Education Update #14

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Avoiding the Trap of “Q & A Teaching”

“Q & A teaching” occurs during the direct instruction portion of the lesson; the instruction turns into a Q & A session instead of the teacher giving a clear model or explanation. It’s easy to understand why we do this; we want students to be involved and stay engaged in the lesson. The problem for a lesson covering a new skill, though, is that the end result is disjointed instruction possibly including wrong information, since students were asked to contribute aloud before they were ready….read more

Teachers Open Up About the (Mostly Lousy) Economics of Their Dream Job

Through the TED-Ed network, we asked 17 public school teachers working in locations from Kildare to Kathmandu, Johannesburg to Oslo, to tell us what they earned last month, and to give us a sense of how they spent their salaries. We chose to focus on public school teachers, because the way these educators are treated says something about national priorities, the economic climate, and a country’s vision for the future. The teachers’ responses show that it really doesn’t matter where you are — certain worries and goals are universal….read more

Learning Is Non-Linear. Why Not Curriculum?

More recent neuroscience evidence has led me to think that learning can be thought of in at least two levels. There are probably more but two will suffice for now. On the one hand is the acquisition of knowledge and skills or what are better known as competencies. On the other is deeper learning, when we make associations in our brains that lead to Ah Ha! moments or new insights….read more

Simple Ideas To Improve Student Motivation

The best lessons, books, and materials in the world won’t get students excited about learning and willing to work hard if they’re not motivated. Motivation, both intrinsic and extrinsic, is a key factor in the success of students at all stages of their education, and teachers can play a pivotal role in providing and encouraging that motivation in their students….read more

The Barriers To Using Social Media In Education

In 2012-13, The US department of Commerce ranked 55 industry sectors for their IT intensiveness, education ranked lowest (below coal mining). Education industry that bears the responsibility to prepare children for the world of tomorrow, itself is not ready to embrace the digital revolution with an open mind. We’re not talking about the number of machines lying in your computer lab or iPads in the classroom. We’re talking about the motivation behind having these machines – digital education in true sense….read more

Six Reasons Why Twitter is A Teacher’s BFF

Twitter. It was the last thing I wanted to spend my time on. I already used Facebook so why would I need another social media platform to eat up my spare time and contribute to my procrastination regime? If you are an educator interested in active citizenship, global perspectives, development education, English, Geography, SOSE, HSIE, Digital learning, pedagogies I can guarantee that it is worth the look!….read more

Fifty Time-saving Social Media Shortcuts Worth Knowing

You probably spend quite a bit of time on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, and Google+. They’re the ‘big 4′ of social media and there is a good chance you wish you could use these websites just a … little … bit … faster. Lucky for you, there’s a handy cheat sheet now available with more than 50 (we counted!) time-saving social media shortcuts that are designed to help you watch videos, share posts, and do just about anything faster than you can even imagine….read more

Powerful Tools To Create Polls And Quizzes In The Classroom

Using polling tools in the classroom is probably old hat by now. There are a ton of different tools available to teachers – many of them free- and they’re being put to use in a variety of different ways. From simply polling your class to get information and opinions to taking quizzes and having your students poll for group work or projects, there are a lot of possibilities out there for these types of tools. Check out this awesome list….read more

How to Critically Judge Online Content

Below is some advice you can share with your students to help them learn about how to critically judge online (and offline) content. The information included is based on Google Safety resources as well as on an article I shared previously….read more

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