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How a Radical New Teaching Method Could Unleash a Generation of Geniuses | Wired Business | Wired.com

How a Radical New Teaching Method Could Unleash a Generation of Geniuses | Wired Business | Wired.com | Educational Resources and Insight | Scoop.it
Students in Matamoros, Mexico weren't getting much out of school -- until a radical new teaching method unlocked their potential.

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José Urbina López Primary School sits next to a dump just across the US border in Mexico. The school serves residents of Matamoros, a dusty, sunbaked city of 489,000 that is a flash point in the war on drugs. There are regular shoot-outs, and it’s not uncommon for locals to find bodies scattered in the street in the morning. To get to the school, students walk along a white dirt road that parallels a fetid canal. On a recent morning there was a 1940s-era tractor, a decaying boat in a ditch, and a herd of goats nibbling gray strands of grass. A cinder-block barrier separates the school from a wasteland—the far end of which is a mound of trash that grew so big, it was finally closed down. On most days, a rotten smell drifts through the cement-walled classrooms. Some people here call the school un lugar de castigo—”a place of punishment.”

For 12-year-old Paloma Noyola Bueno, it was a bright spot. More than 25 years ago, her family moved to the border from central Mexico in search of a better life. Instead, they got stuck living beside the dump. Her father spent all day scavenging for scrap, digging for pieces of aluminum, glass, and plastic in the muck. Recently, he had developed nosebleeds, but he didn’t want Paloma to worry. She was his little angel—the youngest of eight children


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Choosing the Best Technology

Choosing the Best Technology | Educational Resources and Insight | Scoop.it

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Great resource for those looking for some possible tools to link to competencies. Go to the site to see more tools and linked strategies.

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bubbl.us - brainstorm and mind map online.

bubbl.us - brainstorm and mind map online. | Educational Resources and Insight | Scoop.it
Brainstorm online with bubbl.us. Easily create colorful mind maps to print or share with others. Almost no learning curve. Businesses, universities, and other schools are using bubbl.us worldwide to generate ideas, map out processes and create presentations.
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Two big reasons to buy comic books for your kids | Deseret News National

Two big reasons to buy comic books for your kids | Deseret News National | Educational Resources and Insight | Scoop.it
The Deseret News National Edition fills a void in the American media landscape through rigorous journalism for family- and faith-oriented audiences.
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I remember reading Calvin and Hobbes as a kid. I was motivated to learn how to read better just so I could understand the jokes that my older brothers were laughing at and going over my head. Reading comics  is a wonderful avenue in order to help anyone find love in reading.

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56 Great Formative Assessment Ideas

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As an Educator you are constantly doing quick checks to gage how your students are 'doing' in your class. David Wees, a Formative Assessment Specialist for New Visions for Public Schools has created a Google slide composed of 56 assessment ideas. The document continues to grow as other educators add to the great ideas. 

As I scrolled through and ventured to outside links, I was pleased to have another way to collaborate and gain new ideas from other educators. 

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5 Google Image Search Lessons to Try With Your Class

5 Google Image Search Lessons to Try With Your Class | Educational Resources and Insight | Scoop.it
For students, Google Image Search is a powerful research and discovery tool. For educators it can be a wonderfully simple way to find engaging content.
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This may be helpful for students who love to search by images.

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Musical Training Enhances Brain Function in Both Children and Adults - NeuroNet Learning

Musical Training Enhances Brain Function in Both Children and Adults - NeuroNet Learning | Educational Resources and Insight | Scoop.it
A new study reveals a possible biological link between musical training and enhanced executive functioning in both children and adults.
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A good look at cognitive processes and music. Now the question is the kind of music. 

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African Genius, 14 Year Old Self Taught Engineer makes Electricity For Village (NyInternetCafe.Org) - YouTube

www.NyInternetCafe.Org - Twitter.com/NyInternetCafe A great story of a succesfull young African man. Around the age of 14 through only reading books and seei...
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I love how education is an equalizer!

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27 Ways To Assess Background Knowledge

27 Ways To Assess Background Knowledge | Educational Resources and Insight | Scoop.it
27 Ways To Assess Background Knowledge
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When having large class sizes, and a variety of backgrounds, it is sometimes hard to develop your lessons without having some idea of what your students already understand. I like this quick graphic that may help students open up and help educators assess background knowledge.

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edshelf | Reviews & recommendations of tools for education

edshelf | Reviews & recommendations of tools for education | Educational Resources and Insight | Scoop.it
Edtech and education app reviews and recommendations. Find the right teaching and learning tools for your needs.
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This is a great database of applications and websites for educators to quickly locate the tool they need. 

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The Future Without Grades | WGSI.org

The Future Without Grades | WGSI.org | Educational Resources and Insight | Scoop.it
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I could really get behind this idea of doing away with the letter grades. I had so many experiences of bright students that had learned that in order to 'succeed' in school they only had to do the minimum to get the 'A.' I became frustrated with that mentality and began trying my own versions of self-assessment and peer-to-peer grading. I even approached my school councilor on the idea of not giving grades and was given the option to have my classes be pass/fail. Over all I think that it is possible for educators to change this way of grading even though it may take some effort and creativity.

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Free graphic organizers and more since 2001.

Free graphic organizers and more since 2001. | Educational Resources and Insight | Scoop.it
Freeology provides totally free resources such as graphic organizers, printable worksheets, notes templates, journal topics, worksheet makers, calendars, classroom posters, clean jokes, and more.
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Always good to have a place to find free printouts of graphic organizers, calendars, and other classroom materials.

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Online Learning is Just as Effective as Traditional Education, According to a New MIT Study

Online Learning is Just as Effective as Traditional Education, According to a New MIT Study | Educational Resources and Insight | Scoop.it
More than 7.1 million students are currently taking at least one online course. Despite the apparent popularity, however, educators have given the trend low marks.
But a new study from MIT...

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Trent Online's curator insight, November 27, 2014 7:50 PM

The best results were for activities which integrated group projects

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Well, online education is grown, interesting article.

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Good to know what we're doing works...

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Life is Your Talents Discovered | Sir Ken Robinson | TEDxLiverpool - YouTube

This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. In this terrific and witty closing of TEDxLiverpool, Sir Ken Robins...
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I believe I have been an advocate of Sir Ken Robinson because of his strong belief in the importance of developing creativity and talents in everyone. And that everyone has the potential of being a great as long as we are willing to look for it in ourselves and in others. 

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Buncee - Your Creation and Presentation tool Simplified

Buncee lets you create amazing things to share with everyone!
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I would have loved to have something like this for the lesson plans I left for substitute teachers. Another cool tool. 

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Google Opens Classroom, Its Learning Management Tool, To All Teachers | TechCrunch

Google Opens Classroom, Its Learning Management Tool, To All Teachers | TechCrunch | Educational Resources and Insight | Scoop.it
Google has opened access to its Classroom learning management tool to anyone with a Google Apps for Education account. Classroom gives teachers access to a..
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Big History for Everyone

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I think this will be a very interesting course. I have always thought that History and Social Studies are difficult to teach because it's an ever-growing curriculum, but the strategy of looking at the entire canvas and finding connections could be worth it. 

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Nine of the Best Ways to Boost Creative Thinking

Nine of the Best Ways to Boost Creative Thinking | Educational Resources and Insight | Scoop.it
When it comes to creativity, one of our biggest concerns is usually how we can be more creative, or how to come up with better ideas. Research in this area is all over the place, but I've gathered ...
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Great suggestions.

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8 Myths That Undermine Educational Effectiveness

8 Myths That Undermine Educational Effectiveness | Educational Resources and Insight | Scoop.it
Certain widely-shared myths and lies about education are destructive for all of us as educators, and destructive for our educational institutions. This is the subject of 50 Myths & Lies That Threaten
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I like the perspective on these myths.

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Relieving the Burnout Bubble

Relieving the Burnout Bubble | Educational Resources and Insight | Scoop.it
My third year teaching was quite fun and eye-opening. I was confident I knew everything there was to know about teaching middle schoolers, planning effective and life-changing lessons, managing cla...
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10 Steps for Avoiding Teacher Burnout

10 Steps for Avoiding Teacher Burnout | Educational Resources and Insight | Scoop.it
"Why did I want to be a teacher?" We all face burnout, sometimes on a daily basis, and in my case, especially after fourth period. Most of the time, we can pick ourselves up, brush ourselves off, an
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It is about that time of year again...These are some good tips to make it through the rest of the year. 

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iPad Apps for School

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The Best iOS Apps for Students and Teachers
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Great resource for iPad apps and how to apply them directly to education. 

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ProCon.org - Pros and Cons of Controversial Issues

ProCon.org - Pros and Cons of Controversial Issues | Educational Resources and Insight | Scoop.it
Pros and cons of controversial issues. Read pro and con arguments for and against topics such as medical marijuana, euthanasia, prostitution, and more
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A cool all-in-one site to use for argumentative writing, or class discussion topics. Help students widen their thinking, or at least the way that they go about an argument. 

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