Education Update #1

Teachers, are you looking for ideas and information to help you in the classroom? Each week Mr C says will compile the latest articles and ideas from across the internet and compile them in one easy location. We should never stop learning but there is so much information available now that trawling though endless websites and online publications can be time consuming and frustrating. Hopefully, this will make life a little bit easier.

I hope the ideas outlined in these articles prove useful in developing and implementing new ideas in your classrooms or simply provide inspiration to improve your teaching.

If you know of any great websites, please let me know. If you would like regular email updates about when new content has been added to Mr C says, just email mistercsays1@gmail.com

Notetaking In The Digital Classroom: A Blended Learning Approach

Note-taking is part-and-parcel to the academic learning experience. Often during lecture, but also experiments, interviews, and field research, understanding what’s important and recording it for future reference is central to the learning process–curation before we called it that. So it may come as a surprise that according to a 2010 study, only 66.5% of students take notes….read more

Tear Down That Wall: Joining the Global Classroom Community to Instil Global Citizenship

Instilling “global citizenship” in students is essential to prepare them for our rapidly changing world. Being a global citizen goes well beyond simply traveling or living in another country. It refers to a more holistic view of the world, understanding the commonalities we share and recognizing our responsibility to help our fellow man and safeguard our planet’s future….read more

This Is The World Teachers Must Adapt To

Teachers are the arbitrators of knowledge and culture. Knowledge and culture are each dynamic, endlessly crashing and churning. This makes teaching significantly important and difficult work, and can leave teaching—as a craft—wide-eyed and nonplussed in response. Worse, those outside the bubble of education can understandably struggle to understand the problem. What are the teaching in those schools anyway? How is it any different from when I was in school?…read more

The Case for Pi: Why We Shouldn’t Always Teach Math in Absolutes

A few years ago, Indira Gil, friend and math educator in Miami, Forida, asked me the following: “Why do we call pi irrational when it’s clearly the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter?” Of course, I agreed. Such a pithy thought has swum around my ear for as long as it has because we’ve come to no resolution on it. For decades, we were always told to truncate pi to 3.14 or 22/7. The geeks might get a few digits deeper (3.1415926535. . .), but generally, this was a given fact and, like many things math, we didn’t have to wonder because all the wondering had been done for us….read more

20 Must-have iPad Apps for Student Researchers and Academics

As a post-graduate student researcher I find myself spending more time using iPad for doing many of my academic related work. When I first bought iPad my goal was just have a mobile reader for my PDFs and never thought that this little machine would be of so much help to me in my studies. That being said, I want to share with you some of the important apps that every student researcher should be able to use. I featured under each category a few options for you to choose from….read more

8 Ways For Teachers To Save Time In The Classroom

Teachers think about a lot during the course of a school day — from planning lessons tied to the core curriculum to making sure Jimmy gets home on the right bus. One thing teachers often do not think about is saving themselves time, but they should….read more

10 free tools for creating infographics

For all the importance we place on text, it’s an indisputable fact that images are processed in the brain faster than words. Hence the rise and rise of the infographic which, at its best, transforms complex information into graphics that are both easy to grasp and visually appealing. No wonder magazine readers and web visitors love them….read more

10 Benefits Of Blended Learning For Teachers

Blended learning–the mixing of eLearning and face-to-face learning–is a natural response to the growing accessibility of eLearning, and the continued need for a human component, and the existing infrastructure of countless brick-mortal educational institutions. In fact, blended learning is as much as compromise as it is an experiment to see how well this whole learn-by-computer thing works….read more

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