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Arizona State Sees Good Results when In-Service Teachers Take Tech to School

Campus Technology - 25 Enero, 2016 - 23:35
A recent "technology integration showcase" gave in-service and experienced teachers at an Arizona school the chance to share what they'd learned from their experiences of learning how to integrate technology into their classrooms. The event was the culmination of a grant-funded program focused on teacher candidates attending Arizona State University's Teachers College.

In their own write

Learning with 'e's - 25 Enero, 2016 - 23:29
In school I remember being reprimanded by a teacher for writing on a classroom desk. I always thought it was a rule that was meant to be broken because most of the desks throughout the school were already covered in graffiti, and on some the wood had even been carved into with knives (or more likely, metal compass points).

In fact you could find graffiti just about anywhere in my school. We would write on the toilet cubicle walls, and we would sketch and doodle in our text books. This was terribly bad behaviour I know, but that's what kids did. We drew on things. We made cartoons. We experimented with rude words. I doubt that little has changed, and that the same still happens in many schools today.

Why is it that children love to draw on surfaces? Is it to try out new ideas or simply to make a personal statement? It would be great if these were the only reasons, but it's equally likely that the kids are really bored, or want to show off. It's also possible that some children just want to leave their mark on surfaces because they share the mindset of urban graffiti artists who attempt to place their 'tags' in as many places across a city as they can - a kind of game. Some school graffiti might be the result of disaffected children who want to 'get their own back' somehow. Each of these is a possible explanation, but what if children simply need somewhere to express their thinking? What if they have so much creativity inside them screaming to get out, it just has to be unleashed somewhere, and the desk is the closest available space?

Wouldn't it be wonderful if children could draw anywhere and express their creativity on any surface? And what might they learn if those drawings were non-permanent but could still be stored somewhere?

Several years ago I visited a college where I saw a room made entirely of dry-wipe boards. Students could write on the walls and the doors, and then they could be wiped off (the walls and doors, not the students). On my travels I have seen many other versions of this idea, and now I'm also beginning to see dry-wipe desks (such as those in this picture) appearing in classrooms. It's a simple idea that can be so effective.

When children sit at their desks in these schools, they are positively encouraged to write on their desks. The constraints on their creativity are being removed. It will one day be common to see children working out mathematics problems on their desktops, or drawing diagrams to explain a science experiment. They will be able to capture and share their work using their mobile phones, and connect their ideas together digitally. Perhaps their desks will one day be fully connected and interactive, like the tabletop surface technologies that have been available in large format for several years. Offering children a space upon which they can experiment, create, collaborate or solve problems and where the writing is non-permanent but storable would be a great way of unleashing new potential.

Photos by Steve Wheeler


In their own write by Steve Wheeler was written in Plymouth, England and is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.Posted by Steve Wheeler from Learning with e's

U California, Berkeley Adopts New Discovery Service To Improve Search Results

Campus Technology - 25 Enero, 2016 - 22:55
The University of California, Berkeley has chosen a new discovery service in an attempt to provide library users with better results.

Meet the Moodle Association Committee Leadership

Moodle News - 25 Enero, 2016 - 16:00
The Moodle Users Association launched officially last week and already 50 members have signed up at various levels (users may sign up as an individual or as organizations, there are three membership...

Moodle Entity Relationship Diagram for 3.0 is available

Moodle News - 25 Enero, 2016 - 14:00
This view of Moodle SQL helps to show the relationship between Moodle modules and each module itself in great detail. Marcus Green has updated the diagram for 3.0 using MySQL Workbench, it’s...

Lynn U Deploys iPad Pro

Campus Technology - 25 Enero, 2016 - 14:00
Lynn University in Boca Raton, FL, is upgrading its iPad initiative by providing all undergraduate day students and faculty with an iPad Pro, Apple Pencil and Smart Keyboard.

Blackboard Builds Out Learn SaaS Line

Campus Technology - 25 Enero, 2016 - 13:00
The world's largest vendor of learning management systems has expanded its software-as-a-service (SaaS) offerings.

The Stanford professor who pioneered praising kids for effort says we’ve totally missed the point

OLDaily - 25 Enero, 2016 - 00:20


Jenny Anderson, Quartz, Jan 24, 2016

We've probably all heard the sarcastic comments about giving every kid a prize for trying, instead of awarding one prize to the winner. The idea of praising effort rather than results is scorned and ridiculed. But as this article notes, if we praise only results, those with more ability are content with an easy win, and those with less ability look for shortcuts and ways to game the system. Praising effort is important. But as reseracher Carol Dweck says "people needed to know" (ironically behind a paywall) the reason effort is important is that it leads to results. "The exciting part of Dweck’ s mindset research is that it shows intelligence is malleable... The more they had a growth mindset in 2nd grade the better they did in 4th grade and the relationship was significant."

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