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Some resources for math teachers in need of a little nudge (and some re-direction)

Some resources for math teachers in need of a little nudge (and some re-direction) | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it

A number of math teachers have complained either directly or indirectly recently that I have offered criticisms but no solutions to the problem of poorly-designed math courses, especially at the secondary level.


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More resources for middle and secondary math courses in the comments to his post....

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How Blogging Can Help Reluctant Writers - Edudemic

How Blogging Can Help Reluctant Writers - Edudemic | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
Blogging is an excellent way of motivating students to develop a lifelong love of learning. Writing is a process, and when they learn this they will be able to apply the skills to other aspects of their schooling.

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Lexile Level Is NOT Text Complexity CCSS.R.10

Lexile Level Is NOT Text Complexity CCSS.R.10 | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
This Tweet yesterday from #tcrwp (Teachers College Reading and Writing Project) caught my eye.  A quick glance at the twitter stream confirmed that it came from Stephanie Harvey's keynote (sigh of ...

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Dr. Dea Conrad-Curry's curator insight, August 21, 2013 11:08 PM

My comment to Fran's blog: Thank you, Fran! A good primer on Lexiles to teachers in search of a text! I spoke at a Common Core Conference in June and while there, sat in on a informal presentation by Malbert Smith, developer of the Lexile Framework and MetaMetrics President. He shared with us that one of the most distinguishing aspects of the algorithm determining Lexile ratings was the appearance of rare words in a text. So while many think it is about word and sentence length, it is really about the frequency of a word in a corpus of 6 million words used by the analyzer. Semantic difficulty paired with syntactic complexity determines Lexile levels. The reason novels are relatively low in the Lexile ratings is because they contain dialogue which is usually comprised of conversational language and not rare words. In a bit of fun, he shared some very short words with us and showed how quickly their inclusion can change a Lexile rating. Good stuff to know.

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An Argumentative First Day Activity Aligned with W.CCR.1 | Teaching the Core

An Argumentative First Day Activity Aligned with W.CCR.1 | Teaching the Core | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
Here are my thoughts on an icebreaker that seeks to immediately begin building an argumentative, collaborative culture in my classroom.

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Mary Clark's curator insight, August 20, 2013 11:20 AM

Great start to the year!

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CCSS Aligned Math Videos Grades 1-12| Virtual Nerd

Virtual Nerd's patent-pending tutorial system provides in-context information, hints, and links to supporting tutorials, synchronized with videos, each 3 to 7 minutes long.

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10 Teacher-Tested Tools for Flipping Your Classroom

10 Teacher-Tested Tools for Flipping Your Classroom | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it

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Google Drive - a Complete User Guide.

Published on Aug 8, 2013

What is Google Drive? A complete guide how to use it.
Cloud (storage), Creation, Collaboration, Communication
How to access Google Drive, including from Google+
Cloud storage:
Left hand bar options
Uploading files or folders from your computer
Looking under the drop downs: Drive content and More
Shared with you: you can add these docs to your Drive too
Choosing how to 'sort' the content
Changing from grid to list view
Changing display in settings
Searching within Drive e.g. searching for PDFs and keywords
How to add a new folder and add files into it
How to enter a folder and remove files by dragging them out
'Checking' a folder/file to show more options e.g. move a folder
Choosing multiple files, or selecting 'all' from a folder
How to remove a folder/file - i.e. put into trash
Adding colours to a folder
Adding stars
Introduction - sharing a file
How to open a file; or choosing 'open with'
How to preview a file
Selecting several images to preview in a lightbox
Moving a selection of files
Creation:
Choosing to create documents, files, presentations etc
Naming the document
Files save automatically
How to download as e.g. a PDF - taking it out of Drive
Collaboration:
Taking comments and changes
Changing the language
How to give access to people
Seeing who has access already
Adding in email address
Choosing nature of access e.g. ability to edit a document
Emailing the person with whom you are collaborating
Changing from 'private' to e.g. only people with the link or making it public.
Giving access to a team/circle of people
Sharing the link to that group
Deciding whether to send them an email
Individuals icons will appear in upper right

Using a Google Hangout with the Google Drive app
Communication:
'Share icon' - appearing in several places
Same box as previously, but now can share it to several social networks
You can just choose 'view'
How to send out via Twitter
How the presentation becomes embedded within the message
The form/presentation etc. can be viewed from the Google+ post
Then 'share'
Sharing images from Drive to Google+
Changing the editing rights
Sending the image into a community
How to 'publish to the web'
How to embed that file's code into a website, including the size of the presentation
How to 'stop publishing'
The four elements: Cloud, Creation, Collaboration, Communication 

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Check out my blog for loads more videos:
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Patricia Daniels's curator insight, August 30, 2013 3:37 AM

A useful video tutorial here, just over 16 minutes long. It runs through the basics of using Google drive and how you can use it to collaborate with others. It also touches on Google Hangout.

 

I use Google Drive with my students as a writing space because I teach English via Skype. It suits our needs perfectly. Students create several folders e.g. some are homework spaces; collaborative areas such as wikis; creative writing pages and as a virtual space that we can jump into during the lesson to work on activities. It works for us. As a teacher I can dip into shared spaces at any time and guide and support learning which is a real advantage.

flea palmer's curator insight, August 30, 2013 6:56 AM

This is a really thorough tutorial and very timely as I'm currently exploring using Google Drive with students. Our dispersed team of Learning Technologists already use it for collaboration but there is not much use as yet by our academics and students. The ability to be able to integrate Drive with Google Hangouts is really powerful and has the potential to be a great tool for supporting Distance Learning.

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Google Drive - a Complete User Guide.
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Turning Students Into Teachers

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The best way to learn anything is to teach it to someone else . Isn't that what you've always been told? It's true ... and also a great philosophy to apply in…

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Jesse Soininen's comment, August 20, 2013 3:20 PM
I just love your curated picks. Wonder and awe
Begoña Iturgaitz's curator insight, August 26, 2013 6:28 AM

Crystal clear. I truly cannot understand why we don't make any profit of this at schools. As a related issue, also absolutely worthy for  those high skilled learners at our own schools, instead of searching only  for individual gateways.

Randall Crosby's curator insight, September 29, 2013 4:17 PM

Let our kids teach. They will learn more.

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50 Science Misconceptions - mental floss on YouTube (Ep.18)

A weekly show where knowledge junkies get their fix of trivia-tastic information. This week, Hank Green discusses 50 common science misconceptions about topi...

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, August 11, 2013 9:14 PM

How well do you know science? How about misconceptions in science that many believe are true? This video will help you (and your students) discover 50 misconceptions in science. If you use it with a class you may want to spread it out over a  few days and allow time of discussion!

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New Teachers Hub on Pinterest

New Teachers Hub on Pinterest | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it

"A pinspiring place for teachers to find and share creative ideas. Follow these boards for lesson plans, classroom decor and lots more for lively learning."

 


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The place for new teachers.  Love it!

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, August 13, 2013 10:09 PM

Pinterest has become a great location to find educational sources, and now they have launched a teachers hub. Currently they are boards that share information for grades PreK through Grade 6 (one board per grade) as well as boards for Art, Science, Math, Classroom Decor, Classroom Management, Home  School, Literacy, Sensory Learning, Gold Star Supplies, Back to School and Educational Blogs.

For more information on this new feature you may travel over to the Pinterest Blog where they posted "Say Hello to Pinterest" at http://blog.pinterest.com/post/58175180377/say-hello-to-teachers-on-pinterest

The current boards are for elementary school but the post also notes that they will "work together with Edutopia—an online resource for educators—to build out the education-focused community on Pinterest."

If you are looking for lesson plans, ideas for your classroom, and more it is worth checking out this resource.

The Teacher Treasury's comment, August 22, 2013 1:54 AM
This is a wonderful idea. Really looking forward to the development of this Teacher Hub.
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A Really, Really Well-Written Set Of Classroom Rules

A Really, Really Well-Written Set Of Classroom Rules | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it

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Joshua Farber's comment, August 17, 2013 1:51 PM
Interesting. I often try to test rule-sets like this by running them past an anecdotal example - in this case, "how would student texting during class be managed by this poster's rules?" Which may expose a dilemma of application - because students texting during class can get an educator a black mark in an impromptu learning walk or unnanounced observation, and because it can tempt other students who cannot afford to be so distracted to think that texting would be a good idea for THEM, I'd define it as a "problem" - but cannot think of many students who would agree. The primary issue here, then: who defines what is a "problem for someone else"? If teacher and student cannot agree on that category, I see little use - and some distraction and danger - in such a set.
N Kaspar's curator insight, August 20, 2013 12:51 PM

Good post.

mayela perez's curator insight, August 23, 2013 11:15 AM

great to be applied by all teachers

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5 Things Students Expect From Their Teachers

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Is there "a difference between a 'student' and a 'learner,' between a 'teacher' and an 'educator.'
Teachers want their students to be responsible and curious. They expect their students to follow class rules and do their homework. But what about the reverse? What do students want from their teachers?"

 


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Sue Alexander's curator insight, August 17, 2013 10:51 AM

Some wonderful questions that I look forward to answering.

Allan Shaw's curator insight, August 19, 2013 1:36 AM

I consider points two and three absolutely necessary! Points one, four and five are more difficult to maintain for six hours per day each day of the school year for all students.

Beatriz Montesinos's curator insight, August 20, 2013 12:42 PM

¿Hay diferencia entre "alumno" y "aprendiz" y entre "profesor" y "educador"?

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4 Activities To Effectively Teach Vocabulary - Edudemic

4 Activities To Effectively Teach Vocabulary - Edudemic | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
The Common Core State Standards rely heavily on a solid way to teach vocabulary. Here are a handful of fun ways to make it fun and effective!

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I like these ideas.... esp. the "Power Words" since they're usually the "academic vocabulary" words that are important across content areas.

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Top 51 Free Tools for Making Infographics | Best Design Options

Top 51 Free Tools for Making Infographics | Best Design Options | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
Here are over 50 online software and applications for creating interesting infographics. These tools range from visualization tools to data sources, etc.

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Common Core Resources from @LAUSD for implementation

Common Core Resources from @LAUSD for implementation | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it

Again...?s like, "what do you mean by anchor standard?" Support needed!! #LaunchLA @lausdccss @DrDeasyLAUSD http://t.co/L7MB2pTEOP


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How to Make an Infographic

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Hello, World! Lots of my friends have been asking me how I make the infographics. I find it very simple. But, I admit that that simple mindset is after hundreds of hours playing with Piktochart. I ...

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Dean J. Fusto's comment, September 8, 2013 11:13 AM
Thanks for posting this...I'll try it soon.
Marteana Davidson's comment, September 8, 2013 9:41 PM
I'm going to try this with my production report on hour my facility is used each year!
Piktochart's comment, September 26, 2013 2:15 AM
Hi Kimberly! Thanks for thumbs up!
Also we ask teachers to fill a survey that could help us to improve. Maybe you could find a few minutes to fill it yourself and pass to other teachers who use it? Thanks!
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The Real Neuroscience of Creativity

The Real Neuroscience of Creativity | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it

You know how the left brain is really realistic, analytical, practical, organized, and logical, and the right brain is so darn creative, passionate, sensual, tasteful, colorful, vivid, and poetic?

 

No.

 

Just no.

 

Stop it.

 

Please.


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Kenneth Mikkelsen's curator insight, August 20, 2013 2:01 PM

The latest findings from the real neuroscience of creativity suggest that the right brain/left brain distinction is not the right one when it comes to understanding how creativity is implemented in the brain. 


Creativity does not involve a single brain region or single side of the brain.

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, August 20, 2013 2:54 PM

Another great article bringing the neuroscience aspect into the picture.

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Readability and the Common Core’s Staircase of Text Complexity

Readability and the Common Core’s Staircase of Text Complexity | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it

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Mary Clark's curator insight, August 19, 2013 11:47 AM

This would be a great article for small group discussions about text complexity. It's so much more than lexile levels!

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"NAEP ‘proficient’ comes pretty darn close to college preparedness."

"NAEP ‘proficient’ comes pretty darn close to college preparedness." | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
The National Assessment Governing Board has adopted language that will define the new "college prepared" scores in reading and mathematics on the National Assessment of Educational Progress.

 

“Since NAEP is the gold-standard assessment, it will be enormously helpful to have NAEP benchmarks for academic preparedness for college as both assessment consortia [for the Common Core State Standards], as well as individual states, work to develop or purchase measures of college readiness,” Michael Cohen, the president of Achieve, a Washington-based college-readiness advocacy group, wrote in a July 30 letter to NAGB Chairman David P. Driscoll.


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K-12 Public Speaking - Videos, Games and Lessons that Make Learning Fun and Easy

K-12 Public Speaking - Videos, Games and Lessons that Make Learning Fun and Easy | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
Public Speaking - Kids english videos, lessons, quizzes and games for K-12 grade school kids that make learning fun and interesting.
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Technically Speaking - The New & the Outdated (Infographic)

Technically Speaking - The New & the Outdated (Infographic) | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, August 7, 2013 9:35 PM

As technology moves along words that were once part of the lexicon may become endangered as new technology takes over. How many students know what a floppy disk is or have 'dialed' a phone? This infographic has looked at vocabulary and places words in the following categories:

* Endangered words

* Words with updated meanings

* Social media and messaging

* Tech terminology of the future

Check out the poster and see if you agree or disagree with the choices. What would your students think? Are there words they would add or delete? This could become a fun activity and perhaps you could create your own infographic. 

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Free Technology for Teachers: 43+ Alternatives to YouTube

Free Technology for Teachers: 43+ Alternatives to YouTube | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it

"Excellent educational content can be found on YouTube. However, not every teacher can access YouTube in his or her classroom. That's why a few years ago I compiled a big list of alternatives to YouTube. Over the years some of those sites have shut-down, started charging a fee, or have switched into another market. So this evening I went through and eliminated some sites from the list and added a few new ones."


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Beth Dichter's curator insight, August 13, 2013 10:33 PM

Richard Byrne has updated his list of sites that provide free videos. His top five list is below:

* Next Vista

* PBS Video

* Explore.org

* The National Film Board of Canada

* Vimeo

Each link provides a short description of what the site has to offer. You will also be able to access the fill list of sites through this post.
And if you are trying to search for a video you might want to try out the Custom Search Engine he has created through Google. This search engine is accessible at this link: http://www.freetech4teachers.com/2013/08/a-youtube-free-video-search-engine.html

Videos are a great tool to quickly engage students in learning and this list of websites as well as this search engine are great options to put in your toolbox.

Gary Faust's curator insight, August 14, 2013 2:10 PM

So nice to have an update of video resources. Thanks!

Kimberly House's curator insight, August 15, 2013 4:35 AM

I will certainly be sharing this with staff at my school! The list is thorough and gives a brief desciption of each of the sites mentioned. The list is also up-to-date, having just been checked and edited by it's original creator.

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The Price is Right: 11 Excellent Sites for Free Digital Textbooks

The Price is Right: 11 Excellent Sites for Free Digital Textbooks | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
If you're committed to shifting your curriculum to e-textbooks, consider trying free first. Here are the best sites for digital books that won't cost your students a dime.

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, August 14, 2013 9:03 PM

Are you looking for resources for free digital books? This post provides information on 12 sites (plus 3 bonus sites with hot links but no information) including the types and levels of books available. Although most are for college level you will find some of middle school and high school. Some of the sites listed are below:

* Bookboon

* Boundless

* California Learning Resource Network (for K-12 and higher ed)

* The Global Text Project (some books available in Chinese, Spanish and English)

* Open Stax which also provides some additional teaching materials (high school and college)

* Open Education Group (out of Brigham Young University) has six science textbooks designed for middle and high school.

Find more information at the site.

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Re-Defining Failure

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, August 16, 2013 10:55 PM

Check out the notes from the talk above, consider watching the video embedded within the post and think about new ways to work with your students this year about the concept of failure. If you are an engineer failure you understand that failure is a teaching tool, allowing you to improve the project, but in education most students consider failure just that...they have failed. A couple of quotes found in this visalization are below. What are your thoughts as you read them?

* Have courage. It's not easy to do new things!

* No failure means no risk which means nothing new.

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New survey shows teacher engagement peaks 1st year - KMBZ

New survey shows teacher engagement peaks 1st year - KMBZ | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it

New survey shows teacher engagement peaks 1st year KMBZ "Teacher engagement is the number one predictor of student engagement, which is a great predictor of student achievement," he told KMBZ.


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Wow!  Love the statement that "[T}eacher engagement is the number one predictor of student engagement, which is a great predictor of student achievement."  This is what we preach @ARIALSDE.  We also know that which classroom a student is in matters.... What can we do to get the other 2/3 to engage?

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, August 16, 2013 3:39 PM

"While teachers actually rank quite high for engagement compared to other professions, Lopez says its more important for teachers to feel like they have a say in what goes on at work."


Rarely, was I asked to contribute and when I offered I was shunted into something other than what I expressed an interest in.