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5 Resolutions To Modernize Your Teaching For 2014

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5 Resolutions To Modernize Your Teaching For 2014

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The Rice Process's curator insight, December 29, 2013 1:25 PM

Great resolutions will transform teaching! Well done.

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How Annotation Reshapes Student Reading

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How Annotation Reshapes Student Reading

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lbligen's curator insight, August 4, 2013 1:45 PM

Every teacher should enhance their student's reading comprehension by using  annotations as a record of their thinking. If you’re thinking, make a record of it by writing down.

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"It's Rigor, Not Rigor Mortis" A Short Reflection from Notice and Note | Minds in Bloom

"It's Rigor, Not Rigor Mortis" A Short Reflection from Notice and Note | Minds in Bloom | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it

... The essential element of rigor is engagement." ... It is what we do with the text that matters. What questions do we ask, and more importantly, what questions do our students ask? When we help our students to dig deeply into the text - to make inferences, to consider different points of view, explore the structure of the text, to form their own opinions and so on, that is rigor. And it is engaging. And it can be, dare I say it? Fun!

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FREE: How to Add Free Apps to Your Edmodo Group - Free Technology for Teachers

FREE: How to Add Free Apps to Your Edmodo Group - Free Technology for Teachers | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it

I recently received an email from a someone who has just started to explore possibly using Edmodo with her students next fall. One of the aspects of Edmodo that she found appealing is the option to add apps that her students can access through their Edmodo accounts. That's one of the features of Edmodo that I like too because I'm a big fan of not requiring students to keep track of a different user name and password for every online app I want them to use.

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New! Now You Can Edit Office Files in Google Drive ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

New! Now You Can Edit Office Files in Google Drive ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it

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Teachers who just got iPads - iPad 4 Schools

Teachers who just got iPads - iPad 4 Schools | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it

"I had the privilege of holding a Google Hangout with Holly Clark (@HollyEdTEchDiva) and Tanya Avrith(@EdTechSchools). It was a great chat, where we compared US, NZ and Canadian school systems. Afterwards I was checking out Holly’s stuff and came across her great introduction to iPads in Classrooms. I checked with Holly and she was keen I do one of my visual representations of the ideas. So here it is, my visual, albeit briefer introduction for teachers who just got iPads:"


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Sandra Carswell's curator insight, July 19, 8:40 AM

9 tips for teachers with ipads. 

Sally Tilley's curator insight, July 19, 11:24 PM

Thanks so much to Holly, Tanya and Richard for an essential Professional Development resource to have on hand for any staff kicking off with iPads!

Heidi Veikkolainen's curator insight, July 20, 3:43 AM

A worthwhile link.

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You Can’t Be a Great Manager If You’re Not a Good Coach

You Can’t Be a Great Manager If You’re Not a Good Coach | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
The most important thing is having the right kinds of conversations.

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Literature Circles: A Student-Centered Approach to Literacy - ASCD Edge

Literature Circles: A Student-Centered Approach to Literacy - ASCD Edge | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it

"When we use literature circles, small groups of student gather for an in-depth discussion of a literary work. To ensure that students have a clear sense of direction and remain focused, each group member is given a specific task. For example, one student may be the designated artist; s/he is responsible for using some form of art to explore a main idea, a theme, or significant scene from the text. Another group member, the wordsmith, might be responsible for documenting important, unusual, or difficult words from the reading. Regardless of each student’s role, each group must collaborate as they read, discuss and critically engage with texts."


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10 Things Every Teacher Should Know How To Do With Google Docs - Edudemic

10 Things Every Teacher Should Know How To Do With Google Docs - Edudemic | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
Google Docs is a powerful word processing tool that many schools have adopted. As it’s similar to Microsoft Word and other word processing tools, most of its features are intuitive to use. However, in addition to completing many of the functions of a traditional word processor, Google Docs provides even more capabilities that can be …

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More Core ELA: A Midsummer Night's Read

More Core ELA: A Midsummer Night's Read | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it

... Here's what I know: when I assign less homework, my students seem to do better grade-wise, and the classroom experience is less jumbled and confusing (it's hard to plan for the next day when my data shows about 25% of my kids did the homework).  While I don't think I can assign NO homework (especially in AP and honors-level courses), I can make an effort to be thoughtful with what I assign outside of school.  The more engaging the assignment, the less difficulty students have with completing the homework, and I have fewer instances of plagiarism ("Blindly copying is NOT 'working together,'" is a phrase I used a lot)....

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Insightful, honest post about homework and a couple of other hot topics.

 

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"Make A Difference" (Teddy's Story) - from Walk the Talk

If you've ever wanted to make a greater impact and empowering influence in your world, I hope you'll enjoy today's movie as a gentle reminder about the one thing that can transform any situation in literally 30 seconds or less:  compassion.

What a little third grader says to his teacher at Christmas time instantly bypasses the head and goes straight to the heart of any issue, no matter what.

You can re-energize your personal relationships and workplace culture - and inspire greater loyalty - by remembering to put into practice the message of this classic, time honored story. 

Make sure to turn on your speakers before you watch it, and according to Sam Brandt ... "You should warn people to get their hankies ready before the movie!"

Walter Wood writes ... "I am a 6 ft. 2in., 250-pound construction worker and this short, but profound, film actually brought tears to my eyes.  It made me realize that I must be more mindful when I'm training my apprentices."

Each time I watch it I feel inspired to make an even bigger difference by remembering to put compassion first.  I hope you will too!

Don't forget to share it with others...They'll thank you for it!

Together we can make a difference...
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Grab a tissue.  I cry every single time I read or watch this.

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School Leaders: Five Reasons You Should Be an Instructional Leader!

School Leaders:  Five Reasons You Should Be an Instructional Leader! | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
There are five very important reasons why school leaders need to become instructional leaders, and they all revolve around learning.
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How to motivate your students

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If teachers try to demand respect and are always dictating to the students, what they should and shouldn’t do, students switch off and lose motivation.


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Nik Peachey's curator insight, July 17, 3:46 AM

Some useful tips and insights

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Quotes about Questioning from Well-Known People

Quotes about Questioning from Well-Known People | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
Wonderful quotes about questioning, curiosity, and inquiry from well-known people. Send us any YOU know about, too.

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, July 17, 6:47 PM

Teaching students how to ask good questions is important. Great quotes about questions may help them learn. This page provides quotes about questioning, quotes from a diverse group, including George Carlin, Frank Llyod Wright, Anne Frank, Oprah Winfrey, Albert Einstein and many more.

The images may be saved and you could print them out and use them as small posters in your classroom. Challenge your students to come up with a quote about questioning, curiousity and inquiry and consider making an infographic to share.

Jan MacWatters's curator insight, July 20, 1:58 PM

Great quote

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25 Reading Strategies That Work In Every Content Area

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25 Reading Strategies That Work In Every Content Area

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This includes a link to 50 apps, too.  

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Durriyyah Kemp's curator insight, Today, 9:29 AM

What a wonderful visual map of how to get the highest level of understanding from our reading!

Monty Bell's curator insight, Today, 10:33 AM

Great visual for the classroom. 

Laura Saavedra's curator insight, Today, 7:43 PM

Quite visual and useful

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These Real-World Professional Development Setups Actually Work - Edudemic

These Real-World Professional Development Setups Actually Work - Edudemic | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
With “Back to School” signs cropping up all over stores, educators are certainly aware of the imminent countdown to the first day of school and the first few days of inservice. But why wait till August or even September to indulge in exquisite professional learning… when these Wicked Good Ideas for Professional Development are ripe …
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Periodic Table of Visualizations for Teachers ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

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How to share videos on your iPhone or iPad - iMore

How to share videos on your iPhone or iPad - iMore | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it

"Most of the reason we take videos is to be able to share them with friends and family. Whether you just want to send a video via email or text message, or want to upload it to YouTube for everyone in the world to see, your iPhone or iPad has all the tools you need built right into the Photos app!"


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The 10 Most Highly Effective Brain-Based Strategies for Student Achievement - Jensen Learning

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Canva- A Web Tool for Creating Mini-posters for Class ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Canva- A Web Tool for Creating Mini-posters for Class ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it

"Canva is another web tool you can use with your students to create mini-posters for your class. Canva is easy to use and has user friendly interface. The process of creating a visual through Canva is as simple as drag and drop. Canva provides you with a wide variety of images and clip arts that you can modify to suit your purposes. You can even upload your own images to use as background in your graphics."


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200+ Learning To Read Activities - Kids Activities Blog

200+ Learning To Read Activities - Kids Activities Blog | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
We have a huge list of learning to read activities that are so much fun. If you need to learn something, why not learn through play?

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juandoming's curator insight, July 19, 5:56 AM

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Our 3 Favorite Free Online Image Editors For Education

Our 3 Favorite Free Online Image Editors For Education | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it

"Learning how to use image editing software can be difficult and time consuming. And, teaching students how to use it can be even more challenging. Luckily, there are several free, online alternativ..."


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FREE, online image editors! The Edublogger has come up with three programs that meet 3 criteria:

1. It is free to use.

2. It requires no registration.

3. It provides educators and students with an intuitive, easy-to-learn photo editing tool.

Each of the 3 tools is described and there is a list of pros and cons to help you choose.

And the three tools are:

* Picadilo

* Pixlr

* Fotor

Learning to edit images is a great skill for students to learn. You might have them edit an image and use it with ThingLink allowing your students to create an interactive image for others in the class to use.

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, July 19, 8:17 PM

Are you looking for a free, online image editor? The Edublogger has come up with three programs that meet 3 criteria:

1. It is free to use.

2. It requires no registration.

3. It provides educators and students with an intuitive, easy-to-learn photo editing tool.

Each of the 3 tools is described and there is a list of pros and cons to help you choose.

And the three tools are:

* Picadilo

* Pixlr

* Fotor

Learning to edit images is a great skill for students to learn. You might have them edit an image and use it with ThingLink allowing your students to create an interactive image for others in the class to use.

Jan MacWatters's curator insight, July 20, 1:48 PM

it's often hard to teach kids photo editing skills when the software is expensive.  These are good solution sosolution so

Rosemary Tyrrell's curator insight, July 21, 7:40 PM

Some great image editor resources. 

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What is Learning Analytics? – Infographic

What is Learning Analytics? – Infographic | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it

"Learning Analytics is the measurement, collection, analysis and reporting of data about learners and their contexts, for purposes of understanding and optimizing learning and the environments in which it occurs."


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Jan MacWatters's curator insight, July 20, 1:51 PM

This is definitely something that has piqued my interest to read more. about this topic..

Kiruthika Ragupathi's curator insight, July 20, 7:47 PM

a simple but useful infographic!

John Lemos Forman's curator insight, July 20, 10:55 PM

Muita expectativa mas ainda poucos resultados concretos ... De qualquer modo, esta se formando uma percepção de que o modelo educacional vai ser fortemente impactado nos próximos anos

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The e-textbook transformation

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A new wave of e-textbooks is giving students more than just words and a few hotlinks on a digital page. Publishers over the last few years have been adding video, interactive maps and gamified quizzes
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This is great news for those who are adopting e-textbooks.  While I like the feel of a book and being able to turn the pages.  I do understand how the addition of "extra" things will benefit students.

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How to get motivated, according to science

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Research says to stop being so rational. Get those emotions going instead.

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donhornsby's curator insight, July 17, 9:09 PM

(From the article)" Surround yourself with people you want to be and it's far less taxing to do what you should be doing.


In his excellent book The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business, Charles Duhigg says: "When people join groups where change seems possible, the potential for that change to occur becomes more real."

The Longevity Project, which studied over 1000 people from youth to death had this to say:

The groups you associate with often determine the type of person you become. For people who want improved health, association with other healthy people is usually the strongest and most direct path of change. [The Longevity Project]

And the research on friendship confirms this. From my interview with Carlin Flora, author ofFriendfluence:

Research shows over time, you develop the eating habits, health habits, and even career aspirations of those around you. If you're in a group of people who have really high goals for themselves you'll take on that same sense of seriousness.

David Hain's curator insight, July 18, 2:02 AM

Self motivation - now you know..!

Gloria Miele, Ph.D.'s curator insight, July 18, 10:58 AM

Get excited!! 

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The 6-step guide to flipping your classroom - Daily Genius

The 6-step guide to flipping your classroom - Daily Genius | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it

The handy graphic below synthesizes the overwhelming to-do list of flipping your classroom into 6 easy steps that make the whole process a little less daunting


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juandoming's curator insight, July 18, 5:10 AM

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Mary Starry's curator insight, July 18, 10:38 AM

Six basic, but important, steps to take when flipping your class., with an info graphic  for visualization.

Carlos Rodrigues Cadre's curator insight, July 19, 2:10 PM

adicionar a sua visão ...

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A Professional Learning Teacher Toolkit

A Professional Learning Teacher Toolkit | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it

Professional learning that is relevant, collaborative and future focused can have a highly positive impact on teacher quality. Here you will find resources that develop an understanding of effective professional learning as well as access to free online learning modules.


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Carlos Lizarraga Celaya's curator insight, July 12, 11:53 AM
Professional Learning

Professional learning that is relevant, collaborative and future focused can have a highly positive impact on teacher quality. Here you will find resources that develop an understanding of effective professional learning as well as access to free online learning modules.

KCenter SKEMA's curator insight, July 18, 4:56 AM
Beth Dichter's insight:

Australia has published an in-depth professional learning toolkit that has resources that many teachers may find helpful (not just those in Australia). This link shares a range of activities that will enhance your professional learning, including sections on:

* The Essential Guide to Professional Learning which has three sections: Evaluation, Leading Culture and Innovation. Each of these areas has a downloadable resource. The one for Evaluation discusses  the rationale for evaluation, evaluation design, examples of effective data collection method, effective evaluation of professional learning (with a great visual on how the evaluation should measure the impact on students, the individual practitioner and the organization, as well as how it improves the professional learning program, the professional learning outcomes and the sustained impact), and much more.

* One visual from the Essential Guide to Professional Learning: Leading Culture is shown above. The image looks at the many ways adults learn. As with the one on evaluation the resource provides a list of questions one should consider and then explores ways to build holistic learning cultures.

Find some time to explore this resource and share it with others in your building. You might also check out the short video that looks at innovation. You can also find it on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e6ZifjWftc8

Leoncio Lopez-Ocon's curator insight, Today, 10:18 PM

Recursos que ofrece el Instituto Australiano para mejorar la calidad de la enseñanza