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iWalkthrough™ – Great Schools Partnership

The Great Schools Partnership have developed the iWalkthrough™ tool for use in schools to observe teaching and acquire data for feedback:

“The tool allows administrators or other instructional leaders to make a five to ten minute classroom visit yet dial in on the instruction they witness. During the training process, observers are encouraged to observe in the room then record after they leave so as not to be a distraction to the students or the teacher.

To be effective, the Walk through concept must be done frequently, with observers visiting the classrooms multiple times. Because the device is convenient to carry and the process so time effective, administrators and teacher leaders can do a number of such visits to several different classrooms in the time it would have taken to do one such formal observation previously.

But it is later, after the data has been collected from a multitude of such visits and collapsed by the software that the device shines. The iWalkthrough can generate customized reports that easily sort, compare, and visually display a wealth of data.”

Author: Tom Hanson, OpenEducation Blog, 16th April 2008

Full article available here.


April 17, 2008 at 10:02 am Leave a comment

Podcasting Basics: Simple Steps for Introducing Podcasting into Your K-8 Class, Part 2

In the first segment in this two-part series, teacher and consultant Brad Pearl explained what kinds of hardware and software you’ll need to introduce podcasting into your classroom. He also shared advice for selecting a first project and getting students involved in the work of recording podcast segments.

In this segment, Pearl explains how to edit and publish the podcasts your class produces. He also offers suggestions for managing a classroom where it seems like every student is going off in a different direction in pursuit of the perfect podcast.

Author: Dian Schaffhauser, T.H.E. Journal, March 2008

Full article available here.

March 29, 2008 at 10:11 pm Leave a comment

Award-Winning Teacher Utilizes a Wealth of Classroom Technology

In his classroom, Mr. Thompson has been using blogs to communicate class activities to parents and SMARTboard technology to have students create powerpoint presentations. In addition, Mr. Thompson utilizes movie technology for both classroom lessons and student products. This caring and dedicated teacher even provides “Podcasts” on his web page that give verbally recorded instructions for parents on how to help children with their math and reading instruction.

Below we present our interview Mr. Thompson in question and answer format. We have included numerous links to his classroom materials including “The Morning Work Show,” “The Literacy Fastbreak,” and his classroom web page.

Author: Tom Hanson, OpenEducation Blog, 27th March 2008

Full article available here.

March 29, 2008 at 10:06 pm Leave a comment

In the News – Grant Wiggins, Angry Home Schoolers, and Gender Differences

Grant Wiggins, author of Schooling by Design, has brought forth some very interesting points on a couple of topics in a recent post on his Authentic Education Big Ideas site.

ASCD.orgFirst, Wiggins takes a look at the current “Just in Case” philosophy that dominates the American educational system then discusses the more appropriate notion of a “Just in Time” system. However, Wiggins notes that the “Just in Time” concept can only come about through a complete redefining of our current school curriculum. In regards to the “Just in Time” notion, he states, “You learn what you need in order to handle increasingly demanding performance requirements” then adds “we already do this in business, law, medicine, as well as sports and the arts.”

Author: Thomas Hanson, OpenEducation Blog, 26th March 2008

Full article available here.

March 29, 2008 at 2:20 pm Leave a comment

Look! A teacher using stories to teach!

(Washington Post link)I love this story. This teacher, author, etc (see bio) wrote a series of books using guess what – stories – to teach things like history and science. This quote from a county school science coordinator, “teaching science through stories rather than unconnected snippets of formulas and information is gaining popularity” – is kind of a bittersweet, double-edge sword. On the one hand, yea! On the other hand, umm…haven’t we used stories to teach for a lot longer than we have used something like the classroom? This next quote really nails it “”If you talk to any first-rate scientist about a particular development, you will very quickly hear a narrative, because the way good scientists think about developments in their field is in terms of stories.”

Author: Mark Oehlert, e-Clippings Blog, 17th March 2008

Full article available here.

March 17, 2008 at 11:52 am Leave a comment

CSH Lab Biology Animation Library

Biology Animation Library

The good folks at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory provide a number of helpful and well-designed educational materials on their site, and this Biology Animation Library is a real find. Visitors to the site can view one of a dozen animations offered here, and they can also download them for their own use. The animations include a brief overview of cloning, several on DNA, gel electrophoresis, and polymerase chain reaction. One can imagine that utilizing these animations in a genetics classroom would be quite easy, and students could even use these materials as a way to review basic genetic concepts. The site is rounded out by a section on the left-hand side that contains links to other educational resources created by experts at the Dolan DNA Research Center.

From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout 1994-2008

Author: Ray Schroeder, Educational Technology Blog, 15th March 2008

March 15, 2008 at 3:32 pm Leave a comment

Kids use latest technology to help one another excel

LINCOLN MIDDLE SCHOOL There’s a video on YouTube that has generated nearly 1,000 views since it was posted last August. It isn’t the latest impressive basketball dunk or footage of pirates versus ninjas, but rather an instruction on adding fractions using different denominators.

The lesson on lowest common denominators is led by “Billy Billy,” a pseudonym for eighth-grade Lincoln Middle School student Aleya Spielman, whose voice in the video guides her fellow classmates how to solve a particular type of problem.

Author: Melody Hanatani, Daily Press Staff Write, 26th February 2008

Full articel available here.

March 12, 2008 at 3:32 pm Leave a comment

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