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The Paradigm Shift: 4 Goals Of 21st Century Learning - TeachThought

The Paradigm Shift: 4 Goals Of 21st Century Learning - TeachThought | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it

"As academic standards shift, technology evolves, and student habits change, schools are being forced to consider new ways of framing curriculum and engaging students in the classroom, and project-based learning is among the most successful and powerful of these possibilities.

 

As both a planning and a learning tool, project-based learning challenges teachers to make new decisions about how they plan student learning experiences, while simultaneously empowering students to take a more active role in the learning process."

 


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Melissa Mackal's curator insight, November 3, 2013 9:07 PM

Schools and educators can't keep up. So many are still using technology tools like glorifed projectors instead of pushing the envelope and using tools to teach critical thinking.

Karen Taylor's curator insight, November 6, 2013 6:37 PM

American schools are way ahead of the crowd in terms of education reform. I'd like to see a similar paradigm shift in Jamaican classrooms. Empowering students to be active participants in their own learning is a winning model. TeachThought rocks!

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12 Ways You Can Energize Classroom Learning [Infographic] by Lee Watanabe-Crockett

12 Ways You Can Energize Classroom Learning [Infographic] by Lee Watanabe-Crockett | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
by Lee Watanabe-Crockett

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Dr. Theresa Kauffman's curator insight, January 14, 10:37 PM
Engage and energize your students' learning with these strategies.
Victor Ventura's curator insight, January 15, 11:06 AM
Resources to help connect to students' interests.
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8 of the Best Research Tools for Inquiry via ILearnTechnology

8 of the Best Research Tools for Inquiry via ILearnTechnology | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it

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Ana Virginia Quesada's curator insight, January 8, 10:01 AM
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Rob Hatfield, M.Ed.'s curator insight, January 13, 8:41 AM
Excellent resources for young researchers within a 21st Century teaching and learning environments. I suggest they add Zotero to the list.
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9 Fundamental Digital Skills for 21st Century Teachers

9 Fundamental Digital Skills for 21st Century Teachers | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
' in a digitally focused world, education is getting more and more digitized pushing us, teachers and educators, to re-conceptualize what it really means to be a teacher in the 21st century.

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Gino Bondi's curator insight, January 11, 11:13 AM

Great infographic to post on your school / staff site

Arne Krokan's curator insight, January 16, 12:08 AM
Hva du må beherske for å være infokompetent ....
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Perfectionism Behind, Improvementism Ahead - @DaveStuartJr

In the New Year, new semester, new school year, the impulse to believe that things can be perfect is real but invisible. Of course I don’t think I can be perfect, the savvy person says. That would be naive. But our reaction to the inevitable setbacks — the abandoned resolutions, the failed lessons, the kids we can’t …
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6 Great Search Engines Designed Specifically for Kids

6 Great Search Engines Designed Specifically for Kids | 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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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, December 23, 2016 11:08 PM

Help them find it for themselves.

Elizabeth Hutchinson's curator insight, December 28, 2016 8:12 AM
Search engines for kids. Another great list to show that Google is not the only option.
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Teachers Need a Growth Mindset Too | #ModernEDU #ProfessionalDevelopment

Teachers Need a Growth Mindset Too | #ModernEDU #ProfessionalDevelopment | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it

Pushing our students to adopt a growth mindset is an easy call. Adopting one ourselves is harder.

 

Having a growth mindset doesn’t just mean learning about the theory and leaving it at that. It’s a constant process. Sometimes it’s difficult, often it’s a little painful, but it’s always worth the effort.

Six Tips for Instilling a Growth Mindset in Yourself

Focus on the hard stuff

 

Try innovative solutions, and if they don’t work, try some more.

 

Seek feedback wherever you can.

 

Reflect at the end of every day, especially the bad ones.

 

Notice the areas where you have a fixed mindset.


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Gust MEES's curator insight, December 22, 2016 8:10 AM
Pushing our students to adopt a growth mindset is an easy call. Adopting one ourselves is harder.

 

Having a growth mindset doesn’t just mean learning about the theory and leaving it at that. It’s a constant process. Sometimes it’s difficult, often it’s a little painful, but it’s always worth the effort.

Six Tips for Instilling a Growth Mindset in Yourself

Focus on the hard stuff

 

Try innovative solutions, and if they don’t work, try some more.

 

Seek feedback wherever you can.

 

Reflect at the end of every day, especially the bad ones.

 

Notice the areas where you have a fixed mindset.

 

There’s a catch to learning a lot about growth mindset. Once we learn just how much of our lack of growth is a product of our attitude, it’s not so easy to write things off as impossible anymore.

 

Learn more / En savoir plus / Mehr erfahren:

 

http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?tag=Growth+Mindset

 

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Play 2 Pass.com - Keyboarding Games for Students

Play 2 Pass.com - Keyboarding Games for Students | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
This site was designed as a reinforcement tool for previously taught content.
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10 simple rules for learning

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Learning starts with attention. It's almost impossible to learn if you aren't paying attention. And whatever you are giving attention has the ability to turn into learning.


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Bonnie Bracey Sutton's curator insight, December 15, 2016 8:14 AM
Inspiring students to the challenge of why.... makes learning happen with pleasure.
Victor Ventura's curator insight, December 17, 2016 9:10 AM
All of this makes sense to me.
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Introducing Design Thinking to Elementary Learners @JackieGerstein

Introducing Design Thinking to Elementary Learners @JackieGerstein | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
Design thinking is an approach to learning that includes considering real-world problems, research, analysis, conceiving original ideas, lots of experimentation, and sometimes building things by hand. The projects teach students how to make a stable product, use tools, think about the needs of another, solve challenges, overcome setbacks and stay motivated on a long-term problem. The projects also teach students to build on the ideas of others, vet sources, generate questions, deeply analyze topics, and think creatively and analytically. Many of those same qualities are goals of the Common Core State Standards. (What Does ‘Design Thinking’ Look Like in School?)

I use the following activities to introduce elementary students to the design thinking process. The ultimate goal is for the learners to work on their own, self-selected problems in which they will apply the design thinking.

Introducing the general design process to elementary student occurs through showing the following video about the engineering process:

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Martha Bongiorno's curator insight, December 15, 2016 11:36 AM
I think this is a great intro to design, but this is a tad over the heads of our K-2 students or special needs. We really need to break it down into one step at a time and not give them everything at once. 
Agora Abierta's curator insight, December 16, 2016 4:37 AM
Great way to develop Critical thinking, creativity and let students to be active learners. 
Siri Anderson's curator insight, December 16, 2016 5:15 PM
Very nice assemblage of lesson ideas and processes for a person new to integrating engineering and design thinking at the elementary level. 
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34 Strategies For The Stages Of Assessment: Before, During & After - TeachThought

34 Strategies For The Stages Of Assessment: Before, During & After - TeachThought | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it

The follow graphic from the infographic-famous Mia MacMeekin offers 34 strategies for each stage of the assessment process–before, during, and after. Rather than simply repeat them from the graphic, we’ve give a quick primer on the differences between each stage in terms of its purpose/function in the learning process.

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Troy Hicks: Crafting Digital Writing

Troy Hicks: Crafting Digital Writing | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
A companion site to Troy's Heinemann books , this wiki empowers teachers as they learn how to teach digital writing.

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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, August 31, 2016 11:26 AM

Teaching writing online is a natural fit.  Teaching digital writing provides the tools of the trade. Hicks explores the craft with a scholar's eye and a writer's voice.

 

This is a rich WIKI archive of resources supporting Crafting Digital Writing Composing Texts Across Media and Genres

by Troy Hicks.  Enjoy,  sample chapters, expertly curated resource links, example essays -- so many fine ideas!

 

Those interested in crafting a writer's workshop based on 6-traits assessment should consider this great class from UW-Stout: Teaching and Assessing Writing with the 6-Traits.

Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, December 10, 2016 4:07 PM

Curated resources from a respected source. Tory Hick's WIKI is a place to go!  So go!

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Inspiring Picture Books about Fear and Courage

Inspiring Picture Books about Fear and Courage | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
Talk to your kids about big feelings with these classic and new picture books about fear and courage. Choose from funny, sweet, serious and quirky.
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Find Your Marigold: The One Essential Rule for New Teachers

Find Your Marigold: The One Essential Rule for New Teachers | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
Advice is available everywhere you look, and some of it is very good. But a lot of those tips won’t work if you fail to follow this one essential rule.
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Resources for Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Resources for Martin Luther King Jr. Day | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
A collection of lesson plans, curricula, and multimedia resources for teaching the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
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4 Ways to Use QR Codes with Students in 2017 - Class Tech Tips via Monica Burns

4 Ways to Use QR Codes with Students in 2017 - Class Tech Tips via Monica Burns | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
Last year I published my first book with Corwin Press, Deeper Learning With QR Codes and Augmented Reality: A Scannable Solution for Your Classroom. It’s been so exciting to hear how teachers are using scannable technology in engaging and meaningful ways to promote deeper learning experiences for their students. As you kick off 2017 with your…

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OFFREDI Didier's curator insight, January 7, 3:54 AM
4 Ways to Use QR Codes with Students in 2017
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Skapa genvägar till resurserna - QR-koda!
RESENTICE's curator insight, January 9, 7:47 AM

Les différentes façons d'utiliser les QR-codes dans l'éducation  

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Paying Attention to What Matters Most for Lifelong Learning - Learning Personalized

Paying Attention to What Matters Most for Lifelong Learning - Learning Personalized | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
Enter most schools today and you will hear discussions about substantive changes to how we do school from programs to accountability.
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America’s underpaid-teacher problem, in one chart

America’s underpaid-teacher problem, in one chart | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
Every year, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) releases a data-packed report (pdf) on the state of education in its 35 member countries. The 2016 edition contains a salary comparison for high-school teachers versus other full-time workers in that country with similar educational attainment. The data was only available for 13 of the membe
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Student Writers Need Thoughtful Planning and Explicit Teaching

I used to dread teaching writing. In my early years as an elementary teacher, I just didn't have the tools or training to teach the subject. As a writing teacher, I focused on isolated teaching points like "add detail" that made sense by themselves but didn't lead to excellent student writing. A few students with rich background knowledge to draw from managed to progress as writers, but most of my students floundered. Even if they had ideas about what to write, they didn't know how to capture them on paper.
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8 teacher-loved edtech tools to try in 2017 by  SCOTT RAGIN

8 teacher-loved edtech tools to try in 2017 by  SCOTT RAGIN | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
These edtech tools are already being used with success by teachers and schools across the country, so give them a try!

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Our Own Worst - and Most Joyful - Critics - Dave Stuart Jr.

I’ve noticed that most good teachers are their own worst critics. Sure, they say, use that evaluation rubric on me, and please, give me some critical feedback, but at the end of the day, you’re not going to critique me more than I critique myself. This disposition is important; it’s one that distinguishes the Professional …
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The Critical Thinking Skills Cheatsheet [Infographic] via GDC

The Critical Thinking Skills Cheatsheet [Infographic] via GDC | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
We'd like to share this critical thinking skills cheatsheet for you to use with your students. Get them asking questions on any topic!

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Jean-Michel Ané's curator insight, December 17, 2016 6:00 PM

Easily applicable to grant proposals...

Walter Gassenferth's curator insight, December 18, 2016 3:38 AM

Lucid post, presenting interesting data. For those who speak Portuguese or Spanish and are interested in education in business, please visit http://www.quanticaconsultoria.com

Ron McIntyre's curator insight, December 19, 2016 2:14 PM

Interesting insights?

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2017: Trends and predictions for education technology

2017: Trends and predictions for education technology | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
YesCourse says technology is vastly improving the online education sector, and there are several educational technology trends that can change the way of thinking in the future of online education.

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Phillip Morgan's curator insight, December 13, 2016 12:51 AM
Check out the trends and predictions for educational technology of 2017.
Carol Hancox's curator insight, December 18, 2016 3:18 AM
Trends in Education for 2017
mmartinez's curator insight, January 5, 6:39 AM

Great topic!

 

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Newsela Connects All Students to Historical Readings

Newsela Connects All Students to Historical Readings | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
Newsela has some awesome new content that is of particular interest to social studies and history teachers. For those of you unfamiliar with Newsela, it is a website that adapts the text complexity…
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Courage to Change: A Professional Development Activity

Courage to Change: A Professional Development Activity | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
We love to use picture books to inspire conversation around change in our leadership meetings. Recently we tried a new book and loved how it worked.
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Cool Cat Teacher’s Gift List 2016 Edition

Cool Cat Teacher’s Gift List 2016 Edition | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
If you’ve ever struggled to buy presents like I do, you probably ask people what they like to buy. Therefore, I am always looking at the blogs and newsletters of the edtech gurus and leaders I love to see what they love ALREADY.
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