Bookmarked Cash for Questions (pathwaystoinclusion.blogspot.com)
Bribing children is so tempting. What they want, especially when they're young, is sometimes so cheap, so easy to acquire, that the temptati...

Found via @dgilmour.

50 years ago, Edward Deci gave different groups of students a Soma cube puzzle to solve. Some were paid to take part, others weren’t. When he announced that the time was up, the students that were paid to work on the task just put the cube down and walked away.

David’s tweet also lead to

Comments on ClassDojo controversy and Killer Apps for the Classroom? by Ben Williamson

I’ve never been a great one for points and the like in class, mostly due to my inability to be consistent enough in their use and unexamined distaste.

There are echos in the Doing Data Differently project. I’ve been listening to some of the colloquium videos and finding them though provoking.

Bookmarked Teach Writing with the New English Language Arts Pack | Minecraft: Education Edition (Minecraft: Education Edition)
We’re excited to announce the new English Language Arts Pack created in partnership with the National Writing Project. These 10 lessons for Minecraft: Education Edition focus on world-building and engage students in a game-based learning experience that will help them learn about the writing process...

via: Digitally Literate Newsletter #261 – Silence no longer an option.
There are a lot of good ideas for using Minecraft, I’ve found I need time to figure out how to use them in my classroom, so bookmarking for later.

Bookmarked Whose poo? - The Mammal Society (The Mammal Society)
Mammals can be elusive and sometimes the first clue that they are there isn't the flash of a tail or the flick of an ear poking out of the foliage but a field sign - like poo! Often, finding and identifying the poo you find in your garden or on a walk will be the only way you know that

If I ever get to take the class to the woods again this will be useful.

Bookmarked Web Developer Tools - Programmer Tools - Online - Browserling
We're obsessed with making web developers' lives easier at Browserling, so we created a collection of the most popular developer tools all in one place. We love simplicity so we made them very simple and obvious how to use. No ads, bloated dialogs, or useless checkboxes. Just tools. All free. Press button, get result. Here they are!

Lots of useful looking tools that work in the browser. EG: Convert TSV to XML, Convert CSV to JSON, URL encode/decode, HTML escape/unescape, huge bunch of text tools…

Bookmarked Stack ’em up, zoom ’em down by Sheila MacNeill (howsheilaseesIT)
Why? Just why? If you are running a virtual classroom then you and your students are not all in the same room, so why pretend? Why create a false visual hierarchy? What purpose does it serve except to extend and enhance a false sense of “normality” and control with students neatly staked in rows and the teacher at the “front”. Why try to re-create an old fashioned notion of a classroom and badge it as the “future now”.

More interesting thoughts around teaching va video conference.

Se also RE: Cameras on or off and Cameras On

I think Sheila nails the newness of this. Although we have been using video conferencing in education for a longish time, in internet years, we are just scratching the surface of it being a mainstay of delivering.

Bookmarked Sharing Smaller Screen Recordings by an author
Often I share a screen recording so that others can follow along with tips, processes and generally shared knowledge. However the screen recordings produced by macOS are huge! Here’s how to share smaller recordings, using the command-line version of HandBrake and Hazel

I make a lot of short screencasts and often use Handbrake to reduce the file size. This looks like a great idea.

Bookmarked Schools in England told not to use anti-capitalist material in teaching
The government has ordered schools in England not to use resources from organisations which have expressed a desire to end capitalism. Department for Education (DfE) guidance issued on Thursday for school leaders and teachers involved in setting the relationship, sex and health curriculum categorised anti-capitalism as an “extreme political stance” and equated it with opposition to freedom of speech, antisemitism and endorsement of illegal activity.

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