Episode 74: Civic Online Reasoning with Sarah McGrew

In episode 74, Dan and Michael chat with Sarah McGrew of the Stanford History Education Group (SHEG about civic online reasoning, their new research published in TRSE, and how teachers can use the assessments.

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Books, articles, lessons, and other amazing resources

  1. McGrew, S., Breakstone, J., Ortega, T., Smith, M. & Wineburg, S. (in press). Can students evaluate online sources?: Learning from assessments of civic online reasoning. Theory & Research in Social Education. Advance online publication. Retrieved from http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/00933104.2017.1416320
  2. Check out all the SHEG Civic Online Reasoning competencies and assessments: https://sheg.stanford.edu/civic-online-reasoning (requires login, but all materials are free!)
  3. “Why Students Can’t Google Their Way to the Truth: Fact-checkers and students approach websites differently” by Sam Wineburg and Sarah McGrew in EdWeek (11/01/16)
  4. The Challenge That’s Bigger Than Fake News: Civic Reasoning in a Social Media Environment” by Sarah McGrew, Teresa Ortega, Joel Breakstone, & Sam Wineburg in AFT.org
  5. Here’s an article that was written by a teacher collaborator: “Real Teaching in an Era of Fake News” by Will Colglazier in AFT.org.
  6. Wineburg, S. & McGrew, S. (2017, October 9). Lateral Reading: Reading Less and Learning More When Evaluating Digital Information. Stanford History Education Group Working Paper No. 2017-A1 (56 pages). 

     

Contact

Sarah McGrew co-directs SHEG’s Civic Online Reasoning project. She grew up in Michigan and earned a B.A. in Political Science and Education from Swarthmore College before completing the Stanford Teacher Education Program. After STEP, she taught world history in Washington, D.C., for five years. Sarah is now a doctoral student in the Stanford Graduate School of Education. She previously taught in STEP. In her free time, she enjoys swimming, baking, and exploring the West Coast.

Bio from https://sheg.stanford.edu/about/people

Episode 66: Teaching Geography with Chris Heffernan

In episode 66, Dan and Michael talk with middle school world geography teacher and #WorldGeoChat moderator Chris Heffernan about teaching geography.

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Books, articles, lessons, and other amazing resources

  1. Check out the #WorldGeoChat moderated chats on Twitter on Tuesday nights at 9pm EST/8pm CST or join the conversation 24/7 using the hashtag
  2. You can find the #WorldGeoChat blog at WorldGeoChat.wordpress.com
  3. “The Power of a PLN” from the #WorldGeoChat squad  for National Geographic: https://blog.education.nationalgeographic.com/2017/08/24/the-power-of-a-pln/
  4. Chris has written a number of helpful blog posts, including:
    1. Stop making students memorize maps!
    2. 3 ways to add geography to your classroom
    3. You don’t need to teach geography to be a global educator
    4. 3 things we could do tomorrow to make Americans geoliterate
    5. Why geography matters now more than ever
    6. Geography to save the world
  5. Check out the National Council for Geographic Education (NCGE) and their conference at ncge.org
  6. Check out Google Earth; Google My Maps; Google Expeditions
  7. Blog posts from #WorldGeoChat moderator Pete Spiegal on Google Maps:
    1. New Google Earth basics
    2. New Online Google Earth tutorial: Part II
    3. New Online Google Earth Tutorial: Part III
  8. Planet Money T-Shirt Project NPR story, series, videos (intro, part 1, part 2, part 3, part 4, part 5, all) and Lesson Plan
  9. 99% Invisible podcast episode on shipping containers: http://99percentinvisible.org/episode/reefer-madness/
  10. Chris has his students plot out 10 countries and physical features in a region on satellite view to understand and do a See-Think-Wonder: What do you see? What do think about what you see? What do you wonder about what you see?
  11. Check out the UN Sustainable Development Goals: GlobalGoals.org

Contact

Chris Heffernan teaches 7th-grade world geography at Jefferson Junior High School in Naperville, Illinois, and is starting his seventeenth year there. He loves maps, but hates when students are forced to memorize them. Chris has focused his course on having students appreciate the different ways that people around the world are influenced by physical systems. He is passionate about water issues and strives to have his students take action to solve problems ranging from issues at school to the global water crisis. He can be found on Twitter @cheffernan75 and through the #worldgeochat blog (worldgeochat.wordpress.com).

Episode 65: Building a Flipped Community with Andrew Swan

In episode 65,  Michael & Dan chat with middle school teacher Andrew Swan about his efforts in building an online flipped community on Twitter and the use of blogging!

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Books, articles, lessons, and other amazing resources

  1. Check out Andrew’s blog – Flipping Awesome Teaching!
    1. Andrew’s post Introducing #FlipBlogs
  2. #FlipBlogs on Twitter
    1. Archive for a #FlipBlog live chat
  3. Check out our episode on Episode 49: Flipped Classrooms with Elizabeth Miller.
  4. Here are some of the resources that he mentioned:
    1. Flipped Learning Network – Flipped Learning Network is the “best one-stop shopping site for all things flipping”
      1. Check out his author page there!
      2. Flipped Learning Slack page – requires an account. Chat’s are every other week
      3. Flipped Learning definition per Flipped Learning Network
  5. Some blogs about Flipped Classroom
    1. Jon Bergmann’s Flipped Learning Global Initiative. Jon is ‘one of the main pioneers and popularizers of FL. In some countries, 10%+ of teachers are already following this practice, and a few schools are 100% flipped.’
    2. Matthew T. Moore’s Points of Interest for a Flipped Educator (math teacher)
    3. Chrystal Kirch’s Flipping with Kirch (math teacher)

Contact

Andrew Swan has taught middle school for the past 17 years! He earned a B.A. in History at Yale University and received a Master’s degree in teaching from Simmons College. During his teaching career, he has taught 6th, 7th, and 8th grade English, ancient history, and geography in Maine and Massachusetts. Reach him on twitter – @Flipping_A_Tchr or through his blog! Don’t stop looking for him, Swan.

Episode 62: Mindful Tech with David Levy

In episode 62, Dan and Michael, a professor in the University of Washington Information School and author of “Mindful Tech: How to Bring Balance to our Digital Lives,” about mindful uses of technology in our lives and how to teach it.

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Books, articles, lessons, and other amazing resources

  1. Buy David’s book as it is filled with activities that can you, and maybe even your students, learn to be mindful users of technologies: Levy, D. M. (2016). Mindful tech: How to bring balance to our digital lives. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press.
  2. One of David’s first articles on mindful tech: Levy, D. M. (1995) “I’m not here right now to take your call: Technology and the politics of absence.” In Proceedings of the Oksnoen Symposium, pp. 61-66.
  3. Dan mentioned Zeynep Tufekci’s new book to learn more about algorithms and how social media influences social protest: Tufekci, Z. (2017). Twitter and tear gas: The power and fragility of networked protest. Naw Haven, CT: Yale University Press. (Free PDF; Buy it to support Zeynep’s work; Audible)
  4. For all your David Levy needs, check out his personal website (davidmlevy.net) or his University of Washington Information School site (dmlevy.ischool.uw.edu).

Contact

David Levy is a professor in the University of Washington Information School. He holds a PhD from Stanford University in computer science (1979), a Diploma in calligraphy and bookbinding from the Roehampton Institute, London (1982), and he was a member of the Xerox Palo Alto Research Center (PARC). Learn more about David on his university site, including his many writings.

Episode 57: Real Tech with Rafranz Davis

In episode 57, Dan and Michael talk with Rafranz Davis about real tech.

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Books, articles, lessons, and other amazing resources

  1. Check out everything Rafranz at http://rafranzdavis.com/ or see her writing at https://medium.com/@rafranzdavis
  2. Rafranz mentioned liking Adobe Spark Notes. Here’s a link: https://spark.adobe.com/
  3. Here’s the Facebook VR demo: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YuIgyKLPt3s; Here’s Jimmy Kimmel making fun of it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=87EGAvfas78

Contact

Rafranz Davis is the Executive Director of Professional and Digital Learning for Lufkin ISD in Lufkin, Texas. She is passionate about student-driven learning, unique applications of technology, and the empowerment of traditionally marginalized voices. You can tweet at, or Instagram, her @RafranzDavis and visit her website at http://rafranzdavis.com/.