Teague's Tech Treks

Avoiding tech "OOPS-idents" by Helen Teague

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The Learner and The Butterfly: A Story with Analogies

The Learner and The Butterfly

Last Sunday I read this story on a post on LinkedIn. It is the story of the caterpillar and the butterfly. It suddenly struck me, that it was just the same with learners.

The story goes, some school children were watching a butterfly emerging from its cocoon. They felt sorry for it as it struggled and struggled to extract itself through the tiny hole it had made. Eventually it succeeded and lay there, exhausted. Eventually, slowly, it opened its wings, and finally flew away.

The children saw the same process happening with another cocoon, and not wanting to see this poor butterfly suffer, they cut open the cocoon and freed the butterfly. The bedraggled creature lay on the surface for a while, and then died. The children were sad.

The teacher explained, that the struggle to get out of the cocoon was part of the process. The process of struggling forced fluids up the narrow network of tubes within the wings, and this allowed the wings to unfold and become rigid, so that the butterfly could fly away. When the children helped the 2nd one, the fluids did not get pumped into the wings, and so they did not expand and unfold, it could not fly away, and so died.

Get the analogy?

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Differentiated Education Quotes from Carol Ann Tomlinson

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The World Digital Library

world digital library logoThe World Digital Library is a cooperative project of the Library of Congress, the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), and partner libraries, archives, and educational and cultural institutions from the United States and around the world. The project brings together rare and unique materials including books, journals, manuscripts, maps, prints and photographs, films, and sound recordings that tell the story of the world’s cultures. Content can be displayed in seven languages and curator videos deliver context and commentary for some items.

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Is the calendar incorrect? Nope it is still the 21st century

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In an opinion piece that succinctly explains what is troubling to most innovative educators, Graham Brown-Martin, Founder of Learning

Without Frontiers and Founder of Education Design Labs extols, “We continue to use technology to reinforce 19th century teaching practice.

Read the full online interview at this link

Nik Peachey‘s comment is noteworthy: “Some really good points here about the way assessment is crippling the ability of technology to move teaching practice forwards.”

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Moving Beyond Multiple Choice Tests

A few years ago, I wanted to see what it would be like if I spent one marking period not giving my traditional multiple choice exams at the end of units and see what would happen if I gave my students options to demonstrate their knowledge. At the end of those ten weeks I saw higher engagement and a much stronger demonstration of skill and knowledge than any multiple choice exam had ever shown me. - Nick Provenzano

Read more in this post which describes more effective assessment procedures.