5 Tips for Flipping Your PBL Classroom I am of course a huge project-based learning (PBL) nerd and advocate. I am also an advocate for the flipped classroom, yet at the same time I also have my concerns about flipping a classroom. This model still hinges upon great teachers, and engaging curriculum and instruction. So why not combine PBL and the flipped classroom? It can be an excellent match when you consider some of the following tips. 1. The key piece here is short. 2. I love it when students assign their own homework. 3. Flipping isn't just videos, because -- let's be honest -- videos can get boring after a while. 4. If you are concerned with students taking an excessive amount of time in actually constructing the PBL product, give a technology choice or choices as an element of the final product. 5. Not all of our students have access the technology. PBL and the flipped classroom model can play well together.
Will it fly? How to Evaluate a New Product Idea I've been thinking about a number of new product ideas lately. In doing so, I've been trying to come up with a more structured way of evaluating them. Here's a first attempt at defining that. Tractability Question: How difficult will it be to launch a worthwhile version 1.0? Blogger was highly tractable. Tractability is partially about technical difficulty and much about timing and competition—i.e., How advanced are the other solutions? In general, if you're tiny and have few resources, tractability is key, because it means you can build momentum quickly—and momentum is everything for a startup. If you're big and/or have a lot of resources—or not very good at spotting new opportunities, but great at executing—a less-tractable idea may be for you. Obviousness Question: Is it clear why people should use it? Everything is obvious once its successful. Number two is more affected by the design of the product than the idea itself. Deepness Question: How much value can you ultimately deliver?
Glossary of Hattie's influences on student achievement This Glossary explains influences related to student achievement published in John Hattie’s Visible Learning for teachers (Hattie 2012; 251ff). You can find an older list of influences related to student achievement in Hattie (2009) Visible Learning. 1. Student Self-Reported Grades Self reported grades comes out at the top of all influences. Example for Self-reported grades: Before an exam, ask your class to write down what mark the student expects to achieve. Hattie cites five meta-studies: Mabe/West (1982): Validity of self-evaluation of ability (Abstract)Fachikov/Boud (1989): Student Self-Assessment in Higher Education (Abstract)Ross (1998): Self-assessment in second language testing (Abstract)Falchikov/Goldfinch (2000): Student Peer Assessment in Higher Education (Abstract)Kuncel/Crede/Thomas (2005); The Validity of Self-Reported Grade Point Averages, Class Ranks, and Test Scores (Abstract) 2. The Piagetian stages include: 3. 4. 5. Hattie cites two meta-studies: 6. 7. 8. 9. 10.
What do you need to do before you quit your job to form a startup company Browse > Home / Incorporation / What do you need to do before you quit your job to form a startup company? There are various things a potential founder of a new startup company needs to do before quitting their job. 1. Review all agreements with your current employer. Most employees may have signed an offer letter and a confidential information and invention assignment agreement, as well as other documents such as a stock option agreement. Depending on the company and the employee, other relevant documents might include a employment agreement, employee handbook, conflict of interest policy or severance/separation agreement. Reviewing the documents for the following provisions is important. Confidentiality. A typical invention assignment clause provides: (1) Relate at the time of conception or reduction to practice of the invention to the employer’s business, or actual or demonstrably anticipated research or development of the employer; or Invention disclosure. A. B. C. No moonlighting. 2.
Jessica Hammer | changing the rules of the game How to Make Wealth May 2004 (This essay was originally published in Hackers & Painters.) If you wanted to get rich, how would you do it? I think your best bet would be to start or join a startup. That's been a reliable way to get rich for hundreds of years. Startups usually involve technology, so much so that the phrase "high-tech startup" is almost redundant. Lots of people get rich knowing nothing more than that. The Proposition Economically, you can think of a startup as a way to compress your whole working life into a few years. Here is a brief sketch of the economic proposition. Like all back-of-the-envelope calculations, this one has a lot of wiggle room. If $3 million a year seems high, remember that we're talking about the limit case: the case where you not only have zero leisure time but indeed work so hard that you endanger your health. Startups are not magic. Millions, not Billions If $3 million a year seems high to some people, it will seem low to others. Money Is Not Wealth The Pie Fallacy Notes
The dumbest generation? No, Twitter is making kids smarter Part of an occasional series about the way digital culture affects the way we think, learn and live. Sara: Haha there was a weird comercial for computers that had flying sumo wrestlers John: Hahaha saweeeeet I’m still tryin to picture how that works Sarah: Haha yeah so am I this opening ceremony is so weird John: It must be Sarah K: Now there’s little kids doing karate This is a typical teenage text exchange captured by an academic. Add five hours or so a day spent online, where the most common activity is yet more typing away on social networks. This outpouring often produces an anguished outcry, particularly in September as kids head back to school and screen time starts competing with homework: Technology, pundits warn, is zombifying our young and wrecking their ability to communicate clearly. But is this actually “the dumbest generation”? In fact, there’s powerful evidence that digital tools are helping young people write and think far better than in the past. Literate? It hadn’t.
Windows Phone Ad Paints Apple and Samsung Fans as Buffoons Microsoft is attempting to triangulate in the Apple-Samsung war with a new ad that presents itself as above the fray of their petty bickering. The ad takes place during a wedding. As a nerdy guy steps up to photograph the event, an iPhone fan challenges him to remove "your enormous phone." "You mean the enormously awesome Galaxy?" The scene soon erupts into a brawl. Though the ad seeks to differentiate itself from both Apple and Samsung, the background music and tone are strikingly similar to Samsung's anti-Apple ads, including its 2012 Super Bowl spot. At this point, Nokia is more of an underdog than Samsung was at the time. Image courtesy of YouTube, Nokia
Why Finland's Unorthodox Education System Is The Best In The World - The Coming Depression Finnish children don’t start school until they are 7. Elinag / Shutterstock.com (Source: NYtimes) They rarely take exams or do homework until they are well into their teens. The children are not measured at all for the first six years of their education. There is only one mandatory standardized test in Finland, taken when children are 16. All children, clever or not, are taught in the same classrooms. Finland spends around 30 percent less per student than the United States. 30 percent of children receive extra help during their first nine years of school. 66 percent of students go to college. The difference between weakest and strongest students is the smallest in the World. Science classes are capped at 16 students so that they may perform practical experiments in every class. 93 percent of Finns graduate from high school. 43 percent of Finnish high-school students go to vocational schools. (Source: TNR) Finland has the same amount of teachers as New York City, but far fewer students.
26 Brilliant Minimalist Print Ads Leonardo da Vinci once said: “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication”, and architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe adopted the motto “Less is more” to describe his extreme simplicity, by enlisting every element and detail to serve multiple visual and functional purposes (such as designing a floor to also serve as the radiator, or a massive fireplace to also house the bathroom). Even after 500 years Leonardo’s words are true and this rule is still widely used in design and advertising. It may sound a bit contradictory, but simple things often require much more brain power to create than the most complicated stuff. And it always strikes you when something completely simple is capable of conveying so much more than you expect. Without further ado, let’s take a look at 26 most creative examples of minimalist advertising, and afterwards you can always leave a comment telling how much you liked our post! 1. “It’s the hat “ (Advertising Agency: Serviceplan Hamburg / München, Germany) 2. 3. 4. 5.
Small private online course A Small Private Online Course (SPOC) refers to a version of a MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) used locally with on-campus students. University of California -Berkeley Professor Armando Fox first coined the word in 2013 to refer to a localized instance of a MOOC course that was in use in a business-to-business context. Use in Blended and Flipped Classroom Learning SPOCs support a current trend in education known as blended learning. Blended learning, sometimes called hybrid learning or flipped classroom learning, combines online resources and technology with the personal engagement between faculty and students that in-classroom teaching provides. Colleges and universities can create their own SPOCs, or license them from other entities. References