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8 ways schools can become truly Future Ready | eSchool News | eSchool News | 2

Being Future Ready is about more than just signing a pledge or attending an event.
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Critically evaluate current situation and choose tools and approaches that make sense. Be ready to make mistakes, take risks, and build meaningful connections.
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To put tech into any lesson, start with the lesson | eSchool News | eSchool News | 3

To put tech into any lesson, start with the lesson | eSchool News | eSchool News | 3 | 21st century skills via languages | Scoop.it
One simple way of understanding our ed-tech pedagogical theory is that we don’t want computing devices to just become replacements for notebooks and textbooks. We want them to be objects to think with.
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The end-goal of a lesson or unit needs to be the driving force behind why you use a specific technology, not the other way around. Figure out what you want students to do and THEN look at how technology can help them accomplish it. For world languages, ask yourself, "How and why do native speakers do X in the real world?" to find an authentic task and purpose. When you have your authentic task, it is easier to choose logical technology to augment the message.

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8 Myths That Undermine Educational Effectiveness

8 Myths That Undermine Educational Effectiveness | 21st century skills via languages | Scoop.it
Edutopia blogger Mark Phillips examines eight myths that drive education policy, including the value of homework for students and merit pay for teachers, the irrelevance of funding and class size, and the fairness of college admissions.
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We believe a lot of things to be true about education--it's important to examine the evidence because the truth is sometimes counter-intuitive.

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A Guidebook for Social Media in the Classroom

A Guidebook for Social Media in the Classroom | 21st century skills via languages | Scoop.it
Edutopia blogger Vicki Davis, in the first half of a pro-and-con discussion about social media in the classroom, positions it as a vital life skill and provides 12 positive examples of classroom use.
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love the ideas here!

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3 things great teachers do with technology | eSchool News | eSchool News | 2

Too often, we see teachers putting the proverbial cart before the horse. They find an app or tool they like, so they introduce it in their classroom. The students might find it cool and
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"Yeah, I use technology." Just because a class is using tech tools, it doesn't mean that it is maximizing student learning or producing quality instruction. These are great litmus tests for effective tech usage.

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4 Big Things Transformational Teachers Do

4 Big Things Transformational Teachers Do | 21st century skills via languages | Scoop.it
Transformational teachers create experiences in their classrooms, melding the art and science of any subject and making their students care about learning.
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Experiencing "friction" or a struggle helps students retain what they learn and cuts down on re teaching.

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Transferring Systems: Moving Your Workflow and Procedures into GAFE

Transferring Systems: Moving Your Workflow and Procedures into GAFE | 21st century skills via languages | Scoop.it
Workflow and procedure are central to our classrooms, and tech integration specialist Andrew Marcinek walks us through transferring these systems into Google Apps for Education.
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Could be adapted to Canvas and other apps/programs. This is a good blueprint for getting started and organized.

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Beyond the Standardized Test: Aim Higher

Beyond the Standardized Test: Aim Higher | 21st century skills via languages | Scoop.it
Standardized testing is one of the "lighting rod" issues in educational policy debates. Whether it's a group of teachers boycotting a test in Seattle, districts across the United States tying teacher
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Yes, yes, YES!!!  All to often "test prep" means using sample items as warm-up or bell-ringer activities, whether they link to that day's lesson or not. Why not select relevant items and use them to introduce the lesson or as an exit slip to see if students could transfer what they learned in class hit that day? It's more meaningful and just better pedagogy.

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The Power of Introverts: An Essential Understanding for Teachers

The Power of Introverts: An Essential Understanding for Teachers | 21st century skills via languages | Scoop.it
About a year ago, I read Susan Cain's Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can't Stop Talking.
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How can we balance preparation for the future for introverted and extroverted students? Is there room for the introvert to be successful in your classroom (and grading criteria)?

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The Biggest Hurdle to Flipping Your Class

The Biggest Hurdle to Flipping Your Class | 21st century skills via languages | Scoop.it
I have been asked on a number of occasions what is the biggest hurdle that teachers need to overcome in order to flip their classrooms. In my experience, the number one hurdle is that teachers need t
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Most language teachers may not be ready to fully "flip" our classrooms, but it is possible to have a hybrid model with some direct instruction and high student engagement. How can principles of a flipped classroom enhance language learning?

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Troy Hicks: A Conversation About Digital Writing

Troy Hicks: A Conversation About Digital Writing | 21st century skills via languages | Scoop.it
"There is not a writer in our classrooms today who will not be producing something with a digital writing tool in her or his lifetime." -- Troy Hicks

Troy Hicks frequently uses the words "intentiona
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Digital formats are a great way to reach larger audiences. Teaching students to think about WHY they are writing is as important as WHAT they are writing. 

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Interesting Twitter Acronyms Cheat sheet for Teachers ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Interesting Twitter Acronyms Cheat sheet for Teachers ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | 21st century skills via languages | Scoop.it

Via Tom D'Amico (@TDOttawa)
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Another tool for your linguistic tool box.

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A Great Digital Citizenship Poster for Your class ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

A Great Digital Citizenship Poster for Your class ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | 21st century skills via languages | Scoop.it

"The folks in Common Sense Media have designed this beautiful poster for you to print and use in your classroom. The poster is an excellent guide for students to help them make the right informed decisions when it comes to photo sharing."


Via John Pearce, Dennis T OConnor
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Great tool for teaching digital citizenship! What other topics could use a poster?

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Elania Garrett's curator insight, July 29, 2013 6:20 PM

Wonderful!

Monica Goddard's curator insight, July 30, 2013 12:39 PM

I like it! Simple and straight forward!

Carey Leahy's curator insight, July 31, 2013 10:29 PM

Encourages all to take time to 'think' through the steps! Choices.

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15 Characteristics of a 21st-Century Teacher

15 Characteristics of a 21st-Century Teacher | 21st century skills via languages | Scoop.it
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Collaboration and making global connections--yes!!

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Shifting Mental Models in Educators

Shifting Mental Models in Educators | 21st century skills via languages | Scoop.it
When we recognize a mental model surfacing that doesn't seem to be of service, either in ourselves or in another, here are some approaches for shifting it.
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Mental models can keep us "stuck" in a particular view of students, but also stuck in a particular view of teaching and learning. What is homework? What is the purpose of an assessment? What constitutes "active participation"? This is an important consideration when facing disruptive changes like going 1:1. How can this knowledge help us move beyond a "teaching is telling" mental model?

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Use PBL to Inspire Passion and Teach Lifelong Learning

Use PBL to Inspire Passion and Teach Lifelong Learning | 21st century skills via languages | Scoop.it
Along with teaching students the required content, PBL teaches them skills such as critical thinking, collaboration, and accountability, self-regulation, and reflection.
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These are some great general guidelines for making Project Based Learning work in different courses. How could this idea be scaled down for a beginning-level language course? How could you pose open-ended essential questions and let students determine the specifics and the format for sharing their learning?

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4 Things You’ll Miss by Banning Cellphones In Your Classroom | CTQ

4 Things You’ll Miss by Banning Cellphones In Your Classroom | CTQ | 21st century skills via languages | Scoop.it
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My mom has always said that you raise children by first telling them not to do something and then teaching them how to do it safely-- don't  go in the road, don't touch a sharp knife, don't talk to strangers, etc. Cell phone use is a life skill for responsible adults, so why shouldn't we  model and teach it in the natural context of our classrooms? They are the training grounds for higher ed and the workplace.

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20 tips for putting Google's 20 percent time in your classroom | eSchool News | eSchool News

20 tips for putting Google's 20 percent time in your classroom | eSchool News | eSchool News | 21st century skills via languages | Scoop.it
Google's 20 percent time's gaining ground with educators who are working on innovative inquiry-based projects that resonate on a personal level.
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20% time doesn't have to be painful or "extra"--it can simply be the vehicle through which instruction is customized and tailored to student needs and interests.

An interesting idea for language classes might be to overlay cultural learning and interaction with curricular topics but for students to use 20% time to seek out cultural knowledge and communicate with others.

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Myth-Busting Differentiated Instruction: 3 Myths and 3 Truths

Myth-Busting Differentiated Instruction: 3 Myths and 3 Truths | 21st century skills via languages | Scoop.it
With delivery of instruction, one size does not fit all. John McCarthy launches his differentiated instruction series by busting three common myths about DI.
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Student data is a huge driver  for differentiation. How can we gather and use data for better instruction?

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Infographic: What Does It Take To Be A Teacher?

Infographic: What Does It Take To Be A Teacher? | 21st century skills via languages | Scoop.it

What Does It Take To Be A Teacher? Infographic shows that teachers’ realities are growing increasingly complex.


Via Dennis T OConnor
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this is why we go home so tired!

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David W. Deeds's curator insight, May 17, 2014 8:24 AM

Thanks to Dennis T. O´Connor.

Jaime Salcedo Luna's curator insight, May 18, 2014 8:08 AM

Interesante comparación de la dedicación requerida para ser docente en cinco países del mundo.

Niki Davis's curator insight, May 19, 2014 6:16 AM

Looks too certain to me - there must be enormous difficulties in measuring this across cultures, contexts and other aspects of these rapidly evolving ecosystems. 

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How Should Learning Teams Choose Essential Outcomes? | CTQ

How Should Learning Teams Choose Essential Outcomes? | CTQ | 21st century skills via languages | Scoop.it
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RHTW

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Informal Learning: Facing the Inevitable and Seizing the Advantage

Informal Learning: Facing the Inevitable and Seizing the Advantage | 21st century skills via languages | Scoop.it
Reading recently through Edutopia's resources on informal learning, I found the distinction between formal and informal learning resonating more strongly now than ever.

For a classroom teacher, this
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It is indeed a challenge to surrender control over the learning process. Teachers have to consider that maintaining control over the content and instruction in our classrooms may impose arbitrary limits on student learning. Making that leap of faith is easier when you realize that a lesson or task that goes horribly wrong doesn't have to be a failure; rather, it is an opportunity to try again with more knowledge.

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Start the Year with a Project . . . or Wait?

Start the Year with a Project . . . or Wait? | 21st century skills via languages | Scoop.it
Over the summer, you've spent some time planning what you think will be a great project for the beginning of the school year. You're eager to launch it on Day Two, after you've introduced yourself to
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great ideas about considering student foundational skills before starting PBL

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A Must See Graphic on Creative Commons for Students ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

A Must See Graphic on Creative Commons for Students ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | 21st century skills via languages | Scoop.it

"Creative Commons is a non-profit that helps sharing and reuse of creativity and knowledge via free legal and technological tools . These tools are not alternatives to copyright laws, rather they work alongside them.

To help you better teach your students about Creative Commons and how it works, here is a handy graphic that visually captures the main important things students need to know about Creative commons. Enjoy"


Via John Evans
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This will definitely be posted somewhere in my classroom this fall...

 

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KB...Konnected's curator insight, August 2, 2013 9:16 PM

This info is also good for teachers who sell products through TpT and Teacher's Notebook.

Dawne Tortorella's curator insight, August 10, 2013 6:36 PM

Actually good for faculty too!

johanna krijnsen's curator insight, December 4, 2013 1:54 PM

graphic on creative commons

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BBC - Languages - Homepage: All you need to start learning a foreign language

BBC - Languages - Homepage: All you need to start learning a foreign language | 21st century skills via languages | Scoop.it
Learn a language in your own time with interactive courses, videos and audio clips: essential facts, holiday phrases, games and worksheets.

Via Alexandra Golem
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Great resource

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