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Apps in Education: Geography and Science - Cross over apps

Apps in Education: Geography and Science - Cross over apps | Academic Matters for Parents | Scoop.it

"There are a number of apps that are being released that give us direct and instant access to real time data to events and happenings around the world. These apps allow the students in the classroom to have the same data and information that authorities, scientists and researcher have. This is important form the students point of view as it makes the learning more real."


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10 Incredible iPad Apps for Education

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via TNW Learning is rarely fun; it’s even less fun when being taught within the confines of a lecture hall or classroom. While this may be true, there’s no reason why you can’t make the process mor...
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To a Bright Kid With Trouble(s)

To a Bright Kid With Trouble(s) | Academic Matters for Parents | Scoop.it
Tamara Fisher is a K-12 gifted education specialist for a school district located on an Indian reservation in northwestern Montana and past president of the Montana Association of Gifted and Talented Education.
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Mapping Media to the Curriculum » What do you want to CREATE today?

Mapping Media to the Curriculum » What do you want to CREATE today? | Academic Matters for Parents | Scoop.it

Wes Freyer's awesome interactive resource for product-based learning.

 

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Gust MEES

 

Great examples how one can use 21st Century tools in the classroom while every part is well described with "Definition", *Workflow", *Tools", "Workshop Description"... This is how it should be, take it as a very good practice example!

 

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Read more, a MUST:

http://maps.playingwithmedia.com/

 


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Ariel Muñoz Prado's curator insight, January 11, 2013 8:22 AM

¿No estaremos hablando de una Educación Transmedia? De mejorar la experiencia del usuario universitario, combinar conocimientos y TIC`s en la construcción del conocimiento en el aula...

Paula Correia's curator insight, April 29, 2013 11:23 AM

"Como educadores do século 21, devemos oferecer oportunidades para que os alunos demonstrem o domínio e compreensão do currículo, não só com texto, mas também com imagens, áudio e vídeo".Wesley Fryer.

Website muito interessante que disponibiliza : definições, video exemplos, WORKFLOW, Ferramentas e tutoriais (Mapa de médias para o currículo)

 

Melissa Cooper's curator insight, October 8, 2013 7:14 AM

A great resource list for a variety of tools

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'Curious George' Boosts Children's Science, Math Skills, Study Finds

'Curious George' Boosts Children's Science, Math Skills, Study Finds | Academic Matters for Parents | Scoop.it
Education Week staff writer Nirvi Shah and contributing writer Ross Brenneman explore some of the nonacademic issues that bear on students’ learning.
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When Parents No Longer Have a Say

When Parents No Longer Have a Say | Academic Matters for Parents | Scoop.it

Interesting piece on the effect of education standards and "accountability" on the parent teacher relationship and the assumptions in play.

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Paul Tough is Way Off-Base. And Stop Saying "Grit" | National Education Policy Center

Paul Tough is Way Off-Base. And Stop Saying "Grit" | National Education Policy Center | Academic Matters for Parents | Scoop.it
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Condoleezza Rice: Education Could Be 'Greatest National Security Challenge' | PBS NewsHour | March 20, 2012

Condoleezza Rice: Education Could Be 'Greatest National Security Challenge' | PBS NewsHour | March 20, 2012 | Academic Matters for Parents | Scoop.it
A new Council on Foreign Relations report spelled out the need for more science, history and foreign languages in U.S. schools -- and linked education to national security interests.

 

JEFFREY BROWN: It's by now a familiar warning: Our public schools are not adequately educating our children.

A new report put out by the Council on Foreign Relations frames the risk in a global context, impacting both our economic and military might -- among its recommendations, expanding a core curriculum in school districts across the country beyond an emphasis on reading and math to include more science, technology, history, and foreign languages, offer students more choice and competition to public schools, and launch a national security readiness audit to raise awareness and hold schools accountable.

The 30-member task force was headed by former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and former New York City schools chancellor Joel Klein.


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Khan Academy and Technology Cannot Replace Teachers | Tap Into Teen Minds

Khan Academy and Technology Cannot Replace Teachers | Tap Into Teen Minds | Academic Matters for Parents | Scoop.it
Can Khan Academy, iPad & other online educational technology resources replace teachers? Tap Into Teen Minds and Andy Hargreaves don't think so and this is why.

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Free Technology for Teachers: Create Simple Narrated Photostories with Pixntell

Free Technology for Teachers: Create Simple Narrated Photostories with Pixntell | Academic Matters for Parents | Scoop.it

"Pixntell is an iPad app for quickly creating simple narrated photostories. To create a story using Pixntell all that you need to do is start a new project, select some images, place them in order, and then start talking about each of your pictures. You control the timing for each image. If you want to talk about your first picture for twenty seconds, your second picture for just three seconds, and your third picture for fifteen seconds, you can do that. When your project is complete you can upload it directly to YouTube, share it on Facebook, or send to friends via email."


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Assessing the Quality of an Elementary School

Assessing the Quality of an Elementary School | Academic Matters for Parents | Scoop.it
Education policy maven Rick Hess of the American Enterprise Institute think tank offers straight talk on matters of policy, politics, research, and reform. Follow Rick and AEI's Education Program on Twitter http://twitter.com/AEIeducation.
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My private school guilt

My private school guilt | Academic Matters for Parents | Scoop.it
I believe in public education, but I made a different choice for my son.
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Dissecting Frogs Without the Guts: Frog Dissection Biology App

Dissecting Frogs Without the Guts: Frog Dissection Biology App | Academic Matters for Parents | Scoop.it

"We came across this cool little app for dissecting frogs without the blood and guts. The virtual frog dissection biology app is a great alternative or supplement to traditional frog dissections in biology classrooms. It features dissection tools like pins, markers, scissors, scalpels and forceps, and has detailed labels and information on frog classification and their life-cycle. It also has a quiz section and works on iPads, desktops, laptops, netbooks and interactive whiteboards."


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Boy Friendly Schools

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American 4th Graders Among Top Readers in Global Study

American 4th Graders Among Top Readers in Global Study | Academic Matters for Parents | Scoop.it
The United States has gained ground against countries that are top performers in the 2011 PIRLS, or Progress in International Reading Literacy Skills, improving to far above the international average, the latest results show.
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Finally some good new in American public education....

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Massive Open Online Courses Are Multiplying at a Rapid Pace

Massive Open Online Courses Are Multiplying at a Rapid Pace | Academic Matters for Parents | Scoop.it
Massive open online courses are the educational happening of the moment. Everyone wants in. No one is quite sure what they’re getting into.
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20 Educational Apps Approved By Parents - Edudemic

20 Educational Apps Approved By Parents - Edudemic | Academic Matters for Parents | Scoop.it

The influx of technology into parenting and the day-to-day lives of children is too big to ignore.


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'Soft Skills' Pushed as Part of College Readiness

'Soft Skills' Pushed as Part of College Readiness | Academic Matters for Parents | Scoop.it

Resiliency, grit, and self-efficacy are among the so-called "soft skills" increasingly being viewed as vital for college success. (love the reference to self-soothing... almost like sleep training for big kids)

 

 

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How can you finance a private school education? Learn from the experts

How can you finance a private school education? Learn from the experts | Academic Matters for Parents | Scoop.it
You've gone to the open houses, had coffee and conversation with the heads of schools, arranged for shadow days and begun the application process, but one thing...
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5 Excellent Presentation Apps for Teachers

5 Excellent Presentation Apps for Teachers | Academic Matters for Parents | Scoop.it

"In today's post, we are highlighting some very useful iPad apps that can complete the work you do on your laptop and netbook. These presentation apps will allow you to take your presenting experience wherever you go."


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9 Outstanding Apps to Teach Creative Writing

9 Outstanding Apps to Teach Creative Writing | Academic Matters for Parents | Scoop.it

"Creative writing is something students get to learn by the frequency of practice, the more they practice the better they become.Some students develop a negative attitude towards writing because they were never been shown the real joy they can get in engaging in such an act. The traditional way of teaching writing is no longer working. We can not provide a pen and blank paper and expect our students to produce solid pieces of writing. This is a process of commitment, students need to feel connected to the writing task they are immersed in, they need to love it and to love it they need to see why they need to write after all."


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Educational Leadership:Students Who Challenge Us:Practices to Engage All Learners

Educational Leadership:Students Who Challenge Us:Practices to Engage All Learners | Academic Matters for Parents | Scoop.it

"......For as long as he could remember, Jimmy had a hard time in school. For him, school was one disappointment after another. Although initial standardized test scores showed Jimmy had an aptitude for learning, his daily performance indicated otherwise. At school, Jimmy felt a whittling down and chipping away at his identity and self-esteem. He attended school, but he had given up. At-risk students like Jimmy come in all shapes and forms. They tend not to fit in at school. Some are withdrawn and quiet, and others are disruptive or rebellious. Academically, they often perform below their expected grade level (National Mentoring Partnership, 2007). Many are truant and come from homes with high mobility rates and lower socioeconomic status; some must work more than 20 hours each week to support their families (Hammond, Linton, Smink, & Drew, 2007). How can teachers support students like Jimmy? One clue is to examine the practices of teachers who are effective with such students. One of the authors, James Riegert (2009), interviewed, observed, and conducted a focus group with six high school teachers who were nominated by multiple colleagues and peers across 26 school districts in a midwestern U.S. city for their success in working with at-risk students. The teaching experience of these six teachers ranged from 10 to 35 years. Although these six teachers worked exclusively with at-risk students, mostly in alternative settings, they had much to say that could apply in a regular classroom. To create classrooms that engage all learners, these six teachers focused on five interrelated practices:

 

1. Create Bonds

 

A major part of teaching is building relationships. Teachers must intentionally establish and maintain bonds with students as students progress through their coursework. But at-risk students often are not easy to bond with. Many withdraw from their teachers or challenge teacher rules and expectations…...

 

2. Persevere Through Difficulties

 

When creating relationships with students, these teachers don't take no for an answer. They repeatedly and persistently exert the energy and strength necessary to create and sustain challenging relationships. They are determined, and they persevere. As Becky explained, "I do everything in my power to stay patient and hang on to kids……."

 

3. Differentiate and Be Flexible

 

As educators, we chose teaching because of our passion for students and our subject area. The challenge is to connect the curriculum with students' interests and passions. One way to begin is by selecting instructional strategies that respond to students' needs rather than beginning with strategies that are tied to curriculum (Tomlinson & Javius, 2012)……

 

4. Make Curriculum Relevant

 

The work of a teacher is to provide students with clear objectives, guidelines, and feedback and to support their next steps in growth (Tomlinson & Jarvis, 2012). If that task is not complex enough, students, especially at-risk students, will want to understand how the material they are learning is relevant to their lives.....

 

5. Start Fresh Daily

 

All of these teachers provided their students with fresh starts every day. "Teachers need to look at these kids knowing that every day is a new day. You cannot … harbor anger toward them," said Bohdan. Donna stressed the need to suspend judgment and not jump to hasty conclusions: "You cannot be judgmental. You just cannot do it, because if you are, they won't take any chances with you...."


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Studies Link Students' Boredom to Stress

Studies Link Students' Boredom to Stress | Academic Matters for Parents | Scoop.it
Students may say a teacher's lesson is boring, a researcher says, when frustration is really what they feel.
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Apps in Education: Geography and Science - Cross over apps

Apps in Education: Geography and Science - Cross over apps | Academic Matters for Parents | Scoop.it

"There are a number of apps that are being released that give us direct and instant access to real time data to events and happenings around the world. These apps allow the students in the classroom to have the same data and information that authorities, scientists and researcher have. This is important form the students point of view as it makes the learning more real."


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How Students Can Create Their Own e-Textbooks On An iPad

How Students Can Create Their Own e-Textbooks On An iPad | Academic Matters for Parents | Scoop.it
Two of the most powerful apps on the iPad may be completely invisible: iBooks and the Camera Roll.

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