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How to Sleep Right, Tonight

How to Sleep Right, Tonight | Educational Discourse | Scoop.it
If you are sleeping with stress—and waking up at all the wrong times—here's how to put yourself on snooze control
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As the school year approaches, here are some tips for those times when you're sleep patterns get a bit out of order. Best thing, don't worry about it because it happens to everyone. And just maybe, your pattern is "normal"! 

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Never Stop Learning: How Self-Education Creates a Bullet-Proof Career

Never Stop Learning: How Self-Education Creates a Bullet-Proof Career | Educational Discourse | Scoop.it
Your next job title probably doesn’t even exist yet. So what’s the only skill that promises to pay dividends in the future? Your ability to expand your mind.
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A new mindset is needed in regards to learning.  No longer is one able to "finish" school - in the sense that school should be about learning. The out-dated notion of learning taking place in "school" needs to change. Learning can no longer be contained by a "place" or a "time" but instead needs to be set free - like a bird from a cage - in order for learners to be freed from the historic view of learning taking place only in schools. Schools are still places where learning can take place but they need to be part of the learners learning continuum where school is only a part. 

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It's in the Attitude

It's in the Attitude | Educational Discourse | Scoop.it
Photo credit — matt hutchinson creative commons.org For years I was a painter — I put myself through university and spent a few years afterward running my own company painting houses and commercial properties. At one point, the company had 20 summer students and 3 full time people
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Attitude - mindset - these are so important for success. Learning to do the little things, being consistent, having a focus for now and the future - all of these are important for learning. 

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The Teacher's Guide To Twitter | Edudemic

The Teacher's Guide To Twitter | Edudemic | Educational Discourse | Scoop.it
This teacher's guide to Twitter is designed for anyone ready to use the service or already old hat. Whatever your skill level, this should help!
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Another great guide to using twitter - with all sorts of information that will help to get the most out of using this social media platform and beginning to see it as a conduit for PD, sharing, collaboration and connecting. 

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It’s in the Attitude — Medium

It’s in the Attitude — Medium | Educational Discourse | Scoop.it
Photo credit — matt hutchinson creative commons.org
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Doing ordinary things with extra-ordinary attitude can have an impact on others that you will never know. 

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Slave Simulation, An Edtech Game for Classrooms

Slave Simulation, An Edtech Game for Classrooms | Educational Discourse | Scoop.it
Yesterday, I was shocked to open my email from Common Sense Media's Graphite to find a recommendation and review for the game, Mission US: Flight to Freedom as a recommended piece of technology to ...
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Unbelievable that such a thing would ever be considered acceptable. As I read through the post, I couldn't believe that something like this could exist. Thank you, Rafranz Davis for alerting us to this colossal failure. 

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These 9 things make people retweet - Futurity

These 9 things make people retweet - Futurity | Educational Discourse | Scoop.it
A new algorithm beats people at predicting which version of a tweet will get more retweets. You can try out your Twitter skills on the researchers' website.
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Twitter can be a powerful way to connect with other people and develop a PLN. 

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15 Tips from Veteran Educators for Thriving in the First Year

15 Tips from Veteran Educators for Thriving in the First Year | Educational Discourse | Scoop.it
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New teachers can often feel alone and not sure where to go. There is so much going on and so much to learn! These 15 tips from veteran educators are sound pieces of advice for new teachers! 

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, February 14, 6:27 PM

Veteran teachers can feel alone. It is a reason I left teaching. Despite all the rhetoric, there is little in terms of support and caring in School.

 

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Global Educators Met In Qatar To Make Schools Everywhere More Progressive

Global Educators Met In Qatar To Make Schools Everywhere More Progressive | Educational Discourse | Scoop.it
When I decided to travel halfway around the world to a conference on global education in the Persian Gulf, I didn’t expect to find a message that is aligned so neatly with the current trendy perspective in the West. Our media so often presents a picture of the non-Western other: [...]
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Creativity is vital to the future of learning and, it seems, isn't just found on this side of the Atlantic. Too often, time is spent comparing where one ranks on some scale and comparing these students' scores to those students' scores. As Jordan Shapiro points out, creativity is a theme that is a major focus world-wide. 

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What Teachers Hear When You Say 'Accountability'

What Teachers Hear When You Say 'Accountability' | Educational Discourse | Scoop.it
What Teachers Hear When You Say 'Accountability'
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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, February 13, 10:41 PM

What I heard was someone holding me to account externally who did not know my students and me. It denied me opportunties to be responsible for my work and express that responsiliity through a creative force. It denied me my voice earned through being responsbile for what I was doing, who I was, and who I was becoming.

 

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Inside the schools that dare to break with traditional teaching

Inside the schools that dare to break with traditional teaching | Educational Discourse | Scoop.it
From Quest to Learn in New York to the Liger Learning Center in Cambodia, Matthew Jenkin explores schools that use innovative teaching methods and curriculums
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Schools continue to be developed in much the same way they have in the past with classrooms, halls, and desks in rows. Recently, however, some schools are breaking free of the "standard" design to move into new directions, taking the learners with them. It's time to break free of the industrial look and embrace a new vision for schools. 

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Architectural changes - how we contain students in spaces - hold the potential to alter student's perceptions from "going to school" to entering a space of learning.
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Why Communication Is Today's Most Important Skill

Why Communication Is Today's Most Important Skill | Educational Discourse | Scoop.it
It has become fashionable to say that our present epoch is an information age, but that’s not quite right. In truth, we live in a communication age and it’s time we start taking it seriously.
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In education, communication skills should be one of the top priorities for students. Being able to communicate is becoming one of the important "must have" skills for people in the workplace and in their day-to-day lives. This should be a focus in schools. 

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Education experts: Average college freshman reads on 7th grade level

Education experts: Average college freshman reads on 7th grade level | Educational Discourse | Scoop.it
U.S. students are increasingly getting behind at the high school level due to inferior standards implemented through federal initiatives.
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I always wonder whether these surveys are a true reflection of what is happening or if there is something else happening; another agenda. 

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The President Proposes to Make Community College Free for Responsible Students for 2 Years

The President Proposes to Make Community College Free for Responsible Students for 2 Years | Educational Discourse | Scoop.it
The President unveils the America’s College Promise proposal to make two years of community college free for responsible students, letting students earn the first half of a bachelor’s degree and earn skills needed in the workforce at no cost.
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The 5 Questions Successful People Routinely Ask Themselves

The 5 Questions Successful People Routinely Ask Themselves | Educational Discourse | Scoop.it
Ben Franklin began and ended his day by asking himself questions about the good he would do that day. Here are five questions that will help you take...
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Social Media for Teachers: Guides, Resources, and Ideas

Social Media for Teachers: Guides, Resources, and Ideas | Educational Discourse | Scoop.it
Social media can provide great tools for education. Yet, many teachers remain reluctant to use them. Matt Davis has gathered some of the best resources to help teachers get started.
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This is another great guide for teachers who are using Social Media or want to begin to use it or who are hearing about using Social Media. It gives some great ideas for using different social media platforms within a classroom setting. 

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Twitter 101: A 7-Step Guide For Teachers, Newbies, And Everyone | Edudemic

Twitter 101: A 7-Step Guide For Teachers, Newbies, And Everyone | Edudemic | Educational Discourse | Scoop.it
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This article was written a few years ago but still has some great ideas, information and links for teachers, or anyone for that matter, who are using twitter. I recommend it to anyone who is starting out or is interested in getting started. 

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25 Ways To Use Twitter In The Classroom, By Degree Of Difficulty | Edudemic

25 Ways To Use Twitter In The Classroom, By Degree Of Difficulty | Edudemic | Educational Discourse | Scoop.it
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This article has some great ideas for using twitter in the classroom and a great easy-to-follow graphic to help. 

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Schools — Breaking Free — Medium

Schools — Breaking Free — Medium | Educational Discourse | Scoop.it
Despite the massive amount of changes taking place in society, schools continue to resist. However a small number break free of the…
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Although there many schools continue to follow the path of least resistance, there are schools making changes and forging their own paths. There are many teachers connecting and sharing, learning together and helping one another grow and change. Although there may not be many schools that forge their own paths, they demonstrate that the shift is happening. The growth of edcamps and teacher PD that is un-conference driven by teacher needs is another example of a shift is taking place since these discussions are now taking place in public spaces in public forums something that was not occurring in the past. 

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The Relational Staffroom: The Power of Teacher Collaboration - Relational Schools Project

The Relational Staffroom: The Power of Teacher Collaboration - Relational Schools Project | Educational Discourse | Scoop.it
The importance of teacher-teacher relationships, especially in the current climate, the power of collaboration and the necessity for school leaders to provide the conditions to enable this to happen. This week, Helena Marsh, Deputy Headteacher, blogger and education thinker, writes for Relational Schools. I have always had a keen interest in the study of teacher behaviours …
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Collaboration is important in developing a culture of trust and growth in a school. Ultimately, the working relationships of the adults will filter down to the students and their relationships. Teachers who work together in a collaborative manner, growing and learning together, create an atmosphere conducive to learning and experiment, especially if the administration is supportive of such relationships and works to provide supports for developing these relationships. 

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, February 14, 6:24 PM

Cooperation and working together suggest there will be friction. If we don't think so, working together is a fiction. Teachers have to figure out how to work through the friction civilly.

 

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Inside the schools that dare to break with traditional teaching

Inside the schools that dare to break with traditional teaching | Educational Discourse | Scoop.it
From Quest to Learn in New York to the Liger Learning Center in Cambodia, Matthew Jenkin explores schools that use innovative teaching methods and curriculums
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It's time that the future became the present and we began to move out of the past which is still the present in too many schools. Forget about someone from the past visiting a school, how about a child from the present visiting a school that has decided to move on and boldly go where others are not ready to go for fear of.... 

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The Future of Work - Jobs and Skills in 2030

The Future of Work - Jobs and Skills in 2030

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Some interesting predictions for the future of work and what skills workers will need in a globalized market. 

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If we want better students, end the 19th-century ‘grading game’

If we want better students, end the 19th-century ‘grading game’ | Educational Discourse | Scoop.it
The rigidity of using only grades to determine future success has stifled creativity and reinforced a negative climate for learning
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It's time our school grading systems caught up with the way students can work and began to use the tools available to show what they are learning and involve parents in the learning experience. 

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, February 13, 10:56 PM

It was interesting where I taught. Teachers came up with great ideas and implemented them only to have them appropriated and taken over by the bosses in the bureaucratic and technocratic corners. What incentive is there for teachers under those conditions?

 

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Teachers as Creatives

Teachers as Creatives | Educational Discourse | Scoop.it
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Creativity is essential for dealing with problems and helping to make changes in society and the world around us yet, at school, students spend little time on developing their creativity and imagination. Often policy makers and leaders focus on making school more efficient when, instead, they should be focusing on making them more effective! 

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Kate O'Brien's curator insight, February 13, 9:33 AM

Educational discourse. Such an important article. 

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How to Use Social Media as a Learning Tool in the Classroom | Edudemic

How to Use Social Media as a Learning Tool in the Classroom | Edudemic | Educational Discourse | Scoop.it
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For teachers, adopting social media in the classroom can seem daunting. Here are a few ways to make a shift in practice. Remember, it's not about using them ALL but integrating and shifting to a world that is more and more social. 

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Everything we learned from CES 2015

Everything we learned from CES 2015 | Educational Discourse | Scoop.it
The future is ultra-high resolution, connected and driverless — that's the clear message we took away from the 2015 International CES, which wrapped on Friday after a week of gadget-filled insanity.
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