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"How To Do Research" Game

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"How To Do Research" game is presented by Kentucky Virtual Library. It's designed for kids to learn how to do research independently with kids-friendly user experience. Did you know that you can ac...

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Estefanía Aguilar's curator insight, July 8, 2013 5:36 AM

muy visual. Great!

Dawn Darling's curator insight, July 10, 2013 10:17 AM

Love the gameboard format!

Javier Antonio Bellina's curator insight, February 24, 12:37 PM

A Game for the children :)

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Collins Dictionaries | Always Free Online.

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The official online dictionary from Collins with over 1 million entries. View word definitions, translations and examples. Check spelling, grammar and pronunciation.

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lynnegibb's comment, April 5, 2013 8:43 PM
As it appears you have English as a second language Gus, you need to know you have better grammar than many people for whom English s a first language! However, this Collins Dictionary find is a gem - thank you
lynnegibb's curator insight, April 5, 2013 8:43 PM

A great find!

Gust MEES's comment, April 5, 2013 8:45 PM
Thank You, Lynne ;)
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Create Beautiful Looking Quotes Picture

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Optimanova's curator insight, April 9, 2013 4:19 AM

Perfect for Pinterest!!

Cori Zuppo's curator insight, April 21, 2013 9:33 AM

Very cool app! Simplifies the process of making banners, backgrounds, quotes. Super easy to use. 

Juan Fernández's curator insight, May 31, 2013 8:13 AM

It looks like a great tool for language teachers. Something to create quick messages or sentences in a fun way. 

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Prezzip: Prezi templates & more

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Prezzip offers Prezi presentation templates & more. With mixing and matching our visuals you can optimize your presentations.
Unique; all our visuals are free-standing! Clipping paths, isolated.

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10 Of The Best Free Curriculum Resources For Teachers

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10 Of The Best Free Curriculum Resources For Teachers

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Gust MEES's curator insight, March 30, 2013 12:32 PM

 

A MUST check!!! Great list...

 

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Teacher's Guide to Assessing Credibility of Online Resources

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Internet has definitely marked a revolution in the way human knowledge is being generated, shared, communicated, and stored. The answer to almost any question is available within seconds, courtesy of the invention that has altered how we discover knowledge – the search engine. With this abundance of online information comes the question of credibility. Some critics argue that a tsunami of hogwash has already rendered the Web useless. I disagree. We are indeed inundated by online noise pollution, but the problem is soluble.

 

===> The good stuff is out there if you know how to find and verify it. What we all need is “information literacy”. <===


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Gust MEES's curator insight, March 26, 2013 5:59 AM

 

===> The good stuff is out there if you know how to find and verify it. What we all need is “information literacy”. <===

 

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

 

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

 

 


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The New Normal - Paradigm shifts

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So what is the new normal today? What it always has been. Change. Paradigm shifts. And as with most shifts, change begins with whispers which waver before becoming tsunamis. MOOCs are an example. I...

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Gust MEES's curator insight, March 26, 2013 1:31 AM

 

The New Normal = Paradigm shifts.

 

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- - http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching?tag=Education+3.0

 

Shannon CdeBaca's curator insight, March 26, 2013 11:10 AM

At Iowa Learning Online we paid close attention to the shifts occuring in education and in the methods students were using to learn and access information. The result was a dynamic sytem where relationships live at the core and the technology helps facilitate the more powerful shifts. This infographic does help illustrate some of the shifts.

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Teacher-Prep Programs Zero In on Effective 'Practice'

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The Match Teacher Residency is one of a small number of programs that train aspiring teachers for the classroom through practice.

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Gust MEES's curator insight, March 25, 2013 5:12 PM

 

PracTICE matters and it is the BEST preparation on HowTo teachers should get prepared before they have to teach the first time! HAT DOWN for that great initiative and hopefully others will join and/or doing similar in the same mentality ;)

 

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Teacher Development Research: Avoiding Pitfalls

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Teacher Development Research Table of Contents:

 

 

 

- Introduction
- Keys to Educator Success
- Evidence-Based Practices and Programs
- Avoiding Pitfalls
- Annotated Bibliography


Every teacher can probably describe a boring or downright ineffective professional-development experience they’ve had. There are many challenges when trying to design a successful and engaging PD program for ongoing teacher education. Whether you’re an administrator looking for useful tips or an educator who wants to hone your own skills, the research-based hints below will help you avoid some of the most common problems and mistakes in PD programs.

 


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Teacher Development and Leadership Research Review

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Teacher Development Research Table of Contents:

 

 



- Introduction
- Keys to Educator Success
- Evidence-Based Practices and Programs
- Avoiding Pitfalls
- Annotated Bibliography


Research has shown that teaching quality is the strongest school-related factor that can improve student learning and achievement. In order to cultivate high-quality teaching, support for ongoing professional learning in schools is essential.

 

Edutopia's teacher development and leadership research review takes a look at the state of research on this topic and helps make sense of the findings. In this series of five articles, learn how effective leadership supports professional learning, discover key components for productive professional-development programs and professional learning communities, get our recommendations for evidence-based programs and practices, find tips for avoiding pitfalls, and dig in to a comprehensive annotated bibliography with links to all the studies and reports cited in these pages.

 


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The Ethics and Responsibilities of the 21st Century Classroom: A Collaborative Guide to Best Practices

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Gust MEES's curator insight, March 25, 2013 2:16 PM

We hope this guide will be useful to any teacher confronting the challenges of introducing new technologies into the K-12 classroom in meaningful, inventive, productive, creative, and connected ways.

 

For as long as it proves to be productive, we’ll leave this open as a public Google Doc and we invite others to add their own best practices to this participatory document.

 

-- Cathy N. Davidson, Keynote Speaker and Workshop Leader, #earcos12

 

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Gust MEES:

 

I think that this document is far the BEST I have seen so far, check it out. please! A MUST read...

 

Actually YOU may print it and ALSO by using the print function you are able to print it in PDF format, do so for further studies ;) as long as it is still ONLINE!

 

 

Deanna Moore's curator insight, September 12, 2013 8:25 PM

I find that students should learn alot more about things that are relevant in the real world, In highnschool and middle school I learned alot of information that I will never again use in my life. For example; I have not used algebra since I learned it in middle school.My point is I havent used these things since I was young and it seems to be useless knowledge. I would have prefered to learn more about money and how to budget it.

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20 Interesting Ways To Use Twitter In The Classroom

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20 Interesting Ways To Use Twitter In The Classroom

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Michelle Higgs's curator insight, March 26, 2013 4:07 AM
I've been wondering how to implement Twitter in a controlled manner, thanks!
Carmenne K. Thapliyal's curator insight, March 26, 2013 7:03 AM

Very, very interesting and controlled !! 

khodge55's curator insight, April 28, 2013 11:21 AM

Though I do not have a Twitter, I find this very interesting.  I think that if teachers did end up using this the kids who do have a twitter would get more involved in the assignment, but I'm not sure what they'd do with the kids like me would do during this lesson.  Overall,  I think this is a really cool and unique idea that could probably done with other social networking sites aswell.

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Creating Classrooms We Need: 8 Ways Into Inquiry Learning

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If kids can access information from sources other than school, and if school is no longer the only place where information lives, what, then happens to the 

happens to the role of this institution?“

 

Our whole reason for showing up for school has changed, but infrastructure has stayed behind,” said Diana Laufenberg, who taught history at the progressive public school Science Leadership Academy for many years.

 

Laufenberg provided some insight into how she guided students to find their own learning paths at school, and enumerated some of these ideas at SXSWEdu last week.

 


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Gust MEES's curator insight, March 24, 2013 11:26 AM

 

“If by the end of the year, they still need me, I haven’t done my job,” she said. “I’m not coming with them to college. They have to be self-driven, independent thinkers.”

 

See also this quote: 

The object of teaching a child is to enable him to get along without a teacher. 

Elbert Hubbard (1856-1915) American author, editor and printer.

 

Check also:

 

http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching?tag=Education+3.0

 

http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching?tag=Prepare+Students+For+21st+Century+Surviv

 

 

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The 10 Best Web Tools For Flipped Classrooms

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Here's a useful list of the best web tools for flipped classrooms, complete with what each tool is and how teachers are using it right now!

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Gust MEES's curator insight, April 6, 2013 10:09 AM

 

The 10 Best Web Tools For Flipped Classrooms

 

lynnegibb's curator insight, April 7, 2013 3:04 AM

Something I need to look seriously into

Alison Rostetter's curator insight, April 7, 2013 12:55 PM

Interesting, some known, some new.  Need to be browsed and weighed up.  Thanks!

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The World’s Largest Repository of Free Online Learning Tutorials

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Here’s a common scenario. Someone emails and asks about an elearning tutorial I have on the blog. It’s not always easy to find the specific tutorial buried in a given post. In fact, there are many times I either forgot that I had created that tutorial or I can’t recall where it’s at either. I know. It’s part of getting older.

 

Today I am going to fix that. I have listed every blog post that has a video tutorial that shows how to create something related to online learning. So, if you’re just getting started with building online learning courses (or new to the blog), now you have a handy resource with links to all sorts of rapid elearning tutorials.

 


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Rosana Mondino's curator insight, April 14, 2013 5:17 PM

add your insight...

Jordi Castells's curator insight, April 28, 2013 2:45 PM

strongly recommended!

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An amazing collection of free tutorials of interest to teachers and trainers who want to produce online or e-learning materials, especially with PowerPoint. 

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Use These 10 Sites to Detect Plagiarism

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Plagiarism is a serious offense. These 10 online services help you check students' text, or avoid getting into academic hot water yourself.

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Inkflow: The Visual Thinking App for iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch

Inkflow: The Visual Thinking App for iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch | Better teaching, more learning | Scoop.it
Unleash your creativity.

 

Visual Thinkers Rejoice!


Inkflow works like a Word Processor for Visual Thinking. Capture your ideas as easily as with pen and paper, then arrange and reorganize them with your fingers!

 

                                   

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                     

 

                               

 

 

                                     ===> And it's FREE!!! <===

 

 

 

 

 


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Dolly Bhasin 's curator insight, March 31, 2013 12:07 AM

Would love to have something similar for android!

Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, March 31, 2013 3:01 PM

Free iPad brainstorming tool.

Got to try it!

lynnegibb's curator insight, April 1, 2013 2:21 AM

Can't wait to try this out!

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50 Ideas & Resources For More Visual Learning

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Visual learning is not just a learning style, but a way of seeing the world. This post offers up 50 ideas & resources for visual learning in your classroom.
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How Coaching Can Impact Teachers, Principals, and Students

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Finally, the Annenberg report determined that coaching supports collective leadership across a school system. An essential feature of coaching is that it uses the relationships between coaches, principals, and teachers to create the conversation that leads to behavioral, pedagogical, and content knowledge change.

 

Effective coaching distributes leadership and keeps the focus on teaching and learning. This focus promotes the development of leadership skills, professional learning, and support for teachers that target ways to improve student outcomes...

 


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Stephen Basden's comment, September 12, 2013 8:30 PM
What I learned from this article is how a good coach on the field, can help a student's performance in the classroom. Strong and successful sports programs create atmospheres on campuses that help success in the classroom. Principles should take this into mind when hiring a coach. They can't just hire somebody with a good playbook but rather role models and well respected individuals that will create young men and women who challenge themselves outside of sports.

In this particular article, what I found most educational is when the author said "Coaching is an essential component of an effective professional development program. Coaching can build will, skill, knowledge, and capacity because it can go where no other professional development has gone before: into the intellect, behaviors, practices, beliefs, values, and feelings of an educator. " This is such a powerful statement. I have for years personally seen how coaching affects an individual. I had a football coach in high school that demanded the best from us not just on the field but in the classroom and as a person. This coach meant a lot to me, he was very knowledgeable, successful, and well respected that I treated his word like gospel. During the season I actually saw an increase in grades and personally happiness. Coaches can have a personal relationship with their players that no teacher, principle, or other faculty member can imitate. Sports is a powerful tool and when used correctly can change lives; not only of that individual but his peers too.

I selected because the title really grabbed my attention. Often times we hear how sports can really help a student or employee in their respective environments so I thought it was really interesting to see an article on how teachers can also benefit from sports. A good sports program directly translate into a good academic program at an institution.

This article gave me even more of an understanding on exactly how much sports affect all aspects of life. Sports go way beyond the playing field, they carry over into relationships and even occupations. Everything in life you do that isn't individual, needs teamwork. Whether that be wife and husband or employee and employer, sports have and continue to prove that teamwork gets things done the best. Sacrificing personal agendas to achieve greater goals is a must and sports have taught us this over the years.
Gust MEES's comment, September 12, 2013 8:36 PM
Hi, I agree with You. These parts from sports are influencing widely in life and education!
Andrea Cruz's curator insight, September 29, 2013 9:56 PM

Focus on teaching and learning when coaching....

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Great reflections on connected Educators

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I'm sorry..

 I tweet during meetings, conferences, and sometimes even during small group discussions...When I hear something impactful & worthy... I want as many people to know about it as possible... I try to blog on a regular basis and consider blogging to be just as valuable (if not more) than traditional in-service professional development...My self-reflection is done via blogging, and for me, that is how I digest, assimilate & deconstruct my experiences and thoughts.......

Don't read this as a pity party narcissistic post. We all live and work in a society where interacting and communicating with other humans is of the utmost importance. Consequently, we must be able to put ourselves in the shoes of others to fully understand their perspective and viewpoint. The more tolerant and accepting we are of others, the better off and more successful we will all be...


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Don't read this as a pity party narcissistic post. We all live and work in a society where interacting and communicating with other humans is of the utmost importance. Consequently, we must be able to put ourselves in the shoes of others to fully understand their perspective and viewpoint. The more tolerant and accepting we are of others, the better off and more successful we will all be...

 

Read also:

 

http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching?tag=Education+3.0

 

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Teacher Development Research: Evidence-Based Practices and Programs

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Teacher Development Research Table of Contents:

 

 

 

- Introduction
- Keys to Educator Success
- Evidence-Based Practices and Programs
- Avoiding Pitfalls
- Annotated Bibliography


The following programs have received support by independent evaluators or peer-reviewed publications, using independent outcome measures, and have developed to scale nationally.

 

As professional-development research is in an early developmental stage (Borko, 2004), not many programs have strong empirical support. Please leave a comment to share professional-development programs that have strong evidence of success.

 


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Teacher Development Research: Keys to Educator Success

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Teacher Development Research Table of Contents:

 

 

- Introduction
- Keys to Educator Success
- Evidence-Based Practices and Programs
- Avoiding Pitfalls
- Annotated Bibliography


Teaching quality has been defined as "instruction that enables a wide range of students to learn" (Darling-Hammond, 2012), and it is the strongest school-related factor that can improve student learning and achievement (Hanushek, 2011; Nye, Konstantopoulos, and Hedges, 2004; Rivkin, Hanushek, and Kain, 2005).

 

Knowing this, what is the best way to foster and provide ongoing support for good teaching practices? While every school is unique, research has identified several elements that can almost universally increase the chances for successful teacher development and create a powerful and positive school community. 

 


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Gust MEES's curator insight, March 25, 2013 4:50 PM

 

Check also:

 

https://gustmees.wordpress.com/2013/01/23/is-your-professional-development-up-to-date/

 

Lynnette Van Dyke's comment, March 25, 2013 4:57 PM
The work of Edutopia....awesome.
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@Lynette ONLY the BEST from Edutopia ;)
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XSS Flaw in WordPress Plugin Allows Injection of Malicious Code

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A security vulnerability in the WP Banners Lite plugin for WordPress sites allows an attacker to inject malicious html or javascript code.

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Teachers: What kind of students are you making?

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I'm actually on vacation, but I wanted to chime in on what I've been reading over vacation: Seth Godin's Stop Stealing Dreams. In the first quarter of the

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How to Fuel Students’ Learning Through Their Interests

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For David Preston, the term “open source learning” -- a variation on inquiry learning or passion-based learning --  is about helping students choosetheir own learning path, an approach that already has some well-known champions among educators.

 

The association’s purpose, he says, would be “inviting people to the policymaking table that don’t normally have a direct voice. And I’m not just talking about learners and tech-savvy teachers and administrators. I am also talking about neurologists, leaders in the Internet culture,” and people across other contemporary professions.

 


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Gust MEES's curator insight, March 24, 2013 11:38 AM

 

Check also:

 

http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching?tag=Education+3.0

 

http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching?tag=Prepare+Students+For+21st+Century+Surviv

 

Cathy Dobbie's curator insight, March 25, 2013 1:33 AM

This appears to be a development on the ideas of  project based learning, a way of tapping into childrens own interest and field of knowledge in order offer rich, authentic learning opportunities.

Watching that spark of interest in children, when they are offered the opportunity to immerse themslves in something of sincere and personal interest, seems to alleviate many behaviour management issues that arise from a sense of boredom with the standard material offered to a class.