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Creative Writing Journal - How to Keep a Journal for Writers

A creative writing journal can make you a better writer or poet. On this page, you'll find tips on how to keep a journal for writing, along with journal ideas to inspire you.
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Being creative is about being consistent and developing habits of creativity. 
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Using Technology Doesn’t Make You Innovative via George @gcouros

Using Technology Doesn’t Make You Innovative via George @gcouros | Educational Discourse | Scoop.it
If a classroom gets iPads, a question you will often hear immediately is, “What apps should I download?”  In our concern for machines taking over education, we often do things that enco…

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Fiona Leigh's curator insight, August 25, 11:32 PM
get the pedagogy right and the technology will transform your teaching
Marisol Pamela Hernández Orellana's curator insight, August 28, 8:47 AM
Para aquellos que preguntan qué tecnología los hace más innovadores...Lea!
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9 Essential Digital Skills for 21st Century Teachers

9 Essential  Digital Skills for 21st Century 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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Twitter Helps Teachers Develop Professional Learning Communities

Twitter Helps Teachers Develop Professional Learning Communities | Educational Discourse | Scoop.it
We’ve got you covered for #back2school by taking a look at the conversation on #edtechchat.
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Teachers: Plan Now to Take Care of Yourself This School Year

Teachers: Plan Now to Take Care of Yourself This School Year | Educational Discourse | Scoop.it
Author Debbie Silver shares some sage advice that can help educators shape a successful school year by planning actions now that will sustain them personally.
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It's important to develop routines and habits for all parts of our lives. Build these into each day focusing on what is essential and learn to say "No" to the other noise. 
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Educators are hyped up about these two new technologies - eCampus News

Educators are hyped up about these two new technologies - eCampus News | Educational Discourse | Scoop.it
An overwhelmingly large amount of educators--89 percent, to be exact--said they found value in ed tech such as augmented reality and virtual reality.
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It will be interesting to see how teachers and students respond to each of these in the classroom. 
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The 10 apps millennials say they can't live without

The 10 apps millennials say they can't live without | Educational Discourse | Scoop.it
ComScore recently surveyed app users ages 18-34 about the apps they "can't live without." Here's the top 10.
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An interesting list of apps - some are expected and there are a few not included that I would have expected to be included. 
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Bringing Inquiry-Based Learning Into Your Class

Bringing Inquiry-Based Learning Into Your Class | Educational Discourse | Scoop.it
A four-step approach to using a powerful model that increases student agency in learning.
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There Is No Apolitical Classroom: Resources for Teaching in These Times - Literacy & NCTE

There Is No Apolitical Classroom: Resources for Teaching in These Times - Literacy & NCTE | Educational Discourse | Scoop.it
NCTE’s Standing Committee Against Racism and Bias compiled this set of resources to help educators teach about and speak out against racism.
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What is the Importance of a Personal Learning Network? | #PLN #ModernEDU #SocialMedia

What is the Importance of a Personal Learning Network? | #PLN #ModernEDU #SocialMedia | Educational Discourse | Scoop.it
Get Challenged

A PLN is not necessarily a group of like-minded individuals. If that were the case, you wouldn’t be seeking out other opinions in the first place because it’s likely you already have a group of people in your life who feel and think exactly the same way as you.

PLNs provide you with people who have different viewpoints on hot topic issues and, if they’ve been vetted beforehand, have a wealth of knowledge, credentials, and research to back up their arguments.

As educators, sometimes we haven’t fixed the problem because we keep using the same method to solve it. A student is struggling with math and we send them to the same tutor, or explain it the same way, or use the same software. Sometimes we need someone to come in and point us in the opposite direction before a solution is found.

 

Learn more / En savoir plus / Mehr erfahren:

 

https://gustmees.wordpress.com/2014/03/29/practice-learning-to-learn/

 

https://gustmees.wordpress.com/2015/04/13/dos-and-donts-adapting-to-21st-century-education/

 

https://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?&tag=PLN

 


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One of the most important things to consider when building a PLN is to include people who have different opinions than you and offer an alternate view to your own. It's too easy to find yourself in an Echo Chamber and that isn't good for your growth and learning. 
 
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Gust MEES's curator insight, August 3, 6:43 PM
Get Challenged

A PLN is not necessarily a group of like-minded individuals. If that were the case, you wouldn’t be seeking out other opinions in the first place because it’s likely you already have a group of people in your life who feel and think exactly the same way as you.

PLNs provide you with people who have different viewpoints on hot topic issues and, if they’ve been vetted beforehand, have a wealth of knowledge, credentials, and research to back up their arguments.

As educators, sometimes we haven’t fixed the problem because we keep using the same method to solve it. A student is struggling with math and we send them to the same tutor, or explain it the same way, or use the same software. Sometimes we need someone to come in and point us in the opposite direction before a solution is found.

 

Learn more / En savoir plus / Mehr erfahren:

 

https://gustmees.wordpress.com/2014/03/29/practice-learning-to-learn/

 

https://gustmees.wordpress.com/2015/04/13/dos-and-donts-adapting-to-21st-century-education/

 

https://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?&tag=PLN

 

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Educational Apps for learning Music curated by Educators' Technology

Educational Apps for learning Music curated by Educators' Technology | 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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Ulf Neumann's curator insight, August 7, 1:49 AM
Ganz gute Zusammenstellung von Musikapps, Theorie und Praxis!
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Do You Prune Your Practices & Routines?

Do You Prune Your Practices & Routines? | Educational Discourse | Scoop.it
If we review our routines and practices, those habits, routines, and practices that no longer are blooming can be removed and we can encourage new ones to take their place.
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Teachers can create a cycle of continuous learning and development by routinely reviewing habits, routines, and practices and pruning those that no longer are needed. 
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More Or Less Technology In The Classroom? We’re Asking The Wrong Question

More Or Less Technology In The Classroom? We’re Asking The Wrong Question | Educational Discourse | Scoop.it
Neither technophobia or technophilia is the right solution for our students. The real issue is the process of learning.
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Too often the technology debate focuses too much on the extremes at both ends. 
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Connectivism Learning Theory

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How The Tech Evolution is Leaving Teachers Behind

How The Tech Evolution is Leaving Teachers Behind | Educational Discourse | Scoop.it
With technology changing a mach speed, teachers are trying to keep up to help their students, but they are lacking significant training.
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How to Use Formative Check-Ins to Quickly Assess Understanding

How to Use Formative Check-Ins to Quickly Assess Understanding | Educational Discourse | Scoop.it
Mike Anderson from Edutopia talks about how using formative-check-ins focused on student choice help with understanding and planning classroom learning.
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The life-saving browser shortcut everyone should know

The life-saving browser shortcut everyone should know | Educational Discourse | Scoop.it
I can't believe I'd never heard of Ctrl-Shift-T.
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Simple solution - I tried it and it works! 
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Want Your Kids to Succeed in School and Life? Science Says to Instill This 1 Thing Above All Else

Want Your Kids to Succeed in School and Life? Science Says to Instill This 1 Thing Above All Else | Educational Discourse | Scoop.it
The science is out of UPenn and Stanford; the wisdom is timeless.
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Grit is definitely important but it is the only thing that is needed? 
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Sparkfun Education - Maker Education - Top 5 Makerspace Buys

Sparkfun Education - Maker Education - Top 5 Makerspace Buys | Educational Discourse | Scoop.it
Sparkfun Education
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Great ideas for creating and supplying a Maker Space. 
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4 Skills Tech Industry Employees Say Today’s Students Need to Succeed

4 Skills Tech Industry Employees Say Today’s Students Need to Succeed | Educational Discourse | Scoop.it
From communication to STEM experience, these experts offer tips on future readiness.
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10 of The Best iPad Apps for Creating Educational Videos

10 of The Best iPad Apps for Creating Educational Videos | 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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Video is becoming more important for learning. These apps can help teachers and students explore and create video for the classroom or their personal use. 
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What's a PLN? And 3 Ways Teachers Can Get Connected

What's a PLN? And 3 Ways Teachers Can Get Connected | Educational Discourse | Scoop.it

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Developing a PLN requires time. It's about quality, not quantity. It's easy to go the route of 'buying followers' but, to truly develop a PLN that will push you, support you, and help you grow takes time and effort. But it is definitely worth it! 
 
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Mechanical design and paper crafting combine in Paper Mechatronics

Mechanical design and paper crafting combine in Paper Mechatronics | Educational Discourse | Scoop.it
How can you make a cardboard owl that flaps its wings? Or a paper flower that blooms? With funding from the National Science Foundation, we are working with the University of Colorado’s Craft Technology Lab and the Children’s Creativity Museum in San Francisco to study and enhance the engineering education potential of Paper Mechatronics, an innovative educational technology genre that mixes creative papercrafts, mechanical design, and computational thinking. Soon, young learners will be designing real and fantastical paper inventions of their own imagination and animate them with mechanical motions.

The new two-year project builds off an earlier project by Principal Investigators Sherry Hsi and Michael Eisenberg, which prototyped several Paper Mechatronics design projects, organized activity formats, and piloted the various design elements with children and adults to determine which worked best to inspire learning and teach design. These included a custom software design tool, simple hardware modules, cardboard electronics, sample workshop formats, and project ideas. Early Paper Mechatronics activities—from a percussion workshop to a cereal hackathon and a Robot Petting Zoo—showed encouraging results with after school youth (ages 12-18) and museum visitors.

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Interesting ideas for creating using cardboard, paper, and other similar tools and combining them with some new tech. A cardboard TRex that roars! 
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Larry Heuser's curator insight, August 4, 8:24 AM

A mind is still a terrible thing to waste.

 

May not look like much, but the concept and making it work are indicative of what a child's mind can do. 

 

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GETTING STARTED WITH GAME-BASED LEARNING by Chris Aviles

GETTING STARTED WITH GAME-BASED LEARNING by Chris Aviles | Educational Discourse | Scoop.it
By Chris Aviles

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Some good points about using game-based learning.
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