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12 timeless Project-Based Learning resources

12 timeless Project-Based Learning resources | digital creativity in education | Scoop.it
From YouTube to Edutopia--and of course, TeachThought--this post includes 13 timeless project-based learning resources for the classroom.

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The resources I looked at had a US focus but were also indicative of what is required.

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The Incredible Importance of Body Language

The Incredible Importance of Body Language | digital creativity in education | Scoop.it
From how to stand to internal psychology, here are the benefits of being mindful of how you act.
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Being mindful of how you act and are perceived is an important component of how a school leader should operate. Sometimes you might feel like you are carrying the weight of the world or at least the school, but attention to little things, gentle confidence and care with body language can all assist in making the role a little easier and more successful.

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The Rise of Phone Reading

The Rise of Phone Reading | digital creativity in education | Scoop.it
It’s not the e-reader that will be driving future books sales, it’s the phone; how publishers are rethinking books for the small screen.

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James Henderson's curator insight, August 18, 10:54 PM

Whilst students may utilise a laptop or tablet device during school hours, a significant portion of their time will also be dedicated to their mobile device. How do we manage the content we prescribe and how easily can it be read on a mobile device? Must we now consider more seriously the use of the student mobile device and how much of their time is dedicated to viewing content on it?

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Digital Transformation, Innovation, Optimization, and Disruption: Spin the Dial | WIRED

Digital Transformation, Innovation, Optimization, and Disruption: Spin the Dial | WIRED | digital creativity in education | Scoop.it

"Agile Architecture approach leads to emergence  – business agility in the face of any disruption, self-organization that leads to adaptation and drives innovation. Isn’t that the Digital Transformation you’re really looking for?"

 

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The basis of the paper is making both people and technology more flexible at the same time within the one organisation. Phew! Hard work but worthy of the effort to make the organisation adaptable enough to not only deal with but embrace deal disruptive change.

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The basis of the paper is making both people and technology more flexible at the same time within the one organisation. Phew! Hard work but worthy of the effort to make the organisation adaptable enough to not only deal with but embrace deal disruptive change.

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Education: Aiming high boosts esteem

Education: Aiming high boosts esteem | digital creativity in education | Scoop.it
Instilling pride in a school can motivate staff and students to achieve.
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High expectations, modelling appropriate attitudes and behaviours and positive reinforcement (continually) are some of the ingredients of building a successful school, improving an already successful school or simply and most importantly developing fine young people who will influence the world in good ways!

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Allan Shaw's curator insight, April 26, 6:24 PM

High expectations, modelling appropriate attitudes and behaviours and positive reinforcement (continually) are some of the ingredients of building a successful school, improving an already successful school or simply and most importantly developing fine young people who will influence the world in good ways!

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6 Ways Social Media Can Change Your Classroom | Edudemic - Linkis.com

6 Ways Social Media Can Change Your Classroom | Edudemic - Linkis.com | digital creativity in education | Scoop.it

"We’ve put together a few ways that using social media can change your classroom for the better. We also have a few tips for how to get started if BYOD isn’t yet your thing."

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This post indicates six simple ways in which social media can work in a classroom and also lists three ways to get started. I suspect if you are reading this commentary then you do not need three ways to get started with social media! That said, they may be useful to pass on to others. One of the means by which to sue social media in a classroom that I would be tempted to experiment more with is number 5 in order to draw parents into what their children do in class, though that maybe more related to my role as a school leader.

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Why Do Students Pick Teacher A or Teacher B? Who Would You Pick? - NL Main Site

Why Do Students Pick Teacher A or Teacher B? Who Would You Pick? - NL Main Site | digital creativity in education | Scoop.it
What if we asked our students about the type of work they would prefer to do while in class? It may reveal a lot about what choices they would make for assignments and activities and why they make these choices.
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Alan November has posed an interesting dilemma in this post. He explores the motivation of teachers and students in how teachers present work using IT and the assumptions that underpin that approach and the motivation of students, using extrinsic and intrinsic motivational aspects to guide the discussion. Well worth reading!

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Classroom design can boost primary pupils' progress by 16%

Classroom design can boost primary pupils' progress by 16% | digital creativity in education | Scoop.it
Natural light, temperature and good air quality all help create a 'clever classroom'.
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"Results of a three year research project have shown that the design of a classroom at primary school level can boost learning progress by up to 16% in a single year." Well worth a read! The results seem to make good sense but checking to see if classrooms are optimised is important.

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10 Ways to Be More Mindful at Work

What is Mindfulness? And how can it be applied at work? When you exercise these ways to stay mindful throughout your workday, you will master important facets…
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This Slideshare is a useful summary about Mindfulness, its advantages and how to begin to implement it into your attitudes and approaches. My experiences and efforts over 25 years suggest these approaches and attitudes work, albeit they are not always simple to implement and are likely to always remain a work in practice for me. 'Have a go' but you need to 'stick at it' to begin to feel change and improvement. Thank you to one of my colleagues, Chris Hilton, for sharing this with me.

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The great education debate - Demos Quarterly

The great education debate - Demos Quarterly | digital creativity in education | Scoop.it

Demos Quarterly is an online magazine of political ideas, published by the British think-tank Demos. In this transcript...

'Education policy has experienced tumultuous change and often polarising debate over the past 30 years. But what are the facts: has our education system improved in that time? Is teaching too child-centred? Should we prioritising skills or knowledge?'

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Set in the British context this transcript explores the the changes in school education over the last 30 years and their effect. 'Falling standards', greater access to more years at school for more young people, the balance amongst access, engagement, standards, teaching strategies, educational research, political direction and will and the purposes of schooling all rate discussion in this interesting transcript. This is worthy of reading and consideration in your own context.

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Meet Pecha Kucha, the Japanese presentations changing everything about PowerPoint | eSchool News | eSchool News

Meet Pecha Kucha, the Japanese presentations changing everything about PowerPoint | eSchool News | eSchool News | digital creativity in education | Scoop.it
Technology News & Innovation in K-12 Education

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The thought behind this presentation model of Pecha Kucha aligns reasonably with the neuroscience of attention and engagement for an audience.

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The thought behind this presentation model of Pecha Kucha aligns reasonably with the neuroscience of attention and engagement for an audience.

Chris Carter's comment, January 25, 6:45 PM
Thank you for sharing. Also, it is reassuring to know that neuro-scientific evidence broadly supports the Pecha Kucha approach!
Ellen Richards's curator insight, July 10, 9:41 PM

The art of precises presentations using Pecha Kucha is a great format to deliver content in the K-12 classroom and better engage students. 

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Surface Pro 3: Why the Pen is Mightier than the Keyboard - YouTube

Travis Smith, National Education Specialist for Microsoft Australia presents a cogent overview of appropriate uses of digital technologies to improve learning.

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This is quite a long clip but is well worth watching and considering as it contains good thinking and appropriate pedagogical approaches. There is some 'sell' at the end but very little. Travis has clearly put much thought and experience into drawing on the research and working out how best to apply it in classroom contexts. The classroom contexts seems to be aimed at upper primary and secondary age students but those with more expertise of younger students would be in a better position to comment.

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The Power of Storytelling in eLearning by Jennifer Neibert

The Power of Storytelling in eLearning  by Jennifer  Neibert | digital creativity in education | Scoop.it

“What would happen if we took a deep breath, stepped away from the storyboard, and crafted a fascinating narrative to guide our learners? One that our learners felt and experienced on an emotional level; that elicited a response to go, or change, or do; and above all, that resulted in the meaningful change we’re really seeking—now that’s a powerful tale!”

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"The easiest way to start building storytelling into your learning is to introduce characters and scenarios that require your learners to make decisions and see the consequences of their choices. By providing learners with a safe space to experience consequences, and giving them genuine, consequence-based feedback, they will be better equipped to make decisions in the real world." Sounds like good advice and thus I need to work at it as I am not a natural storyteller.

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To get students engaged, teachers have to answer one very important question: "Why does this matter?"

To get students engaged, teachers have to answer one very important question: "Why does this matter?" | digital creativity in education | Scoop.it

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Only learners do the learning! They must recognise the value of the work, because learning can be hard work at times. Unless there is a good answer to the question, 'Why does this matter?' then student engagement will struggle and thus learning will tend to struggle. Get ready teachers, because this question will become more common as a curriculum or classroom question and the answer needs to resonate with the learners.

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Prototyping, Learning Spaces, and Assessment.

Prototyping, Learning Spaces, and Assessment. | digital creativity in education | Scoop.it

Below are some of my thoughts to the process of prototyping in terms of learning spaces and assessment.
How might space and time be adapted to allow more scope for self- and peer-assessment, and for action to be taken on the back of that?
Time must be given to students to be able to self and peer assess as outlined by Ron Berger (2012) in the video about ‘Austin’s butterfly’. It is important for teachers to build in the time when developing lesson and project timelines. This sort of activity is

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This is an excellent post, linking a philosophical approach to learning, the use of space, the design criteria for appropriate spaces for learning and teaching strategies and assessment. :)

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This is an excellent post, linking a philosophical approach to learning, the use of space, the design criteria for appropriate spaces for learning and teaching strategies and assessment. :)

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Changing change management | McKinsey & Company

Changing change management | McKinsey & Company | digital creativity in education | Scoop.it
Research tells us that most change efforts fail. Yet change methodologies are stuck in a predigital era. It’s high time to start catching up. A McKinsey & Company article.
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"Digital tools and platforms, if correctly applied, offer a powerful new way to accelerate and amplify the ability of an organization to change. However, let’s be clear: the tool should not drive the solution. Each company should have a clear view of the new behavior it wants to reinforce and find a digital solution to support it."

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"Digital tools and platforms, if correctly applied, offer a powerful new way to accelerate and amplify the ability of an organization to change. However, let’s be clear: the tool should not drive the solution. Each company should have a clear view of the new behavior it wants to reinforce and find a digital solution to support it."

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5 Fantastic, Fast, Formative Assessment Tools

5 Fantastic, Fast, Formative Assessment Tools | digital creativity in education | Scoop.it
With tools like Socrative, Kahoot, Zaption, Chatzy, and Plickers, teachers can use tech for immediate feedback about how students are learning and understanding the lesson.
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For those not familar, these are worth a look!

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Blended and Online Assessment Taxonomy Design

Blended and Online Assessment Taxonomy Design | digital creativity in education | Scoop.it
Are you planning and communicating your feedback criteria? Here is our Blended and Online Assessment Taxonomy Design, an infographic to help you plan better assessments.

Via Dennis T OConnor, Allan Shaw
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'In the infographic, Blended and Online Assessment Taxonomy, we have organized types of activities that suit various levels of assessments (2001) starting with remember, understand, and apply in the first row. The second row of our infographic includes higher levels of active learning including analyze, evaluate, and create. Engaging curriculum whether face-to-face, blended, or online push student performances to these levels of learning; however, these assessments are less conducive to automated feedback systems as rubrics typically require intelligent judgment. The appropriate level of learning for any assessment should be determined by the learning objective(s).' - This is worthy of your time and reflection.

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'In the infographic, Blended and Online Assessment Taxonomy, we have organized types of activities that suit various levels of assessments (2001) starting with remember, understand, and apply in the first row. The second row of our infographic includes higher levels of active learning including analyze, evaluate, and create. Engaging curriculum whether face-to-face, blended, or online push student performances to these levels of learning; however, these assessments are less conducive to automated feedback systems as rubrics typically require intelligent judgment. The appropriate level of learning for any assessment should be determined by the learning objective(s).' - This is worthy of your time and reflection.

Georgia Heffernan's curator insight, April 26, 7:43 PM

To enable our students to become assessment literate, teachers need to align their assessment feedback practices with the purpose of the learning. This info graphic provides an easy to use guide based on Bloom's taxonomy of developmental learning - a good reminder to be deliberate!

Gary Stanyard's curator insight, April 29, 5:56 PM

Useful infographic

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Want to sound like a leader? Start by saying your name right | Laura Sicola | TEDxPenn - YouTube

How do we sound credible? Dr. Sicola (http://vocalimpactproductions.com/about/) shows how your vocal delivery influences how your message is received, and ...

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Do you sound like a leader? Do you have vocal credibility? This TEDx talk is worth the time to watch and reflect. As one who never aspired to public speaking, this talk has assisted me to place a framework around the anecdotal learning and copying of good speakers I have conducted over many years.

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Do you sound like a leader? Do you have vocal credibility? This TEDx talk is worth the time to watch and reflect. As one who never aspired to public speaking, this talk has assisted me to place a framework around the anecdotal learning and copying of good speakers I have conducted over many years.

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40 Uses For Smartphones in School | ExamTime

40 Uses For Smartphones in School | ExamTime | digital creativity in education | Scoop.it
The purpose of this article is simply to remove some of the negative connotations around smartphones and to consider new possibilities which we have at our disposal. In order for students to use smartphones in school responsibly, it is important that we set limits and rules beforehand.

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'The purpose of this article is simply to remove some of the negative connotations around smartphones and to consider new possibilities which we have at our disposal. In order for students to use smartphones in school responsibly, it is important that we set limits and rules beforehand.' If you are looking for avant-garde classroom practice, this post will not provide it. The uses provided do make practical good sense and provide a sensible augmentation to classroom practice.

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Whose digital content is it anyway?

Whose digital content is it anyway? | digital creativity in education | Scoop.it
Author Cory Doctorow is heading a campaign to ban digital locks on ebooks, music and movies
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"Any time someone puts a lock on something you own, they’re not doing it for your benefit." Cory Doctorow.

We are in interesting times. Time tested notions of ownership, often based in a physical object are needing to adjust to new media, technologies and the dissemination power of these digital media. This post comments upon the various ownerships of the end user and that of the publisher, the locus of control and the legal leverage afforded to the ‘owner’.  Educators should be interested in these discussions as the same applies to student work and the work of teachers. Where does ownership lay? Where should it lay if different to the status quo? Should and can it be a form a form of shared ownership? Can ‘creative commons’ assist?


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What is Digital Transformation?

What is Digital Transformation? | digital creativity in education | Scoop.it
Summary Everybody's talking Digital Transformation!  The term is very definitely being hyped by some, and is in danger of becoming as diluted in meaning as the "cloud" term as it becomes a catch al...

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Digital Enterprise and Digital Transformation are terms we are hearing more of as time goes by. This post is a good explanation of the terminology and what will occur, perhaps inevitably, over time. Who knows how long and it may vary from economic sector to sector, but I suspect it is coming. The most successful transformations will occur with the use of technologies disruptive to current practice but where that technology allows for personal interaction amongst people. We are all social creatures!

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Have You Seen Yourself Teach Lately?

Have You Seen Yourself Teach Lately? | digital creativity in education | Scoop.it
Teach Reflection: Have You Seen Yourself Teach Lately?
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Watching yourself teach is now so simple with digital video! It is an illuminating and powerful experience. It is many years since I was in the classroom for substantial periods of time but the memories of seeing my self teach on video remains a strong and vivid memory so many years later. At that time I learned so much about my craft simply by watching my self and reflecting on how the student's were learning (or not learning), engaged and involved or not, time on task, and especially whether the lesson was coherent to the students,  linked to prior material and foreshadowed coming lessons.

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Are you too busy to think about this? More reflection, less haste...

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Know How : KnowHow Issue 4, Page 1

Know How : KnowHow Issue 4, Page 1 | digital creativity in education | Scoop.it

Videoconferencing with a 'twist'! Potentially better suited to the budgets of schools.

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At first glance iSee looks like it has real merit and worthy of investigation and reflection, not only for distance education but also for a variety of asynchronous uses within a school campus. It seems a more cost effective videoconferencing system for schools.

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Westpac CEO Gail Kelly's seven lessons for life and business

Westpac CEO Gail Kelly's seven lessons for life and business | digital creativity in education | Scoop.it
The seven habits of one highly effective Gail Kelly.
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The video is short and succinct. The text that follows is worthy of your time to read and reflect upon. The seven habits are well worth emulating and I agree with them wholeheartedly.

I try my best to model them with moderate success on occasions. They encapsulate a life of satisfying work, significant contribution to our community, high quality leadership and keeping relationships and family at the centre a life.

The seven habits are:

- Choose to be positive

- Do what you love, love what you do

- Be bold, dig deep

- Right people on the bus, wrong people off

- The vision thing

- Generosity of spirit

- Live a whole life

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From Tweeting to Teaching: How You Can Use Twitter as a Powerful Resource in Your Classroom - EdTechReview™ (ETR) - Linkis.com

From Tweeting to Teaching: How You Can Use Twitter as a Powerful Resource in Your Classroom - EdTechReview™ (ETR) - Linkis.com | digital creativity in education | Scoop.it
Adding Twitter to your arsenal of classroom tricks can enthrall students and engage their minds.
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This post is a disarmingly simple explanation of how Twitter can assist in teaching and learning. Worth a read if you're not a Twitter user and worth passing onto a colleagues if you are and they are not!

If you pass it on to someone you wish to encourage, please assist them to understand that it is safest to use Twitter for a clear purpose and not to mix up various purposes.

I use Twitter for professional learning and sharing of same with adult colleagues. If you use Twitter with students make sure the Twitter account used with students is only used for this type of communication and that it is done with transparency and good communication with parents so all understand what is occurring and why.

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