Monday, January 2, 2012

Welcome Back Resources

Wanted to share some resources I reviewed over break. 

1. Teachers as Brain-Changers: Neuroscience and Learning (Wendi Pillars)-  critical takeaways about  neuroscience and teaching

"Reading about all this from a neuroscientific perspective makes the learning process seem more concrete and reassures me that we don't need to scrap everything we know about effective teaching. In fact, many of us already approach teaching in ways that are consistent with neuroscientific findings—but knowing more about how our students' brains function can help us fine-tune what we do, and remind us to be consistent with those ideas that are brain-friendly."

2. Twelve Ideas for Teaching With QR Codes (Andrew Miller)-  ideas to take advantage of mobile technologies

“ As mobile learning becomes more and more prevalent, we must find effective ways to leverage mobile tools in the classroom… Mobile learning can create both the tool and the need.   With safe and specific structures, mobile learning tools can harness the excitement of technology with the purpose of effective instruction.  Using QR codes for instruction is one example of this.”

3. So Here's What I'd Do (David Warlick)-  offering solutions for school districts

"Recognize that change doesn’t end and facilitate continued adapting of all plans and documents. No more five-year plans. Everything is timelined to the goal graduate."

4. Cameron Herold: Let's raise kids to be entrepreneurs- Bored in school, failing classes, at odds with peers: This child might be an entrepreneur, says Cameron Herold. At TEDxEdmonton, he makes the case for parenting and education that helps would-be entrepreneurs flourish -- as kids and as adults