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Cool Cat Teacher Blog: Why Schools shouldn't use Google forms for anything private (Lesson learned)

Cool Cat Teacher Blog: Why Schools shouldn't use Google forms for anything private (Lesson learned) | Design in Education | Scoop.it

"Last week was a mess largely because the form we set up for teachers to share their information with us for the Eracism project was pulled down by Google with no warning. All of the data we collected to set up the voicethreads you now see at http://eracism.flatclassroomproject.org was lost with no hope of return."

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10 Tech Tips To Spice Up Summer Reading

10 Tech Tips To Spice Up Summer Reading | Design in Education | Scoop.it

Most kids (and teachers) hate summer reading. They view it as a chore, an unnecessary evil, a relic of schoolhouse drudgery. Even students who love to read groan at prescriptive lists of books that will receive little attention once the academic year begins. Even when offered a choice of titles, students drag their heels in completing linear book reviews or reader-response journals.This is because in their active lives, kids are multitasking on social media while setting up Minecraft servers. They don't understand why summer work should force them to take a step back in time and technology. In order to spice up their summer literary lives, why not let students savor some easy tech ingredients, to make reading a zestier part of their wired worlds?

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Visual Civics - Designing A Candidacy

Visual Civics - Designing A Candidacy | Design in Education | Scoop.it

In the past 20 years, the study of civics has taken a backseat to the more elementary "social studies" and the more secondary "government." Civics, however, embodies a richer appreciation of the structures and services of American political life. In other words, civics is the marriage of a democracy's fundamental frameworks with its citizens' essential responsibilities in a free society.

The teaching of civics is often centered in the careful examination of primary documents. Today's learners, however, increasingly thrive in a visual world, where all of their educational inputs arrive via media and technology. The traditional pictures of civics, though, rely on linear flowcharts of the three branches or static portraits of the vice presidents.

 

 

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Data Visualized: Simple, Quick, And A Range Of Topics

Data Visualized: Simple, Quick, And A Range Of Topics | Design in Education | Scoop.it

We continually look for resources to use for “mini” lessons or “do nows” to help learners interpret data and draw conclusions through visual analysis. The Statshot column in the weekend edition of The Wall Street Journal provides just that. David Goldenberg compiles the data, and the graphics are designed by Carl de Torres. The topics run the gamut, including pop culture, finance, technology, and science.

 

 

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The 8 Key Elements Of Digital Literacy - Edudemic

The 8 Key Elements Of Digital Literacy - Edudemic | Design in Education | Scoop.it
Many teachers have added ‘digital literacy’ as number four on the list of literacies their students should have (or be working towards, in most cases). Reading, writing, and math are now followed by digital literacy. Obviously, depending on the grade level  you teach, your students will have different abilities in each of the four areas, …

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, May 22, 6:37 PM

What are the 8 key elements of digital literacy? According to Doug Belshaw, who works with the Mozilla Foundation and has written his dissertation on digital literacies are:

* Cultural

* Cognitive

* Constructive

* Communicative

* Confident

* Creative

* Critical

* Civic

The post includes short definitions for each and you may watch Belshaw at a TEDx Conference on this topic.

Maryalice Leister's curator insight, May 24, 6:08 AM

Teachers accept the responsibility for instilling digital literacy in their students of any age. It is not a skill young people should attempt to learn on their own as it is more complicated than it appears.

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MAKE STEAM: Giving Maker Education Some Context

MAKE STEAM: Giving Maker Education Some Context | Design in Education | Scoop.it
As an experiential educator who has fully embraced technology as a means for allowing and facilitating learner voice, creativity, innovation, inventiveness, the Maker Education movement fits into m...

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, June 3, 7:50 PM

It is rare that I curate two articles from the same author over two days. This post by Jackie Gerstein is an exception. Gerstein has been discussing Maker Education for quite some time and in this post she states:

"...recent discussions with other educators and administrators made me realize that the idea of maker education is often vague and seems unrealistic in terms of regular classroom instruction.  As such, in the future, I am going to associate and discuss Maker Education in the context S.T.E.A.M. – science, technology, engineering, arts (including language arts), math, hopefully, encouraging regular classroom teachers to integrate maker education projects into their classrooms."

What follows is a lengthy list of articles and other resources that may assist you in learning about Maker Education and moving you towards implementing it in your classroom. The image above is also a ThingLink image, and will provide you with links to the same articles.

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Educator as a Maker Educator

Educator as a Maker Educator | Design in Education | Scoop.it
The following materials are being used to present to educators the idea that implementing maker education requires a different mindset, and often different roles and skills of the educator. To acce...

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, June 2, 7:36 PM

Are you interested in being known as an educator whom is also a maker educator? This post from Jackie Gerstein provides a great visual that looks as many of the roles you might play, including

* Process facilitator

* Resource suggestion provider

* Lead learner

* Relationship enabler

* Technology tutor

This visual is designed in ThingLink and if you click through from the post you will find additional resources in the visual

And you might also view a SlideShare where Gerstein provides  additional resources.

Kate JohnsonMcGregor's curator insight, June 3, 8:11 AM

I'd really like to make the transition in my Library Learning Commons to integrate a makerspace. My goal is to help promote a maker mentality in my school. This is a great resource to introduce the idea to teachers. 

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20 Ways Libraries Are Using Pinterest Right Now - Edudemic

20 Ways Libraries Are Using Pinterest Right Now - Edudemic | Design in Education | Scoop.it

“ Pinterest is taking the social media world by storm, and it isn’t just popular with individual users.”


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How do you Balance Digital vs Traditional Literacy Instruction?

How do you Balance Digital vs Traditional Literacy Instruction? | Design in Education | Scoop.it
Traditional versus Digital Literacy How do you know what strategies are appropriate for teaching traditional literacy? Are the strategies different than those that promote digital literacy? We all ...

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SLS Guernsey's curator insight, July 10, 10:08 AM

This makes interesting reading. I think that both are important in their own way so you really should be teaching both.

Maria João Loureiro's curator insight, July 12, 5:24 AM

Embora não esteja focado na escrita académica, tem pistas que podem ajudar, uma delas passa por "criar visualizações" do texto (que pode ser muito útil para quem tem estilos mais visuais se forem imagens). Junto a sugestão de fazer tabelas que ajudem a sintetizar as leituras e facilitem recuperar as fontes de informação e o seu cruzamento.

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ISTE Recap - Day 3 - Where Are All Those “Lazy” Teachers?

ISTE Recap - Day 3 - Where Are All Those “Lazy” Teachers? | Design in Education | Scoop.it

Nationwide, the witch hunt against teachers unions and teacher tenure has built its argument on the gimcrack premise that educators are inherently lazy. Teachers will no doubt recline in their cushy career thrones once granted a decent living wage and professional flexibility. Well, bring those Chicken Littles to ISTE. Their airy thesis evaporates instantly upon entering the convention hall.

There are no lackadaisical teachers here. There are no uninspired trolls among the animated educators chatting in corridors between rapid-fire sessions. There are no sheeple among the collaborative professionals trading tech on Twitter. The best way to bust open a stereotype is open one’s eyes and see teachers in action at ISTE.

 

 

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ISTE Recap - Day 1 - Who Is Standing On The Shoulders Of Teacherpreneurs?

ISTE Recap - Day 1 - Who Is Standing On The Shoulders Of Teacherpreneurs? | Design in Education | Scoop.it

Most conferences by their nature host an eager pool of participants. Without some authentic interest, why else would individuals sacrifice their time and dollars for days of intensive workshops? The Twitterverse and the edtech sphere, however, seem to reserve a special place for ISTE, the annual see-and-be-seen summit staged by the International Society For Technology In Education. This year’s #ISTE2014 network is no exception, with a zealous crowd of conference goers expected to top 20,000. There is even a trending #notatiste14 thread to loop in curious parties unable to visit Atlanta. And with the lines for the first ISTE Ignite session as a prime indication, it’s going to be a convivial, congested weekend.

 

 

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Why We Need A Peace World Cup: The 2014 Global Peace Index

Why We Need A Peace World Cup: The 2014 Global Peace Index | Design in Education | Scoop.it

Yesterday, the Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP) released the 2014 Global Peace Index (GPI) on its Vision of Humanity website. The goal of this interactive site is to bring peace research to life with interactive maps, reports, and the latest media pertaining to it. As with our earlier posts on the topic of peace, and in particular the release of the 2013 GPI, it is important that we continually share these findings with our learners.

 

 

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FROM PAPER TO SCREEN

GRADUATION PROJECT. Animation which shows typography evolution from paper to screen. The animation is divided in two parts. The first deals with the basic rules…
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Educational Technology in Music Education Infographic

Educational Technology in Music Education Infographic | Design in Education | Scoop.it
Why is technology in music class important? Music can be a positive influence during the learning process. Music triggers associated memories and influences

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Christopher Pappas's curator insight, October 24, 2013 12:08 AM

Why is technology in music class important?

 

Music can be a positive influence during the learning process. Music triggers associated memories and influences your emotions which may help improve memory formation and may help retain new information. According to some studies, learning music entails learning: math, systematic observation of patterns/behavior, rhythm, melody recognition, and communication skills via musical means.

To learn more about how music education is evolving in the education world, checkout this infographic created by Kent State University.

 

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Explainer Videos: History, Religion, And Conflict

Explainer Videos: History, Religion, And Conflict | Design in Education | Scoop.it

In light of the world events, sometimes it is difficult for our students to comprehend just how deep-rooted in history conflicts reach. Many of them don’t have the background in history to understand the dispute over the control of Jerusalem or the origins of the caliphate in Islamic history. Even fewer realize that the region of the Middle East has been wrought with turmoil over land ownership dating back to the days of Mesopotamia.

 

 

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Kids Need To Dance: The ABC's For Parents

Kids Need To Dance: The ABC's For Parents | Design in Education | Scoop.it

It’s that time of the year again when we see the signs of back to school wherever we go. The usual symbols of yellow buses, apples, and ABC's seem to saturate the retail market, as if apples were grown across the country and we all need to learn the alphabet. As it turns out, Seth Godin’s picture book, V is for Vulnerable: Life Outside the Comfort Zone, is an ABC book for grownups. Hugh MacLeod illustrates each letter, and Godin’s word choice for each one will ring loud and clear for educators.

 

 

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Media Literacy And Graphicacy: 4th Graders Pitch Their States

Media Literacy And Graphicacy: 4th Graders Pitch Their States | Design in Education | Scoop.it

Every year our fourth graders complete a state project. Instead of doing the usual travel brochure or poster with their research, we decided to have them pitch their states by designing a travel magazine cover. It sounds simple, but it actually incorporated the skills of media literacy and graphicacy. On the one hand, it required them to think about the message, and on the other, to visually construct the design to sell it.

 

 

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Educator as a Design Thinker

Educator as a Design Thinker | Design in Education | Scoop.it
 Resources for Educator as a Design Thinker Ideo. (n.d.).  Design Thinking for Educators Toolkit - Pfau, P. (2014).  Rethinking Education with Design Thinking - Speicher, S. (2013).  Design Thinkin...

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, May 26, 6:03 PM

As an educator do you think of yourself as a design thinker? This visual by Jackie Gerstein shows how you impact your class and focuses on some of the areas we should consider as we design curriculum and work with students in our classrooms. You will also find links to a number of additional resources, including a great toolkit put out by IDEO that is geared to teachers in K-12.

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Blooms, SAMR & the 3 C's - iSupport

Blooms, SAMR & the 3 C's - iSupport | Design in Education | Scoop.it

All the iPad apps you'll ever need. Aligned to Blooms Taxonomy and SAMR


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Beth Dichter's curator insight, June 4, 5:34 PM

Do you use iPads in your school? Do you work with Bloom's Taxonomy and/or SAMR? Are you interested in seeing how you might combine Bloom's and SAMR using specific apps? If so, click through to this post.

The post takes apps and organizes in three categories:

* Consumption - which includes Knowledge and Analysis (split into Activity and Gamification)

* Collaboration - which includes Application and Synthesis (split into Assessment and Cloud Storage)

* Creation - which includes Comprehension and Evaluate (split into Multimedia & Design and Multimedia Texts)

Then read on and see how you might take these same areas and apply them to SAMR (Substitution, Augmentation, Modification and Redefinition).

This is worth a look even if you do not have iPads. The ideas of placing work into the three Cs of Consumption, Collaboration and Creation may be applied to work that students do, with or without technology.

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Co-Browse Any Web Page Instantly with Surfly

Robin Good calls this "The best, easiest and most convenient tool to co-browse and collaborate over any web page at a distance. It works instantly. Nothing to do to make it work. Simplicity and immediacy win over features."


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Can't wait to try this out!
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The Power Of An Idea

The Power Of An Idea | Design in Education | Scoop.it

There are wonderful picture books published every year, but sometimes there’s one that stands out from the crowd. What Do You Do With An Idea? by Kobi Yamada and illustrated by Mae Bosem is the one. This book is a wonderful story about a brilliant idea and the child who helps bring it to the world. As the idea grows, so does the confidence of the little boy. This inspirational tale is for anyone, of any age, who’s ever had an idea but may be reluctant to embrace it, because it might seem different, odd, or just a little too big.

 

 

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ISTE Recap - Day 4 - The Curse Of Knowledge

ISTE Recap - Day 4 - The Curse Of Knowledge | Design in Education | Scoop.it

The final day of the ISTE-palooza felt more relaxed, as the numbers dwindled with the work week and the attendees fell into a rhythm. The emphasis today seemed less about tools for teachers and more about skills for students. Several speakers pointed to the lack of genuine search ability by students who use Google not just as their default research tool but also as their reflexive second brain for information access.

 

 

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ISTE Recap - Day 2 - Creative Confidence: The Teacher Who’s Always Pitching

ISTE Recap - Day 2 - Creative Confidence: The Teacher Who’s Always Pitching | Design in Education | Scoop.it

First of all, let’s not kid ourselves, there are a lot of people here at ISTE 2014. The Georgia World Congress Center turns into Pamplona when a marquee session hour approaches. There’s also a panic upon walking past a long, bullish line waiting for an event that you haven’t heard about. You’re tempted to join the stampede for fear of missing out. Still, the hours are impeccably managed by the ISTE organizers, and the mood of sharing is high.

 

 

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Educating Entrepreneurs: A Little Maker, A Whole Lot Of Genius

Educating Entrepreneurs: A Little Maker, A Whole Lot Of Genius | Design in Education | Scoop.it

While we think highly of incorporating maker education “back into” the school environment, leadership should never have let it go to begin with for the sake of test preparation. We lock up or throw away the blocks in kindergarten or cancel a kindergarten performance so kids can focus on college prep. Who are we kidding? We know this sounds ridiculous, but it happens.

 

 

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Visualizing The World Cup - Interactive Infographics Of Tournament Math & History

Visualizing The World Cup - Interactive Infographics Of Tournament Math & History | Design in Education | Scoop.it

The World Cup soccer tournament has enthralled and bedeviled fans since 1930. This year's contest, however, emerges in the age of big visual data, in the era of user-customized digital technology. Partnering with the real-time ebb and flow of each match are a host of new interactive apps that allow viewers and students to visualize each nuance of the sport. Soccer zealots can make statistical predictions, and curious students can play with the clickable interfaces.

 

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The World Cup In The Classroom - Visualizations Of FIFA 2014 As Teaching Tools

The World Cup In The Classroom - Visualizations Of FIFA 2014 As Teaching Tools | Design in Education | Scoop.it

The 2014 FIFA World Cup begins tomorrow with the host nation (and tournament favorite) Brazil taking on Croatia in Group A. Even as the home country fights off negative press and clambers to complete its infrastructure, the quadrennial contest is shaping up to be the most watched sporting event in history. While soccer has long remained the most popular global sport, even the United States is now getting amped up about the potential of this year's gritty squad.

 

 

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