This is a question that has been on my hand recently since multiple studies show the importance of handwriting. My students write by hand in daily journals and rough drafts of essays; though most write with a stylized printing. When I write on the board in cursive many students cannot read what I have written. It is interesting, as I taught many of these same students during there elementary years when cursive was important. Now I run a flipped English class where so much of the work is digital. I wonder if I use enough handwriting?
"To help jump-start your brainstorming, we have gathered a list of 200 writing prompts from our daily Student Opinion feature that invite you to take a stand.
"Though you won’t be limited to these topics for the contest, you’ll see that our list touches on every aspect of modern life, from politics to sports, culture, education and technology. We hope the range inspires you, and we hope the fact that each question links to at least one related Times article gives you a starting point for finding evidence."
The Georgetown Voice Let's All Calm Down: Trigger Warnings For Books Are Not Like Censorship Huffington Post I wondered.
Jennifer Gandarias's insight:
This is a great article for class discussion. Are trigger warnings a type of censorship? Do students need warnings about books? Are they necessary? If we are upset about this, do we need warnings for life?
There's no question that Dennis O'Connor has found much success on Scoop.it. It wasn't all coincidental, though. Dennis shared with us two of his best curation secrets and tricks:
1. Develop multiple sources for your topics It's important to carefully think through the keywords that you set for your topic so that Scoop.it can crawl the web and provide you with interesting and relevant content and inspiration. In addition to taking full advantage of this, Dennis also uses other tools like Twitter, StumbleUpon, and Prismatic to find content to share on Scoop.it. Once he finds the content he wants to share with his audience, he uses Scoop.it as his social media hub to add value to that content and share it everywhere.
2. Tag your posts Dennis takes a lot of time to tag each of his posts. This allows him, he explained, to assemble publications based upon his tagged topics. When he's using his information on Scoop.it for his E-learning classes, it's easy for him to filter his Scoop.it pages based upon different subjects and easily compile a list of posts and articles on appropriate topics to provide to his students. Something interesting that Dennis does with his tagged articles is to pull them by subject and create "special editions" of his topics on his blog for special classes and events that he is teaching.
Dean Mantz's insight:
Thank you Ally Greer for sharing this resource on curation. I like the simplicity of the graphic as it looks quite similar to the scientific method.
While it’s not uncommon to hear students say “I hate school,” some are really suffering and desperately want out.
I can relate.
I became an educator not because I loved school, but because I was bored and miserable in school. I wanted to figure out how to change that for others. I started this blog to share ideas about how to do that.
Like my own experience, many students today are bored and disengaged for many hours each day, despite the best efforts of their teachers and parents to try to help them make the most of school. Many are depressed. They feel a complete lack of control over their lives, and have a bleak view of the future.
Jim Lerman's insight:
This seems like a good idea to me. Please read on and contribute if the concept resonates with you. Also, please pass along to your network, if you can.
These days, so much of the research students do is of the online variety. There’s less time spent in the library, requesting materials, and reading through print journals. Online research enables students (and teachers) to get the information they need quickly and efficiently. But just because there is a lot of information out there, a …
Sharing your scoops to your social media accounts is a must to distribute your curated content. Not only will it drive traffic and leads through your content, but it will help show your expertise with your followers.
How to integrate my topics' content to my website?
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Creating engaging newsletters with your curated content is really easy.