The 8 Mind Frames of Teachers Who Impact Student Learning

The 8 Mind Frames of Teachers Who Impact Student Learning

In 2008 Professor John Hattie undertook the largest ever meta-analysis on the effect of different factors on educational outcomes. The results of this study formed the basis for his hugely popular book Visible Learning and the educator focused Visible Learning for Teachers. A fascinating study with many practical applications, Hattie was able to show that school leaders who develop the…

Project-Based Learning: The 8 Elements of a Magnificent Maker Project

Project-Based Learning: The 8 Elements of a Magnificent Maker Project

In the best-selling STEM Education guide, Invent To Learn: Making, Tinkering, and Engineering in the Classroom, authors Sylvia Libow Martinez and Gary S. Stager explore many important concepts that contribute to a nurturing environment for making in the classroom. An essential element to succeeding with ‘making’ is the ability to seamlessly pair art and science through innovative project-based learning. So what is involved in…

5 Completely Free Education Reference eBooks from Google Books

5 Completely Free Education Reference eBooks from Google Books

Overview Where is your first port of call when looking for the right book? Amazon? iTunes? Even an actual brick-and-mortar library??? All good options, but there is one delightfully simple place you should be trying first. Google Books. Not only can you preview a large portion of one of the books for teachers to try before you buy, you…

Google Books: An Invaluable Resource for Students and Educators

Google Books: An Invaluable Resource for Students and Educators

Overview From research to reading, Google Books should be the giant wrench in every student’s digital toolbox. Opening access to digital and printed texts from libraries and publishers around the globe, Google Books not only makes books searchable, it also offers a host of features for tracking, annotating and sharing books online. Often overlooked by students and educators, Google Books is…

Fear of Technology: Why Kids Have Seen It All Before

Fear of Technology: Why Kids Have Seen It All Before

Technology is a very relative term. What the word referred to one hundred years ago is very different from what is refers to today. One hundred years ago the frightening introduction of a new technology called ‘radio’ was heralded as the “end of conversation”. Nearly five hundred years ago, too many ‘books’ were considered “confusing and harmful”…

The Maker Movement and Your Child’s ‘Cognitive Surplus’

The Maker Movement and Your Child’s ‘Cognitive Surplus’

What are your kids doing with all of their ‘cognitive surplus’? Not sure? OK, let’s take a step back. What is ‘cognitive surplus’? ‘Cognitive Surplus’ is a term coined by author and professor at NYU’s interactive telecommunications programme, Clay Shirky. Regarded as one of the leading thinkers on the Internet, technology and its impact on society, Clay introduced the concept…

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