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Sherry Turkle Says There’s a Wrong Way to Flip a Classroom
By Jeffrey R. Young Oct 13, 2016
“Reclaiming Conversation: The Power of Talk in a Digital Age,
It’s much more likely that students will get lit up by learning if they come in for office hours and they present a very imperfect argument and the teacher says, the mentor says, that’s not really right. That’s not really where it should be, but come back again. Come back here again. I’ll be here for you again.
So many faculty are kind of going in the opposite direction or saying we’re putting things online and you can take the course online.
definition flipped classroom
In a flipped classroom the idea is the students are learning the technical material at home and then the classroom time is designed to be about discussion of the material and questions about the material.
part of the narrative of a flipped classroom is that it’s somehow responding to a crisis of a deadened classroom instead of an enlivened classroom and that isn’t necessarily true.
an open laptop or an open iPad opens up a kind of cone of silence and attentional disarray around itself because students’ attention has sort of been taken by the open device.
We’re not using the technology really the way we should. And I think that education is a tough case because so much has been pitched and so much has been sold. Schools have been told that this is the future, and parents are told that this is the future. Actually, it’s not clear, it’s not clear how much of this is the future and how much some of this is just our feeling
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VR Review: Here’s How Oculus Quest Compares With Go — Apps and All
By Jaime Donally (Columnist) May 23, 2019
When the Oculus Go was first released, the educational apps were limited.
many more educational apps flooding the Oculus Experiences market
The Oculus Quest is mainly being marketed as an all-in-one VR gaming system, but I see much potential for classroom lessons.
The Oculus Go delivered a VR view, but the Oculus Quest provides us with interactions.
One major difference between the Quest and the Go is the lack of motion sickness with the new device.
The 6 degrees of freedom (6DoF) provides mobility for the student to walk forward, backward, left, right, jump up and squat down. In other words, they can move around just like they would in real life.
The affordable starting price of $399 for 64 GB is comparable to other classroom devices, such as Chromebooks, laptops and iPads.
between the Quest and the Go is the high cost of the apps. By contrast, the majority of my Oculus Go apps were free.
more on Oculus in this IMS blog
researchers from Penn State say can be as stress-inducing as an emergency room. Teachers enter such an an environment every day, which sometimes feels like life-or-death.
nonprofit program Cultivating Awareness and Resilience in Education (CARE)
half of the students in schools across America have experienced some form of trauma, violence or chronic stress.
After collecting data on those educators’ well-being, observations of classrooms and student behavioral reports over the course of a year, we found that teachers who received emotional regulation training were more emotionally supportive, demonstrated greater sensitivity to student needs, and provided more positive and productive classroom environments. Furthermore, when assessing teachers’ stress levels, those teachers noted considerably less distress, and an improved ability to manage their emotions.
In the face of stressful situations, I instead used techniques like deep breathing and mindful walking to calm my body and mind, gaining that heightened self-awareness to thoughtfully respond to the issue at hand.
more on stress in this IMS blog
The Babson Survey Research Group, an organization that tracks online enrollment, notes that between 2012 and 2016 the percent of online enrollment in universities increased 17.2 percent while overall enrollment decreased.
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Probably at the top of my list of favorites! Thanks to @edutopia for creating this video that showcases the value of using visuals in the classroom. ❤️❤️❤️❤️ #teaching #TESOL #ELL #EdChat #edutwitter https://t.co/Ly1MwV706z
— 🌍 ναℓєηтιηα gσηzαℓєz (@ValentinaESL) May 18, 2019
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End of Year Burnout: How to Finish the Marathon in Stride
Four tips for how to keep going strong all the way to the end of the year.
By Maurice J. Elias May 20, 2014
Cary Cherniss, whose book Beyond Burnout
1. Reconnect your kids and with your kids: Not your students—your kids.
2. Share your interests: Talk to them about things that interest you.
3. Talk about the summer
4. Engage and encourage their aspirations and dreams
Ready to quit? Practical advice for when burnout takes hold
By: Lauren Hamby
Five Ways to Fight Burnout at Work
1. Remember your purpose.
2. Be intentional about who you spend time with.
3. Ask for help if you need it.
4. Be a lifelong learner.
5 Things You Can Do To Avoid Teacher Stress And Burnout
1. Bust Teacher Burnout with a Mental Health Day
2. Better Boundaries Help Stop Teacher Burnout
3. Be Realistic to Avoid Burnout
4. Practice Good Mental Health Habits Daily
5. Be Aware of Your Stress and Stop It Fast
10 Steps for Avoiding Teacher Burnout
STEP #1) HAVE FUN DAILY WITH YOUR STUDENTS
STEP #2) TAKE CARE OF YOUR HEALTH
STEP #3) LEARN SOMETHING NEW AND SHARE IT WITH YOUR STUDENTS
STEP #4) HELP ANOTHER TEACHER
STEP #5) MAKE SOMEONE’S DAY
STEP #6) LIGHTEN UP
STEP #7) BE A SCIENTIST
STEP #8) LOOK FOR THE POSITIVE
STEP #9) REDECORATE
STEP #10) TRUST STUDENTS MORE
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As Charters Face Growing Opposition, NewSchools Summit Makes Its Case
By Tony Wan May 14, 2019
for the past 21 years its organizer, the Oakland, Calif.-based nonprofit known as NewSchools Venture Fund, has also put millions of dollars into novel schools in public districts
Charter schools operate with public funding, and sometimes philanthropic support, but are managed by an outside organization that is independent from local district oversight. In California, they are run by nonprofit organizations with self-elected boards. (For-profit charters are outlawed.)
Their supporters and operators—who make up the vast majority of the 1,300-plus attendees at this year’s Summit—say the model offers the flexibility needed to introduce, test and adopt new curriculum, tools and pedagogical approaches that could better serve students, particularly in low-income and minority communities.
Rocketship Education was an early showcase for blended learning, where students rotate between working on computers and in small groups with teachers. Summit Public Schools, a network of charters that now claims a nationwide footprint, promotes project-based learning assisted by an online learning platform.
But charters have also attracted an increasingly vocal opposition, who charge them with funneling students, teachers and funds from traditional district schools. Aside from raising teacher salaries, a sticking point in the recent California teachers’ strikes in Los Angeles and Oakland has been stopping the growth of charter schools.
Detractors can point to fully-virtual charters, run by for-profit companies, that have been fined for misleading claims and graduating students at rates far below those at traditional schools. At the same time, research suggests that students attending charter schools in urban regions outperform their peers in traditional school settings.
While the first decade of this century saw double-digit percentage increase in the number of such schools, it has almost entirely plateaued (at 1 percent growth) in the 2017-2018 school year, according to data from the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools.
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K-12 IT leaders need to work with people, not just tech
My note: this is the first step toward the conclusion of my dissertation: the CIO in education must wear three hats: computer geek, educator and administrator.
District Administration reports.
Since edtech varies from district to district and state to state, it’s unlikely that an IT candidate will be up-to-speed on the current system in use. Alabama solves this problem by offering the Alabama Chief Technology Officer certification program.
It is critical for those in K-12 IT leadership to understand the unique customer service needs of the education industry. When technology doesn’t work, it throws a wrench into an entire day of learning. Educators need a fast fix and responsive service. Effective tech leaders will delegate by teaming up with tech-savvy teachers who can serve as school tech leaders. This strategy allows for an on-site tech expert to step in to put out fires before the tech expert arrives.
Former teachers can also make strong chief technology officers because they understand both tech and education. This allows them to build trust with the staff, which is a critical component to launching new technology initiatives.
more on digital literacy for EDAD in this IMS blog
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