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Use blogging for reflection and assessment

Use blogging for reflection and assessment | E-learning | Scoop.it

When I introduced blogging to my high school physics students, they weren’t exactly ecstatic. I thought I had it all planned out perfectly. I outlined clear requirements. I had high expectations. At least once every two weeks, I asked them to post what they felt was the big idea for the unit we were studying — a reflection, a picture they took that demonstrated the concept, a link to a website that had more resources related to the unit or comments posted to blogs of other students.

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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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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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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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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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