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How Can We Make Homework Worthwhile?

How Can We Make Homework Worthwhile? | 21st Century Learning | Scoop.it
The quantity of students’ homework is a lot less important than its quality. Enriching children’s classroom learning requires making homework not shorter or longer, but smarter.
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For Frustrated Gifted Kids, A World of Online Opportunities

For Frustrated Gifted Kids, A World of Online Opportunities | 21st Century Learning | Scoop.it
For parents, the task of ensuring that exceptionally bright children get the educational nourishment they need is unchartered territory. The path can be frustrating for the kids, and worry-inducing for the parents. But the ongoing boom in online learning opportunities has been a great benefit for many gifted youth because the offerings can cater to a student’s ability rather than age.
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7 Tenets of Creative Thinking

7 Tenets of Creative Thinking | 21st Century Learning | Scoop.it
In school, we learn about geniuses and their ideas, but how did they get those ideas? What are the mental processes, attitudes, work habits, behaviors, and beliefs that enable creative geniuses to vi
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SkypePlay - The Play Project

SkypePlay - The Play Project | 21st Century Learning | Scoop.it
This is Home Base for the Play Project! Play Ball!
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Homework, Sleep, and the Student Brain

Homework, Sleep, and the Student Brain | 21st Century Learning | Scoop.it
At some point, every parent wishes their high school aged student would go to bed earlier as well as find time to pursue their own passions -- or maybe even choose to relax. This thought reemerged as
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On the Edge of Chaos: Where Creativity Flourishes

On the Edge of Chaos: Where Creativity Flourishes | 21st Century Learning | Scoop.it
Scientists have come a long way in understanding how the brain generates creative ideas. Their work can inform classroom structures if educators want to inspire more creativity in students.
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Fuel Creativity in the Classroom with Divergent Thinking

Fuel Creativity in the Classroom with Divergent Thinking | 21st Century Learning | Scoop.it
Recently, I showed a group of students in my high school art class a film called Ma Vie En Rose (My Life in Pink), about a seven-year-old boy named Ludovic who identifies as female. Ludovic has an ac
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5 Ways Literature Can Teach Global Lessons in Elementary Classes

5 Ways Literature Can Teach Global Lessons in Elementary Classes | 21st Century Learning | Scoop.it
Children's books with multicultural settings and characters can transport us on a global adventure, dispelling negative stereotypes, teaching tolerance and respect, encouraging pride in kids' cultura
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The Great World Language Debate du Jour: Grammar vs. Communication

The Great World Language Debate du Jour: Grammar vs. Communication | 21st Century Learning | Scoop.it
I am embarrassed -- no, actually I would go as far as to say horrified -- that I spent ten years of my career teaching students about the Spanish language. I actually felt proud when they could fill
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Connected Learning

Connected Learning | 21st Century Learning | Scoop.it
Learn more about the research and vision behind this new approach to learning, and hear from others who are already practicing connected learning.
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Why It's Time To Learn Another Language - Edudemic

Why It's Time To Learn Another Language - Edudemic | 21st Century Learning | Scoop.it
I often hear language learning is much easier when you are younger, and that we must teach our young students another language when they are young so that they can be ‘more competitive’ in an increasingly globalized, connected world. While I don’t argue with that at all, there are many other benefits that come from being …
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Promoting a Culture of Learning

Promoting a Culture of Learning | 21st Century Learning | Scoop.it
Learning is a culture.

It starts as a culture with the students as human beings needing to understand their environment. And it ends as a culture with students taking what we give them and using it
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Resources for Learning About Empathy on Valentine's Day

Resources for Learning About Empathy on Valentine's Day | 21st Century Learning | Scoop.it
Valentine's Day creates a lot of excitement for students, and of course, there are plenty of teachable moments around the day. You might cover the history of the holiday, some V-Day-themed math, or a
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Check out the beautiful RSA Shorts video that demonstrates the power of empathy. Talking about empathy with our students around Valentine's day could be worth a whole lot more than a heart-themed math worksheet.

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The Other 21st Century Skills: Books for Kids

The Other 21st Century Skills:  Books for Kids | 21st Century Learning | Scoop.it
I have been discussing and blogging about The Other 21st Century Skills Many have attempted to identify the skills important for a learner today in this era of the 21st century (I know it is an ove...
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What we SHOULD be valuing and instilling in our students.

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Reflection: What Makes Learning Stick

Reflection: What Makes Learning Stick | 21st Century Learning | Scoop.it
Even taking just fifteen minutes to reflect on what was learned during the day could significantly affect how well students retain the information.
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Researchers found that students who were given fifteen minutes to write reflections at the end of the day scored 23 percent higher on end-of-year assessments.

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Kindergarten Around the World

Kindergarten Around the World | 21st Century Learning | Scoop.it
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The Definition Of Global Learning

The Definition Of Global Learning | 21st Century Learning | Scoop.it
Globalization. Definitely not a high-interest topic. For every person reading this quick preview, probably 18 more skimmed right past, busy trying to survive right here,…
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Critical Thinking Toolbox: How to Brainstorm

Critical Thinking Toolbox: How to Brainstorm | 21st Century Learning | Scoop.it
Brainstorming is an essential part of critical thinking and a tool that people use to invent an idea, find a solution to a problem, or answer a question.

Like: naming a puppy, or . . .



Prehistori
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Uppervention: Meeting the Needs of Gifted and Talented Students

Uppervention: Meeting the Needs of Gifted and Talented Students | 21st Century Learning | Scoop.it
I've noticed in education the push to provide or sometimes require intervention programs for students who struggle in the classroom. These students struggling in math or language arts can sometimes b
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Can Any School Foster Pure Creativity?

Can Any School Foster Pure Creativity? | 21st Century Learning | Scoop.it
How do we promote creativity in schools? This is one of the prevailing concerns of many progressive education reformers. From a long-term fiscal perspective, creativity can lead to innovation, and for the U.S. to have a competitive edge in the global economy, minds capable of identifying problems and imagining new possibilities are a necessity. But given the constructs of public schools, can creativity truly be valued?
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5 Important Web Tools Students Can Use to Create Educational Games ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

5 Important Web Tools Students Can Use to Create Educational Games ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | 21st Century Learning | Scoop.it
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Connected Learning Research Network

Connected Learning Research Network | 21st Century Learning | Scoop.it
This interdisciplinary research network is dedicated to understanding the opportunities and risks for learning afforded by today's changing media ecology, as well as building new learning environments that support effective learning and educational equity.
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Connected Learners

Connected Learners | 21st Century Learning | Scoop.it
A Step-by-Step Guide to Creating a Global Classroom
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CADCA Learning Spaces

Reimagining the Spaces in Which We Learn David Jakes Photo from tim lauer
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A Parent's Resource Guide to Social and Emotional Learning

A Parent's Resource Guide to Social and Emotional Learning | 21st Century Learning | Scoop.it

Resources by Topic:
Encouraging Kindness and Empathy
Cultivating Perseverance and Resilience
Mindfulness, Emotional Intelligence, and Focus
Home, School, and Community Partnerships
Children’s Social Selves and Technology

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Edutopia’s curated list of blogs, articles, and videos for parents about fostering kindness, empathy, resilience, perseverance, and focus in children.
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5 Tips For Making Your Class As Addictive As A Game - Edudemic

5 Tips For Making Your Class As Addictive As A Game - Edudemic | 21st Century Learning | Scoop.it
Game designers have mastered certain tricks that make games so addictive that people can’t stop playing them.
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