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Notes Rubric in Gradebook

posted Aug 13, 2015, 6:27 PM by Tim Pettine

Four Point Notes Rubric

Welcome Back!!! Day One Agenda & Considerations

posted Aug 4, 2014, 7:14 AM by Tim Pettine   [ updated Aug 4, 2014, 7:16 AM ]

This week is a little crazy with two meeting days (really 1.5). So we will use this week to explore the syllabus, become familiar with course systems, and one another.

Learning Targets:
  • Review and understand course outline/expectations in syllabus
  • Explore functionality of google folders & google plus management systems
  • Practice strategies for effective note-taking and responses

10 Great Ways Students Can Use Evernote to Study Smarter, Not Harder.

posted Dec 15, 2010, 4:49 PM by Timothy Pettine   [ updated Jan 7, 2014, 5:49 AM ]

I have been suggesting for months now that students take advantage of the Evernote extension on chrome. I have found it quite useful than one note when using digital readings.  Here is a comprehensive list of other more sophisticated ways to use the application. They are from Shep McAllister a contributor at Hack College and a student at Trinity University in San Antonio, majoring in Communication and Political Science. Hack College is a student powered website educating students of the world about effective, open source software, putting techno-political arguments in everyday language, and creating a cult of “Students 2.0.”

  1. Take notes in class – This one seems like it should be obvious, but I can’t believe how many students still type their notes in multiple programs to deal with the availability problem. Evernote keeps every class note in a single application, making it so much easier to scan through several days’ worth of notes the night before a test.
  2. Go paperless – If you’re anything like me, you probably have trouble keeping track of the handouts teachers like to pass out. You can use a scanner, or even your phone’s camera, to quickly digitize your syllabi, project descriptions, and graded papers so that you never have to worry about losing the original copies.
  3. Portable textbooks – When studying for a test, sometimes you only need your textbook for a few charts and graphs. Instead of lugging that 1000-page monster to the library, just scan or take photos of the pages you need into Evernote, and access them online in your favorite study spot.
  4. Handwritten notes – As great as typing your notes can be, there are still some classes where handwritten notes are all but required. Once you are finished, always take a quick snapshot of your notes and paste it into Evernote, allowing you to access them anywhere. Never again will you have a minor heart attack when you spill coffee on your notebook.
  5. Manage your different lives – Students are so many things these days: scholars, interns, friends, club presidents. You can set up different notebooks in Evernote to give these activities their own space, but everything will still be in a central hub. It’s like having filing cabinets that are with you everywhere.
  6. Never forget a number – You’re asked to remember a lot of random numbers as students, especially at the beginning of the school year. It helps to keep your student ID#, mailbox combination, and even friends’ room numbers in Evernote, at least until they’re safely burned into your memory.
  7. Window shopping – Students love to buy new things. Unfortunately, we usually don’t have very much money.  Next time you see a pair of jeans tempting you from outside your price range, take some pictures of the display rack and the tag and store them in Evernote.  You’ll have no trouble finding the items again once you coerced some money out of your parents.
  8. Make PDFs smarter – A lot of school libraries will now scan short readings for classes and distribute them online to students. This cuts down on textbook costs and prevents students from competing for the library’s one copy of the book, but these PDFs are often of low quality and won’t let you highlight or scan for keywords. If you want the files to be a little more searchable, just drop them in Evernote and let the text recognition go to work. (Searching within PDFs is a premium only feature, view all of the premium features here).
  9. Record important lectures – Professor speak a little too fast? Want to capture his hint-laden test review discussion in its entirety? You can record audio notes on your phone or iPad right in Evernote so you can rest assured that you won’t miss a thing.
  10. Organize your research – We have to juggle a lot of information sources when researching a paper. Evernote makes it easy to drop all those links, PDFs, charts, and book scans into a single, easily searchable notebook.  This beats the pants off frantically searching your hard drive and web history for sources when you have a due date looming.

Teaching vs. Learning

posted Dec 4, 2010, 7:05 PM by Timothy Pettine   [ updated Jan 7, 2014, 5:50 AM ]

In their book, Turning Learning Right Side Up: Putting Education Back on Track, authors Russell L. Ackoff and Daniel Greenberg point out that today's education system is seriously flawed -- it focuses on teaching rather than learning. "Why should children -- or adults -- be asked to do something computers and related equipment can do much better than they can?" the authors ask in the following excerpt from the book. "Why doesn't education focus on what humans can do better than the machines and instruments they create?"

Dontree on the brain and anger.

YouTube Video

After lecturing to undergraduates at a major university, I was accosted by a student who had attended the lecture. After some complimentary remarks, he asked, "How long ago did you teach your first class?"

I responded, "In September of 1941."

"Wow!" The student said. "You mean to say you have been teaching for more than 60 years?"


"When did you last teach a course in a subject that existed when you were a student?"

This difficult question required some thought. After a pause, I said, "September of 1951."

"Wow! You mean to say that everything you have taught in more than 50 years was not taught to you; you had to learn on your own?"


"You must be a pretty good learner."

I modestly agreed.

The student then said, "What a shame you're not that good a teacher."

The student had it right; what most faculty members are good at, if anything, is learning rather than teaching. Recall that in the one-room schoolhouse, students taught students. The teacher served as a guide and a resource but not as one who force-fed content into students' minds.

Mind-mapping Explained!!

posted Dec 2, 2010, 6:30 PM by Timothy Pettine   [ updated Dec 2, 2010, 7:05 PM ]

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