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Excellent Websites for iPads in the Classroom

Excellent Websites for iPads in the Classroom | E-learning | Scoop.it

iPads continue to be important in K-12 education even with the growth of Chromebooks. Chromebooks are very new, so time will tell.

Some schools have a bring your own device policy, but that comes with a host of issues.  A ton of schools have implemented successful 1:1 programs.  And 1:1 certainly is not new, but has become more successful with iPads.

Learning should always be the focus and the device is just the conduit. But,  iPads have had a positive impact on student engagement in and out of the classroom. When iPads are integrated w, the outcomes can be explementary.


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Five Ways an Underperforming School Created a Model Arts and Tech Program

Five Ways an Underperforming School Created a Model Arts and Tech Program | E-learning | Scoop.it
Back in 1997 when I started working at Balboa High School in San Francisco, I had a total annual budget of $150 to design and teach my first art class. Since then, my colleagues and I have had to work hard and be creative to expand our programs and provide our students with a strong creative arts ed
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Poking Holes in Your Pockets of Innovation - A.J. JULIANI

Poking Holes in Your Pockets of Innovation - A.J. JULIANI | E-learning | Scoop.it

Many of you are probably nodding in agreement right now. Maybe you’ve been in this situation. Maybe you’ve been one of the teachers or leaders in the pockets of innovation. In fact, the pockets of innovation get a ton of praise and accolades from school leaders. They are often shared with the parents and community. The students in these pockets receive the benefit of having their work connected to an audience. The teachers in these pockets tend to get new opportunities for professional growth, which in turn pushes them to continually innovate in their classroom. The pocket life, is the good life.

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Attendance Sorter - Google Sheets add-on

Attendance Sorter - Google Sheets add-on | E-learning | Scoop.it
View attendance in a neat, compact, easy to understand format with automatic data sorting.
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I know many of you use TA$$ or some other school provided app to collect attendance. This is about presenting data in a visual format - one of the elements of the Digital Technologies Curriculum. Dig a little deeper!
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The Maker Movement Isn't Just About Making and Electronics: EdSurge Talks to MIT's Mitch Resnick 

The Maker Movement Isn't Just About Making and Electronics: EdSurge Talks to MIT's Mitch Resnick  | E-learning | Scoop.it

Want to hear the full interview? Check out this EdSurge On Air podcast extra.
Mitchel Resnick (or Mitch, for short) knows his making—from a lot of different angles. And he’s not too bought into the whole “electronics and gadgets” side of the maker movement.Resnick has been in this business for more than 30 years, and it’s safe to say that he’s seen the maker movement—and the state of STEM education, in general—go through its phases, its ups and downs.

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Ten things every educator should know about their iPad

Ten things every educator should know about their iPad | E-learning | Scoop.it

This popular post originated on my Staffrm account but I thought I’d update it a bit and transfer it to my own site, so here it is… Ten things every educator should know about their iPad…

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A Principal's Reflections: Rigor, Relevance and Transformation at the Ground Level

A Principal's Reflections: Rigor, Relevance and Transformation at the Ground Level | E-learning | Scoop.it
We put Rigor and Relevance in the foreground, along with several other initiatives. By committing to systematic integration of the model, we transformed the culture, the conversation, as well as the results in our district. Making our classrooms truly student-centered and relevant – thereby making real rigor possible – has allowed us to shape common beliefs for student success. Here’s a little more about several key elements of our restructuring and their application of the Framework.
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Eye Candy and Secret Sauce: Ten Tips for Launching a School Maker Faire

Eye Candy and Secret Sauce: Ten Tips for Launching a School Maker Faire | E-learning | Scoop.it
It’s Maker Faire season for the Greatest Show (& Tell) on Earth. Maker Faire is a place to show what we’ve made and to share what we’ve learned with others—and schools across the globe have been eager to bring this celebration of invention, creativity, and resourcefulness to their campuses. So i
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Brainstorming Race - Google Docs add-on

Brainstorming Race - Google Docs add-on | E-learning | Scoop.it
This is a brainstorming tool based on Google Docs and Forms.
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What a great way to motivate kids to quickly get their ideas out, and down on paper!!
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7 Ways to Lead People Who Don’t Want to Be Led

7 Ways to Lead People Who Don’t Want to Be Led | E-learning | Scoop.it

Leadership used to be a top-down, pyramid-style structure. The journey to the top was clearly marked. A student graduates college, finds an entry-level job sorting mail or going on coffee runs. They pay their dues, work their way up and in 15 or so years, they’re the ones ordering the coffee. Today the leadership model resembles something like herding cats. People are no longer OK with the status quo and with paying dues. They want their opinions valued and their contributions celebrated. They want to change the company with their ideas—not 15 years in the future but now.

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As teachers, we're called on to lead all day every day. Our student, the teachers we teach with. And AITSL places emphasis on our ability to lead! If it can have positive influence on the future of our kids, it's gotta be worth looking into!!
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Seven Ways Schools Can Foster Original Thinking in Students

Seven Ways Schools Can Foster Original Thinking in Students | E-learning | Scoop.it
My son doesn’t conform to the unspoken rules of the world. He asks too many questions. He daydreams. He makes things. But the truth is, my son isn’t unusual. He isn’t an outlier. See, every kid is weird. Every child starts out as an original thinker, but somehow along the way, so many of them learn to be compliant. They stop making. They stop dreaming. They stop asking hard questions. Some of this is due to social pressure. Some of this is due to schooling.
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Teachers are at the forefront of harnessing a conducive learning environment that will foster critical thinking amongst learners.
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What to Look Out For at Maker Faire and National Week of Making

What to Look Out For at Maker Faire and National Week of Making | E-learning | Scoop.it

Maker Faire Bay Area, the biggest Maker Faire in the country, is upon us! Teachers, students, companies and enthusiastic creators will descend on San Mateo, CA this weekend for the world’s biggest showcase of ingenuity and weirdness.It’s not all flash and flaming octopi, though. There’s some learning to be shared amongst the gadgetry and abundant opportunities to incorporate new tools and making activities into classrooms and playtime.

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There's plenty of inspiration in this story for those teachers who want to make the move into MakerSpace as part of their curriculum or as an extra curricula activity.
Take the good bits - and leave the rest!!
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How gamification is driving learning space design

How gamification is driving learning space design | E-learning | Scoop.it
With the advent of gamification as a legitimate tool for engagement, campuses are re-imagining how learning spaces reflect new instructional approaches.
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11 Underlying Assumptions Of Digital Literacy

11 Underlying Assumptions Of Digital Literacy | E-learning | Scoop.it

In understanding the shift from literacy to digital literacy–or rather to understand them both in their own native contexts–it may help to take a look at the underlying assumptions of digital literacy. This means looking at what’s changing, why it’s changing, and what that means for education.


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Interesting article!!
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Alternatives to Student Presentations - Teacher Tech

Alternatives to Student Presentations - Teacher Tech | E-learning | Scoop.it

Let’s keep things interesting and mix things up! I’m a fan of focusing on the learning objective, not the assignment. Providing students choices for ways they can demonstrate their learning definitely keeps things interesting!! When we ask students to “create a presentation” or “make a brochure” you can almost hear the groaning in the room since they have made so many of them. I received a tweet asking for ideas for alternatives. A lot of great suggestions followed…

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Programming a Quiz in Scratch Years 3 and 4

An example video from our Primary Computing Guide App www.iLearn2.co.uk

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A pretty good guide for middle school teachers using the Digital Technologies Curriculum. Use it to help you cement the concepts, then get kids engaged in real problem solving and following the Computational Thinking model. Never give it to your kids - the value of copying code is quite limited!
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HyperDoc Hangouts ON AIR: Episode #3 - Google+

HyperDoc Hangouts ON AIR: Episode #3 - Google+ | E-learning | Scoop.it
How are you using technology in your classroom? Want to truly redefine the student learning experience and shift your teaching practice? HyperDocs could be the answer you are looking for. A digital tool that replaces the worksheet method of delivering instruction, HyperDocs are a way to package web tools that can be used to transform your lessons into interactive, multi-layered experiences for students.

During this hangout, we have a very special guest educator, middle school history teacher and GAFE expert trainer, Kendra Tyler/@ktylercuesd. She is sharing her HyperDoc story about how she has integrated HyperDocs into her classroom. You won't want to miss seeing all the amazing resources she is sharing!
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Perseverance... in small children. The beginning of our "Breakout Story."

Perseverance... in small children. The beginning of our "Breakout Story." | E-learning | Scoop.it

I have watched, over the course of this past week, several students "find" their special skills and aptitudes in the various clues laid out in Breakout EDU games. Children have little opportunity to work together towards a common goal in the classroom.

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Guided Notes in Google Classroom

Guided Notes in Google Classroom | E-learning | Scoop.it

What is the most difficult classroom management challenge? Getting students to quietly listen to the teacher for long periods of time. How can we differentiate, let students work at their own pace, be student-centered, and make classroom management easier? Stop lecturing. Google Classroom lets teachers deliver content without speaking to the whole class while still using existing resources. Here are 4 steps to making this work in Google Classroom:

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Why Revise? Because You Have an Authentic Audience

Why Revise? Because You Have an Authentic Audience | E-learning | Scoop.it
Motivate students to revise their writing through self-publishing fiction, creating podcasts and YouTube videos, writing blogs, corresponding with others, and anything else for an authentic audience.
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The questions that matter most

The questions that matter most | E-learning | Scoop.it

As teachers we face numerous challenges as we manage our duties and strive to provide our students with the best opportunities to learn and realise their potential within a safe and supportive environment. 
Take questioning as an example of a piece of our teaching that we do every day but that can require a subtlety of detail that can be skipped within a busy lesson. Begin by considering who is asking the questions? Is it predominantly the teacher asking students questions to test their knowledge or recall? Is it students asking questions to clarify information?  

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I don't often share stories that are "old". But questions (particularly good questions) are at the heart of good teaching and learning.
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How to Make Assessment Meaningful this School Year

How to Make Assessment Meaningful this School Year | E-learning | Scoop.it
Here are the top 3 things I learned about how teachers can make assessment more meaningful this school year
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My Desk-Free, Student-First Classroom

My Desk-Free, Student-First Classroom - Bright - Medium

I have been teaching for sixteen years and I have seen remarkable changes in the classroom. I’ve seen chalkboards change to whiteboards, and whiteboards change to interactive touch screens. Desktops have been replaced with laptops, which have now morphed into Chromebooks. But recent changes in education have, for the most part, been limited to tangible items. What hasn’t been so quick to change is teachers’ mindsets in regards to the physical makeup of the classroom. I would dare say that the majority of teachers utilize desks the in the same manner that they did when they first started teaching.

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Amateur Scientists Will Love Science Journal, Google's New App 

Amateur Scientists Will Love Science Journal, Google's New App  | E-learning | Scoop.it
So many of your phones sensors are hidden or hard to access, but Science Journal, the new Android App from Google, makes it easy to use them.
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Online Professional Development

Online Professional Development | E-learning | Scoop.it
Ahead of the official launch of our Resource Library‘s Professional Development category in fall 2016, we are excited to offer a preview of three professional development modules around maker education. Each module is centered around a video and contains prompts to consider and comment on in the Professional Development section of our online Google+ community and on Twitter with #makered and @MakerEdOrg.
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The importance of Information and communication technology (ICT) in School

The importance of Information and communication technology (ICT) in School | E-learning | Scoop.it

 The internet has become an integral part of every individual’s life.  Even in school, the use of internet has increased at an alarming rate. ICT-Information and communication Technology has given wings to empower the use of technology related activities…Read more ›

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