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21 Simple Ways To Motivate Your Students

The Long-Term Effects Of Skipping Your Homework Not every student loves reading, there’s no argument on that. We’ve talked about a lot of resources for learning to read and making reading fun and easy for students, but we haven’t really talked about where that reading fits in to the larger picture of a students’ education. Though the information in the infographic below isn’t very new (the reference notes 1987), the numbers still hold true. A student who reads 20 minutes per day will read 1,800,000 words by the end of the sixth grade, compared with a student who reads one minute per day, who will read only 8,000 words. The student who reads one minute per day will only read .004% of what the 20 minute reader will read. I think this lesson is important for adults, too. (Thanks to the Perry Lecompton School District in Perry, KS, for the infographic!)

Google's 80/20 Principle Adopted at New Jersey School Like most schools, teachers at New Milford High School spend time on duty at lunch, in the halls and at in-school suspension rooms. But this year, the 55 teachers from this New Jersey school didn't have to do these duties for two or three 48-minute periods a week. And only one teacher had these duties at a time instead of two. This simple policy change enables what's been called the 80/20 principle, a theory practiced by Google that employees who spend 20 percent of their time on company-related projects that interest them will work better. In similar fashion, New Milford teachers now have more time to follow their work-related passions, Principal Eric Sheninger said. During these professional development periods, the teachers are coming up with interdisciplinary projects, new assessments and ways to integrate technology into their students' learning. "We really want teachers to be innovative and creative," Sheninger said. The teachers also created a portfolio of what they did.

4 Ways to use Online Resources to Keep Advanced Students Engaged and Learning Post collaboratively written with Abbas Hussain. Just yesterday morning, there was an article in USA Today discussing how many of today’s students don’t feel particularly challenged by their school work. In this technology-enabled age, it is easier than ever to give advanced students the opportunity to pursue learning outside of the standard curriculum. Below are a few different ideas for providing direction and resources to advanced students to keep them engaged and let them pursue a higher level of knowledge about the content you’re covering in class. Khan Academy and similar resources A great resource for learning more about an impressively wide range of topics is the Khan Academy. Online Debate Discussion Forums There are a variety of free discussion forums available online, like Proboards.com or QuickTopic.com. MOOCs Online training courses and academic classes have become very popular over the last decade. About Kelly Walsh Print This Post

The Top 10 Books In The World Why TED Talks Have Become So Popular 5.67K Views 0 Likes TED talks are useful and free ways to bring high-level thinking and through-provoking ideas into the classroom and your home. 5 Things To Know About SXSWedu 5.65K Views 0 Likes The real story for anyone reading this is SXSWedu, the education-oriented version of the conference that's turning into a force of nature. How Social Media Is Used Around The World 8.05K Views 0 Likes In a fascinating infographic, we get a look at how social media is used around the world by a variety of countries.

21 Simple Ideas To Improve Student Motivation - 21 Simple Ideas To Improve Student Motivation by TeachThought Staff The best lessons, books, and materials in the world won’t get students excited about learning and willing to work hard if they’re not motivated. Motivation, both intrinsic and extrinsic, is a key factor in the success of students at all stages of their education, and teachers can play a pivotal role in providing and encouraging that motivation in their students. Even the most well-intentioned and educated teachers sometimes lack the skills to keep kids on track, so whether you’re a new teacher or an experienced one, try using these methods to motivate your students and to encourage them to live up to their true potential. 1. While guidance from a teacher is important to keeping kids on task and motivated, allowing students to have some choice and control over what happens in the classroom is actually one of the best ways to keep them engaged. 2. 3. 4. 5. Not all students will respond to lessons in the same way. 6. 7. 8.

CASE - A teacher in social media - Pearltrees Mo­biluck in BETT 2013 — CASE - A teacher in social media - Pearltrees “So, how did Pearl­trees win me over?” This time I thought I could write about Pearl­trees from a teacher’s per­spec­tive. I started to use the web cu­ra­tion tool Pearl­trees dur­ing my au­tumn hol­i­day (in 2012) and I’m still amazed by the pos­si­bil­i­ties it has to of­fer. It was the head teacher of our up­per sec­ondary school Kari Ra­jala who first in­tro­duced me to so­cial me­dia. In­spired by Timo Ilomäki and other tweet­ers’ pro­lific use of Scoop.it, I de­cided next to ex­plore the world of cu­ra­tion. So, how did Pearl­trees win me over? To sign up to Pearl­trees all you need is an email ad­dress. You can search for ”sim­i­lar pearl­trees” any­where in the pro­gram. In essence, Pearl­trees al­lows the user to make a per­sonal col­lec­tion of the in­ter­net and struc­ture it at one’s own will (mind map­ping). 10 tips for teachers: Make Pearl­trees your own pro­fes­sional dig­i­tal li­brary.

classroom engagement strategies | The LectureTools Blog | LectureTools LectureTools provides an active learning platform that makes it easier for professors to teach more interactively, engaging students with laptops during class. Matt Stearmer, an instructor at Ohio State, however, finds that LectureTools helps engage his students not only during, but also before and after class. Here are the 3 ways Matt uses LectureTools to teach his Introduction to Sociological Theory class: 1. Provide content before class Matt posts the material the class will be covering for the week on LectureTools in advance. Giving students exposure to the concepts for upcoming lectures allows Matt to teach beyond a surface understanding. 2. Matt uses the interactive activities in LectureTools as a way to create times for telling . 3. Because students see changes made to published lectures, Matt also uses activity slides to put practice quizzes online on Friday. Learn How to Improve Engagement in Your Classroom In 2005 Dr. LectureTools: An Active Learning Platform on Vimeo .

Swedish School Now Has A Mandatory Minecraft Class Should School Days Be Longer? A 7th Grade Class Weighs In 4.76K Views 0 Likes An old post on Edudemic just got an interesting comment from Jamie Baird, a middle school teacher in North Carolina. Her students laid a Pros and Cons list on the topic of school days being longer. Here's her comment. How One Girl Created A Reddit Meme For Her School Fundraiser 9.26K Views 0 Likes The phrase that comes to mind is 'work smarter, not harder' and that's exactly what one father and his daughter, Ruby, did. Cambridge University Shares Free Guide To Raspberry Pi 3.42K Views 0 Likes If you want your students to tinker with the inner workings of computers, smartphones, and other electronics, you've probably heard of the Raspberry Pi.

Student Engagement and Optimizing Learning Pearltrees makes Web curation a joy with its 'magical' new iPad app Not many tech CEOs would have the guts to describe their products as “magical” and as delivering “pure happiness”, but that’s exactly how Pearltrees‘ Patrice Lamothe describes the startup’s iPad app released today. You know what? He may just be right. Pearltrees is a service that takes a visual approach to Web curation. Launched late last year with its browser-based version, it allows you to create networks of ‘pearls’ on screen. Everything’s public on Pearltrees, so searching for ‘iPhone’, for example, will bring up all the iPhone-relates pearltrees created by 200,000 users the service has amassed so far. Now the iPad app brings a whole new dimension to both curation and content discovery. As with the browser-based version, all the pearltrees you create are public, meaning that you’re contributing to a huge ‘interest graph’ that Pearltrees is building up behind the scenes. That’s where the discovery element of the app comes in. That’s where the discovery element of the app comes in.

Engaging Students Through Social Media: Real World Experience, Creativity & Future Employability By Rob James Social media has become an essential part of most people’s everyday lives, from checking Facebook and Twitter to posting blogs, Pinterest listings, and uploading YouTube videos. However, and with smartphones making it easier than ever to spend time on social media networks, in what ways can these networks be leveraged to engage and build a foundation for future student learning? There is already evidence that teachers are using social media as part of teaching strategies, with the aim of encouraging students to view social networks as less of a pleasurable distraction, and more as something that can be used in projects and for personal expression in a medium they prefer. Some possible strategies for teachers to use social media have been outlined by Adam Renfro who emphasizes the cost effectiveness of using free social networks and the value of incorporating “real-world experiences into your classroom,” as well as the ability to encourage collaboration between students.

6 Education Conferences To Check Out This Year With the New Year comes an entirely new season of education conferences. Educators have a lot to look forward to in 2013. The variety of conferences scheduled to take place across the US and Canada offer so much for educators around the world to learn from. The unbelievable growth in technology and changes that integration has brought about in education is the prime topic at conferences these days. Take advantage of the opportunity to travel and learn. EdTechTeacher iPad Summit USA 2013 With the mantra Leading Change in Changing Times the ETT 2013 leads the way in iPad professional development. Conference Dates: April 10-12 Location: Atlanta, Georgia Registration Cost: $262 Pre-Conference Workshop, $425 Two-Day conference *EdTechTeacher advertises with Edudemic. Florida Educational Technology Conference: FETC is the meeting place where leaders in education and tech interact and exchange ideas on best practices for teaching with technology. Texas Computer Education Association Conference:

Kids Speak Out on Student Engagement A while back, I was asked, "What engages students?" Sure, I could respond, sharing anecdotes about what I believed to be engaging, but I thought it would be so much better to lob that question to my own eighth graders. The responses I received from all 220 of them seemed to fall under 10 categories, representing reoccuring themes that appeared again and again. So, from the mouths of babes, here are my students' answers to the question: "What engages students?" 1. Working with their peers "Middle-school students are growing learners who require and want interaction with other people to fully attain their potential." "Teens find it most interesting and exciting when there is a little bit of talking involved. 2. "I believe that when students participate in "learning by doing" it helps them focus more. "We have entered a digital age of video, Facebook, Twitter, etc., and they [have] become more of a daily thing for teens and students. 3. "I believe that it all boils down to relationships. 4.

iPad or Chromebook: 4 Questions To Ask Before Choosing Crude mashup for your enjoyment. For the past few days, I’ve been playing with a Chromebook. Though I have been an advocate of Google’s myriad web products since the beta-test Gmail account that I was invited to open over 10 years ago, I had not previously put my hands on one of these devices. I may be in love. This may come as a shock since I have spent the past two years completely immersed in iPads. With schools and districts across the country, there seems to be this preconception that a single relationship exists with regard to technology, and in particular, with regard to making a decision about mobile devices. However, my colleagues at EdTechTeacher and I think that rather than asking which device should my school use, the more poignant question may be ‘what do I want my students to do?’ Why? More often than not, the answer is access. For right now, let’s focus on iPads and Chrome Books as they seem to be the leading contenders in the device debate. What do I want my students to do?

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