Teague's Tech Treks

Learning Technology and other Tech Observations by Dr. Helen Teague

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Engineering Current Event: Carnegie Mellon Will Open Source Its Digital Learning Software

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Weekend Ed. Quote ~ March 23

“Learning with technology does not happen because a specific tool “revolutionizes” education. It happens when proven teaching strategies intersect with technology tools, and yet it is not uncommon for teachers to use a tool because it is “fun” or because the developer promises it will help students learn.” ~Learning First, Technology Second: The Educators’Guide to Designing Authentic Lessons by Liz Kolb

 

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EdWeb Early Literacy Webinar — Join Me

Please join my colleague Dr. Joyce King and me for our EdWeb Webinar, “How Early Literacy Impacts Reading to Learn: Research, Strategies, and Digital Tools.

April 10, 2019- 4:00pm -5:00pm EDT

Click on this link for your free webinar registration: https://home.edweb.net/webinar/literacy20190410/ 

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Weekend Ed. Quote ~ March15

It’s imperative that classroom design is driven by the desire to create personal and authentic learning. ~ Tom Murray,  co-author of Learning Transformed: 8 Keys to Designing Tomorrow’s Schools, Today

Image from our friend- at #CCEFinland

 

 

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Why Online Learning Succeeds in Higher Ed

 

 

 

Original Post Date: May 12, 2014

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Weekend Ed. Quote ~ March 8

Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less. ~ Physicist Marie Curie, 1867-1934

 

Happy International Women’s Day~~ Find Resources for this day at PBS Learning Media

Read more about physicist Marie Curie here at the Live Science website

Search for the biographies of other scientists at LiveScience

 

 

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Do standards help to empower teachers? (and if so, how?)

Do standards help to empower teachers? (and if so, how?)

The Standards are just one granular component of our instructional pedagogy.

Educational technology has a two-pronged emphasis of tools and processes (Roblyer, 2016). The ISTE Standards described what comprises the technology curriculum focus. Another resource for standards-based instruction is the 6E Learning by DeSIGN Model. The 6E Learning by DeSign Model is a component module on the ITEEA – The International Technology and Engineering Educators Association. ITEEA is the professional organization for STEM educators. The 6E Learning by DeSign model describes how to instruct students in the technology curriculum standards. Using key words, the 6E Learning by DeSIGN Model can organize classroom instructional activities, not unlike the Bloom’s Taxonomy (1965). One of the words “Explore” caught my attention first. The descriptive words listed next to “Explore” are predict, experiment, observe, discover, record, retest, discuss.

As you read about them, which of the 6Es stands out to you? 

These words provide a framework for educators to plan and implement instruction without the restrictions of scripted instruction. Santaro (2018) writes a warning linking scripted instruction to low teacher morale. The Santaro resource is important to my learning. It also deepens our discussion forum conversations for three reasons: (1.) Santaro is very current (2.) it is teacher centered and (3.) it references a recurring complaint among teachers regarding scripted instruction. The teachers’ perceptions referenced in Santaro are reflective of what I see and hear when I am onsite in schools.

Scripted conversations and patient approaches are beneficial in medicine (Hamilton & Kroska, 2019). In early elementary reading instruction it has a mixed success affect(McIntyre, Rightmyer, & Petrosko, 2008). However the mantra given by some administrations that each teacher needs to be at the same place and curriculum pace at any arbitrary increment. This practice can be viewed as twisting standards to influence professional instructional practice. Teachers can lose their agency and become “conscientious objectors” (Santoro, 2018, p. 8).

References

6E Learning by DeSIGN Model. Retrieved from
https://www.iteea.org/STEMCenter/6ELearningbyDeSIGN.aspx
Bloom, B. S. (1956, 2010). “Taxonomy of Educational Objectives, Handbook I: The Cognitive Domain.”
New York: David McKay Co Inc.
ISTE Standards for Students (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.iste.org/standards/for-students
Hamilton, J., & Kroska, E. B. (2019). Distress predicts utilization of psychosocial health services in
oncology patients. Psycho‐oncology.

McIntyre, E., Rightmyer, E. C., & Petrosko, J. P. (2008). Scripted and non-scripted reading instructional
models: Effects on the phonics and reading achievement of first-grade struggling readers.
Reading & Writing Quarterly, 24(4), 377-407.
Roblyer, M.D. (2016). Introduction and background on integrating technology in education. Pearson.

Santoro, D. A. (2018). Demoralized: Why Teachers Leave the Profession They Love and How They Can
Stay. Harvard Education Press. 8 Story Street First Floor, Cambridge, MA 02138.

 

 

 

 

 

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Weekend Ed. Quote ~ March 2

Be less curious about people and more curious about ideas. Marie Curie

 

Watch this short, interesting video on Marie Curie from PBS Learning Media

Learn more about physicist Marie Curie from Google Story

Search for the biographies of other scientists at LiveScience

 

 

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Happy National Read Across America Day!

National Read Across America Day is an annual event that is part of Read Across America, an initiative on reading that was created by the National Education Association.

Each year, National Read Across America Day is celebrated on March 2nd, the birthday of Dr. Seuss.  However, if it falls on a weekend, it is observed in the school systems on the school day closest to March 2nd.  This day is a motivational and awareness day, calling all children and youth in every community across the United States to celebrate reading.

HOW TO OBSERVE

Pick up an interesting book and read it.  More importantly, read with a child. Use #ReadAcrossAmericaDay or #DrSeussDay to post on social media.

Parents and educators, visit the National Day Calendar Classroom for ways to incorporate National Read Across America Day into your classroom.

HISTORY

The first National Read Across America Day was held on March 2, 1998.

 

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