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Saturday, August 27, 2011

Using technology to encourage student collaboration - Courtesy of ASCD

In earlier posts, we have discussed how collaborative reasoning can be a key component in meta-cognitive development.  Here is an excellent article on how technology can help improve the process.  Enjoy.

Using technology to encourage student collaboration
Eric Brunsell, assistant professor of science education at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, shares several online tools that can be used to help students collaborate. He suggests using Edmodo to hold online discussions; Wetoku to create online videos; andSkype to chat with experts. Brunsell also recommends students blog as a group, and shares one group project in which ninth-graders created videos and chronicled their work in a group blog. Brunsell's blog (8/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story 

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Great New Book from ASCD!

One of today's biggest challenges for teachers is preparing lessons for diverse learning styles.  Here is a blog and a review of a great new book for encouraging total participation. 

Beyond tolerating differences
Whether you've been following ASCD authors Persida and Bill Himmele's ASCD EDge blog posts sharing wisdoms from the new book Total Participation Techniques, or are just catching up on the series, don't miss the final segment, "Beyond Tolerating Differences." Read on to find out how you can use total participation techniques to enable students with diverse ways of thinking and different perspectives demonstrate their abilities in the classroom. Learn moreLinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

Sunday, August 7, 2011

New Blog from BPI !

To My Readers,

As we move forward as a nation, implementing the common core, many educators are not being informed about the process or resources available.

Common core will dictate extensive changes in the classroom.

In an effort to support educators, I have created a new blog where I will post information and resources as soon as it becomes available.  
I will post information applicable to all grade levels and content areas.
Please don't hesitate to sign up as a follower and share your thoughts with us.
Together we can make a difference.

Teaching students techniques for learning
Many students do not know basic functions of learning, such as studying and note-taking, writes veteran teacher Cossondra George. She identifies common pitfalls and suggests ways for helping students "learn to learn." George recommends teaching note-taking strategies, using class time to teach study techniques, and showing students the benefits of studying. Education Week Teacher (premium article access compliments of (7/19)

Motivation - Courtesy of ASCD SMART Brief

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  • 21st-century Swedish model school aims to meet Gotham's needs
    During her tenure as a New York City educator, Peg Hoey, now the president of Kunskapsskolan USA, would ask, how can we enable students to own their education journeys? In her ASCD Express column, Hoey discusses how the Kunskapsskolan Education model answers this question with its personalized approach to education and explains what this model will look like in action when it arrives at the Innovative Manhattan Charter School in New York City this September. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

Great Information for Schools implementing the use of technology. A hands on approach for teachers to become comfortable with networks and what they involve! Courtesy of e-School.

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Coauthors Will Richardson and Rob Mancabelli Share Why PLNs Are an Essential Foundation for the 21st Century Learner

In order to create successful learning networks in the classroom, teachers must first create learning networks of their own. Don't know how? In Personal Learning Networks, the authors share step-by-step advice and real-world examples of how to form global learning networks. To help you get started, Solution Tree asked the authors why PLNs are making a difference in the classroom—and why you should consider creating your own PLN.

Q. Please define personal learning networks as they apply to educators and the world of education in general.

A. A personal learning network (PLN) consists of the people and resources that fuel our learning. During the past decade, this network is increasingly online. In a PLN, we can learn anytime, anywhere, with potentially anyone around the world who shares our passion or interest. We can literally build global classrooms of our own making on the web that include communities of learners we interact with on a regular basis.

Q. What is the link between learning networks and student achievement?

A. PLNs are an essential foundation for the 21st century learner. Students who create their own networks drive their own learning. PLNs work across all subject areas because they connect students to people and resources customized to their own learning style. PLNs transform education by making it more customized, global, real-time, and connected.

Q. Why did you decide to focus on learning networks as a means to improve student achievement?

A. Our ability to construct these types of networked connections is a fundamental part of learning in the 21st century. In this new world of learning, student achievement will be framed not so much by what a child knows, but whether or not that child has learned how to learn. In this sense, PLNs are capacity building. They enable students to go beyond their local teachers and textboooks, making the entire world their classroom.
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Q. Could you describe the research and/or real-world stories that went into Personal Learning Networks?

A. Thousands of educators are beginning to create connected learning experiences for the students in their classrooms, and there is more and more evidence every day that the interactions we can have within these networked spaces are challenging many of the traditional structures in our society. This book taps into those stories to create a compelling context for change.

Q. What do you think is the most important message from Personal Learning Networks?

A. The way we learn is changing, and this is a moment filled with both opportunities and challenges for educators and learners of all stripes. If we are to fully understand these opportunities and help our students take advantage of them, we need to form our own PLNs. Only by learning through our own networks can we work together to bring them to our classrooms and our schools in effective ways.

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