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#Coding in the #Classroom: A Long-Overdue Inclusion - @Edutopia

#Coding in the #Classroom: A Long-Overdue Inclusion - @Edutopia | Education - probably a bit random! | Scoop.it
One need not look to superstars such as Mark Zuckerberg or Bill Gates to justify reasons for using code and programming logic in the classroom. There's plenty of literature that illustrates its positive learning outcomes. Coding in the classroom is linked to improved problem solving and analytical reasoning, and students who develop a mastery of coding have a "natural ability and drive to construct, hypothesize, explore, experiment, evaluate, and draw conclusions."

But there are other compelling reasons for integrating code in the classroom.

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Worlds of Learning | Top Ten Makerspace Favorites of 2015

Worlds of Learning | Top Ten Makerspace Favorites of 2015 | Education - probably a bit random! | Scoop.it
As this year draws to a close, we can’t help but reflect upon some of our favorite makerspace things.  Upon doing so, Travis Lape and I, have compiled a list of our ‘Top Ten Favorite Makerspace Items of 2015’.  In this post, we have provided links to all of the products, as well as a brief description of each. It is our hope, that this versatile and fun list will get you thinking about things you have never thought of before and help your makerspaces to continue to grow and evolve.  

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Unlocking the Mystery of Critical Thinking

Unlocking the Mystery of Critical Thinking | Education - probably a bit random! | Scoop.it
“Critical thinking. We all endorse it. We all want our students to do it. And we claim to teach it. But do we? Do we even understand and agree what it means to think critically?According to Paul and Elder’s (2013a) survey findings, most faculty don’t know what critical thinking is or how to teach it. Unless faculty explicitly and intentionally design their courses to build their students’ critical thinking skills and receive training in how to teach them, their students do not improve their ski”
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Ruby Day's curator insight, December 2, 2014 5:20 PM

The challenge with projects can be getting students to go into depth, think critically about their research - its relevance and the conclusions they draw and apply to the project. Some probing questions in this article to help.

BogDan Wrzesinski's curator insight, December 3, 2014 2:33 AM

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sian etherington's curator insight, December 4, 2014 4:16 PM

Useful insights - particularly that critical thinking skills can't develop in a knowledge vacuum.

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Five iPad Apps That Help Students Learn Programming Basics

Five iPad Apps That Help Students Learn Programming Basics | Education - probably a bit random! | Scoop.it
Even if your students are never going to become professional app developers, learning the fundamentals of programming can be helpful in understanding how software works. Learning programming basics...

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OVER 40 LESSON IDEAS BASED ON CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY

OVER 40 LESSON IDEAS BASED ON CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY | Education - probably a bit random! | Scoop.it
education, technology, teachers, students, lessons, resources, free, tools, ICT, elearning, schools, curriculum, apps, Google, Apple, Microsoft, iPad...

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50 free classroom posters in a week: Day One

50 free classroom posters in a week:  Day One | Education - probably a bit random! | Scoop.it
With the start of a new school year you should do your best to create a visually appealing classroom. And these posters will go a long way to making that happen.

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Kidblog | Safe and simple blogs for your students.

Kidblog | Safe and simple blogs for your students. | Education - probably a bit random! | Scoop.it

Kidblog is designed for K-12 teachers who want to provide each student with an individual blog. Students publish posts and participate in academic discussions within a secure classroom blogging community. Teachers maintain complete control over student blogs and user accounts.


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Taryn Coxall's curator insight, August 4, 2013 6:59 PM

The "Kid Blog' is a safe and effective way to allow your students to keep up to date blogs in a secure evironment. With these blogs students can not only post their own blogs, but oarticipate in discussions.

I feel this is a gerat resourse to use within the classroom, as students and teachers can keep track of students posts and especially look at their progress throughout the year.

Xyleme Alex's curator insight, August 7, 2013 4:58 PM

Looks like a great tool and it's entirely free. I like that it is based on the Wordpress platform, but removes the clutter and distractions that other blogging services have.

Antonio Tejero Aparicio's curator insight, August 8, 2013 2:59 AM

Unaplicaciones recurso en línea muy útil para desarrollar la lectura y la escritura digital. Aquí tenéis un ejemplo

http://kidblog.org/6EnRed/


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A Great Rubric for Using Technology in K-8 ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

A Great Rubric for Using Technology in K-8 ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Education - probably a bit random! | Scoop.it

"If you are a teacher in k-8 and are looking for new ideas to invigorate your curriculum using technology then the chart below will definitely work for you. This is a wonderful work realized by Philly Teacher from mbteach in which he mapped out some skills and concepts across different grade levels."


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lbligen's curator insight, August 4, 2013 11:07 AM

Great K-8 media center resource.

TheOwl's curator insight, August 5, 2013 8:44 AM

Excellent information.

Alicia Luke's curator insight, September 10, 2013 8:04 PM

Good for getting a general idea of what ideas within technology to introduce at different grade levels

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Best GeoEd Scoops of 2015

Best GeoEd Scoops of 2015 | Education - probably a bit random! | Scoop.it

"Every year I create a filtered tab with some of the best scoops here on Geography Education for that given calendar year.  If you disagree with the committee of one, I'd be glad to hear which one's were your favorites."


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Congratulations Seth, your Scoop.it feed is one of the joys of my day and has thrown up dozens of sites that I would never have been aware of. Thank you
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2015 Reflections: Looking Back, Moving Forward | Renovated Learning @DianaLRendina

2015 Reflections: Looking Back, Moving Forward | Renovated Learning @DianaLRendina | Education - probably a bit random! | Scoop.it
Our makerspace celebrated its first birthday at the beginning of this year.  That first year involved a lot of experimentation, figured out what worked and what didn’t.  With that behind us, year two of our makerspace gave way to new projects, new spaces and new challenges.    We started really using our whiteboard walls and tables as important parts of our library.  I had someone question whether or not our space was a “real makerspace“ and got some great conversations started.  Our students represented our school at Gulf Coast Maker Con.  We held our second annual Stewart Maker Fair, which was even more awesome than the first one.  I got on my soapbox about how making doesn’t have an age limit.  We celebrated an amazing array of LEGO walls that have popped up in schools all over the place.  And our space was featured in School Library Journal  All in all, I would say it’s been a great Maker year, and our makerspace continues to grow.

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GwynethJones's curator insight, December 29, 2015 10:51 AM

Diana is, to me, the Makerspace Guru. She went for it!

I'm not ready to go to the level she has - but MAN Oh Man do I admire and learn from it!

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Enough Water Fit For Drinking - Teacher Guide


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Catherine Graham-Smith's curator insight, May 22, 2014 11:49 PM

This unit incorporates the inquiry element. Worth a further look.

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Persuasive Writing Techniques - Australian Curriculum Lessons

Persuasive Writing Techniques - Australian Curriculum Lessons | Education - probably a bit random! | Scoop.it
English Lessons, Year 5, Year 6, Year 7, Year 8

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Ken Robinson: Changing education paradigms | Video on TED.com

In this talk from RSA Animate, Sir Ken Robinson lays out the link between 3 troubling trends: rising drop-out rates, schools' dwindling stake in the arts, and ADHD. An important, timely talk for parents and teachers.
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Travel the World from Your Classroom: Free iPad Apps for Virtual Field Trips

Travel the World from Your Classroom: Free iPad Apps for Virtual Field Trips | Education - probably a bit random! | 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 national parks and museums have apps designed for onsite visitors. These navigational tools are also great for classrooms who can't make the trip. In fact, a variety of free apps can be used as virtual field trips so that children can travel the world from your classroom!"


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Blake Fetty's curator insight, September 3, 2013 2:42 AM

Could be awesome for task-based learning... "Voy a tomar un viaje a... vamos a.... etc..."

Bronte Rowe's curator insight, April 15, 2014 9:34 PM

“The most powerful and positive learning outcomes occur in those contexts where students’ knowledge and interest are well matched to the nature of the learning task” (McInerney & McInerney, 2010, pp. 104-5). Resources for younger children need to be meaningful but something which they can access easily. My idea for this resource is to use the Sphere 360° Photography App to virtually explore where the students’ families are from. Firstly, the teacher would need to ask the students where they were born, because it is highly relevant and students tend to be more engaged when learning is about them.  Then open up the discussion to include where parents and grandparents were born; which town/city and especially which country they were born in. It doesn’t matter if they children are incorrect or are unsure of where their parents/grandparents are born because the focus of this exercise is to discuss different places in the world families have come from. It could be a good idea to write down the names of students, which family member and where they were born (i.e. Gregory- Grandmother, Switzerland). This gives the students some vocabulary relating to place and family which they can refer back to. This discussion is necessary to get the students thinking and engaged.  Use the app to “visit” these countries, inform the students that they are going on an overseas trip to where their mother/father/grandfather/grandmother/etc. were born!

 

McInerney, D.M. & McInerney, V. (2010). Educational psychology: Constructing learning. (5th ed.). Sydney: Pearson Education Australia.

Dave Renshaw's curator insight, April 10, 2015 8:32 AM

ICT continues to be a growing medium in the pedagogical toolbox of teachers. Johnson and Gilbert (in Gilbert & Hoepper. 2014) agree in stating that 'ICT provide unprecedented opportunities for engaging students in learning in new ways' (p158). They further this notion by stating that ICT resources enable teachers 'to do things that are not otherwise possible and leading to better teaching' (p158).

 

This resource (with particular attention to Sphere) could be incorporated with an IWB that supports AirPlay (or any software the supports mirroring of iPads) for the teacher to display photographs of different countries, cities and even homes both around the world, including right here in Australia. The teacher can connect with the homes and origins of the children and their families which will make learning personal and engaging for the students. This will make the task authentic and learning meaningful for them. Motivation and engagement with tasks has been shown to increase when it is interesting or enjoyable for the individual (Ryan & Deci. 2000). Whilst viewing an image, students are provided with an opportunity 'to discuss their own family, including family members, household tasks and what adult members do for children' (Board of Studies, NSW. 1999. p31). The students can also be given opportunity to talk about their heritage, and whether they have history of migration to Australia in their family or even just simply talk about the changes in their neighbourhood or if they have ever moved house.

 

Use of the ICT technology can create some excitement and engagement around a simple activity such as talking about their home and their heritage.

 

 

 

Board of Studies, NSW (1999). Human Society and Its Environment K-6 units of work.

Sydney: B.O.S. Retrieved from http://k6.boardofstudies.nsw.edu.au/wps/wcm/connect/1419e875-2290-415f-8add-7440c5ff3188/k6hsie_unitsofwork.pdf?MOD=AJPERES

 

Johnson, N.F. & Gilbert. (2014). Using information and communication technologies. In Gilbert, R. & Hoepper. B. (2014). Teaching Humanities and Social Sciences. History, Geography, Economics and Citizenship in the Australian Curriculum. Fifth Edition. Melbourne: Cengage. (Chapter 8).

 

Ryan, R.M., & Deci, E.L. (2000) Intrinsic and extrinsic motivation: Classic definitions and new directions. Contemporary Educational Psychology, 25, 54-67.

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33 Great Apps for Storytelling and Creativity

33 Great Apps for Storytelling and Creativity | Education - probably a bit random! | Scoop.it

"Here are the main apps I suggest for storytelling. Some of them are actual bookmaking apps, some are apps for creating stories in various ways and others are apps I would use to help kids plan out a story. I have listed them in the order of importance for my classroom. I think the first 10 on the list are a must have for all elementary classrooms."


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Rob Hatfield, M.Ed.'s curator insight, August 7, 2013 10:06 PM

Nice resources, most are not free...

Iras Laval's curator insight, August 11, 2013 4:32 PM

Want to check this out

John Thomas's curator insight, February 11, 2014 4:10 AM
33 Great Apps for Storytelling and Creativity