distilled into a few simple words: Mistakes are good. Struggle makes you smarter. When it comes to applying this lesson to our lives, the problem is not with the science, but rather with our powerful natural aversion to mistakes and struggle. Try as we might to convince ourselves otherwise, mistakes feel crummy; struggle feels like a verdict. The question is, how to fix that? One good answer: do it as a group. Last week I heard of a nice strategy from the headmaster of a private high school in Utah. Backstory: A new assistant headmaster (let’s call him Ernest) had been asked to speak to one of the school’s biggest donors about an upcoming project. But for some strange reason Ernest didn’t. The Mistake Club was born. The benefits, of course, go far beyond the pleasure of the joke. Here are few other ways to do that: Rate This (3 votes, average: 5.00 out of 5) Loading ... Share This

A Design Research Methodology for Online Learning Course Design (#edumooc) For all the #edumooc'ers out there, I apologize that most of the references in this piece are of academic nature, and therefore are not in the public domain. Below are key excerpts from a synthesis paper I wrote about design research. I see now that the methodology that I propose would also easily apply to the development of online learning – in fact, I actually use this methodology somewhat informally as I design and re-design various iterations of one of the online courses that I teach. If you find this useful, or plan to use this methodology, please leave me a comment. Wang and Hannafin define design-base research as “a systematic but flexible methodology aimed to improve educational practices through iterative analysis, design, development, and implementation, based on collaboration among researchers and practitioners in real-world settings, and leading to contextually-sensitive design principles and theories [underline added]” (2005, p. 6). References Brown, A. Collins, A. (1992).

Cakes, Snakes and Boxes: Passion-based Learning & Early Literacy Making Patterns with Cake “Puffed wheat, brownie, rice krispie, brownie, puffed wheat, brownie, rice krispie, brownie” chanted one of my students as she explained the pattern she had just made with pieces of cake. We were in the middle of a passion-based learning (PBL) unit themed around patterning. I have wondered for a long time how passion and project based learning would change my primary classroom. Starting Out Our Wonder Wall and What We Learned Space I decided to do a patterning unit first, and kicked it off by showing the students an Animoto I had made with copyright-free photos of patterns in the environment. The questions came very slowly at first (they had only been in my class a couple of days and we were still getting to know each other), but by the end of our discussion, all of the students had had at least one question. As they formulated their questions, I gave them a card with I wonder… printed on it, and they went to a table to draw a picture of their question.

Competition in Education Would educational choice benefit school children and us? The answer is as obvious as you think. Listen Now | Download BreakPoint Subscribers - If you have not been receiving your daily BreakPoint emails, please confirm your subscription at the Colson Center home page, directly below the Two Minute Warning section. We apologize for the inconvenience! You probably know that American kids score lower on math and science tests than students in most industrialized countries. Why you probably don’t know is that these numbers don’t tell the whole story. The problem is that there is a large number of kids whose local schools are failing them -- and us -- miserably. For instance, in my colleague’s home town of Paterson, New Jersey, only 38 percent of public school students read at grade level. It’s not for a lack of money: New Jersey spends more per-pupil than almost any other state. The problem is that the system operates primarily for the bureaucracy, not for the students. Their “Superman” is us.

Co-Creative Processes in Education: The Small Things That Make a Big Difference Posted by core jr | 10 Mar 2014 | Comments (0) This is the third article in an ongoing series about working with kids by Copenhagen-based architect/designer/educator Moa Dickmark. Her last article was on the Future of Learning Environments. There are a few things that one should think about when it comes to working on a project using co-creative processes. There are the basics, such as how you develop and structure them, and then there's the small things that make the process go more smoothly. Sometimes these small things end up making a big difference, so I'm going to let you in on some of the ones that my colleague and I use more or less every time we are out working. The Necessities Start the process with a few meetings with the headmaster and school leadership, where you can decide on a common goal and make sure that you are on the same page. Involvement 1.) 2.) Click image to view full version [PDF] All on the Same Level / Experts in Their Own Right Overview Language Teams

Failure School: Metacognitive Reframing Boosts Working Memory What's a quick way to boost a student's working memory? Tell them that learning is difficult and failure is common. At least that's a conclusion from a French research study that tested 111 6th graders with a series of difficult anagram puzzles. "... a researcher talked to the students about the difficulty of the problems. The researchers also went on to test reading comprehension, and the students who had heard that learning is difficult and often accompanied by failure scored higher than all the other groups."

Five Common Pitfalls of Online Course Design July 6, 2011 By: Elizabeth St. Germain in Online Education Much of what passes for an “online course” these days could more accurately be described as the electronic version of class hand-outs. These courses usually consist of a course description, a syllabus, lecture notes, reading lists, and assignment checklists. In other words, whatever materials a student might have viewed on paper in the past are now read onscreen, and whatever presentations a student might have watched in the classroom are now observed on their screen. Perhaps this suffices to replicate the classroom experience for students who are participating at a distance, but is this the best way to use the capabilities of a computer to support learning? Online Course Design Pitfall #1: Upload your course materials, then call it a day. Online Course Design Pitfall #2: Let the course management system drive your thinking. Online Course Design Pitfall #3: Insist on being the “sage on the stage.” Elizabeth St. Recent Trackbacks

Twenty Everyday Ways to Model Technology Use for Students I wanted to post a list that talked about how to "use" technology in the classroom, but I found myself revising that word "use" to the more general word, "model." The reason I did this is because so many teachers believe that if students aren't actively sitting in front of the computer screen themselves, then clearly technology is not being used in the classroom. This myth can be a gatekeeper of sorts for many teachers, and I wanted to create a list that both gives advice on how to "use" but also acknowledges that in simply modeling the use the of technology, the students are also learning to use it in an indirect way. It's all about Think Aloud, that age-old trick of simply narrating everything you are doing as the wiser, more experienced brain in the room. #1. #2. #3. #4. #5. #6. #7. #8. #9. #10. #11. #12. #13. #14. #15. #16. #17. #18. #19. #20.

Changes that have taken place in distance learning - by Dr Pandula Siribaddana Dr Pandula Siribaddana's image for: "Changes that have taken Place in Distance Learning" Caption: Location: Image by: Distance learning is a learning method that has gained wide popularity from its humble beginnings and is currently on course to dominate the future education practices. From its earliest roots in the 19th century when the postal service was established, the modern day distance learning had grown from strength to strength. Distance learning is the conduct of educational activities while the students and the teachers are divided from time, place or else in both modalities. Distance learning began by sending course material through mail to a prospective student and the student replying to it through the same mode. But, with the developments that took place in the internet as well as following it became a cheap commodity to everyone, distance educators were quick to grab the opportunity and at present, distance learning without mentioning the internet had become rarity.