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Teaching Without Tests, Grades, or Traditional Classes

Teaching Without Tests, Grades, or Traditional Classes | Education Matters | Scoop.it
Dozens of schools around the U.S. are opting to ditch the traditional school curriculum altogether to motivate teens in new ways—and it seems to be working.

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Linda Buckmaster's curator insight, February 6, 2016 1:06 AM

Finally colleges recognise that traditional methods of lecturing in does not work.  A number of US schools have ditched the traditional school curriculum altogether to motivate teens in new ways—and it seems to be working.

Amina Oyegoke's curator insight, February 8, 2016 5:37 AM

I've sat in a general ed. class and thought, "When am I going to apply this to my life?" And thought that many of the classes I've taken don't even apply to my career choice. I never knew that there were actual high schools that carried the "Big Picture's Program". I always thought they were just ideas that kids talked about while complaining about school. Which is why I found it interesting that there are actual schools in the world that allow students to build their own education based on their interests. I think it's cool that this Big Picture's Program allows students to learn about their career paths hands on, have internships, as well as require students to seek out mentors of the profession they're interested in. There were numerous benefits about this Program mentioned in the article to show that this style of schooling versus the traditional schooling helps students grow to be creative and innovative with their courses while allowing them to  develop time management skills and get those first steps into the career path that they choose. When I came about the article, I scrolled through the website, then looked up the author and then concluded that the source is reliable. 

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10 Team-Building Games That Promote Collaborative Critical Thinking

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10 Team-Building Games That Promote Collaborative Critical Thinking

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ManufacturingStories's curator insight, November 28, 2015 1:32 PM

#Learning #Thinking #Education

Arizona State University, Claire McLaughlin's curator insight, November 29, 2015 6:30 PM

These team-building exercises can easily be done in English as a way to assess oral skills of students as well as critical thinking and problem solving with a group.

Philippe Guillaume's curator insight, November 30, 2015 6:36 AM

La panoplie des managers et des coachs pour apprendre à un collectif à travailler ensemble, et à forcer l'imagination collective. Bon panorama à tester !

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10 Strategies To Make Learning Feel More Like A Game -

10 Strategies To Make Learning Feel More Like A Game - | Education Matters | Scoop.it
We’ve talked about gamification quite a bit, which is different than game-based learning, if you’ll recall. (The definition of gamification is the application of game-like mechanics to non-game entities to encourage a specific behavior. You can read more if you’d like.)

Making your classroom work like a game may not be feasible. Terry Heick talked some about the idea in the past, but was talking specifically about video games, whereas many of the items below are inclined more to “games” in general. So we’ve decided to re-approach from another angle with more specific strategies instead of general suggestions.
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Shifting From Pedagogy To Heutagogy In Education

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Shifting From Pedagogy To Heutagogy In Education

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How augmented reality can contribute to education

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Augmented reality has become a way to engage studious people and to address learning disabilities. Because it can overlay digital content and information onto the real world, it opens up a new range of learning opportunities

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Norton Gusky's curator insight, November 23, 2015 7:55 AM

General article that includes links to examples of VR and AR. 

Glen Morris's curator insight, November 23, 2015 10:13 AM

How I plan to engage the class us AR next year:

 

1. I am planning on introducing Aurasma in the science centre next year. Dead posters will come to life, the anatomy model will link to anatomy lessons, the skeleton "Mr Bones" will link to the name of each bone scanned.(https://www.aurasma.com/)

 

2. Going to have a QR scavenger hunt/ Amazing Race next year - and I plan to assess it!

 

3.QR codes on tests/reports that link to a webcam video giving feedback on each student (personalised + unique attention = switched on learners)

 

Just 3 thoughts... what are yours?

Sonia Santoveña's curator insight, November 26, 2015 4:44 AM

añada su visión ...

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21 Grab-And-Go Teaching Tools For Your Classroom

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21 Grab-And-Go Teaching Tools For Your Classroom

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Chris Carter's curator insight, November 19, 2015 7:10 PM

We know these tools, but a nice reminder.

Peter Balanck's curator insight, November 20, 2015 9:45 AM

Some of these education tools may be useful....

Calliope Global Fran's curator insight, November 28, 2015 8:59 PM

LOVE Kahoot! as an engaging tool for various reasons and lesson plans, across all disciplines! 

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12 Strategies For Creating An Atmosphere Of Problem-Solving In Your Classroom

12 Strategies For Creating An Atmosphere Of Problem-Solving In Your Classroom | Education Matters | Scoop.it

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60 Things Students Can Create To Demonstrate What They Know

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60 Things Students Can Create To Demonstrate What They Know

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Tony Guzman's curator insight, November 18, 2015 11:56 AM

This article lists 60 things students can create to demonstrate understanding. How many of these have you used in your classrooms already?

Richard Whiteside's curator insight, November 20, 2015 5:03 AM

A useful list of possible ways for students to demonstrate understanding. Nothing else, just a list, so a good place to refresh your memory, or get a new idea ver quickly!

Campus Extens - UIB Virtual -'s curator insight, December 14, 2015 5:23 AM

Aquest article ofereix una llista de propostes, i eines digitals per aplicar-les.

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A Holistic Approach to Learning Assessment

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To get a more holistic picture of what students know and are able to do, as well as effective feedback about their beliefs and feelings, it's important to look at a range of assessment tools in two main categories: assessment for learning and assessment of learning.

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Adrian Bertolini's curator insight, November 12, 2015 6:56 PM

When gathering data, it is especially important to consider the broad and varied learning preferences of our students so that we can allow all individuals to demonstrate competency of their knowledge and skills in a manner that best highlights proficiency. 

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21st Century Schools or 21st Century Learning?

21st Century Schools or 21st Century Learning? | Education Matters | Scoop.it
District principal and blogger George Couros suggests that 21st century learning involves far more than redesigning school libraries and purchasing iPads.

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50 Resources For Teaching With Bloom's Taxonomy

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Bloom’s Taxonomy was a remarkable attempt to create a system of learning that focuses on how people learn and organize content around those natural aptitudes. Created by Benjamin Bloom in 1956, he created a method to differentiate questions in the education system. Here you will find an enriched list of blog posts, apps, tools, videos and strategies to help educators become more proficient with the system.
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10 Reasons for Students to Blog Infographic

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So, you want to increase motivation for reading and writing, improve confidence levels and/or encourage ICT literacy? Well, regardless of the rationale, blogging is a very powerful learning tool that can assist teachers with these goals.

Still not convinced that blogging is a meaningful activity? Then check out the nifty sketch note shown below, one that illustrates ten additional reasons you should get your blog on with your students.

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Collaboration & Connectedness the Key to Quality Teaching

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Using Creativity to Boost Young Children’s Mathematical Thinking - Mind/Shift

Using Creativity to Boost Young Children’s Mathematical Thinking - Mind/Shift | Education Matters | Scoop.it
The students in Molly James’s kindergarten classroom were tasked with creating a mathematical art gallery. They had each drawn a number and then searched for two types objects they could use to compose a visual number sentence — such as two rulers plus three scissors to equal five objects.

After photographing and mounting their pictures on the wall in numerical order, the students sat on the floor with their sketchbooks and began to draw and talk. “I had expected them to learn something about number composition,” James said, “but I didn’t expect the remarkable observations they began to have about the photographs.” For example, when one girl looked at a picture of two red scissors and three blue scissors (2+3=5), she noticed that the direction of the handles gave rise to a new number sentence: 4 scissors pointing left + 1 scissor pointing right = 5 scissors.

James, who recently published a paper about creativity in the classroom, said moments like these remind her that “creativity is not fluff or an add-on, but is instead an essential part of what it means to be a mathematician.”  In fact, she believes creativity is the key to helping her students become confident and skilled mathematical thinkers.

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The Future Belongs to the Curious: How Are We Bringing Curiosity Into School?

The Future Belongs to the Curious: How Are We Bringing Curiosity Into School? | Education Matters | Scoop.it

The only rational answer to the conundrum of curiosity is to disengage our educational system from standardized testing and common curricula. Curiosity does not hold up well under intense expectation. Give agency to teachers, with the explicit message to slow down and provide students time to wonder and be curious.

 


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Barbara Goebel's curator insight, November 28, 2015 10:32 PM

Curiosity projects, MakerSpaces, Passion projects, asking questions and seeking answers...all mind-expanders.

Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, February 3, 2016 11:51 AM

Children, and for that matter teachers, bring curiousity with them. Teachers can help create contexts where that curiousity remains vibrant.

Valerie Morris's curator insight, May 25, 2016 3:18 PM

Curious?

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Nano-Professional Development: 20 Quick Courses For Teachers - TeachThought

Nano-Professional Development: 20 Quick Courses For Teachers - TeachThought | Education Matters | Scoop.it
Professional development can come from a variety of sources–conversation, books, blogs, social media, YouTube, and more–courses, for example. Nanocourses, more specifically.

What’s most appealing about these courses is the low time-investment necessary, combined with the visual elements–examples, models, and other explanations to support what’s being explained. All but two of the following courses for teachers are 5 hours or less in length, and can supplement your reading and school-based PD usefully.

Also note, though we have gone in and hand-picked these courses for relevance and even instructors (Monica Burns, who has published on both TeachThought and edutopia, is among the instructors), these are also affiliate links, which means we get a small percentage of any purchase you might make. To keep this from happening, you can simply go directly to udemy.com and search for the specific course.

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Developing Teachers' Social and Emotional Skills

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Emotions are at the heart of what teachers do and why they do it. Educators come to teaching with dreams of changing the odds for disadvantaged children, inspiring a love for learning, or developing critical thinkers. Unfortunately, research shows that 40-50 percent of teachers will leave the classroom within their first five years. Stress among teachers has reached unprecedented levels, and according to the latest MetLife Survey of the American Teacher (PDF), over half of teachers reported "great stress at least several days a week." Teaching is an emotional practice, and teachers need support in strengthening their social and emotional skills to manage the stress that comes with teaching and stay in the profession for the long term.
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delmy's curator insight, November 22, 2015 10:58 AM

#sceuned15 Las emociones , el aprendizaje y los maestros. 

Durriyyah Kemp's curator insight, November 24, 2015 9:54 AM

Yes, yes, and yes!  The ongoing development of teachers' social and emotional skills is essential to the teaching and learning dynamic!

 

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3 things teachers need to stop doing | Stop, Start, Continue: Conceptual Understanding Meets Applied Problem Solving

3 things teachers need to stop doing | Stop, Start, Continue: Conceptual Understanding Meets Applied Problem Solving | Education Matters | Scoop.it
To better understand how educating individuals can make a global difference, consider what we should stop doing, what we should start doing, and what we should continue doing.

 

What Should We Stop Doing?Stop teaching as if we have the answers.Stop rushing.Stop talking.What Should We Start Doing?Start looking for problems to solve, actions to take, and beauty to create.Start seeking out authentic, high-stakes audiences for student work.

 

 


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Gust MEES's curator insight, November 19, 2015 7:40 PM

To better understand how educating individuals can make a global difference, consider what we should stop doing, what we should start doing, and what we should continue doing.


What Should We Stop Doing?Stop teaching as if we have the answers.Stop rushing.Stop talking.What Should We Start Doing?Start looking for problems to solve, actions to take, and beauty to create.Start seeking out authentic, high-stakes audiences for student work.




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The Neuroscience Behind Stress and Learning

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Neuroimaging and EEG studies provide a scientific basis for the sometimes controversial belief that children become better learners when they actually enjoy learning.

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Creating Students That Solve Problems

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The next time you are in a lesson, ask yourself how many questions you are asked that don’t really need to be asked.

If the answer is too many, you are not alone. I often hear teachers complaining of the lack of initiative in their classes, having to explain simple common sense things, like where to write answers, should we start now, should we answer all of the questions, what do we do next? etc. etc. etc. I believe that such lack of initiative is indeed a modern phenomenon, a disease cultivated early in a world of standardized curricula and testing.

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The Value of Feedback Infographic

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Discover why every teacher should be giving feedback in our easy-to-read feedback infographic.

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Karen Dunlap's curator insight, November 15, 2015 5:41 PM

Great info. Students readily see the value of authentic and timely feedback.

gadgetsia636's curator insight, November 16, 2015 3:22 AM

gadgetsia juga memberikan infomasi tentang game horor Android terbaik lho!

Multimedia y Nuevas Tecnologias's curator insight, November 20, 2015 11:11 PM

El valor de la infografia, el porque utilizarlas.

 

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7 Ways to Use Drones in the Classroom

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Check out these seven ways schools can consider utilizing a drone as a teaching tool.
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How To Give Students Specific Feedback That Actually Helps Them Learn

How To Give Students Specific Feedback That Actually Helps Them Learn | Education Matters | Scoop.it
To tell a student “great job”or “this needs work” is a missed opportunity.

Everyone loves to hear they did a great job. And perhaps your student really did nail this latest assignment. But the problem with “great job” is this: it’s not specific. There is no indication of what was done that was successful, and no information about how to replicate this success in future projects.
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Three Ways to Incorporate Formative Assessment into Every Classroom

Three Ways to Incorporate Formative Assessment into Every Classroom | Education Matters | Scoop.it
By Jasper Fox Sr. No one change has the potential to improve education for all students as increasing the use of formative assessment in our classrooms. This technique informs future instruction as opposed to summarizing it before moving on. Ongoing and diagnostic, formative assessment is a cornerstone of differentiation. Examples of formative assessment include: an in class discussion gauging student understanding before a unit of study, or providing written feedback on a writing activity befor

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Adrian Bertolini's curator insight, November 8, 2015 1:08 AM

Formative assessment - the key to rapid formative feedback that moves learning forward

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The Teacher's Guide To Using YouTube In The Classroom - Daily Genius

The Teacher's Guide To Using YouTube In The Classroom - Daily Genius | Education Matters | Scoop.it
Forget the cat videos, YouTube has matured into one of the biggest resources for educational content ever. While it may not be as organized as Khan Academy, it’s likely got what you need if you do a little digging. You can find videos that make the subject of your lesson more applicable to students’ everyday lives. You can teach students video production and editing skills through projects and upload the videos to your classes YouTube channel.

There’s tons of reasons YouTube should be a part of most classrooms:

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Carlos Rodrigues Cadre's curator insight, November 5, 2015 8:39 AM

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