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You should know these - A List of Useful Educational Websites

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Martin Karlsson's curator insight, May 14, 2014 6:36 AM

So much fun. 

God Is.'s curator insight, May 14, 2014 10:55 AM

I have been to a couple or three of these websites. Great to know there are some others...

Wilko Dijkhuis's curator insight, May 27, 2014 1:45 AM

Nice list to have

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Waldorf method: a booming educational alternative

Waldorf method: a booming educational alternative | A Children's Class with a Difference | Scoop.it
Sílvia Alberich - An instruction without books and new technologies and with a strong bet for the emotional side are the basis of the Waldorf method, an educational alternative implemented in our country 40 years ago.
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New York Open Center's Facebook Wall: Meditation is FREE and can help close the so-called achievement gap between poor inner-city children and their more affluent suburban counterparts.

New York Open Center's Facebook Wall: Meditation is FREE and can help close the so-called achievement gap between poor inner-city children and their more affluent suburban counterparts. | A Children's Class with a Difference | Scoop.it
When a troubled school taught students Transcendental Meditation, suspensions dropped and attendance and students’ grade point averages rose.
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The Struggle to Bring Cognitive Psychology to Schools

The Struggle to Bring Cognitive Psychology to Schools | A Children's Class with a Difference | Scoop.it

Bruner found that even very young children constructed their own knowledge—that is, they made sense of new information based on prior experience and understanding. The job of the teacher was to help students build upon what they already knew.


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Nik Peachey's curator insight, June 10, 4:08 AM

Well worth reading.

David Baker's curator insight, June 16, 10:57 AM
"The job of the teacher was to help students build upon what they already knew. So it didn’t make sense to fill children with facts, which they would forget as soon as the test was over. The goal was to help them recognize relationships between facts. You didn’t have to be a physicist or a historian to understand gravity or the Civil War. But you did need a teacher who could help you think like a physicist or a historian, ordering and analyzing information just like they did."

Interesting insights. Again demonstrating the importance of teaching students to think and make sense of content.

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Do schools kill creativity?

Do schools kill creativity? | A Children's Class with a Difference | Scoop.it

Sir Ken Robinson makes an entertaining and profoundly moving case for creating an education system that nurtures (rather than undermines) creativity.

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15 Characteristics of a 21st-Century Teacher

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15 Characteristics of 21st Century Learners via @edutopia https://t.co/uXTZt5WPuw #edtech #edtechchat https://t.co/KNrktVElSp...


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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, January 22, 3:07 PM

What happened to human and humane qualities i.e. compassion, caring, thoughtful, etc. that suggest teachers answer a call?

valerie wijaya's curator insight, March 18, 10:07 AM

i agree with what the author has said as in order to be a good teacher, you should be able to interest the students and in the 21st century, children are more interested in using technology so using technology in class is a great way to teach. in the future, in order to appeal to their students, i think teachers will start using technology as ways to teach. for example, assigning work online to make it more acessible and easier for students, it also helps the environment and less paper would need to be used. under technology influences, there will be pros and cons. the pros are that students are taught how to do their own research and find out more information online than in the textbook but the cons are that students will also be easily distracted by online games and lose focus on what their original task was. another pro of using technology is that students are able to easily contact teachers to clear up any questions they have about their work via email, call or text. i think both students and teachers will benefit from using technology as they are able to interact more and also be more independant by learning by themselves and learn how to not rely on the teacher too much. 

Nicole Findlay's curator insight, June 2, 4:54 AM
A basic, concise list of characteristics of a 21st century teacher. Keeping these things in mind will help being able to engage them in the classroom. 
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Children’s Daily

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Children’s Daily, by UNICEF Ethiopia: a daily newspaper focusing on children in Ethiopia
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Return to education for children in Ethiopia

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Five ideas to improve teacher quality

Five ideas to improve teacher quality | A Children's Class with a Difference | Scoop.it
Low-performing schools struggle to attract and retain good teachers. This June, in an effort to give more students access to excellent teachers, the United States Department of Education required states to submit “educator equity plans,” meant to identify the root causes of why poor and minority kids receive more inexperienced teachers and fix the problem. …

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The First 6 Weeks: Strategies For Getting To Know Your Students

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The First 6 Weeks: Strategies For Getting To Know Your Students by Mike Anderson One of our primary goals at the beginning of the school…

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Making the Case for Social Media in Schools

Making the Case for Social Media in Schools | A Children's Class with a Difference | Scoop.it
Social media is becoming an essential tool for professional growth, curriculum planning, and student engagement. Twitter, Instagram, Skype, and other platforms offer endless educational possibilities.

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JULIA AVENDAÑO's curator insight, August 11, 2015 9:29 AM

añada su visión ...

Tasia Thompson's curator insight, August 13, 2015 12:28 AM

Inspires me to continue helping Ts be motivated to connect Ss learning/sharing digitally!!

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Microsoft Released A New Website to Help Teachers Use Minecraft in Their Classes

Microsoft Released A New Website to Help Teachers Use Minecraft in Their Classes | A Children's Class with a Difference | Scoop.it

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Do You Want Your Child to Thrive? - World Religion News

Do You Want Your Child to Thrive? - World Religion News | A Children's Class with a Difference | Scoop.it
Featured contributor Keith Wommack discusses the value of spirituality when raising a child and in prepping our youth to face the world's challenges.
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What is natural spirituality? Does it have room in RE classes? Are we neglecting part of our children when bringing them up?

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Stratford High School students make April 25 'The Big Day' - Chron.com

Stratford High School students make April 25 'The Big Day' - Chron.com | A Children's Class with a Difference | Scoop.it
[...] in its second year, this year's Big Day on April 25 was an even bigger day than last year, as around 600 students pitched in to help out people like Newton, spruce up area businesses and the school grounds and generally spread goodwill all...
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A feeding program for children's bodies and souls - Inquirer.net

A feeding program for children's bodies and souls - Inquirer.net | A Children's Class with a Difference | Scoop.it
Inquirer.net A feeding program for children's bodies and souls Inquirer.net Pondo ng Pinoy funding gets the whole lay community involved, to embody the virtues of love and sharing implied in the multiplication of the loaves and fishes, and in...
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Malala Yousafzai Quotes -- OpenQuotes

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Explore the best Malala Yousafzai quotes here at OpenQuotes. Quotations, aphorisms and citations by Malala Yousafzai
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Sugata Mitra – the professor with his head in the cloud

Sugata Mitra – the professor with his head in the cloud | A Children's Class with a Difference | Scoop.it
A generation of children has grown up with continuous connectivity to the internet. A few years ago, nobody had a piece of plastic to which they could ask questions and have it answer back. The Greeks spoke of the oracle of Delphi. We’ve created it. People don’t talk to a machine. They talk to a huge collective of people, a kind of hive. Our generation [Mitra is 64] doesn’t see that. We just see a lot of interlinked web pages.

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, June 7, 5:27 AM

Interesting article on the work of Sugata Mitra.

Peter Mellow's curator insight, June 7, 7:11 PM
Thanks for the link to this article Nik. I've always liked the work of Sugata Mitra after seeing his wonderful TED talk about the hole in the wall work in India.
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Five storytelling techniques to support literacy in the classroom

Five storytelling techniques to support literacy in the classroom | A Children's Class with a Difference | Scoop.it

Storytelling in the classroom can be a powerful way to support literacy. Children can be so absorbed in the tale, they are inspired to retell what they’ve heard to others, motivated to read it for themselves and encouraged to take it further and write their own parts or versions.


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Nik Peachey's curator insight, June 9, 4:11 AM

Some nice tips and ideas.

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How to Teach Kids Empathy Through Dance

How to Teach Kids Empathy Through Dance | A Children's Class with a Difference | Scoop.it

Schools are increasingly using movement and expression as vehicles for teaching kids social-emotional skills.

 

Poindexter is a teaching artist for Dancing Classrooms, a nonprofit based in New York City that brings ballroom dancing to schools primarily in underserved communities.

 

Started by the dancer Pierre Dulaine in 1994, the 10-week program was featured in the 2005 documentary Mad Hot Ballroom and uses ballroom as a vehicle for teaching elementary- and middle-schoolers social-emotional skills like respect and teamwork and, by extension, empathy.

 

For many underprivileged students, in-class time with programs like Dancing Classrooms is the only time they will have regular exposure to the arts

AUDREY CLEO YAP
 


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Putting education first key to unlocking progress across new UN development ... - UN News Centre

Putting education first key to unlocking progress across new UN development ... - UN News Centre | A Children's Class with a Difference | Scoop.it
World leaders and education activists met at the United Nations today for a high-level event to mark the inclusion of education as a transformative stand-alone goal in the new 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
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What does real and authentic engagement look like for students?

What does real and authentic engagement look like for students? | A Children's Class with a Difference | Scoop.it

By Getting Smart Staff - Human beings engage in a task for many different reasons. Here are 26 instincts that motivate a commitment of time and energy.


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What can move people to engage?

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Where the Magic Happens: library maker programs | The Maker Issue

Where the Magic Happens: library maker programs | The Maker Issue | A Children's Class with a Difference | Scoop.it
The maker zeitgeist has evolved far beyond the day when an educator might set objects—say, a box of robotic LEGOs—in a library corner and call it a “maker lab.” Educators are now focusing on how the maker movement can be truly meaningful: it’s not about where making is happening, but about how creating, experimenting, and collaborating impact education. In addition, some high schoolers tinkering their free periods away can discover a passion—sometimes leading to a future educational focus or even scholarship money.

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Pity that in many small libraries, the limited space for a 'maker lab' had to give way for cyberspace...

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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, May 5, 2015 9:05 PM

How to make space for a Maker Space in your library.

Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, August 9, 2015 4:53 PM

How to make space for a Maker Space in your library.


If you are curious about Maker Culture investigate Shannon Mersand's new online class at UW-Stout: EDUC 660 Teaching for Creativity and Innovation: The Maker Culture September 28 - November 20, 2015

Ruth Hall's curator insight, August 11, 2015 8:57 AM

Maker spaces can be multiple locations in the library OR the whole library OR other spaces in the building. Use of bins, portable materials, multiple stations/work spaces. 

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10 herramientas online para crear Mapas Mentales

10 herramientas online para crear Mapas Mentales | A Children's Class with a Difference | Scoop.it

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Marinhos's curator insight, July 8, 2015 2:09 PM

Mapas mentais, elementos na aprendizagem significativa. Recurso que merece toda a atenção de professores. Eu uso com meus alunos.

JUAN NUÑEZ MESINA's curator insight, July 8, 2015 4:34 PM

10 herramientas online para crear Mapas Mentales via @sindofdez http://sco.lt/7EW3JR

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10 herramientas online para crear Mapas Mentales

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Schools should be more like farms, not factories

Schools should be more like farms, not factories | A Children's Class with a Difference | Scoop.it

If we want to transform the failing model, we need a new analogy for how that model is supposed to work, Robinson argues. We treat education like industrial manufacturing when, in reality, it's closer to organic farming. In farming, crop has different needs at different times in order to produce the greatest yield. Why not apply the process to education? 




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jbcassidy's curator insight, July 20, 2015 12:26 AM

This seems like such a more humane way to see students and the educational process!

Rebecca Wilkins's curator insight, July 30, 2015 9:32 PM

He is correct, schools are not factories that create duplicate models of a prototype.  Schools are also not a business, where the latest organizational model makes the system effective.  Schools are more like a community, where everyone works together to accomplish the goals developed collaboratively by all stakeholders in the community.  Notice that state and federal politicians are not in the community.

Koen Mattheeuws's curator insight, August 12, 2015 6:30 AM

Waar je allemaal niet komt met boerenverstand.

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Top 5 Educational and Fun Activity Games for Pre-schoolers

Top 5 Educational and Fun Activity Games for Pre-schoolers | A Children's Class with a Difference | Scoop.it
Few of the top educational and activity games for kids where they can learn with the games basics activities of life.
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A Fresh Look at School Funding - Center For American Progress

These five new ideas for the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act would improve school funding and ensure that low-income students attend better-funded schools.
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