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New Boundaries Of Digital Storytelling

New Boundaries Of Digital Storytelling | Edumathingy | Scoop.it
A new initiative by the Brown University creative nonfiction program is exploring the potential of digital nonfiction through some of the web's most unusual storytelling projects.

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Storytelling using creative non-fiction. Very useful resource for high schools.

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The Digital Rocking Chair's curator insight, January 12, 2013 1:20 AM

This article reviews some fascinating digital storytelling projects.

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ideas and tips for great lessons from the  WWW (wonderful words of the web)
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Doodling: A Teacher's Secret Weapon for Unlocking Learning | Edudemic

Doodling: A Teacher's Secret Weapon for Unlocking Learning | Edudemic | Edumathingy | Scoop.it
For educators, there are few things more frustrating than looking out into a classroom during the middle of a lecture and seeing nothing but bent heads.
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Doodling can be a great way of getting students to understanding.

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Quiet Students? 5 Ways to Get Them Speaking! - ELT Connect

Quiet Students? 5 Ways to Get Them Speaking! - ELT Connect | Edumathingy | Scoop.it
“ 5 Ways to Get Your Quiet Students Speaking!”
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Often when you have a small class other teachers tell you how lucky you are and look enviously in your direction. It's not always that easy though, getting dialogue can be very difficult. There are some tips here to get your small class talking.
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Using Old Tech (Not Edtech) to Teach Thinking Skills

Using Old Tech (Not Edtech) to Teach Thinking Skills | Edumathingy | Scoop.it
Butcher paper and Post-it notes can help students understand the collaborative thinking that takes place on a shared Google Doc.
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Strategies for Getting and Keeping the Brain’s Attention

Strategies for Getting and Keeping the Brain’s Attention | Edumathingy | Scoop.it
Holding students' attention is about activating the right neural network. Strategies include recognizing how focus feels, giving incentives, and adjusting the pace of your teaching.
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Blog | All Things PLC | Powered by Solution Tree

Blog | All Things PLC | Powered by Solution Tree | Edumathingy | Scoop.it
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The post scooped here discusses compliance vs effective work in PLCs and give some reference points to check on the work of the teams.
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Dipsticks: Efficient Ways to Check for Understanding

Dipsticks: Efficient Ways to Check for Understanding | Edumathingy | Scoop.it
Through alternative formative assessment, teachers can check for student understanding without falling back on the tedious or intimidating pop quiz.
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Formative assessment strategies allow you to gauge student understanding in a constructive way that then allows you to further build on understanding and address any misconceptions along the way. This ensures more effective learning and less disappointment for students in summative tasks. Edutopia's post here has a handy downloadable PDFs with 53 strategies that you can try in your classroom.

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How I Track My Reading: The Ultimate Reading Spreadsheet - BOOK RIOT

How I Track My Reading: The Ultimate Reading Spreadsheet - BOOK RIOT | Edumathingy | Scoop.it
Data: I lurve it. While some folks around here track their reading with giant, single-spaced, hundreds-of-pages-long Word docs, and others use good old-fashioned book journals, I’m Team Ultimate Reading Spreadsheet (With A Sprinkle of Goodreads). I started tracking my reading on … Continued
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What a great way to look over what you have read throughout the year. I love that you can turn it into pie charts and bar graphs too.
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8 Classic storytelling techniques for engaging presentations

8 Classic storytelling techniques for engaging presentations | Edumathingy | Scoop.it
A good public speaker takes their audience on a journey, leaving them feeling inspired and motivated. But structuring your speech to get your ideas across and keep your audience engaged all the way through is tricky. Try these eight storytelling techniques for a presentation that wows.

Via Kevin Watson, Jean-Philippe D'HALLUIN, Roger Francis
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Storytelling comes naturally to many speakers. Here's how to build it if you're not one of the 'naturals'.

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Stephania Savva's curator insight, January 14, 1:28 AM

You might want to check out these tips for engaging presentations using storytelling techniques!

Josie Gibson's curator insight, February 23, 12:27 PM

A terrific article full of practical tips and inspiring examples.

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Handwriting vs typing: is the pen still mightier than the keyboard?

Handwriting vs typing: is the pen still mightier than the keyboard? | Edumathingy | Scoop.it
Computers may dominate our lives, but mastery of penmanship brings us important cognitive benefits, research suggests Continue reading...
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Writing still dominates in schools. Our exams are handwritten and many students are still encouraged to handwrite notes. There are some benefits to handwriting. It allows for thinking time which can assist in clearer writing and it gives students the space to be more creative as it slows down the process. While it is crucial to be computer literate a blended approach to writing must be adopted by schools in order to allow students the benefits of both approaches. 

A tablet computer, where students can handwrite, are a good option for note taking too, but less useful for writing essays and longer texts.

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Famous Writers on the Creative Benefits of Keeping a Diary

Famous Writers on the Creative Benefits of Keeping a Diary | Edumathingy | Scoop.it
Reflections on the value of recording our inner lives from Woolf, Thoreau, Sontag, Emerson, Nin, Plath, and more.

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Add Your Insight...a diary is a wonderful way of recording, observing and sifting. It is also a road to better writing through observation. Many great writers have kept diaries. Some of them have been saved for us.
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Globe Player | Shakespeare's Globe

Globe Player | Shakespeare's Globe | Edumathingy | Scoop.it
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Now you can stream videos wherever you are from Shakespeare's Globe. A great classroom tool for English and Drama teachers.
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Globe Player | Shakespeare's Globe

Globe Player | Shakespeare's Globe | Edumathingy | Scoop.it
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Now you can stream videos wherever you are from Shakespeare's Globe. A great classroom tool for English and Drama teachers.
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Buying essays: how to make sure assessment is authentic

Buying essays: how to make sure assessment is authentic | Edumathingy | Scoop.it
The essay, as the primary form of assessment, should be dead. This is the kind of comment that terrifies academics everywhere – but it is an idea that I think we all need to consider. The “news” that there…
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Authentic assessment. Common sense. That doesn't mean schools and universities will use it!

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ASCD EDge - 12 Reasons Students Just Aren't That Into You

ASCD EDge - 12 Reasons Students Just Aren't That Into You | Edumathingy | Scoop.it
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Why don't students like us? 

Ok, not always the case, but here are some things to avoid if we do intend to teach and have our students learn rather than simply passing the time and entertaining them.

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Controlling the Power of Words: Teaching Students How to Confront Insults

Controlling the Power of Words: Teaching Students How to Confront Insults | Edumathingy | Scoop.it
Instead of surrendering their power to the person who insults them, students should learn why some words are triggers and how to master their own reactions.
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Digging Into Data: It's Not Just for Math Class

Digging Into Data: It's Not Just for Math Class | Edumathingy | Scoop.it
The American Statistical Association, in collaboration with others, aims to introduce statistical problem solving to students starting in fourth grade.
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Supporting Learning Through Effective Revision Techniques

Supporting Learning Through Effective Revision Techniques | Edumathingy | Scoop.it
The 15 minute forum tonight was led by yours truly.  As Y11 begin the final countdown from mock exams to the their final exams in the summer, Andy Tharby and I have been reviewing the resources and...
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Questions Before Answers: What Drives a Great Lesson?

Questions Before Answers: What Drives a Great Lesson? | Edumathingy | Scoop.it
Students engage more passionately when trying to answer a question that interests them. Here are ten opening questions that have inspired this kind of learning.
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Questions drive good learning. It stNds to reason that if we have a need to know something then we are more interested in the outcome and will ask questions designed to getting at answers. This article describes some of the ways in which teachers can use this to spark curiosity and get to better learning through engagement.

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Terrific Mini Guide to Help Students Think Critically ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Terrific Mini Guide to Help Students Think Critically ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Edumathingy | Scoop.it
“ Questioning is the key to critical thinking and through questions students get to explore the deep layers of meanings that would otherwise go unnoticed. Of course not all questions have this analytical ability. For instance, closed questions tend to limit the thinking choices available for students. The same with questions that promote factual recalling. Questions that emphasize the mechanical on the analytical are out of the list. In today's post, I am sharing with you this mini guide created by Foundation of Critical Thinking which you can use with your students to help them better comprehend and apply critical thinking in their learning. This could also be a very good resource teachers can draw on to enhance their questioning strategies.”
Via John Evans
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Frameworks for thinking allow us to design more meaningful curriculum that links to students knowledge and encourages greater engagement. These ones are handy to use when planning.
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How teams really work, from the perspective of the brain - part 2

How teams really work, from the perspective of the brain - part 2 | Edumathingy | Scoop.it
We tackle the neuroscience behind high-performing teams.

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This works just as well for the classroom as the staff room.

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Why Curiosity Enhances Learning

Why Curiosity Enhances Learning | Edumathingy | Scoop.it
A neurological study has shown that curiosity makes our brains more receptive for learning, and that as we learn, we enjoy the sensation of learning.
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Asking questions stimulates curiosity and curiosity stimulates learning. Could staff meetings be better spent asking more questions too?

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Debunking Myths about Gifted Students

Debunking Myths about Gifted Students | Edumathingy | Scoop.it
“Gifted students do not need scaffolding is just one of the misconceptions that doesn't help teachers or schools reach gifted kids efficiently.”
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There is still much hype around the contested idea of 'giftedness' the editorial article here attempts to bring some clarity to the issue. Regardless of our beliefs about the idea of giftedness, students who are talented and need to be extended have the right to an individualised approach.
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Random Choices!

Random Choices! | Edumathingy | Scoop.it
One of my favourite teaching books is Drama and Improvisation by Ken Wilson. There is an activity from this book called 'Actions and Locations,' which you can find on page 37. I have enjoyed using ...

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Giving choices works to engage many students.

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Globe Player | Shakespeare's Globe

Globe Player | Shakespeare's Globe | Edumathingy | Scoop.it
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Now you can stream videos wherever you are from Shakespeare's Globe. A great classroom tool for English and Drama teachers.
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CAST: Center for Applied Special Technology

CAST: Center for Applied Special Technology | Edumathingy | Scoop.it
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Strategies and resources for assisting students with different learning needs.

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