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A New Study Shows Huge International Variations In Skills

A New Study Shows Huge International Variations In Skills | 21st Century Literacy and Learning | Scoop.it
The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development just produced new research on adult literacy, numeracy and problem-solving skills in 22 countries.
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Visual Literacy Ppt Presentation

Visual Literacy Ppt Presentation | 21st Century Literacy and Learning | Scoop.it
Visual Literacy Ppt Presentation - A PowerPoint presentation (Hurray!
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22 iPad Alternatives to the Book Report.

22 iPad Alternatives to the Book Report. | 21st Century Literacy and Learning | Scoop.it
Tweet Tweet  Upon hearing that they will have to read another book students usually roll their eyes and moan in disagreement. So to make the reading process more fun for them we let them chose...

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BookChook's curator insight, October 15, 2013 1:05 AM

Aimed more at high school students, nevertheless, useful ideas for kids to create more than the traditional book report, using iPads. 

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 Tweet Tweet  Upon hearing that they will have to read another book students usually roll their eyes and moan in disagreement. So to make the reading process more fun for them we let them chose...

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Upon hearing that they will have to read another book students usually roll their eyes and moan in disagreement. So to make the reading process more fun for them we let them chose their own book and their own creative assignment.

 

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How Deductive Thinking Can Drive Student-Designed Research

How Deductive Thinking Can Drive Student-Designed Research | 21st Century Literacy and Learning | Scoop.it
How Deductive Thinking Can Drive Student-Designed Research by Jane Healey, Ph.D. I specialize in an odd subject—research. I teach students to select a subject area, pick a topic, craft a question, design a prospectus, follow through...

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Mary Perfitt-Nelson's curator insight, October 15, 2013 6:13 AM

Love this!  Start big..............find the questions......Good questions are key to solving problems!

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Your 4 Biggest Social Media Questions--Answered

Your 4 Biggest Social Media Questions--Answered | 21st Century Literacy and Learning | Scoop.it
At the Inc. 5000 conference, business owners got a chance to ask a panel of experts anything they wanted to know about social media. Here's what they learned.

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Apple Launches Apps for Teachers Category

Apple Launches Apps for Teachers Category | 21st Century Literacy and Learning | Scoop.it

"In recognition of the widespread use of iPad sin schools and general education, Apple recently released a new "Apps for Teachers" http://bit.ly/16HvwHx category in the App Store. You'll find them listed among a wide and extensive list of categories under the "Education Collection" banner."


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csleynse's curator insight, November 4, 2013 11:17 AM

Utility and project based learning apps for teachers and specialists. Worth checking out!

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carldowse's curator insight, January 19, 2014 8:43 AM

Productivity and teaching apps - old and new -  listed and even easier to find now

Monika Macias's curator insight, February 22, 2014 12:10 AM

Apple finally gives us our own category! 

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Effective Writing Instruction.

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Explee - What is Explee?

Explee is an animated video editing tool that gives impact to your ideas. Take your best pitch and either use text-to-speech, professional voiceover or your ...

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Sam Seegars's curator insight, October 14, 2013 3:28 PM

neat little tool that's easy to use

 

Dean Mantz's curator insight, October 24, 2013 10:35 AM

Thank you Ana for sharing this animation video tool.  I see this being the students answer to the organization that animated Sir Ken Robinson's presentation on changing Education Paradigms http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zDZFcDGpL4U 

Lori Johnson's curator insight, October 26, 2013 5:48 PM

Amazing. Would be great for student presentations

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Young People Are Not as Digitally Native as You Think

Young People Are Not as Digitally Native as You Think | 21st Century Literacy and Learning | Scoop.it
A study found that South Korea leads the world in its percentage of youth who have used the Internet for at least five years. At the bottom of the list is the Pacific island of Timor-Leste.

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Lazy teaching: how showing movies of novels stymied literary development - The Australian

Lazy teaching: how showing movies of novels stymied literary development - The Australian | 21st Century Literacy and Learning | Scoop.it
Lazy teaching: how showing movies of novels stymied literary development
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Increasingly in contemporary Australian schooling, great store is placed on what is described as "visual literacy".
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Scoop.it in Seven Tools for Finding Great Content to Share

Scoop.it in Seven Tools for Finding Great Content to Share | 21st Century Literacy and Learning | Scoop.it

"Content - Not enough time to find the best content to share with your audience? Too many articles to read to keep up with what's going on in your industry?"


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Something for most tastes and styles herein...

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Awesome content to build your brand!

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How to get your content to be seen by more people through content curation and other social media tricks.

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John Hattie: Visible Learning Pt1. Disasters and below average methods.

Part 1 of edited highlights of a talk given by John Hattie who has led a team at Auckland University, New Zealand which compares the effect on learning of ov...

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4 Phases of Inquiry-Based Learning: A Guide For Teachers

4 Phases of Inquiry-Based Learning: A Guide For Teachers | 21st Century Literacy and Learning | Scoop.it
4 Phases of Inquiry-Based Learning: A Guide For Teachers 1. Interaction Big Idea: Dive into engaging, relevant, and credible media forms to identify a “need” or opportunity for inquiry The first phase of inquiry-based learning is...

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Mary Perfitt-Nelson's curator insight, October 11, 2013 4:04 PM
Learning focuses around a meaningful, ill-structured problem that demands consideration of diverse perspectivesAcademic content-learning occurs as a natural part of the process as students work towards finding solutionsLearners, working collaboratively, assume an active role in the learning processTeachers provide learners with learning supports and rich multiple media sources of information to assist students in successfully finding solutionsLearners share and defend solutions publicly in some manner”
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According to Indiana University Bloomington, Inquiry-based learning is an “instructional model that centers learning on a solving a particular problem or answering a central question. There are several different inquiry-based learning models, but most have several general elements in common:

Learning focuses around a meaningful, ill-structured problem that demands consideration of diverse perspectivesAcademic content-learning occurs as a natural part of the process as students work towards finding solutionsLearners, working collaboratively, assume an active role in the learning processTeachers provide learners with learning supports and rich multiple media sources of information to assist students in successfully finding solutionsLearners share and defend solutions publicly in some manner”

The process itself can be broken down into stages, or phases, that help teachers frame instruction. The model we’ve created can be used as a guide for teachers, as it includes teacher and student indicators at each stage, ideal “tones” of each phase, and even apps that can support that phase as well.

Inquiry-based learning is an approach that can easily accommodate project-based learning, challenge-based learning, place-based education, blended learning, and other trends in education.

4 Phases of Inquiry-Based Learning: A Guide For Teachers

1. Interaction

Big Idea: Dive into engaging, relevant, and credible media forms to identify a “need” or opportunity for inquiry

The first phase of inquiry-based learning is one characterized by interaction. This interaction can be:

Student-to-material. This material is ideally obtained through formal (i.e., research) and informal (e.g., reading, social and digital media, collaboration) means. It can be modeled or supplemented by teacher-provided materialsStudent-to-peer. This interaction is chosen by teacher or student, informed by need for information and perspectiveStudent-to-expert (experts within relevant fields at accessible levels)Student-to-media (digital, text, pure data, etc.)

The nature of inquiry is ideally both curiosity-based and fluid. Narrow criteria, restrictive rubrics, and other traditional artifacts of “school work” can stifle inquiry at this point of the learning process. The teacher’s role at this point in the learning process is focused on resources, modeling curiosity, and cognitive coaching.

Tone: Open-minded, curious, unburdened, playful

Student Indicators: actively skims a variety of media, follows curiosity, responds with awe, dwells with certain media depending on curiosity or perceived utility; seeks out peers for ideas and resources

Teacher Indicators: models curiosity, thinks-aloud when interacting with disparate media, asks probing questions, withholds evaluative statements, provides exemplars, monitors and encourages student thinking habits

Apps: FlipBoard, Pocket, Podkicker, Zotero

Appropriate Questions: What sources of information are available to me? What do others around me know? What’s worth studying? What possibilities, problems, or situations tend to interest me? What types of experiences, perspectives, and data are available to me? When am I at my best?

2. Clarification

Big Idea: Summarizing, paraphrasing, and categorizing learning with teacher or expert support.

This happens by analyzing data, identifying and clarifying misconceptions, and otherwise “getting a feel” for the scale, nature, and possibility of selected topics of inquiry.

After skimming, reading, watching, and otherwise interacting with a variety of media, this stage of the inquiry process is centered around students clarifying both their own thinking, and the nature of “things” around them: ideas for projects, scientific challenges, opportunities for revision, need for design thinking, a new scale to tackle persistent problems, etc.

Thinking patterns are both inward and reflective, and outward and communicated. In that way, students both reflect on their own knowledge, while beginning to identify possible pathways forward.

Tone: Slightly more focused, reflective, independent, cautious

Student Indicators: Paraphrases understanding in familiar language; resists looking for “answers” and “solutions”; distinguishes between fact and opinion; evaluates the credibility and relevance of sources; focused on possibility

Teacher Indicators: offers non-evaluative and frequent feedback; provides relevant graphic organizers and other ways to “frame” student thinking; asks probing questions that focus on student thinking: what they know and why they think they know it;

Appropriate Questions: What’s the big picture here? What are the pieces and how do they fit? What’s accessible, and what’s not? What’s possible? Am I missing critical data, perspectives, or opportunities for collaboration that could further clarify my thinking? What do I seem to understand, and how do I know?

Apps: MindMeister, WordPress, Google+, Quora, reddit

3. Questioning

Big Idea: Asking questions to drive continued, self-directed inquiry

The questioning phase is a critical phase of the inquiry-based learning process, if for no other reason than misunderstandings, lack of organization, uneven confidence, or an inability to see the “big picture” surface here more clearly than other phases.

Students and teachers alike must also be able to trust the nature and patterns of inquiry that are often recursive and iterative: They often move back and forth between phases, and new skills and understandings can be obtained in frustratingly small increments. Inquiry-based learning is more about the process, tone, and instincts of learning than other “tidier” academic forms, which can require both students and teachers to adjust their measures of progress, quality, and success.

Tone: Creative, confident, interdependent

Student Indicators: Curious, precise with questions, self-monitoring, big-picture thinking, little-picture application

Teacher Indicators: models questioning, thinks-aloud in revising irrelevant or otherwise flawed questions; models use of concept-mapping tools to analyze thinking; hosts QFT sessions and Socratic seminars

Appropriate Questions: What’s worth understanding? Where are my knowledge gaps? What is both within and beyond my reach? What have I done in the past that can help me in this situation moving forward?

Apps: Evernote, MindMeister, twitter, Quora, reddit

4. Design

Big Idea: Designing an accessible, relevant, and curiosity-driven action or product to culminate and justify inquiry

At this final stage of the inquiry-based learning process, learners are focused on design.

Design of solutions to address problems within a manageable scaleDesign of logical and curiosity-based applications of current understandingDesign of next steps to extend their own learning pathway

Tone: Creative, restrained, calculating

Appropriate Questions: What now? What audience makes sense for this research? Where can I do “good work”? What would be “cool”? What have others before me done?

Apps: Posts, Mextures, Inkist, Google Drive, DesignPad, Foldify

Student Indicators: Clarifies thinking, busy, self-directed, uncertain but efficacious, follows curiosity

Teacher Indicators: Creates “conditions and means” for collaboration; identifies areas for revision, reflects back on entire process (i.e., “how we get to this point”)

4 Student Questions For Post-Phase Reflection

After the inquiry-based learning process is “finished” (for the purposes of classroom work, publishing, grading, etc.), it can be helpful for students to reflect in the inquiry-based learning process through questions such as:

What skills did I depend on?What do I now understand more deeply, and how do I know?If I had more time or resources, what else could I have done?What is the role of inquiry in learning?

10 Adjustments To Your Teaching To Accommodate Inquiry-Based Learning:

1. Design rubrics to support inquiry

2. Model deep, extended critical thinking

3. Build “thinking stamina”

4. Adjusting grading processes to accommodate new learning approach

5. Encourage but don’t require collaboration

6. Clarify value of mistakes and uncertainty

7. Design physical learning spaces to promote interaction, access to digital and physical media, and spontaneous collaboration

8. Artfully design spaces with color, light, and furniture

9. Work with teachers across content areas and grade levels to increase “gravity” of student work

10. Connect students with experts and local organizations to embed

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Connect the Dots to Personalize Learning

Connect the Dots to Personalize Learning | 21st Century Literacy and Learning | Scoop.it
Instead of adding Personalized Learning as a new initiative, consider connecting initiatives and programs under the Personalized Learning umbrella.
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Frame: Response to Learning for all learners - included UDL.

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Early learning conversations / Effective pedagogy / Media gallery / Curriculum stories / Kia ora - NZ Curriculum Online

Early learning conversations / Effective pedagogy / Media gallery / Curriculum stories / Kia ora - NZ Curriculum Online | 21st Century Literacy and Learning | Scoop.it
I love this video of Chris Bradbeer, Stonefields School working with the puppet mascot Roxy to coach a young writer. http://t.co/2PI8lHG2Fn
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You can increase your intelligence: 5 ways to maximize your cognitive potential

You can increase your intelligence: 5 ways to maximize your cognitive potential | 21st Century Literacy and Learning | Scoop.it

"One should not pursue goals that are easily achieved. One must develop an instinct for what one can just barely achieve through one's greatest efforts." —Albert Einstein


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David Hain's curator insight, October 15, 2013 2:56 AM

Well argued and practical article cahllenging conventional wisdom that we're stuck with what we have...

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Why Aren't Companies Getting Graduates With the Skills They Need? - Wall Street Journal

Why Aren't Companies Getting Graduates With the Skills They Need? - Wall Street Journal | 21st Century Literacy and Learning | Scoop.it
Why Aren't Companies Getting Graduates With the Skills They Need?
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What the World Would Look Like If Countries Were As Big As Their Online Populations

What the World Would Look Like If Countries Were As Big As Their Online Populations | 21st Century Literacy and Learning | Scoop.it
Helloooooo China! (RT @Stephharvey49: http://t.co/1QM9gaYtbl This info graphic gives much insight into Internet use around the world.
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How did you learn how to learn?

How did you learn how to learn? | 21st Century Literacy and Learning | Scoop.it
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Article concludes:Stop experimenting with disproven methods and apply the results of a century of experimentation we’ve already done. Make sure the people driving the school bus want to get the kids where they want to be… not drive certain kids to a certain part of town to park and sell them junk food, not to scrap the bus, nor to sell it for parts.""

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, October 14, 2013 12:46 PM

The arts, in any form, serves as a learning stimululant. They give rise to a balanced way of being and learning.

 

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Want to learn? Let me walk you through it

Want to learn? Let me walk you through it | 21st Century Literacy and Learning | Scoop.it
Douglas Anderson on the results of his active approach to pedagogy
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"Learning is not a function of classrooms, intellectual categories or encrusted cultural habits. It is rather about moving together through life in thoughtful, creative ways."

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Ten session plan ideas for teaching digital footprint

Also available to download in epub format in order to read on tablets, ereaders, etc at https://www.dropbox.com/s/pgemk5mgp8avyx7/Ten%20Session%20Plan%20Ideas%2

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Anthony Beal's curator insight, October 14, 2013 5:26 AM

Some excellent lesson plans for teaching digital footprint by Scott Hibberson. Includes how your digital footprint can affect employability, your Facebook footprint, making a good impression online and the Google yourself challenge.  

Elizabeth Hutchinson's curator insight, October 14, 2013 1:39 PM

Great resource , thanks for sharing, Anthony!

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Reading: Expert Insight | AdLit.org

Reading: Expert Insight | AdLit.org | 21st Century Literacy and Learning | Scoop.it
AdLit.org offers resources (articles, research, teaching strategies, book recommendations) for parents and educators of struggling adolescent readers and writers.
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9 tools for creating great animations

9 tools for creating great animations | 21st Century Literacy and Learning | Scoop.it

Creating animations has always been considered as one of the most complex aspects of graphic design that requires specific software and technological expertise. It is a time-intensive activity that requires heavy software and high speed computers.

However, over the past few years, the emergence of different online presentation and animation tools have simplified the process of creating animations...


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Willemijn Schmitz's curator insight, October 13, 2013 7:29 AM

Volgens mij wordt HTML5 de nieuwe norm.

Ramon Pavia's curator insight, October 16, 2013 2:08 AM

It is HTLM5 based. So... follow it, my friend!

Raza Khan's curator insight, March 17, 2014 11:53 PM

Found some really interesting tools, that I think will come handy for assignment 2

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Getting Started Using Video Games in the Classroom

Getting Started Using Video Games in the Classroom | 21st Century Literacy and Learning | Scoop.it
Game Based Learning is quickly becoming a norm in terms of implementation and strategies in many classrooms around the globe, but will all the talk it sure can be overwhelming in terms of thinking abo (Q: How would you start using video games in...

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