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Video: Five ways to improve education through technology

This is a quick presentation about how technology impacted in education improvement within the last few years.

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7 Social Media Strategies Every Teacher Needs to Learn Today and Teach Tomorrow - Brilliant or Insane

7 Social Media Strategies Every Teacher Needs to Learn Today and Teach Tomorrow - Brilliant or Insane | Education Matters | Scoop.it
In a world ruled by content curation, every educator should be passing along social media strategies to students. The “That’s a parent’s job” mantra is not a sufficient excuse for ignoring your responsibility here. We’re in this together.

Students must be taught early and often how to create, locate, maintain and share content. And they need to understand the ramifications of everything they do on social media.

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Experiential Learning Visually Explained for Teachers

Experiential Learning Visually Explained for Teachers | Education Matters | Scoop.it
Experiential learning was the first form of learning through which our ancient ancestors discovered and made sense of the wild world around them. The antiquity of the concept is captured eloquently in several ancient adages. Confucius once said ”tell me and I forget; show me and I may remember, and involve me and I will understand”. Similarly, the revered Greek philosopher Aristotle was quoted saying “for the things we have to learn before we can do them, we learn by doing them”.
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Two Key Advantages of A Flipped Classroom

Two Key Advantages of A Flipped Classroom | Education Matters | Scoop.it

Flipped classroom is a learning and teaching trend that is gaining so much in popularity due mainly to the raise of web technologies and the proliferation of web 2.0 tools that facilitate communication and collaboration on a larger scale. And while some teachers have already started experimenting with the new concept, others are still skeptical and wary about whether to make the move or not. For those of you who are still not sure about the potential of flipped learning and what benefits it has over traditional instruction, this page packed full of resources on flipped learning is a definitely a good place to start with.

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How Cloud-Based Learning is Changing Education

How Cloud-Based Learning is Changing Education | Education Matters | Scoop.it
Tired of pencil and paper? Cloud-based learning systems are eliminating these ancient tools and changing education.

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David W. Deeds's curator insight, April 24, 8:35 AM

Still trying to give up pen and paper completely! ;)

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Teachers: Embrace Twitter for Professional Development | Edudemic

Teachers: Embrace Twitter for Professional Development | Edudemic | Education Matters | Scoop.it
I created my first Twitter account in 2008. Four years later, I finally made the commitment to using Twitter during an edtech conference, where I found myself frantically tweeting, retweeting, and refreshing my feed as I tried to take it all in. Honestly, up until I used it at that conference, I thought Twitter was just another social media blackhole. But through essentially constant use for those few days, I began to see Twitter as an excellent resource for educators and an invaluable tool for professional development – one of the best out there. So, for you teachers wondering about all the hype…I promise, Twitter is worth it.

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The Four Popular Learning Evaluation Models

The Four Popular Learning Evaluation Models | Education Matters | Scoop.it

Evaluation is a central component of the learning process without which we would not be able to gauge learning objectives and identify learning needs. The instructional process as a whole is informed and guided (at least that’s how it should be) by results gleaned from evaluative procedures. There are actually different evaluation models out there, the infographic below, features 4 of the most popular among them. The one that stands out to us from the list is Kirkpatrick’s model of training and education. This model is composed of four major levels:

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Exploding Classrooms

Exploding Classrooms | Education Matters | Scoop.it

 The ideas within Connectivism blow my mind in many good ways. I hear the words of U2’s “Where the Streets Have No Name”–I want to tear down the walls that hold me inside. I want to reach out and touch the flame.

Beginning with Siemens 2004 explanation these ideas seriously shake up traditional notions of classrooms and teachers:

 
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Helen Teague's curator insight, April 15, 9:05 AM

Principles of Connectivism:
- Learning and knowledge rests in diversity of opinions.
- Learning is a process of connecting specialized nodes or information sources.
- Learning may reside in non-human appliances.
- Capacity to know more is more critical than what is currently known
- Nurturing and maintaining connections is needed to facilitate continual learning.
- Ability to see connections between fields, ideas, and concepts is a core skill.
- Currency (accurate, up-to-date knowledge) is the intent of all connectivist learning activities.
- Decision-making is itself a learning process. Choosing what to learn and the meaning of incoming information is seen through the lens of a shifting reality. While there is a right answer now, it may be wrong tomorrow due to alterations in the information climate affecting the decision.

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A Guide To Questioning In The Classroom

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A Guide To Questioning In The Classroom

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Adrian Bertolini's curator insight, April 9, 8:11 PM

If the ultimate goal of education is for students to be able to effectively answer questions, then focusing on content and response strategies makes sense. If the ultimate goal of education is to teach students to think, then focusing on how we can help students ask better questions themselves might make sense, no?

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10 Ways to Inspire a Love of Learning

10 Ways to Inspire a Love of Learning | Education Matters | Scoop.it
By Carri Schneider - 10 recommendations for being intentional about inspiring lifelong learning based on experiences from our family.

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Paul Simmons's curator insight, April 6, 8:21 AM

Parents can inspire their children to do many things. And the best thing to teach them is to have a love for learning because this they will have for as long as they live. 

SMARTERTEACHER's curator insight, April 6, 11:40 AM

Amazingly, if students love learning, grades seem to follow. Reversing the paradigm from grades equal learning to LEARNING equals grades.

Robert Dart's curator insight, April 8, 3:46 AM

Learning can, and should be fun :)

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5 Tech Tools to Improve Classroom Collaboration

5 Tech Tools to Improve Classroom Collaboration | Education Matters | Scoop.it
The benefits of collaborative learning are many and powerful. Facilitating this collaboration has never been easier than it is now, with tech tools.

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Kelly Christopherson's curator insight, April 4, 4:21 PM

GAFE - some great tools for collaboration in the classroom. 

Sumayya Qudrat's curator insight, April 9, 12:22 AM

collaboration between classrooms

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How to Integrate Live Tweets Into Your Presentation | Edudemic

How to Integrate Live Tweets Into Your Presentation | Edudemic | Education Matters | Scoop.it
More teachers are incorporating Twitter into their lesson plans. Educators who use Twitter say it increases classroom interaction & keeps students tuned in.

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10 Smart Study Tactics That Support How The Brain Actually Works

10 Smart Study Tactics That Support How The Brain Actually Works | Education Matters | Scoop.it
Here’s the problem with what I’m about to tell you: these tactics may may be news to you, but in psychology circles most of them have been around for decades. Why does this matter? Because it means we could all have been getting smarter this whole time. Instead, we seem to be stuck with the same old notions of how learning works.
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3 Ways of Getting Student Feedback to Improve Your Teaching

3 Ways of Getting Student Feedback to Improve Your Teaching | Education Matters | Scoop.it
Why You Must Reflect and Improve
Students are what we do. They are the center of our classroom, not us. However, as a teacher, I am the most impactful single person in the classroom. Honest feedback from our students will help me level up.

I've been doing this for more than ten years. Sometimes I laugh, sometimes I cry -- and sometimes I'm mortified. But I can honestly say that every single piece of feedback I've received has made me a better teacher. And great teachers are never afraid of having or inviting hard conversations. This is one of best practices that has helped me to be a better, more excited teacher every year.


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https://gustmees.wordpress.com/2014/01/04/practice-better-ways-to-say-i-dont-know-in-the-classroom/


https://gustmees.wordpress.com/2015/03/15/professional-development-why-educators-and-teachers-cant-catch-up-that-quickly-and-how-to-change-it/



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SMARTERTEACHER's curator insight, March 30, 12:09 PM
Student Voice is invaluable to the effectiveness of the educator.
Dr. Deborah Brennan's curator insight, April 2, 10:20 AM

i agree!  As a teacher, I always sought to improve and make my classroom more effective for students.  End of year surveys helped a lot.  I also had students write letters to next year's students.  This gave me insight into how the course and classroom activities helped or hampered their learning.  summer is a great -- there is actually time to reflect.  as lessons change, there is time to do researxh and gather resources.  

Lee Hall's curator insight, April 7, 2:33 PM

It can be tough to hear others criticism  of us and our work, but it can help you improve. 

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Creating A Beautiful Classroom Infographic in A Matter of Minutes

Creating A Beautiful Classroom Infographic in A Matter of Minutes | Education Matters | Scoop.it

Piktochart is one of our favourite web tools for creating posters and infographics. We have reviewed it here in EdTech and mLearning in several posts in the past.And since then, Piktochart has added some really cool features and functionalities that make it super easy for users to easily design and share visually appealing infographics.

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Flipped Learning: The Big Picture

Flipped Learning: The Big Picture | Education Matters | Scoop.it
As we progress rapidly into the middle of the second decade of the 21st century, questions continue to be raised about how education addresses the ever ..

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HJJP's curator insight, April 29, 12:22 AM

We really should ask whether the current education system addresses the needs of the future, even the present. Is this education model proven, and thus ideal? or Should we revisit what we do? how we do it? What we teach? Who we teach it to? and even When we teach it?

 

I am a believer in innovation, and I feel education and training have not kept up with the times. A deep revolution is necessary, but who is ready to do it??

 

Elizabeth Roman's curator insight, April 29, 8:44 PM

Infografía sobre el aprendizaje invertido: ¿Qué apoyo se necesita? ¿Qué se hace dentro y qué se hace fuera del aula?

Willem Kuypers's curator insight, April 30, 2:45 AM

Un de plus sur la classe inversée.

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Sir Ken Robinson: Creativity Is In Everything, Especially Teaching

Sir Ken Robinson: Creativity Is In Everything, Especially Teaching | Education Matters | Scoop.it

Creativity is about fresh thinking. It doesn’t have to be new to the whole of humanity— though that’s always a bonus— but certainly to the person whose work it is. Creativity also involves making critical judgments about whether what you’re working on is any good, be it a theorem, a design, or a poem. Creative work often passes through typical phases. Sometimes what you end up with is not what you had in mind when you started. It’s a dynamic process that often involves making new connections, crossing disciplines, and using metaphors and analogies. 

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Being creative is not just about having off-the-wall ideas and letting your imagination run free. It may involve all of that, but it also involves refining, testing, and focusing what you’re doing. It’s about original thinking on the part of the individual, and it’s also about judging critically whether the work in process is taking the right shape and is worthwhile, at least for the person producing it.

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http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?tag=Creativity

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SMARTERTEACHER's curator insight, April 26, 12:15 AM

Creativity for Students,but also for Educators. 

David W. Deeds's curator insight, April 26, 12:33 PM

Thanks to Gust Mees.

Karen B Wehner's curator insight, April 28, 7:39 PM

Such an important corrective to today's standards and assessment driven education models. Go, Sir Ken!

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Twenty-Five Great Ideas for Teaching Current Events

Twenty-Five Great Ideas for Teaching Current Events | Education Matters | Scoop.it

@ocThe more exposure students have to newspapers and current events the more likely they are to be aware and interested in learning and reading more about them.


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Ressources pour les cours d'anglais's curator insight, April 22, 10:44 AM

J'adore l'activité news mapping consistant à mettre des nouvelles sur une carte. Cela peut être un très bon warming-up en cours de langue.

RebeccaMoore's curator insight, April 23, 8:51 AM

Not only does this article present ideas on current events, but discusses how students can investigate why current events are current events. Some great math ideas are presented at the end of the article as well. Definitely some great, practical options.

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50 Great EdTech Tools for Teachers and Educators

50 Great EdTech Tools for Teachers and Educators | Education Matters | Scoop.it

Looking for some powerful EdTech tools to try out in your class or probably use for your professional development? This Symbaloo web mix created by Amy has you covered. The collection has around 50 wonderful educational tools and except for Knowable, an application we didn’t know before, all of the rest have been already reviewed here in the past. And if you ask us about our top 10 from this collection we would mention the following

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6 Ways to Use the Slight Edge in Your Classroom | Edudemic

6 Ways to Use the Slight Edge in Your Classroom | Edudemic | Education Matters | Scoop.it
Will Smith once told a story from his childhood in which his father broke down the brick wall at his business and told him and his brother to rebuild it. It took them a year, but they finished the job and learned a powerful lesson contained within a memorable metaphor. He explains, “You don’t set out to build a wall. You don’t say ‘I’m going to build the biggest, baddest, greatest wall that’s ever been built.’ You don’t start there. You say, ‘I’m going to lay this brick as perfect as a brick can be laid. You do that every single day and soon you have a wall.” This story from Will Smith captures the very essence of the Slight Edge philosophy that we will discuss in this article. Applying this idea within the classroom will help students develop a strong long term sense of accomplishment that is necessary to achieve their goals.

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Christine Peterson's curator insight, April 15, 5:20 PM

A short but pithy article that will hopefully help my students see that the effect of small changes add up over time.

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Every Teacher’s Must Have Guide to Facebook

Every Teacher’s Must Have Guide to Facebook | Education Matters | Scoop.it
Consider bringing Facebook into your class as a collaborative tool. Why not use the benefits of Facebook to communicate and increase involvement?
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9 Inventive Activities for Learning

9 Inventive Activities for Learning | Education Matters | Scoop.it
Need to engage learners? Try these 9 amazingly inventive activities for learning.
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Fighting Inequality Starts with Early Childhood Development

Fighting Inequality Starts with Early Childhood Development | Education Matters | Scoop.it
A growing body of research indicates that income inequality is playing an ever-greater role in shaping the destinies of children across the world.
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Giving Student Feedback: 20 Tips To Do It Right - InformED

Giving Student Feedback: 20 Tips To Do It Right - InformED | Education Matters | Scoop.it

It seems as if it was yesterday that I was a young middle school student giving a class presentation on the lifespan of the killer whale.  While I was prepared, I was also horribly nervous.  At the conclusion of my speech I was given verbal feedback from my teacher–in front of the entire class!  Needless to say, it wasn’t glowing.  I remember that feedback to this day because it was negative, defeating and very embarrassing.  

 

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Addressing Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs with Technology

Addressing Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs with Technology | Education Matters | Scoop.it

A major criticism I have of most educational institutions is that their primary focus is on students' intellectual and cognitive development.  Too often individual learner's needs do not enter into  the equation of their educations.  Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs is a useful model for educators to use to help insure that they are addressing more of the whole child.

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