Seterra – Hundreds of Interactive Geography Games in More Than 30 Languages

Seterra is a service that offers interactive geography games in more than thirty languages. I used the service for years with some of my own students. In the last couple of years Seterra has evolved from a desktop application to a web and mobile app service. You can play Seterra games in the web browser on your computer or as an Android app or an iOS app.

Fonte: Free Technology for Teachers: Seterra – Hundreds of Interactive Geography Games in More Than 30 Languages


20 Observable Characteristics Of Effective Teaching

20 Observable Characteristics Of Effective Teaching

  1. Begins class promptly and in a well-organized way.
  2. Treats students with respect and caring.
  3. Provides the significance/importance of information to be learned.
  4. Provides clear explanations. Holds attention and respect of students….practices effective classroom management.
  5. Uses active, hands-on student learning.
  6. Varies his/her instructional techniques.
  7. Provides clear, specific expectations for assignments.
  8. Provides frequent and immediate feedback to students on their performance.
  9. Praises student answers and uses probing questions to clarify/elaborate answers.
  10. Provides many concrete, real-life, practical examples.
  11. Draws inferences from examples/models….and uses analogies.
  12. Creates a class environment which is comfortable for students….allows students to speak freely.
  13. Teaches at an appropriately fast pace, stopping to check student understanding and engagement.
  14. Communicates at the level of all students in class.
  15. Has a sense of humor!
  16. Uses nonverbal behavior, such as gestures, walking around, and eye contact to reinforce his/her comments.
  17. Presents him/herself in class as “real people.”
  18. Focuses on the class objective and does not let class get sidetracked.
  19. Uses feedback from students (and others) to assess and improve teaching.
  20. Reflects on own teaching to improve it.

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Computational Fluency – Mitchel Resnick – Medium

Over the past decade, there has been much discussion of the term computational thinking. The term, popularized by computer scientist Jeannette Wing, is generally used to describe computer-science concepts and strategies that can be useful in understanding and solving problems in a wide range of disciplines and contexts. In a growing number of schools around the world, there are now efforts to help students develop as computational thinkers.In our Lifelong Kindergarten research group at the MIT Media Lab, we prefer to focus on the idea of computational fluency rather than computational thinking. Why? We want to highlight the importance of children developing as computational creators as well as computational thinkers. In our view, computational fluency involves not only an understanding of computational concepts and problem-solving strategies, but also the ability to create and express oneself with digital technologies.Our group created the Scratch programming language and online community to help children develop computational fluency. Our approach with Scratch is distinct from many introductions to coding in that we focus explicitly on helping children learn to express themselves creatively through coding.Most introductions to coding are based on puzzles. Children are asked to create a program to move a virtual character past some obstacles to reach a goal. As children create programs to solve these puzzles, they learn basic coding skills and computer science concepts.With Scratch, we focus on projects instead of puzzles. When we introduce children to Scratch, we encourage them to create interactive stories, games, and animations, based on their own interests. They start with ideas and turn them into projects that they can share with other people.Why focus on projects? We take seriously the analogy between coding and writing. When you learn to write, it’s not enough to learn spelling, grammar, and punctuation. It’s important to learn to tell stories and communicate your ideas. The same is true for coding. Puzzles might be fine for mastering the basic grammar and punctuation of coding, and learning the basic concepts of computer science, but they won’t help you learn to express yourself.Imagine trying to learn to write just by working on crossword puzzles. Solving crossword puzzles could improve your spelling and vocabulary, and it could be fun, but would you become a good writer, able to tell stories and express your ideas fluently? I don’t think so. A project-based approach is the best path to fluency, whether for writing or coding.Even though most people don’t grow up to become professional journalists or novelists, it’s important for everyone to learn to write. So too with coding — and for similar reasons. Most people won’t grow up to become professional programmers or computer scientists, but developing fluency with coding is valuable for everyone. Becoming fluent, whether with writing or coding, helps you to develop your thinking, develop your voice, and develop your identity.Developing Your ThinkingIn the process of writing, you learn to organize, refine, and reflect on your ideas. As you become a better writer, you become a better thinker.As you learn to code, you also become a better thinker. For example, you learn how to break complex problems into simpler parts. You learn how to identify problems and debug them. You learn how to iteratively refine and improve designs over time. These types of strategies are at the core of computational thinking.Once you learn these computational-thinking strategies, they can be useful in all types of problem-solving and design activities, not just in coding and computer science. By learning to debug computer programs, you’ll be better prepared to figure out what went wrong when a recipe doesn’t work out in the kitchen or when you get lost following someone’s directions.Solving puzzles can be helpful in developing some of these computational-thinking skills, but creating your own projects takes you further, helping you develop your voice and develop your identity.Developing Your VoiceBoth writing and coding are forms of expression, ways to communicate your ideas with others. When you learn to write, for example, you can send a birthday message to a friend, submit an op-ed piece to your local newspaper, or record your personal feelings in a diary.I see coding as an extension of writing, enabling you to “write” new types of things — interactive stories, games, animations, and simulations. Let me share an example from the Scratch online community (which I discuss more fully in my TED talk about kids learning to code).A few years ago, on the day before Mother’s Day, I decided to use Scratch to make an interactive Mother’s Day card for my mom. Before starting, I checked to see if anyone else had made Mother’s Day cards in Scratch. I typed “Mother’s Day” in the search box, and I was delighted to see dozens and dozens of projects — many of them created in the previous 24

Fonte: Computational Fluency – Mitchel Resnick – Medium

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Guía para detectar noticias falsas en internet y redes sociales

Teniendo en cuenta algunos puntos básicos, se puede identificar rápidamente una fake news y detener una información falsa que puede llegar a manipularnos o crear una alarma innecesaria.Se ha puesto en marcha recientemente la campaña ‘inFORMAZIOA’ de información y formación contra las noticias falsas, tras la proliferación de los últimos años y su facilidad de propagarse ya sea mediante las habituales redes sociales (Facebook, Twitter), así como mediante las aplicaciones de mensajería instantánea (WhatsApp, Telegram…).Las noticias falsas, o fake news, son un fenómeno contra el que las autoridades están haciendo grandes esfuerzos, dado el daño que pueden crear entre la población. Es información falsa creada deliberadamente con la intención de engañar o desinformar. Además, las fake news suelen buscar crear confusión, influir sobre las decisiones personales y dañar o dar valor a la imagen de personas, entidades o instituciones.EiTB, mediante su campaña, ha desarrollado un decálogo o guía para detectar las noticias falsas en internet y redes sociales. Son puntos básicos, que a menudo son pasados por alto, pero que con tomarse un instante la falsedad queda desenmascarada rápidamente.Para reconocer una fake news lo primero que hay que hacer es fijarse en la firma, puesto que suelen ser anónimas, no citan fuentes y no indican la fecha, pero piden que se difunda el mensaje. Otras veces parece proceder de un medio de comunicación de confianza, pero si no lo conocías con anterioridad, desconfía. Además, las webs de noticias falsas suelen simular la web o URL de medios de comunicación de prestigio.Si, a pesar de parecer increíble, lleva una firma de algún medio o institución aparentemente reconocible, hay que poner la atención en el texto en sí. Habitualmente contienen faltas de ortografía y abusan de las mayúsculas y de los signos de exclamación, cosa que nunca ocurriría en una información oficial o medio de comunicación reconocido.Otra de las pistas que ayudan a identificar información falsa es la “exclusividad” que a veces parece que tienen algunos medios, si es una noticia importante, debería aparecer en más de un solo medio, aunque sea su exclusiva.Por último, hay que dejarse llevar por el sentido común y no compartir algo que no sería firmado por uno mismo y que parezca demasiado bueno para ser real. Asimismo, se debe tener en cuenta que los familiares y amigos también se pueden equivocar y enviarte unafake news, pero haciendo un contraste de mínimos, se pueden evitar muchos problemas.

Fonte: Guía para detectar noticias falsas en internet y redes sociales | RINCON DEL BIBLIOTECARIO