Let’s Tie the Digital Knot : The Daily Papert
A mathematician, an early pioneer of artificial intelligence, and an internationally recognized seminal thinker about how computers can change learning, Seymour Papert worked with educational psychologist Jean Piaget at the University of Geneva from 1959 to 1963, a collaboration that led Papert to consider using mathematics in the service of understanding how children think and learn. As more and more students gain access to computers and the Internet, Papert offers his prescriptions for consummating the marriage of education and digitalism. He sees most present uses of computers in schools as mere flirtation.
How to Create a Great PowerPoint Presentation
“One thing I like to do is make sure there’s a logical story,” says Janet Bornemann, the creative director of PowerPoint Studio, based in Acton, Massachusetts. Bornemann, who designs PowerPoint presentations for corporate clients, says that just like any piece of good writing, there needs to be a beginning, middle, and an end to your presentation. Traditionally, in the beginning of the presentation you tell the audience what you plan to cover, in the middle of the presentation you tell them, and in the end, you tell them what you’ve told them. One clever tip Bornemann recommends is to use five words per line, and five lines per slide.
Responding to Student Writing (audio style) – ProfHacker – The Chronicle of Higher Education
“Responding to student writing in an effective and timely manner is important to student success. And we want students to succeed, to be good writers. However, students don’t often expect to receive detailed and intricate feedback on their work; they expect to see the dreaded “red pen” marks. They assume that we don’t really read their writing, that we give each page a cursory glance, and that we are only looking for spelling and grammatical errors. This implies–and the students believe–that “writing” is only “writing correctly.””
Avoid ‘Grading Jail’ through Course Writing Contracts – ProfHacker – The Chronicle of Higher Education
“Effectively assessing student writing and mentoring student writers is one of the great challenges of academic life. For many college instructors, helping our students write better is one of our top priorities—in a recent AAC&U survey, more employers said that colleges should play more emphasis on “the ability to effectively communicate orally and in writing” than any other skill.”
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