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Animal Profiles -- National Geographic Kids

Animal Profiles -- National Geographic Kids | TEFL & Ed Tech | Scoop.it
Browse animals from A-Z with National Geographic Kids' in-depth Creature Features, including amazing photo and video footage from the world's wild places.

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Multimedia Tools for Educators

Covers a variety of Web 2.0 and other Multimedia Tools educators can use to engage, excite, and educate students.

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The Pinterest (P)infographic

The Pinterest (P)infographic | TEFL & Ed Tech | Scoop.it

"With Pinterest having a visual identity as its focus, we decided to bring our Pinterest Best Practices to life as well. From DIY to Social Media, Pinterest is quickly becoming an outlet for a variety of sectors and brands to engage. Before that first pin take a look at our infographic below to make sure you’re taking the necessary steps towards a noticeable presence on the platform. Take a look at Edelman Digital’s Pinterest account as well!"

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52 Interesting Ways to use Wordle in the Classroom

52 Interesting Ways to use Wordle in the Classroom | TEFL & Ed Tech | Scoop.it

some very good IDEaS!


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Redefining Instruction With Technology: Five Essential Steps

Redefining Instruction With Technology: Five Essential Steps | TEFL & Ed Tech | Scoop.it
One teacher learned the hard way that just bringing iPads into the classroom won't truly change things—you also have to redefine your practice.

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A Day in the Life of a Connected Educator

A Day in the Life of a Connected Educator | TEFL & Ed Tech | Scoop.it

A Day in the Life of a Connected Educator – Using social media in 21st century classrooms

 

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Ricard Garcia's curator insight, May 2, 6:42 AM

Well... not far from true, or at least not far from a good approach to a good professional performance today

cioccas's curator insight, May 2, 8:19 PM

Sounds like my day! :-)

Ness Crouch's curator insight, May 31, 10:45 PM

I love this! Get connected people!!

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Digital Citizenship Poster

Digital Citizenship Poster | TEFL & Ed Tech | Scoop.it

Go way beyond Internet safety. Turn students into great digital citizens.


Get all the tools you need with our FREE Digital Literacy and Citizenship Curriculum and Parent Media Education Program. The relevant, ready-to-use instruction helps you guide students to make safe, smart, and ethical decisions in the digital world where they live, study and play.

 

Every day, your students are tested with each post, search, chat, text message, file download, and profile update. Will they connect with like minds or spill TMI to the wrong people?

 

Will they behave creatively or borrow ideas recklessly? Will they do the right thing or take shortcuts?

 

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Education: The Single Most Important Job (Video)

Education: The Single Most Important Job (Video) | TEFL & Ed Tech | Scoop.it
Education: The Single Most Important Job (Video)Huffington Post (blog)Recently on Edutopia.org, we published observations from 8th graders about what they believe creates an engaging learning experience.

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Create interactive infographics - Infogr.am

Create interactive infographics - Infogr.am | TEFL & Ed Tech | Scoop.it

1. Pick a design you like

2. Add your data

3. Share or embed infographic


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The 10 Biggest Trends In Online Education Right Now | Edudemic

The 10 Biggest Trends In Online Education Right Now | Edudemic | TEFL & Ed Tech | Scoop.it

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11 Tech Tools to Teach the Common Core Standards

11 Tech Tools to Teach the Common Core Standards | TEFL & Ed Tech | Scoop.it
The Common Core State Standards initiative was state led and coordinated by the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices and the Council of Chief State School Officers to create benchmarks for learning from kindergarten through...
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Teaching Students to Become Curators of Ideas: The Curation Project

Teaching Students to Become Curators of Ideas: The Curation Project | TEFL & Ed Tech | Scoop.it

"Over the last couple of years, I’ve come to think of my role as a teacher as that of a curator of ideas" says Corinne Weisgerber who teaches Social Media and Communication at St Edwards Unniversity in Austin, TX (if you haven't yet, check out her great prez here).

 

As she explained in this post, the Curation Project was about getting her students "to set up a network of online mentors using social media tools" and "to identify experts in their field and connect with them in order to build a personal learning network (PLN)." 

 

The idea behing the PNL is to help them discover valuable information through social search that they wouldn't have discovered otherwise.

 

Interesting project and read.

 

And great work by the students who used various curation platforms for the project, including Storify and Scoop.it (links in the post)


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Ileane Smith's comment, April 17, 2012 8:56 AM
I love this presentation and I'm going to take a look at what the students are doing on Scoop.it.
Guillaume Decugis's comment, April 17, 2012 3:29 PM
Glas you like it Ileane. And yes, they've done impressive work: check it out!
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Educational Technology Guy: Google for Educators Resources

Educational Technology Guy: Google for Educators Resources | TEFL & Ed Tech | Scoop.it

Google for Educators Resources

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Free Technology for Teachers: 15 Things Teachers & Students Can Do With Edmodo

Free Technology for Teachers: 15 Things Teachers & Students Can Do With Edmodo | TEFL & Ed Tech | Scoop.it

For those not familiar with Edmodo, in a nutshell it is a microblogging system designed specifically for teachers and students. Using Edmodo teachers can create a microblogging network for their classes. 


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Using the Facebook group as a learning management system

Using the Facebook group as a learning management system | TEFL & Ed Tech | Scoop.it

The Facebook group has the potential to be used as an LMS. It has pedagogical, social and technological affordances, which allow putting up announcements, sharing ideas and resources, and implementing online discussions. Using the Facebook group as an LMS, however, has certain constraints. It does not support other format files to be uploaded directly, and the discussion is not organized in a meaningful structure.


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Cool Cat Teacher Blog: Simple Pinterest for Beginners

Cool Cat Teacher Blog: Simple Pinterest for Beginners | TEFL & Ed Tech | Scoop.it

"Pinterest is a new network that revolves around pinning photos. If a website or blog does not have a photo, it literally cannot be "pinned" to a pinterest board. (Listen up bloggers and website owners, powerful sharing is going on at Pinterest, if you want to be included, you should have nice graphics.)

I'd like to help you get started just like I did with QR Codes, Web 2.0, wikis, etc.

1 - Get an invitation.
Anyone can view Pinterest boards, but if you want to start pinning, you'll need to get an invitation."

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BRAIN AND TEACHING - PART 1

BRAIN AND TEACHING - PART 1 | TEFL & Ed Tech | Scoop.it

 

When I’m hungry my brain gets angry. When I drink too much my brain gets groggy. When I’m not learning anything new, my brain gets restless. Over the last few months I’ve befriended my brain in a way I didn’t think it would be possible. Because of my interest in psychotherapy, I read The Mindful Brain. Because of my urge to look after my own brain, I read Making a Good Brain Great. And now I go full circle and delve into the connections between brain studies and education. I’ve just finished reading Ignite Student Learning by Dr. Judy Willis. I also travelled to beautiful Santa Barbara, CA, and joined teachers and school administrators from different parts of the world for a 4-day seminar on the links between learning and neurology applied to education.

 

The event, which was co-sponsored by Learning and the Brain, was led by Dr. Judy Willis herself. Judy has the “best of both worlds”, so to speak. She’s a neurologist who took a new turning point in her career, went back to university and got a degree in Teaching. She didn’t stop there. With her teaching license in hands, she got a job as a teacher and became a full-time primary school teacher! (I imagine she talked to her brain and they agreed it was high time they tried out some new synapses!)

 

I’ve learnt so much in these four days that I decided to share some of what we discussed in Santa Barbara with you. Initially and in preparation for a full-blown seminar, I’ll be writing a few editorials on facts about the brain and their classroom implications. Hopefully by doing so, we’ll be opening ourselves up to an exciting field that has a lot to contribute to education. If, like me, you’ve been trying to reform education and help it create new linchpins, this could be it. (Don’t say I didn’t warn
you.) Also, because, as brain specialists know: Neurons that wire together, fire together. So here's my selfish inner motive: By sharing my views with you via these editorials, I hope to be able to wire my neurons even more together.
(BTW, count that as lesson # 1.)

 

Lesson # 2

To understand how the brain works, we need to consider where it all starts. If you think you can talk directly to your student’s PFC (short for pre-frontal cortex as if you were saying: OK, time for a PFC-to-PFC talk.) you’ve got another thought coming. It all starts with the RAS filter (short for Reticular Activating System). The RAS is a primitive low brain structure that is programmed to select intake based on survival value for animals in unpredictable environments. Imagine this as being the entry door to your home - the threshold for knowledge. (Imagine you look through the peephole of your door and you don't like what you see. Do you open the door just the same?)

 

This primitive structure responds to threat by shutting down, or more accurately, activating the fight-flight-freeze response in our body. The interesting point for us, teachers, is it doesn't take too much for this system to be turned on. A student who's being teased by a classmate may feel threatened to the point of temporary unresponsiveness. The facts are simple, but the implications for the classroom are numerous. You can’t pre-determine what your students’ brain will allow in. Just know that information is more likely to be selected if there is no threat and (here goes a new piece of information) when the stimulus is novel.

 

So what you can effectively do is minimize the chances of your students feeling threatened by lowering the affective filter in the classroom environment. In other words, according to Judy Willis, Stephen Krashen was definitely right.One of our main challenges in the beginning of a lesson is to present information in such a novel way that the RAS will select this input over other competing stimuli. Yes, as a teacher you will be constantly competing for attention!

 

Time for a sy-napse (A term coined by Dr. Judy Willis: Your brain is beginning to switch off, I can feel it, so let’s give it a break.) Stop for a minute and share what you’ve just read with a fellow teacher if you are in the teachers’ room, or your partner or a friend, if you are outside school, or your neighbor, for that matter. Never mind who
you share it with, just do the sharing.

 

But before that, here’s a preview of what we’ll be talking about in my next post: How do we stimulate a brain? (Part of the answer lies in deciding why I included this question here.) Ask your brain WHY and sleep on the answer.

 

P.S.

Don’t blame me if you get bitten by the brain bugs. ;-)


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Building Value into Lessons

Building Value into Lessons | TEFL & Ed Tech | Scoop.it
Students are more likely to be intrinsically motivated to learn if they value what they are asked to do. Look at 5 building blocks for your instruction.

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The Socratic Process – 6 Steps of Questioning (infographic)

The Socratic Process – 6 Steps of Questioning (infographic) | TEFL & Ed Tech | Scoop.it

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Should we ditch the idea of privacy?

Should we ditch the idea of privacy? | TEFL & Ed Tech | Scoop.it
A growing number of people argue that the notion of having a private life in which we carefully restrict what information we share with others may not be a good idea.

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Why most teachers don’t know what they don’t know. by @tomwhitby

Why most teachers don’t know what they don’t know. by @tomwhitby | TEFL & Ed Tech | Scoop.it
Most professions have professional journals. Professional journals have long been the method by which innovations to professions have been introduced.
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Facebook as a Learning Management System

Facebook as a Learning Management System | TEFL & Ed Tech | Scoop.it

"I was very happy to discover a research report on the potential of using Facebook as a learning management system.

Facebook popularity and the ease with which most teachers and learners can create an account these days was, after all, one of the reasons our aPLaNet project team decided to include Facebook as one of the three Social Networks which may help teacher with their professional development easily and with complete autonomy."

 

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