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The Innovative Educator: Finally! Research-based proof that students use cell phones for LEARNING

The Innovative Educator: Finally! Research-based proof that students use cell phones for LEARNING | Elementary Education Digital Learning | Scoop.it

"A new study conducted by TRU provides a body of research which supports the idea that students use cell phones to learn, and also that schools are not acknowledging or supporting them fully, yet. This research supports the work of  innovative educators who are guiding today’s generation text and will help in the effort of getting more schools to stop fighting and start embracing student use of mobile devices for learning in school. Rather than banning, the study highlights the fact that if we meet children where they are we can leverage their use of mobile devices for powerful learning."


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Charmaine Thomae's curator insight, October 20, 12:38 PM
This article is about a study that was conducted that supports the idea of students use of cell phone to learn. It also points out that schools are not acknowledging or supporting mobile learning. This study focuses on the fact that if we meet children where they are we can leverage their use of mobile devices for powerful learning. We know students use their mobile devices so why not use them in the teachers favor.
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20 Tips To Reduce Student Anxiety

20 Tips To Reduce Student Anxiety | Elementary Education Digital Learning | Scoop.it

"Back in October, we published an article about the importance of holistic teaching. When students are stressed, their capacity for learning is drastically reduced.

 

In psychology, Maslow’s hierarchy of needs explains in part why anxious and depressed students are much more likely to fail. Even if the situation is not catastrophic, a student’s mind and body “feel” that the situation is very serious. All their brainpower is fixated on dealing with the fight or flight response in the body, plus the repetitive thought patterns that affect daily activities like eating, sleeping, and relationships."


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Why Confusion Can Be a Good Thing | MindShift

Why Confusion Can Be a Good Thing | MindShift | Elementary Education Digital Learning | Scoop.it

"We all know that confusion doesn’t feel good. Because it seems like an obstacle to learning, we try to arrange educational experiences and training sessions so that learners will encounter as little confusion as possible. But as is so often the case when it comes to learning, our intuitions here are exactly wrong. Scientists have been building a body of evidence over the past few years demonstrating that confusion can lead us to learn more efficiently, more deeply, more lastingly—as long as it’s properly managed."


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A Must Have Poster on Digital Literacy ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

A Must Have Poster on Digital Literacy ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Elementary Education Digital Learning | Scoop.it

"There is nothing better than a nice and a visually attractive poster to teach your students about digital literacy. The poster can also be pinned down on the classroom wall and act as a reminder of what students need to keep in their minds about the essence of digital literacy."


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Rock and Mineral Identifier

Rock and Mineral Identifier | Elementary Education Digital Learning | Scoop.it

"I love hands-on science activities, especially when I can integrate technology into my lesson.  Two fantastic free apps for Earth Science are Mineral Identifier https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/mineral-identifier/id531342975?mt=8 and Common Rocks Reference. https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/common-rocks-reference/id301217333?mt=8 "


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A Letter To Parents Of Digital Age Children

A Letter To Parents Of Digital Age Children | Elementary Education Digital Learning | Scoop.it

"First, let me thank you for entrusting me with teaching your children, honoring the amazing individuals they are, and helping them discover the confident and empowered young people they can be. Providing a rich and engaging environment for your children to learn in is my utmost concern, but Iately I have had to acknowledge that the young people I see every day do much of the learning that is important to them when they leave the parking lot and head home from school. Thus, I am writing to solicit your help."


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A Guide to the iPad in Primary Education

A Guide to the iPad in Primary Education | Elementary Education Digital Learning | Scoop.it

"A Guide to the iPad in Primary Education is breakdown of how the iPad can be used successfully as both a learning tool for pupils and a teaching aid. With so many Primary Schools now equipping their teachers and student with iPads, more and more apps and resources are becoming available. This guide presents apps and techniques that have been used successfully in the Primary classroom. The book is divided into subject areas for quick reference, including Literacy, Numeracy, Science and Early Years Foundation Stage. Highlights over 100 apps and techniques that will enhance lessons. Includes links to apps and equipment mentioned."


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Sally Tilley's curator insight, February 13, 2013 5:29 PM

A great read if you are rolling out iPads K-6, Worth the money!

David Daniel Ball's curator insight, February 14, 2013 6:47 PM

Timely and useful

Jane Schmude's curator insight, March 17, 2013 6:44 PM

We all need help with how to use iPads in lessons. Universities are also adjusting to this way of learning in tutorials. If students can have access to these devices during research or reading, they will be well prepared for their future education.

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Highlight Text and Take Notes in iBooks

Highlight Text and Take Notes in iBooks | Elementary Education Digital Learning | Scoop.it

"iBooks offers a great reading experience in iOS, but it can do double duty and function as a powerful study aid too, allowing you to place contextual notes directly on words and text blocks, and even highlight important phrases just like you would on a real book with a flourescent pen. The next time you’re researching or studying, put away the paper book, post-it notes, and highlighter, and grab a digital version within iBooks on your iPad, iPod touch, or iPhone instead."


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Ingrid Bonner's curator insight, February 13, 2013 7:22 PM

Put quotes around to remind that it is someone elses work

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The Learning Cycle of A 21st Century Student [Infographic]

The Learning Cycle of A 21st Century Student [Infographic] | Elementary Education Digital Learning | Scoop.it

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1% vinyl? Man we're old...
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Marco Bertolini's curator insight, January 20, 2013 2:22 AM
Comment les étudiants étudient-ils ? - 93 % utilisent des applications numériques pour étudier - 70 % étudient seuls - 59 % utilisent leur smartphone - 42 % étudient dans leur endroit favori : leur chambre - 30 % utilisent Google Drive Je suppose qu'il s'agit d'étudiants américains. Et vous ? Quelles méthodes utilisez-vous ?
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Authors Who Skype with Classes & Book Clubs (for free!)

Authors Who Skype with Classes & Book Clubs (for free!) | Elementary Education Digital Learning | Scoop.it

"Welcome to the Authors Who Skype with Classes & Book Clubs List!  I’m Kate Messner, the children’s author and educator who maintains this site.  I started it because I’ve found that virtual author visits are a great way to connect authors and readers, and I realize that many schools facing budget troubles don’t have the option of paid author visits. With that in mind, this is a list of authors who offer free 15-20-minute Q and A sessions with classes and book clubs that have finished reading one of their books."


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Combating Cyberbullying in Schools, One Compliment at a Time

Combating Cyberbullying in Schools, One Compliment at a Time | Elementary Education Digital Learning | Scoop.it

"A lot of people walk around high school feeling all by themselves. They think that no one cares about them or that they are not one of the “cool kids.” Other kids walk around self-conscious, and under-appreciated, which leads them to the terrible world of cyber bullying. Here at West High Bros, we are doing everything that we possibly can to change that. It is a daunting task, but not one that is impossible. In fact, in our school the guidance counselors have reported that, since our group started, reports on bullying have gone down drastically."


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How To Google Search By Reading Level

How To Google Search By Reading Level | Elementary Education Digital Learning | Scoop.it

"Using Google to look for text is simple enough, but not until recently did I realize you could use it to search by reading level. And it typical Google fashion, it’s slightly more convoluted a process than it needs to be, but is otherwise dead simple.

 

The screen shots below walk you through the process–well, the two steps. This post comes on the heels of our recent post on digital tools that can be used to evaluate text complexity."


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pru's curator insight, January 28, 2013 6:20 AM

While reading age / lexile / level should not dictate what a learner should be 'allowed' to read, nevertheless audience and reading level are particularly important selection criteria for those building school library collections. Consider reading age as one tool to assist in matching resources to users - in many cases it is secondary to user interest.

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8 Things to Look for in Today’s Classroom

8 Things to Look for in Today’s Classroom | Elementary Education Digital Learning | Scoop.it

"As I think that leaders should be able to describe what they are looking for in schools I have thought of eight things that I really want to see in today’s classroom.  I really believe that classrooms need to be learner focused. This is not simply that students are creating but that they are also having opportunities to follow their interests and explore passions.  The teacher should embody learning as well."


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Teaching Learners with Multiple Special Needs: Calendar and Advanced Visual Schedule Apps for Kids with Special Needs

Teaching Learners with Multiple Special Needs: Calendar and Advanced Visual Schedule Apps for Kids with Special Needs | Elementary Education Digital Learning | Scoop.it

Teaching students with special needs about the calendar, or any other student for that matter, can be made much easier with these apps. - JE


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The Learning Nation: How To Engage Administrators with Technology

The Learning Nation: How To Engage Administrators with Technology | Elementary Education Digital Learning | Scoop.it

"So when I was asked to present to all of the administrators in our school district about the Supervision For Learning project created by the BC Principals and Vice Principals Association, I knew that I would have my work cut out for me.  I knew that while I myself could find my presentation to be riveting, this might not necessarily be the case for my colleagues.


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Free Technology for Teachers: Five Essential Google Drive Skills For Teachers

Free Technology for Teachers: Five Essential Google Drive Skills For Teachers | Elementary Education Digital Learning | Scoop.it

"This school year I've worked with a few school districts that are using Google Apps for Education for the first time. A lot of what I have done with those school districts is help to get the teachers acclimated to using Google Drive. When I sat down to plan an upcoming Google Drive training session I thought about some of the essential Google Drive skills that teachers need in addition to creating documents, presentations, and spreadsheets. Here are five essential Google Drive skills I think teachers need."


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Toni Thompson's curator insight, February 22, 2013 3:38 AM

I believe Google drive is a fantastic tool for both learners and lectures....and  its free!!!! however to further enhance the online learning experence also include google "hangout" within your tool kit. Simply brilliant! :-)

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Managing Your Classroom with the Swipe of Your Finger: Best Free Teacher Apps for the iPad

Managing Your Classroom with the Swipe of Your Finger: Best Free Teacher Apps for the iPad | Elementary Education Digital Learning | Scoop.it

"While it can seem overwhelming, especially when we are used to a traditional way of learning and teaching, technology has made many aspects of a teacher’s job easier. Soon we will get to a day where we can’t remember how we ever taught without a computer!

 

The latest and greatest technology in the classroom is the iPad. The slim, sleek, shiny tool is not only good for slinging disgruntled birds across the screen, but also for making our jobs as teachers easier. Here’s a summary of some of the FREE apps that I can’t live without:"


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How Students Benefit From Using Social Media - Edudemic

How Students Benefit From Using Social Media - Edudemic | Elementary Education Digital Learning | Scoop.it
A look at four different ways that students benefit from using social media in their everyday lives, despite concerns about the overuse of social media by today's youth.

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15 Of The Best Educational Apps For Improved Reading Comprehension

15 Of The Best Educational Apps For Improved Reading Comprehension | Elementary Education Digital Learning | Scoop.it

"Reading comprehension is a matter of decoding, reading speed, and critical thinking about the text, all of which can improve with tiered practice.

So below, in an order of general complexity, are 15 apps for improved reading comprehension, ranging from word and sentence fluency, to recall, to critical thinking skills, to reading speed."


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Bmw's curator insight, September 2, 2013 1:09 PM

thanks John. plenty of ideas for reading.

Karine Thonnard's curator insight, September 5, 2013 7:58 AM

add your insight...

 
Maria Persson's curator insight, September 5, 2013 6:13 PM

Always great to have more than one choice since there isn't one perfect app!

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Learning and Teaching with iPads: Brainstorming in the iPad classroom

Learning and Teaching with iPads: Brainstorming in the iPad classroom | Elementary Education Digital Learning | Scoop.it

"While there is nothing new about utilising technology to brainstorm, using the iPad has added benefits. 

The touch interface, excellent visuals and portability of the iPad can make it easier and simpler to encourage students to generate new ideas, organize their known knowledge about a topic and make connections with ideas and the written word.

There are lots of great brainstorming/mindmapping Apps available, but one that we have found useful at all school levels is Popplet."


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Part 2: 36 Smart Ways to Use Smartphones in Class - Getting Smart by @JohnHardison1 -

Part 2: 36 Smart Ways to Use Smartphones in Class - Getting Smart by @JohnHardison1 - | Elementary Education Digital Learning | Scoop.it
In continuation of last week’s article, Part 1: 44 Smart Ways to Use Smartphones in Class, here is a new list of thirty-six additional ideas to help leverage the power of these tech gadgets in the learning environment.

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Kristy Leong's curator insight, September 26, 2013 3:50 AM

I think this article was a really great read. I think that some of these ideas are great to help leverage the power of tech gadgets in the classroom and learning environment. Today technology is advancing and I think personally that it needs to be used more in the classroom situations. Kids today before reaching school have iPads or tablets to engage themselves with there learning skills. Specifically to this article they are looking at kids being able to use their tech gadgets in class. The ideas of using smartphones are to collaborate, communicate, create, curate and coordinate. One of the ideas for collaborating was embracing the power of augmented reality with apps like Planet Finder. This can make the kids really engage themselves into the study to try and find the planets by pointing their phones into the sky. The idea behind smart phones to communicate to communicate is great especially if you are in a PE class. Uploading videos and data straight away between the PE coach and student can take less time off and can be visual and accessed at all times. Getting students to create a Pinterest on a given topic is another good idea for the student to engage with technology and let other students see what they have done also. Lastly curate and coordinate is good for students to access PDF files, rather them all trying to get a book out having to go to a library. All these ideas are great for kids and teenagers make learning more fun and engaging themselves with technology.

Janessa Bartsch's comment, September 26, 2013 5:33 AM
This is a really interesting article, that could be seen as a real positive by teaching children the importance of appropriate internet behavior. On the negative side by incorporating such technology into young children in schools, it encourages marketers to target such young and vulnerable buyers and gets children hooked into using products such as tablets and other technologies which replaces the idea of exploring answers themselves
Jayden Cody Lamb's comment, September 26, 2013 5:46 AM
Relating back to Kristy’s post on the article, I highly agree that technology is rapidly changing and that it should be used more often in everyday situations such as the classrooms. Technology is around us whether we like it or not we should embrace it and make it smart to use in classrooms with apps on smartphones to advance learning.
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6 Must Watch Videos on 21st Education ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

6 Must Watch Videos on 21st Education ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Elementary Education Digital Learning | Scoop.it

"The list of mind blowing videos covering the topic of 21st century education and learning is growing bigger and bigger. There are actually some clips that I think every teacher should watch if not twice then at least once. These videos are not only an inestimable source of inspiration but are also a good resource packed full of great ideas on where education is right now."


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Pamela Perry King's curator insight, January 25, 2013 10:27 AM

Awesome viewpoints! Great visuals.

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Free Technology for Teachers: Tracking Polar Bears on Google Maps - And Polar Bear Lesson Plans

Free Technology for Teachers: Tracking Polar Bears on Google Maps - And Polar Bear Lesson Plans | Elementary Education Digital Learning | Scoop.it

" Bear Tracker i http://www.polarbearsinternational.org/about-polar-bears/tracking/bear-tracker s a feature of the Polar Bears International website. The Bear Tracker plots the travels of collared polar bears in Hudson Bay and the Beaufort Sea north of Alaska. You can view the travel paths of one or all of the bears on each map. The map also offers play the travel paths recorded over time."


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Teaching Technology: 10 Lessons Every School Should Share

Teaching Technology: 10 Lessons Every School Should Share | Elementary Education Digital Learning | Scoop.it
Aside from simply having the right equipment and instructing children in basic technology usage, what else should educational institutions be teaching kids about technology, starting as early as kindergarten?

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10 Tips for Introducing Blogging into Your Classroom | Primary Tech

10 Tips for Introducing Blogging into Your Classroom | Primary Tech | Elementary Education Digital Learning | Scoop.it

"With the new school year beginning in Australia, many teachers will be introducing blogging into their classrooms.

 

Some teachers will be continuing an established blogging program with a new cohort of students, while others will be introducing blogging for the first time."


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