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Where’s that Livescribe?

May 15, 2013

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   Note to self:   The LiveScribe pen is probably a really good venue for lessons I want to eventually make online.   It would have come in handy this a.m.     A co-worker’s daughter had been in tears the night before, working through problems with factors and multiples.   You see, contrary to […]

Gaming, gaming

May 14, 2013

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Just sat in on a webinar on “gamifying” education. The games are “like assignments, only more granular.” Okay, I totally love the fundamental idea of ‘non-reductive evaluations’ – keeping track of the progress you’re making, not just “here’s what you got wrong.”   And I also appreciate the idea that with a game, “failure” just […]

Almost there!

May 14, 2013

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Second day of finals here… my application to Stanford’s d.fellowship was in with hours to spare, so it’s time to get back to evaluating lessons and making my own.  The math literacy folks are figuring out how to convince the teacher that their situation is a “quadratic equation” and I’m lookin’ for the tea bags […]

“only what is needed”

May 7, 2013

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“Amid a national push to lift high-school standards in the U.S., a new study recommends a different approach for students who go on to community college, one that emphasizes basic subjects to provide them with only the skills they would need to succeed in their future careers.” That’s the opening of New Course Recommended for […]

fault-tolerant education

May 3, 2013

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<procrastinating ramble> Not sure whether it’s made my blogs or not, but we’re gathering resources to get ready to blaze a trail and (re-)design our “Transitions” course this summer (to teach it for real in the fall).  The plan:  Build procedural skills on solid conceptual foundations — oh, yea, assess the conceptual foundations, and we’ve […]

It’s a plot…

May 1, 2013

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and here, in the final week of classes, they’re trying to plot graphs on graph paper.   They’ve got the points; they’ve got the paper.   However, figuring out how to assign numbers to the axes is not obvious to them. These folks can do math problems; they can factor quadratic equations.  They have been […]