very rough... help
walter.bender at gmail.com
Mon Feb 9 09:40:16 EST 2009
How about a new paragraph in the Pedagogy section:
> Based upon 40+ years of educational research at Harvard and MIT, Sugar
> promotes "studio thinking": demonstrations, projects, and critiques;
> as well as "studio habits of mind": develop craft, engage and persist,
> envision, express, observe, reflect, stretch and explore, and
> understand the art world. In the context of Sugar, studio thinking is
> applied not just to the arts, but to all disciplines.
> Reflective practice involves students applying their own experiences
> to practice while being mentored by domain experts. In the context of
> Sugar, the expert could be a teacher, a parent, a community member, or
> a fellow student.
At the same time, Sugar is flexible; it works coherently with the wide
variety of instructional frameworks, deepening the student's learning
experience. Sugar also provides access to internet learning resources.
> While Sugar is designed for elementary school classrooms, it will hold
> the interest of middle schoolers as well.
On Mon, Feb 9, 2009 at 9:15 AM, Caroline Meeks
<caroline at solutiongrove.com> wrote:
> I like this.
> I'm not sure how to word it but I think we should somehow emphasis the
> flexibility of Sugar to work coherently with a wide variety of instructional
> frameworks by deepening the student's learning experience.
> I also think we need to point out that Sugar provides access to free
> internet learning resources.
> On Thu, Feb 5, 2009 at 9:16 AM, Walter Bender <walter.bender at gmail.com>
>> Wee bit of tweaking:
>> Imagine a classroom where instruction is complimented by learners
>> engaged in self-discovery; where collaboration, expression, and
>> reflection are integrated directly into the learning experience.
>> Through the award-winning Sugar Learning Platform, students
>> appropriate knowledge by engaging in activities that are authentic to
>> them. With Sugar, students at all skill levels can explore any
>> curriculum goal more deeply. Your students will learn and they will
>> learn to learn.
>> Your students will enjoy learning more and they will improve in regard
>> to traditional metrics such as reading comprehension. And you will
>> enjoy mentoring them and learning along side them.
>> Sugar is easy to learn: teachers and students discover how to use
>> Sugar through exploration and collaboration—together, you learn by
>> Sugar can accommodate a wide variety of students, with different
>> levels of skill in terms of reading, language, and different levels of
>> experience with computing. It is easy to approach, yet it doesn't put
>> an upper bound on the student's personal expression.
>> The Sugar interface always shows the presence of other learners.
>> Students dialog with each other, support each other, critique each
>> other, and share ideas. Activities such as peer editing are just one
>> "mouse-click" away.
>> Sugar uses a "Journal" to record each student's activities: both what
>> they make and how they make it. The Journal serves as a place for
>> reflection and assessment of progress—a portfolio that can be shared
>> with teachers, parents, and the student as they progress through grade
>> Based upon 40+ years of educational research at Harvard and MIT, Sugar
>> promotes "studio thinking": demonstrations, projects, and critiques;
>> as well as "studio habits of mind": develop craft, engage and persist,
>> envision, express, observe, reflect, stretch and explore, and
>> understand the art world. In the context of Sugar, studio thinking is
>> applied not just to the arts, but to all disciplines.
>> Reflective practice involves students applying their own experiences
>> to practice while being mentored by domain experts. In the context of
>> Sugar, the expert could be a teacher, a parent, a community member, or
>> a fellow student.
>> While Sugar is designed for elementary school classrooms, it will hold
>> the interest of middle schoolers as well.
>> Getting started:
>> Sugar is a great way to augment your classroom: it is simple; it is
>> powerful; it is boundless; and it is free! Almost one-million children
>> and tens of thousands of teachers around the world are using Sugar. To
>> learn more about Sugar and how you can be part of the Sugar
>> revolution, see...
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