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Educational Video Games Can Boost Motivation to Learn - Science Daily (press release)

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Educational Video Games Can Boost Motivation to Learn Science Daily (press release) "Educational games may be able to help circumvent major problems plaguing classrooms by placing students in a frame of mind that is conducive to learning rather...
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5 Tips to Create a Cost-Effective Makerspace Quickly - EdTech Magazine

5 Tips to Create a Cost-Effective Makerspace Quickly - EdTech Magazine | Educational Technology for Middle Schoolers | Scoop.it
In the 2015 New Media Consortium Horizon Report, makerspaces were recognized as one the six most important educational technology developments.

“Makerspaces are increasingly being looked to as a method for engaging learners in creative, higher-order problem-solving through hands-on design, construction, and iteration,” the report says.

As Laura Fleming, a library media specialist from New Milford (Conn.) High School, said in the Spring 2016 issue of EdTech: Focus on K–12, a good makerspace is one that puts the learner first.

That being said, creating a makerspace that teaches students the skills to aid them in creative and technological futures doesn’t necessarily require renovations and a rollout of new tech.

Fleming’s space, for example, thrives on donations of old computers from her school’s IT department. Here are five other ways to create a makerspace now.

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Top STEAM tools for Online and Offline Learning: Part 1 - Daily Genius

Top STEAM tools for Online and Offline Learning: Part 1 - Daily Genius | Educational Technology for Middle Schoolers | Scoop.it
A few months ago, the President of the United States, Barack Obama, announced a bold new initiative that aims to bring computer science to K-12 education and make computer programming a basic skill for all students.  The implications of this development can be staggering: STEAM will become much more widespread.  Soon, teachers around the country will teach students computational thinking, looping, conditional statements, and other high order programming concepts.

There are several tools and platforms teachers can use to accomplish this goal.  These tools range from web platforms, to robots, to manipulatives teachers can use to teach coding.  Some are more powerful than others, and offer different gains, expertise, and rewards, but they all have a place in the classroom. 

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What Is Blockchain in 6 Awesome Infographics | #Future of any #transactions & #sharing? | #Finance #Bitcoin 

What Is Blockchain in 6 Awesome Infographics | #Future of any #transactions & #sharing? | #Finance #Bitcoin  | Educational Technology for Middle Schoolers | Scoop.it
If the blockchain frenzy and the hype surrounding it is anything to go by, blockchain is set to revolutionise everything from the way in which we make payments to the way in which we drink beer. I may have made that last bit up – but you get the idea that in and amongst the buzz there are some pretty wild predictions being made! So in this post, i thought it would be useful to take a step back from the hype and understand “what is blockchain?” If you keep coming back to this fundamental question, i think it can help you navigate and understand what use cases are feasible and which ones are not. Through these 6 awesome infographics we get a good understanding of what blockchain is:

 

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http://www.scoop.it/t/luxembourg-europe/?tag=Blockchain

 

http://www.scoop.it/t/luxembourg-europe/?tag=Bitcoin

 

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

 


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If the blockchain frenzy and the hype surrounding it is anything to go by, blockchain is set to revolutionise everything from the way in which we make payments to the way in which we drink beer. I may have made that last bit up – but you get the idea that in and amongst the buzz there are some pretty wild predictions being made! So in this post, i thought it would be useful to take a step back from the hype and understand “what is blockchain?” If you keep coming back to this fundamental question, i think it can help you navigate and understand what use cases are feasible and which ones are not. Through these 6 awesome infographics we get a good understanding of what blockchain is:

 

Learn more / En savoir plus / Mehr erfahren:

 

http://www.scoop.it/t/luxembourg-europe/?tag=Blockchain

 

http://www.scoop.it/t/luxembourg-europe/?tag=Bitcoin

 

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

 

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Top STEAM tools for Online and Offline Learning: Part 1 - Daily Genius

Top STEAM tools for Online and Offline Learning: Part 1 - Daily Genius | Educational Technology for Middle Schoolers | Scoop.it
A few months ago, the President of the United States, Barack Obama, announced a bold new initiative that aims to bring computer science to K-12 education and make computer programming a basic skill for all students.  The implications of this development can be staggering: STEAM will become much more widespread.  Soon, teachers around the country will teach students computational thinking, looping, conditional statements, and other high order programming concepts.

There are several tools and platforms teachers can use to accomplish this goal.  These tools range from web platforms, to robots, to manipulatives teachers can use to teach coding.  Some are more powerful than others, and offer different gains, expertise, and rewards, but they all have a place in the classroom. 

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Open music: Bolero enters public domain, music encoding standards news

Open music: Bolero enters public domain, music encoding standards news | Educational Technology for Middle Schoolers | Scoop.it
Bolero enters the public domain, a new proprietary music-encoding standard is gaining ground, and more open music news.

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9 Online Teaching Tools That Will Make Your Life Easier via GDC

9 Online Teaching Tools That Will Make Your Life Easier via GDC | Educational Technology for Middle Schoolers | Scoop.it
We've sourced out a list of 9 online teaching tools that will support you with LMS, web conferencing, and other facets of online learning.

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The Struggle to Bring Cognitive Psychology to Schools

The Struggle to Bring Cognitive Psychology to Schools | Educational Technology for Middle Schoolers | Scoop.it

Bruner found that even very young children constructed their own knowledge—that is, they made sense of new information based on prior experience and understanding. The job of the teacher was to help students build upon what they already knew.


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David Baker's curator insight, June 16, 10:57 AM
"The job of the teacher was to help students build upon what they already knew. So it didn’t make sense to fill children with facts, which they would forget as soon as the test was over. The goal was to help them recognize relationships between facts. You didn’t have to be a physicist or a historian to understand gravity or the Civil War. But you did need a teacher who could help you think like a physicist or a historian, ordering and analyzing information just like they did."

Interesting insights. Again demonstrating the importance of teaching students to think and make sense of content.

Haiden Jacob-Byrd's curator insight, September 21, 2:27 PM

Bruner believes that teachers have to specialize in critical thinking.

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, September 21, 5:45 PM
The challenge is that the work of Dewey, Bruner, and Pestalozzi is hard work in classrooms. It will require rethinking what we call school and leadership rather than management.
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Virtual Reality is Finally Here: HTC Vive Review (& Giveaway)

Virtual Reality is Finally Here: HTC Vive Review (& Giveaway) | Educational Technology for Middle Schoolers | Scoop.it
The HTC Vive for Steam VR redefines gaming, and more besides. It's the closest thing to a Holodeck I've ever seen. And it's absolutely incredible.
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The gamer's absolute high... virtual reality... at last!  #MIEExpert  #MSFTEdu
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A Comparison of Animation Technologies | CSS-Tricks

A Comparison of Animation Technologies | CSS-Tricks | Educational Technology for Middle Schoolers | Scoop.it
The question I am asked most frequently: what animation tool do you recommend? Having worked with a slew of them, I can tell you there is no right answer.
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The 50 Most Influential Gadgets of All Time

The 50 Most Influential Gadgets of All Time | Educational Technology for Middle Schoolers | Scoop.it
TIME's list of the 50 most influential gadgets highlights the products that changed the way we live, work, play, and communicate.
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Are cities the new countries? - BBC News

Are cities the new countries? - BBC News | Educational Technology for Middle Schoolers | Scoop.it

Are big cities becoming more like separate countries?


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A rather interesting question that could lead to excellent interaction in the classroom.

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GwynethJones's curator insight, January 30, 12:38 PM

A great topic for discussion in the Social Studies Classroom!

Share it w/ your #SSChat peeps!

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Here Comes 4-D Printing--and It's Pretty Mind-Blowing

Here Comes 4-D Printing--and It's Pretty Mind-Blowing | Educational Technology for Middle Schoolers | Scoop.it
A team of scientists unveiled a crazy new way to create objects that change shape.

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Just as we are starting to wake up to the limitless offerings provided by 3-D printing, 4-D printing takes its first steps...

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Is It Plagiarism or Collaboration?

Is It Plagiarism or Collaboration? | Educational Technology for Middle Schoolers | Scoop.it

Perhaps instead of focusing our concerns on technology as a wonderful aid to plagiarizers, we should focus on its ability to foster creativity and collaboration, and then ask ourselves (we are the clever adults here) how we can incorporate those elements into our formalized assessments.


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Thought-provoking and offering each of us a challenge...

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Clipping Path Specialist's comment, February 4, 5:56 AM
Which is the best Plagiarism software.
Nevermore Sithole's curator insight, February 10, 1:54 AM
Is It Plagiarism or Collaboration?
Bibhya Sharma's curator insight, February 21, 8:05 PM

There is a very thin line between plagiarism and collaboration where group assessments are concerned. I also feel that in this digital age, the type of assessments, activities and questions should be re-defined and reworked. I also try to provide "wrappers" in the class especially on ethics. 

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Becoming Innovative: 15 New Ideas Every Teacher Should Try - TeachThought

Becoming Innovative: 15 New Ideas Every Teacher Should Try - TeachThought | Educational Technology for Middle Schoolers | Scoop.it
What are the latest emerging trends in education?

As trends to do, these are changing almost yearly. Consider how quiet iPads in the classroom have been recently, whereas three years ago they were going to replace teachers and were (unsarcastically) compared to magic. While mobile devices like the iPad can indeed parallel a kind of magic in the learning process, it obviously has to ‘fit’ into a progressive supporting ecology of assessment, curriculum, and instruction.

With that in mind, we’ve created a list of 15 (the graphic plus 3 bonus items below) new ideas every teacher should try. Not all will fit or work–again, it depends on the ecology of the classroom, school, and so on. But each of these ideas below–some learning models, some concepts, and some technologies–can be transformational for students, and your teaching.

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Susan McDonald's curator insight, June 3, 3:05 AM
This really is a good little framework to use as a 'to do' list in future planning. The implicit message is that ICTs alone won't fix your problems, but combine them with innovative teaching approaches and unit structures and fit them to the 'ecology' of your school and class, and you will be getting close!
Hollie Brassington's curator insight, June 3, 6:51 AM
This is a fantastic summary of ways to transform learning - in fact the PBL and Skype examples in combination with the current hot topic in the news about the value and virtues of allrefugees (Karl Stefanovic on WIN Today show)  makes me think I could devise an English  Unit on refugees where students interact through  these digital pedagogical tools  with actual refugees now in Australia to find out their stories and to hear about racial prejudice towards 'boat people', and then write a letter to the editor type assessment dispelling the negativities towards refugees via an online newspaper or blog situation. These could be shared with actual refugees to show them they have the support of Australian citizens....
Norton Gusky's curator insight, September 7, 8:16 AM
Great list of strategies that are making a difference in the learning space.
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What Is Blockchain in 6 Awesome Infographics | #Future of any #transactions & #sharing? | #Finance #Bitcoin 

What Is Blockchain in 6 Awesome Infographics | #Future of any #transactions & #sharing? | #Finance #Bitcoin  | Educational Technology for Middle Schoolers | Scoop.it
If the blockchain frenzy and the hype surrounding it is anything to go by, blockchain is set to revolutionise everything from the way in which we make payments to the way in which we drink beer. I may have made that last bit up – but you get the idea that in and amongst the buzz there are some pretty wild predictions being made! So in this post, i thought it would be useful to take a step back from the hype and understand “what is blockchain?” If you keep coming back to this fundamental question, i think it can help you navigate and understand what use cases are feasible and which ones are not. Through these 6 awesome infographics we get a good understanding of what blockchain is:

 

Learn more / En savoir plus / Mehr erfahren:

 

http://www.scoop.it/t/luxembourg-europe/?tag=Blockchain

 

http://www.scoop.it/t/luxembourg-europe/?tag=Bitcoin

 

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

 


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Gust MEES's curator insight, June 9, 3:55 PM
If the blockchain frenzy and the hype surrounding it is anything to go by, blockchain is set to revolutionise everything from the way in which we make payments to the way in which we drink beer. I may have made that last bit up – but you get the idea that in and amongst the buzz there are some pretty wild predictions being made! So in this post, i thought it would be useful to take a step back from the hype and understand “what is blockchain?” If you keep coming back to this fundamental question, i think it can help you navigate and understand what use cases are feasible and which ones are not. Through these 6 awesome infographics we get a good understanding of what blockchain is:

 

Learn more / En savoir plus / Mehr erfahren:

 

http://www.scoop.it/t/luxembourg-europe/?tag=Blockchain

 

http://www.scoop.it/t/luxembourg-europe/?tag=Bitcoin

 

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

 

Charli Wiggill's curator insight, June 10, 7:29 AM
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How to Use YouTube to Record a Video of Your Screen by Nancy Messieh

How to Use YouTube to Record a Video of Your Screen by Nancy Messieh | Educational Technology for Middle Schoolers | Scoop.it
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Schools Can (and Should) Measure Noncognitive Skills By Catherine Wedgwood

Schools Can (and Should) Measure Noncognitive Skills By Catherine Wedgwood | Educational Technology for Middle Schoolers | Scoop.it
By Catherine Wedgwood

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This incredible new Pinterest feature could change online shopping forever

This incredible new Pinterest feature could change online shopping forever | Educational Technology for Middle Schoolers | Scoop.it
This new Pinterest tool is great for shopping, and it'll save you a ton of time and money.

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9 Google Calendar Features You Should Be Using

9 Google Calendar Features You Should Be Using | Educational Technology for Middle Schoolers | Scoop.it
Google Calendar has more tricks up its sleeve than you may realize. Our tips will help you organize events and reduce the time you spend managing your calendar.

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The Struggle to Bring Cognitive Psychology to Schools

The Struggle to Bring Cognitive Psychology to Schools | Educational Technology for Middle Schoolers | Scoop.it

Bruner found that even very young children constructed their own knowledge—that is, they made sense of new information based on prior experience and understanding. The job of the teacher was to help students build upon what they already knew.


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David Baker's curator insight, June 16, 10:57 AM
"The job of the teacher was to help students build upon what they already knew. So it didn’t make sense to fill children with facts, which they would forget as soon as the test was over. The goal was to help them recognize relationships between facts. You didn’t have to be a physicist or a historian to understand gravity or the Civil War. But you did need a teacher who could help you think like a physicist or a historian, ordering and analyzing information just like they did."

Interesting insights. Again demonstrating the importance of teaching students to think and make sense of content.

Haiden Jacob-Byrd's curator insight, September 21, 2:27 PM

Bruner believes that teachers have to specialize in critical thinking.

Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, September 21, 5:45 PM
The challenge is that the work of Dewey, Bruner, and Pestalozzi is hard work in classrooms. It will require rethinking what we call school and leadership rather than management.
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10 free tools for creating infographics

10 free tools for creating infographics | Educational Technology for Middle Schoolers | Scoop.it
For all the importance we place on text, it's an indisputable fact that images are processed in the brain faster than words.
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For those interested in creating clear infographics. #MSFTEdu #MIEExpert
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What to Post on Instagram: 18 Photo & Video Ideas to Spark Inspiration

What to Post on Instagram: 18 Photo & Video Ideas to Spark Inspiration | Educational Technology for Middle Schoolers | Scoop.it
Check out these 18 ideas for Instagram content, including behind-the-scenes shots, videos, animated GIFs, contests, and more.
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Some inspiration for those stuck in a digital rut. #MSFTEdu  #MIEExpert
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4 Principles of Creating Online Courses

4 Principles of Creating Online Courses | Educational Technology for Middle Schoolers | Scoop.it
The structure and simplicity of an online course are its most important success factors. Follow these 4 principles when creating online courses and build a thriving teaching business.

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Core principles required for creating successful online courses.

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How To Add Rigor To Anything

How To Add Rigor To Anything | Educational Technology for Middle Schoolers | Scoop.it
How To Add Rigor To Any Lesson, Unit, or Assessment.

 

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

 

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

 


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Some simple but great ideas. Many modern classrooms have lots of fun using technology, and that is important, but - if this is at the expense of academic rigour - you are probably not expecting enough from your students.

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Gust MEES's curator insight, January 31, 12:37 PM
How To Add Rigor To Any Lesson, Unit, or Assessment.


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


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


Eduard Lorda's curator insight, February 1, 3:26 AM

#recursos

Frances's curator insight, February 1, 9:52 AM

When and how could/should we begin....K, 1st grade, middle school, high school?  Is this something you build...or does it just happen by demanding it?

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Free Technology for Teachers: Two Easy Ways to Create QR Codes to Use In Your Classroom

Free Technology for Teachers: Two Easy Ways to Create QR Codes to Use In Your Classroom | Educational Technology for Middle Schoolers | Scoop.it

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QR codes were all the rage a while back, but are still used fairly extensively in our world. Here is a free tool to create them for use in your lessons (think web quests, digital treasure hunts and a host of other applications).

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Jackie Lerch's curator insight, February 3, 7:46 AM

Show how to setup and use QR codes