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ePortfolio - Authentic Assessment - Project-Based Learning

ePortfolio - Authentic Assessment - Project-Based Learning | 21st century school | Scoop.it
OpenSchool ePortfolio is an authentic and holistic assessment tool for project-based and lifelong learning.

Via Ana Cristina Pratas, Tim Scholze
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I also like that the ePortfolio can follow the student and allows each teacher to see prior work writing samples to get an authentic look at where the student is performing. It is a built in "needs assessment!"

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Rosemary Tyrrell's curator insight, June 16, 2013 1:30 PM

Free for teachers!

Adam Lenaarts's curator insight, June 21, 2013 2:59 PM

Could be worth investigating this tool for e-portefolio

Lisa Cooper's curator insight, July 16, 2013 3:33 PM

This looks like a great way for my students to find information about careers that are of interest to them.

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Why we’ve got differentiation wrong.

Why we’ve got differentiation wrong. | 21st century school | Scoop.it
I hate the way that many of us teachers are encouraged to differentiate, and the way that many teachers understand the term. In contemporary education, differentiation has, for many practitioners, ...

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Differentiation isn't making an assignment easier for a student. It begins with the end in mind and then giving each student the appropriate tool to learn.

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What is SEL?

What is SEL? | 21st century school | Scoop.it

Social and emotional learning involves the processes of developing social and emotional competencies in children. SEL programming is based on the understanding that the best learning emerges in the context of supportive relationships that make learning challenging, engaging, and meaningful; social and emotional skills are critical to being a good student, citizen, and worker; and many different risky behaviors (e.g., drug use, violence, bullying, and dropout) can be prevented or reduced when multi-year, integrated efforts develop students’ social and emotional skills.

This is best done through effective classroom instruction, student engagement in positive activities in and out of the classroom, and broad parent and community involvement in program planning, implementation, and evaluation (Bond & Hauf, 2004; Hawkins, Smith, & Catalano, 2004; Nation et al., 2003; Weare & Nind, 2011). Effective SEL programming begins in preschool and continues through high school. CASEL has identified five interrelated sets of cognitive, affective, and behavioral competencies.

The definitions of the five competency clusters for students are:

* Self-awareness: The ability to accurately recognize one’s emotions and thoughts and their influence on behavior. This includes accurately assessing one’s strengths and limitations and possessing a well-grounded sense of confidence and optimism.

* Self-management: The ability to regulate one’s emotions, thoughts, and behaviors effectively in different situations. This includes managing stress, controlling impulses, motivating oneself, and setting and working toward achieving personal and academic goals.

* Social awareness: The ability to take the perspective of and empathize with others from diverse backgrounds and cultures, to understand social and ethical norms for behavior, and to recognize family, school, and community resources and supports.

* Relationship skills: The ability to establish and maintain healthy and rewarding relationships with diverse individuals and groups. This includes communicating clearly, listening actively, cooperating, resisting inappropriate social pressure, negotiating conflict constructively, and seeking and offering help when needed.
    
* Responsible decision-making: The ability to make constructive and respectful choices about personal behavior and social interactions based on consideration of ethical standards, safety concerns, social norms, the realistic evaluation of consequences of various actions, and the well-being of self and others.


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To be an effective teacher, we must embrace social and emotional learning. If we don't, we might as well be replaced by a piece of computer software!

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Vilma Bonilla's curator insight, July 17, 2013 10:52 PM

Excellent piece on developing emotional intelligence in children.

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, July 18, 2013 11:20 AM

This is a good infographic with some detailed explanation.

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Social media in the classroom: Why and how to use it

Social media in the classroom: Why and how to use it | 21st century school | Scoop.it
Should teachers use social media in the classroom? As with every other educational tool, there are a few guidelines to follow before introducing it.

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Social media isn't going away. It's imperative that our educational system absorb these technology skills to help today's learners be successful tomorrow!

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What Do You Want Kids to Do with Technology?

What Do You Want Kids to Do with Technology? | 21st century school | Scoop.it

Wrong Answers: make Prezis, start blogs, create Wordles, publish Animotos, design flipcharts, produce videos, post to Edmodo, use whiteboard, develop apps

 

Right Answers: raise awareness, start conversations, find answers (to THEIR questions), join partners, change minds, make a difference, take action, drive change

 

Technology is a TOOL, NOT an outcome


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A great reminder to keep technology in perspective!

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Hannah Roukas's curator insight, October 22, 2013 7:55 AM

This post was short but to the point.  Technology should be one of the subjects kids learn in school, it should be used to help kids develop ideas.  Teachers should use technology to keep lessons interesting so kids don't fall asleep or become uninteresting.

Geoff Findley's curator insight, November 29, 2013 1:08 AM

Good to think about...

Cynthia Phoa's curator insight, March 3, 7:31 PM

Thank you!

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Walking a Mile in Another’s (Virtual) Shoes

Walking a Mile in Another’s (Virtual) Shoes | 21st century school | Scoop.it
A look at the unique video game two Harvard PhD students created to help people develop more empathetic relationships.

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What a great e-tool to promote character building!

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Manila Ilari's curator insight, July 2, 2013 2:50 PM

shoes is something more than garments

Mauricio Sanches's curator insight, July 3, 2013 8:40 AM

Como podemos fazer melhor !

Michael MacNeil's curator insight, July 3, 2013 10:56 AM

More food for thought.

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Failure in real life

Failure in real life | 21st century school | Scoop.it
OK...I'm taking this journey with MAKE ideas and trying my hand at learning how to build a circuit. My first attempt was a "failure" because the LED didn't light up at all. I tried troubleshooting this in many ways on...

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The greatest lessons come from when we fail...not when we succeed.

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ratzelster's curator insight, July 13, 2013 5:16 PM

I've been working with this idea of failure.  What can be learned from failing...and taking a huge risk myself.  I'm trying to learn electronic stuff that I might be able to use with students in my classroom.

 

So I tried creating my 1st circuit with conductive paint.  Way out on the limb kind of learning...and it failed.  My LED light didn't light.  At all.

 

Totally bummed, I tried troubleshooting it and hit a brick wall.  Fortunately I know that virtual help is never far away and thru the MAKE Electronics Forum, I got invaluable help.  Not that my LED is lighted....but that I have more options for the troubleshooting.

 

Turning failure into learning is good.

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The Rise of Blended Learning: It worked

The Rise of Blended Learning:  It worked | 21st century school | Scoop.it

How a new trend in education rethinks the role of computers in the classroom and lets each student learn at a different pace


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ratzelster's curator insight, July 14, 2013 5:15 PM

This is a tale where the blended learning model worked...at least in the shortrun and time will tell if the positive effects will last.

 

Does your school use blended learning?  How?  Does it generate positive benefits?

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What Can Minecraft Teach Us About The World?

What Can Minecraft Teach Us About The World? | 21st century school | Scoop.it
What do you expect in the library? Do you see a quiet environment in which one is "shushed" as soon as their mouth opens? Well, this is not the case at the Brooklyn Public Library, especially on Saturday afternoon.

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Let's learn from what kids are doing in their spare time..love the idea of Hungercraft an educational rendation!

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ratzelster's curator insight, July 17, 2013 4:07 PM

If you ever wondered how Minecraft might fit into your classroom and curriculum, this article will give you a great story.  I'll admit that I don't get everything they said about the game specifics, but I totally get the understanding that the students gained by playing.

 

Do you use Minecraft?

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3 Leadership Lessons From Asiana Crash

3 Leadership Lessons From Asiana Crash | 21st century school | Scoop.it
If you look closely, there are certainly lessons you can learn from this horrible tragedy.

Via Maria Lopez Alvarado, MBA
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Interesting read. The author's connection to leadership is relevant and inspirational.

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27 Creative Ways to Greet Your Elementary School Students

27 Creative Ways to Greet Your Elementary School Students | 21st century school | Scoop.it
27 Creative Ways to Greet Your Elementary School Students

Via Maria Lopez Alvarado, MBA
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I teach middle school but will try this out!

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Lauren Yachera's curator insight, February 19, 2014 2:45 PM

Really cute ways to greet students :) In EDCI397, we've been learning about how important it is for students to feel comfortable and welcome within the classroom, and for them to have a connection and bond with their teacher. These tips are really creative ways to help the student feel like they belong and are welcomed! Along with the list that we've created in class (introduce themselves to each other as different characters,  "Me-Stew", and so on), these will be great additions to consider when I'm in the classroom!

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5 Ways to Become Inspired and Engaged

5 Ways to Become Inspired and Engaged | 21st century school | Scoop.it
Don't expect someone else to keep you motivated. That's something you should do for yourself.

Via Maria Lopez Alvarado, MBA
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I agree. Educational leaders can't rely on others to cheer them on! Motivation must come from within.

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Tamra Dollar's curator insight, July 16, 2013 5:05 PM

I agree! Leaders can't rely on others to cheer them on. Motivation has to come from within.

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100 Great Game Based Learning and Gamification Resources | knowledge guru

100 Great Game Based Learning and Gamification Resources | knowledge guru | 21st century school | Scoop.it

By Steve Boller

 

"Lots people want to get started with game based learning, gamification and serious games in their training. We’ve been curating game related content for over a year and a half while conducting our own research and case studies. Here are 100 articles related to games and learning. Some of them are research-based, while others just offer an interesting perspective to spark discussion. Take what you need and share this with a colleague."


Via Jim Lerman, Tim Scholze
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I had a student's reading score soar and yet I never saw "reading" happening in my class. Apparently, those game cheats are on about a 10th grade reading level and serve as "functional literacy!" Who knew?

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aanve's curator insight, February 20, 2014 9:51 PM

www.aanve.com

 

Debra Walker's curator insight, March 11, 2014 4:47 PM

I have recently been working with organizations on how the introduction of gamification into their training and development strategy plans for employee skill development.  The interesting thing as well is the application of the concepts to both hard and soft skills, that allow for returning to the results in the future as well as updating of skills as the individual progresses.   

Valeria&Giorgia's curator insight, March 13, 2014 8:43 AM

Ci sono moltissimi games finalizzati all'apprendimento, da quelli che stimolano la discussione, a quelli basati sulla ricerca.

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Ways to change the way we differentiate.

Ways to change the way we differentiate. | 21st century school | Scoop.it
A few weeks ago I wrote a blog entitled "Why we've got differentiation wrong". In it, I argued that over the last few years the way that teachers have understood and implemented differentiation has...

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Differentiation can't happen until we know the child...really know who they are, how they think and how they feel. It begins with relationship!

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Creating 21st-Century Teachers for 21st-Century Students

Creating 21st-Century Teachers for 21st-Century Students | 21st century school | Scoop.it
Creating 21st-Century Teachers for 21st-Century Students http://t.co/JHNC893P via @educationweek...

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iTeach: The best 1:1 device is good teaching

iTeach: The best 1:1 device is good teaching | 21st century school | Scoop.it

The best device a school can roll out is a teacher who can adapt to new and emerging technologies, does not always require formal training for learning and staying current, and is not tethered to a product in order to teach.


Via Felix Jacomino
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Teachers are the rock stars in the class room...but great rock stars need instruments to create music.

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Janet Ilko's curator insight, May 25, 2013 10:29 AM

I am really feeling this as my iPods are already becoming obsolete. How do we use tech to create producers, not just consumers? Does it make a better reader or writer? That is what I ponder when I look at a new device or app.

Sue Osborne's curator insight, May 26, 2013 10:19 PM

Yes yes yes!  Why do many teacher-librarians persist in demanding that their PD always take place during school hours? If you want to develop YOURSELF professionally, shouldn't you be taking every opportunity you can afford? If you can read a tabloid in your own time, you can find time to read a professional journal too - simple things can make a huge difference! Manage your own professional development, don't expect your school or your union to do it for you! Good teachers and librarians are learning all the time, and sharing their learning - with colleagues and with students.

Sue Osborne's comment, May 26, 2013 10:23 PM
I love the comments about professional development not always being done in school hours. If it's worth doing, it's worth doing. Period.
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10 Ideas for Creating Literacy Centers With Technology - Edudemic

10 Ideas for Creating Literacy Centers With Technology - Edudemic | 21st century school | Scoop.it
Combine Jenn responding that she has iPads, iPods, laptops, and SMART Boards, with a 2-hour layover in the Dulles airport followed by a two hour flight, and you have a recipe for 10 ways to create literacy centers with technology.

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Another great tool for empowering students to write!

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Jonathan Jarc's curator insight, July 20, 2013 11:23 AM

Looking for ideas on how to impact literacy with a limited amount of tech? Here's some wonderful thinking along those lines.

 

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15 More Apps To Create Books On The iPad - TeachThought

15 More Apps To Create Books On The iPad - TeachThought | 21st century school | Scoop.it

"Creating books on the iPad doesn’t seem like the first thing you might do with one of the popular little tablets, but it’s really quite capable of doing so provided you’re not trying to write the next great novel."


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This is my new tech tool kit for my creative writing class.

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Step out of your comfort zone

Step out of your comfort zone | 21st century school | Scoop.it

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As a leader you have to be willing to leave what's always been comfortable and risk the unknown.

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ratzelster's curator insight, July 14, 2013 5:11 PM

Simple drawing shows exactly what many of us will have to do in order to find ways to improve and reform our schools.

 

I'm stepping out of my zone....learning new ways of instruction, fighting thru the bureaucracy of IT departments (and I know a TON of people understand this) and figuring out how to scale up something that works well in small groups.

 

How are you stepping out so you find where the magic happens?

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Reinventing Education: How shall we structure school?

Reinventing Education: How shall we structure school? | 21st century school | Scoop.it
Welcome to this instalment of Clean Slate, my initiative to scrap school and start all over again. Today we will look at how best to structure a school, so I hope you're sitting comfortably and you...

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We have to change as society's needs change. We can't become stuck in an old educational system just because it worked for us.

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ratzelster's curator insight, July 16, 2013 8:50 AM

You should read this article because it's one of the few on school reform that goes "blue sky, no holds barred" kind of thinking.  Whether what the author suggests will work where you live is then worth thinking about and comparing.

 

Possibility thinking.

Ajish Kumar's comment, July 22, 2013 5:02 AM
What I realized from the entire journey of education is 'self education'. The best way to learn from failure. The structure are good, but imparting quality learning is important
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Before Reading or Watching Videos, Students Should Experiment First

Before Reading or Watching Videos, Students Should Experiment First | 21st century school | Scoop.it

The study’s conclusion suggests that the current model of the flipped classroom should itself be flipped upside down. The researchers advocate the “flipped flipped classroom,” in which videos come after exploration and not before.

 


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I like the idea of flipping the flipped classroom! Hands on exploration is vital to learning...it sparks curiosity.

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Jim Lerman's curator insight, July 31, 2013 3:21 PM

A very worthy observation.

Dr. Gordon Dahlby's curator insight, August 1, 2013 2:27 PM

and the pendulum swings

Angela C. Dowd's curator insight, August 2, 2013 3:33 PM

Experimenting first sounds good, though I think it depends on the learner and on what is being taught. I like the idea of pushing the envelop to be more inclusive...yet not throwing out things that continue to work (for some types of learners).

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3 Knowledge Domains For The 21st Century Student

3 Knowledge Domains For The 21st Century Student | 21st century school | Scoop.it
3 Knowledge Domains For The 21st Century Student

Via Maria Lopez Alvarado, MBA
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No more "just the facts learning"; kids need a wide base of instruction and learning that embraces creative thinking/learning across disciplines.

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5 Ways to Become Inspired and Engaged

5 Ways to Become Inspired and Engaged | 21st century school | Scoop.it
Don't expect someone else to keep you motivated. That's something you should do for yourself.

Via Maria Lopez Alvarado, MBA
Tamra Dollar's insight:

I agree! Leaders can't rely on others to cheer them on. Motivation has to come from within.

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Tamra Dollar's curator insight, July 16, 2013 4:53 PM

I agree. Educational leaders can't rely on others to cheer them on! Motivation must come from within.