Tag Archives: Collaborative learning

ClassCraft FTW! (Why ClassCraft is the Best Thing to Happen to Education Since the iPad)


ClassCraft is simply awesome! I’ve been using it now for a few months and I have been amazed at how it increases engagement in my class. Developed by high school Physics teacher Shawn Young, and successfully crowd-funded, ClassCraft is revolutionizing … Continue reading

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Woot! Let’s Play! (Leveling-Up Education Though Gamification)


Let’s play a game… (Note: Please see my next post on ClassCraft for the best tool there is to gamify your classroom!) Here is your character:

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25 Questions Every 21st Century Student Should Be Able to Answer


  What is the value of creativity? How do I evaluate the reliability of a website? How do I stay safe online? Why is metacognition important? How do I learn most effectively? How do I create an engaging presentation? How … Continue reading

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I Have a Dream: The Future of Education


I have dream that one day students will be more important than syllabi. In the not too distant future, education will be a collaborative enterprise, with teachers and students assuming shifting roles as coaches, mentors and learners.

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Occupy Education: On Using the Occupy Movements’ Hand Gestures to Stimulate Engagement in Flat Classrooms


Image credit: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/b/b1/OccupyHandSignals.pdf/page1-1240px-OccupyHandSignals.pdf.jpg Hands up if you’ve heard of the Occupy movements which have sprung up all over the States and elsewhere in the last few years. For the benefit of those who did not raise their hands, here’s what … Continue reading

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23 Reasons Why the FIFA World Cup is Like Traditional Old-School Education


****************************** This just in from the Half Tongue-in-Cheek Department: ******************************   The FIFA World Cup, said someone once, rather disparagingly, involves national teams of overpaid players with lovely haircuts kicking a ball around, falling elaborately for no particular reason and … Continue reading

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Does the Quest to Program an Intelligent Robot Provide a Model for 21st Century Education?


Processing Learning is a system with inputs, processes and outputs. There has been much discussion in recent years around how we need to improve the inputs so that the outputs become more relevant and meaningful in the modern world. We … Continue reading

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Here’s The Single Best Little App For Tech Savvy Educators


  With the plethora of education apps out there, the technology savvy educator has to learn to be discriminating, and to develop a system for narrowing down the overwhelming options that are available. Fortunately this is quite easy if you … Continue reading

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40 More Things Students Don’t Say


Things Students Don’t Say:

Standardized tests really allow me to demonstrate my learning in a personalized way.
The curriculum really is more important than I am. No really, it is!
School is definitely about how well I do in the exams.
My education is preparing me for life.
I don’t feel like I am just a number. Continue reading

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Waze of Learning: On Crowd-Sourced Education


Have you come across Waze yet? I use it all the time – even during the short trip to work and back, when I don’t need help navigating. And when I need to go further afield my wife-like girlfriend insists … Continue reading

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A Very Academic Problem


The Teachers vs The Greeks Teachers: Please stop using the word ‘academic’. You don’t know what it means. When you say things like “this is an academic school”, or “we need to lift our academic standards”, or even “I am … Continue reading

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Teachers Are Not Doctors, We’re Builders


I confess to a blunder: I have often put forward that teachers should be regarded in the same light as medical professionals. I have argued that we are as important to society, and that we consequently need to ensure that … Continue reading

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40 Ideas for ‘Thinking Teaching’ Hour… Add Yours.


Like many schools these days, mine has a Thinking Teaching group. We get together as often as we can to discuss ideas around teaching and best practice. The group is very diverse and very vocal and very stimulating.     … Continue reading

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