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Educational Apps Checklists Every Teacher Should Have

Educational Apps Checklists Every Teacher Should Have | Educated | Scoop.it
The ' checklist mentality ' is something very common among teachers and educators. We use checklists a lot in our work and I personally find them very effective in getting things organized. I use them...

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School Field Trips Go Virtual

School Field Trips Go Virtual | Educated | Scoop.it
The field trip, a classic school ritual, is getting a makeover, with more schools videoconferencing their students all over the globe in lieu of packing them up and busing them to cultural events.

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Javier Castro's curator insight, June 21, 3:47 PM

añada su visión ...

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Learning About Young Makers - User Generated Education @Jackie Gerstein

Learning About Young Makers - User Generated Education @Jackie Gerstein | Educated | Scoop.it
I am a huge proponent of using hands-on, interactive learning activities to explore ill-defined problems as a way of teaching for all age groups. Given the spontaneity and uncertainty of these types of active learning environments, I believe educators should observe, reflect on, and analyze how learners interact with the materials, the content, the educator, and the other learners. This practice is in line with the teacher as ethnographer.

In my role as a teacher as ethnographer, I made some initial observations during my first two weeks of teaching maker education for elementary age students. With half the kids under 7, I learned a bunch about young makers.

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Norton Gusky's curator insight, June 22, 9:27 AM

Great insights. One that we never think about - kids like to stand while tinkering and making things. They don't like to be tethered to a chair. 

H.March's curator insight, June 22, 11:25 AM

“I can’t do this.” is often a sign or signal of frustration and should not be brushed off by parents/teachers. Kids need to be in an environment that allows them to persevere and work at the problem  even multiple times, until they themselves find the solution.  The lesson they will learn is that effort will often produce positive results. 

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Educator Resources | Agency by Design

Educator Resources | Agency by Design | Educated | Scoop.it
A key goal of maker-centered education is to help young people and adults feel empowered to build and shape their worlds. Acquiring this sense of maker empowerment is strongly supported by learning to notice and engage with the designed dimension of one’s physical and conceptual environment—in other words, by having a sensitivity to design. This sensitivity develops when young people and adults have opportunities to: look closely and reflect on the design of objects and systems, explore the complexity of design, and understand themselves as designers of their worlds.

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Geometric squares | Great Maths Teaching Ideas

Geometric squares | Great Maths Teaching Ideas | Educated | Scoop.it

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William Emeny's curator insight, June 13, 4:12 AM

#mathchat Superb problem solving shapes activity in quadrigon grids :-)

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Alternative Assessments and Feedback in a MakerEd Classroom | FabLearn Fellows

Alternative Assessments and Feedback in a MakerEd Classroom | FabLearn Fellows | Educated | Scoop.it
According to Google Trends (see photo), a new term came into existence and quickly became synonymous with progressive education and a resurgence of STEAM education in America. That term is maker education, or makered for short, and can be seen in the graph as “born” according to google searches, around September of 2004. Although the exact number of makered programs is not currently known, schools that employ a progressive pedagogy (insert the word innovative for those working in the 21st century) or schools that make claims regarding the importance of differentiation, constructivism or experiential learning have built or are building makered programs. At first these programs seemed to be dependent on having state of the art Maker Spaces or FabLabs and high-tech tools, as most were found in well-funded private schools. That picture has changed rapidly in the past ten years since the makered movement has gained popularity, however. More and more public/charter schools and nonprofit programs are building programs for the average American child, that rival many private school programs. In fact, programs with limited budgets and space have reminded us that scarcity or “disability,” are invaluable teachers in any good maker culture, as they breed creativity and self-reliance. Many of the makered programs serving lower income communities have access to mentors who never stopped working with their hands, even when it fell out of status in a consumer driven America in the 1980’s (Curtis 2002). While lower income mentors may not know Python or what an Arduino is, they are skilled carpenters, mechanics, seamstresses, cooks and know what it means to be resourceful.

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If Your Teacher Likes You, You Might Get A Better Grade

If Your Teacher Likes You, You Might Get A Better Grade | Educated | Scoop.it
Like likes like: New research supports the notion that teachers favor those who favor them.

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, June 12, 10:51 PM

This is not surprising, but worth using as a moment to reflect on your own personal practices and the system. 

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11 apps that will make you smarter - Business Insider

11 apps that will make you smarter - Business Insider | Educated | Scoop.it
Despite the constant hand-wringing that smartphones will lead to the downfall of society, there's mounting evidence that your phone habit may not be so bad after all.

In fact, there are ways your phone might actually be good for you.

We've compiled a list of apps to boost your brainpower, hone your memory, and even improve your emotional intelligence.

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5 Powerful Android Audio Recording Apps for Teachers ~ EdTech & MLearning

5 Powerful Android Audio Recording Apps for Teachers ~ EdTech & MLearning | Educated | Scoop.it
Today we are sharing with you a list of some of the best audio recording apps you can use on your Android-operated device. All of these apps are rated 4 stars and up in Google Play store. Some of the things you can do with them include: record audio clips (e.g lectures, audio notes…etc), customize and edit your recordings, share your recordings via email or embed them into cloud-based storage platforms such as Dropbox and Google Drive and many more. For iPad users, check out this list.

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13 Cool, Beautiful and Inspirational Math Quotes - MathInsider

13 Cool, Beautiful and Inspirational Math Quotes - MathInsider | Educated | Scoop.it
Math needs better PR. When it comes to coolness math really should be up there with the new iPad, the latest X-Factor winner and whichever color is fashionable this season. Often people actually think that it’s cool to not be able to do math! As part of Maths Insider’s mission to make math cool I’ve pulled the best math quotes from the Twitter stream @Math_Quotes, and used my limited artistic skills to add them to some nice backgrounds (Powerpoint templates in fact!). Enjoy and do share them with your friends and family! Math needs all the PR it can get!

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These maps depict the world's news in real time

These maps depict the world's news in real time | Educated | Scoop.it
An experimental tool to understand the world.

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Sameer Mohamed's curator insight, May 27, 8:49 AM

I think this is an interesting representation to show how the ability to have access to news and internet is the new most important thing to have to get word out. Now if you can speak English and have a computer with internet access you can.

Shane C Cook's curator insight, May 27, 9:14 AM

This map allows people to understand the flow of news from around the world. We can use it to see where and what is happening and chart it to connect trends for example Syria and France are large because of the recent happenings with terrorists and terror attacks.

MsPerry's curator insight, May 27, 9:30 AM

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Making Room for Making - Edutopia

Making Room for Making - Edutopia | Educated | Scoop.it
As a teacher, the library has always been an important, almost sacred place for me to go with my students. It was an opportunity to use the computer lab once in a while and look for books to help support research. Over the past few months, the library has taken on a new and different role for all students and teachers.

Our library has become a place where I hang out during my prep period and brainstorm with my amazing teacher librarian, Courtney McGuire. We have been looking at our space and trying to think of ways to bring more students in during their study period. We have students who are interested in many different topics but don't have the access to the resources for fully exploring them. As Courtney and I looked over the underutilized resource section, we thought about turning the area into a makerspace.

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100 Awesome STEM Resources - Milk and Cookies

100 Awesome STEM Resources - Milk and Cookies | Educated | Scoop.it
Why is STEM important? In short, the future job market will revolve around science. This includes all forms of technology, engineering and math. 80% of jobs in the future will require technology skills. Statistics today show that there will be a drastic shortage of job applicants in the next decade with the skills and knowledge to fill these new positions. While only 4% of the nation’s workforce is composed of scientists and engineers, this group creates jobs for the other 96% of the workforce (source). The average professional with a STEM-related degree earns more than double the average national wage. About 3 million jobs are currently unfilled because Americans lack the basic STEM skills needed for the positions (source).

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4 Great Reasons to Bring Nature Into Your Classroom - FRACTUS LEARNING

4 Great Reasons to Bring Nature Into Your Classroom - FRACTUS LEARNING | Educated | Scoop.it
Each spring my dear friend, Lori Keitt, and I have been bringing the outside world into our classrooms in an effort to hook our students those last few weeks. Nature, in the form of ladybugs, caterpillars, praying mantis egg cases, tadpoles and more overflows our the rooms. It’s sometimes messy, and it does take a bit of time and effort, but the payoff is worth it! All throughout April and May students rush into our classrooms to check on chrysalises and tadpoles each morning. The critters inspire our writing, inquiry projects and even math problems.

Here are just a few reasons and examples to inspire you to bring the outside world in!

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60 Non-Threatening Formative Assessment Techniques

60 Non-Threatening Formative Assessment Techniques | Educated | Scoop.it
60 Non-Threatening Formative Assessment Techniques

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Linda Dougherty's curator insight, June 21, 8:50 PM

Definite share with teachers.

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How to Build Your Makerspace (EdSurge Guides)

How to Build Your Makerspace (EdSurge Guides) | Educated | Scoop.it
Learning by making has been around since long before edtech—just think about what the adventurous explorers or intrepid settlers of yore would have thought of "Do-It-Yourself." But with thousands of kid-friendly tech tools and a whole World Wide Web of resources out there, creative, interesting opportunities for learning-by-making abound for everyone.

Okay, so with all those resources, where should you start to build a makerspace? Here at EdSurge, we've rolled up our sleeves, put on our protective goggles, and built a Maker Guide from scratch, just for you. 

Read on for ideas from the educators and entrepreneurs who think making 24/7, including what is involved with project-based learning and making in the classroom and tried-and-true lessons from the field on starting your makerspace.

Making on a budget? We surely do. We've got ideas for stocking your space with resources from your arts and crafts closet, plus inspiration from educators working to bring makerspaces to low-income and all-girls classrooms.

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Karen du Toit's curator insight, June 23, 5:00 AM

Great for library makerspaces as well!

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Educator Resources | Agency by Design

Educator Resources | Agency by Design | Educated | Scoop.it
A key goal of maker-centered education is to help young people and adults feel empowered to build and shape their worlds. Acquiring this sense of maker empowerment is strongly supported by learning to notice and engage with the designed dimension of one’s physical and conceptual environment—in other words, by having a sensitivity to design. This sensitivity develops when young people and adults have opportunities to: look closely and reflect on the design of objects and systems, explore the complexity of design, and understand themselves as designers of their worlds.

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The Daring Librarian: Makerspace Starter Kit

The Daring Librarian: Makerspace Starter Kit | Educated | Scoop.it
We have, however, recently expanded upon our Makerspace offerings thanks to being inspired by several of my librarian friends in our amazing #TLChat PLN! Kids can come in during lunch or when they've finished their work to explore, craft, and create in the Library Media Center.


I re-purposed 4 empty study carrels for this Makerspace center at the top corner of our library.  The grouping includes a Lego Creation Station, a Duct Tape Craft Cubby, and a Makey Makey Coding Corner."


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Leslie Kelsey's curator insight, June 15, 1:57 PM

Makerspaces are coming to our County - Solana Beach is leading the way! 

Willemijn Schmitz's curator insight, June 16, 4:40 AM

Vooral de Duct Tape Craft Cubby spreekt me aan!

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What We Learn from Making - Usable Knowledge

What We Learn from Making - Usable Knowledge | Educated | Scoop.it
What are the real benefits of a maker-centered approach to learning? It’s often described as a way to incubate STEM skills or drive technical innovation — and it is probably both of these. But as a new report from Project Zero’s Agency by Design concludes, the real value of maker education has more to do with building character than with building the next industrial revolution.  

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Mrs.Piltz' Kinders's curator insight, June 13, 12:25 PM

There is such value in problem solving and persevering through a challenge.

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Teaching Music with GarageBand for iPad

Read a sample or download Teaching Music with GarageBand for iPad by Ben Sellers with iBooks.

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MinecraftEdu Takes Hold in Schools

MinecraftEdu Takes Hold in Schools | Educated | Scoop.it

Minecraft’s education options are as vast as the game itself. Don’t worry if you feel limited by time or your own imagination. Thousands of others are imaging worlds, too—and are willing to share.


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لبنانية♥سعودية's curator insight, June 8, 11:54 AM

Using minecraft with students is as liminted only if teachers imagination is limited. You dont need high cost to use it. One english lit teacher asked her students to build the setting of a novel they were reading...a math teacher set a project for students building 3d geometrical shapes ...what fun ! 

Monika Macias's curator insight, June 9, 5:18 AM

Creating your own virtual world is easy - so much so that elementary school researchers have discovered that children who play Minecraft make better readers! http://bit.ly/1dst3Hm

Mark Rasi's curator insight, June 9, 6:41 PM

So many opportunities for schools to do great things and connect with where students are at...

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Student Engagement with Blended Learning: 9 Unique Ideas

Student Engagement with Blended Learning: 9 Unique Ideas | Educated | Scoop.it

“ These 9 strategies for blended learning are certain to help you engage students quickly and consistently.”


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Tom Perran's curator insight, June 5, 9:30 PM
Good suggestions for using tech as a tool, not the center of instruction.
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Student Engagement with Blended Learning: 9 Unique Ideas

Student Engagement with Blended Learning: 9 Unique Ideas | Educated | Scoop.it
These 9 strategies for blended learning are certain to help you engage students quickly and consistently.

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Michelle Nimchuk's curator insight, June 5, 12:53 PM

9 Great strategies to incorporate in a blended learning environment.

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50 Apps for the Foreign Language Classroom - teachingwithipad.org

50 Apps for the Foreign Language Classroom - teachingwithipad.org | Educated | Scoop.it

"I enjoy discussing iPad and other edtech resources with my colleague and friend Sylvia Duckworth almost every week through Twitter. Sylvia is a leader in the French teaching community in Canada, and has created an enormous amount of resources for language teachers to use. I asked her if she wanted to collaborate on this post, and she quickly agreed to do so. Below is a list of iPad apps that we both use in our language classrooms. The ones marked with an * are the essential, must-have ones. We have divided the list into two categories: Content consumption apps and content creation apps."

 


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Ricard Garcia's curator insight, November 10, 2014 6:14 AM

Interesting collection of well-chosen apps for the classroom or even for home with Mum and Dad!!

Lee Hall's curator insight, May 11, 11:57 AM

Some cost, so check them carefully.

Willem Kuypers's curator insight, May 20, 1:57 AM

Pour les profs de langues.

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How Minecraft and Duct Tape Wallets Prepare Our Kids for Jobs That Don’t Exist Yet (EdSurge News)

How Minecraft and Duct Tape Wallets Prepare Our Kids for Jobs That Don’t Exist Yet (EdSurge News) | Educated | Scoop.it
Whether it’s Minecraft or duct tape wallets, the childhood passions that seem like fads, if not totally unproductive, can alternatively be seen as mediums for experiencing the virtuous cycle of curiosity: discovering, trying, failing and growing. At DIY, we’ve created a way for kids to explore hundreds of skills and to understand the ways in which they can be creative through them. Often, the skills are unconventional, and almost always the results are surprising. I don’t think it’s important that kids use the skills they learn on DIY for the rest of their lives. What’s important is that kids develop the muscle to be fearless learners so that they are never stuck with the skills they have. Only this will prepare them for a world where change is accelerating and depending on a single skill to provide a lifetime career is becoming impossible.

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10 Things Your Professional Learning Partners Should Want to Tell You

10 Things Your Professional Learning Partners Should Want to Tell You | Educated | Scoop.it
By Tracy Clark - Why your professional learning partners should encourage and support the desire to try new things, ask questions, and push boundaries.

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