Educational Philosophy · Emerging Trends · Mobile · Science · STEM

Physics Toolbox Sensor Suite

Title: Physics Toolbox Sensor Suite Pro v1.8.9.2 build 60

Physics Toolbox Sensor Suite Pro v1.4 [Paid]
Requirements: Android 4.2+

Useful for STEM education, academia, and industry, this app uses device sensor inputs to collect, record, and export data in comma separated value (csv) format through a shareable .csv file. Data can be plotted against elapsed time on a graph or displayed digitally. Users can export the data for further analysis in a spreadsheet or plotting tool. This app also generates tones, colors, and a stroboscope.


This app includes all capabilities of Physics Toolbox Sensor Suite plus the following additional features:

· Audio Analysis (Oscillocope functions, Spectrum Analyzer)
· Calibration
· Data Alert
· File loading after recording
· Moving Average data filter

A menu allows the user to sense or generate the following (dependent upon the user’s mobile device capabilities):

SENSORS:
· G-Force Meter – ratio of Fn/Fg (x, y, z and/or total); automatic calibration to (0, 0, 1); moving average
· Linear Accelerometer – acceleration (x, y, and/or z); automatic calibration to (0, 0, 0); moving average
· Gyroscope – radial velocity (x, y, and/or z); automatic calibration to (0, 0, 0); moving average
· Barometer – atmospheric pressure; manual calibration by selecting offset values ; moving average
· Roller Coaster – G-Force Meter, Linear Accelerometer, Gyroscope, and Barometer
· Hygrometer – relative humidity
· Thermometer – temperature
· Proximeter – periodic motion and timer (timer and pendulum modes)
· Ruler – distance between two points
· Magnetometer – magnetic field intensity (x, y, z and/or total); automatic calibration to (0, 0, 0) ; manual entry for alert setting; moving average
· Compass – magnetic field direction and bubble level
· GPS – latitude, longitude, altitude, speed, direction, number of satellites
· Inclinometer – azimuth, roll, pitch
· Light Meter – light intensity manual calibration by selecting offset values ; moving average
· Sound Meter – sound intensity; manual calibration by selecting offset values ; moving average
· Tone Detector – frequency and musical tone
· Oscilloscope (Audio) – wave shape and relative amplitude; multi-shot function ; pause function ; time-base selection
· Spectrum Analyzer (Audio) – Fast Fourier Transform with histogram and maximum frequency; pause function

MULTI RECORD:
· Multi Record

GENERATORS:
· Tone Generator – sound frequency producer
· Color Generator – R/G/B/Y/C/M, white, and custom color screen
· Stroboscope (beta) – camera flash

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Assessment · Educational Philosophy · Teaching

The Tyranny of Metrics

Title: The Tyranny of Metrics

Author: Jerry Muller

The Tyranny of Metrics
Princeton University | English | 2018 | ISBN-10: 0691174954 | 240 pages

by Jerry Muller (Author)

How the obsession with quantifying human performance threatens our schools, medical care, businesses, and government

Today, organizations of all kinds are ruled by the belief that the path to success is quantifying human performance, publicizing the results, and dividing up the rewards based on the numbers. But in our zeal to instill the evaluation process with scientific rigor, we’ve gone from measuring performance to fixating on measuring itself. The result is a tyranny of metrics that threatens the quality of our lives and most important institutions. In this timely and powerful book, Jerry Muller uncovers the damage our obsession with metrics is causing•and shows how we can begin to fix the problem.

Filled with examples from education, medicine, business and finance, government, the police and military, and philanthropy and foreign aid, this brief and accessible book explains why the seemingly irresistible pressure to quantify performance distorts and distracts, whether by encouraging “gaming the stats” or “teaching to the test.” That’s because what can and does get measured is not always worth measuring, may not be what we really want to know, and may draw effort away from the things we care about. Along the way, we learn why paying for measured performance doesn’t work, why surgical scorecards may increase deaths, and much more. But metrics can be good when used as a complement to•rather than a replacement for•judgment based on personal experience, and Muller also gives examples of when metrics have been beneficial.

Complete with a checklist of when and how to use metrics, The Tyranny of Metrics is an essential corrective to a rarely questioned trend that increasingly affects us all.

Review
Economic historian Jerry Muller delivers a riposte to bean counters everywhere with this trenchant study of our fixation with performance metrics.–-Barbara Kiser, Nature

For every quantification, there’s a way of gaming it. So argues this timely manifesto against measured accountability. (Kirkus Reviews)

Many of us have the vague sense that metrics are leading us astray, stripping away context, devaluing subtle human judgement, and rewarding those who know how to play the system. Muller™s book crisply explains where this fashion came from, why it can be so counterproductive and why we don™t learn. It should be required reading for any manager on the verge of making the Vietnam body count mistake all over again.–-Tim Harford, Financial Times

As Muller says ˜anything that can be measured and rewarded will be gamed.™ Too many people appear oblivious to this basic fact of life. A close reading of Muller™s excellent, if somewhat brief, introduction to the pitfalls of quantitative measurement should set them right.–-Edward Chancellor, Breakingviews

There is also ample evidence, expertly summarised in Jerry Muller™s recent book, The Tyranny of Metrics, that metrics can be counter-productive. (The Economist)

“In this clear and compelling book, Jerry Muller shows how our attempts to improve organizational outcomes through quantitative measures have metastasized into a culture of gaming and manipulation. Through carefully researched case studies on education, healthcare, and compensation, The Tyranny of Metrics makes a convincing case that we need to restore judgment and ethical considerations at a time when shallow quantification threatens the integrity of our most important institutions.”•Rakesh Khurana, Harvard Business School

“Have you ever wondered why universities make the mistake of hiring presidents with little or no experience in higher education, or why, nine times out of ten, these foreign imports fail? Then read Jerry Muller’s new book and you will understand such folly as one more instance of an unhappy, massive trend•abandoning the situated judgment of experienced professionals in favor of the supposedly objective judgment promised (but not delivered) by the magic bullet of metrics: standardized measures and huge data banks touted as generating insight and wisdom all by themselves. Muller dismantles this myth in a brisk and no-nonsense prose that has this reader crying ˜yes, yes’ at every sentence.”•Stanley Fish, author of Winning Arguments and Think Again

“Quantification, once only a tool, has become a cult. I can think of no better deprogrammer than Jerry Muller, whose renowned skills in dissecting political and social doctrines are evident here. The Tyranny of Metrics should be essential reading for managers and the managed alike.”•Edward Tenner, author of The Efficiency Paradox: What Big Data Can’t Do and Why Things Bite Back: Technology and the Revenge of Unintended Consequences

“In The Tyranny of Metrics, Jerry Muller has brought to life the many ways in which numerical evaluations result in deleterious performance: in our schools, our universities, our hospitals, our military, and our businesses. This book addresses a major problem.”•George A. Akerlof, Nobel Prizewinning economist

“The Tyranny of Metrics is an important and accessible book about a growing problem. It comes as close as anything I’ve read to showing us how to break out of the dysfunctional cycle of measuring, finding out that measuring doesn’t get us where we want to go, but then measuring some more.”•David Chinitz, School of Public Health, Hebrew University Hadassah Medical School

Books · Educational Philosophy · Teaching

Teachers as Allies

Title: Teachers as Allies

Teachers as Allies
Teachers College | English | 2018 | ISBN-10: 0807758876 | 216 pages

by Shelley Wong (Editor), Elaisa Sánchez Gosnell (Editor), Anne Marie Foerster Luu (Editor), Lori Dodson (Editor), Aviva Chomsky (Foreword)

Learn how to engage and advocate for undocumented children and youth with this new resource written by and for teachers. Teachers as Allies provides educators with the information and tools they need to involve immigrant students and their American-born siblings and peers in inclusive and transformative classroom experiences. The authors show how immigration policies, ICE enforcement, and societal attitudes affect undocumented students and how teachers and school leaders can recognize these influences on the students™ day-to-day lives and learning. Offering teaching strategies that address the needs of DREAMers and undocumented youth as they move through their K12 and college education, this timely book offers a broad range of curriculum connections and resources.

Book Features:

Assists educators who work with students from Mexico, Central and South America, the Caribbean, Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Middle East.
Provides teachers with information, analysis, and practical approaches to help undocumented students in their classrooms.
Supports school leadership in higher education and provides recommendations for secondary school educators for supporting the transition to college.
Outlines practical strategies such as using music, drama, student newspapers, letter writing, and social networks to involve students in current issues relevant to their lives.
Can be used as a professional development tool to help schools and districts better meet the needs of undocumented students and their families.

Review
“Teachers are uniquely placed to support undocumented students facing adverse circumstances and to challenge the narrative of immigrant criminality in the public sphere. This book should help enable them to do both.”
•From the foreword by Aviva Chomsky, Salem State University

Capturing in stark detail the fears and dilemmas faced by undocumented students and their families, the editors of this powerful book provide information, strategies, stories, hope, and sustenance for teachers and other educators working to support some of the most marginalized students in our schools as they navigate their way from kindergarten through college and beyond.
•Sonia Nieto, professor emerita, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

“In light of the current political climate, it is crucial that this information be available for educators and the community.”
•Stewart Kwoh, president and executive director, Asian Americans Advancing Justice, Los Angeles

About the Author
Dr. Shelley Wong and Dr. Elaisa Sánchez Gosnell (retired), George Mason University; Anne Marie Foerster Luu and Lori Dodson, Maryland pre-K12 educators and TESOL & NEA members.

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

Nine Professional Conversations to Change Our Schools

Title: Nine Professional Conversations to Change Our Schools: A Dashboard of Options

Nine Professional Conversations to Change Our Schools: A Dashboard of Options
English | June 6th, 2018 | ISBN: 1506398480 | 248 Pages

Improve collective efficacy in schools through meaningful professional conversations

In a landscape where technology can undermine personal connections, even the most talented educator can feel like they™re practicing their craft in isolation. Nine Professional Conversations to Change Our Schools is a framework for revitalizing the art of the professional conversation. It guides educators through structures for collaboration, grants access to vast storehouses of applied wisdom, and facilitates a consensual knowledge base for standards of excellence.

9 conversational strategies designed to promote collective efficacy in education
Learning scenarios demonstrate the effectiveness of these conversations in action
Accessible Conversational Dashboard assists in analyzing conditions for success

Books · Educational Philosophy · Storytelling · Teaching

Education, Narrative Technologies and Digital Learning

Title: Education, Narrative Technologies and Digital Learning: Designing Storytelling for Creativity with Computing

English |  2018 | 208 Pages | ISBN : 1137320079

Education, Narrative Technologies and Digital Learning: Designing Storytelling for Creativity with Computing

This book examines and illustrates the potential of narrative technology, the integration and synthesis of storytelling and digital media in education. Storytelling is a foundational and powerful process in all learning and teaching, and technology is becoming ever more ubiquitous and sophisticated, particularly in its capabilities to mediate and augment creative storytelling.

The book begins with a foundational analysis of narrative use in education today, and provides a history of the emergence of narrative technology. It explores how the convergence of high-potential computing and storytelling practices and techniques can be used to enhance education, in particular the design of bespoke, interactive physical learning environments. The contemporary importance of educational design is highlighted throughout the book, which concludes with the SCÉAL design-based research framework as a proposed systematic approach to the design of narrative technology in education. The book will be a valuable resource for educational designers, technologists, teachers and policymakers, especially those with an interest in the design and use of narrative technology in education.

Books · Educational Philosophy · Emerging Trends · ICT · Smart Education · Springer · Teaching · Web Resources

Smart Education and e-Learning 2018

Title: Smart Education and e-Learning 2018

English |  2018 (2019 Edition) | 301 Pages | ISBN : 3319923625
Smart Education and e-Learning 2018

This book features the contributions presented at the 5th International KES Conference on Smart Education and e-Learning, which took place in Gold Coast, Australia, June 20–22, 2018. The peer-reviewed papers are grouped into several interconnected parts: Part 1 – Smart Education: Systems and Technology, Part 2 – Smart Pedagogy, Part 3 – Smart Education: Case Studies and Research, and Part 4: Sustainable Learning Technologies: Smart Higher Education Futures.

Smart education and smart e-learning are emerging and rapidly growing areas with the potential to transform existing teaching strategies, learning environments, and educational activities and technology in the classroom. Smart education and smart e-learning focus on enabling instructors to develop new ways of achieving excellence in teaching in highly technological smart classrooms, and providing students with new opportunities to maximize their success and select the best options for their education, location and learning style, as well as the mode of content delivery. This book serves as a useful source of research data and valuable information on current research projects, best practices and case studies for faculty, scholars, Ph.D. students, administrators, and practitioners – all those who are interested in smart education and smart e-learning.

Educational Philosophy · Organizations · Routledge · Smart Education · Teaching

Managing Educational Technology

Title: Managing Educational Technology : School Partnerships and Technology Integration

Managing Educational Technology : School Partnerships and Technology Integration
English | 2018 | ISBN: 1138951021 | 175 Pages

Managing Educational Technology examines the ways in which stakeholders from businesses, K-12 schools, and universities can influence the quality and success of technology integration in primary and secondary classrooms.

Inspired by their experiences in the field as educators, education researchers, and technology evaluators, the authors present vignettes that highlight the benefits, demands, and limitations often associated with the introduction and integration of educational technologies to K-12 school environments. These examples also underscore the inherent nuances in partnerships among businesses, K-12 schools, and universities. Readers can use these rich examples when considering ways to integrate products into schools, as well as when discussing, analyzing, and evaluating the promises of and challenges in doing so. End-of-chapter questions guide readers to consider alternate actions and identify steps for additional growth, which complement the authors’ practical suggestions to strengthen business–school–university partnerships.

Any reader interested in educational technology, educational leadership, or business will benefit from this insightful investigation of business–school–university partnerships.

Books · Educational Philosophy · PBL · Teaching

Teaching Outside the Box

Title: Teaching Outside the Box: How to Grab Your Students By Their Brains (3rd Edition)

Author: Louanne Johnson

ISBN: 1119089271 | 2015 | 352 pages

Bring a fresh perspective to your classroomTeaching Outside the Box: How to Grab Your Students By Their Brains (3rd Edition)
Teaching Outside the Box: How to Grab Your Students by Their Brain, Third Edition integrates practical strategies and engaging advice for new and experienced teachers. Whether you are preparing for your first year of teaching or have been working in the classroom for decades, this conversational book provides you with answers to the essential questions that you face as an educator—how to engage students, encourage self-directed learning, differentiate instruction, and create dynamic lessons that nurture critical thinking and strategic problem solving. This updated edition includes expanded material that touches on Project-Based Learning, brain-based teaching, creating smooth transitions, integrating Common Core into the classroom, and other key subject areas. Questions for reflection at the end of each chapter help you leverage this resource in book groups, professional development courses, and in both undergraduate and graduate classes.
The art of teaching is one that evolves with changing educational standards and best practices; to be the most effective teacher possible, daily self-reflection is critical, along with a need to see things from a different perspective. This means we must step outside the box—moving our focus from ‘fixing’ the students when a problem arises to helping a teacher improve his or her practice.

Improve classroom management, discipline, motivation, and morale
Explore strategies for arranging your classroom, engaging students, and avoiding the misbehavior cycle
Create an environment where students learn and teachers teach
Leverage insight from teachers and students</li>
Teaching Outside the Box: How to Grab Your Students by Their Brain, Third Edition is an essential resource for teachers at any stage in their careers.

Books · Educational Philosophy · Emerging Trends · Storytelling · Teaching

Developing Educators for The Digital Age

Title: Developing Educators for The Digital Age: A Framework for Capturing Knowledge in Action

2018 | ISBN: 1911534688 | English | 220 pages    Developing Educators for The Digital Age: A Framework for Capturing Knowledge in Action

Evaluating skills and knowledge capture lies at the cutting edge of contemporary higher education where there is a drive towards increasing evaluation of classroom performance and use of digital technologies in pedagogy. Developing Educators for the Digital Age is a book that provides a narrative account of teacher development geared towards the further usage of technologies (including iPads, MOOCs and whiteboards) in the classroom presented via the histories and observation of a diverse group of teachers engaged in the multiple dimensions of their profession.
Drawing on the insights of a variety of educational theories and approaches (including TPACK) it presents a practical framework for capturing knowledge in action of these English language teachers – in their own voices – indicating how such methods, processes and experiences shed light more widely on related contexts within HE and may be transferable to other situations.

This book will be of interest to the growing body of scholars interested in TPACK theory, or communities of practice theory and more widely anyone concerned with how new pedagogical skills and knowledge with technology may be incorporated in better practice and concrete instances of teaching.

Educational Philosophy · Higher Ed · Organizations · Springer · Teaching

Personalising Learning in Teacher Education

Title: Personalising Learning in Teacher Education

English | 2018 | 245 Pages | ISBN : 9811079285

Personalising Learning in Teacher Education


This volume sheds light on debates about personalised learning in teacher education by exploring the popular emergence of personalising learning in education and hence its significance in teacher education in the 21st century. It examines personalising learning theory and explores the tenets of this theory and its recent trends in international settings. The theory is explored in relation to both general and higher education pedagogy, and in a range of examples within a teacher education context. The examples from practice provide insights into maximising the potential for personalising learning theory to enhance teaching, learning and assessment in teacher education. The book includes case studies involving pre-service teachers working in communities of practice with one another, with schools and with the wider community. Examples of technology for personalising learning are also described. All the case studies demonstrate how the learner is made central to the teaching and assessment approaches adopted and contributes to a lifelong learning continuum. Providing insights into a new pedagogy for teacher education that leads to an enriched student experience, the book presents a model for personalising learning in teacher education that offers support for 21st century teacher educators.