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Don’t Throw out Baby Macbeth: Common Core says think bigger, better, and beyond the book | Roz Linder.com

Don’t Throw out Baby Macbeth: Common Core says think bigger, better, and beyond the book | Roz Linder.com | 21st Century Literacy and Learning | Scoop.it

Common Core is akin to telling you that students have to learn how to play tennis or piano. They are expected to know the game. The game? Deconstructing text. Because in the real world you need to be able to understand text, create text, and interpret text. The Common Core does NOT state that you cannot teach poetry, fiction, or narrative nonfiction. What it does say is that you must teach ANALYSIS. Kids need to know how to deconstruct text. All text. English teachers lament all across the nation that they cannot teach their poetry unit as is. And they can’t. We, English teachers, no longer just teach content. We teach skills so that kids can tackle any content. If you are just teaching the content of books as the center of your curriculum, shame on you.


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Bloom's Critical Thinking Questions to Use in Class ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Bloom's Critical Thinking Questions to Use in Class ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | 21st Century Literacy and Learning | Scoop.it

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5 Effective Ways to Incorporate TED Talks into the Learning Experience | Edudemic

5 Effective Ways to Incorporate TED Talks into the Learning Experience | Edudemic | 21st Century Literacy and Learning | Scoop.it
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There’s No "I" in Teacher: 8 Rules of Thumb for Collaborative Planning

There’s No "I" in Teacher: 8 Rules of Thumb for Collaborative Planning | 21st Century Literacy and Learning | Scoop.it
Teachers become learning designers when given the space to collaborate by (among other things) cultivating trust, keeping it simple, and ensuring that it's student relevant.
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Strategies For Remembering Everything You Learn - Business Insider

Strategies For Remembering Everything You Learn - Business Insider | 21st Century Literacy and Learning | Scoop.it
Because there's learning and there's knowing how to learn.
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10 Most Popular Teaching Tools Used This Year | Edudemic

10 Most Popular Teaching Tools Used This Year | Edudemic | 21st Century Literacy and Learning | Scoop.it

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Elaine Roberts, Ph.D's curator insight, December 15, 12:20 PM

I don't think "popular" means "the tools you have to be using in the classroom or else!" I do think it means these are tools with which you might want to be familiar and that you might want to explore to determine if, when, and how you might use them to help your students in their learning.

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How to integrate an audio track with PowerPoint 2010

How to integrate an audio track with PowerPoint 2010 | 21st Century Literacy and Learning | Scoop.it

As you might have noticed on big monitors in public places such as train stations or airports, PowerPoint presentations can run independently with an audio commentary without an active speaker. In the following description we will show you how you can easily do the same by adding an audio track to your presentation


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Baiba Svenca's curator insight, December 15, 10:09 AM

A very useful tutorial about how to add a narrative to your PowerPoint presentation.

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This Australian Woman Started A Viral Trend Of Unity

This Australian Woman Started A Viral Trend Of Unity | 21st Century Literacy and Learning | Scoop.it
Amid a world of horror, one woman's selfless act started a Twitter revolution. Thirty-three year old Tessa, from Melbourne, Au is catapulted to online fame.
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Information literacy: Teach your students to be critical online researchers

Information literacy: Teach your students to be critical online researchers | 21st Century Literacy and Learning | Scoop.it
Information literacy is an educated approach to finding and evaluating information. We are told that our primary goal as teachers is to teach the whole child. If this is true, then we must adapt to...
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Regrouping Students: Leverage Teacher Expertise

Regrouping Students: Leverage Teacher Expertise | 21st Century Literacy and Learning | Scoop.it
By regrouping students for certain lessons, schools can leverage the instructional expertise of their teachers. See how one school builds differentiated instruction and regrouping students into their science program.

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Let It Marinate: The Importance of Reflection and Closing

Let It Marinate: The Importance of Reflection and Closing | 21st Century Literacy and Learning | Scoop.it

Edutopia blogger Josh Block, acknowledging that it takes time to process information and synthesize ideas, offers some reflective and closing activities to deepen students' learning in those critical minutes at the end of class.


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Neatline - Telling Stories with Maps and Timelines

Neatline - Telling Stories with Maps and Timelines | 21st Century Literacy and Learning | Scoop.it
Neatline allows scholars, students, and curators to tell stories with maps and timelines.

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Bart van Maanen's curator insight, December 15, 8:58 AM

Sommige verhalen laten zich goed vertellen door gebruik te maken van een tijdlijn. Neatline heeft als basis het open source framework Omeka, vergelijkbaar met WordPress, en is een plugin. Dat zal dus wel in eigen database geïnstalleerd moeten worden. Mooie applicatie.

GIANFRANCO MARINI's curator insight, December 16, 1:40 AM

Software di uso libero che combina l'uso di mappe, anche storiche, e di strumenti per creare timeline colo risultato di consentire la realizzazione di storie e/o presentazioni molto efficaci.

 

Utile strumento per la didattica e la pratica dello storytelling.

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The New Way Colleges Can Predict Your Grades

The New Way Colleges Can Predict Your Grades | 21st Century Literacy and Learning | Scoop.it
Schools are combing years of data covering millions of grades earned by thousands of former students
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4 Powerful Apps for Creating Mind Maps on Chromebooks ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

4 Powerful Apps for Creating Mind Maps on Chromebooks ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | 21st Century Literacy and Learning | Scoop.it

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Amy Burns's curator insight, December 10, 7:27 PM

Easy to use tools that work on Chromebooks and other devices, too.

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Texting with students can profoundly impact their success | eSchool News | eSchool News

Texting with students can profoundly impact their success | eSchool News | eSchool News | 21st Century Literacy and Learning | Scoop.it
When teachers text students, it could help students improve their learning.

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Elaine Roberts, Ph.D's curator insight, December 16, 8:46 AM

Having read the article, I'm not convinced texting can "profoundly impact their success." I think texting has the potential of improving communication for a lot of reasons, and perhaps aid in clarifying some things for students, which might, in turn, influence whether or not they are successful. So I share this because texting might need to be an option for some educators, and it could be a resource worth exploring.

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Martha Nussbaum: Political Love as a Necessary Element in Social Justice - The Nonprofit Quarterly

Martha Nussbaum: Political Love as a Necessary Element in Social Justice - The Nonprofit Quarterly | 21st Century Literacy and Learning | Scoop.it
Combining a passionate spirit with cold intelligence, and other leadership lessons about why love matters in social justice work
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How Big is Digital Education in the United States? An End of Year Review

How Big is Digital Education in the United States? An End of Year Review | 21st Century Literacy and Learning | Scoop.it
Buzz about the potential of digital learning abounds. Despite the excitement, relatively little is known about how many students are actually taking advantage of digital learning opportunities.

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Elaine Roberts, Ph.D's curator insight, December 15, 12:35 PM

"This past school year enrollment increased by 6.2 percent. In addition, virtual schools, which provide supplementary course offerings, have about 740,000 course enrollments in the 2013-2014 school year." I think 2015 should mark an official beginning to the Age of Learning Digitally. Let's update those policies, people.

Teach N Kids Learn's curator insight, December 16, 2:13 PM

How much progress has digital education progressed? How are you incorporating digital learning into your own professional development?

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Outlook on instruction: Class around the clock

Outlook on instruction: Class around the clock | 21st Century Literacy and Learning | Scoop.it
Better ways to use data. High-tech professional development. Differentiated instruction.

Some exciting advancements are on the horizon for classrooms in 2015. While they sound technical, the bigges
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Mucking Around in the Questions: Libraries and Critical Literacy

Mucking Around in the Questions:  Libraries and Critical Literacy | 21st Century Literacy and Learning | Scoop.it
"Teacher librarians have tremendous opportunity to enhance student understanding and engagement with the cacophony of languages, discourses and cultures that are clashing and merging in new communi...
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5 Ways to Share YouTube Videos Safely and Privately (Without the Distractions)

5 Ways to Share YouTube Videos Safely and Privately (Without the Distractions) | 21st Century Literacy and Learning | Scoop.it
YouTube is a Powerful, Sure bet for Delivering Video Content, but What can you do About all the Distractions, and Privacy? Read on ... Do you want to be able

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Lynne Tamor's curator insight, December 15, 1:53 PM

Very important information about sharing YouTube videos in a responsible way.

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Critical Digital Literacy Explained for Teacher...

Critical Digital Literacy Explained for Teacher... | 21st Century Literacy and Learning | Scoop.it
Critical digital literacy is one of the essential required competencies for the 21st century educator. In an era of unprecedented personal publishing, infobesity (information obesity) becomes a real issue.
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Vocabulary: It pays to increase your word power

Vocabulary: It pays to increase your word power | 21st Century Literacy and Learning | Scoop.it
Education for upward mobility starts with building low-income students’ vocabulary.

 

by Robert Pondiscio

 

To grow up as the child of well-educated parents in an affluent American home is to hit the verbal lottery. From their earliest days, these children reap the benefits of parents who speak in complete sentences, engage them in rich dinner table conversation, and read them to sleep at bedtime. Verbal parents chatter incessantly, offering a running commentary on vegetable options in the produce aisle, pointing out letters and words in storefronts and street signs. Parents proceed, as Ginia Bellafante of the New York Times once put it, “in a near constant mode of annotation.”


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Carla Kessler's curator insight, Today, 12:21 AM

A well designed article that explains why the "language-rich get richer, and the poor get poorer." It reminds us that memorization of words does not help our kids.


"The sweet spot for vocabulary growth and language proficiency are tier-two words, which occur in a variety of domains. Words like verify, superior, and negligent are common to sophisticated adult speech and reading; we perceive them as ordinary, not specialized language. Tier-two words are essential to reading comprehension and undergird more subtle and precise use of language, both receptive (reading, hearing) and expressive (writing, speaking).


Consider how a child might come to encounter the tier-two word “durable.” She would need multiple exposures to the word—not memorization."

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Media Literacy in Action: An Interview with Belinha S. De Abreu and Paul Mihailidis (Part Two)

Media Literacy in Action: An Interview with Belinha S. De Abreu and Paul Mihailidis (Part Two) | 21st Century Literacy and Learning | Scoop.it

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Google Forms: Create a Quiz from a Question Bank

Google Forms: Create a Quiz from a Question Bank | 21st Century Literacy and Learning | Scoop.it
Google Forms is a survey tool, not a quiz generator. Many teachers utilize Google Forms for formative assessment since they are easy to administrate and the data is easily accessible in a Google sp...

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GwynethJones's curator insight, December 14, 7:39 PM

So cool. So easy!

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Howell weighs extended school year

Howell weighs extended school year | 21st Century Literacy and Learning | Scoop.it
The issue has already been discussed in-house and is soon expected to be presented to members of the community at large
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Take Back Your Power: Investigating The "Smart" Grid [documentary]

Take Back Your Power: Investigating The "Smart" Grid [documentary] | 21st Century Literacy and Learning | Scoop.it
Journey with award-winning filmmaker Josh del Sol as he investigates smart meters and questions practices of surveillance, extortion and causing harm in the name of "green". Watch the new 2014 Edition online (choose your price), in your community or on DVD.
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Interesting Social Justice issue

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