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8 Tips For Blogging With Students

8 Tips For Blogging With Students | 21st C Learning | Scoop.it
Blogging is a great way to promote reflective writing in class. The best way to get started is to jump in and try it out, and this list should provide some pointers to get you started.
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Collaboration, Teamwork, Cooperation - What's the Difference?

Collaboration, Teamwork, Cooperation - What's the Difference? | 21st C Learning | Scoop.it
Are teamwork and collaboration interchangeable? For that matter, are cooperation and collaboration the same? Most of us tend to treat these words as synonyms. But I believe there are nuances that could help us be more effective. From what I’ve observed over the years, there’s a continuum based on the degree of interdependence and shared purpose (see image above).
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School Field Trips Go Virtual

School Field Trips Go Virtual | 21st C Learning | Scoop.it
The field trip, a classic school ritual, is getting a makeover, with more schools videoconferencing their students all over the globe in lieu of packing them up and busing them to cultural events.

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Javier Castro's curator insight, June 21, 3:47 PM

añada su visión ...

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5 Rarely Considered Obstacles To 21st Century Education

5 Rarely Considered Obstacles To 21st Century Education | 21st C Learning | Scoop.it
What are the biggest obstacles to changing education? Some are economic. Others are infrastructural. Few are technological. The most significant challenges are philosophical. We are wedded to particular ways of thinking about school and learning and life that are limiting our ability to best serve our children. The way we live [...]

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Chris Carter's curator insight, June 21, 12:06 PM

Point for, well, I believe from experience that the author is just wrong, and point five is situational. Some schools do this. Others do not. Either way, an intelligent piece.

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Bill Nye the Science Guy Talks Keeping Teens Interested in STEM

Bill Nye the Science Guy Talks Keeping Teens Interested in STEM | 21st C Learning | Scoop.it
If wearing a tie-dye lab coat gets students interested in science, technology, engineering and math, that's what teachers should do.
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Khan Academy

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Check out Official SAT Practice on Khan Academy
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For those hoping to attend American schools

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5 ways to truly create a culture of innovation in your school - Daily Genius

5 ways to truly create a culture of innovation in your school - Daily Genius | 21st C Learning | Scoop.it
 

Schools and organisations which say they are looking to innovate and find new models for education are just as often to be found resorting to re-naming their head of IT as ‘Head of Innovation’ and sticking motivational posters on the staffroom wall which talk about ‘impossible is nothing’, but offer nothing more than flim-flam.

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Good advice for teachers and administrators.

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Are You Planning a Maker Space? You Need To Read This

Are You Planning a Maker Space? You Need To Read This | 21st C Learning | Scoop.it
I was having a conversation with a tech director from another school , and we were discussing budgets and resources. The amounts were fairly staggering for bandwidth, subscriptions, and network support for content management and VPN.

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Becky Roehrs's curator insight, May 31, 5:39 PM

Interesting ideas for what your Maker space could be like..

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How to Ensure that Making Leads to Learning

How to Ensure that Making Leads to Learning | 21st C Learning | Scoop.it
Making is clearly an engaging activity for students. But are they actually learning anything? Annie Murphy Paul presents a compelling case based on cognitive research.

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Becky Roehrs's curator insight, May 31, 6:31 PM

The article discusses  how to deal with  cognitive load, failure and creating a maker environment where learning occurs...

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Response: Ways To Help Students Develop Digital Portfolios

Response: Ways To Help Students Develop Digital Portfolios | 21st C Learning | Scoop.it
Several educators - Rusul Alrubail, Michael Fisher, Frank Serafina, Kristin Ziemke, Kate Muhtaris, Jeb Schenck, and Joe Rommel - share suggestions on how to effectively utilize digital portfolios with students.

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Becky Roehrs's curator insight, June 7, 6:45 PM

Lots of ideas and tips for providing help for your student's digital portfolio assignments.

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27 Ways to Inspire Students to Innovate ~ Mind/Shift ~ by Katrina Schwartz

27 Ways to Inspire Students to Innovate ~ Mind/Shift ~ by Katrina Schwartz | 21st C Learning | Scoop.it
Educator Mia MacMeekin made this infographic about ways to inspire students to think more deeply about how innovation applies to them. It’s a helpful way to begin a conversation about what it means to innovate, a word that sometimes seems to belong in the adult domain of business and is estranged from how students think about living their lives.

 

Excellent! - JL


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Sarah McElrath's curator insight, May 10, 12:41 PM

Learning to approach a topic from different directions/mindsets can produce new and different results.

Tony Guzman's curator insight, May 21, 8:59 AM

This infographic helps students see the value of innovation within their learning. Most of the ideas shared apply beyond the classroom as well.

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DIY Professional Development: Resource Roundup

DIY Professional Development: Resource Roundup | 21st C Learning | Scoop.it
Why wait for formal environments, when there are so many opportunities to learn new skills on your own? We've compiled a list of the best resources for do-it-yourself PD to get you started.
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Perfecting your school’s creative learning space - Innovate My School

Perfecting your school’s creative learning space - Innovate My School | 21st C Learning | Scoop.it

 

If schoolchildren are to meet their learning potential, they’ll require the right surroundings for mental stimulation. Ben Lord of Pod Space introduces a fun, informative infographic that shows school staff how this can be achieved.

 

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Based in the UK, but the students are students everywhere.

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10 (Extra Cheesy) Math Jokes Explained

10 (Extra Cheesy) Math Jokes Explained | 21st C Learning | Scoop.it
If you're a math teacher looking for some cheesy yet relevant material, a giant math nerd, or simply a lover of lame jokes - check out these punny math images: 1. One of the basic trigonometric rul...
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12 Unexpected Ways to Use LEGO in the Classroom | Edudemic

12 Unexpected Ways to Use LEGO in the Classroom | Edudemic | 21st C Learning | Scoop.it
Lessons taught using LEGO Bricks don’t feel like dull schoolwork. On the contrary, students might feel like they’re getting away with something.

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Angela Ribo's curator insight, June 22, 9:01 AM

Legos are so versatile because you can do so many early math and science activities which them which strengthen spatial learning in young children. And to boot, they think they are just playing.

M Angus MacLean Hix's curator insight, June 22, 9:14 AM

For Method is message

Jason Robert LeClair's curator insight, June 22, 1:02 PM

LEGO! I may have to investigate this further....

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Highly trained, respected and free: why Finland's teachers are different

Highly trained, respected and free: why Finland's teachers are different | 21st C Learning | Scoop.it
Extensive training is the basis for giving teachers the autonomy to work the way they want. The result is a highly prized profession and an education system always near the top in international rankings

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RESENTICE's curator insight, June 22, 3:44 AM

Très expérimentés, respectés et libres : pourquoi les enseignants finlandais sont-ils différents .

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Inspired By Serial, Teens Create Podcasts As A Final Exam

Inspired By Serial, Teens Create Podcasts As A Final Exam | 21st C Learning | Scoop.it
An English teacher became so compelled with podcasts, she assigned the creation of one as a final exam to replace the traditional seated test.
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Texting In Class May Distract Students, But It Could Also Help Them Learn

Texting In Class May Distract Students, But It Could Also Help Them Learn | 21st C Learning | Scoop.it
To text or not to text in English literature class?

Texting may often serve as a distraction among students in the classroom, but professors are slowly figuring out that they can use smartphones to help kids learn. 

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Research: Quick Teacher-Parent Communications Can Reduce Dropouts -- THE Journal

A new study done by researchers at Harvard University and Brown University found that a single individualized message sent weekly from a teacher to a parent documenting the student's performance in school was enough to reduce student failure by 41 percent.
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WOW! 

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Makers in the Classroom: A How To Guide (EdSurge News)

Makers in the Classroom: A How To Guide (EdSurge News) | 21st C Learning | Scoop.it

You see it everywhere in K-12. Kindergarteners design toys for their friends to practice empathy, while learning to use a saw and glue-gun along the way. Second graders deepen their understanding of character traits while designing and sewing puppets to represent a character in a folk-tale. In high school physics, students make wind turbines in order to internalize an understanding of how magnetism can create electricity.

The “it” I’m referring to is “Making,” and simply put, Making is any activity where people create something, often with their hands.

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Learning: It's All About the Connections

Learning: It's All About the Connections | 21st C Learning | Scoop.it

I've written about connections before in It’s All About Connection. Today, though, I was thinking about all of the connections important for learning. 


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Becky Roehrs's curator insight, June 1, 5:42 PM

Jackie Gerstein shares the connections she believes "can/should be part of both formal and informal education".

Carmen Ramos's curator insight, June 2, 2:54 PM

Vernetztes Lernen.

Jukka Sormunen's curator insight, June 7, 12:25 PM

Keep this in mind when you start learning in Klassikka!

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More Evidence That Active Learning Trumps Lecturing

More Evidence That Active Learning Trumps Lecturing | 21st C Learning | Scoop.it
The June-July issue of The Teaching Professor newsletter highlights a study you don’t want to miss. It’s a meta-analysis of 225 studies that compare STEM classes taught using various active learning approaches with classes taught via lecture.

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Becky Roehrs's curator insight, June 3, 8:04 PM

I prefer active learning, but there are times lecturing is ok, if done well.

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10 Netiquette Tips For Online Discussions

10 Netiquette Tips For Online Discussions | 21st C Learning | Scoop.it
Netiquette Tips For Online Discussions
“Discussion is an exchange of knowledge; argument an exchange of ignorance” once said Robert Quillen, an acclaimed journalist, who was also a discussion specialist.

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Becky Roehrs's curator insight, June 6, 2:50 PM

Excellent tips--especially, control your emotions, be precise, back up your opinions, and don't text, use appropriate grammar.

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7 Myths and Facts About Online Learning Infographic

7 Myths and Facts About Online Learning Infographic | 21st C Learning | Scoop.it
Now that the number of students taking at least one online course has surpassed 6.7 million it’s high time we dispel the myth and discover the truth about online learning. Via: www.myeducation.com

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Steve Vaitl's curator insight, May 13, 12:22 PM

Very nicely laid out infographic with great information!

ChristopherBell's curator insight, May 14, 10:47 PM

Awesome stuff to share with parents and graduating seniors!

Carlos Godoy Rodríguez's curator insight, May 15, 1:13 PM

7 mitos y realidades sobre la formación online.

 

Mito nro. 1, no se puede obtener un empleo acreditando un diploma logrado mediante aprobación de cursos en línea.  Reaalidad: 62% de los profesionales de RRHH creen que los diplomas obtenidos por cursos online son equivalentes o mejores que los logrados en universidades tradicionales.

 

Mito nro 2, sólo universidades de dudosa reputación ofrecen programas que se imparten totalmente en línea. Realidad: el porcentaje de instituciones que ofrecen programas completamente virtuales se ha duplicado en la última década hasta alcanzar 62.4%.

 

Mito nro. 3, los programas virtuales contribuyen con el aislamiento de sus estudiantes. Realidad: los cursos distribuídos en el formato presencial tradicional pueden también incentivar el aislamiento.

 

Mito nro. 4, obtener un diploma en línea es tomar el camino fácil. Realidad: si bien es cierto que el formato eLearning es más flexible, ello no significa que los cursos dictados en ésta modalidad sean menos rigurosos.

 

Mito nro. 5, "Tengo todo el tiempo del mundo para culminar mi curso online". Realidad: si intenta retrazar indefinidamente el cumplimiento de las tareas asignadas en un curso online, muy problamente, no superá ese curso. La procastinación no funciona el mundo real ni en el virtual.

 

Mito nro. 6, usted no aprenderá mucho tomando cursos vía eLearning. Realidad: investigaciones recientes indican que no hay diferencias significativas entre los resultados de aprendizaje por estudios virtuales y el método presencial tradicional.

 

Mito nro. 7, puedo hacer fraude en los programas de formación online. Realidad: muchas escuelas online han implementado sistemas de protección antifraude. Algunas otras exigen la realización de exámenes presenciales a sus alumnos. ¡ El gran hermano siempre está observando...!

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Starting a School

Starting a School | 21st C Learning | Scoop.it
Self-directed learning SDL helps teachers target learning potentials & motivates students through online educational resources

 

Over the years, many people have inquired about the mechanics of starting a school that emphasizes self-directed learning. I launch programs but have never started a school. 

Fortunately, I know a number of people who have and I'm inviting them to contribute to this section. Anyone with a helpful idea is invited to send it in. 

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