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4 Online Infographics Generators

4 Online Infographics Generators | Connected Learning | Scoop.it
Let's face it, the infographics industry is exploding and now we’re seeing some new tools to help us easily create or generate simple infographics.
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Every Educator Has a Story . . . Just Tell It.

Every Educator Has a Story . . . Just Tell It. | Connected Learning | Scoop.it
This is one of my favorite cartoons ever. The "punch" line is that every person on the planet has a story to tell.  I also know that every teacher story to tell. Educators are doing amazing things ...
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10 Ways Teacher Planning Should Adjust To The Google Generation

10 Ways Teacher Planning Should Adjust To The Google Generation | Connected Learning | Scoop.it
10 Ways Teacher Planning Should Adjust To The Google Generation
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Membership Workspace for Artists/Creatives to Open in Houston

Membership Workspace for Artists/Creatives to Open in Houston | Connected Learning | Scoop.it
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"A scenario such as this is why some clever folks in Houston have developed an art-gear mecca called Houston Makerspace, which opens this Saturday, April 12, with much fanfare, after which time “Houstonians will have access to an unparalleled arena of workspace offerings including a wood shop, metal shop, rapid prototyping lab (read: laser cutters and 3D printers!), screen printing studio, letterpress shop, jewelry studio, and sewing and textiles lab.” They’ve also got the fittings for ceramics, glassblowing, and blacksmithing, and are beginning to build-out a 10,000 square foot community garden. Also, classrooms and studio space will be available, because seriously, you may just want to be there always, chatting at the coffeemaker with all the other types like you who need coffee a lot, pretending you’re in school again."

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InVITE – Inclusive Voices for Innovation & Technology in Education | Change Agency

InVITE – Inclusive Voices for Innovation & Technology in Education | Change Agency | Connected Learning | Scoop.it

One Twitter conversation after another… one “in-the-hallway-at-a-conference chat” after another… For too long the same topics have been discussed again and again as a problem in the ed tech community...

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Why Playful Learning Is The Key To Prosperity

Why Playful Learning Is The Key To Prosperity | Connected Learning | Scoop.it
In order for our global society to develop solutions to pressing problems in an increasingly technology-driven and constantly changing world, we need to re-train our workforce to do what machines can’t: to be enterprising, independent and strategic thinkers—to be purposeful creators. This starts with changing the way students, especially the youngest ones, [...]
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Teaching Adolescents How to Evaluate the Quality of Online Information

Teaching Adolescents How to Evaluate the Quality of Online Information | Connected Learning | Scoop.it
An essential part of online research is the ability to critically evaluate information. This includes the ability to read and evaluate its level of accuracy, reliability and bias. When we recently as
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Openly Networked Learning In and Across Art Museums

Openly Networked Learning In and Across Art Museums | Connected Learning | Scoop.it
How can museums begin to more closely connect with in-school and out-of-school digital literacy practices, tapping the tools of the digital age as well as the elements of making, connecting, and ex...
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DIY Professional Development: Resource Roundup

DIY Professional Development: Resource Roundup | Connected Learning | Scoop.it
Why wait for a formal workshop environment to start improving your teaching craft, when there are so many opportunities to build your network and learn new skills on your own? We've compiled a list of the best resources for do-it-yourself PD to get you started.
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To Advance Education, We Must First Reimagine Society

To Advance Education, We Must First Reimagine Society | Connected Learning | Scoop.it
Why haven't education reform efforts amounted to much? Because they start with the wrong problem, says John Abbott, director of the 21st Century Learning Initiative. Overhauling the educational paradigm means replacing the metaphor — the concept of the world and its inhabitants as machine-like entities — that has shaped the education system, as well as many other aspects of our culture.
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10 Principles of Sustainable EdTech Implementation - Getting Smart by Dave Guymon - edchat, edleadership, EdTech

10 Principles of Sustainable EdTech Implementation - Getting Smart by Dave Guymon - edchat, edleadership, EdTech | Connected Learning | Scoop.it
Regardless of what kind of technology is available to you, the Digital Age that we teach and learn in requires principals and teachers to stop asking why they should be using technology in the classroom and start asking how they can maximize the tools they have available to them to enhance student achievement.
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I Have a Voice | WITS | Houston, TX

I Have a Voice | WITS | Houston, TX | Connected Learning | Scoop.it
Writers in the Schools (WITS) engages children in the pleasure and power of reading and writing. WITS revolutionizes the way reading and writing are taught, nurturing the growth of the imagination and awakening students to the adventures of language.
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“I have a voice. My voice is powerful. My voice can change the world.”

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No Questions for You!

No Questions for You! | Connected Learning | Scoop.it
Teachers who host rich conversations in their classrooms (whether in kindergarten or high school civics class) do so by asking juicy questions, and not presuming they have the one right answer. Lots and lots of questions. Provocative and probing questions that make students uneasy or curious. And they practice, practice, practice. Discussion--taking turns, sharing viewpoints, deconstruction of ideas, asking questions--is a learned skill.
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‘World-class’ teacher preparation | Dangerously Irrelevant

‘World-class’ teacher preparation | Dangerously Irrelevant | Connected Learning | Scoop.it

’m not up on all of the thousands of preparation programs that are out there but, as I think about the shifts that we need to see in schools (and the new building blocks that we need to put in place), at a minimum any teacher preparation program that wanted to label itself ‘world-class’ would be able to affirmatively say the following…

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Scott makes some excellent points here and touches on an issue that I've had many discussions about over the past couple of years.  As we continue to push for the shifts that we need to see in schools, we also need shifts in teacher preparation programs...


After reading Scott's draft of the essential knowledge and skills that should be the focus of a teacher prep program, I am left with another question...

How many professors in those teacher prep programs possess this knowledge and these skills at the level that would allow them to effectively create a teacher prep program that embodies this shift? 

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If a teacher prep program were lacking in a sufficient number of faculty who possess this knowledge and these skills, how willing would they be to hiring on adjuncts who can help grow this shift by coaching the existing faculty and helping to redesign courses and/or develop new courses to facilitate this shift within their teacher prep program?
 

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Five Tips for Building Strong Collaborative Learning

Five Tips for Building Strong Collaborative Learning | Connected Learning | Scoop.it
Students at The College Preparatory School often collaborate in groups, as in this math class where students work together to solve a set of geometry problems in the classroom (above), and then wor
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Why InVITE? — #InVITEchat #edtech | Change Agency

Why InVITE? — #InVITEchat #edtech | Change Agency | Connected Learning | Scoop.it

There are many reasons why InVITE was founded, and one of the motivating factors was the persistent gender imbalance evident in the lists of featured speakers and keynotes at local, state, and national ed tech conferences...

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10 Courses With a Twist

10 Courses With a Twist | Connected Learning | Scoop.it
Professors are capitalizing on what computers can’t do — like take walks, serve pizza, chase tornadoes and teach through experience.
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What Would Be a Radically Different Vision of School?

What Would Be a Radically Different Vision of School? | Connected Learning | Scoop.it
Setting aside the two predominant narratives of education, there's a third vision taking shape that's yet to be defined. What would a reimagined education system value and teach?
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Forget wearable tech, embeddable implants are already here

Forget wearable tech, embeddable implants are already here | Connected Learning | Scoop.it
A new generation of embeddable tech implants could soon change the way we live
Stephanie Sandifer's insight:

This is fascinating... we have finally accepted the use of mobile devices in learning (at least most educators have... ) while we explore/debate the use of wearable tech in learning... but how many educators are even aware of what is coming next?

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Teresa Roebuck's curator insight, April 14, 1:56 PM

I've already said that I am ready to embed/implant a smart phone in my hand! What are we waiting for?

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10 things wrong with what kids learn in school

10 things wrong with what kids learn in school | Connected Learning | Scoop.it
The curriculum is the problem.
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What We Really Need To Know About Ed Tech

What We Really Need To Know About Ed Tech | Connected Learning | Scoop.it
Those "5 Things You Need to Know About EdTech" posts seem to crop up on Twitter every couple weeks -- Tech isn't the Point of EdTech, EdTech is about Learning, EdTech is Exciting. But for those who've heard and read it all before, here's a completely different take on that headline.
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How To Use Google Voice In Education - Edudemic

How To Use Google Voice In Education - Edudemic | Connected Learning | Scoop.it
Education is about communication, but few educators are willing to hand out their personal mobile number. With Google Voice you don’t have to.  When you go to Google.com/voice you can set up a new number with Google. It will ask you for a forwarding number. This must be an actual landline or mobile number in …
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What Does Learning Look Like? A Look At Physical And Digital Spaces - Edudemic

What Does Learning Look Like? A Look At Physical And Digital Spaces - Edudemic | Connected Learning | Scoop.it
What does learning look like? Is it a classroom? Is there a teacher? Are students working by themselves or collaborating with others? Are they listening or constructing? Can all of these answers be correct?
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The Power of Non-Core Academics*

The Power of Non-Core Academics* | Connected Learning | Scoop.it
Education speaks often about the whole-child, passions, and the adjacent possible. We talk about creativity and critical thinking as the core. But actions don't often align with beliefs especially ...
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The Global Search for Education: Education and Jobs

The Global Search for Education: Education and Jobs | Connected Learning | Scoop.it
"The Future of Employment study makes clear that what matters most today is what you can do with what you know, rather than how much you know."
- Dr. Tony Wagner



What does today's technology mean for tomorrow's jobs and how can we bett...
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Video now a ‘must have’ in HE

Video now a ‘must have’ in HE | Connected Learning | Scoop.it
Over 500 respondents affirm that video improves learning outcomes and is now a ‘must have’ for higher education
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