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The 37 Best Websites To Learn Something New

The 37 Best Websites To Learn Something New | Veteran & Education Issues | Scoop.it

Forget overpriced schools, long days in a crowded classroom, and pitifully poor results. These websites and apps cover myriads of science, art, and technology topics. They will teach you practically anything, from making hummus to building apps in node.js, most of them for free.

 

There is absolutely no excuse for you not to master a new skill, expand your knowledge, or eventually boost your career. You can learn interactively at your own pace and in the comfort of your own home. It’s hard to imagine how much easier it can possibly be. Honestly, what are you waiting for?...


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Jeff Domansky's curator insight, July 12, 2015 2:43 PM

Are you a lifelong learner? Here are some great ideas for learning.

Angela Brown-Parker, MBA's curator insight, July 13, 2015 12:54 PM

I recently enrolled back in college to learn a new skill for a career change.   I wish that I knew about these websites.  Would have save me thousands of dollars.

Sue Gaardboe's curator insight, July 15, 2015 6:11 AM

This one looks worth tucking away until I have one of those rainy days I'm always dreaming about!

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How do You Choose Good Online Sources?

How do You Choose Good Online Sources? | Veteran & Education Issues | Scoop.it

"Students often ask how to determine which websites and articles are good sources to cite. My answer is always, “Well, what do you think?” Students need to be able to think on their own. So, if your student offers some questionable sources, ask, “Why did you choose that one?” Try to get the student to think about the who, what, why, and when of the article and website. Let the student use critical thinking to come to a valid conclusion. They might just have a good reason for using the source."


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Beth Dichter's curator insight, March 25, 2015 10:06 PM

Mia MacMeekin recently posted a new infographic that helps students learn how to determine if online resources are reliable. It is split into four sections, and each section has seven questions. The four sections are:

* Who wrote it?

* What is it for?

* Why was it written?

* When was it written?

With the additional questions students should be able to determine if the site is relevant to their research, and use critical thinking skills as they come to their decision.

This is an area where many students struggle, and this visual may help them become more comfortable in learning how to evaluate information.

Mel Riddile's curator insight, March 26, 2015 6:12 AM
Beth Dichter's insight:

Mia MacMeekin recently posted a new infographic that helps students learn how to determine if online resources are reliable. It is split into four sections, and each section has seven questions. The four sections are:

* Who wrote it?

* What is it for?

* Why was it written?

* When was it written?

With the additional questions students should be able to determine if the site is relevant to their research, and use critical thinking skills as they come to their decision.

This is an area where many students struggle, and this visual may help them become more comfortable in learning how to evaluate information.

Anita Vance's curator insight, March 28, 2015 11:11 AM

Helpful to encourage thinking and self-evaluating...

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101 Ways For Teachers To Be More Creative

101 Ways For Teachers To Be More Creative | Veteran & Education Issues | Scoop.it

"Creativity isn’t always something that just happens. It can take quite a bit of work to nurture, grow, and develop creativity, even for those who are immersed in creative and dynamic fields.

For educators, it can be even more of a challenge to inspire creativity in students or embrace your own creativity while trying to juggle academic requirements, testing, and other issues in the classroom. It may be difficult but it’s certainly not impossible, and accomplishing it can help to create a classroom environment that’s more motivational, interesting, and educational for both you and your students."


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Beth Dichter's curator insight, March 6, 2015 6:09 AM

Are you looking for ideas on how to be more creative in your classroom? Check out this list from Te@chThought. It is divided into the areas listed below.

* Finding Creative Inspiration

* Capitalizing on the Creative Spark

* Inspiring Students

* The Creative Classroom

* Creative Activities

* Sharing and Collaborating

* Educate Yourself

Have fun exploring!

SuperTeacherWks's curator insight, March 9, 2015 8:00 AM

This is a fun article from TeacherThought.com. :)

Joe Boutte's curator insight, March 23, 2015 8:30 PM

Why not parents and managers too, ?  Be creative in all things. I like #19, but would flip it to say "treat you business as a classroom".

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6 Design Principles Of Connected Learning

6 Design Principles Of Connected Learning | Veteran & Education Issues | Scoop.it

What is possible in a learning environment today? One idea you  might want to explore is Connected Learning.  "CLA is on our short list of thought leaders that help push us to think about how education is changing in a modern world, which is why we’ve shared some of their models in the past, including their iconic Connected Learning model. Recently, we also discovered that they’ve shared the design principles of that model, along with a description of each."


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Beth Dichter's curator insight, December 28, 2014 9:41 PM

Connected Learning looks at digital technology and how we can use it to aide our learners. The image above shows their learning principles and design principles. There are three of each.

Learning Principles:

* Interest Powered

* Peer-Supported

* Academically Oriented

Design Principles:

* Production-Centered

* Openly  Networked

* Shared Purpose

Connected Learning provides opportunities for students "to experience learning that is social, participatory, interest-driven and relevant to the opportunities of our time."

You will find additional information on the Learning and Design Principles as well as a short video in the post.

Tony Guzman's curator insight, December 30, 2014 10:59 AM

This article shares the Connected Learning model and its principles for learning and how to design your course to follow the model. Anyone using this already?

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School vs. Learning: Divergent or Convergent

School vs. Learning: Divergent or Convergent | Veteran & Education Issues | Scoop.it
I have been thinking a lot about the "traditional" model of school and how people actually learn. If done the wrong way, school can actually go against what is needed for learning.  There are a lot...

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Lyne Leblanc's curator insight, December 30, 2014 9:06 AM

Est-ce que l'école n'a pas l'obligation de favoriser l'apprentissage de tous?

Lon Woodbury's curator insight, December 30, 2014 5:32 PM

This idea has been around a long time.  When I was an undergraduate, I had some friends state to me something along the lines of: "Now that I've finished my assignments, I can start pursuing my education."  The network of schools and programs for struggling teens started in the 1980s were based on many of these ideas, and so far as emotional growth along with academics, the emphasis was on helping the struggling students learn who they are and what they can do with it.  The motivation at that time was very much along the line of what the author calls learning.  Many of them are still doing that. -Lon

SMARTERTEACHER's curator insight, February 1, 2015 11:29 AM

WOW! Great concept "SCHOOL does not equal LEARNING". This is a scary thought for many teachers who create content driven classrooms.  But as educators it speaks to the value of the building an environment of learning.

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This Will Revolutionize Education - YouTube

Many technologies have promised to revolutionize education, but so far none has. With that in mind, what could revolutionize education? These ideas have been...

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María Luisa Meza's curator insight, December 9, 2014 11:08 PM

Video para los desafíos de la educación en el curso de docencia en línea.

Tina Jameson's curator insight, December 14, 2014 6:48 PM

When so many new technologies promise to transform education - what role is left to the teacher?  Why is the teacher still important?  This powerful clip effectively presents compelling arguments for the importance of teaching students in a 'social' classroom setting - with reference to 'how' students learn; making the best of all types of tools to aid what goes on 'in the student's head'.

Anabela Luís's curator insight, December 15, 2014 3:54 PM

Dá que pensar.... 

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21 Myths That Undermine Educational Effectiveness - InformED

21 Myths That Undermine Educational Effectiveness - InformED | Veteran & Education Issues | Scoop.it

"In the past year, education researchers have done much to turn commonly held beliefs about learning on their head.

In her controversial new book, Seven Myths About Education...Daisy Christodoulou draws on her recent experience of teaching in challenging schools to show us just how much educational practice contradicts basic scientific principles..."


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Beth Dichter's curator insight, November 9, 2014 7:41 PM

What myths do you know that undermine educational effectiveness? This post provides 21, and each is explained in the post. Fourteen of the myths provide links to additional information. Five of them are listed below. Click through to the post to find additional information on these five and the additional sixteen.

* Facts prevent understanding.

* You can always just look it up.

* Homework boosts achievement.

* Subject matter knowledge is a teacher's most powerful asset.

* The brain is static, unchanging and set before you start school.

You may not agree with all of these myths. Many could be used as a starter for discussions in a faculty meeting or with parents.

Lon Woodbury's curator insight, November 10, 2014 10:07 AM

Its amazing how many things there are that everybody knows - but just ain't so!  -Lon

Kathy Lynch's curator insight, November 10, 2014 9:14 PM

Thx Beth Dichter

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Delivering Differentiated Instruction in Your Classroom | Edudemic

Delivering Differentiated Instruction in Your Classroom | Edudemic | Veteran & Education Issues | Scoop.it

"Carol Ann Tomlinson, author of “The Differentiated Classroom: Responding to the Needs of All Learners,” is the country’s preeminent scholar on differentiated instruction. Tomlinson defines differentiated learning as “ensuring that what a student learns, how he/she learns it, and how the student demonstrates what he/she has learned is a match for that student’s readiness level, interests, and preferred mode of learning.” She likens the reluctance to integrate modern knowledge of the learning process into the classroom to settling for a Model T instead of embracing 21st-century engineering."


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Beth Dichter's curator insight, November 6, 2014 9:43 PM

This post explores some of Carol Ann Tomlinon's work on differentiation. Specifically it looks at:

* Content

* Process

* Product

* Affect

After defining each of these concepts you will find the following sections:

* The Empirical Basis of Differentiation

* Implementing Differentiation in your Classroom

* Anecdotal Support for this Method

* Criticisms of Differentiation

Many teachers find it difficult to find the time to differentiate for all students and some students find it frustration to discover that they have more work than other students. Today we are often told that we need to personalize the instruction for each student. Differentiation is one way we can walk down this road.

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Socratic Questioning: 30 Thought-Provoking Questions to Ask Your Students - InformED

Socratic Questioning: 30 Thought-Provoking Questions to Ask Your Students - InformED | Veteran & Education Issues | Scoop.it

"Over a decade ago, cognitive scientists John D. Bransford and Daniel J. Schwartz asked fifth graders and college students to create a recovery plan to to protect bald eagles from extinction. Surprisingly, the two groups came up with plans of similar quality (although the college students had better spelling skills)."


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Susan C. Freeman's curator insight, November 8, 2014 11:50 AM

This article is terrific. However, James says the apple falling is a myth. What say you?

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, November 8, 2014 11:59 AM

As long as the questions do not circle back to one right answer then critical thinking is used. Too often, questioning is brought back to the one right answer rather than exploring the questions from the many perspectives in the classroom.

 

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Susan Hall's curator insight, November 9, 2014 9:28 AM

This is great for PBL questioning.

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How Empathy Affects Learning, And How To Cultivate It In Your Students - InformED

How Empathy Affects Learning, And How To Cultivate It In Your Students - InformED | Veteran & Education Issues | Scoop.it
"The education system forces people to unlearn the empathy they were born with. It's a system based on always seeming strong, contributing to the economy

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Kathy Lynch's curator insight, November 2, 2014 11:47 AM

Thx Beth Dichter!

Meg Swecker's curator insight, November 3, 2014 9:41 AM

How empathy contributes to advanced learning. Very interesting!

Lisa Norris's curator insight, November 4, 2014 12:50 PM

Modeling empathy even on our worst days is so important for kids in this day and age!

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Launch your own online school, create your online courses in minutes

Launch your own online school, create your online courses in minutes | Veteran & Education Issues | Scoop.it

Create and organize your courses, include video and audio, share PowerPoint and PDF, an integrated payment system, EDUonGo gives you everything you need launch and manage your online school.

 


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Akhtar Hameed Khan's curator insight, October 20, 2014 1:05 AM

Teaching young boys and girls to understand the principles of accounting in easy steps is my goal.

Miguel Paul Trijaud Calderón's curator insight, December 23, 2014 4:39 PM

Mas tecnologia para una experiencia de aprendizaje cada vez mas global...

Harish Magan's comment, February 4, 2015 10:23 PM
nice courses
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The Growth Mindset: The Important Concept NOT Taught Under the Common Core

The Growth Mindset: The Important Concept NOT Taught Under the Common Core | Veteran & Education Issues | Scoop.it

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, September 15, 2014 9:36 PM

Who knew that the Growth Mindset is just one component of the Academic Mindsets? (My answer would be "not me.") Having stumbled on this post from mimio I knew I had to share it. Learn about three other mindsets that our students need to be aware of:

* Self-Efficacy

* Sense of Belonging

* Relevance

Are these mindsets you use in our classroom? How might you incorporate them? What will your students think about them? 

Click through to read more.

Kathy Lynch's curator insight, September 16, 2014 10:23 PM

Thx Beth Dichter!

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A List of Brain-based Strategies to Create Effective eLearning

A List of Brain-based Strategies to Create Effective eLearning | Veteran & Education Issues | Scoop.it
Creating brain-based eLearning courses is actually relatively easy, especially when following the acronym B.R.A.I.N. B.A.S.E.D.

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, September 2, 2014 10:53 PM

Perhaps with school starting up again, I am more aware of the number of posts that look at metacognition, and how our brains learn. This post from SH!FT provides the acronym B.R.A.I.N. B.A.S.E.D to help you remember key components of designing a course. Although the post is designed for eLearning the same concepts are also important in a face-2-face environment.

Let's look at the B in brain. It stands for the "brain's time clock." How long can students engage in active learning vs. passive learning? How long can a student online stay engaged (or a student in your classroom)? For each letter there is an explanation and in most cases links to additional resources.

Rosemary Tyrrell, Ed.D.'s curator insight, September 4, 2014 4:33 PM

Important things to think about whether designing an online or a face-to-face course. 

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7 Brainy Ways to Boost Knowledge Retention in eLearning

7 Brainy Ways to Boost Knowledge Retention in eLearning | Veteran & Education Issues | Scoop.it
As instructional designers, you have to create courses that are easy to remember and difficult to forget. Here's how:

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, April 25, 2015 8:05 AM

When we think of ways to boost knowledge retention in our learners, what works for students that are online also works for students in face2face classes. This post from SH!FT provides seven ways to help student retain knowledge. The visual above illustrates the concepts. The post provides additional information as well as links to

#1 - When possible, use diagrams. Many people are visual learners. Consider using graphic organizers to provide "holistic views, expressing relationships, and identifying contrasting data."

#2 - Incorporate unique and out-of-the ordinary images. Why? Images stay with us longer, and the more unique, the longer they tend to stay with us.

#3 - Dish out sensory details. The more details that engage the learner the better.

#4 - Use color therapy. Color works on many levels. Color can be used to organize, to grab our attention, and it can impact our mood.

The last 3 suggestions are below...but you will need to click through to the post to learn more about each.

#5 - Exaggerate.

#6 - Small bites, at one's own pace.

#7 - Spaced repetition.

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5 Steps to Make the Writing Process Less Painful

5 Steps to Make the Writing Process Less Painful | Veteran & Education Issues | Scoop.it

When you can send a prospect a well-crafted article that addresses his exact question, you've got a powerful tool. You'll get extra points if it's published in a major news source in your industry or has high engagement via social media.

 

So what is the best way to actually get pen to paper (or fingers to keys) and start laying out some prose? Given my seventh-grade love for alliteration, here are the five steps I use when trying to bring out my inner Hemingway: Environment, Exploration, Extraction, Expansion, and Editing....


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DrAlfonso Orozco C.'s curator insight, March 13, 2015 11:55 AM

9 Tips of Jeff.>>>>>>>>>> plus 5 Steps to make the Writing Process. El proceso para escribir mejor.

BJ Kurtz's curator insight, March 16, 2015 3:35 PM

I really like the first two. I think those are key.

AtharHousni's curator insight, April 15, 2015 3:58 PM

For us, writers

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11 Habits of an Effective Teacher

11 Habits of an Effective Teacher | Veteran & Education Issues | Scoop.it

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, January 4, 2015 9:51 PM

Edutopia has been sharing some of their top posts for 2014 and this one caught my eye. What are 11 habits of effective teachers? Five of the habits are listed above  (in the image). The rest may be found in the post. Each is also explained.

Do you have other habits that you think should be considered? If so, share them below.

(The image comes from Edutopia's Facebook page and is in the photo area.)

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, January 5, 2015 5:23 PM

The list provides some food for thought.

 

@ivon_ehd1

Danielle Kedward's comment, January 6, 2015 4:14 AM
Words to live by as a teacher
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Growth vs Fixed Mindset For Elementary Students

Growth vs Fixed Mindset For Elementary Students | Veteran & Education Issues | Scoop.it

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Ben Bempong's curator insight, July 20, 2015 7:30 PM

I chose this because I highly believe that knowing your mindset will definitely be beneficial in knowing to you learn and study.  Kids have fixed mindset, and kids have growth mindset.  As educators, a big task will be to change students from fixed mindsets to growth mindsets.  Know what your dealing with is a bonus in knowing your approach on how to mold and shape a student academically.

Jason Smith's curator insight, July 20, 2015 8:00 PM

Great article for elementary educators

Jennifer McGuff's curator insight, August 1, 2015 4:28 PM

Good article for all educators. 

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25 Pedagogy Ideas Teachers Found on Twitter


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Beth Dichter's curator insight, December 9, 2014 9:18 PM

This issue of the UKED magazine has one article that you should check out. They surveyed teachers and asked ideas they had found on Twitter and implemented in their classroom. The top 25 are shared in this article, and many include a link to additional resources. There are many that you will know, but there are a few that were new to me (at least, the acronyms the used were). Below is a list of five of the ideas, which they refer to as pedagogies. Check out the link to see a larger version of the image above as well as additional information on each.(And this article starts on page 19 in the magazine.)

* FiSH feedback (which stands for Friendly, Informative, Specific and Honest feedback)

* DIRT feedback (which stands for Dedicated Improvement and Reflection Time)

* Virtual Global Exchanges

* Takeaway Homework

Janet McQueen's curator insight, December 10, 2014 4:32 PM

A resource of ideas that teachers have found implemented in their classrooms. With useful links provided.  

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3 Blended Learning Tools Rocking My Classroom

3 Blended Learning Tools Rocking My Classroom | Veteran & Education Issues | Scoop.it
As I take a few minutes to reflect on the tools I have been using this year, a few keep coming up as my absolute favorites. Students are asking to see the teacher dashboard, to see their …

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David W. Deeds's curator insight, December 3, 2014 7:54 AM

Thanks to Mark Deschaine.

Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s curator insight, December 3, 2014 9:52 AM

Note that she starts with students' learning targets and then considers appropriate tools. Yes!!!

Aileenexa's curator insight, December 3, 2014 9:02 PM
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Rethinking Teacher Time (Infographic)

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Ines Bieler's curator insight, November 8, 2014 4:01 AM

This is a a great reminder to put our focus on collaboration again. And both sides - teachers and students are beneficiaries.

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For more resources on STEM Education visit http://bit.ly/1640Tbl

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Strategies to Reach Every Student, Regardless of Language Barrier

Strategies to Reach Every Student, Regardless of Language Barrier | Veteran & Education Issues | Scoop.it
Helping every student experience meaningful, deep learning is a constant challenge, in no small part because no two learners are alike. To reach students who are particularly challenged -- whether because of their ability to speak English or some other reason -- educators can find a way in by tapping into students' interests and passion.

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, November 4, 2014 9:48 PM

How do we get our students to do deeper learning? One way it to find our what our students are passionate about, allowing them to connect their personal life to their academic life.

The post discusses challenges that of English language learners, yet the ideas apply to all of our students. Three sections provide suggestions:

* Creating Structures for Success

* Teacher Grouping

* School Structures to Promote Success

There are many quotes I could choose to share. This is the one I have chosen:

'“The first thing that comes to mind for me is changing students’ perceptions of themselves so they don’t see themselves as unable to learn...If they are thinking about themselves as students who are exercising that muscle, the brain, then it changes their perception of themselves.”

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Classroom Management Tricks: Timers and a tool to control noise

Classroom Management Tricks: Timers and a tool to control noise | Veteran & Education Issues | Scoop.it
As every teacher knows, good classroom management can make the difference between a great class experience and a poor one. While technology doesn’t replace the need for a solid approach to classroom management, tech tools, including these, can certainly help.

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, October 31, 2014 10:45 PM

Richard Byrne shares two timers, an iPad app that helps students understand noise levels (and hopefully learn to keep their voices down), and a random name selector. There is a detailed explanation of each tool and two videos, one that shares how to use classroom timers and one that looks at using a random name generator in a class.

LucaVanin's curator insight, November 1, 2014 4:51 AM

Strumenti per la gestione dell'Aula, anche virtuale.

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Vocabulary expanders for English

Vocabulary expanders for English | Veteran & Education Issues | 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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25 Signs You Might Be A 21st Century Teacher

25 Signs You Might Be A 21st Century Teacher | Veteran & Education Issues | Scoop.it

"2015 is almost upon us, which means we’re somewhere between 1/6 and 1/7 of the way through the 21st century.

Which is an odd quantitative analysis, but does underscore that we’re past the point where “21st century” is an adequate label. These are odd times we live–and teach–in, the following 25 signs as proof that you’re teaching in 2015."


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Beth Dichter's curator insight, September 18, 2014 10:56 PM

Check out this list of 25 ideas that might lead you to know if you are a 21st century teacher (or not). How many would you check off as a yes? What ideas do you think are missing from this list?

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25 Next Gen Tools for the Inquiry Classroom

25 Next Gen Tools for the Inquiry Classroom | Veteran & Education Issues | Scoop.it

"Next gen tools provide meaningful ways teachers and students can explore, question, reflect and share–leading to Deeper Learning and blended and personalized opportunities for students. Here are 25 ideas for using next gen tools this year in your classroom."


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Beth Dichter's curator insight, September 3, 2014 9:44 PM

Why would we want to use next gen tools in our classroom? One reason is they provide a richer experience for our students, richer content, potentially richer discussions, and more as well as the fact that these tools are often multi-disciplinary and multi-sensory.

The 25 tools listed here address large parts of the curriculum as well as grade levels. Five are listed below. Click through to the post to learn more about them and twenty more.

* PBS for Educators has many resources available. This post highlights three specifically: Point of View (which is geared to older students); SCI Girls (think STEM); and Daily News Story (as you probably guessed we are talking current events).

* Big History Project goal is to develop a full curriculum for high school. At this point they have four key areas: the universe, or solar system and Earth, Life and Humans, with a total of seven "threshholds."

* Do you want your students to publish work online? Consider checking out EduBlog, KidBlog and Blogger?

Have fun exploring and teach your students (and yourself) some next gen tools!

Tony Guzman's curator insight, September 4, 2014 9:43 AM

Some great tools to consider for your classroom.

Rosemary Tyrrell, Ed.D.'s curator insight, September 4, 2014 4:20 PM

A useful list of top quality resources.