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  • Turtle Art: Project Guide

    This project guide gives a series of lessons for teaching basic programming and mathematical concepts using "Turtle Art."

    These lessons were developed by Miriam Leshin, Laura Kretschmar, and Aaron Vanderwerff of the Lighthouse Community Charter School, in Oakland, CA.

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  • Diversity in Teaching Reading

    Merriam-Websters definition of diversity states, “the condition of having or being composed of differing elements.” In the classroom context we have to understand diversity is seen not only in the fact that all students are differing in their identities, but their opinions and ability levels as well. The idea of diversity is often times confused with the actual root-issue of diversity, in that initial judgments and stereotypes based on identities tend to become our foundation for the way we treat individuals.

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  • Educational Gaming

    Video Games?  Really?  For Educational Use?   ABSOLUTELY!

    I've been implementing video games in my 7th grade science classrooms for the past 7 years.  I have loved the impact these games have on my students.  I am able to manipulate planets, raise many generations of plants and alter them genetically, and still have time to get kids into spacecrafts and manipulate their way through cells.

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  • One Teacher's Journey to a New Digital World

       I remember the old adage "Back when I was a boy"...and when I heard that, I knew that I was about to get a lesson on how easy I had it when I was young, compared to the difficulties and hardships my parents had.  And years later, I could finally understand the adage. "Back when I was a girl, we only wrote compositions on yellow, fuzzy paper with blurry red lines. We used the Reader's Guide green books to find resources, often squirreled away in the musty, dusty, stack in dimly lit libraries.

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  • Turtle Art: Project Guide

    This project guide gives a series of lessons for teaching basic programming and mathematical concepts using "Turtle Art."

    These lessons were developed by Miriam Leshin, Laura Kretschmar, and Aaron Vanderwerff of the Lighthouse Community Charter School, in Oakland, CA.

    Guide written by David Perlis.

    Tag: education
  • Perception Connection

    If you use the internet or teach older kids, by this morning you probably heard about “the dress”. Gold and white or blue and black? From the lens of this class it’s interesting to see how quickly social media ignited the debate. 

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  • Using Your Noodle in Science Class

    In the first month of school, I was wondering how to introduce connecting learning in my classroom. Do I start with informing them of the concept, or do I let them explore at their own risk?

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  • Gaming in Education

    I have a dream list of resources to improve my classroom. On that list are games. I already use some games in my classroom; the board game RoboRally is an excellent tool in my computer science class, and games of chance (physical or virtual) go hand in hand with statistics. But I envision students utilizing Minecraft and LittleBigPlanet in my classes. It hasn’t happened in my classroom yet, but sandbox games like those can provide an invaluable resource to educators.

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  • Apply by trmw, Wed.! Education meets design thinking: MIT Education DesignShop May 3-4

    #ThisCountsAsResearch?
    #DesignThinking
    #Education
    #ProblemSolvingLikeNoOnesBusiness
    #DoingWhatWeCameToDo
    #MakingTheWorldABetterPlace

    The Education DesignShop at MIT: Apply to participate before tomorrow, April 16th! 

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  • Media Literacy project

    I am currently doing a project in my media and literacy class in grad school on a multimodal literacy unit. I think this site could be an awesome tool for students to blog and be able to reach outside their community and communicate with other students across the globe. Any input on this topic would be amazing!

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  • Grading in a High School Creative Writing Class

    I am not a fan of grades. 

    “But we are,” my students whine, asking me daily to separate the sheep from the goats on a 100 point scale.  “So are our parents and those colleges out there.” In a world of standardized testing, college admission requirements, and GPA wars, I am stuck with awarding grades.

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  • advocacy or appropriation?

    “…[An African American is] born with a veil, and gifted with second-sight in this American world,—a world which yields him no true self-consciousness, but only lets him see himself through the revelation of the other world. It is a peculiar sensation, this double-consciousness, this sense of always looking at one’s self through the eyes of others of measuring one’s soul by the tape of a world that looks on in amused contempt and pity.

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  • on self doubt and Black History Month

    As we enter February and as we come off the inauguration of the second term of the U.S.’s first African American president, it seems appropriate to talk about Black History Month and its place in school cultures.
     

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  • Has the Dept of Education Co-Opted Our Spaces?

    (this is reposted from my blog)

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  • TEDx Talk: On Humor and Education

    If you are so inclined, and you have 8 minutes to spare, please watch a TEDx talk that I gave, on students using humor as an act of resistance. I talk about how my 11th grade students used humor transgressively, to stand against the high-stakes testing regime in Tucson, AZ.

    Mirth is mighty.

    Watch the talk here:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BzZoPcXr0no&feature=share

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  • Now You See It: Highlighting Cathy Davidson's Talk at MSU

    As we continue to enrich our thinking about education and digital literacies, I had the chance to attend a valuable talk about attention, learning and shifts in education.  Information on Cathy Davidson's talk follows:

    Cathy Davidson of Duke University visited Michigan State University on Friday, April 20, 2012 to discuss her book Now You See It How the Brain Science of Attention Will Transform the Way We Live, Work, and Learn.

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