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Excellent Templates to Use with Newsletters, PowerPoint, and Word Documents ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Excellent Templates to Use with Newsletters, PowerPoint, and Word Documents ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it

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The cheat sheet to choosing effective education apps - Daily Genius

The cheat sheet to choosing effective education apps - Daily Genius | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
Since there’s such a push to bring apps into the classroom, it’s time to figure out which ones are right for you. I threw together this cheat sheet to choosing education apps that will hopefully help you quickly choose what works (and what doesn’t).

So what are some of the best education apps for active learning? What are the top ways to get students actively engaged and interacting with one another? There are some seriously amazing iPad apps that are terrific for project-based learning, active engagement, and even flipped classrooms.

This cheat sheet will help – but first let’s run through the questions you see in the visual.

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Instructional Strategies Sports Coaches Know

Instructional Strategies Sports Coaches Know | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
Nathan Barber's book applies a sports coach's perspective to communicating effectively, harnessing the power of teamwork, embracing technology, and more.
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Strategies for Coaching Teachers to Use Formative Assessment Tools

Strategies for Coaching Teachers to Use Formative Assessment Tools | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
Formative assessments are an essential part of instructional design. Formative assessments give teachers a glance at the level of understanding students have of a particular topic being taught. We ...

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Formative assessment matters.... And students should be aware of where they are on the learning trajectory. The learning target/outcome/goal shouldn't be a secret. And as Rick Wormeli says, if students take a summative assessment and they don't do so well, it's okay to turn it into a formative one.
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Nine questions: What does it even mean to oppose the Common Core?

Nine questions: What does it even mean to oppose the Common Core? | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it

"Almost every article and column written about the nascent GOP presidential campaign mentions Tea Party opposition to immigration reform and the Common Core—and most candidates’ efforts to align themselves with the Republican base on these two issues. (A Google News search turns up more than 11,000 hits for “Common Core” and “immigration” and “Republican.”)

When it comes to immigration reform, it’s easy to understand what the hard-right candidates oppose: any form of amnesty for people who entered the country illegally.

But what does it mean when Ted Cruz, or Rand Paul, or Bobby Jindal says he “opposes” the Common Core?"

 

This article gives examples of nine questions reporters* might ask.


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This article gives examples of nine questions reporters might ask candidates to see whether they're simply regurgitating party press reports or whether they really know what they're talking about.  I shudder to think what might happen if we go back to NCLB's requirements.  One hundred percent of our students proficient?  Really?!?

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Test Prep Strategies for Reading and Vocabulary | Grades 2-12 | Sadlier

Test Prep Strategies for Reading and Vocabulary | Grades 2-12 | Sadlier | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
Testing can cause anxiety for most students, but these test prep tips and strategies will help ease their anxiety. Download Test Prep Strategies for Reading and Vocabulary now!
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8 Diagramming Apps for Better Brainstorming on the Go

8 Diagramming Apps for Better Brainstorming on the Go | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
When you've got projects to manage, events to plan and the never-ending demands of life hovering over your head, it's helpful to get your thoughts onto paper. Do you carry around a pen and pad? Maybe not; but if you're like most people, your mobile device is always within arm's reach. Plan and organize your…

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Tasia Thompson's curator insight, February 27, 10:23 AM

Great apps for Ss to use when creating Thinking Maps  in our iPad grades! 

Arizona State University, Claire McLaughlin's curator insight, February 27, 10:43 AM

Mind-mapping is so important because we need to organize our thoughts in a way that we can make sense of information.  The same goes for our students.  Many of the sites in this article are free with upgrades you have to pay extra for.  They are worth investigating.

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3 Excellent Tools to Quickly Poll Your Students ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

3 Excellent Tools to Quickly Poll Your Students ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it

... if you are looking for specific tools to create and conduct polls in class, the titles below are what we would recommend the most. These tools are very simple and easy to handle. You can use them to quickly poll your students, create surveys and establish the knowledge level of a class on a certain topic.

 

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Office Mix: Flipping the classroom with PowerPoint 2013

Office Mix: Flipping the classroom with PowerPoint 2013 | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
Office Mix is an add-in for PowerPoint 2013 that adds some new features, but that is what it does, not what it is. On the website, Microsoft say: "Office Mix was created with educators in mind" So,...

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The Heart of Teaching: What It Means to be a Great Teacher

The Heart of Teaching: What It Means to be a Great Teacher | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it

What does it mean to be a great teacher? Of course credentials, knowledge, critical thinking, and all other faculties of intelligence are important. However, a great teacher should be much more than credentials, experience and intelligence.

What lies in the heart of a great teacher?

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Reading Is Lifework

Reading Is Lifework | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it

... As parents and educators we know that like snowflakes, no two children are alike and it is simply not possible to have the same book be perfect for every reader in our classrooms, or in our lives.  But books need to be in our lives.  Reading is lifework.  Part of that work is about making choices. We choose to honor voices and choices. We choose to celebrate reading and reading lives.....

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Concept Attainment in Social Studies Class - Middleweb

Concept Attainment in Social Studies Class - Middleweb | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it

The concept attainment learning strategy is a way of harnessing the scientific process — using it to elucidate the properties of a particular idea in order to better understand that idea.

This process, developed by cognitive psychologists, has students learn by logic and contrast. Often positive exemplars are used on one side and negative on the other (what does it look like, what does it NOT look like), and in the end, students are better able to identify and explain a concept because of having understood its attributes.

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Developing a Growth Mindset in Teachers and Staff

Developing a Growth Mindset in Teachers and Staff | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it

... I have found that the notion of developing a growth mindset is as equally applicable to staff and teacher performance as it is to students. This article begins with a brief discussion about the difference between the two mindsets, what that means for education, and concludes with some ideas for how school leaders might seek to develop a growth mindset amongst their staff.

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10 of the Most Highly Recommended Kids Books by Age

10 of the Most Highly Recommended Kids Books by Age | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
It’s World Book Day on Thursday 5th March. If you’re looking for some new kids books ideas or have a birthday coming up that you need to buy for, books are a great gift for children of all ages. Here are 10 of the Most Highly Recommended Kids Books by Age.

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25 Awesome Anchor Charts For Teaching Writing

25 Awesome Anchor Charts For Teaching Writing | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
Anchor charts are a great way to make thinking visible as you record strategies, processes, cues, guidelines and other content during the learning process. Here are 25 of our favorite charts for te...
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9 Most Powerful Uses of Technology for Learning

9 Most Powerful Uses of Technology for Learning | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
Regardless of whether you think every infant needs an iPad, I think we can all agree that technology has changed education for the better. Today's learne

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, March 1, 8:33 AM

Where will technology make the biggest impact on education? This post shares nine areas, based on research, where the use of technology is making an impact.

What are the ten areas? Below is a list of the top five. Find additional information on each by clicking through to the post, as well as links to other resources.

1. Critical Thinking - In this area four kinds of thinking are discussed: Analogical, Expressive Experiential, and Problem Solving.

2. Mobile Learning

3. Access to Education

4. Continuous Feedback

5. Unlimited and Immediate Learning

Please note that the title on the post days there are ten areas, but number four is missing in the document (or there are only nine areas). I renumbered the areas above so that they are consecutive.

Norton Gusky's curator insight, March 2, 7:27 AM

Ten examples of how technology makes learning more impactful. Examples include : critical thinking, mobile learning, learning to learn, continuous feedback, and global awareness.

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Steps to Create the Conditions for Deep, Rigorous, Applied Learning

Steps to Create the Conditions for Deep, Rigorous, Applied Learning | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
Check out some resources meant to help education leaders find ways transform the vision and goals of schools to move towards applied, connected and real-world learning opportunities for students.
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Kids Speak Out on Student Engagement

Kids Speak Out on Student Engagement | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
Blogger and English teacher Heather Wolpert-Gawron asked her eighth grade students what they find most engaging in the classroom.
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Grading: A Duct-Taped System In Need of an Overhaul? | CTQ

Grading: A Duct-Taped System In Need of an Overhaul? | CTQ | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
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Us vs. them mentality? Love this!
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7 Classroom Resources for Pi Day

7 Classroom Resources for Pi Day | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
In this collection, Matt Davis rounds up some of Edutopia's favorite Pi Day resources for teachers.

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A Beautiful Visual Featuring The 7 Cs of Effective Communication ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

A Beautiful Visual Featuring The 7 Cs of Effective Communication ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it

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Rosidah Awang's curator insight, February 26, 7:58 AM

 A visual guide to provide some effective ways to maintain effective communication.

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How Do Students That Hate School Learn? - Connect Learning Today

How Do Students That Hate School Learn? - Connect Learning Today | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
It has been my privilege to know many students at many grade and age levels, who have said they hated school. They were all different, referred to as brilliant, disenchanted, disengaged, unmotivated, unchallenged, stubborn, creative, and many more adjectives than a list on a page can hold. Sure, we all realize that students will say they hate school, because that’s the thing kids say, and it is immediately preceded by, or followed by, “I’m bored!” But we need to consider what all students say on this subject, at any level, age, or degree, because there’s no template for students at risk.

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The science of homework: tips to engage students' brains

The science of homework: tips to engage students' brains | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
Neurologist Judy Willis explores what kinds of homework help students at different stages of development and just how long out-of-hours work should take
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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, February 24, 4:00 PM

"Computer-assisted learning cannot replace good teaching: it is only from teachers that students can experience rich interactive learning and build conceptual understanding."

 

Good teaching is about figuring out how children learn best and actively working with students in this way.

 

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Women's History Month: 6 Lesson Plan Resources for Teachers - FREE

Women's History Month: 6 Lesson Plan Resources for Teachers - FREE | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
Matt Davis highlights free and easy-to-implement classroom resources to celebrate Women's History Month in March.

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