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For the love of learning

For the love of learning
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The passion gap Photo credits: positiveimperative.com “Nothing great in the World has been accomplished without passion.” — Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel, German philosopher, 1832 I recently spoke at the Dell Innovation in Education Panel at the Texas Association of School Administrators 2013 Conference in Austin. When we were invited to sum up at the end, I realized that one guest had not been invited to the table: Passion. I was the first to interject this word, saying that “passion should not be the number one thing on the agenda, it IS the agenda.” The #TASA13 hashtag on Twitter, which had been moving moderately, exploded, with several dozen tweets supporting my statement. At any other conference in any other industry, passion is on the lips of nearly every participant, but at some education conferences, you are far more likely to hear the words “assessment,” “standardize,” “common core” and “pedagogy” than you are to hear the word “passion.” Why does passion matter?

Classroots.org - Class roots reform for authentic engagement 200 Free K-12 Educational Resources This collection provides a list of free educational resources for K-12 students (kindergarten through high school students) and their parents and teachers. It features free video lessons/tutorials; free mobile apps; free audiobooks, ebooks and textbooks; quality YouTube channels; free foreign language lessons; test prep materials; and free web resources in academic subjects like literature, history, science and computing. This newly-released list is a work in progress. Free Audio Books, eBooks and Textbooks Free Audio Books: Our collection of 450 free audio books includes many children's classics. Free eBooks: This collection includes many children's classics in ebook format. Bartleby.com: Gives you access to free online classics of reference, literature, and nonfiction, including Strunk & White's Elements of Style, The World Factbook, The Oxford Shakespeare, and The King James Bible. CK-12: This non-profit provides "open textbooks" for K-12 students all over the world. Foreign Languages

Science for All | Your place for transformative science education resources e-PORTAFOLIOS No es una moda pasajera, a la vista de su pervivencia y grado de generalización. En distintas versiones y formatos de papel, el portafolios ya está entre nosotros, desde hace más de 50 años, de la mano de profesionales de las artes plásticas o dramáticas y también de la Arquitectura o la Ingeniería, con el fin de dar muestra de sus productos y proyectos. En ocasiones, los portafolios se utilizaban con otros fines muy concretos, tales como difundir la información correspondiente a las fiestas patronales de una determinada ciudad y se distinguían del programa festivo —que, obviamente, era una de sus secciones— porque proporcionaban, mediante apartados distintos, otros contenidos de diversa índole: anuncios, fotografías de eventos festivos a lo largo del año, noticias relacionadas, etc. Por eso, el e-portafolios está llamado a ser un instrumento tan habitual como ya lo han sido el libro, los diarios de noticias, el reloj, el automóvil o los receptores de radio y TV. 5.2 Sección de diseño 7.

The lesson you never got taught in school: How to learn! | Neurobonkers A paper published in Psychological Science in the Public Interest evaluated ten techniques for improving learning, ranging from mnemonics to highlighting and came to some surprising conclusions. The report is quite a heavy document so I’ve summarised the techniques below based on the conclusions of the report regarding effectiveness of each technique. Be aware that everyone thinks they have their own style of learning (they don't, according to the latest research), and the evidence suggests that just because a technique works or does not work for other people does not necessarily mean it will or won’t work well for you. If you want to know how to revise or learn most effectively you will still want to experiment on yourself a little with each technique before writing any of them off. Elaborative Interrogation (Rating = moderate) A method involving creating explanations for why stated facts are true. An example of elaborative interrogation for the above paragraph could be: Reference:

Adventures in Learning As Jackson couldn’t fluently play any instruments, he would sing and beatbox out how he wanted his songs to sound by himself on tape, layering the vocals, harmonies and rhythm before having instrumentalists come in to complete the songs.One of his engineers Robmix on how Jackson worked: “One morning MJ came in with a new song he had written overnight. We called in a guitar player, and Michael sang every note of every chord to him. “here’s the first chord first note, second note, third note. Here’s the second chord first note, second note, third note”, etc., etc. We then witnessed him giving the most heartfelt and profound vocal performance, live in the control room through an SM57. He would sing us an entire string arrangement, every part. (Source: harrattanparhar)

6 Ways Students Can Collaborate With iPads The following post is written by Greg Kulowiec of EdTechTeacher . Join EdTechTeacher at the iPad Summit in Atlanta on April 10-12. The app store is loaded with options that allow students to create content on their iPads. From comic strip creators to mind maps, video editing and publishing, screencasting & digital books, the options for individual student creation are expanding. However, collaboration between students is often a critical component of any classroom activity or project and increasingly there are options available that allow for collaborative efforts across iPads. Below are six ways to support collaboration between student iPads that cover the spectrum of creation options that range from text to digital storytelling to video creation. Explain Everything ($2.99) A flexible and powerful screen casting option, students and teachers can collaborate on screencasts by exporting Explain Everything project files from an iPad. Google Drive (Free) BookCreator ($4.99) Subtext (free) Diigo

Horizontal Transfer Back to School: Differentiation for All Students In every classroom we have students that are as different as condors are to capybaras. A soaring condor's capacity has little to compare with the skill set of the water-loving capybara. Understanding their differences is the first step, but even if we create individual education plans that differentiate instruction for each student, teachers are forced to make choices that affect student learning when it comes to instructing them all at once. The issue is how do you provide instruction that meets the needs of each individual student? Tried-and-True Tactics I would like to introduce you to the idea of automatic differentiation. The only thing we have to do in automatic differentiation is to start the process and then let it go. Cooperative learning is done in small groups, and students are forced to interact with other students to complete the learning task. Turning to Technology Choosing Your Device

Manifesto for education change (This article is a compilation of tweets – feel free to add your comments and questions and advance the conversation.) Imagine Learning Manifesto for education change #edchat #education #cpchat The world is changing rapidly. Regrettably, education is not keeping pace with change. With clear shifts to online activity everywhere else, we should expect this to happen in education. Will schools have a role into the future? Physical space is just as important as virtual and/or pedagogic space. Leadership roles should match priorities, not history. I heard it said recently that “schools are not mortgage paying institutions”. Engaged learning cultures need to be stronger than any other culture a child experiences. Schools need to be located in new spaces avoiding/rejecting the ‘one box per batch’ classroom model. Teachers need to grow their capacity to be inspirational mentors, working in teams. Learning is life; life is learning. And assessment.

Pedagogies of Abundance Knowmia Teach Is a Great App for Creating Lesson Videos Knowmia is a website and an iPad app for creating, sharing, and viewing video lessons. The Knowmia Teach iPad app is an excellent app for creating your own whiteboard videos in the Khan Academy style. I have found the Knowia Teach app to have far more creation options than the similar Showme and Educreations apps. All Knowia Teach lessons can be uploaded to the Knowmia website with just one tap of your iPad’s screen. Tags: Flipped Classroom, Flipped Lessons, free app, free apps, video creation Hack Education Top Ed-Tech Trends of 2014 Top Ed-Tech Trends of 2014: #Fail Part 10 in my Top 10 Trends of 2014 series 2015 will mark the 25th anniversary of the first one-to-one laptop program. In 1990, the Methodist Ladies’ College in Melbourne, Australia gave all its students in Years 5 through 12 a computer. 2015 will mark the 35th anniversary of the publication of Seymour Papert’s Mindstorms. It’ll be the 15th anniversary of Maine Governor Angus King’s proposal to give a laptop to every middle school student and teacher in the state. I’m not sure how the ed-tech industry will celebrate. It’s neither. The Great LAUSD iPad Fiasco It’s pretty incredible that after decades of one-to-one computing initiatives, schools can still get things so very, very wrong. When the Los Angeles Unified School District announced last year that it planned to give all 700,000 public school students an iPad (pre-loaded with a specially-designed Pearson curriculum), it was a very big deal – in terms of price-tag and publicity. The Pearson Tax

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