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Why Good Professional Development Is Like Learning How To Fly

Why Good Professional Development Is Like Learning How To Fly | Educational Discourse | Scoop.it

Imagine if we taught pilots to fly without ever letting them in a cockpit. Or gave them the keys to a commercial airplane without the required hours—or years—of hands on training and practice. Sure, we’d show them plenty of PowerPoint presentations and make them sit through a few seminars on the theory and physics of flight, but then we’d slap on a graduation cap and let them take off into the big blue sky. Not only would it likely be ineffective, it would be borderline criminal. Yet when it comes to professional development for classroom teachers, that’s almost exactly what we do.


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PD is vital for teacher growth and sustainability yet it is often undervalued and often is not focused on what individual teachers need but, instead, on generic ideas and concepts or on "feel good" presentations about topics that are nebulous and non-specific like using technology or implementing reading programs. A shift is needed to move PD towards a growth mindset that focuses on how individual teachers can improve their teaching by beginning where they are as a teacher and sharing their ideas and growth with other teachers. It's not about presentations, even by "real teachers in real classrooms" but about change for individual teachers through support and collaboration of other teachers who also have a growth mindset. 

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, September 10, 2014 10:50 AM
In this article, learning and training are somehow interchangeable. Learning is a human process which involves imagining what the meaning is in what is being learned. Training is a checklist process used in industrial settings where we go through the prescribed steps. The two are not the same thing, Having said this, good learning should help us fly and take off in new and adventurous ways. @ivon_ehd1
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[Infographic] Key Skills That Lead to 21st Century Success

[Infographic] Key Skills That Lead to 21st Century Success | Educational Discourse | Scoop.it
The 21st century skills are set of abilities that an individuals needs to cultivate to succeed in the 21st century. So what are these skills?

Via Tom D'Amico (@TDOttawa) , Tibshirani
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A nice graphic of some of the skills that students will need to develop. 

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Ms. Edwards's curator insight, September 1, 2014 9:05 PM

Infographic to explain classroom connections to career and college skills. 

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How To Teach Math With LEGOs | Edudemic

How To Teach Math With LEGOs | Edudemic | Educational Discourse | Scoop.it
Using Legos in the classroom is not a new concept at all. There are so many different classroom applications for the popular brightly colored bricks, and despite the myriad of uses, the go-to task for Legos is most often math. The handy little nubs sitting atop the bricks offer a chance to teach things like …
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This is a good article with some good ideas for using legos in math. However, legos, and other such hands-on tools, have been around for quite a long time. As a grade 7 teacher, I regularly used legos, pizza pieces, algi-tiles and, gulp, even gummy bears, to teach different math concepts. I also used legos in other classes, social and science, and had students use them in ELA to create scenes for their stories - like the popular lego movies. Teachers have been doing this sort of stuff for generations. Maybe, with the popularity of Minecraft, legos are the hands-on version that allow students to play and learn at the same time. 

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10 Tricks to Make Yourself an Evernote Master

10 Tricks to Make Yourself an Evernote Master | Educational Discourse | Scoop.it
Evernote is well established as the go-to app for organizing just about everything in your life. Whether it's notes for a novel or bookmarks from the Web, Evernote can take pretty much anything you want to throw at it. But are you using the platform to its full potential? Here are 10 quick tips for turning yourself into an Evernote power user.
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Evernote is my go-to for productivity and organization. It has so many options and just keeps getting better! 

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Using 'Self-Initiated Transfer' To Drive 21st Century Assessment

Using 'Self-Initiated Transfer' To Drive 21st Century Assessment | Educational Discourse | Scoop.it

"Testing is a major challenge in education.

Agreeing on what’s to be tested and how it’s to be administered is a matter of much debate. It’s also a big business...

[Common Core testing may include] adaptive computer-based testing to the existing assessments forms, which in many states include short-written responses. While efforts like these continue, there remains a chasm between the progressive vision of a 21st century learning environment, and a decidedly 20th century assessment style.


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Indeed, much of the learning students will do isn't testable by paper & pencil. Computer-based testing doesn't measure the skills students will need for their future. 

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, September 1, 2014 7:40 PM

If the goal in education is to graduate students whom are 21st century ready (a century we are already 14 years into) the question of appropriate testing comes up. This post explores this issue and shares what may be taking place in a classroom and how it is not necessarily testable with paper and pencil. Therefore as educators we need to "promote self-initiated transfer." 

The post is split into three sections. The first section looks at testing today. The second section provides "a picture of 21st century learning." The third section explores the challenge, the fact that in theory we are teaching one way and assessing a different way (and as they refer to it in the post, we may be teaching 21st century but we are using an assessment tool that is 20th century). The final section explores one possible solution.

There is much to ponder on in this post which may lead you to think of ways to help students take ownership of learning how to effectively transfer knowlege.

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Great Resources for Integrating Technology in Class

Great Resources for Integrating Technology in Class | Educational Discourse | Scoop.it

Via Tom D'Amico (@TDOttawa)
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Although some of these provide different ways to integrate technology, I often wonder if, instead of making tech "fit", the goal should be what learning/growth/idea/concept do we want to explore and then proceed from there instead of seeing what tool we have and directing the learning with the tool. 

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Bernard Petter's curator insight, August 20, 2014 6:14 PM

all you have to do is...give it some thought.

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, August 20, 2014 6:14 PM

Digital technologies should fit the learning and its context. It is not the other way around that learning fits the digital technologies.

 

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Sue Alexander's curator insight, August 22, 2014 1:16 PM

Wonderful collection of possibilities.

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Mirror, Mirror: The latest in activity trackers

Mirror, Mirror: The latest in activity trackers | Educational Discourse | Scoop.it
Five miles equals approximately 10,000 steps. How do I know this? Because just as I made it to the five-mile mark on the Kelly Drive loop Saturday morning, the teeny LED lights in my red Fitbit Flex...

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I'm not a fitness nut - heck some days it's tough to get moving! But, with the new fitness wearables are making it easier to see that I need to get moving - at least a little more. I'm interested in fitness - now more than when I was younger and took my fitness for granted. Today, it takes longer to heal from injury and the weekend warrior stuff just isn't as inviting. Instead, like many other things, incorporating fitness into everyday is more important - taking the stairs, walking instead of driving, and, yes, doing a training circuit and some activity to raise the heat rate are important. I definitely like how these sync to my different tools to help me track my progress. 

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My Paperless Classroom: Primary Teachers: Learn Coding Fundamentals in an Hour

My Paperless Classroom: Primary Teachers: Learn Coding Fundamentals in an Hour | Educational Discourse | Scoop.it
If you have heard about the hour of code, I hope you saw this coming from the title. If you don't know about the hour of code, it is time. Code.org wants to support everybody everywhere in learning to code. They are organizing all kinds of people to create tutorials that can be used in schools to get kids coding, even if it is just for a one hour guided activity

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Willemijn Schmitz's curator insight, August 21, 2014 3:08 AM

Moeten we volgens mij allemaal aan geloven! Allemaal programmeren leren.

Cynthia Day's curator insight, August 22, 2014 5:13 AM
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Lisa Milstead 's curator insight, August 23, 2014 12:56 PM

Love that students can learn the basics of coding within an hour. 

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Dan Pink: My 5 favorite talks on work

Dan Pink: My 5 favorite talks on work | Educational Discourse | Scoop.it
Popular business author Dan Pink picks his 5 favorite TED Talks on how to find greater success at work.

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I used Dan Pink's talks in my Psychology classes with students - they were very interested - some  of them even took to reading his work. 

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Disruption In Higher Ed Is Growing, But Not Instantaneous

Disruption In Higher Ed Is Growing, But Not Instantaneous | Educational Discourse | Scoop.it

The world of online learning presents the largest opportunity outside of traditional education for individuals to move into a world of skills-based professional growth. What this looks like in 20 years is anyone’s guess, but just because online learning isn’t displacing traditional higher education tomorrow, doesn’t mean disruption isn’t in the works. It is, and it will change our notion of what education looks like, as tangible lifelong learning becomes a reality for many more.


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9 Web Apps to Display All Your Social Network Feeds in One Place

9 Web Apps to Display All Your Social Network Feeds in One Place | Educational Discourse | Scoop.it
How many social networks do you use to keep yourself updated on what’s happening amongst your circle of friends and news from across the world? Everyday, with

Via Tom D'Amico (@TDOttawa)
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I haven't tried all of these but some look promising especially if you are trying to get a handle on your social networks and manage them in a way that still allows you to have a life instead of them managing you! 

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Michelle Bish's curator insight, August 17, 2014 1:24 PM

I need a social media feed aggregator but which one? Don't want to spend a lot of time trying each one out...

Tony Guzman's curator insight, August 18, 2014 9:34 AM

Howard Rheingold has coined the term, Infotention (http://www.rheingold.com/university/mini-courses/) and this article helps you make more efficient use of your time.

Michel Müglich's curator insight, August 19, 2014 3:35 PM

Social Media Plattformen aggregiert nutzen - Tools für mein PLE?

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Seven Web-based Tools for Delivering Flipped Lessons

Seven Web-based Tools for Delivering Flipped Lessons | Educational Discourse | Scoop.it

"This fall there will be teachers trying the flipped classroom approach to lessons for the first time. In the right setting the flipped classroom model can work well. My favorite tools for creating flipped lessons include the option to insert questions for students to answer while watching the video instead of waiting until the end to answer a series of questions. I also like tools that provide students with the opportunity to submit questions to their teachers while they are watching videos. These tools offer those options."


Via Beth Dichter
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Thinking about doing some changes to what you do in the classroom? Looking for ways to differentiate for students? Maybe going to try "flipping" things a bit? Here are seven tools that you can use to make some changes to engage students in different ways. 

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Rosemary Tyrrell's curator insight, August 17, 2014 11:31 AM

The tools covered in this post by Richard Byrne are:

* eduCanon

* Teachem

* VideoNotes

* Blubbr

* Zaption

* EdPuzzle

* Blendspace

You will find a video tutorial both eduCanon and Blendspace.Bryne describes each tool in detail in his post, making it easier for you to choose which ones will meet your needs.

Kevin Atkins's curator insight, August 18, 2014 6:03 AM

Some great tools in this article!

Ness Crouch's curator insight, September 1, 2014 5:55 AM

There are a couple of tools here I haven't tried. 

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Educational Leadership:Resilience and Learning:Handle with Care: A Conversation with Maya Angelou

Educational Leadership:Resilience and Learning:Handle with Care: A Conversation with Maya Angelou | Educational Discourse | Scoop.it

I'm not sure if resilience is ever achieved alone. Experience allows us to learn from example. But if we have someone who loves us—I don't mean who indulges us, but who loves us enough to be on our side—then it's easier to grow resilience, to grow belief in self, to grow self-esteem. And it's self-esteem that allows a person to stand up.


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We have so much to learn from Maya Angelou. Sometimes we need to be still to hear the different messages that come out of the words. 

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Adrian Bertolini's curator insight, September 16, 2013 7:55 PM

The building of self-esteem in young people is a developmental step towards knowing oneself as capable and able to belong in a community. The importance of resilience, and being able to rebound from failure and hardship, is critical to building self-esteem.

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, August 17, 2014 1:37 AM

We can still learn a great deal from Maya Angelou. Her poetry and poetic voice shine for us.

 

@ivon_ehd1

Betty Skeet's curator insight, August 17, 2014 6:47 AM

Resilience is not achieved alone, I believe that it requires having someone, at least one person on our side...

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U32 MS Planning ePortfolios

U32 MS Planning ePortfolios | Educational Discourse | Scoop.it
Planning ePortfolios at U-32 Middle School Team Project

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Some good tools and ideas for ePortfolios. It's time that all schools begin to take this more seriously and begin to help students develop their learning portfolio/profile. 

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Rethinking Assessment: Trusting Teachers to Evaluate Student Learning

Rethinking Assessment: Trusting Teachers to Evaluate Student Learning | Educational Discourse | Scoop.it

WMany educators are hoping that through the Common Core State Standards, teaching and assessment can focus more on problem-solving and the process of getting to an answer. But even those process-oriented skills will be assessed with a standardized test. The benefits of the harder-to-quantify skills aren't easily disentangled from academic achievement scores, making it hard to prove through tests that alternative teaching and learning styles can achieve measurable outcomes.


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Teaching isn't easy. It requires a myriad of skills and constant learning. To think a multiple choice test can even to begin to touch the learning that takes place in classrooms is to not really understand learning. 

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What If Every Teacher Tweeted?

What If Every Teacher Tweeted? | Educational Discourse | Scoop.it
What If Every Teacher Tweeted?
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Twitter is a great connecting tool and it does allow one to share and gather. However, I believe it needs to be augmented with other tools, RSS Readers to name one, in order to help a teacher go beyond just "tweeting" and develop a deep professional development experience. Links are great and are chats but it's what one does with them and the "Deep Learning, Integration, and Innovation" that comes from these that makes the difference. Otherwise, it's like any other PD where you here great stuff and then go back to your classroom and keep doing what you're doing. 

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How to Teach Media Literacy? Videos and Lesson Plans from Media Smarts

How to Teach Media Literacy? Videos and Lesson Plans from Media Smarts | Educational Discourse | Scoop.it

"Media educators base their teaching on key concepts of media literacy, which provide an effective foundation for examining mass media and popular culture. These key concepts act as filters that any media text has to go through in order for us to respond."


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Mediasmarts has some great resources for teachers at all grade levels. Check them out! 

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, September 5, 2014 10:20 PM

Do you teach media literacy? Do you think we should teach students in upper elementary and middle school the concepts of media literacy?  Media Smarts (out of Canada) with the assistance of Companies Committed to Children, has launched a new website, Media Literacy 101.

What will you find? Six short videos that will engage students as they learn about media literacy as well as lesson plans that include an overview, learning outcomes, preparation and materials, key concepts and an optional worksheet. The areas covered include:

* What is media anyway

* Media are constructions

* Audiences negotiate media

* Media have commercial impacts

* Media have social and political implications

* Each media has a unique aesthetic form

These lessons are geared for students from about Grade 5 - 8, but make sure you review them to determine if they will work with your students. If you believe that your students need to become more media savvy this is website is worth exploring.

Antonio Andrade's curator insight, September 6, 2014 11:54 AM

Muy buena interpretación de los contenidos sobre.....

Nevermore Sithole's curator insight, September 8, 2014 8:12 AM

How to Teach Media Literacy? Videos and Lesson Plans from Media Smarts

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How to Easily Insert Questions and Quizzes into Videos Using EduCanon

How to Easily Insert Questions and Quizzes into Videos Using EduCanon | Educational Discourse | Scoop.it

"Have you ever wished you knew how to easily add questions into a video to create lesson content or to help ensure that students are engaging with video content? Well, you can, for free!"


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I like the idea of being able to insert questions and comments into videos that will be used with students, either large group or individual. It provides for formative quick checks to ensure students are on track and can generate discussions amongst groups or with the whole class. I also think that, giving students this option, they could create reactions by asking questions and direct their own learning through adding questions or comments to what they are viewing. 

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, August 19, 2014 9:36 PM

Here is a quick tutorial to teach you how to insert questions into eduCanon. You will need to have a video in mind.
Some additional feature in eduCanon:

* You can crop videos

* You can group videos together for lessons

* You can monitor student progress

"Watch the rest of 3 Minute Teaching with Tech Tutorials on this web page, or by opening this YouTube Playlist."

Gary Harwell's curator insight, August 20, 2014 2:17 AM
Instead of putting on a video and relaxing, why not put in a quiz or some questions.......
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A Good Interactive Poster on Digital Citizenship ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

A Good Interactive Poster on Digital Citizenship ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Educational Discourse | Scoop.it
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Here's an interactive poster on digital citizenship for anyone incorporating this within their classroom or at the school level. 

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Gust MEES's curator insight, August 21, 2014 4:00 PM

Learn more:



http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-tools-for-teaching-people-and-learners/?tag=ThingLink


http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?tag=Thinglink-Course


http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?q=eCitizen


Well Connected Mom's curator insight, August 22, 2014 11:39 AM

An infographic good to go through with your children to prepare them ahead of time when surfing and using the Internet.

Quran Coaching's curator insight, August 22, 2014 12:15 PM

The Quran-Coaching is the best platform for the quran learning by taking online quran classes.
http://goo.gl/st4aLZ
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#quran #onlineQuran #islam #Tajweed

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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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Personalized PBL: Student-Designed Learning

Personalized PBL: Student-Designed Learning | Educational Discourse | Scoop.it
Project-based learning may be the best vehicle for personalized learning as teachers move beyond "course-based" approaches and open the way for student-designed curriculum.

 

Not every teacher may be ready to jump into this type of personalization. To make it work, they'll be required to adopt a different teaching role. They'll need strong management skills and a commitment to disruptive innovation. In addition, the current constructs of the education system may hold us back. What if we could make this dream of personalized PBL a reality?


===> I say that we work toward it, creating a push on the system that demands change in the education of our students. <===




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PBL is one way to approach the way to organize the learning for students within the classroom. The use of different tools allows for the development of student-driven designs for learning and provides teachers with the opportunity to allow students more direction in their own learning. 

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Kim Flintoff's curator insight, August 21, 2014 9:13 PM

An art teacher and I (drama teacher) started to use a negotiated approach with students about 15 years ago.  By working with students to be aware of curriculum expectations and discussing "what would this look like" we assisted students with developingntheir own learnign pathways and expressions of their learning - in keeping with the legislated requirements of curriculum.  I've also noted over the years that elements of the International Baccalaureate - particularly the project work from MYP - reflects a similar approach.

Without reference to research literature, I'd speculate that this speaks to engagement, authenticity and relevance... and needn't be confined to K-12 contexts.... well-documented project work could be conducted outside the confines of formal classes and evidenced against formal assessment criteria.

Durriyyah Kemp's curator insight, August 22, 2014 11:10 AM

Project-Based Learning is a great vehicle for allowing student to gain social and emotional learning (SEL) skills.  The five core competency skills for SEL (self-awareness, social awareness, relationship skills, responsible decision-making, and self-management) can be easily integrated into any project-based learning opportunity.

Edgar Mata's curator insight, August 25, 2014 12:48 AM

El alumno determina los proyectos en los cuáles va a trabajar.

 

La gestión es compleja pero los resultados lucen prometedores.

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Maker Space: Soldering Safety [pdf]

NO FOOD and/or DRINK allowed as:


===> The solder is usually a tin/lead alloy and lead is toxic!!! <===

 

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For those looking into maker spaces - here's a good pdf that outlines using soldering tools. 

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Gust MEES's curator insight, August 20, 2014 10:47 AM

NO FOOD and/or DRINK allowed as:


===> The solder is usually a tin/lead alloy and lead is toxic!!! <===


Learn more:


http://www.scoop.it/t/21st-century-learning-and-teaching/?tag=makerspace




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Webinar archive - Back-to-School Tech Tips for New Teachers

Webinar archive - Back-to-School Tech Tips for New Teachers | Educational Discourse | Scoop.it
August 19th, 2014Whether you are launching into your first year as a classroom teacher, taking on a new role, or moving to a new school, come get some helpful tech tips to get the year started. Aug...

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Here's some good technology tips that teachers at any stage can use. 

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Tech Ed Resources for your Classroom–Organize Your Classroom

Tech Ed Resources for your Classroom–Organize Your Classroom | Educational Discourse | Scoop.it

I get a lot of questions from readers about what tech ed resources I use in my classroom so I’m taking a few days this summer to review them with you. Some are edited and/or written by members of the Ask a Tech Teacher crew.


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Intro to Publications - SapayseurWeb

Intro to Publications - SapayseurWeb | Educational Discourse | Scoop.it

post by Sharanda Payseur on English Companion, July 8, 2014

 

"I have done the same thing. I created a technology-based course for our freshmen. It really helps other teachers.  We were spending too much time in class teaching students how to use Web 2.0 and research and digital citizenship skills in our content classes.  Now, students get it in my tech class.

 

"We call it Intro to Pub because I was only English certified at the time.  Now, however, it's just easier to keep the name the same.  But I make it all up.  Here is a link to my website if you want to look at it.  I have lessons posted and student projects. 

 

"However, I do incorporate English through Stems vocab and Grammar (Magic Lens) to get them ready for English 9 in the Spring semester.  

 

"There are several digital citizenship sites you can use.  I also work with other teachers to have students create interdisciplinary projects incorporating the Web 2.0 skills they learn in my class that help reinforce information from other classes.  (Common Sense Media, DDL, Coding, Computer Tutorials)

 

"We also only use Creative Commons images for all work posted online. I spend a lot of time teaching students how to find and cite their resources and use them correctly.  

 

"If you have any questions, email me: sapayseur@gaston.k12.nc.us

Next year, I'll be changing things up some, but I'm super excited with this course.


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Know a beginning teachers? Someone beginning to use technology? A veteran teacher looking to integrate technology? A technology consultant? There's something for everyone here and more can be added. It's a good start for anyone beginning or looking for some new ideas. 

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