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How Twitter is Reinventing Collaboration Among Educators

How Twitter is Reinventing Collaboration Among Educators | ConnectEd Scoops | Scoop.it

Before the advent of Twitter, most educators I know had limited opportunities to collaborate with colleagues outside their building. Some subscribed to listservs or participated in online forums, but these outlets lacked critical mass; teachers also networked at in-person conferences and training sessions, but these isolated events didn't provide ongoing support.

 

Enter Twitter. I've heard many educators say that Twitter is the most effective way to collaborate and that they've learned more with Twitter than they have from years of formal professional development.


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Andreas Kuswara's curator insight, April 18, 2013 2:22 AM

twitter alone might not be sufficient, as we (or most of us) not 'always online', we have to do other things. combining twitter with a mechanism to comb through the # and compile personalized feed, would be useful.

Catherine Smyth's comment, April 24, 2013 2:20 AM
I'm a fledgling tweeter but love the way Twitter ignites discussion and ideas within a professional community.
Laura Conley's curator insight, April 29, 2013 6:28 PM

Twitter is a fantastic resource for PD.

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On Using a #Makerspace for #STEM #Education - The INCUBATOR

On Using a #Makerspace for #STEM #Education - The INCUBATOR | ConnectEd Scoops | Scoop.it
The Maker Movement has proved itself to be a valuable component of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) education ecosystem. The underlying philosophy of this movement involves open-ended creativity, development of critical thinking and intellectual flexibility, as well as instill confidence and a sense of accomplishment. The blueprints for building a makerspace are fairly straightforward, and usually incorporates a few key items like 3D printers, sewing machines, power tools, soldering gear, and maybe a laser cutter. But is it as simple as “build it and they will come?”

To help answer the question of “So you have a makerspace, now what?” Jaymes Dec, middle school technology teacher and founder of NYC Makery, served up some valuable advice at our recent SOWING Circle Meetup (SOWING stands for Science Outreach Working to Inspire the Next Generation, and is a gathering for anyone who works as a STEM educator to share resources and brainstorm ideas). In his talk, Jaymes outlined a series of questions to help educators maximize the impact of making in STEM.

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ISTE: Infographic: Make your learning fun and games

ISTE: Infographic: Make your learning fun and games | ConnectEd Scoops | Scoop.it
Game-based learning is moving into the mainstream as more platforms become available and more educators recognize the benefits of increased student engagement and achievement. On top of that, research shows some interesting side benefits. For instance, surgeons who play video games are 27 percent faster at advanced surgical procedures and make 37 percent fewer errors than colleagues who don’t play.

Educators can incorporate game elements, such as rewards and engagement, into learning in two ways: games and gamification.

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Small Tech, Big Impact: Designing My Maker Space

Small Tech, Big Impact: Designing My Maker Space | ConnectEd Scoops | Scoop.it

 - School LibI didn’t think 2015 would be the year I created a teen maker space, but it was—and it turned out to be an exciting, challenging, and rewarding experience. After six months of planning, our maker space at the Public Library of Mount Vernon and Knox County, Ohio, where I am the YA services coordinator, opened last month.


How did it come together? Organically. It began during our teen summer reading program seven months ago, when I hosted a few extremely popular Maker Mondays. Our children’s librarian, Debbie Baker, and I created a collection of circulating maker-related titles. We also assembled 20 small circulating maker kits with Snap Circuits (kits for creating objects with electronic circuitry), stop-motion animation materials, and LEGO. These were such a hit that a dedicated maker space seemed ideal for us. Ideal—until we considered our budget and space restraints.


We started planning anyway. Our process began with a lot of research, online and in person, visiting libraries and maker faires. There was heavy-duty continuing ed: online workshops and webinars, many hosted by School Library Journal. We knew that a maker space would benefit our community, but we couldn’t see how to make it happen. With time and goal adjustments, we reached the finish line and launched in January."


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Best 2015 Videos: STEM, STEAM, and Maker Education Theme - User Generated Education @JackieGerstein

Best 2015 Videos: STEM, STEAM, and Maker Education Theme - User Generated Education @JackieGerstein | ConnectEd Scoops | Scoop.it
One of my end of year rituals is finding and posting the years’ best videos. Given my current interest in maker education, I decided to locate and post 2015 videos related to maker education, STEM, and STEAM.

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Carlos Fosca's curator insight, December 20, 2015 5:55 PM

Luego de una irrupción muy fuerte del internet y del mundo digital en nuestra vidas aparece el "maker movement" como una nueva tendencia social que pretende construir ese puente entre el mundo real y el digital (internet de las cosas). No se trata de la reminiscencia de la era del hobbista, se trata de un proceso mucho más complejo donde las nuevas tecnologías, el diseño, la programación, la electrónica confluyen en un sólo espacio para interactuar con el entorno de una manera nunca antes vista. 

 

Norton Gusky's curator insight, February 6, 12:36 PM

Great examples curated by Jackie Gerstein.

Tony Guzman's curator insight, February 8, 4:40 PM

This blog entry shares the Best 2015 Videos: STEM, STEAM, and Maker Education Theme.

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4 Reasons I Use Twitter in My Classroom - Daily Genius

4 Reasons I Use Twitter in My Classroom - Daily Genius | ConnectEd Scoops | Scoop.it

Using Twitter in my classroom has certainly elevated my tech savvy status with parents as well as my instagramming 5th graders who have never known a world


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27 Meaningful Ways to Use EdTech … THINGLINK Style! — Emerging Education Technologies

27 Meaningful Ways to Use EdTech … THINGLINK Style! — Emerging Education Technologies | ConnectEd Scoops | Scoop.it

Creating Fun Interactive Content With ThingLink is a Blast! I’ve been wanting to give ThingLink a try for a while now.


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Get a peek inside students' minds with screencasting

Get a peek inside students' minds with screencasting | ConnectEd Scoops | Scoop.it
Screencasting isn't just for flipping your classroom. These tools allow students to show their thinking, practice public speaking and create educational resources for peers.

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Wendy Zaruba-Lundene's curator insight, March 17, 3:33 PM
Great ideas for using screencast tools in a flipped or blended setting.
Michael MacNeil's curator insight, April 4, 3:08 PM
Great ideas for using screencast tools in a flipped or blended setting.
Stephania Savva's curator insight, April 5, 12:32 PM
Great ideas for using screencast tools in a flipped or blended setting.
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10 Reasons for Students to Blog Infographic

10 Reasons for Students to Blog Infographic | ConnectEd Scoops | Scoop.it
So, you want to increase motivation for reading and writing, improve confidence levels and/or encourage ICT literacy? Well, regardless of the rationale, blogging is a very powerful learning tool that can assist teachers with these goals.

Still not convinced that blogging is a meaningful activity? Then check out the nifty sketch note shown below, one that illustrates ten additional reasons you should get your blog on with your students.

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Ten Things Pixar Can Teach Us About Creativity | Spencer Ideas

I just finished reading Creativity, Inc. I'm hoping to start a monthly book club soon and I have a hunch this might be the first book on the list. Written by Ed Catmull, the president of Pixar Animation and Disney Animation, the book explores the topics of innovation, creativity, and leadership by offering a behind-the-scenes view of the Pixar story.

I am naturally skeptical when people point to corporations as examples that schools should emulate. We are not making a product and we should not be governed by economic norms. However, I have always admired Pixar for the fact that they consistently craft amazing stories. The first fifteen minutes of Up! are some of the best cinema around.

What strikes me, though, is how they have achieved such creative success with two leaders (Ed Catmull and Alvy Smith) who seem to be the opposite of most of the bold, brash CEOs. Catmull is the polar opposite of an Elon Musk or Steve Jobs. He is approachable, affective, humble, and imminently practical.

As I read this book, I was struck by the number of things Pixar can teach us about creativity. Some of these are simple ideas, but they challenge popular conceptions about what creative work looks like:

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Breakout EDU - You Had Me At Breakout! - @FractusLearning

Breakout EDU - You Had Me At Breakout! - @FractusLearning | ConnectEd Scoops | Scoop.it

"Back in March of this year at the Future Ready Schools Summit at Leyden High School, I attended one of the featured speaker sessions led by James Sanders. It was a great session with lots of takeaways about meaningful digital learning. My biggest takeaway though, was one of the last things he mentioned in the session.

I looked back at my notes and this is the last thing I typed… “Breakout room idea”.

James shared with us this breakout room idea and gave us a little background about how this all came about. He went on to explain to us that there are these escape rooms around the world where you pay to get “locked in” a room with friends and try to escape by solving puzzles and unlocking codes. He was in Edmonton, Canada, with some high school students playing one of these escape games and he was amazed at how hard these students were working during this game. James wanted to turn this incredible learning experience of problem solving and fun and into something that can be used in the classroom. I left there super excited about this."


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Critical Literacy, featuring Dean Shareski

Mythbusting and the Nigerian Prince? From the moment you received your first email scam, the world became a different place. When it comes to truth and lies, digital means we have to be full-time critics and skeptics. Let's explore some practical ways you can teach your students to be harsh critics and mindful producers which empower them to navigate better and interact safely with digital content.

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Hour of Code to feature Star Wars: The Force Awakens - USATODAY

Hour of Code to feature Star Wars: The Force Awakens  - USATODAY | ConnectEd Scoops | Scoop.it

"Code.org, the nonprofit that offers free online lessons in computer programming to students from kindergarten to high school, is tapping the power of the force to reach more young people, especially girls.

Riding the Death Star-sized anticipation for next month's opening of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, students will take a one-hour tutorial from Princess Leia or Rey on how to build their own Star Wars games and program the droids R2-D2, C-3PO and BB-8."


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9 Maker Projects for Beginner Maker Ed Teachers | Teach.com

9 Maker Projects for Beginner Maker Ed Teachers | Teach.com | ConnectEd Scoops | Scoop.it
Maker education (often referred to as “Maker Ed”) is a new school of educational thought that focuses on delivering constructivist, project-based learning curriculum and instructional units to students. Maker education spaces can be as large as full high school workshops with high-tech tools, or as small and low-tech as one corner of an elementary classroom. A makerspace isn't just about the tools and equipment, but the sort of learning experience the space provides to students who are making projects.

Maker Ed places a premium on the balance between exploration and execution. Small projects lend themselves to indefinite tinkering and fiddling, while larger projects need complex, coordinated planning. Often, small projects can organically grow into larger and larger projects. This deliberate process strengthens and enriches a learner's executive functioning skills. Additionally, communication and collaboration are two of Maker Ed's fundamental values. Making allows learners to practice their social communication skills in a variety of groupings, whether affinity-based, role-specific or teacher-assigned. It's important for all different groups to be present in student learning spaces so that all students can practice their social skills in multiple settings. Lastly, Making presents unique opportunities to generate flow learning and allow the teacher to leverage high-interest projects and activities and turn them into learning objectives within a curriculum.

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Hack the Classroom | Coding - Leah Obach @LeahO77

"During the digital conference held January 30th, inspiring educators and thought leaders shared their ideas during the Hack the Classroom digital conference. 

For more information on how Leah Obach went from not knowing anything about coding, to hacking her grade 1 classroom, view a recording of the digital event here: È

 

http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/education/events/hack-the-classroom/default.aspx?__b0a232f8=_b0a232f8 


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There's a Maker Faire in That iPad! 10 Ways to Create Student Makers With Apps - Getting Smart

There's a Maker Faire in That iPad! 10 Ways to Create Student Makers With Apps - Getting Smart | ConnectEd Scoops | Scoop.it
These days, the word “maker” can be interchanged for “constructivist” and the Maker Movement is really starting to sweep the country.

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Vera Weber's curator insight, October 26, 2015 10:43 PM

These are wonderful suggestions for engaging students with iPads that offer opportunities to create in a multitude of intelligences..

Allan Tsuda's curator insight, October 26, 2015 11:37 PM

Great resource list to have.

Willem Kuypers's curator insight, February 5, 10:21 AM

J'aime bien la variété des sources.

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50 Of The Best Teaching And Learning Apps For 2016 - TeachThought

50 Of The Best Teaching And Learning Apps For 2016 - TeachThought | ConnectEd Scoops | Scoop.it
Every year, we put together a collection of what we believe are the best teaching and learning apps for that year. (Here, for example, is our 2015 version of the list below, where you will notice about half the apps are the same, and half have changed. That’s not bad for progress, is it?

This year, we were asked by the good folks at Easelly (the infographic and visual data platform) to create a collection of resources that while including their apps, would curate a lot of good stuff teachers would benefit from in 2016. Since we were preparing to release our TeachThought Editor’s Choice: 2016 Best Teaching and Learning Apps–and have used Easelly for years ourselves–we combined the two projects to give you something you can use to guide your #edtech integration this year.

Additionally, Easelly has created a free eBook–How to Use Easel.ly in your Classroom–which is a useful tool for teachers integrating Common Core standards, for example, which call for students to work with different mediums to extract key ideas and data. (See Exactly What The Common Core Standards Say About Technology, for example.)

We’re going to share our criteria for making these kinds of judgments in a separate post on evaluating edtech. In the meantime, here are the results, a subjective list of 50 of the best teaching and learning apps for 2016.

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Improving Schools Through Design Thinking - Edutopia

Improving Schools Through Design Thinking - Edutopia | ConnectEd Scoops | Scoop.it
Design thinking is a human-centered approach to problem solving that begins with developing empathy for those facing a particular challenge. It serves as a framework that helps to define problems, empathize with others, develop prototypes of possible solutions, and hone those prototypes through multiple iterations until they have generated a viable solution to the challenge at hand. Design thinking encourages a bias toward action and, because of its reliance on rapid prototyping, frees practitioners to embrace the notion of failing forward because it's OK to make mistakes -- that's where breakthrough ideas are born.

While a growing number of schools around the world are using design thinking in classrooms and empowering students to solve authentic challenges as part of an inquiry-based curriculum, this powerful process can also be used to improve the overall school experience. Many successful businesses embrace design thinking to improve their products and enhance their customers' experiences to great effect. Why, then, would we not do the same with our schools? As a school administrator, I've seen design thinking effectively used to improve daily operations as well as enhance both the in-class and out-of-class experiences for teachers, students, and parents.

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Marianne Hart's curator insight, February 4, 6:07 PM

In Classroom after Flipped preparation!!

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adicionar sua visão ...

Dr. Theresa Kauffman's curator insight, February 5, 6:25 PM

Critical thinking and real problem solving to facilitate learning. Engage your learners!

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One Thing All Remarkable Leaders Learn to Do

One Thing All Remarkable Leaders Learn to Do | ConnectEd Scoops | Scoop.it

All successful leaders universally share one quality. I’ve interviewed and learned from some of the world’s most respected leaders and thinkers. James Whitehurst - CEO and President of Redhat.


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Teacher PD Is Still Broken, These 3 Steps Can Fix It

Teacher PD Is Still Broken, These 3 Steps Can Fix It | ConnectEd Scoops | Scoop.it

Many teachers feel like teacher professional development is a waste. Dan Brown shares the three research-based ways to make teacher PD better.


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5 ways to make the most of virtual field trips

5 ways to make the most of virtual field trips | ConnectEd Scoops | Scoop.it
Tips to help students get the best possible experience from their virtual field trips

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Charli Wiggill's curator insight, February 4, 4:22 PM

A treasure trove of experiences awaits the unsuspecting students...
#MIEExpert #MIEExperts

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Are Standing Desks the Next Big Thing in Education? - Global Educator institute

Are Standing Desks the Next Big Thing in Education? - Global Educator institute | ConnectEd Scoops | Scoop.it
It’s estimated that American school kids spend roughly 60-70 percent of their day sitting – a figure that might help explain why roughly 30 percent of all kids are obese, according to the CDC. Educators are now on board trying to help students become more active and healthy and less likely to pack on the pounds. It began with better menu offerings in school cafeterias and the elimination of snack and soda vending machines.

Now in several school districts across the country, elementary classrooms are being outfitted with standing desks,  a fixture in many workplaces across the country today.

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Technology Integration, 1 to 1, and Student Centered Learning: Five Ideas to Consider

Technology Integration, 1 to 1, and Student Centered Learning: Five Ideas to Consider | ConnectEd Scoops | Scoop.it
With so many schools looking at providing technology enhancement and 1 to 1 possibilities, it is important to note that students… not technology… should be the center of learning. I challenge you to reflect on what a technology rich classroom might look like, sound like, and feel like.  Every time I do this I am excited not by the techno-glitter, but by students interacting and taking ownership of the learning experience. This is a skill today’s students will be called on to do through the rest of their life. As you reflect on this wonderful classroom vision, please read through some of the ideas I believe that educators must consider as they consider the use of technology and  the 1 to 1 model. Enjoy the ideas and reflections I provide in this post and then be ready to explore the 16 sweet tools/resources provided in the next posts. I believe these ideas and the following tools and resources will prove to be a powerful catalyst for the technology infused classroom geared at putting students in the center of learning! Last, you will want to become familiar with 5 important steps that should be considered when integrating web technology.  It will be a part of the last post of this series. Let’s get started!

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añada su visión ...

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Developmentally Appropriate Ways To Use iPads With Kindergartners - EdTechReview

Developmentally Appropriate Ways To Use iPads With Kindergartners - EdTechReview | ConnectEd Scoops | Scoop.it
The way technology has taken hold of our lives is nothing short of terrorism, I say that because we are almost held hostage by technology.

As adults we know about the shortcomings of technology and the drawbacks, and then it becomes important that we help kids understand the real use of technology and keep them away from its abuse. iPads are the latest in line of gadgets to enter classrooms. At Podar Jumbo Kids we introduced iPads to our senior kindergarteners with a difference; we made the iPad another medium of learning. Here is how we made the ipad the new revolution in kindergarten that is developmentally appropriate. We did two projects with our 4 and 5 year olds, given below is the documentation of our first project VAN GOGHSUNFLOWERS, you can view a full video on this project below.

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Learn Coding For Free With These 10 Sites - lifehack.org

Learn Coding For Free With These 10 Sites - lifehack.org | ConnectEd Scoops | Scoop.it

"Programming, or coding, is a vital skill that many people are learning today. With the expansion of technology and the increasing demand of developers, learning to code could prove to be invaluable. Not only is it a highly sought-after skill by companies worldwide, it is also one that you can easily learn for free. There are sites that will allow you to learn plenty of programming languages without any charge and at your own pace.

 

For those who are looking to learn how to code, here are ten sites that will be more than happy to teach you:"


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Prometheus's curator insight, November 18, 2015 6:37 AM
To code or not to code....is that the question?
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iPaddiction: Group Projects in the Flex Mod Schedule Using Thinglink

iPaddiction: Group Projects in the Flex Mod Schedule Using Thinglink | ConnectEd Scoops | Scoop.it
Our Civics teachers are formulating a plan to enable groups to gather information, interpreting of that information, and providing the information for other students enrolled in the course.

Prior to the flex mod schedule, students (about 280 of them) would be assigned the project, work in groups on consecutive days, and present those findings to  their classmates.  With the flex mod schedule (and unless a person is in it, it may not actually make sense) students are together on Monday in a lab, but the same group of students are NOT together until the following Monday.  Our workflow for this project provides an opportunity for students to complete the project outside of class via Google Documents and Canvas.  We have chosen Thinglink as our creation tool as it provides the same user experience on the iPad or on a computer.  Below is a tutorial to explain Thinglink.

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