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Grammar Check Up

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How good is your knowledge of grammar? Can you score 80%, showing you know your grammar?

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The 21st century pedagogy teachers should be aware of

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Designing Personal Learning Environments


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Gust MEES's curator insight, February 5, 4:43 AM

Designing Personal Learning Environments...


Richard Samson's curator insight, February 9, 6:00 AM

A good overview of the territory.

Claudia's curator insight, Today, 6:06 AM

Esto sirve para mi actividad de curación PLE

 

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BBC Learning English - 6 Minute English / Does your CV shine?

BBC Learning English - 6 Minute English / Does your CV shine? | EFL Teaching Journal | Scoop.it

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Being a Better Online Reader - The New Yorker

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Certainly, as we turn to online reading, the physiology of the reading process itself shifts; we don’t read the same way online as we do on paper. Anne Mangen, a professor at the National Centre for Reading Education and Research at the University of Stavanger, in Norway, points out that reading is always an interaction between a person and a technology, be it a computer or an e-reader or even a bound book.

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AugusII's curator insight, February 1, 9:27 PM

BETTER READING LESS BEING DECEIVED PROBABILITY

Linda Mercer's curator insight, February 2, 12:12 PM

I think it's harder to read ebooks than printed books. But what about children wired at the start to read electronically?

Erica Bilder's curator insight, February 6, 4:05 AM

How the medium matters in deep digital reading and how we can improve on it.

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BusyTeacher: Free Printable Worksheets For Busy Teachers

BusyTeacher: Free Printable Worksheets For Busy Teachers | EFL Teaching Journal | Scoop.it
Free printable worksheets and lesson plans for every busy teacher. Find printable worksheets on any topic: vocabulary, grammar, listening, reading, writing and speaking!

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, January 5, 12:30 PM

A huge and really helpful resource for teachers.

Anna Van D's curator insight, January 7, 2:53 AM

excellent for all levels, I've been using material and worksheets on various topics for 2 years now and I am very satisfied. Thank you all 

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Poster Maker, Pixteller

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Personalize My Learning, Please (Infographic)

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Some of the things we think about when designing personalized learning curriculum. What else do you think about? ~Mia

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, November 26, 2014 9:00 PM

This infographic, byt Mia MacMeekin, looks at personalized learning and the three areas below. In each area the question is also "How can curriculum design address personalized learning?"

What are the three areas?

* What is personalized learning

* How to personalize learning

* Examples of personalized learning

In each of these areas she also looks at the How, What, When, Where, and Why, providing key words or phrases that help you dig a little deeper into the subject.

Mia MacMeekin has provided an infographic that you could share with others in your building. Today we are asked to personalize curriculum, but support is not always available. This visual will help you better understand some key concepts, and provide you with ideas on how you might move forward.

Andrew Chiu's curator insight, December 5, 2014 12:11 AM

A matrix to help consider and design learning resources for more personalised learning.

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This Will Revolutionize Education - YouTube

Many technologies have promised to revolutionize education, but so far none has. With that in mind, what could revolutionize education? These ideas have been...

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María Luisa Meza's curator insight, December 9, 2014 11:08 PM

Video para los desafíos de la educación en el curso de docencia en línea.

Tina Jameson's curator insight, December 14, 2014 6:48 PM

When so many new technologies promise to transform education - what role is left to the teacher?  Why is the teacher still important?  This powerful clip effectively presents compelling arguments for the importance of teaching students in a 'social' classroom setting - with reference to 'how' students learn; making the best of all types of tools to aid what goes on 'in the student's head'.

Anabela Luís's curator insight, December 15, 2014 3:54 PM

Dá que pensar.... 

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Creating Products to Show and Share Learning

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Let’s take a look at sample projects and some of the hottest apps for
showing, explaining, and retelling. These tools can turn students into
teachers and are great for sharing their answers to a project’s driving
question.

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Carlos Rodrigues Cadre's curator insight, December 5, 2014 7:21 AM

adicionar a sua visão ...

Leslie Minton's curator insight, December 5, 2014 8:46 AM

Really great resource!

Kathy Lynch's curator insight, December 6, 2014 10:53 PM

Thx Beth Dichter

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Bloom’s Taxonomy Plus Depth of Knowledge Infographic

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, December 5, 2014 9:28 PM

This infographic looks at Bloom's Taxonomy (the original version) and the cognitive dimensions and also looks at the Depth of Knowledge which focuses on the "cognitive demands (thinking process) of instruction, tasks, and/or assessments."

In the second visual the Revised Bloom's Taxonomy is in the center and Webb's Depth of Knowledge is the outer circle, providing a visual view of how the two may work together. The infographic is also available to download as a pdf on the website.

Common Core tests use Webb's Depth of Knowledge for the four levels, which are designed to increase rigor. This visual may help increase your understanding on how Webb's DOK moves beyond the verbs of Bloom's (which focus on the level of thinking) beyond the "what" to the "how" of thinking (as seen in the levels of DOK).

Tony Guzman's curator insight, December 9, 2014 3:05 PM

This infographic combines Bloom's Taxonomy to the Depth of Knowledge model. Anyone using this?

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25 Pedagogy Ideas Teachers Found on Twitter


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Beth Dichter's curator insight, December 9, 2014 9:18 PM

This issue of the UKED magazine has one article that you should check out. They surveyed teachers and asked ideas they had found on Twitter and implemented in their classroom. The top 25 are shared in this article, and many include a link to additional resources. There are many that you will know, but there are a few that were new to me (at least, the acronyms the used were). Below is a list of five of the ideas, which they refer to as pedagogies. Check out the link to see a larger version of the image above as well as additional information on each.(And this article starts on page 19 in the magazine.)

* FiSH feedback (which stands for Friendly, Informative, Specific and Honest feedback)

* DIRT feedback (which stands for Dedicated Improvement and Reflection Time)

* Virtual Global Exchanges

* Takeaway Homework

Janet McQueen's curator insight, December 10, 2014 4:32 PM

A resource of ideas that teachers have found implemented in their classrooms. With useful links provided.  

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Heat-ometer for differentiated homework

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, December 17, 2014 10:14 PM

Here is a great idea to provide differentiation in homework. The Heat-ometer provides four levels, from mild (not shown in the image above) to medium (also not shown) to hot and extra hot. each level is more complex than the previous level, and 3 options are provided for each level.

The designer of this image also provides links to the original design, which is located at Take Away Homework.

Cindy Riley Klages's curator insight, January 9, 9:08 AM

Love this practical suggestion!

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Best Education-Related Videos of 2014

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I love end of year “best of” lists.  My own list is what I found to be the most powerful education related videos of 2014. They all, in some way, address the mind, heart, and spirit of education.  ...

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, December 18, 2014 9:44 PM

Finding great educational videos takes time...so I am always excited when I find a list of suggested video. Jackie Gerstein shares her top 11. They range from just over three minutes to about seventeen minutes. Below is  a list of the videos.

* Malala Yousuf Nobel Prize Speech

* Carol Dweck: The Power of Believing You Can Improve

* Sir Ken Robinson: Can Creativity Be Taught

* President Obama on the Whitehouse Maker Faire

* Toxic Culture of Education: Joshua Katz

* The necessity of the student voice | Catherine Zhang

* Rethinking Learning in the Digital Age – Mitchel Resnick

* If I Knew Then: A Letter to Me on My First Day Teaching

* Kid President Throws a Surprise Party for a Retiring Teacher

* Erzah French: Sportskid of the Year

* Malcolm Mitchell Book Club

You will find brief descriptions for most of these videos and I suspect that many will choose to watch all of them over a period of time. You may find one or two that would be great to share at a faculty meeting.

Meg Swecker's curator insight, December 19, 2014 1:03 PM

A 'must view' list of educationally related videos.

Simon Awuyo's curator insight, December 21, 2014 12:06 PM

The will to die for the child right is hyper-determination. It is not easy to pass through the valley of shadow of death but it is possible.

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The Question Game: A Playful Way To Teach Critical Thinking

The Question Game: A Playful Way To Teach Critical Thinking | EFL Teaching Journal | Scoop.it

"Big idea: Teaching kids to ask smart questions on their own

A four-year-old asks on average about 400 questions per day, and an adult hardly asks any. Our school system is structured around rewards for regurgitating the right answer, and not asking smart questions – in fact, it discourages asking questions. With the result that as we grow older, we stop asking questions. Yet asking good questions is essential to find and develop solutions, and an important skill in innovation, strategy, and leadership. So why do we stop asking questions – and more importantly, why don’t we train each other, and our future leaders, to ask the right questions starting from early on?"

 


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Kym Reinstadler, SCN Feature Writer's curator insight, February 8, 10:18 PM

A four-year-old asks, on average, 400 questions a day. By the time he or she reaches adulthood, they will ask very few per day. Speaking as someone who’s probably never going to grow up, allow me to emphasize that:

  • Why questions help to find the root of a problem
  • What If questions open up the floor for creative solutions
  • How questions focus on developing practical solutions
Arizona State University, Claire McLaughlin's curator insight, February 9, 11:11 AM

Anything that gives students a chance to ask their own questions is a good idea in my opinion.  When the questions invoke critical thinking, it's a double bonus!  Also, writing these questions on any pre-made box would work.  No need to be crafty with scissors and tape.

Simon Awuyo's curator insight, February 11, 2:04 PM

The student teachers need these tips to help them cultivate skills of asking probing questions to become better teachers tomorrow.

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Ending the Classroom Factory Model: How Technology Will Personalize Education - YouTube

"With the opportunity of online learning coming on,…what we talk about is shifting from this factory model system to a student-centered one that personalizes...

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Do I Need a Digital Teaching Portfolio?

Do I Need a Digital Teaching Portfolio? | EFL Teaching Journal | Scoop.it

A well-planned, current digital teaching portfolio can be an asset whether you're seeking a job, being evaluated within your school, or simply demonstrating your professionalism.


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Miguel A. de Jesus's curator insight, February 1, 5:17 PM

Yes, absolutely.

Steven Kouts's curator insight, February 1, 7:25 PM

gotta get around to this!

John O'Connor's curator insight, February 18, 6:50 AM

Simply yeas, we now need online portfolios.

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Creative Educator - Five Habits of Great Coaches

Creative Educator - Five Habits of Great Coaches | EFL Teaching Journal | Scoop.it
Coaches do not spend most of their time lecturing or even “front-loading.” Coaches give players opportunities to practice and apply skills in a contextually appropriate situation, providing just-in-time feedback, asking targeted and specific questions, clarifying what is happening, and providing information relevant to what is happening at specific moments.

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Nik Peachey's curator insight, January 30, 4:55 AM

Some really useful tips. Focused on PBL teachers, but the tips can be applied to whatever you teach.

Linda Buckmaster's curator insight, January 30, 5:47 AM

Good tips for whatever subject

Linda Croudace's curator insight, February 1, 5:19 AM

Don't underestimate the value of a good coach or mentor.

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7 hacks to collaborate better and advance your career

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The most surprising success stories come from individuals who've utilized non-traditional methods for problem-solving to achieve greater goals faster.

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Investigating Authentic Questions To Drive Projects

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"Students are hungry for learning that matters. Project based learning has students involved in explaining their answers to real-life questions or challenges. A project's driving question or challenge is so deep that it requires students to create an end product and share their conclusions with others. Instead of traditional projects that come at the end of a unit of study, project-based learning has the project introduced at the beginning of the unit. The project gives students a reason for learning the content and a venue for practicing 21st century skills."


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Beth Dichter's curator insight, November 20, 2014 9:25 PM

How can we get our students more engaged in the classroom? Teaching them to investigate authentic problems provides them with opportunities to ask questions that will lead to solutions (and failures) but that will also engage them. In this post Tony Vincent shares steps in how to have your students engage in investigating authentic questions.

Vincent starts with a section called Driven to Investigate. In this section he discusses driving questions and references a previous article, Crafting Questions that Drive Projects.

Additional sections (and there are a total of thirteen) include:

* Thinking is Critical

* Stick Together or Divide and Conquer

* Provide Focus

* Provide Staring Points

* Can You  Believe It?

* Experiments, Trial and Error, Data Collection

* You Know Better Than Anyone

Each section is chock full of resources. This is a great resource to help you launch students into investigating authentic problems. He also notes that he will publish Part 3, Creating Products to Show and Share in the future. I will be looking forward to reading (and in all likelihood sharing) that post once it is published.

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27 More Things to Do With Students Who are not Paying Attention

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, November 28, 2014 8:58 PM

Check out this new infographic from Mia MacMeekin that provides 27 tips on ways you might work with students who are not paying attention. Some of these suggestions may be new to you. Consider sharing this with teachers at your school and beyond!

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Building Curiosity - YouTube

"My tribute to Curiosity, both the NASA rover and the human desire to discover, featuring words from some of science's greatest minds and LEGO's special edition Mars rover set."


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Beth Dichter's curator insight, December 3, 2014 10:05 PM

This video, from PBS, explores curiosity. What makes one curious? Listen to a number of people describe why people may be curious. This video is inspiring and may lead some students in your class to think of curiosity and science in a new way.

María Dolores Díaz Noguera's curator insight, December 4, 2014 6:20 AM

Explorando ... la curiosidad Como una impor clave..Building Curiosity - YouTube | @scoopit via @BethDichter http://sco.lt/...

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18 Rules In Education That Should Be Broken As Soon As They're Learned

18 Rules In Education That Should Be Broken As Soon As They're Learned | EFL Teaching Journal | Scoop.it
Rules are great. They provide order to an otherwise chaotic world and help preserve and perpetuate important ideas. If it weren't for rules, and the will

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, December 6, 2014 9:23 PM

Some rules are good...others not so. good. This post looks at 18 rules that are often found in classrooms, and suggests that they impede learning and personal development. Several are listed below.

* Every good essay has five paragraphs and a thesis statement.

* Grades reflect how "good" you are at a subject.

* Highlight or underline important points while studying.

* To master a skill, practice each part of it over and over again.

* If you're not good at school, you're not good at learning.

Each of these is discussed in the post and many contain links to additional information. Our understanding of how the brain works is changing dramatically.This post helps to point out some of the new research and may impact how you have students do work in your classroom.

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Universal Skills All Learners Should Know How to Do

Universal Skills All Learners Should Know How to Do | EFL Teaching Journal | Scoop.it

"This morning I was thinking about the things that all young people should know how to do regardless of income, geographical location, life goals, etc.  I started a list – see below.  Some have “always” been true – some are unique to this century of learning.  Let me know of any other universal skills you believe young people should know how to do."


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Beth Dichter's curator insight, December 6, 2014 9:48 PM

What do young people need to know? Jackie Gerstein provides a great visual as well as a list of 18 ideas, and each has a link for additional information. She also requests that you send her additional ideas.

After you review the list you might consider how many of these skills are taught in your school, or consider which should be taught in school.
Five of her ideas are below. Click through to the post for the rest.

* How to be a self-directed learner – finding and using resources (both face-to-face and online) to learn and improve personal interests

* How to evaluate websites and online tools for credibility

* How to work in mixed-age groups

* How to code

* How to set and achieve goals

Kimberly House's curator insight, December 7, 2014 12:16 PM

The best question she asks is 'Which are taught in school? Which should be?' These are great questions to explore as a staff in looking at these universal skills.

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16 Ways Your Brain Is Sabotaging Your Effort To Learn

16 Ways Your Brain Is Sabotaging Your Effort To Learn | EFL Teaching Journal | Scoop.it

"Most of the time, it’s nothing more than an innocent effort to save face. Our brain will tell us we’re smarter and better looking than everyone else, and that any fault brought to our attention should probably be blamed on someone else..."


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Beth Dichter's curator insight, December 14, 2014 6:48 PM

Do you know that your brain may sabotage you? This posts looks at sixteen ways the brain may set "traps" that lead us astray. Additional resources are also listed in many of these "traps."

* Equating Knowing With Learning. It takes time for us to really "learn" something, which means we need to review this new information so we can move it from short-term storage to long-term storage.

* Being Biased Towards Ourselves. If you bomb a test or assignment do you tend to base blame on others? This is one example of being biased toward ourselves. We blame the book, teacher...the list could go on.

* Making Us Think We Can Multi-task. What happens when you multi-task? Your brain is quickly switching back and forth between multiple task your brain becomes overloaded and cannot perform at full capacity.

To read more about these three items, and learn about the other 13 ways your brain may try to trick you click through to the post.

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INFOGRAPHIC: Here's Why Exercise Really Makes You Happier

INFOGRAPHIC: Here's Why Exercise Really Makes You Happier | EFL Teaching Journal | Scoop.it
There's a science behind why your workouts boost your happiness. Learn how to optimize your fitness routine for even more joy.

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, December 20, 2014 7:52 PM

This infographic shares the science behind exercise. Learn how to optimize your workout for maximum happiness, how to have more fun with less work, motivational tips and more.

As teachers we often work long days and find it tough to get in our exercise, but if we can find the time we may find ourselves in a better place in the classroom.

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What's It Like to Be a Student Today? (Infographic) - NEA Today

What's It Like to Be a Student Today? (Infographic) - NEA Today | EFL Teaching Journal | Scoop.it

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Beth Dichter's curator insight, December 28, 2014 8:52 PM

This is a fairly recent (~2 months old) view of a student today.

* Did you know that Secretary of State Arne Duncan has said that the majority of students will be minority students this school year?

* Did you know that the amount of homework assigned weekly be teachers varies from 2.9 hours in grades  K-5 to 3.2 in grades 6-8 and 3.9 in grades 9 - 12?

Additional information in this infographic looks at the percentage of students engaged in after school activities; the percentage of students with a television, computer or other electronic device in their bedroom; the average hours of sleep lost by adolescents (based on their biological clock; percentage of overweight students (ages 10 - 17) and more.