Deirdre Bonnycastle's Blog (16)

Demise of the Active Learning Blog Carnival

The June carnival includes some ideas about using Dr. Michael Wesch's approach to curriculum development in K-12.

I regret to inform everyone that the last edition of the Active Learning Blog Carnival has been posted. I began the carnival to promote Educational Blogging and there are so many blogs available today that that purpose no longer makes sense. Thanks to everyone who contributed articles over the years.

Added by Deirdre Bonnycastle on June 15, 2009 at 11:26am — No Comments

Dr. Michio Kaku agreed to do a free webinar for both teachers and students at noon EST on December 17th

Dr. Michio Kaku agreed to do a free webinar for both teachers and students at noon EST on December 17th. It's intended for teachers to share with students and Michio is a great speaker to get people excited about science given how he relates complex subjects to what they see on TV and in movies, I think there's be a ton of classes that'd be interested in it. The registration link is at http://tinyurl.com/michiokaku or you can read more about him at… Continue

Added by Deirdre Bonnycastle on December 11, 2008 at 10:14am — 1 Comment

What did you learn on your school holidays?

This month's Active Learning Carnival asks "What did you learn on your school holidays?"

I've been thinking about the effects of organized, indoor activities replacing children's outdoor play because of an ad on my television for summer school and because of a presentation I attended on increasing childhood obesity. What do you think?

Added by Deirdre Bonnycastle on July 9, 2008 at 1:36pm — No Comments

Assessing students in a constructivist classroom

This special edition is up at http://activelearningcarnival.blogspot.com/

April's edition will focus on assessing creative projects. You can submit articles at http://blogcarnival.com/bc/submit_2804.html

Added by Deirdre Bonnycastle on March 14, 2008 at 3:33pm — No Comments

February Active Learning Blog Carnival

The latest edition of Active Learning Blog Carnival is up at http://activelearningcarnival.blogspot.com/. This month, you get two editions for the act of going to one site, assessing how well students remember…

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Added by Deirdre Bonnycastle on February 4, 2008 at 2:29pm — No Comments

Third Edition of the Active Learning Blog Carnival

The latest edition of the Active Learning Blog Carnival is up at http://activelearningcarnival.blogspot.com/. This months Big Question is "What motivates students to be actively involved in learning?". Please take a minute to comment sent links to this months carnival.

Added by Deirdre Bonnycastle on January 7, 2008 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Active Learning Blog Carnival

The second edition of the Active Learning Blog Carnival is up at http://activelearningcarnival.blogspot.com/ I recieved 38 submissions and accepted 24. Content is organized under the following headings:

  • Debate of the Month
  • Recent Articles
  • K-8 Examples of Active Learning
  • High School Examples of Active…
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Added by Deirdre Bonnycastle on December 3, 2007 at 12:52pm — No Comments

Active Learning Blog Carnival

The first edition of the Active Learning Blog Carnival is up at http://activelearningcarnival.blogspot.com/. If you would like to submit articles in the future, please see http://blogcarnival.com/bc/cprof_2804.html.

This monthly blog carnival is an aggregator of articles about and examples of active learning that have been recently published.

Added by Deirdre Bonnycastle on November 5, 2007 at 2:02pm — No Comments

Two Innovative High School Curriculums

In my pursuit of active learning examples I discovered four very innovative programs from Roger Shank that I wanted to share with you:

1. Scientific Reasoning Curriculum

The Scientific Reasoning Curriculum, the first in the VISTA four-year program, lays the groundwork for scientific thinking by presenting students with a series of challenges that require students to address problems with a systematic, scientific approach. In each project,…

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Added by Deirdre Bonnycastle on November 1, 2007 at 2:36pm — No Comments

Active Learning - Creating meaningful artifacts

The fourth article in the series is now available. http://blogs.usask.ca/medical_education/archive/2007/10/active_learning_4.html

Added by Deirdre Bonnycastle on October 23, 2007 at 2:26pm — No Comments

Active Learning Blog Articles

I have started a series of articles about Active Learning and would love some feedback. Location is

Active Learning - Remembering http://blogs.usask.ca/medical_education/archive/2007/10/active_learning_1.html

Active Learning - Meaning Making …

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Added by Deirdre Bonnycastle on October 20, 2007 at 1:09pm — No Comments

A Tale of Two Activities

Tale 1

I attended what I thought was going to be an informal gathering of tech types (teachers, animation artists, web developers, small tech business owners) and was astounded to see every presenter pull out their computer and do a formal presentation for 45 minutes followed by 15 minutes of questions. The audience passively conformed, rarely commenting, occasionally questioning. The meeting was held in a local bar back room just to add to how bizarre this is and people pulled the… Continue

Added by Deirdre Bonnycastle on October 4, 2007 at 9:15am — No Comments

My New wiki on Active Learning

I created a wiki on Active Learning with Technology for a seminar I was facilitating. There are some great video examples of elementary students using active technology. http://technologyactivelearning.pbwiki.com/

Added by Deirdre Bonnycastle on October 3, 2007 at 12:54pm — No Comments

Get your students making films

From the Utube site:

In a world where people are often divided by borders, differences and conflict, it's easy to lose sight of what we all have in common. Pangea seeks to overcome that -- to help people see themselves in others -- through the power of film.



In virtually every culture, movies hold an extraordinary power to inspire human emotion, from sadness and fear to laughter and hope. They connect us powerfully to the characters on screen and enable us to see the world…

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Added by Deirdre Bonnycastle on July 4, 2007 at 2:16pm — No Comments

Triumph of Science over Sexism

This is a tale from Archeology, but I think it says a lot about sexism. In the 1920's, a tomb was discovered in Egypt that contained two mummies of women, one regal and beautiful, the other old and obese. The beautiful mummy was removed and taken to the museum in Cairo; the other was buried in sand and left. In the 1990's, speculation was made that one of these woman might be the missing pharaoh Hatshepsut, a…

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Added by Deirdre Bonnycastle on June 28, 2007 at 12:36pm — No Comments

My prejudice for inclusive education

My experience in education has created a very strong inclusive value. If I had entered education in the traditional manner, I might not have developed that value because I came from an economically privileged background and was very successful in the competitive school environment. I valued my place in that worldview.…

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Added by Deirdre Bonnycastle on June 8, 2007 at 11:40am — No Comments

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