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For Students, the Importance of Doing Work That Matters

http://blogs.kqed.org/mindshift/2014/04/what-if-we-assigned-students-work-that-matters-outside-of-school/

Excellent post, and great ideas....all of which are made nearly impossible to implement due to standardized testing. Ben Franklin never took a standardized test...his skill and intellect was shown by what he created. If it was good enough for Ben...
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"The richer the perceptual experience provided by the computer program, the greater the students’ understanding and retention of the material."
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"It's all about raising the needle on test scores...that's what 'better' means...If this is your definition of 'better', you can have it...because this means that basically schools are test prep...if you want test prep, you don't need schools." +Will Richardson 
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Second video from "Dr. Jones" for the simulation-based course I'm building for my Virtual Teacher Practicum at UCI Extension.  Fiverr has been a great source of short multi-media to enrich the course and add to the storyline. #fiverr   #simulation   #ucirvine  
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I'm crafting a simulation-based gamified course for UCI Extension, and I'm using acting talent from Fiverr.  Just an awesome service - very happy with the results so far!
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Agreed - the problem is quite often the non-cognitive, non-academic factors that lead students to fail.  But sometimes it IS a bad teacher.  Sometimes it IS a bad school.  If you've ever had that bad teacher, or had that bad school, you know this to be true.  
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 My mother moved me out of one elementary school, because she didn't like the principle, but after 3 years in an alternate school, I had to go back, because they drew lines to start busing. But my Junior High and High Schools were good schools, as was one of my Elementary Schools.

I DID have the bad teacher in Junior High (now called Middle School), and to this day, I struggle with math because of it.  I have a mental block.  It was my uncle, who was an engineer who discovered it.  I used to say, "I'm stupid when it comes to math."  But he made me change my thinking... and though I still don't like it, I no longer say, "I can't do it."

However, I agree with you Emily.  What they're doing now with Common Core... and before that with No Child Left Behind.... it's awful!  My comprehension is excellent, but I'm a slow reader. This fact makes me terrible at taking standardized tests.  Regular tests, no problem, but give me a standardized test that is timed, and I'm domed to failure.  Funny thing... I got my AA with a 3.13, and went back 13 years later to obtain my degree and graduated summa cum laude.  If I had to do what they're making students do now, I would have flunked out. 

These tests are NOT a good indicator of how well a student will do, they stifle the artistic side of the student, and they are ridding children of their individuality, which is what makes our country so great.
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I vote for more robots...just kidding.  While I don't agree with everything he says (I happen to think learning is a most quantifiable thing), I'm with him on almost every other point. 
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This just came in handy in helping me to generate fake news articles and social media for use in my simulation-based course. 
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I have only one issue with any of this.  When I was a first year (heck, even a second or third year) teacher, I would have LOVED to have someone in my earbud helping me out.  That's called mentoring and it wouldn't suck in all cases.
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Print-based media "were really powerful for a long period, but we're at a different time. We're at a point where it is not too much about getting the information and it is about using information to accomplish particular ends." 
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My son is very proud of this video - watch it and give him some likes...c'mon, it's free!! 
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Whoa!  That was amazing!  Can't wait to see what you do next!
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File this under things you don't learn in teacher education programs.   #tydlitep  Not sure I agree with the grassy-knoll like conspiracy theories he presents.  But on board with him on pretty much everything else.
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