Agenda Survey: Part 3 (Grade 7)

Here are the results for the grade 7 class. It seems that the whole class(at least those who responded), use an agenda at least some of the time:

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However, it is interesting to note that the students using print agenda, either provided by the school or not, outweighs those using the online tools. I have a feeling that this is because they have been used to using paper agendas in elementary school and are dealing with a huge learning curve with everything else in high school.

As I mentioned in yesterday’s post, I think that we could do a little more to promote the more efficient use of the online tools as well as periodically check up on them and see how it is going.

I would like to know if there are any studies that talk about organizational methods, tools and different learners.  Geez- I just gave myself some homework…

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Here are the levels of satisfaction broken down by tool. It is interesting to note that everyone seems pretty happy with their tools…

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Agenda Survey: Part 2

Here are the charts that graph the level of satisfaction with their current tools. I have re-inserted the pie chart that shows how many students are using what for some context:

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Here are the charts based on agendas:

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It is hard to know how to take this information. Here are some questions I have:

  • Are they more satisfied with the agenda provided by the school because that is what they are most familiar with?
  • How proficient are they in using the online tools?
  • How proficient are they in using the print tools?
  • How often do they look at their agendas, print or online?
  • What does this say about the type of learner? Does a certain type of learner prefer a certain type of tool?

I also notice some inconsistency in the data- some girls say they don’t use an agenda and then responded to the question of what kind of agenda do they use by naming a certain type. Some were also confused about the difference between an agenda provided by the school and one not provided by the school. They would not check either box, but wrote in the “other” category that they used their own.

A positive aspect of this is that very few students seem to be unsatisfied with what they are using at the moment. However, developing organizational skills and time management skills is, in my humble opinion, extremely important for success as a student. Targeting those who who are unsatisfied and helping them figure out first of all what is the best tool for them and how to use the tools properly might be in order.

10 iOS Apps That Make Your Pictures Talk

The possibilities are endless- take the photo essay to a new level by recording a script over it. Have your students go to local landmarks, take photos and record their reactions. Have your students use this for explainer videos. What else?

The apps in this article are all free and should work on the iPad though they look like they are made for phones. Just remember when on the app store to change the “iPad only” tab to “iPhone only”.

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Agenda Survey: Part 1

I have been taking some time to look through the result of the agenda survey. The goal was to find out what tools students were using and whether or not they were happy with them in order to gage whether we should be investing in a special online agenda, keep the print one or rely on the built-in tools on the iPad.

I surveyed the whole school and received 130 responses.

Here is how many respondents we received by grade:

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The following charts are the results for the whole school.

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Wow. 33% do not use an agenda. It would be interesting to do a follow-up with the students to see how they organize their day…

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The above numbers are a little skewed as we continue to give out a school-provided agenda to the senior grades (as per our gradual iPad roll out plan). What is interesting is the 19% who use a print agenda  as well as online tools. Do they use the online tools for specific tasks? The print one? So many questions…

I can see a flaw in my survey- Those people who do not use an agenda should not have been able to respond to anymore questions. Man, I need to take a course on how to make better surveys…

Tomorrow, we will look at satisfaction and the following days we will break down the data by grade.



The Student-Centered Classroom – Liberate Learners To Flip Their Own Lessons

From the people who  introduced me to Adobe Voice – a great idea; getting the students to use Adobe Voice to make their own review explainer videos for upcoming exams.

Check it out!

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Innovative design crosses over all aspects of education. The American Society for Innovation Design in Education, or ASIDE, seeks to infuse curriculum with new approaches to teaching and thinking. Integrating the design of information into the daily conversation is an essential part of the teacher’s toolkit and the purpose of the ASIDE blog. The underpinning of innovation and educational design is based on looking at the information available and communicating meaning for a world of learners. Thinking like a designer can transform the way children learn. ASIDE’s goal is to bring together as much information, resources and supportive scholarship in one place for teaching and learning.

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What do you mean this is Plagiarism? Examples

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I am in the middle of a workshop with a class on the subject of plagiarism and the research process. Yesterday we had a lively discussion about what constitutes plagiarism. When I told them that inadequate paraphrasing, when you simply change a few words and the sentence structure of the original source, is considered plagiarism, they didn’t believe me.

Seriously, they fought me the whole way.

“How can we write anything, then?”

“Are we supposed to cite everything?”

“This is making me angry. I don’t even know how I am going to do my research now.”

I don’t think this reaction is uncommon. In fact, I remember doing projects when I was in school and being acutely aware of the rule (I honestly don’t remember where I got this idea) that there was an actual amount of words that you needed to change in order not to plagiarize. I spent a lot of time trying to find synonyms instead of trying to understand the information, so I know where they are coming from.

Luckily, I am following up with some work on how to avoid plagiarism (an embargo on the copy and paste would be a good start…) but in the meantime, I feel like I need back up. Although I thought I gave them a good example, I feel like I need some proof that  this kind of patchwork writing is not acceptable. Here is the example I gave to them:

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I thought it was pretty clear, but what do I know?

Just in case you find yourself in the position where you have to convince incredulous students that just because they changed the sentence structure around and used the word “battle” instead of “warfare” does not mean that this is their own idea or even their own words, here are some links from some big universities that give examples of mosaic plagiarism:

Harvard University examples

Purdue University Calumet

Claremont Graduate University

Bates College (if you scroll over the example the plagiarized parts will be highlighted!)

Cuny (they use the same passage as Bates…)

Okay. Now I feel like I just put on my librarian armour and am now ready to do battle with the disbelievers. First step: Get them to recognize that the way they are doing research leads to this kind of plagiarism. Next step: Show them effective research and note-taking strategies to avoid it (and in the meantime learn more).




The Blogging Kraken: How to Keep Up with All Your Students’ Blogs?

For those of you who get your students to write blogs, this is a great idea for organizing and keeping track of who has posted what, what you have evaluated, etc. I use Feedly (as mentioned in this post) to keep track of all the blogs, websites, etc. I consult regularly. It would be so easy to create a”collection” for your individual classes. You can save posts for later, mark posts as read and as well as post it via several social media sites. This is a great idea and I can’t believe I didn’t think of it!

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