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Free Technology for Teachers: Zoom In - US History Lessons Based on Primary Sources

Free Technology for Teachers: Zoom In - US History Lessons Based on Primary Sources | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
Zoom In is a new resource that US History teachers will like. After reading Glenn Wiebe's and Larry Ferlazzo's glowing reviews of it, I had to try it out too. Zoom In provides units of lesson plans built around primary source documents. The collection of lesson units is organized into six eras of US History.

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Surviving the Teenage Brain: What Educators Should Know - NEA Today

Surviving the Teenage Brain: What Educators Should Know - NEA Today | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
The teenage brain is a "puzzle waiting completion," says the author of a new book. How can its mysteries be better understood by educators and parents?
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Why Your Child's Teacher is Asking for 45 Glue Sticks | BonBon Break

Why Your Child's Teacher is Asking for 45 Glue Sticks | BonBon Break | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
Why do teachers ask for so many items on the school supply list? A mom and former elementary school teacher explains.
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How to Learn New Tech

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High school teacher Jennifer Carey is here to make the case that learning to teach with technology is actually easier than ever. Way easier.

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Anna Bartosik's curator insight, August 9, 2015 8:10 AM

Love this!  Simple........dive in and DO IT!

Elizabeth E Charles's curator insight, August 9, 2015 8:27 AM

Love this!  Simple........dive in and DO IT!

Lee Hall's curator insight, August 10, 2015 4:54 PM

Just do it, I like that suggestion. You can use the new technology in your classroom. 

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Do Less to Do More

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Hello Friends! We hope many of you are enjoying the first bits of spring as they (finally) pop up. We find that when spring arrives, so does our desire to streamline, organize, and clear out our sp...
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Classroom Displays for Nonfiction

Classroom Displays for Nonfiction | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
We are surrounded by visible reminders in our daily lives: dates marked on calendars, sticky notes left for family members on the refrigerator, or comments made on an article shared by a colleague. Everywhere we look we see the tracks and signs of our thinking, our living, and the making of memories. The first love note you saved from your current life partner, your child’s first artwork, and the first job contract you ever signed . . . They all create powerful reminders of ourselves, our experiences, and our circle of family and friends. It seems instinctual for humans to make our experiences visible to others through our actions and representations. Tour a museum, find lyrics to your favorite song, or sigh and smile your way through photo albums. Just as language brings us together, we are visually driven creatures surrounded by texts and images that help us remember what we love and value. We are not quite ready to let it all live digitally hidden on a computer’s hard drive or in the cloud.
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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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Scaffolding: How Not to Learn to Ride a Bike

Scaffolding: How Not to Learn to Ride a Bike | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
Teacher-consultant Terry Thompson, author of The Construction Zone, defines four elements of good instructional scaffolding and uses the example of teaching a kid to ride a bicycle to demonstrate w...
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How Technology is Changing the Way Children Think and Focus

How Technology is Changing the Way Children Think and Focus | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
Are your children prepared to think and focus for success in 21st century life?

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WEAC's curator insight, August 7, 2015 9:55 AM

"Because their brains are still developing and malleable, frequent exposure by so-called digital natives to technology is actually wiring the brain in ways very different than in previous generations. What is clear is that, as with advances throughout history, the technology that is available determines how our brains develops."

Larry Heuser's curator insight, August 8, 2015 3:27 PM

Using the Internet is like jet skiing.  Skimming along the surface of the water at high speed, exposed to a broad vista, surrounded by many distractions, and only able to focus fleetingly on any one thing.

Audrey's curator insight, August 13, 2015 5:56 PM

This is true.  They seem to be absorbing ideas faster.

 

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Simple Questions on the First Day of School to Teach Purpose - @DaveStuartjr

Simple Questions on the First Day of School to Teach Purpose - @DaveStuartjr | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
This activity aims at developing purpose in students, and it can easily be completed with index cads on the first day of school.
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Incorporating Depth and Complexity Icons Into Gifted Lessons

Incorporating Depth and Complexity Icons Into Gifted Lessons | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
New to teaching gifted students? Find resources about Sandra Kaplan's elements of depth and complexity and download smaller icons.

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"Each of these eleven tools are considered essential elements one needs to master a subject. For example, chemists need to understand the language of a chemist, the different points of view of in chemistry, the rules that govern chemistry, the ethical decisions chemists face, etc. Likewise, a master of chess would be an expert in the language of chess, the patterns of chess games, the rules to follow, and the way the game has changed over time.

When students think using these tools, they learn to approach subjects from the point of view of an expert."

 

I suspect these concepts will work with all students......thoughts?

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Katie Frank's curator insight, January 28, 2013 2:18 PM

I have incorporated depth and complexity icons and I'd love to do it more.  

Mark E. Deschaine, PhD's curator insight, August 6, 2015 8:39 AM

"Each of these eleven tools are considered essential elements one needs to master a subject. For example, chemists need to understand the language of a chemist, the different points of view of in chemistry, the rules that govern chemistry, the ethical decisions chemists face, etc. Likewise, a master of chess would be an expert in the language of chess, the patterns of chess games, the rules to follow, and the way the game has changed over time.

When students think using these tools, they learn to approach subjects from the point of view of an expert."

 

I suspect these concepts will work with all students......thoughts?

A.Frater's curator insight, August 7, 2015 10:12 AM

"Each of these eleven tools are considered essential elements one needs to master a subject. For example, chemists need to understand the language of a chemist, the different points of view of in chemistry, the rules that govern chemistry, the ethical decisions chemists face, etc. Likewise, a master of chess would be an expert in the language of chess, the patterns of chess games, the rules to follow, and the way the game has changed over time.

When students think using these tools, they learn to approach subjects from the point of view of an expert."

 

I suspect these concepts will work with all students......thoughts?

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9 Mistakes New Teachers Make

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New teachers face many obstacles during their first year on the job. Middle school teacher Cristie Watson draws attention to some major errors to avoid.

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ASCD EDge - 7 Ways to Adapt the Common Core Standards for Students with Special Needs

ASCD EDge - 7 Ways to Adapt the Common Core Standards for Students with Special Needs | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it

The establishment of Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for students nationwide represents a particularly robust challenge for teachers of students with special needs. On the one hand, advocates for students with disabilities have made it clear that they want these students to be held to the same high level of achievement as typically developing students. On the other hand, the particular disabilities that these students possess may make it difficult for them to meet certain standards. This is especially true if the avenues for meeting those standards are defined too rigidly. What follows are seven ways to help educators provide flexible means through which students with special needs can master the Common Core State Standards while still maintaining high expectations for achievement.


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Word Study Collections in the Elementary Classroom

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I read Stephen King’s book, On Writing, in 2007 while attending the Pennsylvania Writing and Literature Project’s summer writing institute. One of my fellow attendees mentioned that Stephen King likes to write to heavy music like Metallica and Guns and Roses, which immediately sparked my attention. She said, “There’s more about it in his book, On Writing.” I purchased the book on the way home from the institute and read it in three days, probably one of the fastest books I’ve ever read. I went on to read many more King novels, which taught me way more about storytelling and word choice than over twenty years of schooling.
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What’s the ‘Sweet Spot’ of Difficulty For Learning?

What’s the ‘Sweet Spot’ of Difficulty For Learning? | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
Parents and teachers wrestle with all the time: Should we be making learning easier for kids—or harder? The answer, according to research in cognitive science and psychology, is both.
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Sharrock's curator insight, August 9, 2015 7:32 PM

"Should we make learning easier or harder for students?"

Jocelyn Stoller's curator insight, August 10, 2015 2:32 AM

"Should we make learning easier or harder for students?"

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"Should we make learning easier or harder for students?"

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Personalize Learning: Toolkit

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How do you personalize learning? First you need to know what personalized learning is. Here is a new site that provides resources, research, models, examples, and stories. This page provides a toolkit that can help your organization begin personalizing learning to meet the needs of all learners. 

 

Check out the chart that compares Personalization, Differentiation, and Indivdiualization. You can download the chart and a report that explains the details of the chart.  The Three Stages of Personalized Learning Environments can help you determine where you are in personalizing learning. 

 

Universal Design for Learning (UDL) provides the framework in personalizing learning for all learners. UDL also guides the design of the Personal Learner Profile[TM]. It provides the UDL lens to select the appropriate tools for the Personal Learning Backpack[TM]. UDL guides how Personalized Learning meets the Common Core. 


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Aysin Alp's curator insight, January 11, 2014 7:01 AM

Personalized Learning Toolkit

Paul's curator insight, August 10, 2015 11:26 AM

Have to study this for the upcoming year!

Encarna Llamas's curator insight, April 21, 2016 11:35 AM
useful
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Walls, Displays, & Invitations Early in the Year - Choice Literacy

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The first few weeks of school are my very favorite time of the school year. A new community is forming, and we are all getting to know each other. For years I have tried to embrace the idea of starting the school year off with empty walls. I agree with the philosophy of giving kids the message that we’ll create the space together. However, I just can’t get comfortable with completely empty walls.
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Achievethecore.org :: Complexity: Rediscover and Share the Shifts

Achievethecore.org :: Complexity: Rediscover and Share the Shifts | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
Regular practice with complex text and its academic language
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3 Strategies to Improve Student Writing Instantly

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Guest blogger Ali Parrish, educator and ed tech consultant, provides three strategies, low-tech and high-tech, for breaking through students' brain freeze when faced with the dilemma of what to write.
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Instructional Strategies thAT work : Why I like the new Science Course of Study

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Embracing digital messiness in education

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It’s not just cities, politics and civic life that suffer from an excess of technological determinism and techno-utopian visions. In education, too, ‘digital by default’ thinking tends to dominate ...

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My Favorite Vocabulary Activities

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That vocabulary is a basis for language learning is a given. When people travel abroad, they take dictionaries and phrase books, not grammar guides. Therefore, every course we teach should have a s...

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Brain Scans Show Why Reading to Kids Is Good for Them

Brain Scans Show Why Reading to Kids Is Good for Them | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
Those who heard stories regularly showed more activity in areas linked to word meanings, imagination
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Leave voice comments in Google Docs with Kaizena - From Jennifer Carey

Leave voice comments in Google Docs with Kaizena - From Jennifer Carey | Cool School Ideas | Scoop.it
This post first appeared on Daily Genius. I recently returned from the 2015 annual ISTE Conference in Philadelphia. It’s always exciting to learn about the new tools and features that are available...

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