I started learning how to use App Inventor. A few things that I should have known.
- App Inventor doesn’t require Android SDK.
- App Inventor is a web-based app but App Inventor for Android Blocks Editor is a Java-based app requiring JDK 1.6.
- Must install App Inventor Setup that is a supplementary tool set.
- Blocks Editor cannot find an emulator when TeamViewer is running.
This is a brief introduction to seven research-based principles for smart teaching in the book: How Learning Works. I summarize an email news letter from Tomorrow’s Teaching and Learning.
What is learning?
- Learning is A process not a product
- Learning involves change in knowledge, beliefs, behaviors, or attitudes.
- Learning is not something done to students but rather something students themselves do.
Seven principles of learning?
- Student’s prior knowledge can help or hinder learning.
- How students organize knowledge influences how they learn and apply what they know.
- Students’ motivation determines, directs, and sustains what they do to learn.
- To develop mastery, students must acquire component skills, practice integrating them, and know when to apply what they have learned.
- Goal-directed practice coupled with targeted feedback enhances the quality of students’ learning.
- Students’ current level of development interacts with the social, emotional, and intellectual climate of the course to impact learning.
- To become self-directed learners, students must learn to monitor and adjust their approaches to learning.
Here is a good guide for scientific writing in the academic and professional environments. This is the Webinar link presented by Dr. Matthias Reumann.
Survival Skills for Scientific Writing in the Academic and Professional Environments
Here is a basic outline for your scientific writing.
- Problem statements
- Previous work done by others
- Previous work done by you
- Materials and Methods
- What you did
- How you did
- What you used
- Typical raw data
- Data obtained
- What your results mean
- Comparison with work of others
- Significance of findings
Take home messages are
- Know yourself and the enemy
- Outline first and stay focused
- Take a break (remember the 80:20 rule) & create inspiring environment
- Read, revise and your peers
Tools for teaching by Davis, B.G., Jossey-Bass
Here is the table of contents.
- Responding to a Diverse Student Body
- Discussion Strategies
- Lecture Strategies
- Collaborative and Experiential Strategies
- Enhancing Students’ Learning and Motivation
- Writing Skills and Homework Assignments
- Testing and Grading
- Instructional Media and Technology
- 35. Chalkboards
- 36. Flipcharts
- 37. Transparencies and Overhead Projectors
- 38. Slides
- 39. Films and Videotapes
- 40. Computers and Multimedia
- Evaluation to Improve Teaching
- Teaching Outside the Classroom
- 44. Holding Office Hours
- 45. Academic Advising and Mentoring Undergraduates
- 46. Guiding, Training, and Supervising Graduate Student Instructors
- Finishing Up
The Brain Science Podcast, hosted by Ginger Campbell, MD, is a must-have podcast for brain scientists. Dr. Campbell interviews brain scientists including medical doctors, neuroscientists, computer scientists, students, and business persons as well.
You can listen to this. But the best thing is that you can also ‘read’ this podcast since the website provides episode transcripts.
Take-home-messages from the article.
- Appear confident. “I’m good enough, I’m smart enough, and, doggone it, people like me!”
- Be consistent
- Don’t take yourself too seriously
- Keep your distance. Neither too close nor too far.
- Dress professionally.
- Remember whom you are teaching
Ten simple rules to combine teaching and research from Tomorrow’s Professor Mailing List.
- Rule 1: Strictly budget your time for teaching and for doing research
- Rule 2: Set specific teaching and research goals
- Rule 3: Don’t reinvent the wheel
- Rule 4: Don’t try to explain everything
- Rule 5: Be shameless in bringing your research interests into your teaching
- Rule 6: Get the most in career advancement from bringing your research into your teaching
- Rule 7: Compromise, compromise, compromise
- Rule 8: Balance administrative duties with your teaching and research workload
- Rule 9: Start teaching early in your career
- Rule 10: Budget time for yourself, too
Good advice to new faculty!
This was written for new faulty in two-year colleges, but most advice here is still valuable to new professors in universities.
- Be humble.
- Be willing.
- Be organized.
- Be collegial. Be friendly, open to sharing ideas and materials, and willing to help out a colleague in need. Your collegiality must extend not just to other faculty members but also to everyone else on the campus, including librarians, admissions counselors, and custodians.
- Be low-maintenance.
This is from an article from Tomorrow’s Professor website.
USE PAST TENSE:
- To describe your methodology and report your results
- When referring to the work of previous researchers.
- To describe a fact, law or finding that is no longer considered valid and relevant.
USE PRESENT TENSE:
- To express findings that continue to be true.
- To refer to the article, thesis or dissertation itself.
- To discuss your findings and present your conclusions. Also use present tense to discuss your results and their implications.
(e.g.) Weight increased as the nutritional value of feed increased. These results suggest that feeds
higher in nutritional value contribute to greater weight gain in livestock. (Use past tense to indicate what you found [weight increased], but use present tense to suggest what the result