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GoNoodle

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Get your kids moving with GoNoodle activities.
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Free Technology for Teachers: Compare & Contrast Map - A Writing Template for Elementary School Students

Free Technology for Teachers: Compare & Contrast Map - A Writing Template for Elementary School Students | EdTech Footenotes | Scoop.it
Read Write Think is a great place to find story starters and interactive writing templates. A good example of that is found on Read Write Think's Compare & Contrast Map.

The Compare & Contrast Map is a template for creating a comparative essay. Using the template students are guided through writing three styles of comparison essays. To get started students identify two things that they wish to compare and or contrast. Then they choose if they want to write a "whole to whole" essay, a "similarities to differences" essay, or a "point to point" essay. Whichever essay type they choose, students are guided through the types of information they should put in each part of their essays. When their essays are complete students can share them via email or print them.

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What does research really say about iPads in the classroom?

What does research really say about iPads in the classroom? | EdTech Footenotes | Scoop.it
Two educators put the research to the test. When (and how) are iPads in the classroom most effective?
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Gilles Boulanger's curator insight, May 17, 8:19 AM
Même si le texte est en anglais, l'étude mentionnée est intéressante sur l'impact d'utilisation d'un iPad en classe.
Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, May 17, 11:06 AM
Good teachers use tools wisely and understand that what works well in one classroom may not elsewhere. They understand that digital technology is changing so rapidly and there are commercial interests at play that it is important to learn skills rather than just use tools blindly. Teachers perform as craftspeople who use their tools wisely and teach with them and through them.
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How To Teach Children That Failure Is The Secret To Success - NPR

How To Teach Children That Failure Is The Secret To Success - NPR | EdTech Footenotes | Scoop.it
Is failure a positive opportunity to learn and grow, or is it a negative experience that hinders success? How parents answer that question has a big influence on how much children think they can improve their intelligence through hard work, a study says.

"Parents are a really critical force in child development when you think about how motivation and mindsets develop," says Kyla Haimovitz, a professor of psychology at Stanford University. She coauthored the study, published in Psychological Science with colleague Carol Dweck, who pioneered research on mindsets. "Parents have this powerful effect really early on and throughout childhood to send messages about what is failure, how to respond to it."

Although there's been a lot of research on how these forces play out, relatively little looks at what parents can do to motivate their kids in school, Haimovitz says. This study begins filling that gap.

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Technical Support Service 1-800-439-2178 Hp, Dell and other brands's curator insight, May 18, 5:58 AM
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Helen Teague's curator insight, May 22, 6:55 AM
"Parents are a really critical force in child development when you think about how motivation and mindsets develop," says Kyla Haimovitz, a professor of psychology at Stanford University.
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10 phrases you hear in resilient families: are you using them? - Kidspot

10 phrases you hear in resilient families: are you using them? - Kidspot | EdTech Footenotes | Scoop.it

Michael Grose's latest research reveals ten of the most common phrases you'll hear in a resilient family. Are they things you say at your house?  Or in your classroom?

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Popularity of Ed Tech Not Necessarily Linked to Products' Impact

Popularity of Ed Tech Not Necessarily Linked to Products' Impact | EdTech Footenotes | Scoop.it
Digital learning tools that don't disrupt the educational status quo tend to be the most widely adopted, despite their limited impact on student learning, a study finds.
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22 new reports of four different K-8 math series released today! 

22 new reports of four different K-8 math series released today!  | EdTech Footenotes | Scoop.it
Edreports.org is an independent nonprofit designed to improve K-12 education. Their free reviews focus on alignment to the Common Core and other indicators of high quality as recommended by educators

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How the World Uses Twitter [Infographic]

How the World Uses Twitter [Infographic] | EdTech Footenotes | Scoop.it

A staggering 500 million tweets are sent per day, and 80% of active users are on mobile.

Some 302 million people actively use Twitter—in myriad ways. Here are some stats about Twitter use around the globe, according to HubSpot.


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Geeky-cool stuff! Thanks to Philippe Trebaul.

donhornsby's curator insight, May 3, 10:48 AM
Interesting infographic...
Craig Broadbent's curator insight, May 3, 8:12 PM
If you are looking to use twitter to drive business then this info is important!
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Seesaw - Student Driven Digital Portfolios

Seesaw - Student Driven Digital Portfolios | EdTech Footenotes | Scoop.it
Seesaw - Student Driven Digital Portfolios. For iOS, Android, Chromebooks
and Computers with Chrome or Firefox. Free for teachers!
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The 2016 Honor Roll: EdTech’s Must-Read K-12 IT Blogs

The 2016 Honor Roll: EdTech’s Must-Read K-12 IT Blogs | EdTech Footenotes | Scoop.it
Looking for direction in the ever-expanding world of education technology?

You don't have to look hard to find education bloggers. But who are the true trend setters? EdTech is proud to spotlight some of the education industry’s most influential thought-leaders in our latest crop of the top K-12 IT bloggers.

These 50 blogs include veterans from years past, fresh picks from our editorial staff and nominations from our readers. This year, we've tried something new — dividing each blog into one of four categories to focus on where the bloggers’ expertise lies.

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Coding Allows Learning Disabled Students to Shine

Coding Allows Learning Disabled Students to Shine | EdTech Footenotes | Scoop.it
Learning to code is become increasingly prevalent in school curriculum’s. From after-school clubs to dedicated class periods, coding and computer science curriculum are popping up in schools worldwide.

One place surprising place where coding is also increasingly being used is in programs for students with learning disabilities.

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Ilprof Reina's curator insight, April 26, 4:17 PM
L'idea che il coding possa aiutare i ragazzi con DSA sul fronte dell'autostima, la capacità di risolvere i problemi, di organizzarsi e di lavorare in team apre delle prospettive interessanti che potrebbero portare ad una maggiore attenzione dei docenti a questo strumento didattico
malek's curator insight, April 26, 5:33 PM

I stand for special need children, coding is a great display of the great role of teachers 

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You Don't Need a Makerspace to Have a Space for Makers - John Spencer

You Don't Need a Makerspace to Have a Space for Makers - John Spencer | EdTech Footenotes | Scoop.it
When I was a kid, my brother and I built a "roller coaster" in the backyard with a wagon, some scraps of wood, and tons of pipes. Was it safe? Probably not. Did it ever work properly? Not really. But it didn't matter. We were makers. 

In the fourth grade, I wrote my first "novel." It was a derivative mess with flat characters and a predictable plot. I'm pretty sure I based it on what I'd seen on Scooby Doo. But it didn't matter. I was a maker. 

We created our own "music studio," where we recorded sounds on layers of tapes to create our own beats. We made our instruments with rubber bands and buckets and anything else we could find that sounded cool. Did it sound any good? Probably not. But it didn't matter. We were makers. 

That was my childhood. Whether we were designing baseball stadiums, building structures or writing stories, we spent hours making stuff. We were designing, tinkering, building, tweaking. We were makers.

But here's the thing: we didn't need a maker space to make it happen. All we needed was a little freedom, some encouragement, and a few random supplies. And time. Tons and tons of time.

See, I love makerspaces. I'm excited about the new makerspace our engineering department is building at the university where I work. I love visiting STEM labs and STEAM labs (or, if you drop the science from it, a MEAT Lab). However, I never want students to believe that making must be confined to a specific space. I never want teachers to believe that a fancy makerspace is somehow a prerequisite for having a creative classroom.

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Why We Need Creative Classrooms (A Manifesto) - A.J. JULIANI

Why We Need Creative Classrooms (A Manifesto) - A.J. JULIANI | EdTech Footenotes | Scoop.it
A little over a year ago, John Spencer and I tossed around an idea for a book called The Creative Classroom.  Given our combined experience with design thinking (as educators, leaders, and people who actively engage in creative work), we planned out a solid book on the topic. We wrote the kind of book we thought education publishers would want us to submit. It was decent. It was informative. But then Dave Burgess contacted us and said, “I’m not interested in an education book. I’m interested in a manifesto. I’m interested in a bold statement telling the world the heart and soul of what you are about.”

Dave encouraged us to make this book our own – to write the kind of book that we would have wanted to read as teachers. He also wanted this book to be fully ours, including John’s sketches throughout and on the design of the cover. But more importantly, he encouraged us to abandon the idea of writing a book we were “supposed” to write and instead write the book we felt we needed to write.

And that’s exactly what we did. John and I tossed the outline. In fact, we scrapped the entire first draft. We focused on a single idea: that every child deserves a creative classroom and that design thinking can help make that happen in every classroom with every child. We dove into research. We asked hard questions. We interviewed tons of teachers doing amazing things. We fine-tuned the LAUNCH Cycle, adding some key components often missing in design thinking. We ended up with the book that needed to be written and something I am truly proud of authoring with John:

LAUNCH: Using Design Thinking to Boost Creativity and Bring Out the Maker in Every Student.

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The Maker Movement Isn't Just About Making and Electronics: EdSurge Talks to MIT's Mitch Resnick (EdSurge News)

The Maker Movement Isn't Just About Making and Electronics: EdSurge Talks to MIT's Mitch Resnick (EdSurge News) | EdTech Footenotes | Scoop.it
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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. He’s currently the LEGO Papert Professor of Learning Research and head of the Lifelong Kindergarten group at the MIT Media Lab, where he and his team have developed products familiar to many a science educator: the "programmable brick" technology that inspired the LEGO Mindstorms robotics kit, and Scratch, an online computing environment for students to learn about computer science.

It's not the media or materials, but what you do with it.
Mitch Resnick, MIT Professor and head of Lifelong Kindergarten group
Is making something that every school should be doing—and are all interpretations of “making” of equitable value? EdSurge sat down with Resnick in his office at the MIT Media Lab to learn more, and to find out how he and his team are working to bring more creativity into the learning process.

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Mindfulness: Beneficial or Baloney?

Mindfulness: Beneficial or Baloney? | EdTech Footenotes | Scoop.it
Scholars want to know whether the practice helps young kids of color succeed academically.
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Makey Makey | Lesson Plans

Makey Makey | Lesson Plans | EdTech Footenotes | Scoop.it
Makey Makey: Ever played Mario on Play-Doh or Piano on Bananas? Alligator clip the Internet to your world and start inventing the future. Makey Makey: An Invention Kit for Everyone

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Why smart kids shouldn’t use laptops in class

Why smart kids shouldn’t use laptops in class | EdTech Footenotes | Scoop.it
Researchers have determined how much bringing a laptop to class hurts your grades
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Students learn empathy at the Resilience Cafe | GJSentinel.com

Students learn empathy at the Resilience Cafe | GJSentinel.com | EdTech Footenotes | Scoop.it
Grand Junction - The next time you encounter an eighth-grader, give them some credit. Though their hair may be blue, their lips painted black, their pants
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FreshGrade: Digital Portfolios, Grade Books + Engagement

FreshGrade: Digital Portfolios, Grade Books + Engagement | EdTech Footenotes | Scoop.it
FreshGrade is free apps for collaboration between teachers, students and parents with digital portfolios, learning objectives, grade book and communications
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Design Challenge Learning

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What is Design Challenge Learning? It’s a combination of project-based learning, design thinking and the engineering design process that develops the innovator’s mindset through iteration. It’s a method of learning for which The Tech is best known. 

The lessons on this page, developed over the years by educators at The Tech, will help teachers lead their students through science and engineering challenges. They also make fun and effective team-building activities for groups of teachers.

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Single and multiple session lessons for elementary through high school. 
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New Report Finds Teens Feel Addicted to Their Phones, Causing Tension at Home | Common Sense Media

New Report Finds Teens Feel Addicted to Their Phones,  Causing Tension at Home | Common Sense Media | EdTech Footenotes | Scoop.it
A new report issued today by Common Sense Media finds that 50 percent of teens "feel addicted" to mobile devices, and 59 percent of their parents agree that their kids are addicted. Additionally, parents and children are concerned about the effects mobile device use has on their daily lives -- from driving to the dinner table -- with over one-third of the families in the Common Sense poll arguing about it daily.

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Computational thinking for all

Computational thinking for all | EdTech Footenotes | Scoop.it
ISTE and the Computer Science Teachers Association collaborated on a series of resources designed to help prepare young learners to become computational thinkers who understand how today's digital tools can help solve tomorrow's problems.
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Arduino Learning Board With Mini-Projects And Online Lessons (video) - Geeky Gadgets

Arduino Learning Board With Mini-Projects And Online Lessons (video) - Geeky Gadgets | EdTech Footenotes | Scoop.it

Anyone looking to learn more about the Arduino platform or just start learning about electronics in general might be interested in a new Arduino Learning Board and lesson plan that has been created by Jeff Shapiro.

The Arduino Learning Board has been launched via the Kickstarter crowdfunding website this week, and provides 15 mini projects together with step-by-step video instructions that have been specifically created to guide you through the basics of using Arduino and the board.

Watch the promotional video below to learn more about the project which is looking to raise $15,000 via Kickstarter over the next 43 days. Its creator explains more about its inspiration and what you can expect by placing a pledge from just $29."


Just backed this project on Kickstarter!! - JE




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Resources | Generation Beyond In School

Resources | Generation Beyond In School | EdTech Footenotes | Scoop.it
Welcome Educators Lockheed Martin partnered with Discovery Education to develop lesson plans, activities, and other resources. With your help, we can prepare and inspire this generation to reach new heights.
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Makerspace Tools @GravesColleen #makered 

Makerspace Tools @GravesColleen #makered  | EdTech Footenotes | Scoop.it
What are great tools for a makerspace? What materials should I get? Show this list of awesome stuff to your students and makerspace steering committee and see what your makers are interested in before making purchases. (Read more about starting a school makerspace from scratch) Curious about how to get funding? Read my makerspace buy-in post here (coming in May 2016).

*What if I can’t get it all? Decide how you want to run your space. Do you wanna have workshops or challenges? A challenge lasts a lot longer, so you could buy 10 sets of Makey Makeys and run a challenge for a few months. Or get 10 Spheros and do a different Sphero challenge each month. Just keep stretching your ideas and see where your imagination can take you, but don’t get bogged down ordering a lot of stuff you do not know how to use.  Buy a set of something and see where it takes you! Also, don’t wait until you know how to use it before using it with students! Learn ALONGSIDE your makers!

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