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Erika Podlovics's Blog – April 2011 Archive (5)

A lesson from PBL

Those who have ever attempted to create a Problem Based Learning (PBL) lesson know how difficult it is to come up with a complex, multi-staged problem that directs the students toward learning the subject matter (objective), without explicitly stating it. Have you tried it out?



Without directions, most students get lost. I remember being in university classes at the end of the term and someone would always raise their hand in class and ask “When is the exam? Where? What’s on it?” and… Continue

Added by Erika Podlovics on April 26, 2011 at 8:55pm — 1 Comment

Patient Problem Solvers – Ted Talk with Dan Meyers

Let’s face it – not everything that students need to learn in school is easy for them. But wait. If this is knowledge and skills what we want our students to learn, remember, and use in the future (the reason for universal K-12 education right?) then shouldn’t we be teaching them in a way that is intuitive, useful, and easy to remember and use. 

Man Meyers has a great video on Ted Talks called …

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Added by Erika Podlovics on April 25, 2011 at 8:05pm — No Comments

Found in Language – Lost in Translation

 

We know that our culture affects our language, even down to tiny regional differences in local customs and phrases. But does language affect our culture? Does it constrict our ability to express ourselves or define our means to? Does it shape our thoughts and create a mould for our personalities?

 

One of my favorite articles put out by the Wall Street Journal – Life and Culture is called …

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Added by Erika Podlovics on April 22, 2011 at 7:15pm — No Comments

Game Mechanics and Teaching

I recently watched a video by social architect Amy Jo Kim who has worked with EA games, Ebay, Disney and Yahoo to name a few. She gave a Google talk relating to games and social media. I’ve recently been interested in bringing together game elements and teaching and have played around with it with my students. Having failed miserably at first, and then somehow succeeded a few times, it is definitely not easy to design a good lesson plan, or even series of lesson plans around game…

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Added by Erika Podlovics on April 19, 2011 at 9:30pm — No Comments

Google Translate - the language window

Since 2006, Google translate has become an increasingly sophisticated tool for changing text from one language to another. It has been a lifesaver while living abroad, and was my crutch when I had required language courses during university.

If you use Google Chrome to do your browsing, you may notice a small microphone at the bottom of your text box when you visit Google translate.  As of…

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Added by Erika Podlovics on April 18, 2011 at 10:02pm — No Comments

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