|look! it’s a woodie flowers, who as it turns out really dislikes massively open online courses (MOOCs).|
chilling at the designathon
lots of cool people and ideas being thrown around (mmm… throwing people)
you can read all about prof. flower’s agenda against MOOCs in the tech & the faculty newsletter
|kittens! from education arcade talk|
people gave talks.
e..g the educational arcade one, some notes:
why do goats and animals continue to play dangerous games that can end in death? play must be advantageous if this behavior wasn’t selected out by evolution/
4 freedoms of Play
freedom to experiment, freedom to fail, freedom to try on identities, freedom of effort (can play intensely or at a relaxed pace)
exact opposite of
4 freedoms of school
educational games are not “grand theft calculus,” tricking people to learn calculus by giving something the skin of a game
Then we did a lot of research into my recent problem of finding hands-on activities for primary school kids.
A teacher there mentioned, there lots of message boards where half the activity is teachers looking for a specific activity to fit a specific curriculum standard
This is my fourth year teaching but my first year at a new school. I am having a hard time trying to find labs for my students to do. I am in a regular room that is not made for a science class. I do not have bunsen burners or gas. I looked in the chemistry chemical cabinet and there are really not many chemicals.
Wah, this is cool way to not bother busy teachers, lurking on teacher forums
- july and august: good times to get teachers to notice new things, when they take a break / do professional development workshops / reflect on their lessons
- scale: must do it through professional societies (american association of physics teachers, etc.)
- http://howtosmile.org/It’s interface is beautifully designed and very functional. It’s actually a collage of resources.
- And another amazing one, by the department of education: http://www.free.ed.gov/
- And of course, howtoons! http://www.howtoons.com/
Our research notes here:
|talking to teachers!|
So, we decided the issue we were trying solve (collecting resources like how2today and observationsblog and connecting them to teachers) was approximately solved by howtosmile.org (probably busy teachers want a fully-fleshed out lesson plan anyway), and we split up to work on different things.
I’m going to make a drawing robot and go ahead and throw together a demo online education with real-life kits thingamabob.