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40 Ways to Use Google Apps in the Classroom

40 Ways to Start Using Apps in Schools created by: +Becky Evans DEPRECATED Use goo.gl/pySakU instead

General expertise - the gap between rote learning and a different sort of mastery

The work of Fernand Gobet and Herbert Simon seems to indicate that expertise is ‘domain specific’. That is, you can only learn to be an expert or …

(Mind)-setting students up to succeed: social-psychological interventions in the classroom

How does my ‘average’ student see herself as a learner? Many are confident in their abilities and eager to succeed. There are others though: sure …

A few thoughts about character education

The idea that schools should be educating students’ character has been gathering momentum in recent years. But the once distant drums have become …

Psychology

Clash of the Titans: Noam Chomsky & Michel Foucault Debate Human Nature & Power on Dutch TV, 1971

Today, we're revisiting the clash of two intellectual titans, Noam Chomsky and Michel Foucault. In 1971, at the height of the Vietnam War, the …

Artboard 1

Harvard

Is It Wrong to Teach to the Test?

Sadly, that is easier visualized than realized, with myself included. Too often, I teach, and then I test what I taught. This process is far too …

Student Learning Time - Papers - OECD iLibrary

This paper examines student learning time as a key educational resource. It presents an overview of how different OECD countries allocate instruction …

Source of statistics: School level data - Commons Library briefing

Comparative judgment: practical tips for in-school use

I have blogged a bit before about comparative judgment and how it could help make marking more efficient and more reliable, and help to free the …

Teaching

Do No Harm: Flexible and Smart Grading Practices

Address Behavioral Issues Affecting Academic Achievement<p>Points off for late work may not motivate students. I know that when I took points off for …

Pedagogy

Does traditional grammar instruction improve children’s writing ability?

Alice Sullivan and Dominic Wyse. Children in England have recently taken their statutory tests at age 10-11 (commonly known as Key Stage 2 SATs). The …

Language Learning

Rethinking Smart Cities From The Ground Up

<b>This report tells the stories of cities around the world - from Beijing to Amsterdam, and from London to Jakarta - that are addressing urban</b> …

REAL Talk #6 - Multiple drafts and student critique

4 ways to use evidence in education – and 15 places to start

Yesterday, I was privileged to be on a panel with Tom Bennett, Margaret Mulholland and Ed Chapman at the London Festival of Education, discussing why …

Teaching

Inquiry Learning Ideas for Math and Science With iPads

More than any other academic disciplines, science and math draw their meaning by relating to life in the “real” world outside the classroom. They …

PBL Pilot: Matching PBL With Traditional Grading

Problem #1: Lack of Traditional Homework<p>The lack of traditional homework (which we equate to assignments such as worksheets) has left us with a …

KQED

Why haven’t education reform efforts amounted to much? Because they start with the wrong problem, says John Abbott, director of the 21st Century …

The Critique Gallery

This is my first blog post for the Pedagoo team, as I mentioned in my #Nurture1314 post I’d really like to get into blogging so I’m starting as I …

The Complete Guide to 20% Time (and Genius Hour) in the Classroom

It’s been almost a full three years since I told my students they would have 20% of their class time to work on whatever project they were inspired …

Education Technology

Lesson Observations Unchained. A New Dawn.

This is a short reflection on the massive difference it makes when you stop grading lessons. I’ve embarked on the process of observing all of my …

10 Best TED Talks of 2014 for Educators

TED Talks are a major source of inspiration for educators who need a morale boost, a discussion starter, or a new perspective. The year 2014 brought …

Gratitude: A Powerful Tool for Your Classroom

My students use a composition book and start every day by writing five gratitudes. If you have computers or iPads, you might have the students start …

Happiness

Project 9: A student-devised, student-led IT programme.

Project 9 in action; one of several IT rooms in use<p>Project 9 is our student-led IT programme in which students in Year 9 (hence the fairly obvious …

RSA Essays: Licensed to Create? Incentives for improving teacher quality.

Today, the RSA has published a collection of 10 essays on the theme of improving teacher quality and the concept of licensing. This has been, in …

Theory of Change in Education

<i>Several years ago I was made to think differently by a blog post by Ewan McIntosh on designing learning through structures rather than instructions.</i> …