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A Treasure Trove of Digital Citizenship Resources for Teachers

A Treasure Trove of Digital Citizenship Resources for Teachers | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
With the increasing use of internet by our kids comes the risks that, if not addressed appropriately, would make this use disastrous. From online predators looming around waiting for their next victim to harassment and cyberbullying, these and several other issues are  waiving a red flag for parents, teachers,and education stakeholders to take an immediate action and make digital citizenship an essential component in the curriculum. Kids need to be aware of these risks and should be taught on how to surf the net safely.

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Using "Digital Citizenship in Schools" by Mike Ribble.

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Recursos. Ciudadanía Digital

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Using Toy Ads to Build Media Literacy Skills | MiddleWeb

Using Toy Ads to Build Media Literacy Skills | MiddleWeb | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
Expert Frank W. Baker says colorful toy advertisements are perfect for teaching media literacy and shares good questions and lesson ideas to get things started.
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From analyzing and evaluating to writing scripts.... Great ideas!

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Keys to Great Teacher Mentor Relationships | Teaching the Core

Keys to Great Teacher Mentor Relationships | Teaching the Core | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
In this post, Dave Stuart examines the mindset needed to make the most of teacher mentoring. He also shares practice steps for developing successful mentor
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When Teachers and Administrators Collaborate

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See what it looks like when a district that has a strong collaborative culture undertakes a major initiative like implementing the Common Core.

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, November 21, 6:34 PM

When colleagues (teachers and administrators) work cooperatively, the benefits for students is positively correlated. When we use two different words to describe teachers and School managers, the separation is artificial. Aren't principals first teachers?

 

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Three iPad Apps for Creating Multimedia eBooks - iPad Apps for School

Three iPad Apps for Creating Multimedia eBooks - iPad Apps for School | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
One of my favorite things about iPads and the web in general is the ease with which anyone can create a multimedia product. Teachers can create and organize multimedia reference materials for students and students can create multimedia products to show off their ideas. The following three iPad apps allow you and your students to create multimedia ebooks.

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Common Core: Understanding standards vs. curriculum. The what vs. the how

Kelley Brock is a Baldwin resident and former special education teacher and principal, who raised her children in Cherokee County Public Schools.


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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, November 21, 11:42 AM

It is important to consider the what and the how in learning and teaching. It is equally, perhaps more, important to think about the who.

 

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When Memorization Gets in the Way of Learning

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A teacher's quest to discourage his students from mindlessly reciting information

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Elaine Roberts, Ph.D's curator insight, November 20, 5:48 PM

This is not to say students should never memorize, but they should understand what they're memorizing and why it matters. This is an article worth reading carefully and probably discussing with your colleagues.


Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, November 20, 7:09 PM

The third paragraph with a number of questions points to what teaching is about. It is about renewing practice and rethinking what we think teaching is and is not.

 

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Investigating Authentic Questions To Drive Projects

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"Students are hungry for learning that matters. Project based learning has students involved in explaining their answers to real-life questions or challenges. A project's driving question or challenge is so deep that it requires students to create an end product and share their conclusions with others. Instead of traditional projects that come at the end of a unit of study, project-based learning has the project introduced at the beginning of the unit. The project gives students a reason for learning the content and a venue for practicing 21st century skills."


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Beth Dichter's curator insight, November 20, 9:25 PM

How can we get our students more engaged in the classroom? Teaching them to investigate authentic problems provides them with opportunities to ask questions that will lead to solutions (and failures) but that will also engage them. In this post Tony Vincent shares steps in how to have your students engage in investigating authentic questions.

Vincent starts with a section called Driven to Investigate. In this section he discusses driving questions and references a previous article, Crafting Questions that Drive Projects.

Additional sections (and there are a total of thirteen) include:

* Thinking is Critical

* Stick Together or Divide and Conquer

* Provide Focus

* Provide Staring Points

* Can You  Believe It?

* Experiments, Trial and Error, Data Collection

* You Know Better Than Anyone

Each section is chock full of resources. This is a great resource to help you launch students into investigating authentic problems. He also notes that he will publish Part 3, Creating Products to Show and Share in the future. I will be looking forward to reading (and in all likelihood sharing) that post once it is published.

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8 Myths That Undermine Educational Effectiveness

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Edutopia blogger Mark Phillips examines eight myths that drive education policy, including the value of homework for students and merit pay for teachers, the irrelevance of funding and class size, and the fairness of college admissions.
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6 Rules to Break for Better, Deeper Learning Outcomes

6 Rules to Break for Better, Deeper Learning Outcomes | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
Incorporate deeper learning as you empower students to seek knowledge from many sources, use tools relevant to their lives, and embrace the lessons of failure.
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The Difference Between Search And Inquiry Part 2 - TeachThought

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"Ed note: This post is part 2 of 2 in a mini-series on Google and student inquiry. Part 1 can be seen here. http://www.teachthought.com/learning/how-google-impacts-the-way-students-think/

As we recently talked about, Google impacts thinking by putting a universe of information at the end of any internet connection. This is both true and unhelpful. It offers up the universe, but no one needs the universe–they need the right thing at the right time."


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ASCD Express 10.05 - 12 Steps to Get Students Talking

ASCD Express 10.05 - 12 Steps to Get Students Talking | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it

As a beginning math teacher, I thought that student discourse happened when they answered my questions or asked me questions. Then one day I asked my students an interesting question, and it was like a Ping-Pong match erupted in my room. One student answered, another disagreed, and then the rest of the class chose sides and began debating back and forth! The level of engagement and thinking was incredible and wow, did we have fun!

 

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Bigsaw Designer - Puzzle Maker for iPads - ClassTechTips

Bigsaw Designer - Puzzle Maker for  iPads - ClassTechTips | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
Bigsaw Designer is a picture puzzle maker for iPads that lets users create their own interactive games.  Students and teachers can snap pictures with their iPad, use a picture saved in Photos, or select a picture they have found online.  Once you’ve created your puzzles you don’t have to worry about being connected to the Internet because all puzzles are available offline.

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7 Ways to Banish Shame: Helping Kids With Learning Disabilities Celebrate Their Strengths

7 Ways to Banish Shame: Helping Kids With Learning Disabilities Celebrate Their Strengths | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
How can we make sure that children with learning disabilities aren't shackled by shame? Guest blogger and educational therapist Anne-Marie Morey shares deep insights and strategies for playing up your child's strengths to develop resilience in the face of adversity. "As one of my talented, confident students puts it," she writes, "'dyslexia is a beautiful brain.'"
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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, Today, 12:26 PM

We each have our struggles and strengths in learning.

 

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Rethinking Assessment: How to Maintain Objectivity - Brilliant or Insane

Rethinking Assessment: How to Maintain Objectivity - Brilliant or Insane | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
Education author/presenter Mark Barnes explains why it's time for teachers to stop giving their opinions to students and to rethink assessment.

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Teaching Practices Inventory Provides Tool to Help You Examine Your Teaching

Teaching Practices Inventory Provides Tool to Help You Examine Your Teaching | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it

Maryellen Weimer, PhD:


Here’s a great resource: the Teaching Practices Inventory. It’s an inventory that lists and scores the extent to which research-based teaching practices are being used. It’s been developed for use in math and science courses, but researchers Carl Wieman and Sarah Gilbert suggest it can be used in engineering and social sciences courses, although they have not tested it there. I suspect it has an even wider application. Most of the items on the inventory are or could be practiced in most disciplines and programs


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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, November 19, 2:51 PM

This inventory, published by the University of British Columbia was developed by an impressive team from Canada, headed by Nobel Prize winning physicist Carl Wieman.  Fine research. Deep and worth the dive.

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Assessment Beyond Levels: The Reading Grid - Choice Literacy

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Assessment systems that work are difficult to find. I've been teaching for just over 20 years now, and I'm quite sure I've tried nearly that many systems for organizing assessment information. I've tried mailing labels, note cards, file folders, and post-its (that was a mess!). I've created charts, templates, grids and checklists. I'm fascinated to see how other teachers collect information in their classrooms, and until a few years ago was always looking for a system that worked for me. I think that's the key: finding a system that works in YOUR classroom. About five years ago I tried to find a system that allowed me to keep individual conference notes over time in one handy place. Using a spiral notebook, I divided the pages so each child had 3-5 pages, and kept notes on reading and writing conferences. 

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Education First releases series of briefs on PD for Common Core

Education First releases series of briefs on PD for Common Core | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
Education First has released a series of briefing papers and a short executive summary that offer guidance for how professional development needs to change to help educators succeed with the standards. The series:Identifies the new essential elements of professional learning;Identifies the new essential elements of professional learning;Spotlights three different approaches to how districts have organized themselves to support teachers using these elements; andRecommends what policymakers can do to advance high quality Common Core-aligned professional development at scale.
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7 Ways to Deal With Digital Distractions in the Classroom

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"Some call today’s students “digital natives.” Others call them the “distracted generation.” Whichever term you prefer, it’s clear they’re both far more than labels: they capture the core conflict many of us involved in education — educators, parents, and even students — feel about the use of technology in the classroom."


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Education and 'Digital distraction'

Dr. Laura Sheneman's curator insight, Today, 11:18 AM

Librarians, think about the teachers you train.

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Build Thinking Skills with Informational Text Projects

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Depending on whom you ask, the Common Core emphasis on informational text seems to mean the end of creativity in the classroom. But a focus on informational text doesn’t automatically mandate filling in blanks, answering multiple-choice questions, or writing a traditional three-paragraph essay. In fact, when teachers choose to allow students to explore informational text independently, the opportunity for engaging, creative, and thinking projects emerges!

Read more: http://creativeeducator.tech4learning.com/2013/articles/Build_Thinking_Skills_with_Informational_Text_Projects#ixzz3JdFKiU00


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The Physical Act of Writing

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We spend lots of time talking about the writing process here at TWT. This post tackles something that has nothing to do with meaning, structure, focus, word choice, elaboration, voice, or conventi...
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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, November 20, 7:11 PM

Writing is an important element to learning. Here is a blog devoted to teaching writing.

 

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Visual Math Dictionary for the iPad ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

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Teaching Practices Inventory Provides Tool to Help You Examine Your Teaching

Here’s a great resource: the Teaching Practices Inventory. It’s an inventory that lists and scores the extent to which research-based teaching practices are being used. It’s been developed for use in math and science courses, but researchers Carl Wieman and Sarah Gilbert suggest it can be used in engineering and social sciences courses, although they have not tested it there. I suspect it has an even wider application. Most of the items on the inventory are or could be practiced in most disci

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Get It Right Podcasts: Otha Thornton (PTA) on Parents and Common Core

Get It Right Podcasts: Otha Thornton (PTA) on Parents and Common Core | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it

In this episode, National PTA President Otha Thornton shares efforts undertaken at the local, state and national levels to ensure parents have an understanding of the Common Core— what it is, how it came about and how it will help children graduate...


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Gratitude Activities for the Classroom

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Looking for some ways to bring gratitude into the classroom this Thanksgiving season? Here are some ideas to get you started.
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