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Friday, May 14, 2010

Daily Spotlight on Education 05/14/2010

  • Schools in England are boycotting Standardized Tests (they call the SAT's - not to be confused with the SAT that is taken to get into college.)

    tags: education, testing

  • So, I know NOTHING about 3D projectors and even less about the 3d content out there - however, could imagine that it would be cool if it works. Here is a research study forwarded to me about how 3d projectors improve test scores -- as with everything it is not the projector but how the projector is USED.

    tags: education, learning, research

  • If you want to be involved!

    In partnership with Elluminate, we are in the process of organizing a free virtual online global education conference to hopefully take place in November of 2010. Our conference strands are *tentatively* set to include: Teachers (professional development, training, etc.), Students (student-led initiatives, exchange programs, service learning etc.), Pedagogy (curriculum, digital citizenship, assessment etc. ), Policy and Leadership (exemplary schools, ICT infrastructure, government initiatives etc.), and Change (peace and social justice, equity, etc.).

    If you are interested in joining our mailing list to stay informed of developments, please sign up using this form. We also are looking for people with various expertise and interests related to the following tasks:

    - Serving on an international educator advisory board

    - Recommending students to serve on a student advisory board

    - Presenting a session at this conference

    - Facilitating conference sessions in Elluminate

    - Volunteering to develop the resource wiki

    - Translating conference sessions and materials

    - Volunteering to mentor other educators around the topic of developing global collaborative projects. We are seeking people who will partner with less experienced educators to introduce them to this concept.

    tags: education, flatclassroom, global, collaboration

  • I used this research in writing a grant for securing Amazon Kindle's and using their text to speech feature to help students with reading comprehension.

    Sadoski, M. & Paivio, A. (2004). A dual coding theoretical model of reading. In R. B. Ruddell & N. J. Unrau (Eds.), Theoretical models and processes of reading (5th ed.) (pp. 1329-1362). Newark, DE: International Reading Association.

    tags: education, reading, reading_teacher, learning

  • Non traditional approach to literature. Just received this in my inbox:

    " We, The Hazardous Players, have been building a fantasy adventure where we plan on constructing multiply narratives using various media: writing, audio performance and art, (eventually video), to create a story that is an expanding fantasy for children and adults. Though we realize this is a nontraditional approach to literature, we do see that this could be a unique way to tell a story, harkening back to the time of episodic adventures on the radio. "

    Couldn't students do this as a semester or shorter project?

    tags: education, literature

  • Stephen Colbert lashed out against the SAT's and the prep courses. As an SAT prep person, this came across my desk. Not really sure what the SAT measures -- often it is your affluence that it measures - that is a good point.

    The only part I really don't care for is the fun he pokes at the "learning disabled" a misunderstood "category" if I've ever seen one.

    tags: education, sat, learning

  • Watching a really cool student video on augmented reality! What happens when you cannot see what they are looking at?

    tags: education, learning, netgened

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