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The Classroom and the Cloud: A Bright Forecast for 2020

The Classroom and the Cloud: A Bright Forecast for 2020 | Education | Scoop.it
What will the classroom of 2020 look like? As I look ahead, many of the trends we're seeing today will continue to expand learning beyond the classroom walls to connect educators, students and real-w
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"By 2020, students will demonstrate their creativity, skills and knowledge in ways that take advantage of the technology available to them. In particular, expect to see greater reliance on student portfolios and an expansion of the ways that the education community and employers assess students."

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Educators Need to be 21st Century Learners Too…

Educators Need to be 21st Century Learners Too… | Education | Scoop.it
If we expect our students to develop 21st century skills, then we must model them for our students and each other. We must take risks, grow, and learn.
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We expect our students to be good digital citizens, using devices, programs, and tools responsibly.  We want our students to ask questions and explore for answers.  We expect our students to learn, grow, and then reflect on that learning. So, wouldn’t we expect the same skills for ourselves as educators and professionals?

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3 Favorite Free Online Image Editors For Education

3 Favorite Free Online Image Editors For Education | Education | Scoop.it

"Learning how to use image editing software can be difficult and time consuming. And, teaching students how to use it can be even more challenging. Luckily, there are several free, online alternativ..."


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Jan MacWatters's curator insight, July 20, 10:48 AM

it's often hard to teach kids photo editing skills when the software is expensive.  These are good solution sosolution so

Rosemary Tyrrell's curator insight, July 21, 4:40 PM

Some great image editor resources. 

Alfredo Corell's curator insight, Today, 4:49 AM

To help you and your students create your own amazing images, Edublogger has compiled a list of  3  online photo editors. In order to be on the list, each of these tools must meet these three requirements:

  1. It is free to use.
  2. It requires no registration.
  3. It provides educators and students with an intuitive, easy-to-learn photo editing tool.

And the tools are:

* Picadilo

* Pixlr

* Fotor


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The 6-step guide to flipping your classroom - Daily Genius

The 6-step guide to flipping your classroom - Daily Genius | Education | Scoop.it
It’s one of the most talked-about trends in education right now. Right behind the iPad and Common Core. Flipping your classroom is a trend that doesn’t seem to be going away any time soon. That’s great, because it offers a lot of advantages for your classroom regardless of your students’ age or what subject matter …
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This infographic covers each step: Plan, record, share, change, group, regroup.

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How To Take Notes: Learning From The Strategies That Set Straight-A Students Apart

How To Take Notes: Learning From The Strategies That Set Straight-A Students Apart | Education | Scoop.it
Most students take notes without thinking twice about it. It's what a good student does, what the professor expects, what everyone around them is doing.
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Did you know that note-taking is a learned skill that can dramatically help students?

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What you might not know about the Declaration of Independence - Kenneth C. Davis

What you might not know about the Declaration of Independence - Kenneth C. Davis | Education | Scoop.it
In June 1776, a little over a year after the start of the American Revolutionary War, the US Continental Congress huddled together in a hot room in Philadelphia to talk independence. Kenneth C. Davis dives into some of the lesser known facts about the process of writing the Declaration of Independence and questions one very controversial omission.
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Why wasn't slavery mentioned in the Declaration of Independence? This short video raises that question.

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Twibfy - discover beautiful content

Twibfy - discover beautiful content | Education | Scoop.it
Twibfy is an inspirational platform where you can discover, share, submit and organize the content you love.

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Baiba Svenca's curator insight, June 26, 6:35 AM

Twibfy is a platform for sharing beautiful photos and videos. All the images are high-quality and inspirational, you can make your own collection from the photos displayed on the site, download them or upload your own images.

Lots of creative photos for your presentations!

Willemijn Schmitz's curator insight, June 27, 9:40 AM

Zeer inspirerend!

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10 Exciting Ways to Use Mobile Phones In the Classroom Infographic | e-Learning Infographics

10 Exciting Ways to Use Mobile Phones In the Classroom Infographic | e-Learning Infographics | Education | Scoop.it
The 10 Exciting Ways to Use Mobile Phones In the Classroom Infographic presents 10 tips to create a conducive learning environment with the use of mobility.
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3 Ways to Use QR Codes to Connect School and Home

3 Ways to Use QR Codes to Connect School and Home | Education | Scoop.it
Print communications can be enhanced with this digital barcode-like technology.
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Using Technology Vs Technology Integration- An Excellent Chart for Teachers ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Using Technology Vs Technology Integration- An Excellent Chart for Teachers ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Education | Scoop.it
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Is technology used randomly and sporadically in your classroom, or is it planned, purposeful and a routine part of the classroom environment?

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5 Tips for Teaching the Tough Kids

5 Tips for Teaching the Tough Kids | Education | Scoop.it
Guest blogger Josh Work shares five techniques for dealing with middle school students who present ongoing discipline issues. His underlying theme is recognizing these kids as adolescents seeking ways to cope with stress or complicated lives.
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11 Bad Teaching Habits That Are Stifling Your Growth

11 Bad Teaching Habits That Are Stifling Your Growth | Education | Scoop.it

11 Teaching Habits to Watch Out For

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We have all developed great teaching habits that help us connect with and enlighten our students on a daily basis, and for the most part we know to avoid the bad habits. But it never hurts to take a look at a list like this and ask ourselves if some of these bad habits may crop up from time to time. Sometimes if we identify them and just think about them, we can reverse them.

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The 7 characteristics of a digitally competent teacher - Daily Genius

The 7 characteristics of a digitally competent teacher - Daily Genius | Education | Scoop.it
Being a proper digitally competent teacher is not as simple as picking up an iPhone and tweeting. You need to be a good digital citizen, understand privacy, and more. In an effort to clarify and explain some of the most important characteristics that a digitally competent teacher must have, we whipped up this fun visual. …
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It's important that teachers be digitally competent. But, as this infographic points out, it's also important to always remember that you're a teacher, not a techie.

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Use of games as an educational tool becoming much more common, survey finds

Use of games as an educational tool becoming much more common, survey finds | Education | Scoop.it
We have an early look at some of the interesting data coming out of a larger report on teacher attitudes around the use of games in the classroom. The numbers hint at wider use of games in the classroom and indicate teachers see the real benefit of games in helping low-performing students.
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55% of teachers say they have students play educational games as a classroom tool at least once a week.

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101 iPad Tips & Tricks

101 iPad Tips & Tricks | Education | Scoop.it
Enjoy 101 iPad tips and tricks. These amazing iPad tips cover setup, new users, entertainment and much more.

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Ron McIntyre's curator insight, July 22, 6:03 AM

I am always open to ne tricks on my IPad.  some are basic but easy to read.

Deanna Peluso's curator insight, July 22, 10:41 AM

A fantastic resource for any new (or exploring) iPad user. Tips and tricks from organization, photos, and keyboards. 

Rocio Watkins's curator insight, July 22, 11:33 AM
Teachers: let's take advantage of a few weeks of summer left to become iPad pros
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The e-textbook transformation

The e-textbook transformation | Education | Scoop.it
A new wave of e-textbooks is giving students more than just words and a few hotlinks on a digital page. Publishers over the last few years have been adding video, interactive maps and gamified quizzes
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"The latest e-textbooks, developed by traditional publishers as well as new players like Discovery Education, are powered by a host of adaptive features, such as adjustable levels of difficulty and instant translation into other languages. And in some districts, teachers are using platforms like Apple’s iBooks to create their own digital course materials."

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The Ultimate Directory Of Free Image Sources

The Ultimate Directory Of Free Image Sources | Education | Scoop.it
So, you need an image for your blog? We’ve spent some time categorizing our favorite sources for free images and organizing them in such a way as to help you find what you’re looking for. Here are ...
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Every classroom can use free high-quality images, and this directory will help you find them.

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The Most Popular Social Network for Young People? Texting

The Most Popular Social Network for Young People? Texting | Education | Scoop.it

What are the most popular social networks, apps, and websites for high schoolers? Niche asked. Seven thousand teenagers answered.


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Nik Peachey's curator insight, July 7, 4:32 AM

Interesting survey results.

Mirta Liliana Filgueira's curator insight, July 8, 9:45 AM

Redes Sociales

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The Top 100 Tools to Capture, Edit, Publish and Distribute Video Online

The Top 100 Tools to Capture, Edit, Publish and Distribute Video Online | Education | Scoop.it
The best tools and services to capture, edit, publish and distribute video online.

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Salon de tecnologia's curator insight, July 6, 2:40 PM

Vale la pena echarle un ojito!

Nevermore Sithole's curator insight, July 10, 6:54 AM

Video Production

ChemaCepeda's curator insight, Today, 5:34 AM

Buen listado. Ya no hay excusas para producir buenos contenidos de salud

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8 Critical Skills For A Modern Education

8 Critical Skills For A Modern Education | Education | Scoop.it

"Pearson sent us this report recently–Exploring the Learning Curve. The big idea here is the changing skill needs for students globally. It is based on this idea of an index–a Global Index of Cognitive Skills and Education Attainment. The report explains:
'The Global Index of Cognitive Skills and Educational Attainment compares the performance of 39 countries and one region (Hong Kong) on two categories of education: Cognitive Skills and Educational Attainment. The Index provides a snapshot of the relative performance of countries based on their education outputs.'”


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Short and to the point, this list provides great food for thought. DId you expect to see digital literacy as one of the top skills for a modern education?

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, June 25, 6:12 PM

As this post states, the image shown above has been in the media quite a bit over the last few weeks. It shares the eight cognitive skills that students need (based on the research). As you review them you will notice that these are inline with the skills recommended for 21st century learning.

In addition to these skills the report also shared six lessons. Three are listed below.

* Lesson 1: The OECD estimates that half of the economic growth in developed countries in the last decade came from improved skills.

* Lesson 2: In recent years it has become increasingly clear that basic reading, writing and arithmetic are not enough. The importance of 21st century non-cognitive skills – broadly defined as abilities important for social interaction – is pronounced.

* Lesson 3: Making sure people are taught the right skills early in their childhood is much more effective than trying to improve skills in adulthood for people who were let down by their school system. But even when primary education is of a high quality, skills decline in adulthood if they are not used regularly.

Click through to the post and read the other three lessons. Consider your students. Do you think your school is meeting the lessons and the skills? Do you think the US is meeting these lessons and skills? If you click through to the actual report you can see a table that shows the Overall Index Rank and Score of the 39 countries involved (plus Hong Kong) as well as the Cognitive Skills Rank and Score, and the Educational Attainment Rank and Score for the years 2012 and 2014.

David Hain's curator insight, June 26, 12:35 AM

Critical skills that will secure a positive future, for you or your kids!

Audrey's curator insight, July 10, 11:28 AM

These would seem to correlate with Thomas Friedman's    "The world is flat" idea.  Basically we need to value and  respect all human beings as those  people at the bottom of the tree last century wont always be there:  

 

Emotional intelligence (feel things from others point of view).  Communication (learn to speak  another person's language). Problem-solving (Listen to and understand someone else's pain and joy); Team-working (the ability to liaise with others as humans who feel pain, cry, hurt just as you do).  

 

Basically the emphasis seems to be on humanity as one rather group rather than the superficial differences.  The idea is for human beings to leave the savannah.

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Two Wonderful Visual Lists of Educational iPad Apps for Teachers and Students

Two Wonderful Visual Lists of Educational iPad Apps for Teachers and Students | Education | Scoop.it

"In their attempts to establish a 1:1 program for the year 6 class, St Oliver Plunket has recently held a series of workshops in order to develop their students skills before they were officially given management of their very own devices.

The workshops were particularly centered around teaching students about some tips and tricks for managing their iPad, email etiquette, successful searching and copyright and creative commons. I personally was thrilled by the efforts these people from St Oliver are putting into making their 1:1 program a success and I hope other schools would do the same."


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These are two very cool infographics of top iPad apps for teachers and students.

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Christopher Bezsylko's curator insight, June 27, 8:00 AM

leaders create sustainable change by putting the right tools in front of our teachers/students AND building a culture of innovation

Raquel Oliveira's curator insight, July 2, 4:34 PM

um big quadro de aplicativos utilizados para apoiar aprendizagem no seculo XXI...

faezams's curator insight, July 10, 6:01 PM

App list visual

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25 Ways to Create A Sticky Lesson - InformED

25 Ways to Create A Sticky Lesson - InformED | Education | Scoop.it
How do we create learning that lasts? It's a hard question to answer, and in some cases an even harder reality to achieve, particularly with the pressure

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, June 22, 7:01 PM

After describing the three phases of the learning process based on cognitive science. The first two phases:

* Students decide what to attend to.

* Students organize the information

These work with short term memory but to know the information students must also activate long term memory which may begin in class with a review but should also includes well crafted assignments.

What can you do?The post continues by exploring ways to capture a students attention and ways to help them create a framework. The final section explores how to make the lesson stick. Three examples are below (quoted from the post).

* Begin lectures with a high level question that the upcoming information can answer.

* Highlight the "unfinished" nature of each subject.

* Don't use too many types of different presentation materials at once.

Throughout the post there are links to additional resources.

Nancy Jones's curator insight, June 23, 10:38 AM

I love this image. It captures it all. Beth Dichter posts great stuff on a regular basis. I am really spending some serious time inviestigating this topic of buy-in by the students by givening them more ownership .

Ness Crouch's curator insight, June 25, 2:38 AM

I like the analogy of a 'sticky lesson'... something that sticks in your head. That's the aim of every lesson... get what you are teaching to stick in the learners head!

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8 Reasons Why Kids Should Learn to Code

8 Reasons Why Kids Should Learn to Code | Education | Scoop.it
The main reason for encouraging students to learn to code usually centers around future jobs. These reasons are perfectly valid, but there are many more.
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Coding is a great way to learn creativity and problem-solving skills. It's also a tool that gives you superpowers!

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10 Characteristics Of A Highly Effective Learning Environment

10 Characteristics Of A Highly Effective Learning Environment | Education | Scoop.it
10 Characteristics Of A Highly Effective Learning Environment
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One of the characteristics of a highly effective learning environment is that "criteria for success is balanced and transparent." ... "It should not be entirely weighted on 'participation,' assessment results, attitude, or other individual factors, but rather meaningfully melted into a cohesive framework that makes sense—not to you, your colleagues, or the expert book on your shelf, but the students themselves."

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The Teacher's Guide To Twitter - Edudemic

The Teacher's Guide To Twitter - Edudemic | Education | Scoop.it
This teacher's guide to Twitter is designed for anyone ready to use the service or already old hat. Whatever your skill level, this should help!
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Don't just consume, create and share what you learn through Twitter. This post includes a valuable list of Twitter hashtags for teachers.

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Apps that rise to the top: Tested and approved by teachers

Apps that rise to the top: Tested and approved by teachers | Education | Scoop.it

With the thousands of educational apps vying for the attention of busy teachers, it can be hard to sift for the gold. Michelle Luhtala, a savvy librarian from New Canaan High School in Connecticut has crowd-sourced the best, most extensive list of appsvoted on by educators around the country.

 

“I wanted to make sure we had some flexibility because there’s no one app that’s better than all the others,” Luhtala said. Some apps are best for younger students, others are more complicated, better suited for high school students. Many apps do one thing really well, but aren’t great at everything. Still others are bought, redesigned or just disappear — so it’s always good to know about an array of tools to suit the need at hand.

 


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Susanne Sharkey's curator insight, June 12, 10:53 AM

Terrific list of apps to use at various levels.

Kathy Lynch's curator insight, June 12, 7:30 PM

Thx John Evens

Karen Sampson's curator insight, June 18, 4:43 PM

Teachers and Techies are always looking for educational apps that are engaging for students, but promote student learning of content or skills and/or applying their current knowledge in a new way