Michelle Shearman-Heath

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Learn Code for What? Keeping Kids at the Center of the Coding Movement

Community<p>Learn Code for What? Keeping Kids at the Center of the Coding Movement<p>By Jessie Arora     Mar 28, 2015<p>With all the hype about teaching kids …

Coding for All Ages

A Brief History<p>In the late 1970s and early 1980s, Seymour Papert, a student of developmental psychologist Jean Piaget, pioneered the learning theory …

Coding for Kids Revisited

Hopscotch<p><b>Platform:</b> iPad<b><br>Cost:</b> free<br>Hopscotch is still a favorite for us. We talked about this last time, but it's still free, and they've added so many …

SAMR is not a ladder, a word of warning

NEW YORK (AP) — Pope Francis praised American bishops on Wednesday for their "generous commitment" to helping victims of clergy sex abuse, drawing an …

‘Big data’ was supposed to fix education. It didn’t. It’s time for ‘small data.’

By Valerie Strauss<p>, Reporter<p>For over a decade, “big data” and “analytics” have increasingly become a part of the education world. (Big data is a term used to describe data sets so large that they can only be analyzed by computers, and analytics is used to describe how the data is collected, …

Education

How Kids Are Learning to Code While Playing Minecraft

Teachers are already capitalizing on their students' fascination with the computer game Minecraft to teach everything from math to history. Now, a …

Why Talking About the Brain Can Empower Learners

Knowledge about how the brain works can make a big difference when confronting difficult learning situations. If you have a growth mindset and are …

Three Video Games That Teach Programming Through Play

More recently, there's been a few games that up the ante of authentic code-based learning -- games that peel back the façade and allow players to …

Using Global Feedback to Build Growth Mindset

Can supportive feedback from a diverse internet audience help students grasp the benefits of a growth mindset? History teacher Tim Kramer believes …

Ancient Egypt

What Do We Really Mean When We Say 'Personalized Learning'?

The idea of personalized learning is seductive – it implies moving away from the industrialized form of education that pumps out cookie-cutter …

How Emotional Connections Can Trigger Creativity and Learning

The neuromechanisms responsible for feeling and managing the body’s physical survival and consciousness have been co-opted to also manage social …

Evernote - Getting Started in the Classroom

When I did my last post on my use of Evernote I didn't expect so many people to look at it. It seems it is something that a lot of you want to know …

For Schools Implementing iPads, the Importance of Being Patient

A key step in this journey toward successful implementation is to create a space for teachers to process together how the learning is going and to …

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“They get everything right away. The problems are just too easy,” he said. Typical AP classes don’t prepare the students for math courses at places …

What Will It Take for iPads to Upend Teaching and Learning?

But even with this fairly sophisticated level of knowledge and expertise going into the iPad pilot, Burmeister has no illusions that, at this point, …

Flip This: Bloom's Taxonomy Should Start with Creating

Conceived in 1956 by a group of educators chaired by Benjamin Bloom, the taxonomy classifies skills from least to most complex. The presentation of …

10 Important Questions To Ask Before Using iPads in Class

1. What are the goals for iPad implementation? Engagement, access to digital textbooks, access to digital environments, primarily media consumption, …

The iPad as a Tool for Creation to Strengthen Learning

Seymour Papert, the developer of the LOGO computing language, begins his landmark book Mindstorms with a story about gears he played with as a child. …

Try Infuse Learning for Gathering Feedback from Students

Infuse Learning is a free student response system that works with any Internet-connected device including iPads and Android tablets. One of the …

10 Apps For More Organized Project-Based Learning

Project-Based Learning, by definition, is flexible.<p>It encourages learner-centeredness, provides the possibility of more authentic work, and allows …

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Something about this very simple list struck a chord with many educators. Author Bill Ferriter explains: "Kids AREN'T motivated by technology. …

Teaching

SAMR Model Explained for Teachers

Below is a great video explaining the SAMR model in 120 seconds. SAMR is a framework through which you can assess and evaluate the technology you use …

To Get Students Invested, Involve Them in Decisions Big and Small

The hardest part about using design thinking in class is getting the question right and staying in the question. Educators regularly notice how …

I ♥ SAMR

There’s been a fair bit of mention of the SAMR framework recently so I thought I’d share another rendition of the framework. I’ve always preferred …