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Free Educational Software For Teachers

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Free Educational software for teachers - includes math, vocabulary, science, and history.


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The United States has experienced many changes in the last 15 years. Most schools and school districts in America have seen drastic changes in their funding, their students, and in the requirements placed upon them by NCLB and now Common Core.
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Metacognition training boosts gen chem exam scores

Metacognition training boosts gen chem exam scores | 21st Century Education - USA | Scoop.it
It’s a lesson in scholastic humility: You waltz into an exam, confident that you’ve got a good enough grip on the class material to swing an 80 percent or so, maybe a 90 if some of the …
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Teaching Is Crazy Demanding—So I'm Making These Promises at Home

Teaching Is Crazy Demanding—So I'm Making These Promises at Home | 21st Century Education - USA | Scoop.it
With the new school year fast approaching, I can already feel the jarring shift from attentive husband and doting dad to harried English teacher. I know I’ll soon be lost in trying to grade a set of essays, plan a new lesson on subject/verb agreement, prep for club meetings, and cheer on my students in their extracurricular endeavors. Every year I lose track of aspects of family life that have been so wonderful all summer. This year I am trying to make some changes to my teacher work-life balance.

These are the promises I am making to my family this year. 

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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, September 27, 11:41 AM

All online teachers seek a work life balance.  Few attain it, especially early in their online careers.  It is easy to be 'on' 24x7. What promises do you make to yourself and your family as the new semester begins?

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Quick Learners; High Achievers: Study of Mathematically Precocious Youth

WATCH: A 45-year study has changed the way we view giftedness. Find out more at http://vanderbi.lt/hcxyn. Follow Vanderbilt on Twitter
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Overuse of Technology Can Lead to 'Digital Dementia'

Over-dependence on our digital devices is leading to cognitive dysfunction and brain imbalance. Learn how to help yourself or a loved one avoid the damage.
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Want to get dumber? Overdose on technology. 
 
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The Power of Speaking Out as a Teacher

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We share evidence and practitioner-based learning strategies that empower you to improve K-12 education.
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Teachers often "suck it up" and let it go. But, that doesn't really accomplish anything. Maybe it is time we permitted "teacher-run" schools. Speak out...after all, you are the trained expert. 
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Lack of jobs linked to gun violence at schools - Futurity

Lack of jobs linked to gun violence at schools - Futurity | 21st Century Education - USA | Scoop.it
"Our study indicates that increases in gun violence in our schools can result from disappointment and despair during periods of increased unemployment...."
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Here is a new study on gun violence in schools. I think the researchers are a little off on this as I have spent some time studying this as well. Most shootings seem to be among middle class schools and I, honestly, have not seen a tie between job availability being a factor. Of course, I may have missed something. Nevertheless, we need to know all we can to try to prevent this from becoming common place. 
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7 Reasons You Might Not Want to Teach Anymore | Huffington Post

7 Reasons You Might Not Want to Teach Anymore | Huffington Post | 21st Century Education - USA | Scoop.it
Here are the other things that matter: Helping a group of students work through a disagreement civilly. Keeping everyone calm when someone vomits on the floor. Watching the shyest student in your class, the one who never ever spoke back in September, volunteer to read a part in The Crucible — and he’s hilarious, and he does it with an accent, and he makes two new friends because he finally let himself be vulnerable.

Your job is so much more than test scores, meaningless goals, and cyclical initiatives. It is tying shoelaces and distributing Band-Aids. It is listening to a parent cry about her crumbling marriage. It is showing teenagers how to debate thoughtfully, how to think critically, how to disagree respectfully. It is hearing from students ten years after graduation, because they just thought you should know it was your Spanish class that made them want to study abroad, your passion for science that led to a major in biochemistry, your quiet encouragement during their dark days that convinced them to keep coming to school in the first place.

Where does that fall on the “highly effective” checklist? How can you document that kind of delayed impact? It certainly can’t be measured by A’s and E’s, or even by weekly walk-throughs. It’s no wonder you’re getting frustrated.

It’s no wonder you don’t want to do this anymore.

But if these are the reasons you might leave, here is the reason you might stay: the kids, man. The kids. After a year without them, you might miss their unbridled school spirit during Homecoming Week, their contagious sense of humor, the way they draw pictures for you and wave joyous hellos in the hallways. You might miss their ability to make you forget about the rough start to your morning, or the looks of awe on their captivated faces when they finally learn something that matters.

If it weren’t for them, instead of Googling “I don’t want to teach anymore,” you might already be gone.
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I could not have said this any better. ;-(
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Under new standards, students are struggling "productively!"

Under new standards, students are struggling "productively!" | 21st Century Education - USA | Scoop.it

I can remember spending almost a full period on one short paragraph while reading about endothermic and exothermic reactions in science class. We spent time highlighting, underlining, making connections to things we already knew, asking questions in the margins, defining words and more. The room might as well have smelled of smoke— these kids were thinking, brains-on-fire style! They were struggling…PRODUCTIVELY! I was hooked, and unbelievably, so were they. I heard several kids exclaim, “Ohhhhhhh, I get it.”


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ACTIVITY: Simulating a Connectivist Learning Environment

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Activity: Simulating a Connectivist Learning Environment In preparation for Extended Session for Learning2 Asia 2016 (October 6-8, 2016) Purpose The purpose of this activity is for the participants to have a shared experience which can then be used to provide illustrations and examples as w

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The British Library Puts 1,000,000 Images into the Public Domain, Making Them Free to Reuse & Remix

The British Library Puts 1,000,000 Images into the Public Domain, Making Them Free to Reuse & Remix | 21st Century Education - USA | Scoop.it


Earlier this week, Oxford's Bodleian Library announced that it had digitized a 550 year old copy of the Gutenberg Bible along with a number of other ancient bibles, some of them quite beautiful. Not to be outdone, the British Library came out with its own announcement on Thursday:

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Dr. Helen Teague's curator insight, October 4, 2016 5:21 PM
This is a great resource!
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Survey of Georgia teachers reveals ‘a workforce that feels devalued and constantly under pressure.’ | Get Schooled

Survey of Georgia teachers reveals ‘a workforce that feels devalued and constantly under pressure.’ | Get Schooled | 21st Century Education - USA | Scoop.it
Today, Georgia School Superintendent Richard Woods shares the findings of a statewide teacher survey that sought to figure out why so many teachers are fleeing the profession. In his column, Woods explains how he plans to respond to the findings.

 

Two out of three teacher respondents stated that they are unlikely or very unlikely to recommend teaching as a profession to a student about to graduate high school—an alarming figure considering the substantial role that teachers play in motivating students to pursue a job in the field.


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Shocking Report Explodes 5 Myths About American Education

Shocking Report Explodes 5 Myths About American Education | 21st Century Education - USA | Scoop.it
We're number one? Hardly. The entire idea of American exceptionalism should be called into question.

Five myths about the American education system are 'demolished' in a report by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development "which compares the educational systems of over 30 developed nations, provides data that, when it comes to education, proves we're so frombeing number one, that the entire idea of American exceptionalism should be called into question."

Below are two of the myths. Click through to the article to see the other three as well as additional information on each of them.

Myth #1: Our educational system provides more upward mobility than any other in the world.

Myth #4: We provide excellent early childhood education.

Check out this article to find out where we statistically compared to other nations.


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Theories of Learning. Connectivism: A new type of learning for the digital age

Theories of Learning. Connectivism: A new type of learning for the digital age | 21st Century Education - USA | Scoop.it

Theories of Learning. Connectivism: A new type of learning for the digital age


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Richard Whiteside's curator insight, November 9, 2015 12:51 PM

Good, clear infographic comparing different learning theories alongside connectivism. Interesting to consider, whether you appreciate the theory or not. 

Ana Seb+'s curator insight, November 9, 2015 6:04 PM

¿Epoca de conectivismo?

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INTERESTING!

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5 Lessons Learned in Pioneering Personalized Mastery Learning

5 Lessons Learned in Pioneering Personalized Mastery Learning | 21st Century Education - USA | Scoop.it
By Kate Bean and Sebastian Cognetta, Ph.D. - Aveson Charter School has evolved its personalized learning model into Personalized Mastery Learning.
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One 'dominator' can damage a group project - Futurity

One 'dominator' can damage a group project - Futurity | 21st Century Education - USA | Scoop.it
Love them or hate them, group projects are a staple of college coursework. New research identifies a key aspect of successful teams.
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What Students Remember Most About Teachers

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Image is from Mindshift post on FB.

Dear Young Teacher Down the Hall,I saw you as you rushed passed me in the lunch room. Urgent. In a hurry to catch a bite before the final bell would ring calling all the students back inside.


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Kathy Lynch's curator insight, September 12, 10:00 PM
So true and easy to forget amidst the alphabet of demands.
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Student Success Stories in the Flipped Mastery Learning Environment

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Time to reconsider "Mastery Learning"!   See: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TKhnlGPT8q8 
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To make a skill stick, practice it a bit too much - Futurity

To make a skill stick, practice it a bit too much - Futurity | 21st Century Education - USA | Scoop.it
A technique called overlearning can help you learn something new and make it stick. It's all about the timing.
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When is the last time you read anything on "overlearning"? Now, that is a dinosaur we need to resurrect. Personally, I think we need to return to "mastery learning." 
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Teacher: Why ‘I just can’t work in public education anymore’

Teacher: Why ‘I just can’t work in public education anymore’ | 21st Century Education - USA | Scoop.it
' I am in tears because today I made one of the hardest decisions of my life. I resigned from my job as a public school teacher. '
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WeAreTeachers: Hands-On Science Using Nature Works

WeAreTeachers: Hands-On Science Using Nature Works | 21st Century Education - USA | Scoop.it
Incorporate the Nature Conservancy's Nature Works videos and hands-on lesson plans into your curriculum. Plus, we've got additional resources and links for further experimentation in the classroom!
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GwynethJones's curator insight, October 2, 2016 2:49 PM

Science! is COOL!

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The Landing: Connectivism: a learning theory or a theory of how to learn?

The Landing: Connectivism: a learning theory or a theory of how to learn? | 21st Century Education - USA | Scoop.it

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Adriana Guerrero López's curator insight, April 28, 2014 4:07 PM

Artículo interesante: ¿realmente el futuro del aprendizaje está en el conectivismo?. Las clases invertidas son el futuro?

Julie Cumming-Debrot's curator insight, April 29, 2014 5:10 AM

Very interesting research.  Thanks Susan for sharing this.

Lindy McKeown Orwin's comment, April 30, 2014 12:51 AM
Downes' response http://halfanhour.blogspot.ca/2014/04/response-to-dron.html
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Out of Pocket: What Teachers Across the Country Spend on Supplies

Out of Pocket: What Teachers Across the Country Spend on Supplies | 21st Century Education - USA | Scoop.it
Individual educators pick up where school districts leave off, but the results are messy — and unequal
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Cool Tool History - Bloom's Taxonomy

Welcome to Cool Tool History! Check back every other Thursday as we take a look at some of the Cool Tools of history that helped shape education, and educati...

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Leslie Haas's curator insight, January 31, 2016 11:26 PM

Just thought this was interesting to share and possibly follow to see what other cool tools highlighted in the series

Koen Mattheeuws's curator insight, February 1, 2016 2:48 AM

Een korte introductie tot de wereld van Bloom. Een nuttig kader om je eigen (differentiatie) aanpak af te toetsen.

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Is “Accountability” Undermining American Education?

Is “Accountability” Undermining American Education? | 21st Century Education - USA | Scoop.it

"What is education for? Is it for pouring facts and formulas into students’ heads, or is it for creating learners?

At its best, was the U.S. educational system known for producing memorizers and test-takers or was it known for producing innovators?"

Carol Dweck shares her research on testing, fixed mindset, growth mindset and more. Read on to learn about how the emphasis on high stake testing may be leading us away for creativity and innovation.


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8th Grade Test From 1912 Shows How Far American Education Has Been Dumbed Down; Can You Take It?

8th Grade Test From 1912 Shows How Far American Education Has Been Dumbed Down; Can You Take It? | 21st Century Education - USA | Scoop.it
Like Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest LinkedIn Digg Del StumbleUpon Tumblr VKontakte Print Email Flattr Reddit Buffer Love This Weibo Pocket Xing Odnoklassniki ManageWP.org WhatsApp Meneame Blogger Amazon Yahoo Mail Gmail AOL Newsvine HackerNews Evernote MySpace Mail.ru Viadeo Line Flipboard Comments Yummly SMS Viber By Kristan T. Harris A Kentucky 8th grade exam from 1912 was... Continue reading...

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