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Drugging Einstein, an article on ADD and Dyslexia by S Conde

Drugging Einstein, an article on ADD and Dyslexia by S Conde | Differentiated and ict Instruction | Scoop.it

What if ADD and dyslexia are not disabilities? ADD and dyslexia are not diseases, they are differences in the way the brain processes information and the parts of the brain used to process information. People with ADD and dyslexia are not sick, their brains just work differently. A psychiatrist explained it to me this way. The ADD brain is actually older, from an evolutionary standpoint, than the neuro-typical brain. When we were hunter gatherers the ADD brain was necessary for survival, noticing everything at once, hyper alert, able to zero in on and focus on a singular detail in the environment. When we moved as a species from hunting to agriculture, the executive functions of the brain began to evolve. Executive functions deal with planning, verbal reasoning, inhibition, etc. The linear thinking mind became a distinct advantage in planning crop planting times and rotations for example."


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Why we should all think about the gamification of education

Why we should all think about the gamification of education | Differentiated and ict Instruction | Scoop.it
The educational system as we know it needs a revamp. Actually, a revamp is not enough. The educational system needs to be restructured. A lot of things need to change, and the sooner that happens, the better. Too many students drop out of school, and this isn’t the way to get successful... http://elearningfeeds.com/why-we-should-all-think-about-the-gamification-of-education/
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Πώς επισκευάζεται ένα χαλασμένο σχολείο; Ηγήσου άφοβα, αγάπα βαθιά

Πώς επισκευάζεται ένα χαλασμένο σχολείο; Ηγήσου άφοβα, αγάπα βαθιά | Differentiated and ict Instruction | Scoop.it
Την πρώτη ημέρα της η Λίντα Κλίατ Γουέιμαν ως διευθύντρια σε προβληματικό λύκειο στη Βόρεια Φιλαδέλφεια, ήταν αποφασισμένη να καθορίσει τα όρια. Σύντομα κατάλαβε πως η δουλειά θα ήταν πιο δύσκολη απ' όσο περίμενε. Με αληθινό πάθος, μοιράζεται τρεις αρχές που τη βοήθησαν να επαναφέρει τρία σχολεία χαρακτηρισμένα ως «χαμηλών επιδόσεων και σταθερά επικίνδυνα». Η…
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Learning Theories

Learning Theories, Connectivism, Cognitivism, Constructivism, Behaviorism

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Transcend the Classroom with Virtual Place-Based Learning

Transcend the Classroom with Virtual Place-Based Learning | Differentiated and ict Instruction | Scoop.it
Simulation-based learning allows us to play in a highly immersive environment that reflects aspects of the real world. In virtual simulations, we can explore and create with much lower stakes than we would encounter in the real world. Questions of “What if?” flourish in a virtual simulation as we create and experience new possibilities with increasing realism. With smartphones making access to virtual reality easier and easier, virtual simulations can now become part of place-based learning in the classroom.

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, January 13, 1:46 AM

Really nice case study type article. Looks like a great project.

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David W. Deeds's curator insight, January 15, 8:57 PM

Geeky-cool stuff! Thanks to Peter Mellow.

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Robotics and Computer Science for Elementary Level Learners @JackieGerstein

Robotics and Computer Science for Elementary Level Learners @JackieGerstein | Differentiated and ict Instruction | Scoop.it
I absolutely love all of the new robotics toys that have been coming out for elementary age learners.  I have been using them for my summer maker camp, with my gifted education classes, and for my upcoming Saturday morning program. One of my gifted girls noted, “Where do all of these robots come from?” I laughed and told her, “It’s actually has become one of my passions. Collecting them has become a major hobby of mine.”

I usually use them for an hour per week with my two groups of gifted learners.  I am an advocate of student-centric learning and giving them choices as to which instructional activities they would like to engage. For their robotics hour each week, I am giving them the following choices with their goal of using five of the robotics to complete five of the tasks provided.

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Norton Gusky's curator insight, January 8, 5:01 PM
Great range of robots for elementary learners
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Google Released A New 3D Digital Story Telling Tool

Google Released A New 3D Digital Story Telling Tool | Differentiated and ict Instruction | Scoop.it
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How will Cloud Based Schools change our education?

As the concept of learning is becoming more centered around self-learning, will our current school system be relevant in the next 10 years? Could our schools be based in the Cloud? In this session, we explore how schools can leverage the right technologies to be relevant in the 21st century and share key insights from experiments of Self Organized Learning Environments.

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Sugata inspires!!!

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7 Skills Digital Kids Will Need in 2017 and Beyond

7 Skills Digital Kids Will Need in 2017 and Beyond | Differentiated and ict Instruction | Scoop.it
It’s 2017. Do you know what your (digital) kids are up to?
Chances are they’re glued to a new gadget they received over the holidays—an iPhone 7

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, January 12, 2:05 AM

An interesting choice.

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7 Skills Digital Kids Will Need in 2017 and Beyond
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Worried About Screen Time? Don't Let Kids Go It Alone

Worried About Screen Time? Don't Let Kids Go It Alone | Differentiated and ict Instruction | Scoop.it
New research reinforces the role of a human — an adult or older child — when young kids learn from technology.

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Hu Min Shi's comment, January 11, 4:43 AM
Humans have always been social creatures. Therefore, it comes as no surprise that children do better under the guidance of a human instructor. Perhaps having a human hand show the child what to do enables the child to relate to it better, and pick up on how to piece the puzzle together faster.

Should the parents of the child truly want their child to benefit and glean more from these educational apps, then they should set aside some time to help their child along. Perhaps in the initial stages of using the app, parents can show the child how to operate the application, or explain to the child what it is they are supposed to be learning through use of the application. Once the child is familiar, parents can then leave them to explore on their own, making sure to check in periodically. This will ensure maximum brain development of their child.
Meagan Tseng's comment, January 15, 6:03 AM
When it comes to kids and the Internet, I believe less freedom will do them more good. As studies have shown, more social scaffolding through the presence of a parent will lead to an increase in the child’s ability to transfer knowledge from the tablet to a real object. I acknowledge with modern day technology where everything is very advanced, there are many useful applications online that can help aid children in various education aspects. However, these apps should not become the child’s main source of education, and parents ought to be involved physically in helping the child to transfer what he sees online into head knowledge that can be applied in real life.
Dymas Low's comment, January 15, 8:27 AM
In my opinion, I feel that it is fine to give little children some time with the Internet and allow them to use smart devices such as smartphones and tablets as long as there is adequate adult supervision. After all, by exposing children to such devices since young, they will be able to use them with ease in the future. Obviously, these devices should not be their main learning experience, parents should be a part of their child's learning since research shows that human guidance can help draw the connections between things for a toddler.
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Twelve tools that made the biggest difference in my teaching -

Twelve tools that made the biggest difference in my teaching - | Differentiated and ict Instruction | Scoop.it

"There are so many digital tools available today to promote student learning in the classroom. The task is in figuring out what you need for your classroom. What could benefit your students the most? ..."

RecapVoxerPadletPiktochartVismeNearpodFormativeQuizizBunceeBlendspace TEC TeachStoryboard ThatBloomzApp
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How Music Helps Resolve Our Deepest Inner Conflicts | SciTech Connect

How Music Helps Resolve Our Deepest Inner Conflicts | SciTech Connect | Differentiated and ict Instruction | Scoop.it
Why do humans need music in their lives? Recent research suggests music is an evolutionary adaptation - one that helps us navigate a world rife with contradictions.
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10 Tips to Make Learning REAL (relevant, engaging, authentic, lasting) 

10 Tips to Make Learning REAL (relevant, engaging, authentic, lasting)  | Differentiated and ict Instruction | Scoop.it
A blog about digital leadership, pedagogy, learning, and transformative change in education.

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Bev Jones's curator insight, January 4, 4:53 AM
Interesting reflections about making learning relevant to student needs.   The challenge faced by many schools, colleges and private providers is how to engage staff in using technology, particularly those who are not the millennial generation and often don't use technology very much in their every day life.
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Why Virtual Reality has the Potential to Transform Education as We Know It

Why Virtual Reality has the Potential to Transform Education as We Know It | Differentiated and ict Instruction | Scoop.it

"Virtual reality has been on the radar since Morton Heilig’s Sensorama in the 1950s, and head mounted versions of the technology were even around in the 1960s. But it wasn’t until recently that its use has become less of a novelty and more of a commonality. Console games and smartphone adapters have brought the potential of virtual reality into the lives of everyday people. And soon, that technology will enter the classroom."


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Students learn through authentic, active engagement" is a lie?

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How Diversity Makes Us Smarter

How Diversity Makes Us Smarter | Differentiated and ict Instruction | Scoop.it
Being around people who are different from us makes us more creative, more diligent and harder-working
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Transforming The Teacher: From Speaker To Digital Guide

Transforming The Teacher: From Speaker To Digital Guide | Differentiated and ict Instruction | Scoop.it

"Much has been said about transforming the teacher: From a conceptual point of view, teachers stop being the ones giving knowledge in a masterful lecture in the classroom, and they become the guides to their students in an active learning process."


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18 Cartoon Videos About Cyber Safety for Students

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18 Cartoon Videos About Cyber Safety for Students

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CoSpaces: Making 3D Virtual Reality

CoSpaces: Making 3D Virtual Reality | Differentiated and ict Instruction | Scoop.it

CoSpaces is a free online platform that allows you to build your own 3D spaces and even experience them in virtual reality. Choose from a library of objects and characters to fill the stage and edit them to create your very own fantasy worlds.
CoSpaces makes VR creation super easy, accessible and fun – so that anyone can dive into their own virtual reality experiences.


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Francisco González's comment, January 14, 6:14 AM
Thank you very much, Nik. This is an awesome tool for my lessons. I'm sure my students will love it!
Isabel García's curator insight, January 14, 7:14 AM
Me parece muy interesante para la clase.
Viljenka Savli (http://www2.arnes.si/~sopvsavl/)'s curator insight, Today, 3:23 AM
VR platform free and easy to create
 
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How To Use Brain Science To Be Your Best Self In 2017

How To Use Brain Science To Be Your Best Self In 2017 | Differentiated and ict Instruction | Scoop.it

Resolutions are often an exercise in wishful thinking. People rarely keep them, mostly because they’re vague about their goals and don’t have a plan for following through. But that isn't the only thing that may weaken resolve or slow progress toward a goal. Failing to understand some practical brain science can just as quickly do you in.

 

Neuroscience has shown us this year that we may actually have everything we need to stay focused, be more creative, remember more, and make better decisions—just as long as we can work a bit more with our brains, not against them. Here are a few things we learned that can take you closer toward being your best self in 2017.


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We need to put what we know about Neuroscience to help our students and ourselves. 
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Υλικό για Δημοτικό – SaferInternet4kids

Υλικό για Δημοτικό – SaferInternet4kids | Differentiated and ict Instruction | Scoop.it
Παρουσίαση για παιδιά ηλικίας 5-7, από το Κέντρο Ασφαλούς Διαδικτύου του Ηνωμένου Βασιλείου προσαρμοσμένη στα ελληνικά. Παρουσίαση για παιδιά ηλικίας 7-11, από το Κέντρο Ασφαλούς Διαδικτύου του Ηνωμένου Βασιλείου προσαρμοσμένη στα ελληνικά.
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Και άλλα πολλά όπως κουίζ, σταυρόλεξα και δραστηριότητες για την Ημέρα Ασφαλούς Διαδικτύου 2017 #SID2017

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Degrees don’t matter anymore, skills do

Degrees don’t matter anymore, skills do | Differentiated and ict Instruction | Scoop.it
More and more, employers are going to want to see some proof that a potential employee has actually gained particular skills. So certificates that can credibly attest to someone’s ability to write computer code, write a decent essay, use a spreadsheet, or give a persuasive speech are going to be worth more and more. And any training program that takes the need to maintain its own credibility seriously can help students gain those skills and certify them for employers in a way that bypasses the existing educational establishment.

 

 


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Bằng cấp không còn quan trọng nữa, chỉ còn kĩ năng

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Future Ready Schools: Empowering Educators through Professional Learning toolkit - Office of Educational Technology

Future Ready Schools: Empowering Educators through Professional Learning toolkit - Office of Educational Technology | Differentiated and ict Instruction | Scoop.it
This toolkit provides leaders with a multi-step decision-making process, practical tools, and numerous examples for setting a trajectory of positive change, moving assertively toward achievement of student learning and improvement goals. The toolkit recognizes that improvements in student learning are related to improvements in educator practice and that strengthened practice is supported by research- and standards-based professional learning.

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We Learned A Lot In 2016 About How Preschool Can Help Kids

We Learned A Lot In 2016 About How Preschool Can Help Kids | Differentiated and ict Instruction | Scoop.it
Several new studies pointed to lasting gains for students. But there's a catch: Over and over, the research showed the importance of providing high-quality preschool.
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Inside the Cybathlon, Where Even Paraplegics Can Feel the Adrenaline Rush of Competitive Sport | SciTech Connect

Inside the Cybathlon, Where Even Paraplegics Can Feel the Adrenaline Rush of Competitive Sport | SciTech Connect | Differentiated and ict Instruction | Scoop.it
The Cybathlon is the world’s first athletics event where the competitors are those living with severe disabilities such as paralysis or the loss of limbs.
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Reasons to be teaching

Reasons to be teaching | Differentiated and ict Instruction | Scoop.it
Being an educator of children is one of the most noble callings anyone could answer. Choosing to educate means being a professional learner. How you learn often reflects how you teach. If you select the most appropriate pedagogical approaches, you portray learning at its best. Children learn to learn, and this provides them with the chance to make a lifetime of independence, resilience and success.

How you behave while in view of the children teaches them something else. Your demeanour conveys to them how they might also behave in similar situations, later in their lives (Lunenburg et al, 2007). Like it or not, a child's teacher is her role model, who she will either studiously copy, or deliberately avoid, depending on the teacher. Most importantly, teachers can inspire children to achieve far beyond what they might be capable of achieving on their own. The best teachers spur children on to do their best, or even to excel in their learning. Children who are inspired and motivated are often more creative and imaginative in their work (Jeffrey, 2008).

So, if you ever doubt why you are a teacher, stop and think. Remember your initial calling - that moment you discovered why you were really meant to be here. Think of those special moments when children show you how they have learnt something new. Consider the excitement when they are in the zone and nothing else matters but what they are learning. And then think about the part you played in that achievement. Then you will know.

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