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Looping: Not so loopy.

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City Charter High’s approach proves successful and looping seems to be the reason for their achievement.  For those of you unaware of what looping is – It means a teacher will stay with a student for a duration past just one year.  At CCH the teachers stay with the students for four years.  The idea of looping and its benefits are detailed further in the article.  Read on.

See on www.post-gazette.com

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RockMelt – Chrome with some Facebook Add-ons

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Want an all-in-one browser, but still like Chrome?  Time to try Rockmelt.  It logs in to Facebook, Twitter, even 9Gag and all your other social networks or RSS feeds and keeps you updated in the sidebar or menu.  It seems like it would be the browser of choice if you have an especially large screen.

I’m going to try it out.

Tom

See on www.rockmelt.com

 
 

Linear Equations Instructional Rap Video

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Awesome Rap Video by a student here at IICS.  Great tune, beat…and learning!!

Rap starts at around 1:16

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Socrative | Student Response System

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“Socrative is a smart student response system that empowers teachers to engage their classrooms through a series of educational games and exercises via smartphones and tablets.”

If you are a teacher who has 1:1 laptops at their disposal and you would like to make sure you have all of your students engaged in classroom discussions, or you would like to make tests more dynamic, then this FREE product is for you.

It can also be used to make dry content fun and exciting because teams can be made there students play against one another in a live response recording/projecting system.

I have personally used it with teachers, grade nine, grade five, and grade four students and most have found it intriguing to enthralling.  It’s totally worth checking out.

See on www.socrative.com

 
 

Behind the scenes at a McDonald’s photo shoot

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This is quite interesting.  McDonalds sports a question about why their burgers look different in the pictures than they do in real life.  They answer truthfully and enlighten the viewer with a few facts that I didn’t realize they did, but make a lot of sense once you see it in the video.  It’s a worthwhile watch, but might make you a little hungry.
McCheers,

Tom

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New ways to cheat at school

Attention:

This is a “head’s up” to teachers [professors, bosses, supervisors, etc].  Writing and bringing cheat sheets, copying off neighbor’s tests, buying essays online, texting answers to one another and plagiarizing are ways students use to cheat.  But now there is a new way to add a procrastination method to the list of cheating

…and it’s not Facebook.

Proof:

Document Corrupter, by Neddy Winter, does just what it says.  It corrupts documents.  Neddy totes it like this:

We have all been in the situation where we have half-finished work due tomorrow. You can upload a unfinished word document and this tool will modify it so that it cannot be opened. You can send the corrupted file instead to buy yourself some extra time.http://neddyy.net/docs/

So if dealing with cheating and plagiarism wasn’t enough, now teachers need to lookout for this awful new method that students are employing.

Strategy:

As a teacher or educator we are thinking to ourselves, “Oh no!  This is not good.  Is there any way that I can combat this new way to cheat?”  Initially, there is not a program or service that can tell you the file has been put through the document corrupter, but you can try some of these solutions:

  • Tell students you are aware of the Document Corrupter
  • Insist that students save their file revisions in DropBox – They can always go back to an earlier saved version
  • Tell students that corrupted files are still counted as late
  • Tell students they must send you two file formats: PDF and DOCx
  • Ask students to give you drafts or compartmentalized pieces of large assignments
  • Employ the use of Google Docs instead
  • If a document shows up corrupted to your email and you have your doubts, ask a student to immediately send you an print-screen image-file of the closing argument from their computer.  Also ask them to look in their Dropbox to get an older version to send you

To help fight against procrastination:

  • Help students to create an “un-schedule”

“a weekly calendar of all of your committed activities. It can help you accomplish your goal in two ways. First, in looking ahead to how much of your time is already committed, you will see the maximum amount of time you have left over to work toward your goal. Secondly, creating an unschedule helps you at the end of your week as you can look back and see where your time has actually gone” (Burka, Jane B, and Lenora M. Yuen. Procrastination. Reading: Addison-Wesley
Publishing Company, 1983.)

To fight plagiarism:

  • Use turnitin.com “The global leader in addressing plagiarism and delivering rich feedback”
  • Have students use this resource before they submit something to you, to see where they may not have realized they were plagiarizing

Good luck to you all.  Don’t come back to me later saying, “What can I do now? Students are sending me corrupted files.  I think they have figured out this method.”

Did you procrastinate yourself in getting them to set up a DropBox account?  I don’t want to get a corrupted file hearing all about it.  🙂

Note: I almost recommend strategies like this.  As a teacher, I like to allow ‘one post it note’ as a cheat-sheet for students.  It means the students are perusing the information they should be studying, making decisions about what is the most important information, and then rewriting the information, which is a good way to study.

 
 

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Technology Design and Education

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With the advent of Scoop.it, I have much more ability to write about things that are interesting me on the fly.  Because of this and the link to my WordPress account, the style of many posts (submissions?) will be reflecting upon other people’s content rather than my own.  I am looking forward to posting a lot more now that it is this easy.  I am also looking for a Netvibes.com plugin for Scoop.it but haven’t found it yet.  Maybe I will need to created my own interface.  This is an interesting line of events now when I post: My Scoop.its go to WordPress and Twitter, which goes to Facebook and LinkedIn, which goes to my Google+.  I think I am hitting almost everything with one fell-sweep.  Now if I could get it to go to Pinterest and 9gag.com as well, that would be cool.  Cheers for now,

Tom

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Posted by on June 6, 2012 in Technology

 
 
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