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Design Project Rationale

This design project has been designed for students studying Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) Level 3.  The syllabus consists of six units, which are based on acquiring the knowledge and practical skills required by employers. The ability to use spread-sheets is a fundamental work skill for accountants, and the AAT have included the new unit ‘Using Spreadsheet Software’ at the request of employers who need employees to be IT literate.…

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Thoughts and Changes with 1-to-1 Net-book Initiative

The beginning
‘In order to transform schools successfully, educators need to navigate the difficult space between letting go of old patterns and grabbing on to new ones.’ Terrence Deal 1990
The role of technology in education has become a topic of debate, as many are skeptical of its benefits.  Cynics often make comments such as: our youth will lose their ability to communicate with others, students are often using technology inappropriately, or our youth are digital natives, why do we need to teach it in school?   True, our youth have not experienced a world without the connectivity of the Internet, nor do they tend to experience intimidation or fear of technology, but no one is born with the inherent ability to use technology proficiently and effectively. 
Other inventions such as the printing press, radio, and television have been topic of similar debate in history.
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Individual differences? Using vodcasts as a blended learning strategy. An Action Research project

This is the outline plan for an Action Research project for #mscmmel.  I have posted it so that any critical friends can comment.  I need all the help I can get, believe me!

CONTEXT

Teaching:

I work in a FE college in the UK, where I teach the Association of Accounting Technician (AAT) syllabus from Level 1 to 4.  …

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Mogulus is now LiveStream-Outstanding free video service!

If you’re considering some live streaming, I strongly encourage you to give Mogulus (now LiveStream) a try!! I have been exploring and using the Mogulus Channel for live streaming and have been extremely impressed with how easy it is to navigate and produce online videos (both live and recorded sessions).…

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Punishment Doesn’t Work.

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Look at peer-reviewed research on corrections systems.  Look at peer-reviewed articles on behavioural strategies employed by the military.   Look at peer-reviewed work on classroom behaviour management.  Look up “punishment” on Google.  You will find an incredible amount of literature all agreeing on one thing:  punishment doesn’t work.  Why, then, is punishment still continued to be used as a go-to in so many schools?  We have spent millions of dollars training school personnel in positive behaviour support.  We have reams of research to show them that punishment isn’t going to create a classroom of respect and positive behaviour.  Yet still, even from a school having a wonderfully positive and inclusive culture, I received a letter from one of my daughter’s teachers explaining a new behaviour policy as follows:  every student starts with three checkmarks in a binder, that the teacher indicated,  “I will keep for myself”.  For actions that go against classroom expectations, the teacher will remove one checkmark.  If a student loses 2 or more checkmarks during class, they lose their recess time to stay in class and must complete a reflection essay.  There is a reinforcement built in – only the students who have not lost more than 4 checkmarks across 4 weeks will get a pizza party.  I pause here, having difficulty knowing where to begin. 

Here are some points to ponder:

Starting at the top (three check marks) with the  focus on failure to lose checkmarks is ineffective. 
No one is perfect, but we all strive to improve.   If you start at 3/3 checkmarks, there is nothing to improve. 
Once you lose that first check mark, why would a student put in any  further effort when it will not  be reinforced?  I wonder why the checkmark binder is  kept for the teacher only.  Shouldn’t we be teaching students to self-monitor their own behaviour?  (This is a fifth grade  classroom.)

 If the consequence of losing recess comes after 2 check  marks, why are there 3 in the binder?  What use does the third serve?   Something to consider.

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Punishment Doesn’t Work.

Picture

Look at peer-reviewed research on corrections systems.  Look at peer-reviewed articles on behavioural strategies employed by the military.   Look at peer-reviewed work on classroom behaviour management.  Look up “punishment” on Google.  You will find an incredible amount of literature all agreeing on one thing:  punishment doesn’t work.  Why, then, is punishment still continued to be used as a go-to in so many schools?  We have spent millions of dollars training school personnel in positive behaviour support.  We have reams of research to show them that punishment isn’t going to create a classroom of respect and positive behaviour.  Yet still, even from a school having a wonderfully positive and inclusive culture, I received a letter from one of my daughter’s teachers explaining a new behaviour policy as follows:  every student starts with three checkmarks in a binder, that the teacher indicated,  “I will keep for myself”.  For actions that go against classroom expectations, the teacher will remove one checkmark.  If a student loses 2 or more checkmarks during class, they lose their recess time to stay in class and must complete a reflection essay.  There is a reinforcement built in – only the students who have not lost more than 4 checkmarks across 4 weeks will get a pizza party.  I pause here, having difficulty knowing where to begin. 

Here are some points to ponder:

Starting at the top (three check marks) with the  focus on failure to lose checkmarks is ineffective. 
No one is perfect, but we all strive to improve.   If you start at 3/3 checkmarks, there is nothing to improve. 
Once you lose that first check mark, why would a student put in any  further effort when it will not  be reinforced?  I wonder why the checkmark binder is  kept for the teacher only.  Shouldn’t we be teaching students to self-monitor their own behaviour?  (This is a fifth grade  classroom.)

 If the consequence of losing recess comes after 2 check  marks, why are there 3 in the binder?  What use does the third serve?   Something to consider.

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6th grade Science Loesson #SciencePun #studentcentered #scichat #science #soil

LoESS administering/delivering a curriculum TO kids is MORE….especially when it’s a lesson on SOIL. haha #sciencepun

Putting the kids in the driver’s seat. WINNING!

After #edcampOmaha I’m stoked. Let’s get this day going. Let the kids ‘dig in’ and have fun while learning.…

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Tikatok-Student Online Book Publishing

I was introduced to Tikatok by my friend, Jackie Gerstein, when I visited her class in Sahuarita, AZ and was so impressed with the books her students were creating. Inspired after my visit, I have been waiting to try it out with a real story and my opportunity has come.…

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