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9 Tips for Creating a Sense of Community for Distance Learners

9 Tips for Creating a Sense of Community for Distance Learners | Education's Tomorrow TODAY | Scoop.it
With ever-increasing opportunities for online learning, educators must find new ways to engage their students and create a sense of community in a virtual world.

Via Ana Cristina Pratas
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A great list of suggestions, but overall and taking a look at #9, the key is connecting, building a relationship. Let's make sure we keep social-emotional learning (SEL) always in mind as a priority when we look to creating the education of tomorrow.

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Pippa Davies @PippaDavies 's curator insight, March 3, 2014 11:22 AM

Great tips to grow your DL classroom.  Thanks Ana Christina!

Allison Anderson's curator insight, March 10, 2014 12:28 PM

Geared toward educational settings, but I believe these are good ideas for creating a sense of community in a corporate setting.

Nevermore Sithole's curator insight, March 14, 2014 3:24 AM
9 Tips for Creating a Sense of Community for Distance Learners

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"Learning and innovation go hand in hand. The arrogance of success is to think that what you did yesterday will be sufficient for tomorrow" --- William Pollard
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"Using Emotional Intelligence to Teach" - HigherEdJobs

"Using Emotional Intelligence to Teach" - HigherEdJobs | Education's Tomorrow TODAY | Scoop.it
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Kelly's article points to the most needed skills for the contemporary teacher.The world we live in today need these guiding principles to move ahead in the right direction, whether as student, teacher or administrator.

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The Power of Positivity

The Power of Positivity | Education's Tomorrow TODAY | Scoop.it
When Sean Covey was playing quarterback at BYU, his father Stephen R. Covey rushed back from a work assignment overseas to watch his boy play one Saturday.“I played terrible," said Sean. "After the
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This is an effective article regarding positivity since it clearly specifies that it has to be genuine. Too often, false praise or worse putting a "positive" spin on a bad situation and selling it to your staff does more harm than good, but the real thing..... it is definitely one of the key ingredients in a great glass of lemon aid....

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7 Survival Skills For Modern Teachers And Students - Edudemic

7 Survival Skills For Modern Teachers And Students - Edudemic | Education's Tomorrow TODAY | Scoop.it
Walk into a school, airport, shopping mall, or even a church and the image is always the same, teens and tweens have their heads down, ear buds on, and a mobile device in their hand. This generation is commonly referred to as Generation Z and they are coming of age with a new set of …
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This article is another that illustrates the generational shift from the digital learner to the digital native. Not to be comical, but it is evolutionary in a manner,we have to change if we plan on educating them appropriately. Always a problem when you consider the old educates the young during a generational shift, but there it is, we have to adjust to them or at least collaborate with them in their learning. The maxim of autonomy, mastery and relatedness have never been more true in developing curriculum and delivering content.

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The Quickly Narrowing Gap Between Formal & Informal Learning

The Quickly Narrowing Gap Between Formal & Informal Learning | Education's Tomorrow TODAY | Scoop.it
The Quickly Narrowing Gap Between Formal & Informal Learning
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This is inevitable, the real question will be, who is going to accept, develop and harness the new educational model?

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Download a Free Copy of Danah Boyd’s Book, It’s Complicated: The Social Lives of Networked Teens

Download a Free Copy of Danah Boyd’s Book, It’s Complicated: The Social Lives of Networked Teens | Education's Tomorrow TODAY | Scoop.it
danah boyd (she doesn't capitalize her name) is a Principal Researcher at Microsoft Research and a Fellow at Harvard's Berkman Center, where she looks at how young people use social media as part of their everyday lives. She has a new book out called It's Complicated:

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A book that takes a look at how the world is changing, and the impact technology is having on the social and emotional aspects of students lives. Download the book, and purchase it if you want it on your professional shelf in your office. I guess the world of publishing is changing, too!

 

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David Baker's curator insight, April 7, 2014 1:08 PM

I downloaded my copy this morning and am thinking that it might be a great book to share with parents.

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How Technology Enables Blended Learning

How Technology Enables Blended Learning | Education's Tomorrow TODAY | Scoop.it
School districts are flipping education on its head with mobile and online teaching tools.
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Tomorrow is not so far from today, the real issue is leaders willing, as I freely borrow from the Disney movie, Frozen, to  "Let it Go." By this I mean, their control over the way things have been, and embrace the opportunities for tomorrow. If everyone asked, and put the resources where requested by the service providers and not by those removed from the front lime, I wonder what could happen. MUSD bears watching and when it comes to collaboration, emulation.

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Cell phones proving their usefulness in some Bay Area classrooms

Cell phones proving their usefulness in some Bay Area classrooms | Education's Tomorrow TODAY | Scoop.it
Teens + cellphones = Instagram and Twitter. Or at least that's been the reason schools have banned the use of these mobile devices during class. But the ubiquitousness and power of these links to the Internet is turning them into more than a means for social networking as teachers harness the power of students' smart phones for their own purposes
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Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) has stirred up many naysayers when suggested, and cell phones probably the most, but here is an example of making it work, educational, a moving into 21st century education. From pagers, to cell phones to smart phones, the flow is not going to ebb or be stopped, teaching responsible use and maximizing the benefits provided provides much of the assistive tech for struggling students, increases interest, and connects the old (us) with the new (our students).

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Half an Hour: Like Reading a Newspaper

Half an Hour: Like Reading a Newspaper | Education's Tomorrow TODAY | Scoop.it
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The non-linear course is the goal and connectivism is the methodology to achieving it. This is a great analogy of how it would work.

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State of Higher Education: The Unbound Future of America's Colleges

State of Higher Education: The Unbound Future of America's Colleges | Education's Tomorrow TODAY | Scoop.it
This post is part of a series in which LinkedIn Influencers analyze the state and future of their industry. Read all the posts here.As demand surges for a college degree around the world, the higher
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I would say Jeff is right, but he should have included pre-college education in the discussion. In fact, I would imagine, if we could shift elementary and secondary education sooner, we stand a better chance of saving the middle and low cost colleges because students will be more "native" to the system.

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The Coming Age of Instructionally Integrated Testing

The Coming Age of Instructionally Integrated Testing | Education's Tomorrow TODAY | Scoop.it
James W. Pellegrino, an expert on cognitive science and psychometrics, offers his views on what's next in educational assessment and how it will change teaching and learning.
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As formative assessment returns, perhaps technology will be there to ensure teachers can teach and not do it all alone. Perhaps, with a this return, the accountability testing being pushed will lose favor to a methodology that can actually help, day to day in the class. Looking for hope for tomorrow? Read this today!

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5 Supersimple Ways to Raise a Happy Child

5 Supersimple Ways to Raise a Happy Child | Education's Tomorrow TODAY | Scoop.it
As parents, we know the little things that make our children happy. Serving them their favorite after-school snack or reading them an extra book before bedtime are just a few ways to put a smile on their little faces. But how do we make happiness their
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As a firm believer in social-emotional education/learning (SEL) this article adds some real perspective to what is needed in the student-parent-school triangle to ensure some success.

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10 Elements of High Quality Digital Learning | Digital Learning Now

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Some helpful guidelines and information to establish where your district, school, or class are as we march forward into tomorrow. If elements are missing, philosophy is stagnant, or the will is lacking, consider engaging with peers and leaders to generate a discussion and bring awareness to any needs. An open discussion with some basic support to bolster you viewpoint would hopefully be appreciated.

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Free Technology for Teachers: Subtext & Tellagami - Two Apps to Attack Reading Comprehension

Free Technology for Teachers: Subtext & Tellagami - Two Apps to Attack Reading Comprehension | Education's Tomorrow TODAY | Scoop.it
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Ready to take reading and reporting to the next level? Differentiate your lessons? Increase social interaction through technology? Receive feedback to understand your students comprehension... read this article, watch the videos and make it happen in your class today.

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10 Belief Statements About Student Discipline

10 Belief Statements About Student Discipline | Education's Tomorrow TODAY | Scoop.it
As I continue my journey in the first 4 months at James Hill elementary, I wanted to share my beliefs around student discipline with the staff.  Although my views continue to evolve and grow throug...
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This article is about 98% on the money, as per my own experience and given so much of the research coming out regarding discipline and academic success. With a supportive administration, and a willingness to act in a manner that follows these belief statements, every classroom could see some measurable improvement in both behavior and academics.

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Teaching the Brain to Learn

Teaching the Brain to Learn | Education's Tomorrow TODAY | Scoop.it
Here’s how educators can use the latest neurological research to help improve math and science instruction.

Via Mel Riddile
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If your not following the latest news in neuroscience, you are missing a career defining element. Education is intimately linked, and this is a great starting point... Welcome to tomorrow.

 

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6 reasons to reject Common Core K-3 standards — and 6 rules to guide policy

6 reasons to reject Common Core K-3 standards — and 6 rules to guide policy | Education's Tomorrow TODAY | Scoop.it
Why the standards for young children are developmentally inappropriate.
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While I am not against many of the goals of the Common Core, as is often the case, and is well documented in this article, key theory, fact, and development by a spectrum of front line participants have been overlooked. Unfortunately, changes at the beginning will have a domino effect with current benchmarks and change will have to eventually occur K-12. As long as change is possible, this can evolve into something very positive, if we adapt a hard line, those most in need of help will, as is too often the case, suffer the most.

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Journal for Workforce Education - volume_4_1_14.pdf

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This is really a connected 3 part article that stresses Understanding Technological Literacy, America's Skilled Workforce Shortage and Disconnected Youth, and Employability and Industry Certification. The articles, especially the second, contain some questions, comparisons and data that when you step back seem quite clear, if not politically correct. The first, some well needed definitions if we are to discuss technological literacy, and the last a trend, and or is it  worthwhile. As educators, this has a great impact as it is our responsibility to ensure our students have a future and perhaps we need to rethink how we are guiding them to it.

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Dr. Alan Watkins - Being Brilliant Every Single Day

Dr. Alan Watkins - Being Brilliant Every Single Day | Education's Tomorrow TODAY | Scoop.it
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As educators, isn't this our goal while instructing and equally for our students' ability to learn. An understanding of the process of how to achieve this is becoming clearer with the advances of neuroscience, and not a minute too soon. As education goes through a transformation, the social-emotional aspects of learning need to be stressed as equally as rigor, perhaps more so if we are to provide learning and concepts that change individuals, in a manner that allows information to become knowledge and maybe even wisdom.

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Professor Gilly Salmon talks us through her Five Stages of e-learning

Professor Gilly Salmon talks us through her Five Stages of e-learning | Education's Tomorrow TODAY | Scoop.it
Professor Gilly Salmon talks us through on her Five Stages of e-learning

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Get more learners to the top of the e-learning curve Today

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Marta Torán's curator insight, March 21, 2014 4:36 AM

Las 5 etapas del aprendizaje en el eLearning

dawsonloane's curator insight, March 22, 2014 4:53 AM

This 5 stage model is a  useful guide when designing e-learning or delivering webinars/virtual classroom sessions.

 

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Connectivism - a video on Connectivism

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I hope you don't have to ask and this site has demonstrated, this is the future of education. This demonstration would need to be expanded upon, but essentially, students would do much more of this to develop and quench a directed curiosity. Multiple paths are open to the answer, let the individual choose and enjoy their journey.

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María Dolores Díaz Noguera's curator insight, March 21, 2014 5:47 PM

Connectivism- a video on Connectivism

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Das Video beschreibt, wie sich unser Verständnis von Lernen entwickelt hat: Von der Bedeutung des Verhaltens... über die Macht der Gedanken... bis zur Wirkkraft von Beziehungen.

Shelly Treleaven's curator insight, March 26, 2014 9:44 AM

This helps to explain the ways in which learners will need to connect their knowledge in order to understand.

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The 10 Steps In Developing A Strategic Social Media Plan For Your Business

The 10 Steps In Developing A Strategic Social Media Plan For Your Business | Education's Tomorrow TODAY | Scoop.it
Republished from TweakYourBiz.com.Quantifying an ROI from social media is only possible after you’ve developed a strategic plan that will make measurement both clear and easy. When it comes to social
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How social media will save education - @impactfulcoach

How social media will save education - @impactfulcoach | Education's Tomorrow TODAY | Scoop.it
For years, we’ve been reading much about teacher shortages. Fewer individuals see teaching as a career pathway of choice, leaving schools and school distri
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If you want to see the glass as half full, well, read on....

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Education Week: Teacher-Led School Innovates With Student Regrouping

Education Week: Teacher-Led School Innovates With Student Regrouping | Education's Tomorrow TODAY | Scoop.it
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There is a wonderful line in this article that illustrates ideas that are long overdue so read it.

I will say from experience, 1- remediating with placement is very effective, and when done in a formative fashion, very fair to the students, 2- Teachers are on the front line, leading the charge, let them lead in the school and have the principal grow that leadership and make the things happen that are needed, 3-The line I mentioned, ".... based on student issues, not adult issues," and let me add, or those posed by dated research that generalizes what is happening in the school discussed. Education needs innovation, learn lessons from the past, don't live in it.

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'Learning Menus' Empower Students to Tailor Curriculum

The "curriculum playlist" concept centers around the idea that content should be unbundled so that users can reassemble it according to their preferences.
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This is how to make the impossible, possible. The diversity of today's students makes the need to differentiate, build interest and teach to a deeper level a central focus, but realistically, engage 26 students at the same time and do the above? The days of the passive learner are fading fast, this concept... another I believe in wholeheartedly, is the way to go. Answering any questions surrounding it are not too complex, and provide a much better growth potential than the system we have been using; what is required will be a willingness to change approach.

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