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Come Join us at the Next Teaching and Learning With the iPad Tech Summit!

Come Join us at the Next Teaching and Learning With the iPad Tech Summit! | 21st Century Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it

The conference will take place November 15 & 16, just a mile from the Raleigh-Durham Airport in North Carolina. 

Some of the Great Sessions Being Offered

There are lots of excellent sessions being offered, and quite a few will be given twice so that everyone has an opportunity to attend the sessions they really want to participate in. Check out “Conference Sessions” on the conference site to learn more.

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Looks like the kind of "Apple" we need for our 21st century teachers and learners.

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Iowa District Puts Twist on Four-Day Week

Iowa District Puts Twist on Four-Day Week | 21st Century Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it

As more districts adopt four-day weeks to cope with budget crunches, one rural Iowa district says it is embracing the practice for a different reason: to squeeze more time out of the school calendar for student enrichment and teachers’ professional development.

 

Starting this school year, students in the 550-student WACO community school district will attend school Monday through Thursday, spending an hour longer in class each day so that no classes will need to be held on Fridays. Students in the district—which serves the communities of Wayland, Crawfordsville, and Olds—have the option of attending remedial or enrichment classes every other Friday or to enroll in college-level classes.

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China's education plan ... from Finland's playbook

China's education plan ... from Finland's playbook | 21st Century Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it
China looks to be lightening the load for its students, or perhaps it's just making them even better.
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My perceptive is that the Finland educational system will not work in large countries with dynamic cultural diverisities. I am sure it will NEVER work in the United States...We have to many rules and regulations now in place to screw up educating our children. We lack a common sense approach to education which is why the Finland system works...

 

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Digital Badges Help Learners Demonstrate Accomplishments, Need Documentation for Credibility | Campus Technology

Digital Badges Help Learners Demonstrate Accomplishments, Need Documentation for Credibility | Campus Technology | 21st Century Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it
Digital badges can help students pursue personal learning pathways and provide a standardized platform for learners to demonstrate their accomplishments, according to a new report from the Alliance for Excellent Education and the Mozilla Foundation.

 

The report, "Expanding Education and Workforce Opportunities Through Digital Badges," examines how digital badges can be used to improve student learning and outcomes. It explains what digital badges are and how they work, provides examples of digital badges that have already been implemented, and speculates on the future of the system.

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“Badges bridge the divide between formal and informal education, and they have the power to transform competency-based learning and hiring practices.” 

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Higher education is headed for a shakeout, analysts warn | Hechinger Report

Higher education is headed for a shakeout, analysts warn | Hechinger Report | 21st Century Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it

“A growing percentage of our colleges and universities are in real financial trouble,” the financial consulting firm Bain & Company concluded in a report—one-third of them, to be exact, according to Bain, which found that these institutions’ operating costs are rising faster than revenues and investment returns can cover them.

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This is what is happening at AIT.

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Sorry, Games and Gamification are Not Magic « Karl Kapp

Sorry, Games and Gamification are Not Magic « Karl Kapp | 21st Century Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it

It seems that if I am not confronted with a person who is convinced that learning games and gamification are evil re-incarnated and will corrupt the minds of all learners and destroy Western Civilization as we know it, I am thus besieged by a person who believes that learning games and gamification are a magic elixir that will wonderfully transform any and all boring, meaningless training into an “edge-of-your-seat-unforgettable learning experience.”

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Interesting preception on gamification.

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Ten Questions You Should Ask Before You Flip Your Classroom

Ten Questions You Should Ask Before You Flip Your Classroom | 21st Century Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it
Ten Questions You should ask before you Flip Your Classroom:

 

Jon Bergmann recently published an excellent summary of 10 questions he recommends that people ask before they flip their classroom.

 

 

Bergmann notes that while resolving the technology questions is important, the most important thing is to consider how you will use the extra time that you create. The advantage of flipping the classroom after all comes from the time gained to work more directly with the students. Hearing students discuss ideas, solve problems and collaborate on a given topic can give the teacher significant insight into how well each student is mastering material, and can ensure that all of the students master the material more completely.

 

Bergmann also highlights the importance of communicating. Communicating with parents, administrators, students and colleagues – both what you expect from yourself and from the other parties involved. I suspect that this sage advice is rooted in helping others to understand the rationale.

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Thank you Jon for sharing. This article provides great insight to all teachers considering the move toward a "Flipped Classroom".

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Student-Centered Assessment Video Suite

Student-Centered Assessment Video Suite | 21st Century Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it

Students at the Center (www.studentsatthecenter.org)

 

Students at the Center synthesizes and adapts for practice current research on key components of student-centered approaches to learning. Our goal is to strengthen the ability of practitioners and policymakers to engage each student in acquiring the skills, knowledge, and expertise needed for success in college and a career. The edited volume of Students at the Center research papers Anytime, Anywhere: Student-Centered Learning for Schools and Teachers (2013) is available from Harvard Education Press.


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Introducing a set of four videos that demonstrate student-centered assessments.

 

"What does student-centered assessment look like in the classroom? How do students benefit from this type of assessment? Why do teachers implement these practices in their classrooms? The Students at the Center project, in conjunction with Dr. Heidi Andrade, Ed.D. and the students and teachers from IS 223 (Brooklyn, NY), produced this suite of videos to begin to answer these questions for those wishing to implement more student-centered approaches in the classroom, school, district, or beyond."

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Google Expands Role In Digital Education, Teams Up With edX To Build A YouTube For Free Online Courses | TechCrunch

Google Expands Role In Digital Education, Teams Up With edX To Build A YouTube For Free Online Courses | TechCrunch | 21st Century Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it

"Today, Google took another big step into the open courseware game, announcing a new partnership with edX — the Harvard and MIT-backed, non-profit organization that currently stands as one of the Big Three MOOC Providers, along with Udacity and Coursera. Together, the two companies plan to launch MOOC.org, a site that will allow teachers, businesses — and really anyone — to create their own digital course and share it with the world. As of now, the site is slated for launch in the first half of 2014....

 

"Certainly, Udacity, edX and Google seem hellbent on recalibrating the focus of higher education and learning content, focusing on content that will help students learn how to become part of a modern, and increasingly more technical, global workforce. Whether the increasing role of Google and other tech companies in the educational landscape will be welcomed by academia is one thing, however, at the very least, these two experiments could serve to boost the profile of MOOC-style education, particularly of edX itself. It also seems to indicate the increasing likelihood that, whoever should win the battle to become the world’s largest open course platform, Google will be there to lend a hand — and share a piece of the pie."

 

 

 


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This ia a good article on the educational trends with a MOOC teaching approach for 21st century learners.

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Jim Lerman's curator insight, September 11, 2013 10:19 AM

The MOOC space is filled with constant activity.

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Rethinking your Course Using Universal Design

Rethinking your Course Using Universal Design | 21st Century Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it

Check out my book for more ideas, Universal Design of Higher Education: From Principles to Practice.


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Excellent resources, I promote using UDL.

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Kathleen McClaskey's curator insight, September 8, 2013 6:07 PM

Dr. Rebecca Cory offers some excellent strategies that can easily be incorporated into a course at the highered level.

 

> Shared Note-taking

> Integrated Technology

> Alternative Assignments

 

 

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Why the Common Core Could Bring the End of One-Size-Fits-All Learning

Why the Common Core Could Bring the End of One-Size-Fits-All Learning | 21st Century Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it

These standards are voluntary and broad. They don't dictate how teachers should teach, but they do provide clear goals, such as saying that fourth-grade math students should be able to draw and identify lines and angles, or that seventh-graders should be able to compare a written work of literature to a film, audio, or stage adaptation.

The standards are intended to promote critical thinking as well as knowledge of specific content. Perhaps most important, these broad standards will be consistent from one state and school to another. Teachers and school districts will have flexibility to develop their own curriculum, yet there will also be a general accepted focus for each grade and subject.

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This is a very article on CCSS that needs to be reviewed by all stakeholders.

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13 Children's Book Quotes Every Adult Should Know

13 Children's Book Quotes Every Adult Should Know | 21st Century Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it
A collection of quotes from classic children's books that can be applied to adult life.
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It would hurt for everyone to know these qoutes...

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Free Resources: Saylor Foundation Opens Thousands of Learning Tools to Colleges and Universities -- Campus Technology

Free Resources: Saylor Foundation Opens Thousands of Learning Tools to Colleges and Universities -- Campus Technology | 21st Century Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it

The Saylor Foundation has opened its Media Library to the public, providing thousands of open educational resources, videos, articles, and full-length textbooks.

 

The Saylor Foundation is dedicated to providing free and open education, with complete courses offered t the K-12 and post-secondary levels. It provides a total of about 300 academic courses, along with workplace skills courses.

 

Its online Media Library, built on the open source DSpace repository platform, provides a growing list of about 6,000 total resources, including 3,000 open educational resources, 1,300 videos, 124 full-length textbooks, and 2,500 articles.

 

Resources cover the arts, sciences, humanities, social sciences, engineering, business, and test prep. Materials include primary texts (such as Beowulf and Hamlet), references (such as the Catholic Encyclopedia), textbooks (such as The Electronic Introduction to Old English), maps, presentations, audio recordings, assessments, assignments, data sets, and others.

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Great Free teaching and learning resources!

http://www.saylor.org/

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The 12 Different Types Of Procrastinators

The 12 Different Types Of Procrastinators | 21st Century Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it

Let’s face it — we all procrastinate. There’s nothing like the thrill of missing a deadline that get the blood pumping, right? But just before that, before the panicking and the dreading and the fleeting suicidal ideations, we have our very own ways of delaying what we need to do. Think of it as our procrastination personality. That’s nice, isn’t it?

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Not to judge, but what type of learners do you have in the mix?

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How Schools Design Classroom Games for Learning

How Schools Design Classroom Games for Learning | 21st Century Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it
Game-based learning has become synonymous with educational video games in some circles, but low-tech games have been used with great success in classrooms for a while.
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Interesting perception.

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Chronicle – A Transformative Multi-Media Assessment Tool for Teachers

Chronicle – A Transformative Multi-Media Assessment Tool for Teachers | 21st Century Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it
Introducing a Powerful Teaching Aide for the iPad Enabled Teacher

Recently released in the educational market is a new iPad app, Chronicle, designed to enable teachers to easily implement best practice methodologies in the classroom.  Chronicle uses all the features of the iOS platform to help teachers efficiently capture valuable student data and use it to inform instruction and chronicle student growth.

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A very nice iPad teaching / learning resource.

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Seton High School ready to meet needs of today's students | Cincinnati.com

Seton High School ready to meet needs of today's students | Cincinnati.com | 21st Century Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it

Seton High School religion teacher Eric Green leads a discussion in his Hebrew scriptures class. Seton classrooms have been transformed this year into collaborative learning centers, with new desks and chairs and new flatscreen monitors that can connect to students' tablet computers. / Kurt Backscheider/The Community Press

 

 Written by KurtBackscheider


PRICE HILL — Seton High School has launched a new approach to education this school year, complete with upgraded technology, new classroom furniture and a new schedule.

 

“There’s a shift in culture here at Seton and we’re ready to celebrate it,” said Anna Downey, the assistant principal of academics.

“We’re moving from a teaching culture to a learning culture.”

 

Historically, she said education in this country has been rooted in teacher-driven instruction, in which a teacher stands in front of the class and presents material.

 

While that may work for some students, it’s not ideal for all, especially for today’s students.

 

To better serve students and empower them to be engaged in the learning process, Seton Principal and CEO Donna Brigger said administrators and faculty have worked hard to create an environment fostering collaborative learning.

 

A large aspect of that was adopting a new schedule, she said. The new schedule features three different class schedules – a seven-period day, a four-period day and a three-period day.

 

Brigger said the schedule provides more learning time for students and allows teachers to meet three times each week in Professional Learning Communities to plan curriculum and collaborate. The Professional Learning Communities will also allow students a chance to meet with teachers, she said.

 

“We want to listen more to student voices,” she said. “Learning is a participatory activity.”

 

The main goal is to improve student learning and fulfill the school’s mission of preparing all students for a life of faith, service and leadership through academic excellence, Brigger said.

 

Another aspect of creating a collaborative learning environment was achieved by the school’s Legacy of Learning Campaign. Through donations from alumnae and friends of the school, Seton was able to buy new desks and chairs for its classrooms this year and install 65-inch flatscreens in each classroom that interact with students’ tablet computers.

 

Jennifer Dunaway, Seton’s development director who coordinated the fundraising campaign, said students had been using wooden desks dating back to 1957 and metal and composite desks from 1974.

 

“That was the last time we had any updates to the classroom furniture,” she said.

 

“We wanted to create a 21st century environment four our students. The classrooms are now open and students are able to be mobile and work together.”

 

Downey said the new furniture, state-of-the-art flatscreens and new schedule are all tools Seton is using to transform education.

Throughout it all, she said the faculty and staff have been dedicated and have embraced the transition from being delivery agents to teachers who inspire and encourage student centered learning.

 

“It’s all based on research and we’ve researched this for many years,” she said.

 

“It’s helping us meet the needs of today’s students.”

 

Access to complete Cincinnati.com article: http://news.cincinnati.com/article/20130829/NEWS01/308290040/Seton-ready-meet-needs-today-s-students?gcheck=1&nclick_check=1

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This is very positive constructionist movement... “We’re moving from a teaching culture to a learning culture.”  This is the 21st Century learning environment. Excellent!

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LinkedIn’s Reid Hoffman on education: overhaul the degree, not just the instruction

LinkedIn’s Reid Hoffman on education: overhaul the degree, not just the instruction | 21st Century Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it
LinkedIn co-founder and investor Reid Hoffman wants upgrade the college diploma, but he’s not the only one thinking of new ways to approach credentialing.

 

“To do this, we need to apply new technologies to the primary tool of traditional certification, the diploma,” he wrote. “We need to take what now exists as a dumb, static document and turn it into a richer, updateable, more connected record of a person’s skills, expertise, and experience. And then we need to take that record and make it part of a fully networked certification platform.”

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Agreed, we cannot continue to work "in / out of the box" but create a all new platform and eleminate "the box" entirely. 

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9-Step Instructional Process that Just Works | LearnDash

9-Step Instructional Process that Just Works | LearnDash | 21st Century Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it

Back in 1965, Robert Gagne detailed a nine-step instructional process that many teachers, trainers, and instructional designers still use today when creating their learning events.  The steps are not meant to be absolute rules, but they do provide a a good place to start during the creation process. Truth is, there are many design models you can use, so feel free to just add this one to your toolbox as it could very well prove useful.

Rob Hatfield, M.Ed.'s insight:

This is a micro-level design model where I have provided macro-level designs of ADDIE and SAM within my scoop.it curation posted topics. The micro-macro design models can be adapted and modified to fit within the 21st Century learning paradigm shift. 

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What is a flipped classroom and how can it help me?

What is a flipped classroom and how can it help me? | 21st Century Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it
Flipped Classroom (sometimes called flipped teaching) is an approach to education that blends both online instruction and offline learning.
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Outstanding resources for teachers who want to adopt a "Flipped Classroom. In the Asian Culture, this will be the exception, not the rule. So many additional elements must be addressed to move forward in Southeast Asia.

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Jim Henson: The Biography

Jim Henson: The Biography | 21st Century Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it

He was a gentle dreamer whose genial bearded visage was recognized around the world, but most people got to know him only through the iconic characters born of his fertile imagination: Kermit the Frog, Bert and Ernie, Miss Piggy, Big Bird. The Muppets made Jim Henson a household name, but they were just part of his remarkable story...

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I am a very big fan of Jim Henson. He was the" Walt Disney of the Baby Boomer's Generation" and beyond. I am glad he made a difference in this world...more than words can ever express. We can never repay his genius and kindness that change so many lives within education, creativity and edutainment. I look forward to buying and reading this book.

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Home | National Center On Universal Design for Learning

Home | National Center On Universal Design for Learning | 21st Century Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it

Universal Design for Learning
is a set of principles for curriculum development that give all individuals equal opportunities to learn.

 

UDL provides a blueprint for creating instructional goals, methods, materials, and assessments that work for everyone--not a single, one-size-fits-all solution but rather flexible approaches that can be customized and adjusted for individual needs.

Why is UDL necessary?

Individuals bring a huge variety of skills, needs, and interests to learning. Neuroscience reveals that these differences are as varied and unique as our DNA or fingerprints.

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World class teaching and learning resources!

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Daily Teaching Tools for Enhancing Your Effectiveness with Kids

Daily Teaching Tools for Enhancing Your Effectiveness with Kids | 21st Century Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it
Free teaching tools including ideas, resources, strategies, and classroom management techniques learned during 33 years of teaching . . .
Rob Hatfield, M.Ed.'s insight:

This site has very good, "Free" teaching resources.

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Collection of resources targeted at strengthening a teacher's connection with and impact on his or her students.  It includes a section for first year teachers with links ranging from promoting relevance and showing authenticity to classroom management.  Includes many short embedded films.  

 

Catalina Elena Oyarzún Albarracín's comment, June 9, 3:07 PM
Thnak you very much for your post.It is really interesting!!!
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10 Characteristics of Great School Cultures - Getting Smart by Tom Vander Ark

10 Characteristics of Great School Cultures - Getting Smart by Tom Vander Ark | 21st Century Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it

Profiling great schools and conversations with effective school leaders leads to one overarching conclusion–culture is key. A powerful culture makes teachers better and kids smarter.

 

Yet “Culture is one of those things that all organizations say is important, but it is easily ignored or forgotten in the daily grind of running a business, non-profit, or school district,” said a recent HBR article.

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After review of the article, the characteristics scope of "Great School Cultures" has many other variables need to be added or removed for continued development into the "Great School Culture". Each learning community and culure has it's own unique features and presceptions for those stakeholders. "Great School Culture" will always be a work in progress.

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How technology has transformed classes, costs and social lives for college students

How technology has transformed classes, costs and social lives for college students | 21st Century Teaching and Learning | Scoop.it

Despite the prodigious effort Nicole Woodhouse has thrown into college — including semesters of 18 credit hours, extensive volunteering, and substitute-teacher work — she knows she may still not be able to secure a job when she graduates. When Woodhouse observes fellow students stuffing extra majors, internships and extracurricular activities into already-packed schedules, she sees how competitive the hunt for post-college work has become.

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A trend that will NOT go away...

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