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Storytelling in the Classroom as a Teaching Strategy - TeachHUB

Storytelling in the Classroom as a Teaching Strategy - TeachHUB | Educational Discourse | Scoop.it

"There’s something about stories that stick with us. Something about an organized narrativeteaching strategy that serves as a unique kind of glue, lingering with us long after the facts and formulas fade away. It’s exactly this kind of adhesive that I want to leverage for my own students, weaving the skills and information they need together with the magic of storytelling. But despite how magnetic these teaching strategy narratives may be, it can be difficult to pry time away from our busy day-to-day lesson plans. So how do we make it work?"


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Stories are a great way to engage students and develop connections that thread together a number of different topics in one over-arching theme. Great stories bring together many different elements and can provide teachers an avenue to link big ideas through different subject areas. 

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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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3 Innovative Tips For Tackling School Culture | Getting Smart

3 Innovative Tips For Tackling School Culture | Getting Smart | Educational Discourse | Scoop.it
By Julia Freeland Fisher - Innovation theory can help surface insights on how schools might both measure and change a culture. Here are three tips to help.
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To change school culture, we need to change how we approach looking at school culture. 
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3 Free Virtual and Augmented Reality Apps for the Classroom

3 Free Virtual and Augmented Reality Apps for the Classroom | Educational Discourse | Scoop.it
Using virtual or augmented reality at just the right teachable moment can create a powerful, even moving, experience for students.
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Students Say They Are Not as Tech Savvy as Educators Assume - EdSurge News


A love for avocado lattes and Snapchat filters are just a few of the stereotypes following Millennials these days. But students are now pushin
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Students say they are not as tech savvy as educators assume. This is something that anyone who works with youth understands. 
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The Illustrated Guide to a PhD: 12 Simple Pictures That Will Put the Daunting Degree into Perspective

The Illustrated Guide to a PhD: 12 Simple Pictures That Will Put the Daunting Degree into Perspective | Educational Discourse | Scoop.it


Matthew Might, a computer science professor at the University of Utah, writes: 'Every fall, I explain to a fresh batch of Ph.D. students what a Ph.D. is. It's hard to describe it in words.
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The principles of learning to design learning environments | OECD READ edition

The principles of learning to design learning environments | OECD READ edition | Educational Discourse | Scoop.it
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Design Thinking is important for schools. 
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New Study On Cellphones Helpful To Teachers Everywhere

New Study On Cellphones Helpful To Teachers Everywhere | Educational Discourse | Scoop.it
Earlier this year I posted Here Are Two Activities I’ll Be Doing With My ELL Students The Day We Come Back From Break, which I included a lesson I did with students sharing research on how having c…
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How do cellphones affect students in the classroom? 
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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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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. 
 
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"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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Voxer | Messaging, Walkie Talkie app for Team communication

Voxer | Messaging, Walkie Talkie app for Team communication | Educational Discourse | Scoop.it

Leading mobile messaging solution for teams and distributed workforces. With Voxer, your team has secure, real-time communication in one powerful walkie-talkie messenger. For iPhone, Android, and the Web.


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This looks like a really useful tool for enabling asynchronous voice communication.

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This looks like a really useful tool for enabling asynchronous voice communication.

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Howard Rheingold - Network Awareness 

Howard Rheingold is a visionary writer and teacher on the subjects of new media and technology. He is the author of many books - his latest being "Net Smart".…

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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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Personalized Learning: A Student-Centered Approach for Learning Success

Personalized Learning: A Student-Centered Approach for Learning Success | Educational Discourse | Scoop.it
Personalized learning is no longer just a buzzword or a passing fad. In fact, more and more school leaders view the successful implementation of personalized learning programs as top priorities for…
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Why ‘Unlearning’ Old Habits Is An Essential Step For Innovation

Why ‘Unlearning’ Old Habits Is An Essential Step For Innovation | Educational Discourse | Scoop.it
Educators at a school near Boston is making the effort to unlearn old habits and perspectives that get in the way of more effective solutions.
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Disrupting habits is foundational for making changing of any kind - innovation, creation, design, 
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Learning in the digital age - theory and practice

Learning technology is just about everywhere in education. Universities are replete with lecture capture tools, interactive media, web based content and person…
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Stephen's Web ~ The Future of Social Learning: A Novel Approach to Connectivism ~ Stephen Downes

Online learning, new media, connectivism, MOOCs, personal learning environments, new literacy, and more from Stephen Downes
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5 Keys to Motivating Struggling Learners

5 Keys to Motivating Struggling Learners | Educational Discourse | Scoop.it
Author and engagement expert Barbara Blackburn looks at five keys that can help teachers build motivation and persistence while also setting high expectations.
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Good ideas that many educators use in their classrooms and schools. 
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Shifting Needs in a Digital World

Shifting Needs in a Digital World | Educational Discourse | Scoop.it
  Recently, Gerald Fussell wrote a blog post examining how our priorities in schools support our students and their diverse, dynamic needs. Based on his thinking around Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs using a school lens, and the graphic he created above; he explores the challenges schools face in supporting students through to the Self Actualization…
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Schools are changing - how are we helping students with the changes. 
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Preparing our children for life-long learning | #LEARNing2LEARN #ModernEDU

Preparing our children for life-long learning | #LEARNing2LEARN #ModernEDU | Educational Discourse | Scoop.it
The profound changes ahead demand an education approach that lifts the proficiency of all students.

What might this take? 

If future adults will need to reinvent themselves and constantly adapt to change, then education will need to focus even more on learning how to learn as well as what to learn.

A theme emerging from our investigations is that some of the key skills and attributes of the future are not necessarily the ones that we directly measure in our major assessments.

We are good at assessing literacy and numeracy skills and students' depth of content knowledge in core subjects. These will continue to be critical. But what of broader skills such as resilience, that idea of the growth mindset, the capacity to fail and try again, to persevere?

Do we know enough about the most effective teaching practices, the tools and resources schools need to nurture them and how best to assess their attainment?

 

Learn more / En savoir plus / Mehr erfahren:

 

https://gustmees.wordpress.com/2016/02/18/the-new-possibilities-to-learn-and-teach-with-ict/

 

https://gustmees.wordpress.com/2015/08/01/21st-century-education-is-learning-to-learn-for-life-long-learning-and-nothing-else-matters/

 


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The profound changes ahead demand an education approach that lifts the proficiency of all students.

What might this take? 

If future adults will need to reinvent themselves and constantly adapt to change, then education will need to focus even more on learning how to learn as well as what to learn.

A theme emerging from our investigations is that some of the key skills and attributes of the future are not necessarily the ones that we directly measure in our major assessments.

We are good at assessing literacy and numeracy skills and students' depth of content knowledge in core subjects. These will continue to be critical. But what of broader skills such as resilience, that idea of the growth mindset, the capacity to fail and try again, to persevere?

Do we know enough about the most effective teaching practices, the tools and resources schools need to nurture them and how best to assess their attainment?

 

Learn more / En savoir plus / Mehr erfahren:

 

https://gustmees.wordpress.com/2016/02/18/the-new-possibilities-to-learn-and-teach-with-ict/

 

https://gustmees.wordpress.com/2015/08/01/21st-century-education-is-learning-to-learn-for-life-long-learning-and-nothing-else-matters/

 

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The profound changes ahead demand an education approach that lifts the proficiency of all students.

What might this take? 

If future adults will need to reinvent themselves and constantly adapt to change, then education will need to focus even more on learning how to learn as well as what to learn.

A theme emerging from our investigations is that some of the key skills and attributes of the future are not necessarily the ones that we directly measure in our major assessments.

We are good at assessing literacy and numeracy skills and students' depth of content knowledge in core subjects. These will continue to be critical. But what of broader skills such as resilience, that idea of the growth mindset, the capacity to fail and try again, to persevere?

Do we know enough about the most effective teaching practices, the tools and resources schools need to nurture them and how best to assess their attainment?

 

Learn more / En savoir plus / Mehr erfahren:

 

https://gustmees.wordpress.com/2016/02/18/the-new-possibilities-to-learn-and-teach-with-ict/

 

https://gustmees.wordpress.com/2015/08/01/21st-century-education-is-learning-to-learn-for-life-long-learning-and-nothing-else-matters/

 

Rosemarri Klamn's curator insight, July 3, 2:38 PM
As Gust MEES notes in his blog: “We are good at assessing literacy and numeracy skills and students' depth of content knowledge in core subjects. These will continue to be critical. But what of broader skills such as resilience, that idea of the growth mindset, the capacity to fail and try again, to persevere? Do we know enough about the most effective teaching practices, the tools and resources schools need to nurture them and how best to assess their attainment?”

Gust raises good questions about teaching students to learn. There are a variety of complex and simple policies and practices to answer these questions. One strategy is incorporating universal design for learning (UDL) principles into learning strategies: this helps meet the needs of a variety of learners. UDL researchers promote the concept of developing expert learners; author Katie Novak blogs about expert learners at:

Katie Novak. (2016, July 18). UDL, Expert Learners, and the 36-Ton Machine. Retrieved from: http://katienovakudl.com/udl-expert-learners-and-the-36-ton-machine/

National Center for Universal Design for Learning (NCUDL). (2012). UDL and Expert Learners. Retrieved from: http://www.udlcenter.org/aboutudl/expertlearners

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The meaning of life in a world without work

The meaning of life in a world without work | Educational Discourse | Scoop.it
As technology renders jobs obsolete, what will keep us busy? Sapiens author Yuval Noah Harari examines ‘the useless class’ and a new quest for purpose

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