Simon Holmes

50 Flips | 4 Magazines | 6 Following | 16 Followers | @simbo22u | I am an educator interested in making my classrooms engaging environments where learning is authentic. I hope my students become life long learners.

Inside Facebook's plan to build a better school

Not long after, Sego was touring Summit Denali, a public charter school in Sunnyvale, California. With him was Priscilla Chan, wife of the Facebook founder and his partner in philanthropy. They had been drawn to Summit Public Schools because of their striking success in preparing students for …

Pixar In A Box Teaches Math Through Real Animation Challenges

Pixar senior scientist Tony DeRose was faced with a problem that animators had never solved — how to make the hand of an old man look lifelike. It …

First Click: Your favorite podcast

**1) <i>My Brother, My Brother and Me</i> — What could be finer than eavesdropping on Justin, Travis, and their itty bitty baby brother Griffin McElroy as they answer Yahoo questions? Nothing, that’s what.<p>2) <i>Sawbones</i> — Laughing at medical history is way more fun than screaming in terror.<p>3) <i>What’s Tech</i> — Next …

How To Add Rigor To Anything

<b>How To Add Rigor To Any Lesson, Unit, Or Assessment</b>by<b> Terry Heick</b>Rigor is a fundamental piece of any learning experience.It is also among the most …

The lessons of famous science frauds

Anil Potti, Michael LaCour, and how statisticians help the scientific method<p>Michael LaCour was a promising young social scientist until his eye-catching study about swaying public opinion on gay marriage, published last year in one of the world’s leading journals, turned out to have been built on …

Design Thinking, Deconstructed

At the Nueva School in Hillsborough, Calif., design thinking is built into students' and teachers' everyday lives. The process, which is an approach …

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When it comes to integrating STEM into classroom space, there are real implications for how teachers interact, says Thaler. “When you put math and …

Relevant Math For Students’ Lives: Creating Context With Social Justice Issues

Perhaps one of the most common questions teachers hear from students who struggle with math is, “When will I ever need this in the real world?” …

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Management And Learning: Rethinking The Role Of School Leadership

Posted by Lee Fleming on March 27th, 2015

What should parents do if their child is bullied at school?

Having your child bullied at school is one of the greatest fears of parents – and research shows this fear is well founded. School bullying has been …

Is Arizona State University the model for the new American university?

Arizona State University, whose president says it has become a model of how higher education can solve many of its problems. Photo: Arizona State …

Finding the Most Creative Ways to Help Students Advance At Their Own Pace

In biology, Bernasconi has moved away from requiring all students to demonstrate their knowledge in the same way. Her students write essays, take …

Apps That Rise to the Top: Tested and Approved By Teachers

<b>Haiku Desk</b> is a free presentation tool with many themes and Creative Commons images to choose from. Users can import photos, make charts, and …

7 Big Hurdles In Education and Ideas For Solving Them

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How to Grow a Classroom Culture That Supports Blended Learning

Palo Alto High School teacher Esther Wojcicki shares her guidelines on creating a culture of trust, respect and independence for blended learning.<br>[[ …

How Leadership Can Make or Break Classroom Innovation

“A key leadership role is to try to build a shared vision for blended learning,” said Eric Williams, Superintendent York County School Division in …

How to Launch a Successful BYOD Program

In 2009, Katy began a three-year plan to change instruction in the school district by promoting a standardized toolbox of web-based tools dubbed “Web …

Failing Forward: 21 Ideas To Help Students Keep Their Momentum

<b>Failing Forward: 21 Ideas To Help Students Keep Their Momentum</b>by <b>Terry Heick</b>“Failing Forward” is a relatively recent entry into our cultural …

Learn to Code, Code to Learn

In this demo-filled talk MIT's Mitch Resnick, one of the main creators of the kids coding program called Scratch, outlines the benefits of teaching …

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“They all responded that seeing their friends at school made them happy, but school itself was not making them happy,” she said.<p>All students at New …

Redefining Teachers with a 21st Century Education ‘Story’

Thom Markham sees an opportunity for teachers to tell stories about themselves and their profession to give more voice to what's important to them.<br>[[ …

Why Is It So Hard to Change How We Teach Math?

Educators have been talking about changing the traditional way of teaching math for a long time, but nothing seems to change. Elizabeth Green's New …

The Importance Of Exposing Children To Technology

We just got hit with a snowstorm here in the Northeastern U.S. a few days ago. My neck of the woods was spared the worst of it, but we got enough snow for the schools and roads to be shut down, so my kids got to spend a couple of days at home with Dad and Mom. I’ve got two young girls, aged 4 and …

Where's The Innovation In Education Coming From?

<b>Where’s The Innovation In Education Coming From?</b><p>by <b>Terry Heick</b><p>Innovation matters because it reflects and causes adaptations to a changing world.<p>But …

Explainer: wilderness, and why it matters

The Tasmanian government this month released a draft of the revised management plan for the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area, which proposes …