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7 Great YouTube Channels for Science

7 Great YouTube Channels for Science | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it

SCIENCE Teachers:  Useful resources to search for and find educational science videos--from the "Spangler Effect" to "Sick Science."

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Visualize your learning

If you are a visual learner, sketchnoting is a method of learning perfect for you! It is the use of natural visual skills to capture ideas. One can build their visual vocabulary simply by practicing unique ways to capture main ideas. Sketchnotes are a visual form of notetaking. It is created with hand drawn images, shapes, icons and organized with arrows, boxes and lines.
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Google Earth comes to the classroom with new educational tours and lesson plans

Google Earth comes to the classroom with new educational tours and lesson plans | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
In April, Google introduced a revamped, reimagined version of Google Earth, which included a number of new features that go beyond visualizing the planet..
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5 Strategies To Meet The Speaking & Listening Standards

5 Strategies To Meet The Speaking & Listening Standards | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
Learn how to reach the speaking and listening standards of the Common Core. Stacy talks about how she integrated post it notes and hand signals to hit the
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10 Surprising Ways to Use Instagram in the Classroom - WeAreTeachers

10 Surprising Ways to Use Instagram in the Classroom - WeAreTeachers | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
It’s not just the tweens and teens that are addicted to Instagram, it’s the teachers too! So instead of scrolling through your celebrity crush’s feed, we’ve rounded up some legitimate, educational ways you can use Instagram in the classroom.

Of course, it’s important to protect students’ privacy, especially when using a public channel like Instagram. If you’re interested in trying any of the ideas below, we recommend creating a classroom account that you set to “private” and carefully vetting any potential followers. You might also try adapting our suggestions to an educational social media platform such as Edmodo. Finally, be sure to check your school’s technology policies before you begin.

OK, disclaimer over! Here are 10 awesome ways you can use Instagram in the classroom

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5 things kids need... before they're ready to sound out words - The Measured Mom

5 things kids need... before they're ready to sound out words - The Measured Mom | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
Ready to teach your child to sound out words? Make sure he or she has these five skills first. (Then click on a link for loads of free materials for teaching reading!)
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New Teachers: Getting Started | Scholastic

New Teachers: Getting Started | Scholastic | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
The first year of teaching can be tough. With guidance and support, it's possible to make the first year of teaching a great learning experience. Here are some practical tips to help any new teacher "thrive" in their first year.


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Tons of Free Math Video Tutorials for Students

Tons of Free Math Video Tutorials for Students | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
Free resource of educational web tools, 21st century skills, tips and tutorials on how teachers and students integrate technology into education
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Try These 7 Writing Exercises to Boost Students' Creative Writing Skills

Try These 7 Writing Exercises to Boost Students' Creative Writing Skills | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
From some of the experts in our midst comes a host of powerful and effective writing exercises that will get students thinking critically and creatively.

Via Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.
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Penelope's curator insight, March 9, 9:35 PM
I love these suggestions for writing exercises! These are super for students, but will work equally well for writers of all ages.

***This review was written by Penelope Silvers for her curated content on "Writing Rightly"***
Charlie Dare's curator insight, March 28, 6:51 AM
Scripts have to be written~ There are some wonderful ideas here, most of which can be modified easily for your production project in mind. They don't have to be limited to creative writing because the skills themselves can be applicable to a range of writing activities.
Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, June 22, 3:45 PM
I wish I had known about these when I taught. I used some of them i.e. visual prompts and describing something in a 100 words.

Morning writing would have been a great idea. Students could have walked in and written about was happening in their lives.
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Technology Tools for Teachers by Subject and Skill - EdTechTeacher

Technology Tools for Teachers by Subject and Skill - EdTechTeacher | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
Our complete list of the best Edtech Resources and Technology Tools for Teachers, with descriptions, tips, and advice from our team of edtech specialists.
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Free & Automatic MLA Formatting

Free & Automatic MLA Formatting | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
Format your entire paper in MLA format for free. It's like EasyBib or CitationMachine for your entire paper.

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Developing and Leading Positive School CultureASCD Inservice

Developing and Leading Positive School CultureASCD Inservice | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
When was the last time you arrived at work and you were enthusiastically greeted by staff members that were asking for change?
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Hey Higher Ed, Why Not Focus On Teaching?

Hey Higher Ed, Why Not Focus On Teaching? | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
Stanford's Carl Wieman won a Nobel Prize for his groundbreaking work in quantum mechanics. With a new book, he continues his efforts to spark systemic changes in how universities teach science.

Via Mark E. Deschaine, PhD
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Challenging the status quo in mathematics: Teaching for understanding

Challenging the status quo in mathematics: Teaching for understanding | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
Math instruction is stuck in the last century. How can we change teaching methods to move past rote memorization and help students develop a more meaningful understanding – and be better at math?
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14 Resources on Recharging Your Teaching PracticeASCD Inservice

14 Resources on Recharging Your Teaching PracticeASCD Inservice | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
Take your pick of the plentiful tips and get recharged for next year with this selection of resources
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The #1 Mistake I Made with My Literacy Centers - Learning at the Primary Pond

The #1 Mistake I Made with My Literacy Centers - Learning at the Primary Pond | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
In today’s post, I’ll explain what was (in my opinion) my #1 biggest mistake in using this approach to plan and implement literacy centers. I’ll also share what I’ve learned to do instead!
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Teaching Students to Summarize: Observation Checklist - MIDDLE SCHOOL MATTERS

Teaching Students to Summarize: Observation Checklist - MIDDLE SCHOOL MATTERS | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
This feedback form is not meant to aid in the evaluation of teachers. Instead, it is a tool for teachers to use when teaching students to summarize text
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7 Ways to Teach Cause and Effect - Rockin Resources

7 Ways to Teach Cause and Effect - Rockin Resources | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
Are you looking for ways to teach cause and effect? I love to think outside the box and find ways to teach reading skills in a variety of ways to meet the needs of all learners. I hope you find some ways that are helpful to your students!First, offer an anchor chart. Tell students that…
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18 Digital Tools and Strategies That Support Students’ Reading and Writing

18 Digital Tools and Strategies That Support Students’ Reading and Writing | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
The tech team in Littleton, Colorado is trying to build self-sufficiency in students by compiling digital tools for reading and writing that students can choose
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10 Reasons Why Every Primary Classroom Should Have a Grammar Wall

10 Reasons Why Every Primary Classroom Should Have a Grammar Wall | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
Grammar walls have been all the hype lately. But what's the big deal? Time to stop wondering! Here are 10 reasons why your classroom will benefit from having a grammar wall.
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How to Differentiate Literacy Centers in K-2 - Learning at the Primary Pond

How to Differentiate Literacy Centers in K-2 - Learning at the Primary Pond | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
In this post, I’ll explain how to differentiate literacy centers effectively - and in a manageable way!
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Questioning for Learning: How to Make Your Questions Essential - Educational Leadership

To construct essential questions, follow these seven tips.
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5 Keys to Motivating Struggling Learners

5 Keys to Motivating Struggling Learners | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
Author and engagement expert Barbara Blackburn looks at five keys that can help teachers build motivation and persistence while also setting high expectations.
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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, June 22, 3:57 PM
Forming a relationship with each student is essential to teaching. Gert Biesta refers to teaching as relational. This means we are learning about each student.
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Mentors for New Teachers Found to Boost Student Achievement—by a Lot

Mentors for New Teachers Found to Boost Student Achievement—by a Lot | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
A study of the New Teacher Center's grant program found that student outcomes in math and English/language arts improve when first- and second-year teachers have a mentor.
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How To Apply The Brain Science Of Resilience To The Classroom

How To Apply The Brain Science Of Resilience To The Classroom | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
A nonprofit called Turnaround for Children helps schools meet the needs of children facing poverty and adversity.

Via Mark E. Deschaine, PhD
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Tools and Projects to Help Your Students Connect with the World

Tools and Projects to Help Your Students Connect with the World | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
Our classroom walls shouldn't be the limits of our students' thinking. As educators, we can open our classrooms to the world by connecting students with significant places, experts in different professions, and peers in different grades or geographic locations. In the process, we help students see themselves as part of a global community of learners who have something to learn from and teach all members.

Via Jim Lerman, Bonnie Bracey Sutton
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