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10 [More] Killer Dropbox Tips and Tricks

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We recently rounded up 15 Awesome Dropbox Tips and Tricks, which was accompanied by a giveaway.
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12 Rules For Flipping Your Classroom - eLearning Industry

12 Rules For Flipping Your Classroom - eLearning Industry | E-Capability | Scoop.it
Want to know how to begin Flipping Your Classroom? It's not difficult! Just check 12 simple rules (tips, really) to begin Flipping Your Classroom. 
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This New Chrome Extension 'Rewords' Hateful Online Messages

This New Chrome Extension 'Rewords' Hateful Online Messages | E-Capability | Scoop.it
Aimed at preventing cyberbullying, the online tool, called Reword, flags insulting phrases and crosses them out with a red line. So far, the product is available for Google's Chrome web browser.
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Importance of 3D Printing in Education ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Importance of 3D Printing in Education ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | E-Capability | Scoop.it
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Constructing a positive classroom culture

Constructing a positive classroom culture | E-Capability | Scoop.it
With the start of the year and a new group of students it is natural to
consider the year ahead and what we might hope to achieve individually and
collectively. As we build connections with our new students and build an
understanding of their needs we begin to imagine the many strategies we
will employ to support the learning. Beyond getting to know the individuals
we also start to form a picture of what our classes are like and this
brings us to questions of culture. What will the culture of our class be?
How might we shape that culture and how will we understand the many forces
at work? Understanding the culture of class or perhaps even a school is an
important element of our teaching but realising the complexity of this task
must come first.

We all have in our imaginations a picture of what our classroom culture
will be like. More than likely it is embodied in sets of values displayed
proudly on classroom walls and shared with parents through letters home and
information evenings. We imagine a culture built upon mutual respect,
honesty, a love of learning and questioning attitudes. Through the values
that we identify and describe we make efforts to bring this culture to
life. All of this is essential to the construction of the culture we hope
for and yet none of it guarantees that our imagination will match reality.
There exists within any group of people at least two cultures; that which
is imagined and that which is lived.

As teachers we play an important role in establishing the culture of our
classroom. What we name and value are likely to become parts of the lived
culture but our interpretation of this and its expression in the real world
can differ widely. Ultimately the culture of the classroom will be the sum
total of the lived experience of its members. Every experience, every
individual’s action and responses act to shape this and with a full class
of empowered actors participating in its construction, culture quickly
becomes a messy field.

Our first task needs to be understanding the culture that comes to our
class with the students. Their history with schooling will frame how they
begin to engage as a group. The particular mix of personalities,
dispositions, beliefs, values, norms and attitudes present will begin to
emerge. This is the clay with which we must begin to shape that classroom
culture we imagine and just like an artist we must understand the material
we have to work with. This idea of working with the already present culture
of the class is critical, efforts to impose a culture on any group through
authority is doomed to fail. A culture of respect can not be constructed on
a foundation of fear.

The point at which we imagine we have understood the culture already at
play is also the ideal time to stop and look again. Culture is not easily
read and the danger at this early stage is that our initial impressions
will prove false. Sociologists understand the difficulties of reading a
culture form a privileged position of power or authority and who is a more
privileged reader of classroom culture than the teacher. Exploring what the
students have to say about the culture of the classroom and learning to
truly listen to what they have to say with both their voices and their
actions is critical. So to is understanding how the students read us by
what we say, what we value and what we do.

A good example of how our words, our valuing and our actions combine is
seen in the measures required if we desire to build growth mindsets. Carol
Dweck’s concept of a growth mindset is alluring and easy to get wrong.
Giving students positive feedback is not the answer. To be clear students
need to be told what they have done well but they must be shown with every
turning that their success is a result of their actions and of actions they
might control. This message is all too easily undone by kind words that
reinforce a belief that talent is a personal quality. If growth mindsets
are the goal, then having this entrenched in the lived culture of the
classroom through every action and reaction is a must. It is a difficult
goal but one worth the effort.

Talking about the two cultures of a classroom is one strategy that might
bring the desired results. If culture is partly what we name then doing
this allows discussion of those areas where the lived culture may not match
the imagined culture. If all members are able to describe the imagined
culture of the classroom and understand how making it real brings benefits
for their daily lives they are more likely to adopt behaviours that are
supportive of the desired model. This assumes rather optimistically that
our students are able to translate ideal values into behaviours. Where
students are able to identify the values but not the behaviours that
accompany them, opportunities for teacher intervention may be found.

Circle time is one effective strategy for discussions of culture. In
‘Circle Time’ the structure of the circle and its simple rules for open
sharing without negative reactions encourages students to speak about the
culture of the classroom. Deliberately making this discussion an agenda
item and taking time to share what culture is are important first steps.
Students too often see culture as something that happened long ago or is
something they were born into. Helping them to understand that culture is
the word we use to describe our day to day lives and interactions with each
other will help them to make sense of the topic. Letting them know that we
all have a place to play in constructing the culture of the classroom can
be a strategy for empowerment.

Although culture is complex it behoves us to take action to construct a
culture in our classrooms that is close to what we desire it to be.
Understanding that it is a construct of multiple actors is crucial and that
as such we must allow each to play a part. Many have said that culture
trumps policy and it is true too that culture will trump class rules. By
all means take time to imagine the ideal classroom culture but then take
the time and effort required to make it real for every member of the class,
for it to become a culture that all involved own and value.

 

By Nigel Coutts
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4 Ways To Bring Gamification of Education To Your Classroom

4 Ways To Bring Gamification of Education To Your Classroom | E-Capability | Scoop.it
Motivate your students and transform your classroom through the gamification of education. Here are 4 examples to get you started!

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This always has appealed to me engaging students this way 

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David W. Deeds's curator insight, February 17, 2015 7:33 AM

Thanks to Leigh Zeitz.

Jarrod Johnson's curator insight, February 18, 2015 4:38 PM

A fun way to engage your students

Ressources pour les cours d'anglais's curator insight, February 18, 2015 6:25 PM

Des idées simples à mettre en place comme remplacer les notes par des points d'expérience. la gamification permet de rebooster les élèves Mais ne remplace pas la pédagogie.

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Snapshot of vocational education and training in Australia: infographics

Snapshot of vocational education and training in Australia: infographics | E-Capability | Scoop.it
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For my VET fellow educators

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Content available under open licences (public domain, Creative Commons, etc)

Content available under open licences (public domain, Creative Commons, etc) | E-Capability | Scoop.it
This is a list of content (images, music, audio, video, clip art, text, etc) that is shared under open licensing models that give you some rights by default - eg. Creative Commons, Public Domain, NEALS, etc.

You'll find more information about open licensing at:

- Smartcopying - licensing and copyright advice for Australian schools and TAFEs
http://www.smartcopying.edu.au
- What is NEALS? (National Educational Access Licence for Schools)
http://www.smartcopying.edu.au/faqs/national-educati
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Content curators, remember your CC

 

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An Excellent Free Graphing Calculator for Your iPad - Desmos - iPad Apps for School

An Excellent Free Graphing Calculator for Your iPad - Desmos - iPad Apps for School | E-Capability | Scoop.it
"Desmos is a free graphing calculator that originally launched a few years ago as a web app before becoming an iPad app (the web app still works too). Recently, the Desmos iOS app was updated with some good features for students."
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For the Maths teachers and students.

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iOERs: A GUIDE TO FINDING, CHOOSING, AND USING WHAT’S OUT THERE TO TRANSFORM COLLEGE TEACHING - YouTube

iOERs: A GUIDE TO FINDING, CHOOSING, AND USING WHAT’S OUT THERE TO TRANSFORM COLLEGE TEACHING - YouTube | E-Capability | Scoop.it
This channel is a video companion to the book "Interactive Open Educational Resources." It has quick start videos that demonstrate how to quickly and effectively [locate the best online, free resources]."
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Maker Education and Social-Emotional Development

Maker Education and Social-Emotional Development | E-Capability | Scoop.it
Planning educational activities that incorporate social-emotional learning has broad benefits. Research shows that SEL can have a positive impact on school climate and promote a host of academic, social, and emotional benefits for students. Durlak, Weissberg et al.'s recent meta-analysis of 213 rigorous studies of SEL in schools indicates that students receiving quality SEL instruction…
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Tomorrow's Learning Today: 7 Shifts To Create A Classroom Of The Future

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Tomorrow's Learning Today: 7 Shifts To Create A Classroom Of The Future by Terry Heick For professional development around this idea o
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3D Printing Systems – 3D Printers in Education

3D Printing Systems   –  3D Printers in Education | E-Capability | Scoop.it
Why have 3D printers in the classroom? It is evident that 3D Printing has a place in the classroom and will continue to have a significant impact in education. The question one needs to ask, is
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25 Teaching Tools To Organize, Innovate, & Manage Your Classroom

25 Teaching Tools To Organize, Innovate, & Manage Your Classroom | E-Capability | Scoop.it
25 Teaching Tools To Organize, Innovate, & Manage Your Classroom
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Through Your Child’s Eyes

Through Your Child’s Eyes | E-Capability | Scoop.it
Through Your Child’s Eyes tool from Understood: Interactive media to understand what your child with a learning disability or attention issue goes through.
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ICT in Practice

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ICT in Practice is an online education and technology magazine created by educators. Articles and resources all about use of technology in education.

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We are informed by networking and sharing

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Just became aware of this site. Check it out! 

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Spy agency warns Australian business of G20-linked cyber attacks

Spy agency warns Australian business of G20-linked cyber attacks | E-Capability | Scoop.it
A top secret spy agency says Australian networks have become a more attractive target for cyber espionage.
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Dropbox and Microsoft form surprise partnership for Office integration

Dropbox and Microsoft form surprise partnership for Office integration | E-Capability | Scoop.it
Microsoft and Dropbox are teaming up today to more closely integrate Dropbox into Office. The surprise partnership will benefit Dropbox users who use Office across desktop, mobile, and the web as...
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The Educator’s Guide to Copyright, Fair Use, and Creative Commons - The Edublogger

The Educator’s Guide to Copyright, Fair Use, and Creative Commons - The Edublogger | E-Capability | Scoop.it
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Copyright is on my mind

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A guide to open educational resources : Jisc

A guide to open educational resources : Jisc | E-Capability | Scoop.it
Find out about open educational resources(OER)and the benefits that creating, sharing and using OER can provide. Improve the way that you create, share and use OER by using our guide.
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Networking and sharing for all.

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Turn a Photo Into Art With Pixlr Express for iPad - iPad Apps for School

Turn a Photo Into Art With Pixlr Express for iPad - iPad Apps for School | E-Capability | Scoop.it
"Pixlr Express Plus for iPad is a free app that provides intuitive tools for cropping your pictures, fixing the light balance, removing red eyes, and changing the contrast of your pictures. Pixlr Express Plus also provides some Instagram-like filters that you can apply to your images."
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