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What is the internet becoming?

Nov 30, 2017 jjamison
What is the internet becoming?

By Will Richardson A few days ago, while unpacking some boxes from our recent move, I came across a “book” of magazine articles that I’d assembled and copied for teachers at my school back in January, 1996. It was for a course titled “Basic Internet for Educators” that I had taught as part of a tech focused PD offering supporting a “five computers in every classroom” initiative we had started the…

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Will Richardson Webinar on "From Teaching Cultures to Learning Cultures". Free

Nov 28, 2017 jjamison

  Do your students see you as teachers or administrators first? Or do they think of you as learners first and foremost? I think the answer is pretty obvious. I’ve actually asked variations of that question to hundreds of kids from around the world. Honestly, most of them don’t know what I’m asking at first. That’s how far the thought of “teacher as learner” is from their experience. When I follow…

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Hour of Code

Nov 27, 2017 jjamison

Map of registered Hour of Code events around the world - we could use more in Canada! Robin and James emailed this to me.Somehow December is almost here (how did that happen?), and so is Hour of Code. For those of you have never participated, Hour of Code is an easy way to introduce your students to coding and to see if there is a place for coding in your classroom. This year, Hour of Code is during…

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What's your problem?

Nov 23, 2017 jjamison

Einstein made two memorable remarks about articulating questions."Knowledge is having the right answer. " "Intelligence is asking the rightquestion."And, "If I had an hour to solve a problem and life depended on it,I would take the first 55 minutes determining the proper questionto ask." Seymour Sarsons, one of America's original thinkers about public education, poses the critical question," What…

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How Metacognition Boosts Learning

Nov 23, 2017 jjamison

Students often lack the metacognitive skills they need to succeed, but they can develop these skills by addressing some simple questions. By Youki Terada Strategies that target students’ metacognition—the ability to think about thinking—can close a gap that some students experience between how prepared they feel for a test and how prepared they actually are. In a new study, students in an introductory…

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