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Vygotsky's Zone of Proximal Development

What is the ZPD and how does it relate to teaching?
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Report: Over-filtering of Internet Content Hurts K-12 Education -- THE Journal

Report: Over-filtering of Internet Content Hurts K-12 Education -- THE Journal | 21st Century Literacy and Learning | Scoop.it

According to “Fencing Out Knowledge: Impacts of the Children’s Internet Protection Act 10 Years Later,” a report from the American Library Association (ALA), schools and libraries are routinely filtering Internet content far more than what the...


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20 Things Educators Need To Know About Digital Literacy Skills

20 Things Educators Need To Know About Digital Literacy Skills | 21st Century Literacy and Learning | Scoop.it
Widely understood to be essential to success in the workplace and modern life, digital literacy is beginning to emerge as a necessary component of curric

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Karolyn van Putten's curator insight, July 26, 1:23 PM

What's more important: content (i.e., facts, theories, people) or the processes by which we embrace/locate/study/learn about content?

Maureen Greenbaum's curator insight, July 27, 9:07 AM
5 Teaching Practices That Destroy Digital Literacy

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15 Habits to Cultivate in Your Students
Eeva Kurttila-Matero's curator insight, July 28, 4:46 AM

"Digitaalinen lukutaito ei ole tietotekniikkaa, se on teknologian käyttöä ajattelun kehittämiseen. Jos kriittisen ajattelun taidot eivät vielä ole olennainen osa oppilaittesi tietoyhteiskuntavalmiuksia, sinun on aika pohtia opetusstrategioitasi."

 

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English Language Arts Standards » Language » Grade 8 » 3 » a | Common Core State Standards Initiative

English Language Arts Standards » Language » Grade 8 » 3 » a | Common Core State Standards Initiative | 21st Century Literacy and Learning | Scoop.it
RT @tbfurman: this one is critical. CRITICAL for our economy and our nation. http://t.co/fhf8D3fWTE If 8th graders can't do this, we're jus…
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Inventing Infographics: Visual Literacy Meets Written Content

Inventing Infographics: Visual Literacy Meets Written Content | 21st Century Literacy and Learning | Scoop.it
As the density of visual information increases, consider introducing your students to infographics as a means of more thoughtfully engaging with and creating written content.

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5 Strategies For Engaging Students With Video

5 Strategies For Engaging Students With Video | 21st Century Literacy and Learning | Scoop.it
5 Strategies For Engaging Students With Video

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Mary Ann Flowers's curator insight, July 28, 10:24 AM

Summer Institute 2014

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How to Make Your Classroom a Thinking Space

How to Make Your Classroom a Thinking Space | 21st Century Literacy and Learning | Scoop.it
Editor's note: The following is an excerpt from Thinking Through Project-Based Learning: Guiding Deeper Inquiry by Jane Krauss and Suzie Boss. It was published this month by Corwin. Take a moment a...

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, July 26, 7:12 PM

Interacting with one another is essential in learning and problem-based learning. Creating spaces where this happens naturally is important and echoes the work John Dewey suggested was critical in teaching.

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UnlockYourBrain

UnlockYourBrain | 21st Century Literacy and Learning | Scoop.it

Imagine you could learn four new words in a foreign language a day - by integrating it into your every day life. Imagine you could improve your logical thinking and math skills with no effort.


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Nik Peachey's curator insight, July 27, 3:07 AM

A free brain training app for Android users.

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How to Run a Google+ Hangouts Series

How to Run a Google+ Hangouts Series | 21st Century Literacy and Learning | Scoop.it
Many businesses have held Google Hangouts on Air to engage their audience and offer a unique opportunity to hear insights from the business firsthand.

 

Learn more:

 

http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?tag=Hangouts

 


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Design Experts's curator insight, July 26, 2:27 AM

At +DesignExperts we use #GoogleHangouts all day everyday. Just sharing the #ThinkDigital love.

María Dolores Díaz Noguera's curator insight, July 26, 7:50 AM

How to Run a Google+Hangouts Series

Rosemary Tyrrell's curator insight, July 26, 12:23 PM

Here is a method for adding a panel discussion to your online course. 

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Handy Google Drive Tip for Teachers- Moving Docs to Multiple Folders

Handy Google Drive Tip for Teachers- Moving Docs to Multiple Folders | 21st Century Literacy and Learning | Scoop.it

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Visual Writing Prompts

Visual Writing Prompts | 21st Century Literacy and Learning | Scoop.it
About Us - Contact Us - How to Use Visual Writing Prompts  - FAQ

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Metacognition: ask, not only ‘What are you learning?’ but ‘How are you learning?’

Metacognition: ask, not only ‘What are you learning?’ but ‘How are you learning?’ | 21st Century Literacy and Learning | Scoop.it

Vanderbilt University

 

"Metacognition is, put simply, thinking about one’s thinking.  More precisely, it refers to the processes used to plan, monitor, and assess one’s understanding and performance. Metacognition includes a critical awareness of a) one’s thinking and learning and b) oneself as a thinker and learner.

 

Metacognitive practices increase students’ abilities to transfer or adapt their learning to new contexts and tasks."


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Mel Riddile's curator insight, July 25, 9:13 AM

Four assignments for explicit instruction:


  1. Preassessments—Encouraging Students to Examine Their Current Thinking
  2. The Muddiest Point—Giving Students Practice in Identifying Confusions
  3. Retrospective Postassessments—Pushing Students to Recognize Conceptual Change
  4. Reflective Journals—Providing a Forum in Which Students Monitor Their Own Thinking

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, July 25, 7:05 PM

Emotional intelligence and learning how to learn might be the two most important teaching work we do for children. It is about connecting with what is important in healthy ways and understanding learning more completely. We can never do this completely, but we should make the effort.

Nicola Parkin's curator insight, July 28, 7:35 PM

Nice! 4 strategies for helping learner learn to learn.

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Disciplinary Literacy » Eastern Michigan Writing Project


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Getting Smart on Social Media SMART BUNDLE | EDUcation

Getting Smart on Social Media SMART BUNDLE | EDUcation | 21st Century Literacy and Learning | Scoop.it
Getting Smart on Social Media SMART BUNDLE

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Paul's curator insight, July 25, 9:24 AM

Good summer reading! 

Shari Hudgeons's curator insight, July 25, 11:00 AM

This is a great way to introduce yourself to social media ideas.

Susan Wegmann's curator insight, July 25, 2:00 PM

Great basic info about Twitter, LinkedIn, FB, etc.

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Engaged teachers engage students!

Engaged teachers engage students! | 21st Century Literacy and Learning | Scoop.it

Brandon Busteed is executive director of education at Gallup


"there is nothing more important we can do as a country than to build the world’s most effective "educonomy," which would seamlessly integrate our educational system, our employers, and our job creators."


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Mel Riddile's curator insight, Today, 10:57 AM
  • Teacher engagement is the most important driver of student engagement.
  • Student engagement in school drops precipitously from 5th grade through 12th grade.
  • About seven in 10 K-12 teachers are not engaged in their work (69%)
  • From parents to current college students to the general population, everyone agrees that the number one reason to go to college is “to get a good job.”
  • Yet, only 14% of Americans and 11% business leaders say that college graduates are well prepared for success at work.
  • Google announced that it found almost no correlation between the grades and test scores of its employees and their success on the job. So, the company has stopped asking for the information on employment applications.


Solutions

  1. offer paid and unpaid internships to high school and college students
  2. offer externships for teachers and faculty
  3. foster teacher and faculty engagement


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Digital Vaults - explore and create

Digital Vaults - explore and create | 21st Century Literacy and Learning | Scoop.it

Exploring the Digital Vaults is easy. You can browse through the hundreds of photographs, documents, and film clips and discover the connection between some of the National Archives' most treasured records.


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Baiba Svenca's curator insight, Today, 11:22 AM

The National Archives offer a very interesting tool for students who study American history. They can create a poster or a movie based on thousands of files that can be found in the Digital Vaults. The final product can be shared digitally or printed.

Great for history projects or presentations.

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11 Tips on Teaching Common Core Critical Vocabu...

11 Tips on Teaching Common Core Critical Vocabu... | 21st Century Literacy and Learning | Scoop.it
Learning and memory specialist Marilee Sprenger writes about vocabulary critical to the Common Core and offers 11 strategies for helping students learn it.
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How Homework Works In Finland (Hint: There Isn't Any) - Edudemic

How Homework Works In Finland (Hint: There Isn't Any) - Edudemic | 21st Century Literacy and Learning | Scoop.it
When we talk about how our education system is failing our students, there are a lot of different options presented on how to ‘fix’ it. Everyone has an answer, a promising new way of thinking, a potential magic bullet. Inevitably, we also examine school systems that are working as a part of investigating what to do …

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, July 27, 10:25 PM

I rarely assigned homework. It seemed counter-productive and counter-intuitive. The exception, if can be called homework, were projects which engaged students and their parents at home. This provided an untapped resource, excited students and parents, and was highly successful. I always provided more time for these projects so they did not work against learning.

Mika Auramo's comment, July 28, 1:00 AM
Too much false information, including topic.
Debra Evans's curator insight, July 28, 5:54 PM

Good piece, but need to consider also; this country is not really catering to multi-cultural group.  But, we should learn from their examples - we in Australia definitely moving towards over-educating, with even prep losing its play-based approach.  Also worth noting - the teacher in the classroom has the biggest impact on whether or not the students will learn - effective teachers=effective learners.

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Nurturing Intrinsic Motivation and Growth Mindset in Writing

Nurturing Intrinsic Motivation and Growth Mindset in Writing | 21st Century Literacy and Learning | Scoop.it

To engage your students with their own development as writers, motivate them to care by showing your own interest and engagement with their process.


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Cindy Riley Klages's curator insight, July 26, 12:32 PM
Enthusiasm! (Pic from TeachThought)
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12 ways to read a picture book...with Ernie Bond

12 ways to read a picture book...with Ernie Bond | 21st Century Literacy and Learning | Scoop.it

12 things to look at when reading images and three simple questions to help develop visual literacy. 


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Terry Doherty's curator insight, July 28, 2:59 PM

This was a prequel step, but "allow yourself to wonder WHY" is so important and freeing.

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Vellum

Vellum | 21st Century Literacy and Learning | Scoop.it

Vellum puts a spotlight on content, making it easy to find what you should read next. Links are ranked by how often they have been shared by those you follow on Twitter, so you can stay up to date with the news that the people you care about are discussing.


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Nik Peachey's curator insight, July 27, 3:09 AM

This looks like an interesting way to ensure you get to the best content from your Twitter feed.

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A Must Have Resource for Finding Educational Sites, Apps and Services (Graphite)

A Must Have Resource for Finding Educational Sites, Apps and Services   (Graphite) | 21st Century Literacy and Learning | Scoop.it

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Wearable Devices and the Future of Mobile Learning - presentation

Wearable Devices and the Future of Mobile Learning from David Kelly

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5 Chrome Extensions for Teachers - Part 7

5 Chrome Extensions for Teachers - Part 7 | 21st Century Literacy and Learning | Scoop.it
Continuing my series on extensions for Google Chrome that are helpful for teachers. Highlight Keywords for Google This handy extension helps you to filter information more efficiently. when the ext...

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Two or Three Things I Know for Sure About Helping Students Write the Stories of Their Lives - National Writing Project

Two or Three Things I Know for Sure About Helping Students Write the Stories of Their Lives - National Writing Project | 21st Century Literacy and Learning | Scoop.it

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Judith Morais's curator insight, July 25, 6:39 AM

I've taken away from this article some excellent ideas on how I may inspire my students to love writing and explore their experiences. Excellent ways to develop writing in year ones. 

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Listen up: 5 social justice podcasts | Praxia Partners

Listen up: 5 social justice podcasts | Praxia Partners | 21st Century Literacy and Learning | Scoop.it
Podcasting is the new broadcasting. Today, we share 5 favorites that deliver fresh content about social justice and environmentalism. 5 favorites, in no particular order: Marketplace's Wealth and Money podcast addresses a ...
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