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A Handy Google Image Tip for Teachers and Students

A Handy Google Image Tip for Teachers and Students | Connected educator | Scoop.it
June 17, 2014
One of the essential features of Google Image, but overlooked by most students,  is to search for images using images instead of text. This is especially important when searching...
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Ann Michaelsen on "Creating a global classroom" - YouTube

This session will cover all the basic topics needed to start collaborating across networks and developing proficiency with the tools of technology. As a clas...
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Excellent TED Ed Talks to Improve Students Writing ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Excellent TED Ed Talks to Improve Students Writing ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Connected educator | Scoop.it
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Good writing is all about clarity of the communicative intent. This clarity is materialized through the appropriate use of a set of elements including: good grammar, fewer or no spelling errors, punctuations, and word choice to mention but a few. The threeTED Ed talks below offer a great illustration of how these elements work together to render a good piece of writing. These videos have been featured in TED Ed blog  and for more lessons on writing, grammar and linguistics check out TED Ed lesson series “The Writer’s Workshop” and “Playing with Language.”

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What’s worth learning?

What’s worth learning? | Connected educator | Scoop.it
What’s worth learning and how to educate for the unknown.
On Will Richardson’s page I found this: David Perkins, Professor, Harvard Graduate School of Education Perkins considers what’s worth learning and how to educate for the unknown.
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What Does Every Person Need to Know?

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Peter Greene:
“But The List approach is, in fact, List-centered, and I’m well-anchored to an approach to teaching that is student-centered. It is, I have become convinced, the only way to teach. We.We cannot be rules-centered or standards-centered or test-centered or teacher-centered or list-centered, even though we need to include and consider all of those elements...

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Teaching Brick Lane

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Brick Lane is the story of Nazneen, a young Bangladeshi woman given into an arranged marriage to Chanu Ahmed, a man almost twice her age. Chanu takes her to London, where he has lived and worked for almost two decades.
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Educators Will Never Be 100% Connected.

Educators Will Never Be 100% Connected. | Connected educator | Scoop.it

Educators like all learners have a preferred way of learning. Some think of it as different “styles of learning”, but even that theory of  “learning styles” has been questioned by some. In a  profession, which resides in a world where content and information constantly change and evolve at a rapid rate of speed, educators need to maintain relevance in order to create an authentic and meaningful environment for their students to learn and create....

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Educators have always needed to master the understanding of at least two fields of endeavor to be successful. First, they needed to master their content field. They are required to be experts of content. Second, they needed to master the field of education with a clear understanding of the latest and greatest methodology and pedagogy available. The 21st Century has now further complicated the teaching profession by requiring an additional third area of mastery, digital literacy. This is required to accomplish many of the necessary tasks in the space occupied by our nation in a computer-driven world. It is the mastery of this third element that educators struggle with today. It is this third element that also directly affecting the evolution of content and education.

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Shifting the Classroom, One Step at a Time

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Teachers who are interested in shifting their classrooms often don’t know where to start. It can be overwhelming, frightening, and even discouraging, especially when no one else around you seems to...
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But I also talk to my student’s about stuff like how their brain works, and how neural connections need to be made. That often, in order for students to learn something new, it needs to be attached to things they already know. Just before the recent break, during the last week of school, we talked about cognitive dissonance and Vygotsky’s zone of proximal development. They like to know there’s a reason for the way they feel when they don’t “get it.” And they like to know that everyone’s zone of development is different. In fact, they were amazed to find out everyone’s brain is different.

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Teachers as Technology Trailblazers: Personalizing PD: It's About Empowerment; Not Tools

Teachers as Technology Trailblazers: Personalizing PD: It's About Empowerment; Not Tools | Connected educator | Scoop.it

Personalized learning and professional development - these buzzwords are humming on everyone’s lips in education these days. Given the national realization that our students need new skills and competencies to be “college and career ready” after they leave our schools, substantial shifts are happening in the areas of teacher practice and educational standards. Personalization seems to be one of the best ways to meet the rising demands of the global economy.

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This i think is very important: If we equate these types of organic experiences with a long list of video clips based on a teacher’s profile, then we won’t ever realize the change we want to see in our classrooms. When a teacher passively sits back and watches prescribed content, they’re simply absorbing. When a teacher builds and synthesizes ideas via a personalized experience such as a Twitter chat or Edcamp, they’re actively engaging in the right mix of content sharing and socialization.

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The Myths of Technology Series: “Technology Makes Us Dumb”

The Myths of Technology Series: “Technology Makes Us Dumb” | Connected educator | Scoop.it
For ISTE 2014 in Atlanta, I will be presenting on the “Myths of Technology and Learning”.
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So when you can Google everything and all of the information in the world now resides in your pocket, we have to start thinking differently about school.  If I asked a teacher a question, and they used Google, or tweeted out the question and found the information through a social network, many people would consider that adult “resourceful”.  Yet if a student does the same thing, they are considered a cheater.  Ewan McIntosh has talked about the idea of “Google vs. Non-Googleable Questions” that leads to higher level thinking.  It is not that content has become unimportant, but as Thomas Friedman states in his article on how to get a job at Google, “the world only cares about what you can do with what you know (and it doesn’t care how you learned it)”.

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"Our" Curriculum vs. "Their" Curriculum

"Our" Curriculum vs. "Their" Curriculum | Connected educator | Scoop.it

Sam Levin:
“When people talk about student voice, they’re talking about feedback sessions and letting students be part of hiring committees. When they say, “Let’s give students a voice,” they mean “let’s give them a seat at school board meetings.”

That’s not what they need. They need a lot more. We need to give them a pen and a microphone and a hammer and a shovel and a chalkboard. We need to give them a classroom and an audience and blank sheet that says “curriculum” at the top. We need to give them a budget and a building.

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Will: I’ve been arguing more and more of late that “curriculum” is a major if not the major problem in schools right now. And it’s not just that our current curriculum is in many ways outdated, irrelevant, and bloated.

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Myths of Technology Series: “Technology Will Replace Face-to-Face Interaction”

Myths of Technology Series: “Technology Will Replace Face-to-Face Interaction” | Connected educator | Scoop.it
For ISTE 2014 in Atlanta, I will be presenting on the “Myths of Technology and Learning”.
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Technology can give us the opportunity to enhance face-to-face interactions, not replace them.  We just have to take advantage.

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A Great Poster on The 6 Questions Critical Thinker Asks

A Great Poster on The 6 Questions Critical Thinker Asks | Connected educator | Scoop.it
April 6, 2014
In an earlier post here in Educational Technology and Mobile Learning I talked about the 8 elements of the critical thinking process and I argued that critical thinking is  a...
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Flat Connections Sydney 2014 #flatconnect

Flat Connections Sydney 2014 #flatconnect | Connected educator | Scoop.it
Learning about the world, with the world I'm on my way to Sydney Australia to participate in the Flat Connection Conference. The theme of the conference is 'What's the other story?', encouraging pa...
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Our lives, our cultures, are composed of many overlapping stories. Novelist Chimamanda Adichie tells the story of how she found her authentic cultural voice — and warns that if we hear only a single story about another person or country, we risk a critical misunderstanding.

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11 Fantastic TED Ed Talks for Your Students ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

11 Fantastic TED Ed Talks for Your Students ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Connected educator | Scoop.it
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One of the wonderful video resources I have been recommending for teachers and students is TED Ed video library on YouTube. This library features a wide variety of educational videos curated specifically for education community. These TED Ed videos are explanatory tutorials and animations  that cover a given topic . Many of these animations are created by educators and teachers in partnership with professional animators.

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Student-centred learning

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Wrapping up the school year
 
Students working in groups collaborating with a school in Alaska
I like the Merriam Webster definition to wrap up: to bring to a usually successful conclusion.
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The Gift of Failure

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Life is interesting. You think you’re going to end up in one place, and, surprise, you end up in another. I think that’s very much like the world we’re preparing our students for. Nobody really knows what the world will look like 10 years from now.
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For Students, the Importance of Doing Work That Matters

For Students, the Importance of Doing Work That Matters | Connected educator | Scoop.it
If our students look at the work we’re asking them to do today and say “It doesn’t matter,” we’re missing a huge opportunity to help them become the learners they now need to be.
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Work that matters” has significance beyond classroom walls; it’s work that is created for an authentic audience who might  enjoy it or benefit from it even in a small way. It’s work that isn’t simply passed to the teacher for a grade, or shared with peers for review. It’s work that potentially makes a difference in the world.

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A Voice for Everyone

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I always talk about the power of technology for student voice.  Then I saw this video.
Try not to cry.
Not much I can say other than “wow”.
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Reinventing the Classroom Conference #reinvent14

Reinventing the Classroom Conference #reinvent14 | Connected educator | Scoop.it
Join us for the reinventing the classroom conference!
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This session will cover all the basic topics needed to start collaborating across networks and developing proficiency with the tools of technology. As a classroom teacher, you cannot create your own educational system. However, you can change what is going on in your classroom. This session will show you how to help your students become connected leaners. Teaching without textbooks, facilitates learning in a student-centered environment. It is a way to make students’ voice count. Student participation means letting the students make the important decisions, like what to learn and how to learn it.

This session will explain how to use Skype and Twitter and also how students’ blogs can be used to get in contact with students and teachers from other parts of the world. Questions and challenges are set by the students with help from the teacher. Students offer feedback to fellow students. The goal is self-paced differentiated learning where every student can progress individually and the teacher can keep track of this. Technology makes it possible to learn in an authentic real-world practice, modelling real-world problems.

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Let It Marinate: The Importance of Reflection and Closing

Let It Marinate: The Importance of Reflection and Closing | Connected educator | Scoop.it
I am one of those people who regularly figures out exactly what to say after the moment has passed. I will be deep in conversation with someone, sharing thoughts and bouncing around ideas. Yet, as th
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The following is a list of different reflection and closing prompts:

Share one thing you learned.Share a question for future investigation.Respond with a word.What worked? What didn’t work?What is one part of your work that you are proud of?How would you do this differently next time?
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Students don’t need a ‘voice.’ Here’s what they really need.

Students don’t need a ‘voice.’ Here’s what they really need. | Connected educator | Scoop.it

Sam Levin was a student when, in 2011, he founded the Independent Project at Monument Mountain Regional High School in Massachusetts. He had thrown out an idea to administrations about allowing students to create a learning environment in which teachers serve as mentors and coaches while students post questions and design ways to answer them in unorthodox ways.

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Kids are disengaged. They aren’t learning, and a lot of what they are learning is no longer relevant to the 21st  Century. Fortunately that’s becoming more kosher to say. It’s no longer radical; people are starting to see the problems. But unfortunately, a lot of the proposed solutions aren’t radical enough. They’re superficial.

People talk about giving students a voice. A seat at the table. If we’re going to solve these problems, we’re going to need more than that. We want kids to be engaged in learning, to be excited to show up and happy about school? Give them real agency in their own education.

We want kids to be learning, to be passionate about their work? Let them learn things that have real meaning to them. Make them the authors of their curriculum.

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Are Existing Tech Tools Effective for Teachers and Students?

Are Existing Tech Tools Effective for Teachers and Students? | Connected educator | Scoop.it
The Gates Foundation released a report today surveying teachers and students on the kinds of digital tools they'd like to see available in classrooms.
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The networked teacher

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Why sharing is the key to learning!
This week I have been reminded why sharing is important, mostly because Ingunn Weka from Sogndal vgs visited our school the whole week.
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Lyn Hilt: Learning in Technicolor

Lyn Hilt: Learning in Technicolor | Connected educator | Scoop.it
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Today, because of the ease with which I can access, save, share, curate, publish, critique, create, remix, and request information, my personal learning process looks much different. As administrators, teachers, and leaders, we should be able to articulate to our school communities what our own process looks like, and why it’s important to be able to model this process for our students, who no doubt are navigating the same digital waters we are.

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