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Scratch Releases "Creative Computing" Teaching Guide (EdSurge News)

Scratch Releases "Creative Computing" Teaching Guide (EdSurge News) | Connected Learning | Scoop.it
LOOPS AND LISTS AND EVENTS, OH MY!: The ScratchEd team today released its newest guide to using coding instructional tool Scratch in K-12 classrooms, museums, and more. The guide, entitled "Creative Computing" (PDF available here), offers ideas, strategies, and activities for introducing creative co
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Teach Your Kids to Code: 6 Beginner's Resources for Parents

Teach Your Kids to Code: 6 Beginner's Resources for Parents | Connected Learning | Scoop.it
Blogger Matt Davis has collected some helpful resources parents can use to help their kids start learning about computer programming.
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This is How to Use Google Drive with Edmodo to Share Docs and Assignments with Students ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

This is How to Use Google Drive with Edmodo to Share Docs and Assignments with Students ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Connected Learning | Scoop.it
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David R. Perry's curator insight, August 4, 10:34 PM

Edmodo is a daily starting point in my classroom. We incorporated Google Apps into Edmodo last school year and the result has been nothing short of magical! Needless to say I am a BIG fan of the combination!

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The TES - Education Jobs, Teaching Resources, Magazine & Forums

The TES - Education Jobs, Teaching Resources, Magazine & Forums | Connected Learning | Scoop.it
Latest news, comment, education jobs, teaching resources and discussion from the TES.
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​Rafranz Davis on the Classroom, Technology and Building a Community of Educators (EdSurge News)

​Rafranz Davis on the Classroom, Technology and Building a Community of Educators (EdSurge News) | Connected Learning | Scoop.it
As an instructional technology specialist with nine years of teaching math behind her, Rafranz Davis has experience with how technology can help in the classroom. She’s got valuable advice for educators and entrepreneurs, so when EdSurge got a chance to ask her a few questions about her experiences
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"If edtech companies are not engaging in conversations with teachers and students, they’re doing it wrong." -- Rafranz Davis

That is precisely why I joined the team at June Labs -- we are building a platform and community of educators & ed tech companies who will "be the change" within the ed tech ecosystem.

I, and the rest of the team at June Labs believe in two fundamental ideas:

1) Educators want and need to be more involved in the development of educational technology in order to create better tools for today’s classrooms.

2) Educational technology companies want and need the involvement of educators to develop valuable, viable, and impactful products.


We connect educators with ed tech companies and vice versa, so they can work together to build valuable products that improve education. We are creating an ed tech ecosystem that will result in better outcomes for learners while also creating a win-win for educators and education companies. 


 

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The Unruly Playground: Free OER and Paid Digital Materials (EdSurge News)

The Unruly Playground: Free OER and Paid Digital Materials (EdSurge News) | Connected Learning | Scoop.it
Is the relationship between Open Educational Resources (OER) advocates and traditional educational publishing companies like a playground dominated by bullies? Or more like two groups of kids, ignoring each other as much as possible as they play?If current activity is any indication, it’s a little o
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A free 3D modeling app for iPad

A free 3D modeling app for iPad | Connected Learning | Scoop.it

We believe in the power of 3D thinking and our vision is to make 3D modeling, designing + printing more accessible and affordable for people of all ages, skill levels and backgrounds. There are many potential uses for Morphi - prototyping, visualization, making functional products and wearables, creating decorative items, rendering quick architectural models, building 3D models to teach STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art + Math), literacy and much, much more.


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Nik Peachey's curator insight, July 27, 3:02 AM

This is a great app to get students started creating and designing 3D objects and printing them on a 3D printer.

Maru Peltonen's curator insight, July 28, 7:28 AM

Ja lisää kokeiltavaa.

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Free Technology for Teachers: Try Using ThingLink to Create Visual Prompts for Blog Comments

Free Technology for Teachers: Try Using ThingLink to Create Visual Prompts for Blog Comments | Connected Learning | Scoop.it

By using ThingLink in this way I can have students and more than just text comments in response to the visual prompt. To extend the activity I can have students look for YouTube videos and or websites that will help to explain answers to the questions generated by looking at the featured image. 


Learn more:

 

http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-tools-for-teaching-people-and-learners/?tag=ThingLink

 

http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?tag=Thinglink-Course

 

 

 


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I discovered ThingLink while teaching one of my online art classes.  It is a great tool for any blended learning environment, but was extremely useful for my 100% online class.  Students were able to annotate images to provide commentary on symbolism, artist intent, and historical context on the precise areas of the image where the comments were relevant.

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Comunicologos.com's curator insight, July 27, 12:30 PM

Comunicación y Educación 3.0

Nicola Parkin's curator insight, July 28, 7:36 PM

Thinglink is easy to set up. Use with low-stakes activity first to test for student usability issues

LeRay Allen's curator insight, July 29, 2:12 PM

With today's school budget this site is a necessity for

my learners and its cost effective for my school.

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Personalized Learning or Personalized Schooling? - DreamBox Learning

Personalized Learning or Personalized Schooling? - DreamBox Learning | Connected Learning | Scoop.it
Our experience with this class was very personalized. And it was very personal. In education literature, the terms Personalized Learning and Personalization are being increasingly used and discussed, and disagreements about Personalized Learning and its value to students have resulted in several blog posts and debates in the past month. Audrey Watters links to eight of them and adds her perspective here, and Mike Caulfield furthered the conversation here. I agree with others that we need to define these terms better, and my experience with the hospital birth class is a useful and illustrative reference point....Read more ›
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‘Managing students’ technology’ equals ‘forcing them to sit and listen’ | Dangerously Irrelevant

‘Managing students’ technology’ equals ‘forcing them to sit and listen’ | Dangerously Irrelevant | Connected Learning | Scoop.it
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OPINION: Moving PD Forward Beyond Videos (EdSurge News)

OPINION: Moving PD Forward Beyond Videos (EdSurge News) | Connected Learning | Scoop.it
The fact that there are plenty of companies touting video-based PD as more efficient, individualized, cheaper, and faster should not surprise anyone who has been in the education game long enough to have suffered through Harry Wong.But to suggest that video versus in-person PD is the real play here
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How Much It Will Cost to Connect (Almost) All Schools (EdSurge News)

How Much It Will Cost to Connect (Almost) All Schools (EdSurge News) | Connected Learning | Scoop.it
How much will it cost to
"Keep calm and connect all schools"? Try $3.2 billion. That's how much CoSN (Consortium for School Networking) and the EducationSuperHighway say it will cost to equip and update public K-12 schools' existing infrastructure in order to meet President Obama's goal of con
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Stop The False Generalizations About Personalized Learning

Stop The False Generalizations About Personalized Learning | Connected Learning | Scoop.it
In March, Tom Loveless, a fellow at the Brookings Institution, took an outdated swipe at the logic behind moving toward a student-centered learning system. He in essence suggested that because the curriculum wars have been decided more or less empirically, that people bent on disrupting the classroom and the factory-model [...]
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Ed-Tech and the Templated Self: Thoughts from the "Reclaim Your Domain" Hackathon

Ed-Tech and the Templated Self: Thoughts from the "Reclaim Your Domain" Hackathon | Connected Learning | Scoop.it
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20 Timeless Ways to Make Your Classroom Extraordinary #carpediem | Change Agency

20 Timeless Ways to Make Your Classroom Extraordinary #carpediem | Change Agency | Connected Learning | Scoop.it
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Inspired by my post from earlier today about Robin Williams, I started thinking about how I have and how, if I were still teaching in a brick-and-mortar classroom, I would make my own classroom extraordinary for my students.  The following is a simple list of 20 timeless ways to make your classroom extraordinary for your students this year.  All of these can be done without technology and many can be enhanced with a wide variety of technology tools (and many of these can be done even in the online classes that I teach now) — but at the core of this list is an emphasis on student agency, independence, respect, care, engagement, and support for each individual’s learning process.

 

Your students won’t remember the worksheets you handed out or the math problems you made them work to practice their skills.  They probably won’t even remember some of the curriculum content of your class, but they will remember you and how you made them feel in your classroom.

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20 Great Rubrics for Integrating Bloom's Digital Taxonomy in Your Teaching ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

20 Great Rubrics for Integrating Bloom's Digital Taxonomy in Your Teaching ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Connected Learning | Scoop.it
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9 Roles For The Teacher That Leads

9 Roles For The Teacher That Leads | Connected Learning | Scoop.it
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ScratchJr - Home

ScratchJr - Home | Connected Learning | Scoop.it
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Jan Eade's curator insight, August 3, 8:16 PM

"Coding is the new literacy!" ScratchJr (ages 5-7)  is available  free . As with other Scratch products it is a fun way to problem solve, design and program interactive projects, games, stories and creatively express themselves.

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Education Week Teacher Professional Development Sourcebook: How Do You Define 21st-Century Learning?

Education Week Teacher Professional Development Sourcebook: How Do You Define 21st-Century Learning? | Connected Learning | Scoop.it
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Interesting range of responses to this question...

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5 Essential Ingredients For Learning (SPLAT)

5 Essential Ingredients For Learning (SPLAT) | Connected Learning | Scoop.it
I was listening to a fascinating show by Pat Flynn, blogger and podcaster who was interviewing Bryan Kelly from What The Speak on the neuroscience behind great presentations. As I thought about the...
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I consider myself to be an "experienced" educator -- that means I've spent many years in the classroom and I'm "old."  But I've never stopped trying to learn more and to be reflective about what I am doing so that I can improve how I help students learn.  

The five ingredients listed in this blog post are fairly "spot on" in my opinion and my experience.  I would have enjoyed a post like this when I first started my teaching career.  I'm not sure if I would have fully understood all of this initially -- but it would have made it much easier to learn this in the trenches.  

Share this with all of your teaching colleagues -- "experienced" and "new" to the profession... 

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Deb Nystrom, REVELN's curator insight, July 27, 7:53 PM

So many webinars do NOT follow this handy SPLAT acronym.  Q & A, by "raising your hand" is not the same as "talking is learning."  We have a long ways to go to enable full conversation in webinars.  The current stay is still MUCH more lecture based.  ~  Deb

Deb Nystrom, REVELN's curator insight, August 2, 4:01 PM

Getting social with learning, powering up by getting diggity digital with it.   Why not release the power by empowering in the 2014 learning places?   ~  Deb

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The Must-Have #EdTech Cheat Sheet

The Must-Have #EdTech Cheat Sheet | Connected Learning | Scoop.it
There’s a whole galaxy of terminology that you should know about when it comes to education technology. From PLNs to Blended Learning to Synchronous Online Learning ... it can get overwhelming. Luc...

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The Top S'Cool Tools for Q2, 2014 (EdSurge News)

The Top S'Cool Tools for Q2, 2014 (EdSurge News) | Connected Learning | Scoop.it
If you’re looking for effective and popular school tools to test out this summer, look no further.Every week, EdSurge delivers its educator-specific INSTRUCT newsletter (sign-up here) with a section on “S’Cool Tools,” calling attention to 3-5 edtech tools we’ve found, tested, and given our surging s
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Finding Ways for All Kids to Flourish: If you want innovation, get a young idealistic teacher..and other damaging myths..

Finding Ways for All Kids to Flourish: If you want innovation, get a young idealistic teacher..and other damaging myths.. | Connected Learning | Scoop.it
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An Edtech Bill of Rights (EdSurge News)

An Edtech Bill of Rights (EdSurge News) | Connected Learning | Scoop.it
What happens when mixed groups of educators, researchers, entrepreneurs and investors spend an hour talking with each other? Invited by Barbara “Bobbi” Kurshan, EdSurge facilitated such a conversation on May 13 at the Milken Penn GSE competition and conference in Philadelphia.


The groups ta
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Why Education Is The Most Important Revolution Of Our Time

Why Education Is The Most Important Revolution Of Our Time | Connected Learning | Scoop.it
The ways learning happens in the US are shifting rapidly. We're out to capture learning in its natural habitat, from soccer fields to science labs, boardrooms to bedrooms. Welcome to NPR Ed.
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