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Lifelong Kindergarten

Lifelong Kindergarten

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Octalysis: Complete Gamification Framework (This is the Gamification Framework that I am most known for. Within a year, it was translated into 9 different languages and became classic teaching literature in the gamification space in the US, Europe, Australia and South America.) Octalysis: Complete Gamification Framework Welcome to Whyville! Dear Parent, Whyville is a safe, friendly, and FREE learning site for your child. Founded in 1999 (15 years!), Whyville has won many awards from educational and parenting organizations. edutopia - Formative Assessment I thought I could read my students' body language. I was wrong. As an experiment, I used Socrative when I taught binary numbers. What I learned forever changed my views on being a better teacher.

Geniverse Research Overview Geniverse research is being led by our research partner, BSCS, with assistance from our evaluator partner, TERC. Our research study is examining how the Geniverse materials affect students’ genetics content knowledge and abilities to engage in scientific argumentation. In addition to pre- and post-tests for content knowledge, we will measure both student motivation and the degree of fidelity of implementation of Geniverse. 15 Uses for the Swivl The Swivl is a robotic recorder of your classroom, but it can also do many other things. The Swivl is one of the most simple devices, but it is also diverse in its uses. After learning the specs of the Swivl, and just having some fun with it, I finally learned how to effectively use the Swivl, and find other uses for it by using some creativity. I’m a student in Mrs. Vicki Davis’ class and have come up with 15 uses for the Swivl in the time I’ve been testing it.

Designing Learning Environments for Developing Understanding of Geometry and Space, 1998 This volume reflects an appreciation of the interactive roles of subject matter, teacher, student, and technologies in designing classrooms that promote understanding of geometry and space. Although these elements of geometry education are mutually constituted, the book is organized to highlight, first, the editors' vision of a general geometry education; second, the development of student thinking in everyday and classroom contexts; and third, the role of technologies. Rather than looking to high school geometry as the locus--and all too often, the apex--of geometric reasoning, the contributors to this volume suggest that reasoning about space can and should be successfully integrated with other forms of mathematics, starting at the elementary level and continuing through high school. This volume is essential reading for those involved in mathematics education at all levels, including university faculty, researchers, and graduate students.

Edtech and Elearning 2016: Top 200 Influencers and Brands Education is the doorway to the future, and we have a shared goal to create a better future for our children by providing them with the best education now, so they will have the best opportunities to succeed when they are older. In order to do this we must provide our teachers with the most up to date resources they need to succeed and make our schools more competitive. Funding for edtech companies is booming.

Kaput Center for Research and Innovation in STEM Education SimCalc MathWorlds® Software ** To purchase a license using a purchase order or for volume licensing, please contact Copyright Notice: All original content on the Kaput Center web site, including the web design, graphics and user interface, is the intellectual property of the University of Massachusetts. You may view, copy, print, use and, in some instances, download content contained on the web site, but solely for your own personal, non-commercial use and provided that: (1) no text, graphics or other content available from this web site is modified in any way; and (2) no graphics available from the web site are used, copied or distributed separate from accompanying text. Requests for permission for use of content for any other purpose should be directed to:

How to Screencast Your iPad Last week’s Practical Ed Tech Tip of the Week was about how to create a video of your Android phone or tablet’s screen. In response to last week’s tip many people asked me how to create screencast videos of iPad screens. There are a couple of ways that you can create a screencast video of your iPad’s screen. WIDE World - Program Overview Our goal is to transform school systems by developing professional communities of teachers and school leaders with interactive online courses and on-site support programs that enable schools to cultivate the critical learning students need for the 21st century world. Research-Based. WIDE World professional development programs are based on Teaching for Understanding, a classroom-tested framework developed through research at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Online. WIDE World courses are conducted online and are asynchronous. This allows for flexible, adaptive, and convenient learning for all participants, regardless of location or schedule.

Capture Student Ideas with & Google Classroom This is a guest post from Avra Robinson (@AvraRachel) of EdTechTeacher, an advertiser on this site. If you’ve used, you know that it is a powerful application that allows users to take time-stamped, synchronized notes alongside a YouTube, Vimeo, Khan Academy, edX, Udacity or Coursera video. Students using this app can record their thoughts and ideas to share with their peers, their teacher, or to refer to later as they review concepts. Teachers can use to gain a glimpse into their students’ thinking as well as to ensure that they have actively engaged with video content.

Research on Scratch - Imagine, Program, Share Research on Scratch is being conducted by members of the Scratch Team at the MIT Media Lab and researchers at other universities, including Yasmin Kafai at the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education, Karen Brennan at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, Benjamin Mako Hill at University of Washington, Mimi Ito at the University of California, Irvine, and Deborah Fields at Utah State University. By sharing projects and participating in the Scratch online community, you are helping us better understand how people can use and learn with Scratch. Any publicly shared projects, comments, or other material on the Scratch site may be included in the research analysis, presentations, papers, and reports.

How to Manage the 4 Types of Teachers You Meet in Professional Development In my heart, I will always be a middle school English Language Arts teacher. As I continue this path as a district administrator, I want to hold close to my heart the plight of the teacher: what it’s like to have to work all day with children and then go home and work on lessons, assessments, grading, etc. What it’s like to sit for hours in professional development sessions and be bored because you already know it or frustrated because it’s way over your head or not relevant to your grade level or content area. So in my role, I find that it is imperative to provide Professional Learning (PL) opportunities that are relevant, on-going, and effective. In the article, I’m going to highlight the types of educators that we may encounter and ways to provide PL that is beneficial for all.

Situating Constructionism By Seymour Papert and Idit Harel The following essay is the first chapter in Seymour Papert and Idit Harel's book Constructionism (Ablex Publishing Corporation, 1991). It is easy enough to formulate simple catchy versions of the idea of constructionism; for example, thinking of it as "learning-by-making." One purpose of this introductory chapter is to orient the reader toward using the diversity in the volume to elaborate--to construct--a sense of constructionism much richer and more multifaceted, and very much deeper in its implications, than could be conveyed by any such formula.