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August 29, 2015
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Quote Of The Day: Make [School] Work Meaningful

Rethinking Work is the headline of a column in today’s New York Times. It reviews a substantial amount of research in discussion life in the workplace.

However, it’s easy to replace the work “employee” everywhere in the article with the word “student.”

I’m adding it to The Best Posts & Articles On Student Engagement.

Here’s an excerpt:

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August 29, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Very Interesting Study: Students Seeing Teachers Drawing Diagrams Is Better Than Showing Pre-Made Ones

A new study found that students (primarily those with lower prior knowledge) learn much more when listening to teachers talk and draw diagrams than when teachers talked and showed pre-made ones.

I’ll reprint the abstract below. I think this is very interesting, and reflects my own experience. I know that writing things out takes extra class time, but it definitely seems to “click” more with students than when I just put something I already made on the overhead.

Here’s the abstract:

In 4 experiments, participants viewed a short video-based lesson about how the Doppler effect works. Some students viewed already-drawn diagrams while listening to a concurrent oral explanation, whereas other students listened to the same explanation while viewing the instructor actually draw the diagrams by hand. All students then completed retention and transfer tests on the material. Experiment 1 indicated that watching the instructor draw diagrams (by viewing the instructor’s full body) resulted in significantly better transfer test performance than viewing already-drawn diagrams for learners with low prior knowledge (d = 0.58), but not for learners with high prior knowledge (d = −0.24). In Experiment 2, participants who watched the instructor draw diagrams (by viewing only the instructor’s hand) significantly outperformed the control group on the transfer test, regardless of prior knowledge (d = 0.35). In Experiment 3, participants who watched diagrams being drawn but without actually viewing the instructor’s hand did not significantly outperform the control group on the transfer test (d = −0.16). Finally, in Experiment 4, participants who observed the instructor draw diagrams with only the instructor’s hand visible marginally outperformed those who observed the instructor draw diagrams with the instructor’s entire body visible (d = 0.36). Overall, this research suggests that observing the instructor draw diagrams promotes learning in part because it takes advantage of basic principles of multimedia learning, and that the presence of the instructor’s hand during drawing may provide an important social cue that motivates learners to make sense of the material. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2015 APA, all rights reserved)

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August 29, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo
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Khan Academy & Pixar Unveil “Pixar In A Box”

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Thanks to John Fensterwald, I initially heard about Pixar In A Box, a new project unveiled by Khan Academy yesterday:

its new online curriculum Pixar in a Box analyzes how the studio fuses art, tech, science, engineering, and math to develop top-shelf animated cinema. Created with middle and high school students in mind but available to everyone, Pixar in a Box’s interactive exercises, in-depth video lessons, and hands-on activities are an informative addition to Khan Academy’s extensive educational resources.

I’m not a math teacher, so can’t say much about the quality of the program. However, I can say that the videos seem much, much better than the usual Khan fare.

Here’s a an introduction to the Pixar In A Box:

I’m adding this info to The Best Posts About The Khan Academy.

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August 29, 2015
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New Resources On Race & Racism

August 29, 2015
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New Resources On The World’s Different Cultures

August 29, 2015
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This Week In Web 2.0

'Web 2.0 paljastaa' photo (c) 2011, Janne Ansaharju - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nd/2.0/

In yet another attempt to get at the enormous backlog I have of sites worth blogging about, I’ve recently begin a regular feature called “The Week In Web 2.0.” (you might also be interested in The Best Web 2.0 Applications For Education In 2015 – So Far). I also sometimes include tech tools that might not exactly fit the definition of Web 2.0:

UPDATE ON VIDEOANT: A FREE VIDEO ANNOTATION TOOL is by Nathan Hall. I’m adding it to A Potpourri Of The Best & Most Useful Video Sites.

Sharalike is a simple tool for creating slideshows. You can read, and watch a video, about it at Richard Byrne’s blog. I’m adding it to The Best Ways To Create Online Slideshows.

One-Third Of Schools Are Using This App You’ve Never Heard Of is from NPR.

Six Tools for Creating Online Timelines – A Comparison Chart is from Richard Byrne. I’m adding it to The Best Tools For Making Online Timelines.

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August 29, 2015
by Larry Ferlazzo
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The Best Resources On Blended Learning – Help Me Find More

“Blended Learning” has become sort of an education “buzzword.” What, exactly, is it?

Here are some resources to begin answering that question. This is just an initial short list – please suggest additions in the comments:

This is a good infographic comparing blending learning with the flipped classroom. I’m adding it to The Best Posts On The “Flipped Classroom” Idea.

How can teachers get devices for blended learning? is from Edutopia.

6 Great Tools for Blended Learning is from Ed Tech Review.

Blended learning revolution: Tech meets tradition in the classroom is from The Christian Science Monitor.

Blended learning: The great new thing or the great new hype? is from The Washington Post.

The Basics of Blended Instruction is from ASCD.

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