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Five Old School Practices... that will raise student achievement | Annie Murphy Paul

Five Old School Practices... that will raise student achievement | Annie Murphy Paul | AP US History | Scoop.it
More schools are getting rid of "old-fashioned" skills like penmanship and multiplication tables, but research shows students benefit from classic teaching methods.

 

“the key was taking that old-school method and encouraging students to use their knowledge to practice higher-level thinking skills.”

 

Five Old School Practices

Vocabulary - Research confirms that instruction in word roots allows students to learn new vocabulary and figure out the meaning of words in context more easily. Memorization - Rapid mental retrieval of basic facts is a prerequisite for doing more complex, and more interesting, kinds of math Practice - The only way to achieve this “automaticity,” so far as anyone has been able to determine, is to practice. Argumentation - Educational research on argumentation demonstrates that it helps students learn better too. Read Aloud - When students are read to frequently by a teacher, their vocabulary and their grasp of syntax and sentence structure improves.

 

 

 

 


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How do educators get to know what they don’t know?

How do educators get to know what they don’t know? | AP US History | Scoop.it

If you don’t know about something, how would you know to seek PD in that area? This is especially true of learning with technology. I have a master’s degree in educational technology. The fact is that not any of the applications or computers that I learned on, as well as the methodology in the use of those components, exists today. Very little of that degree would be relevant, if I did not continue to learn, adapt and progress with what I know. The same holds true with any degree in any profession.


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Christie Burke's curator insight, November 1, 2013 12:28 PM

Talks about a supported peer-to-peer model of professional development, and the need for ongoing learning across the board. 

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How To Integrate Education Technology With Scaffolding | Edudemic

How To Integrate Education Technology With Scaffolding | Edudemic | AP US History | Scoop.it

Imagine asking students to write a research paper without teaching them how to write an introduction, body and conclusion first. How about writing the equation of the quadratic formula on the board, and just giving students a set of problems to start solving with no prior instruction?

These types of tasks are nearly impossible for students if teachers do not break up the learning process into small chunks aimed at meeting the students where they are and then building on them to create new knowledge, otherwise known as scaffolding.

 

Meeting with several teachers recently calls to mind a couple of instances that serve as a useful reminder why scaffolding not only applies to teaching content, but is also imperative to employ when introducing new technology into the classroom. I want to share experiences from two teachers that I work with and demonstrate how scaffolding would apply to each situation.


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The 5 big mistakes in virtual education

Sometimes Schools are getting wrong the notion of virtual education.

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buket's comment, May 27, 2012 12:35 PM
Thanks again for this great sharing Ms.Pratas:)
LuciaSilva's comment, October 7, 2012 1:37 PM
Very interesting.
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Transformative or just flashy educational tools?

Transformative or just flashy educational tools? | AP US History | Scoop.it

There are a couple tools out now that I see bantered around in educational circles that I just hate! And there are some pretty awesome tools out there that are being used in rather old and traditional ways, and I don’t hate the tool, but I hate the use of them.


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Teaching Listening Skills: 5 ways to listen better | TED.com

Julian Treasure: 5 ways to listen better

 

TED Talks In our louder and louder world, says sound expert Julian Treasure, "We are losing our listening." In this short, fascinating talk, Treasure shares five ways to re-tune your ears for conscious listening -- to other people and the world...


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Once upon a time: The importance of storytelling in leadership

Once upon a time: The importance of storytelling in leadership | AP US History | Scoop.it

Stories work for leaders as a successful communication technique for several reasons. Storytelling translates dry and abstract numbers into compelling pictures of a leader’s goals. Stories convey emotion effectively, and emotion united with a strong idea is persuasive. We remember what we feel and our emotions inspire us to take action. Charts can leave listeners bemused; documents remain unread and dialogue is just too laborious and slow. Although good business cases are developed through the use of numbers, when faced with the task of persuading others to get enthusiastic about a major change, storytelling is the only thing that works. Stories are memorable: research claims that we are up to 22 times more likely to remember a story than a set of disconnected facts.


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60 Inspiring Examples of Twitter in the Classroom

60 Inspiring Examples of Twitter in the Classroom | AP US History | Scoop.it
Teachers around the world have found innovative ways to use Twitter as a teaching tool.

 

Social media offers some great opportunities for learning in the classroom, bringing together the ability to collaborate, access worldwide resources, and find new and interesting ways to communicate in one easily accessible place.

 

Teachers around the world have found innovative ways to use Twitter as a teaching tool, and we’ve shared many of these great ideas here with you. Read on, and we’ll explore 60 inspiring ways that teachers and students can put Twitter to work in the classroom.

 

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http://www.onlineuniversities.com/blog/2011/12/60-inspiring-examples-of-twitter-in-the-classroom/

 


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Martin Luther King Jr.'s speech analyzed

Nancy Duarte analyzes Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s famous “I Have a Dream” speech using principles from her book, Resonate.

 

Today is the 49th anniversary of this famous speech, arguably the most important speech in American history.  May we remember his message forever.  To hear the full speech, see: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IWcPz3TvtCg&feature=player_detailpage


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The History 2.0 Classroom: Back to School App-pack

The History 2.0 Classroom: Back to School App-pack | AP US History | Scoop.it

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The Importance of "21st Century Skills" - MediaCAST Blog

The Importance of "21st Century Skills" - MediaCAST Blog | AP US History | Scoop.it
Lately there has been a fair amount of pressure on educators to cultivate “21st century skills” in their students. But what exactly does this mean?

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Making Interactive Lectures

Making Interactive Lectures | AP US History | Scoop.it

This module on Interactive Lectures provides strategies and specific examples of techniques and activities designed to involve students in large and small lecture-based classes. The module is designed for the instructor who does not want to replace lecture, but rather to enhance and punctuate lecture to create an interactive classroom experience


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Konstantinos Kalemis's comment, August 9, 2012 6:44 AM
Interactive lectures can increase student engagement with course material and facilitate learning. In traditional lectures, the majority of class time is devoted to the instructor’s delivery of information. During interactive lectures, the instructor interrupts the lecture to allow time for short activities.
These activities can take on many forms as discussed later, but they are important in that they allow students to use material learned in class and contribute to their own learning.During lecture breaks, the instructor poses a question or problem that promotes students to actively work with the concepts learned in class. Because learners tend to retain information based on their involvement in the learning process, transforming students from passive receivers of information into active users of information leads to increases in student retention of material.
The idea of incorporating activities within lecture time is often met with the criticism that it wastes time that could be used to cover additional course material. However, sustained lectures that exceed the typical attention span of 10-20 minutes do not ensure that the material is actually reaching students. In fact, students record in their notes a greater percentage of material from short lecture segments than they do from longer lectures. Many of the activities described below take only a few minutes to implement, but still provide important learning opportunities for students.Another benefit of using activities within lectures is that it can create a feedback loop for instructors to get information about student learning earlier than the exam or major assignment date. Seeing students struggle with an activity can be the stimulus for the instructor to review important concepts related to that activity.
In recent years, the lecture has fallen on hard times.
Prominent researchers have raised doubts about its use, claiming that lectures rely on rote learning and fail to promote active engagement. Yet most of us have either attended or delivered wonderful lectures—lectures that have expanded our thinking, provided fresh insights, or opened our eyes to new worlds. Clearly, lectures can be an efficient way of transmitting large amounts of information in a relatively small amount of time.
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Digital distraction in the classroom

Digital distraction in the classroom | AP US History | Scoop.it

Even in this ideal environment, the temptation of digital distraction was too high. I might view this akin to addictive behavior now, and realize that students need more explicit support in order to do the right thing for their learning. I think that the biggest mistake that I made was to fail to have explicit guidelines for use of technology


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The Ultimate list of Free Stock Photos Sites for eLearning

The Ultimate list of Free Stock Photos Sites for eLearning | AP US History | Scoop.it
In this post I will present you The Ultimate list of Free Stock Photos Sites for eLearning. If anyone of you have used one or more of the above Free Stock Photos Sites I will very much appreciate if he/she share with us his experience!

 

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Gust MEES

 

Check out also my Curation about BEST FREE stock photos and editing software:

 

http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-tools-for-teaching-people-and-learners?tag=FREE

 

 

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StraighterLine's comment, November 5, 2012 6:24 AM
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The Flip: End of a Love Affair

The Flip: End of a Love Affair | AP US History | Scoop.it
Most teachers who opt for the flipped classroom strategy are not pursuing a student-centered approach to learning. The traditional model is simply being reversed.

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The 33 Digital Skills Every 21st Century Teacher should Have

The 33 Digital Skills Every 21st Century Teacher should Have | AP US History | Scoop.it

"Every single teacher is concerned about his/ her teaching practices and the skills involved in this process. How many times have you wondered about a better way to teach the same lesson you have delivered to an eariler class? How often have you used technology to engage your students and improve their learning ? These are some recurring questions we keep regurgitating each time our teaching skills are put to the test." 


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GIBS Information Centre / GIBSIC's curator insight, January 30, 2013 10:07 PM

Applies student-levels for tech requirements, also HE

Kathryn LeGrove's curator insight, July 21, 2013 5:46 PM

hope this helps

Miep Carstensen's comment, September 17, 2013 3:52 PM
very useful information with links to delve further and learn vital skills
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Tech Tools for Teachers: Social-bookmarking

Tech Tools for Teachers: Social-bookmarking | AP US History | Scoop.it

Nik Peachey explores social-bookmarking and how we can use it to save bookmarks online to access them from any computer. Nik provides a comprehensive overview article on the use of social-bookmarking, including a list of tools to collate web pages like scrible and Delicious, a downloadable lesson plan, a video screencast tutorial and a printable how-to guide.


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10 Free Web 2.0 Tools And How To Easily Use Them In Your Classroom

10 Free Web 2.0 Tools And How To Easily Use Them In Your Classroom | AP US History | Scoop.it
If you're short on time but looking to learn about some of the coolest and most engaging web 2.0 tools, you're in luck! From Today's Meet to Socrative, there's plenty here for a teacher on the go but in the know.

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50 Great Twitter Chats in Academia

50 Great Twitter Chats in Academia | AP US History | Scoop.it

Check out 50 of the best Twitter chats in academia, offering a great way to get connected and stay informed in the world of education.

 

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http://www.onlinecollege.org/2012/09/09/50-great-twitter-chats-academia/

 


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Free Technology for Teachers: A Free Complete Guide to Evernote

Free Technology for Teachers: A Free Complete Guide to Evernote | AP US History | Scoop.it

Because of Evernote's versatility I highly recommend it to anyone looking for a good note-taking and bookmarking tool.


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Free Photos - Free Images - Royalty Free Photos

Free Photos - Free Images - Royalty Free Photos | AP US History | Scoop.it
Download free and premium high quality photos and illustrations. Our professional, royalty free images can be used in corporate, personal and educational projects.

 

 

 

 

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http://www.freedigitalphotos.net/

 


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Susan Liner Fisher's comment, September 9, 2012 5:49 PM
No Gust, thank you!!
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The 100 Best Video Sites For Educators | Edudemic

The 100 Best Video Sites For Educators | Edudemic | AP US History | Scoop.it

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8 Excellent Free Timeline Creation Tools for Teachers

8 Excellent Free Timeline Creation Tools for Teachers | AP US History | Scoop.it

Creating timelines is another important digital skill to be added to the the 33 digital skills we have compiled before. Students should be able to easily create their own learning timelines and share them with each other.This can have a huge positive impact on their overall learning process. Educational Technology and Mobile Learning has sifted through some of the best free timeline making tools and come up with the list below.

 

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http://www.educatorstechnology.com/2012/08/8-excellent-free-timeline-creation.html

 


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What’s the big deal about Blogging?

What’s the big deal about Blogging? | AP US History | Scoop.it

A writer’s work will quickly improve with a real audience. Writing for an audience of only one is a tedious process. This is the preferred method in education. The writer needs to wait for the composition to be graded. Of course the student writer can always shake off the teacher’s criticism; because the writer is convinced the teacher hates him anyway. With comments from a real audience providing proper feedback, the writer gets a better sense of impact on the audience as well as recognition for accuracy and focus.

 


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10 things parents should unlearn…

10 things parents should unlearn… | AP US History | Scoop.it

I’m not blaming the parents. They need to be partners in their children’s learning and we need to find ways to make this possible and meaningful. But many parents base their opinions on the only model of education with which they are familiar… their own schooling. Even if they are young parents, I’d like to hope schooling has changed since they went to school.


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