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Twitter is a good thing.

September 27, 2012

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Okay, I’m sold. Twitter is a good thing. I’m getting links like this: http://worrydream.com/LearnableProgramming/ … which I don’t have time to analyze but I’m going to read it — and when I’m over at http://www.w3.org/ doing those cool “click and try it!” exercises I’ll keep in mind the limitations of doing that — especially since […]

Wrong division

September 26, 2012

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Today I had the non-pleasure of walking several students through long division. Hey, it’s In The Curriculum. I do, absolutely, think there’s value in knowing how to do long division, and learning what the pieces of the process mean. However, when a student doesn’t know single digit multiplication, much less division, and doesn’t know how […]

Learning Math Concepts

September 25, 2012

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http://stories.illinoisstate.edu/2012/09/media-relations/researchers-study-how-children-learn-math-concepts/ I’m afraid that one huge thought clouded my reading:  and they think the kiddos are learning the concepts?   After all, there’s about forty tons of research indicating that what junior high kiddos learn rather extremely well is that “math” is a bunch of procedures.   There’s stuff they do with numbers in the real world, […]

Let the computer be your tutor

September 24, 2012

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That was part of a post on my LINCS community (adult ed), and the poster noted that after saying that for years, it became apparent that the computer tutor role was pretty finite for many students, and that we’ve got a ways to go in content development. However, I’m looking at w3schools.com and a couple […]

Is online education plateauing?

September 21, 2012

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 Is Online Education Plateauing?   This article in Slate just puts it out there:  yes, it seems to be… and probably because while the technology is fascinating, “I’m not sure anyone’s really devised fantastic courses yet.”   D’oh!!!!   Goes on to say that now, more effort’s being put into content (and so the plateau […]

perimeter animations

September 20, 2012

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ddGyAGv5G2U  — here’s another student’s claymation of perimeter. Compare to http://www.resourceroom.net/educationalvideos/sujones.mov … I’m thinking that I need to be mindful of having enough “visual” to make a story, but not having distractions.  Of course, there were exactly the same movement of camera issues that mean I simply wouldn’t use that lesson In Real Life, but […]

Gamification Prioritizations

September 19, 2012

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My traipsing through the tutoring lab today — extremely busy, so that I’m tag-teaming with the Faculty tutor — is making me realize the extreme handiness of having some skills & concepts to automaticity. I’m thinking that should be a serious priority in finding an instructional delivery method that differentiates and incrementalizes and automaticitizes (to […]