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Free Technology for Teachers: QR Codes & Augmented Reality - When and Where To Use Each

Free Technology for Teachers: QR Codes & Augmented Reality - When and Where To Use Each | 21st Century Literacy and Learning | Scoop.it
QR Codes & Augmented Reality - When and Where To Use Each #edtech #ipaded #edchat #ipadchat #augmentedreality
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Project-Based Learning: Connecting With Your Community

Project-Based Learning: Connecting With Your Community | 21st Century Literacy and Learning | Scoop.it
Today's guest blog is written by Instructional Technology Instructor Mike Arsenault from Yarmouth, Maine. In this blog Mike writes about the importance of PBL and involving your community in the process.
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New: Google Launched Google Educator Groups (Learning Platform for Teachers)

New: Google Launched Google Educator Groups (Learning Platform for Teachers) | 21st Century Literacy and Learning | Scoop.it

 

Google Educator Groups (GEGs) is a new project launched by Google yesterday.This project aims at bringing the benefits of technology to schools, classrooms and communities across the world through the collaborative work of a community of passionate educators. GEGs is a place where educators, principals, school administrators, professors, teachers, students, and anyone else interested in using Google Products to help people learn , get to meet and collaborate with each other.

 

Google Educators Groups allows participants to "to pick up new creative ideas from one another, and to help each other best meet the needs of their students with Google solutions. GEG activities take place both online and offline. Online GEGs provide a space for educators to discuss together and learn about one another through Google+; offline, locally run events and workshops are a way to learn and share face to face."


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Mirna Yonis's curator insight, June 15, 2014 11:25 PM

Nueva iniciativa en camino. Siguen creciendo las oportunidades de los ambientes virtuales de aprendizaje. 

Al parecer ha tomado fuerza en el Google World la generación de una "plataforma" que combine las distintas herramientas de google y otras más. A conocer, aprender, y evaluar lo que podemos "practicar" en nuestro quehacer académico e institucional.

Por lo pronto la comunidades más cercanas están en proceso de formación y más en angloparlante pero las de español y otros idiomas también tendrán su espacio. Paciencia y atención con las comunidades de Google Educator Group.

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4 ways to use 3D backgrounds in Prezi

4 ways to use 3D backgrounds in Prezi | 21st Century Literacy and Learning | Scoop.it

Meaghan Hendricks is a presentation designer at Prezi. She has designed prezis for a wide variety of purposes, from TED talks to Prezi tutorials to reinterpretations of classic fairy tales. You can find some of the prezis she’s made on her public Prezi profile.


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Baiba Svenca's curator insight, June 11, 2014 3:20 PM

Another tutorial from Prezi about using 3D backgrounds in your presentations.

Mirta Liliana Filgueira's curator insight, June 12, 2014 4:02 PM

Prezi párr Formato en 3D

Pushpa Kunasegaran's curator insight, June 17, 2014 12:42 AM

Must try :)

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Twitter: Best Practices For Educators #ReinventingWriting - Edudemic

Twitter: Best Practices For Educators #ReinventingWriting - Edudemic | 21st Century Literacy and Learning | Scoop.it
Twitter is an incredible tool for any classroom,if you know how to use it. Teachers like Karen Lirenman and Kathy Cassidy show us how even very young children benefit greatly from the safe online connections through their teachers.  If you’re still not convinced read the  100 Ways to Use Twitter in the Classroom right here …

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Pamela Perry King's curator insight, June 12, 2014 10:57 AM

Great Ideas to use the on the Library Twitter

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40 Of The Most Powerful Social Issue Ads That’ll Make You Stop And Think

40 Of The Most Powerful Social Issue Ads That’ll Make You Stop And Think | 21st Century Literacy and Learning | Scoop.it
Many people complain about advertisements as an obnoxious way for companies to invade our everyday lives and cram their products down our throats, but that's not all that advertisements are good for.
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Teacher's Visual Guide to Creating Twitter Lists ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Teacher's Visual Guide to Creating Twitter Lists ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | 21st Century Literacy and Learning | Scoop.it

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Copyright Flowchart: Can I Use It? Yes? No?

Copyright Flowchart: Can I Use It? Yes? No? | 21st Century Literacy and Learning | Scoop.it
It is the responsibility of all educators to model good digital citizenship for their students. Especially when it comes to copyright, plagiarism and intellectual property. The waters are murky. No...

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Marisol Pamela Hernández Orellana's curator insight, June 14, 2014 8:56 AM

La Típica disyuntiva de si podemos o no usar determinado material...derechos de autor y la falta de conocimiento de hasta dónde involucra es un problema constante!!! Interesante infografía que nos da luces!!!

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5 Myths and Truths About Kids' Internet Safety

5 Myths and Truths About Kids' Internet Safety | 21st Century Literacy and Learning | Scoop.it
Advice from Common Sense Media editors. Help keep your kids' online experiences positive and productive by learning the truth (and ignoring the rumors) about what really makes them safe.

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Kate JohnsonMcGregor's curator insight, June 9, 2014 9:06 AM

I have to agree with Gwyneth Jones in that, "there is no safety, only awareness" when teaching kids digital literacy. These are some great myths that need to be understood so that we can better equip our kids to navigate both the real and virtual world effectively.  

Linda Dougherty's curator insight, June 9, 2014 2:00 PM

Good information to also share with parents, especially about their child's digital footprint and how to keep it private.

Betty Skeet's curator insight, June 11, 2014 9:30 AM

Learning about truths and  ignoring rumours  about internet safety for  children and young people.

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Four Meaningful Ways Students Can Contribute

Four Meaningful Ways Students Can Contribute | 21st Century Literacy and Learning | Scoop.it

Getty Bestselling author and educational expert Alan November's new book Who Owns the Learning?: Preparing Students for Success in the Digital Age co...

 

Beginning with his first teaching job, November began to realize that the most powerful education happens when students take ownership of their learning and when they feel that what they produce contributes meaningfully to a community.

 


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Gust MEES's curator insight, June 9, 2014 9:01 AM

Beginning with his first teaching job, November began to realize that the most powerful education happens when students take ownership of their learning and when they feel that what they produce contributes meaningfully to a community.


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Ways To Develop a Culture of Success in Schools

Ways To Develop a Culture of Success in Schools | 21st Century Literacy and Learning | Scoop.it
(This is the first post in a two-part series on this topic) Katie Keeler asked: How do you create a school culture or even classroom culture in which students strive for success and are expected to strive for success? Today, in Part One of this series, educators Jeffrey Benson, Christopher Lehman, and Barbara Blackburn share their responses. You might also be interested in listening to a ten minute conversation I had with Chris and Heather Wolpert-Gawron (whose written response will appear in Part Two) on my BAM! Radio show. There will be plenty of space for reader suggestions in this...

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7 Essential #CommonCore Reading Strategies

7 Essential #CommonCore Reading Strategies | 21st Century Literacy and Learning | Scoop.it

Among the best attended workshops was a session on “seven essential literacy strategies” for integrating the new standards and preparing for the PARCC exams. Taught by NJCU education dean Allan DeFina, the afternoon session drew more than 50 educators.


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An Inquiry Framework: Levels Of Student Ownership

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4 Ways The Internet Is Making Kids Smarter - Edudemic

4 Ways The Internet Is Making Kids Smarter - Edudemic | 21st Century Literacy and Learning | Scoop.it
The internet brings so much information to our fingertips. It makes doing research a much smoother, faster process, and it enables us to not have to lug around tons of heavy books. We can connect more easily with old friends and new acquaintances.

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Three theoretical perspectives on Information Literacy


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Apps That Rise to the Top: Tested and Approved By Teachers

Apps That Rise to the Top: Tested and Approved By Teachers | 21st Century Literacy and Learning | Scoop.it
Educators from around the country share their favorite educational apps.

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15 Essential Netiquette Guidelines to Share with Your Students

15 Essential Netiquette Guidelines to Share with Your Students | 21st Century Literacy and Learning | Scoop.it

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Free Technology for Teachers: MindMup - A Mind Mapping Tool That Saves to Google Drive

Free Technology for Teachers: MindMup - A Mind Mapping Tool That Saves to Google Drive | 21st Century Literacy and Learning | Scoop.it

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Cultural Shifts: Putting Critical Information Literacy into Practice - E-LIS repository

Cultural Shifts: Putting Critical Information Literacy into Practice - E-LIS repository | 21st Century Literacy and Learning | Scoop.it
LIS_ Cultural Shifts: Putting Critical Information Literacy into Practice: Hicks, Alison Cultural Shifts:... http://t.co/3wUYSc1Mw6 _OAI
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Income Gap Predicts Dropout Gap

Income Gap Predicts Dropout Gap | 21st Century Literacy and Learning | Scoop.it

"In a research paper to be published next week by the National Bureau of Economic Research, Ms. Kearney and Mr. Levine detail robust evidence that young men of low socioeconomic status are more likely to drop out of high school, where the gap between families at the bottom tenth of the income distribution and families in the middle is wider.

 

They challenge their results in many ways, but find nothing that could explain away inequality’s effect. The dropout gap is not because of differences in school spending or differences in incarceration rates. Measures of segregation by income or race don’t account for the difference. Nor, interestingly, does the spectacular acceleration of inequality between the richest and the rest."


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What’s Lost as Handwriting Fades

What’s Lost as Handwriting Fades | 21st Century Literacy and Learning | Scoop.it
Even as the emphasis shifts to the keyboard, experts say that learning to write by hand improves motor skills, memory and creativity.

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, June 7, 2014 9:37 PM

Did you know that the Common Core standards do not require students to learn to write in cursive, but they do require that students become proficient at keyboarding? Recent research is showing that it is important for students to write in cursive. Why?

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“When we write, a unique neural circuit is automatically activated,” said Stanislas Dehaene, a psychologist at the Collège de France in Paris. “There is a core recognition of the gesture in the written word, a sort of recognition by mental simulation in your brain.

There are some states that are still requiring cursive. One wonders if this new research will lead to a shift in Common Core standards.

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Kimberly House's curator insight, June 15, 2014 1:35 PM

I am so happy to see this article. Both keyboarding and handwriting are essential skills. One cannot replace the other. There are critical connections that happen in the handwriting process (as shown in Beth's comment). These connections help with not only spelling but the flow of writing. 

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Planning For Critical Thinking: A 5-Step Model

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Planning For Critical Thinking: A 5-Step Model (Planning For Critical Thinking-A 5 Step Model: http://t.co/paS7ZIhWQl)

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The Gist of the SBAC Performance Task

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The paradigm shift is underway and there is so much to think about and to plan for. Now that Common Core is a household word, what does that mean for the...


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Stop Holding Us Back...in Ninth Grade

Stop Holding Us Back...in Ninth Grade | 21st Century Literacy and Learning | Scoop.it

By Bob Balfanz

 

"There are smarter, more effective ways to lower high school dropout rates" and improve graduation rates.


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Mel Riddile's curator insight, June 9, 2014 11:35 AM

Key Points for School Leaders from “Stop Holding Us Back” by Bob Balfanz

 

"Asking struggling students to repeat a grade under the same circumstances almost guarantees the same result.”

The failure to successfully complete the ninth grade virtually guarantees that the student will drop out.

  • Boys are significantly over-represented in dropouts and in those failing to complete the ninth grade.
  • There is virtually no legal work for dropouts.

Half of the African-American boys who veer off the path to high school graduation do so in just 660 of more than 12,600 regular and vocational high schools

In the high schools where most of the young men are derailed, the number of ninth-grade boys who desperately need better schooling and extra support is typically between 50 and 100.

  • up to half the students to miss a month or more of school
  • more students are suspended in a year than graduate. 

In a 22-school sample Balfanz observed the following:

nearly all ninth-grade students were either too old for their grades

  • had repeated ninth grade
  • needed special education
  • were chronically absent or had academic skills at the seventh grade level or below
  • The norm in this environment is to fail classes and then repeat ninth grade.

Most students do no better the second time around. 

  • Either they drop out then or they may briefly transfer to another school before dropping out later. 
  • This is a highly predictable, almost mechanical course, which is why we call those schools dropout factories.

Most students who eventually drop out can be identified as early as the sixth grade by their attendance, behavior and course performance.

It is possible to identify by the middle of ninth grade virtually everyone who will drop out. 

A recent study of public schools in Chicago shows that getting students back on track in the ninth grade leads to higher graduation rates and that African-American males in particular experience the greatest benefits when schools are reorganized to focus on ninth grade.

What do we need to do on a national scale?  

  • Redesign secondary schools with a focus on freshman year.
  • Pay attention to “early warning indicators”
  • Employ additional adults to support students who need daily nagging and nurturing to succeed, especially during the key transitional years in sixth and ninth grades.
  • Mentor students by showing them how to set goals, apply to college and acquire workplace skills.

 

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Project Based Learning

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Here's a slide show originally presented to teachers at Bertie Academy in the fall of 2013. Explore and learn how to utilize this trending strategy!

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