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10 Things Google Apps For Education Replaces

10 Things Google Apps For Education Replaces | E-learning | Scoop.it

It's been three years since I started using Google Docs, and it's relieving to reflect on how much more productive I am now that Google Apps are my go to for so many daily routines.

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Empower your learners – 9 reasons to try design thinking in education

Empower your learners – 9 reasons to try design thinking in education | E-learning | Scoop.it

Students can be amazing problem solvers – no matter their age. I remember a second-grader I taught many years ago. Some days it was a struggle to get him to follow the most basic classroom rules, but he always rose to the challenge when he saw a big issue that needed to be addressed.


Here’s just one example: after a class discussion about litter on the playground, all the other kids agreed to be more careful in the future. But him? With no encouragement from me, he founded an environment club and recruited his classmates. They designed posters that encouraged everyone to take better care of our spaces. He even came up with a new process for making sure the garbage cans were where they needed to be


As design thinking has become a hot topic in education, I think of him often. Without being taught to do so, he defined a problem, came up with solutions and adjusted his approach. And he got most of the class to buy in, turning them into anti-litter crusaders who weren’t afraid to (politely) ask the older kids to do their part.


I only wish I had used this approach more broadly in my classroom. Here are 9 reasons to try design thinking in education:


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Video and Professional Development: The Power of Observation

Video and Professional Development: The Power of Observation | E-learning | Scoop.it
Video cameras in the classroom? Teachers gladly contribute to each other's PD in a culture of safe sharing, support for best efforts, and collaborative growth mindset.
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If having other teachers in your room seems daunting, the use of Swivl could be an unobtrusive way to capture your teaching moments, for later review.
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The Schoenblog: What Students Think About #GeniusHour Part 2: Data

The Schoenblog: What Students Think About #GeniusHour Part 2: Data | E-learning | Scoop.it
Last week, I wrote about my students’ written reflections and self-evaluations for their #GeniusHour projects. Students evaluated themselves on a rubric and answered a series of questions examining their growth, process, and project. Read #GeniusHour: What Students Think to learn all about students’ perspectives on passion-based learning.
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Tinkercad - Create 3D digital designs with online CAD

Tinkercad - Create 3D digital designs with online CAD | E-learning | Scoop.it
Tinkercad is an easy-to-use 3D CAD design tool. Quickly turn your idea into a CAD model for a 3D printer with Tinkercad.

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Let's Play - Students Collaborating on the Same Doc - Teacher Tech

Let's Play - Students Collaborating on the Same Doc - Teacher Tech | E-learning | Scoop.it

One of the coolest things about Google Docs is the ability to be on the same document at the same time. This allows students to work together, peer evaluate and play games! It can be a little tricky for students to get on the same document, especially littles who may struggle with entering in email addresses.

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Box Breakout: Making Makes a Difference

Box Breakout: Making Makes a Difference | E-learning | Scoop.it
It is amazing what happens when kids start using their creativity and making something related to their learning. I had a bit of an epiphany today as I was responding to some questions a former student was asking as part of her Intro to Education class that requires 15 hours of teacher observation. The questions were basic questions, but they were triggering reflection while I was standing in my classroom watching my kids work.
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Rubik's Cube: A question, waiting to be answered

Rubik's cube is more than a puzzle- it's a question waiting to be answered. And when the right person finds the right question, it can set them on a journey to change the world. We salute Ernő Rubik and everyone helping young minds find the questions that challenge, excite, and let them see the world in a new way.

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Would I want my daughter to become a teacher?

Would I want my daughter to become a teacher? | E-learning | Scoop.it

But if she chooses teaching as a profession . . . It will break her heart. She will weep over stories of kids that she has grown to love. But those moments will make her more compassionate and empathetic. She will be stretched psychologically. She might yell at her students. But when she does, she will learn humility. She will learn what it means to be broken in a good way and then to grow as a person and as a teacher. She will be pushed mentally.

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13 Tips and Tricks for Virtual Field Trips with Google Hangouts - Class Tech Tips

13 Tips and Tricks for Virtual Field Trips with Google Hangouts - Class Tech Tips | E-learning | Scoop.it

Earlier this month I hosted a webinar on my favorite tips and tricks for virtual field trips. These ideas work well with video conferencing services like Google Hangout, Skype and Facetime. Virtual field trips are great options when your destination is logistically or financially challenging. With a Google Hangout you can beam into different locations or bring a guest visitor to speak to your class. Students can go on a tour of a new place when someone hosts a GHO using their mobile device or interview experts to learn more about a topic – the possibilities are endless!

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Mark Cuban explains why he plays 'Minecraft' with his kids

Mark Cuban explains why he plays 'Minecraft' with his kids | E-learning | Scoop.it

This week saw the unveiling of “Dallas Mavericks World,” a partnership with the mega-popular Minecraft server Mineplex that will see the NBA team construct a block-ified scale model of its home American Airlines Center arena. Minecraft, the smash-hit building game that Microsoft acquired for $2.5 billion in 2014, was a natural home for the Mavericks, team owner and “Shark Tank” investor Mark Cuban tells Business Insider.

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TeachWithMovies: Fun Free Lesson Plans for All Grades, Many Subjects

TeachWithMovies: Fun Free Lesson Plans for All Grades, Many Subjects | E-learning | Scoop.it
Do you sometimes find yourself thinking about how you can spice up a lesson with some engaging visuals, a pop culture reference, some humor or drama, or something else that gives it that extra “pop!”? Or … have you ever been watching a good movie and thought, “Wow! This totally relates to one of my lessons”?

Well if you’ve experienced either of these notions, this site is for you (and even if you haven’t, you’ll probably want to check it out anyway).

TeachWithMovies.org offers a collection of lesson plans and curriculum materials using movies to inspire, inform and motivate your students. There are subject-specific sections for English, Social Studies, Sciences, and Other Subjects (which include Math, Health, Music, and numerous other subjects). These subject areas are often broken down into sub-categories (for example, Social Sciences is broke down into US History, World History, and Civics).

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Who Is Your Warm Demander Role Model?

Who Is Your Warm Demander Role Model? | E-learning | Scoop.it
When encouraging a student to be his or her best, channel the pop culture figure who best embodies your resolve and respect, whether it's Coach Carter or Yoda.
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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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HyperDoc Hangouts ON AIR: Episode #4 - Google+

HyperDoc Hangouts ON AIR: Episode #4 - 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, TOSA, Edtech Specialist, GAFE expert trainer, and Twitter Queen Karly Moura/@KarlyMoura. 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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How to Get Started Using Design Thinking in the Classroom - A.J. JULIANI

How to Get Started Using Design Thinking in the Classroom - A.J. JULIANI | E-learning | Scoop.it

When John and I began writing this book, we started with a manifesto about our creative beliefs. But, the true message of the book is a call to action. We both know how difficult it is to be creative as a teacher and support creativity in our students most of the time in school. We’ve lived the life as teachers swamped by paperwork, state mandated testing and reporting, and a pushed to teach everything “the same way” as the teacher down the hall. If teaching was once considered an art, it’s now often compared to business terms… We wrote this book because design thinking helped both of us structure creative work in our classrooms, while allowing the art of teaching to flourish in our own professional practice.

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Project-Based Learning Professional Development (part 3): The Workshop Model - Cooper on Curriculum

Project-Based Learning Professional Development (part 3): The Workshop Model - Cooper on Curriculum | E-learning | Scoop.it
This post is the final of three installments that describe the three project-based learning (PBL) professional development sessions I facilitated for our Innovate Salisbury team, a team of 15 teachers engaging with building leaders, district leaders, and other experts/thought leaders to help shape the vision for teaching and learning in our classrooms…To read more about …
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Four Tools to Merge the Digital and Physical in Your Maker Classroom 

Four Tools to Merge the Digital and Physical in Your Maker Classroom  | E-learning | Scoop.it

It’s a new world: the digital and tangible are merging, and educators need to help students navigate the changing terrain. The solution? Let them be Makers.I’ve been involved in digital learning and education technology for more than 30 years, and the burgeoning attempt to merge the digital and physical worlds has been one of the most interesting aspects of the evolution of EdTech to date.

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The Creative Classroom: Why We Must Teach With Imagination

The Creative Classroom: Why We Must Teach With Imagination | E-learning | Scoop.it
Let's have a look at some of the actions that make up a creative classroom, a place where teaching and learning comes from the imagination.
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Bringing “Maker Ideas” into Learning

Bringing “Maker Ideas” into Learning | E-learning | 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.



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Easily Turn Google Spreadsheets into Flashcards and Other Cool Stuff

Easily Turn Google Spreadsheets into Flashcards and Other Cool Stuff | E-learning | Scoop.it
Easily turn a Google™ Spreadsheet into a Set of Online Flashcards and Other Cool Stuff:
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I think this will become HUGE!!!! Watch this space!
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Comics for Character Education using StoryboardThat

Comics for Character Education using StoryboardThat | E-learning | Scoop.it

There are many ways that comics are beneficial to students and teachers alike. Reading and creating comics each have their own benefits and can really make a difference in understanding story structure, in decoding words, in writing dialogue, and in so many other ways. Comics are a great way of engaging students about various topics. Character Education is one way that really shines from the use of comics.

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For students, the iPad is the ultimate computer - @Mashable

For students, the iPad is the ultimate computer - @Mashable | E-learning | Scoop.it
BROOKLYN, New York – I’m sitting on the floor at The Academy of Talented Scholars (PS 682) in Bensonhurst, watching kindergarteners create robots on an iPad.

It’s one of the cutest things I’ve ever seen, and I don’t even like children.

The exercise is part of the curriculum led by co-teachers Stacy Butsikares and Allison Bookbinder, focused on helping the 5- and 6-year-old students come up with ways to solve problems.

The first step is to identify a problem happening in the school. The kindergarteners come up with ideas like kids horsing around in the lunch line, or not throwing trash away properly, or making too much noise at recess. Students are instructed to create a robot that could solve the problem, and draw the robot on a piece of paper.

Once the robot is sketched out, the real fun begins. Using the app The Robot Factory, these pint-sized problem-solvers bring their robot ideas to life.

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the iPad is the perfect device for children because it’s tailor-made for the visual, touch-centric nature of a drag-and-drop programming interface.
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Hacking Docs: Preformatting Student Worksheets

Hacking Docs: Preformatting Student Worksheets | E-learning | Scoop.it
If I push out a Google Doc worksheet to my students, and they complete it with their own writing, is there an easy way for me to see what they wrote versus my original questions? 
That is a reasonable question. As a teacher you want to assess student work thoroughly and accurately, but also quickly. Anything that helps speed up that process means more time to use for planning creative activities, working directly with students, getting professional development, and more.
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Why 'Maker Faires' Are So Important For Our Kids

Why 'Maker Faires' Are So Important For Our Kids | E-learning | Scoop.it

I’ve long been following the Maker Movement as a part of my overall interest in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education. These shows have become increasingly important as a means to introduce kids to these fields. At Maker Faires, children get hands-on experience with electronic gadgets, from programming to soldering. Kids can play with robotic kits, try building a drone and generally tinker with all sorts of gizmos.

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Bring the world’s changing forests inside the classroom

Bring the world’s changing forests inside the classroom | E-learning | Scoop.it
Forests are the mighty lungs of our planet. They absorb carbon dioxide, and emit oxygen on which all people and animals on Earth rely. For the sake of our future, it is critical that all people, including the next generation, understand our global forests in order to manage them sustainably. Today, Science in the Classroom, Dr. Matt Hansen of the University of Maryland, and Google Earth Engine are presenting Global Forest Change Explorer to help engage young people in forest conservation.
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