Linking Literacy & Learning: Research, Reflection, and Practice
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"How To Do Research" game is presented by Kentucky Virtual Library. It's designed for kids to learn how to do research independently with kids-friendly user experience. Did you know that you can ac...

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Linking Literacy & Learning: Research, Reflection, and Practice
An exploration of the connections between research, learning theory, practice and the various constructs of literacy.
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3 online summer events for teachers to get inspired & motivated for fall

3 online summer events for teachers to get inspired & motivated for fall | Linking Literacy & Learning: Research, Reflection, and Practice | Scoop.it
I'm hosting three awesome online professional development events for teachers that are kicking off this summer! I hope you'll join us in either The 40 Hour
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15 Smart Study Tactics Based on the Latest Brain Research

15 Smart Study Tactics Based on the Latest Brain Research | Linking Literacy & Learning: Research, Reflection, and Practice | Scoop.it

Think you know everything there is to know about smart studying? You may be surprised by some of the past year’s research. Below are 15 new insights on how to prep for exams and boost your academic achievements in general.


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Some interesting and useful insights.

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7 Life Literacy Skills Students Should Have Before Leaving School by GDC 

7 Life Literacy Skills Students Should Have Before Leaving School by GDC  | Linking Literacy & Learning: Research, Reflection, and Practice | Scoop.it
Leaving school is a big deal. Students must be prepared for the world outside with not only curricular knowledge, but life literacy skills like these.

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Bringing “Maker Ideas” into Learning

Bringing “Maker Ideas” into Learning | Linking Literacy & Learning: Research, Reflection, and Practice | Scoop.it
In education, we have a way of taking a “thing” and reframing it to be something else…to fit our ideas or the latest trend of the moment but making isn’t new. Making has been the fabric of mankind since we existed. It’s not just technology and specifically coding. It’s not about devices. It really is about the synergy and application of ideas and passionately bringing them to life or even the need for a project to be real and the ability to create it.

The “new to us” part though, is not just making a horse and carriage of wood and glitter but maybe one that twinkles on command or moves through some animatronic lens. It’s making the wooden “President Obama” recite some of his famous quotes/speeches or even tweets from his twitter account because it was coded to do so. It’s my nephew, the puppet maker, creating puppets that respond to buttons that he has coded to its appendages or a prom dress drenched in LEDs programmed to dance to the music. To be clear, knowing my mother, her creations would have definitely done these things if she had the skills to do so. She has definitely created her share of pieces with integrated lighting. (Christmas lights were her “LED” of choice)

The “new to us” part is this idea of being a maker who takes advantage of accessible technology, embedding skills that could foster even greater potential and pathways in its creators. Technology in making has lead to some of the greatest innovations and in schools, providing pathways to create in this way can be a game-changer as our students craft the future of innovation.

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The nation's largest school districts are rushing to fill the coding gap

The nation's largest school districts are rushing to fill the coding gap | Linking Literacy & Learning: Research, Reflection, and Practice | Scoop.it
Only a quarter of America’s public schools are using a form of computer science in their classrooms, but that number is growing as schools create new coding programs.

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Reclaiming Assessment for Deeper Learning

Reclaiming Assessment for Deeper Learning | Linking Literacy & Learning: Research, Reflection, and Practice | Scoop.it
In this era of high-stakes testing that’s used to rank kids and schools, what if we reclaimed the word assessment and put it more authentically in the service of learning?

Going a step further, what if we connected educators who are passionate about deeper learning with a coalition of technical assistance providers and researchers, and surround them with resources and tools so that they can develop new forms of assessment as a learning community of grantees?

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This is what it's like to grow up in the age of likes, lols and longing

This is what it's like to grow up in the age of likes, lols and longing | Linking Literacy & Learning: Research, Reflection, and Practice | Scoop.it
This is what it's like to grow up in the age of likes, lols and longing

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How to Stock Your Makerspace for 100 Bucks or Less; Plus, an Essential Equipment List from the MakerBus Driver (EdSurge News)

How to Stock Your Makerspace for 100 Bucks or Less; Plus, an Essential Equipment List from the MakerBus Driver (EdSurge News) | Linking Literacy & Learning: Research, Reflection, and Practice | Scoop.it
Dumpster diving and dollar stores. Purse-shaped post-it's and animal lubricant. When you're building a makerspace on a budget, you learn that resources are everywhere—and they aren't always what you expect. 

Dumpster diving and dollar stores. Purse-shaped post-it's and animal lubricant.
For three years I and my fellow cofounders Kim Martin and Beth Compton, have created, developed, and run Canada’s first mobile makerspace—the MakerBus. As an entirely community-driven (pun intended) makerspace, we have had to master doing a lot with very little. As we have learned, while money is extremely useful, no amount of it can replace the value of an engaged, creative community. Below I share some ideas for creating makerspaces at various price points, offering advice for building a $100 and a (nearly) $0 community makerspace.

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Read It Again, Please! The Benefits of Repeated Read Alouds. - Children's Literacy Initiative

Read It Again, Please! The Benefits of Repeated Read Alouds. - Children's Literacy Initiative | Linking Literacy & Learning: Research, Reflection, and Practice | Scoop.it
Any parent who owns a copy of Goodnight Moon knows that there are some books children can listen to over and over (an

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How A Strengths-Based Approach to Math Redefines Who Is ‘Smart’

How A Strengths-Based Approach to Math Redefines Who Is ‘Smart’ | Linking Literacy & Learning: Research, Reflection, and Practice | Scoop.it
Math teachers in San Francisco are using Complex Instruction to see the brilliance in all their students and help them to see it too.

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Therapy Dogs Work Wonders for Struggling Readers

Therapy Dogs Work Wonders for Struggling Readers | Linking Literacy & Learning: Research, Reflection, and Practice | Scoop.it
A group of eighth graders in need of academic intervention in Virginia are now more confident readers. Never underestimate the power of a pooch.

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Educational Technology and Mobile Learning: Top TED Ed Lessons on Critical Thinking

Educational Technology and Mobile Learning: Top TED Ed Lessons on Critical Thinking | Linking Literacy & Learning: Research, Reflection, and Practice | Scoop.it

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School Makerspaces Should Spark Innovation

School Makerspaces Should Spark Innovation | Linking Literacy & Learning: Research, Reflection, and Practice | Scoop.it
Cheryl Mizerny is excited about the maker movement but hopes educators will incorporate innovation & challenging curriculum goals into school-based makerspaces.
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What Can We Learn in a Progressive or Traditional Classroom? by @TeacherToolkit

What Can We Learn in a Progressive or Traditional Classroom? by @TeacherToolkit | Linking Literacy & Learning: Research, Reflection, and Practice | Scoop.it
It is difficult for anyone watching a teacher to judge how effectively students are learning. What can we learn in a progressive or traditional classroom?
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10 Must Watch TED Ed Lessons for High School Students ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

10 Must Watch TED Ed Lessons for High School Students ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Linking Literacy & Learning: Research, Reflection, and Practice | Scoop.it

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Saying 'No' to the Slide: 20+ Summer Opportunities for Educators and Students (EdSurge News)

Saying 'No' to the Slide: 20+ Summer Opportunities for Educators and Students (EdSurge News) | Linking Literacy & Learning: Research, Reflection, and Practice | Scoop.it
It’s that time of year again—those last few weeks of May, when the bliss of summer break and freedom looms on the horizon. But wait! The work doesn’t stop just because school’s out. The summer offers a wealth of time to flex those learning muscles, for educators and students alike.

In keeping with tradition, EdSurge puts out an annual summer opportunities article each year, and we’re back at it this May to help you prevent the dreaded “summer slide.”

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Pop Quiz: A Parent's Guide to 21st Century Learning - Huffington Post

Pop Quiz: A Parent's Guide to 21st Century Learning - Huffington Post | Linking Literacy & Learning: Research, Reflection, and Practice | Scoop.it
Ask your 5-year-old what she wants to be when she grows up and she might say an astronaut or teacher, chef or engineer. Maybe she wants to run a flower shop.

But what if she said: I don’t know! What I want to be doesn’t exist yet?

She’d be right. A Department of Labor statistic indicates that 65% of school-age children today will grow up to have jobs that do not yet exist. That idea can be unsettling for a parent — or it can be exciting, if you know you can help get her ready for a future that we can only begin to imagine.

As part of that preparation, parents are starting to hear about a new education framework called 21st Century Learning, which intertwines disciplines to get kids to approach problems and concepts in different ways.

The basics — foundational literacies like language skills, mathematics, science, social studies, all of those things that kids have learned in school for eons — remain absolutely vital. The 21st Century Learning framework layers on top of these some new ways of thinking, new ways of solving problems, and new ways of working together.

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Insights on Becoming an Effective Learner

Insights on Becoming an Effective Learner | Linking Literacy & Learning: Research, Reflection, and Practice | Scoop.it
We learn the most from that which challenges us the most. I remember having learned server side scripting many years back completely on my own. I had no special resources, no advanced tools and no external guidance – just a lot of willingness to pick up the skill. It wasn’t easy and that made it

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6 Illustrations That Show What It’s Like in an Introvert’s Head

6 Illustrations That Show What It’s Like in an Introvert’s Head | Linking Literacy & Learning: Research, Reflection, and Practice | Scoop.it
6 depictions of how introverts process information, explaining how they are scientifically "different," shown in 6 illustrations from inside the quiet mind.

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MacArthur 'Genius' Angela Duckworth Responds To A New Critique Of Grit

MacArthur 'Genius' Angela Duckworth Responds To A New Critique Of Grit | Linking Literacy & Learning: Research, Reflection, and Practice | Scoop.it
The author of a new meta-analysis says the importance of grit — a concept that has gained wide traction in education circles — has been exaggerated.

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Encourage your discouraged readers! 5 digital tools to spark a love of reading - ISTE

Encourage your discouraged readers! 5 digital tools to spark a love of reading - ISTE | Linking Literacy & Learning: Research, Reflection, and Practice | Scoop.it
The 21st century is an exciting time of change. A great deal of that change is an outgrowth of the technological explosion. But our children have no concept of this “change” because technology has always been a part of their lives. 

In this digital environment, it is more important than ever that children are proficient readers. Yet we continue to see students in our classrooms who we label “reluctant readers” — those who can read but choose not to. We need to help these discouraged students find their motivation or passion for reading.

While there is no easy way to make kids want to read, we all know the odds are better if an activity seems popular, cool and fun. One way to do that is through technology. Here are some digital tools that can help engage students in reading.

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Teaching Group Work: Building Student Collaboration and Agency

Teaching Group Work: Building Student Collaboration and Agency | Linking Literacy & Learning: Research, Reflection, and Practice | Scoop.it
At University Park Campus School, students learn through group work that they have something to contribute.

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Through The Looking Glass: How Children's Books Have Grown Up

Through The Looking Glass: How Children's Books Have Grown Up | Linking Literacy & Learning: Research, Reflection, and Practice | Scoop.it
Literature for kids hasn't always been focused on the magical and whimsical. We take a three-century tour through the history of children's books in the classroom.
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What makes game-based learning so effective and how does it work?

What makes game-based learning so effective and how does it work? | Linking Literacy & Learning: Research, Reflection, and Practice | Scoop.it
When we think of games, we often think of them as somewhat trivial or just for fun, but can a game-based learning environment really change the way students
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Dr. Theresa Kauffman's curator insight, May 23, 9:45 AM
Students are more engaged with game-based learning. This is an excellent article explaining how it works and why you should consider including this in your classroom.
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15 Online Educational Resources for Professional Development

15 Online Educational Resources for Professional Development | Linking Literacy & Learning: Research, Reflection, and Practice | Scoop.it
This post features 15 terrific online educational resources for practically every part of a teacher's professional development.
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