Gamification and Learning / AI In the Home / Language Learning Tips

August 17th, 2019

Gamification and Learning
Learn how gamification can uncover nuance in the learning process. Then it’s AI in the home and language learning tips. On to a job at Digg, why the minimum wage in the US is screwed up, immersive experiences in education, a Tom Landry quote, and common tourist scams.

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Innovate Inside the Box / Using Your Privilege​ for Good / Increasing Motivation

August 16th, 2019

Innovate Inside the Box
Be sure to get George Couros’ new book on innovation. Then it’s using privilege for good and increasing motivation. On to a self-directed learning model, Google’s Originality Checker, chronic absence defined, a judging schools quote, and kayaking near a calving glacier.

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Exams-Free Education: Benefits and Drawbacks by Michelle Brooks

August 15th, 2019

Exams Free Ed
Exams-Free Education: Benefits and Drawbacks by Michelle Brooks takes on the idea that standardized testing not only isn’t needed but has a negative impact on learning. She joins a growing field who think it’s time to move on and in the process improve learning for all students.

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Expanding What Teachers Do / Things to Say More / The Physics of Simone Biles

August 14th, 2019

Edtech Expands
Start by finding out how edtech can expand what teachers do. Then it’s things teachers should say more and the physics of Simone Biles. On to regulating social media, why lawns don’t make sense, rethinking your lesson plans, a struggle quote, and the Dark Crystal trailer.

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Harnessing Technology for Deeper Learning by Scott McLeod and Julie Graber

August 13th, 2019
Harnassing Tech

Harnessing Technology for Deeper Learning by Scott McLeod and Julie Graber starts with the fact that schools purchase a lot of technology and then hope for magic to happen. Since magic doesn’t in most schools they invented a practical protocol that teachers can use to help students engage in deeper thinking, do authentic real-world work, have more control and ownership of their learning, and be more involved in communication and collaboration. In addition to the protocol, they give concrete examples of how it can work with real lesson plans. Every school should have copies of this book.

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