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Ten Trends to Personalize Learning in 2015

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four large concepts that encompass the ten trends that you will see impacting learning starting this coming year: Learning Culture, Learning Environments, Deeper Learning, and Partners in Learning.
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Can Schools Cultivate a Student’s Ability to Think Differently?

Can Schools Cultivate a Student’s Ability to Think Differently? | Education Matters | Scoop.it
In order to develop creative individuals, children need environments that nurture their interests. Between standards and testing, how much of that are they getting at school?
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Madeline Hage's curator insight, January 8, 2015 5:35 PM

With the world around us rapidly changing, few things we learn in school truly help us in modern day jobs. A complete reform of education is necessary in order to help prepare students to become thriving entrepreneurs. Modern day technology is allowing education become an easier thing, but along with this comes new topics that must be studied. The media tells children that they're not smart enough if you don't get good grades. Children begin to think that grades are all that matter and feel awful if they don't get an A. But grades aren't the only thing that matters because once we get out of high school, everything changes. We begin to learn things that will actually help us set up our future.

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The when, why and how of PD for iPads

The when, why and how of PD for iPads | Education Matters | Scoop.it

"One teacher explains that collaboration is key to finding time, and resources, for teaching with iPads"


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Questions Before Answers: What Drives a Great Lesson?

Questions Before Answers: What Drives a Great Lesson? | Education Matters | Scoop.it
Students engage more passionately when trying to answer a question that interests them. Here are ten opening questions that have inspired this kind of learning.

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Louise Robinson-Lay's curator insight, January 7, 2015 9:26 PM

Questions drive good learning. It stNds to reason that if we have a need to know something then we are more interested in the outcome and will ask questions designed to getting at answers. This article describes some of the ways in which teachers can use this to spark curiosity and get to better learning through engagement.

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Lifelong Learning is the Most Crucial Educational Mindset

Lifelong Learning is the Most Crucial Educational Mindset | Education Matters | Scoop.it

Doctors, lawyers, and other professionals never stop learning new techniques and strategies to hone their craft and remain on the cutting edge in their field – and so, too, do teachers. Teachers should consider the concept of “lifelong learning” and a few reasons it’s a great frame of mind for educators to have.

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50 Ways To Challenge Yourself As A Teacher

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Growing as a teacher is all about challenging yourself–moving out of our comfort zone, trying something new. Here are 50 ideas to consider.

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Posing Questions in the Digital Classroom

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Teachers ask hundreds of questions every week. It is the basis of all enquiry based learning. It is the main way of uncovering each child’s understanding. It can also help to move the learning on o...

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Jerry Busone's curator insight, January 3, 2015 8:26 AM

Great apps to spice up your Instructor led or virtual training

junewall's curator insight, January 4, 2015 1:45 AM

Perhaps a good intro for inquiry learning ?

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The 18 Skills Every 21st Century Learner Should Develop

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Here is another great visual from Dr Jackie Gerstein featuring a set of some important universal skills for learners. Personally, I prefer to view them from a competency based lens and consider them as competencies that lead up to the development of the required skills. But regardless of the theoretical stance underlying your view, these competencies/skills are the key drivers of learning in a multimodal and multimedia environment. From time management to how to ask effective questions, the insights included in this visual are definitely something you would to have a look at.
Thanks to Reid Wilson through whom I learned about this resource.

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6 Design Principles Of Connected Learning

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"In 2015, no one should be hurting for compelling ed content. Sites like edutopia, The Tempered Radical, Langwitches, Justin Tarte, Cool Cat Teacher, Grant Wiggins’ blog, and dozens of others offer outstanding reading on a daily basis to help you improve the things that happen in your classroom. (And this list is frustratingly incomplete–they’re just the sites on my radar that I’ve been reading since I entered education.)"


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rodrick rajive lal's curator insight, December 30, 2014 9:28 PM

I found this article very much in sync with the changes taking place in the field of education today. Pedagogy is undergoing a huge change today. A few days back, when Dr. Dennis Littky came to my school to address a gathering of educationists, he talked about the 'Big Picture' school of education. What is not interesting to students will simply not stick! The article by Terry Heick highlights the need for interest when he states that Interest is one of the six design principles of Connected Learning, in fact he puts interest as the first in the list. The second on the list of Principles of Connected Learning is that it should be Production Centered. Today we are moving away from rote learning and instead have started adopting a more experiential form where the student is able to experiment and come up with results on his own. Today, experiential schools encourage student led learning rather than teacher led learning. Take for example, a lesson involving the reading and appreciation of a poem in an English class. The ideal way would be to give one stanza to each group or crew, and then let them come up with their own analysis. The teacher is always there to guide them when they come up with extreme interpretations. And when they hit the nail, then they can take ownership and pride in what they have discovered, rather than what the teacher told them, or what they read from Spark Notes! The rest of the principles fall in place the moment you start a pedagogy that is student centered and and you make them sit in crews or groups rather than in rows!

Israel George's curator insight, January 16, 2015 5:49 PM

A Network Designed for Learning.

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6 Emerging Technologies in Education Teachers Should Know about

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Educational technology is a dynamic field of research and study. This dynamism stems mainly from the constant flow of new educational web technologies and the emergence of novel Ed Tech concepts that provide theoretical underpinnings for these technologies. The challenge for teachers is not only in keeping up with this fast moving trend but also with understanding the basic foundational concepts without which any talk about Ed Tech integration in class would be futile.

 
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Anthropomorphic Technology: Making Online Education Social | Edudemic

Anthropomorphic Technology: Making Online Education Social | Edudemic | Education Matters | Scoop.it
The advent of online education has been a wonderful gift for both educators and students. It has allowed teachers to reach out to students in other parts of the globe and has allowed students to form a study group without actually being together physically. Online education is permitting students who live in a rural or isolated area to attend classes from the comfort of their own home and it has added to home school curriculums across America. However, there is one drawback to all of this innovative technology: The lack of socialization.
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There’s No "I" in Teacher: 8 Rules of Thumb for Collaborative Planning

There’s No "I" in Teacher: 8 Rules of Thumb for Collaborative Planning | Education Matters | Scoop.it
Teachers become learning designers when given the space to collaborate by (among other things) cultivating trust, keeping it simple, and ensuring that it's student relevant.
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10 Ways Teachers Can Make The Best of Twitter

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As a micro-blogging platform, Twitter has rapidly grown to widespread popularity due mainly to its unique features that set it apart from other social networking websites. One of the foundational principles of Twitter and also a key element in its success is brevity. Tweets are limited to 140 characters which is a short portion of text yet a very powerful way to communicate. In a digitally focused world where distractions and short attention span are common currencies, people tend to connect more with short and succinct content, something which Twitter excels at providing.

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Duolingo for Schools - A New Tool to Help Students Learn Languages

Duolingo for Schools - A New Tool to Help Students Learn Languages | Education Matters | Scoop.it

I just learned through an email from Gina  that the popular language learning platform Duolingo released today a new tool called Duolingo for Schools. This tool provides teachers and educators with a  dashboard to track students progress on the popular Duolingo app. It will also identify patterns in the way individuals learn and react accordingly to reinforce areas of difficulty. Duolingo's technological companion for the classroom will help teachers understand each student’s learning needs at a level of detail previously impossible.

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Let YouTube be your teaching guide, says expert - news - TES

Let YouTube be your teaching guide, says expert - news - TES | Education Matters | Scoop.it
MIT professor tells teachers to follow pupils’ online-savvy lead

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A Sensible Way to Look At EdTech Integration

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"In the early days of my work in helping schools integrate technology, I remember how frustrated I was when I'd walk into a school and witness how devices were used. In so many classrooms, students would take what was written on loose leaf paper and type their work into a computer. Next, they'd print it out. The teacher would mark it up, and they'd type in the new version.

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Becky Roehrs's curator insight, January 7, 2015 9:14 PM

Excellent example of how to create useful projects and advertise the results with social media.

Dr. Michele Garabedian Stork's curator insight, January 8, 2015 10:11 AM

Ed tech should always keep integration at the forefront. #eme2040 #eme6417

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What Believing in the Possibilities Can Do For Learning and Teaching

What Believing in the Possibilities Can Do For Learning and Teaching | Education Matters | Scoop.it
Connecting with people through sincere positive beliefs can influence the brain and open it up for learning possibilities.

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Adrian Bertolini's curator insight, January 6, 2015 8:46 PM

Remarkable! The power positive belief in learning can make on learning in reality

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Why Emotional Learning May Be As Important As The ABCs

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A growing body of research suggests that teaching really young kids how to recognize and express their feelings can help them into their adult lives.
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Problem Based Learning Explained for Teachers

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Project based learning and problem based learning are two didactic approaches to learning that are often used interchangeably to refer to the same thing: engaging students in authentic learning activities. This truism does not always hold true. In a learning task that is problem based, the focus is on finding solutions to the problem posed through applying learned strategies and in so doing the process of arriving at the solution is, in and of itself, an integral part of the overall learning taking place . Also, Problem based learning is different from project based learning in terms of the length or timeframe of the activities. While projects in project based learning stretch over a lengthy period of time, activities in problem based learning tend to be relatively short.

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instaGrok: An Education Search Engine for Students

instaGrok: An Education Search Engine for Students | Education Matters | Scoop.it

After weeks of poring over reviews and testing the app in my classroom, I can say with confidence that instaGrok offers the best research engine experience for education of any app for tablets running iOS or Android. The instaGrok app is more classroom-friendly than its competitors, and its visual presentation of results is unparalleled. With instaGrok, teachers can encourage self-directed learning, empowering students to hone research, critical thinking, and writing skills. The search results engage students and encourage them to dig deeper in research projects. Read on to learn why instaGrok is the ideal classroom research app.

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These Are The 16 Attributes of The Modern Educator

These Are The 16 Attributes of The Modern Educator | Education Matters | Scoop.it

As teachers and educators, we are constantly required to review, evaluate and renew our teaching strategies to align them with  the cultural, technological and pedagogical ethos of the era we are living in. In today's era, the digital component is at the foreground which obviously calls for a new mindset, a novel conceptual framework that views technology not as an end itself but solely a mean to an educational end. It is a truism that digitally has opened a new horizon of unprecedented learning opportunities and experiences  but we can only tap into its full educational potential when we equip ourselves with the proper mindset: a growth and open mindset that as much as it adapts it also disrupts the century-old orthodoxies underlying teaching and learning practice. Teaching is a dynamic concept which is constantly evolving and expanding and that is why teachers and educators are forever learners.

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A Beautiful Sketchnote on How Teachers Can Use Twitter for Professional Development

A Beautiful Sketchnote on How Teachers Can Use Twitter for Professional Development | Education Matters | Scoop.it

Twitter is a powerful  social networking tool with huge potential for teachers professional development.  In a relatively short span of time, Twitter evolved into one of the best educational social networking platforms of choice for educators and teachers. It has also become an essential element in teachers life-long learning and a key driver of professional development.

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Universal Skills All Learners Should Know How to Do

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"This morning I was thinking about the things that all young people should know how to do regardless of income, geographical location, life goals, etc.  I started a list – see below.  Some have “always” been true – some are unique to this century of learning.  Let me know of any other universal skills you believe young people should know how to do."


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Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s curator insight, December 28, 2014 4:00 PM

A list worthy of reflection as you think about which of these skills your students get to practice and develop regularly, and what you might do differently to give them exposure and practice to some of the others at least occasionally.

Alex Enkerli's curator insight, January 5, 2015 9:22 AM

Links on #DigitalLiteracy. Could make room for the ICT Profile.

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The Importance of Asking Questions to Promote Higher-Order Competencies

The Importance of Asking Questions to Promote Higher-Order Competencies | Education Matters | Scoop.it
How to use open-ended, close-ended, and a double question technique to inspire deeper thinking in your students.

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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, July 11, 2014 11:46 PM

Here's a bit of online facilitation wisdom: "The Two-Question Rule: This means to follow a question with another question that probes for deeper understanding."


Author/Blogger Professor Maurice Elias does a fine job of explaining how questioning helps deepen thinking. 

Darleana McHenry's curator insight, July 18, 2014 1:45 PM

I like asking open ended questions to see how students think,

Ness Crouch's curator insight, April 5, 2015 12:49 AM

A great article with some simple ideas for encouraging higher order thinking.