• 15 Jul 2014 Tuesday

    Flipped classrooms - not just videos

    by Jan Friederich
    Last week I was at the ICTLT conference on ICT in education in Singapore, and there is no doubt that the buzzword of the the two-day event was flipped learning. And there was plenty to learn about it that went beyond the common understanding of flipped classrooms. Such was the interest in flipped learning that Aaron Sams, who with few others kickstarted the flipped learning movement in the US, ev...
  • 13 May 2014 Tuesday

    Pisa data on students perceptions on maths and performance

    by Jan Friederich
    The Pisa database including results from the largest empirical data on student performance and attitudes internationally is an incredible treasure trove for data lovers. I decided to look at one segment - the responses of students on questions about their attitude towards math and math performance. Mathematical fate is in their hands One remarkable thing is that Singaporean students seem to reg...
  • 18 Apr 2014 Friday

    Book review on misconceptions: 'Making Sense of Secondary Science'

    by Jan Friederich
    A great resource about science misconceptions is 'Making Sense of Secondary Science', by Rosalind Driver, Ann Squires, Peter Rushworth and Valerie Wood Robinson. The book is a compilation of the research results on scientific misconceptions organised on a subject by subject and topic by topic basis. On a given topic such as "Heat and Temperature", the authors start with a brief overview of the mai...
  • 18 Apr 2014 Friday

    Misconception resources

    by Jan Friederich
    We have recently gone through some misconception hunting and I thought I'd list some of the quick reference resources that we found. Many teachers are worried about misconceptions - the issue comes up frequently in our discussions in schools. A quick refresher from some of the resources might help you identify some that you were not previously aware of.  Physics 1. A well structured list of p...
  • 18 Apr 2014 Friday

    Misconceptions about misconceptions

    by Jan Friederich
    Misconceptions are a big issue in science education, but they are also fascinating. One thing I found interesting in recent reading was how misconceptions of today's children reflect the official bleeding-edge view of the past. Misconceptions aren't stupid Misconceptions are incorrect theories about subject matter. A common misconception about misconceptions (sorry for the pun) is that they are s...