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Facebook Launches 60 Apps To Share On Your Timeline - Forbes

Facebook Launches 60 Apps To Share On Your Timeline - Forbes | Communities of Practice about New Learning Environments | Scoop.it
Foodspotting is one of 60 new "open graph" apps on Facebook At its F8 developer’s conference in September, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced that users would be able to display data from apps on their Facebook Timeline.
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People Don't Buy WHAT You Do, They Buy WHY YOU DO IT [Video]

"The goal is to do business with people who believe in what you believe, NOT in what you do."

 

TEDx Puget Sound speaker - Simon Sinek - Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Action About TEDx, x=independently organize event In the spirit of ideas w...

 

This is a 2-year old video with fabulous 'evergreen' insights for us all. I love the model Simon Sinek shares with us, explaining how we normally think/talk. He then goes on to invert the model to show us why great leaders are able to create amazing change.

 

Start 2012 with a bang.

Watch the video and use this model to really make the difference you want to in the coming year.

 

*(Thanks to Karen Dietz for uncovering and promoting this great video. It is truly inspirational.) I am so lucky that so many people believe in me. I am so thankful for good friends and learning from my PLN.


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I, curator?

I, curator? | Communities of Practice about New Learning Environments | Scoop.it

This article by J.D. Hildebrand explains what is a curator.

 

Web curators aren't writers because they select and present other people's content to their followers.

 

Web curators aren't editors because they do not edit or adapt the original content.

 

Web curators aren't museum curators because they are not assembling collections that can be preserved over time.

 

There are some people that think that web curation is only aggregating content. Actually web curation is not only collecting content around topics, it is about providing your take on the content and then sharing it with your followers.

 

Why I find  curation working for me now is that I aggregate content on a blog but it is mostly my take on that content only. I retweet some content but with all the noise have trouble finding it again later, and then needed a channel to keep track of the content that is being filtered by some of the best curators out there.

 

A good curator realizes that they just cannot find good content by themselves.

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How To Build A Tribe On Twitter

How To Build A Tribe On Twitter | Communities of Practice about New Learning Environments | Scoop.it

This piece was written by Sean Platt for his blog. It is full of great information on how to use twitter and build a community of people which can result in tremendous opportunities for you.

 

Because attention is so easy to gather on Twitter, and because your follower count can climb with the speed of a soaring stock, you might find yourself falling into the too typical trap of thinking Twitter’s purpose is to gather as much attention as possible. It’s not.

 

"Attention is great, but it’s only the end result of getting what you’re really after – quality relationships...The best way to get the most from your Twitter conversations is to understand the ecosystem...Twitter isn’t a chat, it’s a never-ending party."

 

This was adapted from Jan Gordon's curation covering "Content Curation, Social Media and Beyond"

 

Read full article here: [http://bit.ly/sdWbM7]


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Overcoming the challenge of classroom management | Edutopia

Overcoming the challenge of classroom management | Edutopia | Communities of Practice about New Learning Environments | Scoop.it

Heather Sawyer is a high school math teacher who is learning what makes a strong classroom environment. Heather writes "creating a strong relationship with students, having lessons that are student-centered, and establishing clear expectations of students all aid in constructing an effective classroom management structure."

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Learning Theories

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List with links to learning theories and theorists. Each page has an overview, scope/application, example, principles, and references. 

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Creating “Sticky” Teaching

Creating “Sticky” Teaching | Communities of Practice about New Learning Environments | Scoop.it

Observation and likely fact by David Langley:
many students quickly forget large amounts of content and often have difficulty transferring ideas from the classroom to novel contexts. The author provides strategies to make teaching stick. He uses the SUCCESS model and links to a Slideshare presentation.

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Project-Based Learning for Digital Citizens | Edutopia

Project-Based Learning for Digital Citizens | Edutopia | Communities of Practice about New Learning Environments | Scoop.it

Blogger Andrew Marcinek shares the real payoff for his digital literacy students. He shares how his classroom procedures are rather unstructured even though they have a task and a deadline. 

 

Andrew provides links to projects with examples where the focal point is the experience and what they are learning.

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The serious business of fun

The serious business of fun | Communities of Practice about New Learning Environments | Scoop.it

OLD stereotypes die hard. Picture a video-game player and you will likely imagine a teenage boy, by himself, compulsively hammering away at a game involving rayguns and aliens that splatter when blasted.

 

This article explains why video game industry is growing 9% each year even in this economy. Video gaming had the luck to be born digital. This is the only entertainment industry that didn't have to convert from analog. And it came along just when the generations were ready

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Preparing for College, and Kindergarten – SchoolBook

New York City education officials are talking to parents this week about how to set pre-K students on the path to college. They are beginning a series of citywide information sessions on the issue for the first time.
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Unleashing Locally Driven Innovation

Unleashing Locally Driven Innovation | Communities of Practice about New Learning Environments | Scoop.it

Ken Kay asked each 30 district superintendents a simple question: What could I do to help support their efforts to lead 21st-century districts? Kay started EdLeader21, a national ThinkTank for Leaders. 

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Mastery, risk-taking and play

Mastery, risk-taking and play | Communities of Practice about New Learning Environments | Scoop.it

This post is a culmination of a week or so of talking about play-based education.  If that's its official term for it?  Kelli writes "...by trying to pin down a definition of play-based learning to use in my curriculum theorising, am I contributing to WRECKING IT?" 

 

Interesting post with videos that keep bringing me back to the importance of play. Thanks Kelli!

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Watch now: Full Show | Digital Media - New Learners Of The 21st Century | PBS Video

Digital Media takes viewers to the frontlines of an education revolution.
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Top 1% of Mobile Users Use Half of World’s Wireless Bandwidth

Top 1% of Mobile Users Use Half of World’s Wireless Bandwidth | Communities of Practice about New Learning Environments | Scoop.it

The gap between extreme users and the rest of the population is widening, according to Arieso, a company that advises mobile operators. Just 13.2 percent of the world’s 6.1 billion cellphones are smartphones, according to Ericsson, the leading maker of mobile network equipment, but the rate exceeds 30 percent in larger markets like the United States, Germany and Britain.

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Relaxing in the Digital Garden: How to Thrive in the 21st Century | HASTAC

Relaxing in the Digital Garden: How to Thrive in the 21st Century | HASTAC | Communities of Practice about New Learning Environments | Scoop.it

Cathy Davidson writes how to thrive in the 21st century with "Garden" and "Relax." 

 

Garden is where kids translate their knowledge into something that grows a little each day and that eventually feeds them, is showing (not telling) kids that what they learn in school makes a difference.

 

Relax mean to take time to breathe deeply and survey all that has changed about how we live, work, and learn over the last 18 years and figure out, together, what comes next. 

 

Very cool! Thank you Cathy!

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Fostering a Culture of Inquiry | Edutopia

Fostering a Culture of Inquiry | Edutopia | Communities of Practice about New Learning Environments | Scoop.it

The Calgary Science School has had a consistent focus on problem-based and inquiry-based teaching and learning. Authentic, student-centered learning is embedded across all subject areas, and much of the learning is supported by innovative and powerful uses of technology and outdoor education.

 

Inquiry also infuses the school's approach to professional development. Instead of taking part in sit-and-get workshops, teachers conduct action research, participate in lesson studies, and have time with various instructional support staff to design inquiry-based projects with colleagues.

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Failures as Scientific Art

Failures as Scientific Art | Communities of Practice about New Learning Environments | Scoop.it

Failomics is a field of research intent on studying failures and debris produced in the process of doing science. Scientists contribute stories and leftovers from their research, and the data is processed by artist-scientist Dr Isabelle Desjeux, resulting in laboratory installations, scientific posters, cheeky videos, serious presentations and (one day, when the contributions are numerous enough) a book on the origin, evolution, anatomy, biochemistry, pattern of migration of these beasts...


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From Finland, an Intriguing School-Reform Model

From Finland, an Intriguing School-Reform Model | Communities of Practice about New Learning Environments | Scoop.it

Pasi Sahlberg, an educator from Finland that ranks among the world’s leaders in school quality visited New York and explained his nation’s success. Teaching is a valued profession.

 

All teachers graduate from a master's program and that is a big part of their success story. Their program started 40 years ago to fix a system that is very similar to our educational system today. 

 

We can use this model for individual states. 

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Let's Fix Learning - The Tech In Education Meetup | LordBanks | The Blog

Let's Fix Learning - The Tech In Education Meetup | LordBanks | The Blog | Communities of Practice about New Learning Environments | Scoop.it

The author was at the Tech-In Education meetup, hosted by Co-Creation Hub, and aimed at crowdsourcing tech solutions to Nigeria's perennial educational problems. 

 

Nigeria’s first open living lab and social innovation center, Co-Creation Hub, the Tech-In Education Meetup’s purpose was to initiate discussions amongst teachers, parents, technologists and educationists to identify potential roles for technology in driving positive change for the sector, especially during the formative years of children’s education.

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Building models....Inquiry learning is hard, messy and rewarding - Reflections of a Techie

Building models....Inquiry learning is hard, messy and rewarding - Reflections of a Techie | Communities of Practice about New Learning Environments | Scoop.it
Building models of weather in a middle school classroom is messy, time inefficient and essential to learning the processes of real science. It's in the doing that learning is achieved.
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Create Personalized Learning Communities for Students and Adults | Institute for Research and Reform in Education

The idea of Learning Communities for teachers and students may seem outrageous, but think about it. If students form SLCs around topics and interests, they can support each other and grow as learners. 

 

I was part of several planning groups to build student bill of rights. But there were no students there. We need their voice. I bet if we asked students to participate in curriculum design, they would come up with something pretty exciting. They know what they like if we are open to it.

 

Are there any schools out there that include students in common planning time and learning communities? I'd like to write about them.

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Putting Students in Charge of Exam Review

Putting Students in Charge of Exam Review | Communities of Practice about New Learning Environments | Scoop.it

Great example of moving to student-learning environments. That's what I'm talking about. The author shares exam time at her school. They're on trimesters - so it's already time for the dreaded exam :) This year, they have a class set of iPads. One of her main goals for the year is to get students teaching students. She shares the videos. Very cool!

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A Principal's Reflections: Use of Case Studies as a Student-Centered Approach to Learning

A Principal's Reflections: Use of Case Studies as a Student-Centered Approach to Learning | Communities of Practice about New Learning Environments | Scoop.it

The use of case studies is a powerful pedagogical approach to incorporate student-centered learning activities into lessons. Claire Davis and Elizabeth Wilcock conducted an excellent literature review and created a phenomenal resource called Teaching Materials Using Case Studies.

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Exercise and learning in grade school | Psychology Today

Exercise and learning in grade school | Psychology Today | Communities of Practice about New Learning Environments | Scoop.it

There is also evidence for a fourth R in academic development - Recess. Recess is not just fun time; it is valuable break time and valuable physical activity time.

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6 Ways To Make Online Education More Inviting | Edudemic

6 Ways To Make Online Education More Inviting | Edudemic | Communities of Practice about New Learning Environments | Scoop.it

Jennifer Campbell writes about 6 Ways To Make Online Education More Inviting and lists some good strategies to follow.

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