Measuring impact of Deep Learning Pedagogies

Measuring the impact of Deep Learning Pedagogies Growing up in Brazil, 50% was a passing grade. It was weird because all everyone really wanted was to pass. What happened between 50% and 100% might have influenced my friend’s allowances or weekend privileges, but it was by no means a reliable scale measuring the learning. By…

Doyouhaveanyquestions?No?Good,movingon…

A fellow COETAIL-er last week asked me if I loved the IB. My response has a lot to do with the pattern I see emerge in my blog posts. Both the Middle Years Programme (MYP) and the Diploma Programme (DP), which I am most familiar with, already provide standards and practices that schools need to…

Start with the why, I get it, but…

In bold are 11 Brazilian Portuguese idiomatic expressions. Can you guess what they mean from context? Answers at the end of the post. What Michael Fullan goes on about here is what I’ve been hearing for years. He is, as we say in Portuguese, raining on what is already wet (1). Kids going on to make the world…

TIM and SAM R the ones who killed TPACK

Comparing technology integration models While I have never used any of these before, I have studied them in detail in preparation for a potential tech integration role when I was out recruiting last year. The FDR school in Lima, Peru, for example, uses the TIM model for measuring and quantifying technology integration. Below is an…

I like to move it, move it…

First steps of collaboration Our group for this project was located on 3 different continents and 4 distinct timezones. The first order of business was to use a timezone meeting planner to identify a time we could all meet synchronously. We then created a shared workspace on Google Docs where we each added a unit…

Redesigning a Powerpoint (when we should be redesigning learning)

In subject classrooms, I would argue that instead of spending energy creating powerpoints that are more design-friendly, teachers should focus on redesigning learning experiences such that a PowerPoint isn’t required. Something where students are collaborating, solving problems, taking different approaches, and arriving at the same learning objective through a variety of paths.

Data is the new (s)oil

I saw David McCandless’ TEDTalk right after it came out and it still remains one of the few I like to show to students. The dispositions to interpret patterns in big data is, for me, one of the ‘new’ skills that students didn’t really need it when you and I went to school. Data is…