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7 Ways to Deal With Digital Distractions in the Classroom

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"Some call today’s students “digital natives.” Others call them the “distracted generation.” Whichever term you prefer, it’s clear they’re both far more than labels: they capture the core conflict many of us involved in education — educators, parents, and even students — feel about the use of technology in the classroom."


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Betty Skeet's curator insight, November 22, 2014 8:47 AM

Education and 'Digital distraction'

Dr. Laura Sheneman's curator insight, November 22, 2014 11:18 AM

Librarians, think about the teachers you train.

Lúcio Botelho's curator insight, November 23, 2014 10:15 AM

We have to evolve to use technology in our classrooms 

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Vocabulary expanders for English

Vocabulary expanders for English | Becoming a more creative educator. | Scoop.it
Hi everyone,Here are a few fun suggestions to increase your vocabulary prior to undertaking your exam.Cheers,Kaitlin RobbsVivid-Verb-Listtone_mood_words

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Drora Arussy's curator insight, November 4, 2014 10:44 AM

Such a great simple visual tool. Should be in everyone's bookmark, on your physical wall hanging up, or whatever other means you use. It helps you start thinking a bit about what words you can use and how to use them.

Janet McQueen's curator insight, November 4, 2014 5:38 PM

Great tools for expanding ELLs vocabulary especially useful when writing. 

 

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ePortfolios are AWEsome: The Why, How, and What of Student Digital Portfolios - Tackk

ePortfolios are AWEsome: The Why, How, and What of Student Digital Portfolios - Tackk | Becoming a more creative educator. | Scoop.it
In this session, we will discuss the benefits and purpose of student-created digital portfolios, thoughtfully evaluate considerations for selecting an e-portfolio platform, explore tools for digitally archiving learning artifacts, glean ideas for usi...

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Kimberly House's curator insight, August 11, 2014 1:57 PM

Very thorough guide to using, assessing and making ePortfolios happen. Plenty of tips and suggestions for which apps to use and how to digitise work. Nicely presented and easy to follow. Also does a good job talking about the 'why' of ePortfolios. This is the part I find some of my teachers struggle with.

Ness Crouch's curator insight, April 9, 2015 8:40 PM

ePortfolios are a great way of collecting artefacts digitally. Have you tried this with your students? 

David Bell's curator insight, April 12, 2015 7:26 PM

There are some great links about ePortfolios here. Well worth a look.

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Search Education – Lesson Plans – Google

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John Dalziel's curator insight, December 21, 2013 4:27 PM

It's critical that learners understand how to effectively use web search to find quality sources appropriate to their task.
Google have created a series of lessons to help practitioners guide their learners to use search meaningfully in their coursework and beyond.

These Search Literacy lessons and Google A Day classroom challenges are broken down based on level of expertise in search...
- Beginner,
- Intermediate, or
- Advanced.
The Google A Day challenges help learners put their search skills to the test, and to get practitioner learning environments engaged and excited about using technology to discover the world around them.

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4 Ways To Make Digital Portfolios With Students - Edudemic

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There are a slew of free ways to make digital portfolios with students and for students. These are some of our favorites!

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, September 17, 2013 10:50 PM

Have you considered having your students create a digital portfolio? As we move more and more to digital technology the ability to do this becomes easier, and the reasons you might do so seem to increase.A few of the reasons you might consider digital portfolio:

* students are able to  see their progress over time;

* it helps you as a teacher be able to track student progress more easily;

* it is easy to share with other teachers as students matriculate;

* they provide a tool for teacher and student to communicate.

One issue that has often stopped folks is how to save these portfolios. This post share four resources that you might consider using to do this: Evernote, Google Sites, WordPress and Edublogs. Each has a short explanation, oftem providing pros and cons.

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45 Design Thinking Resources for Educators - InformED

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"Imagine a world where digital learning platforms help adult learners succeed through college completion; where a network of schools offers international-quality education, affordable tuition, and serves hundreds of thousands of children in economically disadvantaged countries; where we engage parents in understanding national trends and topics in education; where a comprehensive learning environment seamlessly connects the classroom with the opportunities of the digital world for young students; and where system-level solutions help more students gain access to college."


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Beth Dichter's curator insight, July 31, 2013 4:51 PM

What are the key elements of design thinking?

* Defining the problem

* Creating/considering multiple options

* Refining selected directions

* Executing best plan of action

Teaching students design thinking "empowers students to realize that they can create their own futures by borrowing frameworks from other areas, which allows them to design their own participation and experiences."

This post provides links to 45 design thinking resources. If you are thinking of using design thinking in your classroom this year, or if you already use it you will find many great resources on this list.

Design in Practice's curator insight, August 2, 2014 10:46 AM

In education, design thinking empowers students to realize that they can create their own futures by borrowing frameworks from other areas, which allows them to design their own participation and experiences.

Cited From: http://www.opencolleges.edu.au/informed/features/45-design-thinking-resources-for-educators/#ixzz39FK5dpjy

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Before & After: DIY Cooler Shanty 2 Chic

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Summer's outdoor entertaining calls for keeping drinks cool, but budget options aren't all that attractive. Ashley from Shanty 2 Chic turned a basic styrofoam cooler into a stylish solution that doesn't diminish your décor.
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A Must See Graphic on Creative Commons for Learners

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John Dalziel's curator insight, July 23, 2013 10:41 AM

To help raise the awareness of learners about Creative Commons and how it works, this post provides a handy graphic.
The graphic visually captures the main, important things learners need to know about Creative commons.

Christel Binnie's curator insight, July 24, 2013 3:17 PM

Great info to ensure we respect people's intellectual property while harnessing resources to be creative and innovative.

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Copyright & Schools: What Can Educators (& Students) Do

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One-stop-shop with guidance for teachers copying and using books, magazines, newspapers, music, film & TV in classrooms - from the CLA, ERA, NLA, CCLI, PPL, PRS, MPLC, PVS

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Nancy Jones's curator insight, July 21, 2013 5:36 PM

good one stop shopping site to share with colleagues and students.

Ra's curator insight, July 21, 2013 5:38 PM

UK based site. Easy to use and specific instances covered in detail. 

Kimberly House's curator insight, July 30, 2013 10:29 AM

Helps clear up lots of copyright questions and 'grey' areas.

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Alternatives To Homework: A Chart For Teachers

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, June 17, 2013 10:50 PM

What if instead of giving homework to our students we asked them to come up with ideas? This chart provides a variety of alternative ways to look at homework. The post describes this as "Rather than simply a list of alternatives to homework, it instead contextualizes the need for work at home (or, “homework”). It does this by taking typical classroom situations–the introduction of new material, demonstrating a procedure, etc.), and offering alternatives to traditional homework assignments."

Consider asking your students what they would suggest doing instead of homework. What might you be able to add to these suggestions?

 

Nancy Jones's curator insight, June 19, 2013 9:40 AM

Love this! 21st century learning isn't as much about technology as it is thinking .allowing choices and options like this not only allow students choices but the opportunity for deeper thinking.

Laura Jane's curator insight, December 16, 2013 12:17 AM

I stole this from Jamie, and couldn't agree more! What a great [and practical] resource to have as we go into the final semester of our internships. This chart is chock full of ideas for creating more authentic and less monotonous homework for students. It focuses on reinforcing, and not memorizing. 

 

These strategies could work for all grade levels, to different extents. This again addresses the quality vs quantity debate. One of my favorite examples is to reinforce a skill that has been taught. It suggests that, instead of asking students to solve 10 word probelms to prove that they know a skill, to have them work in groups to solve, model, and present one deeper thinking word probelm.

 

This allows students to work in harmony to formulate their ideas, and is a more productive approach to learning. Although some cognitive struggle is good, too much leads to frustration and defeat. Allowing students to work together helps them to actively participate in student-centered learning, and they can better understand what they've learned. I will definitely be printing this chart to put in my lesson planning binder.

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Learning Objectives - Learning Outcomes: What is the Difference?

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Learning outcomes v. Learning objectives. Is there a difference? what do you think? I suggest that learning outcomes give students a destination to reach for, an expectation to achieve. Learning ob...

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, June 16, 2013 9:22 PM

This post provides an image that looks at what we should consider as destination points for our students as they work on learning objectives. Have you consider using project-based learning and having that be an objective? How about a gamification objective? A few others are described in this infographic as are words to consider for the learning outcome.

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12 Tools For Creating And Discovering GIFs

12 Tools For Creating And Discovering GIFs | Becoming a more creative educator. | Scoop.it
Animated GIFs. You see them everywhere, usually as a response, reaction or qualifier that adds extra oomph to any statement. For the longest time GIFs have been associated with the Internet’s funny bone, but now brands are finding ways to incorporate this form of visual content into their marketing. After all, GIFs occupy a space between images and video that leaves much room for exploration. Here we’ll review 12 tools to get you started with creating, discovering and hosting GIFs. Some of the tools below require a bit more practice to master, but you’re guaranteed to find something that’s right for your GIF needs.   1. Giffing Tool This is a Windows tool that allows you to create customized GIFS. With features like trimming video frames, adding text, and quality settings adjustments you can be well on your way to creating a library of GIFs that you can go back... keep reading

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A Framework for Differentiation

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"Differentiation is adjusting and modifying what skills and concepts student learn, what materials the use, and/or how their learning is assessed based on the needs of the students.

Our students are not all the same, so we cannot expect that teaching a lesson one way will reach every student."


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Janet McQueen's curator insight, November 17, 2014 6:57 PM

These differentiation flowcharts will prompt teachers to make good decisions around scaffolding of student learning.  

Becky Roehrs's curator insight, November 17, 2014 7:08 PM

Check out concepts, assessments, and activities for differentiation...

Rob Hatfield, M.Ed.'s curator insight, November 25, 2014 8:02 AM

Excellent resources for your teaching and learning environments. Thank you Mayumi for sharing.

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27 Simple Ideas To Stimulate Creativity (Infographic) - Edudemic

27 Simple Ideas To Stimulate Creativity (Infographic) - Edudemic | Becoming a more creative educator. | Scoop.it
Sometimes you're just stuck in a creativity rut. Check out these 27 simple ideas to boost your creativity!

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Emeric Nectoux's curator insight, March 16, 2014 2:11 AM

A bunch of down to earth advices to help you catch up and/or keep your creativity flowing. 

Maryalice Leister's curator insight, March 16, 2014 7:44 AM

Appropriate when considering my personal creativity focus. Excellent visual.

Ness Crouch's curator insight, March 29, 2014 6:05 PM

I love this infographic. What do you think about the ideas?

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Designing Media-Based Assignments

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This website helps college teachers develop, deliver, and assess assignments incorporating images, video, and sound.

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ech08ravo's curator insight, December 1, 2013 10:50 PM

Fantastic website from Notre Dame helps instructors (and students) design effective media-based assignments. Great examples and how-tos for inspiration.

Malin Fölster's curator insight, December 7, 2013 8:37 AM

Wow denna sida var sååå bra. Jag förlorade mig själv på denna sidan idag! :))) 

brendasherry's curator insight, April 21, 2014 9:58 AM

Awesome collection of ideas and exemplars...

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20 Things Educators Need To Know About How Students Learn

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, July 31, 2013 2:09 PM

This post looks at 20 learning principles that teachers should know. Five are listed below. When you click through to the post you fill find additional information on each of the 20 principles.

* Students learn differently

* Make it relevant

* Failure is a fabulous teacher

* Brief and organized "bites"

* Feedback: Not just what, but when

This is great information as a new school year approaches in many areas!

Yasemin Allsop's curator insight, July 31, 2013 4:12 PM

And, how to learn with them..

Maria Palaska's comment, August 1, 2013 1:59 AM
true! we learn from them a lot!
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32 Characteristics Of High-Performing Classrooms

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Kimberly House's curator insight, August 11, 2013 8:13 AM

Some good reminders in here.

Dafina Westbrooks's curator insight, August 12, 2013 10:04 AM

More like this please!

Debbie Goodis's curator insight, October 19, 2013 11:16 AM

Can these posters be purchased and printed?

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10 Best Software Tools to Create Animated Videos Online

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create animated videos without installing any software, quick DIY animated videos online tool, free video software to create animated videos, best software to create animated videos

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John Dalziel's curator insight, July 23, 2013 4:05 AM

Video is a powerful educational tool. An image is worth a 1000 words. But a Video is worth ten thousand words.
Animated videos are used more often for demonstrations, and have become a standard way of presenting information.
It is one of the powerful tools to communicate with learners.
This post has handpicked some of the tools available to create animated videos online.

Julian D's curator insight, November 15, 2014 9:33 AM

Who doesn't want to create animated videos.

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Help your child's maths | Oxford Owl

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Oxford Owl: Help your child’s maths with free advice and activities. All from Oxford University Press.

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John Dalziel's curator insight, July 24, 2013 3:35 PM

Oxford Owl is a collection of free children’s...

- Maths eBooks
- Literacy eBooks, with maths on every page,
- Games; and
- Activity Sheets
... for learners ages 3-5 and 5-7.
These fun games, activities and resources are designed to help young learners enjoy maths, practise maths skills and help to build their confidence.

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Events in Instruction Overview

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Events in Instruction Overview

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John Dalziel's curator insight, June 20, 2013 4:12 AM

Being an FE and Skills practitioner isn't easy.

Practitioners can produce excellent lesson plans and ensure they are fully prepared, only to fall flat in the learning environment.

What can these practitioners, and those engaged in initial teacher training, do?

To start with they need to know ...

their audience (learners) andwhat it actually takes to be an effective practitioner.

This interactive step-by-step visual guide provides some ideas and food for thought/discussion.

NOTE: Users access 9 additional infographics by clicking on each of the "9 Events in Learning"; each additional infographic has 27 tips of how practitioners may achieve each of the events in their learning environments.

Mark Ayton's curator insight, June 20, 2013 4:45 AM

If you're looking for a different approach, new angle, fresh ideas or inspiration in putting together new learning activities check this out! Found by @ACLjohn, this info-graphic from @MiaMacMeekin has links from each "event" to a family of other info-graphics giving 27 ideas for each "event". For more of this visit Mia's blog: http://anethicalisland.wordpress.com/

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Free Teaching Resources & Lesson Plans from the Federal Government

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More than 1600 federal teaching and learning resources organized by subject: art, history, language arts, math, science, and others -- from FREE, the website that makes federal teaching and learning resources easy to find.

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, June 19, 2013 10:02 PM

This site organizes many of the free reosurces available through various federal agencies. Subjects covered include Art and Music, Health and Phys Ed., Language Arts, Math, Science, World Studies, U.S. History Topics, and U.S. Time Periods.

Resources include lesson plans, animations, primary documents, photos and videos. 

Jennifer Hurley-Coughlin's curator insight, June 20, 2013 7:54 AM

Interesting free resources

Amy Odlum's curator insight, September 19, 2013 4:28 AM

US govt?