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Reading, Writing, Arithmetic, and Lately, Coding

Reading, Writing, Arithmetic, and Lately, Coding | Education | Scoop.it
“Schools are signing up to teach computer coding, which some view as a basic skill for today, and the tech industry-backed group Code.org is pushing basic coding even for the very young.”
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Betty Skeet's curator insight, May 14, 2014 8:15 AM

What do you think about schools signing up to teach computer coding to children?

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Technology:

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Researchers give failing marks to national effort to measure good teaching - Education By The Numbers

Researchers give failing marks to national effort to measure good teaching - Education By The Numbers | Education | Scoop.it
“School systems around the country are trying to use objective, quantifiable measures to identify which are the good teachers and which are the bad ones.”
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Dan Kirsch's comment, May 17, 2014 8:36 PM
Thank you for this!
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Learning and Teaching with iPads: Don't get anymore Apps until you have utilised the Camera App fully

Learning and Teaching with iPads: Don't get anymore Apps until you have utilised the Camera App fully | Education | Scoop.it
"The Camera App is probably the best feature of the iPad for learning, and in combination with the built in Camera Roll App its full functionality is mostly under utilised. Without using any other Apps at all students have the opportunity to document their work by photo, reflect on their work by videoing themselves responding. They can also edit their photos to focus or zoom in on an aspect. They can create folders of photos to organise their work and then create slideshows that they could Airplay in class"
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Why kids love Scratch: It lets them fail in a way their parents don’t - QUARTZ

Why kids love Scratch: It lets them fail in a way their parents don’t - QUARTZ | Education | Scoop.it
"The “one size fits all” approach is what I find most frustrating about schools today. It gives children so few opportunities to individualize their learning. So no building a Lego sculpture or composing a song to show comprehension of a reading passage. Just fill in the blank with the most expected answer and move on. No wonder then that a computer program called Scratch—a programming language developed in the MIT Media Lab that lets children make up stories, games, and animation—is taking off. It allows kids to experiment and fail in a way their teachers and parents just cannot afford to allow."
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Greg Mertz's curator insight, July 3, 2014 9:41 PM

The programming language SCRATCH was  developed in the MIT Learning Lab (that NN founded)

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The Pencil Metaphor - an infographic describing different types of teachers in a school #edchat #edtech

The Pencil Metaphor - an infographic describing different types of teachers in a school #edchat #edtech | Education | Scoop.it
“I joined a bunch of Google+ Communities where people congregate to ask questions and generously share resources. I just saw a recent post from Michael Parent to the Instructional Technology Integra...”
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Lisa Carey's curator insight, April 20, 2014 8:52 AM
When it comes to UDL implementation, which part of the pencil are you?
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How 21st Century Thinking Is Just Different

How 21st Century Thinking Is Just Different | Education | Scoop.it
“ _____________________________________________________________________________ This content is proudly sponsored by The Institute for the Habits of Mind, promoting the development of personal thinking habits in 21st century learners.…...”
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Lisa Carey's curator insight, April 30, 2014 12:18 PM
The 21st century demands that we create expert learners, not passive students
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The Invisible iPad: It’s Not About the Device

The Invisible iPad: It’s Not About the Device | Education | Scoop.it
“The challenge for educators, especially directors of educational technology, is not to limit how our teachers teach, but to focus on the foundational skills and provide a clear and concrete formula for how different technological devices and applications will enhance these skills in order to give a learner the ability to create a product that will change the world.”
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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, May 12, 2014 8:20 PM

Digital technologies should not be invisible. In their usage, we need to make them visible and unobtrusive. Their visibility helps us understand our relationships and choices.

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Juxtaposer: The Best Layering App Ever - Photojojo

Juxtaposer: The Best Layering App Ever - Photojojo | Education | Scoop.it
"Want to be a game piece in Candyland? Want to ride a roller coaster down the Rocky Mountains? Now you can do it all! … Well, you can make it look like you did it all. Juxtaposer is the best app for creating fun photomontages. Cut out a piece of one photo and stick it onto another. We can’t stop playing with it! We’re going to show you the ins and outs of this app and turn you into a pro user. Because everyone needs to know how to make a photo of themselves swimming in a tub of ice cream."
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Chrome Smashing: Creating the Inconceivable by @brholland of @EdTechTeacher21

Chrome Smashing: Creating the Inconceivable by @brholland of @EdTechTeacher21 | Education | Scoop.it
“Despite what Apple and Microsoft would like for us to believe, there isn't always "an app for that." Sometimes, it takes multiple tools to complete a process, and this idea becomes abundantly clear w”
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App Smashing: Combining Google Drive, iTunes U, And Apps In The Classroom - Edudemic

App Smashing: Combining Google Drive, iTunes U, And Apps In The Classroom - Edudemic | Education | Scoop.it
Many schools that have adopted one-one tablet technology struggle with the pre-requisite skills associated with moving files from app to app. This process is now called App Smashing, and when you learn how to use it to your advantage, it really does make things nice and simple.Workflow is king and the easier it is to distribute content, create solutions, and then store that information for feedback, the more success you will have in the digital classroom.
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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, May 13, 2014 11:01 AM

The phrase that jumped out at me is "Workflow is king..." . The classroom is all about flow.  


The use of tablets can be daunting when it comes to getting your documents to go where you want them to go. So, flow seems a good topic to investigate.


Slide on into this article. It will help!

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Travel the World from Your Classroom: Free iPad Apps for Virtual Field Trips - Edutopia

Travel the World from Your Classroom: Free iPad Apps for Virtual Field Trips - Edutopia | Education | Scoop.it
“ Not every school has the resources necessary to take their students on an airplane . . . or spaceship. The iPad can bring the world to your students' fingertips in ways never before possible. Many na”
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Mike Dilger's curator insight, May 15, 2014 6:38 PM

Use the iPad as a window on the world. Visit the Louvre or under the ocean.  Possibilities are endless.  If you haven't considered this approach to your classroom then read this post for some ideas.

Dean Mantz's curator insight, May 16, 2014 9:54 AM

Are you looking for ways to connect your students to various locations around the planet?  Checkout this list of apps compiled by Edutopia that takes you to various historical and geographical locations.  You may even find yourself in outer space too.  

 

Thanks to John Evans for sharing this article from Edutopia.  

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Data mining your children

Data mining your children | Education | Scoop.it
by Stephanie Simon, Politico The NSA has nothing on the ed tech startup known as Knewton. The data analytics firm has peered into the brains of more than 4 million students across the country. By monitoring every mouse click, every keystroke, every split-second hesitation as children work through digital textbooks, Knewton is able to find out not just what individual kids know,...
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15 Must Have Google Lessons Plans to Teach Students Effective Search Skills ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

15 Must Have Google Lessons Plans to Teach Students Effective Search Skills ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Education | Scoop.it

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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, April 25, 2014 3:09 PM

Five lessons, each is differentiated as Beginner / Intermediate / Advanced. Mapped to three sets of national standards.


Excellent way to get started teaching search skills. (I know there's no room in your curriculum to do this. Perhaps that's what's wrong with your curriculum?)


Seize the opportunity to help your students develop real 21st Century Skills.  

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The internet isn't harming our love of 'deep reading', it's cultivating it

The internet isn't harming our love of 'deep reading', it's cultivating it | Education | Scoop.it
As it happens, I value deep reading – and so, perhaps, do you. And so, quite obviously, do all the youngish people I see everyday on London transport reading 700-page printed books such as the Game of Thrones series, 50 Shades of Grey or the new Donna Tartt. Stuart Jeffries has written persuasively about the popularity of such doorstops, as well as complex modern TV series. This might be a culture not of attention deficit but of "a wealth of attention focused more readily on the things that warrant it".
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Nik Peachey's curator insight, April 15, 2014 4:06 AM

More on the debate about the changes in our reading habits.

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UDL101A Online Course: Deeper Engagement of All Learners

UDL101A Online Course: Deeper Engagement of All Learners | Education | Scoop.it
Summer 2014 Course Dates: June 17-Aug 26, 2014
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Kathleen McClaskey's curator insight, April 26, 2014 3:42 PM

CAST is offering the UDL101A Online Course that consists of 12 sessions - 9 online sessions and 3 synchronous Web conference sessions. Space is limited to 20 educators.

 

"This course examines how motivation and emotions interact with learning and how UDL can be used to facilitate deep engagement in learning. Using the UDL Guidelines, participants learn to help students develop the self-awareness and self-determination that will allow them to succeed in a high, standards-based curriculum."

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Games in the Mathematics Classroom

Games in the Mathematics Classroom | Education | Scoop.it
“ Educational app developer and guest blogger Patrick Feeney looks at what makes a good math gaming app and lists some of his favorite puzzles that engage students while teaching them effectively.”
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Universal Zoom Shows Students the Scale of Objects in the Universe

Universal Zoom Shows Students the Scale of Objects in the Universe | Education | Scoop.it
"Universal Zoom is a neat iPad app designed to show users scales of size and distance. The app features more than 100 images of objects in the universe. The objects are shown next to each in a progressive scale. Tap an object to see it compared with other objects in the app. For example, I tapped on the image of Mount Everest to see it in comparison to the Eiffel Tower and Angel Falls. Tapping on the name of the object will reveal the Wikipedia entry about it."
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