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10 Proactive Steps to Reduce the Dangers of Student Social Media Use

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Educators and Parents Faced With More Social Media Based Issues With Their Young Students Every Year. A Proactive Stance can Help. This week I attended an
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12 Awesome Edtech Apps

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An edtech teaching toolkit should include reliable tools for your needs and circumstances. Whether that includes Kahoot!, Screencast-O-Matic, or Scratch, it's ultimately about your teacher-student relationship.
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Everything Teachers Need to Know about the Flipped Classroom ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

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Top 50 Sites and Apps of 2015 | Tech Learning

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The Resource for Education Technology Leaders focusing on K-12 educators. Site contains a Software Reviews Database, articles from Technology & Learning Magazine, articles from Educators in Educators' eZine, Event and Contest listings, Reader suggested Web sites, and weekly news updates on education technology leaders." />
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This just in! Read the draft of the new ISTE Standards for Students

This just in! Read the draft of the new ISTE Standards for Students | Sheila's Edtech | Scoop.it
Hundreds of educators gave us their ideas on what the new generation of ISTE Standards for Students should look like. Take a look at the draft and let us know what you think.
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A Handy Chart Featuring 75 Educational iPad Apps for Teachers ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

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Free Technology for Teachers: 10 Good Video Sources for Social Studies Teachers and Students

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Some of The Best Educational Android Apps for Teachers ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

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Top 50 Sites and Apps of 2015 | Tech Learning

Top 50 Sites and Apps of 2015 | Tech Learning | Sheila's Edtech | Scoop.it
The Resource for Education Technology Leaders focusing on K-12 educators. Site contains a Software Reviews Database, articles from Technology & Learning Magazine, articles from Educators in Educators' eZine, Event and Contest listings, Reader suggested Web sites, and weekly news updates on education technology leaders." />
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5 Excellent Apps for Creating Educational Stop Motion Videos ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

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7 Great Tools to Create Digital Mashups in Class ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

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A Very Good Guide to Help You Integrate Aurasma in Your Teaching ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

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7 Tips On Emotional Storytelling, Pixar-Style, From The Writer Of “Inside Out” And “The Good Dinosaur”

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Meg LeFauve wrote on both 2015 Pixar movies. Here she talks to Co.Create about developing characters, the power of vulnerability, and more.

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A New Wonderful Wheel on SAMR and Bloom's Digital Taxonomy ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

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8 Characteristics of the “Innovator’s Mindset”

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Recently I explored the notion of the “Innovator’s Mindset”, and have thought a lot about this idea.  As I look to write on the topic of “Leading Innovative Change” within schools, we are looking t…
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A Comprehensive Collection of Some of The Best Google Drive Add-ons for Teachers and Educators ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

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10 Great Twitter Tools and Extensions for Teachers ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

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Predictions for Education in 2016

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The start of a new year brings the perfect opportunity to consider the time
ahead and make some predictions for what might be the next big thing. With
change as inevitable as taxes a new year is likely to see new ideas bubble
to the fore and some old ways of doing things shift into the background.
The danger with making predictions is the unpredictable nature of change in
education coupled to the pace of technological evolution that continues to
bring new opportunities.

On the technology front much of what has been important to our
implementation of ICT should be disappearing from view. Creating Word
documents, PowerPoint presentations, webpages and even video will remain a
part of the educational landscape but the maturity and simplicity of modern
computing platforms and particularly tablet computing should mean these
skills require little direct attention in the classroom. What was once a
cutting edge use of technology can now be taken for granted. With this can
come a focus on how these and other technologies for presenting ideas can
empower learning. What should become more prevalent is an emphasis on
collaboration beyond the walls of the classroom. A spin off the increase in
‘connected educators’ will be the opportunities for global collaborations
between classes. For this to happen schools will need to look to the
potential for sharing of ideas across cultural boundaries and with flexible
approaches to time and place of learning.

With the increased popularity of ‘MakerSpaces’ and an understanding of the
learning power that making unlocks this is a trend that is set to go
mainstream. With close connections to creativity and innovation making
allows students to realise their ideas in three-dimensional realities and
engage with a whole new set of problem solving opportunities. Making
supports integrated problem based learning scenarios where students combine
STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art & mathematics) with their
imagined solutions to real world needs. The ‘MakerSpace’ is core to this
approach as it is the place that unlocks the imagination and encourages
exploration and play. 

The modern ‘MakerSpace’ will be nothing like the old wood-shops many of us
remember. Making today is a blend of hands-on tooling with digital
production methods enabled by 3D Printing and CNC devices. 3D printing has
been a growth area for a number of years now but until recently cost was
inhibitive and the machines required a dedicated user to keep things on
track. With costs stabilising at an affordable level and sophistication
increasing to a point where machines can be described as reliable 3D
printing is another trend that should be mainstream by the end of 2016.
What we need now is an affordable option for laser cutting to emerge in a
form suitable for use in schools. Current costs for this sort of machinery
puts it out of reach of all but large secondary schools, lower costs could
put this on the budgets of primary schools and increase the size of the
market and thus bring further cost reductions.

Growth Mindsets has emerged in the past two years as a significant trend
and one that continues to grow favour. The danger is that it is a seemingly
simple concept that hides degrees of complexity. It is not enough to say a
school is going to develop a culture that promotes growth mindsets and then
do little other than put up the posters. Understanding the power of the
subtle messages we send through our feedback, reporting measures,
assessments and praise takes time and careful consideration but are
essential elements of a culture that genuinely supports a growth mindset.
We need to raise awareness of how our thinking about our success and
failure impacts our future learning. We are also seeing increased
discussion of ‘Mindfulness’ as a strategy for reflection and
self-awareness. Mindfulness and Growth Mindsets could become a merged field
during 2016 as individuals seek to better understand how their mental
states can be influenced and shaped by the way we think about our
thinking. 

Thinking about our thinking or metacognition is by no means new and yet
despite years of good research into the benefits of learning to think the
evidence is that we continue to have deficient models for thinking. Perhaps
a personal hope is that in 2016 thinking gains more of a focus in schools
and we begin to aim at producing students who are intelligent as described
by Jean Piaget because they 'know what to do when they don’t know what to
do’. This will require attention to teaching students more than just
content but the skills and dispositions required to do something useful
with what they know. Maybe 2016 will be the year when we realise that
filling the minds of young people’s heads with information they can readily
locate using the devices they carry with them everywhere is not an
efficient use of our time or theirs and we begin to focus on what can be
done with the knowledge we have ready access to. Why teach thinking?

2016 is likely to be the year where ‘Innovation’ becomes the new buzz word.
Schools have been innovative for years now but in the past that innovation
was about what the teachers and faculty did. Innovative schools were the
ones that tried new ideas and emerging technologies to achieve largely the
same goals traditional schools were achieving. Now ‘Innovation’ moves from
being about how we teach to becoming what we teach. Thanks to Sir Ken
Robinson creativity has been on the agenda for some time now but it was an
idea that often needed some clarification as to what it meant. Combine
creativity (the development of ideas in our imagination) with innovation
(the implementation of ideas into real solutions) and students have a
process for problem finding and solving that can be implemented beyond
their school years. All this creative innovation is going to need a process
to help students track their progress and ‘Design Thinking’ is likely to
emerge as the preferred structure for this sort of thinking.

As we continue to develop our understanding of how we learn. Informed by
brain science we are moving towards a point in time where we are able to
base our teaching on a clear and accurate picture of how the brain
functions for learning. With an awareness of neural diversity and cognitive
architecture brain science offers an opportunity to bring a new level of
scientific efficiency to our teaching that should allow all students to
reach their potential. 2016 is not likely to be the year where we gain and
implement perfect knowledge of how we learn but a growth in teacher and
student awareness of the factors behind our learning should help.

by Nigel Coutts
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A Collection of Good Teacher-recommended Digital Storybooks ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

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A New Interesting App to Help Kids Learn Coding Through Creating Games and Interactive Stories ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

A New Interesting App to Help Kids Learn Coding Through Creating Games and Interactive Stories ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Sheila's Edtech | Scoop.it
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7 Wonderful YouTube Channels for Motivational Videos to Use in Class ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

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5 Google Drive Search Tips Every Teacher Should Know about ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

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10 New Educational Tools for Teachers ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

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10 engaging Google Drawings activities for classes

10 engaging Google Drawings activities for classes | Sheila's Edtech | Scoop.it
Sometimes, a linear document just won't do. Students need room to move things around and get messy. Here are 10 Google Drawings activities to do that.
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