Thursday, September 11, 2014

Debating Turnitin, Self-Directed Learning, and Four Ways to Spot a Great Teacher

How Technology Supports Self-Directed Learning
Self-directed learning is an essential skill required in the 21st century educational world. This learning approach increases the motivation of students to learn, since they are the makers of their own knowledge, they experience a sense of independence while learning. This process keeps them engaged, since now they have to acquire knowledge on their own, and apply it along with their skills to find solutions to their problems, evolve their learning and be encouraged for life-long learning.

Is it Time to Reconsider AP Classes?
“Our major complaint with the AP courses was that it was a race for breadth against depth,” explained Robert Vitalo, Head of School at Berkeley Carroll, a Brooklyn prep school that decided to completely do away with AP courses in the 2011-2012 school year. “We think the way of the world, the way to be teaching, the way that kids should be learning is to look at how subjects and questions and ideas are connected and related, and to take the time to make those connections and ask those questions and not to have it be a race to cover a lot of content.”

Turnitin And The Debate Over Anti-Plagiarism Software
The fact that anti-plagiarism software can't tell the difference between accidental and intentional plagiarism is just one reason that Rebecca Moore Howard, a professor of writing and rhetoric at Syracuse University, is not a fan. . . . .Howard argues it's policing without probable cause. "The students have to prove themselves innocent before their work can be read and graded," she says.

Four Ways to Spot a Great Teacher
How can you identify a high-quality question in your child's schoolwork? It tests
for conceptual, not factual, understanding—not "When did the Great Depression occur?" but "What economic, social and political factors led to the Great Depression?"
U Michigan Adds Office of Digital Ed and Innovation To Improve Tech Use
"The University of Michigan has this opportunity to really differentiate and refine what it means to be a great public research university in an age fueled by technology, fueled by connection, fueled by evidence and analytics," said James Hilton, vice provost for digital education and innovation, in a prepared statement.

53 Ways to check for Understanding

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