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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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Top 10 eLearning Trends For 2015 Infographic - e-Learning Infographics

Top 10 eLearning Trends For 2015 Infographic - e-Learning Infographics | Education | Scoop.it
10 eLearning Trends to Follow in 2015 Infographic shows elearning professionals what to follow in the coming year.

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Susan Grigsby @sksgrigsby's curator insight, December 9, 11:16 AM

Comprehensive infographic with some trends to watch for 2015. Interesting information worth thinking about.

Itsdevelopmental's curator insight, December 10, 4:01 AM

A good list  - no surprises here and what has changed from 2013, 2014?

Lucila Pérez's curator insight, December 10, 8:16 AM

Proyecciones 2015 sobre E-Learning: Aprendizaje Personalizado, Gamificación, Realidad Aumentada, Aprendizaje Móvil, entre otros

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Sir Ken Robinson - Can Creativity Be Taught?

If there was a moment when our crisis in education hit critical mass it may well have been the date Sir Ken Robinson's TED talk went up on YouTube. In just ...

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Criativity its a process,, its about thinking, its, about judgement and evaluation! plus a very interesting view about teaching and mentoring!!

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ED Celebrates Student Art with ‘Yo soy … Je Suis … I am … My Neighborhood’ Exhibit | ED.gov Blog

ED Celebrates Student Art with ‘Yo soy … Je Suis … I am … My Neighborhood’ Exhibit | ED.gov Blog | Education | Scoop.it
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The entrance halls and ground floor public spaces of the U.S. Department of Education are filled year-round with color, creativity, and powerful ideas, thanks to the talents of young artists from the United States and around the world. 

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Bayfield educator Richard Erickson is finalist for prestigious national award

Bayfield educator Richard Erickson is finalist for prestigious national award | Education | Scoop.it
The NEA Foundation has announced that Richard Erickson, who teaches Chemistry, Physics, and Alternative Education at Bayfield High School in Bayfield, Wisconsin, will receive the Horace Mann Award for Teaching Excellence, $10,000, and recognition as one of the nation’s top educators at the NEA Foundation’s Salute to Excellence in Education Awards Gala to be held on February 13, 2015, in Washington, DC.
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Deeper Learning: Moving Students Beyond Memorization - NEA Today

Deeper Learning: Moving Students Beyond Memorization - NEA Today | Education | Scoop.it
“These students tend to learn more deeply and they tend to perform better, not only on traditional achievement tests but also on assessments of more complex understanding,” adds Darling-Hammond.
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The focus on memorization, fueled by standardized testing, has obstructed learning, according to Linda Darling-Hammond of Stanford University, who argues that students have been losing or squandering most of the information they acquire in school.

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Screencast-O-Matic: An Essential (Free) Tool for the Digital Classroom

Screencast-O-Matic: An Essential (Free) Tool for the Digital Classroom | Education | Scoop.it
Whether you are flipping the classroom or just recording an instructional video, Screencast-O-Matic makes screencasting for educators as simple as possible.

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A veteran teacher turned coach shadows 2 students for 2 days - a sobering lesson learned

The following account comes from a veteran HS teacher who just became a Coach in her building. Her experience is svivid and sobering."

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One of her key takeaways: High School students are sitting passively and listening during approximately 90% of their classes.

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A very scary headline about kindergartners

A very scary headline about kindergartners | Education | Scoop.it
What are we doing to young kids in school?
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For some kids, learning to read in kindergarten is just fine. For many others, it isn’t. They just aren’t ready. In years gone by, kids were given time to develop and learn to read in the early grades without being seen as failures. Even kids who took time learning how to read were able to excel. Today kids aren’t given time and space to learn at their own speed.

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Social Entrepreneurship: 7 Ways to Empower Student Changemakers

Social Entrepreneurship: 7 Ways to Empower Student Changemakers | Education | Scoop.it
Tap into students' heartbreak to discover how they want to change the world, and the power of social media will launch them toward great accomplishments.
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How can we unleash more social entrepreneurs? How can we empower more students to make a difference?

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Five Tools That Are Transforming STEM Education

Five Tools That Are Transforming STEM Education | Education | Scoop.it
The K-12 classroom doesn’t look the way it used to.
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Integrating these new tools into their lessons can help teachers teachers reinforce theoretical concepts by demonstrating their real-world applications.

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The Benefits of Students Teaching Students Through Online Video

The Benefits of Students Teaching Students Through Online Video | Education | Scoop.it
“When students explain it and they have a way to make it extremely relevant to your life and show you how this actually relates to you specifically, that can make the material really exciting,”
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“When students explain it and they have a way to make it extremely relevant to your life and show you how this actually relates to you specifically, that can make the material really exciting,” 

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25 Practices That Foster Lifelong Learning - InformED

25 Practices That Foster Lifelong Learning - InformED | Education | Scoop.it
"I don't divide the world into the weak and the strong, or the successes and the failures... I divide the world into learners and nonlearners." --Benjami
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Teaching Your Students How to Have a Conversation

Teaching Your Students How to Have a Conversation | Education | Scoop.it
Guest blogger Dr. Allen Mendler presents eight strategies for helping your students reclaim and master the lost art of conversation.
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"There is no doubt that learning to listen and talk is an extremely important way to broaden knowledge, enhance understanding and build community."

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Gamification in Education: Top 10 Gamification Case Studies that will Change our Future

Gamification in Education: Top 10 Gamification Case Studies that will Change our Future | Education | Scoop.it
The Top 10 Education Gamification Examples according to Pioneer and Stanford Lecturer Yu-kai Chou is 1. Duolingo 2. Ribbon Hero 3. Class Dojo 4....
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Moving Beyond the Textbook

Moving Beyond the Textbook | Education | Scoop.it
Welcome to the days of OER, PLCs, and student-supported tech as education transitions from static textbooks to connect students' learning with the world around them.
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Ultimately, this process takes time and the effort of district leaders and teachers.

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Are Teachers of Tomorrow Prepared to Use Innovative Tech?

Are Teachers of Tomorrow Prepared to Use Innovative Tech? | Education | Scoop.it
Only half of current working teachers believe they can use technology to motivate students to learn, compared to 75 percent of incoming teachers. Only 17 percent of current teachers believe technology can help students deeply explore their own ideas, compared to 59 percent of incoming teachers. And 26 percent of current teachers believe students can use technology to apply knowledge to problem-solving, compared to 64 percent of aspiring teachers.
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Only half of current working teachers believe they can use technology to motivate students to learn, compared to 75 percent of incoming teachers. Only 17 percent of current teachers believe technology can help students deeply explore their own ideas, compared to 59 percent of incoming teachers. And 26 percent of current teachers believe students can use technology to apply knowledge to problem-solving, compared to 64 percent of aspiring teachers.

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5 Social Media Must Knows for Every Teacher

5 Social Media Must Knows for Every Teacher | Education | Scoop.it
By Cari Bennette - For dynamic learning experiences to engaged students and parents, here's tips for teachers on how to apply social media in the classroom.
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10 things all educators should commit to...

10 things all educators should commit to... | Education | Scoop.it
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Will you commit to creating experiences kids will remember forever?

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Provide the Gift of Giving for Students

Provide the Gift of Giving for Students | Education | Scoop.it
Bring the true spirit of the holidays to your school by showing students how they can use their learning to shine a bright light in others' lives.
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Use holiday time to turn this idea into an activity of thanks within your school, perhaps even extending to class "gifts" to the community.

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, November 17, 1:02 PM

I used to put a box out for the Food Bank.Each year it got fuller. That was despite our enrollment declining. I always seeded the box with several items giving the impression the process had begun, which it had.

 

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Brush Up On Your EdTech Vocabulary With This Cheat Sheet | Edudemic

Brush Up On Your EdTech Vocabulary With This Cheat Sheet | Edudemic | Education | Scoop.it
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Blended Learning, Differentiated Learning, Flipped Classrooms, Synchronous Online Learning. What does it all mean? This infographic will help you sort it all out.

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5 Tips for Helping a Student Find the Right Book

5 Tips for Helping a Student Find the Right Book | Education | Scoop.it
Research shows that children want assistance with finding a reading book. While your students search the stacks, here's some helpful tips for teachers.
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As teachers, regardless of age of our students, we contribute everyday in helping children fall in love with reading and writing. Those two things enrich our lives academically, yes, but also personally: Reading helps us make sense of the world. Writing gives us a voice in that same world.

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5 Ways to Engage Parents Using Google Drive

5 Ways to Engage Parents Using Google Drive | Education | Scoop.it
April Smith shares how she uses the free Google Drive service to communicate with parents and engage them in their child's education. She describes 5 simple ways to communicate with them digitally and eliminate unnecessary paper. Strategies include collecting contact data, sharing presentations, sending home newsletters, creating digital behavior logs, and having parents sign up for parent-teacher conferences.
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  • Google Drive can be downloaded on smart phones and tablets, so parents can access every document without having to own a computer or pay for internet at their house.
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The six common components of good-quality teaching

The six common components of good-quality teaching | Education | Scoop.it

Six good practices

The research we reviewed suggests there are six common components that are signatures of good-quality teaching:

- Content knowledge 


- Quality of instruction


- Teaching climate 


- Classroom management


- Teacher beliefs 


- Professional behaviours 


Learn more:


http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?tag=Rise+of+the+Professional+Educator


http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?tag=Great+Teachers


http://gustmees.wordpress.com/2014/07/10/education-collaboration-and-coaching-the-future/


http://gustmees.wordpress.com/2013/05/25/so-whats-the-change-for-teachers-in-21st-century-education/


http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?tag=mindset





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Do you agree that these are the six key components of good-quality teaching? Would you add others?  ... Content knowledge, Quality of instruction, Teaching climate, Classroom management, Teacher beliefs, and Professional behaviours .

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, November 10, 11:57 AM

Good teaching and pedagogy is all about relating to the students and curricula. It is invitational work that allows teachers and students to meet in spaces between each other.

 

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SMARTERTEACHER's curator insight, November 12, 1:00 PM

I like the list but would prefer that Content not be the first thing to show up.  There are a great many people who know content, but could not teach their way out of a paper bag. 

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Help Students Find Credible Sources using Google Scholar

Help Students Find Credible Sources using Google Scholar | Education | Scoop.it
Google Scholar is one of the most useful but often overlooked research and academic tools available to students and educators online.

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Claudia Estrada's curator insight, November 4, 11:50 AM

Would be a good tool to add to our students toolbox.  

 

ATweetsville's curator insight, November 4, 12:24 PM

Not just for teaching kids to properly cite sources- hopefully it creates a habit of checking the validity of information you find on the internet (aka, no more blindly reposting/retweeting inaccurate info masquerading as fact).

Mark Treadwell's curator insight, November 4, 1:22 PM

This is 'one of those essential skills'