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For Educators, the Importance of Making Meaningful Connections

For Educators, the Importance of Making Meaningful Connections | Educational Discourse | Scoop.it

Being connected isimportant but it's the strength of those connections and their depth that are important, not just "how many" 

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56 Examples of Formative Assessment

56 Examples of Formative Assessment | Educational Discourse | Scoop.it
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Some great ideas that will help with creating FA to fit and provide the much needed communication about learning. 

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10 Current and Future Edtech Trends Infographic

10 Current and Future Edtech Trends Infographic | Educational Discourse | Scoop.it

Edtech Trends Infographic The education technology trend continues to heat up and, slowly but surely, a lot of the most innovative tools are making their way into the classroom. It’s an incredible time to be involved in education. The 10 Current and Future Edtech Trends Infographic takes a look a... http://elearninginfographics.com/10-current-future-edtech-trends-infographic/


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An informative infographic that helps to organize and show the trends in edtech. 

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Why Quality Professional Development for Teachers Matters

Why Quality Professional Development for Teachers Matters | Educational Discourse | Scoop.it
Providing high-quality professional development for teachers may be the most important thing schools can do to improve students learning.
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Teacher professional development is one of the most important things for teachers during this time of change. Although teachers need to take more ownership of their PD, there needs to be a shift at other levels to accommodate a changing educational environment. Teacher PD needs to be directly linked to what the teacher is doing in the classroom, focused on providing students with feedback, using a variety of assessment techniques and strategies, integrating different technologies and examining a shift in pedagogical approaches. Large scale conferences and PD delivered by experts and major key notes, although still having benefit for providing a large picture of the education picture, aren't going to have lasting effects in classrooms without follow up teachers having support, coaching, time for reflection, and their own vision for where they want their learning to take them. Hopefully we are coming closer to seeing teachers take control of their own professional development through developing PLNs via SM and collaborating more with colleagues in their building and around the globe. A greater focus on helping teachers directly in their classrooms and less effort on finding another great keynote speaker might be a shift in the right direction. 

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Could offices change from sitting to standing?

Could offices change from sitting to standing? | Educational Discourse | Scoop.it

A number of studies have suggested that constantly sitting at work is bad for you. So could workplaces be rejigged around standing up, asks would-be stander Chris Bowlby.

 

Medical research has been building up for a while now, suggesting constant sitting is harming our health - potentially causing cardiovascular problems or vulnerability to diabetes.

We can't simply fix it by heading for the gym.

 

This has big implications not just for homes - usually blamed for "couch potato" lifestyles - but for sedentary workplaces too, especially the modern office.

 

But when it comes to the average office, reducing sitting is a huge challenge. It means rethinking architecture, spending a lot of money, changing the office routine. Adjustable sit-stand desks can cost many hundreds of pounds.


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In education, there has been a studies that suggest students learn better when they can move around and interact. Although some teachers and schools have used this in re-structuring their classrooms, generally, most classrooms are still the same, rows of desks where students sit with little other options for work. Maybe, now that this information is seeping into the mainstream adult work place, such studies and information will be given more credence for the learning and health of children! 

 

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LouAnn Zeegers Good's curator insight, April 15, 11:19 AM

So important to be physical more active for the entire day.  You can"t fix sedentary behaviors by a 45 minute workout now and then

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4 Ways to Eliminate Success Blocking Blind Spots

4 Ways to Eliminate Success Blocking Blind Spots | Educational Discourse | Scoop.it
Those who can’t see themselves feel alone and isolated. Real relationships are built between real people.   7 reasons leaders have blind spots: The birds of a feather problem. You hang with people who think like you and agree with you. Credit bias. You give yourself credit for success and blame others for failure. Illusion…
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As a school leader, I found that it was important to seek out feedback from those with whom I didn't always see eye-to-eye as a way to continue to ground myself to to reflect about what we were doing as a school. Building connections with other is important and being aware of your reactions is also important. Seek feedback from those you trust will give you honest feedback not just what they think you want to hear. Learn to reflect on the feedback to see how you can be a better leader but also how to improve your support of others and how to follow when it is necessary. 

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6 Silent Culture Killers - TalentCulture

6 Silent Culture Killers - TalentCulture | Educational Discourse | Scoop.it
HR Pros, people leaders, owners, executives, and CEO’s spend countless resources these days building culture. Following the likes of Zappos, Google, Lululemon, and more – culture is no longer just a buzzword. It’s an essential business strategy. If ... Read More
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In schools, culture is so important. A culture that is focused on growth and support will thrive and the focus will be "doing what is best for students" with adults pushing themselves, stretching and growing. In this type of culture, these 6 culture killers are things that educational leaders need to be aware of and work to disempower. 

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There's a Better Way to Teach Critical Thinking: 9 Rules of Thumb

There's a Better Way to Teach Critical Thinking: 9 Rules of Thumb | Educational Discourse | Scoop.it
Critical thinking is the study of clear and unclear thinking. A simple definition, maybe, but that's how it should be. The term was popularised long ago-

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Kathy Lynch's curator insight, September 14, 1:32 PM

Thx Beth Dichter!

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, September 22, 12:03 PM

I suspect critical thinking predates the Ancient Greeks. Without critical thinking, humans might not have gotten to that point in history. A great take away from the article is the importance of questioning. A second take away, perhaps hidden away, is the importance of questioning what we think critical thinking is and is not and engaging in conversations.

 

@ivon_ehd1

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The Science of Storytelling Infographic - e-Learning Infographics

The Science of Storytelling Infographic - e-Learning Infographics | Educational Discourse | Scoop.it
The Science of Storytelling Infographic: In the The Science of Storytelling Infographic you will find invaluable information concerning storytelling.

Via Tom D'Amico (@TDOttawa)
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A nice infographic of the art of storytelling. 

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Cynthia Day's curator insight, September 14, 8:46 AM

Making your mind up.

Marvin Marcelino's curator insight, September 14, 9:07 AM

The only method that never fails to have the effect of enduring learning

Paul's curator insight, September 17, 6:21 AM

Would love to get a story-teller at our school this year!

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Cheat Sheet: Twitter For Teachers

Cheat Sheet: Twitter For Teachers | Educational Discourse | Scoop.it
Cheat Sheet: Twitter For Teachers
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This is a very concise and organized "cheat sheet" that will be of benefit for teacher starting out using twitter and is a good reminder of some things for those who have been using it for some time! 

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Stefanie Mietzner's curator insight, September 15, 3:44 AM

This is a well thought , precise 'cheat sheet' for teachers on how to exploit the social media. I have learnt one or two things now. Great post. Hope you post more soon.

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Implementing Evernote in the classroom. | Evernote as Portfolio

Implementing Evernote in the classroom. | Evernote as Portfolio | Educational Discourse | Scoop.it
How I implement the use of Evernote portfolios with students.
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Evernote is a great tool for teachers. I believe more teachers need to harness the power of this tool. This is a great article about using Evernote in documentation. 

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Why Half-Brain Teaching Isn't Enough [Infographic]

Why Half-Brain Teaching Isn't Enough [Infographic] | Educational Discourse | Scoop.it

Half-Brain Teaching Isn’t Enough Infographic In today’s societies there is a lot of focus on the logical and analytical brain functions. Many schools are cutting the ‘extras’ like art and music. However, students need to be well rounded and really need subjects like those to be con...

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http://elearninginfographics.com/half-brain-teaching-isnt-enough-infographic/

 


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Basically I really like the graphic here. It's leaps out and grabs your attention. The design is appealing yet simple and easy to navigate. Are we teaching these aspects as we engage students in using technology? Design is so utterly important. 

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Laura Gekeler's curator insight, September 10, 9:40 AM

K-12 esp. needs to note the move from STEM to STEAM in how we teach.

 

W. Bradley Gooderham's curator insight, September 10, 9:27 PM

Love the A in STEAM.  This is what I believe #SteveJobs was talking about when he describes Apple as being at the intersection of #LiberalArts and #Technology.    I also love these #Infographics and their ability to feed my visual learning.

Reina Cruz's curator insight, September 11, 10:06 AM

Still need to read

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The Educator with a Growth Mindset: A Staff Workshop - User Generated Education

The Educator with a Growth Mindset: A Staff Workshop - User Generated Education | Educational Discourse | Scoop.it
I had the great privilege of facilitating a staff workshop on growth mindsets for the teachers and staff at Carlos Rosario International School.Staff were given access to the slide deck in order in...

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I like the infographic that is used in this piece as it shows clearly how a growth mindset can help both teachers and students to shift how they think and become more open to different possibilities. 

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Mark Solomon's curator insight, September 12, 2:23 PM

We will always encounter challenges and obstacles in our career and in our personal lives.  How will we meet those challenges? What is our mindset?

ManufacturingStories's curator insight, September 14, 3:03 PM

add your insight...


Cynthia Day's curator insight, September 14, 8:29 PM

making up my mind

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Advanced Google Search Tip: Sort by Reading Level

Advanced Google Search Tip: Sort by Reading Level | Educational Discourse | Scoop.it
While presenting a series of Google trainings in Alaska last week, I discovered that very few participants knew how to do an advanced Google search by reading level. It's such a useful trick for differentiating reading materials in the classroom, I wanted to share it. Step 1: Enter your search

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This is a great idea to share with all educators! 

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Toby Grosswald's curator insight, September 12, 8:47 AM

Differentiating reading levels!

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Two Important Dropbox Tips for Teachers ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Two Important Dropbox Tips for Teachers ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Educational Discourse | Scoop.it

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I use Dropbox all the time and these are two good tips to know. 

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Stephen Downes: ‘This is the next era of learning’

Stephen Downes: ‘This is the next era of learning’ | Educational Discourse | Scoop.it
Image: Stephen Downes, courtesy of Stephen's web

In this guest post, Stephen Downes, Senior Researcher for the National Research Council of Canada and pioneer

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How Technology is Changing Conferencing Rooms, Work Spaces and Classrooms

How Technology is Changing Conferencing Rooms, Work Spaces and Classrooms | Educational Discourse | Scoop.it
The technologies of tomorrow promise to revolutionize how we collaborate, power our devices and navigate our world, but innovative designers are already changing these tasks with the technology of today.

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Yes, design is making an impact on some areas of schools but, unfortunately, the schools aren't really built in a way that allows for much major "remodelling" but that doesn't mean that schools can't begin to make changes to what is happening inside the building. Design and designers have a great many options and it's time that education begin to shift from the desks, rows, learning at the front model. 

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Measuring Students’ Self-Control: A ‘Marshmallow Test’ for the Digital Age

Measuring Students’ Self-Control: A ‘Marshmallow Test’ for the Digital Age | Educational Discourse | Scoop.it
Researchers hope that being able to accurately measure how well students resist digital temptations will help them learn about how "academic diligence" features in later life success.

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, September 19, 9:15 PM

In the 1960s Stanford psychologist Walter Mischel and colleagues created an experiment, the "marshmellow test" to measure self-control in preschoolers. Would they eat one mini--marshmellow right away or would they wait 15 minutes to eat two mini-marshmellows?

Fast forward about 50 years and researchers have come up with a new "test that challenges the willpower of schoolkids to resist the brain-candy of today’s digital distractions — the YouTube videos, Instagram and mobile gaming apps like Angry Birds."

Why try to measure self-control. Researchers hope that it "will advance their studies of ways to improve academic perseverance in students."

Learn more about the original "marshmellow test" and this new test in the thought-provoking post. Additional areas that are discussed include:

* Road-testing the test

* Staying on task

* Different takes on willpower and grit

* A debate over drudgery

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Using Video Messaging in Classrooms Improves Student Engagement - A Case Study in Dallas

Using Video Messaging in Classrooms Improves Student Engagement - A Case Study in Dallas | Educational Discourse | Scoop.it
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Vidopop is a tool that allows teachers to take a video and post it for students or others to watch. If you're thinking of trying to flip your classes or use video for review, stations or having students use it as an option for responses, vidopop gives you some nice options. 

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Classroom Management in the Tech-Equipped Classroom

Classroom Management in the Tech-Equipped Classroom | Educational Discourse | Scoop.it
Successful technology integration includes always having a non-tech Plan B, staying with what works instead of trend-hopping, and minimizing the elements beyond your control.
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It is important to differentiate when you plan and having options that will allow students to continue their learning even if the technology glitches because sometimes, despite what some experts say, you can't just wait for it to reset or to be fixed because that could be tomorrow! 

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Growth Mindset: Personal Accountability and Reflection

Growth Mindset: Personal Accountability and Reflection | Educational Discourse | Scoop.it
I am an adjunct faculty for several teacher education and educational technology programs.  I have been so for a few decades.  During that time I have noticed the changing nature of student behavio...

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, September 13, 7:45 PM

Do you discuss growth mindset with your students? Do you also discuss what a fixed mindset is? In this post Jackie Gerstein provides her insights into these areas, and also talks about the grwoth of what she defines as a "toxic mindset" where a students might think:

  • Mediocre is often good enough for me as long as I get the work done.

We are fortunate that she has also provided a "Personal Accountability and Reflection" series of questions, which is shown in the infographic above, and also listed in the post. Below are two of the questions.

  • Did I work as hard as I could have?
  • Did I regulate my procrastination, distractions, and temptations in order to complete my work?

These are great questions to use with your students. How do you think  your students would answer them? Would they acknowledge how they are working accurately?

Kathy Lynch's curator insight, September 14, 1:41 PM

Thx Beth Dichter

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A choir as big as the Internet

A choir as big as the Internet | Educational Discourse | Scoop.it
185 voices from 12 countries join a choir that spans the globe: "Lux Aurumque," composed and conducted by Eric Whitacre, merges hundreds of tracks individually recorded and posted to YouTube. It's an astonishing illustration of how technology can connect us.
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5 Tips for Teachers Getting Started on Twitter

5 Tips for Teachers Getting Started on Twitter | Educational Discourse | Scoop.it
Twitter is by far the most powerful professional learning network (PLN)  I participate in. Using it is like being at a teaching conference every day. I am constantly exposed to new ideas that inspi...
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For teachers starting out on twitter, these five tips may help you make the transition to SM. 

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Twitter for Digital Citizenship

Twitter for Digital Citizenship | Educational Discourse | Scoop.it

I have been a longtime advocate for using Twitter in education, in fact, it was more than three years ago now when I started using Twitter to model and teach authentic global digital citizenship. It has been almost two years since this article was published in The Age, celebrating the positives use of such a tool in a variety of educational contexts.


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http://gustmees.wordpress.com/2012/06/27/how-to-use-twitter-with-success-for-education-and-more/


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


 


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Because some teachers are exploring the use of twitter in the classroom, this article helps to explain how it can be used in positive ways and gives some ideas for connecting it to the learning outcomes. 

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The best laid lesson plans...

The best laid lesson plans... | Educational Discourse | Scoop.it
This article was written for Sec Ed Magazine and appeared in their NQT special edition in June 2014.  You can read the original here or download the NQT Special here.There's a free info graphic to ...

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Simple and effective! I like the four different components, especially 3 and 4. We sometimes focus too much on 1 and 2. Making it "Real" is important as it helps to see how things will actually unfold. Making it "Satisfying" speaks to how we sometimes make plans that fulfill the "Get it done" category but do not fulfill the deeper connections. 

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Suvi Salo's curator insight, September 9, 12:17 AM

Mitä muuta tarvitaan?

Deb Kalikow-Pluck's curator insight, September 9, 1:34 PM

Check this out!

Deb Kalikow-Pluck's curator insight, September 9, 1:36 PM

Using more of your brain is a good thing.

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Good Professional Development: It's not only about the 'how' but about the follow-up

Good Professional Development: It's not only about the 'how' but about the follow-up | Educational Discourse | Scoop.it
Imagine if we taught pilots to fly without ever letting them in a cockpit. Or gave them the keys to a commercial airplane without the required hours—or years—of hands on training and practice. Sure, we’d show them plenty of PowerPoint presentations and make them sit through a few seminars on the theory and physics of …

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Follow up is a critical component of professional development and something that is so often overlooked and usually ignored. 

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Mel Riddile's curator insight, September 11, 3:38 PM

80% of the success of any professional development depends on what we do to follow-up after the sessions. 'Spray and pray' PD never worked because there was no follow-up component. Smaller chunks with follow-up and feedback will work.

Nancy J. Herr's curator insight, September 11, 7:38 PM

This is a point I always pushed when involved with teacher training. How many things did you totally " get" the first time you did them?

Cindy Riley Klages's curator insight, September 12, 4:19 PM

Absolutely!  Professional learning in buildings with effective instructional coaches has the highest transfer to practice.  It's that ongoing, sustained pd. @AL Reading Initiative