I recently came across this article and thought I would share it.
It makes some interesting points about the importance of teaching students to be creative and to problem solve, but I think it fails to stress that they also need high levels of knowledge to do it effectively.
Added by Ariella Allen on October 25, 2011 at 6:49pm — No Comments
This is definitely worth the read. It is interesting and is food for thought.
A few years ago I attended a conference by NYSCATE. The section of the conference that I found interesting was the how gaming industry has come up with the perfect built in scaffolding for children to succeed in winning a game. With this theory the children could not move to the next level until showing a level of mastery. I kept this theory in mind trying to use the simulations and games for the students to scaffold and master concepts as math facts and grammar. We are now using…Continue
Added by Tina Chamak on October 22, 2011 at 8:37pm — No Comments
For the EdTech course I am taking, I found a Judaic Studies lesson plan on the Lookstein website. The lesson I chose was a Chanukah Mystery Webquest for grades 3-5. I found it to be a very good lesson and was inspired to find out more and learn about WebQuests. Once I learn more about them, to try and create my own lessons. I found a website that includes a tutorial on how to create a WebQuest, a rubric of what should be included in a good Web Quest, and other WebQuest resources (among…Continue
Added by Yael Shedlo on October 10, 2011 at 10:23pm — No Comments
For those who have iPads... some education related apps from Apple Distinguished Educator Ted Lai, IT Director at Fisler. Just click link…
Added by Arye Sufrin on October 10, 2011 at 3:02pm — No Comments
I just read a chapter (Technology Integration for Meaningful Classroom Use Chapter 3) about critical thinking and it struck me that any good sugyu should have the critical thinking built in.
The NY Times front page has a report about
Inflating the Software Report Card
Added by Irit Eliyahu on October 9, 2011 at 2:05pm — No Comments
As most of you probably know, Steve Jobs passed away yesterday at the young age of 56 from pancreatic cancer.
Steve was a visionary and not only revolutionized technology and computers, but as the mark of all good leaders, inspired others. No longer did you own a Mac or a…Continue
Added by Eliezer Jones on October 6, 2011 at 9:00pm — No Comments
Across my desk today came two relevant commentaries on instructional technology that couldn’t have been more different. A passionate article in Independent School Management's e-newsletter Monthly Update for Heads enticingly titled “How Do We Operate Five Years into the Future,” could only make one yearn to see played out in one’s own classrooms its promise of intense student engagement coupled with student freedom and joyful collaboration. So it was with eager anticipation that I watched…Continue
I have found web quests to be a great learning tool for all of the students in my class. It allow the students to work at their own pace, at times depending on the project work in groups allowing the students to work on the part of the project that allows them to show genuine understanding of the topic being covered. Since this is a web based project it also allows the students to hone their research skills that are out there today. I found this great site called…Continue
Added by Tina Chamak on October 5, 2011 at 7:16am — No Comments
Added by Dov Emerson on October 4, 2011 at 12:00am — No Comments
The current October EL magazine (ASCD) focuses on Coaching and the role of school leaders. One of the articles is The Power of Virutal Coaching which describes how coach interacts electronically with a teacher as a lesson unfold. It is an interesting article which also provide the details of the equipments that would be needed to apply this method. It worth reading,…Continue
Added by Irit Eliyahu on October 2, 2011 at 11:40pm — No Comments
A piece on the OpEd page of today's LA Times offered a somewhat jaundiced view of online learning. While acknowledging its potential, especially for students who might have little or limited access to learning, the author points out that, at least as often constituted today, online learning may offer an insubstantial environment compared to a live classroom. I actually think that he missed the most important point: part of the job of a teacher is to work with the student to tease out his…Continue
No question that conceptually E-books would be great to use in schools. Will it help more students read is the question that really matters. Read below:
TAYLOR MILL - Barnes & Noble's e-reader has made its way into Scott High School's Advanced Placement English…Continue
I walked into new waters this year. 6 months ago, armed with a guide, a support group, and a private pool I dipped my first toe in. We sat on the side-wall of the pool, dipped our toes, read some theory, practiced making strokes in the air, read a bit more theory and then eased into the pool – where we practiced our kicks holding on to a kickboard.…Continue
Added by Debby Jacoby on September 27, 2011 at 2:30am — No Comments