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Less-costly Chromebooks offer entry point to technology - Philadelphia Public School Notebook

Less-costly Chromebooks offer entry point to technology - Philadelphia Public School Notebook | School-based Professional Learning | Scoop.it
Are they glorified workbooks, just a substitute for paper and pencils? Or are Chromebooks shaping the way a new generation learns?
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Why Everyone Believes In Formative Assessment, But Nobody Does It

Why Everyone Believes In Formative Assessment, But Nobody Does It | School-based Professional Learning | Scoop.it
RT @eduleadership: Why Everyone Believes In Formative Assessment,But Nobody Does It http://t.co/Cm250ygAdq http://t.co/xGLlzu32Ql @matvcamp
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Keyboarding Games for Kids - Learning to Type Games for Kids | Learning Games For Kids

Keyboarding Games for Kids - Learning to Type Games for Kids | Learning Games For Kids | School-based Professional Learning | Scoop.it
Learning to keyboard and free typing games for kids! Learning Games for Kids - Education is part of life. It should be fun and challenging... not boring. Learn while you play games!

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No more physics and maths, Finland to stop teaching individual subjects

No more physics and maths, Finland to stop teaching individual subjects | School-based Professional Learning | Scoop.it
Finland, one of the leading educational hotspots in the world, is embarking on one of the most radical overhauls in modern education. By 2020, the country plans to phase out teaching individual subjects such as maths, chemistry and physics, and...
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In the end, what are we producing as high school graduates?  Young adult should leave the public school system with a skill set to lead productive lives in a future world.  This naturally strips away the foundation of an archaic establishment built on producing workers for jobs that have been obsolete for at least 30 years.  What are the topics learned in physics that can be applied to the new skill set for future workers?  How would our classes look?  Will students attend MOOCs for teens?  What do you think?

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Case Study: 21CIF Scoop.it Magazine

Case Study: 21CIF Scoop.it Magazine | School-based Professional Learning | Scoop.it
Teaching Information Fluency describes the skills and dispositions of information fluency adept searchers. Readers will receive in-depth information on what it takes to locate, evaluate, and ethically use digital information. The book realistically examines the abilities of Internet searchers today in terms of their efficiency and effectiveness in finding online information, evaluating it and using it ethically. Since the majority of people develop these skills on their own, rather than being taught, the strategies they invent may suffice for simple searches, but for more complex tasks, such as those required by academic and professional work, the average person’s performance is adequate only about 50% of the time. The book is laid out in five parts: an introduction to the problem and how search engine improvements are not sufficient to be of real help, speculative searching, investigative searching, ethical use and applications of information fluency. The intent of the book is to provide readers ways to improve their performance as consumers of digital information and to help teachers devise useful ways to integrate information fluency instruction into their teaching, since deliberate instruction is needed to develop fluency. Since it is unlikely that dedicated class time will be available for such instruction, the approach taken embeds information fluency activities into classroom instruction in language arts, history and science. Numerous model lessons and resources are woven into the fabric of the text, including think-alouds, individual and group search challenges, discussions, assessments and curation, all targeted to Common Core State Standards as well as information fluency competencies.

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This link leads you Google Books where you can read specifically about how to use our Scoop.it magazine dedicated to 21st century information fluency. 

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It is and interesting tool to get useful information to learn and teach

Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, March 24, 11:56 AM

Understanding curation by creating and using a Scoop.it magazine is one of the projects in EDUC 760: E-Learning for Educators.  Constructing knowledge by skillfully tagging, annotating, and sharing information is a way to filter and use the ocean of information we live and teach with. 8-) 

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Finland scraps cursive handwriting in favour of typing skills

Finland scraps cursive handwriting in favour of typing skills | School-based Professional Learning | Scoop.it
Cursive handwriting will be scrapped from the Finnish education curriculum and replaced by lessons in keyboard typing, it has been announced.
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Teaching Grit: How to Help Students Overcome Inner Obstacles

Teaching Grit: How to Help Students Overcome Inner Obstacles | School-based Professional Learning | Scoop.it
In the second of her two-part series about grit, guest blogger Vicki Zakrzewski looks at how to encourage self-perception and emotional management in an academic setting, with help from Edutopia's video team.
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Personal note:  Grit is extremely important to how a child attacks and overcomes obstacles in education.  Love, love, love this article. How do we teach kids how to make goals and how to reach goals and how do we teach children how to overcome obstacles that get in their way?  This dovetails into Remediation in the PLC process at BCPS.  It's not just about reviewing a lesson or strategy..How does it fit in with what your team is doing?

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Experienced Teachers Reflect on Their First Year

Experienced Teachers Reflect on Their First Year | School-based Professional Learning | Scoop.it

Edutopia blogger Judy Willis reviews the comments of teachers reflecting on the lessons learned in their first year of service.


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Reflection through small focus groups helps new and veteran teachers improve.  It's good practice and also helps if teachers track their progress as they reflect.  

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iCivics

iCivics | School-based Professional Learning | Scoop.it

iCivics offers a comprehensive, standards-aligned civics curriculum that is available for free on the Web. It prepares young Americans to become knowledgeable, engaged 21st century citizens through easily accessible and innovative materials.


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Getting ahead using STEM game-based learning: Edheads

Getting  ahead using STEM  game-based learning:  Edheads | School-based Professional Learning | Scoop.it

STEM subjects have been a magnet for game based learning, and there have been some incredible games produced for K-12 students to understand the sometimes difficult STEM content. Edheads is a non-profit online educational resource which is at the forefront of these cutting edge educational online games.


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The One Thing That Can Supercharge Your Career

The One Thing That Can Supercharge Your Career | School-based Professional Learning | Scoop.it
A few months ago I was driving with my son-in-law to the airport. This young man had just received an excellent job offer from a premier employer.
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This article from Forbes magazine sheds light on the significance of asking for feedback from colleagues, students, community and your boss on an ongoing basis.  Feedback helps us improve professionally only when we track our own progress.  Asking for it every blue moon (i.e. End of Year feedback...)is not good practice. 

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What’s the best teaching method?

What’s the best teaching method? | School-based Professional Learning | Scoop.it
With many parts of the world moving away from direct learning towards discovery learning, research suggests this may not be the right decision.

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This article touts direct instruction as the best teaching method based on a study done by a UK group that studied the methods of teachers in China.  Comparatively, they concluded that more modern techniques (i.e. student-centered learning) doesn't serve students well.  What are your thoughts?

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Low-Income Schools See Big Benefits in Teaching Mindfulness

Low-Income Schools See Big Benefits in Teaching Mindfulness | School-based Professional Learning | Scoop.it
Studies of mindfulness programs in schools have found that regular practice — even just a few minutes per day — improves student self-control and increases their classroom participation, respect for others, happiness, optimism, and self-acceptance...

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Teaching self-control through meditation, reflection, projection may help children in low-income schools find time to learn. 

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The Qualitative Formative Assessment Toolkit: Document Learning with Mobile Technology

The Qualitative Formative Assessment Toolkit: Document Learning with Mobile Technology | School-based Professional Learning | Scoop.it
To assess your students' ongoing awareness of what and how they're learning, consider using cameras, screenshots, video, and screencasting as everyday classroom tools.
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Designing Curriculum That Teachers Will Actually Use -

Designing Curriculum That Teachers Will Actually Use - | School-based Professional Learning | Scoop.it
Designing Curriculum That Teachers Will Actually Use by Grant Wiggins, Authentic Education What is leadership in curriculum? Whatever the answer, the question should not be confused with a related but far different query: What is management in...
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The world's best teacher lives in rural Maine and doesn't care about test scores

The world's best teacher lives in rural Maine and doesn't care about test scores | School-based Professional Learning | Scoop.it
Nancie Atwell opened the Center for Teaching and Learning 25 years ago to make the classroom a place for ‘wisdom and happiness’.
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How To Find Openly Licensed Educational Resources You Can Use [Infographic]

How To Find Openly Licensed Educational Resources You Can Use [Infographic] | School-based Professional Learning | Scoop.it
Most of us turn to the internet when we are looking for resources to use for a presentation, report or article. The internet holds the key to so many robust resources.

Yet how many of these resources can you legally use for free? How many of them can you adapt?

That’s where Open Educational Resources (OER) can help. Here’s an infographic from the Center for Open Educational Resources and Language Learning (at the University of Texas at Austin) that can help.

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Suzanne's curator insight, February 17, 5:02 AM

Every language teacher and student should contribute to make this a powerful resource concept. Language is an instrument; use it, take care of it, share it.

Dean Mantz's curator insight, February 18, 11:15 AM

Thanks to @Dennis T OConnor for sharing this infographic on finding and identifying open source education resources.  

Iolanda Bueno de Camargo Cortelazzo's curator insight, February 19, 12:00 PM

Bastante úteis estas informações para professores e gestores educacionais.

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Infographic: 8 Reasons Why Open Badges Are Awesome

Infographic: 8 Reasons Why Open Badges Are Awesome | School-based Professional Learning | Scoop.it

"Are you looking for a fresh approach to recognising your learners skills? Open Badges is a program by Mozilla that issues digital badges to recognize skills and achievements. The 8 Reasons Why Open Badges Are Awesome Infographic presents the usefulness of badges as digital indicators of skills learned inside or outside the classroom."


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Hmmmm..looks like I've been down this road before but now we have an infographic to help make the case for using open badges in public education.  Yes, teachers recertify to keep teaching and leading but  open badges adds the element of gaming to professional learning.  How could open badges be used by your department or school? 

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#DémarchePortfolio  Les #OpenBAdges : une formidable opportunité pour reconnaitre les compétences issus des apprentissages formels et informels

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Donald Clark Plan B: Finland to scrap subject teaching

Donald Clark Plan B: Finland to scrap subject teaching | School-based Professional Learning | Scoop.it
On the Finnish #BigChange RT @DonaldClark: @Meetasengupta Bold move http://t.co/nal6kb6MUI
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Fabulous news from Finland!  They plan to abandon subject area teaching for a more learner-centered method of teaching by topic.  Completely radical idea...Can't wait to see a preliminary framework on how to roll this method out.  What are your thoughts on how this dovetails into professional learning communities?

 

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The Power of the Positive Phone Call Home

The Power of the Positive Phone Call Home | School-based Professional Learning | Scoop.it

Try it -- just for a week -- try calling a few kid's parents and see what happens. The ripple effects for the kid, the class, and the teacher might be transformational.


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This may be a lost art since I haven't received a positive phone call home from my child's teachers for the past 6 years.   If you are using email, blogs or simply calling parents how has it improved your relationship with the community?

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Delving Into The Past With Past/Present

Delving Into The Past With Past/Present | School-based Professional Learning | Scoop.it

Past/Present is a 3D role-playing social history game that uses four exciting episodes to learn about important historical events in US history including industrialization, immigration and labor conflicts. But the game is not only history based, but also focuses on important aspects of social studies such as culture, institutions, societal change and scientific transformation.


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CodeSpells

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CodeSpells is an immersive 3D video game designed to teach Java programming to students from 8 years and above. Players assume the role of an apprentice wizard  and create spells  (Java programs) that affect the world around them. Teaching Computer Science and programming to high school students is a topical issue. Curriculums need a radical overhaul, but the problem is being tackled through government funded grants aimed at changing the situation and innovative educational technology companies.

 


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Linden Lab’s take on Minecraft with Blocksworld

Linden Lab’s take on Minecraft with Blocksworld | School-based Professional Learning | Scoop.it

Linden Lab®, the makers of Second Life have developed a brand new kid’s application for iPad. Blocksworld, similar to Minecraft, lets users build creations using 3D style Lego blocks. Using simple drag-and-drop controls, you can add interactivity and animations to anything you build such as crazy characters, cars, space rockets, animals, robots, planes and monsters.


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Failing Forward: 21 Ideas To Use It In Your Classroom

Failing Forward: 21 Ideas To Use It In Your Classroom | School-based Professional Learning | Scoop.it
Failing Forward: 21 Ideas To Use It In Your Classroom
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  The process of "failing forward" is arduous.  Not every teacher wants to put in the time to reflect on their own practice, let alone the practice of the children they teach, but it is an effective tool to improve how children learn.  

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Karen Sanzo—Formative Assessment Leadership

Karen Sanzo—Formative Assessment Leadership | School-based Professional Learning | Scoop.it
Principal Center Radio - Karen Sanzo shares about her book Formative AssessmentæLeadership http://t.co/fqJDH8E1D7
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I stumbled upon this blog and the audio interview with Dr Karen Sanzo is worth a listen.  It's always good to do a checks and balances with how formative assessment is administered and captured in different parts of the country.  

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