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16 Ways to Use TinyTap in Your Classroom: Free Technology for Teachers

16 Ways to Use TinyTap in Your Classroom: Free Technology for Teachers | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it

Tiny Tap is a fantastic free iPad app and Android app for building fun and interactive review games. With the app you can create games based on pictures, diagrams, videos, and icons. Students can play your games on their iPads, Android tablets, or in the web browser on their laptops.

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Finding Serendipity: Creating Authentic Writing Experiences for Young Writers

Finding Serendipity: Creating Authentic Writing Experiences for Young Writers | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it

The printed word often is taken for granted. It’s everywhere you look—billboards, signs, our mobile devices. We rarely stop to think about its origin, that print once was a commodity, a symbol of privilege, holding a clear and authentic purpose: to communicate with one another over distance, over time, and across cultures.

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What’s Going on Inside the Brain Of A Curious Child?

What’s Going on Inside the Brain Of A Curious Child? | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
New research suggests that curiosity triggers chemical changes in the brain that help students better understand and retain information.
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The one thing you can do right now, so your child thrives at school

The one thing you can do right now, so your child thrives at school | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
Exploring, creating, and discovering is how we learn! Focusing on creative learning activities for kids!
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» Four Ways Teachers Can Differentiate in the ClassroomASCD Inservice

» Four Ways Teachers Can Differentiate in the ClassroomASCD Inservice | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
As students grow up and rules are loosened, it is also necessary to take a look at the instruction your students are receiving from you.
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How Kids Pay Attention (and Why Some Kids Struggle With It)

How Kids Pay Attention (and Why Some Kids Struggle With It) | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
Learn how the brain pays attention. Find out why kids with attention issues like ADHD have trouble with attention, and how that impacts learning.
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Pixar In A Box Teaches Math Through Real Animation Challenges

Pixar In A Box Teaches Math Through Real Animation Challenges | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
A collaboration between Pixar and Khan Academy hopes to show students what math looks like at work in successful animated films.
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Authenticity = Lifelong Learners

Authenticity = Lifelong Learners | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
For students to care deeply about learning, provide significant content, the opportunity to apply real-world content skills, and an authentic purpose for a real-world need.
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Struggle Means Learning: Difference in Eastern and Western Cultures

Struggle Means Learning: Difference in Eastern and Western Cultures | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
In Japanese classrooms, teachers consciously design tasks that are slightly beyond the capabilities of the students they teach, so the students can actually
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Four New Elements Added to Periodic Table - WBRC

(CNN) - Chemistry textbooks are officially out of date, as four new elements will soon be added to the scientific periodic table. Elements 113, 115, 117 and 118 have been formally recognized
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5 Ways Leaders Rock Employee Recognition

5 Ways Leaders Rock Employee Recognition | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
Recognition is a key tool in employee retention programs for a reason: people need more than constructive feedback and positive affirmation. 

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6 New Apps for Tweens and Teens With Learning and Attention Issues

Apps can be a fun way to help teens and tweens learn and build skills in reading, writing, math and more. Check out these 2015 apps for kids in high school or middle school.
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New Year's Resolutions: Don't Do It!

As a new year begins, the lure of resolutions are hard to avoid. If you're contemplating setting New Year's resolutions, here's some simple advice: don't!
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Putting the Power of Questions in the Learners' Hands

Putting the Power of Questions in the Learners' Hands | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
Starr Sackstein, @MsSackstein, shares a few strategies on developing self-directed learners using questions from her book, Power of Questioning.

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Kathleen McClaskey's curator insight, January 8, 2:03 PM

Starr Sackstein, author of an upcoming book, "The Power of Questioning" shares her insights in empowering the learner to be the questioner.


"Empowering learners with the control of the questions, puts them in the driver’s seat of their journey and progress. They follow their interests and we trust them to develop more questions as they go, unraveling the possibilities in their learning. This is a great chance for learners and teachers to learn together rather than just in a one sided manner with the teacher in control of everything." - See more at: http://www.personalizelearning.com/2016/01/putting-power-of-questions-in-learners.html#sthash.Oj6ARYee.dpuf

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RAISE Act Hammers Local School Systems

While the proposed RAISE Act of 2016 is riddled with language that causes an educator to stop and say, "what the heck?" the first indication that this legislation is bad news for local school syste...
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How to Edit an Existing YouTube Video

Step-by-step instructions for how to edit out mistakes from an existing YouTube video using the video Enhancements tool on YouTube. For more tips go to http://ileanesmith.com/youtube-tools


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Ileane Smith's curator insight, January 14, 4:27 AM

These instructions helped so many YouTubers that it was one of my most popular videos for 2015. I decided to post it on SlideShare too. 

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Learning Centers in the Secondary Classroom

Learning Centers in the Secondary Classroom | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
Learning centers diversify student experience, encourage student voice, leverage available resources, and give teachers built-in opportunities for formative assessment and critical one-on-one conversations.
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Stepping Into Each Other’s Classrooms

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Powerful instructional practices are occurring all around us. Sometimes those practices are in classrooms only a few feet away from us. So very close. There may be teachers just a few moments do…
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Bob's curator insight, January 7, 11:30 AM
This is really good. I have learned a tremendous amount about teaching. I can learn, give it to you in some other form, or you can learn directly. Often, you are observing less about what the teacher is doing and are more active in thinking about how this can impact your classroom. To involve the principal, cover the class of the teacher who is doing an observation
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Literacy Strong All Year Long: Powerful Lessons for K–2

Literacy Strong All Year Long: Powerful Lessons for K–2 | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
Valerie A. Ellery, Lori Oczkus, Timothy V. Rasinski's literacy strategy lessons spiral across the year to help boost students' comprehension, phonological awareness and phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and motivation.
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It's Not Easy Teaching Special Ed

It's Not Easy Teaching Special Ed | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
Teachers in some of the toughest jobs in education are overworked and stretched thin. One dedicated special ed teacher in Utah says she thinks about leaving constantly.
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"Study Less, Study Smart": The Best Ways to Retain More in Less Time

"Study Less, Study Smart": The Best Ways to Retain More in Less Time | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
When you're learning new material, it can be overwhelming when you think about how much time you need to truly understand it all. This studying technique can help you stay focused and take on more information with shorter study sessions.
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Six Levels of Motivation in Students - Tim Elmore

Six Levels of Motivation in Students - Tim Elmore | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
I just met a junior from Miami University in Ohio. He was like so many others I meet: full of potential, but lacking clear ambition about a career.
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An Educator's Gift to Their Learners: Seeing Each One of Them @JackieGerstein

An Educator's Gift to Their Learners: Seeing Each One of Them @JackieGerstein | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
One of the greatest gifts an educator can give to their learners is to see each one; really see each and every one of them. Some strategies to do this include:

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Linda Buckmaster's curator insight, January 3, 6:13 PM

One of the greatest gifts an educator can give to their learners is to see each one; really see each and every one of them. Some strategies to do this include:

Jane Smith's curator insight, January 3, 10:59 PM

Listen, make a decision, take action.

StacyLada's curator insight, January 4, 7:00 AM

Useful reminder for a good teacher

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10 images to share at your next faculty meeting by @justintarte

10 images to share at your next faculty meeting by @justintarte | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it

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Analyzing Texts with Storyboards

Analyzing Texts with Storyboards | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
10th grade ELA lesson that aligns with many Common Core elements. This lesson has students develop storyboards to do an in depth analysis of a text.
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