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Two Google Drive Tips for Teachers - save space in Drive  via Educators' Tech

Two Google Drive Tips for Teachers - save space in Drive  via Educators' Tech | Educational Discourse | Scoop.it
Free resource of educational web tools, 21st century skills, tips and tutorials on how teachers and students integrate technology into education

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Because one can always use more drive space. 
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No Grade Is Too Early for Flexible Seating

No Grade Is Too Early for Flexible Seating | Educational Discourse | Scoop.it
These students work while standing, kneeling—some of them even sit in chairs.

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Flexible seating needs to be incorporated in all grades. And, maybe, just call it seating or classroom design. Education needs to stop "naming" just doing what's best for students. 
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The role of communities of practice in a digital age

The role of communities of practice in a digital age | Educational Discourse | Scoop.it

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Russell Waldron's curator insight, October 1, 2014 9:13 PM

Tony Bates reflects on COP, MOOCs, and democratisation of provisioning. Interestingly, he explains in conclusion why,

"Although communities of practice are likely to become more rather than less important in a digital age, it is probably a mistake to think of them as a replacement for traditional forms of education."

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Here Is An Excellent Web Tool Students Can Use to Create 3D Models

Here Is An Excellent Web Tool Students Can Use to Create 3D Models | Educational Discourse | Scoop.it
Free resource of educational web tools, 21st century skills, tips and tutorials on how teachers and students integrate technology into education

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Dion Hinchcliffe: When It Comes to Digital Transformation, Change Agents Matter Most

Dion Hinchcliffe: When It Comes to Digital Transformation, Change Agents Matter Most | Educational Discourse | Scoop.it
What is the most important factor in realizing technology change today? Is it having the right technology or tools? Perhaps leadership support, as that is cited by so many (including myself) as a top success factor. Maybe it’s the right strategy, or roadmap? However, when it comes to what actually matters most, I have found…

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Over 60 Great Resources for STEAM Teachers

Over 60 Great Resources for STEAM Teachers | Educational Discourse | Scoop.it
Free resource of educational web tools, 21st century skills, tips and tutorials on how teachers and students integrate technology into education

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Top 10 sites to help students check their facts

Top 10 sites to help students check their facts | Educational Discourse | Scoop.it
Our job as citizens requires more than just being informed. We must also be vigilant about verifying information before posting it on social media.

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, May 14, 1:50 AM

The list is very US focused, but it's worth getting students looking at these sites and seeing how they do their fact checking.

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The Rise of Educational Technology as a Sociocultural and Ideological Phenomenon

The Rise of Educational Technology as a Sociocultural and Ideological Phenomenon | Educational Discourse | Scoop.it

"Key Takeaways
-The rise of educational technology is part of a larger shift in political thought, from favoring government oversight to asserting free-market principles, as well as a response to the increasing costs of higher education.

 

-The technocentric view that technology can solve these challenges combines with a vision of education as a product that can be packaged, automated, and delivered to students.

 

-Unless greater collaborative efforts take place between edtech developers and the greater academic community, as well as more informed deep understandings of how learning and teaching actually occur, any efforts to make edtech education's silver bullet are doomed to fail."

 

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Good think piece. Do you agree with its conclusion?


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How Should Teachers Provide Feedback?

How Should Teachers Provide Feedback? | Educational Discourse | Scoop.it
How should teachers provide verbal feedback to students? Action research by @TeacherToolkit to dispel the myth that written feedback is the best form of

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GREAT iPad App Pinterest Collection by Katie Christo

GREAT iPad App Pinterest Collection by Katie Christo | Educational Discourse | Scoop.it

Tons of educational iPad apps organized by grade levels and categories.


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MrsTucceri's curator insight, September 1, 2014 8:17 AM

Helpful collection of educational apps organized by grade levels and categories

Karen E Smith's curator insight, October 25, 2014 8:57 AM

Every teacher should create a list of apps that work/don't work for their teaching purposes.

J. Mark Schwanz's curator insight, October 25, 2014 10:28 AM

I really appreciate the early childhood apps. I'm gonna recommend them to my students' parents

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UC Irvine Launches Connected Learning Lab

UC Irvine Launches Connected Learning Lab | Educational Discourse | Scoop.it
A new Connected Learning Lab (CLL) at UC Irvine focuses on the connected learner and emerging digital technologies.

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The Art of Doing Less and Achieving More | Heleo

The Art of Doing Less and Achieving More | Heleo | Educational Discourse | Scoop.it
David Burkus and Greg McKeown, author of ESSENTIALISM, discuss the virtues of doing less, rethinking your goals, and why you can only have one priority.
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The Dream Job Is a Myth. Focus Instead on Living Your Best Life.

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Written for those who are millennials, this advice is really for anyone.  There is a growing pressure to "follow your passion, love what you do, make your dreams reality" which is usually followed by a series of quotes from someone famous. Yet is it really necessary? Is it necessary to be always following your passions? 
"Unfortunately, that unlimited encouragement also can feel a lot like pressure. We attach a sort of failure stigma to ourselves if we're not 100 percent in love with our jobs or doing everything in our power to turn our dreams into reality. For the millions of people who don’t know what they want to do, this can be major source of embarrassment and shame."
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The Ultimate List: 50 Strategies For Differentiated Instructio

The Ultimate List: 50 Strategies For Differentiated Instructio | Educational Discourse | Scoop.it
Differentiation is a simple idea that’s less simple to actuate.

Differentiation is a rational approach to meeting the needs of individual learners, but actually making it possible on a daily basis in the classroom can be challenge.

In ‘What Differentiation Is–And Is Not: The Definition Of Differentiation,’ we recall ed-guru Carol Ann Tomlinson’s overview of differentiation as ‘adapting content, process, or product according to a specific student’s readiness, interest, and learning profile.’

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Learning through finding, choosing, sorting and sharing - Technology Enhanced Learning

Learning through finding, choosing, sorting and sharing - Technology Enhanced Learning | Educational Discourse | Scoop.it
Students have access to unprecedented amounts of information online and need to move beyond consumption to more critical, organised and productive use of digital materials, tools and platforms. In this post I will be suggesting that ‘content curation’ activities that…Read more ›

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The Impact of Virtual Reality on Learning -- Campus Technology

The Impact of Virtual Reality on Learning -- Campus Technology | Educational Discourse | Scoop.it
As virtual reality goes mainstream and provides new ways for students to interact and gain hands-on experience, it's important to experiment and demonstrate the technology's potential learning benefits.

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, May 12, 7:31 AM

I wouldn't say that virtual reality is 'mainstream' or anywhere near to being close to that, but still some interesting points.

Carlos Fosca's curator insight, May 12, 12:33 PM

La realidad virtual es y será una herramienta educativa muy poderosa que permita la inmersión total y por tanto una experiencia multisensorial cuasi real en un ambiente diseñado para el aprendizaje. La gran limitante aún son los costos del desarrollo de los contenidos digitales. Allí aparece su competidor (aunque en realidad son complementadores) : la realidad aumentada que puede incorporar directamente a la realidad elementos digitales que hagan de cada espacio físico una experiencia de aprendizaje mucho más excitante.

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The Impact of Virtual Reality on Learning -- Campus Technology
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How To Use A Rubric Without Stifling Creativity

How To Use A Rubric Without Stifling Creativity | Educational Discourse | Scoop.it
How To Use A Rubric Without Stifling Creativity
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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, May 15, 10:47 AM
I did several things in using rubrics. First, I spent a considerable amount of time with the various curicula (9 to 11 core subjects). I read and considered what students were being asked to learn. I interpreted and prepared rubrics through that lens. Second, I edited each time I used a rubric. I discovered new insights. Third, I went over the rubrics with students which informed point 2. This provided them with insights as they began an activity and they were comfortable asking questions and making observations along the way.
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Where Good Ideas Come From & How Your Classroom Can Respond

Where Good Ideas Come From & How Your Classroom Can Respond | Educational Discourse | Scoop.it
Steven Johnson explains in the video Where Good Ideas Come From that “Good ideas come from the collision of smaller hunches,” a nod to both revision and timing. Among other things, then, good ideas require connectivity, time, iteration, and the macro recognition of systems & patterns. The ultimate lesson, Johnson explains, is simple.

“Chance favors a connected mind.”

5 Takeaways For Your Classroom

1. Create daily opportunities for students to connect in the presence of a pressing need (or need to know)

2. Resist the temptation to tightly package “instruction,” but rather provide diverse opportunities for students to demonstrate understanding both before and after open-ended collaboration

3. Support students in metacognitive thinking, helping them identify their own “hunches”; model how hunches converge in “the real world”

4. Use concept-mapping, journaling, and other simple tools to help illuminate what thinking and creativity “are,” where they come from

5. Consider swapping out direct instruction–>collaboration–>assessment patterns for more frequent acts of self-directed learning

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Top 10 Educational Games to Use with Students in Class (from Nobel Prize Website)

Top 10 Educational Games to Use with Students in Class (from Nobel Prize Website) | Educational Discourse | Scoop.it
Nobelprize.org, the official site of Nobel Prize, offers a number of interesting educational games you can use with your students in class. These are interactive games and simulations based on Nobel-awarded achievements to teach and inspire students. There are actually over 29 games covering different topics including physics, chemistry, medicine, literature, peace, and economics. Most of these games include a ‘Read more’ link to help students learn more about the subject. Below are the 10 most popular games in Nobelprize.org. To access all the educational resources and games, check out this page.

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GwynethJones's curator insight, May 14, 6:01 PM

I'd give a Nobel prize for good games to use with the kiddos!

Carol Hancox's curator insight, May 19, 4:59 AM
Possible game ideas for teaching and learning
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5 Ways You Can Use Mindfulness To Fix Your Brain, Reduce Stress and Boost Performance

5 Ways You Can Use Mindfulness To Fix Your Brain, Reduce Stress and Boost Performance | Educational Discourse | Scoop.it
There’s no shortage of advice out there claiming to make you better, but mindfulness meditation is the rare, research-proven technique that boosts

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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, May 14, 11:37 AM
There is a research base to understand how mindfulness is helpful. I am reluctant to say it fixes things i.e. the brain. It may slow down the process of brain atrophication, which is a part of aging. I found meditation helped me become more mindful in the classroom and in life more broadly.
Ian Berry's curator insight, May 15, 10:18 PM
Good suggestions about mindfulness which sadly is a current buzzword Author covers it "Mindfulness is the simple act of focusing all of your attention on the present." Ellen Langer whose book Mindfulness spiked interest over 25 years ago says it's about noticing and in her words "Life consists only of moments, nothing more than that. So if you make the moment matter, it all matters."
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Algorithm-Driven Design — How AI is Changing Design by Yury Vetrov

Algorithm-Driven Design — How AI is Changing Design by Yury Vetrov | Educational Discourse | Scoop.it
Will Robots Replace Designers? No. It's more like an exoskeleton for designers. Algorithm-driven design tools can help us to construct a UI, prepare assets and content, and personalize the user experience.

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Does Tech Support Personalized Learning—or Distract Us From What’s Really Important? (EdSurge News)

Does Tech Support Personalized Learning—or Distract Us From What’s Really Important? (EdSurge News) | Educational Discourse | Scoop.it
By Mary Jo Madda

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Deep Learning: Shaking the Foundations (Fullan et al) - #OCSB work of Ottawa Catholic is highlighted!

Deep Learning: Shaking the Foundations (Fullan et al) - #OCSB work of Ottawa Catholic is highlighted! | Educational Discourse | Scoop.it
This white paper focuses on what deep learning is and why it matters, how far it has developed in schools and classrooms over the past 5 years, and where we expect it to lead. We will find that deep learning is very much at an early phase of

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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, May 12, 11:52 AM
The challenge here is most of the rhetoric comes from outside the classroom to be imposed upon teachers. I agree teaching and learning have to be meaningful, but how does someone who has not been in a classroom for years, sometimes decades understand that.
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The Impact of Virtual Reality on Learning -- Campus Technology

The Impact of Virtual Reality on Learning -- Campus Technology | Educational Discourse | Scoop.it
As virtual reality goes mainstream and provides new ways for students to interact and gain hands-on experience, it's important to experiment and demonstrate the technology's potential learning benefits.

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, May 12, 7:31 AM

I wouldn't say that virtual reality is 'mainstream' or anywhere near to being close to that, but still some interesting points.

Carlos Fosca's curator insight, May 12, 12:33 PM

La realidad virtual es y será una herramienta educativa muy poderosa que permita la inmersión total y por tanto una experiencia multisensorial cuasi real en un ambiente diseñado para el aprendizaje. La gran limitante aún son los costos del desarrollo de los contenidos digitales. Allí aparece su competidor (aunque en realidad son complementadores) : la realidad aumentada que puede incorporar directamente a la realidad elementos digitales que hagan de cada espacio físico una experiencia de aprendizaje mucho más excitante.

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The Impact of Virtual Reality on Learning -- Campus Technology
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6 Reasons to End (Almost) All Timed Exams | Technology and Learning

6 Reasons to End (Almost) All Timed Exams | Technology and Learning | Educational Discourse | Scoop.it
Can we declare the era of the timed exam (almost) completely over? 6 Reasons to End (Almost) All Timed Exams*:1. Level the Playing Field: Does it really make sense anymore to separate some timed exam and un-timed exam groups? When all exams are un-timed, nobody needs to request accommodation or make separate arrangements. What do we lose by setting time boundaries on exams? Seems to me we are often testing the ability to take a test within a certain amount of time, rather than student understanding.
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