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Join The Journey of 12 Educator Bloggers Gamifying Learning

Join The Journey of 12 Educator Bloggers Gamifying Learning | 21st C Learning | Scoop.it

Do you like to connect with educators who already pilot game-based learning in classrooms for years? These educator bloggers have put down meaningful amount of experience and resources in their blogs or wikis. They chronicled the endeavor or organized useful knowledge online, which is the most efficient way to share the real lesson learned. There might be more educators are using game-based learning in their classes, maybe they blog, maybe not.

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The Seven Laws of the Rut (Stop doing what doesn't have an impact)

The Seven Laws of the Rut (Stop doing what doesn't have an impact) | 21st C Learning | Scoop.it
What you do when you're tires are spinning determines your future. Law #1. Stop spinning your tires. The first law of the rut is the most important. When you’re stuck, the more you spin your tires,...

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9 Ideas for Learning Companies

9 Ideas for Learning Companies | 21st C Learning | Scoop.it
Learning organisations are good at change. They are resilient and antifragile – that is that, like some biological systems, they get stronger when shocked by disorder and environmental change. More importantly they are good at change when there is no burning platform to drive change as a necessity, thus they stay ahead of the pack. They don't just learn as a bunch of individuals. They learn in teams, across teams and across the whole enterprise and beyond. Here's 9 ideas to enhance your abilities to learn individually and collectively in your enterprise.

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David Hain's curator insight, Today, 5:57 AM

Sound learning organisation ideas in a nutshell from Peter Cook, @AcademyOfRock

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Life of an Educator: The engaged student vs. the compliant student

Life of an Educator: The engaged student vs. the compliant student | 21st C Learning | Scoop.it

The engaged student knows exactly why they are doing what they are doing while the compliant student is unable to connect the learning to anything meaningful.

The engaged student is asking questions while the compliant student is simply receiving instructions and direction from the teacher...

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The Power of Student Built Rubrics | CTQ

The Power of Student Built Rubrics | CTQ | 21st C Learning | Scoop.it

When students spend 12 years in school being evaluated by teachers, it is difficult for them to develop an intrinsic sense of quality.  They only know the values that exist outside themselves in the form of rubrics, scoring guides, and standards-generated data.  However, I want students to own their educational experience.  How can I encourage students to develop internal motivation, self- awareness, and intellectual autonomy, unless I allow them to define the expectations by which they will be evaluated?

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The Top 10 TED Talks For eLearning Professionals - eLearning Industry

The Top 10 TED Talks For eLearning Professionals - eLearning Industry | 21st C Learning | Scoop.it
Wondering which are the best TED Talks for eLearning? Check this article and watch the Top 10 TED Talks for eLearning professionals.
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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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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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Reflective practice goes digital

Reflective practice goes digital | 21st C Learning | Scoop.it
Reflective practice for academics in Higher Education is not a new idea, in fact reflection is encouraged in most professional fields and is a habit that students should be developing as part of th...

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Digital Literacy | Net Literacy

Digital Literacy | Net Literacy | 21st C Learning | Scoop.it
“Why shouldn’t the digital literacy industry harness the power of the Internet to create a single website where the “best practices” of digital inclusion nonprofits from around the could be shared by all?”
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Nik Peachey's curator insight, Today, 12:13 PM

Useful source of relaible research and case studies.

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Update: Using Remind to Share Nonfiction Reading with Students | CTQ

Last week, I shared a plan here on the Radical to introduce students to high interest nonfiction reading using Remind -- a service that allows teachers to send updates to students and parents by text, email or app.  If I could send out links to really cool science current events once a day, I reckoned, I might just succeed in my quixotic quest to make nonfiction cool to middle schoolers.

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Teachers open up about the (mostly lousy) economics of their dream job

Teachers open up about the (mostly lousy) economics of their dream job | 21st C Learning | Scoop.it
17 public school teachers working in locations from Kildare to Kathmandu, Johannesburg to Oslo, tell us what they earned last month, and give us a sense of how they spent their salaries. Their resp...
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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...