Assessment · Books · Educational Philosophy · Emerging Trends · Teaching

The Future of Assessment

Title: The Testing and Learning Revolution: The Future of Assessment in Education

The Testing and Learning Revolution: The Future of Assessment in Education
Authors: Kavitha Rajagopalan, Edmund W. Gordon
2016 | ISBN-10: 1137519959 | 194 pages

Gordon shows how we can use assessment to support teaching and develop students’ competencies. Between 2011 and 2013, Gordon chaired an interdisciplinary commission of scholars and thinkers, who connected transformative research and ideas on learning, teaching, measurement, the nature of tests, intelligence, capability, technology, and policy.

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Books · Educational Philosophy · Emerging Trends · Old School · Storytelling · Teaching

Reality Pedagogy and Urban Education

Title: For White Folks Who Teach in the Hood… and the Rest of Y’all Too: Reality Pedagogy and Urban Education

For White Folks Who Teach in the Hood... and the Rest of Y'all Too: Reality Pedagogy and Urban Education
Author: Christopher Emdin
2016 | ISBN: 0807006408 | English | 232 pages

Merging real stories with theory, research, and practice, a prominent scholar offers a new approach to teaching and learning for every stakeholder in urban education.

Drawing on his own experience of feeling undervalued and invisible in classrooms as a young man of color and merging his experiences with more than a decade of teaching and researching in urban America, award-winning educator Christopher Emdin offers a new lens on an approach to teaching and learning in urban schools. He begins by taking to task the perception of urban youth of color as unteachable, and he challenges educators to embrace and respect each students culture and to reimagine the classroom as a site where roles are reversed and students become the experts in their own learning.

Putting forth his theory of Reality Pedagogy, Emdin provides practical tools to unleash the brilliance and eagerness of youth and educators alike”both of whom have been typecast and stymied by outdated modes of thinking about urban education. With this fresh and engaging new pedagogical vision, Emdin demonstrates the importance of creating a family structure and building communities within the classroom, using culturally relevant strategies like hip-hop music and call-and-response, and connecting the experiences of urban youth to indigenous populations globally. Merging real stories with theory, research, and practice, Emdin demonstrates how by implementing the œSeven Cs of reality pedagogy in their own classrooms, urban youth of color benefit from truly transformative education.

Lively, accessible, and revelatory, For White Folks Who Teach in the Hood…and the Rest of Yall Too is the much-needed antidote to traditional top-down pedagogy and promises to radically reframe the landscape of urban education for the better.

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Books · Entrepreneur · Research · Teaching

An Entrepreneurial Education

Title: Edupreneur: Unleashing Teacher Led Innovation in Schools

Author: Aaron Tait, Dave Faulkner
2016 | ISBN: 0730329224 | English | 208 pages
Edupreneur: Unleashing Teacher Led Innovation in Schools

If you can change education, you can change the world
Edupreneur gives teachers the “how.” You already know what needs to be done to improve education, but you may lack the support and processes to bring it to life”and that’s where this book comes in. You’ll walk through the four stages of innovation”dreaming, digging, making and sharing”and learn how to unleash ground-shaking change from the classroom up. Straightforward, highly practical and kick-in-the-pants inspirational, this book is your new companion for making education work. You’ll read about passionate teachers who have raised attendance from 40% to 90%; you’ll read about principals who took on the worst-performing schools and turned them around; you’ll read about leaders who had the courage to take the reins of a school and turn it from good to great”and you’ll learn how they did it and how you’re entirely capable of the same kind of revolutionary change. This is a book not just for challenging schools, but for all educators who are passionate about providing a great education for every student, every day.

Administrators, academics and politicians can debate endlessly about how to “fix our schools,” ignoring the fact that their best innovators and catalysts of change are already right there in the classroom. You have plenty of ideas, so here’s your license to make them happen. Edupreneur will help teachers in all schools to:

  • Identify ways to improve day-to-day practice
  • Overcome the challenges that hamper progress
  • Create new solutions that sidestep old roadblocks
  • Collaborate with similarly forward-thinking educators

Imagine what education could look like if teachers were practically equipped to bring exciting new ideas to the classroom every day. Edupreneur helps you be that kind of teacher you’ve always wanted to be, with a clear framework for truly bringing on the change.

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Books · ICT · Research · STEM · Teaching

STEM Student Research

Title: Stem Student Research Handbook

Author: Darci J. Harland
2011 | 229 Pages | ISBN: 1936137240
Stem Student Research Handbook (Repost)

This handbook provides enough detail to embolden all teachers–even those who have never designed an experiment on their own–to support student-researchers through the entire process of conducting experiments. Early chapters help students design and implement, later chapters help correctly interpret their data, and the last chapters enable students to effectively communicate their results by writing and documenting a STEM research paper.

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Books · Educational Philosophy · Research · Teaching

Effective ICT Teaching

Title: Effective Teaching with Internet Technologies: Pedagogy and Practice

Author: Alan Pritchard
English | July 21, 2007 | ISBN: 1412930952 | 144 Pages
Effective Teaching with Internet Technologies [Repost]
This field-tested guidebook helps teachers develop skills for integrating best teaching practices with technology and includes case studies, examples of student work, and Web links.

Title: Ways of Learning: Learning Theories and Learning Styles in the Classroom (2nd edition)

Author: Alan Pritchard
Published: 2008-12-10 | ISBN: 0415466083 | 136 pages

Teachers are very good at providing excellent opportunities for children’s learning to progress. Often, without fully understanding the reasons why, teachers encourage learning in their charges which works very well, and is a very good approach at a particular time with a particular child or group of children. With greater insight into what is currently known about the processes of learning and about individual learning preferences, teachers are able to provide even better learning situations which are even more likely to lead to effective learning. This book seeks to provide the detail which teachers can make use of in their planning and teaching in order to provide even better opportunities for effective and lasting learning.
The first edition of this book has been used widely and has now been revised to include updated information in the existing chapters as well as a new chapter which covers the area of learning difficulties and special educational needs.

 

Title: Ways of Learning To Teach: A Philosophically Inspired Analysis of Teacher Education Programs

Author: Shlomo BackPublished: 2012-06-29 | ISBN: 9460918514, 9460918506  | 256 pages

This book dWays of Learning To Teach: A Philosophically Inspired Analysis of Teacher Education Programseals with commonly reported accusations about the nature of teacher education based on arguments and disagreements about what teacher education should do, how it should do it and what it should produce in its graduates. Much of these accusations are on out of date or obsolete ideals of the “good” teacher. It is a philosophical exploration of the crisis in which teacher education fi nds itself in the world of neo-liberal capitalism, privatization, accountability, consumerism and globalization. The book develops a meta-theory of teacher education which analyses three major approaches to teacher education (Enlightenment, Romanticism, and Belief-Oriented programs), each of them suggest a different epistemological and ethical world-view. Accordingly, each of them lead to a different vision of teachers’identity, and inform different type of programs of teacher education. While critically discussing how each of the three approaches is manifested in various Teacher Education programs, the book proposes a new synthesis arising from them. Although seemingly contradictory, they can be seen as various aspects of a more “balanced”, multifaceted and adequate ideal of a better way to prepare teachers in the present era. Ways of Learning to Teach is a tribute to the work of teacher educators and is informing for anyone who is interested in teaching and learning in the 21st century. This is a compelling book that brings together a number of confl icting (and often taken-for-granted) views of teacher preparation in ways that helps to makes sense of the complex enterprise that is teacher education.Back offers an interesting and thought provoking way of understanding criticisms about teacher education and offers a positive and productive way forward. This book is a must read for teacher educators. Professor John Loughran Foundation Chair Curriculum & Pedagogy Dean, Faculty of Education Monash University.

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Hardware · ICT · Music · Programming · Teaching · Web Resources

Sonic-Pi: Music for Raspberry Pi

Sonic Pi: The Live Coding Synth for Everyone.

Simple enough for computing and music lessons.
Powerful enough for professional musicians.
Free to download with a friendly tutorial.

Learn to code creatively by composing or performing music in an incredible range of styles from classical to algorave.

Created at the University of Cambridge Computer Laboratory
with kind support from the Raspberry Pi Foundation.
Sonic Pi is an Open Source Project released under the MIT Licence.sonic

There is a great article in the newest MagPi Essentials: Check out this cool TedTalk about the Sonic-Pi

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Books · English · Storytelling

English Classics?

Title: The Edge of the Precipice: Why Read Literature in the Digital Age?

Author: Paul Socken
ISBN: 0773541780 | 2013  | 232 pages

Can a case be made for reading literature in the digital age? Does literature still matter in this era of instant information? Is it even possible to advocate for serious, sustained reading with all manner of social media distracting us, fragmenting our concentration, and demanding short, rapid communication?

In The Edge of the Precipice, Paul Socken brings together a thoughtful group of writers, editors, philosophers, librarians, archivists, and literary critics from Canada, the US, France, England, South Africa, and Australia to contemplate the state of literature in the twenty-first century. Including essays by outstanding contributors such as Alberto Manguel, Mark Kingwell, Lori Saint-Martin, Sven Birkerts, Katia Grubisic, Drew Nelles, and J. Hillis Miller, this collection presents a range of perspectives about the importance of reading literature today.

The Edge of the Precipice is a passionate, articulate, and entertaining collection that reflects on the role of literature in our society and asks if it is now under siege.

Contributors include Michael Austin (Newman University), Sven Birkerts (author), Stephen Brockmann (Carnegie-Mellon University), Vincent Giroud (University of Franche-Comté), Katia Grubisic (poet), Mark Kingwell (University of Toronto), Alberto Manguel (author), J. Hillis Miller (University of California, Irvine), Drew Nelles (editor-in-chief, Maisonneuve), Keith Oatley (University of Toronto), Ekaterina Rogatchevskaia (British Library), Leonard Rosmarin (Brock University), Lori Saint-Martin (translator), Paul Socken (University of Waterloo), and Gerhard van der Linde (University of South Africa).

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Books · Educational Philosophy · Library · Teaching

Think Tank Library

Title: Think Tank Library: Brain-Based Learning Plans for New Standards, Grades K-5
Authors: Mary Ratzer and Paige Jaeger
English | 2014 | ISBN: 1610699904 | 138 pages

The rigors of today’s mandated academic standards can repurpose your library’s role as a steward of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) at your school. This guide will help you help teachers present exciting, field-tested lessons for elementary grades K through 5, addressing developmental steps and individual differences in key competencies in the CCSS. Authors and educators Mary Ratzer and Paige Jaeger illustrate how brain-based learning helps students become deep, critical thinkers and provide the lesson plans to coax the best thinking out of each child.

This tool book presents strategies to help learners progress from novice to expert thinker; challenge younger students with questions that lead to inquiry; incorporate “rigor” into lessons; and use model lesson plans to change instruction. Beginning chapters introduce the basics of instruction and provide ideas for expert cognitive growth of the brain. Sample lessons are aligned with key curriculum areas, including science, social studies, music, art, and physical education.

Title: Think Tank Library: Brain-Based Learning Plans for New Standards, Grades 6-12

Authors: Mary Ratzer and Paige Jaeger
English | ISBN: 1610699882 | 2015 | 148 pages

 

 

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Books · Educational Philosophy · Emerging Trends · ICT · Mobile · Teaching

Brain-based Learning and Teaching

Title: Brain-Based Teaching in the Digital Age

Author: Marilee Sprenger
Publisher: Association for Supervision & Curriculum Development; 1 edition (March 15, 2010) | ISBN: 1416609180 | Pages: 177


In Brain-Based Teaching in the Digital Age, Marilee Sprenger answers these and other questions with research-based information and practical advice gained from her years as a classroom teacher and a consultant on brain-based teaching. As she puts it, It s time to meet the digital brain. We need to use the technology tools, learn the digital dialogue, and understand and relate better to our students. At the same time, she emphasizes the importance of educating the whole child by including exercise, music, and art in the classroom and helping students develop their social-emotional intelligence. Creativity, empathy, and the ability to synthesize material are 21st century skills that can t be ignored in the digital age.

Title: Brain-Based Strategies to Reach Every Learner: Surveys, Questionnaires, and Checklists That Help You Identify Students’ Strengths-Plus Engaging Brain-Based Lessons and Activities

Editor: D J. Diane Connell
2005 | pages: 161 | ISBN: 0439590205

An indispensable guide to brain-based learning. Diane Connell summarizes current brain research and discusses the implications for the classroom. She offers tools to identify learning styles and ideas for differentiating lessons and activities to engage all students. Covers brain development, multiple intelligences, information processing, emotional intelligence, and much more.

Title: 40 Engaging Brain-Based Tools for the Classroom

Author: Michael A. (Alfred) Scaddan
English | 2008 | ISBN: 1412949149, 1412949130 | 144 pages

Informed by the latest research from behaviorists, neuroscientists, and cognitive researchers, this flexible guide provides fun, yet effective techniques for introducing brain-compatible learning in the Kû12 classroom and helps develop educators’ understanding of how the brain, mind, and body function in the learning process. Based on a holistic brain-compatible model developed by the author, this resource not only demonstrates why brain-friendly learning is effective, it also strengthens teachers’ instructional skills, reduces behavioral distractions in the classroom, and improves academic performance.

Teachers can access 40 engaging tools to improve learning and test results across a broad range of skills and select from a series of practical techniques to use every week of the school year. Each of four sections includes ten class-tested tools with handy tips for use in a variety of classroom environments and for a wide range of student needs and experiences. A Brain-based Review in each section encourages the reader to critically reflect upon the tools to evaluate what works, what doesnÆt, and where to make changes. With stimulating quotes and motivational proverbs for inspiration, plus strategies, stories, songs, and poems woven throughout the text, this is an ideal book for any educator looking for fresh ways to encourage each and every child to succeed.

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