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53+ Free Image Sources For Your Blog and Social Media Posts

53+ Free Image Sources For Your Blog and Social Media Posts | Education | Scoop.it
In social media, we're all increasingly thinking about visual content. But there's one question we get asked quite often: Where can you find free, good quality images that are cleared to use for your blog posts or social media content?...

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Your Child's Next Field Trip May be Virtual

Your Child's Next Field Trip May be Virtual | Education | Scoop.it
Your child's next field trip may not require a permission slip or a brightly-colored t-shirt that matches his classmates. It may not require any traveling at all, and yet he or she might be interacting with people and places on the other side of the world.
Skype in the Classroom uses technology to...
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There are 9,300 lessons offered on Skype in the classroom include teacher to teacher classroom collaboration, guest speakers and virtual field trips. All the programs are free.

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Technology can close achievement gaps, improve learning

Technology can close achievement gaps, improve learning | Education | Scoop.it

Written by Professors Linda Darling-Hammond and Shelley Goldman at the Stanford Graduate School of Education and doctoral student Molly B. Zielezinski, the report is based on a review of more than 70 recent research studies and provides concrete examples of classroom environments in which technology has made a positive difference in the learning outcomes of students at risk of failing courses and dropping out.

 


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This report "underscores that replacing teachers with technology is not a successful formula. Instead, strong gains in achievement occur by pairing technology with classroom teachers who provide real-time support and encouragement to underserved students.”

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, September 18, 7:41 AM

Good to hear, but no big surprises.

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The Time-Tested Dos and Don'ts of Using Classroom Technology

The Time-Tested Dos and Don'ts of Using Classroom Technology | Education | Scoop.it
The choices are endless. Should I set up a class blog or a Twitter account? Should I use Edmodo? Test out cell phone use in the classroom? How about Google Docs? Prezi? Throughout my nine years in ...
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Millennials Are Out-Reading Older Generations

Millennials Are Out-Reading Older Generations | Education | Scoop.it

"Kids today with their selfies and their Snapchats and their love of literature.

 

Millennials, like each generation that was young before them, tend to attract all kinds of ire from their elders for being superficial, self-obsessed, anti-intellectuals. But a study out today from the Pew Research Center offers some vindication for the younger set. Millennials are reading more books than the over-30 crowd, Pew found in a survey of more than 6,000 Americans."

 


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Surprised? Pew Research Center says Millennials are reading more books than the over-30 crowd.

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Mel Riddile's curator insight, September 11, 12:34 PM

This is no accident! The increased emphasis on developing literacy skills, particularly in adolescents, has helped encourage more reading among the under 30 population. It is my hope that, with the emphasis on literacy as a shared responsibility across all content areas, students will be reading more and will read and write even more as adults.

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Seven Ways to Increase Student Engagement in the Classroom - Reading Horizons

Seven Ways to Increase Student Engagement in the Classroom - Reading Horizons | Education | Scoop.it
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Using LEGO to Teach Hands-On Math

Using LEGO to Teach Hands-On Math | Education | Scoop.it

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Autism Daily Newscast's curator insight, September 10, 1:26 AM

Not an app but close enough - love it.

Elizabeth Bowden's curator insight, September 12, 4:52 PM

In addition to using Lego for maths, I've taken my sons (extensive) Lego collection into History and Society & Culture to have the students (high school) demonstrate their understanding of concepts such as globalisation, communism, nationalism, capitalism. Worked really well and classes sooo happy. 

 

Having been broken up into groups and given a concept each, They created cities or environments demonstrating the concept then talked the rest of the class through. 

Ness Crouch's curator insight, September 13, 1:06 PM

Fantastic ideas for using lego in mathematics. Simple hands on tasks.

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Two Incredibly Useful Videos on Flipped Learning ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Two Incredibly Useful Videos on Flipped Learning ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Education | Scoop.it
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SchoolCircle | Parent-teacher communication made easy

SchoolCircle | Parent-teacher communication made easy | Education | Scoop.it

SchoolCircle is a new free service for teachers and parents which turns school emails and paper flyers into easy reminders and action items.

 


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Nik Peachey's curator insight, September 5, 4:34 AM

This looks like a useful tool for keeping in touch with parents and keeping them involved in their kids' work.

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3 Ways to Plan for Diverse Learners: What Teachers Do

3 Ways to Plan for Diverse Learners: What Teachers Do | Education | Scoop.it
Teachers aiming to differentiate learning in their classroom can focus on content, process, and product in giving students opportunities to grow and shine as individuals.
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Great Back to School Activity for Digital Citizenship

Great Back to School Activity for Digital Citizenship | Education | Scoop.it

"Like it or not, today's students are not just citizens. They are "digital" citizens. This means that educators need to spend time with students on ensuring they know how to be responsible online."


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This activity begins with asking students to think about what they want their online reputation to be and come up with a sentence (perhaps 140 characters) indicating who they are online.  

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Linda Dougherty's curator insight, August 21, 8:50 PM

Great ideas for a unit that incorporates digital citizenship.

gwynethjones's curator insight, August 23, 7:18 AM

SWEET! Must to share w/ my teachers!

Jennifer Crutchfield's curator insight, August 23, 7:28 AM

So true that all educators need to do this thanks for sharing @GwenythJones

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Teaching Is Not a Business

Teaching Is Not a Business | Education | Scoop.it
Reformers misunderstand how central human relationships are to the educational process.
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"Every successful educational initiative of which I’m aware aims at strengthening personal bonds by building strong systems of support in the schools." - UC-Berkeley Prof. David L. Kirp, writing in the New York Times.

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Great Examples of How Content Curation Tools Can Be Effectively Used In Education

Great Examples of How Content Curation Tools Can Be Effectively Used In Education | Education | Scoop.it

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Ivo Nový's curator insight, August 18, 10:22 PM

What is content Curation? Great explanation and very interesting interview with Robin Good on curation.

John Gougoulis's curator insight, August 19, 3:34 AM

An absolutely significant skill in any research or investigation, for educators and learners in the digital age - the curation of content- with a clear focus or question in mind, the capacity to target a search field, sift through, reflect on and make decisions about the most suitable resource or evidence to use. What a great learning experience.

N Kaspar's curator insight, September 2, 9:33 AM

Intriguing idea.

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How to Get the Most Out of Student-Owned Devices in Any Classroom

How to Get the Most Out of Student-Owned Devices in Any Classroom | Education | Scoop.it

Technical issues with devices can be a headache, so setting some ground rules for device management helps mitigate some hiccups. Mills recommends making it clear that it is students’ responsibility to bring their device to school charged and ready to go. Designating a spot on student desks or tables where devices go when they aren’t being used for a specific assignment is also a great way to deter students from succumbing to distraction.


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Mlle_Prof's curator insight, August 15, 7:27 AM

So many teachers shy away from tech, here are some great tips for making the most of what's available to you.

Claudia Estrada's curator insight, August 16, 3:19 PM

Glad to see that some of the recommendations that we have already discussed with teachers are stated in here.  

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Car Garage Fun Game for Kids http://goo.gl/Hvzyk2
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Students As Creators: How To Drive Your Students To Be More Than Just Consumers - InformED

Students As Creators: How To Drive Your Students To Be More Than Just Consumers - InformED | Education | Scoop.it
Begin and end every class period with a creation.
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Recommendation #1: Begin and end every class period with a creation.

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Inside the Brain of a Struggling Reader | Infographic | Scientific Learning

Inside the Brain of a Struggling Reader | Infographic | Scientific Learning | Education | Scoop.it
When a student struggles to read, we look to factors such as socioeconomic status or access to books. But brain differences are also part of the equation and should not be overlooked.
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Science shows that we can help struggling readers at a neurological level.

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7 Questions to Ask Parents at the Beginning of the Year

7 Questions to Ask Parents at the Beginning of the Year | Education | Scoop.it
Seven questions teachers can ask parents at the start of the year with the intention of building a partnership to support their child's learning.
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1. What do you see as your child's greatest strengths or skills?

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From Toy to Tool: How to Develop Smart Tablet Habits in Class

From Toy to Tool: How to Develop Smart Tablet Habits in Class | Education | Scoop.it
Managing tablets as learning tools in the classroom is not easy, especially when many kids use them largely as toys outside of school, if they have access to a tablet in their home environment. Here are some ideas on how to develop smart habits for class.
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"If you are going to use the tablets with students, be prepared to move and engage a lot. Tablet-learning requires a lot of energy on the part of the teacher and a high level of engagement and interaction with students."

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10 Perfect Read Aloud Books for 2nd Grade

10 Perfect Read Aloud Books for 2nd Grade | Education | Scoop.it
Blog post at PragmaticMom : I chose a collection of some of my favorite chapter books and picture books for second grade read alouds. Truth be told, I don't really reme[..]
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Sure-fire Strategies to Earn Your Students’ Respect | NEA Member Benefits

Sure-fire Strategies to Earn Your Students’ Respect | NEA Member Benefits | Education | Scoop.it
Classroom frustrations—solved! Teachers share their best tips to keep students’ attention, improve collaboration and boost engagement.
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Don Fulmer of Roselle, Ill., asks his students to collaboratively write their own classroom constitution.

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A Flipped Classroom? Or Should It Be Sideways? | Edudemic

A Flipped Classroom? Or Should It Be Sideways? | Edudemic | Education | Scoop.it

Since it is a less radical departure from what students and parents expect, there’s less stress and uncertainty. If you fear that students may not have access to video lectures or get distracted from learning while on their own time, then teacher resources and equipment available in most schools solve this logistics problem. Wealth and home situation do not become a barrier to learning.

 


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5 Accessible Design Tips for Blended Courses -- Campus Technology

5 Accessible Design Tips for Blended Courses -- Campus Technology | Education | Scoop.it
Revamping a course to be accessible to students with physical or learning disabilities can help make it more accessible to everybody else too.

 

Blended learning typically involves an element of student control over when, where and how learning takes place. But what happens if a student isn't very good with "self-direction, self-pacing and self-motivation"?

 

As Ibrahim Dahlstrom-Hakki, a senior academic researcher and associate professor at Landmark College in Vermont, expressed it, those are "critical areas of weakness" for students with learning disabilities — and they can be problems for mainstream students as well.


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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, September 4, 8:22 PM

Solid advice for designer and teachers. Accessible Design (Universal Design?) is good for all learners, but essential for those with learning disabilities.

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How Teachers Can Create Videos That Engage Students - Education Week

How Teachers Can Create Videos That Engage Students - Education Week | Education | Scoop.it
As a teacher, you may think slick production is the way to go in building engaging learning videos, but new data shows that variables within your control (and budget!) have more of an impact.

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Here's a good back-to-school overview about creating classroom videos.

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Gina Martin's curator insight, August 29, 10:23 AM

Just thinking about doing this-

Ness Crouch's curator insight, August 29, 4:39 PM

Videos are a great way to engage students. Yes it can be time consuming but can be used over and over again.

Reshelle Johnson's curator insight, September 1, 8:36 AM

I enjoyed making instructional videos for my students and letting them make them as well.  This article covers why we should not be hung up on having a polished video because shorter, less formal videos can be more effective.  I used the app Explain Everything on my iPad to record lessons, but there are some who say that having the teacher in the video is more effective.  I wasn't ready for that.

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Four Skills to Teach Students In the First Five Days of School

Four Skills to Teach Students In the First Five Days of School | Education | Scoop.it
Alan November explains how he would use the first five days of school to lay the groundwork for a year of learning that goes far beyond the test.
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5 Engaging Digital Icebreakers for Back To School!

5 Engaging  Digital Icebreakers for Back To School! | Education | Scoop.it
As we are preparing to welcome our students back to school, many teachers are dusting off well-worn "ice breakers" for that first day. From "tell us about your summer" to "set some goals for the new year" we all have our go-to toolkit of new year prompts and games. But what about those with some tech to spice up this welcome? Here are 5 back-to-school digital ice breakers to ring in the new year with gusto:
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60 iPad Productivity Apps For Modern Teachers

60 iPad Productivity Apps For Modern Teachers | Education | Scoop.it

But technology may be able to help. This list, for example. We’ve offered ideas in the past to helpteachers save time, but those can only do so much. As can these apps, but every little bit helps, yes? Your workload, grade level, school climate, personal organizational habits–even beliefs about what a teacher is supposed to be and do all matter more than an app, but if you’re mobile and connected, you at least have a chance.

From RSS readers to social readers to to-do lists to calendar apps to note-taking and cloud-based document editing and more, this list has to have something that can improve the efficiency of what you do.

Assuming you have an iPad.

 


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Tony Guzman's curator insight, August 18, 6:23 AM

While not every instructor has an iPad, those that do can find some apps that can certainly help them in their art of teaching. Many of these apps have Android counterparts as well.

Gary Harwell's curator insight, August 18, 12:33 PM

How do we become more productive?

Craig Crossley's curator insight, August 20, 5:16 PM

Some more motivation