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Blended Learning: Making it Work in Your Classroom - YouTube

A school-wide approach to blended learning that allows teachers the flexibility to define and implement online instruction that meets their students needs.

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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, April 8, 2015 12:50 PM

The enormous challenge for teachers engaged blended learning is being fluent in both online and classroom teaching techniques. Being a teacher has always been challenging. (That's a good thing!)

Koen Mattheeuws's curator insight, April 13, 2015 3:15 AM

Mooie getuigenis van twee leerkrachten die mee evolueren zonder dat ze het kind met het badwater weggooien.

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Free Technology for Teachers: Engage Students in History With Fake Facebook and Fake SMS

Free Technology for Teachers: Engage Students in History With Fake Facebook and Fake SMS | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
Over the years Russel Tarr has developed and released a bunch of wonderful tools through ClassTools.net. Two of my favorite tools that he has developed are Fakebook and the fake SMS Generator.
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7 kinds of social media posts educators and schools can use now

7 kinds of social media posts educators and schools can use now | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
Social media is a free, powerful, safe way to spread positive news about education. Here are seven types of posts you can start using immediately.

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Nancy J. Herr's curator insight, April 9, 2015 5:45 PM

Some great examples of how you can get started or expand your use of social media to benefit your school community. 

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ASCD Express 10.15 - Lifeguard Lessons for Sink-or-Swim Communication

ASCD Express 10.15 - Lifeguard Lessons for Sink-or-Swim Communication | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it

My first job was working as a lifeguard and swim instructor at a local pool. Sixteen years old with a whistle and an attitude, I was ready to take on the world while simultaneously getting a great tan. I didn't know anything about effective communication, but I was well-versed on pool rules. No running. No chewing gum. No chewing gum while running. No diving in the shallow end. No horseplay. No fun. (Not really.) I had been trained to teach swimming, save lives, and watch for danger. As I climbed up into my chair on that first day, I couldn't begin to know how much I would learn about effective communication that would carry me through an entire career.

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How Humility Makes Us Better, Saner Teachers

Humility can add exponents to your professional growth.  In this post, I [Dave Stuart, Jr.] explain how. Our students have pride and arrogance modeled for them all of them time -- but what about humility? In this post, I explain, first, how humility is largely misunderstood in our culture (I'm talking to you, Me-From-The-Past-Who-Can't-Accept-A-Compliment) and establish a definition for the term that's actually useful. Then, I briefly lay out several applications of humility. By the end of the *short* post, I think you'll begin to see that humility isn't just about being a nice person -- it's about being better and saner in our work as educators.

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Resilience and Grit: Resource Roundup

Resilience and Grit: Resource Roundup | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
Explore a curated collection of videos, interviews, and articles from around the web for adults looking to build resilience and grit in young people.
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ASCD Express 10.14 - Field Notes: Writing as Conversation

ASCD Express 10.14 - Field Notes: Writing as Conversation | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
The stakes are high; only about a quarter of students are writing at a proficient level (National Center for Education Statistics, 2012). No matter the subject, we teachers need to view each class as an opportunity to engage students with the writing tasks they need to be college and career ready. Simply assigning more writing doesn't lead to student engagement. However, I've found that adding two activities to my course design—blogging and collaborative response groups—sustain and motivate students as they practice and refine their writing processes for authentic audiences.
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Teaching in Room 6: Unshakeable: Do Your Part to Create a Positive School Culture

Teaching in Room 6: Unshakeable: Do Your Part to Create a Positive School Culture | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
Right about now is when school becomes one big stress ball of emotions for me. Between testing and report cards and looming culmination....not to mention the senioritis that hits the fifth graders....April is really a hard month in which to teach.
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Feedback for Thinking: Working for the Answer

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Instead of helping students by giving them the answers, encourage them to think independently by supplementing your modeling with questions, prompts, and cues.

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Policy Priorities:Principal Leadership: Focus on Professional Development

Resources for principals compiled by ASCD.
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Aim Higher: Conferring and Student Goals

Aim Higher: Conferring and Student Goals | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
So, you've studied your students' writing, analyzing their work for strengths and next steps. Maybe you took home a giant stack of writers notebooks, or a huge pile of on-demand writing assessments...
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Kleinspiration: The Homework Help Desk: Amazing [FREE] Interactive Resource to Help Kids and Parents!

Kleinspiration: The Homework Help Desk: Amazing [FREE] Interactive Resource to Help Kids and Parents! | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
As I attempt to catch up on mass amounts of unread email, I enjoy browsing the various resources that come through my inbox.  Because of the volume of email I receive, I find myself either deleting the conversation or clicking to see the site for a few seconds.  If the site has a video, I'll usually play it for a few seconds, unless it captures my attention.  Then I'll view the entire video and spend a bit of time exploring the site.  If the site's interface is clunky, I'll navigate away and continue with my email.  However, when the site is user-friendly AND the resource seems valuable, I find myself compelled to share.  Typically, I'll Tweet it out possibly post on Facebook.  Occasionally I'll also Pin it on Pinterest, if it's a resource I can see myself also using down the road.  On very rare occasions I find myself compelled to actually open up a new tab and begin blogging about the resource.  This is one of those very rare times.  

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80 Twitter Tools for Almost Everything

80 Twitter Tools for Almost Everything | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it

Twitter is chaos, but in the midst of this beautiful mess is a ton of data that if you can understand it. If you ever wanted the complete Twitter toolbox this is the post for you. It's got 80 Twitter tools that can help you do everything you need in this busy social media channel.


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Adam J. Kovitz's curator insight, April 30, 2015 9:53 AM

Great Post!

Jean McKinney's curator insight, May 2, 2015 1:59 PM

"Twitter is chaos" -- a very good point.  And that's why tools to cut through the clutter are so essential.  this is really useful for writers and publishers who consider Twitter a key to their publishing and marketing efforts.

AndySernovitz's curator insight, July 31, 2015 3:52 AM

The Ultimate Twitter Toolbox: 80 Twitter Tools: #Content_Curation_Magazine

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How Memory, Focus and Good Teaching Can Work Together to Help Kids Learn

How Memory, Focus and Good Teaching Can Work Together to Help Kids Learn | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
Technology enables students with nearly infinite information. But kids need help in learning how to learn in order to be creative and knowledgable.
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Fresh Starts for Hard-to-Like Students: Edutopia

Fresh Starts for Hard-to-Like Students: Edutopia | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
Improve trust and communication with difficult students by expressing gratitude, using encouraging statements, and treating them in the same way you treat your best students.
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Q&A: Plumbing The Mysteries Of The Teenage Brain

Q&A: Plumbing The Mysteries Of The Teenage Brain | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
In Age of Opportunity, psychologist Larry Steinberg applies neuroscience to risk-taking, peer influence, the boredom of high school and other adolescent conundrums.
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Strategies for Strengthening the Brain’s Executive Functions

Strategies for Strengthening the Brain’s Executive Functions | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
Introduce students to the concept of executive functions, put it to work, referring frequently to these learning tools in positive, productive classroom interactions.
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Developing a Growth Mindset in Teachers and Staff

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An idea that is beginning to gain a lot of favour in educational circles at the moment is the notion of fixed versus growth mindsets, and how they might relate to students and learning. Based on the work of Stanford University psychologist, Carol Dweck, the idea of mindset is related to our understanding of where ability comes from. It has recently been seized upon by educators as a tool to explore our knowledge of student achievement, and ways that such achievement might be improved.
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Free Technology for Teachers: How to Create a Multimedia Timeline on HSTRY

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Science PBL outdoors for the middle grades

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Hands-on learning can spark students’ imagination when school moves outdoors. It can also increase engagement & improve academic performance.
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12 Signs Of Un-Leadership

12 Signs Of Un-Leadership | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
In this post, the author looks at twelve demotivators. These 12 concepts are a what not to do for leadership. Readers are invited to add observations.

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SENAME Interactive's comment, April 7, 2015 5:58 AM
I agree with most of the points. One more sign on unleadership is "Always be at office or online but never do any work". :)
Miguel Herrera E.'s curator insight, April 7, 2015 10:10 AM

Por esto, los líderes latinoamericanos (específicamente políticos), no concretan proyectos ni visiones, si observamos detenidamente sus estilos y ejecutorias, realizan por lo menos, el 60% de estas actitudes desmotivadoras

Dr. Deborah Brennan's curator insight, April 7, 2015 2:32 PM

This is a great twist on most leadership articles.  I, too, have been guilty of most of these at various times in my career.  I think that as leaders, we are always reflecting and learning.  So, I would add:

 

Does not continue to learn and grow - does not attend staff development with teachers, does not read, is not open to others' ideas.

 

Is unavailable emotionally, intellectually, and physically - in the office with the door closed or off campus.  Meetings are closed to all but a select few.  These meeting are often just a dissemination of the leader's ideas and attendees do not disagree out of fear of reprisal.

 

These are not just demotivators - they can undermine the entire school culture.

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Question-Answer Relationship (QAR)

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The question–answer relationship (QAR) strategy helps students understand the different types of questions. By learning that the answers to some questions are "Right There" in the text, that some answers require a reader to "Think and Search," and that some answers can only be answered "On My Own," students recognize that they must first consider the question before developing an answer.
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Stock your PBL toolbox with the right tools for the job ~ ISTE

Stock your PBL toolbox with the right tools for the job ~ ISTE | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it

"Suzie Boss, co-author of Project-Based Learning: Your Field Guide to Real-World Projects in the Digital Age with Jane Krauss, suggests that you always ask: What is the essential learning goal?

“With that in mind, there will be a range of tools you can use,” Boss said. “It can be like recipe substitutions. If you don’t have this, use that instead.”

"If students are at the research level of a PBL project, for example, consider free, searchable sites like the American Memory Historical Collections from the Library of Congress.

"Or, if your goal is to make ideas visible and discussable so that they can be shared with others — which is often the case with PBL — consider tools for creating infographics or digital posters. Boss recommends Lucidchart and Glogster.

"One tool category that you shouldn’t leave out of your kit is a learning management system, says Krauss. The teacher should act as the chief project manager, keeping things organized and handling overarching project management. Krauss recommends you select a tool that includes a calendar, a research depository, a blogging space, a pooling tool and an assignments manager. Her picks include Edmodo and Google Classroom.

“The beauty is that students then have anywhere, anytime access and can check in and work from home or from mobile devices,” Krauss said.

"Here are a few tools that members of the ISTE community keep in their PBL toolboxes:"

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Educational Technology and Mobile Learning: A New Visual on Flipped Learning

Educational Technology and Mobile Learning: A New Visual on Flipped Learning | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
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