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12 Awesome EdTech Tools for 2012-2013

A primer on some of the best free tech tools for teachers.

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Using TV Shows, Movies and Objects to explain Blooms. Are they useful?

Using TV Shows, Movies and Objects to explain Blooms. Are they useful? | 21st Century Literacy and Learning | Scoop.it
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Twenty Tips for Managing Project-Based Learning | Andrew K. Miller

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Twenty Tips for Managing Project-Based Learning via #pblchat @betamiller http://t.co/9ddXlm0K...


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Critical Thinking

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I am interested in this post and post on critical thinking. Is critical thinking a skill?  Can one teach critical thinking? Stephen has delivered the course on Critical Literacies MOOC in the past....

 

Robert H. Ennis, Author of The Cornell Critical Thinking Tests
“Critical thinking is reasonable, reflective thinking that is focused on deciding what to believe and do.”

 

Assuming that critical thinking is reasonable reflective thinking focused on deciding what to believe or do, a critical thinker:

 

1. Is open-minded and mindful of alternatives
2. Tries to be well-informed
3. Judges well the credibility of sources
4. Identifies conclusions, reasons, and assumptions
5. Judges well the quality of an argument, including the acceptability of its reasons, assumptions, and evidence
6. Can well develop and defend a reasonable position
7. Asks appropriate clarifying questions
8. Formulates plausible hypotheses; plans experiments well
9. Defines terms in a way appropriate for the context
10. Draws conclusions when warranted, but with caution
11. Integrates all items in this list when deciding what to believe or do

 

What are the principles of critical thinking?

 

- Knowledge is acquired only through thinking, reasoning, and questioning. Knowledge is based on facts.


- It is only from learning how to think that you learn what to think.


- Critical thinking is an organized and systematic process used to judge the effectiveness of an argument.


- Critical thinking is a search for meaning.


- Critical thinking is a skill that can be learned.


- Do the above principles hold true and won’t change from one domain to the next?

 

Read more, very interesting:

http://suifaijohnmak.wordpress.com/2012/09/16/critical-thinking-2/

 


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David Luigi FUSCHI's comment, April 9, 2013 12:21 AM
Are we sure that Critical Thinking is really appreciated as it should? In my personal experience critical thinker are often opposed if not hunted. Deciding to be a critical thinker may have a high price especially in certain context like industry or management. Definitely it brings better results and can easily foster innovation, but it is hated by man of power and yes-men. I pride myself of constantly trying to be a critical thinker and most of all to be critical of myself and my actions, but I have to say that this has taken me quite a toll in my life, yet I do not regret it. Sorry for stepping in, I do hope this two-penny thought could help in sparkle some discussion on how to foster critical thinking.
Ajo Monzó's comment, April 9, 2013 12:32 AM
Hello David, I agree with you, to be a critical thinker sometimes can be even dangerous, buttheyare the people who move the world...thanks a lot for your comment!
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#criticalthinking 

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Assessing 21st Century Skills with Library of Congress Documents.

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Beyond the Bubble: A New Generation of History Assessments

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Turn your students into historians with primary-source based activities that develop historical thinking skills

Turn your students into historians with primary-source based activities that develop historical thinking skills | 21st Century Literacy and Learning | Scoop.it

Thanks to Mark Raffler – http://twitter.com/markraffler

for generously sharing this, and other, links.

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How Wikis Can Help Schools Organise Their Content

How Wikis Can Help Schools Organise Their Content | 21st Century Literacy and Learning | Scoop.it
By Elly Faden. Students and teachers are embracing web 2.0 technologies with fervour but administrators are not, even though these remarkable tools can provide much needed cost-saving capabilities....

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Introduction - Inclusive Learning Design Handbook

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The Floe Inclusive Learning Design Handbook is a free Open Educational Resource (OER) designed to assist teachers, content creators, Web developers, and others in creating adaptable and personalizable educational resources that can accommodate a diversity of learning styles and individual needs.


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Angela C. Dowd's comment, February 25, 2013 8:58 AM
Floe stands for Flexible Learning for Open Education. Accessible design benefits everyone.
Klara Somogyi's curator insight, August 20, 2013 8:12 AM

guidelines for creating accessible content

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Stanford University Offers Free Entrepreneurial Courses Online

Stanford University Offers Free Entrepreneurial Courses Online | 21st Century Literacy and Learning | Scoop.it
For those of us with a constant thirst for education, Stanford University is currently offering online courses this Fall - for free.

 

 

 

 

 

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http://www.forbes.com/sites/seanrosensteel/2012/09/10/stanford-university-offers-free-entrepreneurial-courses-online/

 


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Comment on, edit, and fill PDF files, Word documents, images and more | Crocodoc

Comment on, edit, and fill PDF files, Word documents, images and more | Crocodoc | 21st Century Literacy and Learning | Scoop.it
Comment on, edit, and fill out PDFs, Word documents, images and more. Highlight text and add comments using our free online document annotator.

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If Content Is King, Multiscreen Is The Queen, Says New Google Study

If Content Is King, Multiscreen Is The Queen, Says New Google Study | 21st Century Literacy and Learning | Scoop.it

New research out from Google, working with market analysts Ipsos and Sterling Brands, puts some hard numbers behind the often-noticed trend of how people in the U.S.


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Teacher's Manual to The Secrets of Evernote

Teacher's Manual to The Secrets of Evernote | 21st Century Literacy and Learning | Scoop.it

Evernote is a web tool that allows users to bookmark, record voicemails, take text and voice notes, upload pictures, docs, PDFs and files, and capture images and information on the web as well as as a software download on your computer or as a plugin for your browser and also as an application for your mobile device.


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Fantastic Resource! Google in Education for Teachers

Fantastic Resource! Google in Education for Teachers | 21st Century Literacy and Learning | Scoop.it

 

Google in Education For Teachers

Find useful resources for Google products and tools, professional development, and opportunities for your students.


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What is Visual Literacy?

What is Visual Literacy? | 21st Century Literacy and Learning | Scoop.it
Research shows that Visual Literacy, “a person’s ability to interpret and create visual information—to understand images of all kinds and use them to communicate more effectively,” is a successful ...
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Sweden’s Newest School System Has No Classrooms

Sweden’s Newest School System Has No Classrooms | 21st Century Literacy and Learning | Scoop.it
There's a whole new classroom model and it's a sight to behold. The newest school system in Sweden look more like the hallways of Google or Pixar and less like a brick-and-mortar school you'd typically see.
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21st Century Learning

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Teachers Guide to The Use of Twitter in Classroom

Teachers Guide to The Use of Twitter in Classroom | 21st Century Literacy and Learning | Scoop.it

As you know Twitter has made such a big jump from just a social netwrok where people get to share their mundane activities to a rigorous learning and teaching activitiy. The potential of Twitter is even way bigger than we might think and I personally depend a lot on it for my professional development .Anyway, to bring you closer to how you can leverage this social media tool in your classroom and to help you learn more about the essentials of ' educational tweeting' I would recommend that you have a look at the guide below .

 

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http://www.educatorstechnology.com/2012/09/teachers-guide-to-use-of-twitter-in.html

 


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How Effective were the Efforts of the Freedmen’s Bureau? | DocsTeach: Activities

How Effective were the Efforts of the Freedmen’s Bureau? | DocsTeach: Activities | 21st Century Literacy and Learning | Scoop.it

Great activity to get students to identify and draw conclusions

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Why Wikipedia Doesn't Belong In The Classroom

Why Wikipedia Doesn't Belong In The Classroom | 21st Century Literacy and Learning | Scoop.it
Wikipedia's stated goal to be a neutral fact-based encyclopedia has enabled it to accumulate an incredible amount of useful information.
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10 Best Success Lessons we learn from Steve Jobs - Videos

10 Best Success Lessons we learn from Steve Jobs - Videos | 21st Century Literacy and Learning | Scoop.it
Infographics on Steve Jobs Life and Success Journey with help of Visual Videos with Entrepreneurs advice, Apple Store, Networking, Interview, inspiring Quotes...

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Mike Cobb's curator insight, May 6, 11:52 AM

we can sure learn a lot from him!

thanks, steve

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Curation is the New Search by Dr. Joyce Valenza [pdf]

Curation is the New Search by Dr. Joyce Valenza [pdf]


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easel.ly | create and share visual ideas online

easel.ly | create and share visual ideas online | 21st Century Literacy and Learning | Scoop.it

Create and share visual ideas online vhemes are visual themes. drag and drop a vheme onto your canvas for easy creation of your visual idea!


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Make Just One Change

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The authors of Make Just One Change argue that formulating one’s own questions is “the single most essential skill for learning”—and one that should be taught to all students. More

They also argue that it should be taught in the simplest way possible. Drawing on twenty years of experience, the authors present the Question Formulation Technique, a concise and powerful protocol that enables learners to produce their own questions, improve their questions, and strategize how to use them.

Make Just One Change features the voices and experiences of teachers in classrooms across the country to illustrate the use of the Question Formulation Technique across grade levels and subject areas and with different kinds of learners. Less

Praise

This book begins with the seemingly simple request to get students to ask their own questions, but at heart it's a book about creating a classroom alive with dialogue, inquiry, and respect for students' minds.       — Mike Rose, author of Why School? Reclaiming Education for All of Us

As the title of this book indicates, Dan Rothstein and Luz Santana believe that education can be transformed if students, rather than teachers, assume responsibility for posing questions. This idea may sound simple, but it is both complex and radical: complex, in that formulating good, generative questions, and being prepared to work toward satisfactory answers, is hardly a simple undertaking; and radical, in the sense that an apparently easy move can bring about a Copernican revolution in the atmosphere of the classroom and the dynamics of learning. The authors modestly quote physicist Niels Bohr who once said, ‘An expert is someone who has made all possible mistakes in a field and there are no more to be made.’ In reading this powerful work, I was reminded of what Albert Einstein said, when he learned of Jean Piaget’s pioneering questioning of young children: ‘so simple only a genius could have thought of it.’       — Howard Gardner, The John H. and Elisabeth A. Hobbs Professor of Cognition and Education, Harvard Graduate School of Education

[The authors] provide . . . an inspiring vision of education at its best and an extraordinarily clear, low-tech, practical intellectual tool for turning that vision into reality.       — from the foreword by Wendy D. Puriefoy, president, Public Education Network
The protocols described in this book are easy to follow and adaptable to a variety of classrooms and subjects. These simple strategies can lead students to go into more depth in their learning and stretch the standard curriculum beyond the textbook. Students’ energy, motivation, and perseverance increase noticeably when they have more ownership of the topics they are studying.       — Hayley Dupuy, sixth-grade math and science teacher, J. L. Stanford Middle School, Palo Alto, California

Just when you think you know all you need to know, you ask another question and discover how much more there is to learn.       — Sixth-grade student, J. L. Stanford Middle School, Palo Alto About the Authors

Dan Rothstein and Luz Santana are codirectors of The Right Question Institute (RQI). They have more than twenty years experience at RQI, designing and implementing innovative, participatory educational programs and curricula. Prior to his work with RQI, Rothstein developed and implemented education programs in Kentucky, Massachusetts, and Israel. Santana is a former advocate for low-income parents and families.


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The Teacher’s Quick Guide To Education Technology

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Technology has become an integral part of our daily lives: we use it to learn, to shop, to pay bills, and to entertain ourselves. Not surprisingly, younger generations are heavily influenced by computers in a way that changes the way they retain information and the ways they develop opinions about culture.


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Digital Learning Teaches Data Retrieval, NOT Knowledge

Digital Learning Teaches Data Retrieval, NOT Knowledge | 21st Century Literacy and Learning | Scoop.it

The Internet provides information, but not necessarily knowledge. And the mashups are mistaken for the original culture.


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