Del Campo School

Del Campo School, Honduras

The Real Problem with Fake News

by Erik Palmer

Let's teach students how to be skeptical—but not dismissive—of the media.

For years, as I checked out in the grocery store, I saw Bat Boy on the pages of the Weekly World News. That "news" paper is no longer being printed, but exists. According to an article posted on the site in January 2017, Earth was going to collide with the planet Nibiru on October 17, 2017. So I suppose if we were indeed obliterated, you aren't reading this article.

  • news literacy
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Zoom fatigue is real — here’s why video calls are so draining

For many of us, working from home during COVID-19 has meant we are spending a lot of time on video meeting applications like Zoom. The effects of this have taken us by surprise.

Having giant heads staring at us up close for long periods can be off-putting for a lot of us. Never mind that we feel we should fix our hair (COVID mullet anyone?), put on makeup, or get out of our pajamas.

So why are online meetings more tiring than face-to-face ones?

  • Asynchronous & Synchronous
  • distance learning
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Expanding Circles of Community: Classroom Partners for an Increasingly Connected World

by Jennifer Klein

For over a decade, I have worked with teachers to employ the concept of “Glocal Learning,” as introduced by Chris Harth in an article for the Independent School journal, to curricular design. Three years ago, when I became Head of School at Gimnasio Los Caobos, a PreK-12 bilingual school in Colombia, I started developing an image to capture the concept. It was an attempt to visualize the world in concentric circles of connection, from the most local to the most global. Each time I’ve shown this image to teachers in workshops over the years, another circle has appeared, at their suggestion, to round out the expanding circles of community partners we might connect with in our classroom projects—and to foster a flexible mentality about community as a central part of students’ world view.

  • global literacy
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5 Strategies For Teaching Students To Use Metacognition

by TeachThought

Metacognitive skills enable students to regulate their thinking and to become independent learners who can enhance their school and life experiences. Wherever the ambitions of our youth lead them, they will benefit from being able to solve problems creatively, think analytically, communicate effectively, and collaborate with others. As we conducted research for our latest book, we found that studies simultaneously indicate that metacognition is one of the most important skillsets students need, yet often is not taught.

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The Power of Visible Thinking in Virtual Learning

by John Spencer

It’s easy for a virtual class session to slip into a talking head approach. You turn on the camera and students see your face. At times, you might toggle back and forth between a slideshow and your camera but it can easily slip into something that is mostly auditory. You talk, students talk in breakout rooms, and you talk again. However, learning should also be visible. When students process information visually and make their thinking visible, they improve in their metacognition and the learning tends to stick. In this article, we explore how to make this happen in virtual learning.

  • making thinking visible
  • remote learning
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How COVID Will Change The Future Of Learning And Development

by Gal Raviv

COVID has proved to be far more of a shock to our working and home lives than anyone could have possibly predicted in January 2020 and the Learning and Development sector has been as affected as any.

As the year draws slowly to a close it’s natural to think about what the future holds, and whilst nobody has a crystal ball, we can see some very clear trends emerging that point the way towards our post-COVID L&D environment.

These aren’t predictions, after all, if anyone could tell what was going to happen in the short-term then we’d all be lottery winners. Instead, our points are more discussion points intended to establish what appears to be the ‘direction of travel’ for the next few years.

  • post-pandemic
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50 Ways To Measure Understanding

by Terry Heick

How do you measure what a student understands?

Not give them an assessment, score it, then use that score to imply understanding. Rather, how do you truly ‘uncover’ what they ‘know’–and how ‘well’ they know it?

The Challenge Of Outcomes & Standards-Based Assessment

First a preface: itemizing ways to measure understanding is functionally different than students choosing a way to demonstrate what they know—mainly because in a backward-design approach where the learning target is identified first, that learning target dictates everything else downstream.

If, for example, a student was given a topic and an audience and were allowed to ‘do’ something and then asked to create something that demonstrated what they learned, the result would be wildly different across students. Put another way, students would learn different things in different ways.

  • assessment
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