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Lecture Learning vs. Active Learning


Lecture Learning vs Active Learning - Is there reason for a debate?

Should we be done with the debate? This past week, I had an opportunity to hear Justin Reich (MIT Teaching Labs Researcher) speak for the second time and he referenced a white paper called: "Active learning increases student performance in science, engineering, and mathematics”. His interpretation of the paper was that the data indicated that "it is almost unethical to use lecturing in a contro...


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Apply For Apple Distinguished Educator Class of 2015


Apply for Apple Distinguished Educator Class of 2015

Hope I'll see you at the 2015 North American Institute! Every two years, the Apple Distinguished Educator (ADE) Program opens applications for educators using Apple technology in transformative ways to join the community. Since I became an ADE in the class of 2013, I have been blessed to participate in a large number of learning opportunities offered by Apple and outside of the community d...


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Ineffective Uses of Technology: Using Tech “Just Because”


Innovation Breeds Failure... Until You Succeed

While in Austin, Texas for iPadpalooza, Tim Yenca (@mryenca) was kind enough to give me a lift to dinner with a group of presenters. After finding a spot in a parking lot, I was excited to see how forward thinking this lot owner was with their payment system. Although more and more mobile businesses such as food trucks and open-air yoga instructors are receiving payments on their smartphones...


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How to Use Google Drive for Descriptive Feedback


Google Drive Descriptive Feedback - Copy/Paste Student Work

The consistent and effective use of Descriptive feedback in classrooms has become a popular strategy due to its positive influence on student learning. Based on the research of John Hattie, my colleague, Jason Lynn has given me an in-depth look at Hattie's work and how we can use it in the classroom. Although the research suggests that providing students with descriptive feedback has the large...


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Growth Mindset: Pathways Without Borders


Growth Mindset - Pathways Without Borders

In Ontario, students are required to select their educational pathway as they prepare to enter grade 9 in an attempt to prepare them for the journey to their post-secondary endeavours. While early post-secondary and career planning is essential, these big decisions are also very scary for students and their parents. For many core-subject areas such as Mathematics and English, students can se...


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Removing Barriers to Innovation in Mathematics Education


Removing Barriers to Innovation in Mathematics Education

Reasons Why Excellent Ideas Are Often Wasted This morning I woke up to an email from Jean-Baptiste Huynh, a mathematics teacher from Oslo, Norway and creator of the algebra-based math game called DragonBox. You may recall from a previous post that I am a big fan of DragonBox and have mentioned this in a DragonBox Review that includes a video. Here is the email I received: Hello Kyle...


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Digital Worksheet Rant Is Hurting Progress


Digital Worksheet Rant Hurts Educational Technology Progress

If you're reading this blog, I can bet you're like me. You love technology. You love teaching. You want to change the way we do things in education. You might even share all of the hard work you've done to pave the path to the future of Learning in the 21st Century. You're an IT Director, Superintendent, School Administrator, Tech Coach, or the Teacher Tech Leader in your building. You are c...


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Math Standardized Test Scores Continue to Fall in Ontario


Grade 6 EQAO Provincial Math Scores

And possible reasons why... In the past, I have shown my support for having an additional piece of evidence for my student data collection such as the EQAO standardized test. While I know there are tons of reasons why standardized testing is not the answer to fixing the problems with mathematics education, I do like to see how my students stack up against the rest of the province. Regardless ...


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How to Get Students Blogging in Math Class


Inserting a Photo and Communicating Understanding of Math Task

Steps to Efficient and Effective Math Blog Posts Today was the 10th day of class for my Grade 9 Applied students and we're starting to get into a bit of a flow with our iPad iOS Productivity. Rather than having to take the time to model every step on the iPad for a particular task, more students are becoming very comfortable with the multi-tasking or "App Smashing" that we do on a daily ba...


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Creating a Community for Students Blogging in Math


Mathlete Blogs | Math Blogging Network

Over the summer, I have been blogging about Redefining Learning in the Mathematics Classroom through the use of individual student blogs. After hearing about the great things going on in Kristen Wideen's classroom and her use of QuadBlogging for creating a Primary Blogging Community, I have been inspired to attempt modifying a similar approach for blogging in mathematics. Mathematics - The...


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