Diigo in Education

How about no grades for classwork? It might happen in some North Texas classrooms this fall | | Dallas Morning News

Posted: August 31, 2015, 1:48 pm


  • “The new divide will be between those with wonder and curiosity and those without.”

    “The world only cares what you can do with what you know,” Couros said.

    He said he clashed with a teacher back home who complained that his approach would let students Google up the answers for her exams. His response:

    “If I can look up the answers to the questions on your test on Google, your questions suck.” - Maureen Greenbaum

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One idea brought up by several speakers this year is a hybrid grades-free way of evaluating students. In each case, it included a high-bar pass/fail approach to class assignments, with a final, more regular grade for the entire semester.

One of the speakers who presented what he called a “Not Yet” grade was “digital ethnographer” Michael Wesch, a professor at Kansas State University. That’s his photo at the top.

He told the crowd that they had to inspire “wonder” in their students in order to get them to learn as much as possible. Some key quotes from him:

“Low standards/high stakes are the opposite of what you want.”

“The new divide will be between those with wonder and curiosity and those without.”

Keynote speaker George Couros is a what’s called a “division principal” back home in Canada. He’s a blogger and author who is all about encouraging creativity and change in public education with an emphasis on taking advantage of digital tools.

He told the conference that that it’s foolish to deny students use of their smartphones and other digital tools in the classroom — and even on exams. In 2015, being able to figure out what information is relevant is more important than memorization when most facts are a click away, he said.

“The world only cares what you can do with what you know,” Couros said.

He said he clashed with a teacher back home who complained that his approach would let students Google up the answers for her exams. His response:

“If I can look up the answers to the questions on your test on Google, your questions suck.”

Students get assignments, of course. And they are expected to complete them. In fact, they are required to master them. So kids who might have been happy to get the equivalent of a C on an assignment in another classroom would be required to work at it until they hit the level defined as “mastery.” And the teachers keep track of whether the students have succeeded, whether they’re turning work in on time and whether they are responding to feedback.

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by: Maureen Greenbaum

Square Root of Kids Math Anxiety: Their Parents Help

Posted: August 30, 2015, 6:24 pm


  • So-called math-anxious parents who provided frequent help on homework actually hurt their children by passing on their anxiety, a study found. - smilex3md

Tags: anxiety, math, nytimes, nyt, article, socy201, research, study

by: smilex3md

5 Tools That Demystify Text Complexity - Literacy in the Digital Age

Posted: August 30, 2015, 5:19 pm


  • Editor's Note: Teaching Channel has partnered with Student Achievement Partners on a blog series about digital literacy tools and their effective use by educators. The Common Core State Standards emphasize the importance of students being exposed to and understanding texts of increasing complexity as they progress through grade levels. - Amy Gearhart

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by: Amy Gearhart

These 10 trends are shaping the future of education | Education Dive

Posted: August 29, 2015, 5:57 pm

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e demands for innovation probably won't create an all-new landscape, the resulting product of ongoing changes is likely to be unrecognizable compared to that of the last several decades.

alternative credentialing and changing demographics to testing concerns and the rise of STEM

America's 629 public four-year institutions, 1,845 private four-year institutions, 1,070 public two-year institutions, and 596 private two-year institutions will soon be competing over a smaller pipeline of potential incoming students. 

 expect to see a number of for-profits make the transition to nonprofit or benefit corporation

5. Open educational resources gaining popularity as textbook prices rise

Digital textbooks have solved some of those issues to an extent, carrying a lower price point on average and being capable of receiving updated content. But many in higher ed and K-12 are looking beyond the traditional-textbook-

15 Virginia community colleges are using OER to pilot a "zero textbook cost" program that is expected to save 50,000 students $5 million in its first year.

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by: Maureen Greenbaum

Far from bust: five ways MOOCs are helping people get on in life - World leading higher education information and services

Posted: August 27, 2015, 7:34 pm


  • Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) - free, short courses made available to everybody online - were expected to herald the end of higher education as we knew it when they began. But the hype soon died away and critics bemoaned the fact that learners quickly lost enthusiasm and dropped out in large numbers. - H DeWaard

Tags: leading, higher, education, MOOCS

by: H DeWaard

Flipped Learning | Flip Content

Posted: August 27, 2015, 3:04 pm


  • RT @kirsten1wright: @jbormann3 great site u created for steps to a better flipped classroom! Thank you!!! http://t.co/uDGEueb0p3 #flipclass - Amber Bridge

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by: Amber Bridge


Posted: August 27, 2015, 2:01 pm

Edtech and Elearning: Top 100 Influencers and Brands

Posted: August 27, 2015, 11:35 am


  • The Top 100 Influencers and Brands in Edtech and Elearning. - H DeWaard

Tags: edtech, elearning, brands, people, resources, links, twitter

by: H DeWaard

The 3 Orthodoxies of Educational Technology | Technology and Learning | InsideHigherEd

Posted: August 25, 2015, 5:27 pm

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  • 1. Tech as Metaphor for progress
    2. Tech as Mechanism for productivity
    3. Higher Ed Status Quo is unsustainable

    What's your instructional model? - Dallas McPheeters

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by: Dallas McPheeters

5 Reasons Why Origami Improves Students' Skills | Edutopia

Posted: August 22, 2015, 2:42 am


  • Origami, the ancient art of paper folding, has applications in the modern-day classroom for teaching geometry, thinking skills, fractions, problem solving, and fun science. - H DeWaard

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This art form engages students and sneakily enhances their skills -- including improved spatial perception and logical and sequential thinking.

Here are some ways that origami can be used in your classroom to improve a range of skills:


According to the National Center for Education Statistics in 2003, geometry was one area of weakness among American students.

Origami has been found to strengthen an understanding of geometric concepts, formulas, and labels, making them come alive.

Thinking Skills

Origami excites other modalities of learning. It has been shown to improve spatial visualization skills using hands-on learning.


Folding paper can demonstrate the fractions in a tactile way.

Problem Solving

Often in assignments, there is one set answer and one way to get there. Origami provides children an opportunity to solve something that isn't prescribed and gives them a chance to make friends with failure (i.e. trial and error).

Origami is a fun way to explain physics concepts. A thin piece of paper is not very strong, but if you fold it like an accordion it will be.

Researchers have found that students who use origami in math perform better.


While schools are still catching up to the idea of origami as a STEAM engine (the merging of these disciplines), origami is already being used to solve tough problems in technology.

Additionally, the National Science Foundation, one of the government's largest funding agencies, has supported a few programs that link engineers with artists to use origami in designs. The ideas range from medical forceps to foldable plastic solar panels.

Tags: origami, STEAM, edutopia, skills, STEM, math, makerspace

by: H DeWaard

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