The 2017 Schedule (work in Progress)

We are refining our schedule to be sure you have the most useful and rewarding three days we can put together for you.  I am always open to suggestions and we are looking for a few more Show and Share presenters.  The highest priority goes to those ideas that pretty much any school could adapt, it has to a)help students learn and/or b) make the teacher more effective somehow and/or c) teach us about some new technology or technique that you are using in your classroom.  These do not have to be elaborate ideas, just good ones. send ideas to tompkins@poynter.org or call anytime 727-409-9717 (cell.)

Click on the image below and get the LIVE schedule that you can interact with and upload your bio so people can see you are coming.  You can also load the schedule into your calendar with one click and customize the schedule you want to follow for our weekend.

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A Critical Thinking Exercise About Studies

Every year at TEACHAPALOOZA educators share stories about how they are trying to find ways to get students thinking more critically about the information they hear and read. Here is a great case study.

The University of Maryland released a study that suggests a particular brand of chocolate milk may help young athletes who suffered concussions to recover. The questions arise whether the study makes any scientific, let alone logical sense. Then we learn that the milk company helped pay for the study.

 

Why the First Five Minutes of Class is Crucial

Here are strategies to help you get every class off on the right foot:

Open with a question or two.

What did we learn last time? 

Asking students to tell you what they already know (or think they know) has two important benefits. First, it lights up the parts of their brains that connect to your course material, so when they encounter new material, they will process it in a richer knowledge context. Second, it lets you know what preconceptions students have about your course material. That way, your lecture, discussion, or whatever you plan for class that day can specifically deal with and improve upon the knowledge actually in the room, rather than the knowledge you imagine to be in the room.

Reactivate what they learned in previous courses.

Write it down.

Frequent, low-stakes writing assignments constitute one of the best methods you can use to solicit engagement and thinking in class. You don’t have to grade the responses very carefully — or at all. Count them for participation, or make them worth a tiny fraction of a student’s grade. If you don’t want to collect the papers, have students write in their notebooks or on laptops and walk around the classroom just to keep everyone honest and ensure they are doing the work. Limit writing time to three to five minutes and ask everyone to write until you call time — at which point discussion begins.

 

Crowdfunded Journalism Rises

During TEACHAPALOOZA 2015 we heard predictions that crowdfunding for journalism would rise. It has.

Poynter.org reports:

In the first nine months of 2015, crowdfunding projects devoted to journalism raised more than $1.74 million on Kickstarter, according to the report. That’s up from $49,256 in 2009, the year Kickstarter launched. The amount of crowdfunding projects has also increased, growing from 17 to 173 projects over that same period.

Likewise, the contributor base to journalism projects on Kickstarter has also expanded, increasing to 25,651 people in 2015 from an initial 792 people in 2009.