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If we taught our teens to drive the way we teach them about social media | Dangerously Irrelevant

If we taught our teens to drive the way we teach them about social media | Dangerously Irrelevant | Differentiation Strategies | Scoop.it

Imagine for a second if we taught our teenagers to drive a car in the same manner we attempt to teach them about social media.


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Top Ten Android Apps for use with Raspberry Pi

Top Ten Android Apps for use with Raspberry Pi | Differentiation Strategies | Scoop.it
I regularly use my Nexus 7 or my Android smartphone (was Galaxy S2, now Nexus 5) to help me with my Raspberry Pi activities. Here is a 'top ten' roundup of my favourite Android apps that I use with...

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Raspberry Pi Photo Booth • Drumminhands Design

Raspberry Pi Photo Booth • Drumminhands Design | Differentiation Strategies | Scoop.it

A DIY photo booth for events that takes photos and uploads an animated gif to a Tumblr account. Quickstart If you are just looking for the nitty gritty, (@make check out this photo booth too.


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A Block Graphic Calculator

A Block Graphic Calculator | Differentiation Strategies | Scoop.it

"Calculators have come a long way since the first ones that could add, subtract, multiply, and divide.  Now, for a modest cost, it’s possible to purchase a graphing calculator.  Or, with your computer, you can put a free one in your browser."


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Beth Dichter's curator insight, July 29, 6:13 PM

Have you considered a different option? What about a block graphic calculator? This now a common way to teach coding, having students connect blocks together to build code. Blockly has a free online block calculator that provides math (a portion of the options are shown in the image), variables and logic. To the left side of the coding is the graphing calculator.

This type of calculator may help visual learners who may more easily create formulas through the use of blocks. Check it out at Blockly.

Yasemin Allsop's curator insight, July 30, 9:24 AM

This is brilliant !

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4 Ways to Engage Students with Today's Meet During the #Last5 (last 5 min of class)

4 Ways to Engage Students with Today's Meet During the #Last5 (last 5 min of class) | Differentiation Strategies | Scoop.it

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David DeSantis's curator insight, July 30, 5:55 AM

Teachers are not that different than our students.  Administrators  could use Today's Meet near the end of staff meetings.  It is also an excellent way to model the use of technology for staff.

Kim Lindskog's curator insight, July 30, 1:43 PM

Formative assessement!

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Hardkernel Unveils $30 Raspberry Pi Compatible Module with RTC, ADC, and LiPo Battery Support

Hardkernel Unveils $30 Raspberry Pi Compatible Module with RTC, ADC, and LiPo Battery Support | Differentiation Strategies | Scoop.it

Hardkernel is better know for its ODROID boards powered by Samsung Exynos SoC. So I was surprised to discover ODROID-W, “a miniature computing module which is fully compatible with all software...


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5 ways to support kids who struggle with student-directed learning -

5 ways to support kids who struggle with student-directed learning - | Differentiation Strategies | Scoop.it
I mentioned in my ten takeaways from #ISTE2014 post that I wanted to write a bit more about some of the problems teachers are encountering with project-based and student-directed learning.
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Always a challenge with students who have learned how to do traditional school!

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Harvard Wants to Know: How Does the Act of Making Shape Kids’ Brains? - Mind/Shift

Harvard Wants to Know: How Does the Act of Making Shape Kids’ Brains? - Mind/Shift | Differentiation Strategies | Scoop.it

"A group of Harvard researchers is teaming up with schools in Oakland, Calif. to explore how kids learn through making. Through an initiative called Project Zero, they’re investigating the theory that kids learn best when they’re actively engaged in designing and creating projects to explore concepts. It’s closely aligned with the idea of design thinking and the Maker Movement that’s quickly taking shape in progressive education circles.

 

Though it’s still in very early stages — just launched at the beginning of this school year — researchers and educators at the school want to know how kids learn by tinkering – fooling around with something until one understands how it works. They want to know what happens cognitively – how this learning process helps form habits of mind, builds character and how it affects the individual."


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This information will be most helpful as we introduce our MakerSpace this year!

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Darleana McHenry's curator insight, July 20, 5:05 PM

This sounds really interesting to me :-)

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The World Cheapest Linux Computer? Pogoplug Mobile Now Sells for $7

The World Cheapest Linux Computer? Pogoplug Mobile Now Sells for $7 | Differentiation Strategies | Scoop.it

Somebody asked “Anyone knows a computer cheaper than a Raspberry Pi with a network interface?” on Google+ mini PCs community. Some OpenWRT routers such as TPLink WR703N selling for about...


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Cheaper than the Raspberry Pi?  Learners have many choices for trying new things!

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A Free Comprehensive Digital Library Packed Full of Resources for Teachers

A Free Comprehensive Digital Library Packed Full of Resources for Teachers | Differentiation Strategies | Scoop.it

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SLS Guernsey's curator insight, July 16, 4:52 AM

Something for our teachers.

gwynethjones's curator insight, July 16, 7:11 PM

SWEET!

Kim Lindskog's curator insight, July 25, 2:24 PM

In one of the newsletters information was shared on DPLA, if you missed it watch the video to learn more about The Digital Public Library of America.

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10 Ins'Pi'ring Raspberry Pi Projects

10 Ins'Pi'ring Raspberry Pi Projects | Differentiation Strategies | Scoop.it
No matter the level of your nerdism, there’s a Pi-based project for everyone out there. We've trawled through the mountain of makers to find you 10 of the best.

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Student promotes DIY with super-awesome videos - ISTE

Student promotes DIY with super-awesome videos - ISTE | Differentiation Strategies | Scoop.it

"From a cardboard periscope to robots programmed to paint, seventh grader Sylvia Todd likes to make things. And she wants to inspire other kids — particularly girls who sometimes shy away from STEM careers — to get passionate about science, technology, engineering and math.

 

"Some girls in my class think [STEM] is only for boys or only for adults," Sylvia said. "They say, 'I can't do that. I have to do something else or other types of occupations.' But you can do what you want to do. You can be what you want to be. I really like inspiring other people to do what they want to do and what they want to have fun with.

 

Her vehicle for spreading that inspiration is her website, Sylvia's Super-Awesome Maker Show . http://sylviashow.com/ This is where you can find videos of Sylvia demonstrating how to make everything from crafty decoupage pieces to advanced science projects from pre-made kits."

 

 


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New Raspberry Pi model B+ doubles up on USB ports, adds microSD and more

New Raspberry Pi model B+ doubles up on USB ports, adds microSD and more | Differentiation Strategies | Scoop.it
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There's a new tasty treat in town for mini computer fans, and its name is the Raspberry Pi B+.

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Educational Leadership:Getting Students to Mastery:Differentiation: It Starts with Pre-Assessment

Educational Leadership:Getting Students to Mastery:Differentiation: It Starts with Pre-Assessment | Differentiation Strategies | Scoop.it
Founded in 1943, ASCD (formerly the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development) is an educational leadership organization dedicated to advancing best practices and policies for the success of each learner.
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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, July 13, 5:33 PM

Notice that the teacher clearly told the students what was expected. We are focused on what the curricula wants and forgetting that curricula is a series of complex conversations which need to happen between students and teachers.

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Dipsticks: Efficient Ways to Check for Understanding

Dipsticks: Efficient Ways to Check for Understanding | Differentiation Strategies | Scoop.it
Through alternative formative assessment, teachers can check for student understanding without falling back on the tedious or intimidating pop quiz.

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Morphi

Morphi | Differentiation Strategies | Scoop.it

This is a great Apple app for designing 3D digital objects. Designing feels intuitive and it is easy to make simple objects. Download at https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/morphi/id833530351?mt=8


http://ictmagic.wikispaces.com/ICT+%26+Web+Tools


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10 Emaciated Terms That Keep Education In A Box

10 Emaciated Terms That Keep Education In A Box | Differentiation Strategies | Scoop.it

"Albert Einstein nailed it–'We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.' That truth will decide whether we develop a 21st-century friendly educational system or continue to tinker at the margins of school."


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Beth Dichter's curator insight, July 29, 6:51 PM

Do words hold us back? Do they have the potential to keep us in place rather than allowing us to move forward? This post looks at ten words and discusses how each may "influence our behavior and keep us in a box." The ten words are:

1. Lesson

2. Knowledge

3. Rigor

4. Soft Skills

5. High & Low Students

6. 0ff-Task

7. Learning Styles

8. Summer Learning Loss

9. Special Education

10. Brain-Based Learning

Below is an example of how one of these words is explained.

What do you think of when you hear the word off-task? What does research tell us about six-year olds and their ability to focus on one task? The explanation shares that young students who have more time for play also have higher executive functioning skills, yet in the classroom we ask them to sit and to focus one area. In many schools the amount of time for free play and recess has decreased so we can focus on ELA and math.

Learn more about these words and see if you agree with the author. Do you think these words are holding us back?

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Fritzing is out with a new release including Arduino Yún microcontroller!

Fritzing is out with a new release including Arduino Yún microcontroller! | Differentiation Strategies | Scoop.it

Fritzing is an open-source hardware initiative that makes electronics accessible as a creative material for anyone. You can easily learn how to build a circuit for you project and also design your own PCB.


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Electric Go-Cart Has Arduino Brains

Electric Go-Cart Has Arduino Brains | Differentiation Strategies | Scoop.it

Oh how times have changed. Back in the 30′s the VW Beetle was designed to be cheap, simple and easy for the typical owner to maintain themselves. Nowadays, every aspect of modern cars are controlled by some sort of computer.


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How to Start to Write an eBook and Actually Finish it in 30 Days

How to Start to Write an eBook and Actually Finish it in 30 Days | Differentiation Strategies | Scoop.it
Learn tips and tricks on how to write an eBook from scratch, write every day and actually finish it in 30 days.

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A productive way to spend the summer!

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Learn how to write an ebook in 30 days

Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's curator insight, July 18, 8:55 AM

Useful tips on writing an e book! 

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Leah Buechley: Crafting the Lilypad Arduino

Leah Buechley:  Crafting the Lilypad Arduino | Differentiation Strategies | Scoop.it

I’ll never forget the first time I heard about Lilypad Arduino. I was astounded and said, “You can make LEDs light up and you stitch it with conductive thread? How does that work?


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Five Keys to Rigorous Project-Based Learning ~ Edutopia

Five Keys to Rigorous Project-Based Learning ~ Edutopia | Differentiation Strategies | Scoop.it

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"Looking to dive headfirst into hands-on assignments with your students in September? Get inspired with Edutopia's "Five Keys to Rigorous Project-Based Learning" video series, or check out its core strategy PBL page."


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Wearables at Camp Galileo with Arduino Woman

Wearables at Camp Galileo with Arduino Woman | Differentiation Strategies | Scoop.it
Hello World!  My name is Tenaya Hurst and I teach at Camp Galileo – The Tech Summer Camps at the Tech Museum of Innovation in San Jose.  My class is titled Wearable Technology (and I get to teach Circuits & Electronics and Maker Studio).

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How fun- thanks to Tenaya for sharing!

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Apeiros Arduino Based Open Source Robot (video)

Apeiros Arduino Based Open Source Robot (video) | Differentiation Strategies | Scoop.it
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Students, makers and developers that are in the market for an open source robot might be interested in a new Arduino-based robot called Apeiros.

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Teach Coding in the Classroom: Resources from ISTE '14 - Edutopia

Teach Coding in the Classroom: Resources from ISTE '14 - Edutopia | Differentiation Strategies | Scoop.it
Digital resource curator Ashley Cronin shares her takeaways from Hack Education at ISTE 2014, including a list of resources for teaching coding and coding concepts in the classroom.

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21st Century Book Talks & Trailers (using iMovie)

21st Century Book Talks & Trailers (using iMovie) | Differentiation Strategies | Scoop.it

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Arduino-Controlled LED Chandelier Made With Mini Jars

Arduino-Controlled LED Chandelier Made With Mini Jars | Differentiation Strategies | Scoop.it
Could your humble abode use a little microcontrolled LED pizzaz? Why not class up the joint with a stunning arduino-controlled chandelier made from jars using this brilliant tutorial?

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