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Academicia – Go Away TFA – The Teacher Shortage 0

Posted on October 05, 2013 by dmayer

Academicia — Stand Up: The Day the Teachers Said No 0

Posted on March 09, 2013 by dmayer

MAP Test Boycott: The Movie

It would be like a mechanic whose boss has said,” I want you to use the cheaper version of the brakes even though they’re not as good, I want you to use that.” And mechanic finally stood up and said, “You know this is bad for customers, right? You know the breaks are going to give out sooner, and I feel so strongly that that’s the wrong thing to do that I’m not going to turn to my boss and say no.”

Academicia — “Why can’t we see evidence of alien life?” 0

Posted on April 23, 2012 by dmayer

Embrace your inner teachiness.

Lessons Worth Sharing

This is one of TED Ed’s first lessons.

Why can’t we see evidence of alien life?

Last year at TED2011, Chris Anderson and TED announced a new project to accelerate the push of TED into the realm of education. This new initiative, dubbed TED-Ed, was a Think Tank forum for members of the TED community including exceptional educators, animators, and thinkers.

Chris joined TED-Ed at its launch and provided as much perspective on the Millennial generation’s view of learning, education, and social media as possible to help catalyze the inputs from educators from around the world who are working directly with students in their classrooms and can’t quite put their fingers on what is missing…or what is working well. Why can’t we see evidence of alien life? is one of the first lessons born out of that collaboration.

Academicia — Bloom’s interactive taxonomy 0

Posted on April 19, 2012 by dmayer

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Ammar Merhbi is an edtech/e-learning integration specialist interested in computer-assisted language learning, teacher education, and workplace performance technology. He produced an interactive Bloom’s revised digital taxonomy wheel and the almost overlapping knowledge dimensions. Bloom’s taxonomy has been used extensively in education. The 2001 update of Bloom’s taxonomy for the 21century is depicted in this interactive wheel.

Bloom’s Revised Digital Taxonomy Wheel


Academicia — Are Tests Biased Against Students Who Don’t Give A Sh*t? 0

Posted on April 16, 2012 by dmayer

Embrace your inner teachiness. (Rated Mature for language.)

Academicia — Organizing help from Mendeley 0

Posted on April 13, 2012 by dmayer

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Mendeley is the world’s largest crowdsource library. Teachers can use it to manage curriculum, do research and create original research projects, or just to get organized. Mendeley uses the latest technology to continually improve the product and deliver useful features researchers need. The basic software is free. Organize your research, collaborate with others online, and discover new research.

to watch for a brief introduction or visit Mendeley for all the details.

Academicia — Maybe you do need a real teacher 0

Posted on April 11, 2012 by dmayer

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Right before April Fools Day, 2011, math students at Biola University in Southern California learned the difference between real and imaginary numbers from professor Matthew Weathers and his imaginary self, who appears as a virtual teacher in a YouTube video.

Weathers produced the video with the help of Andrew Staver, a Biola student studying film production. Check it out:

Academicia — TED Lessons worth sharing 0

Posted on April 09, 2012 by dmayer

Embrace you inner teachiness.

TED-Ed: Lessons worth sharing

TED, the organization behind the popular conference series with the same name, just launched a new initiative that aims to bring TED-like video content to high school students. The idea here is to repackage existing TED talks as well as videotaped lessons from teachers around the world with additional graphics and effects to make them more palatable to a younger audience.

TED-Ed’s mission is to capture and amplify the voices of great educators around the world. We do this by pairing extraordinary educators with talented animators to produce a new library of curiosity-igniting videos. A new site, which will launch in early April 2012, will feature these new TED-Ed Originals as well as some powerful new learning tools.

Nominate an educator.

Nominate an animator.

Suggest a lesson.

Academicia: Kids re-enact the Oscar nominees 0

Posted on March 19, 2012 by dmayer

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Jest is proud to present our first installment of the year’s best movies, as performed for and by children. Feeling guilty because you didn’t see half the nominees this year? Watch this instead!

My favorite is the one in which the kids re-enact a scene from Moneyball (“We should use math!”) Enjoy!