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A Great Digital Citizenship Poster for Your class ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

A Great Digital Citizenship Poster for Your class ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Educational Discourse | Scoop.it

"The folks in Common Sense Media have designed this beautiful poster for you to print and use in your classroom. The poster is an excellent guide for students to help them make the right informed decisions when it comes to photo sharing."


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Digital citizenship is so importanto for everyone. We need to help others understand the need to practice good citizenship! 

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Elania Garrett's curator insight, July 29, 2013 6:20 PM

Wonderful!

Monica Goddard's curator insight, July 30, 2013 12:39 PM

I like it! Simple and straight forward!

Carey Leahy's curator insight, July 31, 2013 10:29 PM

Encourages all to take time to 'think' through the steps! Choices.

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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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Change – Pay Attention to Crumbling Walls

Change – Pay Attention to Crumbling Walls | Educational Discourse | Scoop.it
Teachers understand the need for change but they need time to emotionally transition. That is what makes change so difficult.
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Teachers understand the need for change but need time to emotionally transition. 
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Why Mistakes Matter in Creating A Path For Learning By Claudia Wallis

Why Mistakes Matter in Creating A Path For Learning By Claudia Wallis | Educational Discourse | Scoop.it
By Claudia Wallis

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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, July 31, 2:47 PM
Mistakes are an opportunity to explore.
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I scooped this because locally we need to recognize that students and teachers all make mistakes and that is how we learn.  I think sometimes, state and local leaders forget or don't know the area they are making decisions on and that mistakes are okay and actually create a great amount of learning.

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 Digital – Learning – Culture - Creative Digital Attributes

 Digital – Learning – Culture - Creative Digital Attributes | Educational Discourse | Scoop.it

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10 good Apps to Enhance Kids Critical Thinking Skills curated by Educators' Technology

10 good Apps to Enhance Kids Critical Thinking Skills 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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Helping Learners Move Beyond “I Can’t Do This”

Helping Learners Move Beyond “I Can’t Do This” | Educational Discourse | Scoop.it
I work part-time with elementary learners – with gifted learners during the school year and teaching maker education camps during the summer. The one thing almost all of them have in common is yelling out, “I can’t do this” when the tasks aren’t completed upon first attempts or get a little too difficult for them. I partially blame this on the way most school curriculum is structured. Too much school curriculum is based on paper for quick and one shot learning experiences (or the comparable online worksheets). Students are asked to do worksheets on paper, answer end-of-chapter questions on paper, write essays on paper, do math problems on paper, fill in the blanks on paper, and pick the correct answer out of a multiple choice set of answers on paper. These tasks are then graded as to the percentage correct and then the teacher moves onto the next task.

So it is no wonder that when learners are given hands-on tasks such as those common to maker education, STEM, and STEAM, they sometimes struggle with their completion. Struggles are good. Struggles with authentic tasks mimics real life so much more than completing those types of tasks and assessments done at most schools.

Problems like yelling out, “I can’t do this” arise when the tasks get a little too difficult, but ultimately are manageable. I used to work with delinquent kids within Outward Bound-type programs. Most at-risk kids have some self-defeating behaviors including those that result in personal failure. The model for these types of programs is that helping participants push past their self-perceived limitations results in the beginnings of a success rather than a failure orientation. This leads into a success building upon success behavioral cycle.

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It's important to help students to develop the skills to bridge the gap between not being able to do something right now and the journey to being able do it once skills are developed. 
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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, August 3, 2:25 PM
Metocognition is a skill students can use to reflect on their learning. Peers learning together and helping each other is beneficial.

Something I did was asked students to tell me what they understood about their learning. It told me where the gaps were. They know what they know, but not what they don't know.

Costa and Kallick's 16 Habits of Mind is a good resource to use with students.
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16 Ideas for Student Projects using Google Docs, Slides, and Forms

16 Ideas for Student Projects using Google Docs, Slides, and Forms | Educational Discourse | Scoop.it
Your students probably already use these tools to write papers or create presentations, but they could be doing other projects you may not have thought of.
Via Ines Bieler, Jim Lerman, steve batchelder, malek, Stephania Savva, Ph.D, MIND Research Institute
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Dennis T OConnor's curator insight, July 30, 1:23 PM

Leverage Google apps for your online or blended classroom,

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Leverage Google apps for your online or blended classroom,

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16 Ideas for Student Projects using Google Docs, Slides, and Forms
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Leading Into Our Futures

In this presentation we engaged in a design exercise considering how we would develop the post-secondary education system from scratch if we were starting toda…
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Free Images for Blogs and Marketing (39 sites)

Free Images for Blogs and Marketing (39 sites) | Educational Discourse | Scoop.it
Free images for blogs and marketers. I have collected a bunch of sites that give you free images for commercial use. Check it out regularly as we add sites
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I'm always looking for access to quality pictures and the price is right at these sites. 
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12 Good iPad Tips Teachers Should Know About

12 Good iPad Tips Teachers Should Know About | 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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Some of these tips are just good to know in order to get the most out of an iPad and make it a more versatile tool 
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There’s Nothing Personal About Big Tech and Education

There’s Nothing Personal About Big Tech and Education | Educational Discourse | Scoop.it
Audrey Watters’ recent talk, “Education Technology as the ‘New Normal’”, is a cautionary tale about the forces behind digital technologies in education. While Watters apologises in advance for the…

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lisa gorena's curator insight, July 3, 3:50 PM
This article points out that canned deliverables from tech companies are not personalized learning. Technology has its place in the classroom but we need to remember to teach the individual students. Teachers working with students using technology is most effective and personal. 
 
Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, July 4, 1:26 PM
"The central tenet of Watters’ perspective is unassailable. The engines of Silicon Valley are not interested in learners or educators. One does not need to look far to see the forces of individualism, neoliberalism, libertarianism, or imperialism at work."

This has always been the case. Henry Ford and other industrialists were not interested in the needs of schools and people. They were interested in their bottom line and how schools and people could add to that. It remains that way.
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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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Growth Mindset: A Driving Philosophy, Not Just a Tool

Growth Mindset: A Driving Philosophy, Not Just a Tool | Educational Discourse | Scoop.it
It's important to recognize that a growth mindset is an overall paradigm for personal development rather than a pedagogical tool for measuring academic accomplishment.

 

5 Growth Mindset Practices

In their groundbreaking book, Professional Learning Communities at Work, Richard DuFour and Robert Eaker say it clearly when pointing out the issue that comes about when change initiatives are considered "a task to complete rather than an ongoing process." If we really want to improve our schools, our work, and the education of our students, we can do so by adopting a new mindset -- for everyone -- that would include:

Being humble enough to accept that there are things about ourselves and our practices that can improveBecoming part of professional teams that value constructive critique instead of criticismTreating setbacks as formative struggles within the learning process instead of summative failuresRealizing the restrictive role that timelines can play in reaching high standards, and using foundational philosophies such as Universal Design for Learning (UDL) to map systems so that everyone's growth is supportedCreate flexible grouping at all times so that nobody's trapped in any one course level or particular type of work.

 

Learn more / En savoir plus / Mehr erfahren:

 

http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?&tag=Growth+Mindset

 

 


Via Ana Cristina Pratas, Miloš Bajčetić, Ines Bieler, Gust MEES, Jim Lerman
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Growth mindset is about an approach to life not another tool for teaching. Teachers can shift away from this tool-approach by looking at growth mindset as a way to develop as a person not get better grades. 
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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, July 28, 2:04 PM
I think the objective in the article is to point out pedagogy and growth mindset complement each other. Besides the use of pedagogy (leading students) and growth mindset (allowing students and teachers to use their lived-experiences) there is a reference to Professional Learning Communities.

I would add the work of William Pinar and the method of currere, which is grounded in phenomenology and pycho-analysis. I am exploring how hermeneutic phenomenology complements this method.
Dr. Deborah Brennan's curator insight, July 28, 6:43 PM
Growth mindset applies not just to students, but to teachers and administrators as well.  We must support all individuals as they develop and grow.
Tina Jameson's curator insight, August 3, 6:47 PM
An interesting read - worth reflecting on what we mean by a 'growth mindset'.
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The Growing Importance of Social Skills in the Labor Market

The Growing Importance of Social Skills in the Labor Market | Educational Discourse | Scoop.it
The labor market increasingly rewards social skills. Between 1980 and 2012, jobs requiring high levels of social interaction grew by nearly 12 percentage points as a share of the U.S. labor force. Math-intensive but less social jobs - including many STEM occupations - shrank by 3.3 percentage points over the same period. Employment and wage growth was particularly strong for jobs requiring high levels of both math skill and social skill. To understand these patterns, I develop a model of team production where workers “trade tasks” to exploit their comparative advantage. In the model, social skills reduce coordination costs, allowing workers to specialize and work together more efficiently. The model generates predictions about sorting and the relative returns to skill across occupations, which I investigate using data from the NLSY79 and the NLSY97. Using a comparable set of skill measures and covariates across survey waves, I find that the labor market return to social skills was much greater in the 2000s than in the mid 1980s and 1990s.

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Social skills are important for both career and personal life. Developing these skills helps individuals to work collaboratively and share with others to enhance the work they co and the interactions they have with others. 
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Creativity is the new productivity in the modern era of work and workplaces - How to be a leader in #service: #servicedesign and #designthinking

Creativity is the new productivity in the modern era of work and workplaces - How to be a leader in #service: #servicedesign and #designthinking | Educational Discourse | Scoop.it
Creativity is often thought of as a quality unique to artistic geniuses. When in reality, it is present in all of us, and something that can be enhanced and nurtured, given the right tools and environment. Creativity is the innate human ability to generate ideas, solve difficult problems and exploit new opportunities — it is…

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Creativity is very important in today's workplace and classrooms. Being able to develop and explore are key skills to have in an ever changing social landscape. 
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Ten Tips for Meaningful Play in the Kindergarten/Grade 1 Classroom - Devan Caldwell @india0309

Ten Tips for Meaningful Play in the Kindergarten/Grade 1 Classroom - Devan Caldwell @india0309 | Educational Discourse | Scoop.it
Kindergarten teachers agree that their students need time to play each day—60 minutes of free play is a recommendation we often hear. This is supported by countless studies, a statement from Council of Ministers of Education in Canada, and Manitoba Education’s recent document, A Time for Learning, A Time for Joy. But what happens when you teach a multi-age kindergarten and Grade 1 class? You know that your kindergarten kiddos need play and you want to provide a developmentally-appropriate program. And, you recognize that Grade 1 kids need play too, but you don’t feel you can spare the time given the huge demands of literacy and numeracy achievement and reporting. What is a teacher to do without short-changing the kids or missing out on important instructional time? Here are ten tips to inspire you and provide some ideas for your classroom practice.

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Victor Ventura's curator insight, August 2, 8:57 AM
There is much pressure to manage your time well. This might be helpful.
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The Research Behind Genius Hour and Choice in the Classroom (Updated) - @ajjuliani

The Research Behind Genius Hour and Choice in the Classroom (Updated) - @ajjuliani | Educational Discourse | Scoop.it
Updated: I've updated this post and page since publishing my most recent book about student choice. I'd love for you to add resources you've found in the comments section of this post so I can

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Some good resources and research behind Genius Hour in the classroom. 
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The 60 Best Books for Teachers to Transform Learning and PD

The 60 Best Books for Teachers to Transform Learning and PD | Educational Discourse | Scoop.it
Explore these lists of books for teachers compiled from sources all over the Web suggesting titles for classroom transformation, PD, edtech, and more.
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Some great books to inspire ideas and spur innovation. 
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What Is Differentiated Instruction?

Differentiation means tailoring instruction to meet individual needs. Whether teachers differentiate content, process, products, or the learning environment, the use of ongoing assessment and flexible grouping makes this a successful approach to instruction.
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A short and concise description and explanation of DI. 
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9 of the most mind-expanding TED talks of 2017

9 of the most mind-expanding TED talks of 2017 | Educational Discourse | Scoop.it
This year's TED conference produced dozens of exciting talks, many of which are finally available for public viewing.
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Definitely each of these is worth taking time to watch and reflect upon. 
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Slow Down And Get Your Best Ideas – The Writing Cooperative

Slow Down And Get Your Best Ideas – The Writing Cooperative | Educational Discourse | Scoop.it
Sometimes, you can be so busy reacting to everything that is happening around you that you lose touch with the core of who you are, this soul of your Being. And it is when you stop listening to…
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Taking time to slow down is important, especially when the pace of life all around seems to be speeding up. Many people worry that taking time to slow down will mean they miss something - there is a fear that if one isn't doing something all the time, they aren't making progress. But progress requires not only movement and work but time for reflection and restoration. 
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