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The Language of Maps Kids Should Know

The Language of Maps Kids Should Know | Education | Scoop.it
The vocabulary and concepts of maps kids should learn to enhance their map-skills & geography awareness. Concise definitions with clear illustrations.
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Teach teachers how to create magic

Teach teachers how to create magic | Education | Scoop.it
What do rap shows, barbershop banter and Sunday services have in common? As Christopher Emdin says, they all hold the secret magic to enthrall and teach at the same time — and it’s a skill we often don't teach to educators. The science advocate (and cofounder of Science Genius B.A.T.T.L.E.S. with the GZA of the Wu-Tang Clan) offers a vision to make the classroom come alive.

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Top 10 Ways to Reform Schools

Top 10 Ways to Reform Schools | Education | Scoop.it
Vivien Stewart shares lessons from the world's best school systems.
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Tweets that teach: Social media engages Lexington students

Tweets that teach: Social media engages Lexington students | Education | Scoop.it
Twitter, blogs, wikis- the list of new digital technology is endless and can sometimes be overwhelming.
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How Tablets Can Enable Meaningful Connections for Students and Teachers

How Tablets Can Enable Meaningful Connections for Students and Teachers | Education | Scoop.it
In the best learning environments, sharing work doesn’t just mean posting on the Internet, it means building connections with a wider community, so that sharing becomes part of a set of relationships and patterns of exchange.
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What Successful People Do With The First Hour Of Their Work Day

What Successful People Do With The First Hour Of Their Work Day | Education | Scoop.it
Remember when you used to have a period at the beginning of every day to think about your schedule, catch up with friends, maybe knock out a few tasks? It was called home room, and it went away after high school.

 

What does this picture of plastic frogs have to do with productivity?  As we are increasingly interconnected, not all connections to technology and social media are healthy or effective.  This article suggests ways to be more productive, including "Eat the Frog."  Read Twain and see that it means to tackle the hardest challenge of the day at the beginning.


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The Digitally Curated Textbook–My NCGE Presentation

The Digitally Curated Textbook–My NCGE Presentation | Education | Scoop.it

The 2012 NCGE conference has been tremendous; I plan on sharing many of the resources that I’ve discovered with you over the next few weeks.  October 6th is the day of my presentation and I’ve uploaded my slides (with hyperlinks included) here: Empowering Students: The Digitally Curated Textbook.

 

Tags: training, edtech, NCGE, social media.


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oyndrila's comment, October 7, 2012 8:52 AM
I really liked the post and found it very useful. Thank you....
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Remind 101

Remind 101 | Education | Scoop.it
A safe way for teachers to text message students and keep in touch with parents.

 

I've tried numerous methods including Facebook groups and Twitter hashtags as ways to digitally connect with my students through emerging social media platforms.  Every method seems to have a few privacy or accessibility issues and this is no expection.  However, this I think that the benefits outweigh the negatives and has much greater privacy control than most.  I haven't tried this out yet, but next semester I hope to use this free way to text message all my students (and/or parents) without the privacy issues of sharing cell phone numbers or getting them to sign up for a new social media platform.  

 

Tags: training, edtech, socialmedia, GeographyEducation.


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mkauls's comment, October 14, 2012 1:03 PM
I use this with all my classes and I would recommend it! It's simple and very easy to use and teach parents/students to sign up.
Courtney Holbert's curator insight, February 3, 2013 10:47 PM

Great way to maintain communication. 

Monica S Mcfeeters's curator insight, March 2, 2013 9:25 AM

This is an interesting possible way to connect with students or organizational members.

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TED: The Greatest Platform Worth Sharing

TED: The Greatest Platform Worth Sharing | Education | Scoop.it
No one can deny that TED.com is one of the most successful and iconic idea-sharing platforms online.

 

This summarizes quite nicely why I love TED talks. 


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Why Scoopit Is Becoming An Indispensable Learning Tool

Why Scoopit Is Becoming An Indispensable Learning Tool | Education | Scoop.it

"Implementing Scoop.it in the classroom was an “Aha!” moment, and I think you’ll have the same experience." wrote Leanna Johnson in this review of Scoop.it and curation in an educational context.


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Thomas C. Thompson's curator insight, March 9, 2013 11:59 AM

Scoop.it and I fell in love at first glance.

 

Tim Pixley's curator insight, March 13, 2013 7:57 AM

I agree!  Once you find the right curators and develop relationships with them, they turn into mentors. Some of them are very successful, industry experts, and deeply respected.  Some material gets put out months before they're covered in a college class.  The trick is to be discerning as to what is merely a fad versus a long-term trend. ;)

Denise Patrylo-Murray's curator insight, July 6, 2013 1:14 PM

Will this be the new MOODLE?

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Digital vs. Paper


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Seth Dixon's curator insight, March 31, 2013 8:59 PM

So many of the educational discussions these days are touting the newest technologies (many of which I embrace).  Too many though, I fear, are willing to abandon tried and true "old school" pedagogical strategies in an attempt to incorporate the latest and greatest.  Just because it's new doesn't inherently make it better.  This video is a comical reminder that some old technologies and old strategies are worth keeping.  Let's keep some paper in the educational system. 

Tony Hall's curator insight, April 3, 2013 10:29 PM

You've more than likely seen this already, but I think it is worth sharing. I love technology. I love using it in the classroom. But it is just a tool - a crap teacher with a laptop is still a crap teacher. I firmly believe that there is room for the traditional as well as the innovative. Enjoy:)

Denise Patrylo-Murray's curator insight, July 6, 2013 1:09 PM

Very True

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A Key to School Improvement: Empowering Students Beyond the Classroom

A Key to School Improvement: Empowering Students Beyond the Classroom | Education | Scoop.it

"A lot of emphasis has been placed on student empowerment in the classroom, but less attention has focused on student empowerment in the school as a whole. One way to empower students in the school is through the development of a student government with the power to impact school policies. Many student government groups function as purely social groups with activities oriented toward school spirit. While fostering a collective school identity is important in the development of a school community, such groups typically are devoid of any real decision-making power."


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Seth Dixon's curator insight, April 25, 2013 2:33 PM

I've greatly enjoyed working with Allison Hunt for the last 8 years and as always, she has a great perspective on the helping students become empowered.  

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Six Characteristics of a Great STEM Lesson

Six Characteristics of a Great STEM Lesson | Education | Scoop.it
Focus on real-world problems. Involve art teachers. Anne Jolly, a former middle school science teacher, breaks down the ideal STEM lesson.
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Blended learning revolution: Tech meets tradition in the classroom

Blended learning revolution: Tech meets tradition in the classroom | Education | Scoop.it
Blended learning combines the best of online learning with traditional teaching. The educational trend is showing results – higher test scores, happier teachers and students – as more schools adopt and adapt it.
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Facebook News Feed: WW II

Facebook News Feed: WW II | Education | Scoop.it

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, November 21, 2013 1:23 PM

This is not the most reputable site or the most historically accurate information.  Then why would I share it?  I can see this making sense to some of our must reluctant students. 

Heather Ramsey's comment, November 21, 2013 3:00 PM
Sure, but it still makes me laugh almost to the point of tears. I may, or may not, have fuzzed out some of the crass language and used a few lines of it during a unit on the French Revolution... ;)
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Debating the U.S. Response to Syria | Teaching with the News | Brown University

Debating the U.S. Response to Syria | Teaching with the News | Brown University | Education | Scoop.it
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River View becomes more Connected through Google Apps

River View becomes more Connected through Google Apps
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PCHS students ‘engaged’ with iPads

PCHS students ‘engaged’ with iPads | Education | Scoop.it
A class that inspires students to learn on their own while learning from – and about – each other may seem routine.
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Technology Doesn't Teach, Teachers Teach

Technology Doesn't Teach, Teachers Teach | Education | Scoop.it
No matter how far we evolve from the little red schoolhouse, we cannot afford to sacrifice the foundation of education that is built upon the unique relationship between teacher and student.

 

This article is a sound reminder not to abandon sound pedagogy for for cool technology.  Yes, technology can assist, but it there needs to an underlying rationale for the inclusion of technology otherwise it is simply trying to spend our way out of a problem. 


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Why Wikipedia Does Belong in the Classroom

Why Wikipedia Does Belong in the Classroom | Education | Scoop.it
The proper place of social media in the classroom remains a mystery to most people, with Wikipedia standing as the biggest, baddest new media nemesis of them all.

 

This is what I tell my students every semester: "Wikipedia is not a bad place to start research--just make sure that it doesn't stop there." 

 


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Michelle Carvajal's comment, September 20, 2012 4:55 PM
This is very interesting as many professors cringe at the word Wikipedia. The site can be edited however usually a good resource on wikipedia will have sources and links at the end of the page.
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Driven to distraction: How to help wired students learn to focus

Driven to distraction: How to help wired students learn to focus | Education | Scoop.it
Today's digital technologies are creating an easily distracted generation with short attention spans. Here's one way to fight back.

 

More thoughts on how to use technology to improve educational focus. 


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Tony Hall's comment, November 18, 2012 7:58 PM
Very interesting! And relevant, too.
Jacqueline Kassteen's comment, December 13, 2012 6:40 AM
We also found new research on how technology is changing student’s learning behaviour. This article might interest you: http://monitor.icef.com/2012/12/new-insights-on-characteristics-of-us-college-students/
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Using Curation in Education

Using Curation in Education | Education | Scoop.it

"Students of all ages must be trained to search, select, qualify (and therefore disqualify), then enrich with their own thought, and then use and share information."


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Seth Dixon's curator insight, January 22, 2013 10:36 PM

This is a great article that demonstrates the value of curation in education (especially using the platform scoop.it).  Students today must sort through an array of online sources today.  As a professor/curator, I see part of my role being to present students with vetted, quality online information.  I demonstrate this in part ot provide materials for my students, but even more so to teach my students how to assess materials for themselves as they become the curators of information in their own right.    

Emiel Mulder's curator insight, January 24, 2013 6:40 AM

Leerlingen moet leren welke bronnen bruikbaar zijn en welke niet. Daar wordt echter maar weinig aandacht aan besteed... Hoe kan dit beter?

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The 36 Rules Of Social Media

The 36 Rules Of Social Media | Education | Scoop.it
  via MediaBistro Everyone’s an influencer. The consumer is out for himself (not for you). Optimize content. It’s an organism, not a process. Think past vanity metrics (like followers).

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World leaders in the classroom?

World leaders in the classroom? | Education | Scoop.it

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, April 12, 2013 1:33 PM

Years ago the idea of inviting people from around the world into your classroom seemed far-fetched and unrealistic.  Here we see the Former Prime Minister of Australia (and still a foreign policy expert on East Asia) Kevin Rudd skyping with the Plaid Avenger's World Regions geography class at Virginia Tech (you can start 14 minutes into the feed).  This is a great to discuss China, North Korea and Australia, but is a perfect example of social media and educational technologies to enhance the classroom experience and improve the learning.  


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