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Course-Management Companies Challenge MOOC Providers

Course-Management Companies Challenge MOOC Providers | Education Matters | Scoop.it

"Two software companies that sell course-management systems, Blackboard and Instructure, have entered the race to provide free online courses for the masses. On Thursday both companies plan to announce partnerships with universities that will use their software to teach massive open online courses, or MOOC’s. The companies hope to pull in their own college clients to compete with online-education players like Udacity and Coursera."


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4 Tools To Help Kids Understand Conflict and Self-Control By Danny Wagner

4 Tools To Help Kids Understand Conflict and Self-Control By Danny Wagner | Education Matters | Scoop.it
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Teachers Guide to Creating Educational Visuals Using Google Drawings

Teachers Guide to Creating Educational Visuals Using Google Drawings | Education Matters | Scoop.it
There are several web tools teachers can use to easily design educational visuals, posters and infographics to use in their instruction without the need for any graphics design knowledge.  Two of our favourite tools in this regard are Piktochart and Canva. Google Drawings is another powerful tool that is simple and easy to use and can be utilized to create a wide variety of graphics. The great thing about this tool is that it is integrated with Google Drive making it easy for you to insert your visuals right into Docs and Slides. In today's post we are walking you through the process of how you can go about creating your visual from scratch. Read on to learn more.
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Teachers Guide to Create A Class Website Using The New Google Sites

Teachers Guide to Create A Class Website Using The New Google Sites | Education Matters | Scoop.it
Here is a step by step guide to help you create a website for your class using the new Google Sites. As you probably know, the new Google Sites 'comes with a bunch of extra interesting features that include intuitive technology, integration with G Suite apps, attractive design, ability to track site’s performance using Google Analytics, new colourful templates and many more. To learn more about the difference between classic Sites and new Sites, check out this resource.'
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How Active Listening Builds a Compassionate Classroom

How Active Listening Builds a Compassionate Classroom | Education Matters | Scoop.it

What is active listening? How do we practice it in our daily lives, and especially in our classrooms? Active listening, as we’ll learn, is listening that’s compassionate, connected, and present. It’s a far cry from the way many people listen nowadays, and it takes practice and patience. The benefits to both listener and speaker, how


In the article How to Listen with Compassion in the Classroom, educator Martha Caldwell makes a case for active listening using 7 practices that work in any class.

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26 Research-Based Tips You Can Use in the Classroom Tomorrow

26 Research-Based Tips You Can Use in the Classroom Tomorrow | Education Matters | Scoop.it
Whether you want to increase student engagement or minimize your own stress, you’ll find ideas here.

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Emotional Agility as a Tool to Help Teens Manage Their Feelings - Mindshift

Emotional Agility as a Tool to Help Teens Manage Their Feelings - Mindshift | Education Matters | Scoop.it
Teens who who are able to identify and manage emotions may be better equipped to navigate life situations.

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Why Identity and Emotion are Central To Motivating the Teen Brain

Why Identity and Emotion are Central To Motivating the Teen Brain | Education Matters | Scoop.it
For years, common experience and studies have prescribed that humans learn best in their earliest years of life – when the brain is developing at its fastest. Recently, though, research has suggested that the period of optimal learning extends well into adolescence.

The flurry of new findings may force a total rethinking of how educators and parents nurture this vulnerable age group, turning moments of frustration into previously unseen opportunities for learning and academic excitement.

New evidence shows that the window for formative brain development continues into the onset of puberty, between ages 9 and 13, and likely through the teenage years, according to Ronald Dahl, professor of community health and human development at the University of California, Berkeley. Dahl spoke at a recent Education Writers Association seminar on motivation and engagement.

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5 Powerful Teaching Strategies For Project-Based Learning -

5 Powerful Teaching Strategies For Project-Based Learning - | Education Matters | Scoop.it

Have you ever been sitting at your table thinking about how to start planning for your first, second, or twenty-second project and thought to yourself, “where do I begin?”

From the novice to the seasoned planner, this is a common dilemma. Whether you are just starting out on your journey to a more constructivist approach to student learning or you are already invested in an authentic inquiry based pedagogy, our new series of books will be a support as you continue to deepen your own practice. We have started with the PreK-3 version of the book. However, the strategies are applied at any grade level and for any content area.

Designing authentic challenges with our district or school’s curriculum or our pacing guides requires us to have a flexible planning process. We simplified the process for developing the natural curiosity of kids as it helped us to plan for our students and for the teachers with whom we work and coach. Here’s a preview of the strategies. In the book, they are explored, in detail, with accompanying project examples.

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Mindfulness Is All the Rage—But Does It Work?

Mindfulness Is All the Rage—But Does It Work? | Education Matters | Scoop.it
The research shows that mindfulness reduces student stress and even improves academic outcomes.
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20 Strategic Ways of Successfully Engaging Reluctant Students

20 Strategic Ways of Successfully Engaging Reluctant Students | Education Matters | Scoop.it

Engaging reluctant students is one of our biggest challenges as teachers. Every classroom has at least one of them—those students that just are not willing to come out of their shell. This can happen for a number of reasons. However, if you’re a teacher in this situation, there is hope. It comes from this Mindshift article by Katrina Schwartz. 


She draws on the wisdom of educator Kathy Perez, who works with both special education classes and English language learners. Perez provides a list of 20 clever brain-

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Should emotions be taught in schools?

Should emotions be taught in schools? | Education Matters | Scoop.it
Our feelings can lead us into anxiety, arguments and worse. Some educators believe it’s time to give our kids emotional instruction.

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Adrian Bertolini's curator insight, February 11, 8:58 PM
Research has found that people who are emotionally skilled perform better in school, have better relationships, and engage less frequently in unhealthy behaviors.
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20 Strategic Ways of Successfully Engaging Reluctant Students

20 Strategic Ways of Successfully Engaging Reluctant Students | Education Matters | Scoop.it
Katrina Schwartz discusses 20 unique strategies from educator Kathy Perez focusing on how to go about engaging reluctant students.
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Rethinking how we assess learning in schools

Rethinking how we assess learning in schools | Education Matters | Scoop.it
Our current way of assessing students doesn't let them see the progress they are making over extended periods of time.

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Adrian Bertolini's curator insight, February 6, 5:44 PM
Nice article by Geoff Masters from ACEL hightlighting the paradigm shift required in schools and parents to focus on learning progression not just achievement
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10  Good Strategies to Foster A Growth Mindset Culture in Your Class

10  Good Strategies to Foster A Growth Mindset Culture in Your Class | Education Matters | Scoop.it
In her celebrated book ‘Mindset: The New Psychology of Success’, Stanford university psychologist Carol S. Dweck makes a strong case backed up with  scientific evidence for the power of mindset in shaping one’s success or failure in almost every facet of our life.Those with a fixed mindset mentality tend to be limited in their learning scope believing that their inner traits and abilities are biologically determined. On the other hand, people with a growth mindset embrace change and tend to learn more from life experiences because for them concepts such as skills, abilities and competencies are not fixated  and can be developed through a process of error and trial.

In today’s post, we are sharing with you this handy infographic we created based on Marcus Guido’s post ’10 Ways Teachers Can Instill a Growth Mindset in Students’. Guido walks you through the different strategies you can use with your students to cultivate a growth mindset in your class and ultimately enhance students learning.  Read his post to learn more about each of the strategies featured here.

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Tina Jameson's curator insight, March 23, 6:01 PM
Nice visual to support concept of developing a 'Growth Mindset' in the classroom.
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The key to deep learning? Listen more, risk more, learn more - Alan November

The key to deep learning? Listen more, risk more, learn more - Alan November | Education Matters | Scoop.it
Have you ever taught a lesson really, really well—but not all of your students got it right on the test? Or, as a student, were you ever surprised that you completely blew a question on a test? Stacey Roshan is one of those teachers who cannot accept that her students fail when the material has been covered in class. Stacey’s response to this universal dilemma is to leverage emerging technologies to learn more about how, when, and why her students make mistakes—and her techniques have led to deep learning of difficult math concepts.

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Een inspirerende kijk op 'dieper leren'
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Which Learning Style Works For You?  

It wouldn’t come as a shock for most teachers to hear that the way students learn things differs from child to child. Some may absorb more from a hands-on experiment while others only need to see a diagram. These divergent ways of understanding a concept are called learning styles, and they’re both useful in the classroom and controversial.

Learn more about what defines a learning style, which one fits you best, and how to use them in teaching.

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12 Strong Strategies for Effectively Teaching Critical Thinking Skills

12 Strong Strategies for Effectively Teaching Critical Thinking Skills | Education Matters | Scoop.it
Here are 12 interesting ways to approach teaching critical thinking skills with any of your students, and in any classroom subject.
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How to transform schools into Learning Organisations?

How to transform schools into Learning Organisations? | Education Matters | Scoop.it

Schools nowadays are required to learn faster than ever before in order to deal effectively with the growing pressures of a rapidly changing environment. Many schools however, look much the same today as they did a generation ago, and too many teachers are not developing the pedagogies and practices required to meet the diverse needs of 21st-century learners.

In response, a growing body of scholars, educators and policy makers around the world is making the schools that re-conceptualised the "learning organizations" that can react more quickly to changing external environments, embrace innovations in internal organization, and ultimately Improve student outcomes. Despite strong support for the intuitive appeal of the school as a learning organization, Relatively little progress has been made in advancing the concept, either in research or practice. This lack of progress partly stems from lack of clarity or common understanding of the school as learning organization.


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Carlos Fosca's curator insight, January 2, 2:32 PM

Aunque las recomendaciones se basen en un estudio desarrollado  por la OECD (2016) para escuelas, estas mismas pueden aplicarse también para Instituciones de educación superior como las Universidades. 

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, February 14, 7:15 PM
Schools, in and of themselves, are not learning organizations. It is the people within schools who are the organization and communal aspects. Peter Senge proposed schools as learning organizations two decades ago. I discovered the culture of school is one of isolation that people readily accepted. The key would be to bring people together on a regular basis and in a gradual way. We have too many managers and not enough leaders in schools.
John Rudkin's curator insight, March 5, 4:09 AM
A never ending debate....
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Overcoming 10 Common Obstacles of Game-Based Teaching

Overcoming 10 Common Obstacles of Game-Based Teaching | Education Matters | Scoop.it

Game-based teaching is an exciting adventure for any teacher to embark on with their students. It excites learners and connects them to the curriculum in ways they can appreciate and be attentive to. Unfortunately, like many instructional approaches with a strong technology foundation, there can be difficulties. But with every challenge comes an opportunity to grow and excel. 


In the MindShift article Games in the Classroom: Overcoming the Obstacles, Jordan Shapiro gives us some sage advice on surmounting 10 of the most frequent obstacles faced by teachers adopting game-based learning strategies.

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Using Bloom’s Taxonomy to Write Effective Learning Objectives | TIPS

Using Bloom’s Taxonomy to Write Effective Learning Objectives | TIPS | Education Matters | Scoop.it

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David Alexander's curator insight, February 26, 8:39 AM
for knowing what you're doing when you create a lesson or a module
Margarita Saucedo's curator insight, February 28, 10:25 PM
No pierde su vigencia, pero es necesario saberla aplicar en los distintos contextos
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Using Bloom’s Taxonomy to Write Effective Learning Objectives
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Solving Real-World Issues Through Problem-Based Learning

Solving Real-World Issues Through Problem-Based Learning | Education Matters | Scoop.it

The perfect problem connects content, student interest, and an authentic context.

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10 reasons to use Virtual Reality in the classroom

10 reasons to use Virtual Reality in the classroom | Education Matters | Scoop.it
Although still an emerging technology in terms of recognizing its full potential, virtual reality offers the opportunity to step into places, roles, and experiences that were previously impossible, or at the very least, inaccessible to most.

As Terry Heick said in Why Virtual Reality is So Important, “Through the use of digital technology, virtual realities can be designed precisely for human interaction for very specific reasons to create experiences not otherwise possible.

By suspending disbelief the same way we do when we read a novel or watch a movie, an artificial reality can be designed to enable experiential learning, scenario-based learning, social learning, workplace training, and more. Virtual reality can be used for pure entertainment–digital toys, video games, or to swim with whales.”

Sylvia Duckworth, sketchnoter extraordinaire, put together a graphic of ideas from Maria Galanis and Andrea Trudeau on Top 10 Reasons To Use Virtual Reality In The Classroom to help bring the world (and beyond) to your students with technology.

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, February 13, 4:08 PM
Virtual reality is a complement to real experiences.
Nataliacp's curator insight, March 19, 10:18 PM
The article provides a wide perspective about the advantages of use technology in the classroom. It explains that the students have the opportunities such as: 
• They learn about cultural aspects like the Eifel tower by virtual classes. 
 • They can learn about different and specific places like the ocean and the atmosphere, or explore cities around the word.
 • It promotes curiosity, motivation, and autonomy in the students. • They can learn about past events in a interactive way.
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Empathy Is Tough to Teach, But Is One Of the Most Important Life Lessons

Empathy Is Tough to Teach, But Is One Of the Most Important Life Lessons | Education Matters | Scoop.it
Every person in a child's life can help him or her develop empathy, an important quality for personal and professional success.

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20 Creative Bloom's Taxonomy Infographics Everybody Loves Using

20 Creative Bloom's Taxonomy Infographics Everybody Loves Using | Education Matters | Scoop.it

There is no shortage of Bloom’s Taxonomy infographics online for every teacher. From our own Bloom’s Verbs poster to the resources that can be found on Andrew Churches’ Edorigami, there’s a taxonomy tool for every purpose. (Andrew also created a very helpful chart for checking your lesson components against Bloom’s Digital Taxonomy—you can get it here.)
We’ve got some favorites of our own, too. So we decided to do some digging for some of the best Bloom’s Taxonomy infographics out there, and bring 20 of them to you in this post.

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Why Nurturing Student Creativity is Essential (and 7 Ways to Do It) by Lee Watanabe Crockett

Why Nurturing Student Creativity is Essential (and 7 Ways to Do It) by Lee Watanabe Crockett | Education Matters | Scoop.it
by Lee Watanabe Crockett

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D. R. Hale's curator insight, February 12, 10:59 PM
Creativity is NOT overrated.